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#665866 - 07/27/21 06:02 AM [User Showcase] A Blues with a sax and Going up!
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Birchwood Offline
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Hi everyone,

I thought it would be nice to make some kind of classic Blues with a sax. Then I noticed some of you also introduced a sax in their song. So I wasn't alone. But I had to do it, because the cats are all at home and not planning to walk away again!

At first I wanted to call my song 'Elevating Blues', because there is an elevater involved in the lyrics. but it became: https://soundcloud.com/user-296497130/going-up

The background singers are from BiaB, as a harmonysetting of my own voice of course. With some help of Mellodyne I was satisfied. But how about you? I hope you like it, but tell me what is good or bad.

The lyrics can be found on SoundCloud, so no need to copy them here.

The technicall info:
Style: BARI_ME.STY, Key E, tempo: 80 bpm
RealTracks: 3565:Bass, Electric, NashvilleRadioShuffleAB Sw 110
RealTracks: ~~487:Piano, Acoustic Sw 85
RealTracks: 2357:Sax, Bariton, Blues Gary Sw 60
RealTracks: 2952:Strings, Jazz Ballad Pads Sw 60
RealTracks: 2674:Guitar, Acoustic Blues 12-8 Brent Sw 65
RealTracks: 1923: Guitar, el. Tex Blues/Rock, sw 60
RealTracks: 1924:Guitar, Elektrisch, Texas Blues Rock Langz 12-8 Sol Sw 60
RealDrums [in Stijl:Blues12-8AndBrushes [Multi]

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Hans
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#665868 - 07/27/21 06:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Hans,

Another excellent song.

A really good arrangement/production. Nice use of stops. Good choice of instruments.

Excellent vocals! Your best ever, I think. Harmonies are good.

Good song. Solid lyrics, nice melody.

Excellent mix - also one of your best!

Much enjoyed.

fj

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#665869 - 07/27/21 06:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Hans,

This is really excellent. Love the instrument choices - your vocal and pacing is great in this. Love it when you push your voice - lots of color there.

Loved it!

Bob

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#665880 - 07/27/21 08:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Hans, this is your best to date IMHO.

Great vocals, harmonies, and lyrics.

Outstanding backing tracks and mix.
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#665882 - 07/27/21 08:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Nicely done. Love the Sax.
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#665906 - 07/27/21 10:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Nice bluesy vibe in this song Hans! Excellent vocal again! Really good song and I really think you did a great job using the stops at different places in the song! You've got a great voice for these type of tunes! I always enjoy your work! Thanks, Torrey
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#665939 - 07/27/21 04:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Hans,

Yes - I also enjoyed your song from the beginning to the end.

Song - nice chord progression.

Lyrics - innovative and always interesting.

Vocals - I thought they got better and better as the song went on and I got used to the effects on your voice.

BV's - yes they work - maybe a touch loud.

Sax - the right volume but I think it needs a good dose of Reverb - it is a bit dry.

Mix - very very good - lots of light and shade and full of interest.

Look forward to hearing more of your work.

Best Regards
Nigel
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#665957 - 07/27/21 05:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Hans

Really nice. A strong composition, excellent vocal and harmony work and a well constructed song.

Excellent work all round.

Peter

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#665977 - 07/27/21 08:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Nice bluesy feel, Hans. Very well written and strong vocal. Much enjoyed.
Regards,
Leon

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#666003 - 07/28/21 09:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Birchwood Offline
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Hello Floyd, Bob, Mario, MusicStudent, Torrey and Nigel,

Thanks for your compliments on the song.
A few times (again, as you say) my best ever and even my best mix!
Well were will it end with all those well meant feathers. I start looking like a kind of turkey!

There is one thing I want to say here. I am amazed only two of you express their compliments also on the Soundcloud page. Is it a bit childish or weird to notice? Or is it getting outdated to leave messages or likes if you like that song? I always do this, but maybe that is weird too. I am not a vain person or anything and can easily live with criticism or not getting any remarks (if my songs are bad), but this behaviour feels weird to me. I hope someone can explain it to me.

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Hans,
Another excellent song.
A really good arrangement/production. Nice use of stops. Good choice of instruments.
Excellent vocals! Your best ever, I think. Harmonies are good.
Good song. Solid lyrics, nice melody.
Excellent mix - also one of your best!
Much enjoyed.
fj


Thanks Floyd! These are very nice feathers for me! I do my best to come a bit closer to your skills ;-) But maybe you can explain?

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Hans,
This is really excellent. Love the instrument choices - your vocal and pacing is great in this. Love it when you push your voice - lots of color there.
Loved it!
Bob


Well Bob, that is very nice of you to write! And thanks for your comment on SC too!

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Hans, this is your best to date IMHO.
Great vocals, harmonies, and lyrics.
Outstanding backing tracks and mix.


Hi Mario, I really appreciate your very kind words (and feathers too!). But can you explain my remark above?

