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BIG DRY (w Ms jig)


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There has been a long and devastating drought in most parts of Australia over the past 5 (at least) years. I read an article last weekend describing the anguish of farmers who are at breaking point - shooting their stock because there's no feed, leaving their farms because they can't pay the mortgage, and in some cases taking their own lives. I tried to imagine their situation and these lyrics are what I came up with.
This is getting closer to the sort of songs I want to write and play - the combination of acoustic and electric guitars gives me much more with which to develop a song.
The top harmony is my wife jan's first ever try at singing, and it worked rather well I think.
There are three electric guitar tracks, acoustic guitar, organ, bass, Drums on Demand and a tambourine track. There are also 4 vocal tracks in all. Lots of fun mixing it all up!
As usual, play it loud - but be careful of your ears : )
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Lyrics
The Big Dry
© 2006 Neil Porter

Things don’t stay the same
Things just don’t turn out right
We’ve had so many years
Living with the dust

The summer sun so hot
We hardly sleep at night
Getting sick and tired
Of living on the edge

But when the rains come down
Heartache will wash away
Might live to work another day
An end to broken ground
An end to endless sighs
Won’t have to give this land away

What if rain never came
And this was all there is?
What if we walk away
To think it’s come to this

Another summer night
Another weary summer day
We’re getting closer
To giving it all away

But when the rains come down
Heartache will wash away
Might live to work another day
An end to broken ground
An end to endless sighs
Won’t have to give this land away

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Maybe we’ll go away
Maybe we’ll sell this land
But who’d be buying this
Land of dreams we’ve lost?

Acres of broken ground
Rivers of useless tears
Lifetime of wasted years
Left here in the dust

But when the rains come down
Heartache will wash away
Might live to work another day
An end to broken ground
An end to endless sighs
Won’t have to give this land away

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Uploaded: Oct 02, 2006 - 09:36:32 AM
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2009 - 06:43:58 AM Last Played: Jun 05, 2016 - 01:26:03 AM
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Hardware:
Fender Telecaster
Seagull S6 Acoustic
Fender Precision bass
Rode NT3 mic
Behringer UB802 mixer/preamp
G4 iMac
Software:
Logic Express
Drums on Demand
Comments
tatin said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
The
soundtrack to that story in the NY Times about the farmers. Well crafted
song that conveys the sadness,with a hint of hope,through the music. The
guitar solo expresses the anguish nicely. Very expressive imagery and
music!
Check out my latest song called freeash aire ( remix-me )
jiguma said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Repeats!
Thanks for the comment tatin - and putting up with the multi repeat posts.
The solo was the bit that is different from the earlier posts - more energetic
now. The story I read focussed on the anguish of the farmers and their
families, but there was a clear anger there as well that I'd hoped the solo
might convey.
Cheers,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
jgurner said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
So amazingly moving
Growing up and living in farming communities almost all my life, I
know to an extent just how fickle Mother Nature can be when it comes
to making your living off the land. Too much rain, too little rain.
Sometimes it can drive people beyond the breaking point physically,
financially and emotionally.

This is an extremely touching song. It sounds to me like it would fit in
perfectly with the "Farm Aid" effort that has been going on here in the
U.S. for a couple of decades.

The style you've put together works so well with the lyrics and the
mood of the piece. Your instrumentation is perfect. It's a very nice, airy
feel. The guitar parts compliment each other well and the vocals are
wonderful. And, by all means, keep you wife singing!

Love this, Neil. This is instantly become one of my all-time favorites
from you.
Check out my latest song called Rage (2017)
jiguma said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Joseph!
Thanks so much for your comment (and Jan really appreciates it too!). We've
had something like 98% drought declared in New South Wales for some years
now, and I can't imagine how terrible it must be. To me, the idea of having to
kill your stock must seem like the very last straw to someone who's been
farming all their lives. A very sad situation indeed.
On a musical note, having the Telecaster has made such a difference to what I
can do - love having it to play.
Peace,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Nice one Neil!
The mix sounds excellent! I really like how the bass punches through the
mix. Had to d/l this one.
jiguma said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Thanks Mike,
Getting a clean mix is getting easier - Logic Express is a dream to use, and, I
think, far better than GB. Appreciate your visit and comment!
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
borisluxx said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Wow!
Awesome track, jiguma! You've done an excellent job! You should be
proud of this one for sure! Peace!


