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North Shore Waltz (Simply Fine version)


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Here is the version of North Shore Waltz recorded on the Wheatsone Bridge cassette/CD Simply Fine, released in 1991.

Personnel:

Ed Hannifin: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Phyllis Capanna: harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
John Cunningham: fiddle
Karen Casey: bass
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Lyrics
North Shore Waltz
Copyright 1984 Ed Hannifin



If my dreams were more kind, they’d drag me behind
All round Rockport, Plum Island and home
Where ocean and sand, your brown eyes and brown hand
Caught me and taught me to roam

Don’t speak in more than a whisper
Don’t speak at all if you’re sad
Don’t let me think you regret
Any loving we’ve had

If you’re ever unsure, then this trip is the cure
All round Rockport, Plum Island and home
We’ll walk and we’ll ride, we’ll be found at low tide
Like the driftwood tossed up on the foam

Don’t speak in more than a whisper
Just let me hold you a while
Oh I have been trying all night
To get through to your smile

If I ever prove false, you can damn me to waltz
All round Rockport, Plum Island and home
We’ll waltz down the shore, we’ll waltz back to your door
Though my feet may be sore to the bone

Don’t speak in more than a whisper
Just let me kiss you and cry
I may not still have it to win you
But I have to try
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Recorded on sixteen track, back when that was a lot, at what was then called The Daley Planet, by our friends Tom and Meg Daley.
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Comments
jiguma said 3999 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
And about time too Ed!
Very professional sound from "the old days", and a lovely song to boot.
You sound so young : ) You must miss the band (and the times I
imagine - as we all do).
Neil
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thetiler said 3999 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Anyother treat
of the same tune. I like both, this has of course a slower paced quality.
Like the irsh fiddle sound, the trills and fills really have that irish romance
fiddle classic feel - terrific! Like both, this has a bit more classic folk in a
way. Just terrific Ed. It's a real treat to hear this these gems! It really is to
me!


Really enjoyed!
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MissChaos said 3999 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Tender & touching
beautiful, Ed. Your songwriting skills astound me. Tell me more about
that fiddle... is it an electronic violin? I love the solo, but it's not sounding
like a natural violin to me.

what I love about this is that it's absolutely timeless. You wrote and
recorded this in --what-- 1984 or 91? And yet it sounds so natural to be
lost in it and saturated in it's simplicity now in 2006. Ed, in my book, you
rock. --MissC
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perceptualvortex said 3999 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
This
is some simply fine songwriting, Ed. Beautiful mix too.
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Cori Ander said 3999 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Mmmm
Mmmm ... soft and mellow like honey.

Interesting to hear history. Think your music is snappier today, isn't it?
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Tadashi Togawa said 3999 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Of course, here is also beautiful.
I like both.
Past beautiful present.
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TobinMueller said 3998 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Fiddling with truth
So graceful and civilized, this track. Thanks for sharing your archives.
Sometimes the lies we tell ourselves and ask others to tell us seem like
the cornerstone of peace. I really like your honesty in this one. BUt the
fiddle is what really pulled me in.
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Ed Hannifin said 3998 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
It's so good to be scolded...
...er, nagged...er, I mean, encouraged...

I think I sound young 'cause I WAS young...well, actually, I was about
34 or 35...

And yes, I miss the band. You would have to hear these songs in the
context of Nan's songs and Phyllis' songs to appreciate what was cool
about it... We did a nice job together...

I'm pleased that you find this a 'lovely song'. Thanks for listening and
commenting right off the bat.

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3998 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
It's so good to be scolded...
...er, nagged...er, I mean, encouraged...

I think I sound young 'cause I WAS young...well, actually, I was about
34 or 35...

And yes, I miss the band. You would have to hear these songs in the
context of Nan's songs and Phyllis' songs to appreciate what was cool
about it... We did a nice job together...

I'm pleased that you find this a 'lovely song'. Thanks for listening and
commenting right off the bat.

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3998 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Miss Chaos, I am honored.
Much as I enjoy the playing and the recording and everything, it is the
songwriting that I most enjoy, and I really brighten up when someone
praises the songwriting...

The fiddle was an electric fiddle. I had hoped that John would play his
beautiful wooden one, but he asked if we could go with the electric one
because of some hearing loss he was getting at the time this was
recorded. He was a complete gentleman, and made it clear that he
would have used the wooden one if I insisted. I think it may have been
a Framus, and I recall that it was a five-string; the lowest string
allowed John to dip into some cello-like tones, and get some timbres
that are synth-like. I don't think we did it justice in the mixing. It was
very exciting sitting next to him in the control room with him plugged
directly into the desk improvising lines over the tracks.

I am completely blown away to think that I rock in your book. Thanks.

Ed
MissChaos said 3997 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
reply
Thanks for the additional info on the fiddle. I can almost picture him playing
along as I'm listening. And interestingly enough, when I played this again
through only my powerbook speakers, it sounds much more natural to me (and
less like an electric violin). When I first listened through my headphones, I could
really hear the synthetic timbre that you are describing. Funny how the limited
frequency of my tiny speakers can lessen that effect.

