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About a best friend. your staring at it. i was a little gridlocked on lyrics for a couple weeks. until i saw it right in my face. between work and recording and carpal tunnel. it became to obvious whos the culprit. also of minor insignificant note the lead guitar is my modified strat i rebuilt. new noiseless hi-output pickups. i'm playing the bridge pickup in front of the computer. notice no hum.
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Lyrics
ones and zeros cross the scree
i'm obsessed with this machine
images and visions saturate my eyes
hiding from internal spys

chorus
i got to get outside
i got to see the light
open my eyes i'm staring at the sun
out from the shadows i stand alone
open my eyes i'm staring at the sun
out from the shadows i stand alone

i've lost my soul in the cyberworld
dance the keyboard my fingers curled
day into night the artificial glare
cut the umbelical to te motherboard

chorus
i got to get outside
i got to see the light
open my eyes i'm staring at the sun
out from the shadows i stand alone
open my eyes i'm staring at the sun
out from the shadows i stand alone

one eyed machine keeps a eye on me
hard drive my brain needs more memory
my diary here digital domain
this will haunt me ghost in the machine

chorus
i got to get outside
i got to see the light
open my eyes i'm staring at the sun
out from the shadows i stand alone
open my eyes i'm staring at the sun
out from the shadows i stand alone

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Uploaded: Jan 04, 2007 - 12:11:13 AM
Last Updated: Jan 04, 2007 - 12:11:13 AM Last Played: Jan 16, 2016 - 09:27:58 PM
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Hardware:
emac, ibanez bass and ew acoustic, modified strat, epiphone dot deluxe, m-audio keyboard for drum playing, shure 57 mike, didgitech gnx2
Software:
logic express
Comments
racerat said 3945 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
The sun
Vic! This rocks. The Sun? What's the sun? Since I discovered MacJams I've gotten pale as a ghost and my wife is looking....

But seriously, this is a great track, nice crescendo's. A subject close to my heart.
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Vic Holman said 3944 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
the sun
rumor has has it, that it's that big heaty thing you sometimes see during lunch break. yes the machines are having there revenge. they are made to run faster so the acoount execs can throw more work at you. no wonder my finger tips are properly calloused...and shiny smooth.

Thanks Philip.
p.s. i've also heard of these things called tanning salons.
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Youra said 3945 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
MJ's lament
A great anthem for all of us, here at MJs. Recalls me the "MJ hoe" from Bud. Very good lyrics, witty and melancholic. A very nice pop song, delicatly crafted as usual. You production seems better and better at every post.
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bud said 3945 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
MJ Hoe was Egoandit
I just helped out a little.
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Youra said 3945 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
Oups...
Sorry to both of you…
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Vic Holman said 3944 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
how true
i knew some people would feel the same. just don't name your computer. funny this is the second time the system froze while making return comments. very suspicious. i do find i'm gaining a little bit on the learning curve of mixing as time goes by. i'm wondering if computers are more of a addiction since more time is spent on it. the lyrics where generated out of fustration of not coming up with something for a while. must of been the love hate relationship. ha!

thanks as always for the time to listen and comment.

Vic
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bud said 3945 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
Oh man Vic
You've really done it this time. The ultimate love song for MacJammers. Massive chorus follwed by acoustic guitars - too beautiful - and then the killer lead. Truly wonderful. Stately bass line - great singing - what more can I say?
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Vic Holman said 3944 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
could say more ram
this is one of my favorites as well. and the other space tune. the chorus i wanted to have that being swallowed up sound, took abit of fudging, but on a close enough playback, i think i was in shock and awe. and the acoustic after the chorus was tricky with 3 acoustics not overwhelming each other. i learned a lot on micro mixing of instruments on this. way to many hours. at least i didn't have to do any yard work! we need computers to do that!

thanks for all the continued support and comments.

Vic
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Ed Hannifin said 3945 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
Right from the first notes,
I was going to say something about the electric guitar tone. Then I saw the note about the new pick-ups... Seems like they work... Fuller tone, no hiss, great bite...

But, you know, even the acoustic is sounding better. In fact, all around, this song seems one of your best mixes, if not best mix... Things seem more alive, more full, tighter... Everything is full of enriched spangle...

I love the guitar solo on this. I love the guitars on it generally, including the "big strums"... Vocals recall some Matthew Sweet...

Make sure that Daphne Kalfon hears this one (daphna on MacJams)... The dark side of 'I Love My Mac'...

Another good one...

