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Uno/I Like The Way... (with Macaudion, SISTERS, ktb, and ziti)


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Another in the series of Ed’s-Collabs-That-Take-Years-To-See-The-Light-Of-Day…

This one has the following unusual distinction: I don’t actually play or sing on it.

Over the years that I’ve been on MacJams, one of my great joys has been doing the occasional collaboration with Dion (Macaudion). Dion and I think very differently from one another about music, and as far as I’ve been able to tell, we seem to communicate by teasing each other into things. Up until this song, the way we would work was this: Dion would send me a more or less fully wrought piece, I would add some guitar bits to it and send it back, Dion would slice and dice it all, and something cool would emerge that would sound nothing at all like what I may have thought we were working on.

This one is different. Dion wanted me to work on something with him and to maybe have it end up with a little more me in it, and a little more conventionally song-like. He sent me an eight bar track of bass, drums and percussion, labeled “Uno”, which is, more or less, what you’ll hear in the first 22 seconds of this recording. My job was to make something of it. After a bit, Dion sent me an expanded version, provocatively labeled “Dos”, but by then I wanted to work with “Uno”, and so I did.

Even in its bare bones stages, I heard a potential for something between “Born Under A Bad Sign” and some sort of jazz ballad, and since I have no skills in those areas, it was a real mystery to me how it all would be brought about. As Fran said in an early email exchange, “So…what are YOU going to do on this?”

What I ended up doing was changing Dion’s recording into a loop [Note: Dion himself does not use loops] and dragging it out until it was a bit over four minutes long. Then I did my own Loop-It-Or-Lose-It challenge and listened to it over and over on my iPod until I got an idea for some words and a melody. I was aiming for a combination of desire and affection…

Then I did what I’ve been doing best lately: I recruited people who are better than me.

John (ktb) took the bare track and came up with a synth track and a piano track that were exactly what I was hoping for, right out of the box.

Anne took my words and sloppy demo and delivered a really sweet vocal track. Can we say “sexy” on national television?, er…Internet?….

Fran did a track of electric slide and a track of electric blues guitar.

Everybody’s tracks just dropped right in with minimal tweakage, and here we are. I was able to surprise Dion with it this past week, and since he doesn’t appear to be dying of shame, I get to spring it on an unsuspecting world.

Thanks to Dion for his patience and faith in me, and for a cool and challenging starting point. Thanks to Anne for the perfect vocal track, to John for a keyboard bed that fit so well it sounds like it was done first, and thanks to Fran for tasteful guitaristical decoration of the tune.
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Lyrics
Uno (I Like The Way…)
Lyrics © 2009 Ed Hannifin



I like the way you do what you do
You know, I like the way you do what you do
Nobody does it quite like you
I like the way you do what you do

I like it when I’m walking with you
You know I like it when I’m walking with you
You know there’s nothing I’d rather do
I like it when I’m walking with you

I like it when we’re in the groove
I like when we’re in the groove
Sometimes I just like to watch how you move
I like it when we’re in the groove

I like the sunshine and the rain
I like the sunshine and the rain
I guess I’m not inclined to complain
I like the sunshine and the rain

I like what we’ve got goin’ on
I like what we’ve got goin’ on
It stays around after you’re gone
I like what we’ve got goin’ on

It’s all about the way that you’re you
You know It’s all about the way that you’re you
You’ve got your own particular view
It’s all about the way that you’re you

I like the way you do what you do
I like the way you do what you do
Nobody does it quite like you do
I like the way you do what you do
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Hits: 14260
Comments: 137
Fans: 72
Plays: 475
Downloads: 190
Votes: 7
Uploaded: Mar 22, 2010 - 07:57:47 PM
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2010 - 07:57:47 PM Last Played: Jan 24, 2017 - 07:46:33 PM
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Comments
bud said 2564 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Another man who knows how to use a blender
a very fine concoction you've put together here Ed. There's even some shaker and stirring vocals. Pardon me - I'm getting carried away. Excellent collab - fine performances all around. Cheers!
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Thank you, Kevin....
...and there I thought it was a MIXER... Glad you liked it.... I've been stalling on replying, trying to come up with a cool comeback to your excellent joke, but the brain cells are just not firing...

Ed
Macaudion said 2559 days ago (March 27th, 2010)
well...
those instruments do happen to show up on a version that might never be heard by anyone outside of Ed and I, but clearly, this was just one of the better choices...
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awigze said 2564 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
well I can say
My speakers arent working on this computer over here on the other side of the room... and as soon as I kick my son off of the good one, I'll take a listen but on reputation alone and reading those lyrics, I got my mind factory workin and I can say this has got to be good. so, I'll mae a safe bet and fav it and say that I'll definitely be back.
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Speakers are definitely key...
...when listening to this, Andy... That or decent headphones.... I await your thoughts on how it all turned out with baited brain... Hope you get to give it a listen soon...

