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Better Men (Featuring Dajama, Awigze)


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MarkHolbrook

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Better Men

This started like many of my songs... A chord progression and a rough melody. I hadn't thought much about lyrics but I had wanted to work with Dajama (David) for a very long time... His tune "Find Yourself", (http://www.macjams.com/song/39692), was one of the first I came across here on MacJams. So I spent a few moments recording this progression and singing some nonsense words for the melody and I sent it off to him. My "demo" was pretty rough.

I asked if he could write some lyrics and perhaps lay down vocals. It took David about a week and he sent me back 5 vocal tracks with multi-layered harmonies. His vocal work sounded amazing even with my wimpy single poorly played guitar.

So I quickly sat down and reworked the drums, added bass which took me about 2,000 takes to get right... Finally I re-recorded the guitar to make it less busy. Next I went to work on an organ track. I would say I had one of those (very rare) moments where my head was totally into it. The organ track here was a first take! I had one or two minor fixes I had to make but it just flowed. It was like I had played organ all my life! I know its not a complex part but it just fit perfectly for my taste. Rick Wakeman I am certainly not but it sure felt nice to do something in a single take for once!

I originally imagined some lead guitar in the open places. During a chat session the idea of sax came up and Andy was right there... so I pitched a copy over to him to see what he thought. He seemed to think it would fit. You can hear the result.... The sax just took this over the top in my humble opinion. Originally I was thinking... ok sax solo just at the end. I'm glad Andy ignored me and played sax throughout the song... It really added a whole new dimension.

I spent a day or so getting the sax EQ right with Andy's help. I was floored at the dynamic that the sax added to the song once it was properly EQed. Just floored. So with this I will add a HUGE THANK YOU to Andy for taking part in this. I have limited experience with sax but he made it a pleasure to include it in the tune.

Credits and Appreciation:

I'd like to thank Dajama (David) for his stunning vocals and lyrics to this tune. I don't think I would have pushed this forward without them. Thank you David.

I'd like to thank awigze (Andy) for introducing me to the wonders of sax and being patient with my novice ways and teaching me how to correctly EQ the sax for the right effect. The sax parts in this tune were adlib by Andy and fit perfectly. It is a amazing that an artist can simply listen to a tune and lay down a perfect fit counter melody as quickly as Andy did. Simply stunning!

Song structure and composition by: MarkHolbrook (2009)
Lyrics by: Dajama (2009)

Tracks:

Vocals and harmonies: Dajama
Primary and backing guitars: MarkHolbrook
Bass: MarkHolbrook
Organ: MarkHolbrook
Drums: Courtesy of Drums on Demand and a few accents of my own
Sax: awigze
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Lyrics
You can stare the demons down
Or just close your eyes
You can stand and hold your ground
Or roll with the tide

Outside your open window
The dark descends
Will you be yourself tomorrow?
Guess it all depends

Better men than me have floundered
In this endless night
I guess I’ll do the best I’m able
And call it right

Heart beating
Head unbowed
But you’re miles from home
No one ever loves a crowd
‘Til they’re all alone

You risk a glance and drop your guard
As the siren’s call
I guess it never looks that hard
But a fall’s a fall

Better men than me have floundered
In this blinding light
I’m going to do the best I’m able
If you’ll just help me

The candle’s burning down
Tell me
When you get turned around
Do you spin like me?
Do you spin like me?

I know you know the score
It’s in your eyes
So when they come kick down your door
Just act surprised
Song Stats
Hits: 5103
Comments: 156
Fans: 61
Plays: 589
Downloads: 205

