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Progulation #1 (w/perceptualvortex and ibstrat, with ziti remaster)

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It all starts about two years ago, while I was on vacation. I was frustrated that I wasn't getting the writing and the recording done that I wanted. I had the brilliant idea that I would make some tracks really quickly that "wouldn't matter", just to reconnect with recording, and guitar, and to prime the pump. So I put together some drum loop tracks, plugged in an acoustic electric, and just put down rhythm tracks for three or four tunes. They were very basic, but I liked them.

The further idea was that I would use these tracks to solo over, have fun with, AND post multiple versions of. Thus the number--someday there may a version called Progulation #2 or #7. Stripped versions, ornate versions, acoustic versions.

I asked David (perceptualvortex) if he would undertake to put some better drums underneath them all while I worked on better acoustic guitar tracks. He agreed, and eventually turned up some really neat, really inventive drum parts for three of the tunes.

I added a million assorted acoustic guitar tracks, and noodled away, as I do, but never finished them. For a year and a half. Finally, this past Spring I asked my friend Mark if he would like to play on any or all of them, and he said he would. A few weekends ago he came over on a Sunday, plugged his Ibanez Strat into my POD, and, over the course of four or five hours, laid down track after track of, to my ears, amazing harmonized guitar lines, and one heck of a solo.

I tinkered with mixes until I had one we all liked, and sent it to Fran for approval. He liked it, and said he thought he could make it even better with some remastering. So he did...

This has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a way for me to bust out of grumpiness and writer's/recorder's block. I am really thrilled at how it sounds. It is now very much a group effort, very much beyond me and my abilities, and, I think, nicely different. It's worth listening through at least one time just to appreciate the drums, and another few times to appreciate what Mark has done with the electric guitar, including the part at the end where he gradually builds up to, I think, a five-part harmony, followed by that cool bit of outro...

I want to offer my thanks to David, Mark and Fran for their respective brands of genius and generosity. I hope we get to do it again, and soonish...


Ed Hannifin: acoustic six and twelve string guitars, MIDI bass, original chords and sketch
David Thomas: drum programming
Mark Stunkel: electric guitars
Fran Dagostino: final mastering and original song art

I do still hope to do some different versions, which may include lyrics and vocals...
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jiguma said 3381 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
I hope - now I'll have a listen.
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ledebutant said 3381 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
You posted at bath time! Neil's daughter is all grown up! Totally unfair!!!!!

Stamping of feet and screaming!
Ed Hannifin said 3381 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Astounding, Neil...
I really was betting on Lisa this time...

A band of elves is now fashioning your trophy deep underground...
ledebutant said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
You should have told the elves not to eat candy from strangers. I'm sorry, but they're all dead now.
jiguma said 3381 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Ahem ...
... MIDI bass :(

Lovely tune and amazing playing all round - I'm sure this will take off in many directions. MArk's playing is incredible, and reinforces my feeling that he could get much better sounds on his own recordings of his beautiful playing.

This is just so cool Ed - definitely worth the wait. You must have had a lot of fun making it. Wish I had somewone like Mark up the road who could drop in and do this :)

Great, unobtrusive yet perfectly played kit David.

Nicely mixed Fran (I bet you were itching to lay down a few extra tracks!

Excellent Ed ..... now about the midi bass .......

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Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
As I already mentioned...
...I really don't have an excuse as regards the MIDI bass, except that that is just how the tune evolved. I put down acoustic guitars, I actually tried playing a bass line myself, on an actual bass guitar, and I finally determined that I did a better job on my little Oxygen 8... At least I did play it through...it's not a cut-and-paste job...

However, from now on you can expect huge files to be heading your way for bassifying..

I'm pleased that, despite its obvious bass failings, you like the tune, and, yeah, I expect to be typing this a lot today: David, Mark and Fran are cool dudes, with generous spirits and a whole lot of skill and imagination.

Thank you for your relentless devotion to the cause of firsties...

perceptualvortex said 3381 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Well, you know how I feel about this, Ed. I just really love the song, and the guitar playing is superb. Some of those melodies are just classic beauties, the kind of tunes ears just want to hear. ZT did a solid job with the mix, keeping everything clear. You and Mark sound awesome, great job.
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Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
David, I still remember...
...how thrilled I was to get the drum tracks you sent. All of a sudden my cheesy and brittle sounding demo tracks sounded like actual intelligent and skilled people had a hand in them... In my head, that's when the tracks started to come to life...

I have tried as best I could to make sure the drum tracks didn't fade into the background here, 'cause they hold their own as responsive and contributory instruments, not just timekeepers...

I think you're right about Mark's contribution as regards melody and harmony. His playing is never 'same old, same old'. It's not founded on cliche, and it always sounds fresh to me. Hmm, actually, much like your drums...

And Fran did bring the air and sparkle back to the total blend...

I'm glad that, as a prime contributor, you're pleased with the (first) final product...

aclarke said 3381 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Confession time....
I faved before I hit play. Fran mentioned you had one coming and knowing your attention to detail and pursuit of perfection I knew I wasn't going to be let down... and I wasn't.

This song flows very well... very rich sound. Creative drums (David does them as well as anyone), fluid acoustic guitars and some wonderful electric playing by Mark. You already know how I feel about Fran's ear.

A very cool song almost all the way around (but you should really talk to Neil about that midi bass. :)
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Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
I was just reading 'The Blade Itself', in which Inquisitor Glotka is in the process of extracting a confession, so it all seems to come together...

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Adam. I hope you'll do the same for the masterwork I'm preparing, featuring rubber band and tuba. I'm afraid the rubber band is MIDI, however.

Glad you liked it...

Feter said 3381 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Progulation #1
a Giant work came from giant musicians that I m
a real fan for their music ..incredible work here
all just so perfect .indeed vocal work would be
perfect ..I realy loved the arrangment and mixing !
thnx alot for sharin such gem !!!!

this song call for a bass (call neil) wink wink !!
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Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
I detect...
...an emerging theme here...