-Boris Luxx
Check out my latest song called In Difference
jiguma said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Thanks Bosis
.... for stopping to listen, and your positive comment - always appreciate
someone coming from a different musical style enjoying my songs.
Peace,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
jiguma said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Boris
Sorry, thanks BORIS!
: )

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Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Ed_Moran said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Wall of Sound
Neil

Wow, what a sound. Is that the famous Jiguma Bass sound?? Man I have to
go back to my project that you helped me on. That's the sound I envision.
Your work is excellent and Jan can sing too!

Ed
Check out my latest song called Cowboy (WIP)
jiguma said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Thanks Ed
I'm really putting in a big effort on production these days, and I'm getting
pleased with the results. A good mic on the acoustic and vox, and good
instruments is helping a lot. Jan will really appreciate your comment!
Cheers,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
ktb said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
brilliant
you have def captured an anguished feel. The production is brilliant.
You have intergrated the guitars seemlesly and the low key Hammond/
Leslie sound in the background makes it lush to the extreme. Is that
you solo'ing? Kudo's..almost as if the farmers had a chance to voice
their angst for 16 measures. Neil, your voice is strong, the progression
is arresting and your production skills are on sky rocketing. Ton's of
depth
Check out my latest song called Blackwater (by Tokai)
jiguma said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Thanks for visiting John
Thanks for all those nice comments John - as I said above, I'm really trying to
do a better job with production these days, and it seems to be paying off.
Doing a song (Headful Of Smiles) with SIL-VER really made me look more
closely at my production values. I'm very proud to say that yes, that is me
soloing - it's a combination of two takes, the second 8 bars done after some
advice from Nolan which I'm very glad I took. I love my Telecaster!
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
DOCTORBIZARRE said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
COOL SONG!
You must be a fan of Pink Floyd! Great track and nice poetry about the dusty dry earth! Sweet vox too!
Check out my latest song called STORM
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Thanks Biz
I think I said to you in chat that this was my first electric guitar solo - some
clarification is required! It's my first electric solo that I consider to be any
good. I did a few "ersatz electric" solos on my Seagull which were OK, but a
bit slow and plodding, and then there was "Take All Night" which had a "kind
of" solo on my Tele. Big Dry however is the first solo where I felt good
afterwards. Thanks for having a listen and leaving a comment.
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
ziti said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
ok...buy a tele
then you never call me anymore....

another great great song. i love your production. i love someone who
pronounces the letter R worse than i do...

i am a huge fan....this is good stuff neil....

deeep bows

z
Check out my latest song called The Viconian Cyclist
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Can't believe I didn't
buy a Telecaster before this! Your comments on this mean a lot to me - it
seems the solo snuck past your critical radar, and I'm very pleased with that
indeed. You never told me playing lead was so much fun : )
I just decided I was going to learn as much about production as I could here
at MJ, and with so many really good producers here, it's just a matter of
listening to what they do and then trying to figure out how they did it. Long
way to go though.
As for the pronunciation of "R", my excuse is that it's a part of the accent!
Peace,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
ziti said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
no
the solo did not sneak past me...it wasnt my favorite part of the song(perhaps
cuz I wanted to play it so bad)...but it fit the song perfectly. The tone was
good and it moved the song forward...alll the necessary elements for a good
solo. And is was played very passionatly and confidently...hard to believe it
was your first one!

this song, after several listens gets really DEEP. I really like it. If you are ever
interested in hearing it with my guitar on it...let me know! That is an
inspiring tune, and i would love a go at it!


z
Check out my latest song called The Viconian Cyclist
jiguma said 4036 days ago (October 5th, 2006)
Fire away Fran -
how could I refuse? What would you like me to send?
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Ed Hannifin said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Terrific, stylized, jiguma production...
Neil, I'm having this terrible premonition that I will never catch up with
you now that you're a retired guy... I've only dipped my toe into Logic
Express... But this song constitutes the proof of the puding...The lyrics
are great, the tracks are great, that guitar solo is amazing... The other
guitars...the lead and harmony vocals...

