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Bird


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Joanna

 Genre: Ballad

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Last night I saw a fledgling mourning dove sitting on the rail. He was so frightened, yet he didn't move. He's very young, and just learning to use his wings. Even though I had to pass right next to him, he did not fly away. His nest is on an air conditioning unit next to my apartment. It wasn't far from the rail. I think he flew there and didn't know how to get back.
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Lyrics
If you had wings, would you fly?
Never leaving the sky
Go to distant lands
Mountain tops and desert sands
If you had wings

I saw a bird
Sitting alone on a rail
Did his wings fail?
Or did fear keep his wings by his side
Freedom untried

That lonely bird
Too afraid to ride the breeze
Grounded by unease
Through a long and dangerous night
Frozen by fright

If you had wings, would you fly?
Never leaving the sky
Go to distant lands
Mountain tops and desert sands
If you had wings

Am I that bird?
Do my fears keep me from flight?
I think they might
I won't use my wings at all
Cuz I might fall

I'm not that bird!
I cannot live my life aground
Ever earthbound
If I must find my metaphor
Then let it soar

If you had wings, would you fly?
Never leaving the sky
Go to distant lands
Mountain tops and desert sands
If I had wings, I would fly
Song Stats
Hits: 3886
Comments: 37
Fans: 2
Plays: 258
Downloads: 152
Votes: 25
Uploaded: Apr 18, 2005 - 01:51:01 AM
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2005 - 12:26:19 AM Last Played: Mar 05, 2017 - 09:19:22 PM
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Hardware:
eMac, Shure SM58
Software:
Jampack 4
Comments
Rebsie said 4450 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
Beautifully delivered
Aah, takes me back to the musical shows I used to
work on in my theatre days. This really sounds like it
belongs in a stage show. Your singing is quite tender
and delicate on this one, which suits it perfectly. I'm
impressed by your orchestral back-up too! No home-
made trumpets this time?!
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Joanna said 4449 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
Beautifully delivered
Thank you, Rebsie! I decided to forego the faux trumpet on this one, but that
doesn't mean it won't pop up again in the future. I loved being in musicals in
my younger days, too. So much fun!
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TobinMueller said 4450 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
Visual and birdlike orchestral arrangement
Very cool arrangement, great use of wings/bird-like
orchestral runs and figures, especially harp and flute/
piccolo. Nice use of your vocal range, altho some pitchy
notes. Wouldn't have minded at least a few stanzas that
carried along with more rhythmic sense, like your final
stanza, cuz the feeling of suspension in mid air seemed
longish. But a wonderfully visual track with your music
supporting your lyrics in a thoughtful and care-filled way.
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Joanna said 4449 days ago (April 19th, 2005)
Visual and birdlike orchestral arrangement
Thank you, Tobin. You know, I kept trying to put some rhythm in various
sections, because I agree with your assessment, but nothing really worked for
me. Chalk it up to my own limitations. Anyway, I decided to release it as is.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Tom Atwood said 4450 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
delicate orchestration
perfect for this piece. Very well done. Is the photo of 'the'
bird?
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Joanna said 4449 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
delicate orchestration
Thank you! And yes, that is THE bird. In fact, I can hear his mom calling as I
type this.
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EMP said 4449 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
Very Nice
Great lyrics with very good production. Very professional.
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Joanna said 4449 days ago (April 19th, 2005)
Very Nice
Thank you, emp_garyp!
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said 4449 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
Another "cool" one!
Love the orchestral arrangement. Your voice is dripping
with "Oo, La La"!
Joanna said 4449 days ago (April 19th, 2005)
Another "cool" one!
Thank you, Alimar! Gotta love that Jampack 4. It's so lush!
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Mystified said 4449 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
Very Nice!!

Now when is opening night....?

Joanna! Brava! What a lovely song. Great use of JP4, and of
course, you're wonderful voice.
Wonderful all around!


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Joanna said 4449 days ago (April 19th, 2005)
Very Nice!!
Thank you, Mystie! Now all I have to do is write the rest of the musical and
I'm all set! I wonder if the world is ready for a musical version of The Birdman
of Alcatraz?
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Doadars Uncle said 4449 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
Beautiful voice
Well chosen instrumentation. Great mix.
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Joanna said 4449 days ago (April 19th, 2005)
Beautiful voice
Thank you, Uncle!
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jennylee said 4449 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
Fantastic!
I loved the lyrics, music, and the little anectote of your dove stuck on the rail. Your song reminded me of one from a musical, just before courage builds and the bird takes flight. I'm certain that he'll be flying away soon.
Joanna said 4449 days ago (April 19th, 2005)
Fantastic!
Thank you, jennylee! I saw the bird again and he was flying much more easily,
so this one has a happy ending. One of the thrills for me was being able to
take a picture of the bird with my new digital camera. It's so fun to have
around!
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mandolinquent said 4448 days ago (April 19th, 2005)
Lovely arrangement...
... very impressive. Very spacious. I don't have a single
constructive thing to say, dammit.
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Joanna said 4446 days ago (April 21st, 2005)
Lovely arrangement...
Thank you, Mando!
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snowdragon said 4448 days ago (April 19th, 2005)
Could go anywhere
I have wings. But I rarely fly.