Still, I'm just loving that fiddle part and the solo -- as much as I love the song
itself. I may use this to practice my own fiddle along with. :-)

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Ed Hannifin said 3998 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Thank you, David.
There's a reason we used 'Simply Fine' for the CD title. We did try to aim
for that simplicity in our writing. I wish we'd gotten a little simpler in the
recording. Still, I'll take praise on the mix from Mixmaster Vortex
anytime...

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3998 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Well, I did SOMETHING wrong...
...and ended up with two jiguma replies and lost my tiler reply... Such
stress I have in my life...

Bill, I don't remember what I said the first time...Thank you for taking the
time to listen and comment on both versions of the song. I appreciate
that very much.

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3998 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
I have to wonder, Cori...
...IS my music snappier now? You'd have to hear some of the slow stuff
I'm doing now, and the fast stuff we used to do...

But I'm also working on some pretty up-tempo stuff right now, too.

I think I'm all over the map, is what it is.

'Mellow like honey' is a pretty cool description...

Thanks to you for listening and offering comments on both versions...

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3998 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
I have to wonder, Cori...
...IS my music snappier now? You'd have to hear some of the slow stuff
I'm doing now, and the fast stuff we used to do...

But I'm also working on some pretty up-tempo stuff right now, too.

I think I'm all over the map, is what it is.

'Mellow like honey' is a pretty cool description...

Thanks to you for listening and offering comments on both versions...

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3998 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
"Graceful and civilized."
This will surprise you, Tobin, but I don't get that a lot.

I supposed I've gotten "fiddling with truth" a few times over the years.

Since I wrote this at a time in my life when I was genuinely confusing
myself, I tend not to frame the lyric in terms of lying, but just more
gently as the conflicting stories we tell each other and ourselves about
what's going on and what we want to know about what's going on...

I can understand how the fiddle would pull you in, as John was the
most musical thing happening on the track, and you are a musician's
musician.

You always deliver an insightful comment, Tobin. I appreciate it.

Ed
Scott Carmichael said 3997 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
songwriting strength
Ed you are a supeb songwriter... sometimes our genre dates us a bit...
but who cares, we are in our 50's... and all genres are valid here at MJ..
still any of the young guns here could take this lyric and apply them to
a different genre and it would problebly be some of their best work...
for me a song always starts with a great lyric,... you have the gift for
stiring up the deep, and tugging at threads tied to emotions that are
dormant...

I really enjoyed this
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FEEL said 3997 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
very nice
I like the melody in your tunes... just a nice little change here and there that make so much difference. The fiddle is just beautiful. The song has a touch of John Denver but I actually like your voice better. May he not ask God to strike me where I type. Everything is mixed well and it's a nice master from what I can hear. Thanks for sharing.

John
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Ed Hannifin said 3997 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Hi, Scott...
I'm glad you like and appreciate the lyrics... Most of the time they get the
lion's share of my attention... And since you know what's what in the lyric
writing department, I take your comments seriously, and gratefully...

Although...whattayamean 'our genre dates us'?!?

Hem.

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3997 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Mr. Texas, sir,
I'm pleased that you like my melodies. I remember that when I wrote
this song, decades ago, I was so pleased with myself for the cadence
that went from the Am chord to an Em chord to an A major chord. I
thought you couldn't do that, and it worked, and I was so thrilled.

You and thetiler have both compared my voice to John Denver, and,
while flattered by the comparison, I have a hard time hearing it. John
Denver had such a high, pure tenor...real range and clarity...no sense
of strain. I didn't like many of his songs, but I admired his singing very
much. (Since my father was and is an enormous Chad Mitchell Trio fan
when I was a kid, we had John Denver in the house before he was
hugely successful.) I always hear the strain in my voice. Even so, it's
pretty darned cool to think that someone on this planet prefers my
voice...

Thank you very much for listening and commenting. I do appreciate it.

Ed
Peter Greenstone said 3997 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Always..
I always enjoy hearing these tunes of yours from way back. They're such
gems. Like getting to know old friends all over again after having
suffered memory loss from head trauma. ;)

Really, such a nice warm and comforting sound and such thoughtful
lyrics.
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Ed Hannifin said 3997 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Warm and comforting...trauma...?!?
Thanks, Peter! No one could say it like you do!

I think a lot of my songs do end up with that "comf'table as an old sneaker/
sweatshirt" vibe...

I'm always glad when you, in particular, mention the lyrics in a positive way.

Thanks for listening and commenting.

First one I can reply to in that good, old fashioned way!

Ed


Einarus said 3995 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
Pure loveliness
I should let you know that this comment does apply to both versions,
so you don't have to read pretty much the same thing twice. (If you
must, then you can read this comment again here - it'll save you the
extra clicking)

I really love the feel of this song (and all other Wheatstone Bridge
tracks, for that matter). It's so calm and just overall nice.
When I close my eyes while listening I see a group of people relaxing
on a field somewhere (in this version the field is somewhere in the
Great Britain, though - must be the fiddle) basking in the spring sun.
A genuine feel-good piece of music, if you ask me.

