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I Wish I Was A Mockingbird


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Ed Hannifin

 Genre: Folk-Rock

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While I wait for the arrival of my new Focusrite Saffire interface (due sometime in October if the gods are kind) and work up a couple of neat collaborations, I wanted to post a few things from the archives...

This is the first song from The-CD-That-Never-Was, entitled "Simply Fine", from my old band Wheatstone Bridge. Wheatstone Bridge had many members in its dozen year career, was most lengthily a trio, and in its waning year was just me and my former partner Phyllis Capanna, who has graciously allowed me to dip into archives and post this stuff.

On this tune, the players are:

Phyllis Capanna: lead vocal, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar

Ed Hannifin: acoustic guitar, harmony vocal

Mark Stunkel: acoustic lead guitar

Karen Casey: bass

And the late, great, much missed John Cunningham (of Silly Wizard, Relativity, Raindogs fame): electric fiddle

I wrote the song, but in the studio Phyllis convinced me (wisely) to let her take the lead vocal.

This is another gratitude song... It was written years ago about a particular time in my life that a particular friend helped me get through, but through the years it has developed "legs", and has been found fitting in many times and situations, for me and for others. I always think it's the song that has "legs", but maybe it's gratitude that is more universal...

It was also inspired by my first encounter with a mockingbird, which was singing on a rooftop near my old apartment. I listened to it change song and voice over and over again, and, since I have always been frustrated with my own voice, I was struck by how cool it would be to be able to go from voice to voice and song to song as the spirit moved you...

As with everything I've ever recorded in my life, it sounds better over a good set of headphones...

And speaking of gratitude, thanks and a tip of the pith helmet to ziti, who let me run over the other afternoon so he could scan in the old CD cover on his amazing art-and-music rig....
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Lyrics
I Wish I Was A Mockingbird
Copyright 1986 Ed Hannifin

There is only love
Only love to get you through
Only love to guide you safely toward the place you’re going to
And when I feel your love
So steady and so strong
I wish I was a mockingbird
I wish I was a mockingbird
I wish I was a mockingbird
And had a thousand songs
Had a thousand songs for you

There only are the brave
When you need that steady hand
When you’re standing on that mountain
Looking out on the promised land
When I take your hand
So steady and so strong
I wish I was a mockingbird
I wish I was a mockingbird
I wish I was a mockingbird
And had a thousand songs
Had a thousand songs for you

[Solo break]

There is no one here but you
So don’t you look around
There was a thing I had to do
And you helped me nail it down
And when I meet your eyes
So steady and so strong
I wish I was a mockingbird
I wish I was a mockingbird
I wish I was a mockingbird
And had a thousand songs
Had a thousand songs
I wish I was a mockingbird
And had a thousand songs for you
Song Stats
Hits: 8869
Comments: 104
Fans: 29
Plays: 1212
Downloads: 296
Votes: 42
Uploaded: Sep 13, 2005 - 12:15:33 PM
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2005 - 05:45:49 AM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 08:07:27 PM
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This was recorded in my old friends Meg and Tom Daley's studio, The Daley Planet, on an analog machine...
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Comments
said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Simply Fine
Hey Ed,

glad you uploaded this old gem,
very nice vocals and playing.
The sound is warm and cuddly.
Man, now I am digging for that old
bong somewhere in the closet.
Great folk tune.

Cheers
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Simply Fine
katchoolik, you know I love your songwriting and guitar playing, so it means a
great deal to me that you like this and signed on early to say so.

Thanks for listening and commenting and voting.

Ed
TobinMueller said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
So mellow
Listening to mockingbirds is one of the wonders of life. Like
little jazz players riffing off of everything they've ever heard.
And love, it makes you want to always sing something new
yet something that uses all those moments again and again.
This captures a wonderful moment. Thanks for giving it legs.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
So mellow
Tobin, you definitely got it about the mockingbird. It's funny, until I saw and
heard one, I had never heard one...and once I did, I saw and heard them
everywhere. I point them out to people, especially my son, all over the place.
And as you say, they make song out of EVERYTHING, anything they hear.

And you're right about love, too, of course.

Thanks again for one of those attentive Tobin listenings and commentings.

Ed
Slotogenic said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
beautiful!
Nothing else I can really say. It's perfect. Great work!
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
beautiful!
Thank you very much for listening and commenting.

Ed
Mcboy said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
just beautiful
sound...vocal...harmonies.....great piece of folk
songwriting.....just beautiful.....
Check out my latest song called Bluesphemy (MJRF 2010)
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
just beautiful
Well, I just came from listening to Naw-Lins, if we want to talk about beautiful...

