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Hi Hans,

Excellent song! Love the arrangement and the dynamics.

Just love your vocal on this one, and the blend of your voice with Anne-Marie's is fabulous.

Well done!

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What a sad and touching song. Great lines like "When aging arrives, its grip is unkind" and "I accept to walk another track/It's my body that tells me to wait". Your arrangements are always interesting, in this folky waltz tune with both grieving violin and hurtful guitar reflect the message that is easy for me to relate to. Not that I'm that old, but I have passed the point where the bright future lies ahead. Great vocal performance by you and AM (whose lovely backing vocals have also graced my songs long time ago...), fitting together nicely.

Good work with the video, I like the ending with the lid closing, one story/song is finished, but the next one is coming...

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What a lovely song Hans. Very moving lyric and delicate vocal. Anne-Maries harmonies were such a nice add to the song. Loved how the energy built through song. Excellent production and mix. Really well done..


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Hans & Anne-Marie
While subject is sad, it's a very strong tune and listens well. Excellent vocals, almost spoken expression by you. I do wish Anne-Marie vocals would be slightly louder. (They do work very nicely with yours) Very neat, layered instrumental arrangement and good mix. Almost like C. Aznavour on steroids smile
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Howdy Birch....
Well....being late to this party everyone else has said it all.
And, I agree with them.
Very poignant lyrics and a personal vox delivery.

(I can relate....I just became a pair of 77s recently).

Well done, I enjoyed the listen!

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The instrumentation and production in this song are excellent. The Anne-Marie vocals are first class.


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Hi Marty, Mario, Bass Thumper, J&B and David,

Little late in my response to your very kind posts. There are excuses for that, but still I'm a bit late.
But I want to thank you for what you wrote and will write something personal under your post;

Originally Posted by BabuMusic
Oh, Mr. Hans, I love your work. I've been a fan of your music for a long time, and now these outstanding videos you're making add to the enjoyment. And then you elevate my respect even higher by bringing in Anne-Marie to dress up your song. Great idea with glorious results. I'm also so grateful you let me listen to these as they develop --as if I need to be more impressed.

Marty, it is very important you're able to listen to the making of this song! You are always positive, but I think I can read between your lines sometimes. That has it's impact on the result. Thanks for that and the nice things you wrote here.

Originally Posted by MarioD
Hans, you and Ann Marie make beautiful music together!
Both vocals were spot on.
I really liked that intro!
Outstanding lyrics (I can relate) and mix.

PS - I don't mind growing older its just the body falling apart that hurts!

Hi Mario, Thanks for this, but your PS is what stayed in my mind. You said it so well (and painfull). But there is one nice thing here; you're not alone...

Originally Posted by Bass Thumper
This is a timeless song with very impressive vocal work.
You and Anne-Marie are a great team.
Well done.

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
James 4:14

Hi BT, thanks for the nice words on the song and also your saying from James 4:14 (we call him Jacob here, I think). That's all true, but luckily we hope we are more than that vapor, otherwise we won't get anywhere (during our lifes)

Originally Posted by Janice & Bud
“When aging arrives, its grip is unkind”
The above says it well!

Y’all sound great together, Hans. Both of you are such soulful singers.
The lyric is certainly relatable and the band is excellent.
The cello and piano are perfect for the mood and the banjo was surprisingly a good fit.

We enjoyed the video too, especially the end with the people reading the books following the line of “my words will become my legacy” and, of course, the cute cat.
Now let’s all remember that we can still be young at heart. 😊

Good one!
J&B

Hi Bud and Janice, it was a little struggle to get the lyrics this way, in English and rhyming too. That's how I came to the word 'unkind' in relation to 'mind'. I was a bit fond of that. And now you picked that line! Funny...
Same kind of story on the instruments. I like strings a lot, also those electric guitars, but still I missed something. A subte different sound. And that turned out to be the banjo.
Maybe you noticed I mostly have a cat in my videos. This one was very lovely. Thanks for noticing!
And I fully agree with your last sentence. I like humor too ;-)

Originally Posted by David Snyder
Hey you two sound really good together on this!
Much enjoyed.
Great production and performances all around.

Hello David, Anne-Marie did a marvelous job on this song. And her BG-vocals after the solo really did a lot to the song. I gave her a concept of the song, with BG-vocals from me. But I said; you can remove everything (except the lead vocals) and surprise me. She did!!! Thanks for what you wrote on it.

I hope we will have nice weather one day, but until then I hope you have a very nice day for now,
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Hi Hans.

You and Anne-Marie have done a fantastic job.
In the past, I have always loved listening to each of you sing.
Having you both together in a single song is great ear-candy for me smile
And your voices fit together so very, very well.
Kudos to you on this work!
I have to confess that I empathise with way too many of the lyrics.

I love what you've created and what the two of you have produced.
--Noel

P.S. I enjoyed the lyric video too! That was a good touch.


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Hi Ray, Vicarn and Firesong,

It was very nice reading your posts about the song.
Thanks for that. The topic is sad, but the making of it, was a nice process. Not only the vocals from Anne-Marie and me, but also the choice of instruments and builds of the song.
After we mixed our vocals, AM came with a suggestion to make another 'break' like the one after the first chorus. She likes one after the solo, but I did it after her marvellous bg-vocals in the middle, for the last part of the song. I was happy she also liked that more.
But now about you:

Originally Posted by rayc
The change of texture with the heavier guitars was welcome but very brief...a tease?
Two voices that work well together...I'd have liked a little more of Anne-Marie.
We're certainly constructed with a obsolescence integrated.
Fab stuff.

