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THINGS MUST CHANGE w thoddi, Anne Cozean, Alfalpha, Ms jig


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jiguma

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Those of you who have, or have had (or indeed have been), teenage offspring will probably understand the lyrics without too much explanation. Not everyone will have had this degree of experience, but you’ll know what I mean. I have worked for 30 years counselling teenagers and their parents (amongst other things), and “Things Must Change” was inspired by an amalgam of memories of some of the interviews I carried out with parents – people sometimes very much at the end of their tether.

Thor plays the excellent bluesy Strat (his first submission was absolutely right, and is what you hear here), Alf the Hammond, piano and the “Tusk Brass Band” (the organ solo is a real showstopper – how does he fit so many notes into two short bars?), and Anne and Jan the very cool backup vocals. This has been a long time in its development, but has been worth the wait. This band is the stuff of dreams for me.

Thanks also to Thor, Anne, Alf and Jan for advice on the mix - and also to Mike Watkins who unfortunately couldn't get time to do a drum track, but is on this in spirit. Maybe next one Mike :)

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Lyrics
Things Must Change
© Neil Porter 2007

You’ve got your hoodie up
The cone of silence down
Your buds are in your ears
Don’t want to turn around
Things have to change
Things just have to change

You’re staying out all night
I don’t know who you’re seeing
Get home and want a fight
You think I’ve got no feelings?
Things have to change
Things just have to change

This just can’t go on
Don’t know what’s gone wrong
But I want us to talk about it
You’ve got me seeing red
I don’t know what I said
But we’ve just got to talk about it
This just can’t go on
And I don’t know what I’ve done wrong
But I want us to talk about it
Talk about it

It’s not so long ago
We used to be best friends
There was no toe to toe
There were no rifts to mend
Things have to change
Things just have to change

Things can’t go on this way
You know what I’m saying
Another week like this
And I’m not staying
Things have to change
Things just have to change

This just can’t go on
Don’t know what’s gone wrong
But I want us to talk about it
You’ve got me seeing red
I don’t know what I said
But we’ve just got to talk about it
This just can’t go on
And I don’t know what I’ve done wrong
But I want us to talk about it
We’ve just got to talk about it

If things don’t pick up soon
I don’t know what I’ll do
You mean so much to me
I thought I meant the same to you
I just don’t understand
The way you make me feel
I can’t take it anymore
Things just have to change
Song Stats
Hits: 7196
Comments: 70
Fans: 41
Plays: 624
Downloads: 47
Votes: 13
Uploaded: Aug 02, 2007 - 07:26:31 PM
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2010 - 04:01:45 AM Last Played: Aug 07, 2017 - 04:02:15 PM
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Hardware:
Thor: lead guitar
Fender® US Stratocaster
Fender® Blues Deluxe amp
Studio Projects B1condensor mic
Behringer preamp
GB

Alf: Hammond, piano and brass section
Logic (not GB3 – well done Alf!)
Korg KeyControl 49 keyboard

Anne: background vocals
PreSonus Firebox
AudioTechnika Mic

Jan: background vocals
Rode NT3 mic
Behringer UB802 mixer/preamp

Neil: vocals, bass, rhythm guitar and midi drums
1970 Fender® Precision Bass
(much younger) Fender® Telecaster
Rode NT3 mic
Yamaha PSR300 midi keyboard (drums)
Behringer UB802 mixer/preamp
Logic
Mixed using Event LAB5 near field monitors and Koss R/80 ‘phones
Software:
Logic Express, GB2, Ozone 3
Comments
Ed Hannifin said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Firsties!...
I hope....
jiguma said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Firsties prize ..
.. to Ed!
:)

