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Close to the Bone by Jerry Quinn


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When my dear friend Jerry passed away in September 2012 he left me with three unfinished songs. This is one he wrote while in the hospice. He sang it to me during one of our visits. The lyrics and melody were finished but he didn't have changes for it. Clearly he was spending a lot of time reflecting on what was happening to him and how it was impacting those near and dear to him. I was knocked out by the honesty and power in his lyrics. I took out an acoustic guitar and played along while he sang. Once I had a progression and groove he liked I did a quick scratch track to a click then recorded his vocal. Despite being flat on his back he came through with a great performance.

In the months that passed since then I pecked away adding drums, bass, guitars, and backing vocals. It was difficult however. It's tough hearing Jerry's voice knowing he's gone. But I think what really held this up was a sense that once the unfinished tracks are posted the collaboration between the two of us is truly finished. I'm in no hurry to get there.

Recently I had acquired a bunch of new plugins and mixing/mastering approaches I was anxious to try out. I had nothing new of my own. So it made sense to finally finish this one. I'd like to think Jerry would be pleased with the results.
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Lyrics
Close to the Bone
Words & Music by Jerry Quinn


How's a man supposed to feel,
When he knows he's dying?
Don't ask me and I'm one,
How's a man to respond,
When his friends are crying?
Watching his world come undone,

It's cutting close to the bone,
It's cutting close to the bone,
Cutting it close to the bone,
So close to the bone,

What's my woman gonna do,
When I'm not there,
To hold her hand in rough seas?
The very thought of her,
in this world alone,
It brings me to my knees,

Cutting down close to the bone,
It's cutting me close to the bone,
Way down close to the bone,
Cutting me close to the bone,

My heart's torn open,
My senses are raw,
It feels like the world,
Has broken the law,
It seems so wrong,
That I must go down,
And say goodbye to life,
And love that I've found,

My job now,
Is to make peace with my fate
Accept my life,
Before it's too late,
Say farewell to all I've known,
My love, my life,
So close to the bone,

So close to the bone,
So close to the bone,
So close to the bone,
So damn close to the bone,
It's cutting me way down close,
Cutting me way down,
Close to the bone,
Cutting close to the bone,
Cutting me up,
Cutting me down,
Cutting me way all around,
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Hits: 1972
Comments: 50
Fans: 29
Plays: 347
Downloads: 40

Uploaded: Jun 10, 2013 - 07:00:22 PM
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2013 - 07:00:22 PM Last Played: Jun 04, 2016 - 12:01:01 AM
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Moviz said 1352 days ago (June 10th, 2013)
Andrew,
this is just fantastic,after reading how jerry sang this in such a dire situation and how you put it all together.... just superb. Excellent recording and mix and an all round great song with a lot of thought in the lyric. No need to worry if Jerry knows of this finished song... he's around just as much as any of us are around... we're all just the sum of our thoughts and memories, regards M
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alackbass said 1352 days ago (June 10th, 2013)
Thanks Maurice
I know your support always meant a lot to Jerry. I hope you know how much I appreciate it.
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gadzooks said 1352 days ago (June 10th, 2013)
Close to the Bone by Jerry Quinn
Exceptionally nice mix Andrew. The thing I like the most about most of your mixes is you keep them warm ... a very analogue sounding mix... I like the wideness of the instruments in the circle. That guitar panned right doing the stones like chords in the chorus sounds great ... real nice tone on the lead ... Lynyrd Skynyrd-ish ...
drums well thought out and sound real good ... actually I'm not use to hearing such a composed drum track in your songs. Jerry sounds great but the words hit me knowing that he knew he was going. I think it's wonderful to keep his memory alive and I think he's listening to this with a big smile.
SG
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alackbass said 1352 days ago (June 10th, 2013)
Thanks Stan
I downloaded a bunch of AU plugins at http://www.440audio.com/en/software/

I got some pretty cool compressors, limiters, and stereo wideners that I think really help with the mixing and mastering. Calling it "analogue sounding" may be one of the nicest compliments I've ever received. I was definitely channeling both the Stones and several southern rock icons when I did the guitars. Although I was thinking more Marshall Tucker than Lynyrd Skynyrd. But yeah, I hear it too. I did spend some time on the drums. I even went the extra mile and placed the kick and snare on their own tracks. That allowed me to gate the snare making it pop a bit more.

