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Up In the Sky


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ledebutant

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After featuring murder and extramarital affairs in my last two songs, I just wanted to write something silly, where I could try out a few things, like using electric guitar and having a chorus that contrasts strongly with the verse. I also listened to way too much Howard Jones as a teen, which the chorus sets out to prove.

I also put a little something special in there for Mungo.

Since the chorus and verse contrast so much, I had a lot of trouble with volume levels and know I need to work on that. I'd appreciate feedback on the spots where people feel the levels are a problem. I also just got GB 2 and probably went a little too crazy with the key changes (but it was fun, anyway).

As usual, I had hiss trouble because of my mic set-up. A pre-amp is in my future, I swear. If not, I'm going to start naming my songs Ultimate Hiss I, Ultimate Hiss II, etc.
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Lyrics
Up In the Sky

You may never understand why,
I need to go up in the sky.
You may never understand
what I see when I look at you.
Brown hair, brown eyes,
brown shirt, brown pants.
Have you ever been to the zoo?
I want to live in a world full of color,
magenta, cerulean and puce.
I want to live in a world full of noise
and monkeys, too.
Including tamborine.

There's just so much more
than any one guy can know.
I know something, you know something.
Everybody has something they know.
Stop listening to other voices,
start making original choices.
You already know what you need to know.

I'll meet you at the zoo.

If you never understand why
I need to go up in the sky,
then we'll have to pass by each other,
you go to the penguins,
I'll go to the reptile house,
where they feed them
dead mice and crickets.
I don't really like it in there.
Come with me to see the orangutans
We will have a lovely time.

There's just so much more
than any one girl can know.
I know something, you know something.
Everybody has something they know.
Stop listening to other voices.
Stop listening to other voices.
We already know where we want to go.

They may never understand why
we need to go up in the sky.
They may never understand why...

Don't forget your tamborine.

Song Stats
Hits: 5065
Comments: 54
Fans: 11
Plays: 617
Downloads: 228
Votes: 28
Uploaded: Jun 29, 2005 - 01:39:53 PM
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2006 - 11:29:34 AM Last Played: Oct 13, 2016 - 02:47:59 PM
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Hardware:
eMac G4, 700MHZ, internal mic, dog tags (courtesy of Poppy the Beagle)
Software:
GB2, License to abuse key changes.

The cover image comes from IanL's Flickr photostream. Which can be viewed here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/99093144@N00/887393
Comments
Jim Bouchard said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
great singing!
I like the concept behind this. It's fun, and unique. I think
the key changes work okay. The guitar sound in the
chorus is a little too abrasive to my ear and could maybe
use some EQ to take down some of the higher
frequencies. You've got a great voice!
Check out my latest song called Big Yawn (Apogee One mic demo)
Jim Bouchard said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
great singing!
I like the concept behind this. It's fun, and unique. I think
the key changes work okay. The guitar sound in the
chorus is a little too abrasive to my ear and could maybe
use some EQ to take down some of the higher
frequencies. You've got a great voice!
Check out my latest song called Big Yawn (Apogee One mic demo)
ledebutant said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
great singing!
Thanks so much, Jim. I worked and worked and worked on that cursed chorus
guitar because I absolutely agree with you about it being too abrasive. It was
much worse at one point. I did so many things to try to fix it, I can't even
remember what I tried. Do you have any advice for de-abraisiveafying it? I'd be
really grateful for any tips.
said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
great singing!
Try adding some delay and a little mid and bass to the guitar but not tonight
cause I'll be by at 7:30! Or were you coming over? Hhahahahaha!
Bibble again!
ledebutant said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
Please speak clearly.
Huh, what? I don't understand what you're saying...oh, bibble? Okay, you should have said so in the first place. Could you just fix my guitar for me at 7:30? There's an extra jellied eel in it for you

Thanks, B. I'll give it a go.
said 4554 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
Please speak clearly.
I will string that guitar anyday as long as you wear your hair curly and wear
that cod liver oil dress with the twinkie fllavored mini skirt and the pickle juice
tube top! 7:30 it is Valenciia P Honeysuckle!
said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
SNIGGLES
Hey sweety you left something for Mungo and not me? I don't understand after all the time we spent in the garden naked and under the sheets eating smores and ear lobe stew how you could forget about me! Well anyways nice song and your voice still sounds cute and I love your monkey! Hope your not offended by that comment but we did spend alot of time under the sheets! Hhahahahahaha! Bibble mcsnibbles worth! I'll swing by at 7:30 after my break dancin class! Be ready!
ledebutant said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
SNIGGLES
What I left for you is subliminal. I suggest you listen to the song seven to ten thousand times and then you may understand what I'm trying to tell you with my song. It's deep, man. Deep.

