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SmokeyVW

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album: Vision Quest
track 1: 3:20 Vision Quest
track 2: 4:49 Falling
track 3: 7:28 Nothing
track 4: 1:11 Snow Squall
track 5: 4:22 We Lost Touch
track 6: 1:36 Time For Peace
track 7: 8:04 Oblate Oblivion
track 8: 8:23 Little Orb
track 9: 12:54 Tripping
track 10: 6:35 Soaring The Thermals
track 11: 4:10 People (Running Through My Mind)
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Song Description

on sudden realization of lossage
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Lyrics
We Lost Touch

give us a clue
show us something that we know is true

give us a sign
grant us peace of mind

bring us a son
give us something that we know is gonna
make us know love all the time

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we lost touch
with our dreams
with our future
with our humanity

we lost touch
with our son
with our daughter
with our humanity

we lost touch
with our love
with our passion
with our humanity

we lost touch
with our gods
with our demons
with our humanity

---

give us a clue

(c) 2008 Bill Grundmann

Song Stats
Hits: 4763
Comments: 52
Fans: 30
Plays: 135
Downloads: 126

Uploaded: Jan 20, 2008 - 10:05:08 PM
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2011 - 09:07:22 AM Last Played: Nov 13, 2018 - 01:17:09 AM
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Outtaorbit said 3983 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
this is
so true it's painful...great tune
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SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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thank you
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bud said 3983 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Smokey -
you've really made something special here. Your voice sounds great and the arrangement is wonderful ( dig the key modulation). The message is all too true I'm afraid. Excellent track.
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SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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you called it bud. this struck a chord with a lot of people.

the vocals have a funny backstory. i was still recovering from an awful cold, and i was trying to sing here at the high end of my range. i recorded a large number of takes in hopes of capturing a few usable ones. but my voice was cracking all the time, and it had a really tenuous weak feel... i ended up mixing all the takes and adding a ton of reverb to smooth it over. that 'weak' tonality comes through anyway, and it worked nicely for the sentiments in the lyrics...

thanks
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said 3983 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Nice!
Well done Bill. I agree with Feter re the Western and Asian fusion. Beautiful!

Oh, and I love the pic of Fred and Ethel Mertz! Ha ha...

Be well friend!
SmokeyVW said 3982 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
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funny. i hadn't even considered fusion here - but it is apropos.

that pic, by the way, is of Hugh and his wife.

thanks!


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DWL said 3983 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Poignant Bill
lovely sound, soft and round, longing and slightly sad.

Nice change half way through.

Thanks

Dick


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SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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i had decided a while ago to not overuse half-step up modulation. it works, but it seems a cheat. on a previous song someone asked me about key changes, which i would not have considered using in that song anyway, but the idea stayed in my mind and popped out here while i was arranging this. i ended up using two step ups here!

thanks
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Dj French Toast said 3982 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Indeed
Manities RULE ! This is awesome man . I really dig it alot .
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SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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thank you

that pic is of Hugh Manatee and his wife. :-)
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Vic Holman said 3982 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
I've listened to this a few times now
i have to say this has to be my personal favorite of yours. very deep and complete.
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SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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i'm always honored to hear someone mentioning multiple listens: that's a sign of actual success to me. thanks Vic
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announcer said 3982 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Here is what I especially like about this
the vocal treatment that gives it a surreal feel,
the bass line and its bit of a growl,
the key change,
the melody in the first bridge,
the lyrics,
the whole mix.

this is the best song posted so far this year on MacJams.

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SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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as i described in an earlier reply, the vocal treatment is actually a giant cover up! funny how things work out sometimes

(and, that's quite a list there)

thanks - your comment means a lot

i am entering this tune into a contest - wish me luck!
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dajama said 3982 days ago (January 22nd, 2008)
This is great
A really different, unique sound. The sounds are perfect for the melancholy, thoughtful sentiment of the song, and the production is great - reminds me in a way of Peter Gabriel. Your vocal is excellent - you express the sentiment beautifully. I love the touches of guitar. Very nicely done. Wow, this is impressive! Kudos. Peace.
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SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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listening to this song now, while replying to comments, has made me realize how SAD this song is. i had not thought it through when i made it. i really admire PG's songwriting and production skills - maybe that what you are hearing here. read my previous about the vocals - you'll laugh! i added the guitars here and there to give support to the vocals, and at the end the guitar adds a one octave down harmony on the final choir part.

thanks


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SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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postscript: maybe it's that bass line with the conga drums that is inspired by PG
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michael2 said 3982 days ago (January 22nd, 2008)
great song
you are so full of gems, and you have the technical skills to give them all the treatment they deserve. this is a really strange song, I can't compare it to anything. take that as the huge compliment i meant it to be. great job Smokey.
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SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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"really strange song" - YES! success. although i don't always stay away from more tried-and-true styles, i really prefer to explore new stuff that, as far as i know, no one has ever done before. like that Talking Heads song: "Say something once, why say it again?" my byline on another music site is "experiment before it's too late" - i really do believe that.

thanks for your encouragement.
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lengold said 3981 days ago (January 22nd, 2008)
Just
superb.
Cheers
Len


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SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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thanks for the kind word
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said 3981 days ago (January 22nd, 2008)
lovely
how uniquely good! love your wistful message and its poignant melody. the music seems unlabelable - and works a treat for your lyric. cool climbs in the key - wish i would remember neat tricks like that. ooo - those low manly "oooh"s at the end were slick. bravo, bill - it's beautiful.
anne
SmokeyVW said 3969 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
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i ended up choosing Other for the genre for exactly that reason.

the key shifts are a nice device to ratchet up the urgency in a song - i generally try to avoid overusing that effect, but it really needed to be used here!

