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#1167435 - 08/07/20 03:31 PM "I Saw Jesus Today" Country  
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"I Saw Jesus Today" SOUNDCLOUD link

An old man asked me sir can you spare a buck
I'm a little down on my luck
Soiled clothing smelling of stale beer
Didn't want to get too near

As he told me 'bout the story of his life
I had to blink twice when I gazed into his eyes

I saw Jesus today
Never had a ton of faith
Got a good look at his face
I know this may sound strange I saw Jesus today

New Yearís Eve down at Grandma's house
She wore the years biggest smile
Preaching friendship is what this life's about
Said sonny save up your dimes

She proposed a prayer and toast to 1965
She loves them Beatles and she swears John's still alive

I saw Jesus today
Never had a ton of faith
Got a good look at his face
I know this may sound strange I saw Jesus today

Iím a Daddy for the first time the greatest joy I've ever known
The gift of life in the arms of my lovely wife my boy looked me in the eye

I saw Jesus today
Never had a ton of faith
Got a good look at his face
I know this may sound strange I saw Jesus today
I saw Jesus today
I saw Jesus today
Gods precious gift of life in the arms of my lovely wife I saw Jesus today
Gods precious gift of life in the arms of my lovely wife I saw Jesus today


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#1167455 - 08/07/20 06:28 PM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Hi Steve:

Really enjoyed my listen. Great production, story line and vocal... as usual. This is capable of getting you some "airplay" if the big encapsulated stations will allow semi-religious songs. In my day, this would have "charted."

Best of luck with it. ----Dave

#1167463 - 08/07/20 08:57 PM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Steve,

I just figured out who you remind me of--Dan Fogelberg. I enjoyed your song. I might have the drums a little less engaged in places letting them be more "vanilla" except for key accent areas. Now this is a very minor polishing sug and JMO. Well done!

steady-eddie

#1167469 - 08/08/20 01:39 AM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Steve,
2 thumbs up, good ol' country with a great message, I like the drums right where they are.
kevin


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#1167488 - 08/09/20 10:10 AM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Dave Rice]  
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Originally Posted by Dave Rice
Hi Steve:

Really enjoyed my listen. Great production, story line and vocal... as usual. This is capable of getting you some "airplay" if the big encapsulated stations will allow semi-religious songs. In my day, this would have "charted."

Best of luck with it. ----Dave


Appreciate all the comments Dave. Your last comment unfortunately is very sad to read but probably true I appreciate the sentiment


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#1167502 - 08/09/20 01:35 PM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Great song, great performance, great production. Nothing not to like!

#1167543 - 08/10/20 02:50 PM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Jethro Aberdeen]  
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Originally Posted by E Swartz
Steve,

I just figured out who you remind me of--Dan Fogelberg. I enjoyed your song. I might have the drums a little less engaged in places letting them be more "vanilla" except for key accent areas. Now this is a very minor polishing sug and JMO. Well done!

steady-eddie


I'll take that as long as I can be the Leader of the Band....

Originally Posted by Jethro Aberdeen
Steve,
2 thumbs up, good ol' country with a great message, I like the drums right where they are.
kevin


I love it...Yeah if ain't got a good message I probably ain't singin' it...Thanks Brotha'


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#1167573 - 08/11/20 11:57 AM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Old fashioned but still fits today's country music. Radio ready but you know they'd chop time off somewhere.


Ckiphen
#1167576 - 08/11/20 01:56 PM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Steve,

Well-penned and well-executed song. Traditional but still heartfelt and can resonate today. Really good production with a great vocal (love the harmony on the chorus) . . . so I can appreciate the artistry and effort that went into making it. Lots of folks are going to love this!

Best regards,

Deej

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#1167579 - 08/11/20 02:18 PM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Steve,
If only we could all see Jesus in the faces of those we come in contact with; as Louis Armstrong would say "What a Wonderful World" we would have.
Great effort and thanks for sharing,
Skip

#1167603 - 08/11/20 07:54 PM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: ckiphen]  
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Originally Posted by Gavin Sinclair
Great song, great performance, great production. Nothing not to like!


I appreciate the words Gavin


Originally Posted by ckiphen
Old fashioned but still fits today's country music. Radio ready but you know they'd chop time off somewhere.


