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    Delicious Grace

    Hello everybody. I would like to introduce you to Delicious
    Grace. That's a project I started where I write all the music and lyrics in english (I'm a native portuguese speaker). It's very intimate, genuine but I'm not a pro.

    Any feedback would be good. Hope you like it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUwFibhINwA

    DELICIOUS GRACE - ON MY WAY TO YOU
    Last edited by alcaponedudu; Feb-03-2018 at 15:02.

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    alcaponedudu! For the first time ever, posting comments online or writing a newspaper article,
    I'm going to refrain from any critique right now, and come back to listen to you again.
    All I'm going to say is that my comments aren't going to be duplicates, but stereo,
    coming at you from two different sides, just like the two different approaches to music I'm hearing here.

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    This is going to be a very difficult musical commentary.
    I'm seeing and hearing English and North American content with an original style,
    when I agree right away about alcaponedudu being a native Portuguese speaker,
    and a very heart-felt and sincere musician.
    Right away, the graphic image turns me off, more about what it is,
    than for not having a video to watch instead.
    I'll be explaining that and more, but I want to listen again and get all the words.

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    Thank you John for taking the time to listen to it.

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    alcaponedudu! If you're thanking me for taking the time to listen to it,
    you're going to want to do more than that after I give you a professional critique.
    I shouldn't joke around.

    The reason I haven't written anything is because I want to be very familiar with it.
    You and I are friends here already, so I want to be serious.
    I've listened twice, the second time not all the way.

    Here's a small preview, about the artwork, nothing about the music.
    Please remember I'm a son of Sons and Daughters of the Gael, and you could say Scottish.
    The nude woman you show is for me, Victorian era artwork, totally English.
    The Victorian era is known as the opium era,
    when women were made to be "ladies of langour", easy to use for sexual gratification.
    Modern people might not see this statue as being pornographic, but it was back then.
    However, I am used to seeing such things,
    and it's the fact that there is no video, just a graphic, that is most disappointing for me.
    I don't watch You Tube to see videos, but if I did, I'd only watch live bands onstage.

    I am aware of the difference between me in North America, in the Niagara Peninsula,
    and you in your foreign country, where it looks and sounds like you have a big American influence.
    That also takes into consideration your use of American online technology to promote your music.
    I'm using a computer in a business downtown, taking care of business myself,
    and I want to listen with my speakers one more time, hopefully tonight,
    before I take your music apart note by note.
    Is that a little critical intimidation, maybe, but for sure,
    I'd sooner be jamming with you myself or being in my own band,
    when I'm going to be typing about you.
    I'm hearing someone I can believe in, and I hope my comments help.

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    I appreciate, John.

    I hope to get more stuff out soon. We're planning to go back to the studio in the months to come.

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    alcaponedudu! I just hafta say, after reading what I just typed, that sounds so serious.
    I am serious.
    I used to write a weekly column in the entertainment section of our local newspaper.
    Musicians liked it because I just quoted what they were saying about the band,
    and everyone thought my personal comments were right on.
    That was in the seventies, and now, here with you, I still want to be right on.

    I got in late tonight, have too much of a good time doing a jig-saw puzzle with an attractive woman.
    That was in the public library, where all the surrounding books made me feel more serious about typing.
    Yes, I'm under more stress than you are about your music.

    Here in northern Ontario, where many motels have a statue of a deer beside the highway,
    there are many photos and videos of a real male deer "dry-humping", or trying to mate with the statue.
    I hope that's not why you have one for your artwork,
    and like Donna Summer with "Love to Love you Baby", use those sounds for part of your song.

    I'm going to put up a statue created in 1914, "The Spirit of Communication",
    and I'll try to live up to this imposing statement.
    This was ordered by "The American Telephone and Telegraph Company",
    what became known as AT&T.
    If you notice, even back then, they saw themselves as standing on top of the world.
    I hope I have enough electricity in my computer when I write your review.

    Just because it's already in my library here,
    I'm using this drawing of a horse I did as part of a logo for an online business,
    so you can see what these fingers can do besides typing away on this keyboard.
    Could this be me hoping to get a gig doing some artwork for you?
    Maybe....

    Delicious Grace-spirit-communication-jpgDelicious Grace-win-one-1-jpg

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    The man from Fort Erie who rents the main floor for his buy and sell business,
    didn't show up today, phoning with a customer outside to find out he's only open tomorrow.
    That meant I didn't have to watch the basement floor for the Toronto owner,
    part of my storage deal, so his father or wife didn't have to come down and mind the store.

    When I went downtown, and that meant stopping in at the library to return some movies,
    I went into St. Vincent de Paul, a Christian charity store across from the City Hall and library.
    They had boxes of stuff outside the main door, and a woman I know came out,
    saying they're clearing out for new spring stuff, and I could pick through everything for free.
    That saw me looking through a couple hundred CD's, nice to try some new music that way.
    For Delicious Grace, that means I'm freshening my ears, hearing music I like and don't like.

    I even got lucky.
    I knew Alanna Myles when she was fronting rock bands in Holiday Inns in Toronto,
    just to hang out during the day when I had gigs there,
    and I got her first self-named recording that has "Black Velvet", her biggest hit.
    She won Album or the Year, Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year,
    at the Grammies after that hit.
    I got a Suzie Vinnick, a female blues guitarist-singer who moved to Welland two years ago.
    When she was performing at the amphitheater I sat with her boyfriend,
    and he gave me their address and phone number, even if I never came around.
    If I do now, at least I've heard one of her CD's. She's gotten Juno nominations the last few years.

