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Giving It All Away


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jiguma

 Genre: Acoustic Rock
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Unfortunately, this has been offline now for quite a while, but never fear, I have resubmitted a revised version which you can listen to here: http://www.macjams.com/song/82354

This is about a relationship of sorts - one full of frustration, false starts, and very mixed feelings. I played around with 7/8 here, and thought it took the song from being a little dull to being more interesting.

Someone recently mentioned that MJ was full of introspective songs lately - well here's another :)

Me on everything, including midi drums and percussion.

Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Lyrics
Giving It All Away
©2012 Neil Porter

I got time on my hands
My place in the sun
So much to do but it never gets done
I made some mistakes
And they play on my heart
So much to do but I don’t seem to start

I just have to have some clear direction
When there’s no reason I’m all at sea
Sometimes I get it right
Give in without a fight
Maybe I’ll give it all away

Doing my best with your obsessions
Sometimes they’re pushing me away
Sometimes I get it right
Give in without a fight
Maybe I’ll give it all away

I lived a life of inhibition
Taking no chances – that’s not me
Sometimes I get it right
Give in without a fight
Maybe I’ll give it all away

So you can see the contradiction
Nose on your face as plain as day
Sometimes I get it right
Give in without a fight
Maybe I’ll give it all away

Maybe I’ll give it all away
Song Stats
Hits: 3139
Comments: 46
Fans: 47
Plays: 267
Downloads: 66

Uploaded: Mar 29, 2012 - 11:32:06 PM
Last Updated: May 17, 2016 - 12:57:16 AM Last Played: Apr 21, 2015 - 02:00:29 AM
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Hardware:
Telecaster, Precision Bass, Yamaha PSR300 midi keyboard, Rode NT3 mic, iMac G5
Software:
Logic Pro, Ozone
Comments
Dadai.2 said 2083 days ago (March 29th, 2012)
Sometimes...
you get it right. Indeed. Good tune. I like introspection. Your lyrics and vocal are the stars (not to disparage the fine music). Glad I saw this one.
Cheers
jiguma said 2081 days ago (April 1st, 2012)
Cheers Jack
Always nice to see you leave a comment. Thanks for listening.
Neil
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Philip18 said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Giving it all away
Good song. Backing works very well - everything adding something without getting over-complicated. Your distinctive vocal style suits introspection (and a few other styles too!) I like it a lot!
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jiguma said 2080 days ago (April 1st, 2012)
Philip
Thanks for the kind words. I tried to give this a slow build without getting too busy, and it seems to have worked. Glad you enjoyed the listen - next time you're passing on a Monday or Thursday, drop in to the Shed.
N
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dimm witness said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
odd timings
take me apart and put me back together again ;) LOVE it. jazzy and snazzy and ultra moderne midcentury!
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Ed Hannifin said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
7/8...
I'm going to need remedial classes just to tap my foot to this properly...[sigh]...higher math...

I like the lyrics on this, Neil, and I am earnestly working on decoding them...I'm listening to this on itty bitty speakers, and I'll have to come back and give a listen with something more full range...The vocal is nicely up front...
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jiguma said 2076 days ago (April 5th, 2012)
Those lyrics
Thanks for the listen Ed - tapping in time is easy - just don't, whatever you do, attempt to count to 7 to find out where the bars are ;)

All I'll say about the words is that they may not be what they appear to be.

Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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gadzooks said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Giving It All Away
Hey Neil, what a nice mix. 7/8 timing is so strange. Reminds me a little like Men at Work. Great job with the drums and the bass line is working great. I also like that simple guitar slide and tasty guitar parts. Nothing wrong with introspective lyrics in my books!
Enjoyed this!
Cheers
SG
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rtcooper said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
A BEAUTY

Super Vocals.
Really Fine Mix.
I'm with Ed, the time signature is lovely but I'm glad I don't have to add another rhythm part!
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PeterB7858 said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Trademark...
Hi Neil. Introspection is good :-) Like the different timing in this and your midi drums are excellent. They sit beautifully in the spacious mix. The tele is sounding just right and the bass is super solid. Your trademark vocals suit the lyrics, as Philip said. Another jiguma D/L. Thanks, Peter.
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snowdragon said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
If I didn't know better
I'd say you're in a New York frame of mind . . .


