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Thanks for coming by and leaving a message on my page, Al. I am infrequently on here, and it is best to connect on facebook-aoedemusemusic or twitter @aoedemuse best-Aoede
Hi Al, "Dear John" is beautifully brilliant!
Thanks Penny! So are you!!
Heh Al, Hope the Christmas productions are coming along. I like your new vocalist.
Was gonna send you an email through Broadjam, but for some reason I can't respond to your messages.
Hope you're well.
Great holiday/Christmas song full of life and warmth with an awesome set of pipes from Sundown Sessions - way to bring home Al - 5 stars, TSW
Al "At Christmas Time" is really gorgeous. Beautiful words ,music and vocal. Love it!
Just finished the latest version of my song At Christmas Time a very talented lady singing it.
Hi Al, I enjoyed the new version of your Christmas song. Happy Holidays!
That's great news Al about your song "When You Were Here"! Congratulations, well deserved!
I can feel the tension between you and 5 here in this dark tale! But sometimes great things come from that. Nicely done Peter!
perhaps we misunderstood each others heart. still and with all, 5 and I had some interesting conversations ending with each and the other wishing the best.
I'm convinced 5 in life was a psychic of sorts... Able to see multiple dimensions and unable to ascertain what was fact and what was fiction once he was fully immersed in his abilities.
I think he would push in the exact opposite way we were meant to go in order to solidify a bond or provoke thought.
Peter was most set in his ways... 5 laid into him the hardest.
He sure loved Peter... He just wasn't sure all of us wouldn't sell one another out for a pay check or the promise of better things.
He pushed Peter hard.
The hardest of all of us I'd imagine.
God knows... The dream he gave me is still unfolding... But at least when experienced in a dream... I don't have to hear the words spoken in person... I can write it off as a mis interpretation.
Peter got the calls just like I did... His calls... Well... They went a different way.
It's because Peter was given his gift a long long time ago... Long before any of us ever met.... That's for sure.
Perhaps 5 was disappointed that the two of them weren't able to do more in life...
But I'm told... Life is really a quantifiable term that we don't have a full grasp on... and Peter will have an opportunity to tell 5 to go fuck himself proper... yet again:)
I love the fact there was friction.
It speaks volumes of our humanity while struggling to find the good in this life.
Heh Al, I went to respond to your message about five but noticed I didn't have an option to.
You should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org when you're ready... Throw out those silly recording you were looking at. They really don't serve the issues their just dues in the presentation the are offered in.
I guess I won't be talking to you through broajam unless its a public conversation... So it might be best to get a convo rolling in private.
That... and seriously? This particular story has kind of burned every relationship of value that I have on this website.
Funny what honesty gets you in a world of people who don't believe in the impossible.
Hope you're well Al.
Are you saying you've lost the ability to reply to messages in Broadjam? That's weird!
Not sure. Can't reply to your own though. It's been this way with several members. (Shrugs.) It's of no concern to me how I communicate with others though.
Plenty of platforms. Big world.
Hey Solangee - Wow - love your voice and energy - amazing girl!
Hey Doug - great job on I Still Need You! #1 in my books!!
Thanks Al. It's probably my fave that I've done but don't get a lot of people that seem to appreciate it the way I do, so thank you so much, friend. :-)
I know that feeling - seems the songs that are closest to me don't resonate with others all that much - but I think it's because the only road open I have to getting them out there is film or tv opps. Those usually like pretty blase types of music that won't get in the way. That's one of the reasons I've been trying to do my own film - I can toot my own horn so to speak lol! Hope you're doing well Doug!
Congratulations of the 6 Pack wins Doug! Awesome stuff my friend!!
Thanks so much Al. Hope you have a great Christmas holiday.
Just heard "Dear John" Al...Beautiful tribute song!
Thanks Penny! Very sweet of you to download and pay - I would sent you a high-quality version for free!! (Want one?)
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
You are welcome Al...Great song..I would love one thanks!
That's very exciting news Hal about your song "When You Were Here"! Congratulations! :)
Thanks Penny! It's going to be featured in the film I'm working on as well.
That's wonderful! Great work!
Doubly good :)
Hope you're doing well Penny!!
Thanks, doing alright...
