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River of Life w paddler & rschletty


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A couple of weeks ago I posted Huey, Dewey and Louie along with a collab invitation.

This resulted in four collabs, and I felt that two of these were compatibe, namely:

'Ways Of Living - w/ Cori Ander' by paddler

'Near the River (w/Cori Ander)' by rschletty

So I imported the two and edited them togehter to this song, with the titles interlaced to 'River of Life'.

Noteworthy is that Paddler and Rschletty never listened to each others version. Paddler posted first and Richard purposely did not listen to any other collab versions while he did his version.

Artwork by Richard Schletty.
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Lyrics
PADDLER .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RSCHLETTY

Never see you
Only hear you
Do you feel like
You were born to
Discover new ways of living?

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Near the river of dreams
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Near the river of dreams
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Near the river of never ending dreams
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . through a pass of rising rocks
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . over a field of whispering wheat
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . golden sun and stars under a red sand arch

In the darkness
Of the evening
Do you ever
Feel like reaching
Into your very soul and smiling

Climbed only half the way
Tryin to make it to the top of the chain
Guess I'll save it for another day
Whatever forever - forever can wait
Seems like we've just made it all -
But living

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Near the river of dreams
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Near the river of dreams
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Near the river of never ending dreams
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I see reflections in a silver sky
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I hear the murmurs of ten thousand souls

Climbed only half the way
Tryin to make it to the top of the chain
Guess I'll save it for another day
Whatever forever - forever can wait
Seems like we've just made it all -
But living

- - - i n s t r u m e n t a l - - -

Across the ocean I'm calling to you

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Near the river of dreams

Can you tell me what you want me to do

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Never ending dreams

All the time I just find I am dying to love you

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I feel those who ride the waves
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . of time outside the inside caves
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Uploaded: Mar 12, 2007 - 01:26:37 PM
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2007 - 03:08:17 AM Last Played: Mar 02, 2019 - 07:05:52 PM
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Comments
composerclark said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
Great stuff!
Fantastic music here by some of my favorite people at MacJams! Wonderful work by all, and a nice mix, Johannes!
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Roxylee said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
Wow, this is amazing...
What a great collab!! And the parts were done separately, how amazingly well this worked out! Faved and downloaded.
I love this!!!
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said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
Ditto...
... as composerclark said, "Fantastic music here by some of my favorite people at MacJams! Wonderful work by all, and a nice mix, Johannes!"

Gorgeous song.
TobinMueller said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
Smiling
Love the stanza "In the darkness of the evening, do you ever feel like reaching into your very soul and smiling?" This version folds the writing between the two songs effortless, altho there are audio differences between the two songs, as if the vocals were cut and pasted from two differently conceived versions as opposed to re-conceived and redone to meld them better. This is wonderful collab, with wonderfully rounded acoustic guitar, electric mandolin like lead, mellow electric piano, and just the right organ. There is a disconnect in my ears between the mid-EQd AM radio feel of paddler's vocals (which also sometimes get too soft) and the low end heavy and perhaps overly reverbed RSchletty vocals. (Maybe the reverb on RS should cut out the low end, too, so just his highs get verbed.) The ending (I would let the electric piano tail off and not cut its reverb so fast), plus a few moments of out-of-sync playing and unnecessary vocal tricks employed toward the end, don't seem to fit the straightforward elegance of the collab. That being said (and I realize these are picky comments), this is more than a heartwarming collab and wonderful track. It is also an inspiring event. Such a fine trio of human beings.
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Cori Ander said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
Thank you Tobin
Thanks a lot for your care Tobin!

Your ears didn't fail you. You are right on spot. It isn't edited the ambitious way; by building it up a project with all tracks separate. Instead I made it a fast and easy way; just downloaded their respective posts, cut and joined pieces together.

So there are differences. For example paddlers track has drums and other instruments, while Richards contains only the basic guitar track with vocals added. Also the sound spaces are quite different, Richards track is for example more compressed (which I've tried to compensate for by setting levels).

During the short mail eschanges with Paddler and Richard before posting, I found that all three of us seem to have things we would have wanted to make better. For example I am myself not totally pleased with the tuning of my guitars. But we found the quality wantings to be quite evenly spread over different aspects of the song. Just enough for a nice musical experience I would personally say.