Uploaded: Jul 23, 2009 - 09:13:16 AM
Last Updated: Jul 08, 2015 - 02:40:03 PM Last Played: Nov 17, 2015 - 10:03:21 PM
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Hardware:
All my stuff, David's stuff, and Andy's stuff including a sax!!!
Software:
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Comments
davisamerica said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
this
turned out nicely mark and company. first!
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Thanks Jack
You were a motivation from the start... Thanks for the early listens!
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sheilad said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
great collab!
Love this love this love this! Always love David's vocal, Andy's sax is killer and of course Mark has tons of talent that he never wants to accept!!! LOVE IT!
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Thanks
Sheila... for the support and the early listens with input.
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awigze said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
An honor
Truly an honor to be a part of this great song... Really enjoyed the interaction along the way. This is collaborating at it's finest and it would not sound this beautiful without all the parts you masterfully knitted together, Mark. David, your lyrics are inspired and resonate with me in profound ways. Your vocals are just stunning. Ya just gotta love this place!
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Andy!
Well you know how much your sax took this up... Simply put you added an entire new dimension to what was a just a basic rocker tune. Thanks again and I'll be calling you again for sure...
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dantimmermans said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
love the sax
i wouldn't have even considered using a sax on this tunes and that's a lesson for me because it sounds fantastic!
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Thanks!
I was sax-less too... It took a master like Andy to show me the light!
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Outtaorbit said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Wonderful tune
Nicely done from the boys
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Hey
Thanks Patrick! For the comment and listen!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
yo
very cool and clean sound, im loving the sound of those drums. every element comes together nicely. great mix 2, great stuff mark and company!
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Yo
Thanks man! I'm really glad you liked the drums... Thanks for the listen and comment.
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said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
a super tune
not to mention a fine performance by all. You left space well in your mix. My only nit would be that I feel the mix is a little too hot (but I seem to be in the minority, generally speaking, about the over-use of compression that seems so popular these days)

Really nice distribution of instrumentation - I like how you kept the keys and sax in their respective places to come up for presence and also sit a bit back for accompaniment. The guitar and vocals a placed really well in the drums and bass.

Good job everyone.

. - Harold
MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Hi Harold
Thanks... I listened on several different devices from my reference phones, bose phones, klipsch speakers... It might be a little hot or maybe my high end is going... sigh... Any way thank you very much for the listen and time to comment my friend!
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drakonis said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
excellent...
really gorgeous work from all of you... as always, Andy's sax is soulfully played, David's singing is perfect, and the guitar/keyboard/backing work is quite solid, which brings me to the overall mix, which also is clean and clear, nothing out of balance... wow, great job everyone!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Well thank you
Sir Eduard Dragon! Also thank you very much for the early listen and help.
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Lennon714 said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
it's
nice to hear David's voice again. Tell that guy his page has cobwebs forming. I'd like to see him around again. For now, this song will definitely do. Great melody and driving rhythm guitars. The sax was a perfect touch, too! Kudos to the three of ya!
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Thanks Sir!
I will tell you David has a tune that I've been helping him on that will be an absolute smash hit... He's just gotta find the time to work on it. Thanks for the comment and listen!
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gail60 said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
terrific
Wow this sounds so good. Mark way to go! You have a knack for always creating something wonderful! I really enjoyed the upbeat motion in this. David's voice and lyrics were perfect for the song. Andy put it over the top with that sax he plays so well!!! I am proud for all of you as this is a top notch collab and turned out perfect!

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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Hello
Sweet Gail! Gosh I'm glad to see you! Thank you so much. Well yes... David is so amazing.. Then Andy comes in and knocks out the sax like it a walk in the park... I'm pretty sure this song would be pretty mediocre if it weren't for these two!
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Chimalus said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
A lot of good things.
These lyrics are complex and filled with puzzlement. I'm stuck here analyzing. Thanks for the thoughtful yet catchy and laid-back piece. Lovin' the reflective saxophone.
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Hello Sir
Well Dajama would have to give insight on the lyrics. I'm glad you enjoyed the tune overall!
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Confounded said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Nice!
Very well done, I really enjoyed it.
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Thanks
Your piece is the star of the moment however! Thank you for taking the time to comment and listen!
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dajama said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
It's up!
Sounds great, Mark. You really did a great job on this - the mix and balance is really nice, and the instruments blend nicely in my opinion. Andy, your sax is sweet; as soon as I heard the first mix with your contribution, I knew it was a winner. Ditto on the organ, Mark, as I mentioned to you, I think it just fits the song perfectly; one of those vibes where I really can't imagine the track without it.

Thanks for the nice words on the vocal; I'm flattered. And I'm particularly glad the lyrics resonate with people.

