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This is two tunes rolled into one.

The ideas and some of the lyrics have been bouncing around inside my head for a couple of months. I origonally planned them as one tune, then two, then one again, then two again. But I decided to link them together since, at least in my mind, they are connected.

The first tune, Stone, is just over a minute long. I was pretty much able to do what I wanted to do with the tune in that time. The lyrics explain the song better than I could.

The second song, Southern Boy, is another song about my feelings of place and belonging.
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Lyrics
Stone

Sometimes I feel like I am
made of stone
But then the winter comes
and the cold winds blow
and the cracks
begin to show

Some times I feel like I am
flesh and bone
and my eyes see the world
for the very first time....

Southern Boy

There is a place not far form here
I feel the Earth is part of me
wind and water take the world away
and I dance beneath the trees

There’s a feeling inside of me
like every thing is new and pure
The sky fades from blue to black
the stars never seemed so bright

I’m just a southern boy in the great big world
and sometimes I lose my way
But when I see the sky and feel the wind
I know where I belong

I’m just a southern boy in the great big world
and sometimes I lose my way
But when I see the sky and I feel the wind
I know where I belong

There is a time not long from now
where past and future meet
I stand forever as my feet take root
I reach my arms into the sky

I’m just a southern boy in the great big world
and sometimes I lose my way
But when I see the sky and feel the wind
I know where I belong


I’m just a southern boy in the great big world
and sometimes I lose my way
But when I see the sky and feel the wind
I know where I belong

I’m just a southern boy in the great big world
and sometimes I lose my way
But when I see the sky and feel the wind
I know where I belong

There’s a place not far from here
where I live forever
and time stands still
and everything feels new....

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Comments: 23
Fans: 5
Plays: 284
Downloads: 167
Votes: 9
Uploaded: Nov 26, 2005 - 12:18:22 PM
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2012 - 01:35:27 PM Last Played: Jan 27, 2017 - 09:45:30 PM
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Comments
thetiler said 4320 days ago (November 26th, 2005)
nice pict
Like the harmony, like the touch of Neil Young sound in your voice.
I am not sure if I heard the harmonization quite like this on any other of
your songs. Maybe you do but I thought they were very well done. Keep
that going. Nice guitar work, good instrumention.

Thanks for sharing
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jgurner said 4319 days ago (November 27th, 2005)
nice pict
I've done some similar harmonies on a couple of other tunes. I'm still
experimenting with getting a rich, big almost choral sound with the harmonies.

The pict was taken last week at a place near my home called Point Pleasant. The
water is very low this time of year, so you can walk way out into the lake bed. It's
a very desolate and beautiful landscape, especially as the day begins to fade.

Thanks for listening and for your comments. I'm glad you liked my tune.

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selters said 4319 days ago (November 27th, 2005)
one of your best!
I think this is very nice, might be the best i have heard from you. It builds up in a way i foind very pleasing. The instrumentation reminds me a little of cranberries, specially the very beginning of the intro! This tune reminds me of something that i cant really recall at the time, there is something with the harmonyvocals.What a great tune!! Downloaded and faved!
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jgurner said 4319 days ago (November 27th, 2005)
one of your best!
Thanks for your comments and support selters! I'm a fan of the Cranberries and
have been for a while. I'd never thought of a comparison with the
instrumentation, but now that you've mentioned it, I can see it. Glad you enjoyed
it!

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JOAN said 4319 days ago (November 27th, 2005)
epic beauty
beautiful production... the two songs combined together work very well.... i really like the lyrics... you are on top of your game here dude!!!
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jgurner said 4318 days ago (November 28th, 2005)
epic beauty
Thanks JOAN! This is one of my favorites so far, not necessarily musically, but lyrically. I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment.

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eltopo said 4318 days ago (November 28th, 2005)
Cool vibe
Really good song played in a delicious dreampoppy way.

