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Since the MJRF this year I've been writing some new material (mostly for the band), trying to get my new CD together, keeping fit, rehearsing and doing some musical navel gazing. With all that happening, I've had a bit of a break from MJ.

Posting this track is the sign that the CD - "Signs Of Life" - is finished and ready to roll. It has 13 tracks (plus two bonus tracks with the download) - those tracks that have already been posted at MJ have been completely remixed and remastered. You can read more about the CD in the forums. If you like this track, please take a listen to the CD at BandCamp.

The album is here: http://jiguma.bandcamp.com/album/signs-of-life-2

On our last trip to Europe, I spent time in Switzerland writing, but we also spent time with friends in Amsterdam. Now I'm not a city bboy - not any more - but Amsterdam really took my fancy. So many interesting places to visit, and such an interesting "feel" - so different to other cities. On top of that, getting around is so easy, and language difficulties are non-existent because most everyone seems to speak English (a good thing, because Dutch sounds pretty impenetrable to me).

The lyrics here are as tangential as ever – I’m not totally certain what they are about, although I hear references to our friends Andrew and Judy in there. Let’s just say they appeared on the page in a moment of writer’s block and I thought they might work. I really just wrote the verses as an excuse for the chorus. No, I’m not even sure of what “Crossing some Amsterdam lines” means – but you have to admit it has a slightly dangerous, but poetic ring to it ☺

John Libby (you know him as “ktb”) plays the main organ part and the electric piano. Excellent tracks John – thanks! As usual, I'm playing everything else, including the drum track (midi).

Thanks also to my wife Jan for some great harmony parts (and for putting up with me while I made the songs for the album).

credits
from the CD "Signs Of Life", released 27th April 2010
John Libby - electric piano and main organ part
Jan Porter - backing vocals
Neil Porter - guitars, keys, bass, drums, vocals and production
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Lyrics
AMSTERDAM
©2010 Neil Porter

I don’t think I told you about Amsterdam
I’m not talking about girls in the night
You can lose yourself in Amsterdam
It’s a city with beautiful light

We can meet at that bruin in Jordaan
We can drink one to interesting times
You know I’ll get back to Amsterdam
I’ll be crossing some Amsterdam lines

Living in Amsterdam
Losing in Amsterdam
Winning in Amsterdam
I’ll be crossing some Amsterdam lines

Get out of my depth in Haarlem
Sweep me out in a parallel stream
The invisible man in Amsterdam
I’ll be living a parallel dream

We could meet like spies in Centraal
Feel alive, getting ready to roll
Find some signs of life in Amsterdam
We’ll be singing some Amsterdam soul

Living in Amsterdam
Losing in Amsterdam
Winning in Amsterdam
I’ll be crossing some Amsterdam lines

Living in Amsterdam
Crossing some Amsterdam lines
Losing in Amsterdam
Crossing some Amsterdam lines
Winning in Amsterdam
Crossing some Amsterdam lines
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Uploaded: Apr 27, 2010 - 07:05:51 PM
Last Updated: Apr 27, 2010 - 07:10:40 PM Last Played: Feb 24, 2017 - 12:08:18 PM
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Hardware:
Fender Telecaster
Fender Precision Bass
Seagull S6 acoustic
Rode NT3 mic
Behringer UB802 mixer/preamp
iMac G5
plus John's stuff
Software:
Logic Pro 8
Ozone 3
Comments
particledots said 2668 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Nice one Neil
Really like this - great vocal sound
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jiguma said 2668 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Thanks Bryn
I was really pleased with how Amsterdam turned out - and the song too ;)
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Vic Holman said 2668 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Intercontinental guy you are
Neil, this song has a nice international appeal to it.

i really love the intricate work here. there is a lot of depth that on repeat listens one is able to find different things gong on. excellent song!
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jiguma said 2668 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Thanks Vic
I was really pleased with a lot of how this came out - one of which was the acoustic guitar. The music came to me in a few hours - the lyrics took much longer.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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dave_b said 2668 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
AMSTERDAM
Great groove - drums are cool punctuated with the punchy bass. Like the dark and dangerous vibe. Vocals & harmonies sound great.

