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Meant to Be (With Paddler, collab adding bass)


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Meant to Be is a beautiful and touching song written and performed and previously posted by Paddler (MJ36581). I thought that as lovely as it was, the sonic feel was towards the top end of the spectrum and that the addition of some low end weight would help balance the balalaika and guitar. I had in mind an upright bass playing very simple patterns which I thought would honour the integrity of the acoustic treatment of the original and still let the main focus remain on Richard's fine vocals. After a test jamming along with the posted song, I approached RIchard and asked if he minded if I had a go in adding a bass track. He very kindly agreed and after hearing the results suggested I post the collaboration, and also suggested posting it as an open collab which I agree is a great idea. Hope you enjoy the result, and thanks again Richard!
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Lyrics
Lyrics by RG Paddler

Lyrics:
Do you remember it was early spring,
Outside the window a bird was singing
you were in the garden with the children playing

We woke up early with the rising sun
We had our problems we had our fun
Driving through the country we were always laughing

And the days still seem long
And whatever comes your way its meant to be

Do you remember the evening breeze,
Blowing gently through the pine trees
You were painting pictures of a clear horizon

We played music in the firelight
The comets fell that starry night
Everything seemed simple pure and bright

well the days still seem long
And whatever may go wrong its meant to be

Well I remember how I broke your heart
We'd always known right from the start
that someday we'd be sure to say goodbye
Wherever you may choose to go
I wish you well and I hope you know
In the time we had together we loved a lifetime
Song Stats
Hits: 3608
Comments: 16
Fans: 6
Plays: 86
Downloads: 128
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Nov 09, 2007 - 08:04:43 PM
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2007 - 12:13:45 AM Last Played: Jun 30, 2019 - 05:35:14 PM
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Hardware:
guitar,balalaika, MacBook Pro
Software:
Audacity, GB '08
Comments
Feter said 4267 days ago (November 9th, 2007)
Meant to Be (With Paddler, collab adding bass)
it grem ..and when ever its flourish
it ll shine more and more ...I m enjoyin
the whole music here the upright bass
gave it such depth reminds me of those
days of PP&M ..KUDOS !!
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Doug Somers said 4267 days ago (November 9th, 2007)
Thanks Feter!
Glad you enjoyed the additional instrumentation. I was going for that kind of clean and simple 60's folk sound since it seemed to best compliment Paddler's original gem. I hadn't thought of Peter, Paul and Mary specifically but now that you mention it, their influence had clearly sunk into my (then) young consciousness.

Thanks again,
Keep well sir!
Doug
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peacepiano said 4266 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
Fav
This is one of my favorite songs. The addition of the bass sounds great.

Thanks
Bill
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Doug Somers said 4266 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
Thanks Bill,
It is a great song (as are so many from Paddler!). I'm really pleased you liked the new bass track. It was fun to do.

Thanks for your comments,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Western Stranger
said 4266 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
I agree
The low end was perfect and rounded it out very cool and now even now more beautiful
Doug Somers said 4266 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
Great to have your feedback
and glad you think this version rounds out the original. Sometimes these tinkering inspirations come to me although this is the first time I have followed through and contacted the original artist.

Just came back from your latest work - a great piece! I thought I had already faved you so I'd hear about your next releases but clearly I had forgotten. That's fixed now.

Thanks again,
Doug
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Moviz said 4266 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
I liked
this before, but how much diffrence the the bass makes with that balancing depth. The harmonies are beautiful and the Balalaika sounds all the more harmonic, now. Such a nice song and so well sung, cheers M
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Doug Somers said 4265 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
Hello again
Thanks for your supportive remarks Maurice! Great to have you stop by! It was a pleasure to add a little to something that was already so very rich.

Cheers,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Western Stranger
bonnieprincejohnny said 4266 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
Something ...
sounds slightly flat,is the balalaika out of tune? Pleasant song. Be lucky.
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paddler said 4266 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
out of tune
yeah - its a bugger to tune.haha - hopefully that doesn't flatten it too much.
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guitapick said 4265 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
Very nice...
...subtle touch with the bass. Works beautifully. Loved the original and this is fine, too...
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Doug Somers said 4265 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
Thanks Bob
Appreciate you listening and passing on the positive comments.
Keep well!
Doug
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apexcp said 4265 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
this is
this is the first time i've heard the song and it's wonderful. the bass adds character, to say the least. great addition.
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Doug Somers said 4265 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
Adds character...
Glad you think so, and I appreciate you letting me know.

Cheers,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Western Stranger
drakonis said 4263 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
very sweet song
I hadn't heard the original. but enjoy Paddler's work... and this is a beauty, nice bittersweet lyrics, great singing, wonderful song structure & melody. You are correct that it would need some bass-support, and your addition seems to fit right in. Now it just needs one more thing... a teeny bit of mix-engineering. Having the balalaika off to the right seems slightly off-balance (the guitar on the left doesn't balance it completely.) Also the vox/vocal-harmonies need a teeny bit of crispness added. I'd suggest doubling the balalaika track, and panning each track to near the edge of left & right (spreads it away from the vox, but still sounds "centered".) Great work on the collab, good choice!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Doug Somers said 4263 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
Thanks Drakonis
Glad as always to have your feedback and support. Maybe Paddler can address your mix comments as I don't have the individual tracks (I could play with EQ of the whole thing but I'll defer to the Master Performer for now....). You may want to hear the original as well in case something happened in the decompression/ recompression. I know for sure the level dropped overall but that doesn't speak to your comments.

Thanks again Sir!
All the best,
Doug
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