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At long last, a song that I actually finished this year…

This song grew out of my annoyance with the fashion among American politicians, especially right-wing politicians, to conclude all speeches with the rote phrase, “God bless America…”

It seems to me that, in order to utter that phrase, one has to forget a few things. One has to ignore the fact that America is, in many ways, pretty darn blessed already. And one has to make the assumption that God needs some help in knowing who to bless, and how exactly to go about it. And one has to further assume that God is inclined to want to bless some people more than other people.

I mean, if one conceives of a God who is all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-loving, one might at the same time think that maybe He’s got His act together…

And it has always seemed to me that the proper attitude to have towards whatever we want to call the force behind all life is gratitude…

So anyway, here’s this song. It’s just me, the GB bass, and a bunch of guitars…

I don’t get to monitor loudly over speakers a lot, so, as with so many of my Mac-era mixes, this probably sounds best over a good set of headphones….
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God Already Blessed America
© 2005, 2006, 2007 Ed Hannifin

Intro: C-F-/-Dm-F-C

C F-/-Dm
God already blessed America
While you were fast asleep
When you weren’t even born yet
When he brooded on the deep
Am C
When he was making firmaments,
Am G
Dividing sea and land
C F-/-Dm
God already blessed America
because he’s God, he can

God already blessed America
You can see that if you’ll see
He blessed it from his goodness
Not because of you or me
He blessed it ‘cause he blesses things
Each brook and tree and stone
God already blessed America
And he did it on his own

[Break: one verse]

God already blessed America
And he did not need your say
And he did not stop at borders
He’s a funny God that way
And although he blessed it long ago
It still is blessed today
God already blessed America
He did not ask for your okay

God already blessed America
And he did it out of love
And he did it from within us
While he did it from above
He did not ask for your approval
Or for you to tell him when
God already blessed America
And here he comes again

God already blessed America
And he gave us all we need
What he did not give us fully formed
He gave us as a seed
It’s what he gives each human heart
That’s where the blessings grow
God already blessed America
And not ‘cause you told him so

F Am
We’re blessed in every outward way
That God can bless a land
F Am
But there is no place upon this earth
He did not lay his hand
The blessings of the Lord are there
Like apples on a tree
F Am
It’s not that we need blessing
It’s that we need to see

That God already blessed America
The land, the sea, the air
And that was surely plenty
But he did not stop there
He blessed us with a gift to find
Where oysters find a pearl
God already blessed America
When he blessed the whole wide world
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ledebutant said 3800 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
Now I don't know HOW...
...you--or Neil--got here so fast...

I'm sitting here watching the (somewhat long) song upload, and the minute it says it has been posted ('Yay!') I click to go check it... and you two are already there!...

Plainly you are a woman with almost supernatural dibs power...

dajama said 3800 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
Beautiful, beautiful
guitar work. You have the touch. The backing tracks are perfectly placed in the mix, nicely played and panned. The lead adds some very nice touches - never intrusive or overwhelming. Your voice is outstanding. You sing the line "When he was making firmaments, dividing sea and land" with great nuance and subtle feeling (By the way, how wonderful to hear a song with the word "firmaments" in it!) and the tone works perfectly with the lyrics, which are excellent in that they are humorous and piercing at the same time ("He's a funny God that way" may be the line of the year so far....) Thought-provoking and meditative at the same time - this is terrific. Nice work. Thanks for sharing. Peace.
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Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
Thank you, dajama...
...for such a complete and well-considered comment...

I'm pleased you like the guitar work, as I did put a bit of work into both the arranging and the playing and the mixing. I've been having such frustrations getting a good, cleanly mic'd acoustic track... And this combines about six of them... A couple different capo positions, plus the 12-string...

I'm also glad you enjoyed the lead playing, as I am trying to let myself have a bit more fun as a guitarist on the tracks I'm working on lately.

And I'm super-extra-happy that you like the vocal, because I'm sort of pitching it and singing it a bit differently than I usually do, and I'm not doing my usual scared-of-my-own-voice things here, like doubling or tripling it, finding people with better voices to sing harmonies and unisons, and using a mic that brings out the bass end... This is clearer, for better or worse...

My wife is a great fan of the 'firmaments' line, particularly as she is a fan of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

I'm really glad you got the tone of the song... I feel like you really got what I was trying to do with this song.

Thanks very much again,

ledebutant said 3800 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
This is so interesting. I'm so used to hearing you from recordings that were originally analog, that it's kind of discombobulating to hear you in digital format. I was listening to the introduction and waiting for your voice to come in, feeling pretty sure I was going to know how you would sound...only you didn't have that traditional Ejh sound. You were brighter and more present (not bad things to be in music or in life for that matter)and it really sounds almost as though you're right here in the room. I miss the warmth you got with analog, but there are certainly things that make up for it, as far as clarity and feeling as though I'm just hearing more of the nuances in your voice.

I'm curious to know what you used the ChannelStrip for as far as production, because I'm noticing some of the things I noticed when I used it and I'm curious if it's the ChannelStrip or me.

This is a really nice production, with lots of space and it really is a thrill to hear you so clearly.

Okay, enough with the nuts and bolts and on with the part where I say "WOW!" about your wonderful concept for the song. Also, I will now be slapping you a high five on the sentiment behind it, too. It's really a very well-written song and very nicely performed, too. The solos sound terrific and have that magical Ejh feel.

I'm so happy you posted something. Now for the real question...what does thepeep think?

Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
Lisa and her ears...
You're right that much of what you've heard from me has started its life in the analog domain, although not all... But this is a different vocal sound for me. I used the Rode NT-1A for everything, and it's a pretty clear and bright mic, without a lot of flattering testosterone in the lower end... And I think whatever the heck I did with the ChannelStrip presets brought out a degree of presence that I would previously have avoided... As I noted above, I have usually done a lot of doubling, sometimes subtly, to add "fur" to my voice, to thicken it up, and I didn't do that here, and I haven't brought in someone with a better voice to make me sound a little better... Fewer crutches this time out, and less hiding...

I still LIKE that other sound, but I did want to try something different here.

I think I just used ChannelStrip for the vocal. Don't THINK I used it on the guitars. And TrackPlug for the master, I think at your suggestion long ago...

I'm glad you like the song, Lisa, as you are one of the lyricists I most admire on the site. And I will accept the high five, having been scrupulously trained by my son in proper high five etiquette.

And speaking of my son, I don't know if he has had the patience to sit through this one yet... I don't know if he will get why I even wrote it... But we'll see... Now that he has mastered the Em chord, he offers me lots of good advice...

jiguma said 3800 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
I tried so hard Ed!
To be first that is! This is quite a cause for celebration - a new song from Mr Hannifin ;)

Lovely guitar bed cushioning the song. Vocals are clear and present - I would hazard to say that they are the best I've heard from you Ed.

