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#657710 - 05/29/21 07:30 AM [User Showcase] Nice Time After All
Registered: 09/30/16
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Hi everyone,

I was away from the forum for some time, but see...
I'm back again! I made severall songs in the meantime. Some sad, one funny.
And I want this last one introduces my 'come back'. I hope you like it.
https://soundcloud.com/user-296497130/nice-time-after-all

I also see a lot of songs from all of you. You weren't waiting for me. That's a very good thing!
I try to listen to most of them, but give me some time to do this.

My song was meant to become a sad song too, but than I changed everything. All those sad songs...

The lyrics are on my SoundCloud page (see the link).
The style is Outpoor. Key E and bpm 115.
Ohh, it starts with a harmonica...

Let me know what you think of it,
Hans
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#657722 - 05/29/21 09:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Bluezman Hans!
Cool tune. Harmonica yes! That was a perfect vegetable in the dinner you cooked! Too bad she decided to stay home...
Maybe she was trying to lose weight, and that was her polite excuse?
Mix is great, vocals are a bit loud, but not sss'y (which is a good thing). Solid production and that delay FX was great. Definitely of your better ones. Thank you for sharing.
Misha.

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#657765 - 05/29/21 02:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Hans that was fantastic! Great intro and ending with some outstanding vocal work in between! Super harmonies and lyrics. I thought the mix was spot on!

Great work
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#657784 - 05/29/21 05:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Hello, 'Birchwood'...

With this song, Nice Time After All, I believe you accomplished two things that most songwriters would like to claim for themselves: 1) You composed some blues music that is actually upbeat in its feeling, and made it swinging enough to get people up and onto the dance floor, I'm sure, and, (2) You wrote lyrics that told a story about a familiar problem in relationships, which is that lovers sometimes don't possess the courage, honesty and maturity to tell you directly to your face, "I'm not in love with you anymore," but instead act out these little passive/aggressive behavior dramas such as making dates and breaking them at the last minute with a sorry excuse. In short, you combined some good-time music with some bad-times romantic scenarios that both come together to make one heck of a song that is humorously topical and musically irresistible. I guess you got your creative batteries charged when you stepped back from the forum for a while, eh? Not a bad way to work!


Edited by bluage (05/29/21 05:40 PM)
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#657912 - 05/30/21 11:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Ice the hear from you Hans. What a cool into. Made me sit-up in my chair :-)

Cool vocal. Loved the backtrack. Absolutely love that harp. Well done

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#657921 - 05/30/21 01:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Janice immediately said it reminded her of the Traveling Wilburys ... a good thing.

Three stars here -- the vocals (love the fx), the write and the harp.

Tell that harp guy to hang around ... some of the best we heard from BiaB.

Welcome back.

Great re-entry to the forum!

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#658074 - 05/31/21 08:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Hi Misha!

You are the first I heard after the break...

Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Hi Bluezman Hans!
Cool tune. Harmonica yes! That was a perfect vegetable in the dinner you cooked! Too bad she decided to stay home...
Maybe she was trying to lose weight, and that was her polite excuse?


It couldn't be my cooking. That is famous in the whole city of Haarlem!
So it's a mysterie why she acted like that And she was slim... I only know when it is over ;-)
Actually I made a very sad song. You can see a bit of that in the last chorus. It was nearly finished, but then I decided to change all that into a fun story.

But thanks a lot for listening and your compliments.
And the loudness of my voice? That was on purpose.
Hans
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#658205 - 05/31/21 10:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Cool tune with good vocal and great harmonica. Which harmonica RT did you use? Good work!
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#658209 - 05/31/21 10:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Hans

Nice work. A good mix, strong vocal - nice chorus and a good choice of RT's.

Most enjoyable.

Peter

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#658245 - 06/01/21 03:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Man! I typed out a complete review and was about to press submit and it vanished frown

This is great, Hans, love the harmonica. I always like your vocal, and I really like the FX you used on them, very effective.

Good song, well mixed. Enjoyed!

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#658251 - 06/01/21 04:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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This certainly is a great delivery, from every angle.

Lots of drive, lots of fun, top harmonica work throughout.

