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Brave Girl (with Sisters)


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DWL

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First off, a truckload of thanks to Anne Cozean for her wonderful vocal on this song. We wanted a female voice and I was so pleased when Anne agreed to sing as she is so good at what she does :)

The song itself went through various incarnations from Richard's first demo and I think we explored just about every style without anything sounding right. Then I decided to strip it right back and just try it acoustically and much slower. Of course it didn't quite work out that way but I'm pretty happy how it did work (although there are parts of the backing I'm still unsure of).

Richard wrote the lyrics and original melodies. I sort of played around at the edges and did some stuff with GB. Any comments or suggestions will be very welcome.

Richard says: I loved The Pixies in the late 80s and early 90s. I especially loved Kim Deal. She was cool, she was cute, she played bass guitar. Now it's 2010 and I'm watching a documentary about the band's comeback tour. Just like me they've all got older and been through some ups and downs. Kim's sitting on the tour bus in the dark. She picks up a book an adoring fan has given her. In it, the main character loves the Pixies. The fan has highlighted the passages that mean the most to her.

Kim looks at it for a while, then puts it down. I can only guess what she was thinking but the look on her face at that moment inspired this song.

Anne says: "This was easy to do after hearing Dick's vocal. All I had to do was copy his delivery and give it some GIRL.
The music appealed to me Big Time, and I was delighted to be invited to play."

Brave Girl © Marris/Langford

There you are the brave girl
Behind the chain-link fence
What you say you feel about me
Doesn't make much sense

A cover band on bass guitar
Playing our old songs
You think that I'm so far beyond
You couldn't be more wrong


I'm so tired and faded
Addicted and alone
You don't need a heroine
You can make it on your own

I'm not the person in your fantasy
I'm too far down that road
I know you need something from someone
But I can't carry that load

Alone on my bus in the dark
With your book and a cigarette
All the time you waste on me
I hope you don't regret
Worshipping a tired rock star
Doesn't mean a thing
Find yourself your own bass line
Find your own song to sing
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Symphony101 said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
First !
First
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Symphony101 said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
A fantastic song
to start with. I like the orchestration and the use of the synths. Beautiful melody too. Very much enjoyed. And Anne's vocals ... just wonderful.

I just couldn't figure out about Richard. Is Richard another MJ artist who collabed for the song ?
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DWL said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Thanks Yves
That was fast!

Richard is not on MJ but we've been working together writing songs for nearly 10 years now and he features on a number of the songs I post.

Really appreciate the comments!

Cheers

Dick
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MarkHolbrook said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Well I don't even
have to listen to this to know I'm gonna like it!... DWL and Sisters!? How can it get better? But seriously yes this is great!
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DWL said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Thanks Mark
Your confidence in me is probably misplaced but I appreciate it nonetheless!

Cheers

Dick
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davisamerica said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
what a beauty ......
Dick , you and Richard delivered the goods in a wonderfully crafted song and Anne made it her's. What an incredibly cool find this morning ! Downloaded .... excellent track folks.
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DWL said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Yes she did
A splendid interpretation by Ms Cozean!

Thanks for the comments Jack.

Cheers

Dick
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Bob Rodgers said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Excellent
song and superb in every way, great writing, vocals and music!
A wonderful collab and very much enjoyed.

Bob

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DWL said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Good to hear from you Bob
thanks for the listen and comments

Cheers

Dick
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paddler said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
sensual and sensitive
I love tact and this lots - and memorable lyrics.They are speaking right out to me,and I like that.Its amazing dick that your song-partner Richard wrote those words how its transformed by a female vocalist particularly a wonderful singer like anne - it must have bowled you over to hear the lyrics transformed by such a feminine voice.Kicks my arse mate.Er I don't mean to be vane - so your Dick,your songster is Richard and I'm not Rich yet,just to get that sorted out..it sounds like you have a good duo going on there.I'm totally not a mans man and hate it when blokes don't flush the bog and slam doors and say the word %^&k in every sentence.What this shows is human understanding,empathy - and thank the stars,planets for that.Beautiful - Well done
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paddler said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
ps
i should know more about the pixies - but I was introduced to the film 'broken glass' the other day - almost like a sequel to quadrophenia,enjoyed it though.just gobbing off RG
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DWL said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Blimey
that's a lot to digest!

