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Emma, by davisamerica


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When Jack offered Emma and said to do whatever I liked, I got inspired to rewrite the lyrics, modify the melody and change some of the instruments. I hope you like Emma's other side. (I refuse to believe she could kill anyone; she's too much of a romantic dreamer for such violence). I love it when people give me artistic license to rewrite history!

Jack's Emma is here: http://www.macjams.com/song/41615
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Lyrics
Emma walks in the moonlight
Diamonds twinkling in the sky
There is only the wind in the trees
Music to be wistful by

But now she can hear it
Such a dancer’s lullaby
She raises her arms to the moon
And lets her feelings fly

Emma drifts in a daydream
crazy how the years have flown
Her babies have babies now
And new lives of their own

But now she can see it
Children laughing in the yard
Eyes filled with wonder and innocent joy
Now life doesn’t seem so hard…

Laahhhs……

Emma lies in the darkness
Windows open to the breeze
Brown oak leaves are covering the ground
Drifting down from dying trees

But now she can see it
They’re not dying, just asleep
She smiles and closes her eyes
The hope and peace, she will keep
Song Stats
Hits: 5351
Comments: 91
Fans: 43
Plays: 210
Downloads: 113
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Oct 10, 2010 - 08:17:45 PM
Last Updated: Oct 10, 2010 - 08:17:45 PM Last Played: Aug 11, 2017 - 12:06:53 AM
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Comments
alackbass said 2540 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
Emma
Two Emma tracks in one day! Cool. Great lyrics and harmonies.
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Thank you!
I didn't know crissew had just posted one! Cool. These are fun. :-)
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magnatone said 2540 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
Emma
she's loose!!! this is GREAT Roxy - you have so much creativity, and you did a terrific job with this. love your lyrics and of course your vocals sound fabulous as usual. thanks!
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Thank you, Karen
This was fun to do- I didn't have the work of composing the backing. Jack writes music in such a way that the story just flows from it.
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crissew said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
LOL
actually I hadnt even done anything when I heard yours this morning. Then I listened to jack's and liked it too. I heard some higher vocal lines from Jacks version I wanted to explore so I just pretty much threw it together in 1/2 hour this morning. The work was already done for me. Very nice! A luxury I rarely afford myself!
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awigze said 2540 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
Emma Lee
This is great. Another one... now I must go hear the others.
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Hi, Andy
Thank you for stopping by. Your latest is very creative and fun.:-)
To Crissew- it won't let me reply to yours, but thank you, too! :-)
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MarkHolbrook said 2540 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
Simply gorgeous!
Roxy you nailed this. Jack will be peeling himself from the ceiling!!! Simply beautiful!
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
heehee
I can see Jack now, peeking himself off the ceiling, too funny! Thank you, Mark, for coming by to listen to my take on Emma.
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Alannah said 2540 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
This is Lovely Roxy .....
... and WOW did you ever NAIL those harmonies ..... fabulous Emma .... you "prettied" her up quite considerably .....
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Hi, Alannah
She DOES have two personalities, or maybe 5...Thank you for your kind words. I liked your version, too!
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fasteddie said 2540 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
This
has a very Broadway musical feel to it. Wow! This is really fantastic. I really like the harmonies in the middle part of the song.

