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This one just poped up as I was sitting around strumming the guitar. The progression and lyrics just seemed to write themselves. I did a basic recording right then and then spent a week refining it.

As I got into it, I decided I wanted to try laying down some real French horn tracks, so, this is a first. I've toyed with recording the French horn before, but this is the first time I'm fairly satisfied.

Hope you enjoy.
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Lyrics
How many times have you asked youself
Why don’t I get out of here

How many times have you asked yourself
why can’t I face all my fears

Seems when all’s been said and done
We leave behind a trail of tears

Seems like life has left behind
a long trail of wasted years


How many times have you lost youself
in thoughts of things that never were

How many times have you found yourself
feeling life is just a blur

Always looking for somewhere new
and someone new to pass the time

Always wanting things you can’t have
and leaving what you have behind


You find you’ve wasted
a lifetime wanting
and never seeing
the world around you

You find you needed
someone beside you
but you look around
and they’re gone


How many times have I woken up
and wished you were right here by my side

How many times have I looked at you
and seen the sparkle in your eyes

Seems to me like I will wait forever
never saying what I feel

Seems like something’s been left undone
I wait for life to seem more real

I find I’ve wasted
a lifetime wanting
and never seeing
the world around me

I find I needed
someone beside me
but I look around
and you’re gone

How many tears will we put behind us
before we move on past our fear

How many lives will we take to realize
Happiness has been right here

We find we’ve wasted
a lifetime wanting
and never seeing
the world around us

We find we needed
to find each other
but we look around
and we’re alone
Song Stats
Hits: 3251
Comments: 27
Fans: 5
Plays: 181
Downloads: 121
Votes: 11
Uploaded: Sep 10, 2006 - 12:02:30 PM
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2012 - 01:12:29 PM Last Played: Jan 07, 2016 - 09:50:26 AM
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Hardware:
Epiphone Les Paul, Carlo Robelli Accoustic/Electric, M-Audio keyboad, MacBook, MXL990 Mic, M-Audio Mobile Pre, Holton Farkas French horn
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Comments
Vic Holman said 4091 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
we're always finding we need
excellent rock ballad. the horns, nice touch. your vocals fit this song
perfectly. the mix of the other insturments fit in there place well. even
though there wasn't much deviation on the drum loops, it really didn't
matter. greta song.

Vic
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jgurner said 4088 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Woo Hoo. Replies are Back!
Thanks for the listen and the comments Vic. This mix, especially the horns,
turned out much better than I had hoped. I do agree that the drums are a bit
plain. I may tweek them, and a few other things, down the road. Glad you
enjoyed the tune.

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selters said 4091 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Great Tune Joseph!
This song sounds great! I really like the progression in the arrangement. The mix sounds crystalclear on my speakers. Your voice sounds great on this song, baybe the best vocalperformance i have heard from you, It sounds like you are really singing it out on this. My experience is that you usually do that, when a song comes out of nowhere! This is a fave and a download! Thank you very much!
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jgurner said 4088 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Thanks!
I appreciate your comments. I find I enjoy working on a spontaneous tune more
than one I've planned out because you never really know where you'll end up
until the tune is finished. I never envisioned the more orchestral sound until I
was actually putting the tune together. Glad you liked it enough to download.
Thanks for stopping by.

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musichead said 4091 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
very nice
I love it.. I saved it!!!!!! Just well writen!!! great singing all around great
tune!!
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jgurner said 4088 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Much appreciated!
Glad you enjoyed the tune enough to downlaod. To me, that's the ultimate
compliment. Thanks!

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apb said 4091 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Great tune!
smooth, excellent vocals and arrangement- very polished, fine work.

Very clear, good production: I small quibble -not so sure about the
strummy guitar being always slightly to the left and the plucky electric
in the right .. seems a bit left heavy overall. I would double up the
acoustic and pan evenly left/right and adjust the overall balance of the
two - but this small niggle did nothing to impair my overall
enjoyment, probably just a taste thing.

