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Winds of Change – written sitting in my living room one morning, looking out at the wild Pacific Ocean throwing 4 metre waves onto our beach. We were swimming in the sea – an Indian Summer - only two weeks before, and now the full force of our winter was becoming obvious. Originally I wrote this as an acoustic piece for me and the Seagull – then things started getting out of hand ;)
I use a simple drum track when I record because the Logic metronome isn’t loud enough for me. On this, the drum track I used inspired me to see what bass might sound like, then maybe a bit of Telecaster (just to spice it up a bit) etc.
I’ve been doing a few songs with rtcooper recently, so I sent a draft to him to get some advice. To cut a long story short, Coop’s lead Strat is in the right channel and my lead Tele is in the left (and riffing in the centre). There are also various rhythm tracks in there at different stages from each of us. The drums and percussion are midi – originally GB loops, but heavily modified with the pencil tool. There is a Seagull acoustic track (one track recorded in stereo), a Fender bass track, two (maybe three) Telecaster tracks, and a couple of Stratocaster tracks by Coop. Vocally, there is a lead vox track, an echo lead vox track (with slight chorus fx) and a harmony vox track with similar level of chorus. Coop adds a good dose of grit to this which I could never have had the courage to play myself – interestingly, the Tele is the round and smooth lead sound here and the Strat the raucous voice.
A word about Coop: I have done at least four tracks prior to this with Coop, and have really enjoyed his quirky vocals and aggressive guitar. He is a collaborator’s dream, full of ideas and articulate in his suggestions for the track in progress – he’s even made me believe I can play lead guitar! After playing bass (and drums) on so many of his, I am really pleased that he could join me on this. Now if we lived a thousand miles or so closer to each other it could be a hell of a band (we’d just have to get some young folks to pack the truck and load the Zimmer frames ;)
Lyrically, you can think about this on at least three interacting levels: the obvious (“crikey it’s cold today, it must be winter, but it’s OK ‘cause summer is just around the corner”); a political statement about the “winter” of our governments’ social policies and; getting older and the possibility of reincarnation (pretentious, moi?). There may be more – if you find one, please let me know!

Play this as loud as you can without damaging your ears – definite rewards in the last minute! Stay seated at your peril!
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Lyrics
Winds Of Change
© Neil Porter June 2007

Looking north across the bay
Winter winds have found
Their way down from the mountains
Winter swells arrived today
I can see them march
Across the dark horizon

I opened up the daily news
That was the first mistake
I made this winter morning
I’m battling the winter blues
Once again the cold and rain
Have crept in uninvited

But seasons change
It’s not too long to wait
‘Til winter turns to springtime
And seasons change
For you and me

Even in these darkest days
There is a little ray of hope
That glimmers in the distance
There may have been a small delay
But seasons turn as sure as
Night turns into daytime

Summer seems so far away
But it’s bound to come and break
The icy spell we’re under
Though the skies are dark and grey
The turnaround will come and we’ll
Live warm and bright new days

Seasons change
It’s not too long to wait
‘Til winter turns to springtime
And seasons change
For you and me
Song Stats
Hits: 7603
Comments: 107
Fans: 45
Plays: 803
Downloads: 59
Votes: 22
Uploaded: Jun 22, 2007 - 10:46:06 PM
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2007 - 03:23:35 AM Last Played: Sep 16, 2016 - 05:23:20 PM
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Hardware:
Fender Stratocaster (Coop)
Fender Telecaster
Fender Precision Bass
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Yamaha PSR300 midi keyboard (drums/percs)
iMac G4
Event ALP5 studio monitors
Software:
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Comments
FEEL said 3629 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
That is a big wave!
I like riding a long board occasionally when I go to "North Padre Island" The waves I catch are much smaller. There's no way I would venture a wave that large. If you head down to "Bob Hall Pier" your in luck to have a tropical storm out on the gulf if surfing is on your mind. The composition has a tropic appeal. Thanks for sharing, nice work as usual.
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jiguma said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Thanks for dropping in John ;)
Unfortunately, the picture isn't from here, but it gives an idea of how big it was - it also wasn't this rideable.
Glad you enjoyed the tune.
Neil

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Vic Holman said 3629 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
Winter will have to wait....
..sorry, summer is just getting into swing and I'm greedy on that point.

Some fantastic interaction with the guitars.

A lot of nice layers to peel back as I'm listening as well.

The vocal treatment sounds really cool and almost dreamy Neil.

But like I said I'm greedy about summer on top of the world here, so you'll have to wait it out.

