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ALL FALL DOWN


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jiguma

 Genre: Acoustic Rock

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Originally started because I wanted to do a song with harmonica in it - the seed was planted this week by our State elections, where we had to make a choice between incompetence and insanity, but also relates to the bigger picture in the US, the UK and Australia (and many other places I suspect). Not really a protest song as such, but a stream of consciousness with politics and politicians in mind. It also relates to personal relationships now I read it over.

Now I think about it, it's also something of a response to a suggestion in the comments on "Well Enough Alone".

This was done quickly, over the last 2 days (while waiting for some collab tracks to materialise), and is mostly first (and some second) takes - I tried to re-do some tracks, but they lost the spark. So, I decided to post as is, warts and all.

I really enjoyed doing this. Play it loud!

Neil

(btw, the incompetents won!).
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Lyrics
All Fall Down
© 2007 Neil Porter

I’ve always been an open man
I wear my heart here on my sleeve
I always try to make things work
I try to say what I believe
You might disagree with me
But I’ll try to understand

If you want to talk to me
You’ve got to say just what you feel
You’ve got to leave my options open
You’ve got to tell me something real
It's happened times before
And it's coming round again

If you’re making promises
You don’t plan to keep
Don’t even plan to try
If you stack them all together
They all fall down

You want my approval
Do you want something else from me?
Something unconditional
That’s a bit too much you see
You burnt me once before
And it's coming round again

It’s coming round again
Like a mark upon a wheel
You try to win me over
You try to cut a deal
You might disagree with me
But I’ll try to understand

Stack them all together
They all fall down
It pays you to remember
They all fall down
Stack them all together
They all fall down - crashing in a pile
You just can’t forget it
They all fall down

INSTRUMENTAL

If you’re making promises
You don’t plan to keep
Don’t even plan to try
If you stack them all together
They all fall down

If you win another round
It won’t change the way I feel
Just have to spend another year
Shoulder firmly to the wheel
It’s happened times before
And it’s coming round again

I’ve always been an open man
I wear my heart there on my sleeve
I always try to make things work
I try to say what I believe
You might disagree
But try to understand
Song Stats
Hits: 6037
Comments: 64
Fans: 28
Plays: 705
Downloads: 213
Votes: 16
Uploaded: Mar 24, 2007 - 10:59:11 PM
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2007 - 04:24:27 AM Last Played: Apr 06, 2017 - 12:00:21 PM
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Hardware:
Fender Telecaster
Seagull S6 acoustic guitar
Fender Precision Bass
Hohner harmonica
Rode NT3 mic
Behringer UB802 mixer/preamp
iMac G4
Yamaha PSR-300 midi keyboard (drums)
Software:
LE7
Comments
said 3897 days ago (March 24th, 2007)
What can I say....
I like this a lot. Right down my music-liking-alley. I like the sentiments of this song and your singing and virtual jiguma band produce some classic folk rock enjoyment. I especially like the last two lines of different sections that play off each other... "You may disagree with me/But I'll try to understand" and "You might disagree/But try to understand."

Your heart is in this song and it comes through.
jiguma said 3897 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Glad you liked it Jack
I can really see/hear this in a band situation - one thing I liked about all the first takes in this (except the drums of course which was the longest part of the process) is the fact that it kind of came out with a band-like feel to it. I'd love to do this with a decent band (assuming I could remember the words of course ; ) Anything fancy you can see in the lyrics is purely accidental I assure you - these words popped out in a half hour or so.
Thanks for dropping by for a listen.
Peace,
Neil

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ALL FALL DOWN
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
blaky smith said 3897 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Harmonica
I like the introduction and touch of harmonica in this piece...
As usual, a goog guitar playing and as usual, it's a pleasure to discover a new tune from you Neil...
Thanks
Marc
Check out my latest song called Un jour de décembre
jiguma said 3897 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Merci Marc!
This is the second song I've done with a harmonica, and I really don't get around to playing it as much as I should. A much under-rated instrument. I'm really pleased to hear you enjoy my songs.
Neil

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Dixie Mason Band said 3897 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
SOLID
Big Hook
Who'd you used to play with, Buffalo Springfield?
Great Drive from the Rhythm Section and Acoustic.

Momentum from the Get Go and I read it as Interpersonal all the way.

Could deal with a Double on the Vox Trx, but I focused in and caught up.
Also the Tele was dying for some more Gain to play with (of course I'd say That, eh?).