This was lots of fun to work on, and I'm delighted you asked me to be involved. As people have probably noticed, I have not been around here much lately, but managing to get this done so quickly was a reminder of what's possible even in the small spaces between all the other demands on time. I hope to be around more regularly soon, and even post some new stuff in the next few weeks, fingers crossed.

Thanks again, Mark; kudos on a terrific post, and congrats again, Andy, on some terrific playing.

Peace.
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
David
Now you know that this tune went forward because you stepped up with killer lyrics and vocals... without them I think I would have left this a rough draft until I got motivated.

Your vocals and lyrics said to me "do it!" So the thanks goes to you!

I'm yours for any collab you ever desire or if you just need some lyric or guitar help drop me a line my friend!
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Pete_NB said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Great stuff
I really dig the chorus. And I agree, the sax takes it to the next level.
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Hi Pete!
Thanks so much for the listen and comment! I really appreciate it!
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Skean said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Yep
Very very nice tune, good job guys... Cheers
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Hi Kenta
I'm sorry I'm so far behind in your list... I will try to make that up over time here! Thanks for the comment and listen!
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Feter said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Better Men
This is magic ...I love David's vocal and song
writing ...now handed in a great hand of a talent
Mr.Mark this is indeed a very cool production..
the guitar the whole gathering of great mjers
here is so cool ...Mr Andy 's sax a true
signature now ...top notch gentlemen ...thnx alot
doe sharin such Art !!!!
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Sir Feter
Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the tune!
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I.G.M. said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
nicely done Mark
cool major (tonally spoken) ending at the end of the verse.
no harmony singing in the refrain? would fit perfect in my opinion! :)
bridge is also top!!!

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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Hi Ingo!
Well ya.. I think lots more singing could have gone in... David was pretty busy tho... I'm luck to have gotten this out of him right now. I do agree tho!
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kassia said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Call it Right
wowza! Well first of all, the tune is fantastic. Vocals are gorgeous and the organ and sax are just fabulous additions to the overall sound. The production on this is fabulous Mark - a very very full, deep, rich sound. Great job guys!
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Hi Shay!
Thank you so much! David's vocals are simply perfect and I just lucked out on the organ. Andy came along and took us up a few shelves with his talent. Thanks for listening and commenting!
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ChristopherCihon said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Wow!
I love your production on this! Has a "Petty" feel to it. The vox sound great! Really BIG! I like the riffs..simple and to the point. Really well performed. I like that you doubled the solo take?? Sounds sweet!

Great job!
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Hi Chris
Thanks! It is a simple progression and the sax addon proved to me that simple is good. You can add incredible layers to hop it up.
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jbazemore said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
awesome
Mark, final cut is great. Having the honor of hearing intermediate cuts I can appreciate all that went into this and how good the final product is. Great job. Jim
MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Dr. Jim!
Thanks for coming in... Yes it came together nicely!
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Vic Holman said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
excellent one boyz
solid song and delivery.

Mark, good choice of company here. And the extra time spent on this has paid of in aces.
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Hi Vic
Thank you my friend! I owe this tune to my collaborators without a doubt. Thanks for coming in and the listen and comment!
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Hydrogen3 said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Better Men
Awesome collab ya'll!!! Holley :)
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Hi Holley!
Darn its great to see you here... You haven't been around much. Thanks for coming and giving this a listen and comment!
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LunaTrick said 2866 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
Nice work
Very pro mix.... great teamwork!
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Hi Daniel
Thanks man!
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Dadai.2 said 2866 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
What a great vocal!
on top of some really cool and tight instrumentation. I love the changes. Great job men. And kudos to the subtle sax work Andy.

D
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MarkHolbrook said 2866 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Yes
I think David might simply have one of the best male vocals on MJ... Lucky to have him on this tune! Thanks for the listen and comment!
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Peter Bauckham said 2866 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Great collaboration
I really like the chords/melody and am a big fan of David's songs - and his voice is in fine form here. The sax fits in perfectly, weaving in and out without becoming too dominant. Lovely work.

