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#557752 - 10/04/19 01:07 PM [User Showcase] Merry Christmas
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Thought I'd get my Christmas song (for this year) in early! haha. Would love to hear your honest as always thoughts on it - thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment!

EDIT: just edited the song a little - wasn't happy with a couple of things. New version up now.

https://audiomack.com/song/jamesdelsono/merry-christmas

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Merry Christmas - 4 October 2019
File:Merry Christmas - 5 October 2019 C.SGU
Key=Bb , Tempo 65, Length (m:s)=5:39
No intro. 88 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 88. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
Soloist track has 195 notes, Soloist harmony is < no harmony >(0)
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Soloist is saved with the song : Vibes,Sol,JazzBaladSteveSw60 (1226)
Style is _MMRIVER.STY (Mmm River Gospel 12-8 with Vocal)

RealTracks in style: 1922:Bass, Electric, TexasBluesRockSlow12-8 Sw 060
RealTracks in style: 2734:Organ, Rhythm BluesSlow128Mike Sw 065
RealTracks in style: 1923:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm TexasBluesRockSlow12-8Brent Sw 060
RealTracks in style: 3320:Multi[Chorus] VocalMms, VocalMms, VocalMms, VocalMms, VocalMms, VocalMms, VocalMms, VocalMms,
RealDrums [in style:Pop128^4-a:Sidestick Brushes , b:SideStick, HiHat

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christmas is here, it's within our sight;
And choirs of children do sing "Silent Night";
Christmas is here, and, try as we might,
Christmas, at last, has now arrived.

The kids gorge on sweets and play with their toys;
The grown-ups eat well and make loads of noise ...
The pets play together, the cat with the dog,
The snow falls at last, 'mid mist, rain and fog.

Christmas is here - it's come once again
To tell us a child has been born, God made Man.
To tell us the fables of days long ago
When wise men came bearing gold, incense and myrrh.

[BRIDGE]

Santa has left; with him, the Christ Child,
Whom legend tells us were ever so mild;
The grown-ups yawn loudly and slowly retire
The children look up and play with a smile.

Christmas is over, and so we resume
Our daily routines, for New Year now looms;
The cat and the dog go fight as before,
The goodwill's for Christmas - and here no more.

[VIBES SOLO]

Christmas has gone, and with it all our light;
New Year is coming - oh Lord, see our plight;
Be patient Thou, Lord, if you can still abide
Our frail human nature, and it's not too late.

When stars shine in skies and people believe
In magical tales that wonder do give,
When Santa flies past and the Christ Child is here,
Stay with us, Lord, for evening draws near.


Edited by musician17 (10/05/19 12:04 AM)
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#557755 - 10/04/19 01:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Well you just couldn't wait !!!.

Neither can I.. love xmas and loved your song, loads of lyrics must have been a killer to write.

Thanks
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#557757 - 10/04/19 01:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Wow, thank you beatmaster!!! I actually wrote the lyrics last year and left them somewhere, forgotten about ... and now that it's two months to Christmas, I remembered them and thought I'd finally set them to music :-)

Thanks for such nice comments! :-)
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#557893 - 10/05/19 01:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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James,

An interesting reading. The music has a good "Christmas vibe" to it. The vocal is a little loud. I'd turn that down a bit and let ot "sit in the music".

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#557905 - 10/05/19 03:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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A good Christmas song is still a good Christmas song regardless of the time of year, and you did a really good job on this one. Thanks for sharing!
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#557958 - 10/06/19 12:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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floyd jane: Thank you! Yes, everyone tells me, on every song (haha), that my vocals are too loud against the music. It must be my headphones or something! hahaha. I'll turn it down a notch and see what happens :-)

Ember: Thank you so much for your nice comments and, of course, for listening!
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#558008 - 10/06/19 11:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Hi James,

This is the very first Christmas song I've heard this year!

You have some nicely effective Christmas imagery in these lyrics.

The backing sounded very well suited to this presentation. It had a relaxed and friendly feel to it. My only thought, and I don't know if this was my headphones or my hearing, but as I listened, I kept wondering how this track would sound if the backing was around 3-4 decibels louder; it seemed a little on the quiet side to me.

I must say... I liked how the bridge is where 'Christmas arriving' transitions into 'Christmas leaving'... creative!

Thanks for posting.

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#558057 - 10/07/19 01:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Nice Christmas song, and a pleasant sounding backing.

Agree with floyd that the vocals could come down a notch or the backing up.

Nice work.

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#558060 - 10/07/19 02:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Noel and Peter F: thank you. I'll have a look at the vocal / backing track levels asap - when everyone says it, they're probably onto something :-) .

Noel: thanks for noticing the bridge placing :-) . Yes, it was deliberate - great that it was noticed!!! Thanks for such a detailed comment and for listening!

Peter F: thank you - gave it a try at creating a Christmas song :-) Thankfully, Christmas is still a couple of months away, so I can tinker with it, haha. Thanks so much for listening!
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#558100 - 10/07/19 10:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Nice one James!! Some cool lyrics and a good job with the narration! Well, you beat everybody (probably by a long shot) to the first Christmas release of the year! Take care. Greg

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#558112 - 10/07/19 10:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Haha, yes, I guess I have indeed beaten everyone to the first Christmas release of the year! :-) Thanks for every one of your kind words.
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#558527 - 10/10/19 06:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Nicely done, James smile I thought if flowed nicely and it definitely has those Christmassy vibes. Nothing wrong with it coming a little early - I found your vocal delivery to be very poignant as well.

Thanks for sharing!
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#558553 - 10/10/19 08:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Thanks so much Deryk! Really appreciate your comments and your taking the time to listen!
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#559432 - 10/16/19 09:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Nice early Christmas song smile

Well written (as always )and nice backing too.

Congrats on getting in there first!

J&B
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#559439 - 10/16/19 10:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Haha, thank you Janice & Bud ... much appreciated!!!
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#561174 - 10/28/19 11:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Traditional imagery in the lyrics always works for Christmas. Especially liked the use of VocalMms in the backing track.

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#561793 - 10/31/19 02:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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A nice early Christmas present song...
Very pleasant backing tracks & instrumentation...
Merry Christmas to you & yours!
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#561876 - 11/01/19 01:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Merry Christmas [Re: musician17]
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Mark and Jim: you're too kind, both of you. Thank you and enjoy Christmas when it does arrive :-)
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