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WELL ENOUGH ALONE


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ziti would probably call this a "whiny protest song" :)

But I like to think of it as a "whiny protest song with a beat" Fran!!

Since we (Australia) first joined Dubya's "coalition of the willing" I've had the strong feeling that it was all going to go wrong, and it seems I was right - what a surprise! I still find it hard to believe that a small group of politicians can cause all this grief.

One acoustic guitar track, a lead acoustic track (for the five and a half bars it's happening), bass, midi drums (played on the keyboard) and lead and harmony vox. Final mix done with Ozone 3 - a demo version which has now run out unfortunately.

Play it loud!
Neil
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Lyrics
Well Enough Alone
© 2007 Neil Porter

Tell me again how they started,
These sad, dark days
I don’t understand
What the passing of time now betrays

Can you tell me what they did that for?

When this began we’d been walking
A fine, fine line
Just one big mistake by our leaders
Both yours and mine

Can you tell me what they did that for?
Did we really need another war?
Couldn’t we have stayed at home?
Sometimes we should leave the genie in the bottle
Sometimes just leave well enough alone
Sometimes we should leave the genie in the bottle
Sometimes just leave well enough alone

Bad news running like a downhill bike
Wheels don’t touch the ground
Bad news coming at the speed of light
My head’s just spinning ‘round
Spinning ‘round

What will become of the soldiers
Who came home from war?
How can they be the same people
They were before?

Can you tell me what they did that for?
Did we really need another war?
Couldn’t we have stayed at home?
Sometimes we should leave the genie in the bottle
Sometimes just leave well enough alone

What of the hundreds of thousands
Whose lives were lost?
Those that have lied
Sent the others to pay the cost

Can you tell me what they did that for?
Did we really need another war?
Couldn’t we have stayed at home?
Sometimes we should leave the genie in the bottle
Sometimes just leave well enough alone
Sometimes we should leave the genie in the bottle
Sometimes just leave well enough alone

Tell me again how they started,
These sad, dark days
Song Stats
Hits: 7187
Comments: 82
Fans: 37
Plays: 1939
Downloads: 92
Votes: 27
Uploaded: Mar 01, 2007 - 10:56:59 PM
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2007 - 03:44:59 PM Last Played: Sep 20, 2017 - 04:52:49 AM
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Hardware:
Seagull S6 acoustic
Fender Precision bass
Rode NT3 mic
Yamaha PSR300 midi keyboard
Behringer UB802 mixer/preamp
iMac G4
Software:
Logic Express
Izotope Ozone 3 (demo version)
Comments
Jim Bouchard said 3887 days ago (March 1st, 2007)
Sounds great!
Is this a re-post? It sounds familiar...I could swear I heard this before but I don't see it on your song list.
As to the subject matter, it doesn't sound whiny to me...There's a lot of questions posed, and not exactly a wealth of easy answers, but that's just how it is "these sad dark days"
I like the simplicity of the instrumentation and the warm sound of the mix, it really breathes nicely and it's very intimate. Great!
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jiguma said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Re-post?
Thanks for the comment Jim. No it's not a re=post, maybe my songs are starting to be clones of each other :) I tried to give this one some air in the mix, but then I got hold of Ozone 3 and I was back to my old wicked ways - big sound at (nearly) any cost!
Glad you enjoyed it.
Neil

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jiguma said 3882 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
I forgot .....
..... I'd sent you a copy for early comment and suggestion - I did really appreciate your comments back about compression and stuff, and made some changes before posting, but totally forgot about it. Sorry - the memory is not what it used to be :)
Neil

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alfalpha said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
this is one...
...of my favourite of your songs Neil...(heh, advantage of 'locality'!)
I feel privileged to get the 'pre-listen'. heh!
Like Jim, I don't find the subject matter at all whiny...no good can come out of using 'the genie' for the wrong reason! Great chord progression & poignant lyrics.
An instant 'hit' in my books!
Thanks neil!

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jiguma said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Cheers Alf
The "whiny" comment was really mainly for Fran's benefit. I'm pretty happy with this song - it's simple, and I liked the way the guitar sounded. It's also one of my better efforts at midi drumming on my trusty Yamaha PSR300. Thanks for your comments during the "pre-post" stage. I'm hoping we can have a crack at that "Cajun" version sometime.
Neil


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Morning Light said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Great presentation of your ideas......
Love the voice and the guitar ......both are beautiful......and the message......excellent! A keeper. :)
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jiguma said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Thanks for your .....
.... kind comments ML. Glad you enjoyed it.
Neil

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Peter Greenstone said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
excellent!
Great songwriting and a great performance and production. It has such a full and crisp sound. The lyrics and melody are catchy and smart. Really enjoyable and poignant.

