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Losing Colour


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Mckenzie

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A 'prototype' of a song i wrote today. Not to sound tooooo cliche (and depressing), but it's about losing someone close to you. Again, i realise this isn't pitch perfect, and i recorded it without a click so my singing goes out of time frequently. But i put it up anyway as another 'demo version'
hope you like
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Lyrics
i feel the cold
run through my veins
i feel so old
time helped me age

i've seen the light
shine brightly down from above
when we all feel like enough is enough

we all fall down
we all fall down
losing colour now

turn into stars
or so we've been told
but no, the pain will scar
as truth will take it's hold

we'll say our prayers
for you
even though we're scared
we'll do
the very best we can do to pull you through
we'll pull you through

we all fall down
we all fall down
losing colour now
you're losing colour now

we all fall down
we all fall down
losing colour now
you're losing colour now

etc
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Hits: 4796
Comments: 49
Fans: 44
Plays: 457
Downloads: 175
Votes: 8
Uploaded: Oct 28, 2008 - 10:26:41 AM
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2008 - 10:26:41 AM Last Played: Jul 18, 2017 - 08:54:29 AM
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MarkHolbrook said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Very sweet
Personally I don't think it needs the click track alignment. I personally find sometimes the off timing to be a wonderful injection of feeling.

Very nice piano and of course the vocals shine!
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Mckenzie said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
interesting......
hmm so you like the lack of time eh? maybe i'll keep it this way then, it seems like that's the general consensus (right word??) Tanks for the comment on the vocals Mark, muchly appreciated:)



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kassia said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
wow
I can't really imagine changing anything about this. I think the production and lack of a click track add to the overall emotion of the piece. Beautiful, sad, heartbreaking. Your vocals and piano are gorgeous, as always. Another wonderful tune. I really like the lyrics of this one. Thank you for sharing.
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Mckenzie said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
i'm really
pleased you liked the lyrics, i find i'm getting stroger (song-writing wise) with each post i upload. I have ONLY Macjams and the people here to thank for that, otherwise i'd be doing nothing but watching tv and reciting Chopin Nocturnes lol
I'm glad you picked up on the 'sad' vibe, thats exactly what i was going for.

Thanks for your support

:)
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ted23 said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Great
This is the the first song of your i've checked out.
I was really admiring the piano and thinking this sounds great... And then your vocal kicked in and I was blown away!
I agree with the other comments about the timing. It's great as it is.
Mckenzie said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
thanks man,
i'm glad you dropped by, because otherwise i would have probably not come across your stuff, and well, that would have sucked. Big fan. Thanks for the encouraging words!

Mz
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lank81 said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Good Shtuff
I don't think anything needs changed and at all. I think the Vocal was great and so was the Piano piece. I really admired the piano piece actually. It sounds just as good as any pop pianist group out there (aka Ben Folds, The Fray, Coldplay, etc.). As for Click Tracks I'm not fan. I like it to be as natural as possible. I understand some people need that timing but this was great.
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Mckenzie said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
woohoo
thanks for liking the piano part. I sat down at the piano thinking i wanted to write a sad ballady type song and this was literally the first thing that came out, and i was really pleased with it, so i'm so glad you picked up on it. Thanks very much, you've just made me extra happy! :)

Mz
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lavalamp said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Dig your style
You're an awesome, heartfelt singer. I don't know what to tell you. I'd buy something like this.

You must be the most underrated MJer here.

Really, really dug this. It does have that Cold Play fell to it and that's a good thing.

You put me to shame, man.

Loved it.

Dave
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Mckenzie said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
you'd buy it??!
THANKS!
I was quite pleased with this one, so I'm pleased it gets the 'Dave' stamp of approval (i am allowed to call you Dave right?) lol. Seriously though, thanks again for your support, i've been a little behind on the 'giving' comments and a little too indulgent on the 'taking' comments, but i swear i will return the favour soon, your support has been valued muchly.

Thanks again duuude,

Mz
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magnatone said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Losing Colour
sigh - this is just beautiful
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Mckenzie said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
thanks
magnatone, im real pleased you enjoyed it!

mz
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lengold said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
It's rather nice
that you don't realise what a major talent you have.
I am very happy to download this 'demo version' and enjoy listening to it.
Thank you.
Cheers
Len


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Mckenzie said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
thanks
for the extremely kind words. I don't quite know what else to say. I'm not joking, joining this website and meeting the people on here are two of the best things that has ever happened to me.

i'm getting allllllllllll emotional, i need to go and do some MANLY stuff now. lol.

