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Moving Sidewalk Life


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ka-klick

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This is a song I wrote in 1997 when I was spending more time on the road in Las Vegas than I was at home. It was also the year my father was dying, back here at home. I came up with the opening and the hook while sitting around waiting for a connection. I originally recorded the guitars and bass back then using Deck (and had a full version finished back then) but I decided to go back and redo the vocals in GB with more of the "character" I ended up with on King of the World
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Lyrics

All My Life’s in airports
Waiting for a plane
Always in transition
Going Half insane

Chorus
How can I stop this moving sidewalk life?
How can I stop this
moving sidewalk
moving sidewalk
moving sidewalk life?

Never where I’m going
Never all quite there
Always at the airport
Or somewhere in the air

Chorus

Feeling like an old lost bag
That’s been beat to hell
Running round the country
Like a baggage carousel

Chorus

Why do I keep going?
I guess I’ve had my fill
I still feel like I’m moving
Even when I’m standing still

Chorus
Song Stats
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Comments: 12
Fans: 0
Plays: 270
Downloads: 125
Votes: 9
Uploaded: Dec 12, 2004 - 08:38:49 PM
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2005 - 10:27:29 PM Last Played: Nov 03, 2017 - 06:39:18 PM
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Hardware:
Usual suspects - think originally the instruments were tracked on a 7100/80 with Deck. I also used a Zoom 9150 on the guitar tracks back then. Vocals recorded with a Behringer B2 condenser mic through a Mackie 1202 and a Behringer Composer Pro XL dynamics processor.
Software:
Deck II, Metro
Comments
chikoppi said 4729 days ago (December 12th, 2004)
Ars longa, vita brevis!
Good song. It reminds me of something...though I can't put my finger on it just now.

I can't be sure, but I think this may be suffering a bit from too much compression. It might just be a quality of the original recording method. Everything just seems "pressed up against the glass." I'd also be curious to hear the solo guitar in a warm blues tone, which might better support the mood.
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ka-klick said 4725 days ago (December 16th, 2004)
Ars longa, vita brevis!
Thanks for listening. The compression comment is interesting since this time
I made use of the limiter in GB but specifically none of the compressors. I do
always compress while recording using a hardware dynamics processor, but I
think maybe what you're responding to there is maybe the "megaphone"
effect I used - an I think this got boosted a bit by the conversion to AAC. It's
meant to be a bit more subtle than that.

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_nderscore said 4729 days ago (December 12th, 2004)
shared urinals & shoe shines
i like the lazy slowness of everything-conveys an excellent
sense of the doldrums.. but, i also think it could use a
'bad coffee perk up' somewhere in the 2nd half of the
song. vocals & samples were very nicely done
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ka-klick said 4725 days ago (December 16th, 2004)
shared urinals & shoe shines
Interesting idea, though in GB it get's a bit tougher, and I was working with
the original rhythm section track, so kind of tough to change that now, but it
could be interesting. Love the subject line imagery - pretty much sums up the
way I was feeling about travel at the time.

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TobinMueller said 4729 days ago (December 13th, 2004)
near Waits growl
Great production. Love the wild effect on your voice.
(Doubling?) Such a near Waits growl. Everything sounds
so clean and clear, such great separation, nothings gets in
the way. Transparent mix. The lead guitar gets a little
stiff at times, and the end seems to trickle out in an
abrupt way...maybe you could fade into the airport
effects?
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ka-klick said 4725 days ago (December 16th, 2004)
near Waits growl
Thanks Tobin. Yes, I doubled the track and applied the "megaphone" preset
to it, panned it way to the right, offset the main vocal a bit to compensate
and brought the volume way down on the effected track.. I was kind of going
for the idea of being fed up enough to grab the announcement mic at a gate
- and that effect is how I was trying to get that across. You're probably right
about the guitar (lead) I had just started playing lead for myself at that point
and was probably a bit stiffer than I might be today, but I wanted to work w/
the original track.

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Beauty should be edible, or not at all.
-- Dali
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said 4728 days ago (December 13th, 2004)
LMFAO!
White courtesy phone?

Heheh!

PS - How do you get your voice so low?
ka-klick said 4725 days ago (December 16th, 2004)
LMFAO!
:-) Just had to give you a little nod in there.

Having a nasty little cold helps a bit (at certain stages). Mostly I just kind of
"go for it". ---
Beauty should be edible, or not at all.

-- Dali
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Cameron said 4728 days ago (December 14th, 2004)
travel weariness
Good guitars, interesting (and SO true!) lyrics.

Your gravelly voice fit the subject matter well, but a little
of that echo effect goes a long way. It might have been an
option to vary it somewhat, use it more sparingly. The
quality of your voice is interesting enough.

All that said,,,,you do perfectly convey the weariness of
constant travel. The repetition of the line "moving
sidewalk, moving sidewalk" was very evocative!
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ka-klick said 4725 days ago (December 16th, 2004)
travel weariness
Thanks Cameron. I think maybe the compression/conversion maybe favored
the effected track a bit, since it doesn't stad out as much in the original AIFF
or GB file. As I said above - I'm kind of going for a "grabbing the
announcement mic" sound out of this.

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Beauty should be edible, or not at all.
-- Dali
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x_interupt said 3974 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
sounds very iowa city, early 90's
sounds straight off the neverminds' psychonaut album, but it soun ds good to hear that long iowa blues stroke, it's hard to describe, it's that chorused guitar, the lead floating over the top, but not underthe vocals, allowed the drone vocals to carry the song, it's nice to hear the iowa sound after 13 years since i played it last
ka-klick said 3973 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
Interesting caption
wow, this song was written in 1997 originally, and the tracks (about all of the instruments) were recorded that same year. I salvaged the mixdown of the instrumentals for this version.

Cool to hear from a fellow Iowan (even if you've moved on).

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