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Well, this is, i think, the only real love song I've ever written. The vocal line, and most of the lyric ideas, came to me on a friday night, driving home from a showing of the film 'The Fountain'. The song was basically done in about 5 days .... then I listened to the mix, and re-did the bridge part, and did another mix ... this is the version here.

Ironically, part of the movie is about a man who loves his wife so much, that he gets obsessed about finding a cure for her illness and neglects to live his life with her ... life mirrored art as I worked on this song!

Lyrically, this is one of the most direct/least obscure songs I've written ... which is nice.

Steve
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Lyrics
Shouldn't I really give in on a Saturday night
Over something so small?
The movies that you intend,
I always know how they end
Kisses and all.
This is my apology
For days I sufficated in me
But then I know you mean everything to me.

Rachel Said ...

I ran the engine for years
Looked for something real
It was right in my hands.
We make like foxes and hares
But I'm never sure who's hunting who.
You should be worshiped and adored
Look in the eyes of your conquistador
Who stole the heart of his queen.

Rachel said.....

'Just for one moment
It's a beautiful world.'
Song Stats
Hits: 7661
Comments: 129
Fans: 50
Plays: 860
Downloads: 94

Uploaded: Feb 25, 2007 - 09:08:04 AM
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2008 - 01:54:04 AM Last Played: Jan 19, 2018 - 03:45:30 PM
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Comments
stevel said 4308 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Epic
Great performance...fab vocals!
Like it a lot
Steve
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echoroom said 4308 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Bloody hell..
... that was quick, Steve! Ta. I'm not in the same league of gravelly singers like yourself, but the vox on this is skating around the suburbs. Reminds me of suede a bit ... ooh, real drama!

Ta

Steve
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said 4308 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
An excellent piece of work
Dig it..Fav it and D-load it.... Hm!!! And I have 2 iPod it.
Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards
---
Kenta
echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Podded!
Hey Kenta - thanks for stopping by, glad you liked it.

Steve
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paddler said 4308 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Professional!
Great mix on everything - your vocals are excellent,you a very versatile range - particularly on the high er.. falsetto parts (if thats the right terminology) - full of emotion.Well written lyrics,and the first time I've ever heard the word conquistador used in a song.. Great stuff!
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echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Mix it
Hey Paddler (are you a Batman villian???). Thanks for the comments. Mixing is the part of home recording I dislike most ... i had a couple of goes at this, and basically stopped today ... I could tinker endlessly. The only other use of conquistador i know of is the song of the same name by Theatre of Hate ( I had to look at this on my ipod to get the spelling!!).

Thanks for stopping by

Steve
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Estella said 4308 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
wow
I have to see that movie now! This song sounds big/epic/cinematic. You truly were "under the influence" of what surrounded you. I'm happy I heard this.
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echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Hiya!
Hey Estellie - great to hear from you. I had to try really hard not to intellectualise the lyric, but just keep it pure. The song was written really quickly .... i used quite a lot of reverb on the drums, and that dictated the kinda 'big' sound of this track.
I dislike love songs ... i tried to keep this focused on small personnal details (fighting over what movie to watch on a saturday) to avoid cliche ... but it does wander off in parts.

LOL

Steve
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Vic Holman said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
rachel said
another great song. outstanding vocal delivery. man the high falsetto, I could stand on a chair and never get that high. GREAT PERFORMANCE ALL AROUND!
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echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
The feeling..
... is mutual ... in terms of appreciation, Vic. I don't get the old falsetto out often (as i usually don't hit the notes), but it worked for this. If only I'd got you to do the guitars on this ... it would've been kicking!

Thanks for dropping by

steve
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rtcooper said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
SAY IT AGAIN
What a Vocal
Perfect Guitar work and placement.

Stunning Production Values.

"Like a Cool Breeze", Brother
Very Best,
Cooper
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echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Blocked Vox
Hey RC ... funny thing is, I did the vox for this just after a cold ... it still sounds kinda nasal-ey to me, but I do like the sense of drama to this. I poured over the mix on this for ages ... still not as good as a lot of what's posted here, but thanks man.

