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#621391 - 11/01/20 05:05 AM [User Showcase] You
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The idea for this song came from a dream in which I had a very strong emotion. When I woke up, I knew I had to write about it and the style should be soul with blues flavor. I found a very suitable BIAB style _PINE for the mood and I added some extra instruments. The hazyballad soloist has become one of my favorite RTs, it works so well in many different songs.

Unfortunately, the dream had almost no visual clues, so it wasn't easy task to describe that emotion in words without using obvious clichés. I'm satisfied with the end result, although it is still far from the feeling - I realized that there simply are no words for every detail. I hope you get a glimpse of my dream smile

Style is _PINE.STY (Pining Slow Pop Blues)

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3348:Guitar, Electric, Soloist HazyBallad ev16 070
2953:Strings, Rhythm JazzBalladPads Sw 060 (Held)

Bridge melody: VSTi The Orchestra/Oboe

Vocals by me

Mixed in Cakewalk by BandLab

Lyrics:
You were the first soul to touch me
you showed me how it feels to be loved.
You were the gift
I didn't deserve
but it's the only memory
that I wanted to preserve.

You were a spring that chose to run
in the bed of my life
a sudden flood, a breathtaking joy
the grace of nature squeezed the first time.

You were the first soul...

You were a spirit of the woods
crystallized for my sake
your full attention lightened the dusk
on my lips a fallen snowflake.

You were the first soul...

Only once in my lifetime
won't deny it now that I'm old
the highlight of my story
my candle you came to hold
it deserves to be told.

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Janne
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#621395 - 11/01/20 05:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Much that I liked in this...interesting melody, really nice way you "shadow" your vocal with either BGV's or other elements, and I thought the choice of instrumentation and style really fits the song idea. The chord movement was also quite interesting to me. Your lyric is both attention-keeping and artistic/creative in choice of words.

PS--I would be terrified to try to recount some of my dreams in song!! Good work, Janne!

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#621415 - 11/01/20 06:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Dreams often leave us wanting a new language to express them. Music is an excellent choice, Janne, and I feel I share the sentiment you are trying to express. Ineffable as they often are, dreams have a wonderful capacity to connect us on a different level of existence --just like music does. You've made an excellent example here. Now, go back to sleep, and do it again. hehe
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#621422 - 11/01/20 07:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Very good, Janne, might be my new favorite from you actually.

Good progression and vocal melody, and I like what you did with the BGV's.

MarktreeFills are very effective, I also liked the melody you created with the VSTi.

Good guitar solo, good mix also.

Well done!

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#621433 - 11/01/20 08:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Excellent tune Janne. Such a cool delicate vocal and lyric. Excellent backtrack. Loved the oboe. Gave so much depth to the song. Well done

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#621576 - 11/02/20 04:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Very creative use of melody and chord structure Janne! You always impress me with taking a song in an unexpected direction and make it sound very nice! Take care, T
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#621631 - 11/03/20 06:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Hi janne,

that's another very good song. Very creative, most interestingly put together.
Enjoyed the listen a lot.

Cheers,

Stefan

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#621643 - 11/03/20 08:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Some very creative lyrics and vocal effects.
Certainly got the sense of swimming in dreams.
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#621664 - 11/03/20 10:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: Tano Music]
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Originally Posted By: Tano Music
Much that I liked in this...interesting melody, really nice way you "shadow" your vocal with either BGV's or other elements, and I thought the choice of instrumentation and style really fits the song idea. The chord movement was also quite interesting to me. Your lyric is both attention-keeping and artistic/creative in choice of words.

PS--I would be terrified to try to recount some of my dreams in song!! Good work, Janne!


Thanks very much for your kind comment smile I appreciate all your positive findings smile Glad you liked my vocal idea, I was bit hesitating whether the dueting with backing vocals would work.

