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I generally don’t like songs that point fingers anywhere... or take up issues with anyone... sorry, I’m a wuss... but none the less... I have a pet peeve... Televangelists... they drive me nuts... I’m sure most of you can pretty much ignore them, and I will admit that they can have some value as entertainment (when there’s nothing on the comedy channel)...
It occurs to me that several of our friends from over seas may have no idea what I’m talking about... here in the USA we have these fancy preachers with cheap gaudy sets, who purchase TV time and try to sell prayer clothes and bibles and blessings and replicas of the nails used on the cross, it goes on and on... and can be funny... except my heart breaks when I see these guys... and more often I get red faced angry...
there must be people sending these guys money, or they wouldn’t continually have so much face time... I end up feeling so sorry for the folks that send their money, because they think they’re doing something good and right... AND THEY ARE NOT!... religion often makes me sick, but not Jesus... and these folks that pretend to speak for Him, must have at some point read some of His words, and observed the way He lived... I just don’t see how they can reconcile their actions, with the Man... I heard one of these guys defend his $10,000,000.00 mansion by explaining that it was a good investment... I mean please!!! why does he have ten million in the 1st place... did he put the property in Christ’s name?... i don’t think so
Ministry is local... if I can’t put my hand on your shoulder and look you level in the eye... I doubt that there will be much, if any, significant good done.. I believe it is a hands on proposition, that is not motivated by self promotion or advancement...
Well Dion posted a forum question about “charities that were worthwhile” a few months back... and it got me thinking of this song... I realized that it had never been recorded... so I started fooling with it... it was originally written on keyboards... I adapted it to guitar and called Fran Dagastino in for Axe duty... he more than surpassed my expectation... at-a-boy... really, Fran was funny, and he really worked this over... I tagged the song out with guitar solo... and left it long, thinking I could fade it when it was spent.... instead, I didn’t cut a note... it just all seemed like it needed to be said, like I’d be interrupting something important if I faded too soon...
thanx for your time... see why I’m not a writer....
and thanx Kurt V. for showing me how to punctuate.......
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Lyrics
I saw God’s man on the TV screen
but he could not see me
“Send me more money, so I can set you free”

BUT WHERE I LIVE,
SOME CHILDREN DO NOT EAT!

Where do we stand
puddles of mud or on dry land
Where do we stand
solid ground or quicksand
The final choice is made by us
Where do we stand?

Selling blessings, and prosperity
but who is washing feet
We claim comfort
yes that’s our destiny

BUT WHERE I LIVE,
CHILDREN LIVE IN THE STREET!

Where do we stand
puddles of mud or on dry land
Where do we stand
solid ground or quicksand
The final choice is made by us
Where do we stand?

He never promised fortune
Did he ever promise fame?
where will He find us when He comes again
Holding the hand of the orphan
sharing the widows pain

Christian you bear His name
Christian you bear His name
you bear His name
Song Stats
Hits: 5969
Comments: 90
Fans: 37
Plays: 364
Downloads: 178
Votes: 16
Uploaded: Dec 19, 2007 - 08:36:41 PM
Last Updated: Dec 21, 2007 - 08:50:10 AM Last Played: Oct 11, 2018 - 06:35:48 PM
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Comments
said 4010 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
A hymn... an anthem.
a voice in song, calling out the heart of the Gospel. And out of the mouth the heart speaks... Well sung, well spoken, Scott. Powerful call. Beautiful song.

D
Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
A worn voice
widows & orphans... not mansions and rolexes... the Heart that you speak of...

humble thanx Jack... very much appreciated

Scott
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said 4010 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
this
is gorgeous. fantastic production, awesome vocals, and i like pointing fingers.... it is fun... great tune, brother
Allen
Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
finger pointing
Yes.. confession.... that did feel good...

thanx Allen
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guitapick said 4010 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
You've got...
...a friend and ear, here, Scott.

Pet peeve of mine, too. For decades...

"...solid ground or on dry land..."

Besides the excellent songwriting and lyrics (and intent), the guitar work's great. Love the production, too.

Wonderful tune, Scott.
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Hi Bob
I got up this morning to start answering comments, and take a fresh listen, (since this is a fresh mix).. and Fran gave me chills, goosebumps... that happens pretty rarely and never my own songs.. that was a treat..

humble thanx, and merry Christmas brutha Bub


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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Fran on lead guitar folks
Fran... allow me to say again... how knocked out I am by the quality of your work on this... what HEART!
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guitapick said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
AHA!!!
I didn't catch that on first read. I kept saying to myself: "sounds like fran on there. Boy...Scott's got his style down!"

