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Feter's 2.34 minute long rendition of a folk classic, featuring Feter and Mr. Sanchez, aka Feter's mandolin. I added software cello-bass and vocals. We hope you enjoy this little song. :-)
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Lyrics

It’s a gift to be simple,
It’s gift to be free,
It’s a gift to come down
where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves
in the place just right,
will be valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we’ll not be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.

It’s a gift to be gentle
It’s a gift to be fair
It’s a gift to wake
breathe the morning air
Every day to walk on the path
The gift that we pray,
we never come to lose

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Hits: 6295
Comments: 83
Fans: 20
Plays: 219
Downloads: 139
Votes: 13
Uploaded: Feb 17, 2008 - 09:08:13 PM
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2008 - 09:08:13 PM Last Played: Mar 21, 2019 - 10:35:02 AM
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Comments
Feter said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Simple Gifts
(when true simplicity came ..) a true charmin part ..it hit so deep
so wonderfull ...

I think this is more than awesome ..you did a real magic again ...
so honored so thankfull dear ...!


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Roxylee said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
My pleasure...
Always wonderful to collab with you and Mr. Sanchez. :-)
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said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Simple Gifts
I lik ehow you changed the melody a wee bit,and enjoyed the vocals.
Roxylee said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Thanks, John
Very nice of you to stop by. Yeah, the phrasing is different than the original in some parts; and it was fun to sing along. :-)
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jiguma said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Lovely!
Feter, this is one of the best recorded tracks you've done, and Roxy adds so much as well. Roxy, you've done an excellent job of mixing this and your singing and playing are a delight. Almost forgot Mr Sanchez - he sounds in fine form.
Wonderful post!
Neil
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Roxylee said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Hello, Neil!
Singing with Feter is always such fun! We are both "folkies" at heart, and Mr. Sanchez is the perfect instrument for folkies. Thank you for listening, and we truly appreciate your comments.
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Feter said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
Peace !!
Thnx Neil ..alwaysw a delight to read you wonderful
comments ..you too kind .God bless ~!!
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Cameron said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
intimate
This rendition IS truly simple, the mandolin is such a "folky" instrument, perfect for this.

The vocals blend nicely and are pleasing to the ear.

This track sounds like I'm sitting across from you in the livingroom, very intimate.


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Roxylee said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
I'm happy that
it has an intimate, living room feel, and that you enjoyed it. Thank you, Cameron. :-)
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drakonis said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
free voices
love the simple gifts you two bring to the table here... the harmonies are tweaked to make this sound fresh and new, the singing is uncluttered but full (however you can do that?), and the mixing really stands out here, good choice of panning and clarity and levels... sweet job you two!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Roxylee said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
So all those mixing questions
I asked and you, and you so patiently answered, have paid off. <G> Thank you very much, Eduard, for prompting me to start using GarageBand and to join MacJams. I am learning a lot here, thanks to great musicians and friends like you. I am glad you liked this simple song. Feter is a great collab musician! :-)
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said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Delightful
What a wonderful accomplishment, special in every way...Bravo to all of you...
Roxylee said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
We appreciate it, Dave
Feter, Mr. Sanchez the mandolin , and I thank you very much. I just went over and listened to some of your songs-wow.
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said 4259 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Great
Wow... The vocals sounds great and fits together... It's a really happy song.... Great..
Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Why, thank you, Jakob
I'm glad you enjoyed this, and I'm enjoying your songs,as well. Thank you for stopping by. :-)
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rtcooper said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
A DAZZLING JEWEL
WHAT a multi-faceted Jewel, with so many filaments of pure light and reflection.

It may be a Traditional piece, but this is the first time I've heard this beautiful song; it is presented brilliantly with vocal architecture of sturdy, simple strengths.

Top Production Values creating a well articulated and very welcoming space for the prayer of this song.

Outstanding.

with appreciation and high regards,
Cooper
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Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Wow, Coop...
I'm overwhelmed with your comment. This is what making music is all about fore me- making listeners feel peace and happiness (at least in most of my...er...songs.) <G>Thank you so much for your comments. I'm humbled and pleased that these efforts are bearing fruit.
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RickW said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Excellent!
This is excellent. A true folksong with a tune that one can hum along with. Good job Feter & Roxy.

