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My brother Will sent the lyric while I was working on the song - no intended connection. Pretty interesting how they just fell in. The really weird thing though is that the harmonica is from a duet Will and I played back in 1978. It was left over on the track from when I copied it to post on his page. I opened the track by accident and there it was - in the song - all I had to do was drop out my old guitar part and bring it in and out on the fader. Totally strange - but true. Kinda like Zelig.
As a result I found myself in the zone and finished the song - vocals and mix in about an hour. This may not be the final - but it's here now.
Dobro and bass loops. I'm playing the guitars and drums, and Will's on blues harp.
Special thanks to lonemonk at thefreesoundproject for his field recording - Feb 24 2007 - Live at Logans Pub; Victoria BC, Canada
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Lyrics
Me and my little brother
Used to ramble ‘round
Up to Quebec City
The streets of New York town
The hills of Pennsylvania
The California shore
Never really satisfied
Hungering for more

We’d sit at kitchen tables
Drink our whiskey neat
Play a little music
That high on something beat
The music on the radio
Jerry, Neil and Van
Always traveled with us
Never let us down

We ended up on different coasts
Jobs wives and children
Hidden deep inside ourselves
A strong and patient demon
Sometimes it came in bottles
Sometimes in little pills
Sometimes the smoke curled round our heads
The answer for our ills

But nothin’ ever cured us
Our worries and our fears
The demon just got stronger
Nourished by our tears
Some days we’d make it through the show
Some days would end in sorrow
Somehow we’d keep going
Beg steal or borrow

Then one day the walls came down
We found a higher power
The demon slowly melted
Got smaller by the hour
Today we have our music
Our children and our wives
Quiet hearts and peaceful minds
Good productive lives

Me and my little brother
Still like to ramble ‘round
Jerry, Neil and Van
Still make a joyous sound
But now the answer for our ills
Is a meeting and a prayer
Instead of seeking darkness
We seek to love and share

Me and my little brother
Used to ramble ‘round
Leave a little piece of us
In every single town.
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Hits: 4237
Comments: 43
Fans: 12
Plays: 261
Downloads: 172

Uploaded: Aug 04, 2007 - 10:31:04 PM
Last Updated: Aug 07, 2007 - 12:38:31 PM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 03:02:15 PM
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Comments
Vic Holman said 3729 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Sound good enough
to be a final to me. Really slick.
The drum and bass has that travelling beat that just marches right through. the harmonica fits so nicely and your story telling vocal fits so nicely.

And great patented style Will Lyrics.
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bud said 3729 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Hell Vic -
Your first again. You get free shoes tonight and and an extra game. Thanks for stopping by - it's all you can eat nachos night. Will sure can spin the yarn eh? I just work the jukebox.

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Joe Brady said 3729 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Awesome Poetry
Nice story, great sound; I like the Harp. This sounds like a live job at a bowling alley. Still sharing with us; thank you.
Cheers,
Joe
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bud said 3729 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Harp from the past - it's almost scary
Glad you enjoyed the tune and picked up on the ambiance. Thanks for commenting.

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said 3729 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Cool story...
... on so many levels! This worked out to be a very nice tune.
bud said 3729 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
How'd you know
the bar had a balcony? Appreciate your comments - really. Thanks.

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willnlf said 3729 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Brilliant!
A bit of genius to drop in the harp and the bar-in-the-bowling-alley track. I haven't sounded that good on the harp since, well, 1978!

Remember the dance in Fredrickton, New Brunswick, before I dropped you off in Montreal? I was onstage playing harp with Conrad's band. When was that?

New tune, out of the past sound. Tasty JJ guitar sound. Once again, you do the lyrics justice. I love it!
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bud said 3728 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
That was in the fall of 1974 -
on our way to Montreal for my flight to Belgium. You continued on to Colorado in the '66 Beetle. I remember picking blueberries that afternoon.

It was just too weird how the harp fit in. I really didn't tweak it at all.