Ed
kassia said 2564 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
excabulously frexy
Each piece is perfect, as you say in your song notes. Each performance spot on and all sound as if they were made exactly with the same song in mind. But, what makes this song so absolutely fantastic, is the pie-maker himself. You started with one little piece, and through thoughtful care and persuastion, gathered many more pieces, and then PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER to make THIS! the mixing is incredible. the pace of the song is superb - where you have dion's percussion loop up front and where you have it fading. You have woven a fine, fine piece of music here. I love it.
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Thanks, Shay....
I really do think that each person who contributed here did something really cool....

I AM a total fan of pie, and in fact I make a pretty good one, when I have the time...

I have to say that for me, this was a magic tune to put together, since so many things just popped right into place. For instance, most of the volume differences in Dion's track are a function of a particular mastering compression preset, I think... Just got lucky.... I'll give myself credit for two related things here: having real respect and affection for the people who did the music, and having a good sense of who would just naturally come up with the right bit doing what they do naturally...

Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I feel very appreciated....

Ed
Macaudion said 2559 days ago (March 27th, 2010)
Mr EJH
did a most most faby job on this! at some point, i can recall feeling cocky enough to share w/ him the idea that could mix it and do well if it feels like too much of a challenge... that was just one of the many times that he nixed my less than humble suggestions about what to do w/ this... correction, with his/their groove thing that got goin here! i'm still not sure why I'm mentioned here because my part is the most minimal of contributions made here! i be humbled and blown away with the artist that he chose, the work that they did, his mixing genius that he's clearly dialed into... But his biggest feat and the thing that I'm most proud of, was his focus on what had in mind for this and not what I were my thoughts about it! finally, i wasn't able to nudge, persuade or really, just run way too fast for him to keep up with what my ever changing thoughts were to be on a tune. and i was surely needing the practice in taking a backseat while being more supportive to whatever he might want to churn out! and if that'd been my only contribution and without a single note of sound, I'd be happy to've done, just that! thank you, sir! i likey likey what do...
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jiguma said 2564 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Love it!!
Many of my fav MJers are on it (with a notable exception Ed! - but I guess mixing it is being "on it").

Very cool ideas from everyone - wonderful to see Dion appear twice in as many days at MJ too.

Lovely playing from Dion, Fran and John, singing from Anne and ...... er .... listening and knob twiddling from Ed.

Ever thought of going into business as a music promo man Ed??

:)
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
The way I look at it, Neil...
...I did almost nothing, but the nothing that almost did was such that it wouldn't have happened without me...

It IS cool to have DIon reappear... and, as noted, I think every player/singer on this was just perfect...

Back to the listening and knob twiddling....


Macaudion said 2559 days ago (March 27th, 2010)
funny you should mention, Neil...
actually...
i keep harassing him as having pimped us... and as a wise man would, he's completely ignored it and has given not a single word in response to any of the five or so times that i've shouted it at him. i thought that it must be something about loud colors, big hats and driving environmentally unfriendly cars but maybe not... i can see directly above here that it must be something of the wording and the source, as "music promo man" has responded... lol
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drakonis said 2564 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
I like the way you do this...
uno-quivocally delicious. Just like Dion to have such a unique tail-wagging intro idea that easily creates a solid foundation. When Fran's first guitar parts came in on either side, I saw falling stars, very cool.
-Great lyrics to cuddle up to, Ed.
-Fran's on the edge of busy, but just at the edge, tastefully balanced.
-Anne's vox are, sigh, you know, great.
-John's keyboard work on here is warm and supportive, really fills this out.
What a wonderful line-up, you chose your group well! Worth the wait... well, I can say that since I didn't know I was waiting for this.
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
All through the recording and mixing...
...Anne referred to Fran's "falling star" guitar....

Thanks, Eduard, for the detailed appreciation.... This was another 'dream crew' for me, and I've been really lucky in that department over the past few posts...

I really hope that while I'm still alive and moving around I get to actually meet all of the people I've made music with here...


Macaudion said 2559 days ago (March 27th, 2010)
finally...
i got to play on a tune with Fran and Anne! okay..., maybe not really... almost though... and Fran doesn't yet know that I have little pride or shame and can be somewhat relentless when it comes to begging. he and and Anne both shall be approached again! I totally like what they did! and I'm kinda glad that i'm almost not present as much as they are because it'd be just a tad too close to narcissistic to play this tune as many times as i have.
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ste said 2564 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
lovely
job all round. enjoyed this
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Thank you, ste,
I appreciate that you took the time to listen and to let me know that you enjoyed it...

Ed
futzpucker said 2564 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Great atmosphere
This mix of ingredients turned into quite a delicious stew. Everybody involved made a quality contribution to the piece. True spirit of collaboration here, and a huge success as the result.

