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The Wrong Sky (w/t Racerat & Michael2)


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Michael2 posted this track as 'mountain' a while back, as an open collab. I loved the track, and did some work on the arrangement and wrote lyrics and vocals for it. Then, of course, I sent it to Racerat, 'cause one sure way of improving a song is to get Philip to work with you on it. Phil added the great rock/blues guitar to this, and added vocals and mixed it. The mix is so good I cant tell whose vocals are whose. Phil also sent me a version of this with him singing all the vox, which i hope he posts, as it's great - this is a really personal song to me, and he absolutely nails it.

Michael wrote a beautiful, bittersweet tune, and lyrically, this dredged up some deep stuff from a past I don't visit very often. in essence,this is a song written/sung to myself 25 years ago, a kid growing up in Belfast, struggling through their teenage years (as all teenagers do). My lyrics tend to be pretty obscure, and this may not mean much to anyone else, but it's very clear and direct to me ... better than therapy.

Michael - thanks for writing this great track, and for letting us work on this.
Philip - thanks, as ever, for working with me and helping me turn this song into something that means a great deal to me.

Again, apologies if I dont reply much to comments, but I'm up to my arms in Tiger balm!
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Lyrics
You'll never leave this town
The barricades and wire were built too high
Run from the day and deal with the night.
The other kids would try
To spit on your name and blacken your eye
Run from the day and deal with the night...
You'll survive.

Oh, Protestant child
Keeping the peace in your parents house
Run from the day and deal with the night.

But who would you be
When morning comes and licks you clean?
And what would you be
Your fathers' child, your mothers' shield?

You're gone
So long.

Sticking up your hair
Hiding from a world that doesn't care
I looked for you now but you're not there.
Looking for faith in a loveless town
Looking for Heaven in the wrong sky.
I'd ask you you why,
I looked for you now, but they let you fly
Fly...

But who would you be
When morning comes and licks you clean?
And what would you be
Your mothers' child, you fathers' seed?

You're gone
So long.

No surrender, no retreat
Our little wars and our bruised defeats.


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Comments: 78
Fans: 51
Plays: 404
Downloads: 201

Uploaded: Dec 14, 2007 - 04:28:45 PM
Last Updated: Dec 14, 2007 - 05:19:23 PM Last Played: Aug 11, 2017 - 07:28:49 AM
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lengold said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Yet another
great collaboration. Love the unusually high voices. What a fantastic song, lyrically, musically and productionly.
Steve, you are so prolific at the moment - is it cause you can't write and have to make do with playing with your immense talent instead.
Obviously downloaded and will be treasured.
Cheers
Len


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perceptualvortex said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Collabotastic
Great job guys, this is big and powerful music with more awesome Steve singing. The guitar and strings are all perfect and stuff, too.
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racerat said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Flame
PV,
I think this song could go good with some fire juggling!
Whaddya say?

I gotta admit that was an awesome video. Who knew?

Philip
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rsorensen said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
like it!
Nice! I really like the mood of this. Wasn't expecting the bluesy groove and guitar licks after the piano intro, but it works. I as well really like the alto vox section. Really dig the overlapping vocals too. Overall great song fellas! Consider it faved!
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racerat said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Flattered
I'm flattered as usual to be Steve's collaboration partner. The first thing that struck me when he sent me the Logic file was his falsetto bits. I was floored, Mr. E has an amazing range.

Secondly, was the beautifully poignant lyrics. Soul-bearing and fearless. Of coarse, the guy is a total prima donna though (I say this so no one else will ask him to collab and take up my precious collab bandwidth with this maestro)....lol.

Bravo Steve! A pleasure as usual.
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echoroom said 3539 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Ditto!
... but I am a pain in the arse to work with !
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pengui said 3450 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Range
I'm always surprised at Steve's range myself, not just in tone but intensity.
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said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Interesting take
on this

It is so hard not to hear Cats vocal when I listen to this anymore...

:-)


I like the way you have taken it in a different direction to what we did with and lyrically/sound wise...totally top notch

Hope your wrists get better

b

echoroom said 3539 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Hey bryn
This started kinda chilled, but the drums and Phils' guitar pushed it a little more uptempo, which i think was good, otherwise it coulda been a bit maudlin, with me wailing away.

Thanks for the comments.
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davisamerica said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
right then steve and all
wow..this is a cool collab. all of it. so what more was expected....hats off x 3
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apb said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Well really ..

