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In retrospect, I believe I made a big mistake with this song...

Back in 1979 my wife and I separated and I moved into a house in an exurban community.
I had retired from performance and began working on my songwriter demos in preparation
for a move to L.A. I worked day and night composing music, writing lyrics, playing and
recording the individual parts and vocals.

To combat the isolation and loneliness, I started going out every few nights to a large
restaurant/nightclub, which featured some very good lounge and “Show” bands. On one
such outing, I came across a band that really impressed me. They were very accomplished
musicians and had an excellent female singer who had the pipes to cover anything
from gentle ballads to raucous rockers.

I approached them during a break and introduced myself. I asked why they were playing
“the circuit,” rather than in a recording studio or touring... they were that good.

“We can’t find any good material,” the singer replied. What a coincidence. ;)

I went home that night a bit tipsy and sat right down at the piano, with my TEAC 3340-S
4-track reel-to-reel recorder rolling. I recalled what I had seen and heard that evening
and let my fingers go with the flow. My thoughts seeped out as introductory lyrics and...
a Song Was Born.

The next day, I polished off the rest of the lyrics and re-recorded the piano track, added
a guitar track and a solo vocal track. I copied the track to a cassette and loaded it into
my Walkman. That evening, I returned to the nightclub and approached the band at their
break. “You said you were looking for good material... I brought something for you,” I told them.

As the singer slipped on the headphones, I pushed the Play button. It was delightful to suddenly
see her eyes widen and a big smile break out on her face. “This is you???” she asked, somewhat
surprised. “Yes, I wrote and recorded it today,” I replied.

Within a few days, they called and asked me to meet them at a downtown recording studio,
where they did session work for recording time. The owner’s office was loaded with gold records
and as we sat in the studio listening to the track, he started talking about bringing in members
of The Cleveland Orchestra to fill out the track.

I started thinking the song might be more valuable than I thought and that maybe I should save it
for L.A. After agonizing over the matter, I told the band I was withdrawing the song. They were
crestfallen... and I felt terrible. I offered my uptempo song, “Dance, Dance, Dance” as a substitute,
but the singer didn’t feel comfortable with it.

My L.A. move turned into a bust, thanks to an entertainment industry strike at the time, and I
returned home to a career in advertising and public relations.

I should have let them record it. It very well could have been the calling card I needed to crack
the songwriting business. ;)

The drum track in this recording was added after the fact by a talented amateur drummer,
Bob Baker.

My Lounge Singer Anthem... Come Hear My Song...
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michaeljayklein said 1989 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
Yes, that is you....
...and this is a wonderfully moving song and performance! I loved it very much (thanks so much for allowing a download--it is a most definite keeper here!) Happy Anniversary to you here at Macjams and here's to many more. Take care now! Michael
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Yes, that is you...
Thank you, Michael for listening, enjoying and commenting. Do such things as Lounge Singers still exist? There used to be scores of them performing regularly around town back in the day. ;)


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egobandit said 1989 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
Man What a story
i listened before I read the description I love the ballad feel to this sometimes life has a way of making good music good and bad great song !
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Man what a story...
Thanks, Tim. Sometimes the back stories are as much a part of the song as the lyrics are.

The difference is... I could rewrite the lyrics; not so with the story. ;)


--- Joe
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PaulaMunk said 1989 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
Wow!
I don't think you are given one shot at anything. Sometimes, you have to go with your feelings.
No should haves and no do overs. All I can tell you is it would've been different but as to better or worse, nope...there's no way of knowing.
What a truly moving performance. You're a winner.
Thank you.
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Wow!...
Thank you for listening and commenting, Char. I'm pleased you found the performance moving.

I've never been one to look back with regret, wondering what might have been. I have always weighed things well before making any decision, preferring to focus on the present — and the future.


--- Joe
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damiengh said 1989 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
sold
Top notch material. Theme and style, I was thinking to myself, man, he could have sold this one to Barry Manilow, sure would suit his style.

Nice tune, and I'm hearing full orchestra too
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Sold...
Thank you, Damien. Yes, Manilow was still *hot* at the time and yes, a LOT of people who heard the song mentioned the similarity. That was a fact that weighed heavily in my decision. AND (you'll love this) a good friend of mine's cousin was a sax player in Manilow's orchestra, so I thought I might actually have a shot at getting it to him.