As always thanks for listening. I know Jerry would appreciate it as much as I do.
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Vic Holman said 1352 days ago (June 10th, 2013)
Close to the Bone
first... great vocal delivery by jerry. and andrew you really did a outstanding job of bringing this to completion. great rocking tune and excellent guitars... the lead is special!
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alackbass said 1352 days ago (June 10th, 2013)
Thanks Vic
I know Jerry would agree your support is special!
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jiguma said 1352 days ago (June 10th, 2013)
Special!
Despite only hearing about Jerry via your posts Andrew, I really felt this song rather than listened. You've done an excellent job on this in what must have been very difficult circumstances for you. There's a certain "gospelness" in your backing vocals that is both appropriate and a great listen.
Best wishes from Oz,
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alackbass said 1352 days ago (June 10th, 2013)
Thanks Neil
We both really appreciate it!
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ktb said 1352 days ago (June 10th, 2013)
Close to the Bone
I believe he would. Tasteful through and through.
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alackbass said 1352 days ago (June 10th, 2013)
Thanks John
And very good to hear from you. It's been too long my friend.
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Symphony101 said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
I had
never come in closer touch with such powerful expression of life through music, through good and bad experiences, before I started "hanging around" at MJ ... ... This is one of these powerful moments, where it's hard to express my feelings in words ...
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alackbass said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Thanks Yves
"it's hard to express my feelings in words"

I think Jerry did it for us!
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Philip18 said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Close to the bone
Hard to know what to say, Andrew - whether to comment on the music or the people. The music is great - a warm vocal, punchy guitars and a great bouncing lead. The respect you have for each other shines through the music - congratulations for what you've done here.
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alackbass said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Thanks Philip
You know I have that same respect for you my friend and Jerry did too! Thanks again!
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davisamerica said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Maurice
said it best and an amen to it as well. This is so well done. Jerry's still around ... I just heard him. Downloaded.
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alackbass said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Thanks Jack
The download is the best of all compliments. Both Jerry and I appreciate it!
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Thetau said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Thanks Jerry
For the incredible song and thanks Andrew for the great performance. It is cutting close to the bone for me, and for all of us
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alackbass said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Thanks Thetau
We both appreciate it.
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magnatone said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Close to the Bone
Andrew, this is transcendant - really really fabulous work. Jerry is smiling!
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alackbass said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Thanks Karen
Your comments made me smile!
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MarkHolbrook said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
I miss Jerry
I didn't know him but through MJ and Andrew but I still miss Jerry.
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alackbass said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Right there with you!
Thank you Mark!
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lyzak said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Close...
Special "walking the walk" lyrics - simple and as you say, containing "honesty and power." Imaginative, tasteful arrangement. Background singers sounding good! Tasty guitar interlude(s). Only thing I missed was hearing what that sax in the photo would have to say..





