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Gulaga Dreaming


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I posted this in July last year (just before I quit my job), but was never happy with the final result. This version corrects a number of vocal anomalies and some clipping problems. I've added didgeridoo (had hoped that Didge-Ache might be able to do the didge part, but he is AWOL at the moment). Anyway, to me this is a far better version. If you already listened to the first one and downloaded, here is a better copy - if you are new to my music, this is a pretty good example of what I do.
It's about time away from home as a part of my job - staying in motels, and passing sites of great Aboriginal significance. Song art from http://www.southcoast.com.au/dimbaloo/index.html
This song not only sums up my music, but also where I live and who I am.
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Here are the original song notes : "Part of my work involves long drives up and down the coast between Pambula Beach, where I live, and Wollongong, near Sydney - around five hours each way. I usually stay in Batemans Bay on my way home, in a motel overlooking the Clyde River, then pass by Gulaga as I head back through Narooma. Gulaga is a place of great significance to the local aboriginal people (members of the Yuin tribe), and is considered to be the “mother mountain”, the source of life in their legends. Gulaga the mother – Najanuga (a smaller hill at her feet) and Barranguba (Montague Island out to sea) are her sons.
These long drives are a time of meditation of sorts, and a time when I write and review songs – this song was written on the last trip I’ll do in this job.
I wanted to write something more like my earlier songs – my recent posts have been a bit far away from what I really love: guitar, bass, drums and percussion behind three part harmonies".
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Lyrics
Gulaga Dreaming
© Neil Porter 5/2006

Another breakfast on the road
In my bower above Batemans Bay
Watching the river boats
Strain against the tide to get away

Who owns these hands?
Who owns the face behind the mirror?
Whose thoughts are these?
That drift around inside my head?

I try to see things differently
It seems the more you look
Sometimes the more you see
Small things say so much to me
Sometimes a different light
Can lead to better sight

Gulaga watches out to sea
The mother mountain sees me passing by
Najanuga at her feet
Barranguba playing in the ocean free

These Yuin lands
What history played out in my garden?
These stolen shores
These remnants of a dreamtime song

INSTRUMENTAL

Can hardly wait to get back home
Too many hours on this lonely road
Too much time to think
Too much time to be out here on my own

These timeless days
These hours of hope and meditation
Your warm embrace
My old man’s hands, this ancient place

I try to see things differently
It seems the more you look
Sometimes the more you see
Small things say so much to me
Sometimes a different light
Can lead to better sight

Another breakfast on the road
In my bower above Batemans Bay
Watching the river boats
Strain against the tide to get away

Who owns these hands?
Who owns the face behind the mirror?
Whose thoughts are these?
That drift around inside my head?

Who owns these hands?
Who owns the face behind the mirror?
Whose thoughts are these?
That drift around inside my head?
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Uploaded: Jan 18, 2007 - 04:54:04 AM
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2007 - 05:06:39 PM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 10:46:04 PM
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Comments
dreadmon said 3814 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
Lovely and powerful
Neil, simply brill! I don't know that I"ve heard the original version of this tune, but I really, really like this. I don't know what it is about the musicians in Oz - there is a timeless quality to the music, across the board, and I really hope to one day make the trip and experience Australian dreamtime for myself. It's a real treat to sightsee the places and emotions of the continent through your eyes and ears - you are a true ambassador. Love the dreamy pace of this tune, the sweet harmonies and the sense of magic that your lyrics convey. Kudos!
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jiguma said 3812 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
Timeless thanks
Thanks Bing for the very nice comment. One of the things I really enjoyed about my job was the opportunities I had for cruising about the countryside (in a "work" car) and thinking about music. I also used the time for listening to new songs as I was writing them - a kind of mobile listening booth. I guess it was inevitable that out of that a song about the experience would happen.
Glad you liked this!
Peace,
Neil

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rtcooper said 3814 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
INSIDE THE OUTSIDE
The Spirits of the Landscapes.

Interior.

Exterior. The tension and the resolve.

The Shadows they cast are So Well Drawn, here.



Romanticism's Transcendental Coffee Shop wrapped in Modernist Existential Questions - that You Answer! A Powerful form of the Spiritual existence. Whew!



That said - wish the Slide Gtr had stepped forward a stride ot two for the Ry Cooder fan section over here in the Balcony.



I heard the Original. Clearly, one "Never Steps into the Same River Twice."



Big.

Fabulous.




Very Best Regards,

Cooper
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jiguma said 3812 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
I love getting your comments Coop ...
... but sometimes it takes just a little while to figure out how to respond :) I googled "Transcendental Coffee Shop" and came up with my song - it seems that you have made the only reference to said institution on the whole of the WWW - I'm impressed! Thanks for the listen and the words I truly appreciate it!!
Neil

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Ed Hannifin said 3814 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
Nice evocation....
...of the distilled essence of JigumaSound... The total effect is dreamy, in the sense of being in a dream... This is a very clear and uncluttered mix, and the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks are especially clear... Sounds wide open and airy...

