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I Don't Want to Hear by Jerry Quinn w/ Ryan & Loob


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alackbass

 Genre: Latin Jazz

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I went to visit my dear friend Jerry in the hospice a week ago. Recognizing our time together was growing short I went on a mission. If he could stand having me there long enough I planned to spend hours talking, reminiscing, and then watching a ballgame together that evening. His Red Sox were playing my Rays. There would never be a better opportunity. More importantly I went there determined to play music with him at least one more time. Armed with my nylon string guitar and field recorder I was determined to coax a song out of him, not that Jerry ever needed much coaxing when it came to making music.

We chatted a bit when I first arrived. Then I pulled out the guitar and field recorder asking if he would be willing to sing a song. Of course he agreed and asked what I would like him to sing. I requested he do a song he had written years ago. It was one we had played together in a blues band back in the 90s.

“I Don’t Want to Hear” is the quintessential Jerry Quinn song. It was the first song of Jerry’s I ever heard. From the first listen I marveled at what a brilliant songwriter Jerry is. The song is imbued with his love and mastery of jazz, blues, and Latin styles of music. It is also an incredible example of the amazing lyricist he is. Never verbose! Jerry makes his point with beautiful poetry any person can relate to.

The next morning I went through the treasure trove on my field recorder. I thought I would be doing some editing to compile a usable track. But true to form, even from his bed at the hospice, Jerry delivered amazing performances. His phrasing, use of dynamics, and melodic ornamentations always amaze me and were still on full display. He never sings anything the same way twice. But whatever he sings is always great. My original plan was to just completely use take #5. But I did use a few phrases from take #4 due to some ambient noise on the take #5.

I then sent the track off to Freddy (Loob). Freddy took our duo recording and quickly delivered beautifully played and brilliantly recorded drums and percussion. He delivered them as a single submix that was of course expertly mixed. When I took a rough mix down for Jerry to hear on Memorial Day he smiled and commented on what an authentic Brazilian feel Freddy brought to the track. Freddy is an amazing talent and, as I learned from our email exchanges, an exceptional human being. We are all fortunate to have him here at MacJams.

I then layered in a new nylon string rhythm track along with electric rhythm and nylon solo tracks. The final step was to take the track to Ryan for the perfect bass performance. As a teenager Ryan had sat in on numerous occasions with our band. Thanks to the support and encouragement of musician like Jerry, Ryan developed into the pro he is today. It is such a gift for the three of us to play together one more time.

Thank you Ryan and Freddy from the bottom of my heart!

I love you Jerry! I am forever grateful for your friendship and all the great music you shared with me through the years!
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Lyrics
I Don’t Want to Hear
Words & Music by Jerry Quinn

I don’t want to hear,
About your brand new man,
I don’t want to hear babe,
About your brand new man,
I don’t want to hear about his brand new car,
How fond of him you are,
I don’t want to hear baby,
About your brand new man,

Don’t think I really want to know,
What you did last night,
Don’t think I really want to know,
What you did last night,
How he kissed you and held you tight,
Loving you all through the night,
I don’t want to know baby,
What you did last night,

Oh baby there’s a chill,
Up and down my spine,
Baby, baby there’s a chill,
Jumping up and down my spine,
How a woman like you could be,
Talking trash right in front of me,
Baby there’s a chill,
Up and down my spine,

I hope someday you know,
What true love can be,
Hope someday you know baby,
What true love can be,
Not this using every man you know,
Just to build up your own ego,
Hope someday you know,
What true love can be,
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Uploaded: Jun 01, 2012 - 02:49:26 PM
Last Updated: Jun 01, 2012 - 02:49:26 PM Last Played: Apr 12, 2015 - 12:17:56 AM
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Symphony101 said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
First ...
I'm listening in the meantime, but I just wanted to mark it !
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Thanks Yves
Duly noted :)
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Symphony101 said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Andrew
I listened and read the description with such emotions ... Love and friendship with friends, family, is tangible here. How cool it is, having Freddy and Ryan on this tune, and working on Jerry's fantastic song !