Thanks again Lengold.
:)
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The Orbiting said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Len's right
I agree with Len, one of the things that's so amazing about you is that you don't seem to realize how gifted you are. I will truly be shocked if you don't end up very famous and critically respected very soon. I get so excited when I see you've posted a new track.

This is a lovely recording of a beautiful, beautiful song. I have found listening to your demos in the past that they're so good I usually don't think they need to be touched and that's the case here, but I alway enjoy the later versions so much and realize that your vision for the song is bigger than the demo.

I love the lyrics on this song, in particular.

turn into stars
or so we've been told
but no, the pain will scar
as truth will take it's hold

Is so beautiful. Thank you so much for bringing your music here. Oh! And great job with singing "loosely".

-ledebutant
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The Orbiting said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Also...
I will personally come to Southampton and kick you in your bum if you ever give up on your musical dreams. You were born to do this if ever anyone was.
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Mckenzie said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
ahem..
not quite sure how to reply to such a wonderful comment. Like i said to Len, i have ONLY this place and the people here to thank for this. Ever since i started singing all those years ago (around 10), i have NEVER i repeat NEVER sung in front of ANYONE. Not my parents, not my friends, no-one. This was mainly due to some dreadful singing experiences as a child, which completely destroyed any confidence i had. SO, i decided i'd join a website with some complete strangers whom i'll probably never meet and see what they think. And so, alas, here i am. I would have never though i could have learnt so much, actually make friends with people i've never met before, and write and record so much music all because of one site! No other site does that!
I'm glad you liked those lyrics, not sure it applies with everyone else, but when i was very young, my parents told me that my grandad and grandma have turned into stars, and i really liked that idea, so i used. (Sorry if i've just ruined any other interpretation you might have had!)
Also, you're right, i do usually have a much larger vision for many of my songs (eventually), but for this one i'd probably keep it the same, but re-record it somewhere good on a real piano and much more polished. I guess i kind of like the piano/voice thing.

Thanks again for your kind words, didn't mean to bore you with my life story.
lol :)
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five_extra_arms said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Out Of Time?
Ahead of your time, maybe... I totally loved this tune. I was almost discouraged when I read your Warning Label, but man, are you wrong.

I hear an amazing song in my headphones.

Somewhere between Coldplay and Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright.... I'd probably pay $50 to see you in concert as long as you let me and my wife come hang out backstage. They still have plenty of food and drinks back stage, right?

Seriously, I am so glad I discovered your music tonight.

Bob
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Mckenzie said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
$50!!!!
haha, thanks! Of course i'd let you come backstage, there'd be scotch eggs and delicious sandwiches with milk and guinness on tap! (That must sound SO unappealing to most people) To be honest, if i ever had the honour of doing my own own gig, i'd make it exclusive to the macjams community. Thanks for the great comment1

:)Mz
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VicDiesel said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Finished. Roll the presses
The way you sing and play it, and given the subject matter, I'd say this is perfect. It needs nothing more, and the loose timing is completely appropriate for this sort of song.

Good stuff.
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Mckenzie said 3185 days ago (November 4th, 2008)
thanks alot vic
i'm really glad you liked this, i think i'll stick with the loose timing seeing as thats what most people have recommended.

Thanks for the comment and the support!

Mz
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gail60 said 3192 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
whoa.....you are soooo good!!
Mckenzie, you never cease to simply amaze me. At only 18, you blow my socks off and I wish I had the time and money to be your agent so we would both get mighty rich and famous! :) You are blessed with serious talents my friend and it is always a real treat to share your music. I do not know where you desire to go with your music, but I certainly look forward to seeing your musical dreams become reality. You have what it takes!
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Mckenzie said 3185 days ago (November 4th, 2008)
As long as
i have a job thats i can live off whilst giving me enough time to do my music i will be happy! BUT you're more than welcome to be my agent! I'm glad you enjoy my music, i feel like i get a little better with each post, a bit like a piano exam, Macjams gives me something to work and focus on. I LOVE it!

Thanks again for the support!