Excellent work Neil & Coop. The both of you DO make a great team.
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jiguma said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
13 degrees C today
But that's about as low as our maximums go, so it's not like it's going to snow or anything ;)
The guitar interaction was fun, but would have been 100 times better if we'd been in the same room recording it. Coop's really a top collaborator and a very underrated guitarost here on MJ. Vocals are first takes, but I liked them and, although I tried a few times, I couldn't do any better.
I love the way this moves, especially towards the end.
Thanks for listening and leaving your thoughts Vic - always appreciated.
Neil

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jiguma said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Guitarost
I do of course mean "guitarist"!

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rtcooper said 3629 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
NICE LICKS
HIGH WATER mark on Lyrics and Composition, in my opinion.

I see you've Played before, eh?
Not hte way I would have Mixed it, but if I had, your ears would have been blown for a Week!

Great, Solid Song.
very best,
Coop
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jiguma said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Finally posted it Coop!
A huge thanks for the time you spent on this Coop - I hope you weren't too disappointed in the final mix, I can make it louder if you like ;) The process of making this song was one of the most enjoyable I've experienced since I joined MJ - always a new email to look forward to each morning, maybe with a variation or additional Strat track or a lucid explaination of why somethings not sounding quite right. Your attention to detail and understanding of the way all the sliders, plugins and such work was very impressive - as I said, I mix by sense of smell ;)
Cheers,
Neil

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said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
ya know
after reading your description i think there is a time for turning around but will the turn around be something mankind didnt want and will it be a final after tought that no one saw comin.. It is true the seasons change and every winter is another period of hardship to make thru..... well i think what I am saying is that you and rt have stirred in me emotions and drive and fear and longing and love for all the notes that are played and to me that is what music is about!~ thanks
jiguma said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
EB!
I'm glad it made you think - hopefully you bounced around a bit as well ;)
Peace,
Neil

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alfalpha said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
...words of hope...
...& given that you & I live in the same area (and political climate!), I can certainly relate to these lyrics extremely well, I think we might have touched on the 'wheel of change' in our various diatribes! ;) As per usual Neil...poignant stuff.

Coop, the Strat sounds wonderful- you've given this tune an extra special dimension- I suspect you visited here before- if not...well, you make it sound as though you have! ;)

Well done guys!

Faved!

Cheers!
Alf
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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
That reminds me ....
.... we'll have to get together for a beer sometime soon ;)
Neil

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said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
As always...
... I love what you are doing and this one go right in to my heart.
It's flows like a summer breeze in the could winter... Cheers...he he
jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Cheers Kenta
Where would MJ be without you! Really glad you're enjoying my music.
Peace,
Neil

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musichead said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
waves
See, I live in the midwest of the USA. We dont have waves.. :(
But I do have a boat and a big lake.
And I to love writing about the season changes also.
Nice list of guitars and basses..Im a fender guy too
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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Fenders united
Hey Steve, I was thinking of you when I typed in the list of instruments. These lyrics came over a day or so while I was trying to get my head around the implications of "seasons change". It's relevant in so many ways - some of hich I hadn't even thought about while I was writing it.
Glad you stopped in for a listen, hope the studio time is working well for you.
Cheers,
Neil

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peacepiano said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Dark Days
I took a break from spam fighting and gave this a listen. What a treat! The vocal effect is different, but works really well here. The guitars mix together to produce a "wave" of sound during the vocal breaks. Thanks for putting this together.
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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Spam fighters unite!
Thanks for the listen and the words Bill. There's not actually that much of an effect on the vocals, just a little mild chorus on the echo of the lead and the harmony. I'm afraid I just sound like that ;)
Thanks for dropping by.
Neil

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Scott Carmichael said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
great Alagory Neil
As always great ears... this feels good but also brooding & dark, but not hopeless... I like the seasonal alagory... it works well... through the eons the horrors that man has visited on man can be seen as seasons when looking back... insightful to see it that way looking forward... the wisdom of a grandpa.. your writing is always thoughtful and artistic... and the desert was worth waiting for... did you or Coop ad the guitars at the end... the playing and the edge was perfect

GREAT TRAX
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jiguma said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Thanks Scott
Good to see you back around the place, and thanks for the comment. The guitars at the end are both of us - Coop is the shredding Strat (just) right of centre and mine is the chordal stuff slightly off to the left. It worked out pretty well and was a heap of fun to do ;)
Peace,
Neil

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Scott Carmichael said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Dessert
I ment dessert... yeh I've been away for 3 of the last 4 weeks... time to catch up
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Mokus said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
...
Great piece Neil...excellent interaction on the guitar parts - and I'm glad you stuck with the original take for the vocals - the first time's always the best ;)
Seriously you have done a great job at invoking a moment of liminality as the seasons war and change...great work!

