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Silk and Honey


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Philip18

 Genre: Acoustic

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Description
This song isn't about anyone in particular - just a series of images and reflections. I tried to keep the backing fairly simple, but there are nevertheless a few guitars in there. The main ones are two Matons - an FG100 (tuned DADGAD, capo 2nd fret) on the left and a Southern Star on the right (capo 7th fret).

The vocal chorus was added by Peter Thorneycroft and Michael Otway - two schoolfriends who were kind enough to help out. There's also a software instrument vocal chorus in there to fill it all out.

The photo, which looks along the Rue de Rivoli, Paris, was taken from a balcony in the Hotel de Nice. I stayed there for a few nights in 2015.

I hope you like the song!
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Lyrics
Silk and Honey

I hope that you are happy because sometimes you were not
I hope your curiosity abounds
And you can hear the music that is playing in your soul
Aware of silk and honey in the sounds

I picture you in Paris as the sun begins to set
On a balcony in the Hotel de Nice
Along the Rue de Rivoli the lights begin to shine
And there your heart seemed finally at peace

Did you find the path wanted?
Did you find someone who cares?
Have you become who you would want to be?
Is your hair still long and silky
Are your eyes alive with life?
Are you still intrigued by all that you can see?

The years we were together seem just a week or two
The hours are now minutes that rushed by
The memories dance and flutter like some dust in morning sun
When you were gone I couldn’t say goodbye

Instrumental

Did you find the path wanted?
Did you find someone who cares?
Have you become who you would want to be?
Do you have that battered mandolin
You bought upon a whim
Or the jacket with the stars along the sleeve?

I hope that you are happy because sometimes you were not
I hope your curiosity abounds
And you can hear the music that is playing in your soul
Aware of silk and honey in the sounds

Coda

I hope that you are happy, and have found someone who cares
And they can hear the music in your soul.
Song Stats
Hits: 384
Comments: 34
Fans: 26
Plays: 36
Downloads: 7
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Nov 24, 2017 - 02:08:24 PM
Last Updated: Nov 24, 2017 - 03:28:42 PM Last Played: Dec 10, 2017 - 11:34:12 PM
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Hardware:
Maton FG 100, Maton SS, Gibson nylon strung acoustic, Fender bass, Blue Yeti Microphone
Software:
Logic Pro X
Comments
gadzooks said 22 days ago (November 24th, 2017)
Silk and Honey
Silk and Honey. A perfect title.Really enjoyed my listen. Like a ray of sunshine. Loved the vocals.
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Philip18 said 22 days ago (November 24th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Stan. I appreciate your comments - very supportive!
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PeterB7858 said 22 days ago (November 24th, 2017)
Silk and Honey
I logged onto MJ then started playing guitar and forgot I was online. This snuck on while I was noodling. Happy to find it when I came back. A gentle, poignant song. Guitars sound great. An articulate, warm vocal, as always. The BGVs work really well. Great song title, too. Well done. Thanks. Talk soon.
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Philip18 said 22 days ago (November 24th, 2017)
Thanks
I tried to keep the recording simple with the guitars this time - not much added to them (an Ozone acoustic guitar setting was all). The chorus was Thorn's idea and that worked out well!
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Franciscus_Henri said 22 days ago (November 24th, 2017)
a beautiful sound
and a very gentle song.the picture took me back too!
Philip18 said 22 days ago (November 24th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you liked the song! The picture (I think it was early morning rather than evening) does take me back there, too. One day...
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Loob said 22 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Excellent work!
Well played, and recorded!
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Philip18 said 21 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Thanks
Thanks for stopping brand leaving a comment, Freddy - much appreciated!
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FEEL said 22 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Beautiful
The full sounding guitar and the vocals that fit the mix so well. Great way too start a Saturday morning.
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Philip18 said 21 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Thanks
Thanks for the kind words, John - much appreciated!
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Ed Hannifin said 21 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Lovely acoustic blend...
The picking left and right is sparkly and full...

