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So this chap from our web design company came in on to give us all training on how to update our new website. I'm sure you have met the type, lots of "yah's" and "Ok's" punctuate his every sentence and his attire probably cost half my entire wardrobe. His web design company is based in a converted barn in rural Suffolk. ( or rural New Hampshire!)
So I go into the training session and he has his laptop connected to the overhead projector and after brief introductions he starts rattling off at 100 miles an hour about "imports, drop downs, functionality, plug in's" and various interminable jargon all the time flicking between screens at breakneck speed.
Well I actually think our new website is a vast improvement on our old one and so I start the presentation very keen, attentive and open to learning but as the first hour starts to drift towards the second hour my brain goes something like this "yes, yep, ok yep got that, ok thats clever, yep.....missed that bit never mind....yep thats good....mmm hope thats in the handout notes, yep.......yep.....mmmm......blah...blah.....blah.......no your just talking words now. My brain is full and nothing else is going in so whilst you continue talking I will try to continue to look attentive whilst my imagination starts to drift off.
It was at this point I started to think about my wife's lovely old "Uncle Peter" and "Uncle Reg" , both of whom are in their early 90's.
Uncle Reg has the most amazing flourishing allotment I have ever seen and Uncle Peter built his own house and over the years has made or repaired just about everything in his workshop. I started to think about how different their knowledge and skills were to our web designer's. Then I remembered two glorious characters from "A Sheperds Life" by W H Hudson. Caleb Bawcombe and Elijah Raven. I just got to thinking what if all five of them had lived in the same village.
I sat there and started to write "notes on the web presentation" and the beginnings of this song began to form. A new departure for me as I left the guitar out entirely and sang free form over a drum track. Turned into a 7 minute epic!
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Lyrics
Caleb, Elijah, Peter, and Reg
Sitting by the campfire, sitting by the smoke
Swapping yarns and sharing a brew
The way that old men do

How to make and what to grow
The life that’s still the same
Peter and Reg decline the baccy
Certain things have changed

An ancient knowledge binds them
The seasons and a code
They laugh, talk and share a joke
But what’s coming down the road?

Ch
It’s Matt from IT
Matt from the 21st century
Matt who relies for everything
On electricity

Elijah looks to Caleb
What was that they saw?
The dust settles, peace returns
Peter and Reg pass a rueful smile

“Strange chap”, Peter says
“Don’t know how he feeds his family”
Reg laughs and shakes his head
Scoops up soil and a piece of wood

“With this my friends we make things
In this we grow our food
But ‘ee’s from our time
Knows much about being crude”

Bought your old cottage Caleb
Knocked it all to hell
Fancy paint and fancy rooms
And a fancy brass doorbell

All the tradesmen come to see him
His food comes in a van
He talks like he thinks he knows us
But he’s not our kind of man

Ch
He’s Matt from IT
Matt from the 21st century
Matt who relies for everything
On electricity

Elijah looks at the swimming pool
Where his cottage used to be
“Caleb my friend we should be heading back
To nineteen hundred and three”

Peter and Reg are old men
They shake the hands of ghosts
Two fine upstanding country men
They understand the most

As Elijah and Caleb dissolve to mist
Once more they hear the roar
Coming down the lane again
Is the big black 4 x 4

It’s Matt from IT
Matt from the 21st century
Matt who relies for everything
On electricity

©Mark Spruce 2017
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Uploaded: Feb 09, 2017 - 02:41:25 PM
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017 - 11:07:29 AM Last Played: Apr 28, 2017 - 08:34:48 AM
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Dean-Resonator said 80 days ago (February 10th, 2017)
Matt from IT
Great story. I am glad you described how you came up with it. I would have been wondering otherwise. It will be a sad day when the generation of "fixers" dies out.
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Hickling_Stan said 79 days ago (February 10th, 2017)
Thanks Dean
You have to wonder if the electricity ever stopped how people like "Matt" would survive. Cheers for listening. Mark
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Skean said 79 days ago (February 10th, 2017)
Village Life
Great work, enjoyed a lot, thanks for sharing, dowloaded, cheers.
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Hickling_Stan said 79 days ago (February 10th, 2017)
Glad you enjoyed
At 7.00 minutes I think I've written my first ever "prog" epic!!!
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sammydix said 79 days ago (February 10th, 2017)
That
was so cool and different. Even the artwork and lyrics are great. Very 'artsy,' the way I like it. Got 'character.'
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Hickling_Stan said 79 days ago (February 11th, 2017)
Glad you enjoyed
It's really stepping out into the unknown for me. Just drum vocal and some samples. Completely different to working with the guitar as the starting point.
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Daugrin said 79 days ago (February 10th, 2017)
Epic
Splendid. No higher praise possible...

