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Above Ground Luper/Dixon


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FEEL

 Genre: Rock

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I haven't posted anything in over a year and decided to work on something new. I was happy with the instrumentation to this song but not crazy about the the lyrics or vocal melody. I decided to email Sam to see if he would bless this music with some of his genius. Sam mentioned to me he hadn't done anything in a while, had me send it to him and quickly responded that he was already hearing ideas. Of course it was what I had expected when I heard his first run of lyrics, vocal harmonies and it gave this composition a much needed change for the better. This is our second co-written composition.
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Lyrics
ABOVE GROUND
Luper/Dixon 2016

He's like a butterfly on a ride
above ground
(Someone I can't reach...)
Feel, I'm an underdog
on a fall drifting down
(An un-watered seed...)

This can't be right
(you should be here with your smile)
I need something to lift me up
(a good friend that shares my blood)
But I get by
Finally, I'm coming to good terms

She's...like a raven's eye in disguise
above ground
Sends down a natural chemical
formed to sound
And I'm still here
(Pushing on along)
Strong enough as I ought to be
(I feel that's good enough now )
So I get by
Finally, I'm moving to good terms

So cynical, I'm looking from below
I'd rather be safe
than to risk falling anyway.

A false thing,
I can't be fooled by the
slow burn
talking,
cannot do it all
slow turn
making me reach too deep

(Too far above ground)
So cynical, I'm looking from below I'd rather be safe
than to risk falling anyway.
Song Stats
Hits: 1324
Comments: 46
Fans: 26
Plays: 122
Downloads: 12

Uploaded: Mar 11, 2016 - 01:15:03 PM
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2016 - 01:31:18 PM Last Played: Mar 06, 2017 - 08:01:02 AM
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Hardware:
PreSonus FirePod, iMac, KRK monitors, Sony Headphones, G&L ASAT carved top deluxe tribute, Peavey Fury
Software:
Garage Band, Logic Pro, Software Sam uses
Comments
Philip18 said 380 days ago (March 11th, 2016)
Above Ground
Interesting way you weave the vocals together. Thought-provoking lyrics. Love that guitar solo around 2:08! A touch of Beatles in this the way it swirls. Impressive work from both of you!
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FEEL said 380 days ago (March 12th, 2016)
Philiip
Sam really came through with the melody, I have to agree he has that beatlish vibe going on. Thanks for the encouragement. Music is my fairy tail and experiment.
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J_Gretch said 380 days ago (March 12th, 2016)
Above Ground Luper/Dixon
Two of my very favorite MacJammers...Really nice to hear some new stuff. I like the psychedelic guitar vibe and the minor leaning progression adds to it,,,,Much enjoyed guys!
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FEEL said 380 days ago (March 12th, 2016)
J
Last year was a rough one. On New Years I became very ill and later in the year diagnosed with prostate cancer. After surgery in November and a lot insurance bills, I find out February that I'm cancer free as of now. It's like a new lease on life. I know my battle was easy compared to some of the battles my friends and family have to deal with. That is where the title to this tune originated. I contacted Sam to find out he hadn't been doing much recording lately either. It was nice that Sam created lyrics to the theme and came up with such a powerful melody. Thanks for giving this a listen.
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sammydix said 379 days ago (March 12th, 2016)
Wow...
My mouth dropped when I read about the cancer, but damn glad I read on to see the present outcome!

I read some of the lyrics differently now. Almost eerily in sync with your past situation.
The first verse was a nod to our friend, Harold. The rest (attempted to) follow the "above ground" theme. But even some of that fit. I think we're connected, bro.
The pic nearly fits perfectly to the words too.

Thanks guys for the comments.
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FEEL said 379 days ago (March 12th, 2016)
Sam
I definitely think there's a good connection. I also think that the combination works, hopefully these will fall into place more often. Thanks for mentioning Harold, I tear up every time I think of him and miss his presence but I know he's in a better place now. Another great job on your part to merge your style with mine, that's one of the things missed most when I use to play originals in a band.
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rok41 said 379 days ago (March 12th, 2016)
Above Ground
Psychedelic groove = King's X feel. I dig! Glad to hear from you two talented cats - I'm not here much these days so I am glad I caught this. I hope all is well with you and Sam.
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sammydix said 379 days ago (March 12th, 2016)
All is
good. Thanks. What have you been up to lately?
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FEEL said 379 days ago (March 13th, 2016)
Thanks Chris
For catching us. It has been pretty quiet around here. I'm a big fan of Kings X so thank you very much. Everything is good over here, just looking to get back into recording some music again.
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parallel_eighty_eight said 379 days ago (March 12th, 2016)
Work
INteresting to now see a post. Fine Work. Fine yes.
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FEEL said 379 days ago (March 13th, 2016)
Thanks for dropping by
And listening
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grah3am said 378 days ago (March 13th, 2016)
Beatle Sam
Wow. Those opening vocals. Those falsettos. That guitar. It needs a Ringo to complement the other greatness.
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FEEL said 378 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
grah3am
Sam definitely has that vibe going just don't know if it was a gift, influence or both. Thanks for the kind words.
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AllenDean said 378 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
don't know why...
but every time i try to load this, i get a plug in failure. i liked it anyways, because of the photo!
AD16
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FEEL said 378 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
Wow!
Sorry you're having those issues. :(
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Warren Smith said 378 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
Dealing with adversity
Despite the heavy weight of existence the human spirit, no matter how cynical, glimmers in this agonized exposition.

It rises above the turmoil: a butterfly defying gravity!