A FINE Solid Jolt of Rhythm and Rhyme, Brother.

Dixie

Check out my latest song called SLOW BURN
jiguma said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
: ) Buffalo Springfield - I wish!
Hey Farm Boy! Nice to hear you like it. What happens with my mixes I decided (just now in fact) is that I boost the things I'm confident with and leave the others hovering in the background. The Tele is an instrument that I'm still unsure about - have yet to feel that what I play on it is worth listening to. It's a bit like my voice I suppose - "unusual" is probably a good description. My electric playing is really only maybe 6 months old, but as I get more confidence I'll crank it up more. Ditto for the harmonica.
I've done a run through with more gain on the Tele and a doubled vox and you're right in that it sounds better.
Looking forward to the new Dixie Mason Band post ;)
Neil

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Dixie Mason Band said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
SINE QUA NON
"Unusual" is my Favorite!

I'll be placing a personal request for an MP3 copy of the ReVis with the Double Trx Vocal for sure.

Cheers,
Gunney
Check out my latest song called SLOW BURN
thoddi said 3897 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
oh what a good tune
Neil, you keep on making great songs. This is no exception.

I dig the tele sound, and the harp tootin' was a threat to my ears:) Cool groove, and this would be a great song to do live! Get those rusty dusty brothers together, and hit the road again:)
Check out my latest song called The King has left
jiguma said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Thanks ......
.... for listening and commenting Thor. There is a Rusty Dusty Brothers project in the works, but I'm not holding my breath for a result at the moment - I'm not even really sure where it's up to, but I'm really looking forward to it. We'll see.
Live would be good!
Neil

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stevel said 3897 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Very nice!
A really good sounding track...kinda reminds me melodically of On The Beach by Neil Young. Good mix of instruments, I like the telecaster work a lot on this
Cheers
Steve
Check out my latest song called Broken Toy
jiguma said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
And without Ozone too!
Hi Steve - thanks for the listen. No Ozone here at the moment (the demo period ran out and I'm yet to convince my financial adviser that it's necessary). I tried tweaking Blockfish to get the sound I wanted here, and found that if used subtly, it can work fairly well. The termptation is always there to pump the sound up too much in Blockfish, but I think I overcame the temptation this time.
Cheers,
Neil

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perceptualvortex said 3897 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Jig
Nice work, Neil; as always you've got good writing, singing, playing, recording, mixing... truly a one man band. The harmonica sounds good, and I like the interesting drums and percussion throughout. I suppose incompetence is preferable to insanity. Sadly, we've got at least 2 more years of both, here. This is a well written song; I really can't imagine myself coming up with words this good.
Check out my latest song called Mercury (RPM 6)
jiguma said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
As usual,
thanks for the listen and comment David. The drums here are midi as you can probably tell - not sure why I bypassed DoD this time, but it came out OK. The big problem with midi drums of course is getting a decent set of samples to work from - these are ns_kit7 samples. They're not bad, but there must be better ones out there. I have a couple in the works with Mike on drums, and I'm really enjoying having a real drummer play real-sounding drums. Have you moved in the e-drum direction yet?
I really appreciate you dropping in David,
Peace,
Neil

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Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
perceptualvortex said 3895 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
e-drum
Have I moved in the e-drum direction yet?

A little. I have a TriggerFinger and a MIDI keyboard, and I do sometimes make tracks that way (drums or other). You haven't heard much of that (I only use MIDI in a couple of my tracks, and mostly for melodies).

I've sequenced drum tracks, but they don't sound as good as the live playing samples from DoD. DoD often doesn't have the beats that I need, so I frankenstein them together from two or more loops. I'm happier with the results of doing this than from the MIDI drums I make.

After hearing Pie's fake drum solo, I realize that MIDI drums can sound every bit as good as real playing. But, since I can get the results I need from DoD, why bother?

The only reason I can see to bother, is that it's fun playing drums. BUT! I do not find it so fun to play drums to a recording (and I never have, even for practicing); I like playing drums with live players, in the same room.

I used to have an electronic drum kit, but I couldn't get into it as much as the acoustic drums and I sold it years ago.

So... I think that more than thoroughly answers your question, hahah.