My monkey sends fond regards back to you.
said 4554 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
SNIGGLES
Damn your monkey talks? That's a little kinky! Did you enjoy yourself last
night? That whip cream and eel juice got all over everything! I hope your
computer still works fine? Are you cumming over tionight for some fandago
and tata tupiloos? I will be free at 6:00 tonight! BJ HUMPINSTEIN!
kat said 4553 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
SNIGGLES
I KNEW IT!!!! YOU ARE CHEATING ON ME! THAT'S IT BUDDY- I AM COOKING THE DOG FOR SUPPER TONIGHT!
I WILL BE HOME BY 9- IF YOU DON'T HAVE THIS HOME-WRECKING HUSSY OUT OF THE HOUSE BY THAT TIME- THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME MAJOR SHIT-STORMS BREWING!!! GRAB YOUR UMBRELLA CAUSE THE FECIES WILL BE OF HAIL-LIKE PROPORTIONS!!!
I CANT BELIEVE THIS- JUST WHEN I THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GET OFF MY MEDS!!!!
ledebutant said 4553 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
SNIGGLES
Kat, you can have Bizarre, if I can have your meds. :)

And I swear, he never told me he was cyber-married! You cad, Bizarre!
kat said 4553 days ago (July 1st, 2005)
SNIGGLES
ARRGGGH well about the MEDS me wench, sounds like a plan for the 'ol pirate ship- maybe Bizarre and I can take advantage of ya! ROOFIES anyone?? Cyber-threesome action?!?!
said 4550 days ago (July 3rd, 2005)
BIZARRE IS HURT!
Now you are giving me up? I will take on both of you feathered wenches
in one horned long tongue pirate fashion! I guess you didn't enjoy the whip
cream and smore jubille with pickle juice and pigeon feathers! Peaschlock
bududi mcslappin dill potato!
alley-oop said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
You're an original
You have such cool sound! Great voice. You know what it
is? You and your voice and your song have CHARACTER!
Lyrically, it's just so much fun. You create an aura with
this song. It's that unique combination of voice, music and
words that makes a song memorable. It's all there and it
jumps out right away.
The guitar is raspy, the only distraction. But a minor thing
in another wise cool tune.
Check out my latest song called rain
alley-oop said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
You're an original
..in an otherwise....not ...another wise
Check out my latest song called rain
ledebutant said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
You're an original
Don't worry about the typo. I often think the letter r is optional. :)

Thanks, Alley. I'm really glad you liked the song, for obvious reasons. Thanks for being such a wonderful, supportive macjammer.
jgurner said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
You can NEVER...
...listen to too much Howard Jones as a teenager! Very fun.
Full of good monkiness.
Check out my latest song called Carol of the Basses
ledebutant said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
You can NEVER...
Something tells me we need to compare record collections. HoJo was the first concert I ever went to and it was in the middle of a heat wave and he had to take off his shirt and I screamed like an idiot with all the other girls over his pasty white caved-in chest. In the '80's it was really all about the hair though.

I'm glad you enjoyed the monkiness.
jgurner said 4554 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
You can NEVER...
Speaking of hair, I got a chance to meet and interview the lead singer of A Flock of Seagulls in the early 90s. By that time, of course, he didn't have any hair left, really. But still, it was pretty cool.

---
Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called Carol of the Basses
ledebutant said 4554 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
You can NEVER...
Mr. Flock of Seagulls has been all over the place recently, but I'm awed that you met 80's music royalty. He has a ponytail now, right?
said 4554 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
You can NEVER...
Flock of Seagulls was just on a show called "Hit me baby one more time"
They sounded pretty bad! I have their greatest hits along with "Strange
triangle of pink love"! I run so far awaaaay! Just to see your monkey!
Tom Atwood said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
Something tells me it's all happening
at the...oh, you know. Fun piece. Engaging vocals. Brave
key changes. Exotic colors.

7-7-8-7
Check out my latest song called Vanishing Pezzicato
ledebutant said 4554 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
Something tells me it's all happening
Thanks so much for voting and commenting Mr. A and also for stopping by the Ladies Room. You made the point I couldn't.