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jiguma said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Thanks Dave
yes - the bass and drums worked out well. It's funny about the "dangerous vibe" - in fact, we had a really pleasant time there, although there was always a sense of things happening that you weren't aware of nearby.
:)
N
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billykirsch said 2668 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Neil
So cool you got the CD out. This song has the jiguma touch I love so much; it's not just the voice (that would be too easy). It's how the acoustic guitars, bass and drums fill the space like weaving a tapestry beneath your words. Transparent I think is the image that comes to my mind when listening to your music.

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jiguma said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Billy
Getting the CD was a monumental effort, especially as I'm doing it all myself this time (ie all the printing, design and stuff). Flying by the seat of my pants as it were. One of the joys of doing everything yourself is that you can develop a connection between the parts that is sometimes missing in a band - I have trouble recreating songs in my band sometimes. Of course, playing with other people has other advantages, such as getting more of a variety of idea.
Thanks for dropping in for a listen,
Neil
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Outtaorbit said 2668 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Damn.....
Damn....
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jiguma said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Dam indeed!
Cheers Patrick :)
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johnwhitehead said 2668 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Dam
This is gorgeous, Neil. Very evocative of the city on the canals. Lyric is poetic but direct.
Guitar is awesome. Vocal expressive and distinctive. Percussion is tres musical.
Lovely ode to a feeling and a place, both real and
of the imagination.
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jiguma said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Drums
Thanks John - I've spent a lot of time over the last year or so working on getting a good drum feel and sound using midi. Mike Watkins has helped a lot with advice about what a drummer might play on certain songs as well as showing by example on others. Combined with a lifetime of playing air drums (always wanted to be a drummer), it seems to have finally come together. Glad you enjoyed the song.
N
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Peter Bauckham said 2668 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Excellent!
Love this song Neil...

Peter
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jiguma said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Peter
thanks for dropping by for a listen!
N
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craft said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Nice song
Great vocals and guitar.. Rockin' piano too.. Well done
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jiguma said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Thanks
I just love John's piano!
Obrigado!
N
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Cori Ander said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Dig it!
Wow, I reallay dig this one. Good composition. Nice, clean and sparing arrangement. And the instumental things going on at 3:30 and on, are awesome. Really great, one of the best things on MJ.
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jiguma said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Thanks Johannes
It's always good to see you are still enjoying my music - and not just because you tip so well :) I think John's piano and Jan's small but major harmony really lifted this. I'm looking forward to having a bit more of a life now that the CD is finished - I can relax at last!
Have a great summer!
Neil
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davisamerica said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
got the code
for the rest of the CD and thanks for that. Neil this is fantastic.
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jiguma said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Glad to hear
that the code works Jack - I haven't been able to fault BandCamp so far. They have been consistent in doing what they say they'll do and offer some really nice little tools for people like myself. Can't recommend them enough.
Hope it all sounds OK Jack - I haven't heard the tracks in the 300 format yet.
Cheers from Oz - and thanks!
Neil
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dolby said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Wow!
This is bar far the best song you've ever written, recorded and posted on MJ. No shit! This is quality. Very, very good indeed. Love the soft hook of the choruses, the mystery of the whole thing and that kind of Pink Floyd chord progression that follows the choruses - excellent!
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jiguma said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Thomas! ;)
Thanks for the very kind words Phil - it's certainly one of my favourites, and production-wise, probably the best.
Glad you enjoyed it.
Cheers,
Neil
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blaky smith said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Some Amsterdam lines
It's excellent Neil, very well interpreted, very clear, perfect production. Really just the good song coming from a "pigeon voyageur" as you!
Congratulations to you, with Jan and John.
Nice picture for this new album, she's lovely...
Amicalement
Marc
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jiguma said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Merci Marc
Thanks for listening Marc - the picture of Aja is one of my favourites that we have of her. I really wanted to use something bright for this album after a fairly dull cover last time. Are you any closer to retirement yet? I should make a CD of travel songs and call it "Pigeon Voyageur" :)
Best wishes from Australia!
Neil
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magnatone said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Amsterdam
Hi Neil - sorry I didn't comment till this morning - this is just SUCH an excellent song, and one of your very very best imho. Really like the organ and piano bits in here, your vocals are awesome, and this SONG is just terrific! congrats!
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jiguma said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Karen!
I'm really glad that you enjoyed this one. This is one of the rare productions I've done where I don't have anything left to change :) John nailed it (in an embarrasigly short time too) on both organ and piano. I added the melodic part of the organ - in fact I had it before John did his bit - and the two parts just gelled so well. The play-out is so cool though thanks to that e. piano.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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DWL said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Blimey Neil
I seem to have missed the fact you play drums. This is excellent.

