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jiguma

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This is something of a departure from my normal style - not sure what genre .. it moves between a few as it progresses. I have always loved the sound of a Hammond with a nice Leslie speaker, and players such as Brian Auger, Alan Price, Steve Winwood and Georgie Fame were always favs - more recently I've been listening to a lot of Jules Holland (and Friends) compilations, and love the way he arranges. In addition, having Alf Solti (alfalpha) do some brass and keyboard tracks for me has helped me figure out what's involved.

Unfortunately Alf has been too busy lately to play on this, so I decided to do it myself (with Mike Watkins - kevmikwa) on e-drums. The horn arrangement is simple, but gets the feel I was after.

What's it about? Another one about some friends who have been travelling for 13 years (not the same ones as last song btw) - I don't need to give too much more away than that.

A word about Mike Watkins: Mike is a real gem of a find for me, and I use him whenever I feel confident enough to ask. I love doing midi drums, but this track shows just how much better a live drummer can be. Thanks for the standout drum (and percs) tracks Mike!! Thanks also to Anne Cozean for vocal advice and moral support.

Enjoy!

Neil
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Lyrics
Wonderland
© 2008 Neil Porter

It’s been a long, long time
We’ve both had dreams about it
It’s been a long way home to Wonderland
Things can lift you up or things can bring you down
There’s two roads to take us back to Wonderland

It belongs to you and me
We’ve talked so much about it
The dream we had of life again in Wonderland
I did something wrong
So very sad about it
There’s a lot at stake heading back to Wonderland

Words fail me in the morning light
But there’s no way around it
Deep breath, I have to do this right
Just have to talk about it

We fit so well together
We could go on forever
It seems it’s now or never
Don’t turn away
Don’t turn away
I’ll be your team player
I’ll be your soul brother
I’ll be your dream catcher
Dream away
Dream away

I got it wrong this time
I’m not proud about it
It’s been a bumpy ride back home to Wonderland
It’s not you or me
It’s just the road we’re driving
It’s a long, long road way down to Wonderland

Soft words Sunday afternoon
This can work out right
Clear skies, and that Asian moon
It’s gonna be alright

We fit so well together
We could go on forever
It seems it’s now or never
Don’t turn away
Don’t turn away
I’ll be your team player
I’ll be your soul brother
I’ll be your dream catcher
Dream away
Dream away
Song Stats
Hits: 5212
Comments: 86
Fans: 42
Plays: 368
Downloads: 195
Votes: 18
Uploaded: Feb 28, 2008 - 06:06:08 PM
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2008 - 11:03:18 PM Last Played: May 01, 2017 - 04:02:47 AM
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Hardware:
Rode NT3 mic
Fender Precision Bass
Fender Telecaster
Seagull S6 acoustic
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Yamaha PSR300 midi keyboard
iMac G4
Software:
Logic Express
Ozone 3
Comments
aclarke said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
I can count on you
When I want to just listen and enjoy... always different and always interesting. Neil, no citique.... just thanks!
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jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Thanks for the listen!
No critique? I'm sure you're not trying - what about bar 27?

Glad you enjoy them Adam,
Cheers,
Neil
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jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
;)
just joking ;)
Neil
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aclarke said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
I understand...
but by the 27th bar I was pretty wrecked... :o)
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ledebutant said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Sigh
Adam got firsties.
Feter said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Wonderland
man this is amazing switch ...I can see how you are
(bit) away from your usual setting ..but what a
blast .
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jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Hey Feter!
A big move for me - outside of my comfort zone a little :) I just love the sound of horns and a big old B3 together!

Thanks as always for your comment and listen.