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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
First time
I often go back to my first takes - sometimes recorded (like this one) before I really had a melody planned out - a bit "on the run". First takes seem fresher and less contrived to me. Great to have the mounties on board!
Neil

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ktb said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
inspired
Sitting in your living room watching the crashing waves! you lucky guy :-) Whats really cool is you make the most of the inspiration and produce something this polished. Congats to you Coop on such a great track. The guitars just mesh and blend to create a soundscape thick enough to surf on. Excellent jam at the end!
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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Yeah John,
someone has to live here ;) I just seem to see inspiration all over the place at the moment. My theory is that it's all the repressed songs I didn't write when I was younger coming out - I'm often as startled by what I write as anyone - this song being a good example. Maybe because we've done a few songs together now, Coop and I seem to have an understanding of what will work (a bit like you and Hector seem to have) - he's a very underrated guitarist here I think (and a dream to collab with).
Peace,
Neil

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stratcat said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Nice
I love the guitars on this. Sweet tone, clean strat sound. Must be a great view from where you are, looking out on the Pacific.
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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Thanks Bill
It was fun running the Strat and Tele on the same track. Although we have different styles anyway, I think the inherent characters of the two Fenders snuck in as well.
Thanks for stopping to listen and comment - appreciate it.
Neil

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Moviz said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Great
sound all round. I really like the 'personal' sound of the whispering husky vocals and the lyrics you write are always good ( must be something in your environment brings those verses out with the openness and that) you're a natural poet, M
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rtcooper said 3628 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
C'EST TOUTE
Well Perceived.
Frankly Stated.
I am in total Agreement with you, Neil is a "Natural Poet" who is coming into His Own. This is my belief from what I've seen.

en passant.
Coop

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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Kind words
Thanks Maurice - don't think I've ever been called a poet before - makes me feel good.
Thanks,
Neil

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Cori Ander said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Touches me
Interesting!
I thought today, just a few hours ago, about the fact that almost no songs about winter are made in Swedish. I can recall only a few, and they are children%u2019s songs, you know like happy ones about the first snow coming .. and out go the kids skiing and the rest.

Coincidence two; just half an hour ago, my son was asking me questions about where in the world they have winter now that we are having summer. And answering, I came to think of you in "jiguma bay" and wondered what winter means to you. No snow and skiing I guess, but then what? I had in mind mailing to ask you about it.

So, here I come and find you've given the anwer in a song for me. Thank you for a quick and artistic response.

... Then to your song. Even though the lyrics doesn't speak it out, the music conveys to me as a listener that the song is about a larger winter than the one that happen to reside over the southern hemisphere right now. Even though I am in the generation who has kind of been seeing and knowing since the seventies that the world is going to be havoced, it is first now that also the feeling of it is coming upon. In just a few months the world has become a lot more creepy. And I know no one who portray those feelings I have so close as you do Neil. And no one I know of right now, is so closely giving word and music to my own personal existetial wonderings as you do Neil. Wish I could do all that myself, but (without trying do deminish myself) it seems my task is another right now.

Summary and conclussion: I dig it as much as I possible can dig a song. This touches me.
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Cori Ander said 3629 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
and..
.. and now after reading your song description I see that you say that you are talking of a the "greater winter"... well you've now got the feedbacked you that this comes through without having read the description.

.. and i have also seen your temperature in the comments now, sound nice, hope it is not too heavy on you!

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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Hej Johannes
Thanks for the long and thoughtful comment my friend! How are the children? An example of our winter is that we spent all day Sunday bushwalking - a 13 kilometre 6 hour walk through coastal bush and along the sea shore (which had been badly ravaged by the big seas that inspired this song). For most of the time I wore a t-shirt and thin pants - a little different from your winter I expect. I even went for a bit of a paddle in the sea (modesty prevented me having a swim as there were around 15 of us). We do have snow in the mountains about 2.5 hours away, and the skiing season this year is looking pretty good, although we are not avid skiers. We are blessed with a pretty bearable climate, with (so far anyway) no extreme temperatures.
The song lyrics weren't initially going to be about anything except to describe the weather, but it soon became clear that there was more than that being written down. The full scope of the lyrics is really only becoming clearer now that I have posted the song and the comments are starting to come in.
It really thrills me that the words and music mean something special to you Johannes. You've been a really good support over my 26 months here and I really appreciate it. Will have to look seriously at a collab sometime.
Peace (and hi to the kids!),
Neil

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Cori Ander said 3604 days ago (July 18th, 2007)
..
Yes your winter is a lot different from ours. It wouldn't even be called winter here, rather "late summer" or something like that.

Collab: Yes please! Prefarably live. I'll just have to get a contract making music for a Disney movie or something. Then I'll have the dow to take the first jet over to you as soon as "the winter is closing in".

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jgurner said 3628 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Such a contrast
As you're describing the cold of winter setting in in your part of the world, we've just had our hottest day of the year so far at 100 F. But, I can feel the winter's chill coming across through this tune. Something about the mood reminds me of "California Dreaming." That haunting, dark feel, like a cold, gray winter day, but, you have that hint of a warm spring breeze blowing through at the same time. Its a lovely, lovely song, Neil.