A really nice clear production and whatever the lyrics are about I think they're great. I like the oblique nature of them.

You really have found a style which suits you.

Great work :-)

Cheers

Dick
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jiguma said 2664 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Drums
Yes Dick, I really enjoy "doing" drums, and when it gets too complicated I fall back on Mike Watkins.

Thanks for the comments - oblique is good :)

Cheers from the Antipodes,
Neil
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Feter said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
AMSTERDAM
Very poetic ...progressive in a new age way ...
wonderful treat from your vocal work here ....
solid and tight recording as always ..good job..
thnx a lot for sharin !!!!
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jiguma said 2664 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Cheers Feter
Nice to see you back around the traps at MJ. Thanks for the listen and the comment - appreciate it.
Cheers,
Neil
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MannequinRaces said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Oh yes!
This is really awesome Neil! Nice album artwork; a complete nod to Nirvana's Nevermind. Cool harmony vocals. This just has that special mojo that makes something a Jiguma track.
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jiguma said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Cheers Adam
I almost didn't use that shot for the cover because of Nevermind, but eventually decided it was a good attention grabber and that Aja was indeed the biggest "sign of life" that I'm likely to ever see. I think I made the right choice.
The music for this, as with most of my songs, just evolved from a little acoustic guitar riff which I then built up. Had a heap of fun doing the drums.
Thanks for the listen,
N
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MannequinRaces said 2665 days ago (May 1st, 2010)
Whoa
Whoa wait... you did the drums?! If so then your drum programming is getting better Neil!
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Hickling_Stan said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
So engaging
Something breathy and dreamy about the vocals. An excellent production and great guitar, subtle keyboards. really enjoyed this. Cheers Mark
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jiguma said 2664 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Thanks Mark
This one was a lot of fun to make - glad you enjoyed it.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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ktb said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Amsterdam
I think you've captured the mystery of the city with this tune :-)
I know now that I MUST visit Amsterdam some day. Thank you for the invite Neil.
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jiguma said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
John
Thanks so much for your work on this - the play-out on the electric piano was exactly what the song needed, and added considerably to the vibe. Amsterdam is a buzz - especially if you're inclined towards drinking a bit of coffee and taking in some serious art.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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moorlandt said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Fantastic
Such a solid track, mate. This sounds like an instant classic to me. Absolutely great, Neil. And next time you come to Amsterdam, beep me up.
An other 'Amsterdam' classic by the Belgian artist Chris De Bruyne > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJIUSN2PqEE and the most famous Amsterdam song by (YES) another Belgian Jacques Brel > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZFr2Fh66zs ... covered by Mr Bowie > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejQS9kQDXmk&feature=related
Man, you're in good company! Love it, Neil.
-W
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jiguma said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Walt
I've been so looking forward to seeing your comment on this - really pleased you enjoyed it. Funnily, I didn't know about the other versions (a bit embarassing that!) - I knew Bowie had a version of "Berlin", but not "Amsterdam" - will have to have a look/listen.