Yeah...he's perfect in this tune (no surprise, there).
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Feter said 4010 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Where do We Stand
Scott my friend ..was thinkin how this song might
sound with Fran at the axe line .the very first
word came to mine ..INCREDIBLE !! ..the very true
sound of a real thoughtfull mind .your singin
and arrangment just gorgious .Fran let it all
in light and fire .wonderful wah wah ..and AGAIN
this total Nash's sound .how you do that ?
thank you for such gem my friend !!
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Light & Fire
I know that English is not your 1st language... so you craft words in such a fresh way... you help me hear things in a new way... "all in light & fire" always love hearing from you..

thanx

peace your way; Scott
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Joe Brady said 4010 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Outstanding!
Right on the mark, Scott......great sound too, love the way the backing vocals frame the lead vocal....they bare his name, what a line. Lovely guitar at the end. I think I'm a disciple;-)
Joe
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
thank you Joe
work has kept me away so much this last quarter, that i half expected a cold welcome back... Instead I'm warmly welcomed home like the prodical...

I really appreciate your time and comments, & yes.. isn't the guitar killer, I find myself skipping to the end when i listen on my ipod

again thanx; Scott
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gail60 said 4010 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
excellent!
Scott you blow me away friend!! This is totally wonderful. Awesome message here and as always, great music. I love the question, who is washing feet? You are sooo good. Truly, love the story. We all need a good finger pointed at us once in awhile to remind us where we came from, in the beginning.... Tis the season
Peace and health to you and your loved ones Scott... Thanks
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
need a finger
we may need a finger pointed... i'm just not so comfortable when it's my finger... now if I used a different finger,(let say one closer to the middle).... that might temporarily relieve some of the angst...

hoot... laughing at his own joke... thanx Gail, for the "peace & health" I except

Merry Christmas
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Ibstrat said 4010 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
I am stunned
by the quality of this recording.Just beautiful vocals and ridiculously great guitar work.Are you sure you didn't hire Jeff Beck to play on this?(Actually I'm not sure if Beck would have come up with anything that good!)
I actually watch these nuts on T.V. fairly regularly;alternating between hilarity and disgust.Some of my favorites:Pat Robertson's 5 min segment at the end of each show where he "heals" people through the T.V.("Someone out there has a pain in their stomach..")If he is really healing why doesn't he do it 23 hrs. a day instead of 5 minutes!!Also that disgusting Crouch woman with her wigs yuchh!I could go on.
I'm really glad that you have a committed faith Scott.It shows in your music.I have never been able to accept any religion partly because of the bizarre behavior that I see in people of all faiths."I'm right and you're wrong"-makes me think they're all wrong!
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Quality of recording
Hi Mark... that's the main reason that I do this stuff... trying to figure out how it all works... evolving methods, and techniques... there are songs that I've written, just so that I could get in the studio... I love twisting the knobs and pushing the buttons & faders...
Fran and I didn't rush this... it simmered a bit... But He wouldn't send me anything until He could nail it in 1 take... sheesh... to do this in one take... when I see you, Fran, in March... i will be sitting in the front... next to you Mark... I hope

as for these clowns.. you're in good company... the only time we ever see Jesus angry, is dealing with "the Religious"
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Jim Bouchard said 4010 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
well I saw this on the list with a 10 rating
And I thought maybe that was a tad wrong. and then I listened and realized that maybe it wasn't so wrong... you always put out well-thought out songs that come from a very deep place, and fran's additions to this just put it right over the top. That was a good call to make, and just shows what a nice touch you have as a producer.
Did you really mean "bare" or shouldn't it really rather be "bear"? The meanings are different...but that's just a matter of transcription...
great song!
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Hi Jim
"Bear" it's fixed... thanx for that... and I trust your ears, you've always carried yourself with the utmost integrity... even if it means saying the hard thing... the result is... people trust you... you don't blow smoke... although you may inhale... I digress... anyway, I really appreciate the nod to "producer chops" Fran made me look way smarter than I am.. His solo has given me chills a few times... I love that

THANX again; Scott
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ziti said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
scott
thanks for this...this mix sounds great to me!!! dont need to change anything at all....I will write more later!!

z
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
BRDM
brothers from different mothers... YOU"RE THANKING ME?? I've played several solos on this... nothing approaching your eloquent passion... usually I can't listen to a song for a long time after I've posted it... you've fixed that for me...

