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I recorded this song in 2006 when I started doing home recording alone. I didn't really know what I was doing then. I had tried to go back and fix this a few times, but the file would always crap out. Yesterday, I had the afternoon to myself and thought I'd tried to take another stab at this...and it WORKED. I used a karaoke mic from my old VCR to record this. I had such crap equipment then lol. And I have learned so much since then.

Anyway, today is my 3rd MJ anniversary, so I thought it would be appropriate to post one of my lost tracks that I had from then. Although I never posted it.

I'd also like to thanks everyone for their continued support. When I first joined I thought I was just a song writer, but for some reason, you enjoyed my singing and I'm glad it doesn't damage your ears.

LL
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Lyrics
The First Time

Around this time
I don’t know what I saw
A funny kind of thing

Looking up
I don’t believe what I saw
Letters dance around

I couldn’t think straight
I couldn’t feel all right
I was afraid to make a sound

It was the first time
It was the last time
It was the first time
It was the last time
For me

Spoken words
Don’t make any sense
A confusing thing to me

Illusions warn
Of a terrible dream
An alarming thing to see

I may never come back
And get back on track
What it all is meant to be
It was the first time
It was the last time
It was the first time
It was the last time
For me

A man with a coat, circle ‘round his eyes
A woman sees the light and turns to say good-bye
To the child of her mother as she walks across the road
Forget about last night and the stories that were told
I can see, I can see

Look at me and the way it used to be
A beggar with a cardboard bow underneath his knees
Did you see him, see him walking next to me?
Did you see him drowning, drowning in the sea?
I can see, I can see

It’s not my shadow it just another face
And he’s taken all my possessions and put them in a safe
See him, see him…

Words and music by David Armbruster
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Hits: 3041
Comments: 45
Fans: 19
Plays: 297
Downloads: 83

Uploaded: Mar 13, 2010 - 06:13:43 AM
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2010 - 01:06:00 PM Last Played: Feb 17, 2019 - 04:05:46 PM
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Skean said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Nice
Nice song with great vocals...Enjoyed.
And a happy 3rd MJ anniversary... Cheers
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lavalamp said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Thanks K
Glad you were firsties. Nice

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DarkPlanet said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Happy Anniversary!
Wonderful addition to your ouevre, good steady pace with a cool groove, great great singing at the end!

Love the song, glad you are here with us!
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lavalamp said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Thanks T
Glad you're here, too. No matter what name you go by...

Thanks

LL
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fasteddie said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Hell yeah!!!!!!!
I really love the music I hear at MJ; I really appreciate the hard work and effort that people put into their songs. But, there are only a handful of songs that I really want to D/L and listen to when I'm driving. This is one of them.
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fasteddie said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
I
thought about my post. That sounded denegrating. There is actually more than just a handful of songs that I would D/L to listen to often. Sorry about that.

Good one though
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lavalamp said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Thanks M
Your comment means a lot to me. Appreciate it very much. It's not denigrating to others, it's cool- no worries.

LL
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Lennon714 said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Karaoke Mics from the VCR
That just sounds awesome. Love the driving left hand piano work. That bridge/outro sounds like it could have come off a Lennon album from the early 70's - both musically and vocally. Which is a very serious compliment. 3 Years? Congrats!
lavalamp said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Thanks E
Wow man, early 70's Lennon. The best compliment to me. Appreciate it.

We really have to collab one day

LL
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magnatone said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Hi Dave
Happy MJ birthday! great revival of a terrific song - much enjoyed - thank you!
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lavalamp said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Ah thanks K
You're the best :)

LL
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sschedra said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Dave
So glad you put this one out. I think the production is really clean. I would never know that this was recorded with jury rigged equipment. I can hear all the instruments clearly. Was this done with all real instruments? How do you usually do your drums, by the way? I need to learn from others about the drum tracks. Mine are always just loops or MIDI. Sometimes I used samples from Ryan Gruss.
Stephen
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lavalamp said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Thanks S
All my instruments are real. Once in a very, very blue moon I'll use a music loop in a intro or something like that. Drums are loops, but I play with them to sound more "real". That's actually one of my more challenging tasks believe it or not. Sometimes I have to "play" the drums on the computer. I can actually play a bit, but 1. I don't have access to a kit, 2. It sounds fine the way I do it anyway.

