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I got taken with this tonight. It's noisy (who said computers were clean) and it's one take.

I've always listened to lots of African music and there's a guy called S.E. Rogie who I saw many years ago who was one of the great exponents of what they call "palm wine" music (due to the milky alcoholic drink popular in Mali and such places) and I loved his wonderfully laid back style. I use 3 fingers and he used 2 but hey, it's rock'n'roll man ;)

I was watching the roots of heavy metal on the BBC tonight and came up with this setting for a song that's been knocking about for a while, go figure.

It's a pretty rough, noisy recording but I have had more than one drink tonight. I might record it when I'm a little more sober sometime ;) Then again I think it might reflect the kind of sound I would have got had it been recorded in Bamako in the 60s on an old reel to reel after having sampled the palm wine. Just me, a mic and my old classical guitar in one take.

A box of soiled tissues to the person to whoever spots the common theme......
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Uploaded: Jun 09, 2007 - 06:01:01 PM
Last Updated: Jun 09, 2007 - 06:04:13 PM Last Played: Mar 18, 2017 - 10:05:22 AM
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said 3786 days ago (June 9th, 2007)
Cool!
I know S. E. Rogie from Sierra Leone, I have his cd, good influence to have!
DWL said 3785 days ago (June 10th, 2007)
Sierra Leone! Yes
not Mali. One day I'll get the countries right. I'm very pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick

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dajama said 3786 days ago (June 9th, 2007)
I'm going to bet
you'll never be able to recreate the immediacy and intimate mood of this recording! There is emotion and tenderness in the singing and however "rough" you may think the recording is, it sounds remarkably together. I like this song a lot. Peace.

P.S. I love the references to the David/Bacharach songs in each verse. Cool.
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DWL said 3785 days ago (June 10th, 2007)
I think you're right!
Alcohol is good and bad but sometimes it works :-)

Thanks for listening.

Cheers

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
Vic Holman said 3786 days ago (June 9th, 2007)
Dick...
..when i mature i want to be like you. You have a cool nack of going from one style to another. and here you are naked with the curtains open.
nice job!
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DWL said 3785 days ago (June 10th, 2007)
How weird
I was thinking the same thing about you.

I appreciate the comments Vic and your cartoons. Where do they come from?

Cheers

Dick


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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
DWL said 3785 days ago (June 10th, 2007)
Actually
please don't tell me you do them as it's not fair that one bloke has so much talent :-)

Cheers

Dick


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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
five_extra_arms said 3784 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
Get A Room
Hey Dick why don't you and Vic get a room.

I'm trying to enjoy this perfectly beautiful song and you two keep going on and on about peeking through curtains and nakedness and creepy stuff like that.

Anyway, be sure to post the link to the webcam. Huh?



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echoroom said 3785 days ago (June 10th, 2007)
Stay a while
Hey Dick - this has an immediacy and intimacy that's just heartbreaking. I love the spoken intro - it's just like having you play live to me. A gorgeous little track - thanks for such an honest, tender little tsong.

Steve
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DWL said 3785 days ago (June 10th, 2007)
Man hat and hangs
From the guy who posted one of the best things I've heard on here that's high praise.

Many thanks

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
cjdaley said 3785 days ago (June 10th, 2007)
beautiful
song, intimate performance. This is simple and moving.
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DWL said 3784 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
Thanks cj
much appreciated

Cheers

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
peacepiano said 3785 days ago (June 10th, 2007)
Song
Very nice singing Dick. On this one, you and your guitar are all that is needed. Thanks for sharing.
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DWL said 3782 days ago (June 13th, 2007)
Thanks!
Although I'm not sure I should make a habit of late night singing after drinking :0

Cheers

dick


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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
Peter Bauckham said 3785 days ago (June 10th, 2007)
Nice
song - I love this 'one take' rendition - I don't think i'd dare upload one of mine - I like to hide behind production. Love the spoken intro and outro. In fact I like everything about this very much indeed. Thanks for posting.

