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My piano should be tuned every 3 months... i bought this yamaha baby grand in the show room used... it didn’t look great but it sounded the best... so I took it home, not knowing much about pianos... anyway it turns out this particular yamaha is not made for this climate... who knew... It starts going out of tune almost as soon as it’s tuned... so whenever I get it tuned I feel compelled to record something... I’ve learned how to tune it myself, but I have better things to do with my time...

Being human... means having faults... weaknesses... this song is a kind of Michael Franks’ amazing grace... I have extended myself a little latitude here, in that I’m not being too hard on myself... the same grace I extended to my friend in “So Much More”... I don’t feel the need to beat myself up, but the song is about recognizing my failures, and seeing something more... Years ago I had a prolonged bout with depression... I had some substance abuse problems that had spiraled out of control, along with some other mitigating factors/issues... I remember not eating and not sleeping in that descent.. and what few hours of sleep I got were filled with dreams of dark alleys and dead ends... that was the springboard for the lyric... by the time I wrote this I was a very healthy man... life is good... no complaints here

I was noodleing on the piano when I wrote it... and I wrote this a few decades ago, and I was in a new wave/punk band at the time... OOHHH THEY LOVED IT..... HA.. anyway it’s never been recorded so there i went...

I have left plenty of space... and I did not do any soloing... I would love it if a tenor sax would show up on this tune... or anything else you may hear, I just don’t want to do guitar solos on this
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I’M NOT SURE WHO YOU SEE IN ME
SOMEONE I DON'T HAVE THE STRENGTH TO BE
ONLY YOU CAN SET ME FREE
TO BE WHO YOU SEE IN ME

YOU SEARCHED FOR ME ON DARK STREETS AND ALLEYS
I WANDERED SO FAR ALL ALONE
YOU FOUND ME AND SAID "TIME TO COME HOME"

YOU SPOKE TO ME OF GOLD STREETS AND MANSIONS
BUT I FELT SO DIRTY AND BARE
YOU GAVE ME YOUR ROBE AND YOU SAID ”I’LL LEAD YOU THERE”

I’M NOT SURE WHO YOU SEE IN ME
SOMEONE I DON'T HAVE THE STRENGTH TO BE
ONLY YOU CAN SET ME FREE
TO BE WHO YOU SEE IN ME

YOU TOOK ME IN TO TREAT ME LIKE FAMILY
MY MANNERS AND HABITS WERE POOR
I ASKED “SHOULD I STAY” AND YOU’D SAY “OH YES I’M SURE”

STILL TIMES I FEEL LIKE I DON’T BELONG HERE
I’M HURT IF I GO WANDERING MORE
I COME BACK TO FIND YOU WAITING BY THE DOOR

I’M NOT SURE WHO YOU SEE IN ME
SOMEONE I DON'T HAVE THE STRENGTH TO BE
ONLY YOU CAN SET ME FREE
TO BE WHO YOU SEE IN ME

I JUST WANT TO BE WHO YOU SEE IN ME
HELP ME TO BE WHO YOU SEE IN ME
I WANT TO BE WHO YOU SEE IN ME
HELP ME TO BE WHO YOU SEE IN ME

WHO DO YOU SEE WHEN YOUR LOOKING DOWN ON ME
HOW CAN THIS BE THAT YOU LOVE THE MAN YOU SEE
WHO DO YOU SEE WHEN YOUR LOOKING DOWN ON ME
HOW CAN THIS BE THAT YOU LOVE THE MAN YOU SEE
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Comments: 89
Fans: 40
Plays: 658
Downloads: 218
Votes: 19
Uploaded: Jul 11, 2007 - 07:08:59 PM
Last Updated: Jul 16, 2007 - 03:00:15 PM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 12:23:34 PM
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ktb said 3548 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
looking outward
Scott, really something special here. A compelling performance & Lyrically redemptive. I'm glad the moons aligned to move you to record this. I love the chord progression and piano voicing's. Piano sounds outstanding. Thats rates 10's right there, cuz they're hard to mic and get them sounding like this. A lil flavor of Steely Dan
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Scott Carmichael said 3548 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
Hi John
thanx friend... my son walked in the room and asked when i wrote it... then when he heard the end he said... Steely Dan... I said thanx

i think a keyboard solo would sound good... your one of the folks I had in mind... or tell me what kind of bait you use to get edhara
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Ed Hannifin said 3548 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
One man's Michael Franks...
...is another man's Steely Dan...

