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#888617 - 03/28/11 09:52 PM Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro  
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posted before My Helen passed Away....

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Just found this in the mp3 section...

My Helen (God Bless Her) wrote it and Mike Caro did the recording. I made the video.

It's actually Mike in the video, playing the instruments.

In this version Its sung by one of Mikes singers Mina.

I hope that you enjoy

God Bless to all

Roy and Helen



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Original Post

Helen dosnt do writing these days, so sometimes I like to take an old song of hers that is dated and have it redone.

It gives her a real boost.

So here is one that she wrote sbout 30 years ago.

The original music and melody was written by a friend of ours Debbie Fox Little. We sent that to Mike Caro and asked him to bring it up to date. It was terribly dated.

So Mike stripped it bare and completely redone it for us.

Mostly the same melody, although he changed it for the Instumental and Bridge. And a completely new arrangment.

We think he did an amazing job and so so happy with it.

We hope that you enjoy it.

Its sung by one of Mikes singers Mina.

God Bless Roy and Helen


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Thats All It Takes

Verse1
WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND FEELIN' LOW,
AND YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART,
THAT YOU GOT NO WHERE TO GO.
LATE AT NIGHT, BEEN SLEEPING ROUGH,
WELL, YOU KNOW LITTLE RUN-A-WAY,
YOU'VE GOT IT TOUGH.

Chorus
IS THERE ANY ONE WHO'LL UNDERSTAND,
A KIND WORD, MAYBE A HELPING HAND.
COS, ALL YOU NEED IS A BREAK,
JUST ONE, JUST ONE, THAT'S ALL IT TAKES.

Verse2
WHEN YOU FEEL CLOSE TO DESPAIR,
OH, IF YOU ONLY KNEW SOMEONE
WHO WOULD REALLY CARE.
I GUESS YOU FOUND, THERE'S NO WORK AROUND,
WHEN YOUR PENNILESS,
HOMELESS, YOUR BED IS THE GROUND.

Chorus
IS THERE ANY ONE WHO'LL UNDERSTAND,
A KIND WORD, MAYBE A HELPING HAND.
COS, ALL YOU NEED IS A BREAK,
JUST ONE, JUST ONE, THAT'S ALL IT TAKES.

I GUESS THAT'S ALL IT TAKES.

Instumental

Bridge
WELL I KNOW, JUST HOW YOU FEEL,
YOU WANNA WAKE UP, AND FIND THAT IT ISN'T REAL,
YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES, THIS IS NO DREAM,
COS THE WIND AND THE RAIN ON YOUR FACE,
MAKE YOU WANNA SCREAM.

Chorus
IS THERE ANY ONE WHO'LL UNDERSTAND,
A KIND WORD, MAYBE A HELPING HAND.
COS, ALL YOU NEED IS A BREAK,
JUST ONE, JUST ONE, THAT'S ALL IT TAKES.

JUST ONE, JUST ONE, Just one, Just one

THAT'S ALL IT TAKES.

I GUESS THAT'S ALL IT TAKES.

YOU KNOW THAT'S ALL IT TAKES

I GUESS THAT'S ALL IT TAKES.

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#888618 - 03/28/11 10:00 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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Wow! This is the best demo I heard in your stable of pretty good demos (so that is saying a lot).

The soulfulness of the arrangement and the singer really brings out the emotion in this lyrics. This one sounds really, really good. I see Mike still has that classical guitar laying around.

This really is a monster song, arrangement and performance!

Well done.

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#888621 - 03/28/11 10:10 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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I am going to agree with Kevin here and add that the flow/melody had me tapping along.

Get Helen to get back to writing. This is tight and very uplifting.

You both should be proud.

And Mike great job as well!

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#888630 - 03/28/11 10:32 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Douglas Murphy]  
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Hi Roy,

This sounds fantastic! Lyrically, it's as relevant today as it was 30 years ago so good for Helen on that. Once heard like this, it's hard to imagine it any other way, but it would be interesting to know how this differs from your original. Very cool!

