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Many years ago I lived in an apartment in a big city. One day I just gave it all up and moved to the country so I could do the things I want. I This is a tune I made back then and has been in the back of my mind and I thought I would see what I could do with it in Garageband. I am open for criticism.
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I lived in an apartment building
And the windows faced the west
And every day when the sun woke
I dressed to look my best

And I caught the bus to the subway
With the paper on my thighs
And with all those morning faces
I read the worldly cries

And I made it through the subway
And shuffled through the streets
Up the stairs through the doorway
Punched in an hour late

And I joined the robots in coffee
As we scurried through the day
Then went through the same procedure
Of grinding my weeks away

I blew my head in agony
The same old clock rang it's note
To hell with all society
I'll do the things I want

And they'll cut me down
And burn me to the ground
And say I'm a derelict
When in fact it's just creativity
Crawling up my back

So I moved myself to the country
Where the air soothes the mind
And the rocks and trees and birds and things
Are the only society I can find

And I paint those crazy pictures
While talking to my cats
And i give my love to a woman
Who loves to give it back
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Hits: 3881
Comments: 73
Fans: 30
Plays: 211
Downloads: 84
Votes: 1
Uploaded: May 20, 2011 - 09:06:49 PM
Last Updated: May 22, 2011 - 03:40:33 PM Last Played: Mar 17, 2017 - 07:52:22 PM
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Fender Jazzmaster, Godin acoustic-electric, midi keys and me.
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Comments
SCJohnson59 said 2226 days ago (May 20th, 2011)
Firsties!!!!
Echoes of Donald Fagin(vocally)and Pat Metheny(guitar wise) ... Excellent!! :)
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gadzooks said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Thanks
for dropping in and listening. Even just a flavor of Fagen and Metheny is a great compliment.
SG
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davisamerica2 said 2226 days ago (May 20th, 2011)
Very nice tune
This is one of those melodies that stays with you for a while. Really catchy and original. I enjoyed the vocals too. Love your style. T
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gadzooks said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Thanks!
Your comment means a lot!
SG
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RAVENS said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Awesome
What a great tune, I like when it kicks in at :35, very cool. Great vocals as well, catchy chorus too! Awesome stuff!

RAVEN ;-)
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gadzooks said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Thanks
again for always dropping by and listening. You are obviously a great support and talent on MJ.
SG
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alackbass said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
I lived In an Apartment Building
Great tune! I love the groove and vocals. The lead guitar blew me away! Your use of the whammy bar is outstanding!
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gadzooks said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Thanks Andrew
For your support and for always taking the time to listen.
SG
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FourOFour said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Catchy
Awesome track - great fret work and it's quite catchy!
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gadzooks said 2221 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Thanks
for checking it out!
SG
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sammydix said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Apt
love the lead guitar tone first off. I'm in that exact situation presently--livin in a high-rise in the heart of downtown Atl. Absolutely beautiful at night thru the large windows, but it can't beat a nice countryside view. not even close. i think you're a solid songwriter, Gad, with some cool 'non-typical' twists.
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gadzooks said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Thanks Sammy
There is something about a cityscape at night and the silence of a city at night that is magical.
for dropping by and having a listen.
SG
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Social_Ice said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
the country....
the country has served you well....this is an impressive track...in every aspect. truly in joy'd!!! ~barbara
gadzooks said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Thank you
for stopping in and listening and for your encouraging words.
SG
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neilh79 said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
apartment building
cool tune man awesome presentation wll done
gadzooks said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Hey Neilh79
Thanks for dropping by and having a listen.
SG
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Dadai.2 said 2226 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
First of all..
I really like that painting. That alone is worth the price of admission.

Now as to the song. It lives up to the song art. I dig it. I love this kind of guitar-vocal song. Very fine vocals that sis nicely in the music sound bed. Cool tune. This works! Kudos to you.
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gadzooks said 2225 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Thanks
First for enjoying my painting and for checking out my tune.
SG
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eleveneyes said 2225 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
ahhh, the country.
Lots of interesting things going on in this tune. Really liked it at the beginning when that 2nd guitar comes in but thought the initial guitar part was slightly over processed Love that opening note on the overdriven electric part. Cool changes, lyrics and lead guitar work. Actually all the guitar work was really cool. Love the last verse especially. What's your lead tone secret?
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gadzooks said 2225 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Thanks
for stopping by and checking out my tune. I see your point re: the over processed guitar at the start. I wanted it to contrast the real clean tone of the second guitar that comes in. As for the lead tone it's a 63 fender jazzmaster with some overdrive.
SG
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segiperkasa said 2225 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
really cool song ......
just love the build up.. and some really cool 'surprised element'in the song .. really cool guitar work......
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gadzooks said 2225 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Thanks
for checking it out!
SG
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Skweryl said 2225 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Apartment
Very easy song with peace in it. Fun to hear!
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gadzooks said 2225 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
I like that...
a song with peace in it ... thanks!
SG
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Philip18 said 2225 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Excellent song
I am a guitar nut and it's the guitars in this that get me in - exceptional playing and sound. But the lyrics are strong, too - sung with feeling. Congratulations on the total package!
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gadzooks said 2224 days ago (May 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Phillip
For dropping by and having a listen and for the compliment. I'm with you on the guitar nut thing!
SG
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scaustrita said 2225 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
What a Contrast
The intro what so innocent, then you break into this rock style, just awesome dude!
Some very good vocals and guitar too . ..