...is another man's Joe Jackson... Thinking, "how would something like this translate into a punk/new wave band"?, the thing popping into my head are Joe Jackson's little new wave symphonies...

Let's see. You still sing great. And you still have a sophisticated sense of harmony, that stretches beyond the vocal line to the piano and guitar bits...

This is what it is, in the style that it is, and it sounds on all levels like it's you. I might be inclined to look for that little edge of something rougher in a voice or an instrumental timbre, just because I think that sort of contrast would work with the overall sweetness of the tune.

Still, you have great musical instincts and inclinations, Scott, and you're one solid songwriter...

Ed
Scott Carmichael said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Joe Jackson
yeh I like that... He certainly could have bridged that gap.. thanx Ed

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bug67 said 3548 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
Thanks Scott
Another master works by Mr. Carmichael. I wish I knew how to get as outstanding sound from my set up. Not only that, you message once again held special meaning. Many, many parallels. God bless, my friend.
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Scott Carmichael said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Hey Dave
yeh... I think we have tread some of the same path... that ones pretty far behind me

thanx for that .. and I'm glad to see you're more settled

GREAT
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composerclark said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Amazing
I like this a lot better than Michael Franks! This is great, as usual. You call this 'noodling' on the piano??? This sounds like big league, professional piano playing, my friend. Not noodling. No.

Beautiful song! Love the easy, relaxed feel. And I agree with Ed that it also has some resonances of Joe Jackson, one of my favorites. You hit it out of the ball park, once again! 10 10 10 10
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Scott Carmichael said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Noodling
honest.. i was noodling... I just keep noodling until it sounds like something... when I play piano, i don't even know what chords they are, for the most part... although I have learned more recently...

thanx much Clark... i'm glad to have a visit from one of my heros
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Jim Bouchard said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
supa-dupa!
You inspired me to break out my special old standby laudatory word. This is really great, though I do think of this a really great starting point. It would be great with recorded with a real drummer, because though the drums are very good (what are they? they are very very good), they could use a more sensitive touch that a really great live drummer could bring to it. Some slight ritards in some of the turnarounds, the spare swing to some of the cymbal playing, that sort of thing. I think the guitar is a little loud, maybe; soundwise the space could be more open. But I'm just writing that because I want to flesh out my comment with something maybe helpful for a future development for this wonderful song. I'm still going to download this version and listen to it many times, I'm sure. I feel much the same way, much of the time...
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Scott Carmichael said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
supe dupa
thank you Jim... yes it is a starting point... i'm hoping to enlist a sax... and I have just the drummer for this... when he gets back.. I have some comp work on guitar that I ommitted, so that someone else may ad the solos...

thanx again Jim
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guitapick said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
What...
...no mellow heavy metal shredding? What's wrong with you, Scott?

You're right: A tenor sax would sound great here.

This is a really fine song, Scott. Having been through some rough stretches myself, it's very easy to relate. Glad we can look back and talk/play about hard times from another, more postitive place.

Great chord changes. Nicely played piano. I should introduce you to my piano tuner (Boris). Maybe he'd be able to tinker a bit to fix up the climate problem. Yamaha's are too nice to be causing angst like that. Sounds really fine on this recording.
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Scott Carmichael said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Hey Bob
I just may send you my version with the guitar solos I did... but I really don't want to hear what I do on this song... I'l like to hear Branford Marsalis... but I think he's busy
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echoroom said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Light me a ciggie...
... pour me a drink, and just sing to us, man! Production is flawless, your voice sounds like a nice, peaty whiskey,and the song is wonderful - heartfelt, sad but sweet.

