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#1173849 - 02/10/21 12:37 AM On Days Like This  
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Howdy JPF, it's great to back and alive in 2021 after a dismal 2020 started off with a massive heart attack, coding in the ER and resuscitation. Then COVID and cancer....so yeah, 😎🤘....battered and bruised but alive.

I also recently lost my father who was a great and kind man, Viet Nam Vet and patriot. So I wrote a song that let's me not only honor his legacy but that also deals with the regret and loss we all feel when someone we love and respect passes on.

Thanks y'all.
It's good to be back and alive.

"On Days Like This"

Please take a listen.

https://www.reverbnation.com/openmikemusic/song/32445011-on-days-like-this


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#1173851 - 02/10/21 07:50 AM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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Nice "long" slow build... Great Job!
I was expecting it to build into something with a bit more punch lol, but it still works smile

#1173855 - 02/10/21 09:04 AM Re: On Days Like This [Re: JAPOV]  
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Thank you Japov. I noticed that as well in the final mix.
I appreciate the listen and the kudos.

Michael


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#1173869 - 02/10/21 03:36 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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This song is perfection. It takes a lot to make me cry and now I can't stop. What a tribute. From the lyric to the music to your outstanding voice, it doesn't get any better. Your father would be so proud of his son who told the world how much he loved his dad. WOW!!!!


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#1173871 - 02/10/21 04:48 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: VNORTH2]  
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Wow, VN....thanks. That means a lot.
I appreciate the listen and your kind words.


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#1173987 - 02/14/21 10:42 AM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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Michael,
A really well done love song between a Father and His Son. Your lyrics describe the pain, the essence of being cut to the heart like only someone who has been through it could. Very appropriate for me to catch this on Valentines Day, a day to spend with those we love so dearly, especially before it is too late.
Thank you for sharing this,
Skip

#1174024 - 02/15/21 12:06 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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Thank you Skip. Appreciate the sentiment.

Mike


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#1174037 - 02/15/21 11:17 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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Outstanding write and performance… excellent vocals.
Heart felt sentiment and a beautiful arrangement.
Wonderfully full soundscape, with everything perfectly placed.

Well done Mike.

#1174040 - 02/16/21 04:02 AM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Nelson]  
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Thank you for the listen and your generous critique, Nelson.

Mike


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#1174041 - 02/16/21 11:14 AM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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I echo the opinions above smile A moving lyric and delivery. You have a very expressive voice and the haunting, spare arrangement lets it shine. Sometimes simple is best. I enjoyed this very much in a sad way.

#1174042 - 02/16/21 11:21 AM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Gavin Sinclair]  
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Didnt mean to make ya sad, Gavin but I do appreciate the listen and your kindness.

Blessings,
Mike.


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#1174122 - 02/18/21 01:41 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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This is so beautifully done. Vocal is solid. I love the swelling guitars padding the mix and how they build. I'm curious how you got that sound, did you use a pedal or volume knob on the guitar itself (I've struggled with that)? Or is it actualy pedal steel?

My feedback is very minor on lyrics. It felt like one too many "On days like this" before "and the storm is gone" (also because it follows the same line before the solo). Seems better to me to not hear that line from after the solo until the very last line (so you're anticipating it more).

..ant


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#1174125 - 02/18/21 02:16 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: ant]  
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Thanks for the critique, Ant and I agree.
A tad repetitive. Thanks for listening.

Mike


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#1174126 - 02/18/21 02:24 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: ant]  
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Oh...and Ant....Regarding your question of recording, it was recorded at Gruene Records in New Braunfels, Tx. I just did my vox and guitar parts and they filled in the blanks.


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#1174224 - 02/21/21 03:38 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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Hi Michael,

Beautiful tune, and your vocals are top notch--great timbre. I enjoyed this, well done!

steady-eddie

#1174225 - 02/21/21 03:52 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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Thanks Eddie. Good hearing from you again, brother.
Long time.
Thank you.


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#1174274 - 02/25/21 10:20 AM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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MICHAEL--

This is one fine song--Had to listen twice!

Mackie

#1174281 - 02/25/21 03:43 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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You have 10 yesses Michael.
Great stuff.
Vic


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#1174286 - 02/25/21 07:59 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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Wonderful tribute to your father Michael! Yes, a real heartfelt song!

Best, John smile

#1174288 - 02/25/21 09:49 PM Re: On Days Like This [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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John, Vic, Mackie,

It's always a blessing to get a thumbs up from you pros. Been following your tutelage for several years.
Thank you.
Michael.


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