.. how could this not be a winner? Nuff said .. fantastic result guys, collaboration at it's best.
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bud said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Steve - the lyrics are not obscure at all
they paint such a vivid picture of alienation, fear and the desire to protect the adults - the clueless adults that create the world we 're forced to live in as teens. Fantastic song - and great production. With the additon of michael2 you and Philip have moved from double to triple threat. Killer collab gentlemen.
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echoroom said 3539 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Thanks Bud...
... i did wonder how clear these were... appreciate your thoughts

steve
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michael2 said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
holy smokes
that sounds so good. you guys did an amazing job. i love all of the vox and melodies; and all of the gtr parts are great, but i'm also blown away by the drums you guys worked up. way better than my version(s). really impressive guys.
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echoroom said 3539 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Hey michael
really enjoyed working on this, it's such a great track - thank you.

steve
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said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Yes!
Another great take on Michael2's evocative piece. Nice going guys!

Be well!
Vic Holman said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
paint a picture
very visual lyrics, Steve. Rough life with keeping a eye over the shoulder.

Vocally you are once again pushing yourself over that barbed wire fence.

This composition of Michael's is one of my all time MJ favorites. Very cool and unexpected take in making it rock. really worked out as a stunning piece altogether.
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echoroom said 3539 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Yeah...
... it was odd, cause I didnt mean for it to rock out, but it kinda drifted into that direction ... shows what a versatile piece Michael wrote, i guess!
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SmokeyVW said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
the human condition
holy cow!

powerful lyrics, vocal delivery. solid chords, guitar - drums

most excellent!

thanks

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said 3540 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Niiiice...
Currently one of my favories of the Phil/Steve collabs.
The vocals as usual are pro quality and ready for primetime, delivered with razor precision, and the lyrics are so strong. The music is complete and well formed. Whatta song guys!
dolby said 3539 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Brilliant!
That's it!

Phil
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Moviz said 3539 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Apart from
the excellent arrangement and musical ability and performance here, the vocal (great vocals) really held me. This is Par excellence on many levels, loved it all, regards M
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jiguma said 3539 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Strong stuff!
Lyrics are so good, and everything else lives up to the high standard they set. I agree with Philip about the falsetto Steve, I know how hard that is to pull off.
Bravo guys!
Neil
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DWL said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Evocative and powerful
not surprising given the talent on show here!

Excellent lyrics and fine performances all round.

Cheers

Dick


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five_extra_arms said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Strong Foundation
to build upon.

Micheal2, this was such a great offering to this inventive and talented bunch of visionaries. What a thrill to hear it evolve from the mighty beginnings.

Phil, your shredding guitar and drums are what lit this up in my ears. You have such great rock sensibility.

Steve, another beautiful performance that challenges your vocals and your writing for first place.

Great stuff guys.

Thanks to M2 for allowing this to happen.
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echoroom said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
...
.... and your gonna post you version when, Mr D?????
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Estella said 3537 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
You know...
on the first few notes, I thought, why is this so familiar--I've been singing along to Bob's version of this, that's why!

I have to say this collab is great! The sound achieved with all your combined talents is amazing. Guitars, organ-like and key board sound bed, sweetly composed vocals...

Your lyrics are vulnerable, like a struggling teenager's writing would be, but your caliber of writing is more sophisticated than that.

"But who would you be
when morning comes to lick you clean"

is lovely.


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echoroom said 3537 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
what!
Ya mean this is like 6th form poetry!!

How very dare ou, girl!

lol

s
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Scott Carmichael said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
So you're a pain
to work with... sign me up... Hi Steve.. your natural passionate vocal is one of my favorites...

I love the melody in the section "but who would you be" powerful... really allows the song to breath and adds such strength to this.. your performance is stellar... as well as the production... excellent pro trax all around... The thing we always ask around here... why aren't you with a record company..... answer... there are none anymore...

buut this is that good
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echoroom said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Thanks Scott
Sorry i haven't been around, appreciate the comments ... i only I had this song years ago when i wuz signed!!
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Scott Carmichael said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
hey Steve
I've also been around so little, that I haven't noticed your absence... although I did know that your wrist is giving you trouble... how is it?
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Rebsie said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Wow, blimey
When I saw this I thought "Ooh, another MacJams supercollab." It promised to be a good listen but I'm surprised at how much better it is even than I anticipated.

This is a beautiful song on every level. Stunning heartfelt performance from Steve, great richness of instrumentation and flawless production. Really fabulous, even by your (collective) standards. Much respect. I love it.
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echoroom said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
...if only..
...we had you on vox and harp, it woulda been even better!

Thanks rebsie!

steve
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o0o said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Terriffic!!!!
What a superb song...epic...such a cool musical stage on which a gourgiously written lyric is sung by such a distinctive voice...nice layering of them too!!!