The accoustic bass sound you've chosen is really perfect for this song, although I suspect a real one would have added a tad more to the song (acoustic bass I mean, not electric). Having said that, in this context, maybe the single note approach you have here is most appropriate.

Lyrics are first class, and even though I'm not American, we hear "GBA" on the TV so often that I can see what you're about. I especially like the sentiment behind the song description you've written Ed.

My only nit is that you've maybe used a little more lead guitar than I think is necessary, but again, maybe that's appropriate in the context of the genre.

It's REALLY good to hear a new track of yours Ed - the fact that it's this good shows you haven't just been slacking off ;)

Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Sorry, Neil...
You were up against the Dibs-Meister, Mistress of Firsties... It was not fated to be...

I have to say that you're the guy I've been thinking about as I've endeavored to post a song that I have completed in this decade...

And, actually, I was thinking about how you (and Jim) would take to me using the upright bass instrument again. I'm glad it's working for you this time. I would love to have a real upright player around...

I did let myself play a bit more lead than I might have in the past. My original intention was to cut it back "later", but as I listened to rough mixes over the past couple months, I ended up liking it, so I let it go.

It's good to be back with a song that's both written recently and recorded recently, and on the Mac, in the little home recording rig... I was hoping that this would vindicate me in your eyes...

Now back to slacking off...

jiguma said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Never happens!
That concept of playing all over a song to "cut it back "later"" just never happens for me either - once you do it you just can't take out all those nice little runs and stuff - know exactly what you mean!

Lisa summed it up well in her PREVIOUS comment :( - "you were brighter and more present" than any of your previous vocal tracks.

Great track!


Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Vic Holman said 3800 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
First of all a nice bed of acoustics!
Second very well mixed!
Third vocals are right there
Fourth The world would be just fine without "slogans"
Fifth Do Charvettes Electrics still exist
Sixth Nice subtle lead guitar lines
Seventh a new tune
Good work!
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Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Your list...
...reminds me of Michael Keaton's version of Constable Dogberry in 'Much Ado About Nothing'...

I'm glad you like the acoustic bed. You're a guy with a good ear for the guitar bits... And similarly glad you like the mix and vocals...And you can bet I was looking down the list to see if my lead bits would pass muster...

I have NO IDEA if Charvettes still exist. I never see them in stores anymore. The one I have is one that I bought at the store where I used to work. I had Peter Janson, who is now MacJammer GuitarJanson, who used to work there also, check out a shipment of guitars we got, and he picked this particular psychedelic hot orange-pink one as the best put together and best playing one in the litter... So I bought it...

Thank you for the listen and the encouraging words, Vic...

Macaudion said 3800 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
I will! I will...
I'm gonna say more! I will need to catch up on some other comments first. Just wanted to get in on the dibn' action... Macca.

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Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
...or dibs not...

There is no 'try'...

perceptualvortex said 3800 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
A new one from you, wahoo
Great job with everything; the writing, playing and mix. The guitars sound really beautiful. I really like your writing, and I can certainly get behind the sentiments. My favorite line is the last one, which kind of says it all "God already blessed America When he blessed the whole wide world". Exactly!

It's great to hear a new one from you, Ed. Even if your posts are infrequent, they reflect your attention to detail and perfectionism, so it's worth the wait.
Check out my latest song called Mercury (RPM 6)
Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Wahoo indeed...
Finally a new song, newly recorded...

And from now on, I can be using the new Taylor to be able to get to recording more frequently... I spent some time yesterday messing around with sounds on it, to see what I could get, and I think it's going to be very usable...

I'm glad you like the mix; your mixes are always so clean and uncluttered. I tend to be more of the "go ahead--add another track--what can it hurt?" school of production... I'm happy that you like the guitars...

I'm pleased that you like the song itself, too, of course. I think the last line does pretty much sum it all up...

I AM still messing around with the tracks that you put drums on. We'll see where they end up going...but they are not forgotten...

Thanks for the listen and the encouragement, David,

said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Whenever I Hear a Politician
invoke the name of God, I'm left wondering what festering network of lies are hidden behind this cloak of sanctimony.
Your sound here is excellent and I especially enjoy your vocal and the amount of clarity you achieved with the number of guitar tracks you are using.
Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Thank you, Mungo...
I was really wondering if I was going to get slammed on the vocal sound with this one... So far I'm encouraged...

And as I mentioned above, I DO tend to overdo the guitar tracking, so if there's clarity it borders on the accidental...

Thanks for another serious listen and comment...

Feter said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Ejh acoutical world !!
always impressed by the sweet
acoustic sound you create on
you songs ... the singing just
so honest and warm the words
ryme so good with the guitars
anotehr perfect song my friend
well done ... God Bless ...!!!
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Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
It's good to hear from you again!

I'm glad you're liking the total "acoustic" sound here... As I noted above, I wasn't sure if the new vocal approach would go over well... I've just purchased a new guitar, so I think the acoustic guitars, at any rate, are going to be getting even better...

I'm really glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for your comment and your good wishes...

said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Hi EJ !
WOW what a GREAT GREAT GREAT SONG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE TO HEAR YOUR VOICE AGAIN : ) ; ) 8 )what do You mean with "He did not need Your say " ? In my opionen God blessed All The People : ) God is Almighty hope You are Well . Not been around at Mj much , please tell Paddler & Neil & Ledeb &&&&&&&&&& Eduard & Whoever You meet Hello give them a Hug from Me . A hug to You

Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Hello again, Lena...
I am very pleased that you liked the song...

'He did not need your say' is an expression that means 'He did not need your permission (or approval)'...

I'll pass around greetings as I run across people... Neil and ledeb may have already got theirs...

Thanks again for your comments and support,

Denny Borsboom said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Great lyrics
I absolutely loved this song, both the lyrics and the music. Your guitar soloing is also pretty impressive here. Good bed of acoustic guitar, very nice rhythmic accents. The vocal is great. It's convincingly sung, which isn't at all trivial with these lyrics. Your vocal has just the right amount of crackiness here (is that a word?). But what I liked most are the lyrics, which are funny and intelligent and right on the money. You expose the arrogance those who constantly ask of God that he should consider such a petty thing as blessing a country, let alone the richest country in the world, with convincing argumentation - in a song... Congratulations on pulling this off.

Check out my latest song called More interesting times
Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
It's good to hear from you, Denny!
I'm happy that you liked the lyrics and music.

I'm happy and SURPRISED that you like the guitar soloing. As I recall, I still have a blank check for some guitar soloing from you that I haven't cashed in as yet...

I love that description of 'vocal crackiness'. That's part of what I wouldn't have allowed to stay in the past, but I've gotten to rather like it... That's a great phrase, and I think it's already in my head forever...