This Neil person...who is he, and why does everyone want me to call him? What's up with that?

Thank you, Feter, for your prompt response...I'm glad you liked how it came out... I continue to putter around with lyrics for the underlying chord progression...And different ideas for Mark's melodies... Don't think I could sing what he can play...

said 3381 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Ejh name is in my mail list... YAY!

Amazing piece of work, I knew it'd be something featuring Master Mark (hehe..) but a new master joined (David). What a great team you all?... Really took my breath and here are my 10's.... a great listen and can't wait to hear the updated!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Hi, Yeman...
Continued thanks for your enthusiasm and support. I was hoping that you wouldn't be disappointed when I finally posted something again... Hope the trend continues when I get back to some things with vocals...

I don't think I qualify for anything like 'Master' status, but I certainly accord that level of respect to my partners here...

I'm glad you ended up liking it... Good to hear from you...

SlimGirlFat said 3381 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
What a fabulous track.

You are all such wonderful musicians. Beautiful arrangement mix and the overall sound is just fabulous.
D/L and going into my car..

Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Ms. Slim!
I'm tickled that you like this...We aim for fabulosity 'round here... Wait, isn't that what I said about your latest song?...

I'm particularly pleased that this has a chance to pass the car test... Be kinda cool to think of this tune pouring out of speakers somewhere on the roads of London or something... A place, by the way, that I've always wanted to see...

Thanks for listening...

composerclark said 3381 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Feels great
Music that makes you feel good... I love the way all the guitars blend together, and everything is so clean in the mix... just a fantastic sound here! Feels like traveling music, makes me want to take a road trip to the American southwest. Beautiful.
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Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Hi, Clark...
I'm pleased that this evokes some good feelings... And I was wondering whether I'd achieved any sort of blend with the 312 guitar bits...I particularly wanted to do justice to what Mark was doing, which was in that "simple but complicated" territory...

Gee, if you play this in the American Southwest, and Slimmie plays it in London...Maybe we can get postcards from every far-flung place this tune lands...We could put up a map, with little color-coded tacks...and have a 'situation room'...

But I digress. Mostly, I'm thrilled, as always, that we pass the 'Clark test'...


dug said 3381 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Ed, great "new" song. With all those guitars Karen tells me about, I'm glad to hear them at work. I haven't been recording lately either...though I picked up a new Gretsch to try to stimulate some creativity...my writing partner has a 32 channel board that usually sits there as a glorified stereo...now that I'm off for the summer I'll put down some tracks. Can I post songs even if not a Mac user?
Take care, Dee says hi,
Dug Hatch
Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Very good to hear from you...I'll reply to your email shortly, too...(busy days at work have slowed me down)...

Gosh, a new Gretsch! I was just talking about Gretsches the other day, remembering when they were OUT of fashion, and you could pick one up used for $300... I always wanted one because Stills, Young and Harrison played them...Congratulations...I bet it WILL stimulate you, at least to pick up guitar a whole lot...

YES, you can post songs if you're not using a Mac. You may occasionally get teased about it...but there are lots of PC-based musicians here...

Hi right back to Dee...

Glad you caught up with this...

Roxylee said 3381 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Great Combination!
On my second listen while downloading- You guys are magnificent musicians and it's mixing is excellent, too. What a treat this morning!
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Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Thanks, roxylee...
As far as treats go, it has been encouraging, heartening and inspiring to have this collaboration be so quickly and so warmly received...

I'm happy that you like it enough to download... I think Mark's melody in particular takes it to a very uplifting sort of place...

Thanks for listening and letting us know how you liked it...

magnatone said 3381 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
WOW! I got a little teaser from ziti last night ("wait till you hear Ejh's new one!"), so I knew this was coming but had no other info about it. It's the first thing I've listened to this morning, and it will stay with me all day and get played LOTS more times. What an astounding collaboration from the MJ Masters!
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Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
That Fran...
What a tease...

MJ Masters! Makes us sound like a line of cigars...or a golf tournament... Come to think of it, Fran would like that...

It's good to see that, so far, I'm getting a positive response from the MacJams therapeutic community...I'm glad you like this, Karen...

thetiler said 3381 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Like the structure of the
lead guitar, especially at the first part and how it sets the theme.

But the whole tune is fun to hear.

A nice rockin instrumental. A feel that seems a little towards a kind of Sultans of Swing, which is a melodic style i like.

Thanks for sharing
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Ed Hannifin said 3380 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
'Structure' is a good word...
...Bill, and it really applies to what I saw watching Mark work through the layering of the parts he had envisioned for this...Actually, watching Mark play is interesting, because he has some of the most perfect and elegant form just in terms of the ways he holds and moves his hands of anyone I've ever seen, and this, coupled with what's going on in that MIND of his, is very interesting to watch... Theme and harmony, and varying the bits at different times in the song were a big part of what he was doing...

I mostly hear the Knopfler influence in that last set of phrases as the tune ends...it has some of what I love in Mark Knopfler, and also some shades of electric Stephen Stills...Both of which I love...And even shades of the harmonic thinking of Danny Kirwan, another of my heroes...Anyway, Mark did some cool stuff...

Glad you found whatever the rest of us were doing to be fun, too... For myself I'll say that this is another example of me, not having, for instance, YOUR chops on the acoustic, using what I CAN do to its best advantage, or trying to...

Glad you gave a listen, BIll...

Ibstrat said 3381 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
it was really fun working on this. The original tracks were beautiful- very accomplished acoustic playing.Fran's remix sounds incredible and the drums are the work of a master.I was a little disappointed with the amenities at your home studio eg the miniature bread- next time please provide full-sized bread so I don't have to keep folding it.Also, true Prog Rock cannot be written in 4/4 time. I suggest that you write a follow-up piece (as part of a 3 hr. suite) in 21/32 time.As soon as my tour with Moviz is over I'll be available to start rehearsing for our South American Tour. Thanks for letting me play on this!
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Aww no...
You thought that was BREAD?