Daggers your Frantastic

is that gushing???
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J.A.Stewart said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Great-Sounding Tune
While there's something about this song that sounds familiar to my ears, it takes nothing away from the fact that this is a great-sounding tune. So many wonderful elements working together in this arrangement make it lush and Fran does a really nice job of complementing it all with his guitar work.

Coincidentally, I've been fiddling with a song about a closely-related topic. But it will not be nearly as elegant... or as kind, as yours. ;)

A recording engineer I worked with on a project years ago told me of his experiences when he was called in as a consultant to one of the big-name pioneers in televangelism. He said they had the best soundstage and equipment outside of Hollywood. Money was no object.

And why would it be? He said he witnessed DOZENS of women harvesting obscene amounts of CASH from the thousands of letters that arrived each day.

Give us our daily bread, indeed. ;)

--- Joe
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Give us this day
our yearly nut... our quarterly dividend... Good point... I love that...

Hmmm Joe, was I too kind? the song itself comes across mournful & hurt... but it really focuses on those who are enabling these scammers... people are very generous, but this skims so much money away from where it could really do some good...

and yes Fran was THE right choice

look forward to hearing a little more anger from you

thanx; Scott
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lengold said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
What a
fantastic song. This really is top class, I love everything about it (especially the bass). Luckily we don't have these people on the TV in the UK - I just can't see how people fall for it - they must be very desperate.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Desperation
desperation usually makes for more spiritual sensativity, not less... It's worse... people are just lazy...

thanx for the "Bass" nod... prol my fav instrument to play...

I really appreciate the visit

Scott
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jiguma said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Hmmmmmmm!
What a great post Scott! Love the fretless, love Fran's playing (I always love Fran's playing). Beautiful vocal, perfect harmonies and a good set of lyrics. Some very JT phrasing in the vocals, and a Loggins and Messina feel in places. The whole thing sounds so organic.

Like Jim, I queried the 10 rating, and like Jim I backed off as soon as I heard it. This is easily one of the most complete packages posted here at MJ.

Man, I love the way you play fretless bass - makes me want to go out and but one.

PS - a tip I learnt from sharing with Fran - however much room you leave for him, it will always be worthwhile.

Extremely deep bow (just short of a grovel) :)

Have a great holiday season and a brilliant 2008,

Neil
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jiguma said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
What I meant to say of course was .....
..... "yeah, it's OK".

:)
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
oy! Neil
How's OZ... and Merry Christmas to one of my fav MJ'rs... thanx tons for the great comment... and yes you need a fretless in your hands... it really has made me rethink bottom end duties.. and consider going back and redoing all my songs...

and I now have 1st hand understanding on your Fran tip... Ed told me he cooks too! sheesh i could leave my wife...
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Cori Ander said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
YES
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Curry!
and there was much exclaimation from Sweden...

any chance I'll get to see you in March???????

and there was much questioning from New Jersey...

Scott
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Cori Ander said 4009 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
.
I really H O P E we can be able to meet in March!
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dolby said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Hmmm...
...matters of faith? Always a tough one. Coming from the 'faithless' side of the fence I've always thought live and let live, but please don't bring your ideas into my living room via the TV set. Funny how these guys are always 'asking' for money, wouldn't it be better if you had to phone the number so they could give you some???? Oh, I don't know....it's easy for me to be angry, but I'm glad you're angry too....

As for the song, it got me thinking about all those albums I've bought where on first listen there's one song which isn't immediate, or the melody is a little 'difficult', but a few listens later it has become your favourite track. I think this is that one! It's beautifully played and the mix is fabulous - and once you get the melody you realise how well written it is. And I love the harmonies.....

Great stuff, really top notch!

Merry Cristmas to you :-)
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Scott Carmichael said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
I like that
Thanx Phil... I remember some of my fav Yes albums took some listens for me to digest and understand... and were eventually some of the most satisfying...
so this is a very appreciated comment..

to think that there may be layers for a listener to have to get through

nice

thanx again; Scott
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composerclark said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Great
Irrespective of the message that your lyrics convey, your music always strikes me as being filled with tremendous warmth and generosity. Something about the way you play guitar, the warm sound you produce, and the quality of your voice; it all adds up to a really beautiful combination, no matter what you're singing about.

