Loving Life and Music, and Music in the Key of Life
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So Bring On The Summer (arr. Ray Brookes)
from the start the vocals stand out and sound excellent which the backing instruments enhance the song to a great performance to a perfect production
Hey Terry how are you? This is a very nice track! I love the diversity of the instrumentation- it adds a lot of different colors to the song. Overall it's extremely relaxing and just puts me in a good mood. Great job!
To be honest, I wish I'd kept this arrangement simple a la CSN&Y. Terry presented me with a beautiful idea for a song and for some reason I overcooked it with a large orchestral treatment. Only bits I like are the vox and the harmonica. Maybe soon when I get back into producing music again I'd like to have another go at it; that is only if it's ok with you, Terry.
Yep, a great song and a really strong production which I find so difficult to get! I agree with what David said but I love this!
This is the kind of song to really drift off and get lost in - great stuff Terry and Ray!!
Nice song Terry - very well done to you and Ray! Cons. Crit: the stereo image is a little peculiar to my ears. The vocals are rightly foreground but seem to be quite widely panned and dominant, and everything else somehow seems to be fighting a bit for space in the middle-ish of the record. A remix could perhaps look at reversing that - vox more up the middle, other stuff placed judiciously in the stereo specturm. Why would I try that? This type of dignified reflective track needs a biiiiiiiiig space to unfold in, kick off it's shoes and walk around.
Top track yet again. You always bring the summer Mr Wigmore sir
Lovely song here guys. Terry you never sounded better. I love the chorus. Rays guitar just sings. The keys are so musical. The whole piece just breaths with the warmth and tenderness the summer can bring.
has a bit of celtic feel at 2.32
So good Terry, this is a truly great song, I absolutely love all the vocal textures, I love the tune, it's perfect, as are your lyrics Terry, five stars! (I'd give this a million!)
Rousing, do like the harmonica.
Cant hear Neil Young if im honest, but I can hear those smooth Terry-Tenors! :) A lovely easy-listening song...especially love that exceptionally mournful harp and the guitar in places...and the pipes are a lovely touch too. Got it all in this song...well done indeed. keith
Bring On The Summer? Yeah, hotter than the Sahara in the UK this week and I love it! This sounds like the music over the end credits of a Disney film, a strange kind of sadness creeps in with the beautifully melodic vocal and Celtic pipes. A gentle giant of a song, easy vote and thanks for the DL. Gibbo
Yeah, that's a huge sound, great job with those vocals and lyrics Terry, nice fit with Ray's accompaniment. Sweet work with that harp, and that guitar solo, enjoyed a few listens. Rated!
Good tune Terry and good collab. A big production too. Thumzup for all of that. If I were mixing the backing track I'd have added stereo width (big time) to the piano - at the moment it's sat right over your vox and It would definitely work better displaced either side (stereo reverb and a stereo widener would do the job). I might also give the strings the same treatment. Food for thought dudes.
I feel like there's not a lot I could say, really... 'So Bring On The Summer' is an absolutely amazing, if not flawless, composition, as always. This one's going straight to my summer playlist!
Song-writer, arranger, guitar, keyboard/synth, vocals.
Exploring various styles and topics. Variety is the spice of life.
Joined this community of artists in July of 2011, and quickly observed the community-spirit of artists who take the time to listen to other artists' work and comment meaningfully and positively. The vibe is one of encouragement and helping out.
This was quickly expressed more tangibly in the number of collaborations that were being uploaded and that caught my attention. People were willing to offer skills and abilities, knowledge and understanding, and check their egos at the door and be willing to engage the difficult task of trying to work together for a common good - a better track. THIS has been an education for me and the learning that occurs as a result of working together is extraordinary.
Special mentions to those who have included me in their work, and they in mine: James Bell - not only got the ball rolling but is a kindred spirit; Dachleigh Music (Adam) - who used my cello lines in a some electronic music; Deggsy Music and DawnSinclair - the two are not always inseparable but they work so well together (that RnB will be a highlight!); Deon - we didn't do a lot together, but the journey was expansive; Rich Lodato, whose voice and guitar invites the cello to weave a melody too; AmorfoxiZ (Alfonso,) more cello; Left Ear Bleed (Jeff)...always good to help younger artists; Liquid (Anthony Gee) the budding rock keyboardist ;) and Michael Ritchie - consummate riff-meister and gentle spirit...thanks to one and all for including me in their journeys! FUN!...gotta be more fun than work or it isn't fun any more ;) Special mention to TomC (CyberJazz) in PC FL, for sharing his journey and struggles but the absence of more than a year suggests a final succumbing to cancer, though I have no way of checking that.