I like the way you all did what you did...
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Stew?
Kevin assured me that it was a martini, or a blender drink....

Maybe one of those high speed blender soups...

Thanks for listening, Patrick. As I will note a zillion times about this thing, I think everyone played or sang really well, and really got it about the tune... Great people to work with, every one....

Ed
composerclark said 2564 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
I like the way you guys sound
A collaboration like this is at the core of what makes the MacJams experience so rich; a bunch of highly-talented people contributing to the creation of a wonderful finished product. Dion's sound bed is delightful and quirky, and immediately draws you in. John's piano/synth work is cool, kind of 'smooth jazz'-ish (not sure if that's the right term or not?), Anne's singing is also cool but sexy, and Ziti's contributions on guitar are tasteful and so good that I found myself just listening to his guitar work on the third listening.

And the lyrics are simple, minimalist, and pure. My only question/suggestion is: Did you consider having a chorus or somewhat contrasting "B" section? I realize that the practical challenges of a collaboration involving this many people make my suggestion impractical, but I was just wondering if you had considered something like this.

But make no mistake, this is a fantastic song, and you all have my tremendous admiration!


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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
You're right, Clark... Again....
There you go being right again....

I appreciate your description of the contributions that went into this... and one of the things you're right about is that this sort of collab is one of the things that continues to make MacJams a cool place to make music....

Yes, I thought about doing some sort of bridge, but part of the challenge for me this time around was to build the whole thing off of Dion's original eight bars and see what could be done to sustain interest over the length of the piece.... It was me stepping out of my usual verse-chorus-bridge structure and way of working... Part of what made it work, I think is that everyone does cool stuff, but where the cool stuff is happening is changing all the time, and so the context of each person's contribution is constantly changing.... One of these days I want to do a whole song on one chord, like 'Tomorrow Never Knows'....

Thanks for yet another thoughtful and perceptive comment, and happy early birthday....

Ed
ktb said 2564 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Macca
It is indeed good to see Dion's mug twice in as many days :-) Ed, having watched you grow this tune from infancy to its full potential I say bravo to you sir. Thx for the Op to sit in!
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
One of the pleasures of this collab, John...
...as well as one of the pleasures of last Friday's time at Ichabod's, has been getting to know you better... I continue to be thrilled and impressed at the tracks you contributed to this, so perfect right from the get-go... I have to say that when they arrived it really gave me a second wind on finishing this project and believing that I could bring it off.... I hope we get to do it again.... I still want you to come over and do some mellotron on some things at some point....

Thanks and thanks again,

Ed
Macaudion said 2559 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
and indeed...
...a mug it is except, i'm a bald headed man now! a head w/ the sheen that's something less than a brightest star...
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Ibstrat said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
it's
really cool that a bunch of people who have mostly never met can send music back and forth and come up with something this good.Excellent work.
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
AND, I continue to await...
...your purchase of a Mac with GarageBand, so I can bug you to help out on things like this and get more 'yes'es...

Macaudion said 2559 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
tho...
i'm gonna come to Boston and if i can find yas, i'm gonna bug you and Ed both! hopefully this can happen sometime soon enough.
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SISTERS said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
swell song
Honestly, Ed, when you sent me those lyrics and I said NO WAY, I had no idea how strong your vision was.

Man, that little squeeze-box thang of Dion’s gets me each and every time I hear it.

How John managed to segue off that little riff and launch into the smoothest, jazziest, go with the flow piano is a mystery to me, and what actually hooked me initially.

Fran’s shooting star guitar touches are just THE perfect thing. He works it so beautifully – what a pleasure to work with musicians who LISTEN to each other!

Ed, I agree with Shay – you’re one HELLUVA pie maker. It takes a might Big Man to have such a Small Ego. You are that man, and this is a wonderful sonic pie. Thank you for inviting me to take part in this! Anne


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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Continued, continued thanks, Anne...
If we're going to talk about someone who never lets ego get in her way, we've got to get back to you... You are such the antithesis of a prima donna, just flexible and adaptable and egoless when you're working, able to drop an idea or pick up a suggestion without a blink....

Being the Busiest Woman In Showbiz, I appreciate very much that you've made time for me several times in the past year... I continue to love your singing...

Ed
Macaudion said 2559 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
Anne...
i am sooo impressed with what you did on this! man... i was literally blown off of my feet (true! i immediately looked for a comfy seat thinking, this is gonna take all of me and maybe for a few too many turns for standing) I told ed that i liked how it teeters between naughty and nice, but never too far in either direction! having this tune be a sexy thing is nothing that could find a path to my mind. something about Frans drips of slipping and sliding and John's dreamy handy work, capped off with the silkiness of your way right on crooning madness... i'm kinda green all over about the fact that ed was first and last in making it happen, and quite impressively so, too! but it'd take an effort laced with too much silliness to try and be upset about that, huh...
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magnatone said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Uno
what a GREAT collab! enjoyed every SECOND!
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Thanks, Karen....
That's what we aim for....
Macaudion said 2559 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
yeah...
...me too, Karen!
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
wow, this is quite a sonically wide collab
right off the bat, and yet it comes together into a pretty cohesive whole--you can really hear everyone's musical intelligence entering the mix. Color me impressed!
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Thanks, Michael....
It's pretty neat to have an opportunity to step out of the stereotypical singer/songwriter thing from time to time and try something new... It's also exciting to gather in contributions from a crew like this, and see what comes of it.... I appreciate that you gave a listen....