God bless,

Rick


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Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
I thank you,
and Feter thanks you, too. I'm glad we got you humming along. :-)
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said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Love it
it's so nice to hear you 2 guys singing together a wonderfully collab.
Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Hi, Kenta!
I just heard your latest- way cool.. Thank you stopping by. Your comments are always appreciated. :-)
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sschedra said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
The heart of Folk
Peices like this show the true heart of folk music. How appropo that this was a collaboration. Rox, you really have a helping gift as it shows in every collaboration.

Thanks Feter and Rox,
Stephen
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Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
:-)
Well, thank you muchly, Stephen. Feter is without recording equipment for the time being, and I love singing harmony with him, so having this chance to do collabs with him is a blast. :-) (another one will be up on his page any day now) ;-) Thank you for your comments; I really value them.
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dirigent said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
great
It's so difficult to write good "simple" music. You did a wonderful job, this is lovely!
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Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Well, Andreas, thank you!
but we didn't write this tune; it's a trad. folk song. I *wish* I'd written it! <G> I appreciate your listening- your work is amazing, btw. :-)
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said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
I love this song...
and have sung it many times by myself and with others over the years. This is a fresh and pleasant take by the both of you. Simple... with the gift of lovely voices singing simple truths. Good one Feter and Roxylee.

Jack
Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
This song
is one that I've loved ever since I first heard it, too. I'm so glad you like this version, Jack. Thank you so much for your comments and encouragement since I've been here in MJ. :-)
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ValleyPastor said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Lovely simplicity
A wake-up call to those of us who layer part upon part in GB that simple can be effective & beautiful. Good piece.
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Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
And I marvel
at those who can do all the layers and it comes out so well. Thank you for stopping by, Tom. your latest is beautifully done. :-)
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Barretok said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Great...
...combination of voices and talent! That mandolin is so graceful. Very nice piece.
B
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Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Feter's playing
is wonderful, and would make any folk song more folky. And his encouragement spurs me on to do my best. Thank you for coming over to listen. Your latest song is amazing..:-)
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timothy devine said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Roxyee
You must be proud of this!

The performances are so complimenting of each other.
The strings give the track some roar
the vocals its delicate appeal
and the mandolin its quaintness
What a wonderful lyric to sing
'count u'r blessings' ,my mom always says
such down to earth good music
peace
t
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Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Thank you, Tim
Yes, we must count our blessings, and being a part of MacJams is a real blessing to me. Thank you so much for listening. I am happy that you liked our simple collab. :-)
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droop said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
I just have to say
Excellent job once again Roxy. I have to agree with Neil....I think this might be the best one yet. Your vocal work on this is just exceptional Roxy....everything is so tight. Everything sounds so good here, including Mr. Feter and Mr. Sanchez. I also loved the cello part.

very very nice
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Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Thank you so much!
It's so good to hear that our collabs are working. Your comments are valued and I thank you for coming over to listen. I am so grateful to everyone here. :-)
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TeresaV said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
yay!
*applause*

I love it!!!!! Very beautifully done, I really enjoyed this song!
TeresaV said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
..
oh and I downloaded it for my mp3 player.
Roxylee said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
I'm honored
and I'm so happy that you liked it enough to add it to your mp3 player. I feel famous now. <G>
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eanbardsley said 4258 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
I just loved this,...
Great to hear mr. Sanchez again. Such a medevil village community sound, lots of nice feel of community interaction, really delightful words and nice singing on both of your parts.
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Roxylee said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
Hi, Ian!
So good of you to stop by for a listen. :-) Yes, this tune has a timeless feel toit, like it can be sung through the ages and not lose meaning. I'm glad you liked it. Your latest video is cool. :-)
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said 4257 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Great listening
Fantastic recording, this is a sweet song nicely played and sung, great colab!
Roxylee said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
Thanks, TW
MJ is a cool place, where all genres are represented. I dig it when a rocker can get into folk, and vice versa. Thank you for coming on over. :-)
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Scott Carmichael said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
Fundamental truth
the ability to put that self away.. die the little death... opens a whole new life... I've never heard this, although the melody is familiar... nice job all... and Rox, the day you move to NJ... there would certainly be a place for your voice and gifts.. :)
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Roxylee said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
That made my day
Thank you, Scott. You are a gift to the MJ community. I am blessed by your encouraging remarks, and I am really happy that you enjoyed this one. I'm looking forward to your next song.
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easyesteemer said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
Great gentle tune
Your voices sound great together. Like the mandolin only music as it does not distract from the vocals.
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Roxylee said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
Hi!
I really like the mandolin, and Feter plays it well. It is the perfect instrument for folk music. Thank you for coming over to have a listen. :-)
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musichead said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
very nice
very folk, very very folk. I really enjoyed this tune.
I thought that the instruments could have came up a bit over all.
Very tight harmonies. Just a great collab!!!
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Roxylee said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
Hey, thanks, Steve
Yeah, I like folk, as you can tell. <G> Thank you for the suggestion- I'll keep it in mind for the next one. Thank you coming over to listen. We appreciate it. :-)
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thetiler said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
Enjoy
the home style of this. This has a terrific folk traditional feel. In fact it is one of my favs of folk duets here.