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#621665 - 11/03/20 10:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: BabuMusic]
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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Dreams often leave us wanting a new language to express them. Music is an excellent choice, Janne, and I feel I share the sentiment you are trying to express. Ineffable as they often are, dreams have a wonderful capacity to connect us on a different level of existence --just like music does. You've made an excellent example here. Now, go back to sleep, and do it again. hehe


Thanks Marty, I'm really glad you can share my sentiment smile Dreams are surely an endless source of inspiration and often a big mystery, sometimes giving even almost real feeling strong emotions and it can feel quite wistful when you wake up. Let's see what my next dream will bring up laugh

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#621708 - 11/03/20 03:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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You have got to love it when things come to you in a dream. I find some of my best inspiration comes to me when my brain does actually shut off long enough to dream - I've certainly gotten my fair share of short stories out of a few really neat dreams. Overall, the mix was really nice and this song had some nice throwbacks for the style. Thanks for sharing!
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#621731 - 11/03/20 11:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Nice narrative, melody and good instrumentation.
The kick drum is a annoying partly due to the level and also the clickiness.
Good realization of a dream.
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#621800 - 11/04/20 04:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Love the sound you got from the RTs. Sort of a mix of decades and styles. An unusual but appealing sound. I also like the melody--it's got clever movement. Nice.

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#621816 - 11/04/20 11:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: BabuMusic]
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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Dreams often leave us wanting a new language to express them. Music is an excellent choice, Janne, and I feel I share the sentiment you are trying to express. Ineffable as they often are, dreams have a wonderful capacity to connect us on a different level of existence --just like music does. You've made an excellent example here. Now, go back to sleep, and do it again. hehe


HI Janne ...

Marty said it as good as anyone, as far as my thoughts on this song. You did a wonderful job with this one... slightly haunting, ear-catching, smooth and a very interesting lyric. it has all the elements that a good song needs. Love the lead guitar! Excellent in every way!

Best to you. Be safe ...

Alan
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#621875 - 11/05/20 12:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Very good, Janne, might be my new favorite from you actually.
Good progression and vocal melody, and I like what you did with the BGV's.
MarktreeFills are very effective, I also liked the melody you created with the VSTi.
Good guitar solo, good mix also.
Well done!


Thanks Dave for your very kind review smile Glad you liked the BGV's - I considered having a blues guitar fills between gaps in the chorus vocal track, dialog like in many of your songs, but I thought the chorus might become bit crowded, because it already felt bit fast despite the slow tempo. It would be interesting to try it, though.

Nice to hear that marktree works also, the chorus melody starts lower than the verse melody, so I needed a good transition to highlight the chorus and marktree does it job perfectly, thanks to PGMusic for including it. And of course the other RTs as well, especially the solo guitarist smile

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#621879 - 11/05/20 12:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Fantastic arrangement, I couldn't get enough of that oboe. Lyrics were great, too "It deserves to be told," what a great line to finish with. One of your best!
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#621889 - 11/05/20 03:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: jannesan]
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Janne

One of your best ones. Really interesting as always and a very pleasing chord progression.
The guitar solo sounded very nice and I liked the backing vocals.

Really nice.

Peter

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#621979 - 11/06/20 10:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: Scott C]
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Excellent tune Janne. Such a cool delicate vocal and lyric. Excellent backtrack. Loved the oboe. Gave so much depth to the song. Well done


Thanks Scott for your kind review smile Nice to read that you found the vocal and lyric delicate. I'm very glad you liked the oboe. It is a beautiful sounding instrument, and inspiration to use it came probably from one of my favorite The Alan Parsons Project song Old And Wise, I was bit hesitating whether people would like it in the context of this type of a song.

Janne


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#621980 - 11/06/20 10:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Very creative use of melody and chord structure Janne! You always impress me with taking a song in an unexpected direction and make it sound very nice! Take care, T


Thanks Torrey, I'm always pleased to read your kind and rewarding words smile Glad you liked the chord structure, although it wasn't as complex as in some of my songs smile Thanks for showcasing so perfect pop songs on this forum laugh

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#622019 - 11/06/20 03:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: You [Re: BabuMusic]
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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Dreams often leave us wanting a new language to express them. Music is an excellent choice, Janne, and I feel I share the sentiment you are trying to express. Ineffable as they often are, dreams have a wonderful capacity to connect us on a different level of existence --just like music does. You've made an excellent example here. Now, go back to sleep, and do it again. hehe


I agree with Marty......dreams are a trip, and you have brought us into yours!! Very nicely done!! Take care. Greg

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