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Song of the Morning (with Franciscus Henri)


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Philip18

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The song was written in the 70s by Franciscus Henri (words) and me (music). Franciscus recorded it on his album Gabrielle's Mother's Highway, on which I played guitar. It's a song I've always had a soft spot for, and I have finally got around to recording a version of it. Franc kindly offered to sing a harmony vocal, which adds, I think, massively to the overall performance.
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Lyrics
Song of the Morning
Words and Music Franciscus Henri & Philip Gardner (Orient Pacific Music)

A song of the morning I've heard sung
Like the heat of the day not yet begun
To shine friend of mine take the time
Life can lend you

A song of the morning touched by day
Like a young man with eyes and yet blind
With new lies to see the time take the time
Life can lend him

Life sends you its own
But takes you alone
It's alone that you die
And the child that was you now is your child
And the little you know now is greater.

Like a seed sown at noon full of life
Yet in living finds dying not yet begun
To die friend of mine take the time
Life can lend you
Song Stats
Hits: 2749
Comments: 69
Fans: 33
Plays: 959
Downloads: 42
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Aug 26, 2013 - 04:34:35 PM
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2013 - 05:50:27 PM Last Played: Mar 02, 2017 - 01:36:05 PM
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Hardware:
Macbook Pro
Blue Yeti condenser microphone
Shure SM 58
Maton FG 100 steel strung acoustic
Gibson nylon strung acoustic
Fender Squier 5 string bass
Fender Stratocaster
Software:
Garageband
Ozone 5
Comments
MarkHolbrook said 1402 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
First
Gotta beat Andrew!
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MarkHolbrook said 1402 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
I personally
think anything with you on guitar will simply be great. This is no exception.

The guitar is sweet and cool. What a cool song! Enjoyed. Nicely done!
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alackbass said 1402 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
LOL!!!!!!!!
When I saw this on the new music page I wondered who beat me there? My fault for emptying the dishwasher.
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Philip18 said 1402 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
Thanks
Thanks for the generous comment and for the laugh, Mark!
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alackbass said 1402 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
Song of the Morning
Sweet song. Love the vocal and harmonies. Classic 60s folk sound. The vocal sound and reverb accent that classic vibe. Great guitar sound.
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Philip18 said 1402 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
Thanks
Thanks for that, Andrew. I was happy with the way the vocals came together - having Franc onboard sure helps with that! Cheers. Philip.
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jiguma said 1401 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
I didn't realise
that you two have a longer connection. Lovely song, and very nicely performed and produced.
Sorry I've missed so much lately - have a couple of big musical projects at the moment, and am very time-poor. To top it off we're off to Broken Hill to do some walking - and trying to sell a house! Life used to be so easy when I was working :)
I digress!
Lovely tune Franc and Philip - when's the tour?
Cheers from up north.
Neil
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Philip18 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
The connection
We met when we started teaching together at Werribee High School - and that was a while ago. Worked together in folk joints. Thanks for the comments on the song. Sounds like you're a busy boy at the moment! THe tour? Not sure about that, although we did work at the Port Fairy Folk Festival earlier this year, which was a lot of fun!
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Llarion said 1401 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
Dangit
I wanted to beat Andrew too. :) What a lovely song, such an expressive vocal treatment (Franc's voice just oozes life experience), and the guitars are a delight, as always. Your lead tone is heavenly.
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Philip18 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Thanks
You mentioned the things I was hoping would sound right, Phil, so I'm very pleased with your comment! Thank you!
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PatriciaGirl said 1401 days ago (August 26th, 2013)
Song of the Morning
Wow, that is a bit of history and how friends can stay friends. Beautiful even today, words of wisdom I can hear. A great collaboration you two!