We will hopefully be back in Amsterdam in July 2011, looking after our friends apartment (and cats) while they are away travelling, and will definitely get in touch - last year was a little different. So much to see and do and so little time :)

Best wishes from Oz,
Neil
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Gaylen75 said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Very Very
Cool!
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Moviz said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
What struck
me first was the separation of all the parts, vocals (great sound), drums , guitars and everything else... really top mix and sounds and a great sense of 'travelling along' in the drumbeat.... also the lyrics have that 'commentary ' feel that I like.... great stuff as always Neil, regards M
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Ibstrat said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
This
Sounds truly amazing.I love your songs this is great!
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davisamerica2 said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Amsterdam!
I really like this song, Neil. Music is great, and a nice pace, (you gotta be moving to listen to this song). Vocals are perfect. Thanks for the post. Terry
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Sigmund said 2667 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
AMSTERDAM
Great song. Signature breathy vocals that fit so perfectly. What impresses me about this tune is your production, which is really full, rich and warm. Very nice - very well put together - thanks!
Sig
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ted23 said 2666 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
Nice
Neil,
Strong, complete song. Gonna investigate your album because of this. "Crossing some Amsterdam lines" connected well with me.
I Really liked this man.

SISTERS said 2666 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
expectations met
you're so good at intros!
i like the mood of this - the edgy progression is nothing short of fabulous. you kept us waiting for harmony - good plan!
john's contributions always add class to a project - that holds true here. the mix is fantastic, neil. bravo, brother oz.
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jiguma said 2664 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Big Sis!
Thanks Anne - hope you're enjoying the album. John is a class act - I only use class acts on my songs ;)
Cheers,
Neil
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Demeter7 said 2666 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
Love
your breathy vox. Yeah, crossing Amsterdam lines? Who cares. It can be interpreted as one likes. Well done. Sounds like a winner. :)
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alackbass said 2666 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
Great Song
Great production, arrangement, and songwriting. Got me wanting to go there now. I wonder if Amsterdam is on the wife's bucket list?
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egobandit said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Loose
theres allot space in this Love the guitar lines in this. There is something so unique in your voice that I always enjoy. Great song!! BTW the keys on this really fill it out allot!
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lengold said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
This is superb
Neil - great song and performances. Very pro sound.
Cheers
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Calchas said 2665 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Geez Neil...
you go away for awhile only to come back and CLOBBER us with this exquisitely beautiful song!

Major kudos bro. I am blown away at how good this is, and that in every respect: arrangement, lyrics, vocals, instrumentation, mix...This one has it all in spades!

Be well mate!
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davajonah said 2665 days ago (May 1st, 2010)
Gosh
This is a seriously good song Neil. Spot on production, arrangement and just about all else. You have cracked Ultrabeat for sure. [I'm assuming that's what you used for drums here]

I really like the city, though haven't been there, aside from Schiphol airport, for many years. I'm tempted to go back, after listening to this. I think you just made another sale! I'd like me some full audio.

Most excellent.
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jiguma said 2664 days ago (May 1st, 2010)
Thanks Dave
No Ultrabeats were harmed in the making of this track :) I tried Ultrabeat a few times, but to me, it lacks finesse. I use a midi loop as a basis and then modify it pretty extensively to provide a varied and interesting kit track through the song. LOTS of micromanagement involved! I spend more time on drum tracks than anythin else when I'm doing a song. Sometimes though I like to use Mike Watkins for drums - you really can't do better than a real drummer, no matter how good the midi is - EXCEPT when you want a really clean and simple drum track. That's where midi drums rule.
Thanks again for listening - I hope you enjoy the CD. My factory is onto it ;)
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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davajonah said 2664 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Midi drums
I know what you mean about LOTS of micromanagement! But, in your case, well worth all the effort. I'm always so impressed with people who spend time on their drum tracks, there are a few names I could mention! It does make all the difference, imo.

