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Let Your Blues Come Down (w/ziti and jiguma)


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I wrote this song last summer after having the title and a few lines kicking around in my head for a long time. One of the things I've noticed over the years is that many people, myself included, when faced with a difficult or frightening situation in life try to run away from it, avoid it, and after a while the running itself, the fear and the flight it prompts in us, becomes the problem...

I also wanted to write a blues, and hopefully a sort of "folk blues" that Fran might play along with me on... So when I finished it, that's where I went first... Fran cheerfully assured me that it isn't a blues, 'cause it's not a I-IV-V, but he also consented to put some acoustic slide on it, and he also more recently asked if he and the band could work it up in a different arrangement, which in my book is a great honor...

And speaking of great honors, this is the third in a series of five songs--so far--to which Neil has added bass and/or drums for me this year. (Collect them all!) I think he really did a good job of backing up the sort of acoustic whomp here...

The credits are as follows:

Ed Hannifin: vocals, acoustic six string guitar
Fran/ziti: acoustic slide guitar, tremelo guitar, perfect moody artwork
Neil/jiguma: bass, drums

Thank you again, gentlemen!
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Lyrics
Let Your Blues Come Down
© 2008 Ed Hannifin


Em
some kind of hound is on your trail
G Em
you think it comes from hell
Em
some kind of hound is on your trail
G Em
you think it comes from hell
C G
sometimes you’ve got to stop and face
D C Em
the thing that you’ve got chasing you around
C G
sometimes you have to stop your running
D C Em13
and let your blues come down


Em
some kind of keening’s on the wind
G Em
and you’ve heard that song before
Em
some kind of keening’s on the wind
G Em
and you’ve heard that song before
C G
sometimes you have to stop and hear
D C Em
the thing that makes that high and lonesome sound
C G
sometimes you have stop your running
D C Em13
and you have to let your blues come down









Em
Some kind of whisper’s in your ear
G Em
And you know it’s not your friend
Em
Some kind of whisper’s in your ear
G Em
And you know it’s not your friend
C G
Sometimes you have to give up
D C Em
And not let the thing that scares you chase you ‘round
C G
Sometimes you need to find a quiet place
D C Em13
And let your blues comes down



Em
Some kind of feeling’s in your heart
G Em
And you wish it wasn’t there
Em
Some kind of feeling’s in your heart
G Em
And you wish it wasn’t there
C G D
sometimes you have to know that it’s your own heart
C Em13
that has got you tightly wound
C G D
sometimes you have to know it’s gonna pass
C Em13
after you let your blues come down



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Fans: 43
Plays: 343
Downloads: 149
Votes: 7
Uploaded: Aug 13, 2009 - 10:15:54 PM
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2009 - 06:13:55 AM Last Played: Jun 14, 2016 - 08:25:55 PM
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Comments
awigze said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
love that slide
the collaborators list sez it all... that slide is exquisite. I can definitley relate to this song right now.... runnin from some hound.
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Fran really did...
...do a terrific job with the slide guitar... Thank you for listening, Andy....

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Writing it...
...I really liked the sort of rolling gait of it under the thumb... I'm pleased you like the lyrics, too, Bill....
Thanks for listening...

Ed
SmokeyVW said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
the thing that scares you
lyrics so true

i really like how this rolls along...

thanks
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
See above...
Why does it DO this?
SmokeyVW said 2837 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
why?
i don't know why. here's some guesses:

the tempo?

maybe because the drums are hitting late on 2 and 4 (i've heard that called "in the pocket" - but maybe that term has multiple meanings...)
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Let Your Blues Come Down
well WOWZA - this is TERRIFIC you guys! what a fabulous collab, such a well put together song, top notch in every imaginable way!! I'm psyched to have this - thanks!
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Hey, Karen...
I was hoping you'd like this one...

Thank you for listening....

Ed
sheilad said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
nicely done
love how this goes.... and great message in there too....been there, done that!
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Thank you, Sheila...
Glad you could relate to it...