You bring up 2 good points...Thanks for the listen & comments Carroll


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#1168086 - 08/19/20 08:56 AM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Deej56]  
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Originally Posted by Deej56
Steve,

Well-penned and well-executed song. Traditional but still heartfelt and can resonate today. Really good production with a great vocal (love the harmony on the chorus) . . . so I can appreciate the artistry and effort that went into making it. Lots of folks are going to love this!

Best regards,

Deej


Hey Deej,

Thanks so much. I appreciate the listen & your good vibes toward the song...


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#1168108 - 08/19/20 02:36 PM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Steve--
I second what Dave posted!

I penned one some time ago: Jesus was a GUITAR MAN OF THE CLOTH!

It never got anywhere--I told Steven Curtis Chapman about it, but just smiled and said Well!

I like this song a lot, since I identify with the have nots!

Mackie

#1168162 - 08/20/20 09:59 AM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: swestern]  
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Originally Posted by swestern
Steve,
If only we could all see Jesus in the faces of those we come in contact with; as Louis Armstrong would say "What a Wonderful World" we would have.
Great effort and thanks for sharing,
Skip


Thanks Skip,

Thanks for taking a minute to hear the work & commenting. Much appreciated


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#1168189 - 08/21/20 02:04 AM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Good one Steve. A great write. I thoroughly enjoyed this!
-Tom

#1168192 - 08/21/20 08:36 AM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Real good song Steve. I knew it would be.

Question? What mic do you use?

#1168196 - 08/21/20 09:33 AM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Hi Steve
Well done on the writing and performance - great vocals and the steel really glues things together nicely.
I'm not a religious person so don't really get how you can see Jesus' face in others (and I won't mention the debate about what Jesus actually looks like) but it sounds like you've connected with those that do.
cheers
Paul

#1168212 - 08/21/20 12:34 PM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Sunset Poet]  
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Originally Posted by Mackie H.
Steve--
I second what Dave posted!

I penned one some time ago: Jesus was a GUITAR MAN OF THE CLOTH!

It never got anywhere--I told Steven Curtis Chapman about it, but just smiled and said Well!

I like this song a lot, since I identify with the have nots!

Mackie


I appreciate the input. Yeah I had an interesting encounter with Dallas Holm in the early 90's on one of my tunes, which would have been a great follow up to his iconic "Rise Again". Dude gladly accepted my cassette tape of the song backstage as we both performed at a venue. Waited with anticipation in the mail for a positive response. Got the cassette back in the mail with a letter from his agent as if it was unsolicited. I understand the liability now, but man that was very deflating...He's done nothing of note since that song...As you say "Oh well"...


Originally Posted by Sunset Poet
Real good song Steve. I knew it would be.

Question? What mic do you use?


Thanks for the comments.

I don't use the same mic for every song. But the 4 mics I've been using are Telefunken U47, Neumann U87, Neumann T49, & believe it or not a $400 Audio Technica 4040 (Great value)

On this one I used a Neumann U87 with a Neve Pre-Amp


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#1168318 - 08/23/20 12:14 PM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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The arrangements, production and vocals on this are really well done. Good choices of mics you have to work with there :-)

..ant


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#1168383 - 08/24/20 11:39 AM Re: "Saw Jesus Today" Country [Re: PaulCanuck]  
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Originally Posted by IronKnee
Good one Steve. A great write. I thoroughly enjoyed this!
-Tom


Hey Tom,

I appreciate the comments


Originally Posted by PaulCanuck
Hi Steve
Well done on the writing and performance - great vocals and the steel really glues things together nicely.
I'm not a religious person so don't really get how you can see Jesus' face in others (and I won't mention the debate about what Jesus actually looks like) but it sounds like you've connected with those that do.
cheers
Paul


Funny you say that, because this song got "ripped" on a Christian song FORUM because I didn't make it theologically correct. I mean they let me have it as if I had committed A MORTAL SIN. First off i wanted the song to be able to be played in Church or on Country radio. Second, God, the universe or whichever way you choose or want to say it, gave ME THE SONG (Or at least I tuned into it, & finished the thought) & not those who ripped my tuune for not being theologically sound. Third, I have plenty of theologically sound songs that Christians did not support financially...

I didn't want to tell Christians to see Jesus in everything, though many need to be reminded. I really didn't want to tell non-Christians or those on the fence anything at all, other than sometimes what you see at surface value each day is much, much deeper...

The Character in this song is unassuming & "never had a ton of faith", yet somehow at this point in life saw things a little differently. I really tried to "not preach" at all in this song. Hopefully I accomplished that


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