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#544153 - 07/05/19 05:49 AM [User Showcase] Valentines Way
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Valentines Way

VALENTINES WAY (2019, Christiane Spruit)

The lights getting low
without a shadow
a dark glowing moon
hangs heavy on the wall of my room

Drops in the drain
do sound the same
they fall, lose and die
like tears roll down and dry

As the crow flies
to hell and to paradise
all nights turn into dawn
as life carries on

Gone for a day
on valentines way


The band:

533:Bass, Electric, 12-8 Crystal Sw 065
~526:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Hank Sw 065

I used EZDrummer2 to build the drum track.
I'm playing the electric guitar parts and Chris is playing the piano part.

Production notes:
Mixed with reaper, mastered with Ozone8.

Guitars (used my tele) are recorded direct and are going through S-Gear and/or PRS amp sims processed with CLA Unplugged.

Piano processed with CLA Unplugged, Bass with CLA Bass, Acoustic with CLA Unplugged and Drums with CLA Drums (I love the CLA series!)

I used melodyne on the Bass track to tighten up the timing (changed the feel from Swing to Even)

This song is 75 BPM 6/8 time. To build the track using BIAB I reduced the chord durations by 1/2 and reduced the tempo to 50 BPM (75 * 2/3)

You can also listen on soundcloud: Valentines Way on Soundcloud

As always we appreciate any and all comments!






Edited by BlueAttitude (07/07/19 03:47 AM)
Edit Reason: added soundcloud link
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#544201 - 07/05/19 09:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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You & Chris surely create wonderful compositions together...
Her beautiful voice & your superb guitar work always compliment each other...
I really the line...
Quote:
a dark glowing moon
hangs heavy on the wall of my room

Congratulations for that vivid image...
And another outstanding collaboration!


Edited by Jim (07/05/19 09:47 AM)
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#544239 - 07/05/19 12:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris,

Another exceptional effort from the two of you...

Everything sounds good. Nice piano. All kinds of excellent guitar! Nice vocals.

Excellent mix.

Elegant music. Great listening.

fj
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#544259 - 07/05/19 03:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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I like it! It feels like a short poem or haiku - giving the emotional outlines without specifics.

Sonically, this excellent. The vocals and guitars are standout. A real treat for the ears! laugh
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#544267 - 07/05/19 04:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave / Christiane,

What a great dark and brooding ballad... The vocals and guitar lines are just perfect - great mix as well. The clarity of this production is really stunning - pro all the way.

Loved it!

Bob
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#544313 - 07/06/19 12:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave / Chris

Firstly you are getting good with those EZ - Drums nice build up.
Chris sounds great - and a nice overall mix.
Lovely clean tone on the guitar solo - and overdriven guitar is well mixed in.

Another really nice production.

Peter

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#544352 - 07/06/19 07:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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This sounds like a classic heavy ballad, but you have selected more softer approach with cleaner solo guitar - and it sounds really beautiful. Melodically very strong. Nice contrast in the lyrics hell/paradise and night/dawn, kind of optimistic in the end when life carries on. Excellent playing and singing once again.

Janne

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#544363 - 07/06/19 08:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Loving what David said: "I like it! It feels like a short poem or haiku - giving the emotional outlines without specifics."

And it is stunningly delivered with Chris's haunting vocal and piano...wow!

There are enough tasty guitar licks in the production to supply a room of guitar pickers for a LONG time. Excellent.

The info on how you worked with the time signature is fascinating and informative...albeit above my (Bud) paygrade!

We much look forward to the SC version to add to our fav playlist.

Outstanding! You two have an impressive level of consistent excellence -- never a "filler" tune.

J&B
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#544391 - 07/06/19 01:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Great work on this Dave! Really dig the signal chain you used too. You nailed the vocals too!
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#544409 - 07/06/19 02:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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WOW, this is a gem!! You guys get better all the time.....sweet guitar, and Chris' vocal is AWESOME!! Another great tune!! Take care. Greg

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#544443 - 07/06/19 06:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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This is cool and the lovely vocals match the excellent arrangement.
the only thing I'm not 100% on is the kick/bass drum tone. It's very modern and clicky - if you could EQ the click away it'd sound right for the song.
Lovely stuff - lead tone is cool - particularly for a sim.
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#544490 - 07/07/19 12:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Wonderful job on this Dave! Such a haunting lovely sound! The tone on the guitar in the solo (which was great) is fantastic! Chris's vocal is stellar as usual! It occurred to me while listening that if she tried to do some Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) stuff, she would absolutely be killer with it! Anyway, great job! Thanks, Torrey
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#544501 - 07/07/19 12:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris,
Congrats on your new song!
Quality of this is outstanding. Beautiful artistic composition!
Guitars are super sweet and crisp. Chris vocals rock!
This definitely makes into top tier songs here for 2019.
I enjoyed it much!