True, simplicity can be a treasure and these are sure sounds to be treasured.

Thanks for sharing this delightful tune. What a fun and great addition you all have added to MJ.
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Roxylee said 4256 days ago (February 20th, 2008)
Wow, Bill, thanks!
I am pleased as punch that you like this duet this much. I've always liked this trad. folk song, and singing it with Feter, another folkie at heart, was a lot of fun for me.
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said 4257 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
Sweet and direct to the heart
You bet I like it!
Roxylee said 4256 days ago (February 20th, 2008)
Hey, Rich!
We appreciate your stopping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed the duet. :-)
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damiengh said 4256 days ago (February 20th, 2008)
Simplicity
Clarity of cleanly voiced harmony enhanced by Saint Sanchez sweetly plucked.

Had not heard this tune before and reminded me much of Lord of the Dance.

Most enjoyable and we are lucky to have it posted here on MacJams.
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Roxylee said 4255 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
Now that you mention it...
Those two melodies do sound a lot alike... I just looked up Lord of the Dance, and yup, it says:

"The lyrics for this version were adapted from a song called "Simple Gifts" by Sydney Carter in 1963. The music is a 19th century Shaker tune.

Good ear! :-) Thank you for your astute and kind comment. :-)
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blaky smith said 4256 days ago (February 20th, 2008)
Simple
and beautiful...
Roxanne, this is a very nice tune, you did a wonderful job, great singing and playing, I love it !
Good collab with Feter and Mr. Sanchez, a pleasure to listen, bravo...
Marc
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Roxylee said 4255 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
Thank you, Marc
Singing harmony is fun, and it's always a treat to sing with Feter and Mr. Sanchez.:-) We appreciate your coming over to listen. MJ brings the world closer together. :-)
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CharlyDeeCynthius said 4254 days ago (February 22nd, 2008)
Very nice ballad
I love mandolin and voices here.This is a very nice tune, you did a wonderful job, great singing and playing, I love it !
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Roxylee said 4253 days ago (February 23rd, 2008)
I'm glad you stopped by, because
I hadn't heard your music yet. The song for Sarah is beautiful. Thank you for coming over, and we are happy that this simple tune was so well received. :-)
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paul f. page said 4253 days ago (February 23rd, 2008)
What they said...
You all have kept the feeling of the old Shaker song. I can imagine that THIS RECORDING is a lot closer to the original version than just about anything else one might find. The Copland rendition is beautiful, to be sure, but it is not as authentic-sounding as yours. I love this. What magic you all bring to such a well-known "standard." Just beautiful.
Peace.
Paul
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Roxylee said 4252 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Well, thank you, Paul
We are just folkies at heart, and I'm glad we were able to preserve the simplicity that this song is about. Feter's mandolin was very instrumental (pun intended) <G> in retaining the song's flavor.
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Doug Somers said 4252 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
The wonder of simplicity
Such a lovely arrangement, gentle harmonies and just the right amount of accompaniment. Very effective combination and a true joy to hear.

Thank you both!
Doug
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Roxylee said 4251 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Hey, Doug
I hadn't heard your music before today. I had a chance to listen to your latest and it's beautiful. Thank you for coming over to hear this simple tune. :-)
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thetiler said 4251 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
What a great member you are Roxy
Just had to stop and make a comment, plus check out the new beta site as well.
Have a terrific week! Great to be able to see the comments and post a comment as well !
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Roxylee said 4251 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
This IS cool...
to see the comment as I reply. Bill, you are so kind and encouraging to me, thank you. :-)
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MrsCurry said 4250 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
Yes
I enjoyed this little but o so great song!
Im getting so inspired here at MacJams...
Why arent you guys here in Sweden?

