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It's been quite a while I wanted to work on a song with my wife. This came one day when we were sitting together and I had my son's guitar in my hand. I started playing a few chords then my wife started to sing a melody, and the rest of the tune came. As it was getting into shape, my son recorded a part of our "jamming", which you can hear during the first minute, at the beginning of the song (which made a kind of a "making of" I guess :-)).

Catherine enjoys singing now and then, although without any pretention. While we were recording, singing with a microphone, pop screen, me recording on the DAW etc, was a little constraining to her but I'm really glad she did her best on this. I kept this first "making of" part because I found her singing much more relaxed and also it gives an idea on how she had initially envisioned the song (which I believe I failed to reflect on my arrangement later on).

While we were developing the song, she said she was thinking about an image of people singing, dancing and having fun on a beach, maybe around a campfire. So I wanted to develop some small fictitious "story" around that and started writing lyrics. Then I worked on an arrangement and recorded the guitars and bass, keys, and programmed the drums.

It was great fun and I really enjoyed playing a song, after many years, with my wife again. I hope we'll have time to work on some more every now and then.

I hope you enjoy.

I would like to thank Heidi and Michael Henriksen (http://www.songwriterz.dk) as well as Sigmund for their kind help and advice on production questions.


credits

- Words : Yves
- Music : Catherine, Yves
- Production : Yves

- Catherine : Vocals
- Yves : Drums and percussion programming, bass, guitars, keys

The artwork comes from a collage painting of Catherine's.
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THE CAMPFIRE

She walked by herself near the sea
Alone, she wasn't meant to be
Counting steps along the shore
Tonight she needed something more

She thought she'd better head back home
She noticed she wasn't there alone
A bunch of folks singing a song
Inviting her to sing along

***

Come on, dance and sing a song
Stay with us and sing along
Come on, dance and sing a song
Stay with us and sing along

And you will see, it won't take long
You'll fly, free and airborne

Come on, dance and sing again
One more song, one more refrain
Come on, dance and sing again
One more song, one more refrain

We've been for so long on the road
With an old guitar and just three chords

***

They danced, shouted out, laughed and cried
What ever the sunset inspired
Forming a circle of friends
She only wished tonight never ends

She'd never felt so liberated
Forgot about everything she hated
She crossed beyond the barbwire
And burnt her fears in the campfire

***

Come on, dance and sing a song
Stay with us and sing along
Come on, dance and sing a song
Stay with us and sing along

And you will see, it won't take long
You'll fly, free and airborne

Come on, dance and sing again
One more song, one more refrain
Come on, dance and sing again
One more song, one more refrain

We've been for so long on the road
With an old guitar and just three chords

***

They walked together near the sea
Alone, she wasn't meant to be
He asked her to walk one more mile
She looked at him and returned the smile
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gadzooks said 2107 days ago (March 8th, 2012)
The Campfire w/ Catherine
What a great way to start ... the unplugged realness of that beginning. Now the produced version is lovely. Catherine still has the original feel in her vocals and it musically flows.I would love to have heard some harmonies in the chorus. Love the flute part and the guitar solo. Very nicely done.The waves are a nice touch. I hear the wind on the microphone. Enjoyed ... my foot was tapping.
Cheers
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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Hi Stan
Thank you so much for your kind feedback and advise.
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RochaMalhada said 2107 days ago (March 8th, 2012)
dream collab

with the wife, awesome. How cool is that?

. - Harold
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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Thank you so much Harold
for your kind support and feedback
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sammydix said 2107 days ago (March 8th, 2012)
Campfire
first off it was so cool that your son recorded part of the jammin. you sound like quite a musical family--art shared with love. can't beat it. very sweet spontaneous melody from Catherine and you brought it all together well.
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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Hey Sammy
thank you so much for your kind feedback !
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Loob said 2107 days ago (March 8th, 2012)
She is a good singer Yves!
Wow! Your productions really are imporving Yves! I have no nits about drum mix on this one! It's really well done! What a cool idea to be making music with your spouse like this! Great stuff man! Tell her I said this is great would you? Much enjoyed!
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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Freddy
thanks a million man, from both of us. Catherine has been following comments as well, many thanks for your support.
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mrattue said 2107 days ago (March 8th, 2012)
Really
enjoyed this.