And I couldn't agree more with what you said about working with Coop. He is an absolute pleasure to work with and he has taught me so much and worked with me over and over again to make my own tune better and better. You two make an absolutely excellent team. It's hearing stuff like the two of you have done that makes me glad a thousand miles or so isn't so much of an obstacle when it comes to making music.
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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
100 degrees.....
... now that's hot! Thanks for the comments Joseph. Working with Coop is so enlightening. He seems to actually understand what each part of every plugin is for, and is so precise in his explainations and suggestions in a mix. In his inimitable fashion, Coop pointed out that it's more like 13,000 miles - isn't MJ amazing!
Always good to see you've visited Joseph!
Neil

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Dragonas said 3628 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Great song!
Really meaningful words and dreamy layered guitars.
I live close to the Pacific Ocean myself and I can totally relate to the "feeling" of the waves.
Thank you for writing this song!
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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Not to be confused with ....
... Drakonis! Almost wrote this to Eduard ;)
Thanks for the listen - glad you enjoyed it, fellow Pacific Ocean dweller.
Cheers,
Neil

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said 3628 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Well ...
.. this song i didn't know why it can't be played at my PC .. so i download it ..
Now .. i like your collab with COOP .. it was very nice to hear 2 of the best friends for me in MJ ..
For the song .. it's very good .. but i didn't like it much as Across The Water .. Across The Water if you now .. my breakfast is ACROSS THE WATER .. lunch and dinner also before i go to sleep .. but it's very nice ..
The lyrics .. it's very nice .. if you know here Mr.Neil in Jordan today was 38 .. tomorrow will be 40 .. OMG ..
But it's very nice song to hear from you .. everyday i check your page and see that you haven't post a new song .. i checked it today morning also nothing .. but after 3 or 4 hours .. i saw a new song in the RATING PICKS ..
Just a question : is it WINGS OF CHANGE or WINDS OF CHANGE .. because i've see that its name in WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER is WINGS OF WAYNE
Again very nice .. i enjoyed it ..
Thanks For Posting
Keep Up the Good Work

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Regardz
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Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
jiguma said 3628 days ago (June 24th, 2007)
Hi Yeman!
I was wondering if that was going to come up ... the Wind or Wings question that is! It's called "Winds of Change", previously "Seasons Change" - "Wings of Change" is simply a spelling mistake, but I kind of like it too ;)
Thanks for having a listen and leaving a comment - I probably prefer "Across The Water" too, but it's always going to be hard to do another one that good. I lie down when it gets to be 40 degrees - we lived for two months in Istanbul in summer, and have also travelled in Asia, but the hottest I have ever been was in Dubai - unbeleivably hot! - on our way to France.
Cheers,
Neil

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said 3628 days ago (June 24th, 2007)
DUBAI + IRAQ = MELTING
Thanks .. well yes i agree with you MIDDLE EAST is so hot ..
Dubai have the humidity in its air with the HOT AIR ..
but also you must check Iraq someday .. specially in JULY & AUGUST .. it's up to 60 !!!!!!!!
Thanks for answering the comment .. i'm glad to see you on my friends list in MYSPACE
Thanks again for the song

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Regardz
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Yeman Auf Al-Rawi

jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 24th, 2007)
Iraq
Yeman, I truly hope that one day anyone can go to Iraq in peace.
Neil

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paul f. page said 3628 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
WOW...
...This song just blows me away with the insistent guitars that play in such perfect counterpoint to each other. You mainly rock back and forth between two chords and the piece has a mantra-like feel to it...very seductive and impossible to ignore and not at all monotonous. When you ratchet it up with key changes, you've hit just the right "lift." I really like this song an awful lot. There are so many interesting things going on throughout... My only wish would be that the vocals were higher so that I wouldn't have to read the lyrics. I'd rather just sit back and listen... You two are quite the duo. Congratulations on such a wonderful song. 10s in my book!!!
Peace.
Paul
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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Appreciate the visit Paul!
As we've discussed, it's a great place that puts each of us in a position to listen to the other's music and enjoy it despite vastly different styles. The vocal volume thing might be just a peculiarity of your equipment - I was going to turn it down because it sounded a tad too loud to my ears :) I'm impressed that you can hear the nuances in this style of music Paul - some would consider it an acquired taste.
Cheers,
Neil

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Peter Bauckham said 3628 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Good song
Sorry I'm coming in a bit late on this one and so much has already been said. Im any case I like the song - good lyrics, great vocals, playing and top-notch production. Excellent.