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jiguma said 3895 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
Thanks David
The midi drum option is certainly a useful one for us non-drummers in that it makes me feel like I'm actually making the drum part, but I know what you mean about DoD - extremely good sounds indeed. I have a friend who uses Reason and .rex files seem to be a fantastic option for (as you say) "frankensteining" drum parts. Another program to explore in my spare time :)
Mike Watkins (kevmikwa) seems to have nailed the e-kit recently - he's done a track for me which is so incredibly like a live kit in the same room. Hard to imagine such a wierd looking kit can make such good sounds.
We digress - I'm off for a coffee.
Cheers,
Neil

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Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Estella said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
yes
I love the harmonica in this...and the guitars....and you know, I must say, for a while I've been thinking I've never heard a voice anything like yours. It's truly unique. This sounds great. And I understand how you feel, often powerless over who's in charge of the government in your country...
Check out my latest song called Insomnia
jiguma said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Estella!
Thanks for the kind words - this is the first harmonica I've owned (and the first I've played for probably 35 years) on only it's second outing (the other is "Northern Road"). I love the sound, but feel it can be overdone. When I realised this sounded like it was on a neck stand I nearly took the track out : )
The "unusual" nature of my voice is what stopped me singing when I was younger and playing regularly - it's taken a considerable number of years to get the confidence to use it. Maybe you get less self-conscious when you get older (there's got to be some sort of benefit).
Thanks again,
Neil

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Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Ed Hannifin said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Braver and braver productions...
...of braver and braver tunes...

Neil, I continue to hear that progression towards a stronger lead vocal that stands on its own, and something similar in the guitar work. On the one hand, the effect is one of increased confidence and focus, while also sounding quite relaxed and at ease with your musical voice...

The bass continues to have the distinctive jiguma lope, which I enjoy every time I hear it. I hear change-ups in the drumming that suit the song...

I really like the harmonica, too. And, coming to this from Paul Page's latest, this one leapt out of the speakers... I think you got a nice, hot level, there..

I also like the way the lyric comes from you and doesn't preach or fingerpoint... Makes it feel solid-er, to me...

I like it very much.

Ed
Check out my latest song called Chime (Alone) (Inspired by Particle Dots)
Ed Hannifin said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
For the record...
I really like this song, and voted it 10-9-9-9.

I did not cast whatever vote dropped it dramatically right after I voted...

Just want to be clear, here, Neil, that I really like this one...

Ed
Check out my latest song called Chime (Alone) (Inspired by Particle Dots)
jiguma said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Here I am again ..
....... following Ed's comment ; )
No problems about the score Ed - I've come to accept that to some voters, a good score is a 7, and as long as they vote widely I have no problems with that.
Once again, thanks for your kind comments on the song. I am definitely feeling more comfortable in the recording, playing and singing environments (although not enough to do it live yet), and it's good to read that you agree.
MJ has been a real education for me - corny as it sounds, it has changed a lot of things in my life (for the better), and I really enjoy being here and doing songs. Now if only we could drag back those who have escaped to SL ........
Thanks again,
Peace,
Neil

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said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
harmonica
is sweet, crank that thing up a little.....
cool tune.

jiguma said 3896 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
Hey Johnny
Don't see you round here much anymore - thanks for the comment. I'll add that to Coop's suggestions re the vox and Tele.
Appreciate your visit and listen!
Cheers,
Neil

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echoroom said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
A winner
Well, what's left to say here, Neil? Some really astute comments, so I 'll just reiterate - this is a wonderfully produced track, great production, well thought out instrumentation and a biting lyric.
For me, this is one of your best tracks - totally pro, layered but catchy.

A heartfelt sigh of protest - proper adult music!

Steve
Check out my latest song called Heaven is Waiting
jiguma said 3896 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
Steve,
appreciate the comment. I didn't really put too much thought into this, although it turned out to be one of my favourites so far. I have a lot more time than I had last year (well the first half of last year anyway), and so rather than write and record more (which was the plan) I'm tending to spend more time on individual songs and doing more collabs. I decided to do this one "the old way" (which means quick), just throwing some tracks down and writing some quick lyrics - a literal 2 day turnaround. What I discovered is that this way is more fun and much, much looser in the groove department.
Thanks for your listen Steve,
Neil

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ALL FALL DOWN
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
alfalpha said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
It's coming round again...
...like a mark upon a wheel...so, so apt. Our hearts sank on Saturday morning when we saw the local candidates list. In any case, you & I have spoken a few times about 'the wheel'...let's see what happens this time around! ;)

Terrific, poignent lyrics & the production is top notch.
Many thanks Neil!
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jiguma said 3896 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
Nothing unfortunately!
The local result was fairly predictable I'm sad to say - Andrew is basically a decent guy, despite his affilliations (ie the wrong party). Glad you liked it Alf (the song, not the result!).
Cheers,
Neil
btw - don't worry, I expect the Federal election will be a happier event.