That's why we call it art.
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sammydix said 378 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
That
was so cool, I had to smile while reading.
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FEEL said 378 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
I
Second that
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J.A.Stewart said 377 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
Iron(ic) Butterfly
The curious paths we take in Life often appear to be like the erratic, herky-jerky flight of a butterfly. Our journey is decidedly more earthbound, lacking the aerial perspective of the gentle butterfly. Our wings must be earned... amidst the confounding confusion of the obstacles and challenges we face during our lifetimes.

This song seems to give voice to the angst we experience during this journey, with answers, with meaning just out of our reach.

I really like the occasional, lilting harmonies and the Harrison-esque guitar lead. Well-done and well-played, guys. ;)

--- Joe
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FEEL said 377 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
Beautiful reply
What an observation I had not thought of. Thanks Joe for the comments and expanding on the matter.

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sammydix said 377 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
I
second that.
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egobandit said 377 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
from below
I hear ya that lead really takes it , the vocals and laying very nice fills the song out in all the right ways. Great song!
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FEEL said 377 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
Thanks Tim
For listing and coming back to comment.
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PeterB7858 said 377 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
Above Ground
Great to hear you two at it again. Sam is the perfect go to guy for giving a song idea the wings to fly. This is genuinely creative and explores some wonderfully layered, call/response moments. Lovely, lovely harmonies. Great guitar work. Just such a good package. Thanks, guys. Glad to hear you are better health-wise now, too, John. Take care, both of you.
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FEEL said 377 days ago (March 14th, 2016)
Peter
Sam did a phenomenal job with the vocals and harmonies, it was a privaledge to work with him on this song. Thanks for the comments, it is greatly appreciated.
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hackneybloke said 374 days ago (March 18th, 2016)
above ground
cool retro vibe to this one. nice CSN sound.
congrats on the all clear :)
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FEEL said 374 days ago (March 18th, 2016)
Julian
Thanks for stopping by and listening. Big fan of CSN.
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DWL said 373 days ago (March 18th, 2016)
Fine work
Quite a back story that has come out in the comments.

Good to hear all is going well now.

Cheers

Dick
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FEEL said 373 days ago (March 19th, 2016)
Dick
I appreciate you dropping by. Thanks for the comment.

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sammydix said 373 days ago (March 18th, 2016)
Thanks
to all for the comments. Very welcoming having been "out the circuit" for so long.

And thanks to you, John, for inspiring me to pick up a mic again. My voice was out of practice, but that got the juices going again.

Hey Julian, long time.
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FEEL said 373 days ago (March 19th, 2016)
Sam
I would like to think I can send more inspiration to you in the future. Maybe something will make it's way to the guitars again and I'm sure it could use something extra special.
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sammydix said 370 days ago (March 21st, 2016)
You
know how to reach me.
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bronco said 370 days ago (March 22nd, 2016)
Very Nice
I got a Beatles and psychedelic vibe from this also. I would said Beck also. Love the guitar and lyrics. Sam did a great job on the vocals and the melodic range is impressive.
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FEEL said 370 days ago (March 22nd, 2016)
Tom
Thanks for the listen and input, I grew up listening to the Beatles and a big fan but I have to admit that most likely that came from Sam, I'll take the psychedelic vibe though....*L*
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Doug Somers said 366 days ago (March 25th, 2016)
Above
You've got a fine sound with this song - very catchy, professionally put together and artistically a solid piece of music. Despite similarities to other groups' vibes, this is still a unique result that is highly listenable. I'm really glad to hear of your results and the fact you're still in good shape! I only hope it doesn't take a life event of this magnitude again to inspire such a great sounding song. Really enjoyed this - now on its second listen. Appreciate the dload too!
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FEEL said 365 days ago (March 26th, 2016)
Thanks Doug
Really well put, I wish I could comment to a post like you do. To me inspiration comes when it wants to unless there is something like a life experience that triggers it. That can be hit or miss. It needs to become present without expectation for me or maybe when on a roll. Sam and I have hit on that a couple of times, I know he also has his own walls to climb so time will tell. I hope more and definitely leaning for a successful life event.

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mfwmiles said 348 days ago (April 12th, 2016)
love the progression
and the melodic line...really did some wonderful things with this piece.
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FEEL said 347 days ago (April 13th, 2016)
Michael
Thanks for listening, I'm glad you like the progression and I have to hand it to Sam for the vocal melodies.
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VicDiesel said 339 days ago (April 22nd, 2016)
Above
Good to hear from you again. I like the vocal treatment. And the guitar solo.

The drums lack some excitement, though. Especially that snare sound doesn't do it for me.
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FEEL said 336 days ago (April 24th, 2016)
vic
thanks for the listen and comment. Used the garage band drummer, didn't put much thought into it.
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Ace-T said 283 days ago (June 17th, 2016)
great guitar work
great guitar work - I like the solo a lot. Great songwriting catching the spirit of time long gone
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FEEL said 276 days ago (June 24th, 2016)
Ace
Thanks for the listen, Sam does a great job turning music into art and on some fine occasions it will happen between us.
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RichardSchletty said 280 days ago (June 19th, 2016)
Can't be fooled by the slow burn
I saw FEEL online and that led me to this John-Sam collab. Really good, gentlemen. Yes, a Beatles vibe. I expect to hear "Can't be fooled by the slow burn" in elevators and gift shops soon!
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FEEL said 276 days ago (June 24th, 2016)
Always good to see you hear
Richard. It's been a long time since we use to dabble in music together. Thanks for the compliment and comparison.
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tmcfate said 280 days ago (June 20th, 2016)
Ireally enjoy
the vocals on this one. Harmony is spot on and woven together expertly. Mix is right there. Guitar work and tone fit well ..nice work
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FEEL said 276 days ago (June 24th, 2016)
Sam
has a knack for coming up with some great harmonies and lyrics. I'm somewhat happy with the mix, it's hard to do when you second guess yourself sometimes so you just put it out there. Thanks for the compliment and the listen.
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