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A Bell in the Valley, by SmokeyVW


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A while back, SmokeyVW posted a very pretty instrumental- A Bell in the Valley, found here:

http://www.macjams.com/song/37345

He offered it as an open collab and I’d always meant to do something with it. Well, I finally got around to it. In the second half, I alternate my lyrics with every other line of Simple Gifts, a song written in 1848. All the lyrics can be found here:

http://www2.gol.com/users/quakers/simple_gifts.htm

May your peace flow like a river.:-)
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Lyrics
We have come to the valley of decision
Where grace and mercy dwell
The call to surrender to the Lord on high
Rings sweetly like a bell

Lay down your burdens, come to Him
Your soul will be at rest
Peace like a river through the valley
In Jesus, all are blessed.


Simple Gifts (every other line)

'Tis the gift to be simple,
'tis the gift to be free,

And when we find ourselves
in the place just right,

When true simplicity is gained,

To turn, turn will be our delight,

Til by turning, turning
we come round right
Song Stats
Hits: 2788
Comments: 48
Fans: 17
Plays: 88
Downloads: 66
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Sep 05, 2010 - 05:45:00 AM
Last Updated: Sep 05, 2010 - 05:45:00 AM Last Played: Jun 19, 2017 - 09:33:20 PM
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Comments
alackbass said 2487 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
A Bell in the Valley
Nice collaboration! Wonderful job weaving your own original ideas with a classic. It all flows together effortlessly.
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Thanks, Andrew
It was nice of you to stop by for a listen. The two songs seemed to go together and it was fun to weave them.
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SmokeyVW said 2487 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
what a gift
this is a wonderful interpretation - melding Simple Gifts gives it a whole new dimension - wow

thank you very much
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Ah, Bill
I'm so glad you were pleased with this. Bell is your baby and I'm glad i was able to do it justice. Thank you.
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sloparts said 2487 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
Wonderful song
and the collaboration works perfectly. Love the song, the message, and the music. Thank you for this uplifting Sunday morning song Roxy

Ed
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Thank you, Ed
Since I couldn't wait for Christmas to post this, Sunday morning it had to be. :-)
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sschedra said 2487 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
I love The Bell project
. . . and what you have done brings a new and grace filled version to the mix. Nice job Rox. You are blessed, now so are we.
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Thank you, Stephen
Reading these comments is a blessing to me. I'm always happy when a song blesses hearts. I'd always wanted to join the Bell project, just needed to wait for the inspiration.
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bud said 2487 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
Beautiful addition to the project
simple gifts is a wonderful song and it was an inspired choice to weave it with your own lyrics. Simply wonderful - your voice sounds splendid here.
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Thank you, Bud
I've always loved Simple Gifts and with A Bell it was special to sing. Thank you for stopping by.
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ic42 said 2487 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
insert image of jaw on floor here
SmokeyVW has created a melody that is so pure and timeless that its beauty is practically tangible. I love his "Bell Project" (and even attempted a version myself.)

However, Roxylee, this is stunning, in many ways. First of all, you always are so good with writing flowing lyrics, they fit here as if they always belonged to the music. Secondly, your singing is always a joy to hear. Third, you took Bill's beautiful melody, and invented a counter-melody that is just as pretty, and made yours the main melody, and his the accompaniment, and it works like a charm. And finally, as if that were not enough magic, you wove in a completely DIFFERENT piece of music, and made it fit too, and it does, and there's enough "Simple Gifts" there to be instantly recognizable.

Please consider me joyously in love with this, and your talent. If this is what we are to expect, now that you have a new working Mac and NO children in the house, I cannot wait for the next surprise from you.

ttfn,
Drakonis
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Wow
Thank you, Eduard. I always appreciate your feedback and am so glad you liked it from every angle. I hope the next one can live up to your expectations. Maybe with all the quiet and time to record, I'll be inspired more now. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment.:-)
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SmokeyVW said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
ditto
Eduard did a much better job of explaining how great your version is!

thanks
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VicDiesel said 2487 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
sweet
simple songs are simple gifts and always welcome
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
A Bell
is simply beautiful and it's fun to hear what others have done with it. I'm glad you enjoyed my take on it. Thank you for coming 'round.
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RAVENS said 2487 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
Beautiful
What a lovely voice you have. This is just wonderful to listen to. Your harmonies are heavenly & the track is perfect. Terrific collab!