If there is anything that I'd change it would be to ease up a little on the lead vocal's track doubling you did. Just bring down the doubled/offset one down in the mix a bit so it gives a more subtle effect on the lead voice.
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jiguma said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Thanks for the hint Peter!
I'll have a try of that next time I'm in Logic. I'm just astounded that if all of us realised where the invasion was going to end, how come the guys who get paid to figure this stuff out didn't realise it?
Really enjoyed hearing how this turned out - it was much less crisp originally - the big kick drum probably did it - oh, and Ozone 3.
Always appreciate your comments.
Cheers,
Neil

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said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Dang...
this rocks... in a jiguma only way. You are the king of the whiny war songs!... Only kidding there. You are such a good songwriter/singer/and band all in one... and this song says a lot without pounding the message. I think that is part of what makes a really good "message" song. The other parts are what you do so well in the audio realm. Really well done, my friend. Fav'd and DL'd.
jiguma said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Hey Jack!
Very pleased that this tickled your fancy. I guess it is a bit jigumy now you mention it.
Peace,
Neil

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Rebsie said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Let's hear it for the whiny protest songs!
You know about my politics already, Neil ... I still have my jaw hanging open in disbelief that we let our leaders get away with this atrocious act of large-scale organised terrorism. What a great advert for democracy!

Anyway ... you'll be wanting comments on the song as well. It has the trademark jiguma sunshine and bounce, which is always a pleasure to listen to, and the harmony vocals are crisp and tight. A nice feelgood vibe for a song with such a dark and angry subject matter.
Check out my latest song called Amongst The Colours (w/ Luna Trick)
jiguma said 3886 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
These crazy times!
The world does seem to have become crazier than ever Rebsie - I'm just hoping there will be some lessons learnt, although I'm not overly optimistic.
I used our as-yet-unpatented harmony recording technique of "just singing until it sounds right" - not technically perfect, but I don't understand all that musical jargon (or theory for that matter). Bass players unite!
This was a lot of fun to record, and I'm really glad it's finally up.
Cheers,
Neil

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Rebsie said 3885 days ago (March 4th, 2007)

Gawd yes, I was beginning to think we were in a really tiny minority doing slapdash improv when everybody else seems to work it out 'properly'. Gulp. My excuse is that I use a lot of weird old modal scales so working it all out with music theory would make my brain hurt.

Making it up as you go along does work though, doesn't it? I stand by it.
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jiguma said 3885 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Hmmmmmmm
"Wierd old modal scales" - I like that, and have now found my official excuse :)
Neil

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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Whoops
That's "weird" - a word I can never spell ;)

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Scott Carmichael said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Ozone is really working for you
This has such a radio ready produced sound... is Ozone for mastering??? I noticed the clarity of the mix right off... as always guitars, bass... the drums all sound great.... you've certainly mastered the craft...

Is this supposed to be a duet?... both vox occupy the same space... Sometimes I will leave the lead vox EQ a little fuller, then carve out a frequency specific place for the harmony... while it is still as loud it still doesn't take up the same space.. the nature of your voice already takes up a lot of frequency space

this is just a preference... and doesn't diminish your fine work

exellent
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jiguma said 3886 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Duet?
A good point Scott. I haven't ever used EQ much to set up spaces for vocals (although I do it for bass and kick drum often). It's something I'll definitely look at though. This has been a good post for me, as I've got some really useful feedvback on producing vocals. Something I find with my songs is that I always do the lower vox track first, then add harmonies until it sounds right - usually I use panning to separate the voices rather than EQ. Sometimes the first harmony track becomes the lead vocal, but on this I liked both, which was why I treated them fairly equally - so I guess this is more of a duet.
Thanks for the comment Scott - appreciated as always.
Cheers,
Neil

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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Sorry Scott
I didn't answer your question: Ozone 3 is available in a variety of plugin formats (including AU), and gives great control over tracks in GB, Logic etc. Mainly a mastering tool as I see it.