Wow. You're retired AND it's about to be summer... Stand back, world...
Ed
Check out my latest song called And So We Pray (w/Jiguma, Cori Ander & Mackie)
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Logic is a dream!
Thanks for your kind comments Ed - I feel like I've made a lot of progress
since dumping GB and starting to work with Logic. It's not really all that
difficult, but to me the results are so much better - cleaner, with more life
and more volume. I loved doing the guitars on this especially - I've got the
Seagull sounding consistently good thanks to a tip I got from Bill Furner some
6 months ago (on-board mic to one channel and the Rode to the other). On
this recording, I'm using maybe 4 week old strings, and they still sound so
clear and sweet. The Telecaster is something I've put off for many years, but
have only recently been able to justify the expense to myself (and my
Financial Manager) - it has let me put so many more ideas into this song than
before - I used to think of something that would sound good but just couldn't
pull it off.
The calmness of a retired life is definitely helpful. Summer may get in the
way a bit - a person just has to spend a few hours every day on the beach
after all : )
Cheers,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Vic Holman said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
well done neil
thre corporate farming industry must be throwing darts at a picture of
you. very good commentary of farmers plight. even though it has been a
issue for years in the usa as well, voices still need to make people aware
and see beyond the pretty packaging. well now thats put of the way. a
nice haunting feel of danger looming around the corner you nailed a great
feel there. and the dust devil guitar solo in the middle! that was a nice
slap. harmonies are great you should get your wife in there on future
songs , sounded great together nice wall of sound. ..oh yes logic rules

Vic
Check out my latest song called Mean Streets
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Thanks Vic
Drought has been a long-term problem here too, just that I haven't had the
wherewithal to write about it before I guess. What a tough way to make a
living! It's the heart you have to put into it that amazes me - and that's what
you lose when it all falls down. So tough!
Appreciate your listen and comment,
Peace,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
rtcooper said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Big Stage. Well Organized
Production Level is OUTTA HERE.

Well Told. Many Levels. Evocative - no Wire Report, here.

Stay away from that Wah Wah pedal, Will Ya?

Superb.
A Fine Listen, Man.

Very Best,
Coop
Check out my latest song called The Loon and the Hula Moon (mstr)
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Hey Coop!
Glad you dropped by for this one - and so pleased it sounded good to you.
jiguma is still a wah-wah free zone to my knowledge, and there are no
immediate plans to buy one - is that the right answer? : )
Take Care,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
The Fritters said 4039 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
one of you best!
I like so much about this: The cymbal crash that starts it out, the little
electric accents strummed in the verses, the definition in the bass sound,
the tight harmony in the refrain. It's a tightly wound construction, with
just enough relaxation to make it pulse nicely. Nice tambourine,too! Is
that a loop? Whatever, it's all sounding super! And about the subject,I
grew up on a farm, and this sort of resignation, the alternating
desperation and hope subject to the seasons, well, it's pretty true to that
life. Lotsa hard work! I decided early on I didn't want to be a farmer!
Check out my latest song called Swingin' Door 2009
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 2nd, 2006)
Good decision Jim
A life on the land is definitely not for the faint of heart or weak of spirit Jim
(hope I'm not jumping to conclusions too quickly here - Kelli???) - that's for
sure. You know I really respect your comments anytime, and I really
appreciate them here. The tambourine is a loop - I often use it in solos - but
such a dynamic one that it doesn't need any tweaking (it's a TUMI I think). I'm
now a total convert to Drums on Demand for the drums, but usually like to
add at least a little extra percussion. "Tightly wound" - I like that!
Thanks,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Willywagga said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Excellent
Well put, lovely swagger building through the chorus, that Tele sounds
great suitably dry sound for the song. Definate Floyd sound to it but you
sound like yourself at this stage. I just got Logic Express myself but I
havent even tried, it's all very complicated for my old brain.
Very FULl sound though and I'm sure Logic helped you get that. In what
ways is it better than GB ? Thanks
Check out my latest song called The Jes on Sea Road
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Logic rules!
Thanks for visiting Will. It's really interesting getting the comments about
Pink Floyd - apart from Dark Side of The Moon, I've listened to very little
Floyd - maybe I've listened to people who have listened to people who have
listened to Floyd (you know what I mean). I'd really encourage you to get into
Logic Express- the potential for a cleaner, sharper sound is much improved
over GB. I bet my brain's older than yours : ) To me LE7 has been a salvation
- without going into too much detail, for me LE7 has enabled me to have
better control over a wider range of plugins; the mixing seems to me to be so
much more effective (it's been a while since I used GB, so I'm a bit out of
touch); having some great midi options via EXSP24 has also been useful.
Mainly though, I like the fuller, cleaner, louder sound I get.
Having said that (and I've only scratched the surface), it might also have been
that the change to LE7 coincided with a certain stage in my development as a
producer - who knows?? All I know is that I would never revert to GB - I'm
thinking of going to Logic Pro in the future, but I'd need a more powerful Mac
to do that. In summary, LE is kind of like GB for big chaps : )
My advice is to load up one of your GB songs into LE7 and experiment as a
starting point - you won't be sorry!
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Cori Ander said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Go go go
Wow wow wow Neil. I can understand why Australian radio want to play
jiguma interviews and music all day long. You keep going from strength
to strength. I feel you are so much on the right way as anyone can be.
Hardly dare to say anything more in fear of disturbing the process, more
than just: go go go! So happy to be able to witness this process. Well if I
should say one thing I feel could be improved, is that feel you could use
less compressor (or if is limiter your'e using). But apart from that: Just go
go go! P.S. As you might have guessed I dig this song as much as I
possibly can dig a song.
Check out my latest song called O store Gud
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Tack själv Curry!
Thanks for your kind comment Curry. I'm not sure that the radio thing was
that amazing - just local after all, and not that well recorded as it turns out
after listening to the replay. I'm really interested in your comment about
compression - were you meaning the vocals, guitars, or the whole track?? I'm
still very much aware of being a beginner in all this stuff. I'd love to spend a
day with someone who really knew what they were doing. I really appreciate
your ongoing support.
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Cori Ander said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
mean the whole track
I mean the whole track. A heavy compression makes quieter parts of the music
like blanked out for certain short moments. But it isn't easy to say because at
the same time it gives quite a cool effect that I've learned to associate with
jiguma music. So I think it should be there, maybe only less pronounced. Maybe
you could bounce half a minute of the tune in five versions with different levels
of compression and ask people around which they like the best.