The whole thing had a sort of unity, free, joyful, rhymical, exactly suiting the mood of the lyrics.

i like the immediacy and sincerity of the vocals, though like an earlier commentator, i would have liked a little harmony on the chorus, perhaps?

Great stuff!

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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Hey Marc
thank you so much for dropping by and for your advise as well.
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Bowman said 2107 days ago (March 8th, 2012)
Utterly charming.
You really are becoming such a versatile and well rounded composer. Brimming with joy and life. Kudos to Catherine as well.
Very fine work my friend.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Hey Charlie
thank you so much for your kind comment sir.
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michaeljayklein said 2107 days ago (March 8th, 2012)
Well, what do you know?
Catherine, you are quite the singer!! I had no idea you had such talent! You can rest--you gave a flavorful, nicely jazz-tinged delivery of what I think is one of your husband's best songs and productions (Yves, this sounds very much like Antonio Jobim in the 21st Century--in a way, you even saluted him by ending with the refreshing sound of the waves--of course, one of his best known songs was "Wave"). I do hope you two can produce more great work like this! Note to Catherine: Your artwork greatly appeals to me and I would not be surprised if you have other gifts to share in addition to what we were treated to here. Keep Yves chained to his studio, but be sure to feed him now and then! Full marks on this! Michael
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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Thank you so much friend
thank you Michael for your very kind support. When I talked about your comment (about chaining me to the studio and feeding now and then) to Catherine she said that I never came out of it anyway :-)

Many thanks again, talk soon !
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Les_Kloo said 2107 days ago (March 8th, 2012)
Campfire
Charming indeed. Great work. Love the accent ("what accent?" you may say, hahaha). I especially enjoyed the "making of" section. Thanks for a peek behind the scenes. Very uplifting.
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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Hey Les
many thanks for your kind feedback. As a Hungarian living in Belgium, I think the accent had some influences but still I think hers is much better than mine :-)

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TvRicky said 2107 days ago (March 8th, 2012)
Real Slick Production
Love the realness and the family involvement. This alone wins my heart. Great concept and musical performance.

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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Hi Ricky
Thank you so much sir, for your comment and time to check this out.
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dimm witness said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
awesome!
almost made me cry so beautiful! thanks for the backstory ;)
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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Thank you bro
thanks so much for your kind feedback
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Jarvoid said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Oh I see
a sort of live campfire song then an embellished version and delightfully produced versio....has agyposy feel and shades of Mike Oldfield in it for my ears ...and that's all good....and the artwork too,obviously taklent abounds the household....nice job all of you.......

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Symphony101 said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Thanks Jarvo
for your kind feedback, much appreciated.
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magnatone said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Campfire
Hi Yves - this is so wonderful!! a true family affair - right down to the artwork! great work, congratulations on this!
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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Hi Karen
Thank you so much for your continuous support and encouragement !
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Char said 2107 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Catherine and Yves,
Charming and engaging ballad done with much love and attention to atmosphere. Thank you.
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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Thank you so much Char !
For your very kind comment.
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rok41 said 2106 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
The Campfire
Very nicely done Yves! i love the contrast from the original "closed" recording of the jam session to the wide spectrum mix that you have put together.Catherine = lovely lyric and melody...Each outing your stuff gets better Yves...congrats!
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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Thank you Chris
Thank you for your support, it makes the whole effort worthwhile.
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Philip18 said 2106 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
The campfire
A family playing music together - beautiful. Good idea to keep the original musings - interesting to listen to. Good strong sound from the backing when it all gets going. Warm breathy vocal. Happy lyrics. Much enjoyed!
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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Thank you so much Philip
for your time to listen and very kind encouragement.
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alackbass said 2106 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
The Campfire
Hey! How do I set up a collab with Catherine? Charming voice! I love the song. The chorus is particularly good! Strong instrumental arrangement. It really matches the vibe of her voice and song Excellent drums and bass! Nice touch including a bit of the original demo. Great window into where this gem came from. Your best mix and master to date!
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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Andrew !
Man, thank you so much ! I so much appreciate your support and time to listen. Catherine is going to create an account too I think, it's contagious :-).
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hackneybloke said 2106 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
campfire
yves - this is cool.....love the live improvised beginning and how it introduces the produced second part. i love the noir desir feel of it. catherine's got a great vocal delivery. free, easy and relaxed. the stripped down last section and catherine's last line are perfect. excellent track yves.....really cool....kinda retro.....definitely hippies on acid round a campfire :)