Ed
Macaudion said 2559 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
and...
...i still can't believe that you didn't manage a way to get all folky with it, mister, sir...
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Dadai.2 said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Yeah....
all the ingredients... and more, nicely simmered by chef Ed.

D
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Thank you, Jack...
Whether it ends up as stew or mangotini, it seems a pretty flavorful blend to me.... Glad you got to listen...

Ed
Macaudion said 2559 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
out of my kitchen!...
... that's what i kept hearing, kinda... but that's what my mother always told me and quite frankly, it was best, then, as well as it was here and now...
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Denny Borsboom said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Great combination here
fantastic how this all comes together. Great guitar playing; spot on vocal. Well orchestrated.
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Hey, speaking of people...
...who owe me a guitar track.... Hi, Denny!.... (after all, I did look up that 'Gnome' track to win that contest so long ago)....

Thank you for dropping by for a listen. I just saw that you've got something up, and I'll be over to listen soon as I can...

Ed
ziti said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
ed gets funky
thank god he hangs out with hipsters like Dion and Anne. They give him a little urban swagger and that is needed, as Ed is very very square.

I was stunned when he presented this to me, as I really wasnt sure wtf it was...

i am really proud of ed for pouring out his creativity in a neat new way. The mix is really really good and deep and the whole thing just sounds so original and slippery. I really like it a lot...Karma's additions were the glue that held it together and gave it substance, nice work John!!

Great vision, great mixing and fun lyrics ed.

Dion, this is FONKY!!!! great little theme and percussion.

thanks for letting me play in the soup!

z
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ziti said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
oh....and anne
i REALLY think this is a great performance....the sultry sexyiness makes the whole shebang cook!

z
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rabittwhole said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
nailed it Z
...wow
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Ed Hannifin said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
This is the sort of thing....
...when ED gets funky when everyone AROUND him gets funky.... And so, yeah, hanging out with you and Dion and Anne and John keeps me young...

...Ish...

You know, I wasn't ALWAYS square. Once I was a young white depressed folk singer in a flannel shirt.

Oh.

I agree with you that this thing got a new degree of glue when John kicked in the keyboard stuff. As with his other collabs, he gets to play the part of Unsung Hero a lot. Another guy who isn't steering with his ego.

I continue to be hooked on Dion's theme.... it all started, and starts, from there...

You and Anne were two points where I wasn't sure that I was going to do the two of you justice, but I really think that the guitar slinks and stabs around the mix in a way that keeps motion in this thing, and I think that Anne's vocal shimmer is another bit of uber-frosting....

Thanks for the very millionth...

Ed
damiengh said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Oh the flavours
This is the smooth and silky of MacJams creme de la creme.

Ed, this is one pf your "build it and they will come" moments. I can imagine the giddiness you felt as the pieces fell into place. Almost as if a pilot was turning the controls of a big jet over to you to take her solo for the first time. ( I hear a big whoaaaa ).

This is really nice with a great flight crew. You've earned your wings on this one.
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Ed Hannifin said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Thanks, Damien....
I think the pilot who turned the controls over to me was Dion.... And it WAS a big 'whooaaa'.....

And it WAS a kind of "if you build it, they will come" thing, except that I think that each person who signed on had to kind of make that sort of leap of faith, that everyone else's bits would add something that complemented and fit... Started from Dion and then ran through all of us...

Glad you got to hear it...

Ed
jdholliday said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
oooooooooh
what an amazing way to create something very special, this mj thing is the best kept secret in the songwriting world! This is way up in the best colabs I've heard.
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Ed Hannifin said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Thank you, jd....
MacJams is a ridiculously well kept secret for how much cool music has passed through this place over the years I've been here to hear it....

I'm glad the collab worked for you....

Ed
awigze said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
really dug this
MacAudion and Ed, Z, Anne. gee whiz. what can I say - the separation on this is great... each with your own space and moment in the sun. All parts are killer, piano is sweetly upfront and improvisational. You're right Ed, speakers are key... osmosis just wasnt cutting it. It's nice when a project emerges like this... just squeeze a little and a song drops out!
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Ed Hannifin said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
See... told ya....
Much better through speakers.... This whole osmotic fad is not going to last.... Take my word for it...

You would definitely know a bit about charmed collaborations... Glad you enjoyed this one...

