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Takane no hana (final version)


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I promised a fuller version of the demo I posted in September. It is now a lot fuller than even I was initially imagining! Normally I'd say something self-deprecating about my tendency for layers and cheesy 80s production; but not for this one - it feels naturally massive and everything in it needs to be there. Feel free to let me know if you disagree, though :)

If you are familiar with the demo you might enjoy the change at 1:50 - I was going for something like when the drums kick in on 'Stairway to Heaven', the most important moment in rock history, in my opinion.

This will (soon) see a release on the second EP of my Japanese Idioms project. The first EP can be streamed and purchased at: www.dantimmermans.com
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Lyrics
you see there's something special here - she's found her way into your mind - you know that no-one else has found her - quite as lovely as you find her now. but she's broken-hearted, too - maybe even more than you - you think that no-one's ever told her - the things you're gonna tell her now. slow down, Romeo - that's not an angel you follow - and her heart is not a canvas for a painting you've been dreaming of. she's complicated, too - you're not the only mystery here - so if you dress her in assumptions - and feed her someone else's lines, it won't work. if you hold her up high - it's just further to fall. (you should know that) romance is not setting her up to disappoint you.
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Uploaded: Dec 18, 2010 - 06:51:53 AM
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2010 - 03:42:25 PM Last Played: Sep 13, 2017 - 05:04:19 AM
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Hardware:
Fender Telecaster, Maton Acoustic, Tanglewood Banjitar, Yamaha Bass, Shure SM-57, M-Audio Fast-Track, Mac-Mini
Software:
Garageband + Jam Packs, Battery 3
Comments
alackbass said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Takane no hana
I remember this one. I thought the guitar sounded like a fretless bass. I love the way you've opened up in the vocals. I hear a lot more clarity in the lead vocal than on the demo. The vocal arrangement hear is wonderful. The instrumental arrangement is great. Great mix and production. Downloaded!