P.S. Dave, thank you for taking time in writing out ingredients. I have heard some good things about ezdrummer, it worked out very nicely for this piece.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.

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#544506 - 07/07/19 01:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave and Chris,

What a nice, sweet song.
It's composed very good and the vocals are as beautiful as in Summers High, although more modest.
I liked the piano at the start of the song and how it builds up with the other instruments.
One tiny thing: where the singer sings ...'wayiyaiyai'(fonetic) I would prefer a more stretched 'waaayyyy'
Now it distracts a little bit. That is a pity. But you're the boss...

Hans
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#544570 - 07/08/19 02:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: Jim
You & Chris surely create wonderful compositions together...
Her beautiful voice & your superb guitar work always compliment each other...
I really the line...
Quote:
a dark glowing moon
hangs heavy on the wall of my room

Congratulations for that vivid image...
And another outstanding collaboration!


Hi Jim,
That is my favorite line too. Thanks for the support and kind words, we appreciate it!

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Dave & Chris,

Another exceptional effort from the two of you...

Everything sounds good. Nice piano. All kinds of excellent guitar! Nice vocals.

Excellent mix.

Elegant music. Great listening.

fj


Hmmm, might be the first time anyone has used "Elegant" to describe our music. I like it!
Thanks, floyd smile

Originally Posted By: dcuny
I like it! It feels like a short poem or haiku - giving the emotional outlines without specifics.

Sonically, this excellent. The vocals and guitars are standout. A real treat for the ears! laugh


Christiane is really into poetry, including haiku. That sort of thing is way above my pay grade, I'm just the guitar player wink
Thanks, David, happy you likes this!

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Dave / Christiane,

What a great dark and brooding ballad... The vocals and guitar lines are just perfect - great mix as well. The clarity of this production is really stunning - pro all the way.

Loved it!

Bob



Hi Bob,
Thanks as always for your listen and comments!
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#544631 - 07/08/19 11:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Dave / Christiane,

What a great dark and brooding ballad... The vocals and guitar lines are just perfect - great mix as well. The clarity of this production is really stunning - pro all the way.

Loved it!

Bob



Plus one to that. The piano intro and clear guitar tone are just right
Moody and simply brilliant!

Robert

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#544657 - 07/08/19 05:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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So good! I really don't have words that are good enough to show you how much
I love this song! it is so well-produced and captivating...
Christiane has a fantastic voice... you are very lucky that you have a singer of that standard to work with!

Wonderful performance from both of you!
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#544688 - 07/08/19 08:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Very pretty. Extra nice chord work and writing. Sounds good and feels right.
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#544697 - 07/09/19 03:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Dave / Chris

Firstly you are getting good with those EZ - Drums nice build up.
Chris sounds great - and a nice overall mix.
Lovely clean tone on the guitar solo - and overdriven guitar is well mixed in.

Another really nice production.

Peter


I'm having a lot of fun with EZDrummer, getting better with it the more I use it I guess.

Thanks, Peter!

Originally Posted By: jannesan
This sounds like a classic heavy ballad, but you have selected more softer approach with cleaner solo guitar - and it sounds really beautiful. Melodically very strong. Nice contrast in the lyrics hell/paradise and night/dawn, kind of optimistic in the end when life carries on. Excellent playing and singing once again.

Janne


Yes, I'm trying to get more melodic with the guitar in my old age.

Thanks, Janne!

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Loving what David said: "I like it! It feels like a short poem or haiku - giving the emotional outlines without specifics."

And it is stunningly delivered with Chris's haunting vocal and piano...wow!

There are enough tasty guitar licks in the production to supply a room of guitar pickers for a LONG time. Excellent.

The info on how you worked with the time signature is fascinating and informative...albeit above my (Bud) paygrade!

We much look forward to the SC version to add to our fav playlist.

Outstanding! You two have an impressive level of consistent excellence -- never a "filler" tune.

J&B



Thanks as always Janice and Bud!

As far as the math for the time signature goes, I didn't figure that out myself, it's above my paygrade too! I found the info on a website someplace.
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#544718 - 07/09/19 07:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Valentines Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Wow - this is stunning smile I love the slow, brooding dark energy in this. It doesn't miss a beat, and just builds and builds. It almost has an ominous vibe to it. Very powerful, and the vocal performance was immaculate here as well.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing!
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