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caroline said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
do you remember..
"summer, the first time"?? it had that same "hot" feel to it. nicely done jiggy - you captured the feel perfectly - thank you for sharing xoxox
Check out my latest song called i'm a reunion maid MJRF 2010
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Thanks Caro
Sometimes we think it gets hot where I live, but being on the coast, we always
get cool breezes (and sometimes some rain). Out west - Bourke, Brewarrina
etc etc - they don't have either, and I can only imagine how draining and
devastating that must be.
Glad you dropped in for a cuppa : )
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Feter said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
High Quality !!
a real High standard work .. the mix very very high quality . a real respectable singin with great effect
the strummin gutiar very bright ..the percussions along with the drums feel so fit in time ... I loved
the inbetween licks ... surely the subject very honest
to share in such deep feelin song .. and the very secret why i highly respect this work ...seems you
were intouch with Dave Crosby lately ?? .. Neil this is one of your best .. you realy know how to control
your studio ... faved downloaeded ....yes sir !!!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
You know what hot is!
Thanks for listening and commenting Feter. I guess you can tell us all a bit
about hot weather! Pleased you noticed the David Crosby influence - I've
always been a huge fan of his - one son in particular from "I Can't Even
Remember My Name" where he just sings beautiful harmonies while reciting
the names of French towns is an all-time favourite.
Glad you liked it,
Peace,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Tadashi Togawa said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Praying for rain.
There is sometimes a dry weather also in Japan.
Rice imported it from foreign countries due to the bad harvest.
I ate rice made in Australia.

The farmer in Japan prayed for rain before.
And, the festival is done, and it prays for the good harvest.
It is manners that continue still now.

This music of you is slower than usual.
And, it is very persuasive.
It is beautiful.
Check out my latest song called Mexican taste
jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Thanks Tadashi!
Thanks for listening and commenting, and for your support over the last 17
months. I really appreciate it! Who would have thought that we'd export rice
to Japan : ) Drought (as well as floods, cyclones, etc) seem much more
common these days all over the world, and the emotions I'm writing about
could apply equally to many countries and many types of natural disasters.
The thing with drought is that it seems that farmers always have this hope of
rain, which turns to sadness and anger when the rains don't come.
Peace,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Left me stunned...
...this one. Neil, it's difficult to say what this makes me feel.
Yes...uncomfortably stunned. I wasn't aware of the drought you speak
of until now. My heart goes out to the farmers, and all the other living
creatures adversely affected. As for the tune itself, you have out-
stripped yourself. Your vocals are quite persuasive, and kudos to Jan
for her fine work. Her harmony adds an extra element of pathos. The
song structure is perfect for telling a tragic tale such as this, and the
furious guitar solo seems indicative of lives and livelihoods shredded
and laid waste by disaster. Excellent work Neil...simply excellent. I am
moved.

Be well friend!












jiguma said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Shredder : )
Cheers Mike - this one surprised me a bit in how well it came out. It grew
from the two chords in the verse fairly quickly - having a new guitar is truly
inspiring for me. Last time Jan attempted a harmony spot, I inadvertently
gave her an impossible song (and one which I still haven't posted because the
vox is so big a challenge), and she kind of lost confidence. I think she has
much more in her vocally, and was really happy with what she did here. I
appreciate the positive comment o the solo - as a bass player, I'm not used to
letting loose like that, but absolutely loved doing it. A "guitar shredder" at 56
: )
Peace,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
The Infinites said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Captures the imagery...
...with all of the emotion that you would hope for, not being lost. Your
vocal sounds as though you've walked thru a dust cloud and that's
perfect.

