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Not so long ago I set myself the task of writing a song that could be used equally well for an anniversary waltz, for something to sing to someone special (say a newly born baby) or even a song to sing to a favourite non-human, four-legged family member.

This is where that challenge led me. I hope it brings someone or something special to mind as you listen.




Please feel free to comment on any aspect of the song or its production.

Regards,
Noel

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The Tracks
RealTracks: 927:Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Waltz Sw 085 ('A' only)
RealTracks: 1700:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryWaltz Sw 085
RealTracks: 824:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Country Waltz Sw 085
RealTracks: 2043:Mandolin, Soloist CountryWaltzAndy Sw 085
RealDrums:CountryWaltz^3-a:Brushes, Swirl , b:Sidestick, HiHat


The Production
§ The piano Realtrack (#1700) was generated and its MIDI notation was used to create the backing track. EZ Keys Upright Piano was used as the softsynth.

§ Because the jazz bass Realtrack (#927) sounded a little too jazzy sometimes, I used the RT's notation to generate MIDI. This was the starting place for the bass line. The MIDI was modified as needed and channeled through the softsynth Garritan Jazz and Big Band 3 sold by PG Music.

§ I created a wav track for the MIDI bass in Reaper and CLA's Signature series for Bass was used to add some growl to the bass.

§ Vocals - processed through Nectar 2

§ Final Mix - processed through Ozone 8

§ In summary... the backing uses two Realtracks, Realdrums and two MIDI tracks where the MIDI tracks were created from Realtrack notation.


The Lyrics
When I see a rainbow
Bending over blue sky
And its colours of happiness, elegant and calm
I smile ‘cause I remember
That happy day I met you
When you, like a rainbow, were bursting with charm

The day you stepped into my life
You came as a vision made from heaven
The day you stepped into my life with me
I remember it, unforgettably

As though you strolled in on a sunbeam
A festival of daylight
That moment was amazing, incredible, divine
You could have been an angel
Dressed in threads of rainbow
On an almighty mission of glorious design

The day you stepped into my life
You came as a vision made from heaven
The day you stepped into my life with me
I will always treasure that memory
The day you stepped into my life with me
Oh I remember it, unforgettably
Oh so unforgettably

©2019 Noel Adams, words and music, all rights reserved


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This is a beautiful song, I loved the use of the mandolin.
As always Noel you nailed the vocals , this appears to be a universal song and one that leaves the listener guessing as to who/what its about.

I was actually Thinking the only follow up to this would be a Movie to star this song in.

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Hi Noel. This is fantastic. I am most impressed with the phrasing.

The harmony in the last verse gave a sensational unexpected added dimension.

I really liked the rhyming style using on lines 3 and 6.

Moreover, how brilliant is this:
"You could have been an angel
Dressed in threads of rainbow"

Excellent, everywhere.

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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Hi Noel. This is fantastic. I am most impressed with the phrasing.

The harmony in the last verse gave a sensational unexpected added dimension.

I really liked the rhyming style using on lines 3 and 6.

Moreover, how brilliant is this:
"You could have been an angel
Dressed in threads of rainbow"

Excellent, everywhere.

Trev


I don't normally quote someone else's review, but Trev pretty much said exactly what I was thinking.

Excellent!

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Noel,

A very nice song. Such a nice sentiment. Well presented.

The arrangement works well. Good mix. Strong vocal.

This could work well as a song in a movie - or as the music to a slide show showing at an anniversary party as a shared life rolls on...

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Beautiful. You have a distinct voice and the song is simply beautifully crafted. You had my attention from beginning to end, which doesn't always happen with me and every song, haha. Good job!

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Heavenly lyrics sung like an angel smile Beautiful melody and chording, everything works in that sunny carefree world.

I like how smoothly you managed to use a word unforgettably in the end of the chorus. It is so easy to concentrate on the story and your voice that I had to work to pay attention to the nicely flowing arrangement - highlights are the bass sound and the mandolin part.

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Very nice use of both midi and RT's, along with a lovely calming vocal track,

Nice set of lyrics and Trevor review said it elegantly.

A very pretty production (agree with floyd it would be an excellent song playing along with a slideshow).

