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#642445 - 02/16/21 10:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Loved this Greg. Definitely hits home. Super vocal and lyric. Guitar was very cool. Well done

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#642507 - 02/16/21 05:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: firesong]
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Originally Posted By: firesong
Greg what a beautiful piece of music...Being both a father and a son this is such a tender reminder of how special it is to be both of those...and like many my father is viewing things from there...perfect marriage of a universal and well loved subject with the crying guitar solo and piano...it's hard to hear piano songs anymore and they're the best...loved it...thanks Dan

PS...The most profound things are said in simple common words and concepts and you have woven together some beautiful and profound phrases...the music is good but the lyrics excel...great songs are also great poetry...when the lyrics can stand without the melody you have a great song.


Thanks so much Dan! Have heard a few really great tunes from you recently!! Take care. Greg

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#642508 - 02/16/21 05:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Really touching. A good pop write, too - as Dan wrote, personal but universal.

The vocals and crunchy lead guitar make a good contrast with hazy synth and strings.

No need to hurry on to a different sort of song. Just keep writing excellent music like this! laugh


Thanks so much David! We should get together for a beer some time after the Covid craziness ends! Take care. Greg

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#642509 - 02/16/21 05:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: vicarn]
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Originally Posted By: vicarn
Greg.
I can relate to this.
It's a fine piece and lovely tribute.

Vic


Thanks so much Vic! Much appreciated!! Take care. Greg

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#642510 - 02/16/21 05:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Will Josef]
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Originally Posted By: Will Josef
Hi Greg,

Being someone that also experienced a big loss in recent years I felt the lyrics connected deeply within me. Your song actually brought tears to my eyes.

The great thing about this track is that it might have resonated just as deeply anyway, because it is a magnificent composition... and an outstanding good mix.

I'm so happy that you decided to share it with us...thanks a lot for that!
Will


Thanks Will! Yeah, there's no pain in life that can touch losing someone you love. I'm glad I'm the oldest in my immediate family. Take care. Greg

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#642535 - 02/16/21 09:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg
What a beautifully written and performed tribute to your dad.
Regards,
Leon

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#642567 - 02/17/21 06:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Greg Johnson]
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No matter what words I can write here, my biggest expression of appreciation can be seen on my face as I listen to your music, Greg. Maybe next time I'll setup a camera and just send you the video. What a beautiful song!! My dad died 26 years ago, but I can't say I ever lost him.
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#642708 - 02/17/21 05:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Beautiful, heartfelt, and poignant. The song is finely crafted and performed.

That last guitar bit at the end is hauntingly perfect for this.

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#642710 - 02/17/21 05:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
Beautiful and sad tribute - composition. Production is excellent. Listens very well. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#642721 - 02/17/21 09:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Easy on the ears and with a message easily taken in. Yes, it's a hard relationship to navigate for most of us, I'm betting. Things are well at the moment, but when they weren't I was blessed to have a couple of stand-ins. One I lost last year, leaving me feeling a little lost. Scratch that--leaving me feeling damn near orphaned.

But the end is not yet. That (and this song) bring that calm assurance to me. Really nice.
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#642794 - 02/18/21 01:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Having lost both of our mothers over the last few years we can certainly relate
to this very moving tribute.

Well done Greg ... in all aspects.

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#643132 - 02/20/21 02:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
Very well done - the whole piece communicates very, very well.
I was a bit put off by the guitar solo but I do understand it's a very expressive instrument and it takes that role on quite well within this song.


Thanks so much Ray! I just love Brent Mason's melodic playing so I put in a solo from him in most of my songs! Take care. Greg

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#643133 - 02/20/21 02:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Thanx Greg for putting a few tears in these old eyes. I lost my dad 21 years ago and I still think about him to this day. This lyric "What I remember now is nothing but the good
The finest moments that we had" really hit home.

Outstanding tribute to your dad.

Everything about his one is top shelf!


Thanks Mario! Really appreciate your kind words and glad the song touched you! You've been putting up some great stuff!! Take care. Greg

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#643134 - 02/20/21 02:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Robertkc]
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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Greg,
Perhaps the wait of a few years after your loss brought in the beautifully expressed universal perspective to the hurt expressed in your fine tribute.
This is an excellent write and a gently emotional vocal. Simplicity is all that`s required in the arrangement and it works well.
(While listening I found the synth slightly distracted from your vocal in a few places- its probably the close frequency match).

Robert


Thanks Robert! Yeah, it is a bit tricky to get the warmth and power of a pad without it becoming unruly at times. Take care. Greg

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#643135 - 02/20/21 02:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
What a lovely composition. I love the piano. I'll have to look that one up (I purchased BIAB 2021 - at long last). Great rich vocals. Lyrics tell a great story. Well done. Congrats. Thank the band for me too.


Thanks for listening and taking time to comment! I appreciate it very much!! Take care. Greg

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#643136 - 02/20/21 02:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Greg,

Not sure one could tug at the heart strings any harder.

Stunning songwriting.

A truly heart-felt vocal.

Beautiful backing. Excellent mix.

As Good As It Gets.

You are a pro.

fj


Thanks so much my friend! High praise from you is always very much appreciated!! Take care. Greg

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#643261 - 02/21/21 11:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Beautify written and performed.

Quite a touching expression of your feelings.

Very well done.

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#643352 - 02/21/21 06:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: The View From There [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Probably not an easy song to write. I think song writing is one of the most vulnerable things we do. I think everyone can relate to this song. I liked the lyrics a lot and especially the line When you take in the view from there. The instruments were right on and the lead guitar was used really well. Thanks for sharing this

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