If that's you noodling .... man, I'm green with envy - this is proper singer/songwriter work here.

Just excellent.

Steve
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Scott Carmichael said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
peat whiskey
I like that... A snifter of Balvine or MaCallan... that is a wonderful compliment from a man who obviously knows the value and appeal of a proper glass..

and yes I was noodling...as I told Clark... i just keep on noodling until I think I may have something

thanx Steve
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echoroom said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
Hey Scott ...
...you're definately a Laphroig, cask strength!
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Scott Carmichael said 3546 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
a Laphroig, cask strength!
maybe my fav comment ever... nuf said
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lengold said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
This is
class. Nothing to say except very professional, tasteful and well produced. This should have a wider hearing than Macjams. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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Scott Carmichael said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
thanx to you Len
I appreciate that.. "wider audience"... i'm certainly becomeing a wider performer...

I'll be by; Scott
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Parichayaka said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Inspiring!
Love the chord progressions and your singing is so confident, blending perfectly with the piano and guitar. Warm, strong bass and simple drums - everything fits just right. So enjoyable to listen to music which has both technical finesse and heart-quality in it, seemingly effortless.
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Scott Carmichael said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
thanx my friend
I really appreciate the visit and comments... if there is effort it's a labor of love.. there's nothing i love better than studio time...
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eleveneyes said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
better than #1
Beautiful. You never stop do you. I don't think you could write a bad song if you tried. Great chord changes and melody. Sooooo freaking tastey is this! Melancholy center wrapped in a veil of hope. This is another song that makes it into my top 10 all time favorite songs in the universe. That means I'll have to kick another song out of the top ten....unless I create a new position even better than the #1 slot, this song can go there!
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Scott Carmichael said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
no bad songs???
hey Ray... I maybe write 2 keepers a year... or even one... but I'm in my 50's now, so I have a stock pile... for everyone I keep, I throw away 10... I wish what you said was true.. I'd have a library by now...

"Melancholy center wrapped in a veil of hope" here's one reason I love your witing... that really works for me

thanx my friend

I'm still keeping one eye open for your pass through here
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dolby said 3548 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Definitely Joe...
Ed mentioned Joe Jackson and by half way through that was what I was hearing. I wasn't sure about the production at first but by the end it had won me over in its mellowness (although there's something not quite right with the accoustic guitar - or am I hearing a twangy/scratchiness that isn't there? maybe it could just come up in the mix???). I think you could go a bit more agressive (as in Old Skool New Wave) and get away with it.

Overall a fine melody which floats. Nice.
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Scott Carmichael said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
thanx Dolby
the guitar was played with quite a bit of dynamics... I used my fingers on this... I could even it out with compression... I'd rather have it breath naturally... but I do hear those spikes that you pointed out...I don't notice as much I guess because I'm use to my playing... If I get the sax i want on this I'm pretty sure that I'll redo the guitar, and ad some vox

thanx and welcome to MJ... I'll be by to check you out
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said 3547 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
well done
to me, your melodies have a twinge of poignant, no matter what the groove. the partnering of the seemingly light music mood with the vocal story of the dark and coming back from it - heavy duty to say the least - totally works in an unexpected way. i absolutely love your harmony, scott - it's never ordinary. you sang that 2nd to last verse like a man possessed by the truth and not afraid to speak it. the vocal build there was powerful and perfect. the bass and piano kept me happy - and as the song ended, i bent toward the earth in a low bow to you, smiling in pleasure. soooo your fan, anne
Scott Carmichael said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
not ordinary?
it's been said before that I'm not ordinary... oh wait... that was "normal" ... never mind.... seriously Anne... thanx... your ears, your song sense/vocals, and your catalogue give your comments a true value, and special meaning for anyone who knows you

thanx, your fan: scott
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Godchaser said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
This is just wonderful.
Just as soon as I heard the voice with the keys Joe Jackson & Donald Fagen came to mind - I think it stands very strong all on it's own just the way it is beautifully written & performed.

