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Well.... it's been a long time since I've posted anything on here. This is my latest piece of been working on and (in my opinion) my best so far. It's a lot 'rockier' than previous songs but I think you'll like it.

If you find your self 'squirming' at the lyrical content (lol) please focus on the musical aspect and comment appropriately. Thanks :)

PS... I really appreciate all of your input :)
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Okay, okay, I gave in :). Here are the lyrics....

Hearts Alive

Who cannot stand and wonder?
Who cannot see this force?
Who cannot understand,
What we are fighting for?

Its You Our Maker
Its You Our Saviour

With Hearts Alive
With Hearts Alive
We run to You
We run to You

And with One Voice
Yes with One Voice
We sing to You
We sing to You

Oh can you feel the thunder?
Oh can you hear His voice?
Oh can you understand,
The call that He’s set forth?

For You Our Maker
For You Our Saviour

We sing to You…
Bring Them Home…
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Comments: 30
Fans: 12
Plays: 103
Downloads: 1
Votes: 8
Uploaded: Dec 31, 2007 - 06:58:34 AM
Last Updated: Jan 01, 2008 - 06:22:02 PM Last Played: Jul 21, 2019 - 12:33:21 AM
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peacepiano said 4278 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
Come Back
Strong return. You do a great job of building tension and interest at the end. I was kind of looking forward to a reprise of the chorus :) Your vocal and guitar work show a lot of polish.

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J.A.Stewart said 4278 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
Good Tune, Well-Sung
Nicely done, Aaron. Sounds very good.

My only suggestions would be to tweak the arrangement a bit. There's perhaps TOO much musical energy invested in the beginning of the song that seems to give the build at the end a sort of uneven feel.

I would suggest you fade the U2 guitar approach as the first verse begins and use either single electric piano or guitar chord *sweeps* for accompaniment and then build that energy into your chorus, instead.

And, as Bill (peacepiano) noted, a reprise of your fine-sounding chorus would probably give this piece a more balanced, albeit traditional, structure.

But overall, this is a very good piece of work. ;)

--- Joe
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Feter said 4278 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
Hearts Alive
Great guitar works my friend as well as the singing
cool rockin song my friend glad you posted this and
sharin it with us !!
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Godchaser said 4278 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
No squirming here.
Nice to have you back and with a wonderful piece of music and message to share.No need to apologize for the lyrical content,though I understand your reservations.I have found most folks very open and encouraging here at MJs regardless of faith or belief.Your post is a fine one and I hope you get much positive feedback and support.Excellent song writing,crafting and performance.I wouldn't change a thing.Great tune Aaron.

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said 4278 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
love and praise
There's not a problem with crying that out for what you feel conviction in - wish you had posted the lyrics.

Really cool song. Thanks for the post!

. - Harold
racerat said 4278 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
Thanks for the acknowledgment of the squirm. So, the musical content is great. Crisp distortion and compression on the guitars. The drums are really well EQ'd. Love when it dissolves into lushness at the ending. I totally dig your rock-able side. You should rock your praise more often.
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lisashaye said 4278 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
Thank You for Praising Him.
Thank you so much Aaron for sharing this wonderful praise song. I love the lyrics, you should really upload them if you can of course.

God bless and have a wonderful New Year!

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NorthPoint said 4278 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
Hi Aaron, nice to meet you. Harold pointed me at your song tonight and I'm glad he did. This is a great rocker - nice guitar sound, excellent vocals. Can you post the lyrics?

I only have one suggestion: I wouldn't mind hearing more backing vocals on this... I could hear you fattening it up a bit on the choruses. Especially more towards the end, to have it build up more and then really let go. Kind of goes to the point Joe is making, except rather than toning part of the arrangement down I guess I'm hearing you create the dynamics by laying it on even stronger later in the song! Isn't it fun to get all these multiple (and somewhat conflicting) points of view?????

Good luck with your music. I'll me listening to more of your songs, and look forward to hearing new tunes from you in the future!

Happy New Year,


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HipHopMoses said 4278 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
Wow nice surprise
I love when I don't know where the song is going specially when it's a good journey, and I love it when people give praise there own way. I havent heard your other songs yet Harold pointed me towards this so it's the best I've heard of you so far :D Bravo!!!
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Aaron David said 4278 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
A Reply To All
Hey All,

Thanks for all your comments. I've sent notes to you and will comment on some of your songs. FOr everyone else, here is the jist of what I said:


Bill (peacepiano)-

Thanks for coming back to listen to my stuff again :). 'Repeat offenders' are usually a good sign for an artist :). I appreciate your thoughts of another chorus. When looking at the other comments I notice mixed thoughts.. lol... when writing the song I decided to end on the bridge to leave a "make you wanting more" feeling. :D


Joe (J.A. Stewart)-

I think you can take any song, change their original arrangements and get a completely different (sometimes better) feel. The "Idol" TV shows have given us plenty example of that :S... lol.

I'll try a few different arrangements and see what I like the best (although I'll be honest and say I really like the current one at the moment ;).



Thanks for checking it out :).


