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Ripples in the Sand


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jiguma

 Genre: Acoustic Rock

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While sitting on a few tunes waiting for some collab parts to filter through, this tune came to me pretty quickly, and was recorded over a few days.

Winter is arriving here, and on one cold night the first line came in conversation - "up the hill" is in reference to the NSW skifields not far (a few hours) from here. This brought back memories of our first day in our new home for 1986 - "up north" in the UK, with ice on the stairs, a furnace that refused to light, the silence of snow falling and a feeling of excitement.

It's also about life, and who we are (and where we might be going).

There are 2 acoustic tracks, bass and vocals - drums and percussion are midi.

Turned out better than I expected. It's "early jiguma" in style.

Hope you enjoy it,
Neil
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Lyrics
Ripples In The Sand
© 2008 Neil Porter

It’s getting cold tonight
Must be snowing somewhere up the hill
Remember icy winter nights
Hear the sounds of silence still

We come and then we go
Like footprints in the snow
Like shifting ripples in the sand
Like shifting ripples in the sand

We left a Sydney summer
Touched down in a land of white and grey
Remember how we slipped on frozen stairs
Ancient pub across the way

We come and then we go
Like footprints in the snow
Like shifting ripples in the sand
Like shifting ripples in the sand

Like silken driftwood on the shore
We’re resting on our way to sea
We’re moving all the time
We’re going nowhere I can see
Like shifting ripples in the sand

I won’t forget the welcome (warm)
Furnace (cold) moment of surprise
Still see the closing door
The smile we shared, the sparkle in your eyes

We come and then we go
Like footprints in the snow
Like shifting ripples in the sand
Like shifting ripples in the sand

There’s nothing planned tonight
Might just throw some pictures on the wall
It seems it’s been so long
So let’s relive the memory of it all

We come and then we go
Like footprints in the snow
Like shifting ripples in the sand
Like shifting ripples in the sand
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Comments: 62
Fans: 43
Plays: 368
Downloads: 184
Votes: 14
Uploaded: May 05, 2008 - 04:41:46 AM
Last Updated: May 05, 2008 - 05:05:02 PM Last Played: Apr 23, 2017 - 02:34:08 PM
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Hardware:
Seagull S6 acoustic 6-string
Fender Telecaster
Fender Preciaion Bass
Rode NT3 mic
Behringer UB802 preamp/mixer
iMac G4
Software:
Logic Express
Ozone 3
Comments
thoddi said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
First visitor
:)
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ledebutant said 3276 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Geez!
Now I have to contend with Thor, too?
Ed Hannifin said 3276 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Let's just remember...
...who was the FIRST at 'firsties'...

Shall we?

Ed
said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Great!
This is gorgeous Mr. Neil. The playing and singing and the whole work is at its best. I'm impressed with what I've heard. One of your very bests. Wonderful solo! Thanks a lot for sharing this gem.

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
jiguma said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Glad you like it Yeman!
Always happy to see you've been having a listen - thanks for the positive comment.
Cheers,
Neil
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Joe Brady said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Winter?
It's a world turned upside down ;-) Love it.

Joe
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thoddi said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Indeed Jiguma style
Very good production. Tight and sweet sounding at my end. Nice mix of a story combined with metaphors of life. Your acoustic guitar sounds very good in the mix. How do you record it... Is it picked up by the Rode only?

I also thought your vocals sounded a good and confident.
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jiguma said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Thor ..
.. thanks for listening. The acoustic guitars on this are two separate tracks, each recorded with the onboard electrics (there's a boom mic as well as a saddle transducer inbuilt) - I used to double record each track with the Rode in one channel and the inbuilt stuff in the other, but it doesn't really make much difference. Only other trick is that I never use a pick on the acoustic.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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composerclark said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Peaceful
There is something comforting about this music; it just seems filled with good feelings, and a calm acceptance of the inevitable.
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echoroom said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Summers here
Its a beautiful spring day here, and this track is just perfect - breezy, laid back, gentle. Wonderful production Neil - i know its a snowy lyric, but i'm pumping this out into the back garden and its putting a smile on my face. Lovely work.
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jiguma said 3278 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Cheers Steve!
jiguma al fresco - sounds like fun .. can you pass me a beer?
:)
Thanks for always turning up for these (increasingly rare) posts of mine at MJ. Always enjoy your comments.

