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Coming Into The Light


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johnwhitehead

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Wrote and recorded this rough demo a while back. I'd been through a rough patch with my demons and had come out the other side when I wrote this. I sang this for two different friends and they each said the same thing; "did you write this about me?'I think something is working for the song to get that reaction.

This is the first blush of the idea, still rough, with some distorted guitar, pitchy vocals. I've been meaning to re-do it properly, but meanwhile I've learned to like this version and the paint's-still-wet feel.
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Lyrics
Comin’ Into The Light

I see the sun peeking through
Now its lightin’ up pearls
Of the sweet mornin’ dew

Been in the dark too long
Now the birds greet the day
With their chattering song

Now I can see my way
In the clear light of day
Comin’ into the light

I was chasin’ shadows around
On the loney streets of a
Hard luck town

Nearly ran out of breath
I was runnin’ too fast
Scarin’ myself to death

Now I can see my way
In the clear light of day
Comin’ into the light

Fillin’ my lungs one breath at a time
Not looking over my shoulder
Like a kid running free in the summertime
Not worried ‘bout getting older

Feelin’ stronger again
Get behind the wheel
Take the world for a spin

Jump right into the lake
Now you come up for air
And you’re fully awake

Now I can see my way
In the clear light of day
Comin’ into the light
Song Stats
Hits: 3435
Comments: 28
Fans: 26
Plays: 277
Downloads: 99

Uploaded: Aug 12, 2009 - 11:43:16 PM
Last Updated: Aug 12, 2009 - 11:43:16 PM Last Played: Jun 23, 2016 - 02:42:34 PM
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Guitar, mic
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Comments
Feter said 2844 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Coming Into The Light
This is a wonderful heartfelt song ..I m enjoyin
the softness of the guitar tone with your vocal
this is all so awesome ...a true spirited song
who can not enjoy such beauty of sound and all ..
there are some spots were it turn to be bit distorted but your pickin is so nice ...thnx
alot for sharin !!!!
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ste said 2844 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
guitar
really well played. raw, yes, but that's part of the charm. maybe a bit more of a bassline would sound good if you redo it. but great work
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davisamerica said 2843 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
did you write this about me?
John...what a wonderful tune. Sometimes first run thrus are magic...this is.....downloaded gladly! ....you did write this about me right??
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crissew said 2843 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Always look forward
to your recordings. love the earthy sound to your music. Another excellent song. Sometimes the raw sound works well... for another example see rsorenson's "coward by the lake". I doubt that song would sound as good high quality. Thanks for posting. Fav'd ya of course!!
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dave_b said 2843 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Cool song
The music is an excellent fit to the lyric. I especially like the "lightin' up pearls" and "Take the world for a spin" lines. Those demons can make things rough but the most interesting music can arise out of one's struggles with them.
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His_Boy_Sherman said 2843 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Love this
I also love the description of "paints-still-wet". That great sound of even you're not 100% sure how the song goes. Reminds us that we're not creating songs as much as we are unearthing them.

As much as I'm desperately trying to improve my recording/mixing skills, it does my heart good to see people appreciate the art behind a lo-fi production.
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airportseven said 2843 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Great song - definitely a universal theme
beautifully expressed - and well played. I hear a little John Martyn in this - but it's all you for sure. Really well done.
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Dadai.2 said 2843 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Lovely song...

John, there's nothing like pulling away from those "demons" and finding the bright side of life again. A beautiful, perfectly understated performance that captures a hopeful moment and outlook. Thanks for sharing.

Jack
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sloparts said 2842 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Wonderful lyrics and melody, John
I can hear the potential in this song, but I think one thing that would be good was if you slowed it down just a little. While it has some awesome lyrics, there is no time to dwell on them.

They need a little time to breath and let the audience soak them in. I'm not talking really slow here, just a little slower.

Can't wait to see where you go with this one John. I'll be listening for the next version.

