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The Final Darkness (written by BranDaMan)


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Leon

 Genre: Rock

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As soon as I posted the initial version of the rock ballad "Out Of The Darkness" 3 days ago, I realized there were a few things I wanted to change about it. This is the revised version, with one added verse and one chorus cut out. It is more haunting and more precise in many aspects than the July 20 version.

Don't be misled by the slow start. This song accelerates to a rock mode. Amazing composition and musical bed by Brandaman! I performed the vocals, wrote additional verse lyrics and added a few orchestral percussions.

I felt sorry to delete the old version as it has already been fav'd by Skean, The NightBird, Mcboy, Cydniko, and Audiologic, and has received a few praiseful remarks. But I think they will appreciate this even more ;-)
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Lyrics
OUT OF THE DARKNESS
(lyrics and instruments by BranDaMan;
vocal interpretation and additional percussion by Leon)

[Verse 1]
Deep in the shadows
I tell myself to let go
How can I move on
when my love was so strong?
When did I lose faith?
Oh, when did it give way?
Looking for the reasons
Looking for the meaning…

[Verse 2]
Caught in confusion
I wish my mind would let go
How can I move on
when i thought our love was strong
Where did we go wrong?
Where did we lose our way?
Hurting with the questions
Searching for the answers...

[Chorus]
Out of the darkness
and in the depths of silence
I search for the light
And all I find is the night
Out of the darkness
The shades seem so endless
and my love has died,
but then it revives again…

[Verse 3]
In my heart’s erosion
like a blackened ocean
Rests a troubled soul
and one that no one knows
Struggling for the answers
The pain is like a cancer
When will all this mend?
When will my cries end?

[Chorus]
Out of the darkness
and in the depths of silence
I search for the light
But all I find is the night
Out of the darkness
The shades seem so endless
and my love has died,
but then it revives again…

[Outro]
Deep in the shadows
I tell myself to let go...

Song Stats
Hits: 5323
Comments: 30
Fans: 12
Plays: 545
Downloads: 169

Uploaded: Jul 23, 2006 - 12:02:32 PM
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2006 - 08:28:46 PM Last Played: Sep 25, 2019 - 11:32:09 PM
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Comments
Leon said 4832 days ago (July 23rd, 2006)
Previous comments on the first version.
I am deleting the previous version of this song. I have copied and
posted the following comments that were made about the previous
version. Also, there were 5 fans listed.

Thanks for all your heart-warming comments, to the kind and talented
Macjammers. Hope you can appreciate this newer and supposedly
better version.

I'm so glad ....
Authored by: Alannah on Fri, 21 Jul 2006 01:16:43 -0500
You did a version of this song ... I myself "tinkered" with it for a while
but could never get the vocal levels right .. so I gave up on it ... it's
interesting to hear how someone interprets it so differently .... as usual
your multi-levelled vocals enchant and amaze me .... good job Leon !
(woah woah woah).
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I'm so glad ....
Authored by: Leon on Fri, 21 Jul 2006 20:58:23 -0500
Thanks, Alannah... This song was rather difficult to arrange musically
and
vocally as Brandon used varying pace in different parts of the song..
and the
pitch goes from low to high.. It's an awesome piece and it was vocally
challenging, but I persisted LOL. I like a little drama added there, so I
placed
some interesting sound effects and percussion instruments and some
strings
later to give it additional color.

As for the vocals, i did some three layers on the woah woah, but that's
about
it. I limited the harmonies to two voices and most of it was solo. I am
glad
you enjoyed it and I always treasure comments from great vocalists like
you.

I would be interested to hear your version of this song! :-)

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The lion roars, the eagle soars.
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oh yeah....
Authored by: Mcboy on Fri, 21 Jul 2006 19:22:56 -0500
nice use of vibrato......u seem to have a versatile vocal presence.......i
can
hear the passion and can almost see the facial expressions as u
sing.......bravo!!!!!!!
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oh yeah....
Authored by: Leon on Fri, 21 Jul 2006 21:16:07 -0500
Thanks, Macboy, for your most inspiring and uplifting comments.
When I sing a
song, I do feel the song deeply, which is probably why it comes out
that way
vocally. The vocal riff/vibrato in the end I thought was an unusual and
interesting way to end a rock song... a soothing way to close all the
anguished
screaming. Thanks for appreciating the song. I feel like i have been just
blessed
by the guitar god!