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Joe Brady said 3896 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Alright Neil!
Shoulder to wheel is where you and your song are right now. I'm not much of a political writer but these issues are close to my heart. Forget the promises, they're just selling dreams like the lottery. Who's paying their salary, and I don't mean that government check; that's what driving them.
Stack up your vocal and harp, they won't fall down! Great mix (goes without saying;-) )
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jiguma said 3896 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
Cheers Joe
ppreciate you dropping in for a listen and a comment. I enjoyed doing this one a lot.
No matter who you vote for, a politician always gets in!
Cheers,
Neil

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ALL FALL DOWN
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
RacerX said 3896 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
excellent tune
hot music bed. great groove. infectious bass line, drives a solid tune. great voice. Lyrics are excellent. In think with a driving tune like this, the vocal could be pushed more, not so soft of a presentation. drive the vocal chords more. Lead could be out front more. great track
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jiguma said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Thanks RacerX
.... for having a listen and leaving your kind words. Hey, this IS pushing my voice - you should hear me when I'm being subtle ; )
Cheers,
Neil

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Scott Carmichael said 3895 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
all the bases covered
All round musician/songwriter/producer/player... I love where the chords lead through the chorus "stack them all together"... the lift as the melody resolves... smart stuff Neil... Your a true craftsman with a song, and an Artist with the stuff of the heart...

I can appriciate how much ground one has to cover when we produce ourselves... excellent

But I do wish that as we enter our grandfather years, you could have a chance to be happier... you can try what I do... Stick my head in the sand... really sometimes I just have to turn this stuff off, thousands of years of history isn't going to change anytime soon...

peace
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Scott Carmichael said 3895 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
all the bases covered
All round musician/songwriter/producer/player... I love where the chords lead through the chorus "stack them all together"... the lift as the melody resolves... smart stuff Neil... Your a true craftsman with a song, and an Artist with the stuff of the heart...

I can appriciate how much ground one has to cover when we produce ourselves... excellent

But I do wish that as we enter our grandfather years, you could have a chance to be happier... you can try what I do... Stick my head in the sand... really sometimes I just have to turn this stuff off, thousands of years of history isn't going to change anytime soon...

peace
Check out my latest song called Dogwood
Scott Carmichael said 3895 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
Hmmm
I'm not sure what happened there... it's been quite a while since I double posted... and the second post i sent said something like

I SOUND LIKE A CYNIC... AND YOU REALLY DO SEEM LIKE A HAPPY GUY... JUST ONE WHO CARES....

but I guess that post didn't take
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jiguma said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
3 comments - excellent!
Thanks for the listen Scott - I really appreciate your words. Relax, I'm only a little cynical and negative some of the time - all things considered on the world stage, I think I'm doing pretty well : ) Who wouldn't be happy having the chance to make music again and to get such good feedback. MJ has a lot to answer for - it gets my vote as the musical place to be on the web every time.
Cheers,
Neil

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Vic Holman said 3895 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
you the man!
okay, i've had to listen to this one a few times over the last couple days and relisten to some of your past tunes. And my consensus has come to the conclusion that this has to be my most favorite of yours. nice harmonica playing on top of the everything else here.

happy ears!
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jiguma said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Hey Vic
I'm probably pretty stuck on "Big Dry" as my favourite of mine, but what I liked about this one was the return to sponteneity - doing songs in a quick turnaround is very much my favourite way of working - maybe that showed.
Thanks,
Neil

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Tadashi Togawa said 3895 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
Nice feeling.
Nice Sense sound of harmonica.
The composition of the code is also very wonderful.

