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This is another song from my Lord of the Rings album 'To The Elven Shore', the first track, actually, which refers fairly obviously (for those who have read the book) to the first chapter of the same name.

Despite its close allusions to Bilbo Baggin's birthday bash, i hope that there is something rather more universal about the effect on someone's character of living alone and meeting all sorts of strange people after dark!

For those mystified by the title, i can reveal that it refers to the age of 111 years, a landmark reached more often among hobbits than humans!
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1. Eleventy-One

He’s mad, I always said so,
He’s crazy as a loon,
He’s been too long with people,
That walk by star and moon,

He’s mad, I always said so,
The way he disappeared!
A bang, a flash, ringing crash,
It’s nothing short of weird,

He’s mad, I always said so,
Though rich, it must be said,
A fortune made in foreign parts,
It all went to his head,

He’s mad, I always said so,
Though he made Eleventy-One,
We just came to drink his health,
So why did he cut and run?

He’s mad, I always said so,
But at least the food’s still here,
There’s room enough for something more,
Washed down with a drop of beer!

He’s mad, I always said so,
As crazy as a loon,
That’s what comes of meeting elves,
Under the stars and moon.
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ted23 said 2688 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
is the expected lifespan of a hobbit anyway?
I felt 111 years old after watching the trilogy in one sitting...
Very nice tune. I really like the guitar but wish it was a little louder in the mix. Really dig the guitar with the effect added to.
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mrattue said 2688 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Old Took
Hi Ted,

Thanks for stopping by!

The Old Took was 130 when he died, which was deemed a very long span, if i remember rightly, and Bilbo passed this impressive total by some margin (with some help from a magic ring). Does that answer your question? :-)

Glad you enjoyed the party!

Thanks for the technical points. A bit of a new boy as far as all that is concerned so its very much appreciated.


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drakonis said 2687 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Gorgeous tune
Love the bouncy melody line, sweet singing, and nice guitar accompaniment ideas. I admit though that since I like this so much, I would like to suggest some tweaks to the mix? The rhythm guitars probably shouldn't be panned so far to the left and right, especially the one on the right stood out as being quite muffled sounding, at least in my headphones. I would move them closer to center (but not IN the center, you have the right idea.) The countermelody electric backward (or slow-attack) guitar is fun, but I'd actually drop it down a teeny bit in the mix and maybe add a slight bit of room reverb to it.) Those are very minor suggestions, since this is wonderful already.
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mrattue said 2687 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Hi Drakonis
Thanks for listening and the suggestions for a tweak or two.

The more i listen to other people on this site, the more i am impressed with the way that they mix the sounds so well. i think the idea of not panning the accompaniment right round each side could be applied to most of my songs and i will be experimenting with moving the instruments a little further towards the middle. i have gotten into the habit of a sort of 'aircraft' feeling, if you like, with an engine on each side and the vocals running down the centre along the line of flight. Does not suit every song, and a more 'listening to a band on stage' atmosphere may well work much better on a lot of occasions.

Thank you for listening, and thank you for your advice. i am still very much a beginner in terms of songwriting and your help and encouragement is really appreciated.

Glad you liked the song.

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Symphony101 said 2687 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Great tune
Nice choice of sounds, cool style.
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mrattue said 2687 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Glad you liked it
Thanks for holding out the possibility of a future collaboration in your comments elsewhere, though i really don't think i could offer very much apart from making everyone else feel talented!


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michaeljayklein said 2687 days ago (November 14th, 2010)
Stylishly whimsical
this was SO good! Thanks for doing it up so well!
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mrattue said 2686 days ago (November 14th, 2010)
Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

Whimsical is my middle name, i think!

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RosaLinda said 2685 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
I really like aucustic!:)
Nice listen over here! I have never read or watched Lord of the ring I am afraid but I enjoyed!:)
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mrattue said 2684 days ago (November 16th, 2010)
Thank you!
Glad that you liked the song, even without knowing the context. There are enough pleasantly mad people around here to get the gist of it without reading the book!

If you ever find yourself in need of something to read and you have a spare six months, you could try it. Especially coming from such an evocative country. The roots of the Lord of the Rings are in Scandinavia.


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Char said 2633 days ago (January 6th, 2011)
I'm crazy as a loon and
can't claim any reason. Neat and enjoyable little jaunt. Thanks.
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mrattue said 2632 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
You've got to be a bit that way to be on MacJams!

Glad you're here.

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