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#550100 - 08/18/19 12:39 PM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last
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Hi forum friends. Kind of a typical goofy, romantic love song. For 5 years or more in the early 90's, I listened all the time to Michael Franks. I just loved his mellow, sweet, romantic songs. That type of music has always stuck with me, despite all the cynical, sarcastic, and depressing stuff I frequently write (still love that stuff too!). I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Take care all. Greg

https://soundcloud.com/gjohnson-2/make-the-moment-last

The lights on the hill
The music from not so far away
But far enough still
Not to get in the way

The tropical breeze
That comes at the perfect moments
And tickles the trees
Oh, it seems heaven sent

I'm here with you in this cherished moment
No future and no past
Is there a way to make the moment last?

That first taste of rum
That hint of a smile reminds me
Of pleasures to come
In the night that will be

But this warm afternoon
I hope this sublime perfection
Won't end to soon
For time, it goes just one direction

I'm here with you...


Edited by Greg Johnson (08/18/19 06:25 PM)

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#550103 - 08/18/19 01:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Enjoyable "feel good" listen. Vocals seemed so effortless adding to the feel.

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#550107 - 08/18/19 02:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Man...
What a lovely song...
You certainly know how to capture the listener's emotions...

Man o man...
I really love this beautiful tune Greg...
This is one I can listen to over & over again!
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#550153 - 08/18/19 07:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg

Always liked Michael Franks whispery vocals and light jazz arrangements. You take it up a notch because of your truly excellent vocals.
Lovely song, pretty melody and as anticipated a superb vocal.

Really nice work.

Peter

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#550158 - 08/18/19 07:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Like everything about this song - arrangement, lyrics, vocals - nothing strained, everything flowing with such perfect ease. Great job!

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#550164 - 08/18/19 08:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Nicely done.

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#550170 - 08/18/19 09:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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This is a great song Greg.
Production vocal and band is spot on. Rob4580

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#550178 - 08/19/19 01:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Smooth and lovely Greg.
The ch, t and related sounds seem to work with the reverb to make an aggressive sibilant sound.
The esses aren't too bad at all but the ch/t could use a little taming.
Sounds great over all.
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#550213 - 08/19/19 10:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Smooth! Love the laid back groove.

And an excellent vocal as always.

Nothing wrong with a feel good type song in my book, well done smile
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#550223 - 08/19/19 11:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Awesome vocal Greg. Lovely tune. Such as nice listen.

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#550247 - 08/19/19 03:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Gorgeous vocals with standout harmony.

Cool lyric and the perfect backing tracks for it.

The production invites many pastoral images.

Janice said it reminds her of our visit last week to a favorite B&B and sitting on the
front porch with a lovely mountain scene...and wanting to make it last.

Superb!

J&B

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#550250 - 08/19/19 03:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hello Greg, fantastic choice of instrumentation on this. Fantastic selection of instruments here and I really dug the chord progression. Great work!
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#550260 - 08/19/19 05:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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This was a really smooth, feel good song. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us.
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#550267 - 08/19/19 05:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Ember - PG Music]
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love this great job on all of it mixed is excellent great vocal love your tunes eric
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#550279 - 08/19/19 07:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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I'm a big Michael Franks fan (and a Greg Johnson fan, for that matter).

I've always thought that these sorts of songs - light and airy like a delicate pastry - were always the hardest to write.

This is mellow and smooth - it nails the Franks feel, and lingers like a soft perfume. laugh
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#550327 - 08/20/19 11:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Interestingly starts without a real intro, straight into the mellow paradise feeling.
"The tropical breeze
That comes at the perfect moments
And tickles the trees
Oh, it seems heaven sent"
describes this song perfectly, heaven sent. Superb arrangement, chord progression is perfect. And your voice is more sublime than ever, reminds me lot of George Michael on his Older album. I would definitely like to hear more romantic songs like this, please smile

Janne

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#550452 - 08/21/19 08:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Really nicely done - it has a really warm atmosphere to it, and your vocals are stunning on this smile It is really gentle, and easy to take, and sounds like it comes from a sincere place. It is just so soft, delicate, and velvety - I enjoyed my listen thoroughly.

Thanks for sharing!
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#550476 - 08/21/19 09:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
One of the more sublme songs and vocals I`ve heard on this forum. Perfect progression and as pretty a melody as you`d expect for smooth jazzy pop.
Your vocals are alwaysa standout- here you capture the relaxed breathy feeling wonderfully.
Those harmonies moving across the soundstage are also nicely done.

Robert

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#550614 - 08/22/19 03:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

that's a really nice and appealing love song. Your singing is, no doubt about that, top-notch, and the composition is great. Love the chord progression at "no future and no past" - pretty unexpected at that position but marvellously working. Great backing track.

All in all a really professional production one wouldn't be surprised to hear on the radio - very, very enjoyable !!!!

Take care,

Stefan

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#550767 - 08/22/19 06:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last [Re: Greg Johnson]
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I knew this would be another good one from you. Your vocals sound so smooth and effortless.

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