Reminds me of (although a totally different sound) the sentiment
behind Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning" and some of the Celtic stuff
the Finn Bros did. So is there a particular Oz sound, like Britpop or,
say West Coast? Maybe it's in your accent, or is it that you are just up
there with the greats?

Got a sis in Tassie - she told me about this (although not affected) and
I must congratulate you on putting together such a well-handled,
musical description of the terrible happenings...the guitar part nails it.


Jim
Check out my latest song called Divorce
jiguma said 4037 days ago (October 4th, 2006)
Oz sound?
Jim, I think it's the accent, something that some of our newer acts are playing
up these days (The Waifs, Missy Higgins). Midnight Oil and the Finns are
among my favourite bands - saw the Finns last year. Peter Garrett has
become a Member of Parliament (Labour) in our federal government. I
appreciate your very kind comments.
Neil

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Denny Borsboom said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Big Sounds
you evoke there. Perhaps I should consider LE too... The guitar solo
works very well for me, it expresses a lot of anger. However, I have to
also say that it's the only point in the song where I can really hear it's a
home produced recording - the way the two takes run into each other
is not entirely flawless (to my ears). This, however, mainly means that
the rest of it is shockingly good in terms of production. Which is an
enormous achievement.
Bye
Denny
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jiguma said 4037 days ago (October 4th, 2006)
Big
Thanks for the comment and listen Denny! I know what you mean, but I
loved the first half of the original solo so much that I couldn't cut it out. The
second half was added after ages trying to improve the sound of the original
second half. I can probably live with the slight change in tone - think of it as
accidentally flipping the pickup switch half-way through the solo : )
I'm glad you liked the song.
Peace,
Neil

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moorlandt said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
oh gosh
Wow, Neil. You got me in tears again. Litteraly. Really, man. This is so beautiful. Dont't ever tell me again I write beautiful lyrics. These are the very best I've ever read and listened to on MJ and elsewhere. Not to mention the music and performance. In cases like this, I feel so limited expressing myself in English. Every word, every sentence I read here is out of your heart. And I wish you accept that my appreciation for this astonishing song is out of my heart as well. You're a great person. - Walter
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jiguma said 4037 days ago (October 4th, 2006)
Hi Walter
Thanks - I liked the ebb and flow of the lyrics when I wrote them - one
moment dry and hopeless, the next raining and full of hope. Living with that
sort of juxtaposition year after year must be terribly hard to do. I still think
you write some of the best lyrics around - you should see my Flemish lyrics
sometime : )
I really appreciate your kind words,
Peace,
Neil

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said 4038 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
Praying
for rain in NSW. Great song, production and your new tele sounds lovely.
Been looking for one myself.
Why don't you enter the dreamtime and compose rain ...
jiguma said 4037 days ago (October 4th, 2006)
Why don't you enter the dreamtime and compose rain ...
Now if only we could : ) I can VERY highly recommend the Telecaster - but
then, I haven't played anything else for nearly 30 years : )
Neil

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Warren Smith said 4037 days ago (October 4th, 2006)
beach alternative
Your development from just "a bass player" to a total package of writer, performer and producer is simply wonderful to follow. (If only I had a similar retirement plan!) You can credit Logic Express for the cleaner sound and the Telecaster for enhancing the nuances in this piece, but what comes through equally as strong as the execution is the artistic conception. It is easy to dream up great pieces of music; making them actually happen takes lots of time and energy working with those wonderful tools. All of that work you been putting in is really paying off.

Of course, part of the pay-off is how stimulating the complexity of the process has become ... and applying the new skills one is learning to a new piece of music ... and then hearing the results. It's a viable alternative to spending all of your summer retirement days at the beach : >
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jiguma said 4037 days ago (October 4th, 2006)
appreciated as usual
Warren, thanks so much for your comments - appreciated as usual. One of
the best things about MacJams is being involved in the learning process -
when I posted my first song here I thought it would be a one-off to see how
the site worked, and I'm really pleased with where I've reached. What I'd
really like to do is some live gigs locally, but I have to find a compatible band
first, which is not easy. Anyway, thanks for noticing,
Peace,
Neil

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said 4037 days ago (October 4th, 2006)
Before I dash into
the kitchen to fix dinner for my family, all with the luxury of canned salmon (for croquettes) with rice and veggie %u2013 no famine here in TX but plenty of drought; I must admit I am remiss in not commenting on this song until now, yet another fine and expected work from you. I think this %u201Csort of songs%u201D bears well to your talent for singing, music composition, lyric theme and overall performance. Very well done as usual (wish I could claim the same). I wanted to hear your wife%u2019s vocals more, and in the verses too. There%u2019s no bit to be bashful of here, what a cool contribution from her and participation with you; doing this thing you love and execute so well.

