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#602730 - 06/19/20 09:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Wow.
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#602738 - 06/19/20 11:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Wow, Greg - this song is fantastic. I really liked the comment from Dave about the chord progression, but I also totally agree with Dave about not analyzing it. This song is poignant, lyrical, and melancholy, and absolutely beautiful. I could totally imagine hearing this song being played on TV, or radio, or in a movie.

Bravo!
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#602759 - 06/19/20 03:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Nice one Greg , ballads are definitely your thing, nice lyrics and heart felt singing Just Beuutiiffull !!
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#602781 - 06/19/20 06:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
Congrats on this amazing piece of music! Beautiful. Enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#603397 - 06/23/20 11:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Greg Johnson]
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A good melancholy ballad touches me, big sadness in the lyrics, chording and the melody. Your voice has always sounded great, but now there is even an extra bit of breaking vulnerability. From the title to the mellow arrangement, every part has found its position in this beautiful perfect work of art.

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#604835 - 07/02/20 02:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
This is just so nice, Greg! Sad, yet tender. I enjoyed the minimal number of backing tracks. Exactly enough with no overkill. A wonderful lyric wrapped in a heartfelt, emotion arrangement. I also like that you end the choruses, and the song, by going to the minor 6 chord rather than resolving to the tonic. It adds an extra touch of sadness that the song endears. Loved it!

Best to you and yours. Be safe ...

Alan


Thanks so much Alan for that wonderful review! Loving your instrumentals lately.....I should say still!! Take care. Greg

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#604836 - 07/02/20 02:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
Lovely intimate vocal with nary a errant noise.
WONDERFUL capture.
Lovely, lovely song.


Thanks Ray!! Enjoyed hearing your new rocker (instrumental so far) this morning! Take care. Greg

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#604837 - 07/02/20 02:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Man, I'm not going to even try and analyse this, it would cheapen it somehow.

Simply sublime!


Thanks Dave! That is a wonderful compliment! Always love hearing your stuff!! Take care. Greg

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#604838 - 07/02/20 02:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: musician17]
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Originally Posted By: musician17
Beautiful! It reminds me of some of Sting's best work. Well done!


Thanks so much James!! I'm a huge Sting fan, so that is as high a compliment as I can get in my book!! Take care. Greg

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#605028 - 07/03/20 04:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

Nice Song! Very beautiful.
It reminds me of "The shadow of Your Smile" in some way.
Your vocal fits this perfectly.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#605040 - 07/03/20 06:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: VideoTrack]
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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Really well produced Greg, and a little different form your usual material, but nonetheless absolutely enjoyable.

Frankly, you've demonstrated another dimension to your talents. Big vocal range, provided with lots of precision.

This song encompasses remarkable lyrics, encapsulated in a really well delivered performance.


Thanks so much Trevor! Love you new one!! Take care. Greg

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#605042 - 07/03/20 06:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
BE.A.U.TI.FUL!!!

This is as good as it gets.

Adele and Celine Dion should be fighting over who gets to record this. IF Barbara Streisand would let them have a chance at it first...

Yesterday, we were listening to some Judy Collins... "Send In The Clowns" and "The Moon's A Harsh Mistress". This stands up to either of those. You mentioned Dianne Warren in your review of my current post. She can't even touch this. Not even close.

Songwriting at its very best.

Your vocal and your production of it are every bit a match for the song quality. GORGEOUS. WOW.

YOU should be a HUGE star. This should be a HUGE hit. Oscar should be calling..

fj


WOW! Thanks so much my friend!! I'm tempted to print this review and put it on my studio wall for inspirations!! Many, many thanks!! Take care. Greg

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#605079 - 07/04/20 03:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

Beautiful sang! And what nice song it is. I'm impressed!
Don't know what to say more, considering all what's been said here.

Take care,
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#605091 - 07/04/20 05:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Greg Johnson]
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I really enjoyed this track, and I agree with the other commentors that the sparse track backing fit perfectly with your theme, the melody, and the feel.

But I was mostly concentrating on the singability of your lyric:

Lots of open "O" sounds in the lyric--blow, echo.know, lonliness, show, so cold---perfect choices for your mellow voice and for capturing the feel. And I love your choice of matching the first line ending ("gone") with a second line ending that is kind of a clever rhyme scheme--"lonliness", so the rhyme isn't on the last syllable, or using "echo"--emphasis on the first syllable, but the rhyme on the second syllable. This is getting kind of deep into lyric construction, but I'm guessing you realized this when you made your choices.

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#605167 - 07/04/20 04:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Greg Johnson]
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What a lovely song Greg! The haunting melody fits the lyrics so well! Your vocals are absolutely stellar!! Great work! Thanks, T
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#605174 - 07/04/20 04:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
Fantastic ballad. Lovely. Beautiful (and sad) lyrics. A+ hook line "The moon just seems to know". I like it!


Thanks so much for your support and kind words! Much appreciated!! Take care. Greg

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#605175 - 07/04/20 04:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Robertkc]
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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Greg,
A lovely song that sounds like a great movie ballad. The simple arrangement works well and your vocals ( performance and processing) are up there with your best.
Very well done!

Robert


Thanks so much Robert! Always enjoy your stuff!! Take care. Greg

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#605409 - 07/06/20 03:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Will Josef]
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Originally Posted By: Will Josef
Really well done song - very beautiful indeed! Thanks a lot for sharing, Greg!

Will


Thanks for your kind words Will! Much appreciated!! Take care. Greg

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#605410 - 07/06/20 03:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: furry]
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Originally Posted By: furry
Greg this is really beautiful. You've got an amazing voice and this song is just perfect. LOVED EVERY BIT OF THIS ! Well done


Thanks so much Graham! Really appreciate your very kind words!! Take care. Greg

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#605412 - 07/06/20 03:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The Moon Just Seems to Know [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Floyd mentioned Babs, Adele, and Celine... I was thinking the same thing as I was listening.

Well written and recorded.

Bravo!


Really appreciate that Herb! Love your latest!! Take care. Greg

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