You're right, it was wonderful to hear what Anne did with the song. We always intended to have a female voice and we were lucky that Anne took time out of her dozen collabs to spend a little time with us.

Really appreciate the the thoughtful comments Rich!

Cheers

Dick
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SISTERS said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
i can't believe
i thought the Pixies were interchangeable with the GoGos and Bangles - the things one learns!!!!! Dick & Richard - this was a breeze to do - i'm so tickled you asked me to sing. I obviously didn't know anything about this group. After checking out Kim Deal today, I came away with a sense of world-weariness, and that mood was accentuated by the music. Thank you for the song dance, UK gents. I really like the end result. 8)
anne
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DWL said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Couldm't have done it without you!
So many thanks for your work on this Anne.

You caught the moment perfectly :)

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Great job on this...
thanks for teaming up! Michael
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DWL said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Thanks Michael !
nice of you to drop by!

Cheers

Dick
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alackbass said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Brave Girl (with Sisters)
The Moody Blues with a really great female vocalist out front. Such a well written and arranged song. Beautiful chord changes and guitar playing. Does Anne ever fail to nail it? Congratulations to all!
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DWL said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Moody blues?
Never thought of that but yes maybe it is!

Thanks for the listen and comment

Cheers

Dick
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BoiAfrica said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
A wonderful collaborator...
...that's what you are Dick, you are so good at picking the right elements, always. Anne's voice is so perfectly intimate that not much is needed, which is why your instinct to strip it back worked so well. You found the perfect "soup" to blend her in so to speak. I love the pace, the writing shines. Splendid, a 10 across the board!
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DWL said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Lovely comments
thank you very much!

I'm pleased the stripped back version worked. You should have heard the thrash version.......

Cheers

Dick


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crissew said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
great duo
This song really works well on all levels. Great vocals, very smooth laid back vibe sets the mood perfectly. Like the addition of the strings. That dissonant chord stuff really worked well i think. Enjoyed it!
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DWL said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Thanks Charles
I was really aiming for the smooth laid back sound so I'm pleased it came over OK

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Brave Girl
The song and lyric conjures up such a realistic image of her.
Beautifully understated music and a wonderful vocal from Anne complete that powerful image.
Cheers
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DWL said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Understated
that's the word I was after!

Thanks Len.

Cheers

Dick
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damiengh said 2386 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Nice Package
What a great package. Yes Anne, you, the lyrics, the song, the mood, Dick and Richard. Fit like a glove you do.

Wonderful capture of the lyric's mood and scene creation.
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DWL said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Well Damien
nice of you to stop by, listen and comment. Much appreciated :)

Do we get a new one from you sometime?

Cheers

Dick
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guygrooves said 2385 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Always...
leave em wanting more. You have.. and I want to hear more from this team.
Peace
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DWL said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Very kind of you!
Thanks a lot for the comments. As to any more, I think Anne is collabed out at the moment!

Cheers

Dick



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RAVENS said 2385 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Wonderful
What a haunting song. Anne's voice sounds amazing, as always. The music-bed is terrific & the lyrics are great. Awesome collab ya'll!

RAVEN ;-)
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DWL said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Thanks Dani
I really appreciate the comments and just want to say that I was very impressed with Did Ya Know as well..

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 2385 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
i saw that documentary
what a cool idea for the lyrics.

cool work Dick and Anne........ excellent song throughout!
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DWL said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
An interesting film
that hopefully puts some perspective to this!

Thanks Vic

Cheers

Dick
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scofugate said 2385 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Nice
Love the mood...This is sooo cool and smoooth.
Great job all!!!
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DWL said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Sometimes
we're lucky in who we get to work with. 'Nuff said!

Cheers

Dick


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ShadowofNine said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Brave girl
2nd listen (heard it over there ) a supreme piece, the vocal is shiny good, the music bed is 1st rate, excellent track, Bravo to yu all...
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DWL said 2381 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Many thanks
and apologies for delaying the response.

