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an early song I just re-recorded.I wrote it when I was a moody teenager
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The metal twists it rips and burns
The motorised killers never learn
Another crime another war
Maybe its just the way
The world can get through today

The choking streets and mutant crowds
Keep me hiding in the clouds
Until the thunder drags me down
Well maybe its just the way
The world can get through today

In this how can we find the road
To take us to some place called home
No this can't be my home
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Uploaded: Mar 31, 2007 - 10:21:25 PM
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***itiswotitis*** said 4581 days ago (March 31st, 2007)
very thoughtful
beautiful and thoughtful song paddler...love the serenity of it like the watcher is standing amongst the chaos of the city observing and thinking about the reality we create and do we really want it?
were you in the city when you wrote this?
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paddler said 4580 days ago (April 1st, 2007)
thanks jo
THE CITY?? I haven't opened my curtains for 6 months - we had the first week of sunlight here in ages,last week.It rains quite alot in the lake district - it rains some and some more.But I'm not complaining - its great for lying around naked in.I think I was in Brighton when I wrote this,but I was still discovering the apparent irony of alot of things back then - I dont really do much in the way of political opinionated stuff just tend to do what alot of people do - stick my head in the sand.Its like I've always had views about what is wrong and right but I've never really said much about it cos I dont have a head for facts or dates or geography and I would soon get shot down - I leave that to the people who are good at it.The way I've dealt with stuff all my life is to act upon it - but indirectly - doing lots of voluntary work for the environment or social work - whatever really as long as I feel I'm contributing something creative and hopefully not destructive towards society or else it would all just seem like a complete waste of time.That said - I do recall being a complete dropout sitting on a bench at a traffic roundabout at rush hour at 8.30 am on a Monday morning,having nowhere in particular to go and just listening to the noise and watching the faces of people rushing to work and thinking - there HAS to be more than this.I was listening to 'Eleanor Rigby' on some earphones.Thanks for asking Iz

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said 4581 days ago (April 1st, 2007)
Superb composition...
and a beautiful performance/production. A teenager, eh?

paddler said 4580 days ago (April 1st, 2007)
Thanks Dad
Well - recorded it 2 days ago but I wrote it when I was 19 - 15 years ago - to be honest I think I did a better recording of it then but on analogue - but my voice was a bit higher then - I didn't want to change the key and I only just made it to that high note in the middle - it took much swearing and cussing to get that high,guess this is where I should take advantage of the magic of macjams and ask if anyone out there would fancy taking a shot at the vocals..If so - please get in touch

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Reinholt56 said 4580 days ago (April 1st, 2007)
A great song Richard.....
I felt that there was only one thing missing....a sonorous cello passage after the singing ended and before the rallentando (?) part as the piece winds down.

I'll play around some but you might never hear it.

I'm glad to see you spending your holiday in a musically productive way.

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paddler said 4580 days ago (April 1st, 2007)
Thanks Paul
I think you are absolutely right - do you have a cello? or a good vsti? That would probably indeed sound beautiful.I might ask you about that.. Yeah - holiday - I'm enjoying every second.Even just doing nothing is pure bliss,it has to be said.Really looking forwad to going down to Brighton though for a few days - visit the old haunts.I'll try not to get murdered though while I'm down there.Did you know there is a website somwhere called 'death by Brighton' that quite literally lists hundreds of weird ways people have lost it .The very first day I went there with my parents - I'd been for an interview at the Art college by the Royal Pavillion and I came out and was in the process of telling them that it went ok when a guy with glasses came up,headbutted me and ran off.I went back home with a black eye! Didn't stop me though - lived there 12 years,hehe

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Reinholt56 said 4580 days ago (April 2nd, 2007)
Regarding the Cello.....

One of my favourite instruments to listen to is the cello so I have collected a few tools for my music production.

I've a couple of dedicated Cello VSTi's, some Soundfont recordings of Celli, an evaluation version of Synful Orchestra, stuff from the Fitch site and I'm thinking of buying Garritan's Orchestra stuff, so I've a couple of things to play around with. I'll keep you posted. I have an 'esnips' account where I get lots of storage space where I can give people public/private access and it's great for sharing stuff (AND its free) so if there are any version that I think are anything like, I'll let you know so you can listen.


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said 4580 days ago (April 1st, 2007)
very moody
woh... the only thing missing is the *Musical* for this !!! unbelievably beautiful & Big...I must rerun what the 3 before me say - teenager wow!

8 )

happy tears in my eyes . . tx Richard You're The Best

said 4580 days ago (April 1st, 2007)

This is SO GREAT .