Much enjoyed.
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Jack writes great musicals
and i got to play around on this one. Thank you, and i'm glad you liked it so much.
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sschedra said 2540 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
Great lyric
and the story fits the music too. It is such a haunting tune, but you took it away from the macabre and made it almost like something from a classic like Fiddler On the Roof. Very professionally done.
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Thanks, Stephen
I really appreciate your input, and I'm really happy that I was able to show Emma's other personality.
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jiguma said 2540 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
I especially love
the harmonies Roxy, and the more I listen, the more I like the circus merry-go-round sound to the instrumentation. This reminds me of something Walter might come up with although in a much deeper voice of course ;)
The harmonies are really good!
Neil
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Thank you, Neil
Jack's instrumentation was fabulous; all I did was exchange some of the instruments to make it less spooky. I'm glad you enjoyed the harmonies.:-)
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crissew said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Definitely has a musical
feel to it. Even the harmonies sound like something out of a musical. Great job on those harmonies btw especially at 2:06. Really good crescendo there. Very well done.
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Thanks!
Harmonies are hard to get the way I want them, and i'm glad I was able to het the feeling I was going for. Thank you for your kind words. :-)
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egobandit said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Turning Emma around
THe way you sung this brought chills up my skin, THe la's were heavenly ! Excellent!
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
:-)
Thank you muchly. I really like it when my singing affects people. Jack's backing sets the stage.
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davisamerica said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
it takes my breath ...
your choice of instrument changes was brilliant. and ... as from the first demo heard .... your vocal performance is fantastic...pure magic. emma brings her stories .... what happened? Simply brilliant my dear lady.
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
My pleasure, Jack
I'm always thrilled to sing on a Hemby Production. I'm glad you liked my treatment of Emma. (I wonder how many people she is...)
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dave_b said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Emma, by davisamerica
Nice lyric. I'm getting a don't fear the reaper message. Vocs & harmonies are well done against the haunting backer.
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Hi, Dave
Thank you. :-) I try to find the silver lining in the cloud, to keep the hope in spite of what the circumstances look like. Winter is bleak, but Spring brings new life. Thank you for stopping by. :-)
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ShadowofNine said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Emma
A much different take than Jacks which happens to be a fav of mine, I like what you did tho...Cheers
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Thanks!
I love open collabs because the versions are all so unique, also fun to do. Thank you for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving!
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davisamerica said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
after
a few listens.... trying to sort this out.... you have given Emma a life before the chaos she is to bring. I never knew she had a life like this.
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
and who knows
what her childhood was like... Hmmm... I hear your wheels spinning now... ;-)
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scofugate said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
WOW!
I just heard the other version...This one has a whole different light!!!
Wonderful harmonies!!
Just beautiful!!!!
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Well, thank you!
Emma is one of those people you can't really see... she is many faceted and mysterious. I'm glad you liked how I see her. :-)
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drakonis said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
180 Roxylee degrees
Well listen to this! Your vision and talent always make me smile... what gorgeous singing/harmony, and great reworking of the lyrics... but I am MOST impressed by your whole new melody over this, which fits soooo nicely. And you know what this sounds like? I swear it is a missing track from Fiddler on the Roof, for some reason the music and your lyrics place it there for me. A delight.
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Funny you should say that...
because Stephen also said it reminded him of Fiddler. I'll have to go find a copy and listen to the songs.
Thank you, Eduard, for stopping by after all that jet lag and laundry. I'm very glad you liked the melody. I purposely didn't go back to listen to Jack's melody before doing this, as I wanted it to be different , like the lyrics and some of the instruments. Fiddler, huh? Interesting....
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rabittwhole said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
roxy
...final thoughts here.... emma needed to tell another story and you helped her.... i love this.
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Roxylee said 2538 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
I'm so glad, Jack
and thank you for sharing her.
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RAVENS said 2539 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Wonderful
I just listened to Alannah's noir version, this is like the complete opposite. I like this version very much as well, you have a lovely voice. Diggin' the harmonies too, they are perfectly done.