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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Merci beaucoup Julian
for your time to check this out !
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Vic Holman said 2106 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
camp fire burns bright
truly wonderful tune! excellent work yves & catherine!

very fine production and a truly accomplished performance from the both of you. hopefully catherine has got the recording bug so we can hear more of her mighty fine vocals
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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Thanks a million Vic
I also hope she likes doing more, it's great fun !
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finkeldink said 2106 days ago (March 10th, 2012)
Turned out really great.
I really like lo fi intros that break out into cool hi fi stuff.

really well done. Much enjoyed.
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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Many thanks Mike
for your kind support and time to listen.
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DWL said 2106 days ago (March 10th, 2012)
Amazing
how a scratch track can become a song. I really liked hearing how the song began.

Very nicely done both of you.

Cheers

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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Thanks a lot Dick
You know, one thing I regret is, I think I couldn't really make the arrangement in a way to reflect what she had in mind for the "feel" of the song, and quite odd but, I had an idea about it too, but it just didn't work out to realize it. Putting together a song can be a strange thing :-)
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richard13 said 2106 days ago (March 10th, 2012)
Lovely, lovely family affair
Bravo and brava! Perhaps now that Catherine has tasted a little MacJams adulation she won't begrudge you so much time in the studio. Very nice.
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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Thank you so much Richard
for your very kind feedback. I hope indeed we can work on more, it was real fun.
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mike_d said 2105 days ago (March 11th, 2012)
I not sure...
...you would want to hear me sing along, but this has a great hook! Excellent production, and your wife has a great voice! I really enjoyed this one
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Symphony101 said 2104 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Thank you so much Mike
I think I'm also part of the club of bad singers :-) Many thanks for your kind comment.
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Narad said 2103 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
The Campfire
Very enjoyable listen ! :)
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Symphony101 said 2103 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
hey Harald
Many thanks for your kind feedback sir.
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Sigmund said 2103 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
The Campfire
You are really coming along, my friend. This is very cool. Your wife has a very nice voice! You two really make a great team. I'm not sure how I was able to help, but I'm glad I could - I really enjoyed this Yves - nice work!
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Symphony101 said 2103 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
Hey Sig
Many thanks for your constant help and support ! The help you provided was about reducing the "finger noise" question I had asked and when you pointed me to a few resources. I wasn't able to make it disappear but still, the information I found there helped me getting the sound as good as I can and also I kept useful hints for the future recordings.
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PeterB7858 said 2103 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
The Campfire
Hi Catherine and Yves. I like the back story and as I was listening, first to the "making of" and then as the song developed I had a smile on my face. Catherine has a wonderfully unaffected voice that works really well with the gypsy style lyrics. Fine arrangement and production, too, Yves. Congratulations to both of you. Kind regards, Peter.
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Symphony101 said 2103 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
Hi Peter !
Many thanks Peter for your time to check this out and for your kind feedback.
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neilh79 said 2103 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
The Campfire
Excellent song Yves, Catherine has a lovely voice,enjoyed it immensely well done
Symphony101 said 2103 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
Cheers mate
many thanks for taking a moment to check this out and kind feedback !
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smokey bacon jnr said 2100 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
folky feel
This has got real nice folky feel to it. Nice and simple and that vocal is great! It would be nice, as someone else noted, to hear some harmony in the chorus. But other than that minor criticism, fabulous.
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Symphony101 said 2100 days ago (March 16th, 2012)
Thank you sir !
for your time to check this and for your kind advice and feedback.
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Moviz said 2099 days ago (March 16th, 2012)
I love
that opening natural-ness so innocent and fun filled..... and then the beautiful fulness of the orchestration and voice comes in.... Yves this is beautiful and I'm hoping you record some more with Catherine..... great song and sound and I love the painting too...... regards M
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Symphony101 said 2099 days ago (March 17th, 2012)
Thank you very much Maurice
for your kind feedback. Back in time I showed your paintings to Catherine and she was very much impressed. Coming from you it's a great compliment to her both on the musical aspect and about her paint work too. Many thanks again.
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Songwriterz said 2089 days ago (March 26th, 2012)
Great job :)
This is truly a great song and Catherine did a wonderful job.. hope to hear more from both you and Catherine ;)
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Symphony101 said 2089 days ago (March 27th, 2012)
Many thanks Heidi
and thank you so much for your advice while we were working on this !
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jiguma said 2085 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Great sound Yves
I've done a few tracks now with my wife Jan and have really enjoyed it (wait til my piano playing daughter moves closer!). I reckon you could do some more like this together - the bouncy vibe and the attitude-free vocals work really well. Hearing the unplugged version first was a gret introduction to the hi-fi version.
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Symphony101 said 2085 days ago (March 31st, 2012)
Many thanks Neil
for your kind comment ! Another idea is under way. It's a great pleasure doing these indeed.