:: Very Talented ::
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gadzooks said 2224 days ago (May 23rd, 2011)
Thanks
very much. I appreciate your compliment. And thanks for dropping in to listen.
SG
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PeterB7858 said 2225 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Really strong post
Hi Stan. You have really hit some runs with this song. Wonderful guitar work, distinctive vocals and some fine lyrics. I also got a hint of Pat Metheny at the start :-) Really strong post. Regards, Peter.
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gadzooks said 2224 days ago (May 23rd, 2011)
Thanks
so much Peter. You have been a great support since I joined MJ. Thanks again for your compliment.
SG
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billykirsch said 2224 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Story
Excellent story telling. I dig the contrast between the gray images of alienation, the tension increasing, finally resolving in the contact with nature, art and the human touch. Cool singing, great guitars, pro mix. Everything sounds crystal clear.

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gadzooks said 2224 days ago (May 23rd, 2011)
Thanks
for dropping by and checking it out. I truly appreciate your comment. And I am especially glad to hear you approve of the mix..
SG
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dimm witness said 2224 days ago (May 23rd, 2011)
freakin incredible
outstanding talent -- just blows me away bro ;-) mellow tune I like it! makes me yearn to get outa town
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gadzooks said 2222 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks a lot Dimm! I really appreciate it.
SG
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Moviz said 2224 days ago (May 23rd, 2011)
Lovely tinkling
sounds on the opening and backing guitars putting me in mind of tinkling rivers.... the electric lead that comes in is as you described a city guy in the country. Love your vocals and the song, production and arrangement is excellent..... lovely lyrics and atmosphere you created, regards M
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gadzooks said 2222 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thank you
for stopping by and listening. I like the tinkling river visual with the opening guitars. Thanks again for enjoying it.
SG
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davisamerica said 2223 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
right then
back for a proper comment. well .."wow" would be a good place to start. Stan this is tasty indeed. Love the angst from the vocals and lyrics and yet the music keeps telling me..."hold on this is gonna change" .... I have a bit of criticism ... for me ... I gotta keep up with your work. Fantastic track and thank you for the d/l... i did!
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gadzooks said 2222 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thank you
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your comments. It's hard to listen to everyone since most of us have a life outside of MJ's. I'm just thankful you happened to drop in and downloading it is the best compliment you can get. Thanks again!
SG
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magnatone said 2223 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Apartment Building
Hey Stan! what a fabulous tune - this will be in my head for awhile! your vocals sound terrific - great work sir!
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gadzooks said 2221 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Thank you
so much for dropping by again and listening. And thank you for your wonderful compliment!
SG
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Jarvoid said 2223 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Triffic...really triffic..
nicely professional and clean cut recording...I get traces of Boston and hints of Steve Hackett coming through now and then and that is brillo.Great,I think you have a new fan !!