Blessings,
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Scott Carmichael said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
thanx Godchaser
even so go check out edhara's page... listen to some of his work... and tell me that sax wouldn't be delicious on this


all the sme a song should stand without the frosting,,, if it HAS to have frosting... it may not be a song :)

and "Donald Fagen" humble thanx... a quirky genious
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said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
Perfect is the fit NICKNAME for this
How the Jazz could sound greater than this ??
Very intelligent music .. and it's great overall rating but you tell us "I would love it if a tenor sax would show up on this tune... or anything else you may hear, I just don%u2019t want to do guitar solos on this", i've found that guitar solo as your vocal tune would sound great ..
I'm classical player so i can't help you, just an idea !!
But really this one is perfect .. i've found that always the drums is the leader of the song, it's complete the song .. now i'm working on my new one, not music, it's a song and the biggest thing that is missed from it was the drums .. and i don't have a good program for loops .. but i hope when i post it you will like it !!
and that means that your drums has a great sound on this that make me talk about my songs ..
The lyrics is very nice to hear it from your cool vocal
From all the sides .. Scott .. this is great and perfect .. nice to hear it in the morning !!!!
Thanks for posting ..
Keep up your good work
Hope to post my new one these days

Regardz
==============
Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
Scott Carmichael said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
Hello Yeman
my friend... great to hear from you... I'm happy that you liked this one... I wasn't quite sure when I posted it...

If I don't get what I'm hearing on this, I may post a version with the guitar work... we'll see...

we'll talk soon... DRUMS!!!
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caroline said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
lovely
this really hit the spot for me - thank you x
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Scott Carmichael said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Hi Caroline
Long time... and thanx... OXOXOX back at ya
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Feter said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
who you see
why this song gives me some wave from the early
80s ?.. I found the singing is so charming loved
the jazzy beats ..the stops ..very tastey with
the percussions behind ..that yamaha is GRAND !!
welldone my friend another gem ...!!
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Scott Carmichael said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
thank you Feter
I really appreciate your time and comments... peace your way


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Doadars Uncle said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
Bit by bit
Nice piece! Little by little, improving the world. This is very agreeable!

Peace,
Doug
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Scott Carmichael said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Hi Doug
thanx friend, and would that mean we are less gruntled now?
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Doadars Uncle said 3545 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Yes
Let's just say UNgruntled.

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Freedom is a state of mind.
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said 3547 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
Nice one Scott...
...honest and insightful lyrics...really nice piano playing. And I always enjoy your singing bro.

Rock on my friend!
Scott Carmichael said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Hey Michael
honest and insightful... I try... just telling the story... thanx for that... and I've always considered my self to be the poor man piano player... you pack enough stuff around it and it sounds like you know what you're doing..
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said 3545 days ago (July 15th, 2007)
Hey!
You're givin' away my keyboard secrets!!!

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thoddi said 3546 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
another great tune from you
Wonderful, pro sounding recording. You have the voice of a star Scott. You play your instruments with confidence and pour beautiful chords and melodies out from your soul. I just love it:)
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Scott Carmichael said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Hi Thor
thanx my friend... I was in here with my wife last night, she was listening to my music... she was impressed that I have a friend in Norway... so am I...

I always appreciate your time and comments
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thetiler said 3546 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
got the works here
with the singing, cool chorus-guitar jazz feel, like the soft James Taylor feel though It's your own. Lots of nice guitar chord changes.
Singing is very smooth and radio friendly.

Terrific!



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Scott Carmichael said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Thanx Bill
I never mind being compared to JT... I appreciate the visit
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Vic Holman said 3546 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
Excellent
I haven't heard of Michael Frank in years. But now you mentioned it, there is some of that here.

This has classic hit written all over and inside of it. Everything from the song writing to execution.

Excellent!
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Vic Holman said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
I should also ask...
how did you get that picture of me snoozing in my favorite cubby hole?