Peace,
Neil
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ktb said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
always
so enjoyable listening to your Posts, Neil. They seem to be hard wired into my brain for maximum effect. So accessible. Very yummy. The brass and keys are big splashs.
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jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
always
pleased when you drop by for a listen John - doing the horns and keys were definitely the best parts on this.
Cheers,
Neil
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dajama said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
The man has got soul!
This is great - put a big smile on my face. Love the horns, and your vocal performance on here is terrific (like I say - soul!). The intro is great, and the groove is terrific. The drums do sound great - there is no substitute for the real thing. Lyrics are nicely done, hinting at the complexity of a relationship without being heavy-handed. Very cool. Unusually for you, I have to say I found the bass sound a little less powerful than it could have been. Great playing, but the sound was not as rich as your usual. Just a quibble, and possible an issue with my phones (I'm not even going to mention my crappy speakers!). Great track. You go from strength to strength. Kudos, my friend. Peace.
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jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Cheers Dave
Thanks for listening and leaving a comment. It's funny about the bass you're (not) hearing. On the aif I was really concerned that it was too big - it's actually the loudest and roundest I can remember doing since "Sydney Weekend" many moons ago. It's a little softer on the mp3, but on my phones and monitors, still sounds pretty big in the mix. What you might be hearing is more clarity in the mids and upper ends of the spectrum and less compression (than I usually use) on the bass and kick. Interesting,I'll have a listen on my stereo and in the car to see if I can replicate what you're hearing.
I really appreciate this sort of comment because it means I can look into it for next time.

Thanks,
Neil
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said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Cool Change
Exceptional sound quality, this is real foot tapper, Good job getting funky, lean and mean and downright bad ass...Enjoyable changup in the mid
jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Mean :)
Had to slap myself around a bit to get this mean and bad-ass Tom ;) Getting the sound this clear has been a long term project for me for nearly a year now, and I finally feel like I'm getting the feel for it. Main thing is that it's a heap of fun trying.
Thanks for the visit,
Neil
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Vic Holman said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
WonderNeil
Heck Neil. What a soul man you are here.

everything's in check. There are a few places where you let the vocals rip!

The organ and the horns are tops. Excellent!!
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jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Soul man
;)

I loved soul music when I started playing in bands - in my first ever band we did Otis Redding covers which I loved - mainly because the brass guys we had (who were proper musicians - the rest of us were just messing about) took all the solos (it was my brief days of glory playing lead guitar). Anyway that's what made me realise I'd rather play bass - besides, as a bass player you didn't have to fight off all those girls :)

I suspect there'll be more brass in future songs - not to mention the B3 - I LOVE that sound.

Cheers,
Neil
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Vic Holman said 3402 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
:-0
does that mean that the whole band wore sharkskin suits ?
that must of been fun covering those tunes
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sloparts said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Let's make this unanimous Neil
All tens, all the time. This is just as good as it gets, with everything fitting in right where it ought to be and sounding soooo cooool.

Love it to the max Neil, Kudos and thanks for sharing.

Ed
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jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Thanks Ed!
I really appreciate your positive comments on this - really glad you liked it.

Neil
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Ed Hannifin said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Middlesies!
(Did anyone get to the middle before me?)

Ed
ledebutant said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Closer
Now I'm closer to the middle than Ed.

Middlesier-ers!!!!
jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Now Ed ....
.... that's just being silly ;)
Neil
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ledebutant said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
More Growth
Geez, Neil, if you keep this up, you're going to be Elvis or something by the time you're done. You're just growing as an artist at what seems like an exponential rate. I think this is actually my very most favorite of all your songs ever. It's incredibly catchy and your vocal performance is so in the pocket and the lyrics, I just love them, they're so sweet and the cadence is just that perfect syncopation necessary for this kind of this music.

Get ready for a whole ton of downloads this week. You might want to sit down. This one's a killer. I could go on for hours, seriously.
ledebutant said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Okay...
...after three more listens, make that not just one of my favorite of yours ever, but one of my all-time macjams faves, ever.
jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
But did you like it? ;)
I'm really happy with this one (although I already hear a few things I want to improve on). I've been sitting on this one for weeks while "Do For Love" had it's run, and it's been so hard not to keep adjusting here and there each day!