Thanks for sharing!
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Philip18 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Friends
I have to admit there was a bit of a gap as Franciscus went into music full time and I got busy with school teaching, but it's great to get back into making music together!
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Franciscus_Henri said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
song of the morning
....though we're a little closer to sunset.
This was great fun to do Phil. Fantastic to revisit the song, it brought back memories of the Melbourne Armstrong studios..where everyone was Fab and the walls were orange.
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Philip18 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Armstrong studios
Those were the days...
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PeterB7858 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Song of the Morning
This has come up very nicely, Philip. The harmonies with Franc are a real highlight. Nice analogue folk vibe. Sympathetic arrangement, too. A fine post. Talk soon. Regards, Peter.
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Philip18 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Folk vibe
The original had Brian Cadd playing piano - I was never going to get near that, so it had to be a bit different! Thanks for the comments! See you soon.
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gadzooks said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Song of the Morning
Beautifully performed ... and written song ... quite like the two voices together ... and quite like the bridge/chorus progression ... nice lead tone as always Philip. Enjoyed this very much.
Cheers
SG
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Philip18 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Thanks
Always good to hear from you, Stan - your comments are much appreciated! I was happy with the lead tone- not the Gibson this time, but a MIM stratocaster with Lollar pickups put in (much warmer than the ones that came with the guitar).
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KCsGROOVE said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
song
wonderful song
like the guitarwork very much
and those vocal harmonies are excellent
fine lyrics
good collab, gents!
KC
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Philip18 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Thanks
Thanks for the kind words on the song, the singing and the guitar playing, KC - all much appreciated!
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Loob said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Well done you two!
A fine fit and great performance and production! Love the harmonies!
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Philip18 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Love the harmonies
So do I (all Franc's work)! Thanks Freddy!
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rok41 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Song of The Morning
Philip, Franciscus, this is very, very nice. The chorus is so well written and sung. Harmony vocal is dead on; my only request would be to post these exceptional lyrics. Excellent artistry!
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Philip18 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Thanks
Thanks for those generous comments, Chris - much appreciated! Lyrics now posted.
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Garni said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Song of the Morning
A beautiful start of the morning listening to the both of you performing this.

G-)
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Philip18 said 1401 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Thanks
Glad it helped you start the day well, Gerald :-) Thanks for listening and for the comment - much appreciated!
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MartinD28 said 1400 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Song of Morning
I really like the mellow folk groove of this song. As always, great guitar work Philip and I am really liking Franciscus's lyric style (and harmony!). Great song!
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Philip18 said 1400 days ago (August 28th, 2013)
Thanks
Very kind words, Bradford. Thanks for listening - much appreciated!
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Vic Holman said 1400 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
Song of the Morning
40 years in the making. very cool that you guys have stayed connected through the years and to revisit this tune.
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Philip18 said 1400 days ago (August 28th, 2013)
Thanks
40 years. Doesn't seem that long... I certainly enjoyed getting back to this song. Thanks for stopping by, Vic - much appreciated!
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JohnnyCanuck said 1399 days ago (August 28th, 2013)
Song of the Morning
The harmony line really brings the whole song to a new level.
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Philip18 said 1399 days ago (August 29th, 2013)
Thanks
I have to agree, Johnny! Franc's done a great job with that. Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
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magnatone said 1399 days ago (August 29th, 2013)
Song of the Morning
oh. wow.
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Philip18 said 1399 days ago (August 29th, 2013)
Thanks
Great to hear from you, Karen. Many thanks!
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Daugrin said 1399 days ago (August 29th, 2013)
Good Singing Good Playing
Thanks guys, thanks for posting your work for us to enjoy.

Daug
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Philip18 said 1399 days ago (August 29th, 2013)
Thanks
Always a pleasure, Daug!
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bronco said 1398 days ago (August 29th, 2013)
Sweet Song
This is folk music as I remember it in the early days. Really like the electric solo. The whole thing is very mellow and tasteful.
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Philip18 said 1398 days ago (August 30th, 2013)
Early days
That's pretty much what it is, Tom - written a long time ago, but this version at least recorded recently. Old habits die hard! Thanks for stopping by - much appreciated!
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Char said 1398 days ago (August 30th, 2013)
The best
part of folk music is its theme of common experience and life's lessons delivered by warm and lovely vocals and music. A pleasure to listen to. Thanks.
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Philip18 said 1398 days ago (August 30th, 2013)
Thanks
I'm glad you could hear that in the music, Char. Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
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egobandit said 1397 days ago (August 30th, 2013)
This is classic
What a nice ride this takes you down, the arrangement and singing are beautiful great song!
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Philip18 said 1397 days ago (August 30th, 2013)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed the ride with this one! Thanks for stopping by!
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Moviz said 1397 days ago (August 31st, 2013)
Really nice song
and played and sung beautifully...I like the split guitars and the harmonies too....enjoyed Philip, regards M
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Philip18 said 1397 days ago (August 31st, 2013)
Thanks
I appreciate those genereous comments, Maurice - thanks for listening!
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Sigmund said 1397 days ago (August 31st, 2013)
Song of the Morning
I definitely feel the 70's Peter, Paul and Mary - Simon and Garfunkel - Bread vibe on this very nice tune. Phil your playing is sweet and smooth (nice solo too), and the vocal tracks are laid back and relaxed. Good job, gentlemen -
Sig
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Philip18 said 1397 days ago (August 31st, 2013)
Feel the 70s
You've listed three of my favourites at the time, Sig, so I guess it's no surprise that the sound reflects that. Thanks for the comment on the playing too - much appreciated!
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Soundhound said 1397 days ago (August 31st, 2013)
Very well done...
By you both, strong lyrics, vocals and bed track....
Solid solo it all moves really good...