RAVEN ;-)
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Roxylee said 2538 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
Hi, Dani
Thank you for listening to my version of Jack's creation. I'm glad you liked the harmonies. Your latest song is passionate and made me feel a lot. Thanks for stopping by! :-)
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Moviz said 2538 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
Roxie
this is another wonderful version of this beautiful song.... it too is dreamlike (rather than haunting) and wonderfully sung..... so Cinematic, regards M
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Roxylee said 2537 days ago (October 13th, 2010)
Thank you, Maurice
Jack's songs have a grandness that call for sweeping emotion. I'm happy to be able to get to add my input on this. Thank you for coming round for a listen. :-)
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RosaLinda said 2538 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
Beautiful!
Loved the harmonies!! Second time I hear this song tonight. Have listened to Chris version to. My first time to hear it. Wonderful!
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Roxylee said 2537 days ago (October 13th, 2010)
Thank you
and welcome to MacJams. :-)
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Outtaorbit said 2538 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
Excellent tune....
taken another way with wonderful.. exuberance.
thanks for this
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Roxylee said 2537 days ago (October 13th, 2010)
Thank you, Patrick
When I hear exuberance in the tune, the lyrics and soaring follow. And poor emma needed people to see that she wasn't always haunted. Thank you for listening. Because of your latest song, i've just rented The Hurt Locker.
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Jarvoid said 2535 days ago (October 15th, 2010)
Young Emma seems to be
getting around a bit.Yet another and different take on the original. And still quite ethereal and a bit spooky ,but nice spooky ;0).

Nice job, really well sung as ever Roxy...encore



Chris
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Roxylee said 2535 days ago (October 15th, 2010)
Thank you, Chris
It's fun to hear the various takes on Emma. I'm glad people are liking this. Jack composes with the feeling and I got to create with it. Thank you for commenting. :-)
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Char said 2535 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
The kindler
gentler side of Emma. An alternate in a different dimension...she deserved to be heard. A great take, Roxy. Thanks.
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Roxylee said 2535 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Thank you, Char
I appreciate your stopping by. :-)
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bud said 2534 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Beautiful revision
excellent tale and so well sung. I like the lightness of the composition here as well.
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Roxylee said 2533 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Hi, bud
Thank you muchly. Even Emma has a silver lining. :-)
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jibes said 2533 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Very nice!!!
I think this is so good!!!
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Roxylee said 2533 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Thanks, Neal
I appreciate your listening and commenting. :-)
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John Stebbe said 2532 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Lovely
Roxy, your singing is just heavenly. Such good control, combined with angelic expression. I love your vibrato.

And the rest of the track is cool, too. The string parts are especially good.
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davisamerica said 2532 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
John
...one of my favorite versions
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Roxylee said 2530 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Thank you, John
It was fun to play around with the instruments, changing the organ to flute and strings. Thank you for listening and commenting. :-)
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woofer3 said 2531 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
enjoyable collab.
from you both - loved it when it took off.
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Roxylee said 2530 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Thank you
The soaring part of the music was written so Emma could rise out her ashes. At least that is what I heard. :-)
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Ren-Tin-10 said 2524 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
Love your take on this!
Fav'd and DL'd.

Cheers,
Jim
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Roxylee said 2523 days ago (October 27th, 2010)
Hi, Jim
and thank you! :-)
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Feter said 2523 days ago (October 27th, 2010)
Emma
Magic ...
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Roxylee said 2523 days ago (October 27th, 2010)
Thanks, Feter
Good to see you in here. I'm glad you liked my take on Emma.
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morgan102 said 2516 days ago (November 4th, 2010)
Love this
Love music structure,the nice soft harmonies with a very sweet,but yet good vocal presence
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Roxylee said 2515 days ago (November 4th, 2010)
Thanks. Morgan
I appreciate your stopping by. I really like your voice and style. too.
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rabittwhole said 2509 days ago (November 10th, 2010)
but now she can see it
....another listen and so complete
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Roxylee said 2508 days ago (November 11th, 2010)
Ah, Jack
It makes me smile that you really like what I've done with your song. Thank you so much. :-)
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Calchas said 2506 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
The redemption of Emma!
Emma turns toward the light and I LOVE it! Darkness sucks!

Beautifully done Roxy. This brought a tear of joy to my eye...

A thousand bravos!