I really feel like you got not only the 'message' but the tone of the song, which was trying to be something like "good-heartedly annoyed"--having something to say, but with some humor or wit to it... So it feels good to have the impression that the lyrics are coming across...

Thank you for a thoughtful and encouraging comment...

Denny Borsboom said 3799 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
Blank cheque
Yes... you have a blank cheque indeed... I'd be happy to take it on anytime. But I do think that you have a very nice and distinctive style of playing. It's hooky and honest. I like it. You don't sound like you're trying to copy anybody, as many guitar players (including me) sometimes do, and you also don't sound like you've attended some wacky guitar academy. You sound like you. And that's worth a lot more than how many notes you can play in a millisecond or how sophisticated your vibrato is.
Check out my latest song called More interesting times
Ed Hannifin said 3797 days ago (May 27th, 2007)
...That has to one of the best compliments I've ever gotten on my guitar playing...


Mcboy said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
i'm blessed
....to hear such good music.......in my opinion u carry the dylan promise fervently in your music.....there are some philosophical undercurrents to the song that could carry a lively debate.....but there is no doubting the fresh view u bring ........many bows......and .....those acoustics sound mighty fine.....kudos....
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Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
I'm feeling pretty blessed myself...
...right about now...

"Carry the Dylan promise" would be a good thing, in my book...That's pretty high praise, McBoy...

I'm also pleased that you like the acoustic sound. But the funny thing is, that, guitar monster that you are, I always feel that you really get and listen to the whole song, not just the guitar work. I always feel like you appreciate the songwriting.

Thanks as always for giving an appreciative and thoughtful listen. I continue to appreciate it.

Tadashi Togawa said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Good song.
I had to have the reading ability in English.

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thoddi said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
great to hear a new song from you Ed:) And great sound from your guitar.

I think there still is the same sound/feel to your music like there was in your earlier recordings. Only difference is maybe the polished digital format, and the somewhat unpretentious bass from the keyboard.

I'd like to suggest a little zing to the bass groove with adding a little punch on the 8th stroke (or the 4th's "and") every now and then. Don't know if that makes any sense to you... just to sexy up the groove a tiny bit:)

For such a long tune with little changes along the path, it can be ok to spice up some details every now and then.

Of course that is just to my taste... I don't really believe there is such a thing as right or wrong in music.

But most of all, I enjoyed your new tune very much. You sound great Ed. Your voice is very pleasant to listen to, and the overall sound of your production is smooth and full of good choices in the mixing department.

Check out my latest song called The King has left
Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
It's interesting to hear....
...that you hear the same sound and feel in this as in the music I've posted from long ago...

I'm not sure that I DO understand what you're suggesting about the bass. I trust your judgement about what might "sexy up" the groove, and this is admittedly some very basic bass... Just there to add a little bottom...

And you are certainly right that it's a long song, and could stand some brightening and interest-adding elements along the way...

All of which is to say that I take your comments seriously. I don't think I'll be going back in on this one anytime soon, but I tend to "carry forward" comments to the next thing...

I really appreciate your thoughtful listens and well considered comments. Thanks, thoddi...

said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Late Dibsies!!
I'm here at work. I am listening via little computer speakers at a low volume. Therefore no comments yet. But enough in my ear to fav this rare Ejh recording.

Ok... just one. Classic, vintage Edsong!
Ed Hannifin said 3799 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
According to the Marquis of Queensbury rules...
...there are no awardings of partial dibsies... One achieves full and complete dibsitude, or one does not...

'Edsong' sounds pretty cool... Some weird cross of Norse and Celtic and maybe something from science fiction...

Maybe I should trademark that...

I await your comments eagerly, Jack...

said 3799 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
"An ancient form of minstrel ballad that originated in the outer nooks and crannies of the county "Hedmark" of Kongeriket Norge. It was there a young lad of the name 'Hedrick of Hedmark' developed a smooth and pleasing form of singing and guitar playing. His lead guitar soloing was melodic, weaving through the song as he sung. And his singing was a pleasure to listen to. His velvet voice, with a trace of age, gave weight to his insightful lyrics. Hedrick rarely performed in public, so those who enjoyed his music always eagerly awaited his song. The cry could be heard echoing in the villages as he came a singing, "Hedsong, Hedsong!" Over time this became known as "Edsong." Eventually after many years, Hedrick's descendants left Hedmark... and following their bliss, they ended up in Boston.

I loved it.

Take a listen:) <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/31579">A Brighter Day</a>...
It's just music... Dadai
Ed Hannifin said 3797 days ago (May 27th, 2007)
Oh Jack....
....ha, ha, ha...whew...heh...whoo... whoa...

I almost missed this...

What fun...

Z293 said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Simply Beautiful
God already blessed Ejh.
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Ed Hannifin said 3799 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Thanks, Z...
I appreciate the listen, the comment, and the appreciation/encouragement.

Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Hi, Tadashi...
...This IS a pretty long song, isn't it?... And it probably makes a lot out of a rather small corner of American culture...

Plainly I am going to have to learn some Japanese if I am going to function as one of your translators...

Even so, I am happy that you came by and listened. Thank you very much for listening and letting me know...

Always a pleasure...

Ed Hannifin said 3800 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Clicked in the wrong spot somehow...

Replying to Tadashi, above....

SmokeyVW said 3799 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
such a gentle reminder
it's too easy to forget to appreciate what we have

your voice shines out here - very, very nice.

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Ed Hannifin said 3797 days ago (May 27th, 2007)
Thank you, Smoky...
'Appreciation' is a big part of what this tune is about...

I continue to be pleasantly surprised that my voice on this one is being well received.

Thanks again for listening and leaving a comment...

kristyjo said 3799 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
I like this-
The lyrics are excellent, as are the vocals. I'm glad you got 'past' the vocal shyness, because this is just great as a solo piece. (Maybe vocal harmonies on the later renditions of the line 'God already blessed America', but only a thought.) The guitars and bass are great, too. As backup instruments, they sound great in chorus. Thanks for sharing!
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Ed Hannifin said 3797 days ago (May 27th, 2007)
Thank you, Kristyjo...
I really was wondering if the vocal would come across, and apparently I can relax about that...

I did mess around with selectively doubling some lines, and tried out some harmonies, and ended up thinking that it tended to 'distance' the presentation somewhat... So in the end I just let my voice be my voice...

I'm pleased you enjoyed the lyrics... I think this one stands or falls on whether the lyric works...