Steve
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said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Man....
This is great!!! I especially like how you bring things in after the break/bridge. Excellent vocals for sure. Outstanding tune, Steve!
echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
take it 2 da bridge
hey Mikey - thanks for this ... took a lot of tinkering with the bridge to get it feeling right - initially, there was no drop out, but it didn't quite work - the vocoder vocals and solo were the last things added ... odd, but they work, I think. Tried to listen to your latest track, but I still can't get a lotof stuff to play on the site. Will keep trying.

Ta

Steve
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said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
holy mither!
that was a HUGE creation! the musical arrangement is truly impressive, and just a joy to hear unfold. but your voice is what snags me. gee whiz, you look so young, yet sound like you've been around forEVer - smooth, polished, & professional with a wonderful vocal presence. when you blast the line HEART OF HIS QUEEN, i swoon in appreciation of that kind of going for it - it pays off Big Time. RACHEL SAID is full of excellent dynamics - great hook. "for days I suffocated in me" is a spiffy line. i also like the beatle-esque "ooo" near end. bravo, steve! i'm an instant fan, anne
echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Sisters are doin' it
Hey Anne - I stumbled across some of you're work today (after hearing the name in the forums) and was instantly captivated. Glad you liked this ... the 'heart of his queen' is unashamedly romantic, and if I'd thought about it too much, I probably would have tried to obscure it, so I'm glad you liked that. Similarly, the 'suffocated' line is so true ... I get very wrapped up in myself and my own little world. The song tries to capture, I think , one of those moments when you realise what someone means to you (and in this case, when you've been married to them for 12 years)... a moment of perfect clarity, when you get hit by a feeling of 'God, I love this person', and realise what that really means.

man, this is all just therapy for me!

LOL

Steve
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echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Young!
Oh, and I'm not really young - the colours in my picture cover up all the wrinkles!

Steve
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said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Awesome!!!
Amazing voice, Super arrangement, Wonderful Guitar break ( short :-( )..

your a true Pro!!!
echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Hi UK...
... thanks, and ta for stopping by.was good to hear your stuff for the first time yesterday.

Steve
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cjdaley said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
echoroom & the bunnymen
the voice on the "foxes and hares" lines has something MacCullouchian about it (which I suppose you will/should take as a compliment), though the "rachel said" part is more in the Muse area. I wish they was more of this rythm guitar before the "solo"(?) kicks in in the end.

hey, paddler, the "conquistador" makes an impressive appearance in Joy Division's "Dead souls", by the way.
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echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Echoing
Hey CJ - you know me too well - I always take any Mac comparisons as a compliment! Actually, i also really liked the rhythm guitar part, and it's underused here - I may use it again in another song (as it's a bit wasted). Funny anout Muse - I thought the piano in the drop-out was kinda Muse-ish. Hope you liked this - i really dig your latest tracks.

Steve
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Leon said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
And everyone said...
Finally, the most anticipated follow up to your last Macjams hit, and a most worthy one!

Wow, your voice hasn't sounded better! I listened to this three times right away, and the first thing I noticed was the clarity of the vocal recording and the mix. I loved the soaring vocals you did here... really hit them with such flair and emotions! The intro was deceivingly understated. It doesn't take long for anyone to notice the pro-level instrumentations you did on this one, and it just keeps building up from there. Again, structure and composition wise, you transcend conventions with the flow, depth and mystery in your lyrics. Really, really impressive. As always, this song has an all-around polish, which has characterized all you other songs.

Hope it doesn't take months before I get to hear your next song! :-)
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echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Hey Leon..
... always great to hear from you. Funny, Gentle machine had such a good response, I was a bit nervous about following it (god, the pressure!). I've got about 3 -4 tracks on the go (the next one to finish will be a collab with Pengui), but this one just popped out in a fit of inspiration, and made it first to the finish line. I think 'cause this started from a vocal line, i came up with something that suited my voice, and then just wrote the music around that ... vox were done pretty quick, all in one session (but there are about 7 vocal tracks on this - nightmare to mix). The verse vocals actually sound a little too dry to me, but it helps make them feel up front.

Lyrically .... well, you are the master of romance. and it's the first time I've written something like this ... i think your influence must be mellowing me!

LOL

Steve
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Ed Hannifin said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Really terrific vocals...
...that's what first grabs me with this one... And great drums....