I'm also looking forward to one featuring your daughther as well.
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chinaman2 said 2077 days ago (April 8th, 2012)
you are blessed
what a performance by the both of you. this is quite the treat. catherine's vocals are really suited for the arrangment you came up with. just a production note: I was wondering whether you considered having the lo fi intro just blend in with hi fi tune; something akin to river water meeting sea water at the delta. :) I dont know if that made sense. anyways, enjoyed this tune a lot
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Symphony101 said 2077 days ago (April 8th, 2012)
Hey Mannix !
Thank you so much for your visit, friend. Many thanks for the idea too, I think I should think about a transition as you mentioned. I wanted actually to have the song intro in a lo fi mode too, gradually coming towards the clearer version, but it was just beyond my abilities :-)


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Kicbal said 2072 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
World Groove
Nice song! Overall the music and vocal melody gives me a slight "Shakira" or "Mana" feel. I do like that you included the original version in the beginning, the transition is well done. I think both version that you included here have their own merits and are equally successful. I actually prefer the more polished studio version. The completeness of the song and your instrumentation are sounding just right. Very cool that you are able to make music together. It's been fun when Lola and I are able to do that on occasion.
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Symphony101 said 2072 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Hey Chris !
Thank you so much for dropping by ! I was just going to drop you a mail about something, it was just time ! Cheers
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Carrie71 said 2066 days ago (April 18th, 2012)
campfire...
Absolutely love her voice! Great job with the whole piece! Made me tap my foot and put a big smile on my face! Beautiful! Loved it.
Symphony101 said 2066 days ago (April 19th, 2012)
Hey Carrie
Many thanks for your time to check this, and for your kind comment.
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paul f. page said 2060 days ago (April 24th, 2012)
Perfect opening...
Such a wonderful idea to include it. Many other comments that are right on the money...to which I add only this: you have successfully captured the natural, improvisatory style of the scene you are painting — the beach tableau, the non-stop rhythm of engagement in song and dance, the kind of "sun is going down soon" feeling of the whole performance. I hope you guys will collaborate again soon. This was such a pleasant experience to listen to.
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Symphony101 said 2060 days ago (April 25th, 2012)
Hi Paul
Thank you so much Paul for your time to check this and for your valuable comments and encouragement !
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Mosaica said 2057 days ago (April 27th, 2012)
Festive freedom
Like others have said, keeping in that initial jam was a good idea. This has a free-spirited Woodstock festival feel to it. Love the drum beats that make it so unlifting and the vocal has a good folky timbre.
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Symphony101 said 2056 days ago (April 28th, 2012)
Hi Rosalind,
many thanks for your time visiting and commenting
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