Neil
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ktb said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
capture
this MIX. Although maybe a quicky for you, it sounds like a labor of love. Great progression, vocal, and the guitar work is super fine. Dig the whole scene.
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stephendavis said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
nice
you're a beast, i tell you, a beast! haha this is fabulous work. a few days? wow.
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selters said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
wonderful
A wonderful song Neil, and everything else is wonderful. Your vocals sounds better then ever. I really like your style, there are no shortcuts in your work. Everything is very well done.
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gail60 said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
hey Neil
You never disappoint. This is a great song. The guitar sounds great and your voice is perfect as always. Very smooth and comfortable all the way through. And this came to you quickly? Geez, some people have all the talent. Thanks for sharing!
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jiguma said 3277 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Thanks Gail
For my first few years at MJ the songs were coming ridiculously fast - I saw it as all the songs I hadn't written during my brief "layoff" (20 something years) from music were fighting to get out.

They don't come as fast anymore unfortunately (and I think I wasted some good songs in my first 2 years by rushing them out), but this one must have been hiding in a corner of my musical brain and fell into place very fast.

Glad you enjoyed it,
Neil
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woofer3 said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
always nice to hear
a proper song, - well written and performed.

John.
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perceptualvortex said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Sweet
Nice hypnotic guitar playing, as usual :)
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Feter said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Ripples in the Sand
this is awesome as always my friend ..I can see you
rest to the acoustic sound more now .(winter feels?)
superb arrang,ent as always but that tele has it all
so tastey there .certainly riipped of Nash's .just
wonderful thnx alot for sharin such gem my freind !!!
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rtcooper said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
SWEET
Great Telecaster.
Top Production Levels.

Absolutely from your Classic Collection Book.
-rtc
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MarkHolbrook said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
This has a really great
sound to it. I love it. Thanks so much!
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J.A.Stewart said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
It's Always Nice...
when you have your love to keep you warm and... you have a song in your heart.

A very nice, breezy tune, Neil. I'm glad the winter is yours now... we had more than enough of it.

Well-written and performed. ;)


--- Joe
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Vic Holman said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Sand gets everywhere
Neil, even if you didn't sing, the music itself has the totally identifiable Jiguma sound that's easy to recognize.

Super mix & production. Also really nice lyrics.

Now don't get cabin fever with winter coming in.
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sloparts said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Nice song Neil
great lyrics and some fine guitar playing there, but I have to say something about the entire song.

While it is a great song and your vocal sound spot on for this, the musical background gets a bit monotonous at time. I would love to see this done musically with a more diverse and interesting background to it.

Sorry Neil, I don't know how else to say it. All the elements are excellently performed, and the story makes sense, but I still came away wanting it to sound different than it does.

Please, please take my comments in the way they are intended my friend, as suggestions from a loyal fan to help a good song become a great song.

Respectfully

Ed
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jiguma said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Hi Ed
Thanks for the comment - I really like it when people have suggestions about my songs, and rarely - if ever ;) - get upset about it.

I know what you mean about the continuity of the instrumentation. In part it was the rolling vibe I was after - not being able to settle, looking for new places to go (although these ideas weren't specifically addressed lyrically). It also came about like that because of the quick turnaround - I used to do songs in a day or two all the time when I first joined MJ, and I really enjoyed having a song happen so quickly again. Not a lot of time to consider dynamics.

I think for starters it was one verse too long, but I liked all the lyrics and didn't want to cut any out. Just this morning I was listening to it again and thought "why didn't I cut back to simple drums on the last verse?" - it kind of kept building when it could have had more dynamics.

Anyway, if I do another CD I'll definitely make some adjustments. I've learnt a lot from people giving constructive criticism on this site, and I really appreciate you taking time to make a suggestion.

Cheers,
Neil
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dajama said 3278 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Enjoy it?
I love it! Great track, and terrific performance. The guitar sounds wonderful - sweet tone, crystal clear and resonant. And sweet playing with some lovely changes, it should be said! The lyrical vibe is great; some excellent lines in there ("There%u2019s nothing planned tonight/ Might just throw some pictures on the wall" - excellent...) and wonderful images ("silken driftwood on the shore" - beautiful...). A great song, wonderfully performed. You're a class act and never disappoint. Nicely done. Peace.
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DWL said 3278 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Beautifully done
I'm torn between agreeing with Ed and agreeing with your "rolling" vibe.

Whatever, this is bloody good. A wonderful summery song despite the lyrics.

Lovely guitar work.

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 3277 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
I think
that you definitely succeeded with your 'rolling vibe' - has a really lovely swayability to it. Great lyrics and impeccably played, sung and recorded.
Cheers
Len


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Roxylee said 3277 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
I love the
reflections into your life, with your story/songs. This is great, Neil. :-)
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davisamerica said 3277 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
right then neil
this is indeed a beauty ... :-]
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said 3277 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
LUSH!
Not you Neil...the tuneage! Ha ha...

Nice theme. I really like the concept. Loose...relaxed...like the feel of the music.