The lyric is gentle and reflective, anchored in detail and specificity...

Nicely done...again...

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3814 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
Am I hearing a dog in there?....
Or is that MY dog?....


jiguma said 3814 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
Thankd for the re-listen Ed
No, it's the didge-dog! I was after clear and uncluttered, so am pleased you noticed. As Tobin pointed out, the didge can muddy things up a bit, but I felt it was necessary considering the nature of the lyrics.
Cheers,
Neil

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TobinMueller said 3814 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
Lighter version
A wise and wonderful tune. I always thought the opening count off in the drum track of your older version should have been edited out, and still think they should be on this version. The new percussion is a definite upgrade, as is your new EQ. I like the bold clarity of the older version, maybe just becuz it was so loud, but the shape of the bass, especially, grabbed me more in the older. In my ears, the didgeridoo just kind of muddies things when it is used. Your vocals are sweet and soft, altho you seem at times struggling to sing low enough, and the lack of precision between lead and harmony seems more obvious in this version, even tho it is the same takes (right?). And even tho I usually like the unusual, the solo instrumental section is quirky and not quite in tune, in my ears, and, I think, the slide feel could make another appearance in later chorus variations or your fade out. I like your tracks so much, tho. Such a slice of thought and peace you bring to sharing yourself here.
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jiguma said 3814 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
Just what I was after!
Thanks for these very useful comments Tobin. In fact, what I'm doing is trying to remix songs for a CD, and this is the first of a few "2007 remixes" which I'll be posting. I've taken on board your comments about the drum intro, and will adjust that in a CD version. It's interesting that you thought the vocals seemed less precise in this version - one of my main concerns with the original was that the harmonies were seriously out of synch with the lead, and I spent a lot of time getting them to synch better in this version - maybe I didn't need to bother :)
I really appreciate your comments as usual Tobin, and will get back to work on this to tighten it up a little more.
Cheers,
Neil


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perceptualvortex said 3814 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
Ahh
This song is so relaxing... I can almost picture the beautiful Australian 'scape with all those uniquely Oz place names. Lovely songwriting, and nice hypnotically swaying pulse and mix. I think I hear Ed's dog too... unless that's the didge at the end. Cool song, Neil!
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jiguma said 3812 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
Cheers David!
The Oz place names are something special for sure - it's difficult to find translations for them a lot of the time, which adds to the mystery. I still don't know the actual local language meaning of jiguma, but am looking quite hard - hopefully it's not something inappropriate ;) We're immersed in the culture on a daily basis, although often quite imperceptibly so, and it really does become a part of us all, even though we have no Aboriginal blood (although my granddaughter does).
Always appreciate your comments - yep, the dog was the didge!
Peace,Neil

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moorlandt said 3814 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
different light, better sight
Neil, this song takes me completely with you on these long and lonely roads of Australia. So, somehow it's a 'road song' I gues, but to me it's so much more. This is a brilliant song, my friend. Very very beautiful chorus. The line 'Sometimes a different light, can lead to better sight' is one huge rock of a oneliner! A suggestion about the arrangement: Near the end, 8 measures with just the two voices in harmony, and then pick it up again. Just an idea... Well, I think I told it a thousand times already, but that soft and friendly voice of yours always brings this spontaneous smile on my face. One day I'll come and visit you to drive on these lonely roads together :-)

- Walter
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jiguma said 3812 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
Might see you over there first :)
I tried the 8 bar idea you mentioned, and it works (I just cut the guitar) - will definitely look at it in the next revision. For some reason the trip I wrote this song on was especially productive musically - I literally wrote these lyrics at the breakfast table over an unusually heavy breakfast of bacon, eggs and mushrroms (and a cup or three of coffee). I was a little late for work :)
Thanks for your comments Walter, I appreciate them a lot.
Neil

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said 3814 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
Nice Didge!
The vocal harmonies draw me in to this lovely piece. The vox are mesmerizing! Thanks for posting this. Even though they are not in full synch, they have a very natural and flowing quality.

Alimar
jiguma said 3812 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Thanks Al
Appreciate you having a listen - the vocal sync is something I'm happy with here, although it's not perfect by a long shot. I appreciate that you can see past this to the song itself.
Peace,
Neil

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Macaudion said 3814 days ago (January 19th, 2007)
We get better as we go...
I remember this piece, and it's nice to see it back on the charts. This is one of my favorites of yours!