You didn't eat any, did you? Aw, now I feel bad...

You know, of course, Mark, that I turn to you for guidance in the realm of progitude, (a term I have trademarked, by the way)... And as you know, I have a particular affection for works that require more than one CD to play...

My difficulty seems to lie in the fact that while I am alleged to have three ears, I have only two feet, and when I try to tap out a rhythm that is not an even multiple of the number of my feet, it gets difficult... Every so often I have to tap a half or a third of a beat, and that gets confusing...

I am hoping that you will be ready for the Amoeba world tour. Please remember that your contract does stipulate a cape. That thing you put together with the Viking horns and the animal skins had an entirely different vibe to it... Kind of John-The-Baptist-meets-Die-Valkyrie...We had a little shake-up when the inflatable amoeba got loose over Buenos Aires, but I think the resulting photos will make a cool album cover...

Thank you as always for your inspired fortitude....


By the way, I haven't told Fran about you breaking the acoustic...
Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
And on a seriouser note...
Thanks for putting so much work and time into this... I love how it came out...

And thanks for the encouragement about my recording and playing... I appreciate it...

Pete_NB said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Hell Yeah
Some things are worth the wait, and this is certainly one of them. The chord progression grabs you right out of the gate, so simple and brilliant.

The sum of the parts in this collaboration transcend the whole, everything complements each other perfectly. Nothing overpowers and the engineering seems to have been as important as the orchestration in that regard.

Great to finally have an Ed submission once again.

A gem.
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Hey Pete!
I'm glad you caught this... See, I CAN play guitar, a little...

I think this IS an example of good synergy...things came together in surprising ways, none of it was quite as expected...

I get a kick out of your praise for the 'engineering'...heh heh... I'm still at the "push this virtual button and see if it makes it better or worse" stage with Ozone.. Thanks to the great universe for Fran...

Anyway, it's good to be back, and in such inspiring company... Now I've still gotta get something going with words....

Thanks for the listen...

Moviz said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
This really
is something else and well worth waiting for.... it's just beautiful. Everything is in perfect sync, drums, guitars and that flowing rhythm really gets me, wonderful. Mark may be available sooner than he thought too, because we won't be doing Roanoke this tour. Cheers M
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Thank you, Maurice...
I really like "that flowing rhythm", too, although I seem to have added extra bars from time to time...

I don't know what you're thinking of, skipping Roanoke...big moneymaking town for prog, is Roanoke...

Let me know if you'd like to go halfsies on Mark's cape...

J.A.Stewart said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Sweet Sounds...
and lots of sweet guitar work in here. You've created a lush acoustic bed to build off of, Ed. I have no doubt that you will be able to shape it into many interesting variations.

Mark's guitar work does remind one of Dire Straits at times and of George Harrison during the harmony parts... and then of Mark, himself, at other times. It's really nice that you and Mark can work together like this in real time... it's definitely a plus.

The first part of the main guitar theme is reminiscent of the melody line in "The Lonely Bull," by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, which was a very popular tune back in the early 60s. But what follows is generally more upbeat than that somewhat melancholy tune.

Sounds like all the various pieces came together quite nicely in this first progulation. Kudos to all the participants. ;)

--- Joe

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Ibstrat said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
are you saying that I ripped off Herb Alpert? Bull!!
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J.A.Stewart said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Re: Wait...
No way, Mark. Herb was one of many who recorded versions of his buddy, Sol Lake's tune.

Not trying to wave a red flag in front of your work. Like I said... *reminiscent of*... ;)

--- Joe
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Ibstrat said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
that was supposed to be a pun I was joking!
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Ibstrat said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Red flag... I get it!
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Thanks for the kind words, Joe...
I'm glad some of the acoustic stuff comes through... I really do think it would be neat to have an acoustic version or two, as well as a vocal version...Just see where it goes...

The beauty of being a guitar instructor who can go from Beatles to Guns to Metallica to Jobim in an afternoon is that Mark is able to draw on a much wider palette of influences than a lot of other mortals. I can certainly hear Knopfler in his tone and phrasing, and Harrison in his harmony thinking... 'And Your Bird Can Sing' sorts of things...

I now have to go to iTunes and look up 'The Lonely Bull', something that, I guarantee you, was not fated to happen before I read your comment...

ziti said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
I am the lucky one. I get to actually live about 1/2 mile from ed...but we met thru macjams... we got together right away when we realized we had this common spot. A friendship quickly developed. Ed is as he seems...quiet, thoughtful, and very very funny. He also does remarkable work with troubled youth and has a heart as big as Lake Huron...he has come to many of my shows, and I have watched his young boy splash around in my pool....basically...i love the guy. I had no idea he had this tune, he never played it for me. I was visiting his house the day Mark came to lay tracks, but I didnt hang around to watch cuz Ed's studio is ...ummm...small (plus he owns ONE too many guitars)...I have had the pleasure of witnessing Mr ibstrat play and have played with him, and he is a wonderful masterful player...his hands move like dancers....so i was so surprised when ed sent me this to critique. It is a side of ed I didnt know existed, really. I was so thrilled to hear this music coming from him. Just on a whim I brought his mp4 into GB and did a ChannelStrip master on it... and POP! out it came in all it's glory. I highly recommend the ChannelStrip for GarageBand! I had a version of the standard channel strip and it was very quirky running with GB, but it was AWESOME for mastering a master track. The version that has been released especially for GB is not quirky AT ALL and can be used on any track, not just the master track. The eq and compression seem to really work wonders on midi or software instruments, bring out every end of the sonic spectrum without distorting anything. and the interface is pretty easy to figure out, and I'm an idiot. Again, I didn't remix anything...i just touched up Ed's mix.
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Ed, I can only encourage you to write more instrumental music. This is so nice, your playing on it is total perfection, Mark is just great, and PVs visionary percussion track is to die for. One of the finest things I have heard in a bit. Congratulations!!!
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ziti said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
i really like the bass part!
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Me and bass parts...
I thought it sounded okay, although I had a hard time getting the level where I wanted it, and the tone... Mark said he thought it should stay simple 'cause the rest of it was going to be pretty busy...