Ricki

#888717 - 03/29/11 11:23 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Kevin Emmrich]  
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Thanks for having a listen Keven and your high praise.

Helen is over the moon and I am proud of her. Of course Mike had an awful lot to do with it.

God Bless Roy and Helen


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#888719 - 03/29/11 11:31 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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This is really a great song, and Mike did great on the music and I love the vocals..but mostly I love Helens lyrics...Helen is a great writer and I love her songs....thanks roy for having this done...i'm sure Helen is smiling...

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#888723 - 03/29/11 11:45 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: glynda]  
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Roy, This is one that shimmers and shines from the opening chord to the last beat of the drum. The vocalist just owns it, squeezing every last drop of emotion out of Helen's lyrics.

This is one to be proud of. Mike hit this one out of the ballpark for you. "All you need is a break. Just one, just one, that's all it takes."


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#888726 - 03/29/11 12:11 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Dan Sullivan]  
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STELLAR by all involved! Very nice listen! smile


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#888730 - 03/29/11 12:48 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Polly Hager]  
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This is great. Someone who is very creative took a sad lyric and put it to upbeat Latin jazz music and it works.

The vocals and guitar solo stood out to me as great.....especially that little harmonized guitar riff when the drums stop. Very cool.

Good one, Helen and Mike and Mina.


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Really great. Love the production and vocals and the song is well written. Nice job. Thanks for posting!

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#888816 - 03/29/11 07:24 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Tracy Harris]  
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Thanks Douglas for stopping by for a listen.
I keep telling Helen to write again and maybe she will now that she sees that others think her stuff is good.

We are so pleased that you liked the song and YES we are proud of it.

Thanks again friend
-------------------------

Ricki. Likewise, we are pleased that you enjoyed Helen’s song and we always appreciate your comments. Especially those with words like fantastic in them.

Lots of her older songs have stood the test of time.

Actually the original is now under the bed in a packet that’s in a bag that’s in a suitcase and we wont be posting it lol.

Although the original was actually quite good in it’s day, this version that Mike has done, pales it into nothingness.

Thanks again friend

-------------------------

Glynda, thanks so much for having a listen and for your lovely comments.

We agree with all your comments and Helen hasn’t stopped smiling since she heard it.

I read all the comments out to her and she always feels like she is on cloud nine.

Thanks best friend.

--------------------------

Dan, we appreciate that you always find time to listen to our songs. We both love your description of the song, ‘that shimmers and shines’

Yep we are proud and Yes Mike did wonders. Far Far better than we envisaged.

Maybe we will get that break…Just one… Just one… lol

Thanks again friend.
------------------------

Polly, your comments are always so important to us and we both know that one word you reserve for really good songs is, ‘STELLAR’. So we are really appreciative of your comment 'STELLAR'.

Thanks friend.

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God Bless to everyone Roy and Helen


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#888828 - 03/29/11 08:45 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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30 years ago? Wow!

What a great song..your renewing it means you loved it...and so do I! Helen, this is GREAT WRITING!

Stan

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Okay let me get this straight.....Helen wrote a great lyric 30 years ago, Mike wrote a winning melody, painted a more than persuasive production, recruited Magnificient Mina to do the vocals and hence a masterpiece!!! No wonder Helen's "over the moon" and I'm gonna join her!!! crazy

Wonderful joint effort!! Enjoyed this upbeat jazzy number. His name might be Sub but there's no Substitute!!!!!! I'm thinking Gloria Estefan!! That guitar work is over the moon also!! smile

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Hi Roy,

Hats off to you and Helen on this one. Reminds me of Miami Sound Machine and Gloria Estefan.. Outstanding. Let's get this baby on the radio. Every possible thing with this song is perfect. Hats off to Mike for he recording and of course Helen for writing. Very very nice,
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Wonderful song all around!!

