California (Tell Her I'll Miss Her) by Steve Ison

Steve Ison
Folk Rock
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Song written from lyrics sent by california artist Steve April which i added to and adapted..Thanks to Pete and Vicky for their excellent musical contributions here

CREDITS : Music/Lyrics/instrumentation -Steve Ison
Lyrics -Steve April
Piano -Peter Churchill
Cello-Vicky Burton

Featured Review

hmmmmm .... that's jumping right in ... and right away it takes on a lot of personality! a really mellow but eclectic mix of some of what makes up a bit of old fashioned country (believe it or not) and pop elements of some ideas first championed in the 60's ... and a lot of familiarity and even some bits of advanced america (the band - in the late 70's - after the acoustic hits)

the production is clean and simple but full of well developed sonic ideas that do work - despite what I'd consider some shortcomings ... the drums sound great - fabulous cymbal work especially - and the snare sound is really warm but just snappy enough - though I do wish the overall kit were just a little bit more present. great bass line - with some really nice lows and tho it never gets too extravagant, it has some really nice filling runs. of course, there's not quite enough note nor lows from the 4 wound in the mix, a lot more compression and then raising the level is in order ...

shiny happy piano playing .... part of what leads me back to the 'america' reference ... love the orchestration - that's a lot of what makes the 60's pop reference come to life. the staccato attack that leads to the longer sustained lines coming from the strings is wonderful.

the acoustic guitar in there is just about perfect - panned nicely off to the side but having a very percussive sound that fills out the chords ....

electric rhythm guitar might be just a little too hot in the mix sometimes but the parts are sweet ... paying great attention to accentuating the tune while really being the predominant instrument in the song. and when it puts on it's lead solo shoes, it doesn't pretend to be something it's not. it stays in harmonic context and stays humble yet easy and pleasing. good call on the axe - it's not a star, it's just great support star treatment.

the vocals are the key element that brings home the bacon. lots and lots of wonderful moments .... a varied melody but always returning home to the nice rise of a chorus. and lots of hook in the chorus. short but sweetly fetching like something else I've heard before but can't put my finger on (which in my experience means it probably somehow calls on a number of influences)

but - with all those great moments vocally by the charismatic and emotive baritone - there are some down spots ... some nearly clumsy parts - like the initial ohhh ohhh 17 second spot and near the end - where the melody rises and he hits the notes but instead of increasing his velocity and attack with strength - he lazes out with just a bit too much whimpy voiced laziness (2:30). which is in contrast to the high notes hit in the bridge where he opted for kicking the melody's ass.

so - all in all, the song is wonderfully attractive ... it has so much great potential and sometimes the delivery matches the writing and creation - sometimes it doesn't.

bring those two factions together on this and you'd really win me over for saying you done something special.