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You all know this: over the years, a lot of musicians you admire died.
For me, the news were sometimes kinda sad, sometimes more indifferent, and sometimes there was this sting in my heart, and a deep deep sadness overwhelmed me. I never figured out why some of them went so deep while others not.

Fast forward to 2022, Rob Meulman wrote about the first song I've published here in the forum that the background harmonies sounded like Dolores O'Riordan from the Cranberries, and it made "click": the ones who hurt so much were the ones who had a big influence on me, how I perceive music, how I listen to music, and in the end how I compose music.

This is my unworthy tribute to them, a song I just HAD to write:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOnLi2S5iR0

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https://soundcloud.com/eleanorlennox/surviving-your-idols

Special thanks to marty (BabuMusic) for translation help, encouragement and to generally be a great guy to talk to!

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...and of course vocals by the one and only Eleanor Lennox laugh

Lyrics:

Title: Surviving your idols
Verse 1:
They're all gone
my childhood dreams
the bands, my idols, my heroes
they lived for their music
lived for the day
they had all the glory but couldn't stay

Verse 2:
They're all gone, forever gone
they were the seed for who I have become
without their joy and their pain
my life would have never been the same

Chorus 1:
But your songs remain for eternity
they are living in my heart
and your dreams, your visions, your poetry
they will live, in my thoughts, forever

Bridge 1:
Forever, in my heart
are those feelings that tear me apart
there's a hole in my soul
I can't fill cause it's full of pain

Chorus 2:
But your songs remain for eternity
they are living in my heart
and your dreams, your visions, your poetry
they will live, in my thoughts, forever

Bridge 2:
Gone
all gone
and life has to move on
but not gone in my dreams
you still sing for me and everyone

Chorus 3:
But your songs remain for eternity
they are living in my heart
and your dreams, your visions, your poetry
they will live, in my thoughts, forever

...thank you...

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Very nice song and video... Great tribute to these artists.

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Excellent song, well written and produced.

Enjoyed the video also, well done!

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B.D.,

Nice.

A good tribute to the musical influences no longer with us.
A very pleasant melody.
Eleanor does her usual fine job on vocals.
Good mix.

fj

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I thought it was a great song B.D. Very well written and produced, and the video was really good too. Great idea.

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B.D...really nice song...every aspect of the production was top notch...great tribute with a very tender serenade in 3/4 time...sweet!!


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Nicely done.


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Brian,

This is really, REALLY good! It completely hit the spot for me.

Firstly, these were mostly my idols as well.

Secondly, I love the animations you use in your videos. The lip-synching is so good! I know from experience that this can be tedious.

Third, the song is absolutely sweet and highly melodic but most of all, very touching!

You've raised the bar with this for sure.

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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Very nice song and video... Great tribute to these artists.

Bob

Thanks for listening and your nice feedback, Bob. Very appreciated!


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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Excellent song, well written and produced.

Enjoyed the video also, well done!

Thanks a lot for your feedback, Dave. Glad you liked the video as well smile

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What a fine tribute song and video!

“But your songs remain for eternity
they are living in my heart
and your dreams, your visions, your poetry
they will live, in my thoughts, forever”

We agree wholeheartedly with that. Like you we’ve been influenced strongly by particular musicians and for certain powerful songs can remember exactly where we were when we first heard them.

Eleanor once again did her magic! Along with a fine Biab band and production. As always the mix is standout.

J&B

PS We are older … for us it’s been Gregg Allman, Glen Frey, John Prine, Tom Petty and more. It is so easy to apply your fine lyric to them.

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Really nicely done. Excellent vocal and a good video to match the song.

Lovely work.

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Lives changed by music...idols who become demigods...
Nice arrangement and Eleanor does a decent job but this song needs a little humanity in it to express the feeling.
For me...Buddy Holly was joined by Bowie while Elvis Costello, Nick Cave and Rob Younger are still kicking.


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B.D. you are the master of synth vocals AI. Eleanor sounds fantastic.

This is a hell of a tribute to those whom have died. Many have left their mark on our hearts and on future and current musicians.

Two thumbs up


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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
B.D.,

Nice.

A good tribute to the musical influences no longer with us.
A very pleasant melody.
Eleanor does her usual fine job on vocals.
Good mix.

fj

Glad you like it, Floyd.
And knowing how good your own mixes are, I'll take your "good mix" all the better smile


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Originally Posted By: Brad Williams
I thought it was a great song B.D. Very well written and produced, and the video was really good too. Great idea.

Thank you very much, Brad.
Having the idea was one thing, but turning it into a song took 4 weeks, which is an unusual long time for me.

Usually I work the other way around, while I'm writing a song the song itself tells me what it's about....

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Nice song!!! Yeah, I really mourn the loss of so many wonderful singers/musicians from the past. I wrote a tribute song for Tom Petty when we lost him. So many of these people were more a part of my youth than all but 5-10 people in my actual life. I'm worried Joni won't be with us for too long....so sad. Really nicely done!! Take car.e. Greg

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superb vocs includeing bg voc spread.

a lesson in the kiss concept of songwriting.

a lovely tribute song.


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Hello B.D.

You, Eleanor and BIAB put a masterpiece together. Congrats on an excellent piece of listening pleasure and an emotional trip with all the right stops.

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