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jiguma

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This is a big leap of faith for me - no vocal doubling (well just a bit!), no thumping bass, no wall of guitars - this was recorded live in one take - just "man, guitar and microphone". This is my last GarageBand song.

If anyone had told me a year ago that I'd be confident enough to post this I would have laughed, but here it is.

There is a full band version of this with some friends I played with in the 70s in the works at the moment, but I wanted to post this for Christmas. Things are different in the southern hemisphere!
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Lyrics
Summertime Not Blue
© Neil Porter Nov 2005

We’ve got a box of flowers growing on the front deck
I had a bunch of sadness living in my heart
But winter’s long since over
And we’ve worked our way through spring
Summertime is coming ‘round again

We’ve got kangaroos grazing in the front yard
And the Tasman Sea is singing on the shore
Grevilleas in flower
Swarms of parrots on the wing
Summertime is coming ‘round again

Love those summer days living by the river
Sparkling summer days swimming in the sea
It’s a universal antidote
Summertime is here
You and summer - here’s the place to be

If you want to find me any day mid-morning
The river mouth’s a big part of the plan
On the beach beyond the boatsheds
River water greets the ocean
Summertime is coming ‘round again

Summertime is holidays and Christmas
The working year is coming to an end
From Singapore and Sydney
Come family and friends
Summertime is coming ‘round again

Love those summer days living by the river
Sparkling summer days swimming in the sea
It’s a universal antidote
Summertime is here
You and summer - here’s the place to be

We’ve got a box of flowers growing on the front deck
I had a bunch of sadness living in my heart
But winter’s long since over
And we’ve worked our way through spring
Summertime is coming ‘round again
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Comments: 32
Fans: 7
Plays: 403
Downloads: 167
Votes: 11
Uploaded: Dec 18, 2005 - 08:48:12 AM
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2005 - 12:45:42 PM Last Played: May 06, 2017 - 03:16:04 AM
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Hardware:
Rode NT3 microphone
Seagull S6 acoustic
Behringer UB802 mixer/preamp
iMac G4
Software:
GarageBand
Comments
Jim Bouchard said 4176 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
cool!
I like the bareness of this. It's really refreshing. Excellent fingerpicking!
It sounds like this is the heart of what your music really is. What's
interesting is that it sounds like there's some doubling on the
vocal...maybe there's a chorus effect or something, so it's still
sounding like a wall of sound to me.

I would like to go to the southern hemisphere sometime...this is some
nice encouragement!
Check out my latest song called Big Yawn (Apogee One mic demo)
jiguma said 4175 days ago (December 19th, 2005)
cool!
Thanks Jim, I have to admit to a doubling of the whole thing - I recorded it a
few weeks ago, and forgot I'd done it. From you, I am very happy to have a
positive re the fingerpicking - developed on my 12 string, the translation to 6
string has been interestiing! This is certainly how all my songs start out.
Glad you dropped in for a listen - appreciate that!
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
stevel said 4176 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Great track
I like this raw approach (well you know what my tracks sound like!). I
agree that the acoustic fingerstyle guitar work is great. The vocals sound
cool too...this has a great intimate vibe
Steve
Check out my latest song called Broken Toy
jiguma said 4175 days ago (December 19th, 2005)
Great track
Cheers Steve! I sure was nervous about putting this up! The intimate style
doesn't sit real well with me, but I'm pretty pleased that it seems to be going
down OK with MJers. I have a version with country rock guitars, drums, bass
and 5 part harmonies, but it needs lots of work - we'll see if that ever gets a
run in the park!
Thanks for listening and leaving a comment.
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
ledebutant said 4176 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Man Guitar and Microphone
I'm so proud of you for having the guts to strip off most of the
doubling and let your simple arrangement and production and great
voice shine.

As always, your lyrics rule, "it's a universal antidote," is one I
particularly like the sound of. It's so funny to think that it's summer in
Australia. I'll bet Santa wears a Speedo when he hits your part of the
world.
jiguma said 4176 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Man Guitar and Microphone
Thanks for listening Lisa. It was a really big "take a deep breath" moment putting this up - I'm glad I did, as it has taken me over a hurdle I needed to jump.
Cheers,
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
rtcooper said 4176 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Vocal Equally Effective W/O Double(s)
The vocal is Just as Pleasing as Single TX, as shown here. I presume
you know this and Mostly Double for Contextural Affect. Both Great.

The finger-style is quite good, but the guitar mic sounds a little "hot"
on this Gear (well, the song Is about Summer, after all).

