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So this is the sixth and final song in the growing up song cycle that began with 'Playground Fight'. I don't normally like concept stuff but I'm really pleased at how close I think this 'EP' gets to true, which is something I'm always trying to do, because hey that's the point of metaphor right?

This tune is about the realization that you can make it by yourself. To me, this is the watershed 'kid-to-adult' moment in everyone's life. For some people it happens sooner than others, but everyone who grows up has a moment in time when they realize that they are OK with themselves, they don't need to be distracted from themselves by someone else, they can kick back and have a beer with ID and EGO and not feel like you do when you're sitting at the bar waiting for someone and 'drinking alone guy' feels that he needs to share his puddle deep political insight with you. I was an especially self loathing teenager, and I was popular with the girls, so from the time I was fourteen I relied on a set of girlfriends to distract me from the fact that I didn't like myself much. Then I married one of those girls right out of high school for the same reason. And it wasn't until that relationship fell apart and facing what Bill Anderson called the Cold Hard Facts of Life that I was forced to sit down and have a real conversation with myself. And surprise, surprise, I'd turned into an OK guy. And so began my ongoing friendship with myself. And like all good friendships, the relationship makes you better, and so I'm better because of it. This song is about that moment, sitting alone in the living room, Sunday sun pouring through the windows, having a cup of coffee with the cat and listening to Gord's Gold. And I knew that I'd be OK alone. I love the memory of that moment and I hope it comes through in the song.

Musically, I wanted the song to feel like it was created in that moment, right then. So I stole a bunch of lyrics from Gord tunes and strung them together in a way that he never intended and then I added a bunch of mundane little facts to replicate his folksy approach. Then I stuck it all into a 90's kind of blue eyed soul thing that was popular at the time of my 'epiphany' and this is the result. It was a nightmare to mix. Thanks to Bobby D for pushing for a 'full on Chicago' outtro. And YOU can thank Eric VanAusdal for the fact that the outtro is only a minute or so, instead of the five minutes I originally stuck in there.
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Lyrics
gumby on the dashboard
staring at your legs running into your short shorts
i know that other boy's been in your car
there's a pack of cigs that you don't smoke
and some shit mix tape's in the stereo
and the seat i'm in is rolled back way too far
and it feels like i
i'm gonna die

then sunday morning
in the sunshine
gord's gold on the stereo
for the first time
in a long time
i don't mind being alone

(backups:
i dont' care if i dont' see you again
i know that someday some way i'll be ok
me i'm feeling like i'm staring again
i feel like waking up shaking up making my own way
if you could read my mind what a tale my thoughts would tell
but no fairy tale)

in your underwear begging me to come to bed
standing with your arms across your chest
but I can't stand to stay here one more night
and walking down the fire escape
when you look at me i just look away
wondering if I'm doing this this right
and i feel like i
i'm gonna die

chorus

break: i threw you an eye and you caught it
you sold me a line and i bought it
but i won't be a ghost that you can't see
i'm gonna gonna get on back to me
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Uploaded: Jan 16, 2013 - 07:36:48 AM
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2013 - 07:36:48 AM Last Played: Apr 27, 2016 - 03:45:56 PM
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Comments
4nglo said 1562 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
all right

I really dig the way this production has a "dampened" feel to it accented by crisp vocals throughout and crisp sound in other instrumentation later in the song. Kudos!

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tempie said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
virginia mud
yeah the mix is pretty bassy. i might play around with brightening it just a bit to get a better feel for the individual instruments in subsequent mixes. glad you liked it man, and thanks for the listen!
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4nglo said 1561 days ago (January 17th, 2013)
Virginia mud

Haha. I wouldn't tweak it too much, it has this charm, I'm telling ya.