I'm still not too sure about those key changes. I think I abused the power at my fingertips...or reveled in it, or was just too lazy to re-record the vocal once I realized that the last key change was excessive. It was one of those three, definitely.

said 4554 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
It's almost like you peeked in my house
I have a collection of stuffed monkeys and penguins - toys,
of course. And I love going to the zoo.
Very playful, very well sung.
Nice cowbell. Thanks. :) I may undelete my cowbell opus this
holiday weekend.
I very much enjoy when I listen to a song and it's quite
obvious the singer has a love of music.
I agree w/ comments about the guitar, but it doesn't really
take away from enjoying the tune.
ledebutant said 4554 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
It's almost like you peeked in my house
Yay! I left more than one thing in the song for you then. I put the cowbell in initially, just for fun and because I know you like the cowbell (which is why I go so nutso on the second cowbell part) but I actually liked how it sounded and will probably use it again. I'd love to hear your cowbell opus.


said 4552 days ago (July 1st, 2005)
It's almost like you peeked in my house
My infamous cowbell performance will, once approved, reappear here - http://
www.macjams.com/song/song_profile.php?lid=7202

---
Mungo
Anonymous said 4554 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
Go Go Girl
Reminds me of The Go Go's....that's a good thing...

WM
ledebutant said 4554 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
Go Go Girl
Thanks a lot. I love early Go-Go's. I'd love to get my hands on their drummer and force her to play on my songs.

Thanks so much for saying hi, winniemae.
stevel said 4554 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
winsome!
This is really lovely...good indie style production, I like the
keyboards and guitars a lot. You have a very nice,
winsome vocal style. Great track - thanks for sharing
S
Check out my latest song called Broken Toy
ledebutant said 4550 days ago (July 3rd, 2005)
winsome!
Thanks, Steve. The word "winsome" is highly enjoyable.
MiMi said 4553 days ago (July 1st, 2005)
Truly a
Funny song , love those lyrics, the production could use
some work but the vocal is pretty good! Thanks for this witty
song!
Check out my latest song called You
perceptualvortex said 4553 days ago (July 1st, 2005)
Nice singing
and somewhat off the wall lyrics. That's my favorite part, but the whole mix is nice and pro sounding.
Check out my latest song called Mercury (RPM 6)
_nderscore said 4552 days ago (July 1st, 2005)
strangely cool
fun tune & lyrics. that funky guitar thing early in the song
rawked! how can you go wrong with monkeys, dead mice &
crickets? DL'd
Check out my latest song called glyd
Cameron said 4550 days ago (July 3rd, 2005)
nice vocals & lyrics
Your voice has a light, silvery quality which is very
pleasant on the ears. It fits the whimsical lyrics very well.

The beat and chords drive forward with energy and subtle
insistence. As the song progressed, the tamborine got a
bit much and the guitar was buzzy (to my ears anyway),
but overall this song was enjoyable to listen to.

There are some nice harmony changes and the melody is
good, almost hypnotic in its rhythm. Very effective.
Check out my latest song called Trio for Horn, Violin & Piano
DeputyDoofy said 4549 days ago (July 4th, 2005)
good track.
Like Jim said, that guitar is a bit hard on the ears, but that aside, this tune is really good.
Check out my latest song called Boop Beep
mandolinquent said 4549 days ago (July 5th, 2005)
Fantastic...
The Go Gos... is definitely in there. And Mungo's cowbell.
Lovely and light-headed. Of course I prefer murder and
affairs as song subject matter, but if you're going to sing
about monkeys this is as good as it gets. Love Poppy the
Beagle's tambourine, too.
Check out my latest song called Fair Jenny's Jig and Matthew Briggs
said 4548 days ago (July 5th, 2005)
My Ears My Ears!
Just kidding. Isn't Garageband great! Kudos to Apple for
finally putting an easy to use program in our hands. Now we
can make that music inside of us we never had the tools for
before.
I like monkeys a lot, and the song too. Expecially at the zoo.
Myshkin said 4548 days ago (July 6th, 2005)
Dreamy
I like this a lot. It reminds me of an Australian band called Frenté. The guitar bits are great - they add some meat (?) to the track and lift it to another level.
Just on mics - I've just read about a new desktop condenser from MXL. Check it out here:
http://www.etcetera.co.uk/products/YAM500.shtml

Check out my latest song called Plumb Locomotion
Lugosi said 4546 days ago (July 7th, 2005)
Cool
Have you ever heard the Moldy Peaches? That's the first thing
that sprung to mind when I listened to this - it's the lo-fi
sound coupled with wistful lyrics - also reminded me of
Nico. Cool. Like the way your voice seems to crack when you
say "reptile house".