Peter
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DWL said 3782 days ago (June 13th, 2007)
Thanks Peter
It's one extreme to the other for me. Either just me and a guitar or else a massive production :-)

Cheers

Dick



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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
composerclark said 3784 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
Open hearted
This is beautiful, Dick! You sing expressively and from the heart, and I'd enjoy an evening of this kind of music played live.
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DWL said 3782 days ago (June 13th, 2007)
Alcohol can cover up
a multitude of sins but in this case it relaxed me enough just to sing unconsciously. Not an approach I would particularly recommend.

Comments much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
guitapick said 3783 days ago (June 12th, 2007)
Really sweet tune...
...played and sung beautifully, Dick.

If you want to do it again when you're "dry", that's fine. Then again...you might want to try it when you're a bit further along in that bottle of wine. See what you come up with there...

;-)

Very nice, guy...really enjoyed this.
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DWL said 3780 days ago (June 15th, 2007)
One day I'll learn
just how much alcohol provides the ideal relaxant.

Thanks for the kind words and stopping by :-)

Cheers

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
rtcooper said 3782 days ago (June 13th, 2007)
OUT FRONT!
WOW, The intimacy of Really Live.
Powerful. Right There. Can really See it.
What a TREAT. [Vigorous Applause!]

Great Capture (what Mic Set Up?)
Great Poise and Performance.

"Knocked Out Loaded"
Coop
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DWL said 3780 days ago (June 15th, 2007)
Wow again!
Loved the post!

THANKS!!!

An old Peavey dynamic pointing at the sound hole about 6" away and a Samson C01 condenser about 6" from my mouth.

Cheers

Dick


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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
jiguma said 3780 days ago (June 15th, 2007)
Love this ..
..style of playing Dick. A brave decision to play "naked with the curtains open" - hmmmmm, the psychologist in me notes this in my diary ;) You really managed to carry this off very well. Love the talking at the start and end - puts me better in touch with who you are. That same evil witch got me too!
Great post, really enjoyed listening.
Neil
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DWL said 3777 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
Thanks Neil
Those witches are a real problem ;-)

I wonder if with all this technology at our disposal we forget how to play live. It's been some time since I sat down in front of an audience and just played songs. No retakes, no stopping 'cos you forgot the words. It's stiffened my resolve to get out and do some open mic nights before I lose the ability :-)

Cheers

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
Rebsie said 3779 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
Oooh, a live performance
This is really beautifully performed ... the sincerity of the emotion comes shining through any "noisiness" (which really doesn't bother me anyway ... I ain't no audio nerd). It's honest, upfront, intimate and full of heart. But it's also extremely good. You have some real talent there, and a lot of guts to lay it on the line so openly.

It's quite different from the other songs of yours I've heard and I'm very impressed with the richness of your singing, and there's some very fine guitar work too. I hope you'll feel moved to do more of these.

I watched that BBC heavy metal thing too, just for the nostalgia value of getting squidged against the stage at Iron Maiden gigs in the early 80s.
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DWL said 3777 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
High praise indeed
Considering I spent 25 years playing live in folk clubs and hundreds of gigs I still worry about playing a solo piece. Nowhere to run and all that. As I said to Neil, I'm going to do a few open mic nights before I get too scared :-)

Your comments are much appreciated.

Squidged against the stage eh? Have you no shame ;-)

Cheers

Dick


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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
Rebsie said 3670 days ago (October 3rd, 2007)
Have I no shame?
Not much, no.
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Char said 3378 days ago (July 21st, 2008)
I think you used
the exact right amount of fingers. I'd stay to hear anything you sang and played with such simple grace. THANK YOU!
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alackbass said 2008 days ago (April 21st, 2012)
Stay
I love this! A beautiful tune! Nice changes and melody. Great accompaniment. Love your finger-style playing. Excellent vocal too. And hearing the speaking before and after is a nice touch.
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DWL said 2007 days ago (April 22nd, 2012)
Blimey Andrew
this is one from the vaults.

Thanks for finding your way here. This is what the song became http://www.macjams.com/song/40354

Thanks again

Dick
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PaulaMunk said 1167 days ago (August 10th, 2014)
I LOVE this one.
I used to sing along all the time, before anyone knew I was here. Lovely, lovely song. You are wonderful to listen to.

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