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#561913 - 11/01/19 08:31 AM [User Showcase] Long Lonely Christmas
Registered: 06/29/19
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As we all know it takes a while to write these things and in this case I started this song and two other Christmas songs last Christmas. I didn't get them finished before the season was over and no one wants to hear a Christmas song in January (maybe not early November as well). So I told myself that this year I would pick them back up at the beginning of October and get them done. I know this is early, but I'm going to be away for most of this month and without access to what I need to get these recorded. So without further excuses...here is my November song number 15 in my song a month challenge for 2019.

A little bit of info on this song.. I had the unfortunate position of watching a friend of mine have his relationship fall apart around Christmas over a decade ago. I never intended to write about it, but it basically wrote itself. Incidentally the friend is doing great now and as a song writer himself has no issues with the song (just to stop the hate mail).

A little about the recording.. I've done my best to record this in the style of the Everly Brothers stage act of the late 80's early 90's. I had the pleasure of seeing them 3 times. The last time was with my Dad just before he passed away unexpectedly. I was already a big fan of Don and Phil, but this cemented them there. When ever I hear them I think about my Dad and about the great night we had.

Bass - 519 Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes
Piano - 1564 Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm IslandJohn
Drums - PopCalypso
Guitar1 - 1175 Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm PopCalypso
Guitar2 - 1177 Guitar, High-Strung Acoustic, Rhythm PopCalypso
Piano 2 - 2026 Piano, Acoustic, Soloist CountryJohn
Main Vocal - Troy Schiewe (me)
Harmony - Generated with BIAB

Each track generated and saved as a wave file and then mixed with Reaper.

Link to song on -----> SoundCloud
Long Lonely Christmas
Words and Music by Troy Schiewe
Copyright 2019

It's been a long lonely Christmas
I'm sitting here by the phone
It's been a long long lonely Christmas
I'm missing you tonight

On the street there are carolers
On TV a Christmas Parade
But I don't feel much like smiling
No I can't play that charade

It's been a long lonely Christmas
I'm sitting here by the phone
It's been a long long lonely Christmas
I'm wishing you come back home

I don't know what I said or done
But somehow I drove you away
And all I really want for Christmas this year
Is for you to come back home to stay

It's been a long lonely Christmas
I'm sitting here by the phone
It's been a long long lonely Christmas
I'm wishing you come back home
I'm wishing you come back home




Edited by Troy Schiewe (11/01/19 08:38 AM)

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#561949 - 11/01/19 12:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Long Lonely Christmas [Re: Troy Schiewe]
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Hi Troy,

This sounds excellent!

You've created a wonderful backing group with BIAB that provides the perfect showcase for your terrific vocals.

You sure know how to write, arrange and present a thoroughly engaging song. I enjoyed everything about this.

All the best
Noel
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#561965 - 11/01/19 01:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Long Lonely Christmas [Re: Troy Schiewe]
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This is a belter of a sad Christmas hit, and as Noel said excellently done.

I loved the vocals.

Thanks
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#561972 - 11/01/19 02:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: Long Lonely Christmas [Re: Troy Schiewe]
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Really nice backing, narrative and vocal performance.
The 2nd voice is may be a little loud as in the beginning I wasn't sure which was the main. I made an assumption based on the latter entry of one compared to another - perhaps lower the 2nd/harmony voice a little just for verse one?
It seems a little odd to have the piano solo over to one side though.
Lovely song.
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#562000 - 11/01/19 05:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Long Lonely Christmas [Re: Troy Schiewe]
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I kind of get a Roy Orbison feel on this one. Well mixed and the vocals sound good to me.
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#562019 - 11/01/19 08:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Long Lonely Christmas [Re: Troy Schiewe]
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Troy, great arrangement, quality vocals and fantastic Christmas song.

I really enjoyed the mix, and you generated special interest by starting the song with the chorus.

Well done.
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#562039 - 11/01/19 09:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Long Lonely Christmas [Re: Troy Schiewe]
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Hi Troy ...

This is the first of your songs I've had the pleasure to listen to. Sure am glad I clicked onto this!

Great song and your vocals are excellent. Very nice backing tracks ... excellent selection!

That was a real nice listen! Wishing you the very best ...

Alan


Edited by Al-David (11/01/19 09:42 PM)
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#562047 - 11/01/19 11:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Long Lonely Christmas [Re: Troy Schiewe]
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Memorable chorus, solid verses that give the outline of the story and the feel of the season without getting stuck in details, good arrangement, well sung, nice harmony.

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#562104 - 11/02/19 08:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Long Lonely Christmas [Re: Troy Schiewe]
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Hey everyone, I know I don't post comments very often, that's just because I never really know what to say. But I just wanted to thank you all for all the comments both complementary and constructive. It's helped me immensely in my songwriting and I do really appreciate you all.

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#562334 - 11/03/19 10:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Long Lonely Christmas [Re: Troy Schiewe]
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I'm bit in a melancholy Christmas mood because of the darkness outside, so this song really touches right now. Beautiful melody, nice longing lyrics, heartfelt singing, good mix.

Janne

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#562848 - 11/06/19 06:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Long Lonely Christmas [Re: Troy Schiewe]
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A nicely written Christmas song...
Your vocals remind me of Dwight Yoakum...
And I enjoyed listening...
Merry Christmas!
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