Ed
ziti said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
i gotta say
I really like this and I am proud of the work done here. I loved this song when ed presented it...then when i couldnt get a damn slide part i liked i hated the song for a bit. i put it down for a bit...and the parts came to me as i practiced it...really juicy changes for slide...hard cuz it goes back and forth from major to minor chords, and i wanted an open tuning...anyway, when i finally got off my butt and plugged the mics in this was the second slide take. The sneaky trem guitar fits the swampiness really well i think.

The art is an original digital painting from a photograph my daughter took...its actual size is 5 feet high x 4 feet wide....i gladly let ed use it cuz i thought it fit the song so nicely.

I have been feeling rejuvenated doing these colabs lately...a great break from the repetition of playing in a band...and appreciating this great gift of being able to write and record with people from all over the world...or across town.
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
And I've gotta say...
That your slide (AND the subtle but very cool tremelo guitar) really makes this song...

I'm deeply grateful for what you've brought to these tunes, Fran...

Huge thanks to you and Libby for the artwork. Suits this thing perfectly...

Ed
Feter said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Let Your Blues Come Down
Now this is absolutely awesome ...great singing
Frab s slide powerful as ever and tasty ...so
this is the guild guitar you were telling about
at the forum ? ...so deep ...lovely set of
guitars this time ..so constant and full ...
the bass need boost a bit ..the drums fine this
way ...amazing how you mix this ...it has a
hey joe folky feel to it ..what made it so classy ...
Kudos ...and please more more ... thnx alot
for sharin !!!!
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ziti said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
that is the old gibson J50
it arrived with my wife, although that is not the only reason I married her. It's a guitar from the 60's that her previous boyfriend stripped the finish off of for her...killed the sound of the guitar really, but it records slide fantastic...i have the strings set high...and very heavy gauge.
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Dang... got it wrong...
I don't know why I had Guild in my head... oh well...

I think you might be right about the bass, Feter... I think another dB or two might help things...

Thanks as always for listenng...

Ed
perceptualvortex said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Hell hound
This is a sweet thing to listen to. It's all layered and rich without being at all crowded (for crowded see: my latest post:) The playing and singing sounds great. Ziti's slide really does a lot to define the flavor of this song, and it fits the artwork perfectly (which, by the way, I'd love to see the original!) The three of you make a winning team, keep going!
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
I dunno, David...
...'Cats and Dogs' doesn't seem crowded to me...

Fran really brought something special to this song and really brought it to life.... And Neil really got a neat feel to the drums, too, I think...

Thanks for listening...

Ed
jiguma said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
The drums
I played the drums in by hand on my trusty Yamaha midi keyboard - one drum at a time. I agree with Feter that (on my mediaeval iMac at least) the bass could come up a notch or two.
N
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Dadai.2 said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Well...
You've got one hell (can I say that?) of a band behind you, including your acoustic guitar. I'm a bit jealous. Ed, this is the kind of song I love... loose, semi-bluesy... minor chords abundantly employed. Fran... what a performance.

Back to Ed. You hit a great vibe with these lyrics, obviously born or your counseling observations and self-reflection. It makes for a song that anyone can get into... i.e. pretend to be the singer.

The whole thing sounds organic, which it should with this kind of tune. The only thing I am wondering about is the placement of your really good vocal. I can't pin it down, but I want to say it's a bit too up front (not too loud)... more reverb?... not sure. It's the kind of thing I would find myself fiddling with the dials on the vocal track to see what would come... maybe I'd just come back to what you have, but I thought I'd throw in those two bits.

You're on a roll!

Jack
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Yeah...
...I really like the feel on this one...

And you're right about the lyrics, which did have some of their genesis in some counseling sessions and some reflection after counseling sessions...

I have to wonder whether, now that the whole track is complete, I might just try singing it differently... try to pitch it a little deeper.... I actually took the vocal down a bit and added more reverb at Fran's suggestion, but maybe it needed more...

Thanks for listening, Jack...

Ed
sloparts said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Wow, Ed
This is a killer song man, Great laying bay all of you, some mighty fine lyrics and vocal as well.

I love the job Fran did on the slide, it really fit the song perfectly,

Kudos to all of you

Ed
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Thanks, Ed...
I'm glad you liked this... I really do think that Fran outdid himself on this one... And his slide playing was so in synch with the vocal and the track that I was able to just drop it in... Hardly had to tweak a level at all... It just matched, and felt right...