Ed
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Vic Holman said 3944 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
thanks ed.
fair trade to talk guitars. these fender noiseless pickups are great. there not humbucking but achieve the same result. from what i understand they were designed originally for jeff beck. the acoustics is my ibanez ew, i finaaly got aroung to useing the xlr output on it. makes a huge difference in tone and volume output. slapping myself silly for not using it before. the big strum you hear and the beginning of each bar is a acoustic modelling setting, which usually aren't that great. but i added a "secret ingredient" or two to make them sound as a unconventional chord. also there are two doing this with one all downstrokes and the other all upstrokes. jsut hearing those by itself is really something. i'm finding alot of nudging the pans in the stereo field makes a big difference in key spots. this has been in the works for about three weeks just to figure out the parts. i'm wondering if i'm playing the computer more than playing the guitar! thanks for everything Ed.
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TobinMueller said 3945 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
Haunting progression
Very cool progression on your verse, very strong chorus. Captures the obsessive love-hate magnetism of the central romance. I like how it is general enough to serve as metaphor for other issues. Nice track.
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Vic Holman said 3944 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
Thank you tobin
computers, can't live with them, can't live without them. so how right you are. metaphors are a great way to open interpretation for an abstract world we live in nowadays. this is a good example for a forum posted several days back about inspriation for lyrics. i couldn't figure out a thing for a couple weeks, finally wrote three different lyrics that just wasn't working for me. as i was scratching away, i stared at the screen, and it hit so fast i wrote these in 20 minutes with edits. funny how that can work.
Thanks very much for the time to listen and comment. deeply appreciated.

Vic

p.s. wouldn't you know it the system crashed and froze as i was posting this reply. the computers are catching on.
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said 3945 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
You rock my world Vicar!
An awesome bit of songwriting bro. Fantastic lyrics...Everyman's Anthem. The chorus is simply jaw-dropping. And the periodic forays into acoustic guitar followed by your ripping and passionate leads leave me speechless...

Forget the lighters...I'm hold up a lightning bolt!
said 3945 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
PS:
The lyrics t the chorus remind me of the closing scene of the old sci-fi classic THX-1138!
Vic Holman said 3944 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
yes
yes it was very very bright. now you know why i have apair of goggles
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said 3944 days ago (January 5th, 2007)
Hah!
You handsome devil you!
Vic Holman said 3944 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
lightning bolt
thanks very much bro! this did take some time to come up with. i've noted i was stuck on lyrics for quite awhile. this final set came like a lightning bolt. i've really been thinking about the ying and yang of composition. i totally stoked that it came off pretty well. alot of time and hours and since we don't see much of that sun right now, i guess thats okay. i'm just hoping we are not all plugged in to the matrix right now. that could be a definate bummer.
thanks for all the continued support it has been very encouraging for me.

Vic
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said 3944 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
Just adding...
my unqualified kudos. Your music is permanently mired in the sixties and seventies as far as the sound and the mood it evokes. And you'll get no complaints from me on that score. Wear that as a badge of honor. Great track. I am the guy in the third row standing and clapping and shouting, "All right!"

cheers
Vic Holman said 3944 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
as a kid
i bought sgt pepper when it first came out. i can still remember sitting there listening to it not moving a muscle. a month later hendrix experience. i was so moved i think my brain was permantly etched. of course when bowies ziggy character and tunes came out it went up a notch. i agree nothing wrong with using what you learn. now i'll have to get a bigger computer. this one will eventually get wise to what i song about. could result in serious reprecussions. HA!

Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment, as always. very much appreciated.

Vic
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announcer said 3943 days ago (January 5th, 2007)
Another good tune from your pipe.
OOPS! you're not smokin that pipe any more. Seems you don't have to get your inspiration from what's in the bowl of the pipe. You've managed to drive yourself crazy without outside help! LOL
Good stuff here!
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Vic Holman said 3943 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
yup the pipes gone
i though about replacing it with a squirrel at first, but that burnt fur smell.
sometimes i think i get bombarded with to many influences. and thats just from this site. thanks for the taking the time to listen and comment always appreciated. i'm also buying a new computer soon, i hope there will be no sibiling rivalry here.
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echoroom said 3943 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
Psychedelic rock
Vic - you consistently come up with cracking rock tracks ... and here's another. Good call from Amagi about the lyrics in the chorus. Your vocal really tells the lyrical story here. The acoustic and electrics sound wonderful here - and a cracking solo.

Looking forward to the album.

Steve
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said 3943 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
YEOWZER!
huge, epic arrangement! the fullness of the rich instrumentation knocks my socks off. love the many directions this takes. sir, i salute your well executed vision!
anne
Vic Holman said 3943 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
thanks sisters
i'm happy you enjoyed this. artificial intellegence aside, the song itself tells me what to do. i think i need to follow my own advice from the chorus and get outside more before all the letters wear off from the keys on the keyboard!
Thanks for the listen nd comments. deeply apreciated. and welcome to the site!
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Vic Holman said 3943 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
thanks steve
i guess we both know our machines very well. i find blending acoustics and electrics together a challenge but the variance in tones is so cool to fill a mix. lyrically i've stated a few times, was i was stuck and had afew that sucked or didn't fit. these lyrics came so fast. it surprised me. actually the whole on final mix surprised myself as well. no, there will be no album. not when you can get this stuff for free!
thanks for the good words and listen. this is what encourages me to work harder and inspire.