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announcer said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
OUTSTANDING TRACK
A great choice with Anne in the BG and the other players add their talents in just the right measure.I especially like the harmonies chosen by the master of harmonies,Anne.
Lyrically, your opening line is one of the best I've heard in a long time. It, at once and in two lines, talks to youth and to the parent's generation.
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jiguma said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Cheers Bill
All the players/singers on this are just so easy to work with. Thor's response to a "lead track" to my original draft just urged me to really push to get this sounding right (which is why it's taken me so long to post it). Alf - in his inimitable style - added not just organ, but a subtle yet essential piano part (so subtle you may not notice it) and the unsubtle but also very essential horn parts. Anne and Jan's vocals were the hardest to mix, and I still don't think I got them right - maybe on the CD version ;)
Those lyrics seemed to come from nowhere - I'm glad they struck a chord with you.
Thanks for the listen,
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
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Ed Hannifin said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
I've been sitting here...
...trying to get a little distance, a little perspective, a bit of objectivity on this song...

But that's not going to happen, and I know it...

You are, after all, describing the heart of what I do for a living...And man, that image, of the hoodie up and the earbuds in, starts me off right there...

And you guys, somehow, from your distant corners of the globe, (well, okay, Alf is at least 'walking distance distant') have managed to morph yourselves into The Groove Crew... I love the playing....I love the sounds... With the Alf Hammond going, there's a bit of Booker T. and the MG's but with vocals to this...I think in this song in particular you can hear how much of an instrument Anne's voice is, and how she uses it that way...

I think you, Neil, have done a particularly cool job on the rhythm guitar... There's a nice lock from the drums to the bass to the rhythm guitar, and thoddi's lead is awfully nice... And it really does sound like one long, tight take...

I'm not sure if all of the vocalists' ACCENTS line up, but the rest is pretty spot on...

Ed


jiguma said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Accents ;)
Thanks for the early listen Ed. Those years we spent/are spending talking with kids and their parents has to leave some sort of impact I suspect - I'm glad the lyrics sounded like they hit the spot to you.
Each one of the various parts knocked me over as they came in, but Thor's Strat set the tone for the development of the rest of the song. He is a very underrated guitarist, and I've been wanting to do a track with him for a long while now. I love Alf's slightly obtuse way of approaching organ tracks. The girls done good too ;)

The accent thing is a little difficult to manage, and in a perfect world, I would have kept at it until everything was .... well .... perfect. I'm beginning to think that vocal harmonies is the one part of home recording where you really do need the other person/people in the room with you while you're doing it. Anne's tracks are excellent, but I don't have her level of attention to detail.

Anyway, as usual, I really appreciate your comment - now I feel I can move on.

Neil :)

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
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Ed Hannifin said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
If it didn't come through the first time...
...the whole accent line was a joke... Y'know, since the lead singer has a somewhat Australian slant to his vocal delivery... As opposed to the slightly different derivation of the backing vocals...

I wasn't talking about accented syllables or anything as clever as that....

I'm going away now...

Ed
said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
dry humor...
Ed,

maybe, since your humor is often so dry, you should add...

"Wink, wink... nudge, nudge" at the appropriate spot!

(wink, wink... nudge, nudge)

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It's just music... Dadai
jiguma said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Yeah ED ....
.... "Wink, wink... nudge, nudge" would have helped. It's that funny accent you've got ;)

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Ed Hannifin said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
I'll have to...
...get Doofy to write me a script...Some clever combination of keystrokes that will automatically add "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" to whatever I'm writing...

Ed
thetiler said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
cool rhythms
the chords seem to chug a chug on the right side of my earphones kind like sting's Walking On The Moon (was that the title? Not sure.

The chorus is really pleasant to hear. You should do that more. You seem to have a gift for that. Good blend with those two separate lines of harmony. Nice hammond, cool improv.
You bring a lot of flavor with the striking of the electric guitar chords. Like the horns as well. Ya,

This is pretty full sounding jig!