Lyrics are extraordinary... like a poem that doesn't give away too much... The combination of lyrics and vocals rides a taught line between Lou Reed and Bowie, with something else in there... Maybe a bit of Bono mixed with Bryan Ferry...

All in all, this is really impressive, Steve.

Ed
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echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Poet who didn't know it!
Hi Ed - I've been trying to listen to your latest tracks, but am still having problems downloading some stuff (e.g. yours and I, Spikes') to play ... but will perservere. I think all the guys you compare me to are influences in some way, so I appreciate the compliment ... not sure who I was channeling when I did this vocal! I actually find the lyric to this very direct, but then I understand how it may be a little vague if you're not me! I played this to Rachel last night and found some of it quite funny (the first line is about arguing about what films to watch, as she tends to go for romantic comedies, whereas I'll want something serious, or Die Hard 2).

Thanks for the kind words

Steve
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racerat said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
When you first sang...
When you first sing "Rachel Said" man, geez you got some pipes dude. Well done! DL'd, faved, etc, raved. OK, now, so when it gets dark with the distorted electric is when you really got me. Wish that part was longer and raised up to more of a cresendo rather than bowing out so soon. This is radio ready. Seriously. Awesome.
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echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
rat trap
Hi Philip - thanks for that, after the last few tracks I've done, it's been good to let rip on one (er, as it were). I totally agree about the instrumental break - it was written without guitar or drop out, and then arranged into it's current format ... in hindsight, i could've worked this a bit more. I really like the rhythm and lead guitar sounds, so will probably make another song out of them (recycling, you know?)

Cheers bud

Steve
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said 4307 days ago (February 25th, 2007)
Yep, me too....
I like this a lot. It has a kind of ineffable sound, like a lost great track from the 80's, but with much richer production. Great presence on the vocals, perfect mix, punchy song. Tops!

echoroom said 4307 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Thanks, i think.
Hey Sonny - thanks for that, although I'll have to go and look up ineffable (but I'll take it as a good thing). I get a fair amount of comments re: the 80's, but that's the era when I really got into music, so a lot of my influences are from then.

Cheers

Steve
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said 4307 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
HA!!
I will not review songs when I've been drinking.
I will not review songs when I've been drinking.
I will not review songs when I've been drinking.




echoroom said 4306 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
no seriously...
... i don't know what it means!
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said 4306 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
.........
ineffable
–adjective
1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible





Now, about that lachrymose keyboard........
echoroom said 4306 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Sunny
... lachrymose keyboard........

Sounds like a great name for an indie band

Or a Jam pack instrument!
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five_extra_arms said 4306 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
A Bunny in the Echo Room
I'm so glad you decided to spend some extra time on this song. I just can't imagine how terrible it must've been 3 days ago. Speaking of old wrinkled men, this song started out as if you had a visit from a bunny man in your echo room. Think he still has all that hair?

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD WE LIVE IN
A SWEET ROMANTIC PLACE
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE
THE WAY THEY SHOW THEY CARE

Good stuff buddy boy.
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echoroom said 4306 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Bunny boiler
Hey Bob, 3 days ago, when the chorus came in, it was like a feckin' limp fish slappin' you mildly around the head .... rubbish... (but still better than Razorlight).

Actually, i saw the Bunnymen a few years ago, and much as I loved 'em, they should stop, 'cause Mac's hair looks crap now, and he's filled out a bit. Luckily I live on bagels and cereal, so i don't have that problem (yet).

Take care buddy

Steve
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Scott Carmichael said 4306 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Man Steve
Such a real song... powerful and a little mysterious... I like that... it draws me in.. the vocal is passionate and mature... very pro... with a hint of David Bowie... talk about emotion... When that chorus kicks in, you have my full attention...

thanx for that... ain't Logic fun... woo hoo
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echoroom said 4306 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Wow...
..thanks Scott, really appreciate the kind words. I get a lot of bowie comparisons ... rachel reckons it's 'cause of the kinda wobble/vibrato when I sing.

Anyway, gosh, thank you!

steve
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pengui said 4306 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Little Radiohead in here?
Reminds me of radiohead with a little more clean. I like the "make like foxes" line. Nice and sparce, sounds like it was recorded in a nice open room (ahh reverb)
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echoroom said 4306 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
KO computer
Hey Pengui - yeah, I get that, sorta Bends era maybe. This was recorded in my small spare room, as ever, but I used Space Designer in Logic for all the reverb (a fantastic toy!). The main verse vocal reverb sounds a bit odd to me ... seemed like a good idea at the time!