Regarding the message, you have struck a nerve here that a lot of people can respond to, Christians and non-Christians alike. A question that Christians like to ask is WWJD (what would Jesus do?), and it seems unlikely that he'd be the head of his own corporation, preaching theatrically on TV every week from an obscenely opulent venue like the Crystal Cathedral, and guilting people into contributing money beyond their means to fund his opulent lifestyle.

But what do I know?

Great song!
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Scott Carmichael said 4009 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
What do you know?
it seems quite a bit... on the WWJD... people who have no faith, and only observe the life of Jesus from a distance, can see right through this... It puzzles me and I wonder what is really at play here... i conclude that people are just lazy... someone said they are desperate... but i don't think so... with desperation usually comes a spiritual awareness... I'm glad you came by... I hope things are well in your neck of the woods... I am always so grateful for a word from you... you rank up there with my mom on the biggest supporter list

thanx my friend; Scott
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echoroom said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
WTF?
I didnt get a notification for this, then saw it at the top of the ratings picks!? Great track Scott, with some awesome lines.... washing feet, the 'where do we stand' anaolgies, all delivered with gruff passion.

This to me isn't a song about religion per se, but about those who abuse religion .... the 'where will he find us when he comes agin' is a great ending.

All vigor and attack.... a great track... welcome back (Jack!).

LOL

steve
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Scott Carmichael said 4009 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Hi Steve
I know that we've both been away quite a bit, for various reasons... i hope your wrist is feeling better???? It's always good to hear fom you... I picked up a "cask strength", just to see what you were talking about... and now I understand the full scope of the commpliment..

thanx for your time Steve

greatly appreciated

Scott
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echoroom said 4009 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
cask strength...
.. you know you've drunk that one when you've had a few glasses!

btw, your vocal delivery in the chorus especially is really great.

steve
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Mcboy said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
sounds like
u've touched a nerve.......u sing my thoughts on the matter perfectly......i send my money to st. jude children's hospital,etc.....if only the money and energy was spent on humanity i wonder what kind of world it would be.......great singing scott and ziti is so soulful here.....many many bows....
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Scott Carmichael said 4009 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
the kind of Heart
that is reflected in your music... is the kind of heart that I would expect to put money in places like St. Judes...

I've often thought, If you could absolutley count on every man on this earth to put his brother in front of himself...there would be no crime, no jails, no police, no military, no court systems, and all of these resourses that we pour into our frailties and failures... would be available to take care of every person with dignity...

It would take more than Solomon's wisdom

thanx... I always love a visit from you
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ktb said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
eloquent
and right on. You articulated one of my great peeves in a wonderful and powerful way. When my Aunt started to lose it some years back, these guys preyed on her, taking her remaining savings and laughing all the way to the bank. Great song writing.

Fran's solo is fantastic.
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Scott Carmichael said 4009 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
John thank you
Frantastic solo... new word... I must come by and see what you've been up to... it always feels great to get a nod from a talent like you John....

thanx again Scott
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davisamerica said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
wow scott wow
this is so powerful..kinda ironic tied with what you and ziti and i were discussing the other day. this is just wonderful as i expect from you always. the lyrics are solid, your voice is perfect and the tune and production excellent. this is pure magic. thanks for this gem man
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davisamerica said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
and almost for got
Z...the perfect touch
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Scott Carmichael said 4009 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
thank you Jack
It's about giving while expecting nothing in return... nothing!... funny how some of these guys set the hook... If we give 100 dollars, God has to give you 1000 dollars... what kind of motive is that.. I've found Him to be more than gracious and generous, and smart enough not to be manipulated... come on!
He's GOD folks...
I wasn't very far into this before I knew that I was going to call on Z... i wish I could pick stocks that well...

thanx again Jack.. keep me posted

Scott
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Talknrok said 4010 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
I second, third and fourth
Most all of the previous comments. I hate getting in the day after...... Oh well. I very much share your opinion of the subject matter and like wise am usually a bit quiet on voicing said thoughts. But that isn't the point, I always love your music from the drive to the artistry and very professional execution. This has got to be one of your best. I wasn't sure what to expect when I read that Fran was going to be in on it because I love his style and tone. ( BTW great great solo) Beautiful work gentlemen , just beautiful. Merry Christmas all.
Scott Carmichael said 4009 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
I agree
Although Fran has an impressive body of work... I'm really touched by how seriously he took this... He didn't just throw some licks on.. but instead it sounds as if he emersed himself in the pain and angst, and then took the time to discribe it to us in detail... He added such weight, I was concerned it would come across as trite or irrelevent... "one of his best" I agree, and that's saying something...

