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Pay My Dues- LIVE!


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aclarke

 Genre: Acoustic Rock

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Another live, spontaneous song. Extremely high energy. People with heart ailments and low noise tolerance should consult a physician before listening!

Made and recorded as you hear it. Two mics, two tracks. No apologies... just a fun little tune. If you hear some thumping in the background it's my daughter dancing around the room like a little crazy woman!
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Lyrics
Hehheh. Right.
Song Stats
Hits: 4810
Comments: 45
Fans: 9
Plays: 706
Downloads: 205
Votes: 17
Uploaded: Jan 26, 2006 - 11:02:20 PM
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2006 - 09:18:09 PM Last Played: Nov 04, 2017 - 01:03:29 AM
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Hardware:
Washburn d10CE Acoustic
MXL 990 Condeser Microphone
Cheap Nady Dynamic Mic (free with $20 mic stand!)
mAudio Mobilepre
PowerBook
Generic medium guitar pick (white)
Software:
Garageband 2.0
Comments
Peter Greenstone said 4318 days ago (January 26th, 2006)
great performance
Adam, this is a great performance, seriously. Even though the lyrics are
basically gibberish you deliver them with great rock and roll power. A
demonstration of just how great a singer you are, especially when you
really let loose and follow your gut. Throw this kind of energy and
freedom into something with real lyrics and you'll have a seriously prime
time rock tune. I also really like the aggressiveness you took with the
guitar.
Check out my latest song called Iridium Flare (2013 Re-Release)
aclarke said 4318 days ago (January 27th, 2006)
great performance
Thanks PG- I almost ended the song with "I've got blisters on me fingers" but
thought that might be copywrite infringement :)

Glad you were digging this! As always, I appreciate your comments and advice!

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
t-bone said 4318 days ago (January 27th, 2006)
in a galaxy far far away......
you've enter the land of songwriting................this is why I love the in the
moment/improv. song writing technique....you get moments like
this.........you are completely present from voice to your guitar
licks,.......you can't reproduce this, i've tried this in my own work....its
almost like a one shot deal.........was a great listen..................t
Check out my latest song called phasse
aclarke said 4318 days ago (January 27th, 2006)
in a galaxy far far away......
true words regarding the one take wonder. The quick story is that this is
basically the last two minutes of last night's recording session- I was playing
completely for fun and for the benefit of my daughter (also my one person
audience). In fact, I almost deleted the whole but I had recorded because of a
horrible take on the song I was trying to do.

Thanks for the appreciation, T-bone!

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
perceptualvortex said 4318 days ago (January 27th, 2006)
Excellent
I think the little crazy woman had the right idea. This is a great foot stompin, soul filled jam. I really like it!
Check out my latest song called Mercury (RPM 6)
aclarke said 4316 days ago (January 29th, 2006)
Excellent
Thanks PV- never a bad thing if you can inspire someone to dance, is it?

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
perceptualvortex said 4311 days ago (February 3rd, 2006)
Excellent
Especially your own daughter. That's a sentiment I can get behind 100%; watching people dance to my drumbeats is exactly what keeps me playing drums. Did I mention how cool this track is?! Now that people are sayin' it, I can hear the John Mellencamp thing too. Awesome!

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Doadars Uncle said 4318 days ago (January 27th, 2006)
Fun!
That's Right Man! It's the stuff!
Check out my latest song called Don't Leave (remix)
bug67 said 4318 days ago (January 27th, 2006)
Love that acoustic rock...
...sound you've got goin' on here. Reminds me of Pete Townsend and The Who. Very clean and punchy. I like!
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Rolo said 4317 days ago (January 28th, 2006)
Great tune!
And very good recording for a live one! Your voice is perfect for this kind
of sound. Keep them coming!
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dreadmon said 4317 days ago (January 28th, 2006)
Mucho fun
This is nifty - from the bits of lyrics popping in, this song could go in any one of number of directions - but I like them all - hope you can incorporate all of those elements! Great voice and strumming - can't wait to hear what this becomes!
Check out my latest song called Don't You
aclarke said 4314 days ago (January 31st, 2006)
Mucho fun
Maybe some day I'll read do this with lyrics... I'm hearing this as the story of a
man who's spent some time in jail.... a moonshiner by blood and choice.
Maybe....

Thanks for the listen, Bing!