Unfortunately, there had been a spate of lawsuits at the time alleging stolen material, so many artists were loathe to accept any outside material. Manilow was no exception. ;)


--- Joe
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Cori Ander said 1989 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
A spectacularly
good and interesting composition! Classic, and at the same time nonpredicatble. A little piece of masterwork. Could as well have become an evergreen. I dig it a lot, download, thanks a lot! Becomes better by each listening through.
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: A spectacularly...
Thanks, Johannes. It is somewhat unpredictable, because the composition just flowed out from the top of my (slightly tipsy) head, through my fingertips and onto the piano keyboard. Much more emotion than musical calculation. It might well have become an evergreen... save for my lack of a musical green thumb! LOL


--- Joe
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Feter said 1989 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
Come Hear My Song
Speechless ...this is a classic !!
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Come Hear...
Thank you, Feter. A Classic? Perhaps a classic case of over-thinking the possibilities. ;)


--- Joe
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Narad said 1989 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
Come Hear My Song
Outstandingly well done ! :)
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Come Hear My Song...
Thank you very much, Harald... for listening and for your kind comment. ;)


--- Joe
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alackbass said 1989 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
Come Hear My Song
Ahhhh...what could have been! Nice track and great back story!
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Come Hear...
Thanks, Andrew. This wasn't my first brush with Mr. Kooddabin, but that's a tale for another time. ;)


--- Joe
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SISTERS said 1989 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
darn
ooooo - GOOD STORY!
but ahhhhhhhh - EXCELLENT SONG!
you are buttery, you are creamy, you are committed, you are a wonderful vocalist. music is fine, fine, fine, but your voice is mmmHMMMM. loved it, Anne
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: darn...
Aww, thank you, Anne. I am truly flattered by your lovely compliments. Thank goodness you couldn't see me in my silver lamé tuxedo, as I was singing it... there's no telling what might have happened. LOL


--- Joe
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Moviz said 1989 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
It's been
a long time coming Joe, but wow you're in fine voice as ever and this song and arrangement are in your inimitable style.. (who needs Barry Manilow?).... as ever a great performance.... love it, regards M
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: It's been...
Thanks, Maurice. I was thinking when I posted this that you might relate to this song, since you apparently lived that sometimes lonely life for many years, isn't that so?


--- Joe
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carbon said 1988 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
wow,
interesting story! pretty amazing song.
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: wow...
Thank you, carbon... for listening and commenting. I'm glad you liked it and look forward to hearing Your song. ;)


--- Joe
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dimm witness said 1988 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
:-0
oppotunity knocks but once
and then is heard no more
temptation bangs and pounds
until it smashes down the door
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: :-0...
Doesn't opportunity know how to use the damn doorbell???!!! LOL


--- Joe
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magnatone said 1988 days ago (November 13th, 2011)
Come Hear My Song
what an incredible story Joe - topped only by how excellent the song itself is - great work. i think your big break is right around the corner!
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Come Hear My Song...
Thank you, Karen. This particularly inspired experience gave me a brief glimpse of what it must be like to have the unique gift you have for transmuting your experience into music.

If my big break is right around the corner, it's likely around the corner of the space/time continuum. ;)


--- Joe
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groovsh8ker said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Come hear my song
That is a nice peice.
I wonder if that band/singer ever got their break.
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Come Hear...
Thanks, groovsh8ker. Sadly, no. I remained friends with the singer and the musical director for some time and saw the unrequited love between them eventually break up the band. :(


--- Joe
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DWL said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Classy work
It has all the attributes of a perfect power ballad. I can hear where the orchestra might have been.

Cheers

Dick
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Classy Work...
Thank you, Dick. Yes, one of the things I regret most about this is the missed opportunity to work with a professional orchestra. That would have been a real kick! ;)


--- Joe
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thetiler said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Cool song
cool style, cool rhythm. Love the star feel of this. This is the type of tune that I can imagine Billy Joe loving and singing it making millions!
It's that good! Love the way you modulate on this.
Way to go indeed. Very impressed and really like!
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thetiler said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Also
Barry Manilow too! :) Listening again in Itunes!!!!! :) Actually I can see you stepping on to the stage and then both Billy and Barry step aside and let you perform. I would think if Barry and Billy have an once of brains in their head they would fighting each other to get this tune out and make them big buckies!:) Lets hope that we mjers hear bring out those GOOD VIBES and bring over Billy and Barry through our psychic energies. z&$_+@#$% zZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :) Plus, even a few other mega balladeers !
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Cool song...
Thank you very much, indeed, Bill. I am truly flattered by the suggestion that Billy Joel and Barry Manilow would step aside for me. Fat chance!... that only happens in the (old) movies. Over the years I played with different vocal treatments of this song. My second favorite treatment was done a' la Tony Bennett. Perhaps Tony could join us on stage. LOL


--- Joe
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gadzooks said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Come Hear My Song
Look out Barry! This is an excellent tune. Well crafted and very commercial. Sounds pretty good for an older analogue recording. Good strong singing and playing. Enjoyed the song and the story!
SG
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J.A.Stewart said 1988 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
Re: Come Hear My Song...
Thanks, Stan. Yes, considering this and many of my other old demos were recorded in an untreated, tiled basement room, on a 1/4" 4-track TEAC with Shure SM-57s and 58s... the quality is not bad. I cleaned it up a bit after digitizing it... but that's all. ;)


--- Joe
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Vic Holman said 1986 days ago (November 15th, 2011)
well......
them's the breaks. but you never what's going to happen around the next bend. and yup a bit barry monilow-ish. really great vocal.
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J.A.Stewart said 1985 days ago (November 17th, 2011)
Re: well...
Yep, lots of twists and turns on the road of life, Vic. I just enjoy the ride.