Everything has been slotted together really well. You made a sad song become a fun song in so many ways.
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#658253 - 06/01/21 04:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi, Hans. Not sure if my previous comment was removed or I didn't hit Submit button properly, but I'm back to annoy you with more accolades. I particularly like how you swing through the chorus, and the harmonica is a nice touch. Excellent vocal, and really cool dynamic moments.
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#658258 - 06/01/21 05:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Overall effect is very pleasing. Catchy song, great harmonies and interesting vocal fx. Shots and held chords perfectly placed. Love it.
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#658273 - 06/01/21 06:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Hans,

You hit a home-run here. Everything about this is good.

A truly interesting write - with some nice humorous touches.

Excellent backing tracks. Good arrangement and a good mix.

Your best vocals ever. Love the effects.

Nice way to return to the forum.

Your best, I think. Much enjoyed!!

fj

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#658302 - 06/01/21 09:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Based on hearing it and loving it, my vote is that the harmonica was a hit! All the way around a song that has a bouncy groove. Very very cool!

Keep these coming! smile
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#658323 - 06/01/21 01:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Scott C]
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Hi Mario, Bluage and Scott,

It is nice to hear from you again after my 'break'.
Just like it was yesterday.
Thanks very much for your replies and nice compliments.

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Hans that was fantastic! Great intro and ending with some outstanding vocal work in between! Super harmonies and lyrics. I thought the mix was spot on!
Great work


The harmonica nearly didn't make it to this song. I had some guitars doing the solo's but I thought it would keep the song a bit dull.
Than I heard that guy with a huge burnout playing that harp. I had to do a lot of rendering before it sounded acceptable. Still, I removed it again, but then missed it. That's how the harp reached the final stage of this song. It is an old RT: nr. 685. Try it!

Originally Posted By: bluage
Hello, 'Birchwood'...

With this song, Nice Time After All, I believe you accomplished two things that most songwriters would like to claim for themselves: 1) You composed some blues music that is actually upbeat in its feeling, and made it swinging enough to get people up and onto the dance floor, I'm sure, and, (2) You wrote lyrics that told a story about a familiar problem in relationships, which is that lovers sometimes don't possess the courage, honesty and maturity to tell you directly to your face, "I'm not in love with you anymore," but instead act out these little passive/aggressive behavior dramas such as making dates and breaking them at the last minute with a sorry excuse. In short, you combined some good-time music with some bad-times romantic scenarios that both come together to make one heck of a song that is humorously topical and musically irresistible. I guess you got your creative batteries charged when you stepped back from the forum for a while, eh? Not a bad way to work!


Wow Bluage, that is some nice comment! I showed it to my sons, but they thought I wrote that myself. Terrible kids!
And to be honest about my batteries, no not really. But that had nothing to do with the forum. But I am happy to be back, that's for sure. Thanks for asking.


Originally Posted By: Scott C
Ice the hear from you Hans. What a cool into. Made me sit-up in my chair :-)
Cool vocal. Loved the backtrack. Absolutely love that harp. Well done


Hi Scott, I'm happy the song made you sit right up in that lazy chair of yours. As I wrote to Mario (above) the harp nearly didn't make it. But I'm glad it did.
Thanks for the nice comment. I think my next song will make you lie in your bed for the whole day...

Hans
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#658411 - 06/01/21 11:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Hans,

that's indeed pretty different than your other songs... I LOVE IT!

That harmonica blew me away right from the start - great rocking music, oerfect choice of backing tracks, really good lyrics and well sung. Fantastic choice of solo parts - brilliant!

Take care,

Stefan

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#658420 - 06/02/21 02:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Hey Hans ...

Welcome back! I, too, was absent for about three weeks. But, like you, I'm back.

This is a great song to reintroduce yourself. Loved everything about it. I think this is your very best vocal ... at least of the ones I've heard. Great way to put a little humor. And the harmonica was simply great! Congrats on a truly terrific song! Best to you ...

Alan

PS: Like several others have commented, I left comments on 5 or 6 songs 2 days ago and half of them disappeared. Hope this one stays.
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#658428 - 06/02/21 02:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Hans,
each new song has your vocal performance taking giant steps forward.
Still a few too many effects but the strong voice carries the day.
It's a fun/sad story.

I notices as the song progressed that the 1st two lines of each verse and chorus had a REALLY strong melody that grabbed my attention.
Good mix - though the 2nd solo seemed to end abruptly - and a good choice of players.
Well done!


Edited by rayc (06/02/21 02:44 AM)
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#658553 - 06/02/21 04:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Nice Time After All [Re: Birchwood]
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Welcome back, Hans!

Love that harmonica.

Your vocal is strong and sounding good!

The chorus really stands out.

Good song and production!

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