Way to go. Seems like you put a bunch of work in this.
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jiguma said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Sting!
Thanks for dropping by for a listen Bill. Sting is kind of a musical role model for me in some ways, and Walking on the Moon was in my thoughts when I was writing this - now if I could only play bass and sing at the same time :)
This was a lot of work, but I enjoyed every second of it - I can already hear a better mix though. I appreciate you listening and leaving a comment.
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Vic Holman said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
change
First off top musicianship throughout. Then again I shouldn't expect any less considering who's contributing.

Boy does this take me back to my stepson's entering the puberty stage. Like talking to a brick wall. Anyway, finding a common ground to communicate always helped. I taught him guitar and if he wanted to know a song he liked we worked it out and would jam. Now he's the adult with a cute 4 yr. old daughter. He better start teaching her guitar soon!

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jiguma said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Brick wall
Vic, a photo of a brick wall was my alternative songpic for this ;)
Teenagers sure can be exasperating - the good thing is that they nearly always come through those years OK, and , as I keep telling kids and parents, they will most likely one day be good friends again. Teenage years are tough for parents, but even tougher for the teenagers themselves.
You are of course right about the "session" players here - couldn't miss really.
Thanks for dropping by.
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Almost speechless...
but not quite.

... this might be the best song I have ever heard at MacJams... and it is right up there with the songs I have loved over the years.

Neil... damn! you have blended your own unique sound with, a kind of Stevie Wonder R&B style that is sooooo, so deadly good in this tune. No ceiling keeping you down.

You got it right... a band dreams are made of.

Thoddi... you are the man.

The vocals... the female harmonies.... woven in here and there, are infectious.

Kudos to all the band members... and Neil, it may be time to come out of retirement.
said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
and by the way...
that "change" you guys throw in at the end... the horns... the tight, bluesy vocal harmonies bringing it down to the final refrain...... yeah!

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It's just music... Dadai
jiguma said 3674 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
But Jack ......
......... did you like it ;)

Thanks for dropping in and giving it the Dadai seal of approval. Glad you enjoyed yourself.
Thanks,
Neil

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Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Great !
I've read the name of the album of this song and it was "JIGUMA DREAMING MASTERS". Really fit name for this master piece, very great job you did Mr. Neil with that collab, very nice vocal as always, meaning lyrics, the music is just beautiful.
From all sides, i loved this piece and download it, and i'm so glad you back with this piece with the greatest MacJammers.
Much enjoyable

Take Care
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Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
jiguma said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Thanks Yeman
I'm really glad you enjoyed this Yeman. It has been quite a while since my last song, mainly because I've been trying to get my CD finished (it's called "Jiguma Dreaming", and this is one of the masters from the CD - hence "JIGUMA DREAMING MASTERS"). I'm looking forward to your next post - you are making some really good music.
Peace,
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
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dolby said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Impressed
First song of yours I've heard Neil and I like it a lot. It's a great collaboration, with some great contributions from 'real' musicians. We all love our software on this site, and are mostly amazed what you can achieve with loops and programming - but lets be honest when you get a real person to play real instruments and play 'em well it can't be bettered.

Gonna have a trwl through your back catalogue now,
Cheers,
Phil

p.s Was in Aus for 10 weeks earlier this year. Hot man! Gonna post a song about it once it's mixed properly:-)) Hope yo're having a 'coolish' winter.
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jiguma said 3673 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
"Real"
Glad you called in for a listen Phil. I've moved from lots of loops in my songs to virtually loop-free these days. There is great skilled required to put a good song together around loops, but, like you, I prefer working with "real" musicians. This is partly because of the uncertainty of the sounds you're likely to come up with - new ideas other than your own - better players/singers than myself - but mainly because I like the interaction . It's never going to be as good an experience as playing with other people in the same room, but it sure suits me well at the moment.
Hope you like some of the back catalogue - "Blue Pool" might be one you like if you enjoyed this.
Cheers,
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
lengold said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
"It has been worth the wait'
Oh yes.
Cheers
Len


