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Thou Art More Lovely: Sonnet 18 (MJRF)

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Postludes Trio was born at MacJams.com. This was our second collaboration, posted December 5, 2004. It has been revoxed and remixed by Richard for the 2009 MacJams Reunion Festival. RIchard opted to drop his Travis picking guitar track and Jack's shaker track to make the song warmer and more introspective. All other instrument parts are from the original 2004 project. See original here: http://www.macjams.com/song/5194

Original members of Postludes Trio:
Jack Miller (current MJ username: Dadai.2) - Santa Barbara, CA
Mike Lavoie (MJ username: Mr. EI Oval) - Chicago, IL
Rich Schletty (current MJ username: Richard_Schletty) - St. Paul, MN

Year 2004 comments by Jack Miller:

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is one of his best known and most loved, due in part to its accessibility. As you listen, imagine a man walking in an open meadow on a summer's day, daydreaming of his lover. He begins to contemplate, in his own heart, to what he can compare her. But comparisons fail, even as he considers a summer's day or the sun itself. She is unique.

When I first started to write a sonnet-song, I didn't know where I was going. The inspiration to do this was born of a desire to bring Shakespeare in a modern musical form to today's audience. "Love Alters Not" (here) was the initial result and a pleasant surprise. Now with "Thou Art More Lovely" completed, I just want to say how grateful I am to be working with Richard and Mike. We're three middle-aged guys having a lot of fun.

This piece has a light jazz flavor and in it Richard delivers (IMHO) his best vocal performance on MacJams.com. Mike, once again on guitar, provides excellent lead rhythm and flourishes, as well as a short solo, that make this song come together. Employing the mighty "pencil tool", I provide the upright bass. We hope you like it.

Lyrics: William Shakespeare
Chords & Melody: Jack Miller
Vocals: Richard Schletty
Lead rhythm and solo guitar: Mike Lavoie
Bass: Jack Miller via GB pencil tool
Mixing: Richard Schletty
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Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

- William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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Uploaded: Feb 09, 2009 - 08:35:45 PM
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2009 - 05:49:38 AM Last Played: Feb 22, 2019 - 01:49:07 PM
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Dadai.2 said 3694 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
perfect mix...

kudos Richard. This is so fine. Thanks my friend for the definitive version of TAML.

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Char said 3694 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
and perfect. Shakespeare would be most pleased. Thanks, gentlemen.
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Richard_Schletty said 3694 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Thanks, Char

So glad you stopped by. Cheers.
mvh9591 said 3694 days ago (February 9th, 2009)

Clean recording. Well balanced and mixed. Nice playing and singing. Enjoyed!

Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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Vic Holman said 3694 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
very nice!
wonderful song. all played out very nicely and a finally tuned mix.
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Feter said 3694 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Thou Art More Lovely
Lovely ...just lovely ...what a nice serenade of acoustic music ...
sweet singing and solid bass for dreamy lead guitar ...just so arty !
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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SlimGirlFat said 3693 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
I loved
the first version .. this is a really great remix.. Rich your vox are fabulous in this version and the guitar and bass accompany you perfectly.

blaky smith said 3693 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Clean sound
Very beautiful version. All is so nice in this song, excellent vocals and music, a pleasure to listen. Bravo !
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SmokeyVW said 3692 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
transparent beauty
i like the performance

and great production, clear and well balanced

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Richard_Schletty said 3692 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
To all,
Thank you all for your generous comments. Jack and I wish that Mike Lavoie were here to accept his accolades -- he was the main man behind the guitar work.
dajama said 3685 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
This is so lovely. Great guitar, and that pencil tool bass works very well. But the main beauty here is the vocal. Richard, you just knock this one out of the park. Very cool. And as for those lyrics...Nice jobs, gents. Kudos. Peace.
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Richard_Schletty said 3685 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
Much appreciated
We humbly accept your accolades, on behalf of Master William. He made it all possible!
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