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#1087490 - 07/08/15 06:53 PM The Greatest Gift T. Paporello  
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The Greatest Gift

Listen to this one folks.

Two weeks ago Teresa wrote a song for her daughter who is getting married this coming Saturday. She sent me a crude recording of her playing guitar and singing and asked if I “could put music to it”. I sent her back a rough mix and asked if she could re-do her vocals. She locked herself in a closet and with my mix playing in her left ear recorded her vocals onto the remaining right channel. All of this using a handheld digital recorder hooked up to a Shure mic. Now here’s where I go WOW. Teresa is blind. Everything she sings and plays is from memory. No lyric sheets, cue cards, nothing.

So I did my thing and with some great input and advice from John Daubert sent her a full mix. So here it is for your listening. This is only the second song she has had fully produced so she’s really looking for any kind of feedback. And, of course, the same with me.

Thanks everyone and Thank God for music.

The Greatest Gift (1 Corinthians 13)
Teresa Paporello

We’ve climbed mountains to get here today
So much laughter and some tears along the way
And whenever our footing seemed unsure
The strength of our love made us secure.

Chorus –
Love is patient. Love is kind.
Without jealousy or pride
In all things love hopes and shares
With all things love copes and bears

Love is patient, love is kind.
Never fails us heart or mind.
And when all is said and done
The greatest gift we have is love.

With our friends all gathered here
And our families who’ve come from far and near
Even The birds that join us in our song.
Joyfully draw close to sing along.

Repeat Chorus –

Bridge –
Faith, hope and love remain
Faith, hope and love remain,
Faith, hope and love remain,
Greatest of these is love.

Faith, hope and love remain,
Faith, hope and love remain,
Faith, hope and love remain,
Greatest of these is love.
Greatest of these is love.

Repeat Chorus –


#1087493 - 07/08/15 07:01 PM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Iggy]  
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what a wonderful song and a great story behind the recording!Fantastic job!Mike

#1087500 - 07/08/15 07:58 PM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Thank God for Teresa and Iggy, Terrific collaboration. I closed my eyes and just pictured the wedding event and by the end, my eyes got a little misty, the song certainly moved me.
My only suggestion would be to maybe repeat the last line again but a little slower with a little more space between the words for effect and then hold the last word "love" just a little.
Skip

#1087528 - 07/09/15 01:16 PM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: swestern]  
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Well bravo this is indeed a splendid piece of work and an inspiring back story.
Teresa has a wonderful voice, love the harmonies.
The music and lyrics are both equally powerful and perfectly suited to each other.

It holds your attention, for start to finish…… pro stuff indeed.

Hats off to all involved


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#1087529 - 07/09/15 01:27 PM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Nelson]  
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Hi Iggy and Teresa,

This LIFTS the spirit ... made me feel like I could take wing and FLY!!!

Lisa


#1087571 - 07/10/15 03:37 AM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Lisa Gundling]  
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what a great song iggy, had to take some care in doing this song. what a story, I think I enjoyed that as much as the song.
loved Teresa`s voice in this, and a very clean track, great job Iggy great job Teresa!

Last edited by lane1777; 07/10/15 03:37 AM.

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#1087581 - 07/10/15 10:38 AM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: lane1777]  
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Iggy,

Beautiful song here Iggy. Loved her vocals especially--sweet. I'd like hearing the lead guitar "sing" a little more out front in two spots that you left for short music interludes--but certainly not overbearing, just as a supporting role in it's featured spot.

Enjoyed this!

steady-eddie.

#1087680 - 07/11/15 03:32 AM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Iggy]  
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Michael thanks for the kind words.

Swestern: You’re feeling what I felt when I heard her raw recording. Will consider the suggestion to repeat the last line, good idea.

Thank you Nelson. It’s easy when you start with a pro.

Lisa, wouldn’t it be cool to fly! My but how the world would change. Music too!

Lane, yes I thought the story was important and shows Teresa’s devotion to her music.

Eddie as always, I truly appreciate your comments and suggestions.

#1087829 - 07/13/15 03:40 AM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Iggy]  
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A truly terrific song, Iggy. And it is remarkable to have a memory, like that. I forget the words to my own songs the very next day after finishing them.
Good song, and good production!
-Tom

#1087831 - 07/13/15 09:15 AM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: IronKnee]  
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Teresa, This is one beautiful piece of writing, heartfelt lyrics and a gorgeous melody. A real gem. Iggy, you're arrangement perfectly fit the song, highlighting the beauty of the melody and the power of the message. What else is there to say but Bravo!


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#1087837 - 07/13/15 11:01 AM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Dan Sullivan]  
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Nice song, excellent vocal enjoyed the song and thumbs up to the sentiments
Travis


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#1087854 - 07/13/15 01:16 PM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Travis david]  
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Beautifully done, Iggy! Could see this turning into a wedding classic. Love the back story also, and Teresa has a very pleasant sounding voice, very soothing and pleasing to the ear. Nice job! -TK

#1087886 - 07/13/15 09:34 PM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: TKO]  
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Wonderful song Iggy and Teresa. What a great wedding gift to her daughter. I am guessing there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Strong lyric and strong performances all around. What more is needed. JUst beautiful.

Dave

#1087890 - 07/13/15 10:14 PM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: GocartMoz]  
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To much music let her sing, nice song.

#1087914 - 07/14/15 02:50 AM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Iggy]  
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Tom,Thanks for the listen and the comments. I’m the same way, I can’t remember my own lyrics. Ask John Daubert. Way too many times I was making them up as I went. Played hell with their back up vocals.

Thanks Dan and Travis.

Appreciate the words TK. Would be nice to hear it/ see it become a classic.

Dave, you’re so right. Her first vocals fell short, in her own words. She insisted she could and needed to do better.

Pat, I really tried to hold back on all the bells and whistles. The mix is pretty basic, but yes her vocals would shine with the simplest backing.

#1088121 - 07/17/15 01:18 AM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Iggy]  
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Hey, Iggy...

Absolutely beautiful!!

Diff


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#1088242 - 07/18/15 07:15 PM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: BonzaiWag]  
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Hi Diff:

I appreciate the comment and the listen. Thank you.

#1088369 - 07/21/15 02:37 PM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Iggy]  
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One word comes immediately to mind regarding the lyric and the backstory.

INSPIRING!

Beautifully sung and produced...and we appreciate the
opportunity to hear it.

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#1088370 - 07/21/15 03:00 PM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Iggy]  
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A beautiful song-Love is truly the greatest gift

Write and play on!

Mackie

#1088417 - 07/22/15 01:58 AM Re: The Greatest Gift T. Paporello [Re: Iggy]  
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Wow Janice and Bud, Big Red Letters! Thank you!

Mackie, thank you Sir.


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