Loc: United Kingdom
Nothing much to do this Sunday morning, so I thought I'd have a look at some of my old songs and covers ... long story short, I've re-done "Amazing Grace", which I'd first covered in 2019. This one is dedicated to Ed Shaw, who has always been ever so kindly enthusiastic about my little songs and arrangements, but particularly about this one, as I remember :-)
I just took the BIAB MIDI band below, took the RealDrums out and replaced the other MIDI sounds in Mixcraft Pro Studio 9. A dash of "Cathedral"-level reverb and here it is :-) All thoughts and comments welcome - thank you for listening!
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to feel, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did grace appear The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.
****** Song Summary ************* Title: Amazing Grace - 7 October 2019 File:Amazing Grace - 7 October 2019 B.SGU Key=Db , Tempo 55, Length (m:s)=3:09 No intro. 18 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 18. Repeat x3 choruses No Melody No Soloist track. Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0, Style is 9-8_SLOW.STY (9/8 Slow-Tempo Arpeggio) Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic String Bass (33), Electric Piano (5), Acoustic Guitar (26), Orchestral Strings (47), MIDI Drums :1 Standard Drum Kit (1)
RealDrums will be substituted :Pop98^3-a:Brushes , b:Sidestick, Ride
Loc: Central Ohio
Thanks for that thought, James. We can always count on you to find some overlooked gem in BIAB Styles. I love that driving, congregational, arpegiated backing. It works well with Amazing Grace, one of those hymns that always seems to put me up against the wall when I try to do a version myself. Maybe that's why I appreciate the efforts of others.
Loc: United Kingdom
fj: yes, it's nice to stretch one's vocal chords on a song sufficiently in my range, so as not to hurt any eardrums when straining for a high note or something! haha. The arrangement is all BIAB, I merely changed the instruments ... so all that juxtaposition of the strings to the bass is BIAB's work :-) Thanks so much for listening and for commenting so kindly!
Scott C: thank you. I really appreciate you listening to, and commenting upon, my little musical efforts!
Steve Young: thank you. I'm so glad you like the arrangement, as I deliberately wanted to keep it simple.
Ed: thank you ever so much for yet more kind comments from you. I don't see why you don't have a go at the song, yourself. BIAB, as you say, is full of styles - and you are an accomplished musician, of course ... so it's just a case of finding something that matches your inner vision for the song, as I see it. I'd love to hear an Ed Shaw version, personally - sacred songs are your forte, so I think you'd be amazing at it ...
Peter: thanks! You are such a good arranger and producer, so yours are highly appreciated words, for me. Thanks!
Loc: Mill Valley, California USA
Beautifully done! Love to hear you singing on this one . . . really, really good. So much so that I would have loved to hear that vocal come up a little bit more on the mix. Wonderful cover of a classic tune—well done!
You immediately grabbed my attention with that introduction-free beginning. I loved it! It's a strategy that some of the very best singers and arrangers have used over the years and it works really well because it immediately plunges the listener into thick of things.
Here are a couple of people who did the same thing. As you'll notice, you are keeping mighty fine company.
I really liked what you did with Amazing Grace. It's such a beautiful song. Those chords where you stepped outside the usual harmony were nicely inventive
Thank you for sharing.
All the best, Noel
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Loc: United Kingdom
Thanks so much, Noel! That is exalted company indeed, far too high for little ol' me, of course ... but I'm glad you enjoyed the song, "straight into it", without introduction, as it is! You've always got a kind, constructive word to say when you comment, so thank you - really, really appreciated!
Loc: United Kingdom
Ronnie, Janice, Bud: thank you. I love this hymn, which terrifies me when I want to sing it almost as much as I love it :-) - so it's great to know that you liked it! Thank you so much for listening and for letting me know it's not a total disaster, haha ... really appreciated. Those rural church a cappella memories must be incredible ... I can only wish I'd heard it in similar circumstances. So far, I love the gospel versions of it that I hear ... but it's such an incredible hymn, it really stands out on its own anyway ... for most singers, anyhow, haha :-) thanks.
Band-in-a-Box® - Boxing Clever - Sound on Sound #TBT
Did you know that Band-in-a-Box® is more than 30 years old? I stumbled across this 1990 magazine article explaining the relatively new program, and think it's an enjoyable read for any Band-in-a-Box user - it really shows that we are always listening to user feedback when developing our program!
"The intention of PG Music's Band-In-A-Box package is to couple that speed and convenience with the improved flexibility of the personal computer. Versions are available for the Atari ST, Mac, and PC compatibles. Have the programmers succeeded? And can they rid themselves of the stigma of the auto-accompaniment section? Given the above state of affairs, the first hurdle that the program has to overcome is one of acceptance and, frankly, a name like 'Band-In-A-Box' is a bad start."
(I think our name was a great start!)
"The final results are, to say the least, impressive. Band-In-A-Box achieves something that most hardwired auto-accompaniment sections have never been able to do - inject a degree of feel into the music. It really does sound more human than so many of the computer generated pieces I've heard."
"...I'm quite convinced that PG Music will have a winner on their hands. This is one piece of software that you can get more out of than you put in."
Abbiamo lavorato tanto e abbiamo aggiunto 80 nuove funzionalità e una straordinaria collezione di nuovi contenuti, tra cui 202 RealTracks, nuovi RealStyles, SuperTracks MIDI, Studi Strumentali, Performance degli Artisti, Bonus RealDrums "Singoli", trascrizioni RealDrums, MultiStyles PAK 1, Xtra Styles PAKs 10 e 11, e altro ancora!
Nous avons beaucoup travaillé pour offrir à Band-in-a-Box® 2021® cette étonnante panoplie de quelques 80 fonctions inédites et sa collection de contenus originaux à savoir : 202 RealTracks, des RealStyles inédits, des SuperTracks MIDI, des Etudes Instrument, des Performances Artiste, un Bonus RealDrums "Solo", des transcriptions RealDrums, les MultiStyles PAK 1, les Xtra Styles PAKs 10 et 11, et bien plus encore!
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