Be well my friend!
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Roxylee said 2506 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Thank you, Micheal
I'm so glad you stopped by for a listen ans that you liked what I did with the song. We all need hope and dispelling the darkness is one of my favorite hobbies.
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paul f. page said 2498 days ago (November 21st, 2010)
Magical
Ah. Your vocals are wonderful, Roxy: so controlled and pure throughout. There is a mystery about this song and the way you sing it. Totally engaging -- every verse, and you have considered perfectly where there should be solo or harmony. This is really nicely mixed and exPERtly performed. Such a gift you give to music!
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Roxylee said 2496 days ago (November 23rd, 2010)
Wow, thank you
for such encouraging comments. :-) I 'm so glad you liked it this much. Emma is such a mysterious person. We peel off the layers and see her hidden personalities. We hope her good ones win out!
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jdholliday said 2485 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
emmaologist
I must have missed this one! great job Roxanne, really beautiful vocal!
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Roxylee said 2481 days ago (December 8th, 2010)
Thank you
so many Emmas.... and each has a glimpse into her other self. Thanks for stopping by to hear mine. :-)
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slopartner said 2446 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Emma
This sounds like it should be a title song for a great movie! Really like it alot! Sorry it took me so long to hear it.
Roxylee said 2446 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Why, thank you, Jeannie
I appreciate your stopping by and happy that you liked my rendition. :-)
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blaky smith said 2435 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Beautiful
Very nice vocals Roxanne, I'm late but glad to discover this beautiful piece, very well interpreted. A great pleasure to listen to you...
Marc
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Roxylee said 2435 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Merci, Marc
I am glad that you came by and liked my treatment of Emma. :-)
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ste said 2384 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
like
the guitar a lot. nicely produced and really well sung. nice one!
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Roxylee said 2384 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Thanks!
All music was by davisamerica (Jack). I just did the lyrics and singing. I'm glad you liked my effort to add a chapter to Emma's life. :-)
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davisamerica said 2294 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
lady
just back to say "thank you".... I am still loving this. I have said that right?
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Roxylee said 2294 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Jack, it's the melody
and hauntingly beautiful, sweeping instrumentals that made it possible for Emma to sing. Thank you for letting me make her dance, as well.:-)
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poodyglitz said 2184 days ago (October 1st, 2011)
Wow
It's been a while since I've been here. Really nice song, harmonies and production.
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Roxylee said 2178 days ago (October 7th, 2011)
Phil!
so good to hear from you, bro! Thank you for your kind comment. :-)
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Philip18 said 2032 days ago (March 1st, 2012)
Emma
I like the way you build the arrangement of this with your clear, expressive voice always at the centre of it. Good story in the lyrics. Much enjoyed!
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Roxylee said 2032 days ago (March 1st, 2012)
Thank you, Philip
It was nice of you to stop by for a listen. The backing music was intriguing, and the words and arrangement just materialized. like Emma is known to do.
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Bob Rodgers said 1980 days ago (April 22nd, 2012)
I've
come back to tell you how much I love this song, especially with your wonderful vocal and harmonies, just beautiful.

Bob
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Roxylee said 1980 days ago (April 22nd, 2012)
Thank you, Bob
I appreciate your listening. Thanks for stopping by again.:-)
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J.A.Stewart said 1980 days ago (April 22nd, 2012)
Vocal Ascension
I love the harmony work you did on this, Roxy... especially when the song enters La-La Land and they converge as an ascending choir.

Wow! Nicely done, ;)


--- Joe
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Roxylee said 1980 days ago (April 22nd, 2012)
Thanks, Joe
I'm glad the harmony was pleasing. This song of Jack's was fun to experiment with. Thanks for coming by for a listen.
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Cheeto said 1875 days ago (August 5th, 2012)
Beautiful...
Very well done. I like it, love it..want some of it..
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Roxylee said 1875 days ago (August 5th, 2012)
:-)
Wow, thanks! :-)
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paralax said 1640 days ago (March 28th, 2013)
sweet as candy.
this is a good song. great harmonies. this is a prime example that sometimes less is more.
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Cheeto said 746 days ago (September 8th, 2015)
...such a great laid back song
I like the lyrics, and your vocals are really good...great job on this song!
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rabittwhole said 342 days ago (October 16th, 2016)
i never thought
Emma started out evil ..... no one does and you have made me cry.
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