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
stratcat51 said 4317 days ago (January 28th, 2006)
Loud Acoustic
This is too cool. Reminds me of an old Everly Brothers tune back in the
day when rock was acoustic. Lot's of attitude, Nice tune. Like the fact it's
done live. You can feel the energy. Sometimes all this mixing and
mastering and trying to perfect the song in general sucks all the life out
of it. Not on this one though. It Rocks!
Check out my latest song called Hope
aclarke said 4315 days ago (January 30th, 2006)
Loud Acoustic
Man- I'm glad you were digging this. It was a total blast to do. Very cool that
you mention the Everly Brothers- it was some of the first rock and roll I listened
to when I was a kid-- my folks had a very eclectic record collection and this was
tucked away in there along with Dylan, The Band, Stones, Sly and Family Stone,
Miles Davis, Isaac Hayes, Bobby Vinton, Ray Price and The New Christy Minstrels.

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
jgurner said 4317 days ago (January 28th, 2006)
Back to basics...
Nothing like a guy with his guitar belting out a good old rock 'n' roll tune.
Lots of live energy. Lots of fun.
Check out my latest song called 1967
Jim Bouchard said 4317 days ago (January 28th, 2006)
And it's got some soul!
Reminds me of Van Morrison and John Mellencamp at the same
time...really great! Real music! Not overly analyzed, just real rockin'
good times! Excellent!
Check out my latest song called Big Yawn (Apogee One mic demo)
alanfraser said 4316 days ago (January 29th, 2006)
Music the way it's supposed to happen
No computerized synthetic cheese product in this one. Great jams with
great feeling. You'd light up any room you were playing with this one.
Check out my latest song called Too Much or Not Enough - Live at 20th Century
alanfraser said 4316 days ago (January 29th, 2006)
Music the way it's supposed to happen
P.S. The idea of your daughter dancing around while you were playing is too
cute for words.

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Check out my latest song called Too Much or Not Enough - Live at 20th Century
aclarke said 4316 days ago (January 29th, 2006)
Music the way it's supposed to happen
Man- that's cool! Thanks. Someday soon I hope to actually get out and do some
of this stuff live! As far as Katie dancing, it was just as cute as you described.


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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
eleveneyes said 4316 days ago (January 29th, 2006)
RAWK!!!
wow, that washburn sounds great! the energy in the performance both
vocally and instrumentally blows me over. i'm typing from the floor right
now.

Rock Onward!
Check out my latest song called You And Me
aclarke said 4314 days ago (January 31st, 2006)
RAWK!!!
Very cool! Glad my little tune can knock someone to the floor- heheh. I've been
a fan of your music since my earliest days at MJ (a year ago). Thanks!

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
FEEL said 4316 days ago (January 29th, 2006)
Like it!
Adam, you have a very nice voice and I have decided you have a John
Mellencamp sound going on there. I guess you had that figured out
already. Enjoyed the live feel, maybe have a audience cheering in the
back ground, put a little arena reverb to it and you would have every one
fooled. Thanks for sharing.

John
Check out my latest song called Crazy Clown Dreamer w/sammydix
aclarke said 4314 days ago (January 31st, 2006)
Like it!
Thanks, John. The Mellencamp thing is hard to hide sometimes. The reality is I
taught myself to play guitar to his songs. And since he's my favorite artist of all-
time I'm flattered by the comparison.

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
Boris the Bull said 4316 days ago (January 29th, 2006)
thoughts from the bull...
i would love to hear this while sitting amongst a fairly well-lubed bar
crowd, because you'd for certain have the place clearing tables for
clamor'd dancing.

a terrific performance and it's obvious that it was just pure fun to
make. well done and it's just awesome to hear that low-tech rock n'
roll has not been undermined or outdone.

* i love the hardware list!!!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
aclarke said 4314 days ago (January 31st, 2006)
thoughts from the bull...
If nothing else I do have a great memory of playing and singing this in front of
an (one person) audience.... who was inspired enough to dance.

I was taking with a friend of mine who owns a bar nearby in Dover, NH- seems
he runs an open mic so maybe I'll get off my butt one of these days and play to a
real crowd.

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
XVERION said 4315 days ago (January 30th, 2006)
Cool stuff
Just wanted to return the favor by commenting on some of your stuff, but usually I check out everyone's work and leave comments.

That said, this is a great tune. It reminded me a lot of Bob Dylan, and also Pete Townsend like someone else had mentioned. I think Dylan because of your singing. But it really is a terrific song. Great work! I look forward to your new stuff and will also check out your old stuff as well. Keep up the great work!
Check out my latest song called The Weekday Nightly Ritual-Us(short version)
aclarke said 4313 days ago (February 1st, 2006)
Cool stuff
Hey- thanks for the listen... cool comparisions too. I think this is the first time
I've ever been compared to Townsend- that's pretty neat. I have another
unreleased sketch that is much more Dylanesque but I think I'll finish that before
I post. Cheers! Adam

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
said 4314 days ago (January 30th, 2006)
DAMN!
Very cool jive here! A little John Coogin Mellancramp! Damn I dig the roaring fire in this! I had to take off my sox and burn them! Sweet Jimmy Dean Moleasses! Wheeww! Get it down and get it dirty! This song will get you laid! Hump on Inspector Fiddle Fingers! Great song!
rtcooper said 4314 days ago (January 30th, 2006)
Attitude, and Some
Best and most confident Vocal present I can recall hailing from those
Northern Parts, Brother.