The izotope site seems to be down at the moment, but here's what they say on the M-AUDIO site: "Ozone 3 integrates all the tools you need to master the commercial sound instantly: Broad equalization to balance the tone, multiband compression to control the dynamics, harmonic excitation to inject punch and sparkle, stereo imaging to sculpt the sound stage, loudness maximization to raise the level of the entire track to the standard for commercial use, and dither to maintain every last bit of quality. Combining analog modeling and digital precision, it’s all integrated in one incredibly clean 64-bit environment."

Have a listen to stevel's latest tunes for his results with Ozone 3.

Neil

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FEEL said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Melodic
Neil... I feel this is your best so far. I really like the subject matter and I'm right there with you. Really like the instrumentation and a superb job on the vocals.
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jiguma said 3886 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Thanks for the visit John
Glad you liked it - this is one of my favourites (of mine) too, although for me, The Big Dry will take some beating. Enjoying myself still making music :)
Neil

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TobinMueller said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
The Jiggy stamp
Great writing, vocals layering, with your personality sound stamped on the entire track. Nice sections, changes. I like the toms use in the drum track, but overall the drumming comes off as very MIDI to me and if this is destined for your CD I think it needs a few more human variation fills and perhaps the kit is spread too far across the stereo field instead of sounding like a drummer fixed in the field better (specifically, the trap seems too far right in comparison to many of the toms). The cymbals sound like sizzling bacon (as most MIDI cymbals die) and may need layering with more than one cymbal sample to sound real. More syncopated accents might help too. I heard a fiddle solo near the end, you should contact KK.
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jiguma said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Those pesky midi drums!
I know what you mean about the drums Tobin, but it was hard to find something loopy which would give me the same control. I used the ns_kit7 samples which are normally quite realistic but somehow here they were a little obvious. Funny you should mention KK - I've been in touch about a "cajun" style version before I posted this - I definitely agree about the fdiddle soloing.
Always appreciate your comments Tobin - still have doubts about whether this stuff warrants a CD release, but may press on regardless.
Cheers,
Neil

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echoroom said 3887 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
great feel!
The production on this is awesome, Neil - everything lovely and clean. The guitar gives this a sweet, driving beat, and the drums keep everthing driving ahead. Your voice sounds great and up close, and the harmonies are the icing on the cake. A really poppy tune with a sting in the tail.

Great stuff

Steve
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jiguma said 3886 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Cheers Steve!
Thanks for such a kind comment. I really can't recommend Ozone 3 highly enough for a crisp finish - I might even buy it ;)
Peace, Neil

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Joe Brady said 3886 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Neil
Well written protest song, but the groove is great, which I believe is more important if anybody's going to hear this message. This is a great song with great chord progression. I believe it is worthy of your CD with some tweaking: bring the vocal harmony in tighter, i.e., syllable for syllable(your lead vocal is perfect). I love the guitars, I wouldn't mess with that too much. I did not notice the percussion, but I guess a live percussionist would add personality to the rhythm section (as Tobin says). Wonderful production; definite download. Thanx.
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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Appreciate .....
.. you having a listen Joe. One of my "trademarks" is the slightly loose vocals - I don't mean it to be, it just is :) Trust me, this is a lot tighter than I usually manage. I liked this as it is because it was fairly simple compared to what I often do. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.
Cheers,
Neil

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ziti said 3886 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
a very good whine
for sure.


you are the bomb!

deep bows, jiggie

z
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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Hopefully .....
....... whiny anti-war songs will soon be a thing of the past - then what will I write about?
Cheers Fran!
Peace,
Neil

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Ed_Moran said 3886 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Great Production
Neil

The best production sound yet. Loved the crisp clean sound. I recently demo'd and purchased izotope3 and love the control of the plugin. If you get a chance demo PSP vintage warmer2 you'll be amazed.

Ed
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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Ozone 3 ....
... is certainly a very useful piece of gear. There seems to be a lot of versatility in it, and a whole range of final results seems possible. Only downside is that it uses a fair bit of computing power on my humble G4.
I'm doing a new song at the moment and might give the PSP Vintage Warmer 2 a shot.
Cheers,
Neil

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Tadashi Togawa said 3886 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Another good side.
This time, it is rock than usual.
There is center of gravity in the rhythm.
Good tune.
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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Gounichi zenrin'yuukou
Arigatou Tadashi-san!
Neil
(hope that made sense!)