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#888889 - 03/30/11 02:23 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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THIS PIECE IS TOP SHELF--SOMETIMES A SONG HAS TO AGE TO COME ALIVE--I LOVE THIS ONE--A FIRST CLASS JOB--

WRITE ON YOUALL--

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Well done Mike for turning those lyrics into a really good tune. I liked the production a lot and I really liked Mina's voice.

Lovely lyrics from Helen.

All in all a lovely song.

Well done

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#888905 - 03/30/11 07:33 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: JamesDF5]  
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Colin, thanks friend for making you way here for a listen.

When Mike suggested the Latin/jazz feel to the song, we just said, go for it. And he went for it in a big way and its superb.

We also love that little harmonized guitar riff when the drums stop, in fact we love it all.

Thanks again for stopping by, your thoughts are valued.

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Tracy. Thanks also for having a listen and Helen is overjoyed with your comments.

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Stan. We did love the original and Debbie did sing it really good, but dated is dated, and it had this horrible ummmpa sound that was throughout the song.

The original was done on an Atari I think. God that is old… lol

We are so pleased that you loved the song and big kudos to Mike for doing such a great job.

Thanks again friend.

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Lynn.

I have altered the post heading to explain a bit better.
Helen wrote the lyrics 30 years ago and our friend Debbie wrote the music and recorded it then.

Mike redone it and changed the melody slightly in places and did a brand new arraignment. And as you say ‘he painted a more than persuasive production, recruited Magnificient Mina to do the vocals and hence a masterpiece!!! ‘

We are glad that you like us are over the moon with it.
And yes the guitar work is incredible.

Thanks again for stopping by

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Roger. Glad you like it so much and thanks for your kind words. Gloria Estefan.. ummm

We would love to hear it on the radio. Helen would pass out I think. Lol

Thanks again friend

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Tammy. Thanks for your visit and we are pleased that you enjoyed the song so much.
_________________________

Mackie.

Your visits are always appreciated and thanks for the really nice comments.
‘Top Shelf’ means something else over here..lol but the sentiments is well appreciated.

Thanks friend.
_________________________

JD.

Glad you hade a listen and enjoyed the song. Mike deserves real praise and we are with you on this.

----------------

God bless and thanks to all who have visited and left some wonderful comments.

Both me and Helen are really appreciative


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#888914 - 03/30/11 09:48 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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Hi Roy, Helen, Mike and Mina

I'm very impressed, I absolutely love all of it, the chorus, is so catchy, Mina you done excellent on singing it. Mike, you just make me smile, fantastic, and Helen, Wow, what a write. whistle

I love how Mina stops after the word BREAK, and then sings on with Just one, Just one, that's all it takes, CLEVER.

Roy I'm so pleased you brought this one out of the closet, I'm hoping we get to see & hear another one of Helen's writes hah. smile

YIPEE! grin

Hugs Michele

Last edited by Michele Bolton; 03/30/11 09:50 AM.
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Hey Sub,

Man, I've got a few of your tunes, but this one is sensational. Have you been hanging with Carlos ?

Roy, kudos to you and Helen. A well written song will always scrub up well, and with a great producer such as Sub, makes a very fine and VERY cool song.

Is it downloadable ?

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Wow, love the vibe and connectedness of this. Uplifting lyrics and melody as well as a phenomenal arrangement make for a great listen. Mike deserves some high praise for the arrangement on this, as does Helen for a great starting point.

Great job guys!!

John

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Sexy sexy tune man. It's got a freakin ace groove, you don't hear many tracks with the old bongos on the go these days. I know that you wanted to bring this up to date and I feel that Mike has done that but he's also managed to keep a really cool 70's vibe going in the feel.
The instrumental break is just to good and the vocals are so amazing I'm know on my third listen. The mix is perfect!

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#888996 - 03/30/11 06:37 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Andy Kemp]  
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Michele, thank you so much for having a listen and we are so pleased that you enjoyed the song.

We agree that Mina does a superb job on making this song work so well.

