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The Free & The Brave w/ Jim Bouchard

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Anyone else catch the state of the union last week?

Are songs like this too sappy to endure? I hate to ruin perfectly good melodies with the you-know-who-speak. Please lend us your ear and opinion.
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The Free and The Brave

Here we go
sit back for the ride
they're shaking hands
and stoking home fires
putting on pins and checking their hair

Now they're standing in rows
and towing a line
every year it get s harder to buy
what they do
and what they say but
everything changes when you get home.

The economy's strong
like coffee in a cup
numbers don't lie
they just don't always add up
let me assure you it's good down to the last drop.

Another round of applause
for our plan of attack
a tear in the eye
and a pat on the back
If you ask them we
never had it so good but
everything changes when you get home.

Oh, say?
Does that star-
spangled banner yet wave
over the land
of the free and
the home of the brave?

Oh say
does it wave
over the free
and the

Thanks for listening
Thanks for your time
The state of the Union
is doing just fine
a moment of silence
for the ones not coming home.

A prayer for the wounded
and poor
the good book says you'll
inherit the earth
Everything changes
Everything changes
everything changes
when you get home.

© kking & jbouchard 2006
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said 4999 days ago (February 9th, 2006)
Nice tune
Like this a lot very good song with a nice acoustics.
"Great work"

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Komrade K said 4999 days ago (February 9th, 2006)
Rich and unusual textures
Kelli you have a fantastic voice - I love listening to your stuff - and I
really enjoyed the way your voice is used here. Same goes for Jim,
don't know much of your output but I've been impressed with what I've

I especially liked the juxtaposition of this laid back acoustic vibe with
the State of the Union address (does Dubya understand what a
profound decision is?)

Nice one.


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macgalver said 4999 days ago (February 9th, 2006)
Thanks y'all. I appreciate it. Thanks for listening!! Jim did all the
fantastic music. Of course, the song was going to be about something
completely different, but ended up wanting to be these words. I woke
up from a nap and realized I could record a stream of the "address"
and edit it in. I recorded parts that resonated with me, and Jim fine-
tuned the use of dubya. thanks, for your comments.
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said 4998 days ago (February 10th, 2006)
Interesting Combination
Excellent singing and I like the juxtaposition of the song with the
samples. The bass drum and bass sound a bit too boomy in my
headphones; otherwise the production sounds fine to me.
Jim Bouchard said 4998 days ago (February 10th, 2006)
Interesting Combination
Actually this is sort of a rough mix, I've been tweaking it a bit and will post that
as soon as I can get it done. I've been real busy lately. I'm not married to the
bass levels so I will try to pay some attention to that. I may add an electric guitar
track and I have been changing some levels of the vocals and edited the samples
a bit. Thanks for the comment!

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springclock said 4998 days ago (February 10th, 2006)
this is great and I really like the lyrics and the samples are frackin
perfect!!!! Nice mellow recording and good chord choices. Your
vocals remind me a little of Sarah Jahn....Really like the "can"
sound on the vocals in the middle....very floaty and light with a
charming bit of menace....peace
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macgalver said 4995 days ago (February 13th, 2006)
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eltopo said 4998 days ago (February 10th, 2006)
Strong, confident stuff
This is a brilliantly immersive sound you have here. Just a hint of the
avante garde which adds Intrigue without going over the top.

One your strongest tracks.
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urbnite said 4994 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
not ruined with the you-know-who speak. it's a nice counterpoint.

this is great!

perfectly done - the kind of folk music we don't hear anymore, but
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13 said 4993 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
Extremely impressive...
Hi Kelli,

This is the first time I have listened to you and Jim and have to say I'm truly impressed.

You have a gorgeous voice and combined with Jim's playing and the use of samples, produces an original, excellent track. Great to see experimentation within the genre.

Top stuff and thank you guys for sharing.

Yours impressed,


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The Fritters said 4993 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
Extremely impressive...
Wow, that's awfully kind of you, 13. Welcome to macjams. Looking forward
to hearing more from you!
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underdog. said 4992 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
great production
percussion sounds great, rhythm vox are nicely done - the melody is pop
sensible. topical lyrics stand out a bit at times - i find myself wanting to
hear the vocal hook "everything changes" throughout the song.
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The Fritters said 4990 days ago (February 18th, 2006)
thanks, underdog
and for taking the time to make a comment. It only takes a second to make
someone's day. You made mine : ) I hope you have an especially nice one.
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frasen said 4990 days ago (February 18th, 2006)
interessing voices
very interessing voices
I love listening to your stuff
I've been impressed with that song

Magritte said 4986 days ago (February 22nd, 2006)
My favorite State of the Union address
Actually the only way I WOULD listen to it. Beautifully written and sung! Too many times these kinds of songs slam you over the head but this one, while opinionated, I didn't find preachy. Wonderful production as well.
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moorlandt said 4986 days ago (February 22nd, 2006)
just great
And there's nothing more to add. Wonderful song and arrangements, lyrics that are to the point (and that's maybe even a big understatement, but forgive me being a European son :-), great and very convincing vocals. Ah, that's what we're all here for, aren't we?
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bethrobin said 4967 days ago (March 13th, 2006)
What a statement
Kelli, this is such an excellent song. I was very moved by it. Great lyrics, great production and wonderful singing. Whoever is running against Bush in the next election, should have this playing in the background. This is truly a protest song that draws people in instead of alienating them.
Wonderful job you two! When's he album coming out? I'm in.

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selters said 4966 days ago (March 14th, 2006)
great voice!
Very good song, i didnt have to that much attention to the lyrics, but they sounded good! I Might come back and check it out further! The sound was a delight, and the vocals sounded very good!
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TobinMueller said 4958 days ago (March 22nd, 2006)
Man In The Grey Flannel Suit
Marvelous writing, production, performances. Real, next door sort of
truth, with just the right touch of psychedelic White Rabbit sort of internal
mindbending disillusionment. Did you eve see the old black and white
movie, Man In The Grey Flannel Suit, with Gregory Peck? One of the best
movies about this issue. There is something so right about this track,
can't say enough praise.
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Scott Carmichael said 4869 days ago (June 19th, 2006)
Great writing Kelly
I'm a sucker for someone who can turn a phrase, every thing else is
exellent, right on the money, all the ellement work toward framing a
great song... the percusion, guitar sound, vox and mix are sounding
radio ready to me... I love the undercurrent of sadness that lurks right
under the surface of what almost sounds like a happy song...

very good work
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Parichayaka said 4868 days ago (June 20th, 2006)
Lovely voice and...
AMAZING mix. Wow! Great songwriting and lovely voice and chorus. I was particularily impressed how you managed to keep the sound organic with an "accoustic" feel throughout. And with the whole song being so charming and soothing it's really quite an effective piece making you ponder about the world and a whole lot of things...like a hopeful lament from the heart. Mesmerizing!
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annalia said 4841 days ago (July 17th, 2006)
Good Colab
Love the acoustic guitar, great lyrics, you do have a beautiful voice so I didn't like the added effects on it in the one part. Would much rather hear your true clean voice throughout. Maybe I'm just more of a naturalist. Good smooth mix all the way through and the Bush Jr. quote clips were added in nicely too. It does give you a sad feeling, which is a good thing because it is touching.

I also think this would work just as well if not better without Bush in there, yet I undrstand why he had to be in there. It would still be interesting to hear both a version with and without him.
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Pete_NB said 4735 days ago (October 31st, 2006)
Another Great One
I just love the harmony on this one. Your voice has a tone that just can't be learned, a natural wonder.
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