Pure talent, but also, pure love and friendship in this work.
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Thanks Yves!
I know if my friend could thank you he would!
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magnatone said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
I Don't Want to Hear
oh Andrew - i'm speechless and weeping. this is incredible, as is the story behind how you did this. much love to you, jerry and all, from seattle.
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Thanks Karen
I know how much Jerry would appreciate it!
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Loob said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Really sad about your friend Andrew.
Glad I could help! Turned out really nice!
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Thanks Freddy
You did so much more than just "help." I was so glad Jerry got to hear your contributions. And know he absolutely loved what you did!
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TvRicky said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Beautiful Performance!
Yeah This speaks for itself. Masrvelous all around. My favorite Music Makers..Just perform your Magic fellas. Yes sir! Groove so Cool it's ICE! Sing it man..sing it!

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Thanks Ricky
Nobody can sing it like my dear friend Jerry! Thanks for listening!
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Philip18 said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
I do want to hear
This is brilliant. Well structured words that stick in your mind because of the "I don't want" hook. Warm vocal with just the right amount of heartache. Clean precise guitar playing. The drums and bass keep everything walking along at the right pace, with a few flourishes here and there to entertain. What a band! What a song! What a performance! Thanks for the download - it will be played a lot.
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Thanks Philip
Jerry had suggested we work on this one early in our collaborations. But I always put him off because the blues band did a proper studio recording of it back in the 90s and I was eager to work on new songs with him. I will be forever grateful we did this one before it was too late. Thanks so much for the listen and kind comments. I know Jerry would thank you himself if he could.
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abzwork said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
I don't want to hear..
A wonderful song, a moment that will last forever, a taste of true friendship, great flava, and a smile to be shared with joyous tears man...humanity and humility are keys to
the Kingdom of Big Smiles, you have provided
the key here my friends...:):):)peace
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Thanks Erin
"Humanity and humility"

Without ever meeting him you managed to sum up Jerry perfectly. I guess those qualities just naturally came through in his songs. Thank you so much for the kind comments.
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Sigmund said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
I Don't Want to Hea
So nicely done, Andrew, and an absolutely wonderful tribute to your friend Jerry. This song is just so cool, and that groove! Excellent - much enjoyed!
Sig
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Thanks Sigmund
I'm sorry you never got the chance to work with Jerry. I know you would have enjoyed the experience as much as he would have. Thank you so much for listening!
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sammydix said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
hear
what impresses me is that Jerry sang on this in spite of the situation and did it well on top of that. wonderful song.
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Thanks Sammy
I know Jerry would appreciate that, as do I! Thanks again my friend!
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Doadars Uncle said 1762 days ago (June 1st, 2012)
Niiiiice
Very chill. Bluesy. Well done!
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Doug
Jerry would like that! I appreciate it!
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Songwriterz said 1762 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Love it!
This song is made for radio.. very smooth, nicely done and you all did a great job! Noone else mentioned it but I think this song has some sex appeal too ;)

Having said all of this, I was really sad with the whole story behind and I'm so glad to hear about this beautiful friendship! I'm sure this song has marked something for you guys!
Sending all of my prayers to Jerry! Love Heidi
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thank You Heidi
I know Jerry would smile were he to read your very kind comments.

In many ways this song marks the beginning and end of our time together. It will be the song that comes to mind first when I think of my friend. And thank you for your prayers. I know Jerry's friends and family will appreciate it.
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J.A.Stewart said 1762 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
A Lasting Testament...
to a beautiful friendship.

WOW! What a powerfully unique session and a lasting recorded capture of your special musical bond. God bless you all. ;)


--- Joe
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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Joe
I appreciate you kind words. I know Jerry would too.
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Bob Rodgers said 1762 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
What
a great performance, I really like the vocals and the lyrics, such a lovely song and a wonderful tribute to Jerry.
Very much enjoyed.