Ed
Jim Bouchard said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
great!
I really like this! The drums have that sort of of clicky sound that comes from using rods instead of sticks, and I wonder how Neil got that sound on this, but it fits perfectly. All the slide and tremolo parts that ziti added are awesome, and the straightforward acoustic finger picking moves this along really well. This wouldn't be a Jim Bouchard comment without some sort of suggestion for optimizing the production, and the only thing I was thinking was that it could be sort of cool if you were to "dirty-up" your vocal with some distortion to give it a little less crispness. You've got a very folk sound to the vocal and not so much blues. I wonder how that would sound? Just a thought...
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Jim likes it!
I think Neil's drumming on this is deceptively simple, and really suits the song... Fran's playing is outstanding...

I can imagine this sounding good with a "dirtied up" vocal, although I don't know how I'd do it, other than maybe sing it again and overload the TubePre... I'm also just wondering if I should just mess around with trying to sing it in another range or some other way... I think you're right that the flavor of the vocal is folkier than it is bluesy... Now that the song has seen the light of day, it might benefit from another vocalist...

Thanks as always for your thoughts, Jim...

Ed
Jim Bouchard said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
btw
if you want to know an easy way to dirty up the vocal, just stick a guitar distortion plugin on the vocal track. People do that all the time. You can also use Bitcrusher in Logic and that has an AM Radio preset which is pretty cool. There's a Bad Telephone preset on one of these effects but I don't remember which one, but that works too. I don't think you really have to re-sing it at all, as the vocal is spot-on.
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Thanks for the tips, Jim...
I'll check them out..

Ed
ste said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
love all parts
great sounds well mixed, that slide and trem work so well. the rhythm section is simple but classy and your vox are great. nice job
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Thank you, ste....
I'm glad the package works for you... Thanks for listening and commenting....

Ed
Pete_NB said 2839 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
Freakin' Great!
Lot of good stuff going on here. The lyrics and theme of the song are classically simple (the hardest and most sought after thing in my opinion) and Fran finally feels truly comfortable in the skin of one of your creations. He has done great work clabbing with you in the past but this one simply...is.

If I could change one thing, it would be for you to sing with a touch more "husk" in your vocals. What you do works, but it's a touch to innocent for the subject matter and smoky sound bed you've got going on here.

Great, great tune.
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Yeah...
...as noted above, Pete, I may just have to either sing it again or do something to the track(s) or get someone else to sing it... I'm never gonna be a belter or a shouter or much of a growler, but maybe now that the song's done I can find my way into the song a little further...

On a side note, I'm also looking to find a mic that works with this voice that I have... Maybe I'll post a forum on that...

I'm glad you like the song itself, and I do think that Fran really got into this song...

Thanks, Pete!

Ed
jiguma said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Great to hear ...
... song 3 in the series posted Ed. On my very limited speakers here, this sounds quite good indeed. The song itself was always going to be good, but Fran's added slide (which I hadn't heard before) really lifts the whole thing. It's always a real pleasure to appear on something Fran plays on.

The song itself was probably the most fun to play on of the 5 we worked on before I left home - your call about the overtly country feel of my original rhythm section pass was correct. From what little bass I can hear on these speakers, this fits nicely. And that timing thing we discussed doesn't appear t be an issue here either.

The vocals themselves are great, but I agree with Jack about their placement - they seem a little too "apart" from the backing, but this is a very minor thing.

Thanks for posting these while I'm away from the studio Ed. I have a few new ones I've written over here and will hopefully post something again when I get back.

I'm always up for a part in anything you may care to write Ed.

Cheers from Switzerland,
N
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Hurry back, Neil...
I'm gonna run out of material...

You're in the unique position to have heard the "before" and "after" versions of this song, so I think you can appreciate just what Fran contributed. I also think that you did a stellar job on the drums here. I think I may have shortchanged the bass by a decibel or two, but the bass/drum unit sounds super solid to my ears.

I took your comments about the timing thing seriously, and I slid this one around and lined up everything, which was a little nerve-wracking. Initially I seemed to get it wrong and the feel pretty much fell apart.

I will continue to mess around with thoughts about the pesky vocal...