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jiguma said 3673 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
:)
Thanks Len. When I started at MJ I was churning out songs just about weekly - some of the songs were OK, but I never took the time to do them justice. I still write a lot, but tend to just choose the ones I really want to record now. The new approach is certainly proving more satisfying.
Thanks for the listen,
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Mcboy said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
change
the one sure thing we all know in life...the changes.....nice collab......soulf ul riffing by thor..... thoughtful lyrics and the smooth vocals of jiguma .....just great harmoniziing......kudo's to all theplayers.......
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jiguma said 3673 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Thanks Mr Boy!
Always appreciate getting your comments. The band played well on this, and Thor's guitar was certainly soulful - I really couldn't believe what he sent me.
Glad you enjoyed it.
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Feter said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
THINGS MUST CHANGE
ahhh ...what a cool guitar its a killllerrrr !!
your singing givin the Graham Nash's .. I dig it man !
the bass the hammond ...the second vocals ...just
speedy !! a real Groovey work ...thins have to change
ye ..!! KUDOS Neil !!!!!!
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jiguma said 3672 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Feter!
Glad you enjoyed the tune my friend - Thor's guitar part was pretty amazing wasn't it!
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Tadashi Togawa said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Sound of guitar.
It is a good sound.
The tune is also good.
Good cooperation

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jiguma said 3672 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Tadashi!
Thanks from winter in Australia :)
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
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thoddi said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
goodies
As I told you in an email Neil, this turned out a bag og goodies:)

The keys on this is outstanding Alf!
Bass is warm and good, so is those great backing vox. Your own lead vocal sounds good and this sounds to be in a key just right for you.

Your lyrics are global and an issue most parents will run in to sometime I guess.

I found it very fun playing along to your tune Neil. Thanks for asking me:)
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said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
lotsa fun
neil - you immediately captured my ear with"hoodie up/cone of silence down" - what a wonderful pairing of images - Don Adams of Get Smart would be happy to know the Cone is back. ;) you are very gifted at creating rich, lush soundscapes with a little help from your friends. alf's delicious horns & keys and thor's laser sharp lead guitar together with your yummy bass give that solo AWESOME finesse. your message is huge - i had a Tough Love daughter - oooWEE, what a ride! but i held fast to my boundaries, tough as it was, and things DID change. the former heroin user/stripper is expecting a baby, 3 years clean, and into nursing school. you have such a cool vocal style, and deliver the goods perfectly here. your talent for finding a good strong melody is obvious here. jan covered the high notes very nicely - if one backup girl is good, 2 are better! this is such a cool arrangement - what a pleasure to be part of it. many thanks for letting this girl into the Boys' Club. anne
ktb said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
so much more
Than just the some of its parts. A great collab and a strong message as well. Lovin the jazz shades.
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jiguma said 3672 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Jazz shades ;)
Thanks for the listen John. I think Alf can take most of the credit for the jazz influences - I've always loved Hammond, and Alf's solo here sums up lots of what I like about it. The horns didn't hurt in lifting the mood either. One of the joys of MJ for me is being able to play with people the calibre of Thor, Anne and Alf - its like having access to a pool of session musos who play for love ;)
Glad you dropped in - always appreciated.
Neil

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alfalpha said 3671 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
:) yes...
Neil, that's a very nice thing to say- I also play for love (;))...so then- when's the next party? ;)

Cheers!
Alf

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echoroom said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Bloody kids
excellent lyrics - i got this in the fi5rst two lines, withour reading the lyric - great communication (I could learn from that!!). This is a real fun tune, with great playing and harmonies, but what comes across most of all is that everyone sounds like they had a really good time doing this.

great collab, guys ... top marks all round.

And makes me glad i don't have any offspring!