Peter

Peter
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MarkHolbrook said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Thank you
so much Peter!
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TobinMueller said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Wonderful collab
Nice collab. I dig the key change in the middle ("help me"). The whole thing had an early 70s feel to me. I imagined you guys performing on a small set with a pasley floor, wearing bell-bottoms and sporting fuzzy sideburns. Hope you get a kick out of my song-induced daydream. I enjoyed the track.
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MarkHolbrook said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Hi Tobin
A real pleasure to see you listen and comment on a tune of mine! I'm really touched that you enjoyed the tune! I had some really great help of course!
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awigze said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Tobin
this is classic Tobin comment : LOL
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daibhre said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Cool.
Makes me want sax (nyuk nyuk). But seriously, folks - thanks for a very fine collab.
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MarkHolbrook said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Heh heh
thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed the tune!
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Calchas said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Beyone excellent, this!
My absolute fave by you my brother. Hands down. Beautiful melody. Beautiful lyrics sung with conviction. Perfect guitar and organ. Tasteful sax playing.

The best thing to hit the MJ playlist in quite awhile. Major kudos Mark.

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Calchas said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Hopefully
the response to this gem will lure David back here on a more regular basis. I really miss his excellent vox and guitar playing.
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MarkHolbrook said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Ya!!!
David get your butt back here and post us some Dajama tunes my friend!!!
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Moviz said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
I've always
liked Andy's work and liked his voice and this song is perfectly suited to him. Seems you all worked your socks off to get this right and it paid off..... as you said Mark, the sax and the organ sound really great and the whole performance sounds spot on. Excellent mix and production, regards M
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MarkHolbrook said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Thank you very
much Maurice... Andy did the sax work and David, Dajama did the vocals and lyrics. The base music guitar and organ were mine. I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment.
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lengold said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Great idea
to ask David (I too have been missing him and his songs) and Andy - very inspired choices. They have complimented your excellent song perfectly. Great mix.
Cheers
Len

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MarkHolbrook said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Hi Len
Wow.. Haven't seen you much... I know we've both been busy... yes we need to lasso David back here and get him to post some music. I do know he has a tune in the works... I've been trying to give him a few ideas on it. He really came through on this tune though... Thanks for the comment and listen my friend!
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mike_d said 2865 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Hey guys-
Nice track and wonderful production on this!
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MarkHolbrook said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Thank you so much Mike!
I'm glad you came in for the listen and comment!
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mowguy3 said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Better Men
You guys have put togeather one hell of a track. "I guess I’ll do the best I’m able
And call it right" Killer line Mark. All the lyric are on spot. Sax solo and fade. I could go on and on. Hats off to all! Thanks

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MarkHolbrook said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Hi Russ!
Thank you very much. David (Dajama) gets the credit for the lyrics and vocals. He has ALWAYS written with power and feeling. I knew that having him hit the lyrics and vocals on this would be a success. I have said it that in my opinion the tune is good but Andy's sax took this to the next shelf and on up... I have only these two guys to thank for their inspirations!
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RyanHolbrook said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
awesome awesome!!
you guys did great on this and i love the voice and guitar and DRUMS!!
awesome song you guys came out with, i love the lead in the
back-round :-) thanks for letting us hear it.
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MarkHolbrook said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Thanks so much Ryan
I appreciate your time to listen and comment!
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egobandit said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
demons down
Very progressive and smooth, What a great collab Dajama must have been a real treat to work with. Great song
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MarkHolbrook said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Yes without a doubt
Both Andy and David were so easy to work with. Real class... Everything just fit and just worked first time. I'd work with them any time.

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Sigmund said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
better men
This song flows nicely from start to finish. Those Drums on Demand sound nice. Vocals remind me a bit of Roy Orbison. Very cool sax at the end. Production is very clean and the mix is great. Good job, nice collab - thank you for sharing your work.
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MarkHolbrook said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
And thank
you for listening! I appreciate your time to listen and comment.
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VicDiesel said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Good song
It sounds pretty good. If I'm allowed one comment, I'd roll off some low frequencies from the vocals. Especially when the harmony vocals come in they seem to muddy the sound a bit.

Other than, good job.

