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U.S. MILITARY DEATHS (IRAQ): 2886
U.S. MILITARY WOUNDED (IRAQ): 21778
IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS (MIN): 49021
'EXCESS' IRAQI DEATHS: 655000

This is a tune that was inspired by Cydniko's Wargames. When I hear the tune, I wrote lyrics for it and made a rough recording of it. Because that particular tune was written for a video game, I took the lyrics and inspiration behind it and put it to new music, trying to capture the same feeling Cydniko's original piece evoked in me.

This is one of the more difficult pieces I've worked on. It incorporates drum loops, guitar, live trumpet, three part live French horns, lots of vocal harmony parts - 36 different elements in all. It is far from being technically perfect. The live trumpet and horn parts have problems and the mix is not great, but I've kind of reached the limit to what I can do with it right now and, honestly, I just can't work on it any more and I wanted to at least get it out there for people to hear.

Thanks to Dion for the work that inspired this and here's hoping that someday soon the insanity we are currently engaged in will be a thing of the past.
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Wargames

©2006 Joseph Gurner

Look into their eyes
See the fear in their dreams

Like a phantom on the wind
It feeds upon their screams

Boots hit the ground
and blood hits the sand

Another fallen Mother’s child
brings the hate to life again


Can’t you hear the crying
drifting on the wind

See the smoke at sunrise
These Wargames never end


Look into the eyes
of the men who send their young to war

Namesless faces, faceless names
Sacrificed on distant shores

Flag draped coffins are never seen
And we hide the tear stained eyes

Honor, courage, sacrifice
Are buried under lies

Can’t you hear the crying
drifting on the wind

See the smoke at sunrise
These Wargames never end

The Wargames never end

The Wargames never end


Can’t you hear the crying
drifting on the wind

See the smoke at sunrise
These Wargames never end

The Wargames never end

The Wargames never end


Look into our eyes
See the fear in our dreams

Like the phantom on the wind
It feeds upon our screams

Blood on our hands
and tears in our eyes

How many of our sons and daughters
Will fall before it ends

Can’t you hear the crying
drifting on the wind

See the smoke at sunrise
These Wargames never end

The Wargames never end

The Wargames never end
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Uploaded: Dec 02, 2006 - 06:09:51 PM
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2012 - 09:10:15 PM Last Played: Mar 18, 2017 - 04:21:33 PM
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MacBook, MXL 990 mic, M-Audio Mobile Pre, Les Paul guitar, Peavey Foundation bass, Holton Farkas French horn, King coronet
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Comments
rtcooper said 4003 days ago (December 2nd, 2006)
EPIC SCOPE
The Coronet is immediately reminiscent of military custom.

The Percussion evokes both the impact of events and ordinance (loops or not), as well as the drumming of a tribal war council.

Many things. Many levels.



Can't imagine the task of Mixing - Yikes - But it certainly all holds together for me.

The French horns are awesome.



With Very Best,

Cooper
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jgurner said 4001 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Definitely a chore
Mixing this one was pretty tough. I don't know how many different mixes I went through to get it where it is now. I did end up dropping some tracks, just because I couldn't get them mixed in the way I wanted.

I definitely was going to the war drums on this one. To me, it gives the tune a very ominous feel.

I appreciate you stopping by, my friend, and thanks for the kind comments.

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Rebsie said 4003 days ago (December 2nd, 2006)
Whooo ... big sounds
Powerful stuff ... you build up a lot of drama in the drums and multiple guitars. The mix works for me. The trumpet solo two-thirds of the way through has an especially haunting quality ... it sounds something like a military trumpet but with so much sadness and lament wrapped up in it.
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jgurner said 4001 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Thanks!
Trumpet is not my main instrument, but I felt like this was a good tune to give it a go on. I hadn't thought about the whole military sound thing with the trumpet, but now that you mention it. I can really see that.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment, Rebsie, I really appreciate it.

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Rebsie said 3999 days ago (December 7th, 2006)

You played that trumpet yourself? Well, even more kudos to you then. You've done a great job with it.
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Vic Holman said 4003 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
Epic indeed
man you really put some hours into this. excellent vocals for starters. if you go to neilyoung.com you can submit this to there online music collection on this related topic. (i don't know if many people listen to them, but it's a nice bragging right) excellent piece.
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jgurner said 4001 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Many thanks
I've thought about submitting it to the Neil Young site. Haven't decided. I still may want to go back and clean this one up some more once I get some distance from it. Thanks for the comments, Vic, especially on the vocals. I really love the sound of thinckly layered harmonies and I think they worked particularly well on this piece. I appreciate you listening and commenting.

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jiguma said 4001 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Very good song!!
BIG step outside your usual area Joseph! The backing tracks must have taken forever. This reminds me of Graham Nash in terms of the melody, content and of course your voice. Getting levels on all those horn tracks must have been "a challenge" : ) Very good song!!
There seem to be winds of change afoot in the US, the UK and (finally) here - problem is that the Iraqis will be left with a nightmare situation caused by .......... us (well at least our democratically elected governments - maybe democracy doesn't work after all).
Neil
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jgurner said 4001 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Bring on the Winds of Change
For the first time in many years, I finally feel some hope that we may be working toward ending some of the insanity in the world, at least some of the insanity that my country, and those we duped into following our lead, have caused. But in a scant few years, we have created problems that will take decades to fix, if they can be fixed at all. Maybe, one day, we'll just get tired of waging war on one another. We can always dream.

I appreciate you listening and your comments, Neil. This one was definitely outside the relm of my usual fare and I credit the inspiration wrought by Dion's original WarGames. I've done some live horns before, but never to this extent. It is very tough getting a good sound especially since my "studio" is less than suited for it. :)

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jiguma said 4001 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Dion rocks!
Having Dion's input on tracks is always a good move :)
Neil

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Macaudion said 4000 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Huh...
Well, just blow me away, JG - Is that really you playing the trumpet??? Beautiful, my friend - Beautiful work, here - Allota lotta work, too - Geez!!! Very intense - Rich - Complex -- I can hear that you did something w/ that choirs that you sent me on "Wargames" - I'm so glad that you used that and that it didn't get loss in my wasteland of things/songs that I wish I had time to work on - There's lots of very nice big and small touches in this, as it surely is a grandly orchestrated -- I can't seem to get beyond how gorgeous the trumpet sounds in this, though - Hoping we'll hear more of that slice of talent -- Sweet - Impressive percussive action, too -- I can tell that you spent a bit of effort on the vocals on this, too - Very nice arrangement -Well, the WHOLE piece is tastefully arranged - You put toghether some deeply heartfelt and sincere craft of words - Excellent writing -

It's just very well done, sir.

Now my friend who took great issue w/ my involvement w/ 'WAR for kicks' or, game song, he can scurry right on over here to have a little yang w/ his yin...

Thanks! JG - D
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JOAN said 3997 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
top notch
sounds great and the message is so unfortunately true!!
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bud said 3993 days ago (December 13th, 2006)
This is really intense
Great work! The drums are tremendous as is the rest of the instrumentation. Really impressive vocal work and lyrics. I like the opening distortion bed that hangs throughout - I work from a similar place. When you say live horns - actual horns or midi horns?
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