Glad you liked it, too...

One of these days I'll get a bass part and mix that gets universal acclaim...

Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Do not let the fact...
That it has taken me several days to start catching up on comments lead you to believe I was anything other than very moved by what you wrote, Fran...


I'll have to mess around more with ChannelStrip for GarageBand... they also sometimes have sales on their stuff... People should get on their email list...I paid LESS than $89 when I bought it... And I like their presets... You'll have to show me what you did sometime...

Thanks for all the praise, support, encouragement, and like that...

ktb said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
whats the matter Ed, can't you find any body to jam with? ;-) This is superb on many levels, but none tops the sheer joy of the playing. Generous in its depth and carries well through out. Kudo's to all.
More please!

I didn't even realize Mark was local! How cool is that?
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Yeah, this part of Massachusetts...
...has such a dearth of good musicians... What's up with that?

I'm glad you're picking up on joy, 'cause there does seem to be that sort of feeling to it, despite the long and varied circumstances of the recording...

Mark and I and Peter Janson used to work together at Wood & Strings in Arlington...

I'll have to have you over for one of the next progjects... Y'know, I need someone to do this M-Tron (mellotron) stuff... Maybe we can get you and Mark on the same day... Just don't offer him small pieces of bread... He's a little sensitive about that...

ktb said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
You all worked together..that must have been very cool. I would love to be over, help in any way.
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Well...except for David...
But what the heck...David's a world traveler...helicoptering in Hawaii and whatnot... We'll just fly him out here... THe heck with all this file transfer stuff...

And yeah, we've gotta get you over here. Don't laugh at my little Oxygen 8, though...

Char said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Something wonderful
took all of you to make it happen. Thank you.
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Thank you for listening...
...and for your comment, Char...

Much appreciated...

guitapick said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
...I'm sailing away on this, sans headphones, and in walks Ava:

"Hey...that's really nice...who is it"?

And, there you have it: we both love this tune, Ed, Mark, David, and Fran. Well worth the wait...it's a beauty from start to finish. Nice and up...perfect for summer. Nice of you to allow the download.
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Ava, from the Latin 'ave', meaning, 'to praise'... by extension, an 'avid' listener, i.e., one who listens like Ava, and says nice things...

Yet another reason to like your daughter, Bob...

It's always good to hear from you, too...

This has turned out to be a great deal of fun. David, Mark and Fran are in that category of guys who make it look easy...CAN be daunting, but it also can be inspiring... Maybe I can get David to juggle to this tune...that'll take it to the next level for summertime fun...

perceptualvortex said 3378 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
This tune could go great with juggling. I'm considering it.
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dajama said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
This a beautiful, beautiful piece of music. I see what you mean about appreciating it on different levels. The drums are excellent, inventive and dynamic throughout, and what a nice drum sound! I love the changes in this, really sweet and eloquent, and the acoustic sounds excellent. Then Mark's guitar over it all (I really love the guitar over the last minute or so and the ending...well, actually I love all of the guitar!) Great melodic sense here, filled with inventiveness, and played with spark and verve. This is outstanding. Nicely done, gents. Kudos all around! Can't wait to see the next incarnation! Peace.
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Speaking of cures for the common writer's/player's/performer's block... I'm still grateful to you for getting me playing on Turn Away Slowly...

I really WANT people to hear and appreciate the different levels in this, and of course that made me crazy in terms of mixing, since I essentially wanted EVERYTHING to be up front...

I, too, love the drums, both in terms of playing and in terms of tones and accents. Dave programs like the drummer he is, and gets edges of cymbals and bell tones and momentary accents just as a real drummer would.

And I know what you mean about the ending bit of guitar... I liked it BEFORE that, but once Mark put on that building-up-the-harmony passage, and then that skirling outro, I was smitten...

Thanks for the listen and the encouragement...

said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Best thing....
I've heard in a long time. Very Mark Knopfler. Very mellow, cool flowing, stream of musical consciousness (whatever that means). Kudos Ed, Mark, Dave, and Fran...

Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Thank you, Jack...
I'm glad you like it... Mark got to play just a little differently on this than on some of his own posts, which is cool for me because I know how wide-ranging a player he is..

Everybody involved brought cool stuff to the blend...

kassia said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Wow you let this sit for just the right amount of time before pulling it out for us all to listen to. A rich, mellow tune full of pleasant sounds and a nice groovy beat. This is a wonderful collection of jammers and all of the pieces fit perfectly. Congrats on a great collab - brilliant job getting this tune started and keeping it moving Ejh. Thanks!
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Thanks, kassia,
Anybody who quotes Mary Oliver on their page is more than okay in my book...

I keep 'The Summer Day' taped to my office door... Very similar theme to your quote, I think...

'Getting it started and keeping it moving' probably best describes my contribution. These other guys really kicked it into gear...

Thanks for listening and commenting. Glad to have met you...

Jim Bouchard said 3380 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
me being me
Well, there's always a nit to pick. The drums are a hair too loud for my taste. The kick drum is comes in at 6 seconds with a hit that peaks out ever so briefly. It actually quiets down as the song goes on, which is a whole other issue. Why start everything out so loud and then pull it back a bit? The drums sound really awesome, but I feel like the wonderful guitar playing in the main melody line is being drowned out. And that's truly some wonderful guitar playing. The solo seems loud enough, so there's a bit of a boost there, but it still seems like the drums are just a hair too prominent. I also can't hear the bass all that much, which I suppose could be the sign of a good bass line at times. The mastering is really nice, but I just would like to hear a little less of the drums in the mix. And where's that last chord?
But anyway, this is way better than anything I could come up with on my own, so what am I saying anyway? Good job, fellas. There's things I'd change, me being me, but then there's things I'd change in all of my own stuff too. I'm just never satisfied!
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
I have this theory...
That you and I are from diverging branches of homo sapiens, and we actually have distinct and different hearing apparatus. Either that or we listen over very different speakers...