Cool.
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jgurner said 4318 days ago (November 28th, 2005)
Cool vibe
Thanks very much, eltopo. I appreciate you stopping by and taking a listen.

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 13
DoomedWorld said 4318 days ago (November 28th, 2005)
Hi!
Hey ig,

this is DoomedWorld...wanted to say that this is an interesting concept
you have; putting 2 songs into one...doesn't it get kinda tricky
'synching' them up? Anyway...like where it's going...I'm gonna go
mingle among the jammers...TTYL!
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jgurner said 4317 days ago (November 28th, 2005)
Hi!
Thanks for listening. The production on this was a little trickier than usual since
the two tunes are both at different tempos, but it worked out. I appreciate you
taking the time to comment, DoomedWorld, and welcome to MacJams.

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 13
Macaudion said 4317 days ago (November 29th, 2005)
Quite pensive
Again, I must say JG, you do know how to bare your soul, and
beautifully so. You are very consistent... When I see your name alerting
me to a new song, I smile with the knowing that I have just received
another lasting treat.

Your lyrics are always captivating, and you never fail in reminding me
to just settle down and take note - And to realize, that I'm not the only
one - As far north as I reside, I often times feel like a southern boy too
- I got a chance to pause for moment this last weekend and was able
too look up to see the stars - Not much else mattered, as star gazing
always seems to put things into right perspective - It is one great big
sky - And mine is a small little world however, I treasure it all the
same...

I love the harmonies in this and that you did keep things as simple and
as pleasing as you always do.

Another nice production, JG - Thanks for sharing - D

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Macaudion said 4317 days ago (November 29th, 2005)
Quite pensive
Again, I must say JG, you do know how to bare your soul, and
beautifully so. You are very consistent... When I see your name alerting
me to a new song, I smile with the knowing that I have just received
another lasting treat.

Your lyrics are always captivating, and you never fail in reminding me
to just settle down and take note - And to realize, that I'm not the only
one - As far north as I reside, I often times feel like a southern boy too
- I got a chance to pause for moment this last weekend and was able
too look up to see the stars - Not much else mattered, as star gazing
always seems to put things into right perspective - It is one great big
sky - And mine is a small little world however, I treasure it all the
same...

I love the harmonies in this and that you did keep things as simple and
as pleasing as you always do.

Another nice production, JG - Thanks for sharing - D

Check out my latest song called Picture country living
jgurner said 4317 days ago (November 29th, 2005)
Quite pensive
On clear nights in the spring and summer when I was growing up, I'd sit
outside for hours at night and watch the stars go by overhead. I knew, even
when I was young, that everyone in the world looked up at the same sky and
the same stars as I did. It was mind blowing to think about that. It made the
surroundings of the "vast" world on the ground seem almost cozy. The stars
can really give us a sense of place. We stand on the edge of an infinite
vastness that we know, if we could just jump high enough, we'd tumble
through for eternity. It makes our little plot of Terra Firma seem that much
more meaningful, no matter where it is.

Thanks for your comments, and thanks, as always, for giving me through
your comments, the chance for a little reflection.

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 13
alley-oop said 4316 days ago (November 30th, 2005)
wow!
Excellent vocals! great lyrics! Sweet music bed. smooth solos. very relaxed mood. Very nice. Great job!
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jgurner said 4315 days ago (December 1st, 2005)
wow!
I really appreciate you comment, alley-opp, especially about the solos. My guitar
playing is similar to my typewriting in that it's the "hunt and peck" method.
Thanks for dropping in anc taking a listen.

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 13
Warren Smith said 4314 days ago (December 2nd, 2005)
Universal appeal
There's much to like in this piece, from conception to production. The beginning doesn't feel like a separate song to me, rather, it works as a metaphorical opening to the main story. The mood struck from the music and from your singing is somber. Your fine, evocative performance aptly suggests the ongoing mental struggle over the classic "should I stay or should I go" question, and that for whatever reasons you've considered moving away, the tug of the land gives you a sense of place that calms those anxieties. Most of us have scrabbled with that question, which is why this piece has universal appeal, as you dramatically capture that battle and bring it to a decisive conclusion.