Mz
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12parsecs said 3192 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
wow.
wow again dood. is this your upright? if is a virtual piano - let me know immediately... i must buy it. if not, fantastic job micing it - and compressing it. sounds very natural.

i like the free time... this one wouldn't work nearly as well with a click, imo. and with how full that piano sounds, don't add any other instruments. it's great as-is. one of those solo'ish tracks on an album. very cool.

only thing i might say, production wise, is maybe back some of the high end off the vocal, and a little less reverb on the voice during the 'verses'. (but just this more 'exposed' tune... the eq you have on the vocal works really well with your other tunes.)
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Mckenzie said 3185 days ago (November 4th, 2008)
woohoo
you don't know how pleased it makes me that you picked up on the piano sound. It's actually not the Kirkman, but my Roland RD700SX' own superior grand sound. All i did to it (as you noticed) is add a slight compressor on it so it sounded more like a live recording from a real piano. I've been really exploring the sounds on the piano and have found them to be much higher quality than the garageband presets. Anywho, i will take heed of your suggestion with the eq'ing, like i said before, i'm still learning about the whole production side of things, and so need musicians like yourself to help me out. Glad you enjoyed it!

Cheers again for the support Scott, muchos appreciated.

Mz
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tempie said 3191 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
spot on...
what a pretty tune...hard to believe you didn't record the vocals as you played, because the phrasing seems spot on to me. You have a great voice - you sound familiar and 'now' but not derivitive of any one singer. I agree with those who commented that they can imagine you belting this out in an arena - me too.
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tempie said 3191 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
What!!??
i just read your bio and sweet jesus christ you're 18? Make a go of it dude, hit the road!
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Mckenzie said 3185 days ago (November 4th, 2008)
i'd love
to belt this out in an arena! but you shouldn't go giving me ideas.. I really wanted to record this whilst playing but couldn't because i'd need 3 inputs (stereo piano+vocal) and my interface only allows 2. Oh well, i'm glad you thought it worked anyway

Thanks for the support

Mz
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Ed Hannifin said 3191 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
Dude. Get a grip. This is perfect.
Wondering what perfect is? Listen.

The feel reminds me very much of a version of Peter Gabriel's 'Here Comes The Flood' that he sang on Robert Fripp's album 'Exposure', a stripped version that I really love.

Seriously, this is the good stuff, and I would buy it. It doesn't even feel particularly loose. It feels right and natural.

Seems I've been missing something... THAT won't happen again...

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3191 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
Also...
Big thanks to Lisa The Wandering Encourager for the tip off...

AND, tunes that are destined for many people's iPods should have stirring and heartfelt graphic elements attached to them...



said 3191 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
A beauty.
Don't change a thing. I don't even like this kind of music, but this is just too good. I can't believe you knocked this out in a day. Damn!
sheilad said 3191 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
Perfect all the way
This is the kind of piece that gives you goosebumps every time you hear it. Such a beautiful, heartfelt song.
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kingbee said 3191 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
No click
You don't need it.
Your vocals flow with the song and give it such a better feel.
Like the note change at the end of the verse.
Another excellent piece.
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guygrooves said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
I am sooooooooo
in line to buy your first album. I love your stuff. It reminds me of Cold Play but I don't own any of their albums, and I want to buy your's so what does that say to you. Awesome kid... you are truly gonna be a star.
Peace
Guy
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Feter said 3190 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
Losing Colour
How did I miss this !?!? .man this is so passionate ..
very nice lyrics ..your vocal work just so great with
the piano ...very excellent job my friend ...thnx alot
for sharin !!!!
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Moviz said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
Emotional song
superbly sung and with a fabulous accompaniment.... the timing all sounds fine to me and the emotion portrayed to the thoughtful lyrics is good too, regards M
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Scott Carmichael said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
this song
is like a conversation with a dear old friend... strangely familiar right out the box... some of the best work I've heard here...

you get it!!
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SJB said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
hello
I have to agree with everyone else here - you've got a great talent. Best male vocal on Macjams? Quite possibly!

I see you like football and live in Southampton - is you dad Laurie?

Keep the songs comming and don't forget us here when you are famous!
Cheers
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Pete_NB said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
Just when I didn't think it could get any better...
...in comes the chorus. Skilled exaltation.

You've got some great dynamics throughout and capture some real emotion.

A beauty.
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egobandit said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
Great
Straight from the heart great piano! You got the Talent kid! Excellent Song!
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drakonis said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
excellent again
This is a powerful song with a slow build. At first, it took a little for me to get into the mood of the piece, partly because it is a slow pace (which is the right speed, BTW) and partly because the placement of lyrics on the melody lines were unusual in places. However, bot of these things actually turned to your favor and made this song stand out as gripping and powerful by the second stanza after the chorus. The chorus is great, and the last version of it, moving your voice up a notch, really worked. Awesome passionate singing. Loved the little dissonant chords sprinkled in. Nice metaphorical lyrics. I could see this played as an elegy. I need to keep strolling through your other pieces too, very nice work!
ttfn,
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particledots said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
pretty song
if this is a prototype, how do you envisage the finished version, what is your vision for it in terms of instrumentation, arrangement etc

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DWL said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
Excellent writing
Very contemporary in styling andperformance. Puts this old git to shame.