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stevel said 3886 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Good one
Nice track Neil, I like the full sound to this one (ozone 3 is pretty cool eh?)...very nice acoustic playing and sound as usual! Reminds me a little of some Ed Kuepper stuff ( a fellow Aussie of course)
Steve
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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
Thanks for the tip Steve
Ozone 3 is a really amazing plugin, and much more affordable than some of the other options. Now I've just got to convince my financial adviser thatit's a good idea to buy iy ; )
Cheers, and thanks for the visit.
Neil

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Ed Hannifin said 3885 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
I'm enjoying hearing...
...the small evolutions in the jiguma sound, which at one time was pretty "thick" with overdubs, both vocal and instrumental...

Your later productions are leaner, but still layered... A little bit simpler, a little clearer... Leaving the vocals with just a touch more roughness... The whole thing's a little more immediate and present, a little more forward...

Lot of folks experimenting with the Ozone 3 demo these days... Must be a fun one...

I don't hear whines anywhere in here...

Ed
jiguma said 3885 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Who ...
.... are you calling thick?! : )

Thanks Ed, you're correct in noting the changes to a simpler approach on my part. When I started posting at MJ I had very little confidence in my voice, songs or playing, so I used to "bulk it up" by adding 5 part harmonies, wall of sound acoustic guitars and 10 percussion tracks (well, you know what I mean) to cover up what I saw as inadequacies. The complex chord sequences were for the same reason. As I get more comfortable with writing, singing, playing and producing, I'm happier to just keep things fairly simple, although the next one might not comply.
Always appreciate your comments Ed,
Neil

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Vic Holman said 3885 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
nice and dry
everything stands out. very vocal harmonizing as well. very well done. now if someone could figure how to get that genie back in so we can open pandoras box.
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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
Genie Stuffing 101!
Even when the current crop of "leaders" are gone sooner rather than later I hope) it sure is going to be a challenge to fix the mess they've left. Thanks for your comment and the listen Vic.
Peace,
Neil

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apb said 3885 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
I hear what Jim is saying too ...
.. it had a very familiar thing going on :o) perhaps in
the vocal melody and separation on the harmonies but
it's fantastic, so clone away ;o)

Love the guitars, excellent recording, very warm sound- poignant lyrics and well sung - always feel it needs one
voice with a higher harmony in the mix, female or male, but thats just me I suspect.

Yup, trully the king of whiny anti-war songs ;o)

Have you heard Dick Gaughan's "Think again"? One of
my favourites on the war subject.

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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
Clonearama :)
Alan, I can't figure out which song of mine it sounds like, but I'll keep looking. I have to admit that the strings I used on this are possibly the oldest I've ever recorded with - the guitar track was supposed to be a first take "guide track" that I was going to replace later (with new strings), but it sounded OK so I left it alone. I'll chase up Dick Gaughan's tune - thanks for the tip. Thanks for listening.
Cheers,
Neil

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perceptualvortex said 3885 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Another
It's another fine song, Neil; great writing and sentiments, and cool rolling groove. I'm also starting to begin to consider to think that maybe this war wasn't worth it. Whoops, the feds are listening... what I meant to say was: why do you hate freedom?
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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
Ssssshhhhhh!
They might be listening! Hopefully downloading, voting and leaving a comment too ; )
Thanks David,
Neil

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moorlandt said 3885 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
what a production
A very neat song in the typical jiguma style. And that's a good thing, Neil. But for this song in particular, most of all I'm blown away by the brilliant production. Gosh man, how do you do that? Pretty vocal harmonies on top of that. Smart arrangement. Big bravo again and - as Fran would say - a deep bow :-)

- Walter
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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
You'll have to wait ....
...... until I release the book Walter ; ) I've been getting happier with my final mixes lately, trying to assimilate some excellent advice, especially from Jim Bouchard, then stevel got me onto Ozone 3. I'm doing a new one at the moment and trying to use other means to get a similar result (I only had a demo of Ozone 3) - we'll see how that works.
I had a ball doing this, and probably had an inordiantely long time to work on it - haven't posted much this year so far.
Thanks Walter, always appreciate you dropping by.
Peace,
Neil

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said 3885 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
excellent
SInging playing, statement and all!!!!
jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
Thanks for the listen ..
........ ego.
Neil

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said 3884 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
way to build a song!!!
Keep the 'clones' comin' eh eh....

Noteworthy as well is your self-harmony -(well, you know what I mean, right?) Really nice.