Nice tune. I agree with Rebsie, it does belong in a musical
somewhere. The beauty of this one is, though, you could
plug it into just about any story without too much trouble.
(Well, maybe not the Rocky Horror Show, but just about
anything else. I could, however, see one cat singing it to
another.)
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Joanna said 4446 days ago (April 21st, 2005)
Could go anywhere
I agree, Snow -- it has a theatrical feel to it. Guess I'd better get writing, huh?
Thank you!
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alley-oop said 4448 days ago (April 19th, 2005)
I hear Ella!
Wow!
When I heard your song, it brought me back to summers
at my garndparents, listening to Ella Fitzgerald records
with my grandmother! I love how you bend all those notes
and blues it all up. Sooo sweeet!
Thank you. I also love your Betty water gun tune!
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Joanna said 4446 days ago (April 21st, 2005)
I hear Ella!
Wow, thank you, alley-oop! Ella Fitzgerald is my all-time favorite singer, so
that's an enormous compliment to me. I'll cop to that influence any time!
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thetiler said 4448 days ago (April 20th, 2005)
hey - good going
This is the best one i've heard you do. I think this tune fits
your voice perfectly. I hear Ella in there, nice.

I like how you used Jam Pack 4 alot.

Glad you posted this.


Thanks for sharing !
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Joanna said 4446 days ago (April 21st, 2005)
hey - good going
Thank you, Tiler! I love Jampack 4. Such a rich variety of orchestral sounds
and loops. And thank you for the Ella nod, as well!
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_nderscore said 4446 days ago (April 21st, 2005)
this is lovely
wonderful blend of lyrics, music & vocals-beautiful.
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Joanna said 4446 days ago (April 22nd, 2005)
this is lovely
Thank you, _nder! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
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Magritte said 4445 days ago (April 22nd, 2005)
Where's Nina Simone?
This so reminds me of her. Not to say that she could do it better. Brava all around!
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Joanna said 4445 days ago (April 22nd, 2005)
Where's Nina Simone?
Wow, thank you, Magritte! I love Nina Simone. Such a gorgeous voice.
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Heidi_E said 4395 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
cool
it definetely sounds like it should be in a musical.
You have that sorta voice that suits that style of music.
very nicely done!
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Joanna said 4392 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
cool
Thank you, Heidi! I think it's the sweeping strings that makes it sound like a
showtune. Since I love showtunes, I'm very happy that you think my voice
suits them!
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Moco said 4325 days ago (August 21st, 2005)
Great Voice
I am very impressed by the full orchestration used on this
track. The singer has a very beautiful and polished voice. I
enjoyed it very much.
Joanna said 4324 days ago (August 21st, 2005)
Great Voice
Thank you, Moco! GarageBand has to be the coolest program ever written. It
allows people like me to sing with an orchestra!
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tgannon said 4321 days ago (August 25th, 2005)
Great Music, Okay Metaphor?!
Very nice music, and superior vocals--in sum, a fine
example of the "genre." As both a music and "lit" person, I'd
have to say that the song's extended bird/flight metaphor
has "been done"; but I really like the original spin in the
following lines:

If I must find my metaphor
Then let it soar

Well done.
Joanna said 4319 days ago (August 27th, 2005)
Great Music, Okay Metaphor?!
Thank you, tg. I'll admit that finding the bird led me to most of the lyrics. He
was so frightened, and yet he couldn't bring himself to move. I've felt that
way at times, so that's where the lyrics came from.
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Agent Stewie said 3853 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Love the lyrics!
Another nice one. Well done!
DJ Squirrel said 3496 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Helen Reddy?
The first thing that popped into my mind was just the sound of those old Disney musicals I watched as a kid, specifically Pete's Dragon. Just a great late 60's, early 70's sound to it. A confident, gentle voice, taking your imagination through the eyes of a winged feathery flight.

Incidentally, MacJams had this on the front page when I hopped on, but man, it's a pain to actually find the artist when you want to comment. Lots of "bird" songs, but fortunately, only a few with Joanna. ^^
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Hi, I'm Joanna (not Jo, that's someone else). Garageband has allowed me to indulge my love for singing beyond concerts in the shower. My favorite part of songwriting is writing the lyrics. This makes sense, of course, because writing is what I d... [see more]

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A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. It is a rhythmic saga of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or satirical, political (affected by the previous three types mentioned, refers to either glorifying the exploits o

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