Thanks,

. - Harold

said 4037 days ago (October 4th, 2006)
Sorry
MacJams put all the %u2019 stuff in there for me.....
jiguma said 4037 days ago (October 4th, 2006)
Jan says thanks!
Harold, thanks for your comments - you've made Jan's day in particular!
Hopefully we might get to do some more songs together. I always appreciate
your visits! Peace,
Neil

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theglareofday said 4035 days ago (October 6th, 2006)
clean
very very clean....nice track with a great sense of feel....almost a bit of a
Waters influence at work here....good structure....could here this track on
the radio....great production....peace
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jiguma said 4033 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
There's that Waters comment again
- I've recently been given his latest CD, so will have to have a listen. I'm
really working hard to get the production clean and tight these days, so I
appreciate your comment. Nice new track you have up btw.
Neil

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SmokeyVW said 4035 days ago (October 6th, 2006)
very nice track
very nice track! reminds me of Floyd somehow...

super-excellent!

i like this a lot, but it seems like the chorus needs to be more
differentiated somehow. i like the way the backup vocals bring it out, but
it's not quite enough to break it out from the verses. i'm not sure what to
suggest tho.

in any case, this is great - thanks
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jiguma said 4033 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
Floyd again!
Cheers Smokey - it's a fine line getting the verse and the chorus sounding
different enough to be obviously a verse and a chorus, while making sure
they still sound like the same song. I was pretty pleased with the subtle shift
from hopelessness to hopefulness between the two with the use of the
harmonies - but to each his own. Appreciate you dropping by for a listen.
Neil

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perceptualvortex said 4034 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
I played it loud
Sounds to me like your productions keep getting better. This is great. The greatest vacancy in my own musical vocabulary is the words/singing/storytelling aspect of songwriting, but it's one of your strong points for sure. You're always posting meaningful songs with undeniable emotional impact, like this one. Bravo!
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jiguma said 4033 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
Thanks David
A really big part of the "new jiguma sound" is based on your advice some
time ago about DoD. I used to think I could do it on midi, but I expect you
need to have the midi skills of a Composer, Tadashi or SIL-VER (and others)
to be able to make them sound right for my style of music. I have the
country-rock set and am loving the flexibility, skilled playing and downright
PUNCH they give. I'm glad you see a progression - I suspect I left my run
some 30 years too late though! Still, I'm having fun.
Cheers,
Neil

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grah3am said 4034 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
Electric Rolf
I'm 30 secs into this and I love it already. It actually does remind me of Mr Harris, and that's a huge compliment. I think Rolf was an unsung musical pioneer of the 60's, (Two Little Boys notwithstanding, and Kate Bush seems to agree with me, so there.)
Anyway, this is ace, and another one for the imaginary compilation MacJams album.
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jiguma said 4033 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
lol!!!!!
I've been compared to many people, but never to Rolf! I too thought some of
his more mainstream songs were pretty good (2 Little Boys is, to me, a classic
tearjerker - if a little overplayed), so I am quite happy to accept this
comparison. Maybe I should contact Kate(I'm also a big fan of hers) to see if
she'd like to do a version :)
Thanks Graham for your comments and for having a listen.
Neil

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said 4034 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
Even before I listen...
I am ready at the D/L button. Not to disappoint. This is one more
song in the line of many that you have recorded that captures a
mellow, emotive sound. Your vocal harmonies are the real treat here.
So nice. So soothing. So just right. Your heart for people, people of
all stripes who are in difficulties, is a precious thing. Your music
projects that heart of yours very effectively. BTW... I like that electric
guitar break... the edge of it wakes up the listener to the heartache of
the the situation for those in the drought regions.
Best to you and yours...
jiguma said 4033 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
Cheers Jack!
Always good to hear your take on my songs Jack. I had three part harmonies
and then suggested Jan might like to do a fourth. If she'd been a little more
confident it could have become a duet - maybe later. Appreciate your kind
comments.
Peace,
Neil