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said 3729 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Ahhh...the memories...
Reminds me of my old hitch-hiking days...up and down the coast of California. Parties in Big Sur. Thumbing from Arizona to Estes Park and Boulder, Colorado; and then on to Minnesota and back again. Standing under Mount Rushmore looking up at the huge white longhair. Hallucinagens, ladies of the road, and the crabs...And that "magic feeling...nowhere to go..."

Thanks for this one boys!

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bud said 3728 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Every song seems to be a road song
one way or another. Inside, outside - it's all the same.
I thought you got crabs in Maryland.

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said 3728 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Maryland?
Never been there. Crabs? Got em in a Palm Springs parking lot when sharing a sleeping bag with a cold street waif. (Funny thing is that there was no sex involved!) They proceeded to hitch-hike across the country with me. Needless to say, before long I was itchin' to get home!

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stevewhit said 3729 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Hi Bud!
Love the lyrics and the great bass sound.
Harmonica sounds cool too!
A great drivin' song.
Thanks
Steve
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bud said 3728 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Thanks for your comments Steve
glad you stopped by and enjoyed the ride.

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Feter said 3729 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Beg Steal Or Borrow
O Bud .. I m enjoyin this veyr much
cool harp here I like you used a REAL drum here
this is a cool song friend ..welldone !!
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bud said 3728 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Thanks Feter -
I can't really play drums - so I just played the hi hat on one track, the snare and toms on another and the kick on another. Then I did a little adjusting. Had a good time though. Glad you liked it.

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said 3729 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Awww
Like it, special that bas.. bomb bomb bomb bomb...with the drums.. it give the whole song a feeling I really like... We moving around and hope to find.... %u201CYeah, well. Whatever.%u201D

Take care
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Kenta
bud said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Thanks Kenta -
The bass is a rockabilly loop so it has some slap in it which is part of the drum sound. Sometimes it's "follow the leader" - and the leader is a machine.

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lengold said 3729 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
A lovely
feel to this. Rumbles along - very enjoyable to listen to. Plus some lovely 'wisdom of age' lyrics.
Cheers
Len


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bud said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
The wisdom of age
comes from Will - I'm the little brother. Thanks for dropping by.

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said 3729 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Laid back Jam
Cool mellow jam!
bud said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Thanks Tom
Stick around for the second set - it gets a little wilder.

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said 3728 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
what can be said
a sound experience a beliefe in total absorbtion well mabey not but i know one thing it makes me listen and want more! Are you sure you dont sing for Joan in you spare time, you could have fooled me!
bud said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
I've been trying to get up
to a JOAN session for the last year - and just can't seem to make it. Must be the longing in my voice. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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echoroom said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Cool track
Love the vocal on this, and the whole laid back feel - the spoken intro is great! The lyric is very natural and converstaional - feels like a tale being told by an old pal.

Nice work, guys.

Steve
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bud said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Thanks Steve - nice of you come by
Will turns an easy phrase for me to sing - and he is my old pal.

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said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
A Little Travelling Music , Please
Bud, this is magic. Your voice sounds so relaxed and comfy, I feel like I just pulled in on my 28-year-old motorcycle after a 500-mile ride, exchanged greetings with old friends, waved at you, got a cold beer and joined the party. Sorry I'm so late, but 28-year old bikes can be a little finicky sometimes.

Are they out of shoes?
bud said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
You're not late buddy -
this is our opener. The comfy vice came from exhaustion. Earlier in the day I drove a 500 mile round trip to pick up my son at camp (left at 7AM) and I laid down the vocal at 11PM while waiting for my daughter to get home. Road weary and bone tired. Thanks for your kind words.