Bear in mind that when you post things like being always up for playing on things, that I WILL take you up on it...

Ed
jiguma said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Bearing in mind .....
Good!
N
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paul f. page said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Just a buncha...
...old pros messin' around and making a great song! The simple structure of this song is, to me, its most-compelling feature. That the performance is so secure and the overall mix of instruments so carefully decided just makes this tune sing so smoothly. It sounds like you are all in the same studio at precisely the same time. What a pleasure to hear this. Congratulations, Ed, and to your collaborators.
Peace.
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Hi Paul...
So...whattayamean, 'old' pros?

It's a good thing that I do simple well, since it's more or less what I'm able to do. Make a virtue of your limitations!

I do think we did a better than average job of sounding pretty organic on this, despite not being in the same room together... I love Fran's little opening licks on slide and tremelo guitar...

Thanks for listening, Paul. I'm always eager to get your thoughts on anything I do...

Ed
-A- said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
he's on a roll !!!
Man, Ed you are on a roll - we love it. This is just mighty sweet, guys. A keeper, thanks for the download!! Fran, such a sweet slide. Great chord changes to draw the listener into a trance.

This mix is so so clean and balanced, the whole a pleasure to the soul. I swear this is not a "sunshine" fest, but true admiration of mine, thanks for making my day

. - Harold
Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Well, it feels that way, Harold...
It has been a long time since I posted songs without months (years) in between... And there are a couple more being worked on still...

Glad you like the mix... always a concern... I appreciate your thoughts on this, Harold...

Ed
Ibstrat said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Wow
Ed you are posting songs with an almost Ibstrat-like frequency.This is a long song but I was disappointed when it ended, I could listen to Fran's slide playing all day.Your vocal is fantastic, I can hear a lot of Steven Stills in the phrasing.You tend to downplay your guitar abilities but the backing track on this is excellent.The drums and bass- Neil has an incredible ear and sense of rhythm.I notice you listed Em13 as one of the chords.I'm not sure if I can actually hear that "13". I think that you may be trying to trick people into thinking that you are one of them jazz fellers with their fancy book-learnin' chords.
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
I can only hope, Mark...
...to achieve anything Ibstratian... Thanks for the comparison to Stills.... I was such a huge fan of early Stills that I bet that's true... Wish I had his voice, though... I bet he'd tear this one up...

Fran's slide work IS really good on this, AND it stays good over a fairly long haul, which takes some doing and a clear head... Fran assures me that it's the clean living that does it...

I think it's easy to underappreciate what Neil contributes to all of these songs... How a person can have 'feel' when programming drums is beyond me, but he does it...

The Em13 chord is there because it's on the lead sheet that I posted to put the words in. When I first played this for Fran he showed me how to play this cool chord at that point which he estimated to be an Em13. I was, as you might imagine, thrilled. But then I forgot how to play it, and so it never really appeared in this recording... It WAS a cool chord, though... And yes, I so wanted to impress SOMEONE, anyone, with a chord with a number... and a two digit number at that...

I'll have to go back to Fran and learn it again... Prob'ly have to redo the whole song now...

Ed
davisamerica said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
man oh man ....
such wonderful work by all ... slide work is really nice .... actually it all just rocks ... nice one Ed.
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Thank you, Jack....
Glad you like it...

Ed
ktb said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
moody +
sure sounds bluesy to me. I absolutely love the vibe. Has some very cool change ups that keep it movin on thru out. Your voice sounds terrific and the all the guitar work is outstanding.

Neil strikes the perfect balance in his backing efforts. Sounds like you guys were right in the studio together laying it down.

perfect artwork for the tune :-) love the blue tint
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Hi John...
I don't know... I don't get the 'moody' thing at ALL. Gotta wonder where you come up with that.

THIS song is an old Jimmy Buffet outtake.... from back when Neil was Buffet's entire backing band...

Thanks for the supportive comments, especially your backing as regards its right to be bluesy....

Fran and Libby did come up with a very neat graphic on this, didn't they?