Is your factory employing any new staff btw? I'm pretty good at packing boxes and could do with a trip down under. ;)
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jiguma said 2663 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Jobs
My production manager tells me there may be a vacancy in the shipping department - one of the guys has "moved on" complaining of being overworked.
:)
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lavalamp said 2663 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Hamsterdam
It's almost impossible to cross the line in Amsterdam. Crazy, crazy town. Reminds me of the city where Luke Skywalker meets Han Solo, Mos Eisly.

Well structure and nicely produced. Like the electric piano especially.
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guitapick said 2663 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Sounds great...
...I really like the addition of the keys, both organ and electric piano...mysterious song...Amsterdam must have been sweet...
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richard13 said 2663 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Very nice, Neil
As you can tell by now you've got a winner. Every thing about it is wonderful. Well done by all.
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SmokeyVW said 2663 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
professional
this is a great song! everything about it is excellent.

thanks

the only negative thing i got is that i'd drop the vocals down just a tad (don't get me wrong, your vocals are great) - mostly to allow the instrumentation to shine through
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RobLeBanc said 2663 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Great
stuff here Neil, great production, love the sound of the accoustic, and the Rhodes adds a nice mellow cloud floating over it all, very nice!
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T_Being_esq said 2662 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
I wish you all the success in the world
If this song is a sample of your current musical fare then the CD is bound to do well. Thanks for the e mail by the way.
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ziti said 2662 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
this sounds great
as always neil...your guitar parts are wonderful!!

my only nit was the word amsterdam....it was distracting to me....a wicked smokey tenor sax solo at the end, instead of the vocal repeats...or even a sexy flute solo....something...brothel-ish....that smells like hash.

fantastic work by john libby!!!!

deep bows
z
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blindsidedpoets said 2662 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
AMSTERDAM
Wow, great tune. Love the guitar parts. Killer photo, did you do it? HDR?
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2662 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
Crossing some Amsterdam lions?
Wow, apparently I'm way late to the party. Great tune and production, to state the obvious. You really polished this to a fine sheen.

Your voice and the production reminds me a tiny bit of Johnny Clegg (without the S. Africanisms of course).

I'm actually bowled over by what a good job you did with this tune. Congratulations--if the rest of your CD is half as good as this, you should be really really pleased with yourself:).
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bud said 2662 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
Excellent track Neil -
You've grown so much musically in the last 5 years - so cool to see what can happen with talent and drive. Has a bit of John Martyn vibe to me.
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tmcfate said 2662 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
well done
nice production
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tadashi said 2662 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
Capital of water
Japan and the Netherlands had traded in far old times.
Japan imported an advanced culture.
Very, beautiful melody.
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RAVENS said 2662 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Never Been There
Looks beautiful though... This is a great tune, very radio friendly & your vocals are fab. Best of luck with your CD!

RAVEN ;-)
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Einarus said 2661 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Amsterdam
Haven't been there yet, but I definitely plan to.

I also plan to listen to this song a couple of more times, because frankly - it deserves it.

Excellent performances (really like that organ solo near the end) and great production. I really love the feel you've got going here.

Great song!

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said 2661 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
bright and clear
This is an exceptional mix, Neil. I bow

. - Harold
Roxylee said 2661 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Neil and Jan
What an interesting feel this song has! The music has a tension that keeps us wondering what the next Amsterdam street will hold. John's electric piano and organ are perfect in this, and i really like Jan's subtle, and perfect harmonies. And Nail, of course your lyrics, vocals and mixing are as superb as always.
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kevmikwa said 2661 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Humbled
Whenever I hear a Jig-gem like this one where Neil's penciled in some drum part - stellar in its simplicity and groove - I always fear my days of collaborating with him are numbered. Why let a collaborator slow down your timeline when you can just do it yourself? Say it ain't so, Neil!