Thanks for listening, McBoy... I can't tell you how tickled I am that you like it...
Not tickled, actually, more like 'proud'.... I really admire your playing and artistry
and taste, so it means a lot that you took the time and found something to
like...

Ed
said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Hey... I'm just an amateur
what can I say to really critique something so fine?

Ed, this indeed has legs... timeless and poetic lyrics.
Heart felt performance by Phyllis and you on vocals.
To be added to my library when I get home.

The warmth of that analog recording is priceless to
this one who has only known GBand.

Jack

Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Hey... I'm just an amateur
Hey, Jack, I always look to see if you've listened to anything I post... I really like
your thoughts and comments and that heart of yours that gets to the core of a
song... So if you think it's got warmth and legs and good lyrics, then I'm happy
as a clam...

Thanks as always for listening, Jack,

Ed


Mystified said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
I miss hearing the mockingbirds!
...None around here, but I'd hear them every morning
when I lived in So. California, tirelessly singing.

Lovely song, Ed. So pleasant, calming and joyful. I'm glad
you're posting these older tracks.
Simply fine.

And wow....Relativity. I had their "Gathering Pace" on
cassette and about wore it out, I listened to it so much.
Check out my latest song called Child of Yesterday
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
I miss hearing the mockingbirds!
We have had an amazing bird year around here. We've had two straight years
with pileated woodpeckers in trees by our mailbox, some OTHER kind of
amazing woodpecker a few trees down, mockingbirds all over the place, the
occasional hummingbird, and, just lately, a female turkey that is very
confused
and gathering nesting materials... Plus a den of foxes... fox kits are the
coolest...

Right. Where was I? The song...

I'm always glad when you like a song, Mystified, and I'm glad you listened,
liked and let me know. Thank you.

Relativity was a great band. I heard them live at Somerville Theatre once,
years ago. And before them was Silly Wizard. Johnny Cunningham was a
phenomenal musician, a master of tone and melody... he could hold an
audience spellbound with just his fiddle... and his jokes... I asked him to play
on some recordings, shaking in my boots 'cause he had a REAL recording
contract, and he just said, "Sure...when?..." I still remember him coming out,
doing the session, and being fascinated with the lamas that lived just over the
fence from the studio...

I recommend the live Silly Wizard CD recorded at Sanders Theater to ANYONE
with any love of folk or celtic or just great playing and singing...

Ed
thetiler said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Terrifc
This is really nice to hear. Wow, love that electric violin! The
fingerpicking is very delicately done. Smooth, nice intro.
The singing is sweet indeed!
Harmonizing is fun to hear!

This is pro stuff!
This is a great fine addition to Macjams! Wow!

Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Terrifc
I'm glad you like it, Bill. I think the main fingerpicking bits ended up a bit
back in
the mix, although Mark's lead fingerstyle bits are really nice...

I also appreciate that you like the harmonizing. The fiddle playing is great,
too, of course...

I'm glad you think it's up to pro standard. I still hear the flaws, but I do love
the song, and I think Phyllis sang it very well.

Thanks as always for a good listen and a thoughtful comment.

Ed

said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Oh yes.
Oh yes. This is folk-at-its-finest. Truly, a pearl. Delicious
and dreamy. Such nice singing. Totally accessible.
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Oh yes.
I take you very seriously about singing, Rich. I'm glad you enjoyed this bit. I do
think it's one of my better songs, as these things go...

Thanks for listening. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Ed
FEEL said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
What a beautiful tribute
to such a nice story and tune. It must be nice to have
such talented friends bring your song back around to you
again.
Check out my latest song called Ten Years Gone Led Zeppelin Cover
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
What a beautiful tribute
Working with Phyllis was always a treat. She's a great singer, a great musician,
an amazing songwriter, and she is one of my friends of longest standing...
She's a treat to play with and hang out with...

And yeah, putting this CD together, even though it never really made it out,
really gave life to a number of songs... these were all great people to work
with...

Mark Stunkel plays beautifully here, but he's not even breaking a sweat. He's
in ziti and Cori's class as a player, and a great guy into the bargain...

Texas, I appreciate your listening and commenting. Thanks and thanks again.

Ed
White Hawks said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
ahhhhhhhhh sooooo awsome
Ed!!!!! This is soo beautiful! your acoustic guitar, harmony
vocal making this song alot coooler. thanks for sharing
Ed.

- Hawks
Check out my latest song called Shepherds Out in the Field
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
ahhhhhhhhh sooooo awsome
Hawks, you just never fail to make my day.

I'm glad you like this. It's an interesting thing to step to the side on one's own
tune, but sometimes the results are just beautiful...

I really appreciate you listening to my songs and commenting. Thanks, thanks,
thanks.

