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Teflon Silhouette w/ scofugate, finkeldink, Symphony101 and michaeljayklein


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neilh79

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This is a song I wrote about 2 or 3 years ago and one that I really wanted to get a definitive version of, so where better than to look than right here on Macjams!

I started off this collab by throwing a PM out to Scott and Mike to see if they would come in with me on another song, when they said yes I started thinking about what else to add.

I knew I wanted keys on this song, having heard a few of Yves collabs I knew I wanted him in and as soon as I messaged him he came back eager and keen to help out.

The vocalist was a tricky one to sort out, at first I didn't know whether I wanted male or female or even a combination of both, I was trawling through so many singers trying to find the right one for this tune.

It wasn't until I was washing up one day (dull I know) and humming the tune out that I had a mini eureka moment. The only question was whether he would be happy to do something in a slightly different style.

I messaged Michael that evening and when he said he was happy to take a listen I still thought ok, its a long shot but maybe he will come in.

When he said yes I was delighted.

This has been a really good experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the guys on this, and to each of them I just want to say a really big thankyou.

We hope you enjoy

Credits

neilh79 : Author, Guitars
scofugate : All Percussion
finkeldink : Bass
Symphony101 : Keys, Strings
michaeljayklein : vocal, mix
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Lyrics
Verse 1

In the corner of the room
Shadows hang like fireflies
Streaky patterns on the wall
The world became adorned

Verse 2

Hanging on the shoulders of man
Cast aspersions on the world
Get out of here, fly back down
We are safe, deep deep down

Bridge

Flitting fast
Flitting slow
Flitting about a long long time

Chorus

Free to fly
Free to move
This teflon silhouette that you are

Verse 3

Silently creeping, climbing
Patterns have emerged
Speed of thought, change of mind
Shadows have dispersed
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Downloads: 89
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Uploaded: May 31, 2011 - 05:45:34 AM
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2011 - 01:08:39 PM Last Played: Mar 24, 2017 - 12:21:28 PM
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Symphony101 said 2156 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Nicely crafted song
and a beautiful collab Neil, it's been a privilege being a part of it. Many tahnks again and many thanks too, to Scott, Mike and MJK, for the pleasure of working on this song together !
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Yves
Thanks very much for being on it, really appreciate it you did a great job
Toveco said 2156 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Teflon Silhouette
Really nice tune nicely singing, perfekt to the backing music.

Tom/
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Tom
Thanks so much for the comment, glad you enjoyed the tune
RAVENS said 2156 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Wowzers
I had to take a triple look at this incredible line-up. Neil, you made a great call when you asked these gentlemen to accompany you on this song. Your guitar playing & lyrics are just terrific, you are very talented!

Scott - As always, you put 150% into everything you do, and I admire that about you so much. I love the delicacy you've applied here, just perfect. (Triple Cannolis for you)

Mike - I'm so used to hearing that screamin' guitar of yours. It's really nice to hear you play bass again, you're so awesome.

Yves - I so enjoy listening to you play keys, you are so great at everything you do, absolutely wonderful.

Moe - You sound okay I guess. HA! Are you kidding, you sound incredible! No surprise, but this is such a different style for you. Goodness, I am so impressed with your versatility here. You were so blessed with that amazing voice of yours. Just fantastical, you da bestest!

Congrats on this wonderful collab guys, you all ROCK!

