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Dennis Sy

Dennis Sy

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It’s tough to find that perfect song to dance with Dad on your wedding day – you want something special, touching, meaningful…but not romantic.  Often, there’s a song that’s almost perfect — then there’s that one verse that makes it borderline creepy.

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Michael Peloso

Michael Peloso

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The back to the basics approach brought to the track is evident, with its dangling, broken piano chords and angelic melody, it is apparent that Dennis Sy and Michael Peloso came into this track with a fully realized vision that they intended to stick to.

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OFFICIAL LINKS:

Dennis Sy
www.DSYMusic.com
www.facebook.com/DSYMusic.US
www.twitter.com/DSYMusic
www.instagram.com/DSYMusic
www.soundcloud.com/DSYMusic

Michael Peloso (co-writer/lyricist)
https://www.mpmpmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mikepelosomusic/
https://twitter.com/Mike_Peloso

 

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