Thanks
Peter
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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Better ..
.. late than never Peter - hey, it was only a day after I posted - not too shabby at all :) Glad you enjoyed the music.
Neil

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thetiler said 3628 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
A terrific moving feel.
Plus the picture really fits in. Your voice fits in quite nicely, like that whispering vocal Jig trademark vocal sound, plus nice guitar lead. Like the hypnotic arpeggio backround guitar. And the list goes on.

Your vocal really blends quite nicely here!

WAy to go.


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jiguma said 3625 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
Bill ..
.. thanks for checking in. The guitars on this (well the ones I played, but I suspect Coop will confirm) were an absolute joy to play. Everything kind of fell into place so well, as if we'd been playing together for years. The clear acoustic sound is still down to advice I got from you 18 months ago.
Appreciate you listening.
Neil

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said 3628 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
You guys-
are cranking out some excellent collabs! I really enjoyed this one. The mix sounds fabulous! Nice job you two!
jiguma said 3625 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
Thanks Mike
The best part is that we're having an absolute ball doing it!
Peace,
Neil

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JohnMinard said 3628 days ago (June 24th, 2007)
Nice Rocker! Vocals almost Dylanesque?
Love the intertwined casters, and the way it gets edgier as you go. Nice vocals lent just the right mellow contrast with the guitars.

I was expecting a B section or something for a change of seasons, but that's just me.

Top notch tune, young Neil (or is it Neil Young?) ;-)
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jiguma said 3625 days ago (June 26th, 2007)
Thanks John ..
.. for listening and leaving a comment. There was a B section, but it seemed superfluous - it will probably re-appear as a new song sooner or later.
Cheers,
Neil

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thoddi said 3628 days ago (June 24th, 2007)
good melody
Again you serve us a well crafted tune. Your compositions are solid and you have an ear for melodies that to my taste is very good:)

I like how you have placed the guitars in the mix. With so many tracks of guitars, you've made each of them have its place and mission in the songs overall feel. Well done!

The acoustic rolls on like the waves and serves as the mother of the groove. Just like we've heard it in many of your songs, and is almost a trademark for you Neil.

The contrast with your rounded sounds against Coopers rockn'roll approach is refreshing and does the song good. Impressive and professional performance from both of you.
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jiguma said 3625 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
Thanks for the kind words Thor
Despite the (at least) 5 guitar tracks here, mixing them wasn't that difficult. mainly because they were generally only part of the song. It was a little difficult to mix Coop's solo parts with the Telcaster's rounder tones mainly because they were such totally different sound profiles. It almost worked - the CD version will shift a little towards the "Coop mix" (focussing less on the acoustic sounds and more on the Fenders).
A great time was had by all - which is the most important thing in my book.
Cheers,
Neil

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said 3628 days ago (June 24th, 2007)
Sorry...
...it took so long to get here gents. Been away at the Oregon coast for a few days. Coming back and hearing this is incredibly serendipitous! This really flows, like the seasons, like our individual life streams...This swept my mind and soul back to the Dreamtime friends. Neil, you and the Coop are becomming an MJ supergroup. A match made in the heavens! Everything about this piece is aces, but the jamming near the end is priceless. Well done!

Take care!
jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
20 years
Mike, you should go for a holiday more often - you look 20 years younger in your new pic ;)
Thanks for listening and leaving such kind words.
Peace,
Neil

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ziti said 3628 days ago (June 24th, 2007)
coop&jiggie
a hit!!!

sign me up...i want a tee shirt!!


great stuff!

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jiguma said 3625 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
That'd be the ..
"T for Telecaster" shirt Fran?!
Thanks for dropping in.
Peace,
Neil

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said 3627 days ago (June 24th, 2007)
man!!!!
this is so freakin clean!!!!
i need logic!!!! this song is played like the roar of the surf in your pic above... i am on the beach in my mind... just south of hermosa, in manhattan beach, smooth sounds of your guitars lulling me into a fugue state......bonfire licking warm waves of heat on my bare feet, acoustic in hand,my smokin red hot wife by my side.... ah, yeah... i am moving there soon, now...
jiguma said 3624 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
Thanks Allen
Logic sure makes a difference to the sound you can get, much more control, and a richer sound. There's also a little guesswork involved too - and a lot of trial and error.
Glad you enjoyed it.
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lavalamp said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Outstanding
Great sound, very-well produced. Love the effect on your voice. Descriptive lyrics and excellent chord changes. Outstanding piece of writing.
Your BEST
LL
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jiguma said 3624 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
Glad ..
.. that you liked it David. The production was honed over many emails between Coop and I - he's a really good person to have around from a number of angles.
Peace,
Neil