Thanks for listening and commenting. ;)


--- Joe
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dave_b said 1986 days ago (November 16th, 2011)
Come Hear My Song
Strong melody & lyrics. Nice changes. Reminds me of Barry Manilow.
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J.A.Stewart said 1985 days ago (November 17th, 2011)
Re: Come Hear My Song...
Thank you for your comments, Dave. I'm pleased you enjoyed my song. ;)


--- Joe
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PeterB7858 said 1985 days ago (November 17th, 2011)
Turning points...
Interesting back story J.A. It is interesting to reflect on times in your life that end up being major turning points in a life's journey. This song definitely had the goods to succeed in the style and it was great to hear it after all these years. Thanks, Peter.
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J.A.Stewart said 1983 days ago (November 18th, 2011)
Re: Turning Points...
Thank you, Peter. Life is an adventure... the plot continues to thicken, doesn't it? ;)


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Henke said 1983 days ago (November 19th, 2011)
Quite a story
you've got there... Maybe shouldn't say I "enjoyed" it but it sure held me in suspension throughout... Ah, yes, nice song too ;-)

Take care,
Henke
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J.A.Stewart said 1983 days ago (November 19th, 2011)
Re: Quite a story...
Thank you, Henrik. It's a tale I haven't told in a long time... but thank you for commenting and enjoying my song. ;)


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paul f. page said 1970 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
What a great ballad.
The back story breaks my heart. There was such promise in this number, but your decision led you in an entirely different direction...perhaps a better one in some ways. The song and your singing here are really wonderful. Add some Montevanni strings and the piece still soars with a grand architecture even after so many years after having written it. I really appreciate your telling such a personal story...appreciate YOU even more now tha I know of your life-long passion for music. What a superior surprise to find this song tonight.
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J.A.Stewart said 1970 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Re: What a great ballad...
Thanks, for your kind words, Paul. I really am not a life-in-the-rear-view-mirror kind of guy. Those personal setbacks long ago ended up putting me in a position which allowed me to *be there* for my young son at the time... and I believe that was far more important than any of my musical aspirations. My son has grown into a fine young man, with a successful career and a lovely family of his own. That is far more gratifying to me than any *hit* record might have been. ;)


--- Joe
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Philip18 said 1967 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Interesting story
A big ballad of the type that never fails to grab an audience. I wonder what happened to the band - you were lucky to get out of that studio undamaged, I suspect :-) Thanks for sharing both the song and the story - a salutary reminder of what can happen if we get ahead of ourselves.
J.A.Stewart said 1966 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Re: Interesting story...
Thanks, Philip. I think we've both been around long enough to know that Life goes on... no matter what happens. I try not to get ahead of myself. It offers too many possible complications — somewhat like time travel. ;)


--- Joe
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Monkaton said 1892 days ago (February 18th, 2012)
A Touch of Harry
Your voice sounds a little like Harry Nilsson, which is high praise in my book.

Good song and production. I like the way you recorded and played the piano.
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J.A.Stewart said 1891 days ago (February 18th, 2012)
Re: A Touch of Harry...
Thank you very much for the compliments, Tim. Nilsson was a favorite of mine and one of the very best vocalists of the past 100 years. High praise, indeed. ;)


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Doug Somers said 1861 days ago (March 20th, 2012)
Very late to the party, but the music is still here!
I'm with the Manilow votes on this one, but beyond the style similarity there is something that comes through here which is very authentic and from the heart of a singer songwriter. What you crafted would be great for any person to sing, but the performance you give here that carries your own emotion from the same well as the song's moments of creation, and that makes this track an intimate sharing of who you are.

Really enjoyed this one!
Doug
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J.A.Stewart said 1860 days ago (March 20th, 2012)
Re: Very late...
Thank you for listening and for your kind comments, Doug. This was one of those special composition and performance experiences where everything fell into place very quickly and allowed me to maintain the spontaneity of my musical idea. I only had a vague notion of what sort of challenges and emotions lounge and club singers experienced and really relied on what I observed during my friend's performances to craft the song. I then did my best to convey the bittersweet emotion of her circumstances. ;)


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