Hey thanks for the 5 stars for Wish You Were Here! Much appreciated. Just listened to some of your stuff - really good as well! Keep up the good work and "don't give up" :-)
Thanks, I 'won't give up'. ha
I'm also a fan of the Beatles and enjoyed your song a lot. Best of success. - JP
It looks like one of my remixes will be under consideration for a Grammy by an independent panel this year. Just got word that both an album (that I engineered) and a remix (I produced) are qualified entrees in this year's race to fame.
I'd like to thank the independent panel for their consideration this year, and hope they enjoy the experience surely... My intent was only to inspire a conversation worth having.
Best of luck to everyone participating in this years Grammy selection process.
On a more personal note, a big thanks to Jay and Ron for bringing me on board their "Dull Unconscious Man" album. It was a blast to work on, and I loved the creative freedom they gave me with the remix that's currently in this year's line up.
Thank you surely. I appreciate the opportunity to shine.
Congratulations Nathaniel; hope you win a Grammy this year! All the best to you all......
Well, a Grammy win would certainly increase your profile a little. Good luck! A win for you is a win for independent musicians everywhere.
The odds of winning this year are slim. But... It's not about winning this year, it's about having a place at the table this year, we'll worry about winning next year:)
Way to go N! You've got my far northern vote :-)
That's amazing, huge congratulations! :)
What an honor! Best of luck to you!
Al, congratulations on making the semi-finals--you deserve it!! Your music is fantastoc. Best of luck to you!!
Thanks for the 5 star rating on When You Were Here guys! As always you are the best!
its a pleasure, my friend. I am also a huge fan of George Harrison and you did an outstanding job producing this song.
Hey, any further progress on your film project?
Thanks for the 5 star rating on When You Were Here Cyndi! Much appreciated!!
"When You Were Here" is such a beautiful tribute to George Harrison, and I must say, you captured his musical energy and penchant for those sweet guitar renderings, so much a part of his trip. Great song, and the pleasure, all mine!
Thanks so much Al for the 5-star rating for I Still Need You. :-)
Hey your welcome Doug! BTW I'm talking to Chris at Sundown Sessions about working on one of my songs. Did he use any of your tracks on stuff he's done for you or did they recut the whole song? Keep up the great work! :-)
I paid for them to recut the whole song. They used my own versions as templates. Chris is a serious genius at what he does by the way. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. He was never happy til my socks were blown off, and wouldn't stand for good enough - must be his Canadian background :-)
I'm looking forward to talking to him. We've just emailed up to this point but will talk on the phone in the next couple of days.
Congratulations Al on getting you song" Love Is Everything" published by Rex Bensen,very exciting! :)
Thanks for the 5 stars on Song To You! I wrote that song for my mother years ago remembering what she went through raising four kids by herself after my father died. She went through some tough years! Hope you guys are well and happy new year!!
10 Thumbs up Al very well done! Hope all is well & Sailing off into a wonderful Year 2016! Dean & Jacalyn
Put my comment in the wrong place. Congratulations from the West Coast Michael!
Hey Al, thanks for the congratulatory wishes! Was in Vancouver in 2011 for a hockey tournament. Didn't get to see too much of the city but I did manage to snag some last minute tickets to watch the Canucks win their conference...beating out the Sharks in an exciting double overtime win. Remembering the energy in that building when the OT goal was scored still sends chills down my spine! City was electric! Hopefully next time I'm out there I'll have more time to actually do some sightseeing. I heard Vancouver and the surrounding area is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for reaching out.
All the best,
You're welcome Michael. And yes Vancouver is a beautiful place. Much to see and do. Some of us try to keep it a secret so we're not overwhelmed by tourists but I'll let everyone know you're OK lol! All kidding aside I hope you can make it out again sometime. Are you in TO?
Haha..thanks Al! Yes I was born and raised here. Live about a 15 min drive from the downtown core. We are experiencing some pretty mild weather for this time of year, probably similar to the what you're used to in Vancouver. Ever been out here?
I was out there once for a couple of days quite a few years ago but had a lot of fun. My hotel room looked right down on the roof of Maple Leaf Gardens. Had an interesting evening in the bar with Bob Cole the CBC announcer and John Davidson his colour commentator at the time. Bob was trying to pick up a couple of hookers - they were allowed in the bar in case any out of town hockey players wanted one for the night - and John was doing the play by play for us. Just hilarious. Cole struck out with the hookers apparently because he was such an dick (according to Davidson). I left the bar later and met the two hookers outside. Turns out one of them used to live a block from me in Vancouver before going to Toronto. Crazy world!
