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#557558 - 10/03/19 04:58 AM [User Showcase] Whispers of You
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Hello Band-in-a-Box lovers

Here is the last song I wrote for the 50 90 songwriting challenge. Only 8 songs completed but I still consider it a win!

The lyrics for this one were written by the wonderful and prolific Liz Petty.



Lyrics:
sitting by the shore
watching the river run by
I see the time passing
as clouds blow in the sky
the air is getting colder
days are growing short
I feel you all around me
deep within my heart

I hear whispers in the willows
I hear whispers in the wind
Whisper your laughter
and the love we were in
I hear whispers in the wind

underneath the willow
sheltered from the storm
I feel the cool rain fallling
longing for your arms
I wonder what you’re doing
if you ever think of me
I feel the chill of loneliness
Beneath the willow tree

I hear whispers in the water
I hear whispers in the rain
Whisper your love songs
and a sad refrain
I hear whispers in the rain

B
the wind and rain remind me
how everything can change
as I feel the tears start falling
faster than the rain

C
I hear whispers in the willows
I hear whispers in the wind
whisper your laughter
the love we were in
I hear whispers in the wind

I hear whispers in the water
I hear whispers in the rain
whisper your love songs
and a sad refrain
I hear whispers in the rain

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RealTracks in style: 1839:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 1596:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Pop16ths Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: 1947:Mandolin, Rhythm PopModernGrooveAndy Ev16 075
RealDrums [in style:PopModernGrooveSync16^1-a:Snare on 4, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride


Listens and/or comments are always much appreciated!
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#557560 - 10/03/19 05:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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First off, Liz did a great job with the lyrics! Now, you're musical interpretations of those lyrics are wonderful! What a cool song. You melodic choices along with that style is really enjoyable all the way around.

I'm not sure if I mentioned this before but there is something very John Denver-ish to your writing style to me. If you knew how much I love John Denver songs, that statement would probably have much more impact.

May I ask how you did the harmonies/backing vocals? They sound slightly synthetic, but not too much to me. I actually really like that sound. Just super tight supporting backing vocals. Very cool in my book.

Thanks again for another great song. It's stuck in my head in all the right ways. smile Great job Joanne!
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#557561 - 10/03/19 05:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Joanne,

I agree with HTL - there is a John Denver vibe, for sure...

A really nice arrangement, nice use of BIAB. And a good mix.

fj

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#557570 - 10/03/19 06:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Wonderful write, arrangement and performance. Enjoyed my listen. Your folk sound is a great niche for you and fits you well. Check out the DADGAD tunings RT's by Quinn Bachand. While the RT's may not fit every song you write, the tuning will. Tune your guitar to DADGAD for your next write and see where it may take you.
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#557578 - 10/03/19 07:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Beautiful. Well done!
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#557581 - 10/03/19 07:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Nice work, Joanne smile This is the kind of tune you can listen to and it just puts you in a good mood. Very upbeat and pretty, and I found the mix to be lush as well. Some really great instrumentation on this one, and a really well rounded track.

Thanks for sharing!
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#557674 - 10/04/19 12:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Stellar vocals as usual. I don't hear anything synthetic in the harmonies.
A really nice arrangement to support the song based around a lovely melody and chord progression.
Top stuff.
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#557747 - 10/04/19 12:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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This is taking me back to as been said before John Denver / Olivia newton John style.

Beautiful vocals fit this to a T.

And delivered in a beautiful easy listen way .

Thanks
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#557790 - 10/04/19 04:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Joanne,
Beautiful vocals, phrasing stands out too! Mix is open and airy! Listens very well.
Enjoyed it.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.

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#557800 - 10/04/19 04:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Joanne,
Beautiful vocals, phrasing stands out too! Mix is open and airy! Listens very well.
Enjoyed it.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.


I agree. Your harmonies are perfect. As usual you have raised the bar again.