Bless you :-)
Roxylee said 4250 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
Hello!!
Thank you for stopping by, Mrs. Curry, and welcome to MacJams! We are all waiting to hear your songs. A duet with Mr. Curry, perhaps? :-) Many blessings and congratulations to you both. :-) I am happy that that you like this little song. Feter's mando playing is always fine.:-)
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Bowman said 4249 days ago (February 27th, 2008)
Lovely and tender
I never get tired of this classic and you two have done a lovely and tender rendition together. Wonderful.
Best,
Bowman
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Roxylee said 4243 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Well, thank you!
How nice of you to stop by, and I am smiling that this simple rendition of Simple Gifts was pleasing to so many.
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said 4244 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
WOW!
A masterpiece ... This truly amazing and one of the very best simple songs ever heard. Great work and KUDOS BOTH!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
Roxylee said 4243 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Yeman!
How good to hear from you- and I must say, your new song is a true Masterpiece. It touched me deeply. I appreciate your stopping by, and so does our friend, Feter. You guys are a testimony of how it is possible to overcome in difficult times. We pray for peace and safety to you both. Thank your for your comment. :-)
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said 4244 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Excellent.

Hi another lovely song from you both you are so good together
it sounds sooo sweet- you harmonise perfectly and lovely lyrics thank you so much for sharing -your wonderful music that I simply love to hear.
well done as its just purrfect.

Peace
Dee
Roxylee said 4243 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Wow, Dee
Thank you so much! :-) Singing with Feter is great fun, and his mandolin adds so much to folk songs like this one. Your music has been in full bloom and growing, and I can hardly keep up so many new songs from so many wonderful musicians in here! Thank you coming on over. :-)
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said 4244 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
How can...
two so very different voices blend and fit so perfectly?? I loved it!

Trevor
Roxylee said 4243 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
heehee
That's what I thought when I heard our voices together- they blend well, and I wouldn't have thought so until I heard the recording. It makes me wonder how many other collabs there could be that we wouldn't think of at first? There are so many musical possibilities in this place- we just need more hours in the day. <G> Thank you so much for stopping by, and for commenting. :-)
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SmokeyVW said 4242 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
a gift!
and what a gift this is.

i really enjoyed the vocals and the mandolin

thank you


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Roxylee said 4241 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
Thank you, Bill
and I appreciate your stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the song. The mando playing by Feter is just right for a folk song, and his arrangement of trad. songs is always fresh and uniquely his.
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said 4240 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
dynamic duo!
oooo - your song's title is evoked from the first measure of music!
i love the way you surround feter's rock-like deep strong vocal with your soft silkiness, roxy. simply lovely song with a simply lovely presentation.
i enjoyed your wonderful weaving,
anne


Roxylee said 4230 days ago (March 17th, 2008)
Anne...
your input is always looked forward to by us both. Thank you, and I am delighted that you liked this so much. :-)
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SJB said 4230 days ago (March 17th, 2008)
Understated perfection
Roxylee, Feter and Mr Sanchez - a pefrect combination. I really enjoyed how your vocal lines blended with Feter's voice and how it was all gently held together by Mr Sanchez chiming quietly in the background. Who needs drums and a band when you can do this? To sum up - fantastic!
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Roxylee said 4230 days ago (March 17th, 2008)
We thank you
and we are so happy that this one was so enjoyed. Thank you so much for coming over. i just listened to your guitar playing...wow.
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composerclark said 4187 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
Straight from the heart
A beautiful song, sung beautifully! And straight from the heart! I like the fact that you kept the arrangement simple, as befits the spirit of the song.
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davisamerica2 said 4186 days ago (April 30th, 2008)
Love it
What's more to say? Faved and downloaded. This, I will say::Thank you."
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said 4069 days ago (August 25th, 2008)
Simple Gifts
Very nice.

Mitzi
Roxylee said 4069 days ago (August 25th, 2008)
Thank you, Mitzi!
I'm glad you liked this, and thank you for stopping by. :-)
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