Ed
davisamerica2 said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Great song Ed!
Overflowing with talent. Dreamy vocals by Anne. Frans guitar spiced it up nicely. You can never go wrong with a fine piano. Music throughout was excellent. Thanks for the post. Terry
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Ed Hannifin said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Thank you, Terry....
...for the listen and comment.... I'm glad you appreciated each person's contribution....

Ed
ramonaji said 2563 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
very very nice
Beautiful piece!
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Ed Hannifin said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Thank you, Ramona,
...if the soul is going to create endless dramas, it might as well write a song about the bits it enjoys....

I'm glad you got to catch up with this one...

Ed
michaeljayklein said 2563 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Very eclectic...
and with a lot of panache! Very fine work on this guys and--I'll leave it to Eduard and his detailed appreciation; could not have expressed it any better! (I'm one of those listeners who when I like something a lot I'm not sure how to explain it very well!) Keep up the good work!

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Ed Hannifin said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Thank you, Michael....
"Eclectic panache" is a sort of cool combination.... It would make a neat band name, too...

I'm pleased you enjoyed this....

Ed
MarkHolbrook said 2563 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Hum...
a song where you don't sing or play... well I was gonna be disappointed but how can one be when a work such as this happens! Pretty cool Ed... Pretty darned cool and different!

Plus... Anything with Anne signing gets an instant Fav from me!!!
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Ed Hannifin said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Hi Mark!
I'm always pleased when you show up for a listen... I think I'll be okay with 'cool and different'...

And yes, Anne does bring the magic....

Ed
dave_b said 2563 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Uno/I Like The Way
Bluesy space jam. The sexy vocs deliver the lyric with just the right attitude. Stellar contributions by all, well mixed and produced. Great collab!
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Ed Hannifin said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
This really is something of a jam, Dave...
...but maybe a jam at the point of taking on just enough structure to support a lyric a bit... Anne's vocal definitely brings the lyric line to life...

Thank you for giving a listen. Much appreciated...

Ed
DarkPlanet said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Amazing!
Great job by all involved, such a full sound...I also like the lyrics Ed, they are honest straightforward and compliment the mellow loose feel of the music, especially Fran's emotional soloing...John and Anne, wonderful as usual!
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Ed Hannifin said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Thank you for listening and commenting, Tom...
I'm pleased you liked the lyrics, and pleased that you appreciated the contributions of my co-conspirators...

Ed
Vic Holman said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
why you done filled up my headphones
pretty slick composition. very rich and quite a bit going on in a very detailed way. sure seems to me that everyone involved really step up to the plate on this.

i like the way you did what you did! :-)
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Ed Hannifin said 2560 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
I am, as you know, a big fan of filled headphones....
I love listening to music on headphones, and playing with the panning and reverbs and stuff... I like hearing the layers on this one, myself.... I still want to get better at the evocation of space... Jim Bouchard is really good at that aspect....

Yes, I think everyone, from Dion on down the line, held up their part of the bargain on this one...

Thanks for the listen, Vic....


Outtaorbit said 2562 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Really I had a ticket.... hmmmm..
Oh I can ride for free?..
Damn, I like it when I'm in the groove
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Ed Hannifin said 2560 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Come on and take a free ride....
Whoops. Sorry. Senior Foghat moment there.

Thanks for stopping by and listening, Patrick. I appreciate it.

Ed
davisamerica said 2562 days ago (March 25th, 2010)
ED.....
wow guys ...just a really fine tune and why not??? Great casting and wonderful production.
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Ed Hannifin said 2560 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Wait... wait....
I am SO out of the loop... So to speak... How many davisamericas ARE there?

I spend so much time on MacJams these days feeling dumb and out of date....

Thanks for the both the listen and the comment....
Velvet_Audio_Lab said 2560 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
This
is absolutely wicked,, you have done wonders with it.
You picked the right people for the job,, Everyone envolved gets my praise
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Ed Hannifin said 2560 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Thank you, Velvet Audio...
It really has felt like another dream team... Everybody's fun to work with... and every contribution sounds great to me...

Glad you dropped by for a listen...

Ed
crissew said 2560 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Laid back
slow bluesy jam. Pretty cool sound on this one. Very well produced. Vocals well done as well. Enjoyed it!
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Ed Hannifin said 2559 days ago (March 27th, 2010)
It surprised me...
.that it ended up something that you could call 'bluesy', which I really didn't tune into until it was done and it was time to pick a category... I think somewhere in the middle there, I thought it was going to be a sort of Isaac Hayes thing or something.... I'm glad you liked the sound and vocals... Thanks for listening and commenting and all, Charles....
I.G.M. said 2559 days ago (March 27th, 2010)
Simply amazing,
very interesting, cool stuff here.
And yeah, it`s funky!
Great collab mates, but YOU put it all together in a masterful way.
Well done Ed :o)

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Ed Hannifin said 2554 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Thanks, Ingo...
I think my collab-mates brought the funk.... Glad you liked how it all mixed together.... Thanks for listening...