Thanks for another thoughtful listen...

said 3799 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
so thourough with your descriptions, chord progressions, and lyrics.. this is, in my mind, what the internet is all about for musicians; a community of people working with one another, rather than against... this site has been so very special to me since i joined up, and it is part due to musicians like yourself, eager to share, give advice, and create a sense of unity and brotherhood, now seemingly lost in the musical world today..thanks for this post, and for the song... the song is a piece of art. it is subtle, and i picked up several things the second and third time i listened..killer track, brother!!!
Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Thanks, r.a.d.,
I'm with you about the spirit of this place at its best, and I do try to be in keeping with that as much as I can...

I'm pleased that you found things to like in this song and recording. I'm not so much of a metal head, but I'll be checking out your stuff as soon as I can...

I very much appreciate that you took the time for careful listening and left an appreciative comment.

Thanks again,

thetiler said 3799 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
How did I miss this gem.

Love the mature words here. Kind of has the Mark Kopfler folk type feel. Which is a top notch sound.

You get a a real nice tone from the guitars. Love the trademark EJh singin.
Sorry for coming in late on this but I am sure glad I made it here:)

Way to go Ed ! Terrific
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Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Hello again, Bill...
I don't know how you figure you're late on this one... It's only been up four days...

If I was going to get a comparison of my guitar playing to someone, the "Mark Knopfler folk type feel" is pretty neat. I love Knopfler's playing, which is, of course, way beyond my taste, feel and ability. But I do enjoy and learn from the way that he uses acoustics against electrics, and I have often wished that I had something like a Dobro to get some of that particular blend that he uses.

Glad you liked the song... Thanks for giving a listen... I always appreciate your comments and support....

guitapick said 3798 days ago (May 26th, 2007)
A new tune of yours AND a great one!

Beautifully conceived and executed, Ed. That sounds clinical...but it's not meant to be. From beginning to end, it's great...

As to the theme; well, come on, Ed. Don't you think God needs to be told what to do, every now and then? Gotta make sure he's backing the right horsey...


(true joke...I can't stand the phrase either)

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Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Double YAY!
Back when I was first starting to write songs, I really did think that they were supposed to materialize "all of a piece"... perfectly written, and then performed and then recorded... It seemed wrong somehow to have it be a process, and one that could have stages, and development...

And sometimes, I suppose, it IS just about that simple... as regards whether a thing is 'conceived and executed' or somehow quicker or something...

But a lot of the learning for me over the years has been to understand that many things, including songs, have multiple points of work and multiple points of inspiration, and one of my own personal hurdles has been to start to trust that is how it is, and it's okay...and multiple inspirations can come... So a bit of conception and planning are not antithetical to authentic inspiration, if that makes sense...

As to the theme...for me, this entire song is a metaphor, and anything anyone says about God is of necessity a metaphor...

Thank you for listening again, Bob. I always appreciate your enthusiasm and wit...


TidalPull said 3463 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
enjoyed it.
He did not stop at borders... funny got that way. Exactly. Nice to hear your voice un-doctored. God blesses that, too, exactly how it is.
Willywagga said 3798 days ago (May 26th, 2007)
Great Song
Very fine lyrics, I know what you mean, about the phrase, you really get that point across in a gentle way, there is considerable compassion in your voice and that crackiness increases the frailty of ourselves in the context of God. This works really well.
I agree with the comment about the noodling, though it's not intrusive a little more sparingly might give the song more space.
Your voice is great, hints of Paul Simon's gentle side in the delivery.

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Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Thanks, Willie...
I'm glad the lyrical content comes across... Your description is in keeping with my intention, and that's always reassuring...

I guess that, so far from hiding my 'crackiness', at this point I should be cultivating it... As I've already written above a few times, I wasn't sure this vocal would come across...

You are undoubtedly right about the noodling... I think maybe especially towards the end of the song, where I'm not stopping in mid-noodle to let the lyric through...I can probably go back in and slice out bits that fight the vocal or are wandering too far afield...

Thanks for taking the time for a thoughtful comment from a thoughtful listen...

said 3798 days ago (May 26th, 2007)
Perfect tuneage...
...for the holiday weekend Ed. Lovely guitar playing. Nice winsome vocal delivery. This really touched my heart man. (This song is also a good advertizement for ChannelStrip! They should send you a check!) Thanks so much for this one...

Be very well!
Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Thank you, Michael...
I have forwarded your comment to Metric Halo, so they can consider your very wise idea...

I'm glad it touched your heart... I was hoping it wouldn't just come across like a high school theology essay... (Having gone to a high school where such things were compulsory...)

I appreciate your continued good listens very much...

echoroom said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Hey Ed - its great to have a new track from you - it's been some time since the last. the production on this is lovely - loads of space, and the guitars sound really clear. Your voice sounds ... wise and wholesome here. This is such a sweet track - its so nice to hear something ... positive on this subject. In a world where everyone always wants more, it's great to have a track that says 'look what we've been given'.

Great work Ed.

Check out my latest song called Heaven is Waiting
Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
I am a little proud...
...to finally have a song posted in the same year it was finished...

It's a funny thing about the 'space', because this WAS on my mind as I recorded it, and I really thought I had over-guitared it...I had to do a lot of the pre-mixing over headphones, and so I chose my most revealing [read: harsh] and trebly headphones to get basic levels... When I finally tweaked over speakers and listened on my best headphones, I thought it was really smooth, but I didn't know if I'd left enough 'air' in it...

I'm pleased that the song came across as positive, because I wanted it to be a gentle chide and not a polemic, which I think would be a turn-off. I think I wanted it to be more of a reminder than a scold, actually, and sort of a finger pointing toward a capacity for gratitude...

I'm always pleased when you are able to give a listen and leave your thoughts, Steve. Thanks once again.

Jim Bouchard said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
really nice!
I haven't been paying attention much to MacJams music lately, and so I am glad that I finally got around to checking what was on top of the Fan Picks list, and that this one is there. Really great message, and a super recording, playing and singing! Your level-headed care and concern really shows in the music and the message, and we are blessed to have you here on MacJams to keep our heads on straight.

I have no nits to pick on the recording, it's darn near perfect! The bass is subtle and supportive, the guitar leads are a little busy but quiet and not intrusive, the acoustic strumming is a nice bed. I like to hear your voice clear like this, though I certainly understand how difficult it is to resist adding some sort of effects to fatten it up, but in terms of the message it's important that it's clear and clean like this.
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Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
I was wondering...
...if this would meet with your approval, Jim...

Thank you for the encouraging words. I was wondering if you'd like the bass this time around, for one thing. I didn't think I'd escape without ANY nits... I can breathe easy now...

I think you're right about keeping the voice clear and direct for this one, rather than prettied or smoothed. Along with that, I'm glad that you liked the song's message, and how it came across.

I appreciate the good attention you bring to your listening, and your detailed and supportive comments. Thanks once again...

ktb said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
I love the concept and the sentiment. lyrically cool and your vocal imparts the message with heart. very cool guitar work by the way. the little electric riffs that thread the tune were tasty.
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Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Thanks, John...
I'm happy that you liked the lyrics and vocal... I'm particularly psyched that you liked the "little elecric riffs"... as you are a very fine hand at improvising on and decorating a tune...