Cheers

Dick
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dave_b said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Brave Girl
Ann's beautiful vocal, and the stripped down arrangement fit the somber mood well. Great tone on the acoustic, and nice touch on the strings.
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DWL said 2381 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Thanks Dave
I'm pleased you enjoyed it!

Cheers

Dick
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sloparts said 2385 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Inspired writing Richard
and inspired music and vocals to present this beautiful song to the world. Anne's Vocal is up to the very high standards we've come to expect from her, as is you music Dick.

A wonderful collaboration, Bravo to all of you.

Ed
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DWL said 2381 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Much appreciated Ed
I had an easy job on this given the original material and those vocals!

Cheers

Dick
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fasteddie said 2384 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Great song!
This is one for the books! Does that make sense?
Excellent singing and backer. All around fantastic!
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DWL said 2381 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
One for the books?
Not a lot but thanks for the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick
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ted23 said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Waoh
Excellent stuff. The mix is smooth & soft but powerful at the same time....?
Really good on the ears.
Encore!
DWL said 2381 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Smooth and powerful
works for me although it's not something I normally manage.

Comments much appreciated!

Cheers

Dick
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RosaLinda said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Fantastic!!
That voice is just balsam for the soul! Beautiful song played so well! I loved all of this!:)
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DWL said 2381 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
For the soul?
A tortured soul perhaps...

Yes, Anne did a wonderful job.

Thanks for the listen and comments!

Cheers

Dick
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kingbee said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
deal or no deal
bad pun!
Anyway, great vox from Sisters and great playing and writing from Dick and Richard.
I would have maybe liked the drums at the important times to be bit 'fuller' to accentuate the 'peaks' and therfore make the quieter bits have more depth but that's just my thoughts.
Great collab and lovely song
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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Thanks Brendan
I'm a bit behind on my listening and replying I'm afraid. I had a lot of trouble with the drums on this and really struggled to get the right sound or feel.

Cheers

Dick
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woofer3 said 2384 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Brave girl
great track - well written and well performed. Loved all of it.
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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Late I'm afraid
thanks John, much appreciated

Cheers

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davisamerica2 said 2383 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Excellent song!
Loved the music on this, and Anne sang it beautifully. It was an interesting theme and your lyrics were very well written. This music, I don't know what you were unsure about, but I sure did like it. Thanks for the post and D/L. Terry
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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
We try to avoid obvious subjects
so thanks for the acknowledgement Terry!

I'm not sure what I was worried about now either!

Cheers

Dick


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awigze said 2383 days ago (October 21st, 2010)
well, of course
the choice for Anne was perfect on this. Everything fits so well as well. Amazing where inspiration can come from.
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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Yes, Anne was perfect!
and yes, inspiration is a strange thing!

Thanks for the listen.

Cheers

Dick
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VicDiesel said 2381 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
No guitar heroics?
It's a bit modest by your standards, but a good song anyway.
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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
We're trying to avoid the heroics
Although both Richard and I both play guitar we are generally trying to avoid the guitar heroics unless it fits the song. In this case it didn't!

Thanks for the comments Vic.

Cheers

Dick


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Moviz said 2381 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Wonderful song
and a great performance by all.... love the production and backing, but Anne's vocals really stand tall here.... as if it was written for her..... the ominous occasional cellos really add to the atmosphere, regards M
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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Thanks Maurice
I'm pleased you enjoyed it!

Although it wasn't written for her I knew as soon as I stripped it back to an acoustic it would be perfect for her.

Cheers

Dick
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jiguma said 2380 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
It's pretty straight forward really:
write a good song and then get Anne to sing it = outstanding success! Top tune and really well put together!
Cheers to all!
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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
A simple equation indeed!
I'd do it more often if it wasn't for the fact that everyone realises it and Anne has enough collabs to paper a living room.

Thanks Neil!

Cheers

Dick
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jibes said 2380 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
So excellent!!
A great Song and production with a great vocal by Anne. Way to go!!