I was so worried that I was going to mix this thing in a way that pushed David's contribution to the background, that I tweaked over making sure that his drum and cymbal stuff would ride just above average level. 'Cause I thought, and think, that what David brought to the track was "not-yer-average-drumming".

And of course, every Mark guitar line is actually FOUR Mark guitar lines, most of the time, blended so that the harmonies adorn the baseline melody...

What last chord?

Anyway, Jim, it's always interesting to hear what you hear when you listen to anything I've done...

Thanks for your thoughts, as always...

Jim Bouchard said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
I'm sorry!
I listened to this like I listen to most things in my setup of Apogee Duet out into a Peavey PV260 stereo amp which is hooked up to KRK ST-6 monitors. Pretty standard stuff but marginally pro quality. The Apogee's Maestro Mixer is pretty regularly lighting up red. But it's really just listening that makes me feel like the drums are way present and the guitars are a little buried. Yeah, I was using Trackplug4 for a while and I found that it was a little too pumped.
The fella commenting after me sort of nailed it. It's a little overly aggressive in the compression, probably. That may be a hazard of having too many toys to play with. I know that's slowed my production way down. What do I know though? I'm a curmudgeon...and perhaps people wonder why I don't comment all that much anymore! I'm way too critical. I have to reserve it for someone that will perhaps understand that I'm trying to be constructive, and given the way I communicate that's few and far in between. And probably I'm no help at all, anyway. Somebody stop me, please!

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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
Hey Jim...
Sorry doesn't enter into it...

I think you're right about the squashed-ness, and I think you're further right about the dangers of over-using these lovely mastering plug-ins...

AND, I do think we hear some of this stuff differently, one way or another, and I think maybe we're listening for different things, going for different things, and just have different taste...

This would be what makes MacJams fun. I don't expect you to hear everything as I would. Please don't think I'm over here taking offense. I do think it's funny that sometimes we seem to be hearing things the opposite way to one another. I hope that I didn't come across as offensive, either... You have good ears, and you're good at this stuff...Every time you make a comment, I go back and listen again...

Jim Bouchard said 3378 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
I seem to be more different than most
No wonder nobody likes me. Now I'm off to eat some worms!
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Ed Hannifin said 3378 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
Whatever you do...
Don't take any worms from Lisa... Remember the elves...

12parsecs said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
where do i begin?
there is so much to appreciate with this song... and this is my 3rd listen.

first off, stellar writing. i love the progression and the structure. second, great guitar playing. i love the 'chorus' hook (very important for maintaining some sort of structure in a vocal-less song) and the soloing is fantastic. no, really! VERY tasty!

new paragraph for those drums. the programing and samples both sound incredibly natural. in fact, i think you could fool most people into thinking this was real drums. nice touch with the ride bell. maybe the kick could use a little less click (5k) and more woof (250Hz) but that's entirely subjective.

the mix is awesome. i like the levels of everything. very upfront, present, and nice stereo field. i like the mastering too. very analogue and contemporary sounding. maybe (and i'm going to sound like a total hypocrite for saying this) the mastering is a little TOO slammed. But just a smidge. (and by slammed, I mean limited.) also, on the mastering front, another poster mentioned that a kick in the very beginning was a little loud. could be that there is an 'auto-leveller' on the mastering plugin that is being used. perhaps try without that, but certainly use the same limiter you used - which sounded great. again, great job to all involved!
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Hi, 12parsecs...
Welcome to MacJams... you seem to hail from a part of the world I'd love to see... I have this great desire to visit Salt Spring Island someday...

Thanks for such a complete listen and such thoughtful comments. You've got good ears... I won't re-run it all down, but I will say that I get what you're talking about...

I'm VERY happy that you pick up on David's use of the ride bell, 'cause that was one of the touches that made the track natural and 'drummer-ly' to me. I really wanted that to be audible in the mix.

I think one of the reasons Fran wanted to tweak things in ChannelStrip is that MY master, through TrackPlug, probably DID get oversquashed and perhaps a touch lifeless or 'soft' sounding... Fran restored a lot of air and life, but probably I should've sent him a version without my initial mastering to work from... Maybe we'll try it again at some point...

I do seem to learn a little more every time I do this...

Thanks again for your thoughts... Much appreciated...

ledebutant said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
I like your bass work on this. It sounds good I think Neil was probably reacting to the fact that you had a perfectly good multi-collab going here and a perfectly good Australian bassist who could have done wonderful things for you, yet you called on Mr. Midi Keyboard, not that the track itself doesn't sound good.

So, I learned something. I didn't realize that you posted so infrequently because you get blocked because of perfectionism. This is very interesting and I'm very happy that you've found a way to trick yourself out of it. Personally, I've found that there's nothing like commiting to a collaboration to force myself out of it. I think, like you, I get excited about other people's work and just want to get it out into the world so much.

Everyone here did wonderful work. You guys sound like a completely cohesive band. It does seem strange that Fran didn't bust out his guitar, too, but that's the mark of a good musician, to know when enough is enough. I think it would be great for all three of you to do something together live some time, what a treat for us.

I really enjoyed this. I has a breezy, tropical feel to me.
Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
...you're probably right about that...And probably the only reason I didn't ask Neil is just the way the song developed, on a more or less glacial time scale... Thankfully, he's on for next one...or three...

Shame about the elves, though. Was that truly necessary?

And yes, I get blocked in one way or another. Sometimes it's perfectionism, sometimes it's just my chronic difficulty getting recording time on the home front...So this song took a long time, but some of the work got done in very rapid bursts...I totally get what you're saying about collaboration, and I do get excited about other people's contributions in that way...One thing that really helped me get moving this year was being asked to contribute to David Maguire's 'Turn Away Slowly'... I really loved that song and wanted it to turn out well...

