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A little noodle that turned into a tribute to the amazing Gladys Aylward. I found out about her in a GCSE comprehension passage, and then watched the bizarre "Inn of the Sixth Happiness", which should not work for so many reasons, but also manages to show what an incredible person she was. There are no words on this version.
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Lyrics
Here comes Gladys on her mule again
Checking out the feet for the Mandarin

Foot inspector, riot rejecter, child protector - Glad
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Fans: 11
Plays: 33
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Uploaded: Jun 06, 2014 - 12:41:54 PM
Last Updated: Jun 06, 2014 - 12:41:54 PM Last Played: Jan 05, 2016 - 12:11:22 PM
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Hardware:
Mostly Ovation - guitar and uke; some coconuts.
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Skean said 960 days ago (June 6th, 2014)
Gladys
Uplifting tune, thanks I needed that now, peace.
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grah3am said 960 days ago (June 6th, 2014)
I agree
and one of the reasons why there are no words yet is that I find it hard to sing. I choke when I get to the chorus. What a wonderful lady. Thank you for listening, Kenta.
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Philip18 said 960 days ago (June 7th, 2014)
Gladys
Traditional folk style for the tune but those bright ringing guitars are very modern and give it high intensity. I look forward to the next iteration.
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grah3am said 959 days ago (June 7th, 2014)
HATS off
I was listening to it today on the patented Honda Audio Testing System, and I think I need some kids singing the chorus. Thanks for the encouragement, Philip.
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sammydix said 959 days ago (June 7th, 2014)
very rich
acoustic sounds on this version. i do remember the story behind it, so that should easily inspire more lyrics. very medieval-ish.
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grah3am said 959 days ago (June 7th, 2014)
I expect you've seen the movie.
My kids find her story and the (bonkers) movie inspirational, as do I. I was using Joseph Spence's two - finger method on the guitar (drop D tuning), and it works very well. Only about six tracks in all. I even built the mule myself, with the aid of a coconut from Andros. Thanks for listening, Sam.
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lyzak said 959 days ago (June 7th, 2014)
Gladys
Elegant noodle development! Interplay between uke, guitar and coconut touches the emotions. Exuberant! Also, + for the comprehension passage that inspired this outcome!
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grah3am said 959 days ago (June 7th, 2014)
It is an excellent passage
It's about the time Gladys calmed a prison riot by telling the huge guy with the axe to give it to her. It grabs the kids every time, especially once I prime them with Gladys' size versus that of the average axe murderer. Thank you for your comments, Izyak.
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Vic Holman said 958 days ago (June 8th, 2014)
shiny guitars
excellent arrangement on the guitars. the interaction came out perfectly
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grah3am said 957 days ago (June 9th, 2014)
I still want a mandolin
I saw a Rogue on Amazon for $60. With a bit of tweaking, it should do the job. Thanks for listening, Vic.
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J_Gretch said 958 days ago (June 8th, 2014)
Gladys
I'm so enjoying this song...Had to turn it down a scosche,,,Mix is a little hot.,,,Much enjoyed right here...
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grah3am said 957 days ago (June 9th, 2014)
It is a bit bright
I'll get my engineer to tone it down a bit. Still, glad you liked it, Mr G.
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MikeRobinson said 956 days ago (June 10th, 2014)
Love the tune
This is a great little song in the folk-song tradition.

My general suggestion for the mix is that players usually step up to the mike, then step away slightly to let the next part that comes in take the lead.   Sometimes, in the present mix, that doesn’t really happen.   A new part comes in, say the mandolin(?) at 1:24, and while it is taking the lead on the song at this phrase, the player hasn’t stepped up to the mike.   The clip-clop hooves likewise seem to lack that high-frequency “snap.”   As the song moves from one musical statement to another, the mix should subtly shift accordingly.
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grah3am said 956 days ago (June 10th, 2014)
Thanks, Mike
I'm always interested in useful suggestions. I'll see what I can do.
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FEEL said 956 days ago (June 10th, 2014)
A lot of nice layering
never a dull moment. Up beat and I really like the way you transitioned with the bass. Beautiful composition.
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grah3am said 956 days ago (June 10th, 2014)
I worked hard on the bass
So thanks for that. It's an unruly beast that makes smooth playing very tricky. That does have the effect of rendering bass lines simple but efficient, which is a plus.
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PeterB7858 said 956 days ago (June 10th, 2014)
Gladys
Uplifting acoustic piece, Graham. Some nice playing on both guitar and uke. I think the coconuts are a few Hz out of tune, though. :-) Thanks, Peter.
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grah3am said 956 days ago (June 10th, 2014)
Home grown
I need one of those exotic Ozzie coconuts, for the tone. Cheers, Peter.
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