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The lion roars, the eagle soars.
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nice strong song
Authored by: drakonis on Fri, 21 Jul 2006 21:36:16 -0500
Leon, great Steve-Perry-esque singing voice, wow. BranDaMan's piano
is
great too. I didn't care too much for the initial triangle keeping time
like
a metronome in my right ear, but the other orchestration was good.
Good stuff, guys!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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nice strong song
Authored by: Leon on Sat, 22 Jul 2006 09:34:16 -0500
Thanks, Drak, for taking time to listen!

I never thought of myself as sounding like Steve Perry until this song,
and
that is a high compliment. My higher register is beginning to sound
more
and more like him, thus my rock pieces sound like Journey songs.

I took liberties of adding some percussion to Brandon's awesome
arrangement, and indeed some of them sounded great , while the
triangle,
for one, sounded extraneous and a little annoying. I will go back to edit
this
song and make some little adjustments, including some areas of the
vocals.

Thanks for your meticuluous ear and helpful suggestions!



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The lion roars, the eagle soars.
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hey !!!
Authored by: fishboisfo on Fri, 21 Jul 2006 21:40:25 -0500
You're awesome !! I love this -- it is so away from your other music;
but,
a great change -- so, aren't you famous yet !! You need to be !!
PLEASE keep up the great work -- and, I hate to say this, but: more
POP.
more POP, MORE POP !! You do that so well !
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hey !!!
Authored by: Leon on Sat, 22 Jul 2006 09:26:46 -0500
Hey, thanks, man! If I wasn't deep down to my neck with my current
job, I would
really want to give music a serious go, and be famous. LOL. Don't we
all? But
reality is my job is what pays the bills, and music is just what spices up
my life
right now. Interacting with awesome musicians like you certainly is very
inspiring!

And yeah, rock and RNB are awesome, but pop music rules! I love
dance music,
and maybe sometime soon you might allow me to lend some high-
octane vocals
to one of your dance tracks!


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The lion roars, the eagle soars.
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Hey there, mister
Authored by: Cydniko on Sat, 22 Jul 2006 14:25:50 -0500
Wish I could hear this, but I can't - I'm lucky to be able to see that it's
posted - I'm sure it's good - Can't wait to get home to listen - Take
care - Dion
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Gets you good.
Authored by: Audiologic on Sat, 22 Jul 2006 19:54:21 -0500
First of all, I really like the cover art on this. Grabbed my attention
immediately. This is very inspirational. At first I didn't like the big drum
hits, but throughout the song I started to get used to them and now I
actually like them. Your voice seems much more...I'm not sure how to
say it, flowing somehow in this than your other music. I think this is my
favorite of yours so far.

Ben
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urbnite said 4831 days ago (July 23rd, 2006)
hey
cool song guys
Leon - your voice sounds great, BranDaMan's bed is awesome. definitely
builds in a cool way.

the productions done really well, too. :)

keep em coming!
Check out my latest song called Fall With Me
Leon said 4831 days ago (July 23rd, 2006)
hey
Thanks, Darren, for taking time to listen. Was a second revision so got rid of the
annoying parts, cleaned some percussion and a few vocal parts. Brandon's
soundbed was a great start for sure.

Hope to catch you in Detroit one day!

---
The lion roars, the eagle soars.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
ginz111 said 4831 days ago (July 23rd, 2006)
Faboo
The vocals were fabulous Leon. Really sounded great. Collabs bring out the best in everyone.
Carl
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Leon said 4831 days ago (July 23rd, 2006)
Faboo
Thanks, Carl, for the inspiring comments. Voice and just a little more is all I
could add to Brandon's great instrumental.

Will return the favor commenting on your song as soon as Macjams gets less
busy... songs not loading up on the page at this time.

---
The lion roars, the eagle soars.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
said 4831 days ago (July 24th, 2006)
Like always
I realy like this tune and you in it ah! KUDOS you2.
One of your best sad but in the end I can feel it and it is right we have to
let go and move on.
Thanks Leon & BranDaMan......Take care...Skean:)
Leon said 4829 days ago (July 25th, 2006)
Like always
Thanks, Kenta... You are so generous of your commenting, which is why I truly
like you as a Macjammer. i like your enthusiasm and your musical energy.

You are the reson why people here love to make music.. so they can be
appreciated!