As far as the vocals go, I just wish I'd realised I could sing (even a little bit) decades ago, and maybe taken some lessons. Anyway, it's amazing what a bit of confidence (gathered at MJ) can do. It took ages to come up with the lyrics, or more precisely a "topic" - this could have been about some quite odd things in earlier incarnations I assure you :)

Always appreciate your comments Lisa - your new one sounds great.

Neil
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jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Elvis
Lisa, it just occurred to me that we're ALL going to end up like Elvis ;)
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ledebutant said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Peanut Butter and Banana
You have just made me resolve to stay away from sandwiches with marshmallow creme and the bathroom. That could very well end up being the fountain of youth.

P.S. I'm listening to this now on my ALP's (same as yours) and I do think the bass could, theoretically, be a little bigger if you wanted it to be. Last night when I was on my headphones it sounded fine, but they tend to give a really strong bass color and the ALP's seem to have a lighter hand in that department. I'm not aching for a bigger bass, and can clearly hear it through the whole song, but it might be interesting to play with that in the mix for the album...AND YOU MUST PUT THIS ON THE NEXT ALBUM!!
said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
I always
Look forward to a new Jiguma Tune..You are A true talent Here at Mj's. Its a great thing to have an artist like you around. Thank you Neil!!!!! BTW downloaded for many future listens!
jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Glad you like it Tim
Appreciate the listen and comment as always - it's my current favourite of mine ... until the next one :)
Cheers,
Neil
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said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
yes please
it's hip, it's hot, it's so cool. EXcellent job of balancing instr to vocal volume in the mix, neil. your brass is really nice - i think you beat the horns into submission with good result. they partner the keys so nicely. speaking of beat, mike adds a solid percussive heartbeat to it all - his foundation and flourishes are a solid pleasure. beautiful bass making some delicious transitions - LOVE how you use it. spare but effective harmony is right on, and the lead has the perfect attitude. frankly, my dear charlotte, you sing GREAT.

"we fit so well together" section is just waaaay good, and the change after it is the perfect complement. the lazy brass-and-keys-embellished outro takes the cake you're so good, neil - keep em comin! anne
jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Sister Annie!
Where do I send the cheque for those kind words?? ;)

Doing this was so much fun, especially the extended outro - just the sort of thing I always wanted to do in a band but never had the brass section (or, when we had a brass section, didn't have keyboards).

Thanks for listening to the various versions I sent and for the yowling ;)

I wonder what Coop's been plotting!

Brother Neil
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stephendavis said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Another Fantastic Track
This is so great! I love how the intro sounds... kind of Spanish? Anyway, it goes great together! Superb job on the organ.
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dirigent said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Wonderland
wonderful track, colorful arrangement, a treat!!
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thetiler said 3403 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Ya
refreshing to see you play a kind of different style. But still there is that Jig feeling to it.

Nice!
Thanks for sharing.

Like that R & B you put in to it.
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echoroom said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Upbeat
this kinda leaps from the speakers and gives you a big hug. The mix, as usual, is basically faultless on this. This has an almost reggae feel which keeps my foot tappin', and is absolutely the right song length... great horn and organ break at the end, though i do kinda miss the vocal not coming back. Keep 'em wanting more ...
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jiguma said 3399 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Cheers Steve
I loved the outro - my favourite part of the song (possibly BECAUSE the vocal doesn't come back in) ;)

Just love how Mike and "the band" clicked in on that outro.

I wonder what's next 8)

Thanks for dropping by.

Neil
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futzpucker said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
You're really getting it
The fun, the joy you feel making music is becoming more and more apparent with every song you post - a melting away of the resistance that we all face when we are unsure of our song writing and performing abilities. It seems as though you are moving past that into a place where you are more able to just let it come forth.