Ed
J.A.Stewart said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Another Espresso, Please...
Yes, this tune brings it all back: The scent of strange, sweet
spices in the air, the sudden hush as the quiet strains of a
plaintive melody gently fill the intimate room...

A very fine piece of work, Ed. And very well performed by you
and your mates.

I'm back in the coffeehouse. ;)
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Another Espresso, Please...
Yep, that's the vibe, Joe. This song and others I'll be posting spent a lot of time
in coffeehouses... Espresso, chamomile tea, hot spiced cider... iffy PA
systems...monitors? We don' need no stinkin' monitors!...wood paneling and
folding chairs...

I'm glad you like it. Thanks for listening and commenting.

Ed



bronco said 4361 days ago (September 13th, 2005)
Beaufiful Folk Music
Title says it all, no critique.
Check out my latest song called 6th. St. Masquerade
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Beaufiful Folk Music
Thanks, I do appreciate the listen and the comment. I'm glad you like it, bronco.

Ed
Cori Ander said 4361 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Beautiful
Really soft and nice, well produced! See the song has
copyright 1986. Is it also recorded that long ago? You have
got a very nice sound to it anyway (sometimes I wonder if it
wansnt easier to make good recording on analouge
equipment). And that electric fiddle is great, every acoustic
band should have one ;)
Check out my latest song called O store Gud
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Beautiful
Thanks, Curry.

Yes, the tune was written in 1986 or thereabouts. This recording was finished
up
in about 1991. Everything in my musical life has taken its own sweet time!

The electric fiddle is pretty neat. I recommend the first Raindogs album as
being
a great showcase for electric fiddle in an alternative rock context... Great
songs,
singing, playing...

I don't know about "easy" as regards analog gear. I remember whole
afternoons while Tom trotted out different mics and dialed in effects and
compression... and I remember sitting over coffee while he marked up the
two inch tape with chalk or something and sliced out mistakes with a razor
blade... but they were using sixteen tracks (which was SO MANY TRACKS for
us back then) and Dolby SR, and the resulting sound was pretty warm and
smooth...

Thanks for listening and commenting, as always. I appreciate it.

Ed
stevel said 4361 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Classy folk ballad
Very nice tune Ed, great performances all round. The
vocals have a mournful Linda Thompson quality. You all
sound so English!!
This would go down well at the Cambridge Folk
Festival...nice one
Steve
Check out my latest song called Broken Toy
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Classy folk ballad
Well, THAT'S a pretty cool set of compliments...

You know, I have Linda Thompson's autograph!

Richard's too, and a "stolen" set
list from the last Richard and Linda tour that came through Boston... I'm a
ridiculous fan of their music... Phyl and I were both very much into Richard
Thompson, and Fairport Convention... I think it's fair to say that there's a
"Bright
Lights Tonight" influence on a lot of what we did together at this time... We
used
to do "Down Where The Drunkards Roll", "Dimming Of The Day", and even
"Sloth" at one time...

I'm thrilled to be thought to have a British quality in this musical context...

Thank you very much....

Thanks for the listen. Thanks for the comment.

Ed
jackstone said 4361 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Really great work
It's perfect sound and melody%uFF01
I love it!

Check out my latest song called watchawant session
Ed Hannifin said 4361 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Really great work
Thanks, jackstone. That's a pretty strong compliment. I'm glad you like it that
much.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and leave a comment.

Ed
Cameron said 4361 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
so incredibly well-done!
What a great song this is -- lovely melody and lyrics,
excellent performances and recording quality.

Phyllis' voice is perfect for the folk genre; sweet, clear and
warm. Gorgeous!

The guitar playing is very well-matched and balanced,
providing a perfect accompaniment and "punctuation" to
this song.

I especially like the vocal harmonies -- they're close and
nicely rounded, and adds a lot to the whole.

The electric fiddle is just the right touch, a special sound
which is "icing on the cake".

This is a very impressive track on all counts, and is
definitely professional caliber.

GREAT JOB, ED (and colleagues)!!!
Check out my latest song called Trio for Horn, Violin & Piano
Ed Hannifin said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
so incredibly well-done!
Cameron! Thanks!
You are one of the guys here that I think of knowing a thing or two about
theory, arrangement and production, so it blows me away that you think this
is
on a professional level.

As the guy who wrote the song, I'm glad you like the melody and lyrics. I
agree with you about what Phyllis brings to the lead vocal; I have always loved
her voice. And I'm glad you like the guitars and harmonies, because really,
that's where the song started out...

You always have a good sense of sounds and arrangement in your posted
pieces, so I'm also happy that you liked the electric fiddle.

I appreciate that you took the time to listen closely and comment in detail. It
feels great that you appreciate this, Cameron. Thanks again.

