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#692280 - 12/19/21 03:18 PM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You
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Hello fellow BIABers!! Just listened to a number of great offerings!! Did not get a chance to respond to all of the nice comments on my last post but I read them all and am very humbled by your kind words...they mean a great deal to me!
I've always loved Xmas songs and have written at least one every Xmas for the past 5 years or so. I have to run so I didn't make it to the Xmas offerings near the top of the forum but will be back for them soon. This is a traditional style Xmas tune like Sinatra or Andy Williams might have sung....maybe Michael Buble for a current singer. Would love to hear what you think!! Merry Xmas everyone!! Take care. Greg

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Ain’t Christmas without You

I see the decorations strung across the streets downtown
Hear the children singing carols but still I’m feeling down
I always try to find the magic of this time of year
But it just don’t seem the same without you here

All the Christmas lights are shining bright but still my heart is blue
I guess Christmas just ain’t Christmas without you

Salvation Army Santas ring their bells and “Ho, Ho, Ho”
And I drop a few dollars in but still I’m feeling low
I remember all the joys of seeing the world in red and green
But I just can’t find the magic in this scene

All the Christmas lights are shining bright but still my heart is blue
I guess Christmas just ain’t Christmas without you

I know come January, you’ll be in my arms again
But I just don’t think I can shake this feeling until then

All the Christmas lights are shining bright but still my heart is blue
I guess Christmas just ain’t Christmas without you

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#692358 - 12/19/21 10:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg ...

I can never find adequate superlatives to fully describe the beauty and smoothness of your songs.

As you probably know, I love the old big band sounds and man ... this captures it so wonderfully. Loved that sax solo! This is just so smooth dreamy. A gentle swing and so endearing. I always marvel at your music. Simply gorgeous, my friend.

Merry Christmas to you & yours ...

Alan

PS: Hope your first year of retirement was everything you hoped it would be!
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#692372 - 12/19/21 11:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Nice to hear the BIAB horns get a good workout. And of course, matched with a great song and your excellent voice, this is a true present for all of us. When I use BIAB horns I usually do a lot of splicing so they don't step on my vocals so much. You played them as a complete track and it sounded fine. I can't do that, you must be a much better mixer than me. Whatever, it sounded great. Happy Holidays.
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#692385 - 12/20/21 01:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hey Freg,

one thing's for sure: There is not one nation in the world that has produced and year in,year out, produces Chrostmas songs like the Americans can. Even if you're not a dedicated fan of the yuletide hurry and fuss, you simply must like them. Well, most of them.

And this one is - in the best sense of the word - a typical sample: It's simply great as a composition and absolutely pro regarding the production.

Were you ever told that you're a heck of a singer ? grin

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2022,

Stefan

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#692393 - 12/20/21 01:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

Yes, I could easily see this as something that Sinatra or Andy Williams might have done back in the day. Excellent!

Best to you and yours for the holiday smile

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#692429 - 12/20/21 04:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

A very nice warm voice singing a very nice Christmas song or carol.
And accompanied by a classic Jazz band. Well, you made it a succes, that is for sure!
Only the lyrics... They are (a bit) appropriate if you feel this way, but sad.
But next year has a wonderful start and you'll be happy again!
I hope that'll be the theme of next years carol ;-)

Merry Christmas, Greg!
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#692454 - 12/20/21 06:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

You are the KING of Christmas Songs! They have ALL sounded like they've been with us forever. Classics, one and all...

Writing a good Christmas song is not easy. And yet, you make it seem like it's a breeze to do.
Excellent lyric. Excellent melody. Excellent BAND. Excellent vocal.
Pro in every regard.

Solid mix.

Killer.

Merry Christmas, buddy...


fj

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#692489 - 12/20/21 08:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

I enjoyed the whole song and particularly the choruses.

Yes - Michael Buble would be mad not to include this on his 2022 Christmas album.

Best Regards
Nigel
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#692558 - 12/20/21 11:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hello Greg
This is a beautiful Christmas song
You sang it so well
I like it extraordinarily well
Both thumbs up
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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#692666 - 12/20/21 06:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Greg ...

I can never find adequate superlatives to fully describe the beauty and smoothness of your songs.

As you probably know, I love the old big band sounds and man ... this captures it so wonderfully. Loved that sax solo! This is just so smooth dreamy. A gentle swing and so endearing. I always marvel at your music. Simply gorgeous, my friend.

Merry Christmas to you & yours ...

Alan

PS: Hope your first year of retirement was everything you hoped it would be!


Thanks so much Alan for your incredibly kind words!! Just listened to a cool instrumental of yours!! Merry Xmas!!

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#692667 - 12/20/21 06:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hey Greg,

This sounds gorgeous.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

smile

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#692682 - 12/20/21 06:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Christmas just ain’t Christmas without a great Greg Johnson Christmas song.
Thanks Greg; this was delightful.
Merry Christmas,
Mike
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#692686 - 12/20/21 07:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg

Lovely Christmas song and perfect for the Buble of Sinatra Christmas album

Merry Christmas.

Peter

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#692703 - 12/20/21 09:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Beautiful Greg.

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#692713 - 12/20/21 10:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg...what a great song to fit the season...Vocally and instrumentally so appropriate...great sax solo...as usual superb...thanks for posting.
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#692875 - 12/21/21 12:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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This is a great match to your smooth vocals.

You nailed the "traditional" sound.

Excellent write. As floyd jane said, you make something that's difficult seem effortless!
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#692886 - 12/21/21 01:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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As always smooth and lush! Nice sax too.

Happy Holidays!

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#692944 - 12/21/21 04:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Velvety smooth vocal performance.

Song would fit among the Christmas standards.

Nice work!

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#692951 - 12/21/21 05:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Hi Greg,

Yes, I could easily see this as something that Sinatra or Andy Williams might have done back in the day. Excellent!

Best to you and yours for the holiday smile



I agree. Excellent vocal with a super big band backing tracks. Super mix.

Loved it.
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#692955 - 12/21/21 05:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Ain't Christmas without You [Re: Greg Johnson]
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What a great song!
I'm sorry I got to it too late in the season to include in it my current batch Christmas concerts. However, with your permission, I'd sure like to sing it next year. smile
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