Have completed lyrics for the track you sent me - will start on vocals this weekend.

Cheers

sTEVE
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said 4306 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Awesome!
Wow Steve, what a stunning vocal delivery in this well-crafted love song! Fab lyrics. Well played and produced. An instant fave this!

Be well friend!
echoroom said 4306 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Its a kins amagi-c
Hey Mike - thanks for stopping by - I was pretty stunned by your latest EPIC, so I really appreciate your comments.

LOL

Steve
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j2morrow said 4306 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
J2 said....
excellent song. Really nice job on the vocals too. Fresh take on the lyrics and solid production. One of the best things I've heard from you. Kudos, man.
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echoroom said 4306 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Hey J2...
ta, difficult to write a love song without it turning into 'Lady in Read'. This, at the moment, is my favourite track of mine, so thanks.

Steve
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SmokeyVW said 4306 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
energy
you've outdone yourself here - fantastic musical and emotional energy!
i like the structure of this song - lots of twists and turns - and it all fits together nicely.

thanks
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echoroom said 4306 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Twisty
Thanks smokey - the structure was originally a bit simpler, but the bridge underwent a number of changes, and there are quite a number of changes in a fairly small space of time ... but i think it works (although i could've probably got a couple of songs out of this!).

Cheers

Steve
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said 4306 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Greatness
Excellent all around Bows all around!!!!!
echoroom said 4305 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Ruff!
Hi EB - well, every dog must have its day ...

Steve
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Alannah said 4305 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Um yeah ... what everyone else said ...
... fabulous job on the vocals ... great tune all around ... it has already all been said! But thought I should pop my head in here anyway!
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echoroom said 4305 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Feel free
to pop in any time!
Thanks Alannah - from the bottom of my rusty vocal cords.

LOL
Steve
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fantasyfootball11 said 4305 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
one word
amazing
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echoroom said 4305 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Two words
Ta Bud

Steve
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moorlandt said 4304 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
over the top
Instantly pleasing, brilliantly vocalised and sung (I admire your control on the upper vocals), strong on all levels: production, arrangement, performance, lyrics (outstanding by the way). Holy cow, Steve, I thought you somewhere reached the top with 'Gentle Machine', but you just walk over it with your hands in your pockets (hmm, that's probably not the right english expression I guess, but you get my point...). This is a pro track, a solid hit, a brilliant gift...

- Walter
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echoroom said 4304 days ago (March 1st, 2007)
It's a hit!
Hi Walter - great to hear from you. I did struggle with what to do next after Gentle Machine, so I tried to do something a bit rockier. Glad you liked this - I think the verse vocals are quite close to your style. lyrically, this was knocked out in a fit of inspiration very quickly - it came from the heart, rather than the head!

LOL

Steve
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Cori Ander said 4304 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
Great vocals
You surely are a swell singer. Great instrumentation towards the end. Really impressive.
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echoroom said 4304 days ago (March 1st, 2007)
Swell!
Hey Thanks Cori - the vocal on this is a bit nasal, as I was getting over a cold, but again, I wanted to get it down and capture the feeling - which hopefully i did.

Steve
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Cori Ander said 4302 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
.
yes you did!

---
Johannes Curry
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Ash Tree said 4304 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
Great.
Best thing I've heard here.
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echoroom said 4304 days ago (March 1st, 2007)
oooh - thanks
What can I say, Ash.

Will check out your tracks this weekend.

Cheers

Steve
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SLICK said 4304 days ago (March 1st, 2007)
Pre Brit pop
You like everyone else I liked this one too. Cool Vox and nice production meaning that all the parts are sensibly in their places. My fav bit was the break and guitar part about 3/4 the way through. Will have to have a listen to some of your other stuff me thinks.
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echoroom said 4303 days ago (March 1st, 2007)
Brit pop
.... maybe Paddy pop (I'm actually Irish, livin' in Engerland. Glad you liked this ... although I guess the guitar is pretty tame, compared to your stuff, man!

Cheers for stopping by ... and I totally agree about the bridge!

