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Song written and recorded and mixed in 24 hours, in a hotel room in Basingstoke (I wrote the lyrics on the train into London).
Used my iphone apple headphones as a microphone.
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Lyrics
summer of love

Verse
Jennifer you're beautiful
But you're wasting away
What brought us together
Is now too familiar.
These people at the door
Say they're salvation army
Say they're friends of yours
I'm not so sure

Chorus
It was a garbage strike summer
When the rats ruled the streets
But in your McQ dress
You floated over the mess

Verse
In a first floor flat with
Pollack damp stained Walls
We f@@ked the evenings
Into the morning
And in the sleepy light
Shared cigarettes and coffee
All day I wore your scent
Forgot everything else



Outro
Jennifer your beautiful
But you're wasting away
Song Stats
Hits: 3153
Comments: 53
Fans: 45
Plays: 164
Downloads: 85
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Jul 17, 2011 - 05:47:44 AM
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2011 - 05:49:53 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 10:22:56 PM
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Hardware:
Macbook Pro
Software:
Realguitar and Real Guitar Les Paul
Addictive Drums
Ozone 4
Comments
alackbass said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
Summer of Love
Great song. The vocal is excellent. The gradually building arrangement is really impressive. Echos of so much great Bowie. 24 hours? Really? Wow!
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echoroom said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
and even worse...
... mixed totally on headphones! I wrote the lyric going into London yesterday at 11am, started work at 8.30pm on chords and stuff and finished 10.30 am today.... an hour and a half ago.
I will do a proper version sometime!
The piano riff is done on the garageband app.
I tried not to disturb the people in the next room, hence the vocal is quite restrained.

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Moviz said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
Moody
raw and real.... with a great build up and atmosphere..... certainly worth waiting for Steve..... excellent job you did here. Love the lyrics, regards M
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echoroom said 2321 days ago (July 18th, 2011)
moody blue
Lyrics and song inspired by lloyd Cole, The National and Bon Iver. Beats the usual 3 months it takes me to do a song!
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ted23 said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
Adaptable!
Way to adapt to your equipment at hand Steve. Like a musical coyote... :)
cool song. You have knack for knowing when and how to pick things up, when to introduce the beat and busy up the bass. I really dig the anthemic drums here.
Vox and lyrics are typically great.
The addition of subtle synth and keys all help to bring this home.
Nice one
echoroom said 2321 days ago (July 18th, 2011)
Hi Ed
Hope plans are all in hand??!! I didnt send this to you in case you felt obliged to add guitar, but, feel free! This song misses your skills!
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The Infinites said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
Worth coming out...

...of semi-retirement and on to MJs for this one Steve. Great imagery in your lyrics, with a subtle but strong tune. Was at the McQueen exhibition in the Met a few weeks ago (stunning), so nice to hear a reference to his work - it's deft touches like that in your words that always take things up a notch so the listener can 'see' what your saying.

Thanks for posting, hope all is well.

DL'd

Jim
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echoroom said 2321 days ago (July 18th, 2011)
Hi Jim
Hope you are well. Lyrics came pretty quickly on this, lots of different stuff (Jennifer comes from lloyd Cole's 'Jennifer She Said' via Jennifer Connoly; my wife has a lovely McQueen dress. Listening back, the mix is muddy, and instrumental break too short, but nice to just get this done and out there.
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egobandit said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
rats ruled the streets
Mcqdress, when the drums kick in it really moves and shakes, like the piano that accents the mess. your a master at singing into headphones, another great one!
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echoroom said 2321 days ago (July 18th, 2011)
Headphone singing
... is a bloody nightmare. And the vocal is low cause I didnt want to disturb the neighbours! tHANKS eb!
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MarkHolbrook said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
Took
an instant liking to this... The vocal is soulful and perfect for the tune! The guitar work is mellow but driving in places. Very very nicely done!
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echoroom said 2320 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Cheers Mark
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Bowman said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
It seems a miracle
that you created this under those circumstances Steve but as evident here, when inspiration comes, limits often help us see more clearly.

That's what come across with SUMMER OF LOVE. The startling clarity and specificity to your lyrics and controlled musical pallet work beautifully together.