Ed
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Mike_Lynn said 2841 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Simple but Great
A very pleasant and simple song but straight to the listeners' ears. The acoustic guitar playing is brilliant. Cheers / Mike
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TheReverendAG said 2841 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Hooray
This is the best thing I've heard on this site this week.

The guitar is awesome.
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lengold said 2839 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Beautiful song
and great performance.
Cheers
Len

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daibhre said 2838 days ago (August 18th, 2009)
This has a nice honesty to it
And when you re-do the tune to up the technical quality, the challenge will be to preserve that personal feeling. Fav'd. Thanks John.
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chestnut said 2837 days ago (August 19th, 2009)
Coming Into The Light
I like songs of hope, and light is a really powerful metaphor that many will recognise and look for in troubled times. You write that you're coming into the light, not there yet, so it's fitting that the song production isn't finished at the moment! Thank you for a good song; I look forward to the next version!
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Daugrin said 2834 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
There in the Light
Make no mistake John, these songs you are posting are top shelf. Make some product, man, get some air under your feet, there is a whole new world about to open up. Naturally healing and helping, you are where you need to be on the wheel.
That vocal aint half bad either...


Daug
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JayLCiazz said 2827 days ago (August 29th, 2009)
Heartfelt Song
Great lyrics too.. love the way you sing.. Catchy chorus..
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buckhorn said 2821 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Saweet
It strikes me as James Taylorish. Perfect Lyrics and some fine git box. Your vocals are always good.
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Martin_Leroy said 2820 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
sweet sound
Love the words and the sound. Your lyrics are all so thoughtful. Nice cheery chorus lyric.
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woofer3 said 2816 days ago (September 9th, 2009)
Coming Into The Light
I like this very much, the song, your voice the playing. It reminded me of Loudon Wainwright III .
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VillageIdiot said 2814 days ago (September 11th, 2009)
If this is rough...
Blimey. Very lovely. Too much work sounds too finished these days. I would rather pitchy vocals (and they're hardly that pitchy) any day. I really like the simplicity of the delivery, and that nice linear feel to the start of each verse before it breaks into the melody. Really nicely restrained.
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MarkHolbrook said 2762 days ago (November 2nd, 2009)
Beautiful tune!
Really enjoyed this!
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kassia said 2762 days ago (November 2nd, 2009)
demos
are precious moments of time captured for eternity. this is a beautiful song both lyrically and musically. I love the raw emotion and naked performance. Perfect for the tune.
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PaulaMunk said 2762 days ago (November 2nd, 2009)
You make it seem
easy. That is talent. Thanks.
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tonestones said 2755 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
Great tune
i really enjoyed listening to this. Beautiful tune.
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timothy devine said 2752 days ago (November 12th, 2009)
nicely done
simple production
i love it
great tune
this just grows on me with every beat
great
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hackneybloke said 2751 days ago (November 13th, 2009)
coming into the light
nice...especially the bits that jump into harmony.
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alackbass said 1867 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Coming Into The Light
It's about the song! A great song shines through minor technical or performance errors. Sometimes they even enhance the song. Just giving it an even more human quality. I really enjoyed this!
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1rwhite1 said 1563 days ago (February 13th, 2013)
Into the Light with a Fresh Start
My favorite kind of music is any music that encourages people to be better and to keep moving on, especially music that showcases the real soul of the artist. "Coming into the Light" is one such song. I appreciate and am inspired by the honesty in the lyrics and in the guitar work. I started getting that warm fuzzy feeling at about 00:27, when the progression really began to open up. I've always been a big sucker for melodic chord cliches and the open-chord sound, and you do it beautifully here. Thanks for sharing your wonderful, honest music.
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Name: John Whitehead
Location: Saint Paul MN United States
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I've been singing and playing since the age of fourteen when my brother Paul was working his way through the Beatle book and needed someone to play with. From Paul I learned to fingerpick, play barre chords, and to sing the melody while he sang harmo... [see more]

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