Nice...1
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Philip18 said 1397 days ago (August 31st, 2013)
Thanks
Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a supportive comment, Tony - much appreciated!
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sammydix said 1396 days ago (September 1st, 2013)
Song of the Morning
written in the 70s and you're still in contact to do an upgraded version? that's some endurance. i can hear why this is an old favorite, there's something about the way the song flows. corny, but "cozy" comes to mind, and nothing at all bad about comfort.
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Philip18 said 1396 days ago (September 1st, 2013)
Thanks
Still in contact, still trying to make some music! Glad you enjoyed the song, Sammy. Thanks for listening and for commenting - much appreciated!
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grah3am said 1396 days ago (September 1st, 2013)
Soft spot
I really thought I'd already commented on this. Lovely guitar break two minutes in, and good advice for the young 'uns. They're too busy twiddling to listen, of course.
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Philip18 said 1395 days ago (September 1st, 2013)
Thanks
Thanks for the positive comments, Graham - they are much appreciated!
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scaustrita said 1395 days ago (September 2nd, 2013)
Song of the morning
Wow enjoyed the vocal!

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Philip18 said 1394 days ago (September 3rd, 2013)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for listening and for taking the time to moment - much appreciated!
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paul f. page said 1391 days ago (September 5th, 2013)
VEry pretty song
and so nicely produced with simple elements (guitar/bass)...The electric lead in the bridge is so sweet and rich — just enough to let the listener "rest" for a moment.

(nit: The vocal pitch isn't always right on the money esp. on higher notes and in combo with the second voice.)
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Philip18 said 1391 days ago (September 6th, 2013)
Hi Paul
Thanks for the comments on the song - much appreciated. Maybe we'll have to get some autotune happening in the next one!
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VicDiesel said 1388 days ago (September 8th, 2013)
harmony
Cool song. And you're right, the harmony definitely adds a lot.

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Philip18 said 1388 days ago (September 9th, 2013)
Thanks
Thanks for listening and for the comment, Vic - much appreciated!
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Bob Rodgers said 1386 days ago (September 11th, 2013)
A
lovely song Philip with some excellent harmonies.
I really like the lyrics, a nice clear production and the solo was great, lovely tone and very nice with the entrance of the strings.
Excellent song and performance, very much enjoyed.

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Philip18 said 1385 days ago (September 12th, 2013)
Thanks
I appreciate those comments, Bob - they suggest the song is working the way we wanted it to! Thanks for your continued support!
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FEEL said 1381 days ago (September 16th, 2013)
Nice melody
the vocals are really nice and I'm enjoying that acoustic accompaniment. The lead fits the mix well and the keys later in the song add a nice touch.
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Philip18 said 1380 days ago (September 17th, 2013)
Thanks
Very positive comments, John - and they are much appreciated! Thanks for stopping by.
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Bowman said 1375 days ago (September 21st, 2013)
Love
those harmonies. I can see why you have a special place in your heart for this one Philip. A beautiful song.
Cheers,
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Philip18 said 1373 days ago (September 24th, 2013)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Charlie. Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
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IbotenicParadigm said 1375 days ago (September 22nd, 2013)
I would swear
I commented on this when it was first posted. My creeping senility...
I think your vocal couldn't be more perfect for this song: everything from the timbre to the delivery is honest and earnest (in the best possible way). Solid song, solidly made.
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Philip18 said 1373 days ago (September 24th, 2013)
Thanks
Very kind comments and they are much appreciated! Thanks for listening!
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richard13 said 1365 days ago (October 2nd, 2013)
Apparently, there is no doubt
that this is terrific. As I look at the Song Stats there have been 549 hits, 937(!?) plays, and 32 fans in just over a month. Congratulations to you both. It sounds beautiful.
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Philip18 said 1364 days ago (October 3rd, 2013)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Richard. RE the hits and plays, I don't really pay much attention to those after the first few days - there's something strange going on. One of my songs has 1870 hits and 158 plays. What could that possibly mean? The fans I think is real, but the rest I don't think can be. Anyway, thanks for listening and taking the time to comment - I really appreciate it!
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