Epic!! I keep saying that.hey???...whatever it just is!!

kind regards,

o0o
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echoroom said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
oo0ooo!
Hey, been really enjoying your work lately, thanks for stoppin by

steve
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Feter said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
The Wrong Sky
darn Cool rockin song ..the deep singin gives me
alot of willie nelson new way of singin sure just
at the beginin ..but its that cool .very nice guitar
work and perfect arragment ..this song is a blast !!
thanx for sharin it here !! great colab !!!
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echoroom said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
willies
Never been compared to willie before (if you catch my drift!).

cool!

Yeah, the guitar on this is somethin!

steve
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guitapick said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
This is...
...intense, Steve.

Raise my glass to your (and other's ) physical and spiritual survival.

You guys work very well together.

Bob
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Joe Brady said 3538 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Crossover hit!
From Macjams to the world! Nice piece of writing Steve, and the music is perfect. I think your vocal sounded better on this than your other great efforts, and that is saying something. Overall the sound is incredible. Let's hear more from you three; seriously, this is very good. Some movie producer will hear this and put it in his movie and we'll see you three on the magazine covers.
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echoroom said 3538 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
Magazine covers
Dunno what Mike looks like, but Phil and i would look well geeky I think!

Thanks for the comments Joe - really appreciate them.

steve
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michael2 said 3537 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
geeky?
you look great in your pic. myself, i still look good. sure the hair is starting to gray, but it's all there and from across a parking lot I still look like a rock star.
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echoroom said 3537 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
Well...
... i still look kinda rock n roll in a darkened cineam ... hmmm, sounds like a lyric!
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rtcooper said 3537 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
OUTTA HERE
OUTTA HERE from the Get Go.
Clean Punches.
Great Riffs.

Pro Level Production.
Radio Ready from here, Boys.

appreciation and best regards,
Cooper


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paddler said 3537 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
-
The passion in the lyrics is great.A very moving song and real clarity in the recording.A pleasure

Cheers - Rich!
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Mcboy said 3536 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
much emotional cargo here
remarkable performance and much feeling........superb!
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echoroom said 3536 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
Thanks guys
Coming from virtual virtuoso's like yourselves, we really appreciate the comments!

steve
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timothy devine said 3536 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
awesome
just great music.
The vocal performances are so strong, as is the whole production.
A musical adventure.
Nice to see such fine material coming from open collabs here.
congrats to all involved( i'm just getting familiar w/ Michael2's stuff...
he got me going on a tune from the 'workbench" you heard it i think.
great job
HH


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echoroom said 3536 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Hey Tim..
... with such a strong tune from michael, and Philips expert guitar playin and production, even i couldnt ruin this song!

thanks man - have a great holiday!

steve
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Warren Smith said 3535 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Vibrant
A great line like "Looking for heaven in the wrong sky" is a song in itself, but coming up with music and performance to match it is sublime.

As soon as I heard the line "Protestant Child/keeping the peace ..." I knew you were writing about Northern Ireland - before I read the song description. The emotion and imagery fit that troubled time and place like a glove. Yet it doesn't seem anchored there; the story of being trapped by circumstances has a universal feeling to it - we've all been there, one way or another.

Hearing these kinds of superlative collaborative productions is a fundamental reason MacJams is such a vibrant place!
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echoroom said 3535 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Wow
... thank you, i really appreciate your thoughts on this. There's a lot of personal stuff in here - one of the idesa I played with was the counterplay between the 'war' between catholics and protestants 'on the streets' in belfast versus the private battles that go on behind closed doors in a family.

'No surrender' is/was a protestant 'battle cry', but is also used here to express views within a family when people wont give ground to each other.

thanks for the comments, really appreciate them

steve
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said 3535 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Fast forward to....
... an unequivocal hit song. Nothing for this listener to add to the above, except.... whoa, what a song, what a performance... a hit!

D
echoroom said 3535 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
It's a pop sensation...
... in a kinda maudlin way! Thanks Dadai .... aprreciate your kind words.

steve
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Leon said 3535 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
You're back...
And what a comeback! Your vocals and Phil's instrumental additions really energized this song. Haven't been hanging out here for a while because of a lot of other stuff I have to attend to... but always great to come back to listen to something like this. If this is what carpal tunnel does to your creativity, I wanna get me some of that.. ouch.
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echoroom said 3535 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
He returns
Hey Leon - great to hear from you! Have a great Xmas, and look forward to something new from you in 08!

