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In the Stone w/Echoroom


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This is a whammy little jammy I had kickin’ around my hardrive for ages, then I dusted it off and asked Echroom to add some of his magic to it. Mostly played instruments, but a GB loop of two you might recognize as well. It started off as just a sketch but somehow made it into the drawing drawer, if you know what I mean. Steve ransacked a few of my life story bits and pieces to shape the lyrics, which are made poetically vague but artfully cool in his inimitable way. Hope you like.
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Lyrics
In The Stone
© 2008
Lyrics: Echoroom
Music: Racerat


I've never told this tale before
The secret stuff we keep inside
Went digging treasure for the Greeks
Rapping Bill Shakespearian rag
I been down, I came up fighting
A Victory 8 ball howling roar
I come round, I'll come round Friday
Schwinn Stringray daredevil for sure

You smell like
Summertime
taste like
Chocolate
I'm David
In the stone
Waiting for
Michaelangelo
Who are you (x4)
Something true
Some voodoo
Who are you

[ Yeah, you sit there on the train with your wet hair eating your little muffin getting’ wired for no reason wet and wild and lost and stupid loveless and lonely and scared to stop moving cuz all those things just might catch up with ya ]

You feel like
sunshine
Melt like
chocolate
You're Venus
In the marble
Waiting for
an artist
Who are you

[ I don’t know it seemed like silence full of answers a smile full of secrets a pocket full of fake friendship biting the hand that pays you a beat that devours and drives your thoughts away ]

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Fans: 38
Plays: 157
Downloads: 142
Votes: 9
Uploaded: Apr 05, 2008 - 07:18:06 PM
Last Updated: May 08, 2010 - 11:05:19 PM Last Played: Dec 10, 2018 - 11:46:22 AM
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Comments
FGarofalo said 3904 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
Groovy baby,
Yeah I dig this one. Great vocals guys. Love the guitars on this.
Well done. The lyrics are really cool. Thanks for sharing.

Frank.
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
F
Thanks Mr. G,
Glad you made it here first, beating Feter to the punch is impossible. I was just listening your song "What If" while I was running yesterday. Man I love that song. Thanks for the listen dude.
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Leon said 3904 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
Darn...
I was gonna come here first and beaten by FG!

I knew this a surefire winner upon seeing who the collaborating artists are. You really make a great team, Steve and Phil. Funky, edgy. modern. You could very well create another genre for this or a composite genre. Rock, funk, retro, alternative, europop.... Steve's vocal texture really sets the tone on all music he sings over, but the masterful instrumental play definitely powers it up several notches even... Thumbs up, guys!

Does the title refer to King Arthur's sword, or your stimulated state of mind when you created this song? ;-)
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
In the Stone
Hey Leon,
The title refers to a sculpture that is not yet emerging from the stone. Michaelangelo has a series of sculptures that are in a hallway leading up to his famous sculpture "David" in Florence. They are called "the Prisoners" as they are unfinished and seem to be trapped, but in the process of emerging, from the stone. That's kind of where the lyrics are coming from I think, but Steve will have to weight in on that to be sure.
P
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echoroom said 3902 days ago (April 7th, 2008)
What it is
I never like trying to explain my lyrics as i dont always understand them myself! Phil wrote his biog for the 'Who are you' thread, and I really wanted to incorporate it into a lyric (the song was originally called 'Who are you', but Phil came up with the inspired title).

So the intro is Phils biog; the song then is about how, when we meet members of the opposite sex, we (or maybe it's just me) give them our best side, and our most exciting life stories, to big ourselves up (and , ultimately, you know, fall in love and /or sleep with them).
So the chorus is about attraction and the thrill of discovering someone new.

The 'in the stone' comes from the idea that inside a block of marble, the form, the sculpture, is just waiting for the artist to release its beauty. So its a metaphor for how we create our own identity, and how we create our ideals of others (initial attraction creates a view of a person, but days/weeks/months later, that shine can wear off... the person hasn't changed, but your ideal of them has).

Does that make ANY sense?

Class dismissed!

steve
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Feter said 3904 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
In the Stone w/Echoroom
Revolover spirits visit again and brougth up with
great great colab ...groovey sounds all around !!
Kudfos my friends ...thnx for sharin !!!!
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Feter
Thanks dude! Slow on the draw one this one. What are ya sleeping? But seriously, thanks the listen my friend.
P
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Vic Holman said 3904 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
who are you
i know who you are. your that kid that was always popping wheelies off the curb with that Schwinn Stingray.

fantastic piece and cleverly laid out. i liked how the bass kept a counter melody going.

always great work Philip & Steve
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Vic
Thanks Vic,
Yup I was that Stringray kid. Livin' on wheelies and fishtails and seein how long I could make a skid trail with my slick tire. Buildin jumps and dreamin of a Orange Krate I saw in the Sears catalog.
P
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five_extra_arms said 3904 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
Banana Seat
and a card in the spokes....