Well Helen will have to start looking at a few other of her older songs lol

Thanks and huggs back

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nightshift.

So pleased also that you think this number is sensational and we have to agree that Mike added magic to it.

I will send you an mp3 if you pm me an email address. Same for anyone else who would like a copy.

Thanks again

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John.
Thanks friend for having a listen and finding the time to leave your great comments.

Always appreciated.

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Andy.

On you third listen WOW.

Thanks friend for having a listen and for the great comments. Your opinions are always appreciated.

We both agree about the groove being great and the instrumental break brill.

Thanks again

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If anyone wants a copy, just PM with a email address and I will send it.

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#889039 - 03/30/11 10:32 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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Roy and Helen,
Great song! Love the latin/spanish vibe. Great producing and recording Mike. Agree with the Miami Sound Machine comparison. Very, very listenable and enjoyable!
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#889170 - 03/31/11 12:59 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Ricky Layne]  
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Had to come back to this one.....

It has enough there to capture the whole feel, but has the sparseness to allow a producer or arranger to get different grooves into their head.

I can hear the brass arrangement without hearing it. I can hear perhaps a xylophone as an alternative or cross lead break. I can hear a muted trumpet perhaps, as an Havana reference.

The musical cues are all there, with a subtle reference to the sounds that were used 30 yrs ago, and modernised at the same time.

This is an almost perfect example of how a demo should be done. It demonstrates without saying "this is set in concrete".

And it sounds damn good too without being a finished piece. smile

Magic.

cheers, niteshift

PS - I'm in love with your vocalist.

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Hi Roy & Helen,

This has a cool groove to it. I like the lyric too…I get a feel of a friendly camaraderie going on….and the message is clear….making a connection…just one, with someone can make all the difference in the world…a timeless message, really. Very nice! Enjoyed it!

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#889259 - 04/01/11 12:53 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Kristi McKeever]  
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Roy and Helen,
I really enjoyed this song.Had me swaying to the music,and I havent been doing alot of swaying lately.As a few others have mentioned,it has a Gloria Estafan sound to it...love the latin groove.Mike did a great job with this and his vocalist is awesome!!Congratulations.Helen deserves to be very proud of this as does every person involved.
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#889292 - 04/01/11 06:23 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Kevin Emmrich]  
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Originally Posted by Kevin Emmrich
Wow! This is the best demo I heard in your stable of pretty good demos (so that is saying a lot).

The soulfulness of the arrangement and the singer really brings out the emotion in this lyrics. This one sounds really, really good. I see Mike still has that classical guitar laying around.

This really is a monster song, arrangement and performance!

Well done.

Kevin


Yes I do still have it laying around smile Thanks a bunch Kev that made me smile... smile

Thanks to everyone for leaving such kind feedback on our work.
I am extremely happy that Helen & Roy are so pleased with it and are enjoying it so much. Especially Helen smile And I know it's extra rewarding to Roy to see her so happy & excited.

I know how it feels to hear your creation played back at you. And it's probably personally the most rewarding thing in the whole world, with the exception of your child staring back at you. So for me that would be my song back at me...

It originally was done very very well, but that version had the Miami Sound Machine going on. The 80's Drum machine and the infamous DX7 keyboard. The keyboard brass of the time etc...
we eliminated that problem of sounding super dated.

I dabbled with the idea of changing it around completely but wound up keeping the song in the roots that it sprung from.
The keys were to strip it down, keep it real with all real wood instruments. Then use a young sounding singer who had soul mixed with a softness. By the songs end there is Live Drums, 2 acoustics, Nylon guitar, Bass, Piano, Percussion's & lead vocal & harm yet you don't get banged over the head by it, or notice there's that much in there.

Thanks to my friend John Paladino for sitting in on drums on this one. My body wasn't having it that night smile and especially to Mi Na who really came in and stepped up big on this one. She is the singer on my song "Right Here On This Earth" and my violin player here in the studio, She's all of nineteen.