I don't think you came late either... it's been posted for less than 24 hrs when you arrived... I'm happy to hear from you, and I appreciate your time...

thanx; Scott
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ziti said 4009 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
how proud I am
to be on this recording. I love Scott's work...his guitar playing, his vocals, his production have always shocked me into trying harder on my own stuff, figuring if he can do it, so can I...well, i have stopped trying to match his quality, cuz i cant, so when he asked me if I wanted to play on a track i said w00t.

It was a total bonus that the songs subject matter is so resonant. I, too, watched my mother squander a lot of money on Jim and Tammy Fae. I also saw the pain and sadness in her face when they were shown to be total frauds. I think she felt spiritually raped. Thankfully, her faith was strong enough so that she died at peace with her God.

But a lot of people loose their faith. I am blessed with enough faith to keep me perpetually confused. I envy those who can find true peace with their God.

To have a truly Christian fellow such as Scott, write these powerful words so elequently, and express outrage with such a sense of beauty, is remarkable. This is truly a song of faith. A call to action to ALL men of the cloth in any faith, to truly start doing God's work. Delivered by a man of true faith.

My initial idea, was to have the voice of the preacher be represented with a wah wah much like the muted trumpet teacher voice in the charlie brown tv shows. I think my first version i sent to scott, had some squwacking....but the solo evolved as more of a prayer on it's own....scott mentioned that the solo was a single take...actually the very opening statement, shortly before the wah wah starts was recorded first....i broke a string so i had to stop....the second 7/8th of the solo is one take. Single takes just are better....it's the whole story.
When I heard the song for the first time, i said to scott, ummmm...there is like 25 minutes of blank space at the end....he said, he would probably fade it or something....that he posted it in it's entirety is quite a nice honor, and I am grateful. I hope you enjoy it as a song within a song.

One great piece of songwriting and recording. I am very proud to be part of it.

z
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Scott Carmichael said 4009 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
Fran my Friend
much to say.. I've been enjoying you ever since I set up my ichat... "enough faith to keep me perpetually confused" hoot... that was a LOL moment... and humble thanx for the wonderful words... I hope someday to live up to them...

I know what you mean about others here at MJ spurring us on to raise our level... it's had the same effect on me... I listen and I realise... "wow we can do better"... this has had a noticeable effect on my studio time..

now, as for your instrument... every so often some people pick up a sax, and it's just brass and reed... but they speak a languge through it that words would never capture... and they completely transend the brass and reed, and I look and ask "how'd they do that"...

well you transend wood and steel here... I thought about writing this to you personally so we wouldn't come across as the mutual but-kiss society... but I will put it here instead... you've found the language that took the heart of this song, and propelled it along on it's trajectory...

finially, I can put my electric guitars away now.. I only ever get them out when I'm recording... one more thing... when I'm done mixing a song, I need to get away from it, I can't listen for awhile... but on this tune, I can listen... I just have to skip to the end... seriously.
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ziti said 4009 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
ooops
and THANKS to everyone for their kind words!!!


makes my day

z
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Scott Carmichael said 4009 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
Really
A song within a song... is the right way to put it... works for me
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said 4009 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Heartfelt
sweet sounds and deep thoughts
Scott Carmichael said 4009 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
thanx Tom
I really appreciate your visit

Scott
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dajama said 4009 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Amazing
sound and terrific production. This has a clean, rich sound that just blew me away. Your vocal is excellent, and the words are tremendous. You hit the nail on the head for me (I especially like the "Christian you bear his name" line) and this song just struck home for me big time. The guitar is outstanding and reminded me of Jeff Beck's work on Roger Water's Amused to Death album. Great work. This is one of the best songs I have heard (anywhere) in a long time. Kudos. Peace.
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Scott Carmichael said 4009 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
wow David
thanx for that... from now on you're writting my reviews :) Fran certainly took this to another level... "one of the best songs I have heard (anywhere) in a long time"... that's quite a mouthful, and I really appreciate hearing it...

peace your way too

thanx; Scott
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aclarke said 4009 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Really amazing
I would really like to be able to write something eloquent, thought provoking and deep. You know, to match the quality of this truly wonderful creation. I'd like to say something about how money and greed can corrupt even those that may have started out with the purest of intentions. How these peddlers of faith have lost all contact with spirituality and so on, etc.