Rock on boys! You two are certainly my first pick for the Dynamic Duo of MacJams. The Wacky Packages, as I know you two so well.

Glad to hear another really well written, well performed song from you. I was beginning to worry that Phil was too serious for this place and that Steve was MIA writing songs from Monte Carlo to Sri Lanka and back.

You guys write perfect songs for kids like us, huh Vic?

Now if I ever catch you boys in my yard again, I'm gonna have to call the authorities!
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
gone but not forgotten
Hey 5,
Yeah, Stevie and I had to take a little break, me due to a new job and Steve due some horrific travel for his work. It's good to be back. Trying to get back in the swing. I have a new one I'll post soon that I did with Stacey I wrote to use as a soundtrack to a video I am doing for work. Stay tuned.

Thanks for not forgetting about us!

P
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ktb said 3904 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
glad
you dusted it off. dig this extremely. this is 'chocolate to' my ears. the guitars are deliciously whammy. Steve continues to blow me away.
Props to you both.
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
karma
Hey K,
Yeah, I know isn't Steve amazing. I just can't get enough of his voice. Very warm and lush. Thanks so much for the kind words, and for poppin' in!
P
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Nick_Flash said 3904 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
yeah
Awesome collab guys! This has a great sound and feel throughout. Love the vocals.
Nick
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Thx
Thanks Nick. Great ta hear from you!~
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magnatone said 3904 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
In the Stone
well, what a terrific collab - I absolutely love this song. Extremely creative, you guys nailed it - thanks!
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Cool
Thanks for the listen. I need to drop by your page and return the favor. Going there now!
P
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echoroom said 3904 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
I guess...
... this is really about impressing girls. i love the 'muffin, wet n wild' section, as it seems to have slightly sapphic overtones.

Who are you?
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
muffin
Sapphic? You have a dirty mind you crazy Brit. I meant muffin-- as in a muffin. LOL!
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Youra said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Mmmm...
Excellent. What more to say ?
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Youra!
Hey man, good to see you! I've been out of commission for while due to the demands of a new job. Good to see ya around. Gotta check out your new stuff.
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lavalamp said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Cool collab
Great vox. And the whole thing just rocks. One of the best I've ever heard on this site.
10's across the board!

Dave
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
10's
Dave, Thanks for the votes. It always surprises me how may people listen, but then don't vote. I've been bombed many a time, but I just can't seem to shy away from the voting system. Always glad to have you come and listen. I've been away too long. It's nice to be back.
P
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said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Smell Like Summertime
Great lines in this rocking gem, David in the stone is a great way to incorporate art into music (something not easy to do), very cool change ups and crystal clear sound, After a long while you guys have come back with a great rock song! Bravo!
racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Art
Thanks TW,
I know. Art analogies always seem to fall a little flat in songs, but I think Steve did an amazing job here with the lyrics---hmmm could it be cuz they're about moi? But seriously, I think they are secreted in a nice vague haze that keeps them interesting and of course Steve's vocals rise as always high above the fray.
P
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davisamerica said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
woa...
u guys have done it again ... excellent ... excellent!
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
D
Davis A,
Just dropped by your page to see what was new. LOVE your revision/ rebirth of "Emma"! I appreciate as usual the patronage and kind thoughts.
P
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said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Nice to..
hear you guys working together! Excellent track!
bud said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Great production boys
I really like the breakdowns with the spoken word - a great counterpoint to the bobbing synthy sound that follows. Excellent guitars, vocals, lyrics. Cool track.
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Kev
I want to take this opportunity to tell you something I have been thinking about:

I have downloaded a lot of your stuff over the months and have recently taken up running. I created a MJ playlist that I listen to when I am out on the road. So I have gotten to spend some dedicated time over the past month to really listen, repetitively to your stuff. All I have to say is your are one of my MJ heroes. Your catalog and range of expression is completely inspiring. Thanks for gracing my page with your presence. I am humbled. Really.

P
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Go_Turtle_Go said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Yeah
the turtle can't stop moving his shelled but. Very good production, creative execution. I can almost hear myself whistle;-)..Top-notch you two!
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racerat said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
zoom zoom
Thanks Mr. Go-T-Go. I appreciate the listen. I will drop by your page soon to return the favor. Looking forward to hearing what you are up to.

Philip
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dajama said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Outstanding stuff
This is great - terrific music and excellent, evocative lyrics. The beat is great - love the drums - and the bass is lovely, with a great sound and nicely minimal, something that I find hard to do! Singing outstanding - no surprise there. You knocked it out of the park again, Steve. Brilliant combination of talents. The sound is completely pro - a lovely mix with a great sheen. Very impressive. NIcely done to both of you. Kudos. Peace.
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jiguma said 3903 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Hmmmm :)
I like everything about this, but the chorus in particular. Musically, lyrically and vocally very difficult to fault - production as good as ever Philip.
Neil
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spitlogic said 3903 days ago (April 7th, 2008)
Liked it
A little spicy jam you've got going there. Hot, HOT track.
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Lenny Zero said 3903 days ago (April 7th, 2008)
Crickets
I can hear crickets on this one.
Lenny likes crickets... reminds him of summers in Nevada... airless plains.

