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Released: Mar 6, 2006 | 2:53 PM
Category: Jazz
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Only loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 4.73 MB

Plays: 4507
Downloads: 40
Weekly Plays: 5
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Monday

License: No derivative works allowed
I love jazz, old ballads and standards. I wanted to play around with the idea of writing a song with an orchestral bed, as a nod to days of yore. So I found some melancholy string loops, added a harp to help with transitions, and found a wonderful clarinet loop that added that little extra cohesion. I wrote the lyrcis and started to sing, trying to find a melody.

I sang it a couple of times, but I was in a hurry. I only had a couple of hours to make this song, from start to finish (I was taking a break from working). I ended up using most of my initial improvisation, despite some flaws, like popped p's, etc.. Why? Because I loved the emotion that came across in that performance. I decided to choose emotion over technical perfection. We all make choices when we create these songs and I hope you agree with mine.

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JD Moderator

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Damn you're good!!!! You're probably another Diana Krall; some young woman with a talent enough for 50 musicians-- and can smoke anyone you come up against. You probably have always succeeded at everything you've ever attempted. You're that good! I don't know anything about you, your age or anything, but you have the voice of a woman who's lived life and has a lot of life lessons.

I know these loops very well-- used them in some of my stuff too and they work really well with what you've done-- but they tend to sound in places like just that-- loops. It would be great to get it scored and re-record it with a string quartet. I bet that would take off like a rocket!
Damn, you're good!!!!

Julian
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This reminded me of an old Hollywood soundtrack...maybe co-staring Frank Sinatra? I don't know if I've heard anything like this on Icomp. Nice job!

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Great great song....wow fantastic singing
loved the harp too
you have a lovely voice very fitting with this kind of jazz song.
Unfortunately, as jdwyers said, loops either don't allow any variation, or the difference between two loops is too obvious and doesn't flow too well. Would have been amazing with some real strings. Still...the harp and the soft drums at the end and your singing.....fantastic. Clariniet solo was interesting too. Enjoyed it very much-
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11 years ago
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Excellent job Joanna. Loved mostly everything about this one. Some very minor pitch issues and some chopped loops. I agree, these are easily overlooked when performance overshadows it. You nailed the performance and the style wonderfully. Would like to give you higher than 5's. Thanks for sharing.
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Aside from blessing us with a great, soulful voice...you've also got a talent for loops.

*Wonderful*
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beautiful voice, great heart and interpretation. good!!!
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11 years ago
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I'd love to hear this live. Wow. Let us know when and where you'll be performing. I'll go.
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11 years ago
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Wow, incredible phrasings and tonal color! This is what I call a VOICE! The lyrics are great, and the arrangement/production is spot-on. Wonderful work.
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I really love the sound quality of your voice.
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Great voice and arrangement! Also a great job with the loops!
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Oh my God!!!!!! You are awesome!! This is old school Jazz at it's best. I want to hear anything you do like this!!!
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you don't need to pay anything for my thoughts:
You're great! Incredible voice, soulful and sweet.
Great orchestration and production.
I love it I love it I love it.
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Nice job. The strings don't sound too bad either. (string specialist and very picky) Lovely job on this song. Nice voice, nice arrangement. If you ever want live, let me know.
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Nice job, Joanna. I like the slightly disjointed loops, and your melody makes the arrangement sound like it was written for you. You really get inside this one. It is great to hear a song that was recorded as it was being written, all fresh and new.


I love your voice, too.
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10 years ago
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Sweeter than molasses and warmer than an Alabama Summer.
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Oh, this is so sweeeet. You are a true jazz talent! Lots of depth, feel and majesty! Great voice Jo! Cheers!
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Your voice reminds me a bit of Diane Schurr....really nice. I appreciate all your talent!
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This is SO excellent!!! wonderful wonderful voice!
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OMG. This just came on iC radio and I'm speechless.
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Excellent vocal... and style... I'm a little old fashion too...
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Again a very nice tune. Seems that most of your stuff sounds like movie soundtracks. Very classy voice indeed smiley Thanks for sharing and please dont stop posting
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Gorgeous song...Love the instrumentation. Your voice is so beautiful
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Ridiculously gorgeous ... instant (old) classic - wonderful!
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grathy Artist

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More posts please! We miss you!
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