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apb said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
what Mr.Page said ..
.. was the thing that struck me first and foremost ..
you two sound as if you've played together all your
life, the styles, the tone, the blend. The very next
thing that struck me was: didn't the German rockers
"The Scorpions" do a song called "Wind of change"? ..
not sure of the sentiment in that one, always got
distracted by Ronnie James Dio's whistling .. I
digress ..lol. Not much more to be said, except great
song, nicely washes over you like the feeling of the
waves that inspired the song initially. Now back to
selling some shoes .. kidding!!
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jiguma said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
You're right
The Scorpions did have that title .... I also imagine a slightly different tune though :) I suspect Coop and I have had a similar lengthy period for the music to become embedded, and quite possibly some areas of commonality in our musical experiences. Whatever, it's always a pleasure to play with Coop - a seriously aggressive guitarist who could show a few young folks how to play.
Thanks for the comment Alan - I'm a size 9 ;)
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Ed_Moran said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
It must be terrible to have an ocean view
Neil

Sounds like you have a great viea from home. Great song and performance. What I am most impressed by is the production and the ability to create many songs of quality. At this point I believe that your production has a "Jiguma feel". To my ears you have a unique sound and feel.

Great work.

Ed
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jiguma said 3624 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
Hi Ed!
I'm really trying hard to get the production better with each post - you know the secret ingredient ;) Always good to see you drop by for a listen and comment. I'm hoping the next one sounds OK too.
Cheers,
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lengold said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Harmonies
The thing I noticed most were the harmonies which have a distinct Simon & Garfunkle feel to my ears, and harmonies don't get any better than that.
Loved it.
Cheers
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jiguma said 3624 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
S & G
S & G were one of the harmony-based acts that I listened to a lot when I was younger - along with the Everly Brothers, (early) Bee Gees, CSN&Y, Beach Boys, Beatles, Byrds, Lyndisfarne etc. I used to love Garfunkel's high harmonies. I very much appreciate any comparison!
Peace,
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damiengh said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Hope
Definitely a song that gives hope and man, here in the states, we sure need it here. Think everybody is finally realizing it's not gonna happen unless we make it happen.

I feel reason to be optimistic, working at a university you can see there finally seems to be a reawakening of activism and the Me generation seems to be on the wane.

Kids are finally getting involved in politics and seem to want to change the status quo of corporate dominance of our country's political system. The evil doers are in their last days, hopefully they will be knocked out before they can do anymore damage. There is so much to be undone, and it's gonna take the impatience of youth to correct things.

Your lyrics and cascading song gives a message of hope.
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jiguma said 3626 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
What a relief!
I especially appreciated this comment Damien. When I was at university, we were in the middle of the Vietnam War, and boy, were we mad about it. It's been a major surprise to me that young people have remained inactive for so long (and I think it might be even worse down here than in the States). I won't go on, except to say thanks for YOUR message of hope!
Peace,
Neil

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Estella said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Great collaboration
I like the two guitars and the drums that together create a beautiful soundscape. Good work!
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jiguma said 3624 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
Cheers Estelle
Thanks for listening and leaving a comment.
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Brian Weiland said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Great song!
Everyone else has already said so much. The electric guitars provide such an aggressive rocking feel, and I am impressed with both of you. But for me it's actually the acoustic guitar and the percussion that give it such a driving sense of urgency. Sometimes it's so easy to feel trapped in the metaphorical "winter" that is the state of our world today- I hope that we truly are on the verge of a new springtime.

Excellent work. Favorited, Downloaded, Voted high!
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jiguma said 3624 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
Thanks for your time Brian
I wrote a few less subtle "protest" songs earlier in my time at MJ, but am more pleased with the oblique lyrical approach on this. My Seagull acoustic is always the starting point in my songs, and as I play it fairly aggressively, it often becomes the root of the rhythm section.
Cheers,
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composerclark said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Rich and edgy
Rich texture, but good separation between your instruments, so everything is very clearly heard. Interesting how something of the wildness of the ocean you mention in the song description is conveyed in the music. Is there some kind of vocal processing going on here? If so, possibly it is done to give the song a slightly 'edgy' quality, which works for sure, but, for what it's worth (not much, trust me!), I personally don't think it's necessary. If there isn't any vocal processing, then please excuse this comment (he said with a red face)!
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jiguma said 3624 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
Vox fx
Hi Clark, always appreciate a comment from you. The vocals have a very slight amount of chorus on two of the tracks. There are 3 vocal tracks in all: one lead; one lead "echo" track (panned right) and; the harmony track (panned left). The slight (and it is only very slight) chorus is only on the latter two, with the lead vocal being unaffected. It's just that I have an odd voice ;)
This was going to be a simple "man, guitar and microphone" song, with the acoustic carrying the whole thing, but once I started adding instruments, I just couldn't stop.
Cheers,
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guitapick said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Excellent collab..
..people. Mixed beautifully, too.