Especially thanks to Roy & Helen for sharing something special with me. People here around the studio really enjoyed your song as well. I appreciate all these great comments, I'm trying to do my best and better myself all I can. And boy do I need to do that.
As I'm typing this with my right hand my left is bouncing a drumstick off the practice pad with the metronome set at 100 bpm. smile

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#889538 - 04/02/11 07:04 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Mike Caro Substudio]  
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Thanks Ricky for dropping by and your comments are very well appreciated.

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Thanks niteshift for a return visit.

And for the added comments although as a lyrics only person, a lot doesn’t make
sense to me..lol

I do understand the word ‘magic’ though and I just love the whole thing myself.

And I love the vocalist voice…

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Kristi
Thanks for having a listen and we are so pleased that you enjoyed our song.
I also feel the camaraderie going on.

Thanks again

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Michelle

We are always pleased when you drop in and give your thumbs up. Means a lot to us.

You are the 3rd person to mention Gloria Estafan.

We are all very proud of this one and can tell that Mike and the singer put heart and soul into it.

Thanks again.

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Mike, a pleasure to work with you and I will add,

‘I Will Be Back’ lol

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#889565 - 04/02/11 11:51 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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HiDee Roy, Mz Helen & Sub!

A truly FINE Demo/Great Singing/Excellent Lyrics (tho I'll aug shedding the "I Guess" bit & just holler "Yeah.."--

One Detail kinda bugged me, until I researched it: The signature Guitar Riff I'd heard Somewhere-Before...

Turns out, it's from the Doobie Bros' "Long Train Runnin'"..(The one about "Without Love, Where Would You Be Now"...)

Good Luck on this'n'..tho better ponder a new lick in that Lead...it's Dangerously-Close to The Doobies'.

Best Wishes & Big Hugs All-Around,
Stan

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Hey Roy,

I must be the last person to see this, I'm sorry I haven't been very active on the boards these last few weeks. This sounds great! You and Helen must be thrilled Mike has done a fabulous job!

Two thumbs up!!!

Dottie

#889737 - 04/02/11 10:40 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Dottie]  
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Stan.. thanks for dropping by and thanks for the nice comments.

Your visits are always appreciated.

I had a word with Mike about the Riff you mentioned and all is well with this.

I wont explain it as I’m not a musician and personally don’t know what a Riff is..

Thanks again friend.

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Dottie, maybe you are the last lol. But by no means the least.

Thanks for having a listen and glad you enjoyed the song.

We are all thrilled with it

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#889742 - 04/02/11 11:00 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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One Detail kinda bugged me, until I researched it: The signature Guitar Riff I'd heard Somewhere-Before...
Turns out, it's from the Doobie Bros' "Long Train Runnin'"..(The one about "Without Love, Where Would You Be Now"...)


It's not the same lick.

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#889806 - 04/03/11 08:04 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Kevin Emmrich]  
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! THIS SONG SMOKES !

and THIS part is very refreshing.....

COS THE WIND AND THE RAIN ON YOUR FACE,
MAKE YOU WANNA SCREAM.

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#889844 - 04/03/11 12:55 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Calvin]  
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This song is gonna always be timely. It has all the right parts, good lyrics, nice interpretive vocals, and the music moves.

The instrumental was very well timed and played very well. That could not have been easy.

Thanks for the song guys.

Doug

#889997 - 04/04/11 09:00 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Doug Buche]  
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Thanks Kevin, thats what Mike said as well.

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Calvin

Thanks for having a listen and we are so pelased that you enjoyed the song.

You are always appreciated.

--- quote ---

and THIS part is very refreshing.....

COS THE WIND AND THE RAIN ON YOUR FACE,
MAKE YOU WANNA SCREAM.
---- unquote ----

Thats my fav bit as well.

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Doug.

Thanks for the great comments. For us it was easy lol... Mike did the hard part.

Thanks again

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What A wonderful thing to do. If she's anything like me, she sees her songs, old or new, as her babies and you gave one of her babies, new life and Bless you for that.