Ed
richard13 said 2558 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
Very nice
Nice funky groove to start it off, nice musical contributions all around, nice choices and production, even the simple lyrics are nice. And I mean all those 'nice's, even though it's such a trite and hackneyed word, in the best possible way. I'm going to enjoy listening to this again. Thanks: Dion, Ed, John, Fran and Anne.
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Ed Hannifin said 2554 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Nice comment, Richard....
I'm glad that it all landed in the land of nice-itude for you... I'm especially happy to hear that you expect to listen to it again... That's really the thing we're going for.... Glad you gave a listen...

Ed
guitapick said 2558 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
Well Ed...
...this is very cool...you ever think of getting into production? Nice collage of sounds/colors. Tasty licks from my favorite of instruments played by the blues maestro...
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet....
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Ed Hannifin said 2554 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Oh man, Bob...
There was a time when that would've been my dream job...

I wanted to climb a Himalayan mountain and sit at the feet of George Martin...

Glad you gave a listen....

Ed
paul f. page said 2557 days ago (March 29th, 2010)
Amazing...
A jazz ballad it is!!!
I have no idea how you glued all of this together, but it is such a pleasant experience. I am always amazed at the creativity I hear at MJ, and, Ed, while this style is a departure from your usual, it feels very natural to me. Nice.

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Ed Hannifin said 2554 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Thanks for your thoughts, Paul....
I'm glad you found it suitable in the ballad department... I think it got a somewhat smoky vibe when put together...

Ed
Pete_NB said 2557 days ago (March 30th, 2010)
I like the way this loop can evolve.
Almost sounds like an improv jam. But very well captured and mixed. Things sound pretty good throughout, and then they get a little crazy towards the end, which adds to the live “smoky jazz stage” feel.

Good job to everyone for keeping a loop sounding fresh and evolving throughout.

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Ed Hannifin said 2554 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Well, in their way,
I think that Dion, John and Fran WERE improvising... I agree that there's a jam feel to this, and that's one of the things I like about it... And then Anne floats over the top.... I'm glad it sounds fresh and evolving to you... that was one of the challenges, and I think these guys nailed it.... I'm pleased you got to listen, Pete...

Ed
Jarvoid said 2552 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
Not sure
what I like about this apart from mostly everything...jazzy,rocky....so that'll be jazzrock then, and some great smokey guitar riffs,nicely laid back and clear well modulated and enunciated vocals.I like the staging and only wish I knew how to do it....I like the way you done what you done ,Jarvo
egobandit said 2549 days ago (April 6th, 2010)
Man
Ive scrolled up and down a few times and cant find my comment, I thought I left one, Listening to this again a great great song!
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2544 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
Ear-candy...
... indeed. I love everything about this piece, everyone is shining! Kudos.
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Bob6stringer said 2543 days ago (April 12th, 2010)
So much depth and mood, yet accessible
I usually avoid outright "gee you're great" comments, but this deserves it It's moody but not dark; bluesy but more subtle than, say "Bad Sign." And it's light but not "lightweight" as in "lite FM," owing to the poetic and deceptively straightforward lyrics, delivered so well here. As well as the depth added by that thread of foreboding yet playful Fran licks. It's all good.
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alackbass said 2541 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
Late to the party
This has a great neo-soul vibe. The drum track is great. Love the rim shots. Throaty growling bass. Great vocal delivering a simple and very effective lyric. Great synth pads. And soulful guitars all around me. Extra points for top notch production value.
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psexnyc said 2540 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
I Like The Way Ya'll Did What You Did!
Man, this is a nice tune. Don't know what else to say about it! Well done!
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tadashi said 2532 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Harmony and Chaos
It is a carpet of the sound.
It is complex and simplicity.
ZITI is a wonderful guitar as usual.
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Symphony101 said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
I also like ....
what you did guys :-)

It's an outstanding work. I love the arrangement and the performance.
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Hectorious said 2530 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Wow
This just mind blowing...
Amazing...
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ShadowofNine said 2527 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Super collab
this is beyond cool it is fantastic...vocals are great the guitar shines...Bravo
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VicDiesel said 2505 days ago (May 20th, 2010)
Everyone's in the band
Great groove, understated vocals, tasty guitar work. Very nice.
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Ed Hannifin said 2502 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
Thanks for listening, Vic...
Seems like you zeroed in on its strengths... I appreciate the listen...
PockBluesman said 2473 days ago (June 22nd, 2010)
Uno
Real chill out track with awesome background guitar work just sweet
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Ed Hannifin said 2438 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Thank you, PB...
...for giving this a listen. I do appreciate it. Fran's work on guitar is undeniably sweet...
perceptualvortex said 2438 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Sweet
It's pretty amazing that such a convoluted and ad hoc collaboration process can result in such great, professional sounding music. All of the contributions are really excellent and musical, and the parts all complement each other perfectly, without any jockeying for position, so to speak. Congrats to all participants :)
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Ed Hannifin said 2438 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
I'm glad ....
...you caught up with this, David...