Ed
Tadashi Togawa said 4361 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
sweet memories
Beloved.
It is gentle, and beautiful.
And sorrow.
Check out my latest song called Mexican taste
Ed Hannifin said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
sweet memories
Tadashi-san, I treasure your comments. You always seem to have a sense of the
emotional depth of a song, the tone within the tone.

I'm glad you have listened, and enjoyed, and left me your thoughts.

Ed
Einarus said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Beautiful
I literally pressed 'favorites' and 'download' after merely a
few seconds.
Gorgeous tune and wonderfully performed.
So relaxing...
Check out my latest song called "I Hate Goodbyes"
Ed Hannifin said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Beautiful
Thanks, Einarus, that's some kind of trust....

I'm glad you've ended up liking the tune and performance. Thanks for listening,
thanks for commenting. I appreciate it.

Ed
Macaudion said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
What a warm embrace...
This one warmly embraced me from all places...Grattitude can be universal, more likey though, the beauty in this particular piece is that which is the main chord...It is that chord, of which is resonant w/ the essence of that which is good...Perfect harmony... Every note presented here, they sing along perfectly as if you are all, as one...

An excellent, excellent piece, Ed. Again, I am not at all suprised, that you had lots to do w/ this... Thanks for sharing this.

Dion/Cyd
Check out my latest song called Pavel
Ed Hannifin said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
What a warm embrace...
Cyd/Dion:

I look forward to your listens every time. I like that you can listen with a
critical ear, and you sometimes hear stuff technically that is both true and yet
not something everyone would catch... and then you also respond to each
song emotionally... The fact that you've got technical skill and "ear chops"
doesn't make you all cold and analytical... I always end up feeling honored
when you like something I've done and respond to it...

And I agree with you. People respond to things that are deeply true...
sometimes they are responding to the truth UNDER the words, or WITHIN the
song or recording, they go beyond the form to the heart or essence...

I'm glad you like it. Thanks for your thoughts.

Ed
said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
AMAZING SONG!
Dr. Shrink you write the most amazing songs! This song is so beautiful! This song gave me the goose bumps and made me cry! There's not many songs that do that to me and this is one of them. I can barely type this because the tears are dripping down my cheek. It reminds of my late father and his great spiri that infected me through his life and in his passing. He was truly a mockingbird and this song moved me immensely. Thank you!
Ed Hannifin said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
AMAZING SONG!
bizarre, I'm just blown away. Thanks for letting me know... I'm glad you had
such a good and moving response to the song... It amazes me that you've been
so into and supportive of my songwriting right along, and on the surface we do
very different things musically...

but we do seem to each enjoy what the other does...

Thanks for giving this one, and the other ones, a listen, and for commenting...
and telling folks about the song on the chat...

Ed
said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
AMAZING SONG!
Dr. Shrink it is as simple as feeling that makes music so beautiful! I play and it comes from the heart just as it does for you! Sometimes abrasive and other time beautiful and tender! I hope to collaborate very soon!

---
BIZARRE!
ziti said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
this is a beauty
no, had not heard this one. Fabulous piece of folk styling.
the musicianship and recording are really stellar. Phyllis
is a clear, strong powerful singer. Very very nice!

Great work!

z
Check out my latest song called The Viconian Cyclist
Ed Hannifin said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
this is a beauty
ziti!

Glad you came by!

Glad you like it... Yes, Phyllis is something special as a singer... and everything
else she does...

I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment.

Ed

Scorpjammer said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
A Gem, Indeed
And a timeless one, at that.

I picked up my acoustic and picked along.:)

Well written and performed, Ejh.

10s/fav/keeper
Check out my latest song called Christmas Time Is Here
Ed Hannifin said 4360 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
A Gem, Indeed
Thanks, Scorpjammer. I like the idea that you would pick along with this. That
feels just great.

Thanks very much for the listen and comments, and scores, and everything...


Ed
jiguma said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
So well done!
Ed, this is really nice. It must be good to have a back-catalogue to draw from - especially when it contains songs like this. Hard to fault this - love the violin, vocals and guitars. Haven't had the pleasure of hearing a mockingbird though, must try to find a mp3 of one somewhere. Trying to imagine a song about a kookaburra sounding so fine!
Keep em coming Ed,
Neil
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Ed Hannifin said 4360 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
So well done!
One of the things I love is getting up early before work and checking the
comments on the new song, and finding the ones that have come in during
the
night from the other side of the world...

You know, the back catalog IS kind of neat... I like the idea that songs I wrote
long ago that may not have reached a very wide audience can get a "second
chance" in this MacJams community... I think some of them may not have
gotten
a good shot their first time around...

My son sings that old song, "kookaburra sits in the old gum tree" in Cub
Scouts... It IS a somewhat different feel, I must admit...