Fine vocal which needs no syncing imo. This is brilliant as it is.

Cheers

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kristyjo said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
Inspired-
If this is what came about when you just decided to try something out, you can color me impressed. I especially like the little twist you give to the chords at 1:50 and 4 minutes. I agree with the general feeling that this doesn't need a click track. Your voice is consistently strong throughout the whole range you're using, which is pretty wide.
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MKVX said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
This is beautiful
I just turned 18 and I hope that someday I can get to where you are... amazing. *tips the hat*

You will indeed become something special in your future. This is absolutely amazing Did the inspiration for the lyrics come from something specifically? Great Lyrics.

But on to some little constructive criticism. You could try to incorporate some strings into this at some point. That might add some edge to it. You could also record your voice again over the original track in harmony. That would be killerific!

Anyway, beautiful song. Off to check out your other songs!
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pablatone said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
very good tune
nice dynamics on the keyboard. I agree with kassia, a click would take some of the life out of this. I'm glad you decided to jump in with this bunch of strangers. thank you for the tune!
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guitapick said 3189 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
I always...
...wait to read the description 'till after the listen...get an impression...

...it reminded me of someone very dear to me...now gone...

...beautiful piece, McKenzie
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Bob Rodgers said 3188 days ago (November 1st, 2008)
I
love your vocals on this wonderful song, superb sound from your piano and great playing!

A really beautiful song with some great lyrics, you are very talented, go out and show the world!

Very much enjoyed!

Bob

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rsorensen said 3188 days ago (November 1st, 2008)
so
i've never got goosebumps from a song on this site until now. wow dude.
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get30inc said 3188 days ago (November 1st, 2008)
nice
I really like this. Nice job.
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mackellar said 3186 days ago (November 3rd, 2008)
sweeet
Makes me wish I could sing. It's really touching. Keep up the great work.
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davisamerica said 3185 days ago (November 4th, 2008)
a coldplay influenced
tune .... and all yours and very cool
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swietinsky said 3184 days ago (November 5th, 2008)
Wow
You do can sing. I envy your voice. It's also a great hit, and great lyrics. If you don't mind, I'd like to retouch it. (No fancy stuff, just retouching the the tracks, leaving everthing basically as it is now. I think it deserves a better sounding, that's all. No fence, mixing is hard).
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chipan said 3181 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
all I can say
is what everyone has already said. You've got it. Great song and excellent voice.

chip
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Lennon714 said 3180 days ago (November 9th, 2008)
i love
when people post half-done demos that sound 1000 times better than songs I spends hours and hours on. The chorus is huge. Can't wait to hear what kind of icing you put on this delicious cake.
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kickliquid said 3174 days ago (November 15th, 2008)
General Consensus
Good stuff dude
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Re-al said 3164 days ago (November 25th, 2008)
We agree with
all of the above and more!

Don't waste that talent, man!
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J-Roe said 3115 days ago (January 13th, 2009)
Beautiful voice man!
Great lyrics too... Boy. i love your stuff. You are truly a great musician!
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BossHook said 3110 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
You
are a top talent with youth on your side. I agree with others here that it adds a soulfulness to be just shy of tempo perfect. The best writers and performers can massage time, rhythm and pitch to touch the listeners emotions and you have that talent.
timothy devine said 3018 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
tremendous song writing
great chords
and I love the materiel
we all do fall/and must get back up
but song writing like this can lift one up for sure
this performance is an inspiration
every note counts
peace
tm



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MJReunionNAR said 2924 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
:)
From the beginning were the piano starts playing, i got drawed straight into the song.

Your voice is also very good! i can definitely hear the emotion.
And this is a demo version? it sounds to good to be!

Very much enjoyed.

Niall
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hackneybloke said 2682 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
losing colour
losing colour. you really know how to record. deep bows of envy. your voice is fantastic. the song is haunting. well done.
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Philip18 said 2212 days ago (July 5th, 2011)
Beautiful
Your vocals are absolutely outstanding - you create a mood edging on despair but with a gentleness that saves it from being too "down". I don't think click tracks matter much if you're just doing two tracks - in my experience it's only when you want to add lots of other things that it can get difficult to keep it all together. Glad I finally caught up with this one!
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