You've definiely created a truly speacial piece here. You can really feel the climate of these questions that one might pose to one's self while filling out the travel log... -

Maybe it's because I'm on the road at this moment, and the typing of these words is coming from the business center of yet, another hotel... and it's the begining of the road of my travels...

There's such resonance w/ me and your music, that I'd swear you must have cameras overhead watching...

Regardless of the whys, I'm totally dign' whatcha do, my friend.

Thanks for keeping at it! Cheers! Macca
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jiguma said 3812 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Hi Mr M!
Thanks Macca - I'm really glad you noticed this one my friend, because it's possibly the song which best puts into words how I feel a lot of the time (when I'm not whinging about my - or your - government). It's a lot about the realisation setting in about getting older (connected to my early "retirement") and a certain connection I have with points of place. Places are nearly as significant to me as people sometimes, and can have a really big impact on me. The resoonance you feel might have something to do with (when this was written) me wanting to be doing something other than what I was being paid to do.
Always appreciate you dropping by Mr M!
Neil

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said 3812 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
insight...
"I try to see things differently

It seems the less you look

Sometimes the more you see

Small things say so much to me

Sometimes a different light

Can lead to better sight..."

So, I fill a part of my comment with your words; but these are my favorite lines in this song.

Where I grew up, it didn't take you long to get out of town and into the jungle or wilderness, or on a beach that stretched for endless miles with barely a human soul to be seen. No fences, no one owned the land. Huge expanses of clear, open sky were there to gaze upon. I always used to look for the southern cross first, and then the band of the Milky Way across the northern sky and tried to pick out the dippers lying low to the north

Some never realize that earth is yet here to be seen in some spots.

I remember contemplating the fact that I am a mere DOT in the atom that is our solar system...

Oh well, ok, I'm back now..

. - Harold

jiguma said 3811 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Thanks Harold
Hey, if you want "a mere DOT in the atom that is our solar system..." lyrics, try "What If?". Glad this brought back some memories for you.
Cheers,
Neil

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Wildcat said 3812 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
Invitation
Thank you for this songvoyage. I feel invitated to Australia while i listen to this song. Your calm voice and the nice guitarmelody is beautyfull.

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jiguma said 3811 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Kaffee und Kuchen!
Wenn du kommst, du muß bei uns besuchen. Wir haben Kaffee und Kuchen heir in Australien auch :)
Danke sehr für deine Bemerkung (sagt man dass?).
Tschues,
Neil

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eleveneyes said 3812 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
keep dreaming
love the subtleties in this. especially with the continual christopher cross type guitar finger picking going on the use of the conga, tambourine and other ornamental elements. become ultra important. fantastic slide work as well!
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jiguma said 3811 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Cheers Ray
This is one of my favourite jiguma tracks, so I'm really pleased it works for you. Christopher Cross is a new comparison for me - appreciate it.
Peace,
Neil

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said 3812 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
australia
It has all those strange names, But it all sounds so good in this song. I didnt know that about the aboriginal people and thier customs. Sounds as if those drives were very inspiring and wow what a song.
e46 said 3812 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
Haven't heard the original...
But I don't think that I want to after listening to this! Brilliant Neil, I really enjoy the entire vibe that this song has. The harmonies are spot on, any the lyrics are great as well. It's not a wonder that I get excited everytime that you pose a song! Well done!
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Leon said 3812 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Dreamy...
Love the contemplative atmosphere of this song... It runs in the same vein as Wannado.. very refreshing and calming. I read through your lyrics as I listened to it, and really admire the lyrical depth and structure of this composition. Almost something psychological in its message ;), especially where it says:

"Who owns these hands?
Who owns the face behind the mirror?
Whose thoughts are these?
That drift around inside my head?"

I guess the psychoanalyst in you shows even in your writing, and I imagine that is a big advantage when writing meaningful songs.
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thoddi said 3811 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Wow
Did you play that didgeridoo yourself? I've tried that a couple of times but have never got anything but strange puffs and sounds through it... Living where you do I guess it comes more natural to learn to play it:)

Your vocals are very good here Neil. Really, the whole production sounds incredibly good in this one. That acoustic guitars is a great treat to listen to.

Top marks!

PS! The new picture with your grandchild is nice to see. You look really proud:)
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jiguma said 3809 days ago (January 23rd, 2007)
Thanks Thor
The didge is a number of loops I discovered somewhere - to be replaced by Jason (Didge-Ache) for the CD - if ever I can get the CD organised. I can get a decent sound out of a didge, but the circular breathing has me beat!
I really appreciate you dropping by for a listen.
Aja is such a delight - my favourite photo so far of her (not just because I'm in it).
Cheers,
Neil

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jiguma said 3809 days ago (January 23rd, 2007)
Thanks Thor
The didge is a number of loops I discovered somewhere - to be replaced by Jason (Didge-Ache) for the CD - if ever I can get the CD organised. I can get a decent sound out of a didge, but the circular breathing has me beat!
I really appreciate you dropping by for a listen.
Aja is such a delight - my favourite photo so far of her (not just because I'm in it).
Cheers,
Neil

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alfalpha said 3811 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
hard to choose between the...
...two mixes (seeing as I'm the proud owner of the Jiguma 'bootleg'! ;))

The addition of the didge, I think, gives an extra poignancy to the song & the drum mix, in this version, I feel, is more suitable.