Kudos.
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jgurner said 4088 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Thanks for listening
Glad you liked the tune and I appreciate the comments. I'm probably going to do
some tinkering with this one down the line, so we'll see what comes out of it.

BTW, I loved the saying you sent to me. I'd never heard that before. Very funny.
Thanks again.

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Macaudion said 4091 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
JG
This piece... - hearing you sing..., the production..., the lyrical content and it's delivery of an honest presence of mind... (who amonst us hasn't felt these words) All of it makes for another one of the phat reasons why I've been missing this place - Very nice work, Sir.

I see that I have some email from you and many others - I will make it through each one of them and I promise that I will respond to them before the end of this week - Okay

Very nice to be back and as well, it's nice to know that you're still around - I'll be in touch - Dion
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Macaudion said 4091 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
JG
This piece... - hearing you sing..., the production..., the lyrical content and it's delivery of an honest presence of mind... (who amonst us hasn't felt these words) All of it makes for another one of the phat reasons why I've been missing this place - Very nice work, Sir.

I see that I have some email from you and many others - I will make it through each one of them and I promise that I will respond to them before the end of this week - Okay

Very nice to be back and as well, it's nice to know that you're still around - I'll be in touch - Dion
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jgurner said 4088 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Man, it's good to have you back!
I've really missed you around this place. And I'm glad you liked the tune. That's
just a bonus.

At least one of the e-mail from me (if there's more than one) is a tune I've still
got waiting in the wings that I'd love to get your feedback on.

Glad your back, buddy, and I'm looking forward to some fresh new tunage from
you soon.

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jgurner said 4088 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Man, it's good to have you back!
I've really missed you around this place. And I'm glad you liked the tune. That's
just a bonus.

At least one of the e-mail from me (if there's more than one) is a tune I've still
got waiting in the wings that I'd love to get your feedback on.

Glad your back, buddy, and I'm looking forward to some fresh new tunage from
you soon.

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Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.


Check out my latest song called 1967
krismacqueen said 4091 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
great opening
I love the way you open this track up. Hmmm, I'm not sure about the
electric guitar tone you've got going on here. It seems to lack sparkle and
depth. Maybe add a touch of delay? The horns are just perfect! Man, that
is sweet. The songwriting is quite nice. I might suggest a bridge or
something to give the song some lift partway through. There isn't quite
enough sonic dynamic to compensate for the two-chord verse and
chorus.

Apart from the electric guitar, your instrumentation is a real winner for
me. You've definately got something going on here worth working out!
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jgurner said 4088 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Working on some tweeks
Thanks for listening and you comments. I am planning some changes to the
tune down the line, mostly minor, and I'll for sure keep your suggestions in
mind.

The opening of the tune was kind of an interesting accident. I had planned to
use the French horn part as an intro, but somehow, knocked it up an octave
from where it was supposed to be and it gave it a very cool sound which I stuck
with.

Again, I appreciate you taking the time to lisen and comment.

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stevel said 4091 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Really great song
This is rather fab....great production, melody and instrumentation! Well
done indeed
Steve
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jgurner said 4088 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Coming from someone....
....who writes some really incredible songs here on MJ, I take that as a great
compliment, Steve. Thanks for stopping by and listening.

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Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.


Check out my latest song called 1967
jiguma said 4091 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
easily your best yet
Well done with the horns Joseph - amazingly full sound you get here!
This is easily my favourite of yours so far. I think apb's comments
about the guitars are spot-on - the picked RHS electric is just a bit too
obvious in the mix. The horns sound amazing - I suspect you'll be
getting lots of requests for "French Horn session man" gigs in the near
future. Your harmonies are sweet - the sound is so full here - a little
Buffalo Springfield in there somewhere.
This just gets better and better as I'm listening - easily your best yet.
Peace,
Neil
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jgurner said 4088 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Cheers!
I don't know why I have waited so long to experiment with recording my
French horn, especially since I've played it for almost 30 years and it's the one
instrument I really can play well. (Well, I can play at least okay when I
practice.) I'm sure it'll pop up again from time to time (at least I hope).