But If the song attracts interest from the MJ community we might take it on in a more ambitious way - that might involve re-writing of some parts of the lyrics for matching. Furhter re-recordning of tracs etc. That would be my personal guess from the short communications with Richard and Paddler. Then there is the reality of time too ... other projects and ideas waiting to be realized. So this might also be the only version.

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Johannes Curry
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said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
Hey!
I like this. Very clean sound and great recording.
said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
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. thx
Rebsie said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
Amazing
Whoooo, another one of these like we did with me and Dennex Donor! It's amazing how these things slot together so spontaneously.

Lovely how both songs interact and blend with each other as well as with the original guitar track.

You'll be able to release a whole album of these spontaneous collaborations the way you're going!
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Cori Ander said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
Haha
Haha, yes .. hope more of them will appear :-)

Might as well give a reference to the song your'e talking about, (I have been thinking of it a lot while mixing the present one):

http://www.macjams.com/song/17344

And when I went there now, I found that 'ZOI' has managed to fave us TWICE .. the neatest trick I've seen at MJ. Doofy class! How did you do ZOI?

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Johannes Curry
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said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
great
I like the way its cut up and put together, seems seemless to me good song
Scott Carmichael said 4424 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
All ellements coming together
To form a whole... really Curry, how could you not do this.... very creative... I love it... and I'm glad to hear your guitar work being utilized in this way... your playinhg is already so lyrical that it just is ripe for this kind of work

exellent... good work
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***itiswotitis*** said 4424 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
really NICE
enjoyed this nuce acoustic trae t fro my ears your collab is very well put together gentlemen i love the way you have woven your harmonies and voices to gether!
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***itiswotitis*** said 4424 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
hmm
i really should check my typing before i commit my comments...sorry hope you understand it :)

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We have much to learn that we already know!
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falzaabi said 4390 days ago (April 16th, 2007)
lol
lol


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we are one, and we are nice one
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jiguma said 4424 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
Interesting mix of styles and ideas Curry
Some lovely harmonies in there - as well as the beautiful guitar work and smooth, yet contrasting vocals. Seems to work pretty well to me, although the original instruymental version is still pretty hard to beat.
Cheers,
Neil
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Einarus said 4423 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
A twofer!
It's uncanny how well the two collaborations fit together. I remember you posting another double-collaboration like this some time ago and this works just as well as that one.

I have to say that my favorite part of this was the little electric piano parts that popped up here and there throughout the song. Although just about everything else sounded very nicely to my ears, too.

Lovely!

-Einar S.
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eleveneyes said 4423 days ago (March 14th, 2007)
I've never seen...
anyone use guitars as life-prreservers before.
I thought this was amazing...then I read how it came together and was doubly amazed! Wonderful guitar and keyboard work.
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said 4423 days ago (March 14th, 2007)
TOTALLY COOL!!
excellent experiment, professor curry!! i love it!!!!!! each man sounds so good as an individual piece of the pie, and the pie is DELICIOUS!!!! very clever crafting, johannes. your beautiful guitar work underlying it all is a gift to us. great singing, guys - i'm moved by both your respective vocals and lyrics. fabulous idea, wonderful execution! can you tell i like it? ;) anne
said 4420 days ago (March 16th, 2007)
wow
it's such a cohesive song... one would think you three planned it all out and sat in a private space and worked this whole thing out. amazing song, and phenomonal mixing. again... wow!
mvh9591 said 4419 days ago (March 17th, 2007)
Nice job -----
guys. Very well played, sung and arranged. I enjoyed listening.

Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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musichead said 4419 days ago (March 17th, 2007)
Great Collab!!!
Just seems to click together... I really like drum parts.. The writing and production are tops!!!
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Ed Hannifin said 4419 days ago (March 17th, 2007)
This just reinforces...
...how 'songlike' your melodies and song structures are from the start... Although they are the starting point, they sound like they were written to wrap around the vocal and instrumental parts that have been contributed...

Ed
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Cori Ander said 4418 days ago (March 18th, 2007)
Thank you Ed!
Thank you.

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Johannes Curry
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paddler said 4338 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
..
By the way - great mix! (I turned up a bit late)
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said 4317 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
heheheh
so did I 8 ) tx again U##3

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SISTERS said 3072 days ago (November 23rd, 2010)
holy wow
mmmmm - how divine!!!
paddler's voice starts this off so nicely, then in chimes Richard S - what a great pairing of distinctly different vocal qualities - both heavy hitters in their own right. cool keys added by paddler - and you hold it all together, brother.
LOVED IT!
sis

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