The lyrics, despite having a particularly Australian context, touch universal themes...

...thank you for another rendition!
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said 3811 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Im here Im here!
Pleasepleaseplease!
I wanna play on it!
I love this song in both versions and .. the new pic is wonderful:)
Contact me Neil, theres a vibe that wants on
Doadars Uncle said 3811 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Meditation
Great reflection. I remember your first version!

This is very nicely done.

Doug
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SecaMode said 3811 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
very nice
Loved the didgeridoo, love your vocals, everything else sounds great. Very nice job on this!
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FEEL said 3810 days ago (January 22nd, 2007)
What a nice bed
to lay some vocals on. This progression is outstanding... I especially like the extension into the "I try progression...". There is a lot going on behind the guitars. Loved it.

John
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moorlandt said 3810 days ago (January 22nd, 2007)
second time around
ah, this is not one of my habits, but I had to come back. For just a listen. One of your best songs, Neil. That chorus is a smash. Delicatesse.
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Tadashi Togawa said 3809 days ago (January 23rd, 2007)
Look of India
The tone of the guitar is beautiful as usual.
The percussion instrument in the latter half is effective.

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Warren Smith said 3809 days ago (January 23rd, 2007)
Thought is just a little boat upon the sea
Philosophical ruminations over breakfast - that's as scary as being served runny eggs : >

The melody, the imagery and the slow pacing of the vocalizations all reinforce the theme of emptiness and uncertainty. The images of boats tugging against their moorings - or fighting against the tide - is a fitting metaphor for story, perfectly encapsulating the struggle.

Although you anchor the story in Australian specifics, there's a universal element that lifts the narrative out of its time and place. Part of that is purely physical, in that most of us recognize those isolated, lonely breakfasts while on the road, and part of it is we can relate to those existential moments where unfocused thoughts drag us down.

Leaping from the mudane to the philosphical lets the song operate on multiple levels. Jumping between the present and the past adds another dimension. Does a garden retain the history of those people who have worked the land?

The song asks more questions than it answers, but that doesn't mean there's no hint of resolution. Home - and a warm embrace - offers hope.

I wouldn't worry about making the recording too perfect. That might be a distraction from the imperfections of life that is your theme.
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guitapick said 3803 days ago (January 29th, 2007)
My first listen...
...to your stuff. It's unique (at least in my corner of the world) and exactly on the mark in all aspects. I'm really impressed with your music, jiguma.

The lyrics blow me away...
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craft said 3802 days ago (January 30th, 2007)
what a wounderful song
Beautiful melody! Great arrangement and a great singer. What more can I say? Just... I love it... Well done
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Shimky said 3801 days ago (February 1st, 2007)
Wonderful
Lovely song. Very relaxing.

I'm gonna take some inspiration from your lyrics and write something on the theme of "It seems the more you look
Sometimes the LESS you see".


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said 3799 days ago (February 2nd, 2007)
What can I say. . : ) : ) : ) : )
. . It's just LOVELY . . .

YOU'RE VOICE IS BRILLIANT HERE . . . : ) : ) : )
AND EVERYTHING ABOUT IT . . .

THANKYOU . . . . . : )
said 3793 days ago (February 8th, 2007)
I'M WITH YOU
"what I really love: guitar, bass, drums and percussion behind three part harmonies"
*****
me, too, neil - especially when it sounds like this. the beautiful bass, sweet n steady guitar, tasteful percussion, and slidy strings on the solo is the perfect foundation for your intimate vocal. your harmony is a Thing of Beauty - gosh, what a pleasure to hear these lyrics inspired by your land's majesty - your meditation is a lovely one - thanks so much for sharing it with us all. beautiful mood - excellent song! SO glad my ear got off its behind and took a listen, anne
Joe Brady said 3773 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
Neil,
"who owns these Hands" as soon as I heard that line I was hooked and into your narative/reflection. Great piece of writing, wonderful harmony, fitting for the mood. Nice guitar and the levels seemed right; the didge seemed right to me. Great tune; DLfav
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said 3394 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
Great!
Your vocals here with the music sounds sad to me. Your vocals at its best, the music ... I'm speechless (as always). What I can say more than another masterpiece from you? .. I'm sorry for being late to listen to it. This is amazing piece ... BIG KUDOS!
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