Super song.
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#558010 - 10/06/19 11:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Hi Joanne,

Everything sits nice and comfortably in this presentation... the music, the lyrics, your vocals. As I listened, I kept on thinking, "Joanne has such a great voice. She carries these lyrics and tells Liz's story very, very well. The musical setting of them is excellent."

As others before me, I also noticed the hint of John Denver weaving its way through this presentation. And I say that as a sincere compliment.

In short, I really enjoyed listening.

All the best,
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#558020 - 10/06/19 01:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Joanne, exceptional from start to finish.

The vocal work is extraordinary, which simply matches the caliber of the lyrics.

Really enjoyed this.
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#558050 - 10/06/19 11:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Dear Ms. Cooper & Ms. Petty...

The title of your song, Whispers of You, is lovely and evocative enough to have its own music heard in the simple speaking of those words…but in a whisper, of course smile . The title can't help but evoke the mutual experience of shared intimacy, as in 'into me, see'.

Also, you can't go wrong as a songwriter when the lyrics composed by Ms. Petty find their inspiration in the near-inexpressibly beautiful things she observes in our Mother Nature that rival the beauty we see within (and without) the persons we give our love to, and whom we hope will accept it from us, and give it back.

What I mean is, this Earth feeds us, shelters us, clothes us, provides us with enough mundane and mystical wonders to contemplate for the span of our entire lives, and all these things are given to us absolutely freely by Her, without us even having to ask for them. Now, if that ain't love of the unconditional kind, I don't what is. All we have to do, is follow her example, and I get the strong sense that you and Ms. Petty are doing just that, through the way the lyrics discover and explore the way human beings' feelings for each other are mirrored in the moods and movements of 'Nature'.

Musically speaking, I really like the way the voices are doubled and delayed in section C of the song. They have the rhythm of waves that rush to the shore, retreat, and then return to the shore, ceaselessly, inevitably and, perhaps, joyfully. Who knows? At the very least, you could say they are always there for each other, ha, ha smile !!! The Real Tracks underscoring your arrangement radiate warmth, and a sense of the peace and contentment that comes from two hearts/people/lovers that have committed to each other.

It’s a reflective, refreshing, and reassuring song. Thank you and Ms. Petty for unveiling it on the User's Forum!

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#558052 - 10/07/19 12:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Joanne,
Never easy following Loren, lovely folk feel, pretty vocals, and harmonies, nice lyrics and a good mix.

Top stuff.

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#558093 - 10/07/19 09:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Really nice song all the way around.......lyrics, melody, arrangement/mix, and of course, the vocals!!! Great job Joanne!! Take care. Greg

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#558142 - 10/07/19 03:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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As always you show just how good you are with a traditional folk feel. Perfect for your vocals.

And what a nice lyric you had to work with!

Well done...

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#558152 - 10/07/19 05:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Another gem from you, I listened several times which is always a good sign that you've done something well.
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#558278 - 10/08/19 11:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Enjoyable folk tune with great band. I like especially the strong chorus and vocals & harmonies there. Beautiful nature imagery in lyrics.

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#558309 - 10/08/19 01:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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You and this style of music are a natural match. Love the imagery and alliteration in the lyric and your melodic and rhythmic rendering of them is spot on. The band sounds great, smooth on the bottom and light and percussive on the top...kind of like those clouds blowing in the sky. Very, very nice. Congrats on 8. It's not a race or a contest. It's a challenge.
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#558334 - 10/08/19 08:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Whispers of You [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Good arrangement and lyrics, melodic, well sung. Simply put, really nice! laugh

Nits:

For some reason, the delayed vocal (you can hear it at 2:00) had a sort of digital delay vibe, which felt out of place given how "natural" the rest of the arrangement was. Which is ironic if you consider that all the BiaB instruments are actually digital manipulations of sorts. crazy

The mandolin seemed a bit aggressive. I love the mandolin, but perhaps it was a bit too forward in the mix. Or not.

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Everything else. wink
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