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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
thanks Andrew
I really appreciate your support on this one. Also, I'm thinking 'most important moment in rock history' would make a pretty informative forum topic.
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jdholliday said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
unbelievable
improvement, really dramatic, stellar job Dan, you really filled this out perfectly and the quality of the mix/master is outstanding, I would not change a thing here, 100% pro!!!!!!!!! Great job, I love your vocal style!
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
thanks James
I'm glad you enjoyed the tune, and glad to get feedback on the mix and master. it's taking some time (and music) but I feel like I'm getting a better grip on mixing.
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ktholliday said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
~Wow ~ Wow!!!!! ~
Dan, this is really fantastic! I am now listening, and am enjoying this with my first cup of coffee!!! I so love this!!! I will listen in on some other of your songs! Instant DL a must!Excellent vocals and all around production!!! ~Take good care ~ Katy ~
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Hi Katy
Thanks for having a listen and doubly so for liking it! Let me know if dig anything in the back catalogue.
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egobandit said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Something special
This is beautiful and better then anything being put out in the top 40 world! People like you need to be noticed , Love when it kicks in the back up vocals add such an uplifting dimension to this! The drums in the lead part are perfect ! A download for future listens the way it comes back in at 4:00 is greatness ! The outro singing, man this is tops real pro to me!
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
that's quite the compliment!
I appreciate your comment about the backups - I'm glad I worked out how EQ some clarity in there, it was very full and muddy for the longest time!
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crissew said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
really cool
Some of your phrasings were reminscent of bluegrass, the song itself has a nice acoustic folk rock vibe. Very interesting structure on this too. Love the non conventional nature of this. Great build at 1:50. Excellent, and very original piece here... Very Nice!
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Thanks Charles
I'm glad you enjoyed the structure - I think it was a bit chancy and I had to puzzle long and hard over how to sell the dynamic and tempo changes. Thanks for having a listen.
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saladdays1 said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Music Snob's Take Note
Add this to your repertoire, because this can go head to head with everything in your bag.
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
That's the greatest...
...comment I've ever gotten. Unless you are calling me a music snob? I'm not a music snob. Just kidding, I am. Glad you dug the tune, Adam.
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Char said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Wonderfully
put together piece. Yeah, I love what you did here. Thanks.
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Thanks Char
It was a challenge getting it all to gel right. I appreciate your listening and commenting.
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Gaylen75 said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
This is so great
I can say enough about all the originality here. You have a great understanding of song.
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Thanks bud
I've just had a listen to some of your stuff. Great voice, dude. anyway, I appreciate your comment and time.
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Moviz said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
What a
good recording... love it all, but the production is wonderful. I love the song and your whole performance and the sound and arrangement are excellent.... the Japanese influence is really good.... love the pace.... tops, regards M
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
ah Maurice
thanks for your comment and glad you enjoyed the track. I was always bugged by the quick pace of the demo - the guitar and lead vocal were recorded together without a click, so I guess the pace was just what came naturally. but when you're gonna add more parts you've gotta create some room, right? The tempo feels right now, and I'm glad you noticed it :)
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Catalina22 said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Arigato
I think the quality of the production here is just outstanding. This is incredibly rich and full-sounding, even at the beginning, before the song really takes off just before 2:00. This blew me away . . . awesome work. :)
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Hi Catalina
Thanks for having a listen. your comment about a full-sounding beginning is very reassuring; I did worry that, given what comes after, the opening would sound flat and too sparse. layers and reverb to the rescue! anyway, again, thanks for taking the time.
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Social_Ice said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
significant...
what more can I write here? in joy'd immensely..and dl'd.. ~barbara
dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Hi Barbara
please enjoy the DL, I hope it pops up unexpectedly on your player and makes your day better.
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magnatone said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Hi Dan
this just exudes originality and creativity dan - wowzers - i will be enjoying this for a long time to come! thanks for the D/L!!
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
cheers Karen
'wowzers' is always a great comment to get. thanks for downloading
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hackneybloke said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
takane no hana
hey dan. i love the urgency of the guitar and how it takes you with it. the section at 1.30 is SUBLIME...very clever diversion and really confident harmony. the transition into the rock section is seamless and goes on just long enough. the slow down at 2.50 works perfectly and the atmos synth sounds with the guitar noodling is a dream. ...and the harmonised guitar licks at 3.57 are a great way back into the groove although they are so perfect i would have enjoyed them for another few bars so they could really establish themselves and then build in a big way. the a capella stuff at the end is a brave but perfectly executed way out. a really quick five minutes eighteen seconds....because you manage to weave together contrasting elements in a professional and assured manner. great track...great writing. thanks for coming over to me so i could come back to you.
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Wow
I love the depth and detail you go into when commenting; it's very helpful. 'urgency' was definitely a goal for that opening guitar because it has a lot to carry and I used a slower tempo on this version. very interesting to hear your opinion on the closing sections - I am toying with the notion of repeating and building the section before the a capella a little more. again, thanks for the time you've taken.
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Reggie_Pole said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Solid
Great change-ups throughout. Brilliant arrangement and production. Doubly brilliant lyrics.
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Thanks
Two 'brilliant's in one comment. awesome. thanks for commenting and enjoying the lyrics.
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racerat said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
takane no hana
Wow. Really cool update. What a transformation. The banjo is an interesting touch, but IMHO it should drop out when the lead guitar kicks in. The song should kind-of break out and the banjo is cool in the beginning, but feels like it is holding the song back after the transition. Actually I am pretty partial to the lead guitar that kicks in at 2:30, really cool. Then is winds down til 4:00 then back up into a groovin vamp with stomps and claps, love the acapella fade out. Great work Dan. Always inpressed by the cinematic scope of your stuff and the complexity of the arrangements. Dig it.