This is just a beautiful, hooky song. I defy anyone to listen and not nod your head. That vocal thing you're doing against the music at 1:42 ("I'll be crossing some Amsterdam lines") REALLY moves me. As I told you previously, I do wonder how it is that my musical soul brother should happen to be located almost exactly a planet away from me.

Loving the lifts from the snare at 1:02, the shaker at 1:28 and the ride 3:27. From a drummer's point of view, I dig the snatch thing you're doing (like at 1:37). I also like the start of the rollout - you're doing some cool stuff there with the ride bell that's very musical (3:30).

So off I go into the night, repeating the outro jam in my head ...
jiguma said 2646 days ago (May 19th, 2010)
Mike
it ain't so! Have you thought of emigrating?
:)
John just takes the outro to another place - the more I listen to the song, the more I like the ending.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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thoddi said 2658 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
Excellent
This is really a pro sounding production, and a very good song. The interweaving melodies in the keys, near the end, are marvelous and fits very well as a contrast to the more organized guitar hook-lines. I think your vocals have cool textures, and it all brings along a warm good feel.

Just brilliant from all involved. You can be very proud of this one!
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VicDiesel said 2656 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
Yep
another great song for your CD. Wonderfully sung, played, mixed. Perfect not matter how you look at it.
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Ed Hannifin said 2656 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
Finally starting to catch up...
And here's where I'm starting...

This is neat all around, Neil. It's well written in the Bruce Cockburn-ish travelogue manner, and it plays to your strengths. I think this is another of your best mixes. Really seamless with nice depth, good air and not over-thick... Lots of different instrumental points of interest as it goes through, but it never gets busy... Good vocal...

Ed
BirdmanWayne94 said 2656 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
One of...
... your very bests. I'm stunned by the beauty of the music, the great choice of instruments, and the fantastic vocals! I don't know what to say... I simply LOVE this.
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ste said 2655 days ago (May 11th, 2010)
lovely piece
top production on this. the drum sounds are especially good. nice guitars - tasteful. spent a lot of time in amsterdam and think you have nailed the feel of the city. top marks
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speedonl said 2646 days ago (May 19th, 2010)
Stunning Song
I love it..
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Symphony101 said 2646 days ago (May 19th, 2010)
Great song Neil !
You've got a great voice, the song arrangement and performance are just wonderful too.
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867-5309 said 2646 days ago (May 19th, 2010)
top notch
exceptional guitar and vocals -
top notch - here in "Amsterdam" .
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michaeljayklein said 2616 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
Well done!
Some very fine work on this! I was wondering if you had any instrumentals on your CD? Thanks again and take care!
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jiguma said 2615 days ago (June 19th, 2010)
Thanks Michael
No, I think I've only done one or two instrumentals and they are posted at MJ - this one on my jiguma pagehttp://www.macjams.com/song/44749 (a pseudo chamber orchestra thing
There are others on my alter ego page:
http://macjams.com/artist/Retro+Plien both orchestral and dance/ambient
My orchestral attempts are pretty amateur I'm afraid - I know nothing at all about the genre.
Thanks for listening,
Neil
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Warren Smith said 2500 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
Line crossing
Having crossed a few lines in Amsterdam in a past life, I can relate to the concept of not having to give out any specifics: just stick with implicit generalities : )

Even though the opening lays down a distinct melody, through most of the song it feels like you are painting with sound, rather than playing around with that melody, which gives it a dreamy feel. Well, until John jazzes out at the ending (which works fine, too). Nicely done as a complete effort.

It's amazing how much work goes into self-producing a CD of a dozen songs. Besides the main body of work, there are so many details to attend to. So I'm sure it feels good to get "Signs of Life" wrapped up.
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dimm witness said 2368 days ago (February 21st, 2011)
ok
this is great and way better than the cheech and chong version lol :-D
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