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#636951 - 01/17/21 04:41 PM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times
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Greg Johnson Offline
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Happy New Year forum friends!! Here's to hoping '21 is better. Listened to a lot of great stuff over the past week and will continue to catch up. This song is a tribute to an old friend. We were college roommates. He was warm, charismatic, and funny as hell. He was also extremely wild and out of control at times. Around 2016, I looked him up on Facebook after not having seen him for more than a decade. The song pretty much tells the story better than I can in a narrative form. He apparently was killed as a pedestrian in Oklahoma City. I'm guessing some kind of chemical alteration was involved. So sad. I will always love him. Always love to hear what you think. Will post the lyrics soon. Take care. Greg

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#636957 - 01/17/21 05:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Strong emotions always make for great songs.

Sad story.
Great job capturing the memories of friendship.
Sounds wonderful!

Well done.

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#636966 - 01/17/21 08:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Killer song! A great tribute to a close friend. When you dropped the drums it was very effective. The organ gives it a spiritual feel. Expertly written and beautifully sung. I’ve been a fan for several years now. This is your best. So very glad to have listened, Tom

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#636981 - 01/18/21 12:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg ..

Simply said - you are a very special talent. Your talent leaves an indelible and worthy footprint where ever it touches. Some folks make music. Some folks make fabulous music. Some folks make music that's simply superb. They all have one thing in common : they aspire to equal your talent that produces the element of near-perfection.

You've turned 6 of my pretty okay songs into pieces of musical magic with your added musical fairy dust. I hope we can do that again sometime soon.

You fully understand the true voice of the human soul and the muses of the human heart like no one else I've heard. And this song is just one more piece of evidence to validate that claim. Simply amazing, my friend.

Nothing but the warmest greetings from both of us.

Akan & Di


Edited by Al-David (01/18/21 04:27 PM)
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#636995 - 01/18/21 04:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

A giant WOW. Color me "floored".

The BAND is great. Excellent production.

The vocal is, of course, stellar (as all of yours are).

The writing is beyond belief. As good as it gets. (Better than "Song For Adam")

Why you aren't at the top of the Billboard charts is a mystery.

fj

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#637009 - 01/18/21 06:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
sad and beautiful tribute. You definitely have talent for soft pop tunes with jazz flavor. Excellent composition and vocals! Mix is very clear. I had no trouble of understanding lyrics.
Thank you for sharing,
Misha.

P.S. I have lost a very special (and musical) friend from my youth some years back. Still very saddened by it, but a lot of good memories still live and I hope will stay with me for a long time.

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#637013 - 01/18/21 07:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

Beautiful composition, beautiful tribute for your friend. The orchestration is perfect for this kind of lyrics. Well done

Kindly regards
Take care of yourself

Derochette
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#637096 - 01/18/21 04:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Fabulous tribute, Greg. Emotional dynamite.
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#637139 - 01/18/21 08:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Terrific melody and lyrics. A hell of a way to learn about the demise of a good friend, but I guess that is social media's effect. As always, your superb voice set the mood. Liked the organ. Great production. As good as it gets!
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#637144 - 01/18/21 08:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg

Superb song, moving and engaging. Lovely vocal and a terrific arrangement.

Using floyd's Jackson Browne theme the only thing missing was David Lindley playing along.

Peter

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#637175 - 01/19/21 05:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Great opening lines. Dang, I'm only finished with the 1st verse, and I'm tingling. Greg, you know what a fan I am of all you do, and whenever I get the time to come to the forum, I hope there'll be a new Greg Johnson song. Man, this is emotional. Wait. Haha. When the song ended a ad came on" "Oooo, a fondue set..." Well, that gave me another reason to listen again.
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#637185 - 01/19/21 05:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Just wonderful in every way, man, I have no words ..... Outstanding!

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#637240 - 01/19/21 08:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Scott C Offline
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Beautiful song Greg. So sorry for your loss. I too lost a very close friend from my youth. I was lucky in that we had reconnected after 35 years. He died a few months later. Broke my heart. Your lyrics were pulling on my heart strings. Well done

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#637258 - 01/19/21 10:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hey Greg,

Wow! Absolutely fantastic. Some excellent songwriting, singing, mixing... Just everything!

You're a talent man!

Great Job,

Greg

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#637265 - 01/19/21 10:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Oh my God.

First of all, so sorry for your loss. Nothing I could say about it would be suitable, so I won't say anything else.

The song is extraordinary. By far your best (for want of a better word).

I can't really articulate what this song has made me feel, so let me tell you why, if that's ok. I had a very good friend in college who also passed away a few years ago, at the age of only 33. Left behind three children and her husband. I also found out on Facebook. One night, she was there ... then, the next morning her husband posted about her passing.

I wish I could have written half the song you wrote about your friend for my friend and her family (I did do a musical tribute for them, but that's neither here nor there). Your song is so heartfelt and ... wow. Thank you so, so much for sharing.
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#637279 - 01/19/21 12:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Love everything about this song -arrangement, production, vocals and especially the lyrics. There are so many standout lines. I thought this was one of the best:

Alcohol or mushrooms, any substance just because
Any way to see the world except the way that it was


Take care

Brian
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#637281 - 01/19/21 01:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi, Greg !:))


This, Greg, is the best
you´ve done so far at least
of those I´ve had the favour
of having listened to !

It is my new Gregfav from
now on !

I can relate to the feeling
that you´ve wrote the tune
and I am very sorry for your
great loss !

Take Care and Stay Safe

Dani

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#637286 - 01/19/21 01:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Very nice song and performance !!!

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#637308 - 01/19/21 03:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Sorry to hear about your old friend. Facebook has brought to light the demise of friends I had back in school. Without FB, I think I'd still be wondering, ,"Whatever happened to so and so?"

Absolutely beautiful song. Well crafted. Well sung.

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#637362 - 01/20/21 04:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: We Had Some Times [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Lovely song. Most of us will empathise with something as irreplaceable.

Vic

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