Originally Posted By: MusicStudent
Nicely done. Love the Sax.


Hello MusicStudent, I believe we never 'met', so thanks for dropping by. I am glad you liked it, but i have the same question for you.

Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Nice bluesy vibe in this song Hans! Excellent vocal again! Really good song and I really think you did a great job using the stops at different places in the song! You've got a great voice for these type of tunes! I always enjoy your work! Thanks, Torrey


Hi Torrey, thanks a lot for your words! Make me feel good. One day we sing along, ok? And thanks for your comment on SC too!


Originally Posted By: NigelSpiers
Hi Hans,
Yes - I also enjoyed your song from the beginning to the end.
Song - nice chord progression.
Lyrics - innovative and always interesting.
Vocals - I thought they got better and better as the song went on and I got used to the effects on your voice.
BV's - yes they work - maybe a touch loud.
Sax - the right volume but I think it needs a good dose of Reverb - it is a bit dry.
Mix - very very good - lots of light and shade and full of interest.
Look forward to hearing more of your work.

Best Regards
Nigel


Hi Nigel, That was a good thing to do! To write in separate lines what you think of severall aspects of the song. Floyd does a bit the same! and I listened to you. At first the reverb on the sax. I had a reverbproblem in my mix and turned off everything with a reverb. When the problem was solved I switched everything on, but forgot the sax. It is solved now. Like the bg-vocals; a bit softer. So thanks a lot for that. Beside that, I have the same question for you, I started with. I hope you can reply.


So thanks everyone and beside my little issue I brought up here, I still am very happy with all your comments. I learn from it and enjoy them.

Have a pleasant day,
Hans
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#666005 - 07/28/21 09:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Great song, I love the sax solo, and the strings add to the fullness of the sound. The lyrics were superb, well done.

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#666075 - 07/28/21 07:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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That was damned good. I love the Fx you put on the vocals. You were really belting it out there at the end. The band was tight. The sax was full of mood. Good one.
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#666096 - 07/29/21 12:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Nice blues! I didn't expect the strings, which were a nice addition.

Clever idea, well done.

Sax sounds good, as does your voice.

I like the occasional breaks - really effective.

Thanks for reminding me to comment on SoundCloud - not a habit I've developed yet.
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#666142 - 07/29/21 08:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Very good, Hans, great vocal as per usual, and great sounding track too.

Well done!

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#666158 - 07/29/21 09:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Good classic blues. Your songs seem to have a twist in the end, usually positive, cats come home and elevators go to the sky smile that's good songwriting, hopefully I will learn that way too. Good vocals, sax fits very well.

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#666178 - 07/29/21 12:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Birchwood,

The sax is excellent. The melody very catchy and well performed. The composition is excellent. Well done.

Kindly regard
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Edited by Derochette (07/29/21 12:25 PM)

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#666215 - 07/29/21 04:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Great song all around as usual!

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#666291 - 07/30/21 12:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Hello Peter, Leon, Ronnie and Jptjptjpt,

Thanks a lot for your kind reaction on this song.
And for whom I may concern please think of what I said about reactions on Sc in my first post to some.
I ask this because I hope to achieve we do it to all songs we say we like. That is all.

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Hans
Really nice. A strong composition, excellent vocal and harmony work and a well constructed song.
Excellent work all round.
Peter


Hi Peter, thanks for the things you said about the 'building' of this song. I hoped to make blues a little less Blue...

Originally Posted By: Leon1
Nice bluesy feel, Hans. Very well written and strong vocal. Much enjoyed.
Regards,
Leon


Hi Leon, I'm happy you feel this way about this song. I had a classical approach to Blues and then gave it a spin so as not to be so dejected.

Originally Posted By: Ronnie Fields
Great song, I love the sax solo, and the strings add to the fullness of the sound. The lyrics were superb, well done.


Hello Ronnie, thanks man! I appreciate this and especially what you said on the lyrics.

Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
That was damned good. I love the Fx you put on the vocals. You were really belting it out there at the end. The band was tight. The sax was full of mood. Good one.


Hi Jptjptjpt, Yes, that twist towards the end was, as I wrote to Peter and leon, as some kind of reevaluation of the opinion of the main character. Maybe he was the real (emotional) elevator ;-)

Have a nice day,
Hans
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#666309 - 07/30/21 03:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Hans,

Great song! I'm in love with how your vocal/voice sound... it is just such a pleasure to listen to.

I think you did a very good job with this track!

Will

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#666322 - 07/30/21 05:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Blues with a sax and Going up! [Re: Birchwood]
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Hans,
Successful tune for sure. Free flowing. Very nice and unusual chording. Neat stops and harmony magic. Solid write in all respects. The only minor thing I believe is vocals are a bit over fx'd. For example you sax parts are way dryer than vocals. I personally like saxes more "airy" than vocals, but that is only my opinion. In any case A+ for creativity. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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