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 Posted: Wed May 23rd, 2012 12:49 am
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Posted previously as a guitar/vocal.  Just got the demo back.  Thanks for listening.

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Somewhere South Of Heaven
Writers: Roy Harris and Wyatt Grayson
Demo: Kevin Wicker, Progress Nashville

This road has been a long one
At times it was downright rough
Sometimes it ran so straight and smooth
I could never go fast enough
But now it’s coming to an end
My destination’s clear
I’m somewhere south of Heaven
I can see it all from here

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I see those Pearly Gates ahead
See how His love light shines
I'm somewhere south of heaven
Streets of gold, it's almost time

When I'd fall and let my Savior down
He never gave up on me
Instead He always hung around
Picked me up and carried me
I believe He means to see me through
To where the road will end
Now I’m somewhere south of Heaven
It’s just around the bend

I see those Pearly Gates ahead
See how His love light shines
I'm somewhere south of heaven
Streets of gold, it's almost time


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So open up those Pearly Gates
This cowboy’s coming through
I’m somewhere south of Heaven
And I can’t wait to be with You


 

Last edited on Sun Oct 6th, 2013 10:50 pm by Roy Harris



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 Posted: Wed May 23rd, 2012 01:32 am
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i love it!! sounds like something i would sing at church!! congrats and good luck!!



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 Posted: Wed May 23rd, 2012 01:47 am
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Oh my goodness Roy, Kevin did a SPECTACULAR job on this!!!!! I lovvvve hearing this fella sing!!! But I also love that hook and have now for 4 years! :) I remember the night that Fran posted it as her signature tagline here in the forum...I had a fit over it!!! So I'm really glad she let you run with it because you turned that beautiful hook into a really beautiful song!!! Job 'very well' done, guys! :) 



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Hi Roy and Mike,

This came out so nice. Such a solid lyric as a foundation for Kevin to build off of. He did a great demo!

Just the title alone rolls off the tongue.


Somewhere South of Heaven


I like the consecutive 'S' words and that "of" and "Heav"en share the 'V" sound. That's a winning effective hook and title.

Also... your last line in the Tag "And I can’t wait to be with You" ends in an open vowel "U" sound, making it easy for the singer to carry that last word out in a performance. An important consideration in songwriting!

Well done!

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 Posted: Wed May 23rd, 2012 02:12 am
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Thanks for the listen everyone.  Wyatt created the melody for this and Kevin pretty much kept it the same.  He said he loved the melody when I sent it to him and that it was one that stuck with him. 



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Do I know Wyatt? Is it Janke? :?



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Yes ma'am.  Otherwise known as Mike Grayson, aka known as Janke.  The boy has more names than I do ex-wives. 



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:rollfaceYou nut! lol 

I've never known him as anything but Janke and Mike, so 'Wyatt' threw me for a loop. But I got to thinking about it later and thought it was Janke who did the guitar vocal on it, but was too lazy to go track it down last night and find out for sure. lol But I like to call him  'Janke', so unless he tells me he would prefer Mike or Wyatt (or whatever other alias' he might have...lol) it will be 'Janke' for me! :D

While I'm here I'm about to have me another listen. :D Roy, you and Janke and Kevin did a fantastic job on this! I love it! :)



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 Posted: Wed May 23rd, 2012 03:41 pm
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You can call me... whatever you wish to, Miss Sara. I'm glad you and others are liking this song. I do. As for aliases, for the record, while my given name is Mike I have been and will continue using Wyatt Grayson as my pen name. But like I said, around here call me whatever except late for dinner.

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Janke wrote: You can call me... whatever you wish to, Miss Sara. I'm glad you and others are liking this song. I do. As for aliases, for the record, while my given name is Mike I have been and will continue using Wyatt Grayson as my pen name. But like I said, around here call me whatever except late for dinner.

Then it's settled... 'Janke' it is! :D Okay, now you have my curiosity up, so I have a question for you: Mike is your given name, Wyatt is your pen name, is there a story behind 'Janke'? If so...I'm all ears! ;) lol

About the song..... I love it! You did a fine job on the melody, so I'm really glad Kevin decided to run with it. You guys have something here to be really proud of. :cool: 



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Sara - it was really encouraging for me when the melody stuck in Kevin's head. You never know, right? When you grab someone's ear that's totally outside of it, that's a nice reward. As for names, my family name is Jahncke, always pronounced with a soft 'J' which no one gets right off. Plus, all those consonants makes it hard to decipher. I've heard some interesting versions. I had a feeling that if I used 'Janke' on TSF it would automatically be pronounced with a hard 'J' which is how they pronounce it in New Orleans. Fine with me. But for songwriting, I just wanted another name, something easy and perhaps a little different. Initially I used Wyatt and then went back to Mike, because it was weird not using my given name. But I discovered that there was already an artist/musician named Mike Grayson, so I went back to Wyatt. Grayson is an old family name. Wyatt, I just always liked the sound of it, growing up a big fan of the wild west. That's pretty much it!

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 Sounds great, Roy!



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Janke wrote:
Sara - it was really encouraging for me when the melody stuck in Kevin's head. You never know, right? When you grab someone's ear that's totally outside of it, that's a nice reward. As for names, my family name is Jahncke, always pronounced with a soft 'J' which no one gets right off. Plus, all those consonants makes it hard to decipher. I've heard some interesting versions. I had a feeling that if I used 'Janke' on TSF it would automatically be pronounced with a hard 'J' which is how they pronounce it in New Orleans. Fine with me. But for songwriting, I just wanted another name, something easy and perhaps a little different. Initially I used Wyatt and then went back to Mike, because it was weird not using my given name. But I discovered that there was already an artist/musician named Mike Grayson, so I went back to Wyatt. Grayson is an old family name. Wyatt, I just always liked the sound of it, growing up a big fan of the wild west. That's pretty much it!