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what is the norm?
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Scott Carmichael said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Classic hit
thanx Vic.. you never know until you post it... I just had no objective read on this one... it's an older song, and I want to eventually get them all recorded...

and I was waiting for you to wake up so I could nap...
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said 3546 days ago (July 13th, 2007)
Smooth!
Hey Scott, this is absolutely wonderful! Man, I wish I could play piano like that- maybe a few thousand more lessons for me, huh? I really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing the story behind this song, too.
Scott Carmichael said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Hi Mike
I'm not known around here as a piano player... i learned along the way, out of necessity really... working on songs that needed keyboards and that was before pencil tools... i do enjoy it now though...

I am happy to say that I've been getting gigs around here playing bass recently... that has been fun

thanx for that Mike
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Jim Bouchard said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Another idea...
Is the acoustic guitar mic'ed or is it recorded straight in using the guitar's build in pickup? It has sort of a piezo sound to it, and that's fighting with the mellowness of the piano sound. I would think that some a hollowbodied jazz guitar comping would fit in nicely with this, but someone else mentioned the scratchiness of the guitar, and I'm thinking that that's what I'm picking up on. Still great, tho, listening on my iPod while tootling around the city on my bike.
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Scott Carmichael said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Hi Jim
the only thing on this that is new... are the drums and percussion tracks... I recorded the piano, bass, guitar, andvox about 4 years ago... i went to retrieved the files to remix them.. i do remember climbing on the piano because it was freshly tuned... but it wasn't recent... and now I can't remember how I recorded the guitar... but I can tell you that when i isolate it... I'm not happy... it was recorded with too much compression... It's one of those elements that I had to keep tinkering with... instead of doing the work and re-recording... as I was mixing I kept toying with the idea of just piano and bass... without guitar...

I didn't care enough about the song to invest more time... sometimes when you see how a song affects others then you begin to value it... the song is older so I can't see it very objectively... It had just never been recorded... part of the reason I have a studio is so a can get all this stuff recorded before I check out...

oh and I didn't answer your other question... I used some stock loops that came withthe mac for drums .. i just cut them up and then added some percussion stuff



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apb said 3546 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Such silky smooth ..
.. performances and recording. Lovely little swings and
skips in the melody. I agree those could just be that bit more personal touch with a real drummer, but having said
that the drums in this are far from bad by any means.

Great song, mix, lyrics, performances cross the board and fine arrangement as we'ld expect from you Scott. Pro quality... well your a pro and an inspiration to many.

I'm going to come from field left and say I get a kinda sense of a more acoustic Ben Folds and the theme from Arthur(?).. I can't place why on that one .. with a touch of Steely Dan more towards the end. It's a very NY sound I would thus surmise, to my foreign ears.
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Scott Carmichael said 3545 days ago (July 15th, 2007)
Hi Alan
thanx for the time and comment... I always prefer real drums when I have the choice... and I just might come up with some on this... if i do it will also get some sax treatment... I appreciate the kind support...

and I'm real comfortable any time I arrive from "left field" or at least less disoriented
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Leon said 3545 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
different and refreshing from you
Scott, I really like the jazzy style of this song and this is a diversion from usual style. Still there is the unmistakable precision and polish you put in every song of yours. And your voice really suits this genre. You really rise up to the vocal challenge of this song. In one word--awesome!
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Scott Carmichael said 3545 days ago (July 15th, 2007)
Hi Leon
I know that if I wrote this song on guitar it would be very different... something about fleshing it out on piano, takes me a new direction... really an old direction, in that this sounds a little dated... but "unmistakable precision and polish" wow thanx my friend


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jiguma said 3545 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
Sophisticated
Your choice of well played instruments works beautifully Scott, and your vocal is, as usual, excellent. Very good song too, and the production is also superb. What else can I say?
Neil
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Scott Carmichael said 3545 days ago (July 15th, 2007)
Hey Neil
of all the things you touched on... I think the thing I most like hearing is "good song"..