You have some very nice change-ups in this country-fryed feeling song, and the prose to get in there. Nice work

. - Harold
jiguma said 3882 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Visit appreciated!
Thanks for litening and commenting Harold! As it turns out, it wasn't a clone at all - I'd sent a copy to Jim for comment and forgot about it - doh!
Cheers,
Neil

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alley-oop said 3884 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
nice
very agreeable style, great vocals, great country feel. solid production.
I listen to much more commercial music these days,
if you could get this track under four minutes, it would be very marketable. I suppose song length is the luxury of MacJams. That said, I always enjoy your tunes
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jiguma said 3882 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Song length ...
...... is something I struggle with! At 4.46, this is around average for my songs, and I am very aware (after trying to cram a collection on a CD) that they need to be shorter. I have in fact written two ("If God Is Love" at 2.24 and "Summertime Not Blue" at 2.27) under 3 minutes, but generally I just can't say what I want to say in less than 4. I could probably cut the last verse and chorus out of this one to make it shorter without really impacting too much on the message.
I can't say I'm not interested in being "marketable", but I have little idea to do anything much about it ;)
Thanks for the kind words Mr Oop - I appreciate them.
Cheers,
Neil

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Komrade K said 3884 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Genies inhabit....
...oil lamps of course. You're probably like me in that you find yourself in the situation where you were anti the war in the first place but can take absolutely no satisfaction from the grim way things have turned out. I'm still utterly astounded that it all happened and so your lines "Tell me again how they started, these sad, dark days" have a powerful resonance.

You've got a great tune here Neil, a rather a jaunty one at that which kinda belies the subject matter - but curiously this makes the lyrics all the more poignant. Nice one!

KK


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jiguma said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
Cheers Martyn
You sum it up pretty well really - we were right, but it's not really very helpful to anyone much at all. Hopefully we can learn somthing from it next time this sort of situation arises.

Really pleased to get your comment - hope we can sort out a "zydecajun" version some time. I'll work at changing the key. ; )

Peace,
Neil

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said 3884 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Wow!
A very nicely written and played tune Neil. And how about that Ozone 3?!?
What pro sounding production! Now I gotta figure out how to scrape together $250!

Keep em comin' mate!
said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
HEY!
I had faved this earlier but it didn't "take." Think I got it this time mate.

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jiguma said 3882 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Ozone 3 ....
It's nearly $400 (Australian dollars) here Mike! I've already had a talk to my financial adviser and she reckons we need to eat first ;)
Thanks for dropping by,
Peace,
Neil

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Willywagga said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
Brilliant
Love you song Neil, Lyrics are perfect, lightly cynical. Your voice suits the piece perfectly. Your sentiments live in my head. Production values are stunning, though as Tobin suggested I'd ease off on that cymbal a little.
I've just downloaded the Ozone3 demo to try in on a couple of tunes Im fiddling with and, well cripes it sure makes a difference.
Very Well done.

Willie
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jiguma said 3882 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
"lightly cynical"!
I'll have to try harder Will :)

You and Tobin will be pleased to hear I'm hoping to have kevmikwa play real drums on my next track (if he can fit me in of course). Must get some better samples.

You'll love O3 - Peak does some nice things too (demo available) but pricier, and not a plugin.

Cheers,
Neil

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thoddi said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
good one
I'm just listening to this at work. Sounds like a good tune and a tight production. I found myself stomping the rhythm while I was working on something else while this played. That is a good sign:)

The country-like guitar lick you have going is a tasty one.


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jiguma said 3882 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Foot tapping .....
....... is what I like to hear Thor. Thanks for the visit.
Peace,
Neil

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guitapick said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
Got it all...
...music/lyrics/performance/production/
Excellent job. Hats off to you.
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jiguma said 3882 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Cheers Bob
Appreciate your comment - liked your "Our Aliases" forum post.
Neil

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e46 said 3884 days ago (March 5th, 2007)
Protest away!
Great song! I really like how you've worded things. It doesn't come across as whiney at all, more like thoughtful in the way that you've put things out there. I like the simplicity of what you've going on. The vox are fab as well. At first I heard a little "Beatles" in there, but maybe not so much after a while. Love the drums on the bridge!
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jiguma said 3882 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Jen!
Thanks for visiting - the "whiny" reference was meant for ziti after a joking comment he made on a song we did together. I'm especially glad you mentioned the drums on the bridge - I enjoy the midi drums, but never as good as live drums :)
Cheers,
Neil

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bronco said 3883 days ago (March 6th, 2007)
Super groove!
Super groove and great lyrics! What stands out in all of your music is your ability with rhythm and layering of tracks to create a cohesive whole. Your voice is also distincitive and it all adds up to instant recognition as a jiguma tune and this is a good thing!
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jiguma said 3881 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Rhythm is ......
........ what it's all about in some ways Tom. Coming from deep in rhythm section land in my live playing days, rhythm focussed songs are probably what I do best. Also impacted on by my bass player's understanding of chords :)
Cheers,
Neil

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Feter said 3882 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Amazing Words
the set is super ....the recording
real shows how ecclectic and sensitive
ears you ahd to your work and passion
But ...! the words are all on this song
I just respect the ideas so much
always the best !! welldone my friend !