You say it so well I don't feel the need to try.

Scott, I commend you and Fran for creating this extremely spiritual and inspired work of art and sharing it with us all.
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Scott Carmichael said 4004 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
thank you Adam
I really appreciate the visit, and I look forward to meeting the prince of the republic of Maine


thanx aagin; Scott
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Godchaser said 4009 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
You said it Scott!
Lets start with the music-fantastic,awesome,first rate,top of the heap,head of the class perfection.Lets talk lyrics-right on,right on and right on!The subject matter-don't get me started!Televangelists and their bottomless/endless collection bag,'for Jesus'!God's word has much to say about the these religious types that prey on the ignorant and desperate and as a result bring His Holy Name to scorn by those that know not the Truth.Because I am a believer I find it hard to laugh it off as these sharks use the Name of Jesus for profit.Even more horrific is what God says will be the end result for them if they do not turn from their wicked ways.Great song and a great message.Thanks for saying it like it is Scott!

Blessings,


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Scott Carmichael said 4004 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
Hi Daniel
it's funny we never see Jesus lose patients with anyone, except the "religious" it's really the only time we ever see HIm angry...

thanx much for the visit and great comments, I appreciate your time

Scott
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Ed Hannifin said 4009 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
I'm giving this the listen...
...it deserves this morning...

I'd listen to it if it was you and a guitar in front of an SM57 playing into a boombox. It's a good, solid song, and it would come across just fine in a coffeehouse...

But of course, this is you, and so, listening this morning on the best headphones, I'm hearing how much there is in this production. Great, clear acoustic guitar all through with some nice spangle from the strings, and a nice melodic bass in support, just enough drums in there.... Nice spread in the stereo field... including those backing vocals...

And I do think that Fran outdid himself on this one, and so that long outro over 'where do we stand?" is terrific...

And finally, I can totally relate to the message...

Ed
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Scott Carmichael said 4004 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
hello Ed
Thanx my friend... new mikes for my guitar... AT4041's... no EQing allowed... I talk to folks who record and they all say "find a sound that requires no EQ"... because EQ introduces phase problems... I'm learning... I'm real happy with how these new mikes record the Taylors.. but not as happy as I am with Fran's work on this... good call huh?

I'll see you in March

thanx; Scott
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thetiler said 4008 days ago (December 22nd, 2007)
Terrific
Incredible beginning, then it gets better.

Like that christopher cross feel, not at all his style but you have a resonance like him, but then you gravitate to other star sounds. What a great talent you are. I've said it before but you have the talent to hit it big. But so many to fit in a radio, but can't see many better at what you do.

Great sounds here.

Truly one of internets best bar none!
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Scott Carmichael said 4004 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
thanx Bill
I'm not sure how the music industry even works anymore... and If there really are artists out there or how they even go about it... I don't relly do this for that reason... I'm pretty sure that record companies, if there still are any left, aren't looking for 1/2 century old crusty guys... I would scare away their young female patrons I'm sure

but thanx so much all the same... that felt good
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NorthPoint said 4008 days ago (December 22nd, 2007)
impressive
Great music and a powerful message. Thank you Scott.
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Scott Carmichael said 4004 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
and thank you NP
I appreciate your time and comments

Scott
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Vic Holman said 4007 days ago (December 22nd, 2007)
Give ME your money
Now, I can't save your soul from damnation. But I can put it to good use on a new guitar.

Very well done! Outstanding elements make a complete package here.
Nice vocals (lead & backups), fretless bass is smooth. And Ziti added a excellent lead on top of it all.

Good job to both of you!
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Scott Carmichael said 4002 days ago (December 27th, 2007)
Hey Vic
perhaps I wouldn't mind as much, if they used the money for guitars... sheesh I might even give for that...

thanx... Vic... your the best
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timothy devine said 4006 days ago (December 24th, 2007)
Hi Scott,
I've been trying to get to this song for some time now. This a busy time for everyone. Its really nice to settle down and hear such a comforting sound in this intro. The 'Jaco' slippery fret-less bass/your gentle vocal and your strong spirit performing pro stuff.
the harmonies behind the guitar solo are orcestrated so perfectly.
I think i hear the organ filling up a large space leaving this with a great overall sound. A nice full production and everything is working real real nice.
And the ending solo is so cool. I agree with you, that if you had faded it any time sooner i would have been left hanging...
you have inked the most incredible solo.
a great keeper
peace
tim




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Scott Carmichael said 4002 days ago (December 27th, 2007)
Thanx Timothy
I almost remixed this because I thought the organ took up too much space... good ears... and Frans solo is keeping this fresh for me... most of my stuff is all me... and you tend to implode... working with Fran breaths life into it...