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richard13 said 1562 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
If you could read my mind
you'd know how much I've enjoyed these auto-bio tunes of yours. Musically, lyrically and vocally they have lots of interest and your production skills are pretty fine too. Good stuff, dewd ;-)
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tempie said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
ha witty
glad you liked the series. first time i've done anything like that and i was really pleased with how well it turned out. beginner's luck!
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alackbass said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
Gord's Gold
Your posts are always so creative, interesting, thought provoking, and entertaining. Great arrangement. The vocals really shine on this one!
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tempie said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
man
i'm just going to call you every morning, and you can tell me that LOL! Glad you liked the vocals. I've been really working on my vocal 'sound' - i always had a twangy twee sound - if you listen to my old posts you hear it - but i'm too old for twee and so i've been trying to find a 'serious' but still indie and expressive style...that was a long winded explanation.
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Lennon714 said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
MTV News
It's like staying home sick from school and watching MTV all day. I feel bits of this in my 7th grade year. The beat especially. I'd never have guessed the lyrics were lifted a la carte style. It's very Tempie-ish story telling. Solid tune. Wish the outro was longer.
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tempie said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
i didn't have MTV
until i moved into my own apartment. and then it killed me trying to afford it. even now when i watch it (i like old yo mtv raps) i feel like i'm on vacation or something. next song is going to have a ten minute prog outtro with a burroughs style narration.
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bud said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
You can really write a song
which is a talent I lack. I tend to find them if I'm lucky - but this - like your other work ahs a built from the bottom up feel. Thanks for sharing the background story.
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tempie said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
some people build rock walls
i write songs. i love the craft of it, trying to get better in subtle but important ways. i think it's a life practice kind of thing. and some day when i'm 90 and in an old folk's home some hip young indie band will discover a couple of my songs and do an obscure tribute album and the world WILL KNOW MY GENIUS
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racerat said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
Gord's Gold
I had no idea who Gord is until I saw lightfoot in the keywords. duh. Anyway, I agree with Bud, you can write a song man, that's for damn sure. This is smooth as silk, really nice mellow mix, kinda half rap half motown slink cheesy horns and synths and all. The vocals are gems- I can see how you had a hard time mixing them, but you aced it. The part at 3:08 with the little sonar 'ping' is killer. DL.
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tempie said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
Gord
man I do love cheese. and blue eyed soul, although i usually feel a bit like a poser singing it, which is why i usually speak/sing it, you know making the statement that hey, i know i'm 100% red neck, white socks, and blue ribbon beer and this is naught but a tribute to a great musical style that is all y'alls... And then I add some new wave because well it's like musical sea salt.
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egobandit said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
shit mix tape
I remember those, you flow like your talking to someone, and the story really hits home kind of universal in a way Love the way guitar fades into the ba da das, You can really put em together! Excellent and thanks!:)
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tempie said 1561 days ago (January 17th, 2013)
flow
thanks dude, glad you liked it!
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Vic Holman said 1561 days ago (January 16th, 2013)
golden
great grand finally to the collection. digging how you composed and layered this. lyrically you do write a great story to your songs.

one minor thing, personally i would like to hear those background voc's up a little bit, seems you worked pretty hard on them.
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tempie said 1561 days ago (January 17th, 2013)
it's funny
I reach a point where I don't know what else to do with a song and then i post it here and immediately after I post it I figure out a few things that I missed...One of the things I like most about MJ. Anyway you're right about the background vox - i spread them out a bit with better comression and just enough more volume to feel bigger in the mix and it sounds a lot better. Or if not better at least now the backups are getting their due. Thanks Vic, I really appreciate the close listen.

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magnatone said 1561 days ago (January 17th, 2013)
Gord's Gold
you are such a fabulous story teller! i'm sorry this will be the last in this cool collection you've created here. "i threw you a line and you caught it, you sold me a line and i bought it" - brilliant lyrics! love the brass - this is just plain compelling. i want the 5 min outtro!!
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tempie said 1555 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
last but not last
oh there will alwyays be more - i never get tired of talking lol. really glad you like the stories. i grew up with story tellers and i always hoped i'd be known some day as a good story teller too.
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Relic67 said 1560 days ago (January 18th, 2013)
wow
very apropos ending to the series, epic brian wilson-like arrangement (I was waiting for the bass harmonica and theremin to come in), wonderful splashes of guitar skronk, synth layers, vox layers, lots of creative stuff put together into a very satisfying whole. Classic Tempie... thnx for the d/l!
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Relic67 said 1560 days ago (January 18th, 2013)
oh yeah...
bonus points for name checking and biting lrx from a Canadian Culture Hero!
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tempie said 1555 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
guitar skronk
theremin - knew it was missing something! Gord is so important to American country music - he was a real influence back when country was slipping away into folk and people like Bill Anderson heard him and thought hey here's a way to sing about blue collar joes and nature and all the 'country' stuff we like and at the same time get some commercial acceptance. More than a few artists back then immitated his style or collab'd with him. Anyway my wife and I have a thing for 70's folk/rock so he get's regular airtime here along with Jim Croce etc. Good Sunday music.
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FEEL said 1559 days ago (January 18th, 2013)
Nice mix
and the tune is very catchy with a laid back feel. Your vocals are fantastic. Enjoyable listen.
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tempie said 1555 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
thanks man
glad you liked the song and thanks for the compliment re the vocals. i don't think i have real vocal talent but i do like to think i've learned to use what i have.
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Philip18 said 1559 days ago (January 18th, 2013)
Gord's gold
Interesting narrative in the lyrics. I like the vocal style - it's engaging. Plenty of interest in the arrangement. Impressive work!
jiguma said 1556 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
Excellent track
as usual! A really different approach which works to produce an interesting 5:37. To me, you really capture what I always imagined America to be when I was younger in your songs. Great mix and instrumentation, but the words and vocals are the standout for me.
Like I said, excellent track!
Cheers fromm Oz,
Neil
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PeterB7858 said 1547 days ago (January 31st, 2013)
Gord's Gold
Been away travelling, Craig but I had to see where the cycle was up to. I must admit the title also drew me in. I think we have a bit in common, listening wise. Gord's Gold and my half speed mastered version of Sundown still get a regular step out on my turntable. I really like the arrangement and the background vocals on this. The song readily evokes times past and sounds smooth as silk. Fine post. Fine song cycle. Thanks, Peter.
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