Bob


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alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thanks You Bob!
Your comments are a wonderful tribute to Jerry!
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neilh79 said 1762 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
I don't want to hear
Such an eloquent description and as moving as the music is sweet. You have all done so well with this and it is a great shame that we may not hear much more of Jerrys music. You can tell from the way this has been played the friendship you guys have. Congratulations on a great song, wonderful
alackbass said 1762 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Neil
I know how much your kind comments will mean to Jerry's family and friends.
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Gaylen75 said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
great
Sweet blues/jazz riffs and melodies. Love the lyrics and performances.
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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Gaylen!
Your comments touched on every wonderful element of Jerry's music. All the people who love him will appreciate it.
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Gaylen75 said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
sorry
I wish I was better at comments. I listen all the time but I suck at commenting. Anyway I stopped back by because I wanted to ask what kind of microphones you used?
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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Gaylen!
You don't suck at commenting at all! Sweet blues/jazz riffs, melodies, and lyric is what Jerry's music has always been about. You hit the nail on the head.

The only mic I used in this was my Zoom H4 field recorder.
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tokai said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
I don't hear!
but i can hear everything here. A crystal clear mix in other words. Smooth operators all of you!
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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Steve
I know Jerry would appreciate it!
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Les_Kloo said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
I Don't Want to Hear
Beginning and end. Man. What a story. Not much to say after that. Beautiful music.
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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Les!
I know what you mean and it's appreciated!
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doc_elvis said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
yes!
havent´s heard such a fine track for ages...
very nice and gentle all around feeling...
weeping here...
great work!
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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Doc!
I know Jerry would appreciate your very kind words!
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RAVENS said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Bee-U-Tee-Ful
Love the lyrics!!!

I'll tell ya, Jerry has a very lovely voice. The music has such a sensual vibe, shweeeet. Whatta terrific collab, guys!

RAVEN ;-)
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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thank You Dani
All of us who love Jerry really appreciate it!
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SISTERS said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
BRAVO, THE BAND!
Jerry's easy mellow voice carries the slinky melody so perfectly.
love how crisp that guitar spotlight is at 1:14
the bass is working beautifully - i could use just a tetch more volume...
2:26's "hope some day you KNOW...." ahhhhh - so sweet!
Andrew - fine corralling of talent - Freddy holds down the fort while the guitars stayed smooth. Jerry - i'm so glad i got to hear your first song.
you boyz make a damned fine band. glad i didn't miss it, Anne

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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Anne
We're glad you didn't miss it! I know Jerry, his family, and friends, appreciate it as much as I do!
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damiengh said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Beautiful Mix
A memento like this, will ring in your ears for years to come and I'm sure Andrew, all will appreciate your love for this beautiful friend.

The mix is wonderful, and Jerry's voice an affirmation of his enthusiasm for life and musical sharing. What a gift to leave for all to enjoy.



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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thank You Damien
I know your kind words will bring a smile to Jerry and comfort to all who love him!
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MarkHolbrook said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
I've been through
a lot this year with some personal issues, family issues, kid issues. It has been a tough year. But sometimes I look at myself and laugh because my "issues" are so small in the big scheme of things.

I didn't have the privilege to know you Jerry and I wished I had. I quickly learned to respect everything Andrew did and Andrew himself as not only a competent musician but an amazing guy as well.

To know that he held you in such deep respect simply means I would have probably instantly been an admirer of yours in a heart beat. As it was I did see some of your works through Andrew and a few other posts.

I wish I could have been apart of music with you and Andrew. I'm sure it would have been more fun than I deserve. I for one will be thinking of you each and every day and I hope it is ok that I call you friend.

I think there is a Grateful Dead song that has "Any friend of..." in the lyrics and I'd have to say: Any friend of Andrew's is a friend of mine!

Rest easy Jerry and know that you'll always be remembered here.

Mark
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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Wow Mark!
That was so wonderful to read! It brought tears to my eyes. You were one of the first to welcome Jerry and I to MJ! So I know we both consider you our friend. And I know others who love Jerry will appreciate your kind words.
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MarkHolbrook said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
On my 2nd listen
... This time in the good phones on the big computer! This just fills the room. It's so deep that I stopped thinking I had my big speakers turned on and no... it was just the phones filling up my head.

I think its safe to say that some day I hope to lay down a track even 1/10th this nice and good. This is simply stunning. You cannot help to tap the foot and nod your head. The groove sucks you in completely.

This to me is proof once again that music can take you places no matter what the state of your mind is.