I have never set up mics for drums anyway. Back in the day I learned this was a bitch to do. Thanks God for loops lol

LL
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-A- said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
cascading
really dig the cascading chord progression on this, Dave.

Good one.

. - Harold
lavalamp said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Thanks -A-
Glad you dug it.

LL
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bud said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Happy Jamiversary -
So nice that you got this track to work - it's great. I really like the way you use the piano here. BTW - you have a great voice - solid rock auteur personality. Ray Davies and Steve Harley come to mind - and Iggy at times too.
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lavalamp said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Thanks B
Thanks for the compliment regarding the vox.

LL
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guygrooves said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Very Cool Track!!
Happy anniversary David.
Peace
Guy
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lavalamp said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Thanks GG
Thanks a lot.

LL
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Demeter7 said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Yeah,
I have no idea why we like what you do, David. A really nice song with some thought provoking lyrics. Enjoyed it. :)
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lavalamp said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Thanks D
What do you mean you don't know why you like me?

Thanks

LL
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MarkHolbrook said 3264 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Excellent cool
tune Dave! Love the instrumentals in this! Outstanding.
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lavalamp said 3263 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Thanks M
Always glad to see ya.

LL
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Vic Holman said 3263 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
a magic afternoon
Dave, awesome tune! a good thing that you didn't give up on this.

this tune rocks my boat.
happy third year
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lavalamp said 3263 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Thanks V
Still sitting on our tune. Will post it soon.

Thanks

LL
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Moviz said 3263 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Always
liked your voice and it's sounding great here.... excellent accompaniment too. Happy 3rd Anniversary Dave, regards M
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lavalamp said 3263 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Thanks M
Really appreciate the comments.

LL
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egobandit said 3263 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Love the pic
The song is like the pic in many ways its like a floating rocket ship a couple of light years from know where and you decide to take the tab of lsd excellent song the piano is outstanding Im glad you posted this and BTW happy 3 years
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lavalamp said 3263 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Thanks T
Thanks Tim. I do not condone the use of tea in anyway.

LL
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spitlogic said 3263 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
haha
Your singing isn't bad at all. I really enjoyed the music. Thanks.
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lavalamp said 3262 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Thanks M
Glad you liked it. Thanks

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kipak said 3262 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Hmm
Comments dont seem to be working right now.
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lavalamp said 3262 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Thanks K
Comment did work. And thanks for listening.

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Mcboy said 3262 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
well
we njoy the singing because u keep the stones alive!!! ;0)
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lavalamp said 3261 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Thanks McB
Mick doesn't live here. But, thanks.

Will be kept alive

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Hickling_Stan said 3262 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Like this
Not sure what it reminds me of but its something I like!! So your in 3 years. I'm only on 4 months but really enjoying all the great music. Cheers. Mark
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lavalamp said 3261 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Thanks M
Cool that you like it. Thanks
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Calchas said 3262 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Happy Third jammiversary Dave!
Good choice of tuneage to celebrate the occasion. I don't remember the original, so can't do a comparison; but I DO dig this one!

Be well friend!
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lavalamp said 3261 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Thanks M, but never posted
No need. I never posted this until now. Never released. Bonus feature.

LL
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segiperkasa said 3260 days ago (March 16th, 2010)
that is cool
cool song... lovely music arrangement ....love the drum work...
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lavalamp said 3259 days ago (March 18th, 2010)
Thanks S
Right on. Thanks for coming by.

LL
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michaelkoppenheffer said 3259 days ago (March 18th, 2010)
Vocals
This track is perfect evidence that fancy mics and equipment aren't necessary to make really good recordings: this sounds terrific, and really "big," even through my lousy little laptop speakers!
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ktb said 3258 days ago (March 18th, 2010)
1st time
David, happy Mj anniversary! Your vocal sounds great. Hard to believe it was just a mic from a vcr set up. Glad you stuck it out in the multiple mix attempt dept...it was totally worth it. The break (b part) is my favorite section. You sing with such abandon.
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lengold said 3257 days ago (March 20th, 2010)
This is
wonderful song writing Dave - very pleased you managed to rescue it. Definitely worth it. Love you performance too.
Cheers
Len

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Mike_Lynn said 2798 days ago (June 22nd, 2011)
Another good track
I like this one also David. Great effort indeed. Cheers / Mike
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