Congrats on a great piece...
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jiguma said 3623 days ago (June 29th, 2007)
Thanks Bob!
Glad you enjoyed it.
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echoroom said 3627 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Late for the party?
hey guys - been away for a while , but what a joy to come back to this. Fantastic production ... those guitars sound huge and spacey, and the vcal effects work a treat. This has a balmy, summary feel, like Crowded house at their best.

Great work guys

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ledebutant said 3626 days ago (June 26th, 2007)
Amen
I think this is the love child of Crowded House and The Police. I'm just blown-away, boys.
ledebutant said 3626 days ago (June 26th, 2007)
P.S.
I'd like to put in an official request for a Coop Mix of this. Any excuse to revisit this song is fine by me.
jiguma said 3626 days ago (June 26th, 2007)
:)
Good to see you here Lisa - Coop has done a mix and I was hoping we can maybe refine it (his way) and repost maybe next week.
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jiguma said 3623 days ago (June 29th, 2007)
Crowded House?!
Do you want that payola in 10s or 20s Steve? I was just reading the ad for Crowded House's Sydney concert and a story about the new band this morning - one of my all time fav bands! Appreciate the comment!
Cheers,
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Doadars Uncle said 3626 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Nice images
as usual! And too, a positive spin. Your music is very uplifting!
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jiguma said 3623 days ago (June 29th, 2007)
There's enough ..
.. negativity around these days without me adding to it Doug ;) Glad you enjoyed the song - you're more than welcome to visit my songs any time.
Peace,
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dajama said 3626 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
Very nice work
The interaction between the guitars is a treat. I especially love the jamming viibe at the end. I can imagine it would have been a blast to do it all together in a room, but this still has a nice feel. Heck, you might as well have been in the same physical space, since you're obviously in the same creative zone. i'm also impressed with the vocal here. Makes me think in spots of early Peter Gabriel. Lyrics are marvellously open to interpretation, which I love. Nice work as ever. Thanks for sharing. Peace.
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Feter said 3626 days ago (June 26th, 2007)
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very very HIGH !! .. gorgious mixing
the bass realy a cool machine here
you are a master with it Neil ....
awesome start licks ...amazing Licks
Coop ..very tastey !!!
the essence of the song just fit your
voice Neil ..the lyrics very much Crosby. Nash
songs ..Welldone Friends !!
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bud said 3626 days ago (June 26th, 2007)
Excellent tune
and great collab - I really like the guitar interplay. Killer production as usual.
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Mystified said 3625 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
I like...
...Lisa's suggestion that this is 'the love child of Crowded House and The Police."

yeahhhh...awesome collab, gentlemen :)
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said 3625 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
mellow and right
Sounds real good to me. Could be in a soundtrack for a movie about seasons changing.
pengui said 3624 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
Great song
I like how it doesn't directly remind me of any band in particular, yet brings up that timeless feeling you get from all the bands you've ever known.
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Komrade K said 3624 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
I live near the sea as well...
...and I've got some great photos of snow on the beach! However the bit of sea I'm close to is as calm as puddle most times! I really like the verse chord progression - really has a sense of looking through a window turbulent and steely seas. Very fitting, energetic and well mixed lead guitar work which doesn't overpower the track.

Another fine track Neil and an obviously very rewarding collaboration as well.

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***itiswotitis*** said 3624 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
like alpapha
I to relate to the lyriccs of this beaitful ballad!
Very atmospheric i feel the winds of change too.
Past the solstice looking forward to the New.
Really lovely tune JIguma
Beautifully played and performed..cant quite put my finger on it but really early Genesis came to my mind whilst listening to this!
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mvh9591 said 3624 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
WOW----
A Neil Porter - rtcooper master piece. Love it very much. Nice work fellows and thanks for sharing.


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said 3624 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
Haunting...
There's a quiet intensity that really hammers the 'darkest days before the dawn' feel. Excellent guitars, and boy, do I love the vocals...
mikkinylund said 3624 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
Late Comments :)
I downloaded and have listen to this song since you first posted, just have had much time to comment the past days.

This is very, very good! I can't give you any suggestions on potential changes or improvements. I like this as is. It has a bit of a Pink Floyd feeling to it at times, especially with the vocals. Very good lyrics. Nice bass and guitars, and I love the choice of drums. Awesome performance and mix!
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Macaudion said 3623 days ago (June 29th, 2007)
Brilliance, again...
Neil, you are the author to so many beautiful writings. I don't know how it is that the flow is so seemingly, endless. As always, what you do seems to make a direct path to the core of so many souls, but especially, mine.

