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Offline hilts17

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Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« on: March 23, 2019, 11:34:32 am »
I'm just back from my holiday in Cuba and since I've had this one in the can for a couple of weeks, thought I'd post it now. I had recorded 3 songs back then but was spacing them out a bit for posting purposes. The day I recorded this, I had been playing/singing a lot. I guess my voice was feeling a bit tired by the end as there is one spot where you can hear that it's strained but I wasn't about to do another take. The original of this was done by another Canadian singer, Avril Lavigne. Hope you like it.

Keep Holding On

You're not alone
Together we stand
I'll be by your side, you know I'll take your hand
When it gets cold
And it feels like the end
There's no place to go
You know I won't give in
No I won't give in

Keep holding on
'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through
Just stay strong
'Cause you know I'm here for you, I'm here for you
There's nothing you could say
Nothing you could do
There's no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on
'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through

So far away
I wish you were here
Before it's too late, this could all disappear
Before the doors close
And it comes to an end
With you by my side I will fight and defend
I'll fight and defend
Yeah, yeah

Keep holding on
'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through
Just stay strong
'Cause you know I'm here for you, I'm here for you
There's nothing you could say
Nothing you could do
There's no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on
'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through

Hear me when I say, when I say I believe
Nothing's gonna change, nothing's gonna change destiny
Whatever's meant to be will work out perfectly
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Keep holding on
'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through
Just stay strong
'Cause you know I'm here for you, I'm here for you
There's nothing you could say
Nothing you could do
There's no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on
'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through

Keep holding on
Keep holding on

There's nothing you could say
Nothing you could do
There's no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on
'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through




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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2019, 02:08:09 pm »
Hope you had a wonderful holiday, Hilts.

This sounded like a tough song to sing, particularly that bridge, starting "Hear me ...".

Playing was pretty smooth. 

It sounded to me that maybe you caught a couple of up-strums that maybe weren't intended and one or two taps on the body maybe.  Easy for me to notice those since I notice myself doing it more than I'd like when strumming without a pick. 

But not enough to ruin a mellow vibe.

The balance between guitar and vocal worked for me but maybe voice could be a wee bit louder. 

Really enjoyed it.  Showed how a good vocal performance doesn't need anything to fancy playing wise to sound lovely.

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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2019, 02:37:39 pm »
Hilts, I’m getting to be a real fan of your pure, organic style. Agree with David about vocal being boosted a wee bit but it didn’t take away from an enjoyable listen. Hope you had a great holiday.


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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2019, 05:24:36 pm »
Interesting take, I like the mellow thumb-strumming and soft vocals. It's kind of soothing, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2019, 08:30:51 pm »
Pretty good, Hilts.  I'm thinking you might be ready to invest in a Shure SM-58 to boost your vocal volume a bit.

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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2019, 03:25:36 pm »
Sounded great. Super mellow, and a very easy listen.

My only suggestion would be to pick up a large condenser microphone (with phantom power), a stand and a pop shield and place it right up in your face. Your vocals and playing are very good, gear up and give them a chance to shine. 
 

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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2019, 08:49:14 pm »
loved it, Hilts.
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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2019, 10:35:54 am »
Lovely rendition hilts :) :)

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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2019, 12:06:17 am »
Hilts


Really liked your tight and solid approach to the AL original. Timing and touch was smooth throughout and the vox was nicely delivered. Grand job.

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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2019, 10:43:57 am »
I had completely forgotten about this song and to be honest Avril Lavigne in general. She was knocking it out of the park in the nougties but I felt somehow despite her talent managed to lose her way. Hilts thanks for reacquainting us!

A really cool, stripped back version to listen to. Whilst (as you said) your voice did waver a couple of times it didn't really detract from the overall performance and like others I'd liked to have had the vocal a little louder to fully appreciate your voice with the guitar. :)
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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2019, 09:29:14 pm »
Welcome back Hilts. I like the gentleness of your delivery, both guitar and vocal and your steady groove. Nice work.

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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2019, 02:19:32 pm »
Very nice, Hilts. I like your taste in music. Your easygoing style. I keep them coming.


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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2019, 02:56:24 pm »
Sorry I've been slow to acknowledge everyone's comments on this latest video. Since coming back from a very nice beach vacation, I've been battling a really bad head cold. It's really knocked the wind out of my sails. Doing simple tasks around the house really tire me out. I think the worst is over now though.

I greatly appreciate everyone taking the time to listen to this and of course, I'm pleased that everyone enjoyed this song. I'm still trying to find that balance between guitar and vocals.
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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2019, 03:21:51 pm »
Nicely done Hilts - seems like you were pretty chilled out and mellow even before your holiday in the sun.

A shame to return and fall foul of some lurgy virus thingy-ma-bob.

Solid rhythm and steady singing.
Just one miniscule suggestion … dynamics …  ;) … give the chorus a lift.

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Re: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2019, 03:49:02 pm »
@ close Thanks for listening. Yes, incorporating some dynamics was suggested in one of my other posts. Really need to make that effort. Thanks again!
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