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Beautiful Day


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PeterB7858

 Genre: Acoustic

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Another singer/songwriter post...

Quite a few of these this year have been introspective ballad type things so I tried to write something a bit more "up".

Unedited take (one of a few...) with me just singing and playing my Maton into a Shure SM58 with the Fishman Acoustic Matrix p/u filling out the guitar sound. Again, no click track, auto tune, etc. Just me singing and playing...

I took the plunge and brought Logic Pro X to record this. I found the move up from GB to be not super difficult, but I am obviously not using it to anywhere near its potential.

Anyway, see what you think.

Regards,

Peter :-)
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Lyrics
Beautiful Day - Peter Bowen (September 2013) CAPO 2

Intro: [D] [G] x3 [G] [D]

I'm [D] standing on the [G] boardwalk of the old pier by the bay
I’ve got my guitar in my hand, and I've a hankering to play
The sunshine and the sea air, kick start this old heart of mine
And when some people stop to listen, you know that I'm feeling fine

I [A] sing about the [G] islands, I [A] sing about the [G] sea
I’m [A] singing for the good [G] times; [Em7] won't you come with [A7] me

And it’s a beautiful day; yeah, it’s a beautiful day

The warmth of the spring air is creeping under my skin
And when my friends all come around, I break into a grin
Young children are a'dancing, fresh coffee drifts on the breeze
Passers-by they are smiling, you know, I'm feeling at ease

I sing about the islands, I sing about the sea
I’m singing for the good times; folks, come along with me

'Cause its a beautiful day; yeah, its a beautiful day

Bridge
[Bm] If the stress of a big [F#m] city life is [Em] dragging you [F#m] under [A]
[Bm] Come and join us on the [F#m] pier,
We'll [Em7] wake you out of your [A7] slumber

‘Cause it’s a beautiful day; yes, it’s a beautiful day

I sing about the islands, I sing about the sea
I’m singing for the good times; folks, won't you come with me

And it’s a beautiful day; yes, it’s a beautiful day
You know I still want to play, 'cause it's a beautiful day
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Comments: 33
Fans: 23
Plays: 217
Downloads: 33

Uploaded: Oct 01, 2013 - 04:47:33 PM
Last Updated: Oct 01, 2013 - 04:56:36 PM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 09:48:23 PM
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Hardware:
Maton CW-80 acoustic
Software:
Logic Pro X, Ozone 5
Comments
alackbass said 1478 days ago (October 1st, 2013)
Beautiful Day
I wish I had your voice. Strong writing and performance. I love these acoustic posts. Keep them coming Peter. Pure music!
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PeterB7858 said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
Empathy
Thanks, Andrew. Your comments are much appreciated. I suppose I am just trying to write and post music the way it is likely to be performed and see if it really stacks up. I know you have an empathy for the endeavour. Take care, Peter.
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gadzooks said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
Beautiful Day
I would love to sit in a small pub or coffee house and listen to you play.
Very nice guitar playing ... very rhythmic ... this is as real as you can get.
Enjoyed!
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PeterB7858 said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
The feeling's mutual...
I would love to head up to your neck of the woods and hear the 'Hounds live, too, Stan. Thanks for your continuing support of my music. I appreciate it. Take care, Peter.
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richard13 said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
Lovely post Peter
Just pure, unadulterated you. And that's a good thing ;-) It IS a beautiful day.
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PeterB7858 said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
Red, red wine
Them's mighty fine words, Richard. Thanks. I'm not so sure about the unadulterated part... does red wine count? :-) Take care, Peter.

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Philip18 said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
Beautiful
I like the riff that you use in this. Warm vocal. Gentle lyrics. Good variety in the chord structure. Clarity in the recording. In other words, it all works well! You're on a roll at the moment!
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PeterB7858 said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
The solo test
Thanks, Philip. I was happy enough with how this song seemed to come out to give it the solo test. I'm glad it seems to have passed. Once again, it is a good song to sing, so I am happy with the outcome. See you tomorrow night. Regards, Peter.
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DWL said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
Simple will always work
when you've got a quality song and so this works, brilliantly.

Nice work on the guitar and a very engaging song.

Cheers

Dick
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PeterB7858 said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
Solo...
I appreciate your listen and comments, Dick. I am looking to try and write songs that work in the environment that I will perform them almost all of the time - solo acoustic. With plenty of emphasis on the word solo... :-) Mostly I just sing for my own enjoyment. Glad you liked it. Thanks, Peter.
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sammydix said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
Beautiful Day
enjoyed it Peter. i love camping in the mountains and roughing it up when i can, and this sounds like one of those chill out 'before bed time' songs someone might play on their acoustic.