This is a very good thing, and I'm very pleased for your finding it. What a treat, watching you on this journey, Neil...
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jiguma said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
A comment to treasure Patrick!
I'm really glad you liked this - the B3 bit at the end was something I'd especially hoped you would hear. I just wish I could do that live - not much time for pencilling when playing B3 live I suspect :)
I totally understand what you're saying, and you have really hit the nail on the head - it's "the fun, the joy you feel making music" - yep, that's it!
Thanks for the encouragement over such a long time now - I really appreciate it.
Neil
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said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
excellent music and
great lyrics and vox...this is soo good. Enjoyed every second in this catchy piece.
Mcboy said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
hey oldtimer
your sounding mighty hip....hehhehe....melikes melikes melikes awwlottt.....funky my man funky....!
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Mcboy said 3402 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
kev
kev..... your drumming is mighty fine.....we must work together one day....having a sympathetic drummer is where its at.....
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jiguma said 3401 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Young whippersnapper
good to see you respectin' yer elders boy :)

Thanks Mr Boy - the phrase "mutton dressed as lamb" comes to mind. lol

Appreciate the listen.
Neil
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Ed Hannifin said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
I get a very visual image...
...from the groove, not even the lyrics...

That nice, relatively long, horns-and-Leslied-Hammond intro... I see the keyboard player bobbing his head, and the horn players are doing stage moves in sync... Then Neil steps in... MAYBE wearing a cape... the fantasy construction part of my psyche's still working on that one...

There's a lot going on here, Neil, so I'll just pick up on a thing or two. The lyrics are great, for starters. Your singing is confident. The mix is clear, which is good, 'cause there are more instrumental niches on this one than on many of your songs... and the mastering is hot but not the "look, ma, I've got a COMPRESSOR!" hot of those early experiments with Ozone.

I've gotten spoiled by the perfect beat that comes with looped or MIDI'ed drums, and so sometimes when I hear people's tracks on MacJams these days with live drums I get distracted by mis-steps in the time, little moments when the drummer is turning the corner and some wheels leave the ground... Not so here... Mike has laid in a drum track that suits the groove and also suits the arrangement on top of the groove... Doesn't get in the way, not a lot of extraneous cymbal work...

I'd be among those who would vote for maybe another dB in the bass. Not that the bass is lacking, but I think I've come to enjoy and expect the distinctive jiguma loping throb...

This is a good one, though...

Ed



jiguma said 3401 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
lol
"MAYBE wearing a cape" - now that's funny Ed! I hadn't imagined the horn section doing moves in sync, but it works for me.

You are of course correct about Mike - I think this is the best drum track(s) he's done on MJ - I think it's exceptional that a drummer can come in AFTER the track is established and add a sympathetic and effective (read "stunning") part that sounds like he helped plan the whole thing.

I'll re-visit the bass - from memory I cut some roundness off to give Mike's kick a bit more space, and that could be the reason it's been mentioned a few times. I'd forgotten about that - maybe I can do it with some subtle panning rather than filtering. Good call Dave, Lisa, Ed et al!

Thanks for listening and leaving your comment Ed - always anticipated and always appreciated!
Neil
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MIRx said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Cool one, man
You have a great voice to my ears, and for sure all the right musical talents. Very well done, no doubt. Enjoyed a lot.
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drakonis said 3403 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Excelllllllent wonderland trip
Definitely wanders down a few roads on the way to wonderland, but it all works out right... Mike's drums are crisp, but fit so well in here, showing his consistent magical skill... your horns are great, as is all the other stuff, guitars and organs... the only thing is that this feels very FULL and BUSY as an arrangement all the way through, perhaps switch more stuff in, or out, for the chorus? That's a pretty minor point, as the whole thing is wonderful, great singing and lyrics, as always, Neil. Mike, you are starting to resurface after baby #1, just in time to disappear with baby #2 coming? Good to hear your talent again!