Ed
T_Being_esq said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Got to agree with everyone
It is great song. A kind of trail blues, if that makes sense. Cross over between a cowboy trail tune and a Mississippi delta blues. Love the slid. Drums and Bass and vocals. For me the tremolo guitar clashes a little. May be if you speeded up the tremolo slightly?
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
I think it IS a kind of cross, Martin...
I saw it as kind of in that in between place between folk and blues where songs like 'House Of The Rising Sun' and 'Silver Dagger' sit...

I'll give the tremelo guitar another listen. For me it was a cool extra spice that illuminated the other bits... As Fran said, brought a little swampiness into it...

Thanks for your comments...

Ed
MarkHolbrook said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Ed I'm sorry
I didn't get back to this sooner... So cool my friend... I love this kind of work... True and from the heart. Excellent.
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Glad you got to it, Mark...
I'm making a list and checking it twice, and at this point you're on the list of people who simply have to show up and let me know what you think...

In future I have to adhere to the 'Holbrook Standard'....

Ed
MarkHolbrook said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Oh come now Ed...
If you try to hold your standards to the "Holbrook Standard" things will be getting pretty trashy about here pretty fast... How about you keep your stuff right where it is so I have something to shoot for!

:-)
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drakonis said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
drips with deep "good"ness...
Rich and luscious music here, gorgeously played... Fran & Neil really nailed this sound. Ed, excellent lyrics. But given the heavy emotional music and lyric content, I was hoping for more of a "desperate" delivery in the singing... I think that would fit better. Now, I think your singing is great, but the "happy-go-lucky" feeling here seems not quite the right style for this song. You guys have created a monster here, this song is destined for major greatness... but then, this is Ed, Fran and Neil we're talking about, so that's a given!
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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
My danged glasses....
I read that quickly and thought you wrote, "drips with deep goofness".... which it may, but I thought perhaps this one less than most...

I'm very proud of this as a song and as a recording, but I may have to find my way into singing it over time... In my head, this is almost a demo of how the good the song is, (and I think it's pretty good), with a hope lurking in the back of my head that someone with more of a bluesy wail or rasp will find their way to it... While I think I'd quibble over "happy go lucky" as the best description of what I've done so far, I'll agree that the vocal is where this song could most profitably stretch...

I do think, though, that even though I'm serious about having other people sing it, I also think that this'll be one that I can get deeper into over time...

Fran and Neil did truly bring this thing alive... They're awesome dudes...

Thanks, drakonis...

Ed
drakonis said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
MINOR...
Oh, it was a very minor suggestion, I really liked your singing, and yes, "happy-go-lucky" was a bit strong... I just meant it was "in that direction". I think you sang it well, and your voice works quite well here. I of course, will shush now, since I can't sing or play guitar... but just sit here in quiet amazement at this great piece of music :-)
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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Aw, heck...
I'm not taking offense or anything... I think it's on target... I think you're right... No need for shushing or anything...
richardhowardjones said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Nice one Ed
Down home.
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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Thanks, Richard...
I'm hoping to play this around the campfire over the next few days...

Ed
bud said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Great hearing new music from you lately Ed
this is another great tune. You guys make a really versatile trio. Excellent lyrics and vox and stellar playing. A real keeper. DL'd.
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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
It's great to HAVE new music...
I'm pleased that you've downloaded it, bud...

I'm going to have to try to keep coming up with things that'll keep Neil and Fran interested... It's certainly working out well for ME...

I do have some other collabs coming along with some other MacJammers... Just have to finish 'em up...

Thanks for your kind comments...

Ed
Cori Ander said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Wow
One top notch thing! Now just let me line up what I love with this song:

- the musical composition .. the mood .. serious but not hopeless ..

- the grove, Neil is doing a terrific job .. a bass player I would love to have in my band

- the slide .. this musical environment lets Fran's playing flower, your'e some player Fran

- your warm voice .. very personal and appealing

- the artwork .. is that you Fran doing such fantastic artworks?

- lyrics with chords .. well hard to figure the chords out but it just looks good .. but what is an Em13? I'm no good at those special notations

Thanks a lot folks!
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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Once again, Johannes...
You end up really GETTING what I and we were going for. I continue to deeply appreciate that in you...

For instance, that phrase 'serious but not hopeless' pretty much sums up what I'd like to bring to my take on the blues...

Your comments about Fran and Neil are spot on...