I appreciate the visit... in this busy time
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Alannah said 4006 days ago (December 24th, 2007)
Scott .... I'm a little late to the party here .....
... better late than never tho .... I echo you on the "money pit of evangelism thing" .... up here in Canada ...we DO see these shows as well ... however .. not quite as HUGE as in the U.S. ... but I have also seen their uncovering by various larger programners .. when will the PEOPLE LEARN ... if you WANT to give money ... give it to someone who really needs it .... a small organization or a single person ???? Maybe someone you Know??? If you think you can be "saved" with money .. think again .... I abhor evangelists with their false promises of salvation ... spriituality is an individual thing .. and it does NOT COST you a dime !!!!! It is between you and your beliefs .... MONEY on the other hand is for the LIVING and I'm sure we can all think of SOMEONE that could benefit from our generosity .... come on people ..... don't give it to any BIG organization .... where MOST of it goes to some greedy MONGER running it ..... go out there and GIVE it where it is NEEDED MOST ! That hungry guy on the corner ... give him a meal .. a coat .. a blanket .... wise UP ! oh right I was commenting on the song .. not the politics .... GREAT ONE as usual SCOTT ... !!!!!! Nice use of harmonies ... as usual ... sigh .... when I grow up can I be you ?????
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Alannah said 4006 days ago (December 24th, 2007)
oops ....
I hit SEND to early ... KUDOS to FRAN as well .. but he already knows I luv him !
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Scott Carmichael said 4002 days ago (December 27th, 2007)
your not allowed to grow up...
"give it to someone who really needs it" indeed that's all I'm asking... don't be lazy or stupid... thanx Alannah.. I enjoyed your forum post about your son... you're a jewel....

Merry Christmas... and a prosperous & peaceful year for you
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thoddi said 4005 days ago (December 25th, 2007)
you nailed it!
You say: 'religion often makes me sick, but not Jesus... and these folks that pretend to speak for Him'. I couldn't agree more! I have seen some of these televangelists and yes, they can make a man red faced:)

OK to the music... The start with your beautiful played acoustic was enough to make this an immediate favorite, and that fretless bass is fab! Did I read somewhere that that is your main instrument Scott? You cover every base with confidence so I'm not sure if it's necessary to hold one instrument in front of another.

Ziti's magic adds a new flavor to your sound, and I can tell you it's a tasty one:)

This song is filled with so much magic hat I probably will discover more gems as I listen 'cause I need my copy of this to listen again and again:) The vox has that Scott Carmichael signature. Very well crafted harmonies and such a haunting voice...

Did I mention the fretless? Stunning!
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Scott Carmichael said 4002 days ago (December 27th, 2007)
Hey Thor
I still consider myself a guitar player 1st.. almost everything I do starts there... but I have played bass for years... and the new fretless has renewed my love for the bottom end... Fran & I thank you... always appreciate a visit...

thanx; scott
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Leon said 4004 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
nice to have you back...
i have been coming here infrequently lately... but there is a shortlist of artists that can pull me right back in. Scott, you are one those whose songs are always highly anticipated. Your songs are a spiritual message with earthly reality...
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c4rson said 4004 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
Hi
Atmospheric... emotional... Personal...

All the right ingredients for me...