Glad you were able to listen and leave a note...

said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Mr. Ed .. This is spiritual song ..
the words are from your heart to your heart
it's great .. nice playing with wonderful voice
Really I'm Speechless .. Thanks For Posting

Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Right at the start, I want to ask you to let me know how you'd like to be addressed... I don't know whether you prefer your MacJams name or real name, and what part of either...

I truly appreciate your comments. "From heart to heart" is what I'm usually aiming for, and I am pleased that it comes across to you as 'spiritual'.

Thank you for listening and letting me know your thoughts...

said 3795 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
As you like !!
For Naming as you like !!
You have (Yeman, Birdman Wayne) but most of the Jammers called me WAYNE .. As you like !!
Again Thanks For the song ..
i was listening to it all the day ..

If you like Acoustic Rock Style check the Dragon's Rock : http://www.macjams.com/song/32213
Also the Classical Style (It's For You : http://www.macjams.com/song/31249)

Yeman Auf Al-Rawi (WAYNE)
elektronix said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful song. Wonderful guitar, perfect playing and mixing. And really good lyrics. It is not my mother language, but I am able to read some provoking humour between the lines... Your voice is marvellous.

Great work!
Faved and downloaded.

Greetings from (the already blessed, too) Germany,

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Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Thanks, Bernd...
I could have sworn I replied to this comment earlier...second time today I seem to have misplaced one...

I love that phrase, 'provoking humor'... that is a phrase that I will have to steal for my very own...

I'm glad you enjoyed the guitar and the mix, and glad the lyrics came through... I think you really got the spirit of the song...

Thanks again for the encouraging words...

paul f. page said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
God already blessed America...
...with your wonderful talent and this very special song that you've composed from your heart.

Lots of comments (above) that are right on the money. I am always particularly taken with your guitar work, and here especially the lead licks. Very tasty every step of the way. The little "bent" strings here and there are so skillfully rendered. You are the absolute pro in this genre and playing style. (Bows!!!). You have to start writing more..
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Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
Well, Paul...
...it's a funny thing having you so enjoy my guitar work, 'cause as you know I enjoy your piano VERY much, and you really know what you're doing on the piano...I think of my guitar playing as a much looser and less disciplined thing entirely... Actually, much of what I do is just the science of covering up one flaw with another...

I AM trying to get better at string-bending, and have actually had some hands-on coaching from ziti, because my bends tend to be pretty hit-or-miss afairs. Fran has taught me a couple exercises to better aim for and hit pitch, so perhaps by this time next year...

You ARE very right about needing to write more, and I'm trying to do that... In addition to my back-log of songs-to-be-recorded, and songs-halfway-recorded, I now have a notebook of songs-to-be-finished. I think a few of them may end up seeing the light of day by summer's end.

I always look forward to your comments. Thanks for giving this a listen.

selters said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
You kept me up!
I was actually going to bed, but just hat to listen to this song when i saw you had posted it. And I must admit it was a great choice to stay awake for this gem. The guitar playing is so wonderful that i cant find any words for it. It sounds to me that your mixing skills have improved "a lot"(All though I have always thought your production is great). It is specially the voice that i think sounds wonderfully mixed. Which of course has something to do with your splendid vocal performance. I don't think I even need to comment on your guitar playing. The lyrics are wonderful, your words should be sung out to all us spoiled people in the west! Im much looking forward to listen to this song on my mp3 player on the way to work tomorrow morning. Its a twenty minutes walk, so that will give me three listens. Thank you for this song, its wonderful!

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Ed Hannifin said 3796 days ago (May 28th, 2007)
You aren't fooling me, Magnus...
...I know very well that you are young, you are a teacher, and you don't sleep...

I don't know if it is my mixing skills that have improved, although I think what might be happening is two-fold: one is that I'm getting braver about letting my vocal just be out there, and letting my quirky guitar playing just be what it is. So I think it ends up less homogenized, and actually more interesting...

And the other thing is that I'm using ChannelStrip and TrackPlug a little more, and may be getting some better compression/EQ stuff happening. Well, I suppose that IS mixing, so you end up being right about that...

It seems that both you and I have short walks to work in the morning, and like to take mp3 players along... THAT is one of the things I really enjoy--I often just fire up my MacJams playlists, or I listen to rough mixes or songs in progress on the walk...

Thank you for your continuing kind and supportive words. I am always glad to hear from you...

composerclark said 3794 days ago (May 30th, 2007)
Like it (but I have some critiques!)
I don't think I've ever heard anyone say, "God bless Canada!", but when I lived in the good ol' USA for a couple of years as a teenager I heard quite a few people say "God Bless America." There was also that business of pledging allegiance to the flag every morning at school... I found that kind of disturbing... like the powers that be wanted complete fealty (submission?) from us, perhaps so that we wouldn%u2019t mind too much if we got sent to Viet Nam. %u201CAmerica; love it or leave it!%u201D was something else I ran into a few times (a saying that seems to fly in the face of the parts of the first amendment relating to freedom of speech and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances), but, I never encountered equivalent slogans regarding other countries in which I lived. It%u2019s nice to hear a song challenging some of this strangeness!

Regarding the musical aspects, I agree with much of the praise that has been heaped upon you %u2013 you are in good voice, the words are very clear, there are tasteful guitar solos, you are my hero, etc. %u2013 but I%u2019ll be a meany and offer a few criticisms, which, given your well-deserved popularity here, will likely get me tarred and feathered by your fans, but what the heck!

%u2022I think it may be too long. Your basic message is really straightforward, and the musical presentation of this message could be a lot more succinct. The danger in stretching things out too much is that you can loose the listener along the way, although it is a mark of the esteem in which you are held here that you could have made this twice as long, and I believe most of your fans would have been happy to stick with it!

%u2022It would be more interesting (to me, anyway) to change the arrangement occasionally; the texture remains pretty much the same all the way through, whereas individual verses could occasionally get a different treatment. A modulation might come in handy at some point? Maybe a finger-picking pattern instead of a strumming one some of the time? Or, one of my favorites, thinning things down to a bare minimum for a verse, like just guitar and voice.

%u2022I don%u2019t think all your guitars are completely in tune with one another. They are not hugely out of tune or anything, and the fact that no one has mentioned this would seem to suggest this is not something that people are noticing, or bothered by. But, for what it%u2019s worth, I noticed it right from the start of the instrumental intro.

Okay, meanyness over! I hope you don%u2019t mind; none of my critiques get in the way of the fact that you have a very good song presented in a very attractive way, and I like it a lot.
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Ed Hannifin said 3793 days ago (May 30th, 2007)
Excuse me...just a sec...be right there...
...just heating up this tar...