Very nice indeed. Sweet and fun.
Check out my latest song called Not So Far Away
Eccentrikamerika said 4533 days ago (July 20th, 2005)

i honestly really enjoyed this! it's fun and goofy and
unabashed in it's delicate, innocent feel. it's not cool
at all, and revels in that fact- awesome.
truly unique.
Check out my latest song called Car Go Fast
country john said 4487 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
wow . . .
what a lovely song . . .

this is the first track i've listened to of yours . . .

wonderfully put together . . .

and what a great voice !

i'll go check out your other stuff now . . .

safe

cj
Check out my latest song called atom bomb
Drew Kopr said 4335 days ago (February 3rd, 2006)
Hell yeah!
Spank that monkey; spank it! That's a compliment.
Check out my latest song called IfIWereHigh
Sea Monk Seven said 4319 days ago (February 19th, 2006)
rattle-clankety but smooth
love the melody, you've got a very soothing voice. Nifty production
touches, keeping things spare with the tambourine & cowbell. Really
intriguing stuff, I'll be lending an ear to your future projects.
Check out my latest song called out of sight, out of mind
said 4313 days ago (February 26th, 2006)
Cool...
and imaginative. Love the lyrics; the gradual build-up, and the way your
voice wafts over the electric guitar. Good stuff!
Magritte said 4070 days ago (October 26th, 2006)
Howard Jones!
There is nothing wrong with that at all. This is such a cute charming song and I love it when the electric guitar comes in hard after the first verse. I'm reminded a little of "Coin-Operated Boy" by the Dresden Dolls, but your sound is definitely unique.
Check out my latest song called Tango Macabre
Mute Albino said 3998 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
great lyrics!
I don't mind the chorus guitar at all, it creates a diversion which is good. I like the lyrics especially here.
Check out my latest song called Rose Garden Gangsters v2
67JM said 3997 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
i could
get used to this! :-)
it takes me back to 94. i have no idea why it takes me to 94. it just does.
JM67
Check out my latest song called Paris 1932
guitapick said 3964 days ago (February 9th, 2007)
Actually...
...I like the key changes and the way you change the timbre of your voice/ instrumentation with them. Very effective.

Check out my latest song called 'Cuz I Can
michael2 said 3865 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
just
discovered this one. so cool, i love the instrumention. so sparse and fitting for the song. i usually hate the cowbell (unless it's in that old saturday night live skit). i always mean to say if you ever want me to play anything for you, just give me a shout. there, now i've said it. :)
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
ledebutant said 3865 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
Great Offer
Thanks, Michael. After all this time, this song is still one of my favorites of everything I've done. I'm not really sure why, because it has so many issues, like the fact that I'd apparently never heard of having a bassline in a song, and the production is wacky, to say the least. At the heart of it, though, I like the sweet, silliness of this song and would actually like to do more songs along these lines.

I've got a re-do of this in the works and am excited to do it. I'm also VERY excited to hear that you'd play something for me. I REALLY love your music. I'll definitely keep that offer in my pocket until I have time to play together.

michael2 said 3865 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
put
that in your pocket, and pull it out whenever. i've got a lot of wierd instruments floating around that i've picked up over the years (lots of cheap wacky keyboards, melodica, theremin, old effects pedals, a bunch of guitars, organs, the stylophone, tongue drums, thumb piano, wierd crappy guitars that are good for 1 or 2 things, backup vocals, ...).
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
lavalamp said 3842 days ago (June 12th, 2007)
Do you know what I think....
I think that you sound really great without the "big production".
You've got a very good pure voice.
Don't think it's a silly as you think(The lyrics)
I'd do something different with the production, but that's just me.
Really like your pure stuff. Think it's a perfect style for you.
Keep it up because I know you have something special.
LL
Check out my latest song called The Shallow People
said 3832 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
wonderful
i find this entirely delightful! i actually like the jangly guitar at the chorus.
lyrics are outrageously cool. your innocent vocal is the perfect thing here.
this absolutely works. enjoyed! anne
ILoveVariousArtists said 3539 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
A great quirky track
Love the way all the sections work against each other but just roll along like a family. Loopy mix and who cares about abrasive and hiss? It's got edge and it's fun and i can play it over and over and thats great pop music - ask Howard.
Check out my latest song called Honest John
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