As for the song itself, I'm speechless. The write is beautiful and the treatment is flawless.
The vocalist has a sweet set of pipes and production is right on point.

Top notch musicianship and loved that guitar solo. Sweeeeet

Outstanding work here.



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Nelson.

I just read your comments out to Helen and you made her day.

Thanks for the great comments and they are appreciated even more knowing that you yourself are a great writer, player and singer

God Bless Roy and Helen


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#890175 - 04/04/11 08:11 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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Terrific. Very fine song with a very fine production. Well done to Helen, Roy and Mike. Very compelling.

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Very cool, folks!

That lyric could work any time - won't ever be dated. Ha - I guess you all just proved it. smile

Great work on the backing Sub - and Mina sang it like she wrote it.

Just a wonderful piece in all aspects!

Scott


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Tom, thanks for having a listen and your kind words.

Scott, Great comments. I will pass them on to Helen.

Thanks to all who have listened and left some great comments

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#1158310 - 10/28/19 06:02 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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bump

Just found this in the mp3 section...

My Helen (God Bless Her) wrote it and Mike Caro did the recording. I made the video.

It's actually Mike in the video, playing the instruments.

I hope that you enjoy

God Bless to all

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#1158311 - 10/28/19 08:01 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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What a wonderful song this is.
Great lyrics, melody and musicianship - it's all there.
Must trigger some great memories.
Sorry for your loss Roy.

Best
Paul

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Morning, Roy:

I don't know how I missed this one... but Mike and his band of merry music makers did Helen's song to the nines! I had to search a bit to learn the vocalist was Mina, one of Mike's singers. From what you provided, I assume this was a collaboration between Debbie Fox and Helen, sent to Mike for a "Do-Over"... and it absolutely soars.

So far, I have not experienced the degree of loss you've undergone with Helen's passing... I know it will be knocking at our door in due time... but it must be a good feeling to hear something so good... and performed so well to stir some really great memories.

Thanks for sharing. It deserves tons of "air-play" from my limited perspective.

All the best, ----Dave

#1158315 - 10/29/19 09:35 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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Good stuff Roy. That silhouette of Mike playing is cool, you can see what he's doing on the guitar. Jazzy chords the minor 7ths and 9th chords, Doobie Brothers rhythm. Soulful vocals.

It's refreshing to hear the real deal on demos. We've become so accepting of software and electronic alternatives, this is organic with feel.

Is Mike Caro still working?

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#1158316 - 10/29/19 09:50 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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Hi Roy,

Wow. What a great song. I am glad you brought this out so we could hear this. I like the video also.

Jane

#1158335 - 10/30/19 11:35 AM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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Hi Roy,

Thanks for bumping this. I missed this one originally as 2011 was a really tough year for me and I had dropped out of JPF for the entirety of 2011.

What a great song, indeed! A timeless composition and a sparkling vocal and typically fantastic production from Mike..


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#1158355 - 10/31/19 03:51 PM Re: Helens Song - Demo by Mike Caro [Re: Roy Cooper]  
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Roy,

Great sound here--phenomenal guitar player for sure. It does have that Doobies vibe for sure, but I liked the blend of Latin influence. A treat for sure!

steady-eddie

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Thank you to all for the wonderful comments and I know that Helen would have been over the moon.

God Bless from me and from Helen


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Aside from the fact that this is a solid, classy recording with a lively, uncluttered arrangement, a fine vocal turn by Mina, an infectious groove (the bongos are a nice, earthy touch) and a killer acoustic-guitar solo, I admire the kind and generous spirit of the lyrics--the desire to understand and respond to another person's unfortunate situation. The words convey sympathy and hope. Taken together, the music and lyrics--especially in the chorus--brought to my mind some of the unvarnished streetwise poetry music that Gil Scott-Heron recorded during the '70s. It's that concern for the welfare of down-and-out others that I most always find touching and laudable. And that's what I hear most clearly and beautifully in this song.

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