The thing about mockingbirds is that every one of them will sound different,
depending on what they're hearing... I'll bet there IS some site out there with
bird mp3's though...

Thank you for listening and commenting.

Ed
J.A.Stewart said 4360 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Retro Recording Techniques...
In Ed's response to "Beauty"...

Ed Quote:
"...and I remember sitting over coffee while he marked up
the two inch tape with chalk or something and sliced out
mistakes with a razor blade..."

Just as a historical point of interest for all you younger
folk who have never known the "joys" of editing audio
tape... what Ed's probably referring to is a "grease" pencil,
which was used to mark of the beginning and ending
points on the audio tape where editing needed to be
done.

The tape would then be placed into an editing block,
which held the tape in place while a demagnetized single-
edged razor blade was used (in a pre-tooled diagonal slot)
to uniformly slice the tape at those edit points.

Using this crude method, recording engineers were able
to excise flubs or imperfect sections of a take and
substitute better performances of the same sections from
other takes by "splicing" (basically scotch-taping) these
replacement parts to the main work tape.

As an interesting side note: This is how "loops" were born.
Engineers would often take a section of a drummer's
performance, carefully edit the section they wanted and
then spliced it together in a loop that could then be
played on a reel-to-reel tape machine to produce a
"perfect," consistent beat ... over and over again.
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Ed Hannifin said 4360 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
Retro Recording Techniques...
Thanks, Joe!

alley-oop said 4359 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
Transcends
Mr. Ejh, What a wonderful, wonderful song. Really touches the soul. Beautiful singing snd songwriting. All the intruments and composition just propel the lyrics so well. The violin is so expressive. It really sings. Man, just so good. I love the emotion it projects and the emotion I feel when I listen. Thanks so much for putting it up.
Check out my latest song called rain
Ed Hannifin said 4359 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
Transcends
alley-oop, I'm glad you like it on the technical side (songwriting, singing,
arrangement, playing...) and I'm gladder that you relate to it on an emotional
level. I really like this simple little tune... it's one of my tunes that I'm satisfied
with, and enjoy singing and having people hear... and I think it's the emotion
that comes across in the song that I like, myself... There's something true
about it, and I always feel that I can sing it...

So thanks for bringing me back to that, and reminding me of that...

I'm really glad you took time to listen, and to leave such a nice comment.
Thanks, Mr. Oop,

Ed
alley-oop said 4359 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
Transcends
You're very welcome, Mr Ejh
Check out my latest song called rain
obbster said 4359 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
Lovely
I love this. Stunning vocals and melody.

Great.
Check out my latest song called Dunkirk
Ed Hannifin said 4359 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
Lovely
obbster, I'm pleased that you like it, vocals and melody both....

Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment.

Ed

daphna said 4359 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
wow
this is really nice. You write great tunes Ejh. I thoroughly
enjoyed the vocals - be sure to let Phyllis know. Thanks for
posting.
Check out my latest song called It's Christmas Time
Ed Hannifin said 4359 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
wow
If I could just convince Phyllis to joing MacJams...

And see all the things people have already written about her and her voice...

And then she could start posting HER songs, and I would never see a high
numbered rating for one of mine again... She's phenomenal...

You, daphna, would probably love her songs "Bug On My Wall" and "I Am Your
Hair"... but then she has serious songs that would melt your heart, and vocal
bits that would knock you over...

So, yeah, I keep passing the praise along... Well, really, trying to get her to
come and read it herself...

Thank you for listening and commenting.

Ed


TeeTee said 4359 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
Great folk tune
I really enjoyed everything about this song, Ed!...lovely
lead and harmony vocals, excellent acoustic guitar blend.
The production is top notch.

The joyful magic of creating beautiful music with others is
well captured here. Thanks for sharing this and if there
are more in the archives, I'm sure many of us here would
love to listen!
Check out my latest song called Si Si
Ed Hannifin said 4359 days ago (September 15th, 2005)
Great folk tune
TeeTee, I'm glad you like the vocals, guitars and production.

I have to say that some of the happiest times of my life have been working in
a team (usually with the old Wheatstone Bridge) on musical things... What's
special about MacJams is that it's bringing back that excitement and aliveness
and fun, all the stuff that comes along with music and collaboration, into my
life, both in terms of recording things now as I learn GB and make my first
stabs at collaborartions and new recordings, and in terms of letting me revisit
old songs and recordings...

There are a number of tunes in the archives, including from the Simply Fine
album, that will see the light of day soon as is, and a number of other tunes
that are being recorded or re-recorded...

Thanks for listening and commenting, and for bringing the whole
collaboration thing into my mind....