Jarvo
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gadzooks said 2221 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Yes!
Steve Hackett - Genesis . I loved early Genesis with Gabriel. A trace is a good thing. Thanks for listening.
SG
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BlueFlameRoom said 2223 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
I love the way..... this
Just rolls of the the guitar...... digging this
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gadzooks said 2221 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Thanks
for poppin' in and having a listen and for diggin' it!
SG
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drakonis said 2223 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
jangly pretty confidence
There's something that oozes confidence and beauty to the start of this. My only critique was that when the lead guitar first came in, it sounded slightly sharp compared to the rest of the soundbed. I love the chord progressions. Great singing voice, and I connect with the lyrics, although I never moved from city to country, but instead have been balancing forever in suburbia, occasionally escaping to nature when I can. So glad you found love and balance too. Nice!
ttfn,
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gadzooks said 2221 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Thanks
for dropping in and taking the time to listen. Thanks for the tuned ear and for the compliments. Balance is good no matter where you are.
SG
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jiguma said 2222 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Stan
The intro spoke to me before it took off - very tasty. Love the guitar, and pretty much everything really. We've just come back home (we live on the South Coast of NSW, looking out to the ocean) from a week Sydney where we had some serious family business happening, and I totally understand the city/country thing.
Someone further up the page mentioned confidence, and this (as well as creativity and playing skill) are what stands out to me here. Great song, beautifully done. If I had to find a nit, I'd probably have to look at the drums - wondering what someone like Mike Watkins (kevmikwa) might add to that with live drums if he was given a chance. I'm only looking for a nit because it's kind of expected of me here ;) This is a really classy piece of work.
Cheers from Oz,
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Thanks again
for dropping by for a listen. Sounds real nice where you live. There is no doubt that live drums are the best. How can you really get true feeling and dynamics with looped and midi drums. Who is Mike Watkins? And do you just ask people on MJ if they would like to collaborate? I love the fact that a lot of you on MJ have collaborated and really well. Still just finding my way here and would like the opportunity to have a real drummer on tune. anyhow, thanks for the compliment and the nit.
Cheers
SG
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egobandit said 2222 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
cool intro
Love all the cool oohs and ahhs ! Really great song downloaded I need to listen to this. Love the guitar structure in this!
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Hey ... thanks
I really appreciate that you downloaded which is the greatest compliment!
SG
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Llarion said 2222 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Very nice work!
I like the subtonic substitution for the IV chord thing you have going on, it leavens the song nicely... Solid vocal and lyric too! Your lead playing is very advanced and tasty! If this were intended for release as a signal, I might question the very lengthy introduction, suggesting perhaps that the verse come in after 8 or 16 bars, max; but as a "journey" piece, it works well. And you painted that picture? If so, wow! I'd love to see it in higher resolution, the light and colors of the sun reflecting are amazingly well done!
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Llarion said 2222 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
oops,
I meant "single", not "signal". :)
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Thank you!
I appreciate your compliments and suggestions. Your stuff is real pro so it means a lot. And I am glad you like my painting.
SG
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ShadowofNine said 2222 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
I lived In an Apartment Building
I don't criticize peoples music, may offer a point of view every once and a while but thats it, I like the song,performance, and lyrics...Bravi
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Thanks
a lot for dropping in and checking it out!
SG
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Sigmund said 2222 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Apartment Building
Nice smooth tune. Your voice reminds me very much of another Canadian - Geddy Lee. This tune is well arranged and played, and your vocal harmonies are a nice touch. I enjoyed this - thanks for posting!
Sig
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Thanks
very much for listening and coming from a player like yourself it means a lot to me.
SG
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Elevator_Funk said 2221 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
...
Cool man. I appreciate these lyrics. I live in a small city, but I still feel like I need to go back to rural dwelling. Been thinking about it a lot lately.

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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Thanks
for checking it out!
SG
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awigze said 2221 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Big Idea
I really love the sound of this and the backstory reminds me of similar decisions I've made. Not so much decisions but approach to life that makes our only life worth looking in on. Vocals are superb and match the meanings.
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Thank you
so much for stopping by and having a listen and for your compliment.
SG
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Catalina22 said 2221 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
City Mouse and Country Mouse
That's what immediately came to mind when I read the idea behind this song! All whimsical references aside . . . .

Absolutely brilliant lyrics. This song has an "epic" feel to it . . . sweeping phrases, sweeping themes, sweeping guitar solos. Beautiful! I love how this song takes many interesting turns while at the same time maintaining the basic chordal theme and "feel". Awesome work!
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Hi!
I love the city-country mouse image ... I think it's great! Thank you so much for listening and for the wonderful compliments!
SG
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Daugrin said 2221 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Gadzoin!
Enjoyed yer piece, yer production is musical. The shopworn nature of pop music isn't escaped, but it's a fresh thing... keep 'um coming!

Daug
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Thanks
I loved your comment! "The shopworn nature of pop music isn't escaped, but it's a fresh thing... "
Thanks for dropping by!
SG

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tf10music said 2221 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
evocative
you really do fantastic things with sound. I wish I had that kind of vision.
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Thanks
for stopping in for a listen and for enjoying my tune.
SG
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sewer rod said 2220 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
Wow
Great tune! Really like the guitar tones.
The vox match the tune perfectly.
Enjoyed very much, Thanks for sharing.
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Hey Sewer Rod!
Thanks so much for checking it out and for enjoying it!
SG
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Saltaireguru77 said 2220 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
What a cool song
Reminds me in some ways of U2 with those guitar sounds, but still a very definite style in it's on right. I loved listening to this and just kicking back. Made me think a little of a Tom Petty song called "The apartment song"! Your vocal delivery sounds a little like Tom (which for me is very cool). Loved this tune. Awesome work and a beautiful mix with some excellent guitar playing.
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gadzooks said 2218 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Hey...
Thanks so much for dropping in and listening. I like that Petty song. I appreciate your compliments.
SG
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craft said 2213 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
nice tune
I love the groove and vocals. The guitar is fantastic...
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Name: Stan Gadziola
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