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#545944 - 07/18/19 06:57 PM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute)
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Dear forum friends, this is a tribute song (seems like I've been doing a lot of them lately) to 2 of what I consider an elite group of a dozen or two true geniuses of modern pop/rock music. One is still with us. The other tragically has passed. I tried to honor their musical vibe and their rather unique style of writing lyrics. I would love to hear what you think. Been loving what I've been hearing here on the forum. Take care all. Greg


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#545946 - 07/18/19 07:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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What a great song. Loved the lyrics and clearly the Steely Dan influence/homage. I'm guessing Michael Leonhart as the alive trumpet player.
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#545947 - 07/18/19 09:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Like John, I read the title and thought you were referring to two Steely Dan session horn players. crazy

But on re-reading I see you're referring to Walter Becker (RIP) and Donald Fagan. Especially since you reference Becker by name at the start of the song. wink

Really nice work - building a song from bits of lyrics, and a cohesive arrangement from bits and pieces. Great singing, excellent mix. No doubt a few Mu chords as well.

The end result is a song that stands by itself without knowing the references, which is tricky with this sort of work.

I love your songs, and this one is no exception. cool
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#545951 - 07/18/19 11:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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This is simply stunning. Bravo.
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#545952 - 07/18/19 11:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg

That was masterful! Superb vocal as usual excellent imagery and a beautifully arranged backing.
You are producing some truly wonderful work.

Peter

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#545954 - 07/19/19 01:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Oh, I thought it was Baker Street.
Glad it wasn't a reference to that album though.
differing interpretations for different ears & tastes I suppose - not much of an SD fan knowing only a couple of songs - though the lyric snippets do give it away after a while - even to a Philistine like myself.
Smooth, richly arranged and mellowly sung - that'd be fitting as a tribute.
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#545960 - 07/19/19 05:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Exceptional performance, composition, and production. This song takes the listener on a gentle glide through the clouds. Thanks!

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#545973 - 07/19/19 07:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Wow - what a tune! Flows smooth as butter, and those tones are so silky. Your vocals and the instrumentation sound passionate and lush. The horn solos add a whole other dimension. Got me swaying from the get go, and the groove is fantastic.

Talk about a soulful tune - you should be proud of this one, thanks for sharing smile
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#545978 - 07/19/19 09:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Excellent composition & production...
You certainly have a knack or creating pleasant & great sounding pieces...
It makes me wonder about you background in music...
And your musical history.
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#545983 - 07/19/19 10:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
Smooth,beautifully sung and well produced. The references escape my limited knowledge of the band, but the tribute feeling is warm and lyrics interesting.
Your songs have sophistication with heart - this is another fine example!

Robert

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#545998 - 07/19/19 01:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

Although jazz is not really my cup of tea (got an overdose of jazz with my father on a festivall years ago and never overcome), I listened concentrated to your song. The composition is very good and I liked the vocal part. A very catchy voice. Well done. Very nice.
I wished the singer comes in earlier, but that's mainly because I like these vocals.
So it is a good song with an excellent swing.

Hans
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#546001 - 07/19/19 03:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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shoot, I grew up thinking this was rock

Deacon Blues groove is excellent here, was just talking about Aja with a friend the other day.

I was greatly saddened to hear that Walter Becker had passed.

This arrangement and mix are so damned good

with your always super good vocals.

this one sets a pretty high bar!

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#546014 - 07/19/19 05:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Really enjoyed that creative choices made with this song. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us!
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#546022 - 07/19/19 06:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
That was excellent in all respects!

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.

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#546030 - 07/19/19 08:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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I would have had no idea here in my cave without the comments of others and a few bits of familiar lyric. All I can say is this is beautifully written, arranged, sung and mixed. And if all that is not a fitting tribute, then I'm at a loss to imagine what might be.
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#546043 - 07/20/19 03:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Excellent! Certainly has a Steely Dan type groove. Nice to hear the song references in your lyric!

Nice arrangement and mix, and of course vocals are top notch as per usual.

Good stuff, Greg, very much enjoyed!

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#546051 - 07/20/19 04:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Very Nice!

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#546077 - 07/20/19 08:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Awesome tribute Greg. Another awesome vocal and lyric. Just love your music. Well done

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#546087 - 07/20/19 10:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Excellent, I love this song, so mellow, BIAB is so amazing, you can sound like you were in a full production studio!!

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#546102 - 07/20/19 11:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Trumpet Playin' Man (A tribute) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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I really enjoyed this Greg. Very smooth vibes on this and quite a treat to listen to. The vocals are very lush too. Thanks for sharing!
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