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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Thanks
Anne lifted this out of the ordinary!

Cheers

Dick
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KCsGROOVE said 2379 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
great songwriting
Excellent music!
And Anne's voice shines! :-)
very much enjoyed!
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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
I'm pleased you enjoyed it!
Thanks for the listen and the comments

Cheers

Dick
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SweetestL said 2378 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
I ....
loved everything about this song. Beautiful work done by all of you! :)
DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Thank you very much
always good to get positive feedback!

Cheers

Dick

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ste said 2370 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
well
performed piece. nice bit of writing this, too. all balanced and sounding great. cheers
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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Balanced?
Not the way I am most of the time.

I appreciate the listen and comments

Cheers

Dick
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smokey bacon jnr said 2369 days ago (November 4th, 2010)
Cool song
Great vocal of course. I like the symphonic chords behind the vocal - kept waiting for Bonnie Tyler to belt out a massive chorus though!!! Would sound good in a musical show.
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DWL said 2368 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
A musical?
Now there's an idea.

I wasn't sure how much of the backing worked and how much didn't so thanks for that!

Cheers

Dick
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jiguma said 2367 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
I don't know why
but I haven't been getting many email alerts lately Dick - hence my tardiness here.

Terrific song, terrific playing, and Anne on vocals - what more could you want? Lyrically rally interesting too, ad a very tasty mix ............... I like this a lot!
Neil
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DWL said 2366 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
So I won't let you know you replied 14 days ago!
Thanks Neil!

I look forward to hopefully sharing some musical moments if you're here next year.

Cheers

Dick
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jiguma said 2365 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
Doh!!!!!!
So why didn't I fave it then?? Life is getting a little weird down here.

May be a chance of getting to the UK in 2011 after all after some news last night.

:)
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Moses said 2365 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
brave girl
great mix, i enjoyed the story (lyrics), cool song guys!
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Monkaton said 2339 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
Great Song
This was a great song and well performed and produced. One of the more impressive parts for me were the strings. The control of the playing, and not allowing the string parts to overwhelm the rest of the song made for a more intense and emotional production.

Great job by all involved.
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Hickling_Stan said 2338 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
No excuses
Ok Dick just because in the middle of a marriage breakdown it's a poor excuse for missing this one!!, Really enjoyed the layers, the instrumentation and the whole arrangement here. Think this might also be a grower. Cheers mark
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Hickling_Stan said 2323 days ago (December 20th, 2010)
Cool vocal
with some lovely subtle orchestration. Enjoyed. Mark
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thetiler said 2320 days ago (December 23rd, 2010)
This is really
a cool folk pop piece of music. The vocals of sisters is really something to behold and the guitar fits quite nicely with the orchestration and the list goes on. This is one of the best pieces of music i've heard of this style. Cool ending and the list goes on. This is really something ! Thanks for sharing, so glad I stopped by for this gem!
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hackneybloke said 2306 days ago (January 6th, 2011)
brave girl
sorry dick...i didn't realise i hadn't been over for a listen on this. i think the sparse choice works really well as does having a female vocalist. i like the violin sounds that come in from time to time...although they sound a little detached from the mix. the chord progressions are simple but just when you think you know what's coming you throw in something new and that maintains the interest. the ending was so incredibly like the ending to a supertramp song called 'rudy'.....one of my favourites.

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echoroom said 2305 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
Bloody hell this is great
Fantastic track, Annes vocals on this are pure but ... kinda subversive. Great subject matter... i'll have to find that documentary.
With being at all hyperbollic (sic), this sent shivers down my spine.
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rtcooper said 2295 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
HOLD THE PRESSES
STUNNING.
REALLY.
Whew.

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fambroski said 2294 days ago (January 18th, 2011)
More than a song
Great song and lyrics. Great performance and arrangement. This seems more than a song. I feel so much when i hear it, I can also see it. Can't put my finger on it but it's profound...
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blaky smith said 2289 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Great collab
Très belle chanson Dick, sur tous les plans, vocals and music, c'est un plaisir à écouter. Bravo !
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