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Time For Leaving


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Philip18

 Genre: Acoustic

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This song started with a chord progression which just sat there for a while. Then I read a short story written by my wife as part of a writing course she is doing, about a person who wanted to leave a place but couldn't because of attachments and expectations of other people. This gave me the idea which led to this song.

For those in the northern hemisphere, you'll have to mentally substitute "south" for "north" when thinking about a warmer place!

The solo in the song is played by Peter Thorneycroft on an accordion - after we tried a nylon strung guitar, a piccolo (software instrument) and a harmonica (which on some days is still my favourite!). The accordion seemed to fit in with the mood of the song, so I've gone with that one.

I hope you enjoy listening!

Credits:
Philip Gardner - guitars, bass, synth, vocals
Peter Thorneycroft - harmonica, accordion, valuable discussion
Peter Bowen - good advice
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Lyrics
Time for Leaving

I know it’s time for leaving, I know I’ve got to go
The wind is in the treetops, the clouds look full of snow
There’s somewhere to the north of us where gentle breezes blow

I know it’s time for leaving, I have to find the sun
It’s calling me to pack my bags and start to run
The days are getting shorter and they’re telling me I’m done

But if you’re not coming with me, there’s one thing that I know
If you’re not coming with me, I can’t go

The gardens have gone quiet the birds have flown away
The people have all locked their doors, in winter they don’t stay
They say goodbye and tell you that we’ll all catch up someday.

The winter sky is mauve and grey, I can’t abide the cold
It gets inside the soul of me and makes my bones feel old
We seem to be surrounded, by just the rust and mould.

But if you’re not coming with me, here’s the thing I know
If you’re not coming with me, I can’t go.

Instrumental

I know it’s time for leaving I know I’ve got to go
There’s somewhere to the north of us where gentle breezes blow
If you would come with me, I could go.
Song Stats
Hits: 1683
Comments: 42
Fans: 27
Plays: 92
Downloads: 19
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Nov 27, 2015 - 02:04:19 PM
Last Updated: Nov 27, 2015 - 02:04:19 PM Last Played: Mar 16, 2017 - 01:56:22 AM
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Hardware:
Maton FG 100 steel strung acoustic
Fender Squier bass
Harp
Accordion
Software:
Logic Pro X
Comments
PeterB7858 said 693 days ago (November 27th, 2015)
Time For Leaving
I really like how this has turned out, Philip. One of your best songs yet. IMHO. A gentle, melancholy flows through the song and the acoustic guitars and Thorn's subtle accompaniment suit it perfectly. Really like the sound of the accordion. Warm, expressive vocal work, too. Congratulations. Talk soon.
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Philip18 said 692 days ago (November 28th, 2015)
Thanks
Thanks for your work on it, too. I'm happy with the way it turned out, although I know I could keep working on the sound. Enjoy the fishing!
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Dean-Resonator said 692 days ago (November 28th, 2015)
Time for leaving
A really well crafted song Phillip. The accordion solo is just perfect.
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Philip18 said 692 days ago (November 28th, 2015)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it Dean. Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
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Narad said 692 days ago (November 28th, 2015)
Time For Leaving
Gorgeous stuff right for the season ! Thanks for the DL !
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Philip18 said 692 days ago (November 28th, 2015)
Thanks
Thanks for the positive support, Harald, and for the compliment of a download!
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alackbass said 691 days ago (November 29th, 2015)
Time For Leaving
Great melody! Nice recording. Loving the clear and full acoustics.
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Philip18 said 691 days ago (November 29th, 2015)
Hi Andrew!
Thanks for those comments, Andrew. It all started with the acoustics, so I'm pleased that they're still prominent!
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DWL said 690 days ago (November 30th, 2015)
A gentle interlude
Lovely work Phillip.

Nicely understated arrangement. The accordion works really well.

Cheers

Dick
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Philip18 said 690 days ago (November 30th, 2015)
Thanks
I appreciate your support, Dick - and I'm sure Peter will like the comment on the accordion!
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J.A.Stewart said 689 days ago (December 1st, 2015)
Lightfooted
Very lovely song, Philip. It really does remind me a great deal of the introspective stylings of Gordon Lightfoot and you sing it splendidly. ;)

