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Sing To Me


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Philip18

 Genre: Acoustic

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Description
The main lyrics of this I've had for a long time, but only recently put a tune to them (and added a few lines). The guitar is tuned DGDGBD, with a capo on the 2nd fret. Two guitar parts, both played on a Maton FG100 into a microphone (rather than using a pickup) to keep the sound distinctively acoustic. Electric bass added. Just a single vocal. All done fairly quickly, but sometimes I seem to get a truer sound when I don't try to get complicated.

Hope you like it!
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Lyrics
Sing To Me

She stares into the fire
Her blue eyes washed with tears
And memories match her eyes
Of yesterday and all the years
When life seemed worth the caring
And love seemed full of life

And the fire is her loneliness
Her poems are the song
She sings in gentle harmony
Of fire and the sea, she sings to me

She looks into a singer
Whose songs were broken rhymes
Whose harmony was melody
Whose melodies were lines
We made life worth the caring
And we cared so much for life

Now the fire is her loneliness
Her poems are the song
She sings in gentle harmony
Of fire and the sea, she sings to me

Her friends tell her look forward
But the future is unclear
She’s hearing tired melodies
That used to sound so clear
They rearranged her world for her
To turn dark into light

But the fire is her loneliness
Her poems are the song
She sings in gentle harmony
Of fire and the sea, she sings to me

The fire is her loneliness
Her poems are the song
She sings in gentle harmony
She hopes that it will hold the key
And finally can set her free
To understand the fire and the sea,
Please sing to me
Song Stats
Hits: 2672
Comments: 28
Fans: 12
Plays: 75
Downloads: 61
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Jul 19, 2011 - 09:12:33 AM
Last Updated: Jul 19, 2011 - 09:23:38 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 11:35:05 PM
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Hardware:
MacBook Pro
Maton FG 100
Samson condenser mike
Line 6 UX2
Software:
Garageband
Comments
Soundhound said 2135 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Very nicely done....
Love the laid back guitar harmonies.....
This is who you are My Man....Your voice fits this like a glove
Yep....You have found your seat at the table of Music enjoy the
feast, for it is before you and not in the past....... next level.... :-)

Well done.....
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Philip18 said 2135 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Thanks
Fantastic comments - thank you so much. This certainly is the style of song I most enjoy doing, so I'm delighted that this comes across to listeners. I appreciate you listening and taking the time to comment.
johnwhitehead said 2135 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Sings
Love this, Phillip. Your vocal is beautifully conversational and intimate. Lyrics feel like truth revealed. This is a hit, brother.

This is the same tuning that Dylan used for Blood on the Tracks. I hear echoes here. Not a bad comparison.
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Philip18 said 2135 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Wow!
I'll take any sort of cpmparison to Dylan, John! Glad you like the song and I really appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment.
alackbass said 2135 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Sing To Me
This is lovely. The song is wonderful and you sing it beautifully! The guitars are excellent. Great performance and outstanding tone. I'm with you regarding placing a mic in front of an acoustic. Pickups are only good for open mic night! The production and mix are very well done!
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Philip18 said 2135 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Andrew. It's interesting what a pickup does to an acoustic guitar. I bought a Fishman neo-d pickup for the Maton recently, and love the tone for some things - but I keep coming back to the unadulterated sound, especially when the fingerpicking gets a bit busy. Thanks for the positive comments about the production - much appreciated!
Garni said 2134 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
Sing To Me
Loving the feel of this. Just beautiful in so many ways :)

G-)
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Philip18 said 2134 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks for listening, Gerald, and for taking the time to comment - glad you liked it!
Llarion said 2134 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
Modified Open G...
COOL tuning! I need to mess with that. You could do slack key in this too... Love your tender vocal interpretation. I could EASILY picture Kenny Rogers singing this song... A lovely, gentle journey. Thanks much for this!!
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Philip18 said 2134 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked the song, Phil - I hope Kenny gets on to MacJams and takes up the song! :-)

RE the tuning, I thought it was just open G? I don't use a lot of open tunings - another thing to get to in life!