RAVEN ;-)
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Hi!
Thank you for stopping by for a listen. Harmony is my thing and I'm glad it was pleasing to your ears. It's easy to sing with such a sweet musical backing.
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jdholliday said 2487 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
"Peace Like a River"
beautiful! What a voice! I love this backer too! Bravo great collab!
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
We thank you
I love collabs, especially when I don't have to write the music, just sing. ;-)
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davisamerica2 said 2487 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
Truly a delight Roxy
Again, you've touched my heart. I love everything about this. Terry
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Smiles
Thank you, Terry. I'm delighted that this touched your heart.
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davisamerica said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
sing it lady
.... roxy this is a beauty ... a real beauty. thanks for sharing your wonderful heart and talent.
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Jack
Thank you for being such an encourager and so appreciative of others.
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damiengh said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
peaceful
Nice one Roxy. Feels very authentic in your hands.
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Thank you, Damien
I guess once a folkie, always a folkie. :-)
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richard13 said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Peaceful and flowing
like a breeze carrying the sound of distant bells throughout the valley. Beautiful job Roxy of arranging and performing.
Cheers.
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Cheers to your song, too!
I just noticed you had done one and went over to listen. It's fun to do collabs, and Smokey's Bell is a great one. Thank you for listening to my version, and happy that you liked it.
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thetiler said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Terrific
Great picture too. Enjoy especially the harmony with the orchestral background. In fact that sound is really special I think!
Very nice ending as well !
Way To Go !
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Thank you, Bill
When I get time, I want to sit down and listen to all the versions. Thank you for listening. I really enjoyed your horse race story/song.
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michaeljayklein said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Beautiful
Your vocal is as clear and sweet as a bell and Bill's instrumental is a great showcase for it here. Good work both of you!
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Michael
We thank you. :-) I just heard your latest and it's like taking a trip back to the 40's even thought I wasn't born yet. Really good crooning.
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RickW said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
I love this!
Roxy, you are such a wonderful talent and have brought much joy to MJ. Thank you.
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Hi, Rick
Thank you for listening. I'm glad you felt the joy.:-)
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Moviz said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Definitely
one of the nicest versions of Smokey's song.... beautiful arrangement and harmonies Roxie, regards M
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Well, thank you, Mo
Bill's musical backing is a great place for these collabs to take place. It is a special piece of music. I'm happy you liked my treatment of it.
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paul f. page said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Just beautiful
Roxy and SmokeyVW...
You've done a lot of very nice things in the past and I have always enjoyed listening with a sense of wonder at what you create. With THIS post, though, I think you've reached a new level of emotional connection that is very hard to explain but that is palpable. Roxy's vocals are just wonderful here—such blessed harmony that is performed in such an unaffected manner. The sincerity of the lyrics is borne out deliberately and expertly in the vocal rendition of them and it's impossible to not take notice. ... And that drone humming constantly in the background gives this whole arrangement an ethereal quality that transcends the music. It takes courage to insist on that sound, and it works splendidly in this arrangement. I am glad you didn't wait to post this because now I can enjoy it for many months before it's intended Christmas debut. I hope you will perform this for your community. They will love it surely.
Peace.
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Roxylee said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Wow, Paul
We thank you. I really like the drone, the bells, and the ethereal chorus. It just made the perfect backing for the lyrics. Thank you so much for listening and commenting. Your music amazes me.
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Dadai.2 said 2486 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
oh yes...
lovely. I love these lyrics. Well sung Roxylee. Kudos to Smokey.

D
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Roxylee said 2485 days ago (September 7th, 2010)
Thanks, Jack
I really appreciate your appreciation of my singing. Thank you for coming over to listen. Your little rocker is the first music of my day (besides the birds outside my window) and I like it a lot.
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awigze said 2483 days ago (September 9th, 2010)
In Jesus
all are blessed indeed. Always great to hear your harmonies. you should do that sort of production more often. Smokey seems pleased. Great song and great lyrics/vocals.
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Roxylee said 2482 days ago (September 10th, 2010)
Hi, Andy
Thank you. :-) It's always fun when other people do all the hard work of composing the backing. Combining these two pieces seemed natural and I'm happy it worked.
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Jarvoid said 2479 days ago (September 13th, 2010)
Very clever
combination of two different styles,purity of a clear and vibrant vocal while underneath a slightly smoke smudged industrial type of ,almost dirge,then the bells seem to indicate a reaction to the vocal...........very nice.


Cheers

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Roxylee said 2479 days ago (September 13th, 2010)
Thank you, Chris
How nice of you to stop by! I really enjoyed your latest, too. I love it when a music idea comes, then practically writes itself. :-)
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segiperkasa said 2472 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
this is cool ...
really cool collaboration..
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Roxylee said 2471 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
Hey, thanks!
We're glad you liked this. There are many other songs based on A Bell in the Valley. You could do one, too! Collabs are great fun.
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dancedivine said 2453 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
Beautiful...
Lovely vocal work... :)
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Roxylee said 2453 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
Hi, Olivia
Thanks for stopping by to listen and comment.I I just went over to your page and Your talent is outstanding. I enjoyed your songs very much.:-)
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paralax said 1552 days ago (March 28th, 2013)
Amen!!
Alleluia he has risen. great inspirational song thanks for posting GOD bless.
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