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Leon said 4034 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
This song is anything but dry
This is your best song that I can remember. It has a an almost poignant
tone to it and moved me to some sentimental musings. I grew up in the
Philippines where summers can be punishingly dry and hot. Most of my
relatives were farmers, so this song makes me reminisce about the long
laborius days of drought. It has the same effect as a song about death
and war, or at least in my imagination it evokes those images of suffering,
hoping and longing. Thanks for the wonderful song.
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jiguma said 4033 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
Good to see you back
Hey Leon, great to see you back around the place! I've known the "joys" (???)
of heat in Asia, probably more times than the weather and conditions this
song is about, and can't begin to imagine what it must be like to live
permanently in such heat. Really pleased that our paths have crossed again -
thanks for the listen and the comment.
Neil

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Sea Monk Seven said 4033 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
voice
the voice has a hint of robotic-ness, its eerie.
i really like this. especially the group vocals, because they complement the lead vocal and not overpower it. good job on the mixing and lyrics
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jiguma said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Thaks for visiting
Glad you were able to drop in for a visit SMS, and that you liked the song.
Neil

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said 4033 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
Enjoyable Tune
The guitars are very clean and the bass line is sweet. the background
vocals are done well. Lyrically its informative on the farming situation,
overall it does a lot of the right things a good song should.
jiguma said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
I like that!
"Clean" and "sweet" - nice adjectives for the sound, and something I aim for -
thank you Tom.
Neil

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Gav said 4033 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
Tres Bien
Nice one man! Really tight -that drums on demand sounds good. I like it.
Very pro. I'm into the elecetric with acoustic sound myself -its a good mix
and you have blended them excellently! Bravo.
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jiguma said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Merci!
Thanks Gav - I'm pleased you noticed the production - it seems that's where
a lot of the serious work goes in.
Neil

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ledebutant said 4032 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
Keep Waiting
I keep waiting to comment until I have more time, but I want to be sure
I tell you that I think that this is your masterwork, to date and I think
any musician would be proud to have produced it.

Terrific work, Neil.
ledebutant said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
P.S.
I forgot to welcome Jan and give her kudos on some fine singing!

Welcome Jan. Come back and play again...we need your estrogen. ;-)
jiguma said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Lisa!
Thanks Lisa. This is certainly the best production, and possibly best song
that I've done - but I think that about all of them until I do the next one :)
Despite some initial misgivings on both our parts, I'm really glad I got Jan in
on a harmony. She always suffered from the "band widow" syndrome when
we were younger, and it feels good that she is able to get involved more
directly in what I do this time around.
Appreciate your listen and your comments,
Neil

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digitalnirvana9 said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Great Job Neil!
As the Climate Change ramps up we are likely to hear more of this type of
song....Your melody line is as haunting as whats now occuring on this
planet...The guitar work reminds me of CSN&Y, very tight....I think your
words capture the seriousness of the situation and feeling of
hopelessness that one can have whem being at the mercy of the
elements...This song is an education in and of itself...A definite download
for me, thanks, DigitalNirvana9/Norman
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jiguma said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
CSN&Y eh : )
Thanks for listening Norman. I was a really big CSNY fan, and was especially
taken by Steven Stills playing, although I probably admire Neil Young's
electric work more now. Stills had a really percussive acoustic style (as in
Love The One You're With) which I seem to have picked up, and my lead
playing is probably more NYish (or so it seems, it's just started developing).
The music was written before I got to the lyrics, and the music led me to the
drought - a perfect high and low juxtaposition if ever there was one.
I'm really glad you liked this.
Peace!
Neil

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musichead said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
pure greatness
Just simply ...very very very very good!!!!!
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jiguma said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Steve!
Thanks, really glad you enjoyed it!
Neil

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Rebsie said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Will this be going on your debut CD? :)
Another of the dark but jangly heartfelt songs you do so well and the guitar work is lovely. The solo is a nice contrast in sound to the rest of the song. I wonder if the fade at the end is a little abrupt, but otherwise it's a great piece. It's great that Jan has got a place on there too ... I hope to hear more from her soon!
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jiguma said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Abrupt, moi!?
Thanks Rebsie - yes, the CD is in stage B (which is me trying to get some
songs up to scratch for submission), and this will definitely be on it - may be
the title track I think - at least until I write the next one. You are absolutely
correct about the ending, although I'm unsure whether it's too abrupt or not
abrupt enough. I'll sort it out for the CD, rest assured.
Dark and jangly goes nicely with Tom Wounded's "clean" and "sweet" - I like
collecting these adjectives.
Cheers,
Neil

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VicDiesel said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Quiet intensity
This is a very good song. You clearly have something to say, and your
delivery is the stronger from never blatantly shouting it out, either in the
vocals or the instrumentation. But the urgency is clear. Very well done. --
Victor.