Lmfao...I just fell off my seat...hilarious! Glad you had such a blast here!
Congratulations to a fellow Canadian on your win in the 6 pack! Well done!
Congratulation Michael! Great job!!
Hi Steve, thanks so much man! Appreciate it!
How's the weather out in Thunder Bay? It's been a few years since I've been out there. Got a few relatives there. I'd imagine it's quite a bit colder than Toronto. We're experiencing some pretty mild weather here...not that I'm complaining lol
Congrats on the Top Ten placement in the 6-Pack Competition. Very cool. That is quite an honor and recognition.
Best to you....and Happy Holidays.
Thanks Chet! Very happy with my finish. And a very deserving artist won it all, which made me happy.
Way to go Doug! Congrats to you for your excellent work!!
Thanks a lot Al. Congratulations always mean so much to me when they come from other songwriters I admire so much, so thank you.
Heh wait, lets set this damn record straight right now!!!
ITS TOP 3 CHET!!!:))))
"By precise with your words." (Says like an English teacher.) Hahahahhahahaha
I'm 100% convinced Doug needs to be in the opening credits for a bond film eventually. Maybe I'll even get to produce it.
Yes it is Top 3 indeed - I believe Doug said it came in 2nd? So Top 2!! Nathaniel - you didn't capitalize "bond". I'm assuming you meant a "Bond" film - or was that a "bondage" film? Just trying to be precise here :-)
Haha, that'll learn me to speed type and not check grammar:)
I just mastered a song where it was just Oozing with that style. He's got a few, his vocals are just warm and classy.
Another post that I left on Will's site with an interesting (and unexpected) story attached.
Will's story is something I've just stumbled on - truly amazing. Left the practice of law to pursue his dream as a songwriter and ended up in the songwriting finals of American Idol! A great talent who will be missed. http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/04/23/law-blog-former-lawyer-of-the-day-will-hopkins/ 1 1
"What a long strange trip it's been..." ...but I feel blessed to be part of this crazy community that follow their muse instead of the money.
so few actually see the 'money'; yet, we continue this mad artist's pursuit of creating music. Will was closer than many of us to making an impact on the industry commerce side of business. yet, there was often a standout story, a theme that challenged our imagination while feeling so familiar.
yes, what an amazing songwriter/lyricist/storyteller.
Our brother in song Will Hopkins has left us. His wonderful talent will be missed. http://www.roanoke.com/obituaries/hopkins-william-dewar/article_1da08bbf-b488-520c-922b-82077c485639.html 1
thx for sharing the link - a fascinating man, indeed.
Small world. Roanoke is 2 hrs south west and Flint Hill 1.5 hours to the NW of where I live. And he went to UVA here in Charlottesville and became a "double 'Hoo" (undergrad and law) where I'm a "triple hoo" (3 degrees).
I'm so sorry to hear this news. I never got to know you well on this site but knew of you and your exceptional work. You were a talented man. Rest In Peace Will
Will's story is something I've just stumbled on - truly amazing. Left the practice of law to pursue his dream as a songwriter and ended up in the songwriting finals of American Idol! A great talent who will be missed. http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/04/23/law-blog-former-lawyer-of-the-day-will-hopkins/ 1
"What a long strange trip it's been..." ...but I feel blessed to be part of this crazy community that follow their muse instead of the money.
Thanks for sharing this article Al :)
Heart Touching Al of a beautiful truth of all life.
You are your father's smile......The River ....takes the heart of the listener to creation & eternity. Outstanding New version....Sail friend with hope in your Wings........Dean & Jacalyn Abram Band
Thanks you guys - that's a lovely thing to say! Have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family.
Thanks for th 5*'s on my song "Little Dixie Dancing Queen". Very much appreciated.
Rex Benson! a tough nut to crack there so, way to go!
That's a great song Hank. How was it working with Music City Demos? I've got a couple of country tunes that l'd like to get cut.
Do it man. Martin Young is great!
Glad you liked the song. Nathaniel Jones did the mastering. My advice: use'em both
Thanks Hank - I'll be looking into this soon.
Tell him I sent you!