    Yes, Delicious Grace is up against some ears that have gotten lots of new content in them,
    but I now I'm going to like typing about them, as if I was writing my old newspaper music column.
    I've got "Medeski, Martin and Wood" on right now, "Friday Afternoon in the Universe".
    I'm not sure if that means I'm getting old-time spaced out, or a modern up in the cloud.

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    In some ways, too much is happening right now for me to feel as musical as I want to be,
    and that's as I used to be all the time.
    This Delicious Grace recording is making me think, and I want a heart-felt response.
    One of the CD's I got was made by the guitar Professor at Humber College,
    famous for their jazz course, but it's too smooth, or in other words,
    I'm not being as moved by it, or as challenged, as I am by this Delicious Grace.

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    Hi John. Sorry for taking too long to answer you. It was carnaval here in Brazil. Big holiday for us.

    I'm glad you're feeling challenged about my music. Delicious Grace is a project of life. I have so many ideas to put out.

    About the art work thing... Nice drawing! I intend to release some other tunes in this form, like a single. Every song is going to have a different setting of images. They won't follow a model/pattern.

    I'm a very visual and I do think that this is just as important as the music itself.

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    alcaponedudu! Today could have been a good day to listen again and write a review-critique,
    but I was asked to work with a woman from India, the wife of the building owner,
    helping her paint an apartment.
    The chance to chat with this wealthy woman who lives in Toronto, not my home town,
    and work with water based paints, and earn some serious self-employed income,
    was too good to turn down.
    Saying "carnaval here in Brazil" is better than me saying it's after ten and I haven't had supper,
    so you're doing far better than me.
    It wasn't freezing today, being foggy all day, so winter looks like it's going away.

    I'm an old man, and can remember a world before bikinis... and thongs.
    I'm sure you know bikinis were named after the Bikini Atolls,
    that the Americans used to test their A-bombs.

    don't she tweet, as she's scrolling down the street,
    and I ask you very confidentially, don't she tweet.
    She re-tweets, using her device that's wireless,
    as I look to find out her IP address, she retweets.
    She sends me, as she's walking down the beach,
    as my words rise up to meet her in the cloud, she sends me.

    and the rhymes, they are a'changin'.
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    This is going to be self-defeating for anyone reading who expects an extension of thread thought,
    but I'm here to say that I'm thinking about this, and myself, almost every hour of my waking day,
    and I still can't begin to express myself and where this music takes me.
    I even worry about being wrong, how I hear the music, how it's made, and how it makes me feel.
    alcaponedudu, at first just a user name I would not have any confidence in at all,
    has shown himself to be a perceptive and gracious person.
    And that means I'm feeling more than just responsible for what I might type.
    Yes, I'm feeling it, and that's going to be hard to explain.

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    There's some very serious reasons I haven't been able to write a review here,
    and there are just as many serious reasons why I want to write a review.
    Before I begin typing about this, as a former newspaper music columnist,
    lead-guitarist vocalist, songwriter and political news and speech-maker,
    I want start by saying Delicious Grace eu te amo.
    They've got me speaking their language already.
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    Hello John. Thank you for the kind words and your support.

    I wish I could show you more stuff already.

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    alcaponedudu! I'm going through an intense emotional and psychological time of my life.
    I have to admit my life has changed, and what other people expect of me is far more important,
    in society, than anything I might want to have for myself, as a band player or artist.
    The new work I'm being offered, the new people I'm working for, and with,
    are proof that this change is being offered to me, for who I am, not what I've done.

    It's very challenging, trying to think beyond my southern Ontario society, my music career,
    to see you and your music for what it is. I don't want anything I type to seem harsh.
    That is also me coming at you as your elder, when you are just beginning a career.
    This might make me seem like a head case, but when your life is hanging in the balance,
    it's very easy to feel very sensitive about everything.

    Brazil has been a part of my life this last few days... beyond thinking about you.
    It's being published here that your government is placing soldiers around the country to suppress revolt.
    Up here in Canada, it's well known how Americans have taken over South American countries.
    If it wasn't for the British of Ontario and the French of Quebec selling out our country,
    we'd have to be invaded.
    When school teachers from around Ontario took buses to the Parliament building in Ontario,
    to protest what the government was doing, Toronto police officers beat them, breaking up the protest.

    When I typed "eu te amo", I got that from a Katy Perry DVD movie, "A Part of Me".
    I saw the DVD sitting there and decided to see where she was at,
    seeing her as a dominant California product, as corporate as that music can be.
    Towards the end she goes to Brazil for a concert, saying it's her largest audience,
    and I saw that phrase on a sign a fan was holding up.
    I understand Latin enough to see what it says, with the difference in spelling.

    I'm not thinking that anything I can type about your music is going to be important for you.
    But I want to feel that I'm in a place where I'd be talking with you as if I'm hearing you playing out.
    It's not easy, getting past the technology, when so far, that's all it is.
    You might not understand the depth of that comment, thinking in terms of media and online psychology,
    because that's been a part of my life since the late sixties, seeing that rising up around me.
    Yes, words that seem kind are easy to see as being supportive.
    I want to make some informed comments with some strong observations,
    as a musician, as an agent, as a newspaper columnist, and someone who is getting into you music.

    You can see my name all over these forums, the only music domain I visit and log into.
    What I'm thinking here, what I'm seeing in myself and your music, and your gracious replies,
    is going to make me or break me here as a legitimate Magle.dk member.
    If that's the pressure I'm beginning to feel, I can only rejoice in feeling any pressure at all.
    This is like standing onstage before the band starts playing, looking out over the audience,
    looking past the dance floor, feeling a little nervous, not sure how it's going to sound,
    how it's going to go over, until the band starts playing.
    And when I start typing about you, that's who I want it to be about.

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