As for critical feedback, one thing I wonder about when I listen to "Southern Boy" is "what makes this Southern?" Nothing in the lyrics place it in a specific local setting. If you sang "I'm just a Northern boy" and "when I feel the wind and sky" it could just as well be about Montana or Saskatchewan instead of Mississippi. Even your singing doesn't carry a "Souithern" accent. This said, I don't know that I would change much (if anything), because I think it is that universal quality in the lyrics and your singing that make it so appealing.
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jgurner said 4313 days ago (December 2nd, 2005)
Universal appeal
Just like the decision to leave a place and the desire to come back, every time
I think I'm done with my "sense of place" period, I seem to come back to it. I
take it to mean I still have something to learn from it. Once I learn the lesson,
I'll be able to move on. For now, I'll just go with where the music takes me.

I think this is kind of a universal feeling among almost everyone. We all try to
find our places in the universe - physical, emotional, spiritual. And often they
all seem to be tied together. I hadn't really thought about the message of the
song going beyond being a "Souther Boy," but what you said makes sense.
There is no unique tie to this place other than those I have made myself. (And
I'm amazed that my Southern accent doesn't show throught, cause I have a
good'n.)

I appreciate you taking the time to listen to and comment on my tune,
Warren. The comments I've seen from you here on MJ are always very
interesting and insightful and I appreciate you turning you ear my way for a
few minutes.

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 13
rtcooper said 4312 days ago (December 4th, 2005)
How Do You Do That?
Man, What an Instrument that Vocal Is.

Makes Spells when you tell a Story.

Magic Gift.

Very appreciated over Here.

Best Regards,
Cooper
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jgurner said 4312 days ago (December 4th, 2005)
How Do You Do That?
I've always been very self-conscious about my voice. I've always thought it was
too high and too thin, so your comments are very much appreciated RT. Thanks
for listening. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 13
mikkinylund said 4311 days ago (December 5th, 2005)
Epic
This is awesome work Joseph and a great performance. By far the best
one from you thus far, in my own opinion and taste of course. No need
to feel self-conscious in regards to your voice, it's getting better and
better, and it's truly yours, which mean you are not trying to sound like
somebody else. I thought the first songs I heard form you, you where
slightly out-of-tune at times with your vocals - this is all gone in your
latest songs which makes a huge difference. This song is very good in
all aspects: the guitar which is very haunting yet minimalistic in a way,
perfectly adding the notes - the vocals and harmonies how they play
aganst and for one and each other and build a great story to the very
good lyrics. Thank you J. PS. I've been away for some time, have moved
to a new creative location.
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jgurner said 4311 days ago (December 5th, 2005)
Epic
Welcome back, Mikki!

This may be one of the more "complete" tunes I've done. There's not really
anything in it I'm unhappy with. It also pushed me a little bit technically in
that I had to figure out a few new things while I was mixing both of the songs
individually and then together.

I appreciate your comments about my vocals. Finding a "style" has always
been a trick for me since I always think to myself "Gee, I'd like to sound like -
fill in the blank" (usually Sting). But as I grow more and more comfortable
with how my voice sounds once it's recorded, it encourages me to experiment
a little more.

Thanks again for listening and for your comment, Mikki. And I'm glad to see
you back around MJ!

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 13
Joshosh said 4302 days ago (December 13th, 2005)
Inspiring
Love the harmonies. The production of the background vox are perfect. They blend into the sound so well! How do you do that? Lyrics are beautiful as well. Thank you for sharing this here. Really, really nice. Great emotion in the guitar, drums and piano as well. Pulsing bass creates a nice sense of build. Man, this is goood.
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alackbass said 1953 days ago (May 20th, 2012)
Stone/Southern Boy
Love the lush harmonies! Nice chorus.
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