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magnatone said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Giving It All Away
Hi Neil - this is really terrific work and yes, very introspective. 7/8 - very brave, and works well! your lyrics are particularly special - great song!
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Symphony101 said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Rare measures
work well Neil, I remember another one of you in 5/4, it is my fave too (Under the Southern Cross I think).

Beautiful work !
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Warren Smith said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
A good thing better
Hey Neil, if you are giving it all away - save some for me : )

However, I seriously think giving it all away won't cure these life conundrums. Still, it's an interesting thing to ponder.

As for "get it right/give in without a fight," obviously that's coming from a man who has long been married.

I'm loving the 7/8 beat. You're right, it does juice up the soundtrack. I doubt that it was necessary, as everything here is working together to deliver a solid composition. So I think what that means the 7/8 approach has made a good thing even better.


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Leon said 2083 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Pleasure to listen to...
You always find a way to make your songs sound distinct and different from each other. But always one thing in common: crisp and clear sounds, awesome percussions, and cool vocals that's somewhere between playful, musing, and whispering. This one is kinda jazzy folk.
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davisamerica said 2082 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
neil ....
ok ...one more time... u aussies belong off the coast of texas ... you punch all my buttons...downloaded and thanks.
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rok41 said 2082 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Giving it All Away
Love the 7/8, I really think the chorus is very nice. Everything shines here, great guitar, bass and percussion! And of course the vocals are nicely tailored and mixed perfectly. Very nice Neil.
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alackbass said 2082 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Giving It All Away
Very impressive. Well written. The odd time signature makes it stand out. I'm not sure I could muster the courage. As always stellar production and mix. Tipping my cap mate!
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Vic Holman said 2082 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Giving It All Away
sometime i do odd measures be accident. but you you sure nailed the timing here effortlessly. very tight throughout. excellent job neil a stunning piece without a doubt
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DWL said 2082 days ago (March 31st, 2012)
Clean production
You're a master at this Neil.

Lovely clean guitar work and perfect vocal delivery.

7/8 was an unusual choice but it really gives this an extra edge.

Cheers

Dick
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tmcfate said 2082 days ago (March 31st, 2012)
7/8
time works well. telling a story we can all relate to ,.. nice work.
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mikkinylund said 2082 days ago (March 31st, 2012)
Nice
Very cool 7/8 song you got here... Great story, about giving and getting... As always, great performance, your guitar playing is for the heaven's, and your voice belongs up there as well... What I like about this song is the story. You are telling me something - never heard of before - but in a new perspective. I like the "almost" reggae groove. This is great Neil!
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Ibstrat said 2081 days ago (March 31st, 2012)
I was
just teaching someone "Estimated Prophet"- also in 7/8. 7/8 can sometimes sound forced but you have done a great job here, your guitar and bass work is excellent. I also am a big fan of your vocal style. I wish that I had 1/10 of your recording and mixing knowledge!
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Soundhound said 2081 days ago (March 31st, 2012)
Very cool track...
Moves reeeal good and the vocal is top shelf, the story line lyrically
is solid.....That's what it is right there.....
The way you throw your voice, really makes this happen...

Very well done....
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TvRicky said 2081 days ago (April 1st, 2012)
You got it right here baby!
Damn man where have you been! I am jammed and slipped middle here. "I just have to have some clear direction" Music is your direction my friend! What talent here at MJ..Feel is your groove and man do I feel you! Get down baby. Wow@!

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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peacepiano said 2081 days ago (April 1st, 2012)
Seven Eight
The rhythm drew me in and then I got hooked on the lyrics. Great stuff!
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lavalamp said 2081 days ago (April 1st, 2012)
Refeshing
Really liking the clean, jazzy sound on this track. Quite smooth and soothing.

Interesting, personal lyrics.

Enjoy this Neil. Great job.

LL
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RochaMalhada said 2081 days ago (April 1st, 2012)
retrospective

Cool time, Neil. Bass riff flows nicely in the cadence and flow of the rest of the instrumentation.

Definitely one of those songs for a listen in a retrospective mood. Mix sounds nice.

