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#568515 - 12/03/19 09:44 PM [User Showcase] Rising from the Dead
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Hi, all:

First off, I just listened to a host of impressive tunes tonight. Seriously great stuff . . . and this new offering likely pales in comparison. But here we go nonetheless . . . with fingers-crossed. smile

I started writing this song when I was vacationing in Italy this past summer. The hook/refrain came to me while on a boat out of Porto Santo Stefano, sailing along the Maremma coast. It took these past few months to finish the lyric and tune--and a bit longer to find its way into a BIAB production.

I had thought I'd keep the production fairly stripped, but then came across the Breathe Reso Acoustic Folk Rock song style . . . and went with it . . . though I subbed out and added some. Hope it's worth the listen.

Here's the song:

RISING FROM THE DEAD

Here are the lyrics:

Driving north to nowhere out of Rome
from the grasp of ghostly fingers round my soul.
With every turn and every mile
my face recalls a buried smile
that hints of freedom I have never known
in the rolling fields and hills that lie ahead . . .
As I drive along these Tuscan roads
I’m rising from the dead.

Gliding cross the blue Tyrrhenian Sea—
the sun and wind upon my skin, and I can breathe.
In the boneyards I forgot
the things I am and those I’m not,
and here I’ve found the better part of me.
So the emails on my phone all go unread . . .
As I sail along the Maremma coast
I’m rising from the dead.

And I’m trying to leave it all behind;
in my mind, to break the ties that bind.
So the New York City push and pull
that tears my soul and wears my will
it somehow seems to vanish more in time,
as I find me in my head . . .
Underneath these Tuscan skies
I’m rising from the dead.

Some day that life will call me home
and lay its claim to my body and my bones.
And if that’s meant to be somehow
it don’t matter much to me right now,
I’m worlds away in a heaven all my own.
‘Cause the sun just turned the sky Barolo red . . .
As it dips beneath the Tuscan hills
I’m rising from the dead.

And here's the band:

Bass: 3121 PopHalfNotes Push
Drums: Real Blues Rock
Guitar: Acoustic Strum 362
Guitar: 12 String Acoustic 1118
Mandolin: Background American Folk 3150
Accordion: Rhythm Pop8ths 1752

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#568520 - 12/03/19 10:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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Great job! A sunny track - one can feel wonderful Italy through your singing ... and one can feel you refreshed by it as you sing. Loved it.
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#568532 - 12/04/19 12:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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It took until the 2nd stanza to catch up with the rhyming scheme - from tehre all was sweet sailing for my lazy brain.
This is very cool and the minimal backing works really well.
Excellent.
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#568537 - 12/04/19 01:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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Yeah! I love the mood you set with this. Great job on the write, I love songs that take you to another place.

Nice production and mix, and I've always been a fan of your vocal.

Very much enjoyed, went along well with my first cup of morning coffee.

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#568581 - 12/04/19 07:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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What a tune - it really sets a nice mod, and the production is top notch here. Really tremendous vocals too. The whole thing flows remarkably well.

Thanks for sharing smile
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#568625 - 12/04/19 11:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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This rolls along beautifully both lyrically, with nice details in the travelogue, and musically. I like this style for the song and, no surprise your vocals command attention ( Whatever you`re doing on the processing- its working to a T for your voice).
Very good work... and uplifting- as the title suggests!

Robert

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#568673 - 12/04/19 03:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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That is awesome work Deej!! As I was listening I was hoping for a powerful chorus to come in and follow those great first couple of verses and you sure delivered it! Great instrumentation choices with a super vocal! Perfect title!! Thanks, Torrey


Edited by Torrey Bliss (12/04/19 03:49 PM)
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#568741 - 12/05/19 05:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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Hello DJ,

I think that everyone who has ever been to the Tuscan (during the right time of the year) will agree that this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. (And that's even without mentioning the wine and the food...). So 'Rising from the Dead' is such a good phrase for describing what one MUST feel when he's there if he doesn't have a heart of stone..

And you really wrapped this feeling in a wonderful song - the backing track is the right one, the lyrics are most beautiful and your singing (especially when your voice is climbing the Tuscan heights) is really remarkable.

A brilliant production which gave me a most pleasant listen.

All the ebst,

Stefan

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#568750 - 12/05/19 06:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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Love this song, Deej!

Great lyrics and an excellent vocal performance. Makes me want to visit Italy. smile Your BIAB style choice works well for this tune. Bravo!

Marc

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#568789 - 12/05/19 09:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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A great write from what seems to have been a great experience for you...
I believe you have deftly captured your personal experience...
And conveyed it to me...
So that I feel like I was there on your journey...
Very nicely done!
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#568797 - 12/05/19 10:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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not bad at all love the folksy style!

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#569018 - 12/06/19 12:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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Cool song, Deej. A good write, an interesting lyric start to finish.

Great BAND choices. And a good mix. Terrific drum sound. Good vocal, of course.

Enjoyed it.

fj

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#569301 - 12/08/19 04:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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Really enjoy your vocals. This is also a very cool song

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#569431 - 12/08/19 08:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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Loved it - rolled along just beautifully and a wonderful rousing vocal.

Great stuff.

Peter

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#569613 - 12/09/19 07:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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James, rayc, Dave, Deryk, Robert, Torrey, Stefan, Marc, Jim, Evenios, Floyd, Scott and Peter:

Thanks to you all for the listen and kind feedback. Every time I listen to this it brings me back to that moment on the boat. Vacation memories CAN last, lol!

My best to you all,

Deej

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#569685 - 12/10/19 08:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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Really, really like this. An excellent song. I think what jumps out most for me are the moments when I'm feeling like I'm listening to a performance at something like Austin City Limits. There are several points where the music transcends the instruments, and you just get lost in the song - only the best songs can do that.

Its great as is, but if you were to add more layers and some backing vocals or make it a duet with a smooth but crystal clear voice in the vein of Leann Rimes or Carrie Underwood I think it would be completely different but really cool, especially those parts where the vocals soar into the high ranges. As I said, just an idea, but with a song this strong, the possibilities for variations are endless.
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#569776 - 12/10/19 04:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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This is REALLY, REALLY good!!! Wonderful lyrics, wonderful music, and a great band to back it!! You sang the heck out of it too!! I visited Italy for the first time last Summer. Beautiful country, wonderful people! Loved this!! Take care. Greg

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#569832 - 12/10/19 09:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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Terrific song and a terrific voice, I enjoyed it a great deal. Nice to learn a little geography in the process, you got me looking up Maremma and Barolo.
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#570047 - 12/11/19 10:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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Ed, Greg and TuneMonger:

Thanks to you each for the listen and supportive feedback. Means a lot!

Ed: Yeah, some backing vocal could make this shine more . . . just wasn't sure about the where and how, so kept it simple. I ended up going bigger than I intended originally on the music tracks, so also didn't want to weigh it down with additional vocals. But it's worth revisiting when I get some space and better skills.

Greg: My last trip this summer was #5 for me . . . and I can't wait to go back. Curious . . . where'd you go?

TuneMonger: Wine-o-philes can likely call me out on this song. Barolo is from the Piedmont area . . . It would be more in keeping with the song to sing "Brunello red" but "Barolo" just sang better--dunno why. So I went with it.

My best to each of you,

Deej

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#570048 - 12/11/19 11:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rising from the Dead [Re: Deej56]
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First and foremost: excellent vocal performance.

Good write, interesting arrangement, good mix, catchy chorus.

Enjoyed the listen. smile
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