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#694572 - 12/28/21 03:51 PM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title)
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Hello forum friends, and Happy New Year!!! As my last post of the year, I'm putting out one of many songs that I've written based on an Al David instrumental. Alan is truly gifted in finding or creating bands in BIAB and making them come to life. Over the past several years, I've made several songs after being inspired by his magic. Maybe a year ago, or less, there was an instrumental of Alan's that I had to run with. The song is whimsical as was the music and the title. Looking forward to another wonderful year of music from this talented collection of incredible people! Take care. Greg

https://soundcloud.com/gjohnson-2/underthestarssoundcloud?si=394fdb6202054de09511689858735442&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

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Under the Stars

Under the stars
Somewhere long ago beneath a magic sky
For a moment there I felt the earth stood still
I saw you on a hill
I knew that fate had placed you there nearby

So I approached
Seemed to take my direction from the stars above
I fell in love
Under the stars

We talked a while
And the cover of the darkness let the words just flow
And this soul of mine that’s learned to live alone
Finally seemed home
There next to you
Under the stars

Guess everybody has a moment
A moment of true grace
A time they truly feel like they’ve been found
For the first time in my lifetime
In the warmth of your embrace
I was bathing in the light that was shining down

Under the stars
I searched for you a thousand nights, you never came
But I feel your essence floating in the breeze
As the wind blows through the trees
I still hear you
Though I don’t know your name

But I know your heart
And I will never lose you though we are apart
I still feel you
Under the stars
I still feel you
Under the stars

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#694573 - 12/28/21 03:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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i really love the vocal melody. This is great and can be used with a lot of different genres

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#694580 - 12/28/21 04:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Well, Greg, to borrow from a line in the song, the words just flow..

Always look forward to hearing your musical offerings and, as expected, this one did not disappoint.

All the best,

Ghostgum
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#694614 - 12/28/21 06:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Beautiful melody, one of your best (although I find myself saying that with all your posts - they're all so amazing, it's hard to single one out). And any opportunity to hear you sing, Imma gonna take. You and Floyd deserve a large audience just for your singing alone. I hope one day that happens.
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#694630 - 12/28/21 07:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Ooooh.

So gorgeous.

All of it.

Personally, I associate "whimsical" more with "lightweight and trivial", and less with "sad and heartbreaking, like a lost dream", but each to their own. wink

Here's to 2022, and the songs it brings!
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#694672 - 12/29/21 03:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hello Greg
Awesome song
Such a beautiful melody and a great voice
The song is really really good
Everything fits together, Greg
Great job
thanks for sharing
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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#694702 - 12/29/21 05:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
Wonderful tune, very melodic. Nice string section. Vocals and composition is A+
Enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing and Happy new year!

Misha.

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#694709 - 12/29/21 06:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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What a beautiful melody. And yours is the perfect voice for it, Greg. You and Al are very inspirational folks, and i am so grateful for the chance to hear some of the magic you create.
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#694737 - 12/29/21 08:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Excellent stuff, Greg. I would be more effusive, but my typing skills are quite impaired at present. Enjoyed it a lot.


Regards,

Bob

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#694738 - 12/29/21 08:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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This is so far one of the best song/productions I've heard on this forum, or at least my favorite...
I also love "Rising Star"... I'm listening to both again now.
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#694739 - 12/29/21 08:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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All of the above. Beautiful music.

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#694763 - 12/29/21 10:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

Beautiful. Of course.

Your lyrics are wonderfully conversational, and still exploding with colors/flavors. Dazzling.

Gorgeous melody and gorgeous vocal.

Pro.

Of course.

fj

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#694862 - 12/29/21 08:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg...this is exquisite in every aspect...vocally stunning, instrumentally so apropos for the gorgeous melody and produced with such great precision...to be honest I think that most of us who are commenting are doing so out of our appreciation and jealousy of your mastery of those elements...so well done...beautiful!
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#694885 - 12/30/21 01:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

what a beautiful song - melody, backing track and most of all yocals. Relly, really awesome.

Happy New Year,

Stefan

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#695011 - 12/30/21 12:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Lovely and well produced indeed.
Al handed you a great melody for sure.

Have a great new year!

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#695036 - 12/30/21 02:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Another lovely offering. You voice is very smooth. It's a very pretty song. The band was soft and easy. Nice one.
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#695760 - 01/02/22 06:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: ChicagoBob]
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Originally Posted By: ChicagoBob
i really love the vocal melody. This is great and can be used with a lot of different genres


Thanks so much Bob!! Happy New Year!! Take care. Greg

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#695761 - 01/02/22 06:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: Ghostgum]
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Originally Posted By: Ghostgum
Well, Greg, to borrow from a line in the song, the words just flow..

Always look forward to hearing your musical offerings and, as expected, this one did not disappoint.

All the best,

Ghostgum


Really appreciate your kind words Brian!! Happy New Year!! Take care. Greg

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#695763 - 01/02/22 06:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: TuneMonger]
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Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Beautiful melody, one of your best (although I find myself saying that with all your posts - they're all so amazing, it's hard to single one out). And any opportunity to hear you sing, Imma gonna take. You and Floyd deserve a large audience just for your singing alone. I hope one day that happens.


Thanks so much!! Always appreciate your kind words, and you music!! Happy New Year!! Greg

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#695764 - 01/02/22 06:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Under the Stars (inspired by Al David's song of same title) [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Ooooh.

So gorgeous.

All of it.

Personally, I associate "whimsical" more with "lightweight and trivial", and less with "sad and heartbreaking, like a lost dream", but each to their own. wink

Here's to 2022, and the songs it brings!


Thanks David!! You're probably right about my choice of that word.....there is a fantasy aspect of the song, but it is pretty melancholy. Happy New Year!! Take care. Greg

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