beautiful feeling... :-)))
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BossHook said 4003 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
Amen, Brother
I can't stand preachy people. Take care of your own backyard and the neighborhood will be wonderful, that's my philosophy.
HipHopMoses said 4000 days ago (December 29th, 2007)
Great Message
Jesus example was to go into the streets not the church and when he did go he was disgusted with them as we should be... Great song Scott which is not a surprise to me.
Moses
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said 3959 days ago (February 8th, 2008)
100 times
I think thats how many times I have told you how blessed I feel to hear your music, you are a monster talent, and a truly outstanding singer and composer...Rock on Scott
dirigent said 3952 days ago (February 16th, 2008)
Touching
The lyrics are so true ...
Great work Scott, and delivered in a most touching way. Awesome voice, superb music and a perfect production. Makes me thinking, thanks for sharing this track ...
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Dave M said 3950 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Wow
There's nothing I can add to the above, except my thanks to you both for posting such a fabulous piece of music.
A wonderfully crafted song, superb production, amazing vocals ... and that guitar playing... some of the licks in the main body of the song remind me so much of Mark Knopfler from his Walking to Philadelphia album .. brooding .. it sounds amazing.
One of your best Scott.
Dave
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magnatone said 3946 days ago (February 22nd, 2008)
This is Gorgeous
I'm kind of late to the party here, so don't know if you'll ever see this comment, but this is just wonderful. Funny - I found you because of the "Starship Trooper" thread (and thanks!), now I'm listening to your fabulous music. This is soulful, thoughtful - great vocals, love the guitar in there. I've got lots more to listen to from you! Thanks
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Scott Carmichael said 3946 days ago (February 22nd, 2008)
Thanx Karen
no not late... right on time... In the past I've been here more.. sometimes I get so busy that I don't have the time that I used to... and I'm not getting into my studio as much as I would like... anyway, I was a drummer, then I heard Steve Howe, and that was it for me... had to learn guitar, and what a friend it's been through the years... but you'll find that even though I love Yes... my stuff is more folky... less progressive...

thanx for the listen & comment... I really do appreciate your time

new friend; Scott
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Bob6stringer said 3946 days ago (February 22nd, 2008)
Amen, brother
I can't say enough about how well conceived and executed this song is, so I won't. I can't, it's perfect. But I do take this subject seriously. I recently moved from a city of millions to East Tennessee. I live in a University town (Johnson City) but believe me, I've seen the decline of Western Civilization here and the enemy is Christian Fundamentalist pols and televangelists. Uneducated, dogmatic, fearful and led by evil a-holes whose message is: "Give me your money and I'll see that Jesus gets it." I met a hindu woman who said the Southern Baptists won't allow her children to play with theirs.

URP.. sorry, I just threw up a little in my mouth.
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VicDiesel said 3945 days ago (February 23rd, 2008)
Cry baby
Great solo there. You have about as much to say on the guitar as in the lyrics.
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thetiler said 3941 days ago (February 27th, 2008)
Came back
to hear this tune again.

I am so impressed how good this tune is and how great of an artist you are.

i know most want recognition for what they do. But I am blown away how good you are. I feel like I want to ring the necks of the music industry in this world powers that be and say. Wake up record producers in high places and say listen to scott he deserves major radio time on the big stations that play this kind of music!

Somehow some way I sincerely hope you receive fully the recognition that you truly deserve for being such a >top notch artist !
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said 3933 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
SCOTT & ZITI!
Mr. Scott, this is an amazing piece of work by all means. A very great to hear some cool sounds by the master Sir Fran. Great solos, playing, singing .... Enjoyed this song very much, deepest respect and (BOWS!!) .. One of your very best songs!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
saymme said 3847 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
BEAUTIFUL......
Am I glad You didn't cut/fade it shorter, like U say all of it is needed : )
You have an important issue here for sure! Haven't been in the states for nearly 2 decades ! Remeber that they're A L O T of these tvshows&programs.. we haven't had it here until we got axcess to internet & parabol TV , its not on the Swedish Tv, dont no how it works & You're right too many People do bad things in the name of God/Jesus... It's the People how turn religion into a joke or something bad.. 2 years ago I admitted my self being a Christian believer & its wonderful, finally got the 'peace' I'd been lookin for no kidding ! I Love this song wow You did a grand solo ! Its so harmonic the whole Musicpiece...very fine lissening & important message !
Saw You're blogged now ! Congratulations I think the Blogs are a great thing ! Be well -& there are too many things we can be angry about unfortunately..guess we have to choose which ones we want to put our energy into..Anger is such a great energizer !
Be Well : ) tx
lena
macoco said 3758 days ago (August 27th, 2008)
Great as a whole.
I don't understand too much spoken, sung nor written english. I grew up listening "foreign" music and I've developed a conception of listening to the voice as another, or the main instrument. And I can say you that you have a great instrument, and you use it very well. As I'm writing this, I'm reading the lyrics, and I love you use images instead of emotions to transmit your feelings.
This IS a perfect song.

Gracias, Scott.

macoco.

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dantimmermans said 3566 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
I'm a sucker for fretless bass....
and that playing is sublime. also, I love your backup vox and there is some very inventive chromatic and whammy work going on in that solo. thanks for upping this lovely tune.
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Char said 3511 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
It is self agrandisement
not sharing the word. I agree. Good for you. Thanks.
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