And... well, who knows about that Em13... as I wrote above, I have to get Fran to show that chord to me again... It IS a very cool sounding chord... when HE plays it...

I'm glad this meets with your approval...

Ed
selters said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Cool!!
This might one of the coolest songs i have heard coming from you. There is some mystery in the sound here. The instrumentation is really wonderful, Frans slide guitar is just awesome. The drums are also very cool, the variation would probably have sounded more natural with a real drummer, but this sounds awesome, and gives it a special feel. After another listen i declare this the coolest song i have heard coming from you. That slide guitar work is just amazing...
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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Hi Magnus!
I think with this one I may have gotten to the sort of tone and flavor that you tend to most appreciate... I love that phrase you used, 'some mystery in the sound'... Maybe I should make a CD called 'Mystery In The Sound'... Having worked with real drummers, I can say that maybe we'd have gotten more variation with a live drummer rather than Neil...OR, we could've spent three days in a studio trimming their playing back to the elegant simplicity that Neil got to here...

Since I know you've enjoyed a few others among my songs, I'll just bask in the notion that you think this one is coolest...

Ed

I think Fran is going to be very much in demand as a slide guitar player this year... Word is out...
Vic Holman said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
hell hounds
boy aren't hey everywhere.

a very americana song is the best way i could describe this. maybe rootsy in a CCR way.

I also like how it extends it self out in a lite jam manner.
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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Yeah, me and Fran...
...(and somehow Neil and a full although small drum kit)... all clustered around the cracker barrel.. and the wood stove... or on the porch... Stretching four verses into a five or six minute song... THAT'S 'Americana' for ya...

I think the bits of tremelo guitar leaking out lend it that hint of John Fogerty... THAT'S probably who should sing it, come to think of it...

Glad you got a chance to hear it, Vic...

Ed
ledebutant said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Multiple Songs
I think that makes you guys a band now!

The lyrics are terrific. I think you have a camera in my house, btw, or is by sheer dint of your insight into the human condition because of your work that you're able to come up with these concepts that really reach into what people are going through?

I love that tremolo guitar. It's a very unique detail in this one. I hear Neil's touch most of all on the chorus. Very, very original and cool choices on the drums.
Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Cool!
We can be a BOY BAND!

Although I have doubts about Fran learning the dance steps...

Maybe we can just be one of those ad hoc bands that come together to be super groups at Farm Aid or something...

I would like to state for the record, your honor, that I do not have any sort of camera in your house. ..

I have to admit that the starting idea for this song came out of a session long ago... combined with some thoughts and some things I read and watched about Nick Drake and Robert Johnson...

Plus... I go through stuff...

I love the tremelo guitar, too... Especially over headphones... I think it is very cool that Neil HAS a touch when it comes to MIDI drums... It just doesn't sound stiff or artificial to me, ever... And, like a 'real drummer', he can change up the feel if you ask him to... which I do... and he complies without attitude... which is not necessarily like a 'real drummer', but still...

I'm very happy that you got to hear this one. I was hoping that you'd like it...

Ed

jiguma said 2828 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Attitude
Ed, I can do attitude if you want :)
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thepeep said 2839 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
I love this song, dad...
dad , dad, dad... where to begin? your songs are all awesome! Im proud your my dad. this is your best yet lol (lots of love) :-) the peep (edge)
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jiguma said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Ed
This must be the best comment anyone could ever want - go edge!
Neil
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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Okay, I'm done now...
I got what I came for...all done...Life is complete...

Thanks, son...


composerclark said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
The black dog…
… was apparently Churchill's term for depression, so your opening line made me wonder if this song would relate to that topic (depression, not Churchill), and it sort of does, I guess. Excellent lyrics; you manage to get your message across very simply but powerfully, and the music suits the lyrics perfectly.

I would love to hear other singers take a crack at this too… nothing against your singing, which is great!, but it would be awesome to hear this with a more bluesy voice, like, say, John Lee Hooker. If you want, I'll give him a call and pitch it to him. His number is in my rolodex, but where's my rolodex?

What's a "tremolo guitar"? A guitar with a whammy bar?