RAVEN ;-)
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scofugate said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
BTW
A real Cannoli, not these Southern thangs......
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Dani
Thanks so much for dropping by, the guys were terrific I cant thank them enough, really glad you like it
Saltaireguru77 said 2156 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Amazing collab
Does this count as a macjams supergroup? Well it couldn't be for a more deserving song. This is a cracker Neil! Excellent playing all round but I think MJK excels himself. Nice to hear you doing something unusual Michael! Shows just how versatile you are! And a super clean mix as well. Cannoli all round I say! Brilliant.
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Stephen
These guys are a supergroup in their own right, been really good fun doing it, glad you enjoyed it
sewer rod said 2156 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Some of my favorite artists of all time!
All on one track! Great job to everyone!!
Everything from the funky rhythm section to the ever smooth vox!
Awesome job guys!! Thanks for sharing.
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Mr Rod
Thanks so much for the listen and comment glad you enjoyed the tune
dave_b said 2156 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Teflon Silhouette
I like the hook. Music has a breezy mellow feel.
Very cool to hear Michael singing something in the rock idiom. All-star band sounds great!
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
dave_b
thankyou for the kind words, really glad you enjoyed it cheers
Six-Nail-Coffin said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Dreamy...
Trippy even. Strong Nick Cave vibe going on here as well. What a great tune.
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Adam
Thanks so much for dropping by glad you enjoyed it
michaeljayklein said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Thanks guys...
I enjoyed working with you talented fellows immensely! Neil you have written a truly fine song and I am very happy to have been a part of it--thanks for taking a chance with me! Michael
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Michael
Not much to say but a massive thankyou, you are superb your vocal on this is terrific. Until the next time.......!!
ShadowofNine said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Enjoyable listen
Some timing and tuning issues to my ears anyway, but that does not diminish the fact that it's a good song well sung and mostly well performed congrats to all of yu...
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Shadowman
Thankyou so much for dropping by. The timing issues are there agreed but I quite like a raw/live feel so I can cope with that. Really glad you like the song, cheers
RochaMalhada said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
ditto
"Some timing and tuning issues to my ears anyway, but that does not diminish the fact that it's a good song "
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neilh79 said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
Harold
Thankyou very much for dropping by, the timing issues are no secret but glad you appreciate the song. Thanks for coming by
alackbass said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Teflon Silhouette
So cool to hear MJK sing something so far from his usual comfort zone. And of course he did a wonderful job with it. Well written tune. I particularly like the bridge. Great changes. Very nice contributions from every one in the band. Congratulations Neil on putting together such a great collaboration with such an amazing group of talented musicians.
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Andrew
Thankyou very much for the listen and comment, really glad you liked the tune, the guys were awesome
gadzooks said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
pure and real...
It's really great to hear collaborations and this feels real pure and real. You guys did a good job. Nice clear mix. Enjoyed.
SG
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
SG
Thanks very much for the comment really glad you enjoyed it
PeterB7858 said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
Good song with strong contributions by all
Hi Neil, this is a good song with strong contributions from all concerned. Great to hear Michael singing a different genre. The timing issues that Shadowman referred to also cause me some issues. To me, they detract from the overall enjoyment of the song. Any chance of tidying them up? Regards to all, Peter.
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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (June 1st, 2011)
Peter
Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment and feedback. We did discuss the timing issues as a group and thought it would be fun to leave it as a live style song. I like to have fun with my music and just enjoy the playing time so a bit of rawness to me is kind of nice in a way. We see so many collabs on hear where the production quality is studio perfect and that is a great credit to those that do do that, however I like to be stripped bare a bit and dont really have the inclination to move through a song picking out one or 2 bum notes or ones which are slightly off the beat. Having said that I am happy that you have fed back the way you have as it can only help me move forward in later projects. Cheers..
CC_Connection said 2155 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
10 Stars
It is early and I am dazing so soon. What a beautiful song. I can not dance but just daze and love this song. Every one on this song sounds beautiful.

XOXO,
CC
neilh79 said 2155 days ago (June 1st, 2011)
CC
Thanks so much for the comment really glad you liked the tune
finkeldink said 2155 days ago (June 1st, 2011)
Thanks Neil and crew
Thanks guys for letting my pluck along to this here tuneage.

I really enjoyed working on this song.
It was especially nice working with Michael and Yves for the first time. Hopefully we will have many more to come.

Very cool song writing Neil. Very tasty transitions.

Scott, it is always a pleasure.