Gosh, just stirring this stuff is an EFFORT...

Okay. Right.

Let's see.

It probably IS too long. I certainly had cause to think that, as I did various seven minute takes. I originally planned to do what I thought I would do with the lead playing, i.e., take some out later. Only I didn't. In doing this, I was influenced by my beloved Unitarian congregation, which sings ALL the verses of hymns, even if they have seven or eight verses. And although I'm (partially) kidding, I actually WAS thinking of people singing this essentially simple tune on a stage or in a church and having the singers switch off, verse by verse.

Now that you have encouraged my worst impulses, however, I am thinking of making this song TWICE as long. Also, it will have a bass solo. And, I dunno, some clarinet.

I am not sophisticated enough to effect a key change. Dang. I know I'm supposed to have some papers to that effect around here somewhere. Here they are. Right under the license to joke about a clarinet.

So...in the same vein...I WAS thinking about different things that could be done with this fairly plain tune. I would like to work more on the 'bridge' melody, for instance, which comes along so late... I think I could do better there... It sounded better in my head...

Just for the record, though, I AM playing finger picking patterns. I don't do ANY strumming on this. I'm playing one pattern in the left ear and another in the right ear, with the guitars capoed differently. All of this except the electric guitar is finger-picked.

I WOULD like to take it back to just one guitar, and I hope in the future I'll be able to do that. I just bought a new Taylor guitar with a good pick-up system, and I think I'll be able to get a good, clear signal on it. My tracks on this are all mic'd, and if I were to cut back to only one or two and suitably goose them in the mix, you would find that they have too much iMac fan noise. Which I cleverly mask by having way too many of them.

I do not have all that sensitive an ear regarding tuning, so I will take your comments regarding pitch as gospel. I know you've got "classically trained ears". I will say this: I tune the guitars as I start recording, and re-tune every so often, and every time I change capo position. I SUSPECT that there may some jangliness in there that may be the twelve-string doing what twelve-strings do, which is, sound somewhat jangly to start with, and I further suspect that some of what is going on is not so much a tune-yer-guitar problem as a spend-the-money-and-get-yer-guitars-properly-intonated problem. I think that as I play higher up the neck some of my guitars may be pulling a fraction sharp. I'm hoping to send my previous best guitar in for neck, fret and saddle work, and I'll see if that can be improved.

Anyway, you are a terrible, mean person, and the howling mob will be right over....

damiengh said 3794 days ago (May 30th, 2007)
Great thoughts
What a good tune. I came from a religious family, even have a Jesuit for a brother and though I'm not religious, certainly understand where your coming from.
The lyrics are both kind and unscolding; your able to get your message across to those who need to hear, without them getting a tongue lashing.
Imagine a choir singing this song at Regent Law School or Liberty University commencement exercises giving them something to think about before they went out into the world.

Thanks for the great tune, I'll pass this one on to my brother.
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Ed Hannifin said 3793 days ago (May 30th, 2007)
Hey, Damien!
I came from a family that was urging me in a Jesuit direction myself...

I'm glad the lyrics come across as "kind and unscolding"... I really wasn't trying to just rant...

As I note above in my term paper in response to Clark, I really did imagine a choir doing this while I was writing it, much as you describe... I'd love it if someday this was played at a commencement exercise...

'Course, if they got REALLY brave, they'd let me SPEAK...

I'm tickled that you'd pass it along to your brother. I hope he enjoys it.

Thanks for listening, and thanks for your comment...

said 3793 days ago (May 30th, 2007)
gentle giant
ed - what i like most about this is the gentle but rich guitarwork. it gently simmers in the background while you sing excellent lines like: What he did not give us fully formed/He gave us as a seed. THAT was so good.
i enjoyed your quietly strong creation. anne
Ed Hannifin said 3793 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
Hey, Anne,
Thank you for listening. I am of course pleased that you like the guitar bed and the lyrical bits...

I appreciate hearing your thoughts....

Brian Weiland said 3793 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
Great Song!
Funny smart beautiful touching truthful lyics, sung with a clear gentle voice. I loved the message, the playing, and the singing.

It is true that some arranging "tricks" might spice it up a little, and as it first started playing and I scrolled down and saw how many verses there were, I was wondering what you were going to do to hold our interest through such a long song. But then there I was nearly eight minutes later - longer than "Like a Rolling Stone," longer than "Hey Jude," nearly as long as "American Pie" even - and still hanging on every word, and feeling the need to immediately download it and play it again! The mood you have set up with your arrangement just perfectly captures and complements the sentiment of your words.

What I like the best:

1 - The lyrics, which tell a great message in a non-lecturing and even humorous way.
2 - The bed of guitars. I like guitars, and I like the way you play them.
3 - Every time your voice does that slighty raspy thing.

As I said, great song. Thank you for sharing it.


PS- By the way, you might already know this, but Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land Is Your Land" out of pretty much the exact sentiment you said inspired this song, as a direct response to what he described as the "jingoism" of the song "God Bless America."
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Ed Hannifin said 3792 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
Thank you for such a nice comment, Brian...
It's kind of fun to be compared to 'Hey Jude' and 'Like A Rolling Stone', if only in length... Wonder how I stack up against 'Macarthur Park'....

I'm glad that you found it easy to hang in 'til the end...

I'm also happy that the lyrics came across "in a non-lecturing and even humorous way"... That was the hope...

I'm also chuckling at "every time your voice does that slightly raspy thing".

I actually was educated in the Woody Guthrie connection earlier this year by my minister, Fred Small, who's a pretty well known topical songwriter... I think Woody was right...

Thanks again for a really encouraging comment and a deep listen. I do appreciate it...

Scott Carmichael said 3792 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
It's like riding a bike
I'm really enjoying this Ed... you have such a relaxed yet pointed way about you ... it allows you to insert little barbs that don't hurt at all... things presented in love will tend to hurt less... I'm telling this to a pychotherapist.... even though this is your recent writing there is a recognisable thread that runs from your older work... the most authentic folky at MJ... I'm sure someone must have said it, but this was worth the wait
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Ed Hannifin said 3791 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
Relaxed yet pointy...
That would be me....

Actually, you are more or less describing what I do as a therapist, at least when I'm doing it right...

I'm glad you found your way to this one, Scott... and glad you seem to have enjoyed it... I'm always glad to hear from you about any of my songs, or about anything, really...

Thanks for listening...twice in one day...