I'm glad you like the tune, Neil, and I appreciate the comments. The picked
guitar is kind of a hold-over from the direction I originally though the song
was going to go, so I can see where it might sound a little out of place. One
of the tweeks I planning....

BTW, just listened to you collab with Sil-VER. Great stuff, anyone who hasn't
listen it it yet needs to do it NOW!

Thanks for dropping by, my friend.

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drakonis said 4090 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Wow!
Great singing Joe... and although the song seemed just "pretty good",
when the french horns build, they just shoulder everybody else out of the
way and add incredible power to this... the horns and your singing are a
hilight here, most definitely. Wow, makes me want to hear something
from you that has more french horns! (smirk) Great recording job on
this!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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jgurner said 4088 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Let's see....
...what would possibly sound good with some real French horn on it....... :)

I did more vocal layering on this one to help give my voice a different sound,
kind of more "well rounded" I guess. I just know I recorded the lyrics tons of
times and stacked them on top of one another until they started to sound
"right."

I also had to "cheat" just a little on the French horn. I don't have anywhere in
my house that is a really good spot to record live horns - everywhere is way
too dead - so I really had work with the sound to get it just right as well.

I appreciate you giving the tune a listen, Eduard, and I'm glad you liked it.
Thanks for all the support you've given me both on and off MacJams.

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rtcooper said 4087 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Studio Large
Where'd you record this, over at Symphony Space? The keys and the (my
favorite) French Horn are a Big Deal - Some addition, here.

"Brick by Brick" to here is some run of new landscapes. Existential,
Faulkner, and great vocals - as always.

Best,
Cooper
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jgurner said 4081 days ago (September 20th, 2006)
Need to find an orchestra....
I was really pleased how the live horn and the synth instruments mixed on this.
Was kind of worried they wouldn't mesh to well, but it worked.

Planning to use more live horn in the future (got something in the works right
now), plus a little trumpet and whatever other insturments I have hiding in the
closet.

Thanks for listening, Coop and thanks for the support.

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ktb said 4087 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
inspirational
the strings and horn work were lavishly beautiful. you surely had a
moment of inspiration with this one. great job all around on the
production, very high end. the chord changes and the chorus are fab.
loved the voices at the end!
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jgurner said 4081 days ago (September 20th, 2006)
Thanks!
This one has left me very pleased, especially since it just kind of unfolded easily
on its own. I keep wanting to do stuff with all these complex chord changes that
I can't really play on guitar, but I always find that just the simple stuff gives you
the most room for inspiration. And the "vocals" at the end (and the beginning)
are actually the French horn. I accidentally bumped them up an octave and liked
the way they sounded, so I put some FX on them to try and give them a dreamier
sound. Worked well.

Thanks for your comments and thanks for stopping by.

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mikkinylund said 4081 days ago (September 19th, 2006)
Perhaps....
...I connect to this song on personal level but I love itl It speaks to me
directy, and ands that's almost the whole purpose of a song; to be able
communicate. Like with your previous song (going up-and-and-down on
your list), this one also has excellent vocals. It's very well arranged and
mixed. The only thing I could notice was that personally I would some
more power between the main lines and the refrain... (Just personal).....
Overall; impressing!

M
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jgurner said 4081 days ago (September 20th, 2006)
Emotional
This one was an emotional release for me also. I'm glad you were able to
connect with it. As always, I appreciate you taking the time to listen and
comment. Glad to have you around again.

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alackbass said 2012 days ago (May 20th, 2012)
How Many.....
Strong pop song. I like when writers compose their lyrics around a few repeating lyrical motifs (How many, Always, Seems, We find). Then you just see where those words and phrases take you. They led you to some very fine lyrics.

Great melodies throughout. But I really dug the bridge (chorus),

"You find you’ve wasted
a lifetime wanting
and never seeing
the world around you

You find you needed
someone beside you
but you look around
and they’re gone "

Great changes there. The horns and strings add so much. Good call!
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