Ok, other comment: around the 3 minute mark, is the organ or the guitar the main player? Or are they just treading water? C'mon, stand up like a man and play it like you mean it! The sax solo is appropriately assertive.

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MarkHolbrook said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Hello Sir Diesel...
First off thank you so much for taking the time to comment and listen.

Yes I think maybe too much low on the vocals... I hadn't noticed it until you pointed it out.

On the main player... I'd say neither is the "main" player. Why does there always need to be main player I guess? The intended feel was laid back rock and I felt that the sax and organ worked well to provide that. I'm sorry it didn't agree with you. But thanks for speaking your mind... I'd rather have that than "sounds great" anytime!
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Ibstrat said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Great song
I really enjoyed this!
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MarkHolbrook said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Mark!!!
Wow... So great to have you come in and listen to one of my tunes! I really really appreciate it.

I'm very glad you enjoyed the song.
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Bob Rodgers said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
An
excellent song Mark, really enjoyed this!
A very clear mix and the drums sound great, very nicely done by everyone, I love the vocals and harmonies.
Andy's sax always sounds wonderful.
Superb, loved it!

Bob

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MarkHolbrook said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Hi Bob
Wow... thank you soooo much... I really do appreciate the comment and listen my friend!
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Ed Hannifin said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
I'm impressed with this...
I'm listening to it at night, and with my best headphones, and it sounds huge, but still clear and simple...

Great lyrics from David, and great vocals BIG vocals, too.

I'm really interested at how big the drums sound, but how natural, and despite their prominence they never get in the way of the vocal. This is something I have to learn.

I really like the organ bits, and that is surely one of the best bits of sax that I've heard on MacJams... Nicely blended with the organ, and I like the 'ghost vocals' that pop through in the break...

I both stand back in admiration AND get fresh thoughts to bring to my own stuff, just listening to what you guys have done and how you've done it...

Ed
MarkHolbrook said 2864 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Hi Ed
Thank you very very much... Wow I'm so glad you found this to your liking. Thank you for coming in for a listen and comment! I really appreciate it!
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damiengh said 2863 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Nice Work
This is what happens when you stick with an idea kernel, it just grows and grows and in your situation, it payed off big time.
Great vocal on and message of the lyrics.
Tasteful sax-work and nice organ grinding.


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MarkHolbrook said 2863 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Thanks you
Damien very much for the listen and comment. I owe a ton of credit to both David and Andy!
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sloparts said 2863 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Man, what a great song Mark
Fantastic lyrics and David's vox and harmonies on this are really great. I like the production and arrangement you all did on this, Some very fine playing by all of you.

Andy's Sax sound wonderful in the breaks and yes Mark, ya done good on the Organ.

This is one fine, fine song, and great collab guys. Kudos to all of you.

Ed
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MarkHolbrook said 2863 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Ed
Thank you so much my friend. I owe so much to David and Andy for this.
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WharmtonRise said 2863 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Ok
As usual when I get here... everything has been said. So pardon any echoes of comments gone before. Great lyric, well sung. Great instrumental breaks especially Andy's sax (gorgeous). Lovely clear mix with nice vocal placing particularly.

Excellent work!
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MarkHolbrook said 2863 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Hi Andrew
Thank you so much for the listen and comment. Nothing wrong with hearing it again! Thanks.
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Kody106 said 2863 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
im Jealous
i wish i had the skill and organization to put together a masterpiece such as this great song that you shared! Thankyou, and now i will click the download button :D
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MarkHolbrook said 2863 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Thank you Kody
Don't worry... you have talent to spare and with time and patience I have no doubt that you will exceed my abilities easy. Remember Kody you are what just 14!? Wow... I was barely playing guitar well at that age.
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Doadars Uncle said 2863 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Nice Ensemble!
This song has a real Roxy feel. One of my favs. I'm pretty sure I've said that of David before... This group really puts it all together!!!! Great tune!
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hi Doug
Thank you so much for the comment and listen. I'm really glad you enjoyed the tune!
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tokai said 2862 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
All the lads.
Nice one. Very sweet tuneage, Great chilled vibe and put together expertly. Like those key changes and vocal.
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hello Tokai!
Thank you so much... David always rocks his vocals!!! He was a pleasure to work with as was Andy... Just amazing!
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SmokeyVW said 2862 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
nice one
very moody - and so smooth