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Parichayaka said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Love it.
That's how I like my blues - with a genuine feel (check), harmonica (check), blues harp (check) and a relaxed voice telling a story worth listening to (check that too). I like how you use the bass drum here. The mix is surprisingly balanced although you didn't seem to have spent a lot of time on it. Full and warm sound with the energy of a live performance. I guess when the energy flows, good things happen naturally:) Or - just maybe - you guys are just really good musicians.
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bud said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Thanks for all your nice comments
I never really mixed this one per se - I just kept adjusting the balances as I added tracks. There are no effects on anything other than the "live vocals" setting on my vocal. I literally did no eq'ing or compressing or anything. This was just one of those times when it was done - it was done. Doesn't mean I don't hear a lot of places where I could have made it better - but this one raced itself to the finish line.

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Mcboy said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
love
the bojangles feel.....relaxed and floating.......dug the commentary on your lives......peace......
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bud said 3728 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Glad you stopped by
I had been wanting to do a shuffle for a while - guess this is it. I hear a little David Bromberg sometimes - just a little.
Will tells a good story.

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Ed Hannifin said 3726 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
This is one of those...
...wonderful MacJams productions that sound precisely like nothing else in the world...

Love the harmonica, and the funny way that drumming turns into an infectious beat... I bet if I was listening to the raw drum track I would never believe how it would turn into a swinging track...

Real affection in this, too, and that helps make the tune as much as anything strictly musical...

Cool one...

Ed
bud said 3726 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
You're exactly right about the drum track
on it's own it barely exists - but something alchemical happened on many levels with this piece. I just played the lightest hand I could in the whole thing and let the musical graces take over - I really seemed to have no choice. Glad you could see behind the curtain and shared your observation - astute as usual

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guitapick said 3725 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
Nice lyrics...
...and the artwork put me right back to my years in the Southwest...which has some very fine overtones...

So cool that you've got that harp track. Really fine tune, Bud. I love my little bro', too. (And the big one...but don't tell him).
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said 3720 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
bravo, bud
"me and my little brother" - nice hook, bud.
cool idea - and bravo to you for the execution. the thumping descending bass line is the perfect thing for this creole/blues/polka/rock ditty. the harmonica was slick, and traveled nicely with the pan job. you've got a straightahead sincerity to your vocal that's a pleasure to hear.

nice one, boys.
anne
bud said 3720 days ago (August 14th, 2007)
Thanks for stopping by
and taking the time to comment. Makes sense you'd appreciate the sibling subject. By the way - I'm the "little brother".

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SmokeyVW said 3716 days ago (August 17th, 2007)
serendipity...
... is the coolest thing of all.

nice song... that harp is classic

thanks
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said 3716 days ago (August 17th, 2007)
Big sound
Big big sound of life joy. Incredible surround sound. A friendly story by a friendly voice. Most enjoyable. The lyrics are superb. "The demon slowly melted...Got smaller by the hour". Smart development. Such a nice laid back sound. Is this analog or digital? It has such realism!
willnlf said 3716 days ago (August 17th, 2007)
Glad
you heard the joy and dug the lyrics. I write 'em and little brother Bud does the rest. The harp was a bonus, a 30-year-old track waiting to be reborn. Check out Everyday Blues at willnlf to hear the original collaboration from '77.
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Heightened said 3616 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Beg Steal or Borrow
Thank god I don't have to beg, steal or borrow to get this song. Thanks for the great tune - downloaded.
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Jerry_Quinn said 2700 days ago (May 30th, 2010)
Beg,Steal or Borrow
I loved the relaxed feel of the vocal. It almost had a RickyNelson thing going on. Liked it a lot.
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bud said 2699 days ago (May 30th, 2010)
Thanks Jerry - nice of you to stop by
Will pointed out that he heard Garden Party and I guess he was right. Oh well - seemed to fit at the time.
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Jarvoid said 1818 days ago (October 28th, 2012)
Syncronicity is wierd isn't it?
Last night I watched Blues Brothers 2000....not as good as the original but still some great music.....this afternoon
I catch the title of this which is the same as a Brotherhood Of Man song ....I thought Naaaaah,Bud would not cover that....surely not....and lo and behold a song about and with two brothers which would not have been out of place in either the two BBs films....and some killer harp too......syncronicity....have to love it !!

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