RR
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Thanks, Phil
I can always rely on you for an interesting comment; I feel pretty good about the parts the banjos play but I'll have another look - you might be onto something there. 'vamp' was the word I was looking for earlier, thanks. take it easy, man.
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Sigmund said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Takane
This is a great song but what makes it stand out is your exceptional arrangement. You have done a remarkable job with the various beats, feels, and even tempos to create a very interesting piece of work. Excellent use of dynamics as well. Very much enjoyed this, Dan - thanks!
Sig
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
tempos
the moment I realised I could mess with tempos in this newer version of garageband I knew three things: a) it'd be fricking great! b) it'd be dangerous, and c) I'd better develop some self-control. turns out, changing tempos in GB can be a bit of pain and it really does demand planning (necessitating quite a lot of rerecording) but I do love the possibilities it opens up.
your comments are most welcome, Sigmund, thanks for taking the time.
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Symphony101 said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Fantastic
Great vocals and music. Awesome work, and a very cool concept too.
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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Hi Yves
Thanks for your comment on the concept. Lyrics were never that important to me, as a listener and a writer - I was all about the music. but lately, I have been taking a bit more care and trying to write about things I feel passionately about. very happy with this one.
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RAVENS said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Wonderful
This sounds terrific! Reminds me of a Rick Springfield tune. Gosh I adored him! Great track, vocals & lyrics. Everything blends in beautifully. Congrats on your 2nd EP!

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dantimmermans said 2501 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Rick Springfield!
I hope you've been watching Californication, Dani! Very interesting comment, though; I'll need to have a closer listen to find the similarities. Loved your track Forgive Me I, btw. you've got a great voice.
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sschedra said 2500 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Dan
Think you're right on this one. All the elements are balanced and it is a full production. The lyrics? I think it is really sharp because you are showing the motivations of real love balanced against the dance and seduction of romance. Very insightful.
Very well done!
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tf10music said 2500 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
beautiful
harmonies and nice, unconventional vocals. I love the full sound, and I think that this, like all of your work, is of a high quality. By the time the 2-minute mark rolled around, I was ensnared. The one thing I wish had been different was the repeated line in the 1:30-1:50 period. I felt like it wasn't the greatest choice given that it was the most cliched line in the song, to my ears (there weren't many cliches, so that is a very picky comment). I definitely thought the last 2/3 of the song blew the first third out of the water both musically and lyrically (" so if you dress her in assumptions and feed her someone else's line..."). I do think you have a remarkable piece of work here, really. I look forward to hearing more.
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apb said 2500 days ago (December 19th, 2010)
Simply
marvelous. Instead of going on about all this tunes great stuff (which is very many) and give you a big head ;o) my only nit/suggestion was perhaps to think about recording the acoustic with a mic .. the peizo? pick-ups/direct give that "live unplugged" sound and perhaps this might be improved a little without that. Excellent work and thanks for the download.
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dantimmermans said 2499 days ago (December 20th, 2010)
good insight
that's a very useful comment, I do always record my acoustic guitar using the inbuilt mic - moostly because I am lazy. I'm saving for a new microphone so I hope to revisit that part, and introduce a little resonance to it. thanks for having a listen.
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particledots said 2499 days ago (December 20th, 2010)
brilliant
as usual Dan
thanks for sharing (and for the download)
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Carrie71 said 2498 days ago (December 20th, 2010)
Great Vocals
Actually great everything! Love it. But especially your vocals!
michaelkoppenheffer said 2497 days ago (December 22nd, 2010)
I remember the "original" of this
and while I really liked the "demo" version I think your love of layers require no apology--the range of dynamics, timbre, and intensity here make it well worth the 5.25 minutes of listening! I'm a big fan of the dreamy vibe pre 1:50 but the rock build really worked for me.

I was just listening to the newish Sufjan Stevens album before checking this out and there are some similarities in your vocal sound and orchestrations at points--and I mean that as a compliment!

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stevel said 2489 days ago (December 30th, 2010)
Epic!
Great track....very ambitious and expertly performed. Your vocals remind me a little of the bloke from Sleepy Jackson/Empire of the Sun. Cool guitar work throughout....really enjoyed it all
Cheers
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billykirsch said 2483 days ago (January 5th, 2011)
Fantastic
This is more than great Dan. The hard work was worth it. I like the movement and color you gave to this track. It grows and grows.
The mix is excellent. It shines from wherever you look at it.

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Jscott said 2481 days ago (January 6th, 2011)
Great stuff
Very Unique!
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tmcfate said 857 days ago (June 19th, 2015)
maybe even more than you
A really complicated emotion. You painted it so well. Thanks again
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