i especially love the sax

thanks
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hey Bill
Thank you very much... I'm really glad you enjoyed... Andy's sax is simply awesome!
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Z293 said 2862 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
Really Nice Collab
The whole song has a great feel to it and the sax tops this off nicely.
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hello Z293
Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and comment!
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mr_mordenus said 2862 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
love the sax
But thats nothing new here going by the comments - simple sweet song licked with just the right blend of organ and sax. Could listen to this all day.
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Heloo Mr Mordenus
Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment! Sometimes simple suits me just fine!
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lavalamp said 2861 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
Sweet
Where have been lurking Dave? I actually like the addition of sax. Very fitting here. Very well put together song. Clean.

Mark great work. Dave we need you back
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hi Dave!
Yes David has been busy... I was able to drag him out for this tune... He has others in the works... I'm hoping to work with him on one... I donno he is so strong on everything I wonder what I could add. Dave thanks for your listen and comment my friend.
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Jarvoid said 2861 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
Yessireebob..
one of the best I have heard in a while,this just hangs on your ears from the first drumbeat...'ere that Awigze scamp gets around don't he......this has shades of Moody Blues,Blue Oyster Cult and a liberal sprinkling of originality,great job
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hello Chris
Thanks for stopping in for a listen and comment my friend! I'm glad you enjoyed the tune!
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ttimson said 2861 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
Better Man
Marko, "you" are amazing and the collaboration on this and evolution is fantastic.
Your friend Timson
MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hey Timson
Thanks so much more the comment and listen! You and I will do something soon... You can count on it.
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ThroughRivers said 2861 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
better men
love the feel of this track,really like the chord progression here, keeps it interesting. great song, thanks
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hey
Thank you very much. It is a simple progress but it does kind of lock you in. Thanks for the listen and comment.
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ThroughRivers said 2861 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
better men
oh yeah great sax loving it!!!!
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Ya
The sax was unbelievable. I have no experience with it. I turned the raw tune over to Andy and he just laid it down perfectly...
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paul f. page said 2861 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
Late to hear this...
...but it was worth it: clear vocals (I can actually understand the lyrics!!! Yippie.), solid backup band that never gets in the way of the primary instrument (voice); just a very well-conceived recording/mixing that is just professionally skillful...Let the solos soar a little more. They are great fills now, but they could GO somewhere a bit more. Nevertheless, nothing distracts from the clear recording.
Peace.
Paul
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hi Paul
Thank you so much for the comment and listen... I think I was so taken with the interaction of the organ and sax that I didn't even consider a solo... Maybe V2 we'll add one.
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AlchymicalMuse said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
A great team
Always nice to hear a multi-collab ... this is a very slick and swish production and great performances all round. The sax is terrific.

Mark, I'm really sorry to hear about Max. I know how much that hurts - and there's no comfort you can take right now except the knowledge that you gave him a great life.

Rebsie
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hi Rebsie
Thank you so much for the listen and comment! Also thank you for your thoughts on Max... It was and is very hard....
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AllenDean said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
i kept thinking
i commented on this song. i mean, i have listened to it like 4 times. yet, i scroll, and nothing. i apologize. this is a great southern sounding folksey, rock track. radio friendly, and poigniant. (sp)
thank you for posting this. a great listen.
AD09
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Hey
No apology required. MacJams is a busy place... Songs go by quickly. I really do appreciate you coming back and adding your comment and fav... that means a lot!
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guygrooves said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Tom Petty
Would cover this for sure.
Peace
Guy
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MarkHolbrook said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Well...
That would be an honor for sure! Thank you so much for the listen and comment. I really appreciate it!
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Boundless said 2860 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Good song, guys
The playing, lyrics and vocals all come together to produce one wonderful collab. And good production too.

I also enjoyed the story of its making, Mark.