but thanx for all of it

Scott
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Hectorious said 3545 days ago (July 15th, 2007)
Killer Vocals & Music
Wow!! Loved It..
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Scott Carmichael said 3545 days ago (July 15th, 2007)
thanx Hector
that make me happy

you bare a remarkable resemblance to Jack Black
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said 3545 days ago (July 15th, 2007)
Perfect
Loved every note! Joe JAckson comes to mind! Your voice is very good! Great song!
Scott Carmichael said 3544 days ago (July 16th, 2007)
wow Timothy
thanx for that... I didn't hear Joe Jackson at first... although I do beleive the growing concensis... i always thought he was much hipper than this... but "perfect"... WOW

and I just visited your web site... excellent... I started out painting billboards for a living.... now my business is more than that... but I still do murals

you are very good
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Mcboy said 3545 days ago (July 15th, 2007)
masterful
track.....just awesome song-writing......impeccably put together!
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Scott Carmichael said 3544 days ago (July 16th, 2007)
Hey McB
thank you, thank you, and thank you..

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gail60 said 3544 days ago (July 15th, 2007)
Absolutely Amazing
Wow! Goodness Gracious! I have spent the better part of the last hour listening to a lot of your work. I love your song "Be a Man"... and this one is another great song also! I don't want to stop listening! You are very richly blessed with multiple musical talents! Your voice is awesome and so easy to listen to. You must hear this on a daily basis and I am just one in the thousands to agree - your music is great! Please don't ever stop making music....AMAZING! Thank you for sharing.. God Bless!
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Scott Carmichael said 3544 days ago (July 16th, 2007)
Hello Gail
thank you.. that was a real lift... funny you should mention "hearing this daily" yeh I do hear stuff... it's a real helpful part of my creative process... sometimes when I'm stuck, I have to put the instruments down, and get out of the studio so that i can hear it somewhere inside... then i have my compass and direction set again...

I'm not sure i could stop making music, although I'm never really sure why I do it.. I don't do it for a living

thanx so much Gail... and again WELCOME
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ValleyPastor said 3544 days ago (July 16th, 2007)
Top stuff
"Michael Franks Amazing Grace" describes it well. Since I like both, this made for a great Monday morning. May your piano need many more tunings if this is the result when it's done.
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Scott Carmichael said 3543 days ago (July 17th, 2007)
thanx Tom
It will it starts going out almost at once... I think i'm goingto get IVORY and make this piano obsolete...
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VicDiesel said 3543 days ago (July 16th, 2007)
Early period Rundgren?
I love this sort of piano pop. It reminds me of one of my idols, Todd Rundgren. He's written a number of songs in a similar vein.

You have a good arrangement here. The parts are all interesting, but still subservient to the song overall. Touches such as the occasional female backing line are much appreciated.
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Scott Carmichael said 3543 days ago (July 17th, 2007)
Rundgren
As amazing as Rundgrens prog stuff was with Utopia... his pop writing was my favorite... "Something Anything" is an all time fav.... so I really like being compaired to Todd...

and the Female voice is actually me singing falseto... but I did put on lipstick for the part:)

thanx for that Vic
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Moviz said 3543 days ago (July 17th, 2007)
Don't know..
why I didn't find this before now, but glad I did. I love this sound so mellow and the vocal harmonies are just right (hard to harmonies with your own voice because of the pitch, but you did it right on). Nothing I can add to all the other comments here except to say I love the piano and it all, it's a fave and a download, cheers M
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Scott Carmichael said 3541 days ago (July 19th, 2007)
Hi Maurice
thanx so much ... i appreciate your time and comments... better late ehh
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Cori Ander said 3542 days ago (July 18th, 2007)
From another late visitor
From another late visitor:

Your compositions stand out. Lots of personality.
I love it!
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Scott Carmichael said 3541 days ago (July 19th, 2007)
Hi Curry
and a welcome late visit

thanx friend
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Monkaton said 3542 days ago (July 18th, 2007)
I See a Good Songwriter
Good song Scott. The piano sounds great, as do all the instruments. But the piano is brilliant.