The silk and honey image or metaphor is a nice one...
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Philip18 said 21 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Thanks
I did try to keep the picking clean, Ed, so I'm pleased it sounds OK. Thanks for the comments - much appreciated!
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sammydix said 21 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Almost
ethereal. I say "almost" because there's too much depth to be absolute. The song feels like a warm blanket.
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Philip18 said 21 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Thanks
I like the "warm blanket" image - thanks, Sammy!
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Vic Holman said 21 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Silk and Honey
nice one Phillip. i like the contrast in the guitars. really nice in the headphones. the backing vocals really do add a nice touch.
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Philip18 said 21 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Thanks
The guitars are the same make, but different models, strings, tunings and capo positions - I was pleased with the unity but complementary sounds. Glad you liked the backing vocals, too! Thanks for the comments, Vic - much appreciated!
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KCsGROOVE said 21 days ago (November 26th, 2017)
silk
lovely song, Philip
great sound on the guitars
good one!
KC
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Philip18 said 20 days ago (November 26th, 2017)
Thanks
I appreciate the supportive comments, KC. Thanks for stopping by!
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paul f. page said 19 days ago (November 27th, 2017)
Rich guitar...
Beautiful, poignant song that you present with simplicity and purity and such a mellow general sound that is uncluttered by extraneous orchestration. It's really quite magical that such tender memories can be presented in such an unpretentiously beautiful way. Lovely song.
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Philip18 said 19 days ago (November 28th, 2017)
Thanks
Generous comments, Paul, for which I thank you very much.
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Moviz said 19 days ago (November 28th, 2017)
Beautifully
written lyrics Philip and beautifully sung and played......really enjoyed, regards M
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Philip18 said 19 days ago (November 28th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Maurice. Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
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Hickling_Stan said 18 days ago (November 29th, 2017)
Honey sweet
Ah those guitars sound gorgeous in my headphones. Nice balance and the whole sentiment is really fine. The vocal chorus works well. A great song. Cheers Mark
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Philip18 said 18 days ago (November 29th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Mark. Thanks for listening and for the positive comments.
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DWL said 17 days ago (November 29th, 2017)
Simple and beautifully done
Lovely guitar work and evocative lyrics.

It certainly spins a story of a real person to me.

Cheers

Dick
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Philip18 said 17 days ago (November 29th, 2017)
Thanks
I appreciate those comments, Dick. I'm pleased the lyrics paint a picture. Thanks for listening!

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tonestones said 16 days ago (November 30th, 2017)
Beautiful
I really enjoyed this.
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Philip18 said 16 days ago (November 30th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Steve. Thanks for stopping by!
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VicDiesel said 12 days ago (December 5th, 2017)
Silk
This reminds me of a Dylan song. Not sure why.

And it seems to me that there is a split second difference between the two guitar parts. Not so much in accurate playing as probably an alignment problem in your recording software.

Otherwise enjoyed.
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Philip18 said 8 days ago (December 8th, 2017)
Thanks
Thanks for stopping by, Vic - much appreciated. I'll go back and have a listen to just the two guitars to check out the alignment. My first guess would be that the playing can drift a little, but if it's consistent it could be a latency issue...
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pablatone said 7 days ago (December 9th, 2017)
Pretty
wonderful guitar tone.
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Philip18 said 6 days ago (December 11th, 2017)
Thanks
I was pretty happy with the guitar tones in this one, too - thanks for listening!
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Bowman said 6 days ago (December 10th, 2017)
Totally enjoyed this warm evocative gem.
Thanks for warming up my Sunday morning Philip,
Cheers,
Charlie
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Philip18 said 6 days ago (December 11th, 2017)
Thanks
Good to hear from you, Charlie! Thanks for the comments - much appreciated!
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Name: Philip Gardner
Location: Melbourne Victoria Australia
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