Well done - thanks !
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MarkHolbrook said 2858 days ago (July 31st, 2009)
Thank you very much
for the listen and comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the tune.
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blindsidedpoets said 2859 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
Better Man
Fantastic!
Reminds me of Chris Isaak, great feeling!
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MarkHolbrook said 2858 days ago (July 31st, 2009)
Hi Nigel
Thanks so much... I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the listen and comment.
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kevmikwa said 2859 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
Beat me to it
(I am now trying to post this at home. I tried posting four times from another computer with no luck. Here goes nothing ...)

The comparison I was looking for but couldn't place was spoken by "blindsidedpoets": dajama's vocals here remind me a lot of Chris Isaak ... if he sat in with members of Eagle Eye Cherry's band and Talking Heads. It's a very pleasant blend and serves the lyric well.

I really like the "help me" transition from chorus to bridge, quite a powerful turning point.

Excellent thought to enlist the help of Andy on sax - I like the way it fills out the sound and presents the simple three-note counterpoint that ends up being thematic. The outro solo from around 4:00 on really makes it for me, too.

Your organ part is very well-done. Whether you're an accomplished keyboard player or a one-finger noodler like myself, the key is to get a performance that suits the song. Your solo stretches are great, perfectly moody and inventive despite their apparent simplicity. Well done.

Let me geek on the drum stuff for a minute - very few packages are as good as Drums On Demand for those who don't care to (or can't) record their own drum parts. These sound great here, and the beat is well chosen for the riffs.

Still, there is one big fill that repeats quite a bit (appearing at 0:19, 0:51, 1:41, 2:19, 2:47, 3:19, 4:09 and 4:41). Of the 16 or so times you used a fill, that's the one you used half of the time. To a drummer like me, it's a bit of a distraction. Then again, I'm probably the only one who allows himself to be distracted so it's not that big of a deal when you consider the listening public at large. Usually DoD is good about providing fills and variations, but you may have been hamstrung with a limited number of choices.

Nit aside, I loved this song ... thank you for sharing it with us.

MarkHolbrook said 2858 days ago (July 31st, 2009)
Excellent
Love these Mike... I sent you a PM. Thanks for taking so much time to critique!
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awigze said 2822 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Mike
great idea this is Mark, I like your heart Mike.
Andy
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Macaudion said 2859 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
Beautiful...
A gorgeous piece of art. Really.