Fran functioned as an extra set of ears this time around, but he has said that he'll contribute some acoustic playing to a couple folk/blues-ish things I have percolating... I would LOVE to get Mark and Fran playing together... We'd have to do it at Fran's house, I bet, but it's not like that's far away...Those two HAVE played a little in my studio and kitchen, and that IS a treat...They're both this weird combination of accomplished/confident and humble when it comes to guitar...I mostly sit and listen...They do a lot of telepathic communication, anyway...

It's funny that this ended up sounding band-like, too. One of David's big contributions, and Fran's, was to get me to STOP. I sent David the first mix with Mark's parts, and he just said something like, "So this has to be pretty close to done, right?"

So it is...for now...

I'm glad you ended up liking it... One of the things I ended up liking the most was that it sounded surprising to me, like something I wasn't expecting...

Thanks as always...

damiengh said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
treat for the ears
Hey Ed, maybe you should stay away from this place more often, if this is the fruit it brings.

I have been watching for your next release for quite awhile and am so happy for you, that you've crossed that imaginary barrier of perfection, you set up for yourself.

The textures of guitar sounds along with the drumtracks, gives us one of those moments of sound, that one likes to listen to through crisp and carefully placed speakers, in an environment of white walls, sparse pictures, a clean wooden floor with one small ornate persian rug on the floor on which to lie, while staring up at the ceiling with closed eyes with the faint scent of sandlewood in the air. Nnn..iiii...cccccc...e.
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
So I'll go away again now, shall I?

I'm glad you're enjoying what we came up with, Damien...

Wow, that scenario for listening sounds pretty chill. A long way from apartments in Brighton, that one... At least, a long way from any of MY apartments in Brighton...

Sandlewood. Gotta get me some sandlewood... I'll bet Fran has some...

IbotenicParadigm said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
I was just lurking...
but I had to sign in and say I think this is really top flight! Beautifully played, beautifully produced. Everybody shines: the music really strides along with plenty of interest (no spineless "sound bed" here) and a big dose of genuine happiness, the drums are ALIVE and that solo is a gem! Great job all around, and thank you.
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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
...for dropping in out of the lurk to leave a comment.

I'm glad you're hearing life in this, and I'm super glad that it doesn't sound like a spineless sound bed... Yes, David's drums are very much alive, and Mark's solo continues to amaze me...

Thank you for listening, and letting us know what you thought...

Mystified said 3379 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Yeah....this is niiiiiiiiiice.

Ditto to all the positive comments above.
This was such a breath of fresh air....!

Thank you :)

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Ed Hannifin said 3379 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
Hi Cat....
I'm happy to hear it comes across as fresh... Considering how long it took, I'm happy that people seem to be generally still hearing life in it... Thanks to my musical partners/co-conspirators...

Glad you got a chance to listen...

WeAreNotPerfekt said 3379 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
Hi Ed! I am so excited to hear this! I have really been waiting to hear a new post from you.

Again I feel our strong and close kinship in musical taste. I have the feeling of understanding exactly why some melodies are choosen the way they are. At the same time I feel that I myself would never have been able to find out such nice Danny Kirwanish melodies, they are partwise very close to his genious. I am impressed, and at the same time a bit childishly irritated that I can't make songs like this myself, (just dirty envy).

I have only been able to listen to his through my PowerBooks speaker, so I should probably wait to judge, but from this listening the percussion seems to be a bit too loud or harsh..

Your brother Johannes
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Ed Hannifin said 3378 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
Hey there, Johannes!
I'm very glad you caught up with this... I was wondering what you'd think of it...

I purposely didn't mention Danny Kirwan in the blurb above, but I certainly hear echoes of his playing in Mark's lines, (even though Mark, like Fran, is a Green-0-phile) and in the blend of harmonized electric with clean acoustic... The one that pops into my head for some reason is 'Sunny Side of Heaven'...maybe 'Earl Grey', too...

You have NO BUSINESS ever being envious of other people's guitar skill, my friend, but I understand the impulse... Perhaps at some time you would like to try a version of this or one of the other ones with acoustic leads yourself... That would be an invitation.

Taking Jim's comments into consideration (above) I have listened and re-listened... On my Sennheiser headphones, the blend is just what I had hoped for, but it may be that there are speaker set-ups where the brighter top end makes the percussion come forward... My original mastering was probably a bit 'softer' or 'rounder', but also could sound a bit dead on some speakers... Getting that blessed middle ground is the challenge, I guess...

Thanks for listening and letting me know your impressions. Let me know if you get to hear it on other speakers or headphones...

Also let me know if you want to try an acoustic offshoot... You could team up with Neil and have the 'acoustic lead and REAL bass' version...

Vic Holman said 3378 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
excellent job guys!
haven't been around for a few days, so it was cool to see you post a tune.

the acoustics nicely done and nicely spaced, nice.
Daves drums are great!
Now we get to Mark. Very melodic and cool tones (liked the wah, nice contrast) I think you are going to have to buy Mark a Line 6 of his own after this.

I also think you need to post a new forum of "Watch Ed buy a bass" the midi is good, but a real bass rocks
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Ed Hannifin said 3378 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
Greetings, Vic...
I'm pleased you found things to like... Glad you appreciate the work that went into the spacing of the acoustics, which I thought might've gotten pushed to the back...

As noted all through these comments, Dave's ability to program drums is truly phenomenal... I have two more drum things from him on tap that are also pretty neat...

If I could afford it, I would buy Mark TWO things: I would get him a POD, and I would get him a Mac... Actually, if he had the Mac he probably wouldn't need the POD, 'cause I think he has one of the Line 6 TonePort collections/interfaces... He'd probably have an easier time using it with a nice iMac or MacBook... I certainly nag him enough, but perhaps if I could afford to just hand him a check...