Steve
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Willywagga said 4303 days ago (March 1st, 2007)
Great Work
Terrific vocal range, I loved the lift in the chorus, sweet production. Excellent lyrics and really well sung. Bravo.
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echoroom said 4303 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Liting!
Ta Willy - one thing I'm actually pleased with is the guitar in the chorus, 'casue for ages it was just buried, but with a lot of fiddling I managed to get it pretty clear ... another small step for my mixing abilities! I got Logic pro 'cause it has pre-set EQ plug-ins ... unfortunately, they still need a lot of work (I thought it would solve all my mixing problems)

Cheers

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jiguma said 4303 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
My, what a big sound you have :)
It's all been said already - this is a very good production of a very well written song. Congratulations,
Neil
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echoroom said 4303 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Big Echo
Hi Neil - I've shyed away from going for a big sound on recent stuff, 'cause to my ears it can sound a bit 80's (sanre druns recorded in aircraft hangers and the like). However, it kinda suited this, and i got a drum reverb in Space Designer that i really liked, so that ended up dictating the sound.

Cheers for commenting

Steve
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Morning Light said 4303 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Just totally ROCKS......
GREAT SOUNDS, TOP NOTCH :D)*
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echoroom said 4303 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Rock on
Hi Morning Light - ta ... it does rock a bit for me, although all guitars are fake (I've given up trying to play)!

LOL

Steve
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kristyjo said 4303 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Great music -
I really love the dynamic range of your vocals, fearless and full of true emotion. The instrumentals are excellent as well, and placed so that they support your voice perfectly. I like the lyrics. They are not so obscure that they're hard to understand, yet there is a lot for reflection there, too.
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echoroom said 4303 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Unobscured
thanks kristyjo - i tend to wrire fairly obscure lyrics, but this was written pretty quickly, and so is in a quite 'raw' form, so hopefully they communicate the meaning and feeling.

many thanks for your kind words

Steve
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Rebsie said 4302 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
I don't wanna sound like a stuck record but ...
Do I always say your vocals are fab? Well anyway, your vocals are fab. Such power, poise and control, even on the high twiddly bits. It's a great piece of songwriting too. Emotional and passionate and heartfelt. You really excel at this.
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echoroom said 4302 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Well...
...you're too kind ... if you heard my speaking voice, you'd know that I was a bit bunged up, and this sounds a bit like the old Vics Synex ad ('course you can Malcolm) to me vocally. But you're right, I do like kinda big, dramatic music ... even my quiet songs have a drama queen moment.

This track was written by the Muse, visiting me for a short, sweet time. Songs rarely come this easily to me, it was a real gift.

Thanks Rebsie

Steve
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Rebsie said 4301 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)

Actually, I always find my voice is at its best when I'm just recovering from a cold. It's the only time I can do sexy gravelly stuff!

It's funny how audiences always seem to pick up on songs which are Muse-driven ... as evidenced in this one now having such a stupendous number of fans it takes forever for the page to load.
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dreadmon said 4302 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Wow
What a guy - I love this tune. Great lyrics, fab changes, production is brill. You wear this song in your voice - well done good and faithful musician!
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echoroom said 4302 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Kneel!
Bing, being called a musician by someone like yourself ... i feel I should be kneeling or something. I never feel like a musician (I've given up trying to play real guitar), but, man, the power of technology (and the simplicity of garageband) lets me turn my thoughts into songs ... buying a mac powerbook was one of my best decisions ever.

Many thanks man

Steve
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bud said 4302 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Wow - when you produce - you produce
Great song. Killer vocals and wonderful subtle sonic touches throughout. Faved and DL'ed.
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echoroom said 4302 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Hey Bud...
... my output rate is about a tenth of yours, but this was pretty fast for me. Thanks for stopping by

Steve
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stevewhit said 4302 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Hi Echoroom
This is just amazing!

Steve
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echoroom said 4302 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Hey monkey
whaddya mean amazing, amazing how? You mean i amaze you (in a Joe Pesci voice).

Anyway, ta very much - your latest song spooked me very much!