Thanks! Dion
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MarkHolbrook said 2858 days ago (July 31st, 2009)
Thank you so
much Dion... Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the listen and comment.
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Reisinger said 2857 days ago (August 1st, 2009)
It would be great
to put some drums to this someday. If you have a drumless track of this I would love to play with it on my v drums and get it to sound the best I can with what I have. Or I could send you a drum track set to the song which you or someone could EQ more tightly into the mix. Terrific tune!~ We are getting a new macbook soon and I'll be able to more conveniently record v drums with it.
MarkHolbrook said 2850 days ago (August 8th, 2009)
Hey Matt
Thank you very much... I'd take you up on drums and I will in the future but I already have someone doing human drums to this...
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Char said 2832 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
This is wonderful, Mark.
Oh my, David can sing! And, well, Andy, he can play.
There is a Celtic ballad feel to this. I am overloaded with thoughts about all the dam breaking I must mend. This deserves a really focused listening. Soon, I hope I can dedicate to this piece. Great job, Mark. It is an exceptional song. Be very proud. Thank you, guys.
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maxruehl said 2822 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
What
a terrific collab! You guys should be really proud of this (yes, you too, Mark!). Wonderful outing for all involved. One of my faves.
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MarkHolbrook said 2817 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
Hello Sir AndyMax
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MannequinRaces said 2819 days ago (September 8th, 2009)
Yes, yes, yes!
You fellas are a super-group!! This is an awesome collaboration! Very well mixed. Love it all, the sax, the vocals, the organ, the guitars! I think the bass needs beefed up a bit and the drums sound a little too much like a machine! Other than those minor quibbles, this is, fantastic!
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MarkHolbrook said 2817 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
Hey Sir Mannequin!
Thank you very much! This was special fun to do... So much talent I had trouble keeping up with them... I think more bass and less bass on the choral vocals and it would be a tad better for sure!
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blindsidedpoets said 2817 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
Better Men
Awesome work guys! Pro level I'd say! Reminds a bit of Chris Isaac meets REM.
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MarkHolbrook said 2817 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
Thanks Nigel
for taking the time to listen and comment!
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2785 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Inspiring collaboration
So this is what a super-group sounds like:) I'm really impressed by how all of this came together! Love the combination of sax, vocal sound, organ...
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MarkHolbrook said 2783 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Thank you sir...
In my case it was hard to fail when surrounded by so much talent! Thanks for the comment and listen!
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awigze said 2762 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
Mark and David
Do you spin like me?
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MarkHolbrook said 2726 days ago (December 10th, 2009)
Andy...
I don't think there is anyone that can spin like you dude!!!
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tonestones said 2758 days ago (November 8th, 2009)
Great collab
This works really well. Very nice production. Love the mix. The lyrics/vocals are really well done. The sax fits this beautifully, especially the ending. Very nice all the way around.
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MarkHolbrook said 2726 days ago (December 10th, 2009)
Hey Steve
Man glad you enjoyed it! It doesn't have the tonestones strangeness but I'll get there man... May take me a while but I'll give that insanity a try soon enough!
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shavingronaldscar said 2750 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
yooooo
the compression on this is bloody perfect!
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MarkHolbrook said 2726 days ago (December 10th, 2009)
Well thanks
I listened to it on many different systems to get it as good as I possibly could. Glad it sounds ok!
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Hickling_Stan said 2710 days ago (December 26th, 2009)
Wow this is good
Nice to read the formation of this piece and how the collaboration came about. A production that puts my duff efforts to shame. Really like the Sax and the organ and the vocals. One for the car I think! Good stuff.
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ElPeruano said 2706 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
cool!
nice tune. I felt the vocals were a bit too loud in the mix. the sax was perfect.

as for the actual MUSIC, loved it. the lyrics are great and the vocals were delivered excellently. I really like when the chorus kick in. and the bridge was awesome. so refreshing to hear a well-placed dynamic bridge.
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crissew said 2705 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
hmm
wierd, I thought I had commented on this song before. I think sometimes the comments dont go through. Great job on this one guys. Enjoyed it!
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billykirsch said 2703 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Mark, David, Andy
This song starts to flow and doesn;t stop (can stop replaying it!). So wonderful collab. The lyric is great; full of images and a deep meaning yet open to personal interpretation.
Thanks for sharing.
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rsolorio said 2702 days ago (January 3rd, 2010)
Colab-tacular
Solid performances all.
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awigze said 2697 days ago (January 8th, 2010)
This is
one of my favorite collaborations.. I always come back to it.
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Gaylen75 said 2697 days ago (January 8th, 2010)
Great
Lyrics are often over looked by musicans but these shine. Congrats.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2697 days ago (January 8th, 2010)
The chorus
here is really strong--and I'm with Gaylen--nice lyrics! Vocal sound--okay, the singing--is great too.
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SJB said 2618 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
fantastic
I'm getting zero time to keep up with all the great tunes on MJs and I'm missing so much.
I'm glad I had a bit of time to check out some of my favorite players because this is the best I've heard for a long time. Great post guys.
Steve
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Cheeto said 2606 days ago (April 9th, 2010)
Great song...
loved listening to it! Great job on this!
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alackbass said 2589 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Late to the Party Again
The production of the rhythm section is very good. Nice clean rhythm guitar along with a muscular drum track. Good clean vocal. Strong pop tune. Very Tom Pettyish!
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Bob6stringer said 2447 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Wow! 1+ years late, I found this true gem!
How did I miss this? It's really great, and has great gravity to the production. Mark, your keys are so great here. Andy -- holy mama! David, same to you! ALL SO GREAT HERE! Took me long enough, eh? Well, better late than never, I hope. That fade-out could have been delayed by another few minutes, Andy was cranking on that sax!
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chinaman2 said 2440 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
whoa
this is a killer track. glad I visited this page. the vocals remind me of roy Orbison but with better quality, if you know what I mean. nice work on the sax too. fav'd
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