Scott Carmichael said 3791 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
twice in one day
Yeh, I was away unexpectedly for a week... and in a short time I'm back out for 2 more weeks, so my time here has been scarce... I'll get back in the groove when summer comes... but i wanted to catch up a little while I was home...

your a gem Ed... someday an evening over wine ehh... that's real communion
Check out my latest song called Dogwood
Ed Hannifin said 3790 days ago (June 2nd, 2007)
You're not THAT far away, are ya? And if you come for wine, or coffee, or a picnic, there's Fran here in town...and karma and smokyvw a couple towns over...regular little MacJams hotbed...

said 3791 days ago (June 2nd, 2007)
I missed this
But I must say that this an amazing song, the guitars are so true refined and tonally beautiful, your vocals and lyrics are excellent, the melody is exquisite, really nice work, Perhaps one day I can reach this level of musicianship, I am totally impressed! :)
Ed Hannifin said 3790 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
Glad you caught it, Tom...
I'm pleased you like how the guitars came out...And that you enjoyed the vocals, lyrics and melody...

Thank you for listening and for letting me know what you thought...

dug said 3784 days ago (June 9th, 2007)
long time no hear
recognized your voice...haven't heard it in a # of years...I liked this one... Dee liked it too...she says hi!! Karen just told me about this site a couple days ago. I'll have to figure out the submission process. Still in the process of listening to the rest of your songs...been a cool experience...it's been a pleasure working with Karen this past year

should talk soon!!

Dug Hatch
Ed Hannifin said 3783 days ago (June 9th, 2007)
Welcome, Doug!
Awesome...Karen was just talking to me yesterday about having talked to you... Give my best to Dee... I'll send you a note with email info and stuff...

I'm pleased that you guys liked this one... Hope you get to check out a few of the others...

It's great to hear from you...

Ibstrat said 3766 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
Macjams works
Ed- I think I finally got this thing to work.It was AOL.Thanks for your suggestions.
This is a great song Ed.I wish I could write lyrics like that.Really nice guitar playing too.Where did you learn to play lead guitar?You never took lessons from a guy named Mark at Wood & Strings did you?

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Ed Hannifin said 3762 days ago (July 1st, 2007)
Did I say that it's all in the title?
No, it's all in the quality of one's teachers...

Actually found a handwritten sheet of tablature laying out the Eminor scale for me in YOUR handwriting when I cleaned the house... I put it away somewhere... I forget where... I was afraid I might accidentally learn something...

As you can hear in this tune, I have managed to avoid learning ANYTHING, for at least twenty years...

And anyway, this is a G major form, which as we all know is a completely different set of notes than an E minor...

Even when using my favorite ancient calculating device, the capo....

Roxylee said 3759 days ago (July 4th, 2007)
I just now went to your page
Wow, I'm speechless. I guess I have a lot of catching up to do. This is amazing. The vox, guitars, mixing, lyrics, everything. Perfect song for today, the 4th of July.
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Ed Hannifin said 3758 days ago (July 4th, 2007)
Thank you, Roxylee...
...and thanks for the mention in the Forums....

I'm glad you think it sounds good....and on so many levels...

I hope you'll have a chance, at your leisure, to check out some of the other tunes, especially more of the songs with vocals...

Thanks for the listen and comment...


Pete_NB said 3754 days ago (July 9th, 2007)
Neigbor's point of view.
Great song Ed, and a message that strikes a chord with what I have often pondered regarding "God Bless America" despite residing up north. The words were nicely written to cajole the listener without preaching to them.

The mix sounds great on the headphones (my exclusive listening domain these days) and you just know I love the layered guitars!
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Ed Hannifin said 3753 days ago (July 10th, 2007)
Hey, Pete!
I thought you'd dropped off the planet... It's good to hear from you again...

I did try to get the point across without being too preachy, so I'm happy that it comes across that way to you...

I'm also happy that you're enjoying the headphone mix and the guitars... I think you and I both enjoy the headphone experience AND the always-room-for-a-little-more-guitar prejudice...

Good to hear from you again,

Pete_NB said 3753 days ago (July 10th, 2007)
Good to be back
Thanks Ed, I've missed this place. My recording has taken a back seat to parenting (got a new son back in January) along with some other hobbies (getting geared up to build my own guitar shortly).

I've lurked a little but I haven't really been on here much. I'll get back to the music again soon I'm sure, and it's good to know we've got a place like this to share it.

Check out my latest song called One more One Shot
Moviz said 3736 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
These words
are so truly inspired; I agree with every one. Great song beautifully played and crafted, regards M
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Ed Hannifin said 3734 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Thank you, Moviz...
I'm happy that you stumbled onto it, and enjoyed it...

I appreciate that you gave a listen, and left a comment as well...

Drew Kopr said 3696 days ago (September 5th, 2007)
Great melodic ear
Ed, I dig the lyrics...great thought and expression. I also really like the strong sense of melody interwoven with the chords, guitar lines, and vocals. And, best of all, I love the sounds you are getting out of your acoustic(s) and electric---very warm---doesn't sound electronically digitized unlike many guitar tracks. Great stuff man!
Check out my latest song called IfIWereHigh
Ed Hannifin said 3693 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Hey Drew--Thanks--
That's one pithy comment, touching on most of what matters to me in this stuff. I'm glad you like the lyrics, and even gladder that you like the melody...

I'm particularly glad that you like the sound I'm getting from the guitars. I fuss over that a lot, and am never satisfied. Some of that is just getting a good signal from the mic without having tracks of iMac fan noise... The electric is also just run through the Line 6 POD, which is easy...

Thanks very much for checking this one out. I do appreciate it...

Dennis James said 3645 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Excellent lyrical idea....
and neatly performed, nice accoustic sounds.
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Ed Hannifin said 3549 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Thank you, Dennis...
Sorry to take so long to reply...

I'm glad you liked the lyric idea and the acoustic sounds...

Thanks for commenting...

Doug Somers said 3635 days ago (November 4th, 2007)
Looks like I'm
pretty late to the party, but even so I want to let you know that this is a beautiful folk song in its writing as well as the vocal and instrumental performances. This is the first of your music I've had the pleasure to hear and I will be listening to the rest of your work. Thanks Ed!
Best wishes,
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Ed Hannifin said 3549 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Let's talk about late, shall we?
Sorry to take so long to reply... Don't know where I've been, really...

I'm glad you like the writing, Doug... I'm a little less enchanted with the playing and singing now that I've got a little distance on it... I might try re-doing some bits at some point...

I'm very glad, though, that you're inclined to check out a few of my other songs... I'll be very pleased if you do...

Thanks for listening, and thanks for commenting... Much appreciated...

said 3600 days ago (December 10th, 2007)
God already blessed America is beautifully performed.
Ed Hannifin said 3549 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Thanks for listening, Nigel...
And thanks for leaving a comment...

I'm glad you liked the performance...

John Stebbe said 3594 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Great song, Ed.
Ed, sounds just great. And that's a lot of downloads! That's the best indicator, I think, of the power of a song on MacJams. Congrats on that.

