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#554665 - 09/13/19 05:51 PM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop)
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Hi forum friends. Been listening to a lot of great music on here lately! This is another Michael Franks style attempt at a romantic tune. I love Latin music! I was pretty blown away how well Brent's solo fit the tune.......I slipped him a few extra bucks! Anyway, I would love to hear what you think! Take care. Greg

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WHEN SHE TALKS TO ME

When she talks to me, I'm intoxicated by the sound
And suddenly, there's no one else around
I drift off in a pleasant daze
To swaying palms and blue sky bays
I don't know what to say
When she talks to me

When I see her smile, and hear the music of her voice
(She has no intention to beguile; she doesn't have a choice)
I'm a silent fool, just mesmerized
As I float inside her warm brown eyes
I start to fantasize
When I see her smile

It's a mystery
Is it magic, is it alchemy?
It's like a chemical reaction in my soul
Wires cross and currents flow
I'm dizzy cause she moves me so
I spin out of control
When she talks to me

When she talks to me...

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#554682 - 09/13/19 07:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
Wow! That is all I will say about it smile
Oh yeah, one more thing... Very (VERY!) inspiring.

Thank you for sharing!
Misha.

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#554683 - 09/13/19 07:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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(She has no intention to beguile; she doesn't have a choice) Oh yeah.

Just stunningly beautiful how that Latin rhythm, your fragile yet powerful vocal range, melody, lyric and perfect phrasing come together to express love. Loved it.
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#554689 - 09/13/19 09:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Really, really nice - vocals, instrumentation, lyrics, mix...

All top notch.

But especially the vocals. You can really sing! laugh


My only nit is the flute solo at the end - it sounds "fake", mostly because it lacks vibrato.

If you're interested, PM me and I'll be happy to render you some of my VSTi flutes so you can complain about my choice in flutes. grin (My actual flute playing isn't anything to write home about).

Anyway, love this song! laugh
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#554719 - 09/14/19 03:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Wonderful!

I love latin music too, and man, you just nailed the vibe perfectly with this one, Greg!

Love the melody and of course the vocal, and you are right, that guitar solo is perfect.

Enjoyed!
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#554736 - 09/14/19 06:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

What a really wonderful listen. You sure have the knack for fine songwriting and equally fine song-presenting! It's as it your gently soothing vocals caress the listener's emotions and imagination and they fit hand-in-glove with this Latin-styled backing. I don't think you could have chosen a better instrumental ensemble.

From the first note to the last, I found this enchanting, mesmerising and terrific listening.

All the best,
Noel
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#554743 - 09/14/19 06:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

ZOWIE!

I don't know what to say when you "talk" to me! Completely blown away.

GORGEOUS songwriting.
GORGEOUS production.
GORGEOUS vocal.

The nylon guitar solo is extraordinary! Sounds like you had someone play specifically for this.

A beautiful mix.

One of your best. And THAT is saying something!! (ALL you songs are excellent).

YOU should be a star, dude.

fj

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#554764 - 09/14/19 09:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Nicely done! The Latin touch was incredible, and your vocals and the instruments are both stunning. It's an absolutely beautiful tune, and a fine example of quality songwriting. It is tender, romantic, and gorgeously textures.

You should be really proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile
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#554812 - 09/14/19 02:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Smooth, dude. Seriously smooth. Hats off and a standing ovation from me - bravo.
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#554832 - 09/14/19 05:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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There are a good number of fine vocalists on this board, but your voice is my favorite. Excellent lyrics. I teach my students the importance of good beginnings (essays and stories). The same holds true for songs. What an engaging opening lyric:

When she talks to me
I'm intoxicated by the sound
And suddenly,
there's no one else around

Good stuff!

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#554838 - 09/14/19 05:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Cool, calm & fabulous.
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#554905 - 09/15/19 05:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hello Greg,

this is just wonderful - you're creating such a great mood.

The composition and the arrangement are already top-notch, but your vocals hit the ball over the fence - EXCELLENT !!!!

Take care,

Stefan
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#554953 - 09/15/19 10:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
Stellar vocals that show a great feel for the rhythm of your well written, seductive song.
Amazing guitar track,as you say.I tend to agree a more organic sounding flute would be nice, but that`s very minor- you are into a great groove with this style of music!

Robert

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#554974 - 09/15/19 12:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Well it's early and on the first page but all the superlatives have already been grabbed. Seriously.

Mr.Johnson has exited the stage now who the heck wants to follow that?

Take everything members said above, squeeze it all into a ball and that'll be our thoughts.

OK, we'll add a word SOPHISTICATED.

Wonderful!

J&B
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#555033 - 09/16/19 01:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg

Wonderful - Michael Franks would be jealous of your vocals, and what a song!

I'd love to stream your new album........

Truly lovely.

Peter

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#555145 - 09/17/19 03:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Very cool tune Greg. Loved the way you mixed the vocal on this song. Loved the backtrack and choice instruments. This song really showed off your range. Such a cool vocal. Well done Greg.
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#555185 - 09/17/19 10:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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The superb chording and beautiful melody work amazingly well together.
Flute melody on the background is nice addition. Lyrics are sweetly romantic, like a perfect movie experience. And your voice is the final strawberry icing on the cake. I would like to hear a whole album full of these treats smile

Janne

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#555395 - 09/18/19 03:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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You're on another level, I just pitched my BIAB hard drive out the window. I listen to your tunes every day!
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#555403 - 09/18/19 04:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Great song Greg. The dreamy Michael Franks vocal and the Latin vibe work beautifully. Terrific lyrics, fabulous mix - it's got it all. As usual.
Cheers,
Mike
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#555699 - 09/20/19 02:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When She Talks to Me (Latin jazz flavored pop) [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Greg,
Wow! That is all I will say about it smile
Oh yeah, one more thing... Very (VERY!) inspiring.

Thank you for sharing!
Misha.

Thanks so much Misha! Always love hearing your tunes! Take care. Greg












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