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neilh79 said 2155 days ago (June 1st, 2011)
Mike
It has been awesome working with you again, love the way you handle the bass, people think that a good guitarist is automatically a good bassist but that is not true and you are both! So glad to have you on board for this.... until the next time!!
scofugate said 2154 days ago (June 1st, 2011)
Guys
Thanks for letting me bang the gong on this one!!
It was a pleasure to work with ALL of you again!
Cheers to future Collabs!!
Thanks again!!
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neilh79 said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
haha
Thanks again Scott!!!
KCsGROOVE said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
Dig this collab
So good to hear Moe singing a modern piece :-)
Cool playing by all
Enjoyed!
KC
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neilh79 said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
Cees
Thanks for dropping by really glad you like the tune, cheers
davisamerica said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
seems like
a pretty comfortable band here..wow..MLK ..a surprise. love the percussion here. tune builds nicely... sounds like u had fun.
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neilh79 said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
Mr America
Thankyou so much for dropping by, I love what MJK has done to the tune, it was a bit of inspiration from somewhere when I decided to ask him, mostly because of the Jazz Chords in the verses. Really was great fun all the guys were awesome glad you liked it
drakonis said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
gentle rolling music
I think you chose the perfect singer for this piece, it all just rolls along nicely... great piece of music. I probably wouldn't have put so much EQ on Michael's voice, it is almost too muffled, but not too bad. Everything is crisply mixed, and what a line-up, great group & great performance!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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neilh79 said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
Eduard
The guys were awesome on this very good fun to work with. Glad you liked it cheers
RochaMalhada said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
Great group
really good song. Pick the issues away and I still enjoyed this very much. Odd time in a couple of spots that really actually add some "swagger" to the thing that is attractive in a way. The guitar is out of tune or something. I love Michael's vocals on this - the vocal mix is not in the same "room" with the instruments, so it kinda stands apart...

I hope to be constructive - I mean no insult.

. - Harold
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neilh79 said 2154 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
Harold
Its difficult to take offense when someone criticises in a constructive manner, which is exactly what you have done. I am glad you hear what I hear with the timing issues, they dont bother me in the slightest it does give a stage feel. And having just listened again, I think there maybe a tuning issue on the second guitar, but I cant figure out why, maybe something to do with the touch of chorus on there I dont know. Thankyou so much for commenting it is appreciated and glad you liked the song.
michaeljayklein said 2153 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
Watch it Harold--
or I'll come looking for you with a 2 by 4 that's been sitting in motor oil since 1939! Just kidding you Harold! We appreciate your feedback. It was a bit of a difficult production but we've all only worked together this one time so if there's another collab in the wings some time, I'm sure the little kinks will be worked out. Take care now, Michael
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Skweryl said 2152 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
YOU MAKE SKWERYL HAPPY!
WITH THIS BEAUTRIFUL SONG AND MUSIC AND THE AMAZING BEAUTIFUL VOICE OF MR. MJK!
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neilh79 said 2152 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Skweryl
Thankyou so much for dropping by, next time we will rock your face off!! Really glad you liked the tune cheers
Llarion said 2152 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
Shades of "America"
Kind of reminds me a little of Ventura Highway, that sort of song... Nice tune and a fun collab! A few minor timing issues in the rhythm guitar down the right side, just enough to notice, but overall a very enjoyable piece indeed. Love the bigtime voice, Michael! I haven't done any collabs here, but the ones I've done in other places all started with a drum loop or click track that can be removed in the final mix to keep things reeled in; If that's not going down, I recommend it highly.. :)
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neilh79 said 2152 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Phil
Thankyou for dropping in, we are aware of the timing issues in the tune. I do like a good jam and this is basically what I think this is, although I do agree that it could be a little more polished. I'm glad you enjoyed the tune and it really was great fun to do. I am glad I have had so much constructive feedback on this tune as I am sure it can only help me develop in the future. Thanks for dropping in
PockBluesman said 2152 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Top Notch
Nice one Neil and what a great line up. Song structure flows really well. Micheals vocals are as awesome as ever and the rest of the crew meld well. Enjoyed great job by all involved.
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neilh79 said 2151 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Thanks
Rick, appreciate you taking the time to listen, glad you enjoyed it
mrattue said 2151 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Impressed
And funked! Nice combination of sounds. Very dense lyrics; very poetic.

Sometimes Michael sounds a little like Jim Morrison to my ear, and that is no bad thing in my book! It gives the song gravitas.

Nice job guys.

