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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!
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...
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!!!
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!!
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, Roger P.S> Sounds like Helen should write some more.
Roger Sosnowski The happiest people in life are those involved in music
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.
Tracy. Thanks also for having a listen and Helen is overjoyed with your comments.
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.
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
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
Tammy. Thanks for your visit and we are pleased that you enjoyed the song so much. _________________________
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. _________________________
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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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.
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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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!
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. -- Abraham Maslow, American Psychologist
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. Michelle Chapman
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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!
Yes I do still have it laying around Thanks a bunch Kev that made me 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 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 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.
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"...)
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.
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.