Also a note of GRATITUDE...that is the theme for my class of students. A number of artists from mp3u have contributed messages addressed to my class, and some have written wonderful tracks to help us find a calm and gentle start to our days of turbulence. Dan Michaelson, Peter Vines...great ambient tracks and such wonderful messages - you two were the first off the mark and set the bar very high for how to approach a class that you didn't really know; Will Riding...the Sleeping Giants was an awesome introduction to story-telling through music; Erik Jurado...straight from you heart to right where my kids are...amazing intuition; Kelly Mitchell...your artist comment narrative was inspirational on over-coming obstacles; Mike Ritchie - one boy has become filled with hope because of a specific word of encouragement...how incredibly awesome! ; Deon -many positive messages and ideas about life and existence, as well as ways to find calm in the midst of Life - looking forward tomore of your special way of looking at life; Rich - sent along some A/V material...journey into visual art...chalked full of encouraging words... some fine vocal/visual/philosphical chicken soup for the teen-aged soul, I think; Liquid (Anthony Gee), who has created some fine music for the class and sent a wonderful interview for the class to listen to. We are also enjoying some wonderful orchestral arrangements from AndyF (Andrew Foyston), and a superbly written note to the students.
In 2013 we heard from KtA (Marty Etheridge) - the students love the DnB stuff; ATuesdayParadox (Kevin Gibbons) - a very encouraging message and pics of Wales; Lazy Jane (Will Walton) sent along well-wishes from Georgia, DNA Codex (Andrew Shields)- not only introduced us to Surrealism, he showed us how to paint in a surealistic style with some extraordinary youtube clips with his wonderful ambient/electronica in the background; Essence - little did I know that in trying to find female artists to represent more gender equity, you would step in and tell a heart-changing story that resonated in all of us, and in one young woman in particular - you cast the seeds and often never know what good will result, so we trust and carry on; Keith Allen and Wednesday Wilson are also going to contribute their own stories and words of encouragement. In all of these personal touches and positive interactions there will be Wellness!
If there are any artists who wish to learn about the Wellness Project for this school year (Sept 2013-June 2014), or who wish to contribute, please feel free to contact any of the artists who have participated already, or contact me directly by clicking on the "e-mail" button at the top of the page here, or send along a PM (I do check fairly regularly)
Looking back over 2013, it seems to have been a year featuring a lot of collaborations with Keith Allen and Kevin Gibbons, in particular, and KALLEN - as the 3 amigos have become known - have enjoyed having a dozen or more tracks played on BBC Introducing Tees, with host Bob Fischer. This culminated in an interview with Keith, and developed a sidebar plot - what I affectionately call "The Mug Caper," in which, through a relentless process of e-mails, the DJ, Mr. Bob Fischer, was graciously able to provide an autographed BBC mug for Keith as a souvenir of a place and time in his long and illustrious musical career. Lots of FUN and Funny Business going around on mp3u this year.
2013 has also been a year of connecting with newer (to me) faces on mp3u..FXMAN, The Refined Poet, Idiom, and Master Peo. Jazzz and Swing have become new areas of effort this past year and I hope that will continue in 2014.
Always open to possibilities of collaborations and helping to build connections on mp3u. I have enjoyed making friends and aquaintances here on this site. It is a place that has a comfort level and feels, as Anthony Gee once said, "like coming home."
All the best for 2014 to everyone!
Norman Acoustic, Epiphone SG Double Neck Electric, Ibanez Roadstar II, Cello, Ensoniq EPS, Korg M1Rex, PC, M- audio 410, Cakewalk X1 Studio, Sony MDMX-4, Aiwa powered speakers, Radio Shack consumer headphones, AKG C1000S mic and Rode NT1A - bottom-line…it may be old(er) gear for the most part, but like myself, all the parts work (at the moment) ;)
**My creative space -a.k.a. "hobbit hole studio" - is a cinder block fruit cellar, 6x9, with a 6in poured concrete slab ceiling…nice reflective surfaces for some interesting vocals if they are not tamed..the furnace is old and loud and is adjacent, and the main waste pipe from the second floor passes through the “studio” so I have to record before the household awakes or after they are asleep because a single toilet flush can “wh- o-o-o-s-s-h-h-“ through a track like a roar of a jet engine, giving new meaning to the phrase I have come to accept as part of my Buddhist experience - “Flushed Away!”