Daniel (godchaser)-

I'm happy you understand the 'warning label' I put on it. MJ is actually a lot more open to 'religious content' than when I first joined in '05 (or at least there are more people who enjoy it). I just respect people's own believes but letting them know what it's all about.


Harold (Rocha Malhada)-

Thanks for understanding... I gave in and posted the lyrics anyway :).


Philip (racerat)-

I'm glad you were able to enjoy the feel of it. Many musicians (sometimes very obviously) express their personal views on life, love, and belief. The main difference is that mine has it's own 'genre', so I let ppl know :).


Lisa (lisashaye)-

Thanks for checking out hearts alive :). I gave in a posted the lyrics so you can go back and check them out :)


Alan (NorthPoint)-

I can see your point about the dynamics. I was actually looking at putting more voices in the bridge build up at the end... like a multiple versions of me, at different volumes.... I've heard examples before.. will play around with it... thanks for the confirmation :).


Moses (HipHopMoses)-

Thanks for your input on hearts alive. It seems Harold is the song's biggest fan :). The last couple songs I've written have been geared toward more of a 'rock vibe' (with this song the best so far). You'll most definitely see more of this flavour from me in the future :).


Well, I think that about does it so far.... still happy for more comments :)

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brewsta said 4277 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Great stuff
I can imagine this on the radio -- just needs a little more polish around the edges.
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Aaron David said 4277 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Great... ideas?
Thanks brewsta... any ideas?
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RickW said 4277 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Praise His Holy Name
Welcome back Aaron and thank you for this wonderful praise song to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May He bless you richly,


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Aaron David said 4277 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Amen ;)
Thanks... I'm glad you've enjoyed it.
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michael2 said 4277 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
nice song
everything sounds so good and you have a really nice voice. i'm personally not a Christian, but no need for a warning label. everyone has to sing about what touches them personally. love your guitar sound, what did you use for that? amp or really convincing plug-in? great job.
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Aaron David said 4277 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Thanks for the encouragement :). It's to see people that understand that.... it's like I said to racerat, my 'belief' expression just happens to have it's own genre (lol).

For the guitar I used my Epiphone LP with the 'GtrAmp' plugin that comes with logic express 7. I took one of the channel presets (i think "Crunchy blues") and then tweaked it to suit exactly what I wanted (including adding stereo delay :).
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kristyjo said 4277 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
It's been awhile...
but this is a great piece to come back with. The harder sound matches up well with the challenge in the lyrics. I agree with the idea of the 'return to the chorus', but this works, too, especially if you're following it up with a similar song.
I like your voice. I don't remember hearing it on previous posts.
I hope to hear more from you soon!
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Aaron David said 4277 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Thanks, I hope so too :)
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thetiler said 4277 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
What I can't for the life of me understand is
That you have such a low score. Should not be so, you have a fabulous young pop gospel sound!

Way to go !
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Aaron David said 4277 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Wow, thanks
Thanks! Your comment is very humbling, especially from you :).
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ElPeruano said 4276 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
good stuff
I like your sound. nice crunchy rock guitar. just curious, howd you do the drums? I like the pattern, although I think it could use a little more variation throughout.

I like your stuff. Us 20 year olds gotta stick together, you know?
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Aaron David said 4275 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Thanks man.. and yes, lol we need to stick together in this apparent middle age village. :)

I used pre-recorded drum loops... can't remember if they came with Logic x7 or if they were downloaded them (they're all mixed together)... anyway, I just cut, paste, looped, layered, etc...
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davisamerica said 4275 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
right then aaron
man it's all good....very good!
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Aaron David said 4274 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
thanks :)
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gail60 said 4273 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Wow....great job
This is a wonderful song. So glad you shared it with us. You sing and play very well and the message stands on its own. So important and Very powerful. Keep up the awesome work. I look forward to more from you.
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Aaron David said 4270 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
There will be
Thanks Gail.. will definitely be more in future....
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Moviz said 4249 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Great Song
great voice and well played and arranged . I love the spacyness you've created here. I'm just sorry I was so late arriving here, cheers M
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said 4211 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
It's great to see you backed here my friend, this amazing piece. The vocals, playing, quality are just at its best. Thanks a lot for sharing and I'm really sorry for being late but you got my comment on my note before!!

Take Care
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chipan said 4165 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Hearts Alive
I don't know how I could have been here so long and missed such good music. This is a really professional mix. You have a really nice voice with lots of power. I look forward to hearing more of your songs.

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Mckenzie said 4135 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
I have to say, i'm so pleased to find someone of the slightly 'younger generation' on MJ's! (no offence everyone-i just sometimes feel intimidated!lol). I genuinly LOVE this song, really reminds me of Lifehouse (one of my favorite bands). Your voice is really great, and although i'm still a 'MacJams Newbie', i really think that not enough people have picked up on the real quality of your singing.
Really, Really enjoyed this
Thank You!
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Aaron David said 4053 days ago (August 12th, 2008)
Thanks for all the comments... wow... I need to check this place more often. I've been in a new living arrangement (without steady internet) the last few months and haven't had a chance to get on here... that'll have to change....

Thanks again....

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