What I notice right away is the fine quality of your voice, and how well-recorded it is. Vocals are a real weak spot for most MJ posts that I have heard, and this sounds really professional.

Thanks for your thoughtful lyrics. Yes, God truly is the source of all good things.
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Ed Hannifin said 3549 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Thanks for listening, John...
I'm glad, first of all, that you like the song. I have a lot of respect for your playing abilities and musicianship, so I'll take that as a big positive.

You know, until your comment, I've never looked at my download counts. I always look at points and fans, I guess. Thanks for pointing that out. It is pretty neat to have seventy people download a song I wrote...

I've come back to this page after some time away, and I'm not satisfied with the vocal, but I'm glad you liked it. I agree that vocals tend to be one of the harder things to get right on MacJams posts. I'd like another shot at this one at some point...

Glad you liked the lyrics, too. I know I ran to a lot of verses, but I must have been having fun...

aclarke said 3571 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
Better late...
I've spent some time over the past several days visiting so many of the songs I missed the past year (when I stopped paying attention). Now I regret missing this charming song in May.

First and foremost... it's a terrific song.

Second- My parents dropped out of society in 1971 and moved (with five children under 7 years old) up to Norton, VT. Norton was home to Earth People's Park, a homesteading community(as opposed to a commune) founded by Wavy Gravy in the aftermath of Woodstock. For my six year old self it was a time of fun and adventure- I mean, we were literally living in the woods.

As no one had electricity there was no television or electronic entertainment of any kind. My fondest memories of that time were when our family huddled together while my mother or father read to us all by the light of a kerosene lantern. In the summertime, when the community was more active it was very common to see and hear people playing music similar to this outdoors. It was Freedom and Innocence at its absolute best.

A lifetime has come and gone... the business of living gets more complicated and in the digital age things just doesn't seem to slow down enough for us to stop long enough for us to just savor and appreciate the simple things life has to offer.

Your song brought me back to that most simple time in my life where music was just music (no message) and I was closest with my parents and my brother and sisters. I thank you.

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Ed Hannifin said 3566 days ago (January 13th, 2008)
A comment to treasure, Adam...
Was that you on the cover of the Woodstock II album?

Norton, Vermont rings some sort of bell, too... I wonder if I've ever been there... Now I have to look it up...

I'm very glad that you got the chance to listen, and that you took the time to leave such a neat reminiscence... My son and I read together every night...

Thanks very much,

Monkaton said 3423 days ago (June 3rd, 2008)
Good Sentiment
I came over to your site after you plugged daddyg's new song. I liked the title of this one. Great idea for a song. Very well played and executed. The only suggestion I have would be to add a vocal harmony or two.

Great job.
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Ed Hannifin said 3392 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
Thanks, Tim...
I appreciate you checking this out. You might be right about some harmonies or something... I didn't really soften or clean up the vocal on this as I might usually try to do... It's a little more raw than I usually let myself post...

Glad you liked the basic idea, though, and the general execution...

Thanks again for listening and commenting...

dolby said 3394 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
I seem to remember listening to this when it was first uploaded, but for some reason didn't leave a comment.

It's been interesting reading through some of the comments and your replies. The issue about the songs length is fascinating - I kind of wonder what my hero Neil Young would make of that, and I supect he'd just release it as a twenty five minute vesion and see what happened!

Which makes me think of something else NY related. This - to me - is the kind of song I could see being done in a hundred different ways (which is a complement to the stregth of the pure song): I can hear the Crazy Horse electric grunge version as well as the CSNY version with multi-vocal harmonies etc etc. They could all work.

Lyrically, I'm not so sure. The confirmed athiest in me can't get bye any concept of God blessing anybody - but that's just me. What I *do* like is that you deliver the vocal with certainty, restraint and warmth. And you're brave enough to throw it right up there in the mix.

So, all in all a pretty thought-provoking seven minutes. Enjoyed.

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Ed Hannifin said 3392 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
Gosh, Phil...
You are saying some things likely to make us friends for life...

I'm a huge Neil Young and CSNY and Crazy Horse fan, and I enjoy those songs where Neil takes something acoustic and makes it electric, and vice versa...

I actually submitted this song to Neil's 'Living WIth War' page, but no luck...

Its a funny thing about the God matter, since I actually don't believe in what people might call a 'personal God' at all, and writing as if there is one in this song is purely a case of full on poetic license... I was tired of people saying 'God bless America' as if there truly is a supreme being who is just like a person, only bigger, who created the entire Universe, and who has decided that Americans, especially Americans of a certain political stripe, are to be favored over all others... That seems ludicrous to me, and actually almost 'sinful', in the sense that it's a sort of spiritual mistake... A missing of the greater truth, or the point, or something...

Mostly, I was actually making more of a point about what humans do and say than I was about whatever a Supreme Being might do or say...

I really appreciate that you've checked out these songs, and I promise to happily return the courtesy...

Thanks again,

Drew Kopr said 3270 days ago (November 4th, 2008)
Great mssg.
Man, what a great mssg. I personally hate politicians. Very well written. Are there any hidden messages if this tune is played backwards?
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Ed Hannifin said 3266 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
In answer to your question,
...jafl;asd;fh;sdhfhahgljhal;hg...and you have to play it SIDEWAYS...

Thanks for yet another listen, Drew. Much appreciated...

John Stebbe said 3098 days ago (April 25th, 2009)
Ed, you're a real pro. Those guitars sound just marvelous. Well-recorded, and gorgeously played. They remind me of the acoustic guitars on "Ramblin' Man" by the Allman Brothers.

Your voice is clear and very listenable. You sing in tune, unlike some others here on MJ.

I appreciate the reference to Genesis and creation. I think this is one of the most important sections of Scripture.

"I don’t get to monitor loudly over speakers a lot . . ." I've been there, done that! Yes, it's hard to find a time to 'turn it up' when there's a family to consider.

"He did not ask for your OK." Love that line! God is sovereign, and does things His way. We may not understand His ways, but He does not need to explain everything He does, for Him to be God, and to demand our worship.

Great track, Ed!
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MarkHolbrook said 3052 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
Ed... this is the kind of song I absolutely love. Sweet guitars, great vocals, thoughtful lyrics and a deep message.

Your "bunch of guitars" sounds so cool!
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Jarvoid said 3034 days ago (June 28th, 2009)
yes I get your drift and I have to say that sometimes I get tetchy when I see or hear US politicoes mind you we Brits hqave some quirky politicians with their hands in our pockets.Nice one.
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FEEL said 2023 days ago (April 4th, 2012)
Sonds great through the monitors
Love the melody and bunches of guitars. Nice vocal and message delivery. Noodling fits well in the mix. Enjoyed!
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