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jiguma said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Tadashi
Doumo arigatou gozaimasu!
Neil

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guitapick said 3894 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
A whole 'nother look..
...than I'm used to from you, jiguma. But I'm pretty new, here.
Very impressive in all aspects. Structure, lyrics, playing, production.
Wow. Nice stuff...
BTW: ain't that NT3 a nice mic?
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jiguma said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Appreciate your visit Bob
I have a bit of a range - a drama teacher friend speaks of "all the emotions from a to b" ; ) Glad you found this worth a listen - yes, the NT3 is a great all round mic and suits my voice - it's especially good for acoustic guitar though. One day I'll buy a Rode with a rounder sound perhaps.
Cheers,
Neil

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ktb said 3894 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
sums it up
Neil, this number speaks volumns about the system and its current health index, yet with unfathomable verb and heart. Nice everything.
Them live drums?


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jiguma said 3894 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
Thanks John
The drums are midi using the ns_kit7 samples - I use a basic midi loop (so I don't have to pencil everything), copy it accross the whole song, then separate the individual pieces (kick, snare, hihhat, other cymbals and toms) into different tracks before hand pencilling accents, etc. I always wanted to play drums but couldn't figure a socially acceptable way to practice - midi drums is a great option. I've got two tracks coming up with Mike Watkins (kevmikwa) on e-drums, and have to say that nothing beats a real drummer - especially a good one.
Thanks for having a listen,
Peace,
Neil

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said 3893 days ago (March 28th, 2007)
How the heck...
...did I miss this one Neil? Very nice. Love the vox. Love the guitar (lovely chord progression). Love those places where your bass-lines stray from the formula. Love the harmonica. This tune reminds me of some of Plainsong's material. It goes without saying that I share the sentiments expressed in the lyrics. Kudos. Bravo. Cheers.

Be well!
jiguma said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Mike!
Thanks for the visit. There are 2 places where I especially like the rhythm section here - one is in the first half of the solo where the bass breaks free, and the other is the snare roll straight after "crashing in a pile" in the section before the instrumental. But enough about me ; )
Hope your busy schedule settles down and you can get some "quality time" at MJ soon.
Cheers,
Neil

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Macaudion said 3893 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Very nice, my friend!
Long time, no hear...

I like this a lot, Neil. I especially like those moments where things are kinda slipn' around and messn' with what might be the march, or sync of the beat, but only in the way that a live band that's haven' a good time and workn' it, could have. That's everything about what makes a good performance to me is. It's quite rich w/ the rhythmic goodies - And the lyrics are, your usual class A choice and arrangement of words. Dign your guitar playing on this too. Can't believe that you spit this out in only a couple of days, it makes me want to hold on just that much longer to my part of that little collabn' thing that you speak of...

I like in your description, where you talk about the lack of what's worthy of being offered in choices for politicians - it makes me laugh because I've often thought that you'd have to be just a little bit heavy on the insane mix, to even think about wanting to be politician. And here's a definition of insanity, that me and a friend stumbled upon - One has reached a high degree of insanity when one has lost the ability to keep hidden, that which is truly messed up about them...

This should not make me laugh, since these are the people who run our worlds and somehow, they represent who 'we' are... -- Just one more sad thought...

Okay, gotta get outta here. Nice to hear ya still have it Neil. Thanks for sharing it.

Macca
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jiguma said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Macca my friend!
Getting a comment from you is anticipated in much the same way as opening a birthday present was when I was young - good to hear from you. The "slippin' and messin' with the march" is what live playing is all about of course - well it always was for me anyway - so I take it as a great compliment that you picked it up in the song. This is one of those songs that I try (without much difficulty) to picture as a live performance with all my fav MJers on stage. It could easily have become another collab, but the real joy in this was the looseness and the sponteneity.
That collab you mentioned is getting pretty busy - hope I can squeeze the percs in ; )
"No matter who you vote for, a politician always gets in!"
Cheers, Neil

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***itiswotitis*** said 3893 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
very nice
reminds me a bit of dylan with the husj=ky singing style and the harmonica..nice warm sound to this!
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jiguma said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Thanks Jojo
I have to say that I find Dylan's harmonica style really annoying - then I go and do a version on this song - go figure! Seeing as we're almost neighbours, I'll see you up the shops ; )
Glad you had a listen,
Cheers,
Neil

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Shimky said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Like coming home...
Neil Jiggers, your voice is so infectious! I found it slightly indigestible on first listen but subsequently I find I have grown to love it. Everytime I hear it, it gives me that long-lost-found feeling that wrenches your stomach muscles with love. I think I love you, Neil - in the musical sense, of course! Yes, there's no doubt; I've fallen in love.