Ed
8piscean8 said 4358 days ago (September 16th, 2005)
Warm and Fuzzy
What can I say that hasn't been said before. This is beautiful
and I love that analog warmth to it.
Check out my latest song called The End
Ed Hannifin said 4358 days ago (September 16th, 2005)
Warm and Fuzzy
Warm and fuzzy...it's an emotional state...it's a description of analog sound...

I'm glad you enjoyed the song and the recording, and pleased that you took the
time to listen and to comment. I appreciate it.

Ed
phyllomania said 4358 days ago (September 16th, 2005)
Still Fine
Phyllis here. Still speakerless, software-less, earless, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's comments. Let me just add that this song is my favorite wedding song to perform, and everybody (including me) cries when they hear it. Kudos to Ejh for a great song, without which the singer might as well be eating a hamburger on tape. Ugh! All those mouth noises!!!

...So, they don't use tape anymore???

And while I'm on the subject of tape, I remember what a joy it was to sing at The Daley Planet, a studio constructed expressly for the purpose of recording acoustic music. Complete with windows and a real baby grand piano.

My fondest memory of recording this song is looking out the window of the booth, listening to the most recent take, and catching Johnny Cunningham standing outside with about 5 cigarettes sticking out of his mouth, looking in at us with a mad expression of glee....
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Ed Hannifin said 4358 days ago (September 16th, 2005)
Still Fine
YES!!!

Phyllis joins MacJams!

For those of you who have been telling me to "tell Phyllis she sings really
good" and stuff like that... here's proof! I did!

The next drive is to get Phyl's songs on the site! They're great! They are
AWESOME!

Yay!

Ed
said 4358 days ago (September 17th, 2005)
This is Beautiful, Ed
I usually listen to more raucous material, but I am glad I
listened to this and that you took the time to dig this out of
your archives. I especially like the violin and the lead vocal.
Ed Hannifin said 4358 days ago (September 17th, 2005)
This is Beautiful, Ed
Hey, Mungo!

Thanks for taking a listen to my non-raucousness! I've said this too many times,
but for me that's one of the joys of MacJams... getting to listen outside the lines
of what I would usually listen to, and enjoying it... I certainly agree, as noted
above, about the lead vocal (yay, Phyllis!) and the fiddle... Got a couple more in
the pipeline with variations on that combination...

Thanks for listening and commenting. I'm glad you did.

Ed
jgurner said 4357 days ago (September 17th, 2005)
Lovely
At this point, anything I might say would just be repeating
what others have said. I'll just add my voice and say this is
beautiful and touching. Thanks for posting this one.
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Ed Hannifin said 4357 days ago (September 17th, 2005)
Lovely
Well, whatever's been written before, I thank you for leaving your thoughts. I
appreciate it that you took the time to listen to my tune, and to leave your
response. That's important to me, and I'm grateful. Glad you enjoyed it...

Ed

selters said 4356 days ago (September 18th, 2005)
The good old days!
the intro is beatiful!! this is the kind of guitarplay that i love to hear! Phyllis has a great voice! also love your harmony vocals! love the solobreak, specially the end of it! i would love to hear more stuff from the old days!!
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Ed Hannifin said 4356 days ago (September 18th, 2005)
The good old days!
selters, I'm glad you like the guitars and harmonies, and the solo break.

Now that Phyllis is a member, you may get treated to some more of HER songs
from the old days...

I have a few more lined up and ready to go... only, it seems I have a
collaboration to finish first...

Thanks for listening and commenting,

Ed
mandolinquent said 4356 days ago (September 19th, 2005)
Great work...
Love Phyllis's voice. And the muted violin is lovely.
Beautiful melody too.
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Ed Hannifin said 4356 days ago (September 19th, 2005)
Great work...
Thank you, mando. I'm with you as regards Phyl's voice, which I love, and the
electric fiddle track. I'm glad you like the melody.

I'm pleased you listened and commented. Thanks again.

Ed
protart said 4356 days ago (September 19th, 2005)
nice warm song
nice and relaxing...I voted with 8 and 9....but perhaps...if it would be a coffee.....stop sugar!
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Ed Hannifin said 4355 days ago (September 19th, 2005)
nice warm song
What a great comment and a great metaphor to illustrate how much of this
that we think is absolute is actually a matter of taste....

For myself, I like strong coffee, and I like it hot, but with milk and two
sugars... Gotta have oomph, but has to have sweetness too.

I like good strong Assam or Yunnan tea, too. Brewed four minutes, then milk
and two sugars... Has to have full flavor, but has to have sweetness, too...

I remember that I used to feel guilty about having sugar in my coffee, and
thought it wasn't as sophisticated as those of my friends who drank it black.
Then on my one trip to Europe in my entire life, in Florence and Milan, I
watched old Italian men in the bars sipping espresso thick as tar...black,
strong, bitter...and adding TONS of sugar without any signs of guilt or
embarrassment...