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jiguma said 3881 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
Good Morning Baghdad!
Happy that you could find time and resources to listen and leave a comment Feter. Your country's plight is on my mind every day.
Peace, and take care my friend,
Neil

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8piscean8 said 3881 days ago (March 8th, 2007)
Lovely
Great song Neil. I love your own personal unique style. You have quite a signature sound. The lyrics really touch home. I can't wait for the next elections. Hopefully are next president isn't a cowboy. And by the way ... you need to stop spreading the word about Ozone 3. It's supposed to be a secret about how good and affordable it is. I am currently in negotiations with my financial advisor as well. I say fire the financial advisor! You can get Ozone 3 online for $199. Yeah buddy that's what I'm talkin about. Take it easy Neil.
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jiguma said 3881 days ago (March 8th, 2007)
But I say it .....
..... in a very quiet whisper :) Thanks for the info about the $199 deal - that's much cheaper than over here.
It's nice to hear I have a signature sound.
Thanks for the comments. Haven't seen much of your cowboy lately - hopefully he might just pack his bags and ride off into the sunset.
Cheers,
Neil

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said 3880 days ago (March 8th, 2007)
You mean why did they
Fly into the twin towers?
Good sound but I always think it's a mistake to get political in a song IMHO.


jiguma said 3880 days ago (March 8th, 2007)
I guess ..
...... we'll have to disagree Neal, but I do appreciate you leaving a comment and that you liked the sound. I have other, non-political songs on my bio page.
Seriously, thanks for commenting,
Neil

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said 3880 days ago (March 9th, 2007)
Nothing personal
It's just that I think it's a mistake people make. They can alienate 1/2 some of their listeners. That's all.
I am well aware of your other songs and have always been a fan. You know what your doing.

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Estella said 3880 days ago (March 8th, 2007)
I love it
and I'm sorry I hadn't heard it earlier (it's been waiting for me in my inbox) I think a good protest song is supposed to be catchy/driven/beat driven because that will get everyone singing it and spreading the message ala "give peace a chance" This song is beautiful. Every part of it. Thanks.
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jiguma said 3880 days ago (March 8th, 2007)
I'm really pleased ....
........ you liked it Estella. Feel free to sing along any time.
Peace,
Neil

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JunkyardCutiepie said 3875 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
great great
i hear the possibility of rounds in the vocals. like row row row your boat, ya know, but much cooler. Cheers!
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rjamadeus said 3875 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
no wonder
great stuff ,no wonder you have such a huge fan list. keep up the great work !!
rob
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Scorpjammer said 3871 days ago (March 18th, 2007)
Yeah, Its Protesty...
... But it's so well done, Neil.

You make one think - look from a different point of view - in a non-threatening way. That's the art of communicating.

Awesome tune, mix and arrangement.

One super-tight tune!

Way to crank up the acoustic guitar tracks. Very cool effects used.

Most enjoyable.

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RickB1 said 3867 days ago (March 21st, 2007)
Love It!!
Neil--

This is such a wonderfully rich song with such a warm vibe. I love the rhythm, the harmony, and the acoustic arrangements. I can hear background vocals in this arrangement that would be reminiscient of Fleetwood Mac. I'd give anything to hear Stevie Nicks join you on this artistically composed, beautifully produced composition! I love your style!
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baki said 3840 days ago (April 18th, 2007)
yo!
awesome. this is not really my style so it must be really really good since i enjoyed it a lot. great tune. cheers. ps. so 68ish :)) i can almost hear it in the dear hunter or something...
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Magritte said 3758 days ago (July 9th, 2007)
Giving my speakers a workout.
You've definitely got a big sound -- big, lush, passionate and very organic. I'm really blown away by it. Awesome performance all around.
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Remark80 said 3519 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Excellent Vox
Love your vocal tone. Graham Nash. The guitar picking is very cool also. Those Seagull's are nice and bright. Thanks for sharing.


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