A Beethoven quote goes:

“Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.”

This this just fired me up to get back into trying to write and record some music and I certainly can see that there have been some tears shed.

Well done... Nicely done! And a deep thank you!
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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Again, Wow Mark!
I look forward to hearing the music you will make that Jerry helped inspire!
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Jerry_Quinn said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Mark:
Thank you, friend -

Jerry
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awigze said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Much love
in this work and in this gig we call life. The sound of life is everywhere. It is like air. We are blessed to breathe and equally blessed to hear your body of work. Wisdom to all in your families so that in the askin of why things have to be a certain way there is the answer. God bless you all. Your family is always near.
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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thank You Andy
That was beautiful! I know your words will bring comfort to all who love Jerry and his music!
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Ed Hannifin said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
This is simply a great song...
And on top of that, it's a great performance of a great song. I love the vocal. Smooth and smoky, and with ridiculously perfect phrasing. I'm listening to it on nice headphones tonight, and it's really present but really warm, with a nice reverberant 'halo' around it...That reverberant halo blends perfectly into the bass line and the bass tone...

Everything's all nice and warm and wooly.

Then over the top of that comes the nice treble pluck of the nylon string, which is just enough to fill that space. I really like the nylon string solo, too...

The lyrics are simple and classic, and I wish this song had been around during a couple moments in my life. What the heck. It's here now.

This doesn't sound anything like a field recording, or a "good for the situation" recording. It's ultra solid and ultra good. The vibe of love and friendship runs all through it, too...

Thanks, Andrew, for making sure I heard this one. Thanks, Jerry, for writing it...
Ed Hannifin said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Reminds me...
...a bit of John Martyn's 'Solid Air', but with a slight bit of Latin flavor...Similar vibe, though...
alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Thank You Ed!
I love the use of the word "halo" in your comments. Seems so very fitting! I really hope Jerry gets to hear what you wrote! And I know your words will bring comfort and smiles to all those who love him!
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davisamerica2 said 1761 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
So glad I heard this!
This place draws talent like a magnet. An excellent song, Andrew. Jerry is a true craftsman, and Loob and Ryan and yourself have laid down one fine piece of music here. This is very special, and I'd like to keep a copy for myself. Thanks, all you guys. Terry












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alackbass said 1761 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Thanks Terry,
I know it will bring a bit of comfort to all of us who love Jerry knowing his music lives on in a few iPods out there. He always felt the same way I do. The download is the best of all compliments.
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Garni said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
I Dont Want To Hear
Superb work guys! The story behind this collaboration makes this extra special indeed!

G-)
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alackbass said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Thanks Gerald
I know Jerry would appreciate that! So do I!
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gadzooks said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
I Don't Want to Hear by Jerry Quinn
What a beautiful song. I love the smooth mellow tone to the vocals. And that little nylon string lead is sublime.
My first reaction to reading this is sadness and generally as a person I tend to hide from things or maybe it's better to say ignore the things that hurt.I read this when you posted it Andrew and just logged off the sight not knowing how to react. I gigged this weekend with my trio and watched how music makes people forget about all the hardships and sadness in their lives even if only for a brief time. I kept thinking about what you wrote and about Jerry's situation and how music brought you together and created a special friendship. Music raises the soul and unites us all. My first collab was long gone and I feel proud to have been part of it. By recording music we all leave a special piece of us behind. Jerry is a lucky man to have a friend like you.
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alackbass said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Thank You Stan
And I have been very fortunate to call Jerry my friend. And though you and I have never actually met, I consider myself lucky to call you my friend. Thanks for listening and the wonderful comments. I know they will bring some comfort to all those people who love Jerry so much.