---
The lion roars, the eagle soars.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
said 4829 days ago (July 25th, 2006)
Like always
Thanks, Leon you make me happy...And it is people like you Leon, who make me beter and you have always so great comments I realy APPRECIATE....Sometime I feel I don't belong here I'm not a real musican....I'm a loopers and I think I have some one who don't like me? I don't know but I can feel it and they attack my song (lower the votes) but I don't care...I have my music like a hobby and its nice if some one like what I'm doing....Take care my friend...Kenta;)
Rolo said 4829 days ago (July 25th, 2006)
Cool
You have with no doubt one of the best voices in MJ, if not the best!
Sometimes i envy you.:)
Production talking, it's very good but i would give it more bass (but this
could be also a matter of personal taste).
Great song!
Check out my latest song called Dear March
Leon said 4829 days ago (July 25th, 2006)
Cool
Wow, Rolo.. Thanks! That is so much to say, but i am humbled that someone of
your music caliber appreciates this song. I am flattered by your kind
assessment of my voice, but I truly believe there are many more voices here just
as worthy of your generous admiration! Thanks again :)

BranDaMan's composition by the way also has a way of challenging me and
bringing out the best in me vocally, so I have him to thank for this performance.

---
The lion roars, the eagle soars.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
BranDaMan said 4827 days ago (July 27th, 2006)
Amazing
All I can say is how amazed I am. I am extremely pleased with what you
have done. You are so talented and I am honored to have collaborated
with you again.
Check out my latest song called Giving Up (Instrumental)
screamalexz said 4827 days ago (July 27th, 2006)
sorrowful
such sorrowful and beautiful lyrics. its powerful when the drums kick in., alot of nice instrumental changes that add power. the vocals are pretty emotional and well done. there's something about the vocals at first that sounded a little weird almost nasaly or something, not sure of the word, but as it goes on it went away so i may be imagining it. as the song goes on it really grows on me with the vocal style and has a great raw quality to it. this is a great song.
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Leon said 4826 days ago (July 29th, 2006)
sorrowful
Hey, Chance, welcome back! Not sure if you are in Duluth already, but if you are
then I hope you are well settled. Although you are still 2 hrs north of me, I
guess I can start considering you a neighbor, Ha-ha! Hope you can come over
to the Twin Cities sometime later.

Thanks for taking time to listen to this song. I see that you are also back to
making music yourself!

---
The lion roars, the eagle soars.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Leon said 4827 days ago (July 27th, 2006)
To BranDaMan
Hey, Brandon! Your feedback was the one comment I was waiting for! I
wasn't able to give you a final listen before I posted it, but I trusted
that you as the composer would really like it. So there...now I can
breathe, haha!

I was gonna tell you what I was about to do, but I thought I would just
surprise you with the final version. Yeah, I really liked it, too. I never
thought it would sound as good as "Deep Dark Secrets" but after a little
tweaking with some percussions, it came out even more dramatic than
DDS.

Thanks for allowing me to do this song. I think I will review your music
catalog and see if there's more that needs vocal remix! He-he! I've just
been too lazy to compose my own instrumental music lately, but I see
that there is actually a lot of great pop/rock/RnB music here in
Macjams that is craving for lyrics and voice!
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
LegitRymes said 4826 days ago (July 28th, 2006)
WOW!!!!
I am shocked i think im going to stop posting music due to the fact i cant compare to this.......thanks a mill lol great song very nice vocals
Check out my latest song called illegitiment
LegitRymes said 4826 days ago (July 28th, 2006)
WOW!!!!
I am shocked i think im going to stop posting music due to the fact i cant compare to this.......thanks a mill lol great song very nice vocals.
Check out my latest song called illegitiment
LegitRymes said 4826 days ago (July 28th, 2006)
WOW!!!!
I am shocked i think im going to stop posting music due to the fact i cant compare to this.......thanks a mill lol great song very nice vocals.
Check out my latest song called illegitiment
Leon said 4826 days ago (July 29th, 2006)
WOW!!!!
Oh, stop it Legit! He-he! I can't do rap half as good as you do, so we are all
blessed with our own skills. Singings happens to be my strength, but in
Macjams, it can be humbling to find so many talented singers in different
genres. You are as worthy as any of these singers and musicians, to be honest
with you. Thanks for your generous remarks!