Steve
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stevewhit said 4294 days ago (March 10th, 2007)
Still Amazed!
I mean everything about the song, I like the arrangement and your voice is superb sorry I didn't leave a more detailed comment.
A very difinite fave of mine:-)
Thanks Steve

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echoroom said 4294 days ago (March 11th, 2007)
ha
... i woz only kidding, but thanks Steve!
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jpfeiff said 4302 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Very expressive vocal!
Nicely sung. And very nicely played as well. I find myself wishing it would've got a little more out of control....there's a nice crescendo, but it doesn't quite go as wild as it could...BUT, I can see why so many folks are digging this tune.
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echoroom said 4302 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Spot on
Hey JP, thanks, and totally agree, it could've been a bit more out there, especially the guitar solo, which is a little subdued. I think i need to recruit a real guitarist and let them go free over this.

Many Thanks

Steve
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echoroom said 4302 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Spot on
Hey JP, thanks, and totally agree, it could've been a bit more out there, especially the guitar solo, which is a little subdued. I think i need to recruit a real guitarist and let them go free over this.

Many Thanks

Steve
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***itiswotitis*** said 4302 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
fab lyrics
great voice...big voice...warm voice... epic music and production... yes it really is very 80's..


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echoroom said 4302 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Big hair
Thanks itis .. unfortunately I no longer have as much hair as i did in the 80's (all that back combing made it fall out). Amazing what you can do with 4 chords on a pc!

Ta

Steve
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Morris R said 4301 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
Fully Professional
Fully professional, with great singing and very interesting arrangement. I really enjoyed this.
echoroom said 4301 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Welcome and hello
Hi Morris - hi, and thanks for commenting. I read your bio page - garageband is extremely easy to use, and there are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site who can answer any queries - I look forwrad to your first posting.

Steve
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MasonAtom said 4301 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
first thing that hit me was....
Bowie.

Which is good.

Then the BIG, BIG drums come in... and it blows it all up. Cool beans.

Mason
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echoroom said 4301 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Ta Mason
...Bowie gets compared to me ALL the time, it must be quite disheartening for him (Rachel says its 'cause of the warble in my voice). Ta for posting ... always glad to blow up.

Steve
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ledebutant said 4301 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Swoony
I think this is the missing track from Lexicon of Love...except that you outsing Martin Frye. That "you mean everything to me," is just spectacular.

I've been listening to this song all week. iTunes has the count at 35 plays and I'm sure it will be in the hundreds by this time next month. I covet the piano sound in the first third of the song like you wouldn't believe.

Your bridge makes me sick with jealousy and I believe there's a special punishment waiting for you down the line for sucessfully writing the adored/conquistador rhyme. Brilliant.

I know you think this is a somewhat non-traditional love song and I suppose it is, but I find the song very, very romantic. I think every woman would love to have her husband call her "his queen." Very swoony.

Your growth in production is astonishing. There's just so much that's great about this mix, the use of space, especially.

Basically, I'm eating my heart out. ;-)
echoroom said 4301 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
swooned!
Hi Lisa - as always, I'm always waiting to see what you've got to say about my stuff.
Weirdly, I uploaded 'Lexicon of love' to my ipod yesterday - how spooky is that? Never thought of this track re: ABC, but I totally get that.
The piano sound at the start is a Logic Pro pre-set, which i HAD to use somewhere, so it got used in this track (though it will no doubt make another appearance in future).
This is a love song ... the only one I've ever really written, but I guess in my 'style'. To an extent, I didn't know what else I could add to the millions of love songs already written, but this came in a burst of inspiration and emotion, and i've written it as true to the feeling as I could.
One of my all time favs is 'Always on my Mind', which to me is about regret - you can love someone, but they are not always at the forefront of your mind. This song is similar - I spend hours at the weekend on the iMac, but at the end of the day that's not what is really important.

In terms of 'The Fountain', its about taking that walk in the snow with your loved one when the opportunity arises.

It's taken 12 years of marriage but what I'm most pleased about is that when one of those Moments of Perfect Clarity arrived, and I realised what matters, i was able to capture it. For that reason, this is probably the favourite of all my tracks.

Thanks for listening and commenting as always, and i appreciate you letting this one sink in before commenting - it means a lot to me.

