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#647008 - 03/15/21 10:39 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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Hey Folks ...

I've looked in on this a couple of times since Greg posted it but didn't have enough time to comment. For now, I'll just thank everyone for listening and commenting. And ... Greg and Earl simply soared with this. Earl has a terrific voice and has some real chops on the guitar. And Greg's lyric is super awesome, like everything else he does.

This is one of my very favorite instrumentals I've written. Earl & Greg gave it some new life and let it soar even higher. So, my sincere thanks to both of them for their wonderful contributions.

I've never interacted with Earl personally. But Greg sure did pick a great vocalist to cover his words and my music. This is, I think, the 6th song Greg and I have collaborated on. He contacted me last fall and asked if I was okay with him putting a lyric to this and performing. Uh ... like I was gonna say no????!!!!

Again, thanks to all who have commented so nicely. And sincere appreciation and admiration to Greg and Earl for their superb work.

Wishing everyone the very best. Take care ...

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#647011 - 03/15/21 11:43 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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Hi Greg,

This is an extraordinary song!!!

You've all done such a brilliant job. It's really great hearing Alan's instrumentals flowering into such mighty works. When I thought about you and Alan, just now, the phrase that appeared in my mind as a description of your music was, "The pen of a poet meets the music of a maestro."

Kudos to everyone involved.

This is songwriting at its very, very best.

All the best,
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#647414 - 03/18/21 01:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
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


Thanks so much Torrey!! Yeah, the emotional feel of Alan's instrumental and the title made it feel like a song was asking to be written. Great to see you around lately!! Take care. Greg

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#647415 - 03/18/21 01:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: musician17]
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Originally Posted By: musician17
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.


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

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#647416 - 03/18/21 01:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
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

THanks David! I really love the way Earl delivered it! Just listened to your latest.....very nice!! Take care. Greg


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#647417 - 03/18/21 01:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
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!


Thanks Dave!! Yeah, I love what Earl brought to the song.....he's a monster talent!! Take care. Greg

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#647418 - 03/18/21 01:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
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


Thanks so much Tom!! Really love seeing you around more often these days!! Take care. Greg

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#647426 - 03/18/21 01:34 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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What do I think? I think this is absolutely one outstanding song! Super vocal and lead guitar combined with the perfect backing band and mix!

IMHO this is radio air play ready.
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#647455 - 03/18/21 04:07 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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i really like this one!
great song, and lead guitar and vocal.

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#648340 - 03/24/21 03:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
"(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.


Thanks so much Charlie!! Don't see you around often these days and I miss hearing your stuff. Don't be a stranger. Take care. Greg

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#648341 - 03/24/21 03:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: vicarn]
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Originally Posted By: vicarn
Great piece of writing and vocal.
Everything fits.

Vic


Thanks so much Vic! Really enjoy your stuff!! Take care. Greg

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#648342 - 03/24/21 03:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: When a Heart Cries (collab with Al David and Earl C Webb) [Re: BabuMusic]
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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
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!!


Thanks so much Marty for those very kind words!! Really appreciate them! FWIW, I love the way you sing too!! Take care. Greg

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#648364 - 03/24/21 04:50 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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OH MY!
A winner fore sure.
Beautiful song, well written and performed.

Vocal is perfect!!!

One of the best I've heard here.

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#648401 - 03/24/21 10:59 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,

It sounds different from your usual song.
It's very bluesy overall.
It may be the main reason that a different vocalist sings it.
Great vocals.
The guitar is also very tasteful.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#648515 - 03/25/21 01:45 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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Again, many thanks to all who have replied so kindly. My time here is very limited for another week or so. But, I'll answer everyone as I can.

And again, I'm in awe of Greg's lyric and Earl's vocal delivery. Best to everyone ...

Alan
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#648844 - 03/27/21 01:10 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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Hi Greg,

Nice composition. Sad lyrics. I find that the voice has a timbre which lends itself perfectly to the lyrics. It's soft and wispy and pleases.Well done . And impeccable.
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#648865 - 03/27/21 02:53 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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Hi Greg, Alan and Earl

Like everyone before me I am also very impressed by this song, the vocals, the leadguitar... well everything and let's not forget the wonderful, but sad lyrics. All thumbs up here (just two, sadly enough), for the three of you! Man, I like it.

At the first sounds of your vocals came to me, I thought I heard the singing from Eric Clapton. You have definitly some link to his voice.
When will your next song will be here?

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#648881 - 03/27/21 04:45 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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Sounds great y'all! Great performances by all and great writing!

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#648887 - 03/27/21 05:41 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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Alan, Greg, Earl,
Amazing collaboration in all respects! Beauty from start to finish. A+ Loved it! Thank you for sharing.

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#648961 - 03/28/21 06:18 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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Hi Greg wow really great song it moves the spirit super vocal great guitar phrases crisp mix love it thanks for sharing Eric
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