It WAS pretty startling to see how easily each person's contribution just slotted itself right into place. Not much finagling on my part. I think that John, Fran and Anne really got with the 'feel' of the original Dion offering. I think that John in particular had an excellent feel for what would flesh it out while still leaving enough canvas for other people's contributions. I have to say that in this as in other tunes, I have been very fortunate in my collaborators.
FEEL said 2423 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
You caught my attention
With the Cuíca intro. Nice composition with a lot going on. Kudos to all involved and thanks for sharing.
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sloparts said 2403 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Smooth and sexy
(yes you can say that on the internet, Ed)

Very cool, laid back feel, and Anne's vocals really hit the mark for me. Dion's work on the bass and rhythm shines and of course John and Fran are alway on top of their game on a project like this.

So I guess that makes you a Producer now that you've put this together. Well I'm here to tell you that you wear that hat very well Ed.

Kudos to all of you, this is some fine, fine music.

Ed
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K.I.S.KISMET said 2400 days ago (September 2nd, 2010)
nice licks
i do love the way you guys do what you do! what a great collab!! reminds me of a laika song (get back to you on that). Anne's vocals are spot on. an aural delight all around:)
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TobinMueller said 2374 days ago (September 29th, 2010)
Osterized
I dig the chanting quality of the vocals over the ever-shifting Santana style meandering lead, weaving like a thread through it all, tying it together. I dug the rhythm backing, altho the opening seemed less like an intro to the actual song than intended, maybe becuz of the sudden cut off as the piano entered and the not-as-Brazilian expectation. But the cool vibe made me quickly forget my expectations and simply enjoy the ride. Airy, summer night, breezy vibe. Cool collab.
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jibes said 2361 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
I Like The Way
this turned out! Very nice!
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VicDiesel said 2342 days ago (October 30th, 2010)
Really fantastic
The opening is frankly pretty stupendous. Many disparate elements, that somehow still fit together in a very interesting whole.

Great vocals, and underneath all that gloriousness continuous.

Muchly enjoyed!
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PeterB7858 said 2306 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
Glad I delved back :-)
Hi Ed, I wasn't a member when this was posted but I have been enjoying your comments on songs so I thought I better come and have a listen. And was it worthwhile! Anne's vocals are fantastic and in the short time I have been an MJ member I have come to really appreciate Fran's tasteful guitar playing. Good song, good lyrics and a great collab. Thanks to all, Peter
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2306 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
accomplished
this hit me instantly as something really cool. great movement and build up of sounds. guitars, piano, percussion, everything just placed right. really nea, restrained and effective lead bits. warm vocals. sound very together. very sonically appealing. a great collab. really enjoyed its feel. cheers graham
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echoroom said 2279 days ago (January 1st, 2011)
wow
I am SO late for this jam, but hell, what a track. You may not have played, but you produced a very modern, adult piece of work. Makes me feel like i'm still in short trousers...
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PaulaMunk said 2267 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Pretty
amazing lyrics brought to perfection by Anne. And everyone else that contributed sure brought their A game. Wow! Thanks.
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KCsGROOVE said 2249 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
fine collab!
You guys did a cool job here
Love that bassline. Cool guitarand keys on top of that and Anne's fine vocals!
Very much enjoyed!
KC
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fambroski said 2248 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
I love the way
Man this is so cool. What a feel and mood. I love the way...
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Loob said 2238 days ago (February 11th, 2011)
Wow! Funk-me!
Jungle fever, jumps to jazz! I would expect no less in a collab with Anne & Fran. I've had the pleasure of working with them both now (one with Ann just posted, and one with Fran almost ready to post). Great work Ed, and crew! I gotta get in here and check out more of your work. Much class folks!
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Lagusaya2 said 2230 days ago (February 19th, 2011)
Contrast
I hear lots of interesting contrasting tunes in this one. A pot pourri of jewel notes. I like it like the song says! Good collab. I'm new here.

