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A Prayer
by SackJo22
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Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 11:17 PM

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Jeris
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permalink   Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 2:45 PM
This is fantastic Susan! Love those backup harmonies…classic, sweet, and soulful!!
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 4:07 PM
Thanks Jeris. I am finding myself increasing much more comfortable singing harmonies than anything else. I get lost in the layers I suppose.
 
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permalink   Jeris Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 4:16 PM
They’re sooo good!
CiggiBurns
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permalink   Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 3:22 PM
You do r’n’b so very well, SJ, and there’s great support from Jeris and Unreal. A lovely song with lovely sentiments - sung with understated but real feeling and the harmonies, of course, are faultless.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 4:08 PM
Thanks Ciggi. I actually don’t believe I do r’n’b very well at all — but I do love it. Originally,I was looking for something dark and moody to sing along to but I came upon this track by Jeris and it spoke to me… so here it is. Thanks for your kind words and support. I really appreciate it.
debbizo
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permalink   Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 4:14 PM
This is gorgeous Susan! And I love the lyrics.
 
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permalink   debbizo Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 4:15 PM
I’m curious…did you have the melody before you decided on the backing track, or did you sing to the backing track so that the melody emerged?
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 4:19 PM
Thanks so much Deb. Most appreciated esepcially at this time (as you can likely glean from the lyric). I did not have a meldoy in mind for this song — it totally emerged from the music. I was actually looking for something a bit moodier and slower when I wrote the lyric, but when I came upon this track by Jeris I just loved it. I also reworked the lyric as well to go with the rhythm of the track.
colab
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permalink   Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 5:27 PM
I agree with Ciggi on this - you do this very, very well. The backing track is a perfect backing for your vocals here.

My only nag is that you don’t give yourself enough room in the mix to shine. Your vocals should be centre piece in the mix, and instead they compete with all the instruments, rather than being backed up by them.

It’s a lovely track. Making the tweaks to bring the vocals more to the front would just make it shine even more.
 
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permalink   KungFu Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 8:08 PM
Quote: colabMy only nag is that you don’t give yourself enough room in the mix to shine.
I completely agree! Great vocals that should power through the mix :-) wanna upload the stems? :-)
Great work!
Cheers!
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 11:32 PM
Thanks KF. I did upload the vocal stems ( here). The instrumental was not shared with stems so I was not able to do much with that (although Jeris kindly forwarded the stems to me…although I’m not sure I have adequate producer skills to tackle them).

And then based on encouragement from you and Colab, I tried to tweak this track a bit. It could use further production refinements though.

Thanks again for the kind words.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sat, Mar 10, 2012 @ 11:29 PM
Thank you Colab for such an encouraging comment. I appreciate it very much.

I tweaked the track a bit by educing some of the reverb, playingwith eq settings and compression settings as well on the lead vocal. I am sure this track could benefit from further production refinement though.
 
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permalink   Speck Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 9:35 AM
Quote: colab…you do this very, very well. My only nag is that you don’t give yourself enough room in the mix to shine. …they compete with all the instruments, rather than being backed up by them.I’m inclined to agree. Wonder what it would be like with the original idea of putting it to a darker moodier backing track. Hmm… I might give that a try.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 12:15 PM
Quote: Speck… Wonder what it would be like with the original idea of putting it to a darker moodier backing track. Hmm… I might give that a try.


Thanks Speck. I would love to hear you give it a try.
texasradiofish
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permalink   Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 4:09 AM
The lady sings the blues.
Always dig your soul music, Susan
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 12:16 PM
Thanks boys.
Admiral Bob
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permalink   Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 8:23 AM
I don;t know what it is you’re not supposed to be, but this is authentic as it gets. Heartfelt… and funky!
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 12:16 PM
Thank you — and thank you so much for the ed pick.
VickyDan
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permalink   Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 8:49 AM
A style that you approaching, with talent, Susan
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 12:16 PM
Thank you dear Vicky.
timberman
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permalink   Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 10:30 AM
You’ve always been a soul singer, only in different genres. I hope you feel proud of this fine song and congrats to the ed-pick. It’s well deserved.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 12:17 PM
Thanks Per.
SmoJos
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permalink   Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 2:14 PM
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:51 AM
panu
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permalink   Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 3:10 PM
the mark of a good song is that it connects with its listeners, and this one has. Congrats on another success!
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:52 AM
Thanks for listening Panu, and for your support. I sure do appreciate it.
Jacob Nowak
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permalink   Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 5:33 PM
I feel like I’m in heaven:) Your vocal is amazing. Great mix
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:52 AM
What a sweet thing to say. Thank you.
unreal_dm
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permalink   Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 2:31 AM
You’ve found the perfect vocal line for this – great track.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:52 AM
Thanks! It all started with you. ;)
Javolenus
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permalink   Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 9:40 AM
Superb! Faultless sound and execution. Really terrific!
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:54 AM
Thanks so much. The production itself could use some work though. I’m hoping evenutally a real producer will make it all sound better.
Kara Square
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permalink   Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 9:59 AM
Congrats on the well-deserved Ed. Pick! I’m always particularly reeled in by your splendid harmonies… this is no exception. Solid songwriting, solid remix!
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:54 AM
Thanks Kara. I was just trying to tell it like it was in that moment.
TheDICE
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permalink   Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:25 PM
what a fantastic song!
contrats a lot, SackJo22!
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 9:54 PM
Thank you my friend!
Dysfunction_AL
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permalink   Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:47 PM
Gently done well, you’ve got a touch of the seventies, which goes well with the excellent background track, at the same time the voice is fresh and enjoyable. very good
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 9:55 PM
Thank you so much. re the touch of the 70’s — I guess you cannot really escape your heritage, can you?
CSoul
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permalink   Sat, Mar 17, 2012 @ 7:06 AM
I am so busy these days, therefore i am too late to listen this great track.
Congrats and Thanks Susan for this.,
peace
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 9:56 PM
Thanks so much. I’ve been busy too —- I understand. ;)