By the way....I would love to hear your trio. I bet it's a great band!
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Moviz said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
How
everything just falls into place with this song and performance is just fantastic.... lovely me ding together of talents and the poetry is great.... could have been written for or by me (subject I mean)..... and most likely lots of others too. Good thoughts going out, regards M
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alackbass said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Thanks Maurice
One of the real beauties of Jerry's songwriting is the ability for most people to connect with it. I know it would make him happy to know you connected with this. Thanks again my friend!
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lyzak said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Treasure Goes Beyond Just The Song
If I hadn't read any of the above description, I'd enjoy this tune - but your account of a small community of friends and family manifesting this is reassuring that in this crazy, unpredictable world, there's Love!
Mr. Freddy (Loob) has been popping up on songs of late, and amazes with his skills, talents and adaptability in tact. At first I was puzzled to see two photos (in the center) of the same musician (lol). I hear the vocal and hear the voice of a gentleman in the moment. Your guitars, as always inspire.
I'm moved by this. Great job all!
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alackbass said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Thanks Greg
I'm overwhelmed and humbled by your very kind comments. I know all of the people who love Jerry will be touched by them as well. Your words will bring some comfort to people who are hurting.
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rok41 said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
I don't Want to Hear
Music is the glue that holds the world together..a universal language. Every person on the planet is truly affected by melody...it serves a great overall purpose in our lives and there are few things that are as powerful. Your friendship through life and music with Jerry is the perfect case and point...the simple grace and comfort of Jerry's performance is overwhelming. The skillful and heartfelt side work by all of you really bring this home. Simply beautiful.
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alackbass said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Thank You Chris!
Your words are both profound and comforting. I know I'm not the only one who will appreciate them.
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ziti said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
nicely done!!!!
it's a latin blues....really sweet!!! I would love to play over this groove..very good drum track...love the vocals and lyrics....nice collab. Peace to all involved!

deep bows
z
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alackbass said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Thank You Fran
Jerry and I had a band that hosted a every Monday night blues jam out in Pittsfield back in the 90s. We would have loved to have had you along. Thanks again for dropping by.
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Jerry_Quinn said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Thank you all so much
This is Jeremy, Jerry's son -

We're in hospice right now with Jerry and the wonderful comments here have brought tears to all of our eyes (and smiles to our faces).

Jerry really appreciates the thoughts and kind words; he doesn't quite have the energy to be able to respond individually right now but we all wanted to let you know that we appreciated the comments (and the song too as we hadn't heard the final cut!)

Andrew and everyone else, thank you all so much -
Jerry and family
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Vic Holman said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
I Don't Want to Hear
excellent vocals jerry..... smooth and on the spot.

the support team playing on this makes for a top notch performance.
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alackbass said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Thanks Vic
We all appreciate it!
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Relic67 said 1760 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
wow
Really cool how you guys put this one together.
Jerry has a great voice, especially impressive given the recording circumstances.
I like the minor blues / bossa nova kinda vibe.
Great song guys!
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alackbass said 1760 days ago (June 4th, 2012)
Thanks Relic
I know Jerry will really appreciate that, as do I!
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paul f. page said 1759 days ago (June 4th, 2012)
So many wonderful things...
already said above. There's a sweet, melancholic quality about this number and how it is performed, particularly, that makes it immediately appealing. To me the last line captures the essence of love: wishing for the other true happiness. It is such a selfless
wish.
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alackbass said 1759 days ago (June 4th, 2012)
Thank You Paul
First of all I want to thank you for contributing to the first MJ collab Jerry and I did!

And thank you for the beautiful comments here. Earlier Erin used the words "humility" and "humanity." Now you use the word "selfless." I can think of no better words to describe the man himself. I'm glad those personal qualities came through in Jerry's music.
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dave_b said 1759 days ago (June 4th, 2012)
I Don't Want to Hear
Strong song, like it a lot. I like the phrasing and attitude on the vocals. Tasty guitar and bass and the drumming adds that latin feel. Very cool you could do this with your friend in this situation.
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alackbass said 1759 days ago (June 4th, 2012)
Thanks Dave
Vocal phrasing has always been one of Jerry's strengths. And I'm glad you liked the song. It is one of my favorites. I know jerry will appreciate your kind comments.
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kevmikwa said 1759 days ago (June 4th, 2012)
Speechless
I've taken a couple tries at a comment. Each time I got to writing, I rambled and wandered until I was very much all over the place. This, my last try, will be as succinct as I can make it.

The song is wonderful. A soulful, well-produced blend of top-notch handpicked players underpinning a close-miked vocal dripping with emotion. This is everything I'd expect from a Lack Studios production, with all of the pieces sitting right where they need to.