Never heard of McQeen dress - looked it up - Alexander McQueen - wow more clarity.

Thanks for the great song Steve as always brought to life with your soulful voice.
Cheers,
Charlie
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echoroom said 2320 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Collab?
Really, one day we've got to!
My wife bought an Alexander McQueen dress last year, so this was the image I had in mind.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by
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Skean said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
Summer of Love
Who said it's boring on a train, nice work, Steve, kinda like the rawness… Your voice is always so damn good…. Thanks for the DL… Cheers
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echoroom said 2320 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Train of thought
I usually just sleep on the train, so its good to get something more constrcutive from my journey! Cheers Kenta.
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particledots said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
Nicely done Steve
Excellent vocal!
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echoroom said 2320 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Thanks Bryn
I'm gonna use the headphones from now on!
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Jarvoid said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
very ingenious
and inventive....asmuch as in the recording techniquie asin the song itself.....shades of Bowie in the vox as well.....all good all good


Jarvo
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echoroom said 2320 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
I've a nasty feeling..
... that the verse chords are very similar to Space Oddity. Bugger!
Thanks J.
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PaulaMunk said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
Absolutely
mesmerizing and hypnotic delivery. Amazing that you are so professional sounding. You remind me of David Bowie but there is more intimacy. This is a terrific song. Thanks.
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echoroom said 2320 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Boowie??
Me? Yeah, your not the first to mention it...? Thanks for listening and commenting.
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Vic Holman said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
sol
for someone who takes forever to get a tune together.. it's cool to see that you can whip one out quickly. super build up on this.

i would of never thought that using iphone headphones would work this well. go figure

excellent job steve
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speedonl said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
Yep
Really great piece, it is just right, i am fan!!!!
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davisamerica said 2322 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
terrific
track .... killer vocals and lyrics. downloaded
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J_Gretch said 2321 days ago (July 17th, 2011)
Summer of Love
Sounds spontaneous and edgy in a very good way...24 hours was just right.
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tempie said 2321 days ago (July 18th, 2011)
a proper version
this is it. i'm always amazed at the kinds of tunes you do from tin sheds while diesel generators bang under the water purification rig or whatever. floating over the mess, that's what you do. very cool tune. love the bass line in the chorus. also really like the 'all day i wore your scent' line.
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echoroom said 2321 days ago (July 18th, 2011)
Quick lyric
Weird, I usually agonise over lyrics for weeks, and I think this is one of the best things I've ever written. That whole second verse is cliche and truth.... we've all had relationships where at the start you just, well, shag at every available opportunity.
Er, havent we???
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jibes said 2320 days ago (July 18th, 2011)
:)
Everything's been said already but I'm glad I got to hear it! Supa!!
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rok41 said 2320 days ago (July 18th, 2011)
Summer of Love
Songwriting in it's purest form...this is very, very good as is. Love it Steve!
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Hickling_Stan said 2320 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Quality
Really impressed with what you created in 24 hours. Trains are great place for writing lyrics, staring out of the window whilst the world flies by and thoughts swirl round your head. I somehow get the image of you totally immersed in this for the time you were working on it. A great song. Cheers Mark
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dave_b said 2320 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Summer of Love
Terrific imagery in the lyric, and the world weary vocal evokes love slipping away amidst urban decay really well. I like the way the arrangement builds.
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2320 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Garbage strike summer
This is my favourite MJ song in ages. Beautiful, haunting and so well produced. No need to revisit this, it's perfect as it is. 24 hours from concept to post? (I did the same with "This Healing Skin" it's a challenge but the results are worth it.) Particularly love the lyrics and your delivery. Superb.
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lavalamp said 2320 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Good hearing from you
Pure voice. Loved this Steve.

