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A lot of the things that I have created using GarageBand are being re-worked for the band these days...we used to play this live when we had a keyboard guy, it doesnt seem to work real well with just the trio. This version is sort of a sketch for what the final recording will be like, but with some nice airy harmonica in the stew.

This one has acoustic guitars where the keyboards used to be, and a one take improv guitar solo, which may be replaced by real unison lines between guitar and harmonica. But for now, this one is a nice little bit of morning music, or maybe late night.

as always fran and bryan bishop on bass and drums
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Alessis i/o 26 interface, macbook, drums are miced with sm57s, guitar with a senheisser, bass is direct from a behringer bass amp.

PRS guitar--Ruby
Ibanez acoustic--Nellie
Fender Squire Fretless--BooBoo
GarageBand, ChannelStrip
Feter said 3378 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
Cat's Walk
Ahhhh at last anotehr Ziti's its beena while
my friend ...very soothing deep and thoughtful
and not sure abou the keys !!
a killer guitar work ,the bass a true art work
fit right holdin the song ..very tastey percussions
and drums not much not few ...this one rock great
did you record this on youtube ????

thnx alot for sharin such gem

deepest bow !!!!
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ziti said 3378 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
there is
a video of us playing this song on youtube...one of our first gigs!
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sloparts said 3378 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
Very nice track ziti
Love the sound you're getting out of that guitar, so mellow and smooth. At times it almost sounds like my cat when she's really pleased about something I've done and wants me to know it.

Beautiful piece, Kudos to all of you, Bravo

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Scott Carmichael said 3378 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
really excellent playing
as always... soulful and patient... wringing each note for the last drop of emotion... you're a class act from top to bottom... you're also getting so much more out of your new pre's... your production is stepping up.. on my speakers,(sound stix) this is ready for the CD sales shelf...
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Ed Hannifin said 3378 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
I like hearing the acoustic in there...
...and maybe it's my imagination, but it seems like you're phrasing a little differently against the acoustic than against the keyboards in times past...and I like this version...

There's something nicely emotional without getting histrionic in this, quietly phrased, making the point with small variations and subtlety, tiny inflections...

I like this version...

ziti said 3377 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
of course
i have played this tune a billion times by now....but this time, when i sat down to record the lead line, something different happened. The little phrases and themes that are in this performance just seem to come out of nowhere. I heard the little opening statement, and used it to anchor the improv, but this was a trance moment. I recorded it and immediately shut down garageband and didnt listen to the playback til the next day....the playing part was so pleasurable, i didnt want to ruin it if the recording proved it to be another normal everyday wank of a solo. When I did listen back, I was pleased to see that it was a little story, that the improv held together, and it created a very peaceful, yet melancholy mood. That was my intention.

The old cellar hole in the art work is my fav spot here near home. i often come in to my house the "back" way just so I can ride by this scene. it is an ageless aged place....very full of feeling

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aclarke said 3378 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
Fran- my friend... I like it just fine the way you've got it... which means your going to tear the playhouse down and rebuild it. I admire you for your pursuit of perfection... but please... make sure you leave the soul in this one. I was feelin' it, brother!
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Ed Hannifin said 3378 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
I AM a little annoyed...
...that you used a shot of that barn-foundation-garden before I got a chance to do it... I used to bike past that place all the time...I've always been envious of whoever lives there...

I bet if Mystified was taking a walk in this part of the world, that would be a part of the walk she'd really love...

Still, I had dibs on it... dagnab it...

said 3378 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
... It has been a while. Great work Mr. Fran, the performance is excellent by everyone and I love the acoustic. Really an amazing piece of work.

Don't know if that's my problem with speakers or not but I've found the drums when the song starts is a little bit low in the background and then starts to be fine after 2:18. Don't know really but just an amazing work and happily downloaded.

Take Care
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ziti said 3377 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
hi yeman
thanks for the kind words...

in regards to the drums...when recording a live band, improvising...there are times when people play quietly...this is the case here. Fran the drummer is extremely creative and DYNAMIC...his playing evolves during our improvs...and at times he plays very quietly. When he plays quietly, it is because he hears the drums being stated in that way at that moment....I could easily go in and boost his levels, but then the drum track looses it's human element, and becomes like a loop. After years of using loops for the drums, being able to use live drums played by a great player is a joy. I want Fran to stay human-sounding, and his dynamic range should be used to full effect.