ttfn,
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guitapick said 3402 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
This...
...would be beyond awesome in a live situation with a horn section...you seem very comfortable with this style...really nice, Neil...
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bud said 3402 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Nice change of pace
and excellent arrangement. Great collab too - Kev's drums sound great. Neat song.
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kevmikwa said 3402 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
And now, a word about Neil Porter
Neil: while it's kind of you to say such nice things about my drumming, your songs make the drumming easy. The parts you gave me had a groove and flavor that pretty much made my job a breeze. I really am the lucky one here to be able to collaborate with you on an ongoing basis - here's to a lifetime arrangement. As a PS: I find myself almost more proud of my tambo part on this one! I appreciate that you not only kept it in but kept it from getting buried, sonically. I dig the way our parts lock together well on the playout.

Eduard: thanks so much for the kind words - really, too kind. Regarding my resurfacing: you are right. I think "Wonderland" will have to tide me over until I next get a chance to resurface. My wife and I have decided to cap the kids at 2, so hopefully the next time I return, I'll be back for good!

Thanks also to ejh and dajama for your positivity. What a great bunch of people we have here!
massa said 3402 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Pro quality!
This is the first of your songs that I heard and I thought it is awsome. Really nice tune... amazing arrangements... truly inspiring... it's very good to confirm every day the quality of the music posted at Macjams... This one is a classic. already fav. Thanks!
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Ibstrat said 3402 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
I was
tapping my foot in the 1st 1 second of this.Awesome groove.That is one great drummer.I REALLY like this!!
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lengold said 3402 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
I really
enjoy listening to Jools too. You've really done yourself proud with this one Neil. Fantastic song and lyrics and a wonderful sound.
Cheers
Len


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Tadashi Togawa said 3402 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
This is
a rhythm different from always.
Smell of mud.
This rhythm is your good one side of another piece.

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davisamerica said 3402 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
wow neil
so this is how it's done .... geeze no wonder i can't get it right... this is "wonderland" indeed.... no nits here just foot tapping smiles all around.... and yeah mike is amazing and a really nice guy to boot... hats off gentlemen X2!!!
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said 3402 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Departue
has been fruitful! But nevertheless, I could probably pick out that signature vox! Enjoyable tune, thanks

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cthayes said 3401 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
wow!
Neil, this is great stuff! You know I'm digging your bass work. The horns are perfect, too. Your vocals have really taken off! As for lessons, you're never too old. I was just starting to improve vocally, then found a good voice teacher and it's helped amazingly. Thanks for the tune!
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droop said 3401 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Didn't know
yall got that funky on the other side of the world. I get a taste of blood sweat and tears, then some funky Memphis tn soul band. Of course the real Neil comes shining through also. Kev did an excellent job too.
You already know I love your voice, so how could I not love all of this.

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said 3400 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Thanks


Hi

great tune love the voice, lyrics are cool, great music really enjoyed.
thanks.

Peace
Dee.
said 3400 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Great
What a great rhythm/beat... It really swings... I like hearing it.... And good lyrics... I like the things with "dream away".... Good song.... Thanks for sharing...
said 3400 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Great!
Great song Mr. Neil, this is an amazing R&B song. Your work on that style is very nice, you just added your own touches to that style. Mikey's drums work is amazing. Really this R&B reminded me your another one with your wife and sisters ...etc. which was also great to listen to. Thanks a lot for sharing this. Downloaded ... WOW

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said 3399 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Nice departure....
Neil.
I love the soul-like horn section and the overall grooving beat that you got going. And you really "get-down" in your vocal performance here, as when you sing:
"I got it wrong this time
I%u2019m not proud about it"...
... very good for a blue-eyed soul brother (as we used to say in Philadelphia in my soul band era). ;)

Lovin' that hammond organ sound... very in keeping with the whole authentic feel of the R&B thing.

Find a trumpet player (hmmm... you play one don't you) and I'll grab my tenor and meet up with you in Austr. for your next soul excursion. cheers
jiguma said 3399 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Jack,
Alf plays french horn ;)
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Cori Ander said 3399 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Wow Neil!
Wow! Haha! Love it!
Many happy smilies.
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jiguma said 3399 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Thanks to everyone who commented
I kind of ran out of steam with the return comments - which doesn't mean I don't appreciate all of them.