Steve
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jiguma said 3672 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Thanks for the visit Steve
Yes, kids can be a handful (as many of us probably were). In my job I see lots of pretty out there teens and their parents (think "Brat Camp" candidates), and it was enough for us to stop at one child :) The lyrics were written about those types of kids and the anguish their parents report.
The tune was a lot of fun to do - I renewed my excitement every time I got a new track (or tracks) from someone to add to the mix.
Glad you enjoyed it!
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
bjack said 3674 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
This is slick
Wonderful vocals, great arrangement. This song is a kicker! Made me think of something I heard a parent say a long time ago. "I told them to close their legs and open their minds, and they got it all backwards!"
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jiguma said 3672 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Thanks!
Barry, I'm really glad you stopped by for a listen - it reminded me to go to your page where I listened to "Bamboozled" which has to be among the best songs I've heard here. "Things Must Change" started out as a slightly embarassing "throwaway" draft which just kept on insisting on some attention. By the time I sent it to Thor it was getting better, but when Thor's guitar part came back from Norway, the song became an obsession for me.
I'm very pleased you liked it.
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
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J.A.Stewart said 3673 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
It's all been said...
Very cool collaboration, where the whole is even greater than the sum of the parts.

Very well done. ;)

--- Joe
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stevel said 3673 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Generational blues
The intro of this kinda reminded me of 'Walking on the Moon' by the Police... a really nice laid back feel! Very tasty blues guitar interjections from Mr Thoddi...
My only quibble would be the bass sounds a bit mixed back to my ears, bit ironic really given my usual lack of 'bassness'. I am getting more bassy as I get older I guess.
Interesting lyrics..your songs always have a well thought out lyrical trajectory!
Cheers
Steve
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alfalpha said 3673 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
an eye-opening collab...
...mostly because Neil insisted I get into Logic....well, nuff said, I'm getting hooked on the Logic programme, but, I'm digressing: this collab was educational, but more importanly- FUN!- As each collab I've contributed to Neil's tunes are!....:)

Thor's guitar sweetly intertwines the overall orchestration, which was a boon' for me, as it helped me decide how to go about the keyboard's role.

Anne's vocals are the 'icing on the cake'- or should that be the 'iSing' on the cake? ;) (I'll trademark that one!)

Many Thanks guys, this was one great party!

Cheers,
Alf


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Roxylee said 3673 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
I can really relate to this...
having gone through the teen communication snafu with three of my daughters, and still going through it with my fourth. Neil, you state it very accurately. Everything here is excellent- the lyrics, the vocals, the instruments, the whole arrangement is great. Next time my kid slams herself into her room, I'm putting this song on-loud.
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jiguma said 3673 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
:)
Roxylee, that's great! As a school psychologist, your potential use of my song in a therapeutic way (for you, even if your daughter doesn't necessarily get it) is just brilliant. Maybe I should release a CD of therapeutic songs in my retirement ;)
Seriously, I'm pleased you enjoyed the tune - we had fun doing it.
Cheers,
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
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Ed_Moran said 3672 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Just back from summer holiday
Just spent a week with the family and my 14 year old son and I can relate. What the hell happened? Neil Musically your best work. Arrangement chord changes ect... The only nit pic it sounds a little hot. I tink if you lay of the limiter/compressor you would achieve greater dynamics. Just a thought.

Ed
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said 3672 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Whoa
big sounds big bluesy guitar big singing bigggggg! love it love it what a collab !
said 3672 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
How did I miss this one?
Nice stuff Neil. My three teen boys (and one unofficially adopted teen daughter) are finally grown up and gone. Not surprizingly, we get along spectacularly now! But this about sums up the constant tension that prevailed in my home for almost a decade. Well written lyrics. Really fabulous mix. How you get such clean seperation is beyond me bro. A truly fab collab! Big KUDOS to all!

