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#646558 - 03/13/21 05:41 PM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb)
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Hello fellow BIABers! Back around again, and the music gets better and better!!! Some amazing stuff I've been hearing here!! Thanks so much for the feedback on my last one. I read all of it but got busy and did not respond back to many of the wonderful comments......but know how much they were appreciated!! This song is based on an Al David instrumental with the same title. I wanted someone who could nail the vocal so I had a collaborator from England who is enormously talented sing it. He also played the lead guitar. Hope you like it. I'd LOVE to hear what you think. Will post track soon. Take care all. Greg

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When a Heart Cries

The saddest sound you’ll ever hear
Is the sorrow locked inside a silent tear
From those sad eyes
As the dream dies
When a heart cries

It’s hard to let go of the hope
And there’s no useful way to cope
As the will sighs
As the dream dies
When a heart cries

There’s just a hole where something used to be
A shadow of what once you held so dear
And in place of what is lost (lyric change)
What’s left is just the cost
Of what has disappeared
Just like you feared

The deepest void you’ll ever feel
Is one the soul cannot conceal
Behind those sad eyes
As the dream dies
When a heart cries

And there’s no limit to the pain
A tender scar will still remain
On the inside
Where the dream died
When the heart cried

And there’s a hunger there that can’t be fed
A lonely longing lingers on
You just can’t fill that hole
In the bottom of your soul
With the bucketful of tears that will be shed
When a heart cries

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#646567 - 03/13/21 06:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Bluesy goodness Greg! It has such a sweet emotional feel to it! Great guitar playing and tone going on here! The vocal is excellent but I make no apology in saying that a Greg Johnson vocal would be just as good! (Greg, you are one of the top vocalists around here). It's a beautiful tune that you should be proud of! Take care, T
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#646579 - 03/13/21 11:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Superb writing, superb singing, superb playing, incredible lyrics. Reminds me of George Michael's slow songs a little (maybe "Jesus To A Child"?) ... but it's definitely you, not him. So beautiful in such a heartbreaking way. Congratulations to all involved.
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#646584 - 03/14/21 03:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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My first thought was... "Dang, Greg certainly sounds different..." wink

Everything about this sounds top-notch.

The vocals, guitar, and entire production is excellent.

Lyrically excellent as well.

Personally, I'd have liked a rougher voice and a more up front vocal - only because I think the lyric seems more suited to that. As it is, the vocal is "pretty" - everything is lush and smooth, which is a bit at odds with the lyric.

But that's a personal choice.

Really nice! laugh
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#646588 - 03/14/21 03:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Man! Really good writing, Greg.

Vocal is excellent but I think you could have done it just as well as he did. Love the guitar work!

Just great track all around, just what I needed for my first listen of the day, well done all!

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#646590 - 03/14/21 03:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, that’s a great write on top of Alan’s fine musical bed. Earl knocks it out of the park on vocal and guitar. Perfectly produced all around excellence,Tom

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#646609 - 03/14/21 05:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: musician17]
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"(Greg, you are one of the top vocalists around here)" is an understatement because it took a top vocalist to run with you... As always, everything is perfectly matched and balanced. This is a superb write, arrangement, production and performance. Great team effort.
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#646614 - 03/14/21 05:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Great piece of writing and vocal.
Everything fits.

Vic

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#646624 - 03/14/21 06:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Oh, yes! I loved this song with Alan, and what an amazing version you've created, Greg. Such a good song with outstanding lyrics. Hey, you may remember how I gushed over your vocal ability when I first heard it? Well, you also have great taste in finding talent, too. Still, when it comes to vocals, my favs are still Harry Nilsson, Jason Mraz and you. Excellent song!!
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#646629 - 03/14/21 06:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Gary Weder Offline
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Hi Greg.
Beautiful song , Great Vocals and excellent production but I am a wee bit perplexed :
"I wanted someone who could nail the vocal so I had a collaborator from England who is enormously talented sing it".
Why seek out a Chevy Camaro ZL1 when you readily have a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 parked in your driveway?
cheers
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#646638 - 03/14/21 07:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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At first I was wondering what you had done with your voice... absolutely great visiting singer, so enjoyable deep voice. The guitar soloing is perfect fit for the grieving mood. Sad touching lyrics, a hole to be sucked into. Al's original instrumental was already great and very high quality, but this collaboration raises it even higher. Great band. Reminds me another Al, Al Jarreau and also George Benson.

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#646667 - 03/14/21 11:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg ( and Alan and Earl),

GORGEOUS.

Stunning in every way.

Songwriting the way it is meant to be.
A gorgeous lyric. A gorgeous melody. Diane-Warren-but-better category.

Beautiful production.

One of the best Earl vocals I've heard. He nails it.
(but...like others, I'd love to hear YOU sing this).

As. Good. As. It. Gets.


fj

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#646849 - 03/15/21 11:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Wow. What an awesome song. Incredible vocal. Beautiful lyric and Alans playing and backtrack made such a special song. Well done

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#646904 - 03/15/21 01:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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We were immediately taken back to a song we heard years
ago featuring Tom Jones and Jeff Beck.

That is one powerful emotive vocal and wonderful guitar.

The write is outstanding...the sentiment and rhymes are
stellar.

And thanks, Al, for the genesis.

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#646920 - 03/15/21 02:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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The vocals remind me of the fellow who sang n played bass for Robin Trower with tasty licks too.
Lovely song well done to all.
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#646950 - 03/15/21 04:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Wow!!! Super vocal, top notch lyrics, and the song and mix are flawless! I am blown away!

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#646975 - 03/15/21 06:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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#646985 - 03/15/21 07:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Mr. Webb is a fortunate man. Not only has he such great chops for this sad bluesy number, but he gets to sing such a well-wrought emotional lyric and melody. I envy him on both counts. Great back-bone to the piece and a really fine band and arrangement. Top drawer stuff that's left me a bit wrung-out. Fantastic.
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#646993 - 03/15/21 08:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Way to go everyone. Very cool song. The vocals are so rich and clear. That electric guitar playing is how I will be playing in my next life (too late for this one). Great mix. Great production. Congrats to all involved.
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#647002 - 03/15/21 10:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg

Excellent work by all involved and a great track to jam along with!

Sounds excellent,and well played and sung.

Peter

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