I really meant to reply to each one, but real life just got in the way.

Cheers,

Neil
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saymme said 3399 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
.

10s across

tx
Joe Brady said 3398 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Lasties?
Guess you can't guarantee that! Nice horns! Like Mia Culpa with attitude!
I was wrong, is there any way you can get over it, 'cause, like it's time to dance. ;-) Real nice mix, that B3 sound is infectious, one of your best vocals. Mike is just outstanding on this. Great job.
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ziti said 3398 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
really a cool blend of things in this track
nicely made, as always.....you are the man jiggie


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bug67 said 3398 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
AWESOME!
Would like to hear REAL horns but, eh, whatever! What did you use for the Hammond parts, EXS?
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jiguma said 3398 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
Cheers Dave
Just the boring old "Tonewheel Organ" in Logic/GB set to "Pop Organ" I think. It comes to life when you use the track automation to tweak the Leslie speaker settings.
Getting horns to sound right is a real challenge - there are 3 tracks of horns on this on 3 different instruments in EXS. I played around with the slider that allows some variation in pitch to get it sounding slightly less mechanical. Couldn't agree more about real horns being a better optionn though. Thankjs for the comment.
Neil
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peacepiano said 3397 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
Cool
Nice use of the hammond. Kevmikwa's drums add that special sound you get when the drummer in on the same page as you and not some machine banging away. Looks like you are the rest of the team :) Bass, guitars et al are all playing very smartly. The lyric is light and song with just the right amount of "dream" Great stuff.

Thanks
Bill
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jgurner said 3397 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
I Love It!!!!
What a great sound! The horns and the organ give a nice old school rock and soul sound and a little bit of funky while greatly complimenting your usual cheery, breezy feel. You struck gold here, my friend. And, there's no such thing as a "simple" horn line, just spot on or really awful. And you got it just right.

This is going right to the top of my favorites from you. Well done!
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8piscean8 said 3395 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Super
This is awesome Neil! You are the mix master. The horns and organ and "real" drums are great inclusions in this piece. The lyrics are thought provoking and deep. Keep on rocking out in AU!
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Sir Bass said 3392 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
Dig it
Reminds me of Steely Dan.
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magnatone said 3392 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
WOW
you are just so gosh darned talented it's amazing. I love the beat here, I love your vocals, I love the lyrics, OK I guess I just love everything about this great piece of music. You're a wizard! Thanks
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Scott Carmichael said 3391 days ago (March 12th, 2008)
hey Neil
your on the short list of guys I would humbly come to and ask to produce/mix for me... your ears are trustworthy, and it really seams that you tap into a wide swath of musical knowledge... the bridge or B section is especially smart... it really lets the song breath at the right moment... a break from the horns and organ... really keeps the whole thing fresh... and I'm ready to hear the whole band again after both departures..
always love your imagery... soft words sunday afternoon...
on top of everything else... you understand what makes a song compelling....

sorry it took me so long


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Moviz said 3390 days ago (March 12th, 2008)
Missed this
when it was posted, but caught up now. This sounds great, wonderful mixing with everything so clear and in it's place and yes, I can hear the mic difference. ... sounds good and warm. After reading the description above I realize that it's not a band playing after all, but it might as well be. The organ sounds great and the horns, cheers M
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Doadars Uncle said 3389 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
Hey-hey Neil!
This has a real Dylan feel to it. (You're a much better singer, though!)

Well written. Great production!

Doug
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selters said 3376 days ago (March 27th, 2008)
The king of Harmonies.
I got to say, i have always been impressed by your harmony vocals, and this is no exception. I am also impressed by the way the song continues to evolve. What I mean is that the length of the songs, gives it time to grow a lot in my ears. Your production is top knotch, i got nothing to complain about. While writing this I came to think of one thing, it would be very interesting to hear stripped down production from you (I know its a strange thing to suggest :)) Anyway, I loved this tune!
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said 3373 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
A departure indeed!
Wow! Big fun this!