Now, I drink what I drink and have what I have in the way I like it best...

Thank you for a good listen, and a great comment.

Ed
bakedzito said 4355 days ago (September 20th, 2005)
mokingbird
thanks for posting up your song i really dig the guitar work very hot! very moving i dig keep it up
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Ed Hannifin said 4354 days ago (September 20th, 2005)
mokingbird
Thanks, bakedzito, I'm glad you liked it. Mark's lead work is really pretty and
melodic, I think. One take, I think. The guy walked in prepared! And as I wrote
above, I really do like this song...

I'm glad you listened and liked. Come by again. Thanks for the comment.

Ed
Paul_T said 4354 days ago (September 20th, 2005)
Legs? This song has wings!
Simply phenomenal. Everything is so smooth and mellow!
The world needs to hear this song! Thank you for posting it!
Growing up in MA, I always heard about Silly Wizard. And I
remember the Raindogs because I liked a band called "The
Schemers" out of Providence that had Mark Cutler in it.
He was in the Raindogs after that band. Wasn't he?

I'll have to do my research further.
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Ed Hannifin said 4353 days ago (September 21st, 2005)
Legs? This song has wings!
Paul, I'm glad you liked the song!

Now you're going to have me going back to the Raindogs' first album... I'm
pretty sure you're right... Have to look it up now...

Silly Wizard was an amazing band...great instrumentalists, and one heck of a
great vocalist up front... wonderful traditional material, and terrific original
songs....Everyone on MacJams with an inkling of feeling for Celtic stuff should
get that Live At Sanders Theatre album!....

Thanks for your listening and comments...

Ed
alanfraser said 4307 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Absolutely Gorgeous
Added to Favorites and downloaded to iTunes. Loved it.
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Ed Hannifin said 4305 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
Absolutely Gorgeous
Thanks, Alan. I had hopes one of mine would get your attention. I'm glad you
liked it.

Ed
Nolan said 4257 days ago (December 26th, 2005)
What a beauty!
What a little gem! Beautiful, Ed. Great song, great guitars, great voice.
Lovely understated production. Good on you for posting it.
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Ed Hannifin said 4256 days ago (December 27th, 2005)
What a beauty!
Glad you like it, Nolan. I'm pleased you've had a little Ejh-a-thon for yourself...

I think you've picked up that I'm a fan of yours... I HOPE that has come across...

Thanks for listening and letting me know...

Ed
Nolan said 4256 days ago (December 27th, 2005)
What a beauty!
Yes, Ed, I've been meaning to listen to your stuff for ages. I am really grateful
for the encouragement you've given me, and I am so stoked you've enjoyed
my songs so much. For someone who's never really had much of a 'career',
it's amazing to think someone out there is enjoying my songs, just for
pleasure. It blows me away.

Anyway, I've been wanting to have a good listen to your stuff for a long time.
It's hard though because I still only have dial-up (takes 25 mins to load up a
song) so I need to set aside a big chunk of time to have a decent MacJams
session. And such chunks have not been available over the last six months,
unfortunately. But now that I'm off work for a week, and I have some time to
myself, I've had the Ejh-a-thon. Can't wait to listen to the rest. I'm genuinely
a fan of your stuff. I was really hoping I would be too, since you've given me
so much great feedback. Thanks, mate.

I probably should have emailed you this message!
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btransue said 4226 days ago (January 26th, 2006)
Very nice...
Definitely in line for the VG Folk Special too!
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Ed Hannifin said 4055 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
Very nice...
Thank you for the comment, blaine. i don't know how, but I missed it way back
when... Hope I didn't miss the VG Folk special...

Thanks for listening and commenting...

Ed
Scott Carmichael said 4132 days ago (April 30th, 2006)
A True Folky
... this a very authentic, very vintage sounding folk... You're writing is
even seasoned with the best of this genre...

all the players here lay it down beutifully... vox, lead and harmony are
spot on... this is pro stuff
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Ed Hannifin said 4055 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
A True Folky
Scott, as I mentioned above regarding blaine's comment, I guess I missed this
when you left it, somehow. My apologies. I'm very glad that you find it true to
the genre, and similarly glad that you like the writing, playing and singing,
especially the writing. You being someone who has all of those areas handled, I
am very pleased that you appreciate this. Thanks again and as always for
listening and commenting.

Ed
said 4055 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
Grammar Alert
"I wish" indicates the next phrase is in the subjunctive mode, and so, the
correct title of this song would be "I Wish I Were a Mockingbird".
(I'm re-populating my favorites list after trimming it last winter. :))
Ed Hannifin said 4055 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
Grammar Alert
You know, Bill, in my previous life, Phyllis was my lead grammarian... I've been
missing something essential these recent years...