What You Mean, "Last GarageBand Song", Kimosabe? That just means
new software and such, Right? Not, "Thank you, thank you very much.
Elvis has Left the Building"? Right?

Best regards,
Cooper
Check out my latest song called The Loon and the Hula Moon (mstr)
jiguma said 4176 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Vocal Equally Effective W/O Double(s)
Cheers Cooper, Yes, the guitar is probably a bit too close to peaking - I always like to get as close as I can to full sound value for my dollar, and I may have been a little greedy here. Thanks for the listen and the comment.
Catch you later.
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
jiguma said 4176 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Vocal Equally Effective W/O Double(s)
Hey Tonto, forgot to mention that I've moved to Logic. Nothing could tear me away from MJ!
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
thetiler said 4176 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Nice singin
Like how the picking gathers around the vocal. I hear a little REO
Speedwagon in your voiice.

Thanks for sharing!
Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
jiguma said 4169 days ago (December 25th, 2005)
Nice singin
Thanks Bill, glad you took the time to drop by and have a listen,
Cheers,
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
Joshosh said 4176 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Great Quality...
to your voice. I'm glad the hurdle has been cleared. I'm looking forward to hearing more like this! I can't explain why, but the tone of your voice just sucks you in. Really, really cool.
Check out my latest song called It's You
jiguma said 4169 days ago (December 25th, 2005)
Great Quality...
Thanks Josh - have a new one with lots of Vox coming up next - can't sustain
this simplicity for too long I'm afraid! Thanks for leaving a comment,
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
snowdragon said 4175 days ago (December 19th, 2005)
One thing I really liked
about this one is the up-tempo fingerpicking approach. This could
easily have become one of those sickly-sweet, sentimental songs but
this has just enough edge to take it out of that overdone realm.

Nice up-front vocal production too :)
Check out my latest song called Nightmares
jiguma said 4169 days ago (December 25th, 2005)
One thing I really liked
Craig, the new mic has done wonders for the volume, sound and presence of
the vox. I don't expect to have any more "hidden" lead vox. Thanks for the
comment, looking forward to your next song.
Cheers,
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
Tadashi Togawa said 4175 days ago (December 19th, 2005)
Christmas of the southern hemisphere.
Simple composition.
The guitar and the song are sung.
Good melody and good climate.

Check out my latest song called Mexican taste
jiguma said 4169 days ago (December 25th, 2005)
Christmas of the southern hemisphere.
Arigato Tadashi-san!
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
Macaudion said 4175 days ago (December 19th, 2005)
You did it again...
I will comment about this in more detail later today, Neil. Another nice
tune, sir.

Dion
Check out my latest song called Pavel
Macaudion said 4175 days ago (December 19th, 2005)
You did it again...
I will comment about this in more detail later today, Neil. Another nice
tune, sir.

Dion
Check out my latest song called Pavel
Macaudion said 4174 days ago (December 20th, 2005)
You gambling man, you
As always, you have artfully put together some fairly poetic lyrics. I
really like this; and although I have truly liked your previous works, I
especially like the FX-less voice and guitars on this. Perfect for the end
of springtime, where things tend to start clean, stripped and anew,
while readying for the upcoming seasons.

I wouldn't have thought to ponder if I might like your singing voice w/o
fx if you hadn't stripped it to offer it up to share in this way. I might
not ever think to ponder or question to differentiate between the two,
but your voice has a naturally distinctive and rich quality to it. I
wouldn't know to think that you or anyone would filter such a voice
with the thoughts that it sounds better. Well, I do understand how we
can sometimes have a lower opinion around something that could have
us in a most vulnerable position and yes, the addition of fx makes for a
safer bet, but it's not gamble that you would ever need to reconsider,
Jiguma. The richness in your voice is warm and more textural while
allowing for it to be more intimate and present in the way that it is
presented here and in most other ways. I would think... I actually just
assumed that the fx most likely make your voice sound better and that
it has been the source of this distinctive, jiguma sound. Way silly me...
You were born this way, how cool is that...

And of course, the same thing holds true for the voice of your guitar, it
is much warmer and more natural w/o fx too. It's all still classic
Jiguma, but more so now as it is closer to the originating source...
That'd be you, Neil.

I sure hope that we are in for more of these naturally occurring events,
but it matters not, you will always be the one that determines how and
what it is that you would like to share and so far, so damn good...

