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The Nightingale (music and lyrics by Oceans)


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Leon

 Genre: Progressive Rock

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This was one of my audition songs for the progressive rock band Oceans. I sang lead vocals for about 18 months before the group disbanded in October 2010. It was an amazing experience singing live; the nerves somehow bring out the best in me. It was hard work, but every moment was a thrill onstage. Right now I'm enjoying the break from weekly band rehearsals and considering to get back to some collaborations here at MacJams. I haven't done a solo project since my involvement in a band, so I'm a bit excited about writing some original pop rock songs again.
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THE NIGHTINGALE (Music:P.Pederson/ Words:P.Pederson, L.Michelutti)

Feeling unstable….logic unable
Up late at night surfing through all the satellite channels
Cause I’m so afraid…to sleep in the very bed we made

Dawn will be breaking….my heart is aching
Still haven’t found the best way around, these thoughts undertaking

Still searching to find, escape from my mind
And save you from the dark side of my dreams

Nothing to say…..Light of the day….
Brings a confession, you’re my obsession – but threw me away…

Still searching to find, escape from my mind
And save you from the dark side of my dreams

Bridge Solo

Still searching to find, escape from my mind
And save you from the dark side of my dreams

When push came to shove….we let go of love
We’re over the edge, out on a ledge awaiting the fall…….
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Uploaded: May 31, 2009 - 02:36:08 AM
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2010 - 03:49:11 AM Last Played: Apr 18, 2017 - 10:39:03 PM
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Feter said 3063 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
The Dark Side Of My Dreams
Man ...what a vocal work ....giant sound bed here ....this is terrific how
this moving from mellow ballad to rockin flames ...top notch production ..
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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Leon said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Thanks!
It's one of their best songs and one of their most vocally challenging songs. Most of their older songs were sung by a woman, so I had to stretch my vocal cords a little bit more for a higher pitch, so it came out more energetic. Thanks for the encouraging comments!
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Char said 3063 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Hi again.
You know I melt at your voice and thrill to your delivery. Who were they going to get that was as good as you? Come on. Nicely structured song. You bring it, like no one else. Thanks.
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Leon said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Hi, Char!
You always give me more praise than I truly deserve! But I'm not telling you to stop! Haha! I discovered the band's ad by accident while surfing MySpace. Who would have thought? One day, I'm playing with loops on Garageband, some days later I'll be rocking it out live onstage with an established band. Life does work in mysterious ways. Thanks again, Char. You have been a source of heartwarming words of motivation.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Char said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Baloney.
When I heard Fortuitous Storm I levitated in ecstasy from my chair. Your sound is ethereal, emotionally charged and commanding. I'll send you the address so you can quietly get that check to me in the mail. :) :) Double Whoop. Kick ass, Leon!
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Skean said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Leon
Great news, I guess it is a good sine with butterflies, that only make you better.
BTW... wow what a great new post, your voice feels stronger as ever, good luck my friend :D you are in my thoughts, I hold my thumbs for you.
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Leon said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Kenta. my friend!
Thanks, Kenta! Seeing you here having fun and always appreciating the music is really very inspiring. You have great dedication and loyalty to music! Hope to be here more often but it has been busy lately.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
mike_d said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Congrats Leon!
You have the talent and it's great to hear you'll be the frontman for this band. The tune is killer, so it sounds like you all will have great success! I wish you the best with this new project- you deserve it!
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Leon said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Thanks, Mike!
I have always imagined I might have some career in music, but the practical side of me chose to go with a safe course and profession. That has derailed my plans to become a musician, but that desire never died. I hope that it will be realized through this new band I have joined. Thanks for your encouraging remarks. It is Macjams that rekindled my interest in music, really.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
jgurner said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Speak of the devil!
I was thinking about you the other day and wondering what you'd been up to since I hadn't seen you around MJ in a while. (I haven't been here too much myself.)

Congrats on the new gig! That's awesome. You really sound great on this tune. It's a little bit of a different sound for you than I'm used to but it sounds incredible. You really rock out on the vocals. Your so good at going from soft and tender to powerful in you vocals. It fits so well with this tune.