What a photo also...would be interesting to hear more . I like the thunder & Your voice...wow it just grows on me...I shivered straight threw this...s-t its strong

You really should give JIGUMA som (more)lissens wow he has great stuff about the world & situation today . Peter Greenstone also has a few ! It really gives HOPE to know there are Musicians who care about Our Beautiful Earth... : ) Sometimes you wonder where its all goin..I read a book once many years ago that gave me a different perspective Its about a very special aborginetribe who don't speak - they communicate on other levels . I'll see if I find the title, in swedish I think it is "På andra sidan" which means "On the other side " I'm sure some People here have read it .

This is great genre !! ( 8
paddler said 4580 days ago (April 1st, 2007)
Thank you Helena
Thanks you Jiguma,Peter Greenstone - I will make a mental note.I am certainly familiar with their names.Interesting stuff about the tribes.I always remember a feminist book I read once when I was bored and it was all about how women learned to communicate telepathically and just kept all us men dudes in chains working and providing babies.I guess maybe the author was a bit of an extremist..

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said 4579 days ago (April 2nd, 2007)
8 /
Seriously..it sounds very smart ! hahaha : )


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DWL said 4580 days ago (April 1st, 2007)
Another little gem
Very evocative and beautifully produced.

Love the sound you've got with this.



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paddler said 4580 days ago (April 2nd, 2007)
Thanks Dick
You may have noticed a few tracks I've recorded with a real harpsichord,not this one I dont mean but like 'Hemispsheres' - At some point I might be able to record that part for your musical however it may well be too old and out of tune,but at any rate - I'm working on it.Will let you know.Thanks man

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guitapick said 4580 days ago (April 1st, 2007)
The picture blew me away before I even played the song.

Serious, serious piece, sir. Beautiful, powerful, and so so sad.

Deepest respect, brother...
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paddler said 4580 days ago (April 2nd, 2007)
Thanks guita
I hope it didn't depress you too much - if it helps,I also think that Kangaroos are the most crazy thing that ever manouvered around on legs.I know what you are saying though - and some days I do feel the despair.I'm not able to find out much about the photo other than that it was taken in Britain during the 2nd world war.I think the way they are all looking up at the sky as if it is about to fall down is quite moving,and yet - that was nearly a hundred years ago.Technology has certainly advanced - but have we? I'd like to be positive and say that I think we have and that its just a matter of time before we sort the nature of our species out in relation to everything..

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guitapick said 4579 days ago (April 2nd, 2007)
In the picture...
...they're looking at the sky, either waiting for or watching the bombers passing overhead. My dad fought in WWII. He rarely talked about it. When he did, every word weighed a ton.

Art doesn't have to make you feel good, bad, or indifferent. As we get better and better at creating it, we can express the feelings and pictures that we have, inside, and send them to others. I'm sure you know that...and you've done that, here. No need for apologies. It's one of the things I live for.


I, too, hope that we can sort things out. I do what I can to help out. But it's an uphill climb. Among other things (many other things) there are, and always have been, those in power (and not) who view war and massacres as a "necessity" for managing overpopulation. Tough stuff.

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said 4580 days ago (April 1st, 2007)
i think...
.... the only really appropriate thing to say is simply "WOW"
'nuff said!
paddler said 4580 days ago (April 2nd, 2007)
Thank you Faelin
Thanks for taking time to comment - I'm gonna check your stuff out soon.Regards Richard

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TobinMueller said 4579 days ago (April 2nd, 2007)
Homeless Roots and Creative Birth
It is wonderful to re-visit our roots, the place where our art was born. It is often in the differentiation, and also the embrace, of the zeitgeist of our teen years, and the manifestation of the pain that our newborn awareness caused, that makes these moments stay with us our entire creative life. This song is a shining example. Thanks for reaching back and sharing this. In my speaks, the vocal reverb was a little too wet; in headphones the low drum reverb too intense (in my morning ears, anyway). There were moments the vocal pitch didn't have the same authority your tracks usually present. The cello-synth was a sound that lacked stereo presence, consider doubling two sounds and panning them; when it went higher in its range it sounded kind of thin and Casio. I love the song, the sense. Like a combination of Lennon's Imagine and Sting's Russians, yet less redemption. The sad part is, you look at what caused you to write this and wonder if anything is getting better in the world. The wonderful part is, you are still writing and creating and sharing your immense and varied talent and artistry with us. Thanks. The journey continues. (Also, perfect song art!)
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said 4577 days ago (April 4th, 2007)
I think TM is joking . . This song IS PERFECT
Thanx once again my pleasure 8 )
Scott Carmichael said 4575 days ago (April 6th, 2007)
It's clear
that you've had the ability early on to evoke emotions and create impressions... this is like my fav impressionst paintings... you've delivered the package, yet I didn't see how it got here... there is much that loudly goes unsaid in the atmosphere of this piece
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racerat said 4573 days ago (April 8th, 2007)
Moody, dark and forboding, yet hauntingly beautiful. Just like out teen years, I must say. You have inspired me to dust off one of my fav teen tunes and re-record it. Look forward to hearing the cello vsti's it sounds like you might cook up for this one. That would be wonderful.
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