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    Two Lives

    I am writing this song for my step-son's wedding coming this July. I thought I might share it with this forum. It is all Garritan sounds through Finale '09. It really needs a singer, but I have used the English Horn. I am including the lyrics written by me (please honor the copyright). We are intending to play this at his reception, but are still looking for a singer.

    Here are the lyrics:

    TWO LIVES BECOME ONE
    by William F. Rayer
    copyright 2009 by William F. Rayer - all rights reserved

    Refrain 1:
    Two lives be-come one, two lives are one.
    Touched by their hearts each giv-ing of them-selves.
    Lov-ing each o-ther shar-ing a bond.
    For-e-ver af-ter two be-come as one.

    Chorus:
    Life's dreams take them to new heights.
    Car-ing, love will be al-ways with them.
    Two lives be-come one, two lives are one.
    Reach for the stars and love 'til life is done.

    Refrain 2:
    When two be-come one, love's in their heart,
    Friends for-e-ver e-ven when a-part.
    Life is a jour-ney through good and bad,
    Help-ing each o-ther ne-ver to be sad.

    Chorus:
    Life's dreams take them to new heights.
    Car-ing, love will be al-ways with them.
    Two lives be-come one, two lives are one.
    Reach for the stars and love 'til life is done.

    Refrain 3:
    Hold to your val-ues, love with-out scorn.
    Be there, be lov-ing, look to the morn.
    Each new day brings gifts to your love,
    Look to your Fa-ther from Hea-ven a-bove.

    Chorus:
    Life's dreams take them to new heights.
    Car-ing, love will be al-ways with them.
    Two lives be-come one, two lives are one.
    Reach for the stars and love 'til life is done.

    And for your listening pleasure here is the MP3:

    Two Lives Become One
    We dream to write and we write to dream.

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    Re: Two Lives

    What a wonderful gift you're giving your stepson, Bill!

    This is going to sound lovely at the wedding. It's striking what seems to me a perfect note for the occasion.

    I think I would play with ideas on the percussion, since right now it seems a bit too active and predominant. Like, trying a less busy rhythm at a lower mix level. And for the ending vocal phrase, I feel a dramatic ritard would help conclude the suspended sounding melody. - Ideas that came to me anyway.

    Thanks for this. You're so versatile!

    Randy

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    Re: Two Lives

    Quote Originally Posted by rbowser- View Post
    I think I would play with ideas on the percussion, since right now it seems a bit too active and predominant. Like, trying a less busy rhythm at a lower mix level. And for the ending vocal phrase, I feel a dramatic ritard would help conclude the suspended sounding melody.

    Randy
    Thanks Randy, those are some great ideas. I especially like the ritardando at the conclusion. I have already changed the rhythm that, I thought also, was too busy.

    You are too kind, I am a worker hive member, always beezy, beezy, beezy... Somethings are good some are not.

    Thanks for listening,
    Bill
    We dream to write and we write to dream.

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    Re: Two Lives

    After hearing your music on Neruda’s poetry this almost took me by surprise, though I guess this is more appropriate to a wedding…

    A very nice gift – I enjoyed listening.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Bill

    My condolences to your step-son.

    Well I guess that isn't fair. Just because I married a daughter of satan, doesn't mean he will.

    I hope that was not a poor joke. I sincerely hope for the best for them.

    I also like the idea of a ritardano at the end. But then I do that in most of my pieces, so I may be biased.

    There is one piece of percussion that I don't think works at all and I have no idea what it is, but it sounds like a broom sweeping across a microphone. That's always the downside of notation programs. But then I think that the piece is strong enough to go with very little percussion. In the right ear you have what I think is a Tamborine? A double hit on that from time to time would break it up some .

    Just nit-pickin' on this.

    It's great.

    Ron
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein

    http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/RonaldFerguson

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    Re: Two Lives

    trentpmcd - Thanks for listening, the couple doesn't know about this. We are going to surprise them at the wedding.

    Ron - Not a poor joke, just s road sign (). Marriage is a union, if two don't work as one, than it will not be a marriage. Sorry to hear you got one of Satan's daughters (). Thanks for listening, and I have changed the drum to a softer and less busy pattern.

    Best regards,
    Bill
    We dream to write and we write to dream.

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  7. #7

    Re: Two Lives

    Very nice Bill.
    Producer ~ Sound Engineer ~ Musician

    http://www.myspace.com/451525581

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    Re: Two Lives

    Thanks Hippie. I have uploaded a newer version which is now the link in the first post. It has a less busy drum line and a rtiardando at the end.
    We dream to write and we write to dream.

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    Re: Two Lives

    Quote Originally Posted by wrayer View Post
    Thanks Hippie. I have uploaded a newer version which is now the link in the first post. It has a less busy drum line and a rtiardando at the end.

    That is Perfect! I like the mix, you nailed it.
    Producer ~ Sound Engineer ~ Musician

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    Bill

    That works so much better.

    Great job

    Ron
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein

    http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/RonaldFerguson

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