what mic do you use for your guitar? sounds great.
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PeterB7858 said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
Just vocal mic bleed and p/u
Thanks, Sam. I have done often, and still do occasionally, sing around a campfire, and you are right, I am just trying to write songs that can work in that environment. Glad you thought it turned out OK. The guitar is recorded with the installed Fishman Acoustic Matrix under saddle pickup providing most of the sound via a direct feed into a channel of my Presonus Audiobox but with extra spatial elements coming directly from the Shure SM58 vocal mic that is patched in the other channel. I just positions the vocal mic about 6 inches from my mouth but down about six inches so that it is picking up some guitar bleed as well. The extra sound from the mic provides the "airiness" that the pickup can't reproduce on its own. I stumbled on this as a recording technique a few songs ago and it seems to work well for the one take, sing and play along songs that I am looking to record. It has its limitations but works OK for this type of simple recording. I appreciate you dropping by. Thanks, Peter.
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KCsGROOVE said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
beautiful day
nothing like a man and his guitar
fine playing and singing
Good one!
KC
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PeterB7858 said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
As is...
Thanks, KC. Glad you liked it. I actually tried to think of this song with a bigger arrangement and struggled to come up with one, so perhaps it was destined to be performed as is. Take care, Peter.
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lyzak said 1477 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
A most enjoyable experience:
Listening to your acoustic, around-the-campfire piece, and enjoying the listenings while reading very entertaining comments inspired by your piece. Enjoyed!
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PeterB7858 said 1476 days ago (October 3rd, 2013)
Glad
Thanks for the kind words, Greg. I'm glad you were entertained. Take care, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 1477 days ago (October 3rd, 2013)
You are a treasure Peter...
...and I could listen to music like this till sunrise. "Beautiful Day" is a beautiful work--thanks so much for sharing this; you've done something marvelous here. Michael
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PeterB7858 said 1476 days ago (October 3rd, 2013)
Pieces of eight
Now if I could only find some real treasure in one of my songs about islands and the sea... :-) Thanks, as always, for your very kind words about this song, Michael. I'm glad it struck a chord (sic). Take care, Peter.
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Vic Holman said 1475 days ago (October 4th, 2013)
Beautiful Day
you are a true modern day troubadour peter. your songs are always solid
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PeterB7858 said 1475 days ago (October 4th, 2013)
Appreciate
Thanks, Vic. Just trying to play what comes naturally to me. I appreciate your support. Thanks, Peter.
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oldlibmike said 1475 days ago (October 4th, 2013)
Wonderful piece
This sounds fantastic. Glad you got Logic X - you'll love it, but I'm also glad you didn't jump right into featuritus - left this piece a nice acoustic sound and as recorded I imagine :)
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PeterB7858 said 1474 days ago (October 5th, 2013)
Looking good
Thanks, Mike. Yeah, Logic X is looking good and it was as recorded. Just a bit of reverb overall and a touch of de-esser on the vocal. I appreciate you stopping by. Peter.
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Bob Rodgers said 1473 days ago (October 6th, 2013)
A
lovely song Peter, I know I always say the same things on my commets but this was very much enjoyed and I always love your music and song writing, you are one of my fav artists here on Macjams.
Great lyrics and some really fine guitar playing with a wonderful performance, love your vocals.

Bob
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PeterB7858 said 1473 days ago (October 6th, 2013)
It means a lot
And I always say similar things in response, Bob :-) Perhaps, it just best for me to say "thanks". And, it means a lot. Kind regards, Peter.
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Sigmund said 1472 days ago (October 7th, 2013)
Beautiful Day
Sometimes a song just needs an instrument and a voice to be great. It is a knack for writing I wish I had. You have it. Nice job Peter - enjoyed!
Sig
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PeterB7858 said 1472 days ago (October 7th, 2013)
Patience...
Thanks, Sig. I appreciate you comments about the writing. Funnily enough, I don't generally find it all that difficult to knock something out. I probably need to be more disciplined and patient the the arranging and recording spheres, though. Your posts are masterful in that area. Take care, Peter.
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grah3am said 1472 days ago (October 7th, 2013)
Great clarity
on guitar and voice, along with a spare but effective arrangement. I tried Logic once but couldn't make head or tail of it. You're doing a good job of sussing it out here, Peter.
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PeterB7858 said 1472 days ago (October 7th, 2013)
GB on steroids
Thanks, Graham. The new Logic X has a preference option to turn off the more advanced features it offers and, when this is enacted, it looks more like Garageband on steroids than something completely foreign. I was able to fiddle around enough to get this sounding OK. Take care, Peter.
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grah3am said 1472 days ago (October 7th, 2013)
Logic X
That makes it an even more attractive proposition.
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michael2 said 1472 days ago (October 7th, 2013)
nice
music recorded as it would be performed? what a novel idea. seriously though, this sounds great. I love the sounds you got on both instruments. nothing muddy about this at all. crisp, clear and breezy. great job.
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PeterB7858 said 1471 days ago (October 8th, 2013)
It's a witch...
Yes, I know. Heretical of me, really... What will the neighbours think? ;-) Thanks for stopping by, Michael. Take care, Peter.
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kwf said 1471 days ago (October 8th, 2013)
Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi
Hey very relaxing...i use to live in Geelong (now in USA) I can relate to the vibe you got going here. Nice Guitar work bro!!
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PeterB7858 said 1471 days ago (October 8th, 2013)
Thanks!
Thanks! Geelong is just down the road a bit. I will say hello from you next time I drive through. Glad you liked the unadorned vibe I am working on. Take care, Peter.
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