There are certainly Steely Dan links and I also hear Todd Rundgrin in the melody.

The lyrics are also good. I especially like the lines about someone who is stronger than he feels he is and a hero who doesn't feel like one.

Nicely done.


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Scott Carmichael said 3541 days ago (July 19th, 2007)
thanx Tim
both are real fav's for me.. and I'm happily compaired to them
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timothy devine said 3542 days ago (July 18th, 2007)
hi
what great intro chords

great lyric
i can relate

GREAT TUNE

nice and easy on the production
piano chords and acoustic guitar wonderful harmonies and
open sounding chords
Ambrosia,
with hints of Kenny Rankin

good song
did i say that

yes the vocal...Joe Jackson
The Open chords...Dan
The phrasing... Michael Franks
the overall sound...Ambrosia
all complements
great playing

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Scott Carmichael said 3541 days ago (July 19th, 2007)
all compliments
indeed Tim... and thank you for that
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Ibstrat said 3537 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
First Impression
Scott-This is the 1st song of yours i have heard and I am extremely impressed.
Beautiful melody,chord changes,playing.
I was just talking to one of my students about how I miss interesting chord progressions in pop and rock music.It's almost a lost art.All of the artists mentioned (James Taylor,Todd Rundgren,Steely Dan,etc.played around with chords in very interesting ways.Most of the stuff I hear now has the 4-chord-chorus syndrome.(Usually I V VI IV repeated over and over.)
Of course I love simple stuff too if it's done with heart.
Anyway,this is a great song-wish I could hear it on the radio!
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Scott Carmichael said 3537 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
thank you Mark
I agree... heart is the most important ingredient... I will usually start with a melody and if that leads me to simple chords... so be it...

thanx again... I appreciate your time and comments... again welcome

and I will get arounfd to the rest of your stuff
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perceptualvortex said 3535 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
Shauuwww
Wow. Scott, you're too damn good. This sounds ever so much like a better version of tunes I heard on the radio all the time as a kid. Amazing.
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Scott Carmichael said 3534 days ago (July 25th, 2007)
Wow David
you've been busy... thank you much
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damiengh said 3474 days ago (September 24th, 2007)
Nice.....
This is so likeable. I'm hearing Joe Jackson, Steely Dan touches of Stevie Wonder, but definitely you got your own here too.

Nice changes, the kind of tune people love to play solos on.


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Scott Carmichael said 3474 days ago (September 24th, 2007)
a little sax
would be excellent if your up for it...

I've always heard it that way

have at it

thanx; Scott
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Doug Somers said 3442 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
I'm getting
something like a James Taylor feeling to the melody. Brilliant work!
Thanks!
Doug
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KCsGROOVE said 3331 days ago (February 14th, 2008)
great song
Scott, this is a great song!
Like the chordprogressions and ofcourse your fine voice on top
I'm not going to compare you with the artists mentioned above. You've got your own, great style
love it!
KC
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harisahn said 3253 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
hey now
Todd Rundgren was definitely floating around the brain when this one was born. Very nice tune! Nice playing on all instruments, chords are joyous...Excellent little touches like the quarter note triplets at the end. Lyrics are very cool. Keep connecting with that muse of yours. I look forward to listening to more of your work. As R.Jackson would say, keeping it real...the tune goes on a bit long for me personally. I hear it being like one of those short TR songs off Something/Anything. But, small potatoes man, I like this very much. Peace.
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harisahn said 3224 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Check out...
Paul Brady...if you haven't. He's a little known (in the US anyway) Brit singer/songwriter. Some nice tunes. "oh what a world" is the only disc I know (on itunes or amazon). First 3 tunes are faves. Btw, I take back what I said before about your tune being too long. It's perfect. Be well.
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Char said 2889 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
I have to listen
to this more. Well written and performed. Thanks.
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Boundless said 2826 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
And he plays
piano in a lovely way too. . .
My, ô my, ô my. . .

Wonderful
song.

Yes.
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