Be well!
Alannah said 3672 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Hmmm wow ....
... no matter where we are ... U.S. ... Auz .... Europe .. and in my case .. Canada .... yep hoodies and ear buds everywhere ... my son is 12 and he loves hoodies and MP3 players .. but so far I am lucky he is a (good Mama's boy) ... he just likes the "kewl look" .. but he is sucky at heart ! But I hear ya .... as a single MOM ... these fears are there ! How fabulous there is MUSIC for our venues to get these messages heard ! oh yeah "funkalicious" tune by the way !
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Cori Ander said 3672 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
GREAT
Just here to say I've listened.

The organ-work is great, so is the bass-work, and whenever Annes voice appears this northern spice man goes into his best mood.

GREAT JOB even on all the other parts.
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Leon said 3670 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
beautiful!!!
I am on vacation in a faraway land, and I am sneaking into somebody else's computer just to get to macjams. haha!

I will make it brief before I get caught. This song deserves very high praises. Awesome contributions from all of you. This is one monster collab!

There... now gotta run...
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peacepiano said 3670 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
RIght on
As someone who has three kids 18-21 and deals with teenagers on a daily basis in my work. I appreciate the difficulty trying to communicate with people who know everything and don't need to listen to anything....

Great mix of talents on the music and vocals.

Thanks
Bill
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Peter Bauckham said 3670 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
An excellent
collaboration. Tasty guitar work and great vocals from you all. Very nicely put together.

Peter
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Scott Carmichael said 3670 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
I knew I could fav this
before I played it... with this line-up... I knew it was a ringer... Neil you capture the picture well... "cone of silence" right out of the box you are crafting the image... I always appreciate that... always try to say it new... you have an intuitive grasp of this... there is a density to the sound scape... while all the players are still playing judiciously... great playing Thor... your a pro...and Alf... I don't think I know you but the organ stuff is perfect... musical authentic.. textbook... I have a keyboard player on my team that is young, I'm trying to teach him what you do here... I will bring him here for a listen... Neil you have more than enough frosting with the B3 and guitars and Anne's Bkgrnd Vox...

I particularly love the drum intro setting us up for the entire ride... great produciing Neil!
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jiguma said 3651 days ago (August 26th, 2007)
Thanks for the comment Scott
Haven't had much chance to get back to you on this - things have been busy is my only excuse. Always appreciate your comments and hope the young organ player gets something from listening. Alf can turn his hand to anything musical (and cooks a fine paella!).
Cheers,
Neil

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bud said 3669 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
I'm late to this party -
it's been busy lately around my house with two teenagers home for the summer. I could really relate to your lyrics - and thank god that at the moment I'm not living them - but I've been there. Congrats all around on the production here - everyone's at the top of their game. Very impressive collaboration - MJ is getting pretty deep lately with talent and this is quite a testament to the collective juice.
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jamorama said 3669 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
pretty rare...
... these days, to hear really good jazz vocals, especially ensembles. And great theme/lyrics.

Very fine work by all, something I'd be excited to hear on the air....

Congratulations, all!
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SlimGirlFat said 3668 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
FAB
I LOVE this

guitapick said 3668 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
Awesome, people...
....everything about the tune. The brass section is so freakin' POWERFUL! And nice, tasty guitar work. It's all good...

You know what's funny: as much as I can relate to this as an adult/father/teacher/counselor, nowadays...the lyrics for this tune could just as easily have been written by the teenager. I can remember feeling EXACTLY like this when I was 13, 14...then I stopped worrying about it...figured they had me pegged as hopeless and I gave up.

I told myself, as a very young kid, that I'd never forget what it felt like and I've lived by that credo ever since. Helps me as a teacher.

Thanks for an excellent tune...
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kevmikwa said 3667 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
A Preview
My son is 17 ... months. This song is an excellent reminder that as a father, I'm just getting started: I ain't seen nothing yet! I enjoyed the lyrics from the very first time I heard them. The song is yet another perfectly crafted nugget - the whole always considered as each part is layered on.