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jiguma said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Thanks Victor
I'm way past shouting it out! I did a lot of that in the Vietnam War years and
try to take a more respectable "old guy" approack these days. I appreciate
your visit, and your very kind comments
Neil

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Monkaton said 4032 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Good One
Good song, well-crafted as Tatin pointed out. The words fit the overall
feel very well. Good subject matter too.

Very well done.
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Wildcat said 4031 days ago (October 10th, 2006)
Next Lesson...
Hallo Neil,
das ist ein grossartiges Lied...Die Melodie transportiert die Verzweifelung
der Landwirte. Eine gute Idee so ein Thema zu bearbeiten.
Mir gefllt dieses Stck sehr, obwohl es ein bischen Traurig und
Nachdenklich macht. Aber wenn das gelingt, dann hat der Songwriter
gute Arbeit gemacht...
Das ist Deutsch fr Fortgeschrittene,if you need help with the translation
leave me a note. But i think your german is good enough...

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mikkinylund said 4030 days ago (October 11th, 2006)
Woouh!
Very clean and strong message, performed in an as always very
professional manner. I love the vocals on this one in particular, good
layers of vocals, perfectly mixed. The guitar tracks are also very good, not
only the solo (which is scaled down to it's minimal), but througout. The
thing about "minimal" in the solo, is only said as a positive thing, read it
as Gilmore. It's a BIG song, definately downloaded - and a song that will
grow with the listenign of it. Thanks/M
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thoddi said 4029 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
the right amount
You have pulled of a new great tune Neil. And I think you are getting very good at keeping the right amount of things going on that timeline at once.

The tele suits this song, and your guitar playing is at top marks! The bass is right on (as usual:).
You seem to have found a relaxed place where your vox seems to thrive. I like how you kind of have that whispery feel to it.

And what a brilliant tune both in composing music and lyrics.

You certainly have something going for you with your music nowadays Neil. Would be cool if that band of yours would meet up again and play some gigs:)
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Macaudion said 3994 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
Hi Neil
Man, I just need to tell ya, that you have such a rich voice. It's not only rich with tonal qualities, and just the right inflections, but it is also rich with experience. You are not just singing words, you are sharing a story with life, about life. It gives what you have to offer a dimention that all the singing lessons in the world could never reveal because, it couldn't be there -- Thanks for sharing this wonderful story and accompanying it, just right. - D
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Boris the Bull said 3930 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
thoughts from the bull...
neil, you do no wrong in my book. this is just another fine example of the skill you put forth in every piece. so thoughtfully assembled and crafted. the best thing about this piece is that while it certainly has your signature upon it, there's a fresh newness about it. perhaps the vocal treatment? mood? not sure.

the poignancy of the lyric is strong and appreciated. great work. i found my way to this one via the 2006 MacJams Retrospective collection. glad i did, too! keep it up, neil!
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said 3884 days ago (March 6th, 2007)
THANKYOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT!!
This really shook me.. for most of the world the sun is terror..I spent time in Thailand -87 march-june which meant both sunterror & rain/humidity terror..You have a --- of a way with words my chin DROPS !! & I admire the lengh of Your songs I like'm LONG! it'll be a 10-10-10-10 THANKYOU : )
jiguma said 3883 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Thanks for all your comments Lena
I really appreciate your enthusiastic response to my tunes - it certainly hasn't gone unnoticed! From the songs you've picked so far, I'm sure some of my earlier songs would also appeal. Try "Blown Away" for starters - ziti does some great guitar work on it.
Thanks again!!
Peace,
Neil

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said 3884 days ago (March 6th, 2007)
: )
The photo is great ! So is Yours love to see You with that gitarr: )
RickB1 said 3869 days ago (March 21st, 2007)
Another beauty
I love your sound, Neil. The guitars are so crisp and clean, and your chord progressions are rich, emotive, and intriguing.
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***itiswotitis*** said 3861 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
wow
acres of broken ground ..rivers of useless tears
wonderful lyrics ...really nice song jiguma!
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said 3777 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
so beautiful
what a gorgeous piece, neil. the sad, sad music totally captured me before you'd sung a note. your lyrics strengthened the mood, and you truly delivered the goods vocally. lovely harmony from jan and you. LOVED the twisty, tortured guitar solo. even the title is great. thanks for pointing me here -your fan, anne.
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