Well that explains it now. Thanks for that! Well .... I've always called you Mike after first reading and going back to your TSF intro thread. :)

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Janke wrote: Sara - it was really encouraging for me when the melody stuck in Kevin's head. You never know, right? When you grab someone's ear that's totally outside of it, that's a nice reward. As for names, my family name is Jahncke, always pronounced with a soft 'J' which no one gets right off. Plus, all those consonants makes it hard to decipher. I've heard some interesting versions. I had a feeling that if I used 'Janke' on TSF it would automatically be pronounced with a hard 'J' which is how they pronounce it in New Orleans. Fine with me. But for songwriting, I just wanted another name, something easy and perhaps a little different. Initially I used Wyatt and then went back to Mike, because it was weird not using my given name. But I discovered that there was already an artist/musician named Mike Grayson, so I went back to Wyatt. Grayson is an old family name. Wyatt, I just always liked the sound of it, growing up a big fan of the wild west. That's pretty much it!
I knew there had to be a story behind 'Janke', but I really wasn't expecting it to be about your family name. Neat story, Janke! Thank you for sharing it with us! :cool:

Oh...and when I say it to myself, I think I actually say it with that soft 'J' you spoke of. But of course, that probably has a lot to do with the way you have spelled it here in the forum.   Hmmm, I wonder how 'Sundown Sam' would go over as a pen name? lol :D 



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I think 'Sundown Sam' works just fine. At least I have no trouble at all with how to say it!

Something else about this song. I decided to put it on my Reverbnation site for a bit, but I discovered that the file needed to be modified to 44.1 Hz (technical). As long as I was doing that I decided to sing along, so if you check out this version you can hear another voice added to the chorus:

http://www.reverbnation.com/wyattgrayson

Couldn't help myself. It's a good one to sing along with.

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Listened and liked, Janke! You sound good on it! If you were singing along on the verses I didn't hear you there. But I could hear the extra harmony addition in the chorus very well. Cool!  :cool:

BTW, I was just joking when I said what I did about using Sundown Sam as my pen name. hehe But later I got to thinking about something a non-songwriting friend (who was curious about all this song writing stuff I do now) told me a while back, when she Goggled my name. She said,  "I Goggled Sara Bloodworth and your name popped up all over the internet!!!!" lol :shock: She asked me....just how many songwriting forums do you belong too???? And what's gives with this Sundown Sam handle you are known as on the internet???? lol:rollface I laughed and told her, only one songwriting forum, but several song sites and that Sundown Sam was my username in the forum and was also associated with some of the song sites I frequent. But, what this little tid-bit of info is actually leading up to is to tell you, I have almost as many names and alias as you do! :D LOL  My given name is Sara, my nickname is Sam and my Dad called me Sadie. :) But how I got the nickname of 'Sam' is a story within it's self! lol  But I'll share that one with you another time.  :D



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Nice work guys!



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Only singing on the chorus, so your ear had it right. As for the story about 'Sam' - now I have to hear it.

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Listened and liked, Janke! You sound good on it! If you were singing along on the verses I didn't hear you there. But I could hear the extra harmony addition in the chorus very well. Cool!  :cool:

BTW, I was just joking when I said what I did about using Sundown Sam as my pen name. hehe But later I got to thinking about something a non-songwriting friend (who was curious about all this song writing stuff I do now) told me a while back, when she Goggled my name. She said,  "I Goggled Sara Bloodworth and your name popped up all over the internet!!!!" lol :shock: She asked me....just how many songwriting forums do you belong too???? And what's gives with this Sundown Sam handle you are known as on the internet???? lol:rollface I laughed and told her, only one songwriting forum, but several song sites and that Sundown Sam was my username in the forum and also associated with some of the song sites I frequent. But, what this little tid-bit of info is actually leading up to is to tell you, I have almost as many names and alias as you do! :D LOL  My given name is Sara, my nickname is Sam and my Dad called me Sadie. :) But how I got the nickname of 'Sam' is a story within it's self! lol  But I'll share that one with you another time.  :D

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HankTheTank wrote:
Nice work guys!

Thanks, Hank! Labor of love. I love it when Roy nails one and I think Kevin gave it a very nice treatment.

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Janke wrote:  As for the story about 'Sam' - now I have to hear it.


Okay Janke, I'm in the mood this morning to tell you the story about Sam. And even though it's so unlike me, I'll try to keep it short and sweet. :D lol

In 1965, it was my first day on the job at the restaurant of the folks who would later become my best friends. My Boss then, is still my Boss now...only in a different line of work now.  He's a cut-up and a half and has a super great personality! But that first day of me working for him, he kept forgetting my name and all day long he was asking me, in one form or another... "What's your name, again?  I finally asked him around mid afternoon if Tom, Frank or Sam would be easier for him to remember? He said, "Yep, I think Sam will work" So, from that day on, my nickname has been Sam. I also met the hubby that day in the restaurant and by the time he came in to dine that evening before going to work that night, I was already being introduced to everyone as Sam. So, this is also what the hubby knew me as when we met. But after we got married that changed and here's why. While on our honeymoon we visited Annie Ruby Falls and as we walked across the wooden bridge to the Falls he took out his pocketknife and carved "Joe Loves Sam"  in one of the hand rails of the bridge. As we started back across the bridge there were some people walking along reading the carvings in the handrail and we overheard one of them say something about 'Joe' loving 'Sam'. We hadn't realized at the time that he carved it that it might be misconstrued. lol We both started laughing about it, but as a result of it, he looked at me and said, "I think it's time I start calling you Sara"  



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