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A Friday afternoon quickie.

This one started with the line "Take my last drink tonight/And my first one for tomorrow" and kinda grew from there. I'd originally thought I wanted to do something dark and moody, but ended up going in just the opposite direction, much to my surprise.

It's a much simpler song than most of my stuff of late: drums, bass, two guitar parts and one vocal part. One take on the vocals, very little mastering work, just a little tweaking in Logic.

The photo above was taken pretty damn near dawn earlier this year on the balcony of a Bourbon Street establishment, the name of which I won't mention. And, yes, that was a very tasty Irish red ale, the name of which I can't remember, in my hand.

I always enjoy going to New Orleans, especially when I have a day or two just to wander around the French Quarter. There's always something new and interesting to see, great food to eat and lots and lots of interesting things to drink. Plus, interesting things always happen to me when I go. Again, not the kind of things I'm going to mention here. ;)

This is dedicated to Mikki Nylund. Sorry I won't be able to join you on Bourbon Street this year, my friend, but I hope you have a blast.
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Bourbon Street Dawn
©2009 Joseph Gurner

Take my last drink tonight
and my first drink of tomorrow
And watch the crowds wander by
Taking secrets into the night

Soak in the history
and revel in the moment
Hide away in dark side streets
Where the ghosts all come to meet

The hotel room will have to wait
It’s way too early to be this late
My wonderlust pushes me on
Right through the Bourdon Street dawn

Most cities hide their secret life
And the sidewalks never know you
But somewhere in this atmosphere
Is the whisper that we all hear.

Sit beneath a neon light
and drink in that Southern wine
Your head spins, your soul burns
a voice calls til you return

The hotel room will have to wait
It’s way too early to be this late
My wonderlust pushes me on
Right through the Bourdon Street dawn

Take my last drink tonight
and my first drink of tomorrow
And even when I’m far away
I walking thought that Bourbon Street Dawn
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Uploaded: Nov 13, 2009 - 05:20:30 PM
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iMac, Les Paul, Peavey Foundation bass, MXL 990 mic, M-Audio Mobile pre-amp.
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Feter said 3416 days ago (November 13th, 2009)
Bourbon Street Dawn
This is so nice my friend I loved your vocal here
the sound bed all so cool ...a very light hearted
friendly song with superb lyrics ..good
dedication song ... kudos ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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jgurner said 3415 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Thanks Feter!
Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for taking a listen.
Vic Holman said 3416 days ago (November 13th, 2009)
a quick one for the road
the song is straight ahead and works very well on its on merit. sometimes thats all it needs. case in point here.
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jgurner said 3415 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Nothing like a quickie!
I get so bogged down in layer upon layer that I forget quick and simple can be fun. Thanks for taking a listen!
jiguma said 3416 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Oh go on!
- just one little story :)

I don't think I've heard such a straight-forward post from you before Joe. Where are the multi-layered vocals? The wall of guitars?
You pull it off well - works for me.
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jgurner said 3415 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
What happens on Bourbon Street stays on Bourbon Street
I find a little debauchery now and then is good for the soul. :)

I honestly don't know if I've ever done one with this little instrumentation and vocals before. I usually take trying to overpower my computer's processor as a challenge. But this was fun. I may have to do it again.

Thanks always for listening, Neil!
MarkHolbrook said 3416 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
I always
love your posts... Always so much to look forward to! The vocals caught me totally off guard... The were a pleasant surprise!

This is cool!
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jgurner said 3415 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Much appreciated!
Glad you enjoyed it. Very much appreciate you taking the time to listen.
mikkinylund said 3415 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Nice 80's feel to the song, awesome bass (I love it when the bass stands out as the leading instrument). The guitar and synths are also very nicely performed, and give the song it's needed "big picture". I knew I was going to like the song as soon as I heard the first few bass lines. It's also to hear the tom-tom's again! The vocals are subtle performed and fit well with the song and its lyrics, the only suggestion with song is a little bit more vocals on the refrain, building up to "Bourbon Street Dawn", and it could even continue on "Dawn" a little bit longer, just a suggestion!

Dedicated to me, wow, I don't know what to say! Well, I guess I have to figure out a way to be Wild at Heart on my own this time. :)
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jgurner said 3415 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
I have no doubt...
...that you'll be able to find plenty to get into down in the Quarter. And hopefully you'll come back with plenty of inspiration.

It's funny, long, long ago, I used to write songs using my bass because that's what I had. Over the years, I finally got a guitar and learned to play so I moved away from it and usually the bass part came last. It's fun to go back to the "basics" so to speak. I always love putting the bass out front when I can,

I may go back one day and rework some of this, especially the vocals like you suggest. I'd thought about doing a bit more there, but I was a bit "under the influence" when I recorded, so I basically stopped where I was.

sschedra said 3415 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Brings back the feeling of that buzz you feel when you are really late into the morning and you're starting to realize that most of the night is behind.
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lengold said 3411 days ago (November 18th, 2009)
Quite a while
since I had a Friday afternoon quickie, memories...
Really lovely song and lyric and a pleasure to listen to.

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bud said 3393 days ago (December 6th, 2009)
There's nothing like a direct hit like this
the immediacy and sense of purpose comes through and makes this a great rock confection. The lyrics are really good and your delivery and production are perfect. That starting line is a classic.
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crissew said 3368 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
found this from the forum post. Really like the overall vibe you have going here. I think the song would be even stronger if you doubled your vocal throughout. Maybe even tripled. Very good as is though. Like the guitar/bass riff, memorable.
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