LOL

Steve
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ManateeChili said 4283 days ago (March 21st, 2007)
beautiful song
what an amazing song. you don't need another person telling you how talented you are, but i will say it anyway.

keep up the great work.
echoroom said 4283 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
Manatee!
Thanks guy/girl (delete as applicable). When Rachel and I got married, we went to orlando to do it - we went to Sea World after the ceremony, and saw manatees for the first time (and adopted one) .... so she'll be thrilled that a Manatee likes her song!

Thanks for stopping by, and watch out for boat propellers!

LOL

Steve
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ManateeChili said 4283 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
boat propellers
boat propellers make manatee chili!
echoroom said 4279 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
awww!
... that's kinda sad and funny at the same time!

Steve
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ktb said 4279 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
blowin my mind
man, you can write such killer tunes. What a range you have! the big crashing chorus with just a tasty sampling of synths awash in the background...The solo - simply awesome. This is the total real deal package. You should be on the Radio (all of them)
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echoroom said 4275 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
Put me on the radio
... actually, yeah, I've got a good face for Radio!
Ta KTB - I just wish I could've had some real guitar on this, but I have single string ability.

LOL

Steve
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ElPeruano said 4269 days ago (April 4th, 2007)
talent!
Im loving this man. great production and vocals! I could see a little guitar behind this, especially when the intensity steps up a notch (i.e, the chorus).

oh, theres the guitar at the bridge lol. oops.

well, still, i was thinking some distorted grungy chords during the chorus, but thats just my own little thing

keep it up!!!
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echoroom said 4267 days ago (April 7th, 2007)
Hi Man!
Het El P - thanks for checking the track out. I played around with the guitars a lot on this - one of the reasons that the guitars don't get too heavy is that i struggle to mix 'em when they get too grungey, but I think you're spot on - it would've maybe added some needed bollocks to the chorus.

Thanks for stopping by - I heard some of your work a little while back and was mightily impressed!


LOL

Steve
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Bowman said 4235 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
Palpable angst!
Great tune fabulously sung. Best love song I've heard in a long time. Classic creation which I see has developed a quite a following.
Best,
-Bowman

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echoroom said 4235 days ago (May 9th, 2007)
Angst ridden
Thanks Bowman - it took me 42 years to get to writing a proper love song, and although there's bits in this that niggle me, I'm just satisfied that I captured that fleeting feeling.

Thanks for stopping by.

Steve
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alexweiler said 4224 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
Wow!
again one of your songs I'd like to see in the stores ... epic like Arcade Fire (a comparison drawn before on another song of you) ... professionally built up and performed. Two thumbs up!
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echoroom said 4224 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
Thanks Alex..
... I have a lot of influences, but Arcade Fire are a pretty big one currently ... but Bowies always lurking!

Thanks for listening

Steve
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alexweiler said 4222 days ago (May 22nd, 2007)
... and I'm
sure, Arcade Fire have heard from this big man, too.
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Axgrinder said 4219 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
You've got talent Steve!
I like everything about this. Your gonna go somewhere man! Thanks for sharing. By the way, I 3/4 Scot!
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echoroom said 4219 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
Going Nowhere!
Hi Alvin - hey man, i'm 42 this year, and the only place I'm going is here - too old too rock n roll in the real world, that's why i love it here!

i think i'm about 1/2 Scot - i was born in belfast, but my ancestors are all from Bonny scotland.

LOL

Steve
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michael2 said 4213 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
how
did i miss this one? this is an amazing track. it is a bit like suede, you are a real singer. really enjoyed this one. the breakdown ("just for one moment, it's a beautiful world") is really nice.

i just realized that we are the same age, and have the same outlook on growing old with at least a modicum of dignity.

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echoroom said 4213 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
Brett?
Yeah, it is a bit suede-ish - i think it's the kinda melodrama in the vocals. I always think everyone else is younger than me, so that's good to hear. I think having passed the big 40, age doesn't really bother me any more .... and i don't think I'm gonna grow old gracefully!

Appreciate your comments and your opinion michael - thank you.

Steve
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dolby said 4172 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
Another blinder
Yep, without wishing to sound like a fawning imbecile splaying myself at your feet - this is bloody good! Why aren't you outselling Keane, Muse, Coldplay etc????? I can hear all those bands others have mentioned (even ABC) and this is up there with 'em. Blimey, I'm off for a pint.....