Where would we be without MacJams? Personally, I would be without me ol' Jiggers. I'm not drunk; I'm not on drugs and I can really say...

I wish I were.

;O)
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jiguma said 3892 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Welcome to Jiggville! :)
Thanks for the comment Simon - it warmed the cockles of me heart (as they say). "Indigestible" is very much how I found my voice for maybe 30 years, but I'm coming to accept that if I'm going to sing, then this is how it's going to turn out. Where would we be? A very good point!
Cheers,
Neil


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ledebutant said 3891 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
One-Man Band
I don't know how you do it, Neil, you just keep churning out these rock-solid practically perfect songs, all while keeping true to the jiguma sound you've been evolving all this time.

I think this may be my favorite of yours, yet. I really dig the chorus effect on the "All fall down" in the chorus backing vox. It may be overdone in a few spots, but overall it works.

This one is catchy as all get out and the songwriting as a whole is something you should be proud of (always, but especially here). I love the hook very much and it's very head-sticky.

jiguma said 3891 days ago (March 31st, 2007)
Thanks Lisa
The "jiguma sound" comes about because of my limitations rather than any particular strengths I think, just lucky that it's something some people seem happy with. Great to see you around more here at MJ and good to hear you're feeling better. Look forward to hearing more of your songs. Haven't forgotten about a collab - just waiting for the right song.
Cheers,
Neil

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ALL FALL DOWN
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bud said 3891 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
This has the beauty of immediacy
I really like the production and performance - I'm a real wart lover - not that there are any here far as I can tell. Great lyrics and singin - the subject is a good one and you nailed it. The playing is just smokin! Thanks for posting "as is".
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Cori Ander said 3891 days ago (March 31st, 2007)
Ah
Ah .. Dig it a lot! Musically of coruse, because that is what I first attend to in any song. The mood. Mature. But this song has also the quality of very personal lyrics. You let us get to know you a bit more. You don't just say that you are an open man, but you also show it by being very personal and open!

I have been in pondering over why we macjammers come to like ecah other so much that we sometimes make long yourneys to meet live. And one conclussion I've come to is that music making is (can be) so much of exposing our inner ourselves, and that way there is a chance we get to know each other from the inside. This song is a exquisite example. Thank you for being frank!
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jiguma said 3891 days ago (March 31st, 2007)
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Thanks Curry - back home in Sweden now I see. I really appreciate your comments - well thought out and generous as usual. I listened to Caroline's kazoo spectacular with you the other night, and, as much as I enjoyed the song, I also really enjoyed hearing you speak - a lot of fun.
The smiley is because of your parting comment "Thank you for being frank! " - Frank was my dad's name, and I've been thinking of him a lot lately.
It goes without saying that if ever we are in Sweden we will look you up (2008 is a possibility at this stage) - likewise, you are always most welcome in our home if you come "Down Under".
Peace,
Neil

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ALL FALL DOWN
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bonnieprincejohnny said 3890 days ago (March 31st, 2007)
hook
good hook - good man
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BAMPOT said 3889 days ago (April 2nd, 2007)
Nice
G'Day from Melbourne!
Love this track.
Good onya!
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renecalvo said 3882 days ago (April 8th, 2007)
ambiance
I love that lush jiguma sound. Its what I imagine the outback sounds like late at night. I know. Just some dumb americans fantasy, but thats what I think of.
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said 3880 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
YES
you put together a really good tune, neil. i sure like your melodies - and the way you sing them is always a treat to witness. 35 years since your last harp blow????? no way. this is rich, brimming with jigumaness - and the lyric is tops. thanks for puttin it all together - enjoyed it! anne
Leon said 3874 days ago (April 16th, 2007)
yeah!
I took a second and third listen to this before it sank in... Sometimes there are songs like this that just doesn't grab you right way, but slowly grows on you. The folk atmosphere and harmonica kinda wins you over with a very soothing effect after you let go with the flow.
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Peter Bauckham said 3872 days ago (April 18th, 2007)
Great song
This really leapt out at me. Production is first-class. Excellent all-round. Thanks for sharing. Peter
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slumbering said 3780 days ago (July 20th, 2007)
I like your voice, too
There is something very warm and inviting about it. And i love this song. You do such beautiful work. Thank you. :)
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jimmyrus said 1208 days ago (August 3rd, 2014)
Nice song!
Really great production values, good lyrics, you accomplished what you set out to do with the harp, sounds good.
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