---
The lion roars, the eagle soars.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Scott Carmichael said 4826 days ago (July 28th, 2006)
An amazing vox performance
wow Leon... masterful vocal.... such emotion... you really completely
committed and entered in... the result is so so good... this is one of the
best vocal performances I've heard on MJ... I'm not sure why I can't
vote on this... I will come back tomorrow and see if I can vote the hi
marks this deserves
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Leon said 4826 days ago (July 29th, 2006)
An amazing vox performance
Scott, that praise coming from you, one of the most admired musicians in all of
Macjams, makes me feel like a million bucks! I intentionally disabled the ratings
for this song (and most of my songs) as I feel distracted by it. Nonetheless, if
one of my favorite vocalists thinks I did a great job on this song, I already feel
like I got a bunch of tens! Thanks. I am humbled.

---
The lion roars, the eagle soars.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
echoroom said 4825 days ago (July 30th, 2006)
Epic
Well, this is just awesome, for a number of reasons. Firstly, lovely soft build-up to this Leon, but when the chorus kicks in, it's really powerful and uplifting. I love the use of gutiars with the dancey drums, they give it a really contemporary vibe. Also, the backing synths/ strings support the vox and music really well, without overpowering it.
Your voice is great as per, but sounds particularly emotional on this track. Your lyrics are always spiritual and uplifting, and this is another strong lyric.

Only quibble from me is structure - I think the song is over too quickly- I was expecting the chorus to crash back in after the drop out, rather than the song to end ... but then that's always a good sign of a strong song. I keep saying this, but again, I think this is the strongest song you've posted. Look forward to buying the album...

Steve
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Leon said 4824 days ago (July 31st, 2006)
Epic
Hi, Steve, thanks for taking time to listen and appreciate and critique the
song. I always value observations and recommendations of musicians with
great sense and skills, so I am always ecstatic to hear what you have to say.

This is Brandon's original composition, and I added a verse in the beginning
to lengthen the song. The song had a powerful instrumental base, but I
thought a dramatic vocal rendition will even add more emotional impact to
this song. I waited for a few days to get my voice on, as this song does go to
a high scream at certain points, or at least that was how I imagined it to be. I
was skeptical at first whether I could do justice to this song, but I did some
variations in the percussions/drums and pace of the song and it did turn out
much better than I anticipated. It does feel short, and I agree that it ended a
little bit wanting of a grand finale. Maybe, I should not have cut off that extra
chorus in the end, now that you tell me. :)

Thanks again, Steve! Much honored here for your time and attention.

---
The lion roars, the eagle soars.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
mvh9591 said 4821 days ago (August 3rd, 2006)
Very nice work
Your Vocals are excellent and the music rocks. Like what your doing.
Keep up the good work. Thanks for posting.


mvh : )
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MisterFrap said 4814 days ago (August 10th, 2006)
Great!!!
Leon, your voice is wonderful and the song is great.

Luca



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ledebutant said 4799 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
Pitch Perfect
Leon, you truly have, by far, one of the best voices on this site and you
could go toe to toe with the pros. You're right, that BranDaMan wrote a
terrific song and your vocal is the perfect match for the music. It's, as
others have said, a very emotional song, and you guys both do really
great work with dynamics to enhance the feeling in the music and I
especiallly enjoy the acceleration to a 'rock mode'. I'm a sucker for that
kind of stuff.

Geez! I wish I could sing like you, let alone write such great harmonies
and backing vocals.
Feter said 4753 days ago (October 10th, 2006)
nice !!
very cool voice ..and as always jammin
always fruitfull .. good job !
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said 4751 days ago (October 11th, 2006)
Excellent collab!
Ok, I suck for not listening to this sooner! I've listen to other songs
you've done and damn, your vox are great! Very powerful. This is an
excellent song!
Schello said 4701 days ago (December 1st, 2006)
,-)
Great productiom, melody fantastic, im happy for the share... vocal bellissima!


Schello
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Im not musician
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racerat said 4680 days ago (December 22nd, 2006)
pipes
Nice song Leon. You have a great set of pipes. The music on this cut is cool, but the over-all EQ on the music seems a little thin. The bass could use a bit of pumping up. I'd like to hear your voice when you really cut loose, you always seem to be kind-of controlling yourself. You have the talent --stretch out and take a chance, you might be surprised what comes out of the depths. A little rasp-ier, a little more gutteral. Your polish will still shine through. Good work.
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mtriviso said 4546 days ago (May 5th, 2007)
Great Song
So many talented people post on MacJams. I come to post one song and end up spending the rest of the day listening to music. It so cool to listen to music made by people posted to an open forum. Right there in the open.

Songs like this are what make MacJams such a cool place.
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