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Got my positive thinking daily requirement with this gem, and that voice is always a treat as well. Nice going as usual!


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Noel,

What a terrific vocal here, accentuated by near perfect production . . . pretty, pretty song. The melody keeps surprising, pulling as it goes on. Awesome!

My very humble regards,

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Laid back vocal, positive message, nice mix, cheerfully sung.

The day you stepped into my life with me
I remember it, unforgettably


The lyrics says "unforgettable", but details are supplied by the listener.

Mission accomplished - generic "feel good" about unspecified someone song. smile


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Originally Posted By: beatmaster
This is a beautiful song, I loved the use of the mandolin.
As always Noel you nailed the vocals , this appears to be a universal song and one that leaves the listener guessing as to who/what its about.

I was actually Thinking the only follow up to this would be a Movie to star this song in.

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Hi Beatmaster,

Thank you! I appreciate your time and your thoughts.

All the best,
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Excellent writing Noel as was the bass journey.
About 27 years ago I wrote a musical with a friend and we set ourselves the task of making the BIG love song not gender specific. It took a mind twist way back then but once started it came easily and was/is a cracker.
He'd have loved BIAB as a superb musician and secondary school music master he was no musical snob and enjoyed midi at the time. Sadly he died 20 years ago so missed all this fun.
The lyrics, melody and setting work very, very well.
Congratulations on creating a standard.


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Hi Noel,

That is a very nice song. I really liked it. And I hear (almost) everytime when you sing the voice of Robin Gibb (BeeGees). I know you don't know who he is, but still you sound like him.

It's so nice doing a song with just a few instruments, like the piano and the mandoline. The last one is becomming increasingly populair. I hear it in a lot of songs, use it myself (or variations like ic the mandola. It is a very good instruments for soft songs.

So I think you have done a good job with making this song with those nice lyrics. I now use them to ease my two young cats. And they listen!!! One just fell asleep in front of my pc, not far from the keyboard (true).

Have a nice day,
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Ever seen a lady waltzing with her dog? Well I just did smile

I don't know if you started with a style or "rolled your own" but that is a
very nice choice of RT's.

"As though you strolled in on a sunbeam
A festival of daylight'

One of the many nice lines...so visual!

As others have alluded to the entire production is very cinematic.

Janice just said she was, in her head (an interesting place smile ) waltzing with Fred Astaire...instead of Ginger.

Great production in all aspects, a fine vocal delivery and the harmony iced the lovely cake.

Kudos!!!

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I like this. Nice and melodic.

Enjoyable listen.

Good job.


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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Hi Noel. This is fantastic. I am most impressed with the phrasing.

The harmony in the last verse gave a sensational unexpected added dimension.

I really liked the rhyming style using on lines 3 and 6.

Moreover, how brilliant is this:
"You could have been an angel
Dressed in threads of rainbow"

Excellent, everywhere.

Trev

Hi Trev,

Welcome to my thread smile and thank you for taking time to have a listen and to comment.

I'm really glad that you quoted those lines. It took my brain quite a while to arrive at the lyrics for verse 2 and when I did, they brought imagery with them that seemed to lift the whole song in my mind - so I kept them. Every time I sing these lines now, I get images of my sons being born... those moments were the most amazing I've ever experienced in a lifetime.

Thanks again for taking the time.
Noel




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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Hi Noel. This is fantastic. I am most impressed with the phrasing.

The harmony in the last verse gave a sensational unexpected added dimension.

I really liked the rhyming style using on lines 3 and 6.

Moreover, how brilliant is this:
"You could have been an angel
Dressed in threads of rainbow"

Excellent, everywhere.

Trev


I don't normally quote someone else's review, but Trev pretty much said exactly what I was thinking.

Excellent!

Thanks, Dave. It's always good to see you. Appreciate the visit.

All the best,
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Excellent to be Noel. Your songs have such positive messages. Another super vocal and lyric. Well done


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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Noel,

A very nice song. Such a nice sentiment. Well presented.

The arrangement works well. Good mix. Strong vocal.

This could work well as a song in a movie - or as the music to a slide show showing at an anniversary party as a shared life rolls on...

fj

Hey floyd,

I appreciate your dropping in. Thank you for listening and commenting.

All the best,
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