Follow the starInteresting choice of words .....timeing on the song felt to long but thats a preference kinda thing...be nice to hear your personal testimony in bluegrass format..thats something worth reviewing
Review- Follow That Star (Christmas)This is such a moving spiritual song, you really did a great job. I find it so gloifying and inspirational. I love listening to your songs and I know others are led to worship and praise because of your annointed music. Keep up the great work God Bless.
Good wordsThis song is a great song telling the true meaning of Christmas. Its telling us how we can still follow the star spiritually to Christ. It will lead us home. Good Christmas song. And it can be sung year round too. Great message.
Keep GoingIn a world that is in need of a positive message, keep on letting your music be a light in this very dark world, uplifting, and strengthening all who hear.. keep lifting up the name of of Jesus, for all the world to see, for in doing so, we’ll draw men unto him...
Praise GodAmen! Following Christ as well! He is to return for His people and as we look closer to His word, For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matthew 24:7-8 One of our singles "Where Will You Spend Eternity" shows current devastation in the video on YouTube!
Follow That Star Song ReviewHello Trevor, Great sound! Your song has a country, blue Grass quartet sound!!! It's also a fun song for churches to sing or their choirs! I really liked the authenticity of the song! Keep up the good work.
Catchy Christmas songI really enjoyed this song! It is so catchy and the melody is infectious. Simple lyrics, but great message. I always love hearing Trevor's voice. It is very soothing It seems like he has a big smile on his face when he sings.
Follow that StarThis is a nice selection, banjo was a good choice for driving this song. I like the background vocals to add character to everything. I thought you were going to hit me with another verse. Good job!!
Rootsy Christmas songTrevor Toews' recording of "Follow That Star" is a rootsy, down-home Christmas song, about the wise men finding and following the star that led them to Jesus. It is clever and light-hearted, and proceeds from a true heart of worship and faith. The band is simple and acoustic -- banjo, acoustic bass, drums, tambourine, and probably a guitar in the mix as well -- and plays together well, keeping a solid, joyful, and consistent rhythm throughout. The 2-part vocal harmony is well-delivered. From a songwriting standpoint, it is impressive in the number of words it strings together, while keeping the elocution sounding very natural. The structure is Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Chorus. Unfortunately, the verse and the chorus sound much alike (though not identical), so the song begins to sound repetitive about halfway through, and just continues that way. I don't mind that there are 4 verses if the songwriter has something to say, and this songwriter certainly does, but something needs to be done to keep the listener's attention. There are several ways around this problem of sounding repetitive. The most important is to make the chorus sound distinctly different from the verse, by setting it to a different chord progression. Another way might be to put 2 verses together before each chorus, so that the chorus only comes around 3 times (VVCVVCC or VVCVCVC), instead of 5. Another might be to add a Bridge, that holds the listener's interest by going into yet a 3rd different chord progression. And yet another way to add a wrinkle that keeps the listener's attention is to add a key change. This last suggestion would work well in this song, just before the verse where you change the idea from following the star to following the king the star led us to. Modulate to a new key as well. Finally, I can't help noticing that at the beginning of each verse, the melody drops down a little out of the lead vocalist's range. As a songwriter, I understand how this happens. You have an idea, and you write it in a key you are comfortable with. That's fine. But then before you get ready to lay the song down in a recording, experiment with the key, by slapping a capo on and trying it in different positions, to get the melody positioned in the wheelhouse of your voice. I would be willing to bet you could raise the key of this song a half-step, or even a full step, without straining your voice at the high end, and then the low notes would be more comfortably in your range, and those low-pitch words would shine through stronger. (I wrote songs for about 30 years before I learned this latter lesson, and I didn't think of it myself. It was quietly imposed on me by one of my producers.) Finally, there is just one wrinkle in the lyrics that nags at me a little, and that is where you say "Follow, follow that old star." I understand that throwing the word "old" in there is just country vernacular that adds an easy familiarity, but semantics are important, and the star the kings were following was a star they had never seen before, so it was hardly old -- at least, not to them at that time. The chorus would be improved by leaving that word out, or finding another one-syllable word to take its place. So anyway, that's my 2 cents worth. Always a pleasure reviewing songs by this artist.
Song reviewThis will be a nice song to play during the holidays. Remind me of what my Grandmother use to play. I really like the song. Has a good feel. Keep it coming man...I will be on the look out for more music from you..
In MY OpinionGreetings, Thank you for choosing me to review your work, I count it an honor to be included in such a task. My hat is off to you and anyone willing to step out and share their gift, talent and love of music to the public. Be it a musician, singer, song writer, actor and so-on. I myself, via 40 some years of experience in the fields, on the road, in the studio, radio, TV, video, and management, consider myself to be a seasoned musician, singer, song writer, studio-sound tech/engineer/ owner/operator, stage manager, find it sometimes hard/difficult and perhaps not even fair to sit in a seat, voicing My Opinion concerning another's creative efforts. Especially in certain genres of music I am not all that familiar with concerning very important elements that make up and meet the required standards to justify the various levels of ratings and grades. So, in saying ALL that, I will limit myself to MY Opinion concerning the quality of the work according to My ears, and the standards I have been familiarized with thru-out the years. I hold to the old - saying " Beauty Is In The EAR of The Beholder ... LOL. The sound quality of the recording over-all is very crisp and bright and clear, I really enjoyed the entire work.Think about a solo music break to step away from vocals for a short period. Vocals are smooth and natural, sort of - down to earth as they say, and extremely peaceful. The mix levels let me know who was still in charge of this song. Very easy to sit back and listen to. I mean no offense in any part, I myself take all feedback and use it as a tool toward my next project. I pray you feel the same way. Either way, I say to you, keep doing what you do, keep kicking and enjoying what you do. I tell folks all the time for many years. When it stops being FUN, then it's time to stop, and stand back and think about what we are doing, why we are doing it, how we are doing it, what we and others are getting out it. Is it what we want, and how we want it. IF NOT. what are willing to do from there? Thank you again for asking MY OPINION. Johnny
Picture PerfectI like it. I like the story line of the message and how you put it together, but I will say that quality of the recording itself could be better, as an artist myself I'm starting to learn the difference between good and poor recording. It's like trying to take a picture of a beautiful sunset or the perfect night star for this song, with a bad camera. Hope you understand Be Bless brother.
Catchy Country Christmas TuneThanks for sharing. This is a catchy Christmas tune that conveys the story of the wise men. I especially like the concluding verse. I like it and can see it being a great song to share live.