. - Harold
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J.A.Stewart said 2081 days ago (April 1st, 2012)
Disjointed and Out of Rhythm
7 / 8 fits the core expression of the lyric rather well I think, Neil. There's an intimation about the struggle with our duality and how we confound ourselves because of it. The mood you create here... odd, disjointed and out of (customary) rhythm... fits that dilemma quite nicely. Interesting piece. ;)


--- Joe
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egobandit said 2081 days ago (April 1st, 2012)
blast
love how you open this up, I think what I like best about your music is your voice, what ever the subject you sing it with such conviction thats the key I think, your separation and the panning of the instruments are like if you were hearing all the amp on a stage from different locations another great one into the Jiguma file!
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Jarvoid said 2081 days ago (April 1st, 2012)
very nice...
..time sig works a treat ,heck knows how you time that one but it is very effective....great stuff....

Jarvo
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davisamerica2 said 2080 days ago (April 1st, 2012)
Sounding great, Neil!
I've always enjoyed your style of singing, for starters. Your music is top notch and always interesting. Very fine lyrics too. OZ is all right! Hate to go back to Kansas. T
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neilh79 said 2080 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Giving it all Away
This is just another excellent song Neil, realyy nicely played and a good mood! Well done
Doug Somers said 2080 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
This is one of those songs
where I sit motionless at the end, just enveloped in the dying echoes of a great performance. It's hard to say anything cogent since it's hard to know where to begin. Maybe I'll just say how very much I enjoyed this piece, and if I were at a live gig I'd be the guy in the audience standing up pounding his hands together for maybe longer than everyone else, and that would be OK with me.

Brilliant work here Neil. Cheers,
Doug
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tempie said 2080 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
frustrations and false starts
man i really liked the vibe from the first note. i especially like the simple little solo and the bridge that follows it. also like how you use the synth starting at 2, fills things out and lends some dramatic build to the end. always enjoy your tunes, thanks
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SmokeyVW said 2079 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
it's
another great song - i especially like how you made 7/8 roll along smoothly

thanks
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TheReverendAG said 2078 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Smooove
Smooth guitar and singing.

Plus I have to give you props for kicking it old school on a G5 processor.
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Outtaorbit said 2078 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
dude
Song is like the steel eagle
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2078 days ago (April 4th, 2012)
giving it all away
i'm sure i've heard this before. interesting use of the odd time signature. the song builds up really well. i really like the guitar chords and the simple but effective clean lean. vocals work really well. enjoyed it a lot. cheers graham
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karmicfreak said 2076 days ago (April 5th, 2012)
Giving It All Away
Nice build up and arrangement. I like the cool island vibe to the slidy echo guitars around 2:10 and 2:55. I'm sure you know Pink Floyd's Money famously shifted into 4/4 from 7/8 for the solo section, to great effect. Have you thought about changing the time signature emphasis from 2/2/3 to 3/2/2 (maybe mixing and matching) as an element of growth? It could add a cool emphasis for a solo section, for example. Cheers.
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dave_b said 2075 days ago (April 7th, 2012)
Giving It All Away
The 7/8 kept me on my toes. Arrangement and feel reminds me of the Police. A well-crafted song.
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tadashi said 2071 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
A good tone
Mixed rhythm.
Very attractive composition.
It is wonderful.

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KCsGROOVE said 2070 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
giving it all away
not wrong with introspection :-) That's the great thing about music, you express your feelings in music like in no other art.
The artwork fits well to the mixed emotions
Very fine song, Neil!
KC
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TobinMueller said 2062 days ago (April 20th, 2012)
Seven levels
Nice experiment in meter. It gives it an island feel. Nice job avoid cliches and a sense of dropping beats. You found a groove that rolls, that is sandy and hip and ocean shore without rush or mind games. Just the right stuff. Classy and cool. Nice.
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Doadars Uncle said 2046 days ago (May 5th, 2012)
Nice rhythms!
Introspective indeed! The instrumentation is superb and fits the mood, very well.
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Macaudion said 2043 days ago (May 9th, 2012)
"I played around with 7/8"...
...errr... I don't think that I've ever heard anyone say, "I played around with 7/8" and have it stated so nonchalancely , sir. However, I am blown away at the ease at which it sounds that you were playing here. Pick an instrument... the drums are done with a certain smoothness and flair that only a seasoned drummer might be able to pull off. Nicely detailed and very natural sounding. Also your bass and guitar fell nicely into the groove. Sweet syncopation. Love the way the bass rolled to fall off from the vocals. And yes, the vocals are warm, relaxed and quite classically, Neil.

Beautiful writing! Really sweet tune, my friend! Nice to have checked in on you! Hope all is well! I'm thinking this may be my new fav of yours, Neil Good one, indeed! Thanks for the traveler, Dion


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