However, the real story here is the real story. My heart walked the tight wire between "broken", "wrenched" and "warmed". The medical situation just stinks all the way around ... and there but for the grace of [insert your deity here] go all of us.

Still - here are two longtime friends with so much in common and so much harmony (both musical and non-musical). They have achieved two goals with one recording: fixing their blended mastery as a recording that will live forever - a legacy, of sorts - and (maybe, more importantly) telling that awful demon in the room to "take a seat in the corner, as we've got some business to tend to".

This is a truly beautiful thing you both have done, and you can tell from the comments that it has touched so many. I'll speak for myself: thank you both for helping me to refocus on the important bits. My thoughts are with you, Jerry.
alackbass said 1759 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Thank You Mike!
Your beautiful words will bring a lot of comfort to all of us who love Jerry and will miss him terribly. And I also want to thank you for your contributions last summer to Jerry's song "Long Gone." "Long Gone" is another example of jerry's beautiful songwriting. The team of talented collaborators we had with us made that one a joy to do. Thank you my friend!
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Hickling_Stan said 1759 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Fitting
A fitting testament to a great friendship, to some great song writing,performing and the strength of the human spirit. Without the back story this ia a real quality song and performance from all involved. With the back story, well......good on you Jerry you've got a good mate there. best wishes from England. Mark
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alackbass said 1759 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Thank You Mark
I know Jerry, his family, and all his friends will appreciate your very kind words. Thank you for dropping by to listen!
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sschedra said 1758 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Andrew,
So very sad to be faced with loosing a friend. I think what you did here was marvelous and probably gave your friend Jerry a real boost too. I got really strong imagery of you guys all in beach shirts and doing this at some tropical beach bar. We can only dream . . .
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alackbass said 1758 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Thanks Stephen
I'm amazed at the boost this gave him. His energy is back! He's eating again! I guess he's not ready to go yet! What a miracle! Thanks for listening Stephen. We do appreciate it!
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Franciscus_Henri said 1758 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Fabulous
Beautifully balanced sound, very smooth.
alackbass said 1758 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Thank You Franciscus
We all appreciate it!
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Char said 1758 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Warm
and smooth and sweet like hot maple syrup on a stack of pancakes. And just like that is comforting food, this is comforting music, leaving you wanting more. Here's hoping there will be more. Wonderful job, guys.
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alackbass said 1758 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Thanks Char
I know Jerry, his family, and friends appreciate your very kind words.
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Mosaica said 1758 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
I do want to hear...
...this song over and over! What sad circumstances behind this posting, but it is a lovely piece. Warm & mellow singing, soft nylon guitar, melodic and rhythmic. Thank you to all.
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alackbass said 1758 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Thank You Rosalind
The support of wonderful people like yourself has really made a difference!
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Saltaireguru77 said 1758 days ago (June 6th, 2012)
I don't want to hear
Truly excellent song. The structure acts as an airtight framework that ensures a great tune, but the vocal delivery just nails it. Of course, I've been a fan of Freddy's drumming from day one but it's nice to hear others picking up on what a great talent he is (and a great guy!) Naturally you'd expect nothing short of absolute precision from Andrew's guitar but a warth comes from that nylon string that gets the shoulders moving. This just goes to show that his dedication to music, not to mention his friends, is unquestionable. Really enjoyed this from a line up of top notch talents - what a pleasure to have the opportunity to hear this. Hardware - heart, Software - soul. Nuff said.
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alackbass said 1758 days ago (June 6th, 2012)
Thanks Stephen
Agreed! Freddy's brilliant and his drumming (and other musical talents) appear on a number of tracks posted in the last week alone. The secret is very much out.