--- Joe
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Philip18 said 688 days ago (December 2nd, 2015)
Thanks
High praise indeed, Joe, and I thank you for it!
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jiguma said 689 days ago (December 1st, 2015)
Beautiful guitars Philip
This all comes together so well - song, vocal and instrumentation. My only suggestion (and I realise the irony of what I'm about to type) is that the overall volume is a little "inyerface" for such a gentle song.
The accordion is a very nice touch.
Cheers from up here,
Neil
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Philip18 said 688 days ago (December 2nd, 2015)
Hi Neil
Thanks for the kind comments, Neil - they are much appreciated. Re. the volume, I just get whatever Logic decides on that - I don't fiddle with it - although I do generally hope that it's bright and loud. Something for me to think about!
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fasteddie said 688 days ago (December 2nd, 2015)
Yes
I always am very impressed with your chord progressions.
Very relaxing.
Exceptional production all the way around.
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Philip18 said 688 days ago (December 2nd, 2015)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
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Parichayaka said 688 days ago (December 2nd, 2015)
soothing
Love this song. Thanks for the download.
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Philip18 said 688 days ago (December 2nd, 2015)
Soothing
Thanks for the comment - the song has worked if that's the effect of it!
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Franciscus_Henri said 688 days ago (December 2nd, 2015)
as I said
very nice song and peter T does well
It is now obvious I'm back in Mac's Jam
God Or someone knows why I got locked out.
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Philip18 said 687 days ago (December 3rd, 2015)
Thanks
Good to see you're back in the Macosphere. Thanks for the comment - see you soon!
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paul f. page said 687 days ago (December 3rd, 2015)
Oh so smooth...
Philip, your presentations/compositions/lyrics have such a comfortable feel to them — the vocals just riding on your voice like melted butter, easy in the vocal range and serving your "style" so well. This strikes me as a folk song, but perhaps one for accompanying a film segment with a long driver heading out into less-traveled places and without a particular destination. Very very nicely produced, beautiful guitar work, and an unencumbered accompaniment that lets your lyrics come forward with clarity and purpose. (the accordion works, too, but I can definitely hear a harmonica. ... And might a dash of subtle strings behind it all be just the ticket to sail this song into the stars? A thought...)
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Philip18 said 687 days ago (December 3rd, 2015)
Smooth
That's good, Paul - thanks for the detailed comments. Yes, there's a harmonica running through the song from the second verse onwards. Some work on subtle strings - is that an offer? I'll send a message!
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Warren Smith said 683 days ago (December 7th, 2015)
The fit and flow of it
It's amazing sometimes how much of an effort goes into getting a song to sound effortless. If you hadn't written about the struggles to get the right words and the right instrumentation I would never had guessed that was the case .. because everything seems to fit and flow perfectly .. as if you just sat down and knocked it out.
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Philip18 said 683 days ago (December 7th, 2015)
Thanks
Effort? It was a struggle at first, with just a couple of nice chords... The process sped up towards the end, but the solo took a while. Anyway, I'm pleased that it sounds effortless! Thanks for listening and for the comment, Warren - much appreciated!
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woofer3 said 681 days ago (December 9th, 2015)
Time For Leaving
Very classy and full bodied recording. Lovely song. Great all round work and most enjoyable.

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Philip18 said 681 days ago (December 9th, 2015)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, John. Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
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Moviz said 680 days ago (December 10th, 2015)
A lovely song
for sure Philip and a performance to match........beautifully played and sung and I love the fullness and warmth of the sound. I like the accordion sound too for adding that comfortable nostalgic feel (I use it often LOL).......just wish i could 'pick' guitar like you........I've been trying lately, but I feel I left it too late, cheers M
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Philip18 said 679 days ago (December 11th, 2015)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Maurice. Re. the accordion, Peter was playing what I would call a ¾ size piano accordion, but it still has that classic tone to it. Thanks for listening and for the comments - much appreciated!
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Doug Somers said 677 days ago (December 13th, 2015)
Niiiiiiice
A gorgeous folk ballad. I'm impressed by the high quality of your voice and the tone on the guitar work. It really makes for an intimate setting for this tune. Accordion was the right choice - it is prefect here, as are the subtle touches from the synth and harmonica.

My hat's off to you sir. Happy Christmas!
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Philip18 said 676 days ago (December 14th, 2015)
Thanks
Thanks for the very kind comments, Doug - and Happy Christmas to you, too!
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gadzooks said 657 days ago (January 2nd, 2016)
Time For Leaving
Hey Philip ... so late on this piece. I haven't been very active on MJ lately.
My loss for not having heard this musical painting. Are you singing about Nova Scotia? ... well, except for the going north. That would just get even colder here... well composed song that gets inside you ... Peter added some nice spices.
All the best in 2016 Philip
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Philip18 said 655 days ago (January 4th, 2016)
Hi Stan
Thanks for stopping by - I always like to hear what you have to say. I must admit I've been a bit out of it recently too - been away where Internet access is a bit slow. Thanks for the comment on Peter's work, too!
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jimiwu2 said 656 days ago (January 3rd, 2016)
I really love
the whole feeling you have put into this song. I felt that the ending was too sudden for me.
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Philip18 said 655 days ago (January 4th, 2016)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed the song. Re the ending, what would you have liked to hear? I'm always interested in others' opinions. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment - much appreciated.
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apb said 653 days ago (January 6th, 2016)
Fabulous
Keep those settings Philip: slick guitar and vocal sound (perfect to this style imo) and a great mix. My only quibble is perhaps the harmonica/accordion isn't sitting just as well as all the rest is in the mix (not sure why and hard when the rest is sitting so well)- and I can almost feel/hear the indecision on solo instrument choice.. I'm not so convinced with accordion .. hmm.. orchestral flute?
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Philip18 said 652 days ago (January 7th, 2016)
Thanks
Ah, the mix - an endlessly fascinating process! Every time I listen I fiddle with something, although often just end up where I started. Thanks for the comments - there's food for thought there!
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scottghorwath said 653 days ago (January 6th, 2016)
dinner
' Collaboration such as this works well - Very Mellow - and a good thyme listening i yam having - phrasing is nice too - very smooth the way i like it - french accordion almost musette-Like sonority soloing works well too .
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Philip18 said 652 days ago (January 7th, 2016)
Thanks
Thanks for listening, Scott, and for the comments - much appreciated!
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racerat said 653 days ago (January 6th, 2016)
Warm
This has a lush tenderness that just makes you want to nap by a fire. Good choice with the accordion! perfect.
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Philip18 said 652 days ago (January 7th, 2016)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the affirmative comments - much appreciated!
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lyzak said 645 days ago (January 14th, 2016)
Time...
Inviting delivery - musically and vocally of engaging lyrics. Mr. Thorneycroft's accordion adds a very tasty treat to everything. A harmonica version would be interesting to compare.
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Philip18 said 645 days ago (January 14th, 2016)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Greg. Thanks for listening and for the comments - much appreciated!
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Name: Philip Gardner
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Played folk guitar then learnt jazz guitar in the 70s. Worked in folk joints, then pubs, restaurants and reception centres in bands, duos or solo. Now enjoying the opportunities that the digital age supplies to write and record.... [see more]

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