I've listened to this tune in one of my most depressed states, which has been the result of what happens when I'm suffering a bad cold - and today, I am in one of my highest states - everything is good, but only because I am able to remember, that I am content with what might be. And within this ebb and flow of what might be, I've learned to be centered by this contentment - as happiness seems to come and go - I witness this sense of centeredness in all that I've experienced with Jiguma, here at MJs. And I have concluded that this is what makes everything you do register high on the scale of, 'what is a classic'. And what is classic, can be nothing but timeless, and in every way that it can be expressed.

There's this sense of dueling storms, between the two g'tars in the left and right ear - The listener, remaining centered, gets to be the witness that you seem to somehow, portray. Never really tossed by the stormy waves, one is perched up high, w/ the view that you've offered. It's quite scenic, but mostly dark however, and still, there's plenty of light to see what needs to be seen.

I like the way the violin depicts the lack of levity, or lightness in this event. I like the way the percussion and the bass pushes one on through the differing patterns of weather. I like how the drums seem to announce a change of seeming events.

The lyrical content of this is typical, Jiguma - loaded w/ something for anyone, from those who might be considered sane, and even, those who may be considered, otherwise...

Thanks to both of you, for sharing this in this way. Macca
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jiguma said 3620 days ago (July 2nd, 2007)
Mr Macca!!
I really enjoy your comments - as much as I used to enjoy the comments by a guy who used to be around here called Sid something ;)

As usual, you seem to have looked deeply into this one - I'm not sure how you did it, but you seem to find things in my songs that I didn't realise were there - but when I listen for them, there they are. Quite a strange experience for me. I couldn't find the violins though :)

Thanks again for the listen and comment - still no progress with "Out Of Here" I'm sad to report. Not for lack of trying I assure you.

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BossHook said 3622 days ago (June 29th, 2007)
Lush and Right
The production is top notch. The guitar layering is real ambitious and smart. Good writing flow.
Scorpjammer said 3622 days ago (June 29th, 2007)
Heck with Alternative...
This one's rock solid!

Great number, Neil. I love the driving tempo and the tasteful multi-guitar work lurking in the background....Terrific layering.

Most diggable git-chops, too.

Well done, mate! :)


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Tadashi Togawa said 3622 days ago (June 30th, 2007)
Rough seas.
Sound like storm that sounds in my ear.
Start to have a presentiment of something.
Silence waits opponent in rough sea.

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jiguma said 3620 days ago (July 2nd, 2007)
Tadashi!
I'm really glad you enjoyed the tune. Your comments always make me think, and are always something I look forward to.
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Ed Hannifin said 3621 days ago (July 1st, 2007)
To these ears...
...there's much of Bruce Cockburn's acoustic-electric blend in this mix and arrangement, and in the lyrical lines...

I love the precision and clarity of the acoustic picking against the deep tone from the bass...Your acoustic sound is not at all brittle...

The electric guitars come in slowly and build, contributing to a growing in the intensity of the performance... What I notice is that you have established a wide "feel" from the first notes of the song, so the soundstage is big and wide enough to contain everything from the get-go...There are no disconnects as things come and go... I particularly like the electric guitar in the left channel...

I think this is your best mix, Neil. It really enhances and delivers the song. And the song is really strong...

Ed
jiguma said 3620 days ago (July 1st, 2007)
Thanks Ed!
The acoustic is just recorded via the onboard electret mic and saddle transducer (not sure what that is exactly, but it sounds good) on the Seagull - which, by the way, is sounding better and better as it gets older. I often use a miced channel (with the Rode) as well, but this sounded fine without it. The strings are quite old on this too (maybe 6 weeks) which might account for the "less brittle" sound.

Feel free to mention Bruce C anytime in relation to my songs Ed - I'm a big fan. The left channel - that's ...... me! I feel bad about Coop's guitar parts being somewhat lost in the mix though - his playing was really good on this. Some of it on the cutting room floor should have been left in in retrospect.

OK, I can now rest on this song. Thanks again for the comment (etc).

Cheers,
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said 3609 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
exciting
the music grabbed me from the get go, neil. big, dark, brave, it really set a fine mood. the little solo between v1 and v2 was hot. same for solo out. fine mix in that dept. but i never got comfy with the vocal mix. at first i thought the music wanted a different melody, then thought it was the underwater glimmery effect on the vocals that simply glimmered too much against each other. would you be willing to send me the instrumental only? you make dynamite music! anne
said 3608 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
gosh
sheesh gosh, that "would you be willing to send me instrumental" sounds SOOO tacky, doesn't it? sorry, neil - that was not my intent. i am simply hearing another melody here. my baaaaaad. anne
Dennis James said 3600 days ago (July 22nd, 2007)
Neat...
Sounds so neat Neil....dunno how you get such a pro sound, and always capturing the South Coast in sound and words.
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ILoveVariousArtists said 3337 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
Powerful
Great work on this one Neil. Guitars chime and roll around in the mix and the harmony vocal is perfect. Cool pickin & leads too!
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