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Spirits (remix)


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mike_d

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This is a remix I've been wanting to do using Vol. 10 DoD drums. I made a few other subtle changes to the mix- including using my POD's guitar amp effects on the Eastern Oud loops.

Allen Dean- Lyrics/VOX, bass & first solo
Chris Cihon- Second solo

Again a HUGE thanks to Allen and Chris for their time & talent with this track!
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Lyrics
Spreading my wings to the sky as I taste forever
Rising from mother earth, wind in my eyes

Eternity is just a touch from here
Eternity in the clouds in my mind

Smoke from the fires are burning my skin as I fly
Tasting the atmosphere on my wings and my soul

Spirits of my fathers inside me
Spirits of the eagle of the people
Spirits of the sky

Moving across the desert, my heart in my hands
The wolf and coyote chanting to me carry on
Eternity
Eternity

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Uploaded: Mar 14, 2009 - 06:20:40 PM
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2009 - 09:45:40 AM Last Played: Nov 12, 2018 - 05:13:23 PM
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Skean said 3564 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Ah YEEESSSS
I remember this one, great remix and nice to see it back here.
Thanks for sharing, downloaded…Cheers
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mike_d said 3561 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks Kenta!
I've not had time to work on any new tracks due to projects at work. I was able to do most of this remix while I was traveling so it worked out for me. It's one of my most favorite collab's and I still have a hard time believing that I got lucky enough to have Allen and Chris help me on this one. It was a pretty boring track without their contributions :)
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Feter said 3564 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Spirits
Man ...what a collab ...Allen and Chris ??? wow ...this is a great rockin
track indeed ..Rock on ...!!!!
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mike_d said 3561 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks Feter!
I feel very lucky to have those guys helping me here. Glad you enjoyed this!
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Vic Holman said 3564 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
the return
great to hear this one again Mike.

cool tune from 3 heavy metal gods
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mike_d said 3561 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
I hope...
the return sounds a bit better than the original :P

I worked quite a bit harder on this mix and am still concerned about some of the levels, but it's the best I currently know how to do. Thanks for the comment Vic! Hopefully I'll get some time to work on new tracks this summer.
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Reggie_Pole said 3564 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Untouchable...
Holy christ. A complete knockout. My compliments.
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mike_d said 3561 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
:)
When Allen had sent me his vocal tracks I made nearly the same comments, hehe! Those guys really made this track what it is. Thanks for taking the time to listen & comment- it's very much appreciated! I'll be checking out your tracks very soon!
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chronologic said 3564 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Well done
Powerful heavy hitter. I especially like the "cultural elements" if I can call it that. MacJams is killing me today, tons of great work. Bringin' it. Keep it up.
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mike_d said 3561 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks!
The cultural elements (I call it that too, hehe) of the Eastern Oud is what drew me in to assembling the original track. I've always liked that sort of element mixed into a rock tune. Glad you enjoyed this! I'll be checking out your tracks soon- thanks for the comment!
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sheilad said 3563 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
downloaded
even before listening... you can never go wrong with Allen and Chris added! Straight to Ipod Thanks
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mike_d said 3561 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
I agree!
Allen and Chris are very talented musicians and are also super guys to collab with! I feel very fortunate to have them helping me on this track. Thanks for leaving a comment and glad you enjoyed this one!
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ktb said 3563 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
frighteningly
huge track. Just a great edgy rhythm with spectacular vocals. The guitars were as furious and as cutting as I've heard here. Many props to all, a stellar collab.

Mike you hide your piercings well buddy :-)
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mike_d said 3561 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Well....
....piercings never came up in conversation, lol! Thanks for such wonderful comments- Allen and Chris deserve most of the credit for making this track what it is. (without their tracks it was kinda boring)

Thanks again for taking the time to check this one out!
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Nick_Flash said 3557 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
gotta
love those DOD's. I dig the intensity on this. We need more of this style on MacJams!
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mike_d said 3553 days ago (March 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
I gotta hand it to the folks who put those DoD disks together- they're so easy to use. Glad you liked our collab! I hope I can get Allen and Chris to help me out on future tunes. Thanks for listening & commenting!
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yrp said 3549 days ago (March 30th, 2009)
!!!
Loved it!
Hard and heavy.the kind of music we don´t hear much often.