Thanks for filling in...

Ed
said 4054 days ago (July 17th, 2006)
Grammar Alert
No problem, as long as it's something I learned in Latin class. :)

---
Ars longa, vita brevis.
Ed Hannifin said 4054 days ago (July 17th, 2006)
Grammar Alert
Ah, Latin class! "Omnia MacJamia divisa est, et cetera..." Takes me right back...

Ed
j2morrow said 3973 days ago (October 6th, 2006)
Lovely song
Excellent vocals, guitars, production. Thanks for reviving this and posting
it at MJs.
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Ed Hannifin said 3973 days ago (October 6th, 2006)
Thanks again, j2...
That's twice I've heard from you today. Thank you very much for taking the time
listen and leave a comment. I appreciate that you did... I'm pleased that you like
the production.

Ed
said 3822 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
: ) QUOTE
I have no words only tears of GRATITUDE... Tears make room for more JOY that's for sure; )! I*M REAL HAPPY IT's ON A CD for the rest of the World . . . !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKYOU MJ You're my boulder:) &
THANKYOU BOTH . . she has a Beautiful voice .....

Qouting You here EJH Your pres of this song...
***I wrote the song, but in the studio Phyllis convinced me (wisely) to let her take the lead vocal.

This is another gratitude song... It was written years ago about a particular time in my life that a particular friend helped me get through, but through the years it has developed "legs", and has been found fitting in many times and situations, for me and for others. I always think it's the song that has "legs", but maybe it's gratitude that is more universal...

It was also inspired by my first encounter with a mockingbird, which was singing on a rooftop near my old apartment. I listened to it change song and voice over and over again, and, since I have always been frustrated with my own voice, I was struck by how cool it would be to be able to go from voice to voice and song to song as the spirit moved you...

As with everything I've ever recorded in my life, it sounds better over a good set of headphones...

And speaking of gratitude, thanks and a tip of the pith helmet to ziti, who let me run over the other afternoon so he could scan in the old CD cover on his amazing art-and-music rig....

Ed Hannifin said 3821 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Thanks again, lenabdt...
I'm happy that you're enjoying these songs so much. Thanks for listening and letting me know that you like them...

Ed
Ibstrat said 3707 days ago (June 29th, 2007)
Masterpiece
This song really is a masterpiece.I feel lucky to have played on it a bit.What about going to an Alison Krause concert and throwing a copy of it on stage?
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Ed Hannifin said 3706 days ago (June 30th, 2007)
Mark, you've always been...
...an 'ideas man'... And I think this is a capital idea...

And I think you should do it...

Thanks for your kind assessment. I continue to be thrilled to see you on MacJams....

Ed
Magritte said 3697 days ago (July 9th, 2007)
This is so beautiful
Amazing vocals, both the solo and the harmonies. The instruments blend so well together, it's clear you all had a great musical connection. It doesn't sound "from the archives" at all.

I love the mockingbirds around here...they are really inventive little artistes!
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Ed Hannifin said 3697 days ago (July 10th, 2007)
Thank you for listening, Magritte...
I think you picked a good one...My old friend Phyllis did a lovely job on the lead vocals and the general vocal arranging...

I'm pleased you liked the blend, as well. I have actually sometimes wished I could go back and remix it, for a little more of the sparkle I remember in the original tracks...

My part of the world is also mockingbird-rich, and I enjoy hearing them run through their individual repertoires...

I appreciate you checking this out...


Ed
said 3636 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
Great !
Mr. Ed this is just great, wonderful music, wonderful vocals . Brilliant guitar sound, great quality and i'm speechless because all of it have been mentioned in the comments ! just great

Take Care
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Ed Hannifin said 3635 days ago (September 9th, 2007)
Hello again, Yeman...
I'm pleased you like this. It's one of my favorites among my own tunes... I really appreciate that you have been checking out my older songs from time to time. I hope you continue to enjoy them...

I b'lieve you have another newish one up...I have been falling behind in my MacJams listening, but I promise to get it to it as soon as I can...

Thanks again,

Ed
kassia said 3061 days ago (April 5th, 2009)
and another one
just beautiful
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Ed Hannifin said 3061 days ago (April 5th, 2009)
And even more thanks...
I'm glad you listened to this one. I do still like it... Continued thanks for listening to all these songs of mine today...

Ed
MarkHolbrook said 2996 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
Soft smooth and
really find Ed. I think you guys must have made some really great music if this is any clue! Really wonderful!
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DirtyWinston said 2691 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
i
love it
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Ed Hannifin said 2690 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
Thank you, DW....
Glad you checked it out...

Ed
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