LL
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awigze said 2319 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
wow
this really says something. She must be a special person- this relationship that inspired this song. Dig the technical info... who knew?
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lholden said 2319 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
Summer of Love
What beautiful artwork for a truly lovely song. Excellent work - thanks for sharing.
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Elevator_Funk said 2318 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
....
Holy smokes. This is good. I feel guilty being able to download for free.
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Corporal Beef said 2318 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
SUmmer of Love
I really enjoyed this. Loved the chord progression, and the emotiveness of your voice. Also, the lyrics were very evocative. Thanks for posting.
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Ibstrat said 2318 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Totally
cool!
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gadzooks said 2318 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Summer of Love
Great vocals and lyrics. This is a well crafted tune. I believe spontaneity produces the best music. When you dwell and obsess over all the parts and mix to get it perfect it ends up flat with out feeling. This has feel.
Great job!
SG
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jiguma said 2317 days ago (July 22nd, 2011)
Hi Steve!
Always great to find something new from you at MJ. I'm so slack in my listening/commenting at the moment - just don't seem to have time any more :)
Really like when the extra instrumentation comes in - you still have such a classic voice. Bowie would be very proud of this one I suspect.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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guygrooves said 2316 days ago (July 22nd, 2011)
This is awesome
to have done this in 24 hours is simply amazing! I really love this song from the Bowie like performance, to the Dylan undertone of the writing, to the "leave us wanting more" ending. It is a wonderful reminder of this amazing technological time we live in... thank you Steve.. a download for sure.
Peace
Peace
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Daugrin said 2316 days ago (July 23rd, 2011)
Perfection
Stop telling the truth, you will frighten the children.

Daug
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michaeljayklein said 2316 days ago (July 23rd, 2011)
Great work!
I'd never have guessed how quickly this was done! My only quibble is with that certain word--I know I tend to be old school, but from a hearing perspective, it's such a harsh-sounding word that it usually stops everything dead in it's tracks. Otherwise, a small suggestion and otherwise, easy to take on a piece this good--thanks for sharing!
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crissew said 2316 days ago (July 23rd, 2011)
This has a real
pros and cons of hitchhiking vibe to it. Great great lyrics here. Love the understated vocal, fits perfectly in the mix. One of the best songs on MJ. Congrats, love it... dled
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MarkHolbrook said 2308 days ago (July 31st, 2011)
Steve
All I can tell you man is I just can't get this tune out of my head! I've been listening to this in my car, at my desk, singing it while I work around the house. It still sounds outstanding! I hope someday to do something 1/2 this good! Wow...
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finkeldink said 2306 days ago (August 1st, 2011)
Great
I'm glad that I didn't miss this one.

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racerat said 2306 days ago (August 1st, 2011)
Summer of Love
Getting caught up on a long list of un-listened to songs. So happy to see a new one from you! Where you been? Top flight of a 24 hour challenge. Well done! All mixed on headphones? No way. iPhone earbuds as a mic? WTF. You're a freakin' McGyver! O.K. I'm putting you in a hotel room with only a paper cup, some string and a hotel blowdrier and see what you can come up with. Seriously. Stellar song Steve. DL'd and faved.
RR
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DWL said 2306 days ago (August 2nd, 2011)
Simple and effective
very impressive writing and singing Steve. Lovely slow build. Very Jarvis... oo er missus

Good to hear from you again.

Cheers

Dick


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Ed Hannifin said 2300 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
One of those songs....
...like a good Hemingway story, in which there's a whole lot in the song that isn't in the song...You have this sense of whole unspoken bits in the background and in the shadows....

You're doing nothing to stop comparisons to Bowie, Steve, but at least all comparisons are going to be positive, and are going to be comparisons to GOOD Bowie.... I love what YOU do with your songs, but the question does hang in the air at times: what would happen if Bowie ever heard your songs?

What else? Well, I still love your voice. And I'm impressed as all get out that you did this so quickly, on a MacBook Pro and maybe another device or two, on trains and in hotel room... Pretty darned neat....
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Estella said 2214 days ago (November 2nd, 2011)
Summer
I don't know how you do it. This is gorgeous.

I had missed your songs.
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tbivans said 2149 days ago (January 6th, 2012)
Very nice!
I love the edge you put in the lyric. You voice fits the feeling of the lyric perfectly.
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Willywagga said 1854 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
yay
love this .... when the rats rules us all....floating over the mess... great to see you're making stuff
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