Take care now

Marc
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neilh79 said 2151 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Marc
Thanks for dropping in, appreciate the comment and glad you enjoyed our song
grahame1956 said 2151 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Teflon
Really classy version. Just shows what MJ can do to a song!!
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neilh79 said 2151 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Yep!
I enjoyed this the guys did a great job
Carrie71 said 2150 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Teflon....
MJK sounds freakin awesome!!! I love this side of him! Everyone else is incredible too. But the gem here is most definately MJK. In awe!
neilh79 said 2149 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Carrie
Thanks so much for dropping by, really glad you like the tune, MJK certainly rocks lol
ted23 said 2149 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
Nice
Song Neil and a great gang you got together. Love the way this builds to the ending. Nicely done.
neilh79 said 2149 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
ted...
thanks so much for the comment really glad you like the tune cheers
J_Gretch said 2147 days ago (June 8th, 2011)
Nice collab
Still amazed at how well you guys can put these collaborations together...Sounds like everyone is in the same room.This has such an open air feeling about it.,,,Really nice!
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neilh79 said 2147 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
J
Thanks so much for the nice comment, I have really enjoyed my foray into collab world, I expect I will probably do another few (its addictive!)
JBurns said 2147 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
collabs
great colab everyone's part fit nicely. enjoyed it!
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neilh79 said 2146 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
jay
thanks for the listen and comment really glad you enjoyed it
michaeljayklein said 2143 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Thanks to all who stopped by...
and gave us a listen! We really were happy to hear from you! Thanks Neil and Co. of course!
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hackneybloke said 2142 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
teflon
i really like the title for a start. there are some tuning and timing issues that pop up from time to time....but i soon forgot about that because of the really well conceived arrangement and vibe. ha....what a surprise....MJK singing something post 1820...excellent...he should be tempted out more often.
the piece takes off when yves comes in with the strings and then fantastically you have a really cool chord progression which reminds me of one of the songs from 'rocky horror'...it's a really cool progression. i read somewhere that MJK's vocal sounded out of the mix....but i kind of like it where you've put it.....it adds to the sort of laid back and loose easy feel of it all. enjoyed very much. thanks.
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neilh79 said 2142 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Julian
thankyou so much for the comment, i appreciate it. MJK is a master, what a legend!
neilh79 said 2142 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
p.s!!!
i hit post by mistake!!! Yves and all the guys were fab, really keen to help out
FatherTime said 2140 days ago (June 15th, 2011)
distinctive voice, sweet bass
I liked that this song took its time getting to where it was going. Some of the rhythm was disorienting but the bass line was nice, loved that. Great title too.
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neilh79 said 2140 days ago (June 16th, 2011)
Father Time
Thankyou so much for the listen, I am kind of glad the rhythm disorientates in a way as I hope this song depicts movement. Mike (finkeldink) is an awesome talent and really glad he worked with us on this one. As for the title..................
Jarvoid said 2139 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Nah then yooth...
congratulations on capturing some of the cream of the crop here ,but you have to let them out eventually.....could have used a flute part,but hell you know....Michael has nailed the vocal part to the masthead and a great all round performance,nice song ....still not about "shadowy fireflies"....unless they got their wicks up too high and are a bit smokey but we have talked about this !

Cheers

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neilh79 said 2138 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Jarvo
I like to think lyrically I am for symbolism and think a bit outside the box! either that or i am just good at rambling on a load of tosh, thanks for the listen
VicDiesel said 2138 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Cool song
but really, that solo guitar is a mile off the beat, for instance between 1:00 and 1:15.
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michaeljayklein said 2138 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Thanks Vic
We were aiming for 2 miles so sorry to disappoint!
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neilh79 said 2138 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Vic
Its a shame that you didn't release a part for this song, I accept you apology which you sent me in a PM and maybe we can build a bridge, however if you read my profile it does say that I like my music to be raw and stripped down, there is so much talent on this site and yes it is great credit to those people who do the mass production and tidy up their songs to the nth degree. I am more than happy with the way this song as turned out with some awesome talent helping me along the way, it is a bit raw and yes there are a couple of timing issues but more important than that is I think I can safely say we all had some damn good fun and we got a pretty reasonable output at the end of it.
awigze said 2107 days ago (July 18th, 2011)
I heard this
on the Macjams App. Ya cant comment on that so I had to come back for that... cool acoustic in everyway. a few tempo anomalies, but not a biggie.
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neilh79 said 2107 days ago (July 18th, 2011)
Andy
Thanks very much for the nice comment, a few tempo issues we were aware of but just left it as a jam, glad you liked it cheers
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