Neil did let me take a swing at the drums here, and I laid down a part that was fairly "white bread" and maybe a little too jazzy. Time grew short on my side of the ocean and we couldn't continue the creative feedback process. It was likely the best thing for the track, because Neil's original drums captured an off-kilter, edgy feel that was important to the underlying theme (and missing in my take). I always lament missing out on an opportunity to be a part of a jiguma collab, but in this case the song is better for it.

Like you say: maybe next one! Here's hoping you keep me in the rolodex for when I have more time for artistic endeavors.
jiguma said 3667 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
Mike!
You're under "A" in my Roladex - most of my new songs will come your way at some stage.

It was unfortunate that our schedules didn't match up better for this one, but life's often like that!

: )
Neil

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THINGS MUST CHANGE
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Macaudion said 3665 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
Well...
You would be the one to out-do, you...

What a super dupper crew of muscians!

This one made me grin and laugh, too, at times, all the way through to the VERY end!

It's just hot! Everything is tight, too!

The lyrical content - it just seems a bit redundent to keep telling you over and over, how crafty you are - you're such an absulute genius of a wordsmith.

Everyone playing along was who they should have been. You can't go wrong with any of these guys.

Alphi, you're making me jealous w/ your hand at the brass...

Those sisters are the cream of anybody's crop.

And then there's mister, always in the pocket, Thor...

Kickn' it w/ the drums these days, aren't we, guitar man...

What a great pleasure it was to hear this.

Man, this just dances my soul something good.

What a nice way to start my morning.

Thank you, guys. All of you! This was awesome!

Dion

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Estella said 3662 days ago (August 14th, 2007)
I love the message
I agree with you that you might mix the backup vocals differently, with anne's and jan's harmonies more clearly heard. Maybe even bring that great organ up. Not sure. wouldn't know 'til I heard it that way.

anyway, with kids dominating the radio waves, it would be great to hear more songs about how kids' actions affect their parents. not being a parent, I don't know that I could tolerate giving all my love and support unconditionally only to receive forced appreciation if any at all. Luckily there are tons of great kids out there who either have kept aware of their parents' feelings or at least have turned around and made amends for their mistakes.
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timothy devine said 3658 days ago (August 18th, 2007)
Hey guys
as a jiguma fan and a thoddi fan i must say way cool.
This is whats so cool about MJs
people playing together
Glad i found this one
peace

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ILoveVariousArtists said 3423 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
my other favourite
I think this is your most confident arrangement so far - everyone's cookin in this kitchen. Song rolls on a great groove and all the ingredients build upto a quick, thick and juicy climax. Lets eat!
I just bet it would sound HOT live!
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dirigent said 3405 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Things must change
Great song, amazing band :-) I love the songwriting here, bravi!!! Fantastic vocal setting and production!!
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T_Being_esq said 3057 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Slip Sliding
Chilled to the bone. Old Fender P basses are so cool aren't they?
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MarkHolbrook said 3021 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Hah!
I'm going through this right now... My 13 year old thinks he is 19 and rules the world!!! Very cool Neil!!! Very cool!

Thanks for the trip down attitude lane!
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Moviz said 3020 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Don't know
how I missed this, but thanks for pointing the way Neil (re the Forum) what a great number and collab, those vocals are doing something to me, they're so spot on in the timing and harmonies..... a great set of artists all playing and sounding at the top of their musical abilities..... great stuff, cheers M
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BossHook said 2929 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
I can
relate with my oldest a teen and another right there behind her. Very cool chorus with the big vocal arrangement.
Pixiemixer said 2782 days ago (January 11th, 2010)
Great lead sound
Hey, really like the creative rhyth, got my attention. I also like the driven Strat, overall great feel.
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mikkinylund said 2751 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Very professional
And creative, love your vocals, very passionate and real. The break to the Hammond section is brilliant. Very groovie, and with all the instrumentation masterfully performed - and with the backing vocals! Wow! Catchy refrain, I am sold.
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