Thanks so much for dropping by to listen and comment. The support from the MJ community has helped give Jerry renewed strength and the will to do some more music. We all appreciate it!
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michaeljayklein said 1757 days ago (June 6th, 2012)
Masterful...
Starting with an excellently written song and ending with that great finish, as the man said, "it just don't get no better than this". A standing O to all of you!
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alackbass said 1757 days ago (June 6th, 2012)
Thank You Michael!
Your support means a great deal to both Jerry and I! Thank you friend!
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SmokeyVW said 1757 days ago (June 6th, 2012)
i wanna hear this
so easy on the ear - it just requires repeated listenings

thank you
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alackbass said 1757 days ago (June 6th, 2012)
Thanks Bill
We do appreciate it!
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kingkenny said 1757 days ago (June 7th, 2012)
love it
love it
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alackbass said 1757 days ago (June 7th, 2012)
Thank You Kenny
That will make Jerry very happy!
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BirdmanWayne94 said 1757 days ago (June 7th, 2012)
Incredible work by all!
Listening to this put a smile on my face. Reading the description and how the whole thing worked out was the icing on the cake. Beautiful is an understatement!

I'd like to point out that what you listed under "Software" and "Hardware" was great... I don't know how to word my feelings about it but, as little as it is, it touched me.

I'm sending my prayers and good vibes Jerry's way!
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alackbass said 1757 days ago (June 7th, 2012)
Thank You Yeman
Your very kind comments will mean a great deal to Jerry and all of us who love him!
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Warren Smith said 1756 days ago (June 7th, 2012)
Sharing
Wow - what a fantastic thing to do - to boost a dying friend's spirits by making a song together. And a fine song it is.

I keep wanting to see the circumstances of the recording reflected in the lyrics. Rightly or wrongly, I hear "I don't want to hear about .. or think about" as a stand-in for "I don't want to hear or think about mortality right now - let's just make some music together in the present time." I'm sure that's because of the shared backstory.

In addition to all of the positive comments already posted, I would like to note how worthwhile this social network is to allow the sharing of such a heartwarming effort among a group of close colleagues and casual acquaintances. This kind of sharing shows the best of Macjams.
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alackbass said 1756 days ago (June 7th, 2012)
Thanks Warren
I know Jerry will appreciate your comments as much as I do. And I whole heartedly agree with your points about the value of social networking and MacJams in particular. I know the response to this song did a lot to raise Jerry's spirit.
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PeterB7858 said 1756 days ago (June 8th, 2012)
I do want to hear...
A great idea, Andrew - and an even better outcome. You are right about the vocal. It is just fantastic. You, Freddy and Ryan have done an outstanding job providing a sympathetic accompaniment that allows Jerry's vocals to shine. It is a fine tribute song and I'm sure you are all proud of the achievement. Thanks for the D/L. Take care - all of you. Regards, Peter.
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alackbass said 1756 days ago (June 8th, 2012)
Thank You Peter
And so good to see you again! I'm sure Jerry agrees with me. The download is the best of all compliments!
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TERRAPLANE said 1755 days ago (June 8th, 2012)
I do want to hear
tunes like this !! excellent all around,, incredible pro sound in the mix with superb playing by all..fantastic collab ! the vocals have a John Hammond flavor to me..thanks fort the DL guys
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alackbass said 1755 days ago (June 8th, 2012)
Thanks Terraplane!
I know jerry will appreciate your kind words, as do I. And thanks for downloading. That's always the best of all compliments!
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Bowman said 1755 days ago (June 8th, 2012)
This
is so beautiful and so right in every way. Not at all sentimental but a work of soul by some gifted artists.
Thank you Jerry and Andrew and for this gift.
Charlie

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alackbass said 1754 days ago (June 9th, 2012)
Thank You Charlie
I know Jerry appreciates your support as much as I do!
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Bob6stringer said 1749 days ago (June 14th, 2012)
I don't want to miss...
... this song. I like the message. A touch of mystery and a great band backing-up the message of optimism that "you" -- aka "we" know what true love can be. Jerry, thank you and all involved for this song; the music lives on here to inspire us.
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alackbass said 1749 days ago (June 14th, 2012)
Thanks Bob!
So good to see you and thanks for dropping by for a listen. I know Jerry and the band appreciate the very thoughtful and kind words!
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KCsGROOVE said 1715 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
I want to hear
delicious tune
Dig the relaxed way you sing this Jerry
cool playing, guys
KC
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alackbass said 1715 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
Thanks KC
We all appreciate it!
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