I really liked watching how Mark approached the wah. He didn't just do constant wah rocking as lesser players (i.e., me) might do... he rocked it, he parked it, he really used it as an active tone control through the solo, which is not a pieced-together solo but a discrete take...

And actually, I HAVE a bass. I have a black Ibanez with great action and actually pretty neat tone as well. I tried using it for this, but the MIDI bass got a better tone for what I wanted. Actually, my bass has been on loan to one of the kids at my program, but it's just about to come back to me, and one of my co-workers, who's a phenomenal bass player, has promised to set it up for me... But what the heck, I'll start an exciting forum about the return of my bass... What I WOULD like is to find a used Bass POD... That would make my life easier...

Thanks for listening!


Tadashi Togawa said 3378 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
Wonderful performance.
Wonderful, acoustic guitar.
Wonderful electric guitar.
And, bass.

Thank you very much.

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Ed Hannifin said 3378 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
Thank you, Tadashi....
I'm pleased that you had a moment to listen to this, and I am of course pleased that you enjoyed it...

Thank you as always for listening and leaving a comment. Always good to hear from you...

VicDiesel said 3378 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
Sweet track.
Ok, it's just wonderful how this thing flows, and all the guitars sound totally gorgeous, and the mix is really nice too.

But, eh, that melody line, that is some famous latin (bossa?) tune. It'll take me days to remember but it will come to me. Are you subconsciously digging up something? It's happened to me before, that I thought I wrote something, and it turned out to be based on something I'd heard once, maybe years before that.
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Ed Hannifin said 3378 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
Oh no...
Well, responding to the good news first, I'm glad you like the flow and the mix and the guitars...

We'll have to check in with Mark about any relationship with bossa nova, since he's the guy who would know... Seriously, please let me or us know if you come up with a title, 'cause it doesn't ring any bells for me... but it wouldn't...

Joe (up above) was referncing The Lonely Bull... is that what you're hearing?...

Dang, and I just settled that 'My Sweet Lord' lawsuit...

Thanks for the listen, Vic...

VicDiesel said 3377 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
No shit! Yes bull!
The Lonely Bull! That's it. Herb Alpert, iirc.

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Ibstrat said 3377 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
I think that I figured out that the 1st 2 measures sounded like "Bull" when I was 1st playing around with the tune, but the rest is totally different so I forgot about it.Actually pretty much all of my songs sound like something else.
I apologize to all of the Herb Alpert fans in Macjam land.The song is now at #3 with a Bull-et.Please don't tell Herb, he might sue me for a percentage of the profits!
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Kori Arashi said 3376 days ago (June 23rd, 2008)
This is sheer awesomeness! :D
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Ed Hannifin said 3375 days ago (June 23rd, 2008)
Thank you, Kori...
I appreciate that you took the time to listen, and that you let us know you liked it...

FEEL said 3375 days ago (June 23rd, 2008)
Nicely molded
What a project and what a nice outcome. Kudos to all involved. Ed I can relate to the block... I haven't been able to put anything down for a while without it sounding like bits or pieces and nothing constructing a song. Great you hung on and put these bits and pieces together. A little help from your friends is always a plus as well. Thanks for sharing.
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Ed Hannifin said 3375 days ago (June 23rd, 2008)
Hey there, John...
We've got the weather to match your icon today... The dog has been going nuts... Weird blowing winds and drizzles-to-downpours that don't match the sky, and then thunder and lightning popping up when it doesn't seem there should be any...

I actually avoid use of the word 'block' as much as I can, at least in my own mind... We can rapidly get way too serious about this thing we do that's supposed to be satisfying and fun... Still, 'stuck' is definitely a place I know well, and you're super-right about friends being a great way to kick it step further along... Certainly, on this one, I could just take things as far as I could take 'em, and then see what someone else could do...

And I don't think I'm done, or we are, or whatever...

I have great confidence that your personal dam is going to break when you least expect it... Till then, here's wishing you a gentle rain to back-fill the reservoir...


chipan said 3375 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
This is such a well done piece of music. I'm really impressed with it and enjoyed it thoroughly. A great effort by all involved. I could hear thousands of screaming fans in the background (in my head of course).

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Ed Hannifin said 3363 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
Hi Chip...
Sorry to take so long to reply. I appreciate that you gave a listen and found it to be well done...

I'll keep working on the 'thousands of screaming fans' part... Maybe by the time I'm sixty...

Thanks again,

victortsandoval said 3374 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
lame like a three legged dog
Ed Hannifin said 3363 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
Sorry you didn't enjoy it...
Maybe another time or another tune...

stevel said 3371 days ago (June 28th, 2008)
Peaceful melodic feelings
Very nice track...lovely layered guitar work. The Allman Brothers meet Durutti column in a melodic showdown!
Nice one

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Ed Hannifin said 3363 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
Thanks, Steve...
Now I'm off to investigate Duruti Column.... Allman Brothers I'm pretty well up on...

Glad you got a chance to hear it...

said 3366 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
This sound fantasic I love it all. Great guitar playing too.
Amazing. You guys did a reall good job.

Peace Dee.
Ed Hannifin said 3363 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
Thank you, Dee....
I'm pleased you got a chance to hear this. Glad you enjoyed the guitar playing, too. Mark and David really made this thing special, I think.

Thanks for listening and commenting...

dolby said 3365 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Hi Ed
This is very interesting. Extrememly well played and sounds like a labour of love. I'm very impressed with the performances of everyone throughout. Quality shines through. I can't even begin to think of how you've gone about putting this together - but the end result with the multi-layered guitars is great. A very enjoyable piece.
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Ed Hannifin said 3363 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
Thanks for listening, Phil...
I have to say that I think Mark and Dave's contributions really made this interesting and atypical... I'm glad you liked the layered the guitars, 'cause so do I, and I think I'd like to do more stuff with multi-guitars... Mark's layered doubles and harmonies and whatnot were amazing to me, who got to watch him lay it all down...