Stan
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dreadmon said 2223 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Sweet and smooth
This goes down nicely - sounds like everyone's in the same room, deep in the groove.
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Mackie said 2222 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Nice
Nice song!
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Elevator_Funk said 2206 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
...
This is cool. I always dig those broken-up, snipped-to-pieces beats, it's one of my favorite sounds. The VOX are amazing. Everyone's production values on MJ's seem to be going thru the roof lately. This one is no exception.
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Elevator_Funk said 2206 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
...
Had to add you remind me of CTI Records. Creed Taylor would just take a bunch of great musicians and stick 'em together and see what comes out, then add what he thought it needed (usually strings). Those early 70's CTI jazz jams are some of my favorites. The process you went thru to put this out made me think of that just now...
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timothydevine2 said 2191 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
extreemly well done
Ed
Thanks for bringing this beauty to life...what and amazing finish...behind the back pass and slam dunk dude.
Ziti...the guitar so slick and so smokey and so fitting and tasty.
and Sissers bissers, the vocals clean and every note... like every breath is in key like amazingly thats so beautiful.

growling bass just growling and grinding hip sound played perfectly

John, Great playing piano and sweet synths
you guys this is primo
peace
tm
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RichardSchletty said 2174 days ago (April 16th, 2011)
Uno/I Like The Way
Needs more variation in the sung melody. Too much doodling throughout. Sounds like a live late night jam session broadcast from Chicago that drifts in and out on my AM radio as I roll toward Montana in my '67 Barracuda.
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gator4040 said 2140 days ago (May 20th, 2011)
# Uno
Sound is great. I love the dueling L/R guitars and the growly bass. Reminds me of a watching great musicians in a swank club sippin a Martini in the "zone"
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gadzooks said 2138 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Great with headphones
nicely done song and mix. Love the bluesy guitar tone and vocals. Great nuances of sounds throughout. Are you playing those blues riffs? Wonderful guitar tone. Enjoyed this
SG
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Soundhound said 2102 days ago (June 27th, 2011)
Didn't know.....
This was here.... I really like this love her voice in just about anything....

Cool track.....yep....I........LIKE IT......
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phyllomania said 2058 days ago (August 10th, 2011)
loop-de-loop
A delicious offering, all! Keep 'em coming! The years of ears are showing, Ed. (If you know what I mean.)
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rockstar89 said 2014 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
Pretty cool
Different feel for sure...lots of tasty licks in there. Guitar, bass and production stand out to me as highlights. Great mix!
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Philip18 said 1928 days ago (December 18th, 2011)
I like
The last paragraph of your Song Description says all that I'd want to say - with the addition of thanks to Ed for production work. Professional effort from all of you!
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Drew Kopr said 1911 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
Ed!
This is as good as it gets brother. Wow, what great performances, writing and production. I really, really dig this tune. Great, sexy vocals.
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Baz said 1910 days ago (January 5th, 2012)
Wonderful
Wow !!!
Nobody does it quite like you
Honoured to listen sir
cheers Baz............
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TvRicky said 1893 days ago (January 22nd, 2012)
Digging This Much!
Yeah! Different and real cool. Anne is always stellar and I like the way you do what do my man! Musical gem..Guitar of angels..just magic..Sing it baby..Grooved and zipped I am..Lyrical gem..Production Magic!*****

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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lholden said 1838 days ago (March 17th, 2012)
Uno
Ed, this song is very cool! I love it... thanks for sharing:)
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Doug Somers said 1823 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
late to this party
Terrific song and production here Ed. Sultry, hot, with everyone grooving together. Nice nice nice.

Thanks for letting us dload it!
Doug
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pablatone said 1591 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
Nice job!
Man, there is alot going on in there and you can hear all of it. Anne's voice melts me as usual. Tastey guitar licks, Tony Levinesque bass, thanks for sharing.
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Hickling_Stan said 1562 days ago (December 18th, 2012)
collaboration
of the highest order.a really special tune. Very much enjoyed the song and the collaboration. |Cheers mark
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The_Applesauce_Project said 1554 days ago (December 26th, 2012)
A toe-tapper, Mr. Frodo, and no mistake.
Read the whole history of the track before I hit play and I'm glad I did... this is absolutely fascinating. Great track that I definitely found to be a compelling listen... and I've been a fan of Anne's vocals for some time now, so that was a pleasant surprise. Neat track!
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thetiler said 1410 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
I enjoy
the way sister's sings, very evocative and very much in key, but it all fits in, with electric guitar, bass, cool symphonic sweeping, percussion, piano runs, weeping guitar. Lots of stuff going on for sure! A cool listen ! Way to go you guys and gal ! Way to Ed Anne, Dion. Way to Go!!!
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thetiler said 1410 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
My gosh!
I almost forget Z :) Way to go for you too of course! The electric legend legend of Macjams :)
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peacepiano said 1276 days ago (September 30th, 2013)
Hey Ed
This is amazing. Has it been enough years for the next one?
Hope so. Cool the way the parts and the notes sort of flow into each other. Song, arrangement, players, all very cool. Thanks.
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Char said 948 days ago (August 24th, 2014)
This was
a gem. I'm sorry I missed it but I'm glad I found it today.
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say said 703 days ago (April 26th, 2015)
hi
Wow!!! so different from others I've heard with you & so great! I love Macaudion & Sisters...haven't heard so many of your collabs, looking fwd to hearing more !

Tx

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