Good luck with the new band and I hope we all get to hear more of your work with them.
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Leon said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
A lot of thanks...
to you and other macjammers who have inspired me to return to music. There was a time when I was in limbo insofar as what to do with my musical interests. I had a job and earning a decent living, but music, more than anything else, was what made me excited and energized about life. Now it's coming to fruition. Thanks for your emboldening remarks. Singing onstage is a different challenge compared to singing in front of my computer. This tune is their closest thing to pop. All their other songs are progressive rock and very different from what I usually compose and sing. I hope that there will be no clash of style and sound. Thanks for wishing me well!
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Calchas said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Wow!
Leon my friend! Congrats man on nailing the audition. This is super. I've always thought of you as a pro.

Go get em!

Downside is I guess we won't see you around here much any more.

All the best bro!

Be well!
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Hi there again
i'm surprised you still have the same name. haha. yeah, it's one of those long time wishes that is finally coming true for me. I have put aside my dreams to become a pro musician for a long time, and finally I found the nerve to say YES this time. My fear is that it might come into conflict with my work schedule sometime. I will have to make wise decisions so as not to put myself at risk either way. Thanks for your appreciation and words of encouragement. There are many artists here like you who are more than good enough to go pro, given the right breaks. Will try to sneak here still as often as I can. Macjams has a lot to do with improving my musical sense, sharpened my skills and given me the confidence to say "Yes, I can!"
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Sir Bass said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Hi
You nailed that high note at the end, well played.
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Thanks, Sir!
Those high notes are always scary to perform live. Thanks for the listen.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
peacepiano said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
News
Great news! Your voice has range an expressiveness most of us only dream of. Hope this new venture works out well for you. Keep us posted.

Take Care
Bill
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Thanks...
Macjammers have been my source of confidence in my talent. I thought I could sing, but you guys have made me realize that I had something special I should share. That's what made me decide that I should give it a try as a lead singer. It is a daunting task, but you guys have always been very encouraging. Without that, I would have been running scared.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
blaky smith said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Audition
As always excellent vocal work Leon and I'm glad for you, for this good new, normal because you are very talented and it is totally deserved. It's always a pleasure to hear this wonderful voice. Congrats, I wish you the best...
Marc
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
THanks, Blaky
I always believed there are lots of really great talents here that should be performing professionally. You included. I think the talents are there and thr opportunities are there as well, but the limiting factor have always been the willingness to give it your time and the desire to go all out to achieve it. I still am not sure if I have all those requirements, but I thought this is my time, now or never. Thanks for believing in my talent. It counts for much to know that there are people out there who believe I have what it takes.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Reggie_Pole said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Butterflies
Yes. Butterflies are good. It shows that you will be totally up for this. Congratulations. Excellent vocal work here. You make the band sound even better than they already are. Impressive. Knock 'em dead.
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Thanks Reg!
Their previous lead singers were all female, so I have big shoes to step into. The band is not willing to lower the original pitch, so I have to challenge myself to sing the higher notes. Surprising to find out I have a better range than I thought I have when faced with that challenge. I am working on new compositions for the band, and this time the pitch will be more tenor-designated. I hope I can improve on what their ex-singers did to their songs. Again, thanks for the encouragements.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
DarkPlanet said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Hey Leon
Good luck! This is some great music reminds me of Queen but new
Nice pipe work! Wish that guitar on the right was a bit louder, great work to all
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Leon said 3059 days ago (June 3rd, 2009)
Thanks for the remarks!
Our bandleader is taking a course in sound engineering and mixing ,etc. I trust he will do a great job when we start recording new material and cutting a promotional CD.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Alannah said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Well now .....
.. there's that BIG OLE Leon voice that we have missed for quite some time round these parts ..... congrats on the GIG !
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
The goddess speaketh...
Alannah, my wonderful source of love and humor here at Macjams. Hehe! I love the fact that you haven't stopped creating more music. I always smile when I remember our IM conversations. When you said that some people here take their music too seriously and that it will not lead to any musical career, I thought I would like to prove you wrong on that. ;-) You yourself should be singing in a lounge as a professional singer. You have that sultry voice that fits well with jazz or classic rock. I met an old lady friend whom I used to hang out with in a karaoke bar years ago, and she was excited to tell me that she is now performing solo as a lounge singer in the Twin Cities. You sounded better than her, and more versatile. Go to craigslist and finds a guitar player or pianist who will provide you accompaniment and go get yourself some gigs! Seriously... Wishing you the best, goddess. ;-)
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racerat said 3062 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
wishes do come true!
Leon! Congrats man, that's awesome. It was always my secret dream that you would be bitten by the rock bug. You have such great pipes. I think this new gig is going to make you really explore what you are capable of. Scary? Yes. Perfectly timed challenge? You bet. Go git 'em, man. This is a cool song. I can see why they chose you....!
Philip
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Hey, Phil!
I have to admit that your feedback about my singing has inspired me to discover the rocker inside me. I am a natural when it comes to pop/rnb stuff, but the more I listen to your stuff and other people's rock songs over here, I thought I could really learn from you how to "rock it out." Thanks for the motivation and am really fortunate to have interacted with and learned from guys like you who are far more accomplished when it comes to other musical skills. I am always open to widening my horizons.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
magnatone said 3061 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
Dark Side
well first of all, congratulations! this song is just terrific, and your vocals here are VERY impressive Leon - keep us posted about your work with Oceans - that's so cool!
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Gee, thanks!
If you guys keep saying my vocals are good, I probably have to start really believing it! Haha! You have all been a source of courage and confidence in myself, seriously! Without the feedback I have gotten from Macjams, I would not have any desire or boldness to try singing onstage.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
drakonis said 3061 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
Luscious
Love the chords in this (reminds me of a song by a local band "Azure" we heard here years ago), and love the music-writing/playing, the lyrics are great and fit the meter so nicely... but your singing voice definitely kicks this into high gear. The spot where the band "winks out" and leaves you holding that note was AWESOME. Sounds like a powerhouse team there, Leon. I'm crossing my fingers that you will all do more like this!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Hi , Ed!
Thanks for your belief in me and wishing me well. I get nervous thinking about it, but words like yours always calm down my self-doubt. Once I start singing more onstage, I guess things will fall more into place, at least psychologically for me.
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Audiologic said 3061 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
It's been a long time
Good to hear your voice again