Great bluesy guitar work by Fran, by the way, and nice contributions from Neil too.
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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Yep...
Sir Winston was in my mind while writing it... He and his black dog... and Nick Drake's song, "Black Eyed Dog"... and Robert Johnson's "Hellhound On My Trail"... and actually, Ursula K. LeGuin's novel 'A Wizard Of Earthsea', in which the protagonist is chased all across the world by something he let loose into the world... That book, I think, changed or maybe saved my life when I was in ninth grade... So all of that's in here...

I'm with you about the voice. I believe I already have one taker, but I'd love to put this out for more than one person to take a crack at... Actually, two, 'cause Fran is having his band do it, if they like it, and if they take it on that could be beyond awesome... John Lee Hooker would've been a good one, though I think it has kind of long lines for a Hooker song...

Steve Stills, Chris Smither, John Martyn, had I caught him in time... I love 'Black Queen' and 'Footloose' and Martyn's 'Easy Blues'... So yeah, when you find that Rolodex...

Tremolo is usually an amp effect... a wavering in the volume of the note or chord rather than vibrato which is a wavering in the pitch... Fran had the ears and mind to hear that as a great contribution here... Wish we could convince Neil to move to New England... What are kangaroos, after all, when you can have three foot snowfalls and ice storms?

Thanks, Clark...

Ed
Mackie said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Cool ...
I think this song is really good. Cool!
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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Thank you, Felix...
I continue to be stunned by the song you just posted... I'm pleased and flattered that you checked this one out...

Ed
guitapick said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
:
"...run away from it, avoid it, and after a while the running itself, the fear and the flight it prompts in us, becomes the problem... "

Got that right.

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Ed Hannifin said 2838 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
I get the idea...
...from time to time, Bob, that you and I would find some points of kinship if we ever sit down over a mug of something... Mine will be tea, but whatever...

I'm glad you got to the heart of it...

Ed
Macaudion said 2837 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Ha ha
...and who is the honest man that can't relate to this... When I saw the title, a part of me wondered if this gonna be "the blues piece that I don't dare think to mention"... Great writing, preaching and playing! Neil did ya one more good again! Funny..., Ed, I just finished a tune that kinda hits on this same theme and it's title will be somewhere near ""knot in the middle, but feeln fine"... "feeling free"... Ha... guess I've got the avoidance thing down to a little o'l knot if not certainly, a kink in system... Nice work by Mr. Z! Like you guys were born to be in this same place at this same sound of time... And my admission is, I wasn't thinking it'd vibe w/ my being. I don't know why such thoughts were present to be entertained... Though, it's high vibe factor" right now might be because I'm in the hills of N' CA and we just left the town gathering trough for a few brew-skies and too many rounds of some really sloppy billiards with friendly townspeople! Heh hehh... I'm sure that enough of them likely have porches and jacked up trucks and a few seemingly, stray odd animals walking their huge tracks of farming-land... Though, the rumor is, that the tall friendly factor might have so'em to do w/ the fact that quite a few of these friendly folks are farming a crop that won't make it to the local grocer and, it's barely legal, to boot! But, friendly, is, friendly... As usual, I digress to ramble though, ya get why this little ditty is wearing quite well w/ me right now! It will be in the pod and randomly popping up sooth my weary soul early a.m. tomorrow while I get intimate w/ a weed whacker! That's my life this weekend! Thanks for sending me this tune, Sir! Another keeper... imagine... Dion
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FEEL said 2836 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Loved the slide
and everything else for that matter.
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daibhre said 2835 days ago (August 18th, 2009)
Cool.
I like the pace of this - got my head bobbin' - haunting lyric goes really well with the flavor of the accomp. Fav'd and DL. Thanks
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2835 days ago (August 18th, 2009)
Nice
this is great work, and such a clear vibrant sound. the slides and picking sounded dope..
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stratcat said 2834 days ago (August 19th, 2009)
Very
cool, like the use of the tremolo effect. Cool backwoods blues. Slide sounds real good. good tones on the acoustic slide nice n gritty sounding.
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Roxylee said 2834 days ago (August 19th, 2009)
Slide the blues away
What they said, and downloaded.
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ktb said 2831 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
moody :-)
as in ambient (atmospheric) in a minor key, I guess, in no way suggesting the Webster definition..sorry Ed.
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blaky smith said 2828 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Great
I'm glad to hear your voice again Ed. This tune sounds very well and very clean, on all levels. What a great collab with Fran and Neil. Talented team, each of you makes here an excellent work. Bravo...
Marc
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thoddi said 2819 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
Very cool
This is a great production. The guitars/slide sounds crisp and are mixed to perfection in here. Your voice shines and delivers the lyrics honestly. Your voice suits the song much. The drums and bass does a great job supporting you, and you can clearly notice a seasoned musician behind the wheel there:)
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scaustrita said 2782 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Those Guitars!
A absolutely great mix of talent!
The guitar work as fabulous, sounds like you are all in the same room having a great time.