Phil

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echoroom said 4171 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
hah!
... don't worry, the quality tails off towards the bottom. Gentle Machine and They come with Smiles are probably the songs that have had the best reaction here. I'm generally pretty modest, but would rather listen to myself than Coldplay (the music is fine, but I can't stand his voice!). Anyway, i'm always looking for someone who can play guitar, so maybe there will be some future collab opportunities. Thanks for the interest Phil - I've had one quick listen to your new track, and will give some comments tonite ( after work - which unfortunately gets in the way of my second life).

Steve
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tbivans said 4170 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Another powerful song,
that really speaks to me. You are quite the lyricist man. The breakdown during the Just for One Moment part is excellent - as is the short delayed guitar part.

Keep 'em coming.

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echoroom said 4170 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
Fake guitars
Hi Tim - thanks, this is the only 'real' love song i've written ... i'm not really comfortable with them. the bridge part took the longest time to write, but is my favourite part of this, and I do like the guitar sound, although its played on the keyborad as I'm a terrible guitarist!

Thansk for digging into my past!

steve
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steck said 4121 days ago (August 31st, 2007)
What a player
Hey Steve.

"A - HA"

I put this one to the top of my fav's of yours.

Bridge was well worth the time working on - a piece of music on it's own really but blends in so well with the entire track.

This oozes wide recognition/play over the air/web.

Rachel said.

Steck


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echoroom said 4120 days ago (August 31st, 2007)
Back of the net!
Yeah, and I got massive brownie points from rachel for writing a song about her! I think the bridge makes this (though I wish i'd known racerat at the time, and he coulda put some real guitar on this), but to be honest, i just don't spend that long on songs anymore ... i'm too impatient. I think i need to write less, and spend more time on 'em.

Thanks for checking this out ... i'm strugling to keep up with your posts!

steve
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steck said 4034 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
Again
I listened to this upload again.

Would you have any objection if I alerted the Station Manager any KFRU.fm about this one as I think (personally) that this is a real Classic.

I was interested to note the *Public Domain* CC License which I had not seen before.

Either way - if it's OK with you, I would like to use an example such as this to broaden the remit of the MJ's community.

Grham
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steck said 4022 days ago (December 7th, 2007)
Treble Bonus
Treble Bonus Points Steve for the inclusion of this marv. track:-

http://www.macjams.com/podcasts/

This remains one of many many personal fav's....
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echoroom said 3951 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Feel free...
to use this as you wish!
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lavalamp said 3982 days ago (January 16th, 2008)
Lava said.....
That this is brilliant. You have outdone yourself. Many different elements. You might actually be too good.

Everything is right and nothing is wrong.

Dave

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echoroom said 3951 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Hey Dave
thanks for the pimp in the forums.... glad you liked it!
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I. Spike said 3961 days ago (February 6th, 2008)
I dig IT!
Love the dynamics!
Production totally works.
Very yummy.
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echoroom said 3951 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Wow
Big fan of yours, so appreciate you stopping by - thanks Spikey.
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Roxylee said 3951 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Fantastic
vocals and heartfelt message. You are a one man band, and you play everything so well! I'm glad I got to hear this. Rock on! :-)
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said 3950 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Yeah
This one hits the spot. A nice nerve you struck through a most excellent mix and heartfelt vocals! Very nice guitar playing too!
echoroom said 3944 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
guitars
Thanks - they are all fake keyboard ones!
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said 3932 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
Great!
This is really great song Steve. I'm enjoying your pieces.. And the work on this piece is just superb. Another amazing post ..... Thanks for sharing!

Take Care
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echoroom said 3931 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Yeman
you must be tired from checking all these old songs out - thanks buddy!
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saymme said 3916 days ago (March 23rd, 2008)
(!)
Back for seconds...dl THIS is SO AWESOME IN EVERY WAY
...hope U get to do more collabs with Estellie, that one is awesome too...!
tx HeLena
mexles said 3099 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
so...
... sad it's not downloadable
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lavalamp said 3072 days ago (July 15th, 2010)
Steve
Wanted to reminded you that this song is freakin' brilliant.

LL
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crissew said 3065 days ago (July 21st, 2010)
Very emotional song
So well done. GREAT song here. Love it. Great vocal and great vibe. Love the lyrics. Great all around. Would be a definite download if it was enabled. Great work!
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