Very cool lead solo. Signature vocals and bass.

Another classic!

Be well friend!
Macaudion said 3277 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Love it!
Beautiful, Neil! Simply, beautiful!

Dang, it's just too sweet! I will be in Australia this winter, so maybe... : )

Thanks, my friend! Macca



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guitapick said 3276 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
I like it...
...very, very much, thanks, Neil.

Like silken driftwood on the shore
We%u2019re resting on our way to sea
We%u2019re moving all the time
We%u2019re going nowhere I can see
Like shifting ripples in the sand

Brilliant...
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Ibstrat said 3276 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
I just
love the way your guitar sounds.Is it doubled? You have a a lot of character and feel in your voice.This song really got me.The cymbal crash at the end is cool-sounds like a wave.
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jiguma said 3276 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Mark
Glad you enjoyed it. The acoustics are two separate tracks. Usually I just double a single pass with the Seagull, but for one reason or another I decided to play it twice which added a nicer depth to the sound. The Tele is a single track (warts and all).
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Scott Carmichael said 3276 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Hey Neil
I'm not here as much as I've been in the past... way busy... but, I'll always give you a listen.... your guitars & bass are perfect... such an effortless flow... your voice is an acquired taste (sorry) but it's true... gruff tenderness... I wouldn't change it... and it suites your philosophers bent... lyrics are thoughtful and well crafted as usual... and your thumbprint production is spot on.... I'd love to have your ears..
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Ed Hannifin said 3276 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
You're getting it all here, Neil...
...'Old' jiguma was 'thick', and layered, but not necessarily spacious....

'Middle period Baroque jiguma' was stripped down, spacious, but sometimes had a hole here or there...

Here we have neo-post-industrial-unplugged jiguma, and it's full but it's also spacious, the bass is really round and well articulated, the guitars are enough but not too much, and in MY set-up, anyway, the vocal sits really nicely in the mix...

Nice lyric that seems to find a middle ground between Zen and James Thurber...

Cool Tele bits in the middle there, too...

Ed



jiguma said 3275 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Ed ....
.... who are you calling "thick"?! Oh, I see ;)

I looked up James Thurber - interesting .... I have read some of his short stories I think.

What's this "Zen" guy's other name? I'd like to look him up too :)

The Tele bit worked out well but for one bum note. Didn't want to "fix" it digitally and didn't know if I could play the whole solo again either. So it's still there.

Now you've left a comment I can start my next song - thanks for the visit and listen.

Neil
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Ed Hannifin said 3275 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
A good story to read...
...in counterpoint to this song, is James Thurber's 'The Last Clock'... Really, Neil... You'll like it... And laugh when you get to the end...

Probably laugh all through it, actually...

Ed
caroline said 3275 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
cold?? snow???
with a picture like that? i don't think so!! :D a lovely tune - and so very jiggy - thank you xoxoxo
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chipan said 3275 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Ripples
This has such a nice, relaxing groove to it. The guitars sound great. I really enjoyed this. The lyrics are also really poetic.

chip
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VicDiesel said 3274 days ago (May 9th, 2008)
Melancholy
You're not lacking in similes when you try to describe your past and present. All very graphic, and it's a sweet picture. Nice song.


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stevel said 3273 days ago (May 10th, 2008)
Summer is here..despite some frosty lyrics hehe
Yes...this definitely has that Jiguma classic sound...intertwining acoustics ahoy! Some nice electric bits in there too of course
Good spacious production..I could hear a female chorus in here I reckon to put the icing on the cake?
Good stuff

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dirigent said 3273 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Ripples in the Sand
Beautiful song, a wonderful, intense piece of music, gorgeous acoustic work full of feeling and atmosphere :-) Enjoyed it a lot!
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bonnieprincejohnny said 3272 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Seagulls & sand
I like your voice on this track. What is a Seagull S6 ??
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jiguma said 3272 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Seagulls and sand
Seagulls are white seabirds that tend to congregate around people with bags of chips.........

Oh THAT Seagull!

My Seagull S6 acoustic is a Canadian 6 stringer made by the same company that makes Godin electrics. It has a cedar top taken from timber which has been underwater in one of the Great Lakes - not sure what that's got to do with it. What I like about it is that it has some pretty classy on board mics which make recording very easy and usually pretty clean.