~ Ben
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Ben!
Haven't seen you in eons. Well, I haven't been here much myself lately. You're one of those guys who probably should be given the opportunities to perform professionally, too. Join a band and enrich their sound with your amazing keyboard expertise. Most bands with keyboards, in my opinion, have a richer, more enthralling sound. Hope to listen more of your stuff here at Macjams!
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MarkHolbrook said 3061 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
Wonderful vocal work!
Superb! Love it all the way through!
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Leon said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Thanks Mark!
This is the band's original composition, and was sung by their former female singer. I had to sing it at the same pitch, so that gives the song more vocal power than the original. Thanks for listening and the encouraging feedback!
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
J.A.Stewart said 3060 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Way to Go, Leon
Great job here, as always.

I wish you the very best with this opportunity and have no doubt it will help you reach new plateaus with both your music and performance skills. Go for it, my friend. ;)


--- Joe
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Leon said 3057 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Thanks, Joe!
I just had my first rehearsal with them two days ago, and I showed up even feeling a little weak from a virus. We rehearsed my first composition for them, and it was a rocking song which to my ears sounded radio-friendly. The initial jitters are gone. I am ready to go full blast with a new set of repertoire that we are hoping for a fall debut onstage. I'm feeling energized. Music just inspires me, and as I said before, I didn't care if I got paid or not for this opportunity. I just wanted my music to be heard, and that's what I am hoping to realize soon. It's all for the fun of it, at least for me.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Jscott said 3048 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Great work
Great vocals, great song. The vocals make the song even better
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ElPeruano said 2850 days ago (December 30th, 2009)
CONGRATS!!!
its been a while since I've stopped by, but MAN is this POLISHED!

you sound great Leon. You've definitely grown. congratulations on the audition!

How's gigging around??

Always a pleasure to listen to you sing man.
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Char said 2642 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Just
needed a Leon fix. :)
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mvh9591 said 2496 days ago (December 19th, 2010)
Awesome___
Leon - You rock my man. This is a great performance by all involved.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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alackbass said 2483 days ago (December 31st, 2010)
The Nightingale
Great vocal! And I love the clean Zepplinish changes!
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