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#580662 - 02/13/20 08:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: I have No Answers (a song) [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Hans,

we've already talked so much about this song - no doubt you know that I (and Maha) like it a lot.

But I must admit that when I first read the lyrics fleetingly I, too, trapped in completely. Because I could never have imagined that there'd be any body under my sheets that doesn't belong to Maha, and I was full of respect when I read that you - and I do know your age - can still make Marijke purr (although I thought it was a bit inappropriate to mention that publicly). I was slihtly irritated to read that you served her food since you hadn't told me that she was ill... But getting wild at the sight of a few birds - ha, now I get the picture.

Well, seriously, it's a clever song in all aspects and it was really huge fun to have those weird discussions with you and I don't mind that they kept me from sleepingfor for three entire nights...

I do love your humor and the enormous passion that you have for everytghing you do, so I'm really looking forward to our next round of exchanging very strange e-mails. ;-)))

Just another great song, obviously made of strong Haaelem birch wood.

Take good care, Hans, and keep 'em coming!

What do you mean, 'The guitar's out of tune'?

#580676 - 02/13/20 10:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: I have No Answers (a song) [Re: Birchwood]
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Good song, Hans, nice writing and as always I like your vocal tone and phrasing.

Good job on the track too, mix sounds good!

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#580699 - 02/13/20 01:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: I have No Answers (a song) [Re: Birchwood]
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Loved your vocal on this. Lyric was very well done. Backtrack was perfect for the song. Well done
Scott Collingwood

#580846 - 02/14/20 03:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: I have No Answers (a song) [Re: Birchwood]
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I liked your tune, but to be honest, I think I like your cat more. It is just a a matter of taste. Tune can entertain for minutes - cat for years. Back to the music subject. I think this was one challenging arrangement! I do not know, maybe it is hiding behind vocals, but it flows very well. That is one challenging aspect of writing good music - making complex things go in the easy way. A universal subject tune, but it has a lot of your signature & presence. Vocals are clear and sit well! Compliments to Stefan & Maha. Enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing.


#581097 - 02/16/20 02:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: I have No Answers (a song) [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Torrey, Stefan, Dave, Scott and Misha,

Thank you all for the compliments on the song. Especcially the comments on cats. So far I only count one cat hater (Stefan).
And thanks in particulair to find the time to listen, because on the forum are a lot of new, and mostly, good songs made with the help of BiaB. But these many songs also create the problem listening to them all. That is getting more difficult now, at least to me. Maybe we must start a discussion how we must deal with this in the future (?)

Torrey, you made a very nice compliment to my cat and me. And you haven't seen his sister yet (for next song)! All my former cats died around the age of 19. Yours have some time to go and these two are 11 months old. And their mother is 2...
But about the song; thanks for your opinion!

Stefan, although it entered too slowly in your head I was singing about a cat, and it turned out you are not fond of cats or cat-like creatures, you still managed to give me some advise about my use of the English language! I am very happy with your effort on my lyrics as I told you over and over again. But, as you know, I am also (a little bit) stubborn, because I am Dutch and you a German and I will not follow advise just like that. So some of my 'mistakes' are still in the lyrics. And I like that ;-)
But I really appreciate your efforts on the song, although for outsiders it doesn't look like that. One day we make a song together. Some blues, perhaps?

Hi Dave, yes I'm proud of the fact you appreciate my voice. Every time when I record something this crosses my mind (and I have to start all over). I hope to continue this, but tell me if it doesn't!

Scott, thanks for your judgement! It pleases me I have done the job that earned that.

Misha, I was afraid you had missed this song, but luckily for me you didn't. And I agree with you. I too like my cat(s) more than myself. But I can make songs, they only noise! And speaking about songmaking, you consider this song being a challenge making it? Well to tell you the truth, it was, but that has to do with that cat hating Stefan telling me all my grammar was wrong! No, that's a joke, but the song was not so difficult to do. Only the vocalparts took me some more time. I hadn't done recordings like this before, at least not often. And Stefan told me again and again my vocals weren't in line, while I was already happy with the results. On that part I decided to listen to him and repeated the recordings... And I'm really glad I did. Although I nearly was hating the song at that time.

So, thanks again everyone,
Hans Berkhout

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