Daug
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Hickling_Stan said 79 days ago (February 11th, 2017)
Praise indeed
Thanks so much Daug that's made my day. Flying to Italy this afternoon. Hope to come back with some more inspiration !!! Be well friend.
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richard13 said 78 days ago (February 11th, 2017)
Big smiles
All too true Mark. A lovely song whose message will miss most of those in most danger. My son relies on electricity in one form or another and cannot conceive of a time when it might disappear.
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Hickling_Stan said 78 days ago (February 12th, 2017)
Thanks for listening Richard
It just makes you wonder when see people so skilled who need an external power source for absolutely everything they do
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Calchas said 78 days ago (February 11th, 2017)
Ha ha...
Wonderful critique of technolatry.

When it all comes crashing down (perhaps in a massive EMP?) electronic gadgetry will be relatively useless. Matt should read Robinson Crusoe!

Cool song guys... :-)

Be well friend!
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Hickling_Stan said 78 days ago (February 12th, 2017)
Good point
Robinson Crushed as a back up and spend some time with Peter and Region while they are still with us!
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DWL said 78 days ago (February 11th, 2017)
A mini opera!
Interesting arrangement, delivery and subject.

Great back story as well.

Change is inevitable but we don't have to like it .....

Cheers

Dick
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Hickling_Stan said 71 days ago (February 19th, 2017)
Cheers Dik
glad you enjoyed!
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hackneybloke said 78 days ago (February 12th, 2017)
village life
very amusing description of where this song came from....and i'm pleased to hear that 'working class' oiks like you mark, still know who to defer to.
i'm going to listen to the song now.
ok...i like the sparse delivery....but you're straying off the beat occasionally. ok here comes Matt - interesting and amusing diversion.
very weird track mark....but good weird. what you bin smoking?
Listen!
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Hickling_Stan said 71 days ago (February 19th, 2017)
Hey Julian
Nice to have a comment from you. Yes I tried to sing the whole thing sort of free form and then listened back and tried to fix a few dodgy bits but it was really hard to sync back in.....nice to try something new
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Vic Holman said 77 days ago (February 12th, 2017)
that's life
strangely cool.
back story is interesting, heck i only have a 15 minute attention span :)
the song sure has a way of keeping the listener tuned in. even though it's simple in structure it works out very well.
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Hickling_Stan said 70 days ago (February 19th, 2017)
Cheers Vic
quite a departure from what I've done before. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers Mark
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PeterB7858 said 75 days ago (February 14th, 2017)
Village Life
Great backstory. Fine job bringing this to realisation. Like the slow burn storytelling. Matt from IT sounds like someone we all know. Unfortunately we can't go back... Weird and wonderful at the same time. Thanks.
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Hickling_Stan said 70 days ago (February 19th, 2017)
Cheers Pete
Thanks for stopping by for a listen. Cheers Mark
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Warren Smith said 73 days ago (February 16th, 2017)
Something Different
When my short-attention-span mind starts to wander off, I usually start doodling in the margins. Writing songs sounds like a good creative alternative to a brain-numbing presentation.

I would absolutely hate living in a world without electricity. That said, I try to balance my daily creative efforts between digital and hands-on projects. Of course, plugging a guitar into GarageBand can satisfy both of those aspirations : )

This is an adventuresome piece. Congrats for "pushing the envelope" and trying something different. We learn by doing. There may be imperfections, yet undertaking something ambitious like this will make everything you do better. (Or at least I like to think so.) And who knows where else it might lead to?
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Hickling_Stan said 70 days ago (February 19th, 2017)
Cheers Warren
thanks for the words of encouragement. It's a bit scary stepping out into the unknown but glad I did it. Think I'll have to have another go some time!
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Moviz said 73 days ago (February 16th, 2017)
Sounds so
right.... like the original blues....storytelling songs like they used to be and today there's not much better than this....great words.....minimal suits you Mark, regards M
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Hickling_Stan said 70 days ago (February 19th, 2017)
Maurice
Good to hear from you sir and thank you for your positive comments. The original snapshot of an idea came really quickly and then it was just a matter of working it into a story. Cheers Mark
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Doug Somers said 62 days ago (February 27th, 2017)
Village Life
This is a very cool song, full of surprises. First I should say that I really liked it and also the background you gave in your description. Well sung and cleverly conceived. What I find surprising is that the verse is sung in an almost Americana folk style despite the gents being representative of rural England. Then when modern Matt shows up the 6/8 time and harmony sounds like older rural English folk influences. I think it makes it all the more effective. Nice!
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Hickling_Stan said 62 days ago (February 28th, 2017)
Thanks Doug
It's funny but your observation on the contrasting singing styles is not something I was consciously aware of, ( until now!). It's always good to hear other peoples notes and observations on a song. Thanks for listening. Cheers Mark
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