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alackbass said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Thanks Greg
I know losing the ability to play the sax was really hard on Jerry. It would have been nice to hear it in there. For a minute I wondered if maybe I had some of his sax licks from a previous project I could throw in there. But unfortunately that wasn't possible. Thanks for listening and the kind comments.
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PeterB7858 said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Close to the Bone
I'm getting a bit of a Travelling Wilbury's vibe here at the start. Jerry's vocal sounds so strong and rich. Go figure. Quality arrangement and mix, Andrew. You are really nailing that area now. Fine solo. I also picked up a bit of Marshall Tucker towards the end. That's got to be all good. Wonderful post. Take care, Peter.
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alackbass said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Thanks Peter
We always appreciate your kind support!
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peacepiano said 1351 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Close
I am sure he was close to you as you finished. Wonderful track.
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alackbass said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Thanks Bill
I felt his presence. Thanks again for listening!
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Franciscus_Henri said 1351 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Respect!
great song and sound
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alackbass said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Thanks Franciscus
We both appreciate it!
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rok41 said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Close to The Bone
This sounds great Andrew!Such an impactful and well written lyric by Jerry. I agree with Stan on this, very analog sounding (which is very good) and everything really fits nicely in the mix placement wise. Excellent!
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alackbass said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Thanks Chris
It always means a lot coming from you my friend!
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Sigmund said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Close to the Bone
Really well done, man! Everything sounds great - guitars - expecially that smokin lead, Jerry's vox - lying on his back you say! - Your backing harmonies are nicely inderstated as well. Great work - a fine tribute to a very good - and talented - friend. Enjoyed, my friend!
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alackbass said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Thanks Sigmund
Always extra special coming from you!
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ramonaji said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
wow
these lyrics... you're right, the honesty is really... impactful! I'm so glad I got to hear this, thank you! Great work.
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alackbass said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Thanks Ramona!
I'm so glad you stopped by to listen! Thank you from both of us!
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egobandit said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Ah man
this is hard core really does cut close to the bone, went to the hospice to watch my brother die this touches on that its a hard listen but a great great song!
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alackbass said 1350 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Thanks Tim
Isn't it strange how the older we get the more real things become? Life has a way of revealing hard truths. Thanks for listening!
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FEEL said 1349 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
powerful lyrics
I can only imagine how helpless Jerry must have felt. Great job bringing his memory back to life. The tune is upbeat and kind of gives you that life goes on feel to it even though it may not be your own. Nice vocals, and I'm digging those guitar parts.
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alackbass said 1349 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
Thanks John
I know Jerry would appreciate your thoughtful comments as much as I do!
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MartinD28 said 1349 days ago (June 14th, 2013)
Close to the Bone
Powerful in the simplicity of the lyrics - which allows us to to fill in the spaces with our own thoughts about what we would be leaving behind. Jerry would have liked it - and I did too.
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alackbass said 1348 days ago (June 14th, 2013)
Thanks Brad
We're both happy you dropped by for a listen and very glad you liked it.
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TvRicky said 1346 days ago (June 16th, 2013)
This is a tribute to a man who played a major role in your life man.
Everyone has said it all. I will just say..A courageous life end courageously. Thank you. I really hear your new gear..Wonderful and human..as you always are my friend. Look around you and you will see Jerry in someones child. He's already back.

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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alackbass said 1346 days ago (June 16th, 2013)
Thanks Ricky
Your comments about the song were nice to read. Your comments about life were even better. We both appreciate it.
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claypotts said 1345 days ago (June 17th, 2013)
Incredible
I am totally blown away by this song. Talk about a final statement.....

What you have here is an outstanding lesson in humanity in simple language that will live on in everyone's heart who is fortunate enough to hear it.

Production, performance, harmonies are world class good.

I'm floored by it.
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alackbass said 1345 days ago (June 17th, 2013)
Thanks Clay
Both Jerry and I appreciate the listen and very kind comments.
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woofer3 said 1338 days ago (June 24th, 2013)
Close to the Bone
A sad and touching story but a great uplifting little rock'n'roll track and you've done a great job on building it up to it's completion. I'm sure Jerry would be pleased, I know I would. I love what you've done here.
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alackbass said 1338 days ago (June 24th, 2013)
Thanks john
I'm sure Jerry would appreciate your words as much as I do!
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Bob Rodgers said 1329 days ago (July 3rd, 2013)
I've
missed this with me being away.
Good to come back and hear this wonderful song, great vocals and harmonies.
Another fine song with great guitar work, this was very much enjoyed.

Bob
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alackbass said 1329 days ago (July 3rd, 2013)
Thanks Bob
And welcome back!
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