LOL - those ooohs are a chanting monk synth from the Voices JamPack.

thank you very much
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lavalamp said 3981 days ago (January 23rd, 2008)
Original
Kind of an Asian feel. This is super because it's so original. And that's what this is about. The right to experiment and have fun.
Bravo!
LL
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SmokeyVW said 3967 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
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you bet! i love experimenting with music. the possibilities are endless.

thanks
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said 3981 days ago (January 23rd, 2008)
I dont know why
This has the quality of a prayer. almost religouse, Bravo excellently executed.
SmokeyVW said 3967 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
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there are some hints at religion, like signs and sons, and love and passion (depending on what meaning you assign to these words). there is also plain humanistic or pagan themes too.

mostly it's a plea. although the first two lines could be taken as a challenge as well.

thanks
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droop said 3981 days ago (January 23rd, 2008)
Well I see
you got off that smiley face, cold medicine, crackhead kick and back to more serious matters. Strong message here stated simply and wrapped in a captivating musical blanket.

Excellent
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SmokeyVW said 3967 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
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yup, this one is much more serious. the trick is to keep it all in balance somehow. wish i knew how...

thanks


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guitapick said 3980 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Needs to be heard...
...straight 10s...

...not "uplifting"...but needs to be heard...high art, Bill...
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SmokeyVW said 3967 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
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i appreciate your enthusiasm. but i also rather doubt this merits 10's.

there was some big discussion recently in the forums on this endless debate on ratings... i've sort of burned out on the topic though.

for a while last year i had disabled voting on all my tunes, but Tobin talked me out of it.

i more so enjoyed being up there on the Fan Picks - i hope it let some people find (and hopefully enjoy) my tune that otherwise they might have missed. but i also know my style is not to everyone's liking. and that is OK.

this being a big election year, i think my impressions on some of the undertow in our national morale might appear in various songs over the next few months. i know i'm not uplifted by the current state of affairs. and i feel i am not alone.

thank you


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sammy said 3980 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
This is so
religious. I agree with ego bandit. It is like a desperate prayer.
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SmokeyVW said 3967 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
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i like to do things in a way that allows the reader to read their own meanings into the words.

thanks
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thetiler said 3979 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Enjoy this kinda oriental feel here
Like the choir effect, and that mixed with the oriental, makes for a nice listen. Like the modulation !

Interesting, great to hear words about losing touch, kinda puts the importants of not shutting out reality that is important to us.

This tunes seems to really gather steam and to quite an emotional listen.
With a nice pop flavor! Almost like. Now towards the end I am hearing an indian feeling in the music.

WAy to go!
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SmokeyVW said 3958 days ago (February 14th, 2008)
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the Voices JamPack has lots of nice vocal synths in it. it has been fun experimenting with those.

maybe it's just me, but it seems like many people are so unhappy with the state of affairs these days that they are shutting it all out. it's scary times we are in nowadays. let's hope it turns around.

i tend to do slow build-up songs - this one is no exception i suppose.

thank you very much
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jiguma said 3979 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
One of ...
... the more original pieces I've seen here Bill.

Lyrics are powerful, thought-provoking, real.

And there's even a keychange ;)

Congratulations,
Neil
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SmokeyVW said 3958 days ago (February 14th, 2008)
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i appreciate your mention of "original" - i like exploring new ideas.

gotcha! there are TWO key changes :-)

thank you sir
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The Fritters said 3979 days ago (January 25th, 2008)
Nice!
Nice!
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SmokeyVW said 3958 days ago (February 14th, 2008)
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thanks!
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pengui said 3978 days ago (January 25th, 2008)
nice and dreamy
I like dreamy stuff like this. Give us more!
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SmokeyVW said 3958 days ago (February 14th, 2008)
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i'll see what i can do...

stay tuned

thanks!
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echoroom said 3978 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
Little prayer
This is wonderful Bill, like a little prayer from a race thats lost their way. Your voice, and the treatments on it, are great - the end section is particularly strong. i love manatees, so the picture really gets me... another species we're casually wiping off the planet.

s
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SmokeyVW said 3958 days ago (February 14th, 2008)
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it is strange times in which we live

sometimes it just gets to me

thanks
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gail60 said 3977 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
awesome
Great job here. You sang and delivered it well! Liked this alot and agree with the message. We have lost touch we so many mportant things. Really enjoyed, thanks for sharing.
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SmokeyVW said 3958 days ago (February 14th, 2008)
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thank you

although it's a disturbing message.
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Char said 3744 days ago (September 16th, 2008)
Thank you, Bill,
I agree with your sentiments here. I enjoyed the Indian sound, the kind of music that I imagine harem dancers would dance to and the vocals were sweet and tremulous even though there were a lot of you. Unique and fascinating piece. Thanks.
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davisamerica said 3665 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
great pick bill
for the Best of 2008 although your entire catalogue just amazes me ... all the best VW
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MarkHolbrook said 3664 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
Wonderful...
this was before my time... I'm sorry I missed it though!
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alackbass said 2965 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
We Lost Touch
Sometimes a person writes a melody so great it just stands all on its own. Bravo Bill!
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jdholliday said 2944 days ago (November 24th, 2010)
wow dude!
powerful! very cool!
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Trillian said 1280 days ago (June 16th, 2015)
As if my heart were not having a rough go of it already,...
It's been a long while, my dear old friend. First impressions: "A Time For Us" ~ song from a long ago movie ~ Romeo & Juliet starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whitting (song was on one of Bobby Vinton's first albums. That song always breaks my heart, from the time I was 16 and my Shakespeare Class went to see it at the Showcase Cinemas. Second thought: "Ripples" by The Greatful Dead. Yes, I know I'm strange. Luv U Big Brother Bill CJ
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