Here's a link to Seagull Guitars: http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=2&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.seagullguitars.com%2Fintro.htm&ei=bmYnSNagB6mopwSx1vmrCw&usg=AFQjCNFlwkLSWTaaD9huh-3RSofY8EzWmg&sig2=WcDFYcbd8x9H_c4lZakVNQ

This is my model: http://www.seagullguitars.com/products6%2Bcwcedargt.htm

Thanks for the listen,
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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jiguma said 3272 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Cedar top
mine's not the gloss top - it's a (seemingly) unfinished cedar which looks especially groovy.
N
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egobandit said 3272 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
your songs
are always a treat for me the quality and the musician ship is tops in my book ! Downloaded thanks be well!
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said 3272 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
What can one say?
Real nice? Cool? Mellow sounds drifting through my mind? Acoustic dreams realized? Captured clouds of musical memories all new? Classic Jiguma?

all of the above.

Jack
Peter Bauckham said 3272 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
Sorry
for the late comment! Really enjoying this one - Production is top-notch as ever and has your very distinctive sound. It's a glorious day here in the UK and this fits it perfectly... PS - your vocals sound especially good.

Peter
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lavalamp said 3269 days ago (May 14th, 2008)
Huh?
How did I miss this one? Made my smile. Really nice song here, my friend. You seem to bring your A-game every time.

Dave
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Warren Smith said 3268 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
coming and going
A sense of resignation pervades these philosophical lyrics - something I can relate to without any trouble : >

Yet an overriding sense of despondency is avoided by your recollection of specific moments of shared joy.

The music has an easy-going feeling to it, nicely reflecting the endless shifting ripples of time.

A minor complaint - well, not really a complaint, just something that keeps slightly chaffing - is when I have to jump from "footprints in the snow" to "shifting ripples in the sand." I understand what you are saying, and it's not really mixing metaphors, it's just that most of the song seems to be about snow and cold and winter, yet the main allusion is to the beach. Of course, you do refer to a "Sydney summer," so I probably shouldn't be so hung up on a consistency. (Perhaps it's because I spent four decades in the ice and snow of Minnesota and there the only time we mixed sand with snow was for traction : >)

The lyrics I really like are in the verse about the warm surprise of a cold furnace, which creates a fire ("sparkle") in her eyes - that's good writing.

All in all - another fine production from down under.




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Moviz said 3267 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
I remember
soon after I joined MJ Neil commenting on one of your songs and saying that you're a great poet........ and these lyrics are wonderfully philosophical. No need for ME to comment on YOUR performance, because it's always top notch and it's you who gives me the tips LOL. Great musical performance as always, regards M
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saymme said 3264 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
..
Always great hearing You Neil : ) So much harmony in this one : ) hear its supposed to be summer soon but its probably cold as your winter...too cold :( This warmed me up ! ThankYou Courtsey to You Lena
FEEL said 3262 days ago (May 21st, 2008)
Luscious
guitar sound... with a nice percussion section. Trademark Neil vocals in addition. Great mix and nice progression as well. The break into what sounds like a pedal steel is candy. Is that a pedal steel? All in all a very fine piece.

John
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jiguma said 3262 days ago (May 21st, 2008)
Pedal steel
Hi John,
Thanks for dropping by for a listen. The solo section is my trusty Telecaster - I'd love to be able to play pedal steel, but the costs involved kind of rule out learning for me :)
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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magnatone said 3261 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
Ripples In The Sand
Hey Neil: Sorry I'm so late to the party here, but this is GREAT!! Lovely, sweet, so comfortable like a favorite easy chair. Wonderful lyrics and vocals, and of course your guitar work is perfecto-mundo (is that how you spell that?) Thanks!
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Rebsie said 3256 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
Nice ...
I'd like to come up with something original and intelligent to say but Steve Echoroom's "breezy, laid back, gentle" sums it up and there's not really much I can add. Sweet song.
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thetiler said 3256 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
Nice stuff
Love the way the fingerpicking sounds chorus-y , lends for a nice quality and cements your style it seems. Nice soft vocal texture, that is another jig trademark which I look forward to hearing and not disappointed.

Thanks for sharing!
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asconejar said 3248 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
tsada
I been wanting to buy a seagull guitar, (next to cole clark) but alas, my finances will not allow me at this moment, Im just glad to hear it being played here. You're music is very light to the ears, very friendly, happy, pretty cool to me.
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richardhowardjones said 3247 days ago (June 5th, 2008)
Great
I haven't heard a single I don't like so far from you. Thank you so much. Will be back to listen to some more stuff, that's a promise.
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SJB said 3234 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Ripples in the Sand
Hi Neil, I'm still getting through your posts and have to say I'm really enjoying the job. Your music has a real feel good factor to it and is just the kind of thing I'd buy. Your vocal style is.... well just so cool to quote the kids. Playing, mixing and production are all very professional sounding. I said it on a previous post of yours, but again here a real bass played with fingers and not a mouse makes such a difference. Hats off to you - great stuff.
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