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This is my first submission to MacJams. This is a song a wrote a few years ago. It is based on a poem written by father who had read a rather serious paper that linked certain sports to phases of a career. Dad thought it was too funny and dropped me an email with this poem. Later he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away. Before he died I took about a dozen of his emails and wrote songs around them. I'll upload more of them. I call this my "father and son" series.

The mix needs a little work and vocals are very raw. Other than that I'm not unhappy with it.
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A Measure of Success

The common man will find his sport
Nowhere elsebut on the basketball court.
And when gets a promotion and is given a raise
he takes up bowling on his Saturdays.

What does this mean where success is concerned?
By following his sports just what have we learned?
As man turns his attention to the almighty dollar
the size of his balls get smaller and smaller!

When he gets to be forman he'll be sure to proclaim
that football is now his favorite game.
Becoming supervisor he is on his way
and baseball becomes his game of the day

What does this mean where success is concerned?
By following his sports just what have we learned?
As man turns his attention to the almighty dollar
the size of his balls get smaller and smaller!

And now he's management; he's found a new sport
and joins his friends on the tennis court.
When reaching the top its never the same.
You don't have a choice; golf is your game.

What does this mean where success is concerned?
By following his sports just what have we learned?
As man turns his attention to the almighty dollar
the size of his balls get smaller and smaller!
Song Stats
Hits: 1984
Comments: 7
Fans: 5
Plays: 63
Downloads: 89
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Aug 06, 2009 - 10:53:23 PM
Last Updated: Aug 03, 2009 - 02:53:28 PM Last Played: Apr 21, 2017 - 10:38:38 AM
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Hardware:
PRS custom 24 through Marshall JMP-1
Software:
Sampled bass (exs24) and Logic's B3.
Comments
ste said 2881 days ago (August 6th, 2009)
nice
this is great. the words are zappa-esque, i'd say. the drums and guitar are very well thought out, especially the ending. i like the raw vox and wouldn't change them. very nice work. welcome to macjams. i look forward to hearing more.
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Feter said 2881 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
A Measure of Success
WOW ...this made my hands hair stood ...what a
blues progressive ..incredible guitar tone and
work ..great work ..its so special for the style
the creativity ..and the story behind it ..and
Sir ..I m a FAN ..so happy to find your work ..
Blues with its own respectful sound ..thnx
alot for sharin such ART !!!!
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Scott Carmichael said 2880 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
Great work Steve
I'll listen on better speakers when i get home... punch lines & hook all wrapped up in a Steely Frank package... I agree with the Zappa nod... but I'm diggin' the Dan feel and converstaional delivery....

your Dad must'a been an interesting cat... it explains much about you...
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Lennon714 said 2880 days ago (August 7th, 2009)
I
wouldn't be unhappy with this at all. Those lyrics are amazing!
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Daugrin said 2858 days ago (August 29th, 2009)
Great Time Shuffle
This works on every level...The way you arrange lines just knocks me out.

Daug
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MarkHolbrook said 2806 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
Oh wow
Love the synched guitar organ drum work. Great tune my friend!
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TobinMueller said 2720 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
http://www.paperhall.org/inductees/bios/2007/george_mueller.php
Hip backing groove is way cool. Love that aspect. Classic. When it came to the chorus, and the layered vocals, I felt like the notes didn't hang with the Stevie Wonder chromatic riff, maybe becuz the vocals were so pitchy (tough for these harmonies, for sure), but maybe it was the notes themselves. In writing for stage singers, if there are fast notes in accompaniment, I usually write long lyrical lines, so they don't interfere.

Your dad seemed to have a dim view of the business world. My dad was a total businessman, a chemist turned manager, eventually becoming an executive at end of career. He's actually in the Paper Making Hall of Fame. (See: http://www.paperhall.org/inductees/bios/2007/george_mueller.php ). He always felt business was about satisfying needs, not dog eat dog, never dull, always invigorating. I always had to be productive to achieve his admiration, that's for sure. He marveled at people who could write music/poetry, admired that.

Looking forward to collaborating with you, by the way...
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
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Name: Steve Stone
Location: Pleasanton CA United States
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My name is Steve Stone. I live in the San Francisco bay area, originally from Louisville, Ky. College at Indiana University. My focus in school was between music, math and computer science. I played music professionally off and on during the earl... [see more]

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The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on a pentatonic scale and a characteristic twelve-bar chord progression. The form evolved in the United States in the communities of former African slaves from spirituals, praise songs, field

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