Lovely work.

-Einar S.
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Ed Hannifin said 3995 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
Thanks, Einar...
I appreciate not having to do all that troublesome clicking...

I'm glad you like the relaxed vibe of the song. I'm also glad you're enjoying
the old Wheatstone Bridge bits. I'm having some fun going through the old
recordings and seeing what I can do with them in this digital age.

I love your vision of folks relaxing in a field in Great Britain... a place I have
always wanted to visit... Mind you, the song itself is pretty geographically
precise, but I'd love the notion that it was at least PLAYED somewhere in
England. One of my friends performed 'Marigold' in a coffeehouse in
Edinburgh, and sent me a review that included mention of the song... that's
as close as ever I got...

Thank you for checking out the two versions. I appreciate your thoughtful
comments.

Ed
kristyjo said 3995 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
Very nice lyrics & music
I browsed the comments while i listened, and I agree with most everyone
- fine stuff, here, and a bit nostalgic for you, I'm sure.
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Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (September 16th, 2006)
Thank you, kristyjo...
Glad you liked it...

I have spent a lot of time nurturing nostalgia in my day... I try to do less of it
these days... Helps when you're happier...

But yeah, it's like a trip in a time machine to spend time with the old
recordings...

Thanks for listening and commenting.

Ed

kristyjo said 3995 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
Very nice lyrics & music
I browsed the comments while i listened, and I agree with most everyone
- fine stuff, here, and a bit nostalgic for you, I'm sure.
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said 3993 days ago (September 16th, 2006)
Simply very fine
I like the slower pace and especially like the violin. I wish it were recorded
differently - I don't mind it being electric, but I like hearing more of the
scraping sound of the bow and fingers against the strings (I know, I know,
the sort of sounds many producers try to eliminate ... I'm a primitive).
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (September 16th, 2006)
I know what you mean...
I had previously helped to put on a couple of concerts of John Cunningham in
Arlington, and had been blown away by the fiddle he used to have... He had
tremendous tone, and that fiddle in particular had, to my ears, the perfect
tone for a violin in a folk setting... In addition to which, it was gorgeously
carved...

But, as I may noted elsewhere, John was having problems with his ears when
he did this, and asked to be allowed to do it with the electric, which he had
been using a lot with his band The Raindogs...

I think we never were able to bring the tone of the electric into the realm of
something more wooden, though we worked at it... I even asked Recording
Magazine about it, years ago...

Thanks for your time, and ears, and thoughts,

Ed
thoddi said 3992 days ago (September 17th, 2006)
timestamp
Like the -84 version this also has the calm beautiful mood and phase. The synth fiddle is typical for the period I guess:) Would be nice to hear it with a real fiddle in a brand new recording...
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Ed Hannifin said 3991 days ago (September 18th, 2006)
I agree with you, thoddi....
...I have often wished that I could hear all of the Simply Fine songs with a real,
wooden fiddle... I love John's playing, but I don't think the rest of us knew what
to do to get the best sound from the electric fiddle tracks, and, really, what I/we
wanted was to get something that sounded like vibrating wood. Live and learn.

Glad you like the vibe, though, and I'm pleased and touched that you checked
out both versions. Thank you.

Ed
Joe Brady said 3846 days ago (February 10th, 2007)
Awesome
I was singing along, reading the lyrics on my first listen. I took a trip to Cape Anne 10 years ago, stayed in Rockport. Wonderful tune, wonderful performance, and a wonderful memory evoked. Thanks.
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Ed Hannifin said 3841 days ago (February 15th, 2007)
Thank you, Joe...
The North Shore is a nice place to spend time... Rockport, Newburyport, Cape Anne... I'm pleased to have evoked some pleasant memories... I've got a few of my own...

I hope you'll keep singing along...

Ed
said 3804 days ago (March 24th, 2007)
: )
This is SOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL....

: ) Thankyou you're GREAT !
Ed Hannifin said 3804 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Continued thanks, ZOI...
...for your many listens and enthusiastic comments...

Ed
said 3574 days ago (November 9th, 2007)
Great !
Another super hit from you MR. Ed, the sounds really clearer and the mixing in the 1st class ! You and your band are just great .. hope to meet you all someday !
Loved It !!!

Thanks for sharing ..

Take Care
==============
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Ed Hannifin said 3493 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Hi, Yeman...
I'm glad you like the mix...

This was my band long ago... By the time we recorded this, it was just me and Phyllis, plus other friends who joined us to help with the recording...

My partner Phyllis is a MacJammer under the name phyllomania. Mark Stunkel is a MacJammer under the name ibstrat. Peter Janson is a MacJammer under the name Guitarjanson. They all make great music and are worth listening to...

I'm very pleased that you've checked out so many of my songs, and have enjoyed so many...

Thanks as always...

Ed
MarkHolbrook said 2996 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
Excellent
Love the fiddle in this version. It adds a great new dimension! I'm really glad to see all this wonderful work saved!
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