Hi Ray, as I wrote, we added another break with the heavy guitar. If I had done more of that, the character of the song would be changed too much. In my opinion.
And about the mixing of our vocals, or more AM, well... there was something why we didn't do that.
But I was glad I asked her to remove all excisting BG's and do whatever she want on that. And that worked out perfectlly. I'm glad you agreed with that too.
And I also agree with your last line. Though that doesn't mean you have to be happy with that.

Originally Posted by vicarn
Well done you two.
I would bring Anne-Marie's voice up a little though and eq it to match your tone if you can.
Vic

Hi Vic, I understand you liker her voice more than mine, but as I wrote to Ray, we had our reasons to do what we did. Maybe in another song...
And my vocals are what they are. And I still like them, although they are getting older as well!

Originally Posted by firesong
Hans and Anne-Marie...very nice duet work here...certainly an interesting track...rock guitars and banjos...an interesting mix of instruments that compose a great band..."aging"...ahh...fun...well done Hans...I always adore Anne-Marie's voice...you can't go wrong there!

Hi firesong, thanks for your comment, but I feel something special in the words you choose, especially about aging. I can't put my finger on what exactly you mean, maybe you would name it differently? Tell me!

Have a nice day and lots of inspiration,
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Hi, Dave, Janne, Scott, Misha, Chulaivet, Wao and Noel,

As I wrote in my previous post, I'm late again with responding. I think that is a bad habit of me...
I was and am happy with all your comments! Believe it or not, ok, some needed some more attention than others, but untill now I think I'm very fond with your posts.
Having said that, I will pay some attention to the individual post from you, the 7 last one, I presume.

Originally Posted by BlueAttitude
Hi Hans,
Excellent song! Love the arrangement and the dynamics.
Just love your vocal on this one, and the blend of your voice with Anne-Marie's is fabulous.
Well done!

Dave, very kind of you. And you're right about the match between my and AM's vocals. I think with those BG's she really shined!

Originally Posted by jannesan
What a sad and touching song. Great lines like "When aging arrives, its grip is unkind" and "I accept to walk another track/It's my body that tells me to wait". Your arrangements are always interesting, in this folky waltz tune with both grieving violin and hurtful guitar reflect the message that is easy for me to relate to. Not that I'm that old, but I have passed the point where the bright future lies ahead. Great vocal performance by you and AM (whose lovely backing vocals have also graced my songs long time ago...), fitting together nicely.
Good work with the video, I like the ending with the lid closing, one story/song is finished, but the next one is coming...

Janne

Janne, you have good eyes for the details, like that closing of the laptop at the end. And that man also puts down his pencil. I think most older people with pc's still have a pencil close at hand. I have too!
Still I think, and I hope you too, around a corner somewhere a tiny, surprising future can be waiting. For instance when it comes to your music. I think a lot of people like it. When you were younger you didn't have the time to spend on music making. And then came BiaB and AI, and suddenly the (second) future lays ahead for you! At least it's a nice tought...

Originally Posted by Scott C
What a lovely song Hans. Very moving lyric and delicate vocal. Anne-Maries harmonies were such a nice add to the song. Loved how the energy built through song. Excellent production and mix. Really well done..

Scott, thanks a lot. Besides all those nice things you said, I also liked that phrase about the build up of the energy during the song. The first heavy guitars were in, but we felt it was unfinished. That solo with the 'Roma violin' was also a bit soft, but I loved to keep it in. AM suggested a heavy guitar after that solo and I thought it would be better after her last BG 'vocals'. I won ;-)

Originally Posted by Rustyspoon#
Hans & Anne-Marie
While subject is sad, it's a very strong tune and listens well. Excellent vocals, almost spoken expression by you. I do wish Anne-Marie vocals would be slightly louder. (They do work very nicely with yours) Very neat, layered instrumental arrangement and good mix. Almost like C. Aznavour on steroids smile
Thank you for sharing.
Misha.

Misha, I could never have even imagined being compared to Mr. 'She' Aznavour. But surprises do appear to exist!!!
I'm now practicing to sing his oeuvre. Only the steroids make my wife a little nervous...
There was a tiny reason why her vocals were kept a bit less loud, and not because I am the boss.
Thanks for your so nice post.

Originally Posted by chulaivet1966
Howdy Birch....
Well....being late to this party everyone else has said it all.
And, I agree with them.
Very poignant lyrics and a personal vox delivery.
(I can relate....I just became a pair of 77s recently).
Well done, I enjoyed the listen!

Chulaivett, what nice post! And what nice you became a pair of 7's. I thought you were much younger, your artistname says chulaivett1966!
Now we are a bit apart in age, two years... I win :-)))

Originally Posted by WaoBand
The instrumentation and production in this song are excellent. The Anne-Marie vocals are first class.

Wao, I thought you've already posted your reaction. The Roma violins were dissapointing you wrote. But you also gave compliments.
But I love you repeated the compliments 2 times. Thanks for that!!

Originally Posted by Noel96
Hi Hans.
You and Anne-Marie have done a fantastic job.
In the past, I have always loved listening to each of you sing.
Having you both together in a single song is great ear-candy for me smile
And your voices fit together so very, very well.
Kudos to you on this work!
I have to confess that I empathise with way too many of the lyrics.

I love what you've created and what the two of you have produced.
--Noel
P.S. I enjoyed the lyric video too! That was a good touch.

Noell, what a lovely post you wrote. Thanks for that!
And yes, I remember you have listened to my songs before.
And coincidentally, I was thinking about you about a week before you posted this (really!)
I missed you for some time. I also saw you have a new song now on the forum.
I listen to it very soon!

Thank you all for this,
and for now... back to work!
Hans


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