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IdleBel10 said 2761 days ago (October 31st, 2009)
Exquisite Guitar work
Overall the song is great but the guitar really shines through. Kind of bak woodys in its feel.
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dave_b said 2713 days ago (December 18th, 2009)
Let Your Blues Come Down
I had to listen to the original after hearing Ziti's version. A theraputic message couched in evocative blues imagery - great concept. The vocs fit this acoustic version of the song perfectly. Slide, tremelo, and acoustic are working together seamlessly.
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Bob6stringer said 2702 days ago (December 29th, 2009)
What a great tune.
Looks like I missed this earlier, but before I hear Fran (Ziti)'s rework, I want to soak-in the original inspiration. Plus, I've been messing with my slide a little lately so this is a real treat -- very clean playing by the Zeet.

Ed, I really like your easy, melodic vocal here. Reminds me -- and I hope you can appreciate this as a compliment -- of some of the better on-pitch acoustic Jerry Garcia outings, in the easy rapport your voice brings to my ears.

Thanks for the download, fellers!
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TobinMueller said 2687 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Synergy sliding thru
Wonderful collab. Fab slide. And I haven't heard anyone use the term "keening" in a coon's age. Man, this track is what MJ is all about. Totally dig the contributions, the sense of history in the music, the synergetic inspirations. Very cool.
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PockBluesman said 2614 days ago (March 27th, 2010)
nice one
Love the guitar work droning tone I've been after for a long time. Really enjoyed.
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kassia said 2480 days ago (August 7th, 2010)
what a collab team!
Ed this is a really great folksy/bluesy tune. I think your voice is absolutely perfect for this sound. I LOVE the opening guitars. the whole package just moves so well together, blending into a gorgeous swaying sound. really, the layered guitars and bass weave in and out of each other just perfectly. i love this!
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lholden said 2328 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
great
I love the ideas behind this tune... so true. The slide is delicious and the overall production just so good. Well done and thanks for sharing.
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alackbass said 2306 days ago (January 29th, 2011)
Let Your Blues Come Down
If Robert Johnson had lived to jam with Bob Dylan at Tom Petty's house! There's just no way I can catch up with all the great stuff I missed!
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bronco said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Heard that Hound
Good one Ed! Glad I came to peruse your stuff. I like the current arragement but yeah it isn't a blues as in 12 bar but in atmosphere it certainly is. Of course for a while there they called everything I did a blues even if it had minor seventh and major seventh chords. Nice subtle slide Zit!
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aclarke said 1230 days ago (January 9th, 2014)
4.5 Years Late
Ed- For whatever reason I never heard this until I was checking Fran's page on Nimbit. This is a fantastic song... really outstanding. Beautiful in its simplicity and wonderfully performed by all players.

I really love this song!

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BirdmanWayne94 said 990 days ago (September 6th, 2014)
For some reason...
... I thought that I've heard your whole catalog at MJ. Apparently, this isn't one that I've heard. Quite a contrast from your normal folky sounds and I DIG it! The mood here is incredible.

Makes me think of Fran, of course. I'm so glad you got this one done. Props to all!

(PS. I really like that drums bit that speeds the groove up here and there. Genius addition!)
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jiguma said 347 days ago (June 10th, 2016)
A re-listen
This stands up so well to the test of time Ed. It's a very cool song, and Fran's playing was just so perfect for the mood. After listening, I thought I might take it to the Shed and see what PBGB can do with it - is that OK with you?
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