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mike_d said 3547 days ago (March 31st, 2009)
Cool!
Glad you liked this one. Thanks for checking it out!
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tokai said 3548 days ago (March 30th, 2009)
This is top
Excellent guitar work and lyrics. What a great collab, you got all the pros.
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mike_d said 3547 days ago (March 31st, 2009)
Can't go wrong...
...with Allen and Chris :-)

I know I sound like a broken record, but they are fantastic musicians. After listening to this hundreds of times while remixing, Allen's vocal performance still gives me the chills- that dude can sing! Thanks for listening/commenting- glad you liked it!
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ChristopherCihon said 3547 days ago (March 31st, 2009)
Nice Mix!
Overall the sound is much clearer in this version. The loops now have more of a mid presence to them. Nice touch in my opinion. Sorry it took so long for me to comment, I've been really busy.

I KNOW! lol I'll have some new stuff for you soon. It's just been a hectic time as of lately. I'll e-mail something soon.

It's good to see you back.

TTYS
Chris
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mike_d said 3547 days ago (March 31st, 2009)
Hey Chris
No problem man! Glad you had a chance to check it out. I don't know if I ever could have tweaked the amp settings in Logic to sound as good as the sound the POD gave those loops. I still would have liked to have the bass track louder (except the intro and middle) but I just couldn't make it happen. (maybe in my next life, lol!) I did think this mix was better than the original I did, but I still have much to learn.

Nice to hear it sounds good to you. Take your time with the other projects. I'm going to be quite the road warrior for the next few months, so there goes my free time :(
(I guess I shouldn't complain with the way the economy currently is)
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Trillian said 3544 days ago (April 3rd, 2009)
Well, it's about time!!!
This rocks big time! : ) I hope it is still in the running for that TV show theme song - and if they passed on it, then they are idiots. Everyone missed you while you were gone - me too. So glad you're back. : )
mike_d said 3544 days ago (April 4th, 2009)
Hi!
Really good to hear from you! I haven't heard a word from the show producer, so I'm sure they passed on this. I'm still tied up with work quite a bit and can't be here as much as I'd like. Once the patent is finalized I may actually share why I left so suddenly (not sure folks would care though, haha) It is good to be back and I don't plan on leaving anytime soon :P Thanks for the comment, glad you like this version!
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echoroom said 3535 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Whos' in charge? You are!
Guys this is STUNNING. The remix is fantastic, and pumps up an already classic rock song! I'm otherwise speechless!
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mike_d said 3535 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Thanks!
I'm glad to hear the mix sounds OK to you. I spent quite a bit of time trying to get it right and still feel like a complete n00b when it comes to mastering. Glad to see you back around MJ's too! Thanks for taking the time to listen & comment :)
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Char said 3528 days ago (April 19th, 2009)
Oh yeah..
you brought it. That's a heck of a trio of talent! Guitar to die for. That is some singing. ( Could we see the lyrics, they sound too good to hide?) Thanks.
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mike_d said 3528 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Thanks Char!
I can't believe I forgot to post the lyrics. Luckily I kept them and now they are posted :) (took me a while to remember where I put them, though)

I'm glad you enjoyed hearing this, and thanks again for mentioning the (missing) lyrics.
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Char said 3489 days ago (May 28th, 2009)
Thank you.
I don't always hear correctly. What a killer note. Alan can wail. Spirited, prime evil guitar playing. were you guys floating on waves of sound? Love this. Thanks.
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said 3520 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
HTF
did I miss this? PAY ATTENTION, Harold!

Nicer even,

. - Harold
mike_d said 3520 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
Well...
I'm not a very good salesperson, LOL ! Seriously though, I know how crazy your schedule can get- mine is quite overwhelming this year :(

It's always nice to hear from you and I really appreciate you stopping by. Thanks for taking this remix for a spin. Good to know it sounds ok to you.
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shavingronaldscar said 3511 days ago (May 6th, 2009)
AWW, HELL YEEE!
Bangin track, man, gettin up and bangin' faces with a tire iron here... Sick midrange guitar growls happening
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KDB91 said 3511 days ago (May 6th, 2009)
wow!
great work!
really great powerful song!
I really like it!
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Daugrin said 3499 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Spirited Remix
Huge, sprawling and open the sound of the mix is outstanding, thos drums are perfect! The vocal track is well placed, and that guy is wailing...Nice guitar playing, technical virtuosity and soul, which is rare and well pulled off here. The chops are in place and the overall production is the goal. My hat is off!