Again...learning to record real drums, capture a great performance, then mix it and have it sound real, is a really steep learning curve. But SOOOOO worth it.
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peacepiano said 3378 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
Beautiful melody here, no matter which backing instruments you use. Worth listening to morning and night!

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guitapick said 3378 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
I love...
...when you move into that short 'B' section...followed by the solo, which, to my ear, sounds wonderful. Great articulation...

I'm sure this would sound nice with keys, too...but this is verrrrrrry sweeeeeeeetttttt, as is, Mr. Z...I like the extra space that's created with acoustic guitar...drifting along...
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Tadashi Togawa said 3378 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
Your PRS is spoken because of the voice with the intonation.
Wonderful conversation.

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WeAreNotPerfekt said 3377 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
We like this
We dig this a lot!
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FlatRock2 said 3377 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
meow hiss howl!
Great re-work Ziti! I've heard this before and loved it then, this one is icing on the cake!
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thetiler said 3377 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
the pic z, for some reason I can see your cats running around in your back yard having a good time, then peaceful times. I get a kick on seeing your cats in various pics. The pics and your music seem to fit quite well. Enjoy how your music can have these sweet soft sounds. And milking the electric guitar so tenderly!

Thanks z for the contribution you have made and the great sounds you do!

Cool ending too!
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ziti said 3377 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
thanks tiler
you are a constant source of encouragement and inspiration.

thank you!

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HipHopMoses said 3377 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
Yeah that was the first thing came to my mind then the next was I really need to get some guitar lessons :D It reminded me of "knocks me off my feet" when it started and then it just blossomed into something that to me defies all genres which is great to me. Now how about those lessons he he he. Great stuff!
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12parsecs said 3377 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
nice phrasing
nice relaxing feel to this song. the guitar playing is amazing! and i love the real drums. great work!
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caroline said 3377 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
LOL - i love this and you know why :))))))
s'gorgeous fran - it reminds me of the sea, the sun, the waves, the seabirds!!! thank you - big loves mr bb xoxoxoxo
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Char said 3377 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
This is the first piece I've heard
by you. It is very beautiful. Thank you so much for posting and then, calling attention to it. Thanks.
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jiguma said 3377 days ago (June 26th, 2008)
Glad to see another post - some deliciously cool playing in this - I'm so relieved to hear it after working on a bluegrass number for the Grand Ole Opry Challenge all day!

Just so chilled and tasteful.

btw, it hasn't passed my notice that you have a fretless - can I borrow it ....... just a little while .... I promise I'll bring it back!? ;)

Lovely stuff.
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Ibstrat said 3376 days ago (June 26th, 2008)
Beautiful playing
You have this thing that not many people have- when you play it sounds like it's coming right out of your soul.There are lots of technical players out there that can play really fast, know every scale, etc. but that soulful playing is what I like to hear.
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stratcat said 3376 days ago (June 26th, 2008)
melodic soulfoul playing. I like the backgound guitar, just a great feeling going on. Good tune to just sit and mellow out and consider life the universe and eveything.
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Outtaorbit said 3374 days ago (June 28th, 2008)
this really
wonderful Z....nicely, nicely done.
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said 3368 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
Really sweet ziti sounds nice and relaxing. Thanks

Peace Dee.
VicDiesel said 3345 days ago (July 27th, 2008)
Lovely stuff
You have a great conversational way of playing the guitar. It's almost more a story than a melody, and you tell it very sensitively with a great tone. You play extremely well.

There is a pro and a con to recording a track as a one-shot improvisation. Pro: it's just wonderful to listen you spin this tale. Con: a listener expects a landmark here and there. For instance the recurrence of a theme. You start with a motif in the beginning that could function that way. Listening to how the piece builds, I would then expect the theme to reappear at 3:50.
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shavingronaldscar said 2500 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
So nice!
What a chill tune, great job guys! Nothing constructive to say about this, this is right where it ought to be. Love the guitar sound.
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