Vic
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mikkinylund said 3943 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
Strong!
At first, I didn't quite get it, but after the first chorus rolled out, I was sold. This is very good, well thought out, performed and produced song. The vocals are in particular superb. /Mikki
P.S. This can stand side by side with many Ziggy Stardust productions...
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Vic Holman said 3943 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
thanks mikki
i do at times like being obscure with lyrics. but then again the old ziggy tunes use to do that. that could also be a reason why i tend to mix acoustics with electrics. hadn't really thought about that until you mentioned it. thank yo very much the the listen and comment. very much appreciated.

Vic
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SmokeyVW said 3942 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
16K dynamic memories
remember those?

nice tune - imagine transporting this back to 1975... folks would dig the tune, but would not really get the lyrics... and yet, it has a more general meaning (a la 1984) that is timeless... and that works now, and could work in 2037 too.

i like the background vocals - nicely fills it out. i'm reminded of "She's So Heavy" here and there...

i like the umbilical/motherboard line - perfect!

my only complaint is the opening guitar just doesn't sound in tune to me somehow...

initially i thought you meant a Sun WorkStation... nevermind.
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Vic Holman said 3942 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
back in..
back in..75. i think a calculator that cost a couple hundred was the closest anyone saw a computer, that and start trek. the .."so heavy" is kinda true. theres 3 guitars playing the arpeggio notes of the chords. totally different chords and progression i think it also has to do with the fact that one note is the same on each chord. and the backing vocals adds to that. now that you mention could have made referances to here comes the sun, the sun king, i'll follow the sun. Thanks for the time to listen and comment.

Vic
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Mcboy said 3942 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
fantastic
lyric writing......and u propel them with passion....is this an anthem for the myspace generation....hehhehhhe....very very kool....
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Vic Holman said 3942 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
true
every generation needs an anthem. i didn't think it that way but true & very funny. i think "my generation" was suppose to be on the finge of my generation. i don't think that held up so well, now that i'm older.

of course i'll have to upgrade the lyrics in a few years.

Thanks for the listen and comments.

Vic
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fantasyfootball11 said 3941 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
great song
nice lyrics

very cool
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Vic Holman said 3939 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
thank you very much neil
now i'm hoping the sun will make a appearance. ah who am i kidding it's still january. Thanks for the listen & comment!
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said 3939 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
you said it
obbsesion takes control its a neon floresent electronic wear your underware all day long just looking at a sink of dishes a dog needs walking but wait i"ve got another comment to write. I think its a sickness and this song a cure I'm going out to burn my retinas while staring at the sun. Tis is one of your best.
Vic Holman said 3938 days ago (January 11th, 2007)
thanks e.b.
The dishes! oh man i forgot about those too! of course tobay the sun made a appaerance on the new snow we got..talk about burning the retinas!
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j2morrow said 3935 days ago (January 13th, 2007)
Oh, yeah
Been there...done that. I think we all have. How many times have I been working on a project and looked at the clock to see its...What! Almost three in the morning!
Nice and loud! The big wall of sound just blasts over you. But all the instruments still stay clear. Nice job all around.
The Jetson's TV/computer is also a nice touch.
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Vic Holman said 3935 days ago (January 14th, 2007)
yup
the bad/good thing is i just bought a new computer. now i'll have to multi task with both hands on bothcomputers.

thanks for the time to listen and comment. and wern't computers meant to free us up and have more time and a pleasent nghts rest?
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Boris the Bull said 3930 days ago (January 19th, 2007)
thoughts from the bull...
discovered this one in the 2006 MacJams Retrospective collection and i must say, i understand why it was chosen.

this is really a very heavy song both in texture and concept. i can actually imagine this as part of a much larger conceptual piece. it could be part of a rock-musical-epic about the slow disintegration of an individual who has become a slave to his/her own cyber addictions.

or not. hehe... i think the piece is just outstanding and everything is so darned tight about it - music, lyric, vocal, and that searing guitar! wow!

glad i discovered this one! thank you!!
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Vic Holman said 3929 days ago (January 19th, 2007)
stunned
you must be a mind reader. i have a few songs that can string together to form a mini opera, that i have recently been thinking about, with little short tunes between to carry the storyline. a blend of matrix/2001 sapce oddessy. probably will take a little while to complete. doubt if it will come to be herad here, but on cd for friends and if ever get time to finish my personal web site more than likely there, if anything it's all about fun.

Thanks for all !!
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said 3907 days ago (February 11th, 2007)
Sweet!
I'm gonna be singing this one all night. I love the acoustic sound you have. Very full and not muddy one bit. This has a "David Bowie" quality to it. You mixed the electric and acoustic guitars very well. Hat's off to ya.

I'm blind!!!

Cheers,

Chris

Vic Holman said 3907 days ago (February 11th, 2007)
Singing all night
i like to combine different guitars into the soup. i think its a texture thing. but don't stare for to long. when you close your eyes you'll have to contend with those spots that dance around in you eyelids.

Thanks for taking the time!

---
now where's those car keys?
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