The horns and the Hammond-ish keys really add a new dimension to the classic Jiguma sound. LOVE IT!

Be well!
jiguma said 3373 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Hey Mike!
Great to see you back!

I'm just enjoying trying some different stuff - "broadens the mind" and all that!

I've become less prolific lately despite more spare time, but I think I'm enjoying it more.

Cheers,
Neil
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said 3373 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Right...
Being "less prolific" has it's advantages.

I find I'm spending more time on each tune now. I worked on and off for an entire month on what will be my second post: "Janus Faced."

I also find that the more relaxed I am the better I can concentrate.

You must be enjoying life a little more these days Neil. It seems to be coming across in your music!

Be well!
said 3373 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Right...
Being "less prolific" has it's advantages.

I find I'm spending more time on each tune now. I worked on and off for an entire month on what will be my second post: "Janus Faced."

I also find that the more relaxed I am the better I can concentrate.

You must be enjoying life a little more these days Neil. It seems to be coming across in your music!

Be well!
Macaudion said 3370 days ago (April 2nd, 2008)
Man...
it's good to be back and hearing music like this, Neil. So much from the heart. Dign' the size of the blusy bawls on this. A bit of a different sort of action for you at least, as far as I've come to know. I also liked that sophisticated departure on this. (I don't even like the word sophisticatedbut that's what happened here. Got some horn talk on this too! Quite the work here, sir.

Well..., you know I like it. I'm sorry that it's taking me so long to par up listening and commenting. I'm trying to give a best shot this time.

Hey Neil, how far do you live from Adelaide. I'll be visiting there in July or August, this year. Bouncing thoughts...

The drumwork is amazingly accurate and real! And you did that, how? Share!

Anyways, nice work. Such a soulful display mister.
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jiguma said 3369 days ago (April 2nd, 2008)
Great to see you visit Macca!
Just like old times :)

Yes, this is a bit different for me - the drums are Mike Watkins - unfortunately I can't claim credit for them. You might enjoy my midi drumming on "Do For Love" though.

Adelaide is either a very long way from here or just a long way from here. Probably 2 (maybe 3 depending how much you like to drive in a day) days solid drive (1350km), or a couple of flights (maybe 3 - 4 hours all up) via Melbourne or Canberra to Merimbula airport. Our closest rail link is in Canberra, about 2.5 hours from here, so that's not much use.

We're thinking about doing a few weeks away around the time you mention, but nothing is planned at this stage, so we're pretty flexible.

It would be great to meet you "for real", and I could guarrantee at least a meeting with Alfalpha as well - you'd be most welcome to stay with us for a few days if you get here. Keep in touch about this if the distances haven't scared you off :)

I totally understand how hard it is to catch up - I have missed so many songs that I wanted to get to now that I've given up on most of them, and just trying to keep up with new stuff.

Thanks for dropping by my friend!
Neil
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Macaudion said 3320 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
My apologies, Neil
I hadn't gone back to read and find your gracious offer! My bad! I'd love to be able to drop by and see you and Alphalfa and your families! It sounds that it's not something that would work out, but if there were a way that it could make sense, I'd certainly like to do that! It's likely, that I'd want to spend as much time as I can w/ my partner, though - this will be a fairly short trip. I will hold a rain-check, if you don't mind. I am trying to make it a longer trip so, we'll see how that works outThanks again, Neil!
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Dj French Toast said 3362 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
I love
the way your voice sounds on this. Great mix very full and rounded Just a great Song man . The horns rock and Im always a sucker for tambourines enjoyed indeed !
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ste said 2958 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
sugoi!
great tune, liked everything about it. so well though out and put together. love the organ sound with the horns. nice bass groove too. well done.
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