Much appreciate your time listening and commenting.
aRcTip said 2134 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
Philip
I'm on my fourth listen now. What a great tune. Fantastic voice you've got and great guitar work. Mesmerizing. I simply wish I could play like that.
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Philip18 said 2134 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
Thank you!
Glad you liked it and I appreciate the comments about the guitar! THanks for taking the time to listen and to comment. Hope the song stands up to four listenings!
neilh79 said 2133 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Sing to me
Wow this is so soulful, excellent playing too really dig the guitar work, excellent
Philip18 said 2133 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you like it, Neil! I appreciate the comments about the guitar. Thanks for listening and commenting.
dave_b said 2133 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Sing To Me
Strong imagery in the lyric. The open g tuning adds a fresh flavor, the picking sounds great. Gentle vocal is perfect for the lyric and backer. Nice job!
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Philip18 said 2133 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Dave. I appreciate the references to the imagery - sometimes I'm not sure whether that helps or confuses. And I must play around with open tunings some more - they do give a depth to the playing that isn't easy to get any other way. Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment!
michaeljayklein said 2133 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Warm and soft
...beautifully done Peter, everything here compliments each other perfectly and wonderfully. Very well done and I'm glad you went for an extemporaneous take rather than a complicated one (I agree with you about that and anything else would have spoiled this). Keep up the excellent work! Michael
Check out my latest song called There Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens!
Philip18 said 2133 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments, Michael. I agree that, particularly with this simple songer/songwriter sort of material, it's often the case that less is more.
PaulaMunk said 2133 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Sweet
and tender. You have the right touch for such an endearing lyric. Lovely listen. It is almost as if you are right next to me. Thanks.
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Philip18 said 2133 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it! I do try for that "close in" feel so I'm pleased that it comes across that way. I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment.
PeterB7858 said 2132 days ago (July 22nd, 2011)
Intimate...
Hi Philip. Sensitive lyrics are matched by the gentle vocal treatment and the sympathetic guitar work. The open tuning gives it a nice harmonic flavour and you have produce and intimate posting. Congratulations. Talk soon, Peter.
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Philip18 said 2132 days ago (July 22nd, 2011)
Good to hear from you
Hope things are on the improve - didn't sound like you were enjoying things last time we spoke :-(
Thanks for the comments on the song. I do like that tuning - it gives a rich, full sound. I do have to be careful that everything doesn't end up sounding the same! See you soon -take care.
Jerry_Quinn said 2131 days ago (July 23rd, 2011)
Sing To Me
Lots of emotion and very very nice guitar playing. Your voice seems well suited for an emotional ballad. The kind of emotion I always found missing in Bill Stains' singing. Like the photo of footprints on the sand.
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Philip18 said 2131 days ago (July 23rd, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments, Jerry - thanks for the compliment re the guitar playing! I think my voice has "matured" as I get older, which is a good thing! The photo was taken at a beach we go to a lot - very few people there. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
Doug Somers said 2130 days ago (July 24th, 2011)
I'm a sucker for folk with this kind of honesty
This is a lovely song Philip. Just about any aspect I listen to is so skillfully done, including the production and performance of course. I love those little harmonics thrown in at just the right places.

Downloaded to be enjoyed again and again.

Good on ya!
Doug
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Philip18 said 2130 days ago (July 24th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked the song, Doug, and hope you continue to enjoy it - downloading is a great compliment! Yes, the harmonics are a nice sound. Very easy in open tuning - I must work a bit harder on playing them in normal tuning, too! Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment.
christopherpsly said 1893 days ago (March 17th, 2012)
Loved this Philip.
I love your style in this song. This is a very catchy one and I thnk you for the download.
You have a lovely voice, why are you not famous??
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Philip18 said 1893 days ago (March 17th, 2012)
Fame
After a career in education I might have left my run for fame a bit late, Christopher. Ah well, I'm enjoying MacJams and that might be fame enough! Of course, if you come across an agent looking for this sort of music, feel free to point him/her in my direction!
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Name: Philip Gardner
Location: Melbourne Victoria Australia
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Played folk guitar then learnt jazz guitar in the 70s. Worked in folk joints, then pubs, restaurants and reception centres in bands, duos or solo. Now enjoying the opportunities that the digital age supplies to write and record.... [see more]

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