Dion
Check out my latest song called Pavel
jiguma said 4172 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
You gambling man, you
What can I say Dion?! Thanks for your comments on this (and all my other
posts) - yours are comments I especially wait for - partly ego driven I guess,
but also because I value your perspective, and am confident that you'll let me
know if there is something I need to do differently. Keeping this at the bare
bones level here was really hard for me - I had actually posted this some
weeks ago, but pulled it before it became active. Don't expect too many of
these, as I found this a bit stressful.
Thanks again for dropping in to listen and comment on this and the others -
not sure if I'm actually in control of what happens (no I'm not coming over
religious), songs just seem to appear and I let them grow. Having a stack of
fun doing this though!!
Best Season's Wishes to you and yours Dion,
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
ziti said 4174 days ago (December 20th, 2005)
this is very annoying, neil
I am sitting here in a studio that could double for a meat storage unit,
in three fuzzy sweaters (layers, ya know)...outside it's a bout 10f...and
yer song makes me wanna say shut UUUUUP!!!....

seriously...the guitaring is superb...the singing sounds confident and
strong, lovely chord changes and a sparkly production....now...go to
the beach.

great work...more please!

z
Check out my latest song called The Viconian Cyclist
jiguma said 4171 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
this is very annoying, neil
Thanks Fran, Can't write much - I'm off to the beach!
Cheers,
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
Mcboy said 4172 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
lyrics
had me daydreaming of summers past.....the vocal delivery and
fingerpickin just ties it all together.....thanks for the trip!
Check out my latest song called Bluesphemy (MJRF 2010)
jiguma said 4169 days ago (December 25th, 2005)
lyrics
Thanks for listening Mcboy - had a great Christmas day today - the friends
from Singapore and family from Sydney all arrived safe and sound!
Seasons Greetings,
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
milkus said 4172 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
Great stripped down song
I always prefer a stripped down more bedroom/campfire sound to the big
production/wall of sound feel. I think the song fills out nicely. It sounds
like there are more than one guitar and the vocal is full and doesn't sound
flat at all. Why is this your last GB song?
Check out my latest song called Pyramid
jiguma said 4172 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
Great stripped down song
Thanks Chris!
Its because I've moved on to Logic Express, which I just find much easier to
work with. Happy Christmas!
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
caroline said 4171 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
quick - send your address!!
jiggy - censored! censored!! censored!!! i am sick with envy - you make
it all sound delicious - you have a great christmas barbie on the beach -
thank you for sharing this (i think!!!) and my favourite bit is the very last
line with your pure, pure voice xxx
Check out my latest song called i'm a reunion maid MJRF 2010
jiguma said 4171 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
quick - send your address!!
Thanks Caro,
If it makes you feel any better, its raining now - will have to be a barbie in the
back yard. Can I borrow the bear to shoo off the kangaroos?
Have a good Christmas!
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
Ed Hannifin said 4171 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
Hi Neil!
I've been so frustrated with my Internet this week... I knew this song
(and a few others) was up and I couldn't get it to play... Some days I
couldn't load the page...

Tonight I finally heard it. Your voice is great on this. Your voice, in fact,
has a nice "furry" quality to it as a single track (although you ARE doing
SOMETHING to it, aren't you, besides doubling? One of the GB presets?
), which, paradoxically, may be why your voice doubles and quadruples
so well...

I like the lyric and the optimistic vibe of this song. I always appreciate
your natural feel for detail... Your songs never come across as
generic... you have some universality to 'em, but never at the expense
of the particular... I have a sense of you being who and where you are,
even as I respond to a more general emotional message...

About to turn yourself loose on Logic. Hats off to ya, mate... I've got
Logic Express and have barely made a dent... Maybe next vacation.... I
look forward to hearing what you do in that expanded medium...

As always, a great pleasure to listen....

Ed
jiguma said 4170 days ago (December 24th, 2005)
Hi Neil!
Thanks Ed,
Really appreciate your comments (as always). On checking back, I used the
master track setting "pop ballad" whatever that entails. I'm just about to
finish a "Logic only" track, and am finding that Logic just makes things so
much easier. The mixing window is such a huge improvement on GB, and is
worth the price alone. I also like the way Logic allows more control of effects
and transport in general. It really is amzaing for me that people actually like
my voice - thanks for the positive comments.
Cheers,
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
saymme said 3088 days ago (December 10th, 2008)
( :
Very nice song neil...love this "oldie" of Yours with the kangaroos & nature lyrics & soft sounds.. ThankYou Glad You have so many songshere I hadnt heard this one !; ) tx
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