The musical arrangement and production on this is truely pro. The vocal is truely Bowie.

Nice song.
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Ed Hannifin said 3902 days ago (April 7th, 2008)
You two...
...continue to be one of the best combined talents I've heard on MacJams... Either of you can do things great on your own, but something really cool happens when you get together...

I love the lyrics, love the singing, love the playing...

And I remember those 'Prisoners' sculptures... one of the very few times I've been out of the country...

This is great...

Ed
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gail60 said 3902 days ago (April 7th, 2008)
great tune!!
I have not had the pleasure of listening to your music and I see that I have missed out!! I really enjoyed this song. Catchy lyrics, great vocals, and instrumentation. All performed so well really makes it a sure hit. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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J.A.Stewart said 3902 days ago (April 7th, 2008)
Sculptured Super Egos
I dig the feel, the sound and the concept revealed In the Stone.

Of course if we all wait around for Michaelangelo, we'll remain blockheads. Hmm... maybe that explains a lot of things in this world. lol

At any rate, while not my typical musical fare, I like this work a lot for its persistent musicality amidst chaos and its insightful lyric.

Great collaboration, guys! ;)


--- Joe
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said 3902 days ago (April 7th, 2008)
Pretty Groovy, alright
Great sound! Breezy, beautiful mix. Even those dark bits have enough room to not feel overbearing. Steve's vox are big....

One small criticism: that phone setting on the 'talk-y' vocal is perfect, but it sounds a little gimmicky on the bass at the beginning IMO.

Keep track of your keywords, too; they might prove to be an unbeatable source of song titles some rainy day. But, I think I'm going to steal "Chocolate Venus Voodoo Muffin" right now. Good God!!
Mcboy said 3902 days ago (April 7th, 2008)
most excellent
most..........
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lengold said 3902 days ago (April 8th, 2008)
The sound
just grabs from the first beat. Impeccable production.
Just wonderful lyrics, music and performance from you both. No surprise there then. Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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futzpucker said 3901 days ago (April 9th, 2008)
We're all in the stone
Such a great, creative song, so well delivered. I find this sound and intensity quite odd in the best way possible. It challenges me to go farther outside my own writing comfort zone, to allow my songs out of their stone. This is the equivalent of being inspiring, which I think is the best possible compliment.

Great work, great collab.
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thetiler said 3900 days ago (April 9th, 2008)
This has a David Bowie feel to it
but of course cool original percussive style and the lists goes on.

Nice singing, with lots of fun vocal work indeed.

Way To Go
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The Infinites said 3900 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
A gem!
It's great to see a sketch develop to something as well rounded as this song. Great production. Vox up to the usual high standard, bass is particularly outstanding.

I like the talky parts, the phone sound is really well worked. I thought the song was much shorter than 3.26; doesn't seem that length (must have enjoyed it so much!).

This is what it's all about boys! Collab, collab, collab....

DLd (and why wouldn't you?!)

Jim
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craft said 3899 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
another pearl
Great guitars on a groovy song.. Steves vocals are superb.. Great collab..
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Fourth Window said 3898 days ago (April 11th, 2008)
man you guys rock when
working together and on your own.
where ever this idea came from most have been some real dark seedy place were people go for a real good time. any way I hope that make some sense. real good vocals very dam cool intro and the bass rocks well the whole song rocks ty for making my day with song
have a good one
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Macaudion said 3897 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
Bitter sweetness
I hope that you'll hear this as a compliment when i say that I'm sitting here listening while thinking, if I had a r'dio station, I'd be playn' the fread outta dis one. Not a "top ten'r" station; I'm talkn' the kind of station where folks are tuned in to hear that something which moves parts of ya that ya didn't know, just how badly they needed to be stirred...

Fresh as all get out!

Everything just sounds and feels right!

Steve, this is my top choice of your vocal work. Great writing too!

Phillip, this is an outstanding piece of work. Quite impressive. Excellent job of composing/arranging and mixing.

Ya guys done good!!! Thanks for churning it out...

D
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said 3884 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Great!
This is great piece my friend. As always great vocal delivery from Steve and your amazing guitar work. Great job both did... Excellento!!

Take Care
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kassia said 3866 days ago (May 13th, 2008)
cool
Really cool song guys. I love the lyrics and the vocals. Great beats. Overall a great mix. thanks!
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NickFury said 3485 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Downloaded baby!
As usual, you gus have a gem here. This is one of my Favs! Great lyrics by Steve, and Phil's arrangement is top notch. The two of you are very talented fellows! gonna put it on my ipod!
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DonStevens said 3196 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
In the Stone
This grabbed me right from its start. Cool rhythms and vocals.
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alackbass said 2433 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
In the Stone w/Echoroom
Steve's vocals are always a treat! Great song! Love the McCartney flavored bass lines. Downloaded!
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