You're a Stone Natural Rocker. A little reminiscent of Mellencamp, but
that's His Problem, not yours.

While I wish the Mix had more Vocal detail on your really solid Voice, I
Am dying over the Acoustic. Very Cool.

Fine Addition to your List.

Best to You,
Cooper
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DJPONK said 4314 days ago (January 31st, 2006)
rock on dude!!!


life is a simple reflexion of this song: one chance and one feeling
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aclarke said 4313 days ago (February 1st, 2006)
rock on dude!!!
That, my friend, is quite possibly the coolest comment I have seen! Thank you.

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
said 4311 days ago (February 2nd, 2006)
Fresh, honest, happy energy
I felt it Adam.
Cheers
jmogielnicki@wes said 4310 days ago (February 4th, 2006)
energy
The energy in this song is contageous, had me tapping my feet and
would certainly have danced around a bit if my roomate wasn't in the
room with me. :) I think that's one of the greatest powers of music. I
absolutely agree with Boris the Bull - this soulful song needs to be
played for a crowd.
Check out my latest song called What I Love About You (Lonely Blues)
snowdragon said 4302 days ago (February 12th, 2006)
love the energy
in this one.

got a nice uncluttered raw gut-bucket sound to it

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said 4299 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
Just you and the axe?
Lots of power and drive there with voice and acoustic guitar. Enjoyed this very much, thanks! Surely Katie must have had THE sweater on to help keep beat! - Harold
The Fritters said 4296 days ago (February 18th, 2006)
tambourine!!!
can you hear me shaking it? Great tune. I love the driving beat. Sure
would lke to see some lyrics.... Tremendous job with the singing!
Really enjoyed this one. "Yeah!"
--kelli

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aclarke said 4296 days ago (February 18th, 2006)
tambourine!!!
I was actually hacking around on this today and may actually develop this into a
full fledged song. And your tamborine is welcome anytime! Thank you!~Adam

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
Scorpjammer said 4263 days ago (March 22nd, 2006)
Rocking the House of MJ
A triple shot of aclarke with just a splash of Mellencamp. Yeah baby, this is going down nicely.

Way to crank it up on your Washburn. Hard to picture you sitting down for this recording. Lots of rockin' fun from beginning to end.

Good job, AC

Rock on!
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aclarke said 4263 days ago (March 23rd, 2006)
Rocking the House of MJ
Without question my music is Mellencamp infuenced! Always glad when
someone picks that up.

As a matter of fact, I was standing up... I have a very cheap and creaky guitar
strap- sounds just like a chair, doesn't it? Thanks for the listen- I always
appreciate feedback!

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind." John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
buckhorn said 4234 days ago (April 21st, 2006)
Im waiting
I keep coming back to your profile waiting to hear this with lyrics.(Though
I like his music, this site already has a philos60) The vocal has a John
Melencampish quality, The lyrics that I am imagining are also in that vain.
What is already here is very interesting and worth more work. Work and
inspiration don't necessarily need to be mutually exclusive to my way of
thinking. Regards
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aclarke said 4221 days ago (May 4th, 2006)
Im waiting
I'm working on it! This is a pretty basic example of how most of my music gets
written- in fact, this is totally spontaneous and was recorded as I was making it
all up. I can usually get bits and pieces of lyrics from the gibberish I spew- this
one I'm seeing as a sort of Moonshiner's Lament.

I posted it the way it is because I really liked the energy I captured and the total
rawness of the song. My biggest fear is not being able to replicate that.

Thanks for checking back! It helps keep me focused!

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"An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind." John Mellencamp
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
Three Cat Clem said 3987 days ago (December 24th, 2006)
Nice...
Catchy tune. Real nice acoustic work.
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said 3562 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
Excellent.
Hi Adam
this is excellent and done on the fly- live. I loved it.
I am impressed- but then your good. Your singing was great, guitar sounded really good too.
A catchy tune as well. And you sounded like you two- your daughter as well were enjoying it tremendousely too. Thanks for sharing.

Peace
Dee

aclarke said 3562 days ago (February 22nd, 2008)
Thank you, Dee!
It was a lot of fun! I recorded this just after we had recorded Katie's "Striped Sweater". I always wondered if posting such a raw, unpolished song was the right thing to do. Thanks for helping to validate that!
Adam
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
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