lol

steve
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craft said 3534 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
uau
Great job!! This soundz great... A wounderfull voice and a pretty rock song... I love it
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echoroom said 3534 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Hey craft
Thanks man... look forward to hearing something new from you soon

Have a great xmas

steve
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echoroom said 3534 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Hey craft
Thanks man... look forward to hearing something new from you soon

Have a great xmas

steve
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dajama said 3534 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
You constantly amaze
with your talent, your creativity and your performances. This is a great song, and a tremendous collaboration. Kudos to Michael for the original song, and to Racerat for the guitar work. You're right - it's hard to separate vocal sounds in there! Very nice vocal performance from someone, though! - I especially love the falsetto. The lyrics are beautiful - resonant and personal at the same time. I grew up in Dublin, and the imagery and language in the song remind me so vividly of the images of Belfast I grew up with. Outstanding work. Peace.
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echoroom said 3534 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
Hey dave
Thanks bud - you know I was blown away by your last posting, so I appreciate the comments. This was a real group effort, and lyrically one of my personal favs - it's like having a snapshot of childhood!

Belfast is a much calmer place these days .... I'm off here on 27th for new year!

Have a great xmas

steve
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said 3533 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
I believe
This is the ultimate collab With philip at the controls,Mike2 and your singing What could be better! So glad you guys are here at Mj's I think it an honor to listen thanks alot!
echoroom said 3533 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
Thanks EB/ZH
Just checked out your latest and loved it. We thank you for your kind words - have a great xmas, man!

steve
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Sir Bass said 3533 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
cu online
dig it , i see you everywhere so i thought i'd stop by, cool style cat.
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JOAN said 3532 days ago (December 22nd, 2007)
!!
starts off so mellow and ends very powerfully.... excellent performance by all
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echoroom said 3531 days ago (December 23rd, 2007)
Hey guys
Thanks for stopping by ... appreciate it!
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moorlandt said 3524 days ago (December 30th, 2007)
with every post
... you're delivering a superior song. So good again that I'm really speechless this time. I will start burning Steve Craig CD'S and sell them myself if you don't bring out and album in 2008.
-Walt
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echoroom said 3522 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Hey walter
... maybe one day! Thanks for coming round and have a great 2008 - with hopefully another moorlandt album!
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lavalamp said 3519 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
How ya doing?
You guys did a great job on this. Michael great lyrics. Vox is super ER. Loved how the drums and bass come in with such dynamics.
Thanks
Dave
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echoroom said 3505 days ago (January 19th, 2008)
Thanks dave
like your new traancey vibe!
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Slashh! said 3505 days ago (January 18th, 2008)
Nice song
Well written. Emotional. Bet it would be even more so with a live drummer.
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echoroom said 3483 days ago (February 9th, 2008)
Agree...
... leeme know of you find one!
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tjayswift said 3487 days ago (February 6th, 2008)
very well done
this is the first one of your songs that I clicked on, and I must say- I'm quite impressed! The vocals are top notch- what a wonderful, thick, honest voice.

the overall vibe is great.. the guitars have that beautiful, gritty soul/blues thing going on, and the drums and bass provide a backdrop of authority and strength without being too obtrusive.

very well done overall- I'm looking forward to browsing some more of your stuff!

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echoroom said 3475 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Thanks TJ
Will be swinging over to you very soon - ta!
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said 3460 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Great!
Great rendition of Mike's Collaboration project. Loved everything about it. You have a great vocal controlling Steve. You're just one of the bests about this community. Thank you so much for sharing .. Just a masterpiece and KUDOS To the great trio .. Downloaded!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
echoroom said 3459 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Hey Yeman
Thank you... this is a very personal song for me.... glad you liked it

steve
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magnatone said 3452 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
wow
what a terrific collab. I'm going back through to hear more of you - this is just awesome! thanks
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said 3448 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
Wow !!!

Hi thought I would come and have listen to some more
of your little gems and was I glad. This is really awsome you all was absolutely wonderful to listen too.
Such talent. Seriousely well done. loved the lyrics too.
Peace Dee
alackbass said 1586 days ago (April 20th, 2013)
The Wrong Sky (w/t Racerat & Michael2)
Killer track! Downloaded!
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say said 724 days ago (August 31st, 2015)
Better than therapy..
yes - I agree music is the best therapy just putting on headphones & letting it do its magic - it just sets the brain right! & leaves you with a feeling that life isn't that bad... : ) This is a gem, amazing you wrote this as a teen - you always have good/great lyrics. such a great collaboration- Michael is also a fav artist of mine, he also sticks out in that very special way only some artists do. can't believe I've missed this, thought i listened to all your songs . Glad I came across this !! ACE .

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