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MarkHolbrook said 3490 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
Really clean!
This is! I'm not much into metal but this has lots going on and I enjoyed it!
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AllenDean said 3461 days ago (June 26th, 2009)
thank you
while the first mix was plenty for me, you have taken it to a different place with this one. when you asked me if i wanted to do something with this, i was at a loss. i envisioned what i wanted to do with the bass elements, and i kind of muddled through the first solo, but vocals?
i had no idea.
at the time, i was working on a Montgomery California tune called I Am Monster, as well as remixing Pharoah. between the Frankenstein content of Monster and the Egypt theme of Pharoah, i got the idea of a spirit walk.
what would it be like to loose the bonds of our flesh and travel the open desert with our spirit guide?
to many desert peoples, the spirits surround them, aid them, guide them, and in some cases, torment them. all these things went through my mind as i put pen to paper ( or, more specifically, fingers to keyboard...) and just wrote. after about 4-5 rough drafts, i got what i wanted to sing, and then layed down a rough track.
i will do one or two roughs, do a quick mix, then listen to it for a couple of days, to see if i want to change anything.
i try not to get all into writing vocal melodies and all that. i believe in a more organic, and live collaboration with the music, and as a guitarist, i am afraid any vocal melodies i write will end up sounding like guitar tracks anyway...heh.
so, after tweaking it a little bit, i just layed it down, one take, about 10 minutes warm up. the song was so powerful, i was stoked, and did not need much encouragement vocally. the key is perfect for my range, and i havce to admit getting a little egotistic with that 17 second high note....
i can get into a song, and just hit notes, seeing how long i can hold them... it is a singer thing, i guess.
the toughest part for this song was the first line. starting it on time took about 4 takes. after that, the rest was pure self indulgence.
i found the backing vocals a little harder than usual, cause the key changes were a little unorthodox, but in the end, i think i did them in 2-3 takes.
i really had fun with this song. after i was done recording, and as always after i sing a track, i let my wife take an ear. she thought it waas one of mine. she loved it. she gave me a little ribbing about the long note, calling me a show-off...
to which i usualy reply, "who me??"
thank you Mike, for inviting me to play along, and thank you double for the great remix.
sorry it took me a while to post a reply, but with school, who has time anymore?
much love and respect,
Allen Dean.....heavy metal hack!
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mike_d said 3458 days ago (June 28th, 2009)
Allen-
Thanks for posting this! It's great to have these kind of details here and I really appreciate your time to write them. This is my all-time favorite collab. and you guys made it all happen. People that I've played for always ask who's the dude singing- "He's friggin' great!"

This track poses a double-edge sword for me, hehe! It's set a bar that I can not reach with newer tracks I've worked on. Everything I do gets compared to this track, lol!

I can't thank you enough for taking this track to a level I never would have considered it to be!
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fasteddie said 3258 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Off the Charts!
The baddest song I've heard in a long time. Man there is some serious talent here! Heavy and hard hitting. Everything is way off the charts.
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mike_d said 3257 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Hey Mike
Thanks man! It wasn't until Allen sent me his VOX did I realize what a cool song this was going to be. Both Allen & Chris are excellent guys to collab with ( if they aren't too busy). Thanks for listening!!
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smokey bacon jnr said 3257 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
whoa!
This absolutely rocks like a motherf*@$er!
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mike_d said 3257 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Thanks!
That's what I said as I got the trax from Chris and Allen, lol!! Thanks for listinening and commenting!
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mike_d said 3257 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Er.....
"listening". (damn iPhone keyboard)
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crissew said 3224 days ago (February 17th, 2010)
WOW
This is quite a production. Amazingly done. So glad I made that forum post. Hard rocking tune, great song great singing.... just great man! Love that guitar tone.
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crissew said 3224 days ago (February 17th, 2010)
Did I say this was great?
Oh yeah, I did. Man this track rocks like a mo fo!
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mike_d said 3220 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Thanks Charles!
Allen's vocals are certainly awesome! Without Allen and Chris this would be a pretty boring track. Thanks again for the wonderful/supportive comments!
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dave_b said 3224 days ago (February 17th, 2010)
Spirits
Love that picked part on the intro. Is that the Eastern Oud? This track is killer, awesome vocs, solos, lyrics. Form a band and get famous already!
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mike_d said 3220 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Correct!
I sliced up the Eastern Oud loops while flying to/from New Orleans. Allen heard what I'd put together and took it from there. Then we asked Chris to do the second lead and this is the result. Both Allen and Chris are very talented for sure! Thanks for the listen/comment!
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crissew said 3064 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Damn
Every time I hear this song it just rocks my fucking face off! unquestionably one of the best rock songs I have heard in a long time, not just on MJ. GREAT work here! If i could rate it I would give it 10s across the board!
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KCsGROOVE said 2973 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
great guitarwork!
Crissew pointed me out here!
Really cool guitarwork!
Dig it!
KC
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finkeldink said 1354 days ago (April 2nd, 2015)
Had to check this out again
Freaking awesome!
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