All in all, I think we got a nice blend of the planned, the happily accidental, and the just plain accumulative here...

Thanks again,

thetiler said 3283 days ago (September 23rd, 2008)
I like this on all counts
playing , percussion. Very interesting leads, nice texture.

This was a very nice listen.
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Ed Hannifin said 3237 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
Thanks again, Bill...
Two comments on one song is pretty darn cool... I'm glad you enjoyed it...

Drew Kopr said 3241 days ago (November 4th, 2008)
This is sick good. The song is very well written, and the instrumentation is outstanding. I love those guitar voicings over your chords. You gotta put some lyrics and sing over this one! Great stuff.
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Ed Hannifin said 3237 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
Thank you very much for listening, Drew...
I respect your musicianship and musicianly ear a lot. Mark's chording and leading continues to impress me, and as I noted above, watching him actually do it, layer upon layer, did nothing to diminish the magic.

As for words, I continue to listen to the 'stripped' version on my iPod with various lyric/melodic ideas kicking around in my head. First time one of 'em sounds like something I can run with, I'll give it a shot...

Thanks again,

DBrown said 3196 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
Still amazes me
I remember the day that you and Mark did this.
I was amazed at the arrangement you made.
It made me laugh at first because as you said earlier you guys were in there
for five hours haha.
The final product however is breathtaking.
Nice work EJH

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Ed Hannifin said 3164 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
Thanks, Domenic...
THAT day, the five hours of work was mostly Mark....

Thanks for leaving an appreciative comment....

echoroom said 3188 days ago (December 28th, 2008)
Jeez Ed, this is a stunning piece of music - really, fantastic production, beautiful guitars, just stunning.

I am GREEN with envy. If you ever want backing vox, or someone to hold the tambourine ...

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Ed Hannifin said 3164 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
Thank you, Steve...
I would LOVE it if I could come up with something you could or would sing on. That would make my day. I'll have to think about what I might have...

Glad you like this, though... You're one of my favorite vocalist/songwriters 'round here, so that has some impact with me...

Axgrinder said 3171 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
Hey... I know you!
This is tasty indeed! That Neil feller? Pretty cool to be promoted, eh? I haven't been around much as of late and I fear I shall never catch up! However, I'm a tenacious SOB! Very clean and a great production...... I bow to thee, for I'm a mere slouch by comparison! We all strive, yet very few get past the gates..... Nough said already!

Most impressive..... I must say!

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Ed Hannifin said 3164 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
Thanks Mr. Grinder...
I appreciate that you took the time to give a listen... I've been remiss in replying to comments lately, as work has been a bit busy and I've been a bit tired, but I'm happy that you found your way over here...

Good to hear from you again...

mvh9591 said 3166 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
I like this very much. The playing and programming are very well done. I feel the drums are a bit over compressed (my taste). Nice work.

Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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Ed Hannifin said 3164 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
Right ho...You and Jim Bouchard...
...and you guys are probably right... I'm still getting a feel for how compressed I want things to be, and I love all those "instant sheen" buttons in Ozone... I'll have to learn subtlety over the next year or so...

Glad that you enjoyed the bulk of it, and took the time to listen and comment. Thanks much.

lengold said 3135 days ago (February 19th, 2009)

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Ed Hannifin said 3133 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Thanks, Len...
I'm glad you liked it...

SJB said 3135 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Amazing piece of playing and recording. The melodic guitars sound like something Al Stewart's 1980's backing band would come up with which is literally music to my ears!
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Ed Hannifin said 3133 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
I'm getting this feeling...
...that you and I may have some common ground in our listening habits, Steve... I just picked up All New Electric Muse a couple weeks ago, for instance, and had to go off in search of 'Soho, Needless To Say' to add to it (it was on the old version)... I heard once that Al Stewart took guitar lessons from Robert Fripp...

Glad you got a chance to listen, and glad you like it...

Skean said 3134 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
have this and I love it... But I must check out more of your songs…Peace, Kenta.
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Ed Hannifin said 3133 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
It's really very kind of you to listen to these songs... Hope you enjoy 'em... I appreciate you going to the trouble...

said 3134 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
just noodling

For a beginnings with some guys noodling around, it sure sounds nice to my ears - the acoustic guitar bed with Mark playing on it is nice to the ears.

. - Harold
Ed Hannifin said 3133 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Thank you, Harold...
I have to say that the combination of David and Mark is some top flight frosting on the little cake I was baking... And I really enjoy listening to what came out of it all... Hope I can noodle as productively again sometime soon...

paul f. page said 3131 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Where have you....
...been hiding this stuff, Ed? I am just amazed and thrilled by this number and your amazing skill in playing this number. You show off so many guitar styles within this one number and they all fit seamlessly together. Others have been more eloquent (above), but I wanted to chime in with my little voice shouting a well-deserved "bravo!" for this marvelous composition. So wonderful to hear your playing.
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WharmtonRise said 3112 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
A treat
Tropically modern (to coin a phrase?) Great guitar work particularly. Nice mix of styles making a pleasing whole. The mastering is a little in yer face for my taste (but who am I?) but lovely clean mix especially with so much going on.

Great to discover you Ed and guys.
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davisamerica said 3071 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
i miss the
most amazing things sometimes ... missed this. :-[ Stellar performances..writing and production!
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bud said 3070 days ago (April 25th, 2009)
Thanks for the tip Char
I don't know how I missed this. What a great composition and performances. Excellent collab!
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btransue said 3062 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Great piece Ed...
and with Zetes at your side. Sweet. Love it.
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apocafunk said 3062 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
very laid back/precise progression
nice work to all involved on this. great mastering, progressions, rhythm section, and soloing. reminiscent, to me, of Grateful Dead style solo lines (as well as a definite Mark Knoffler quality in there). great, laid back vibe. a real piece of art. cheers!
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Trillian said 3050 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
This is very nice
I enjoyed listening to it very much. Put it on my iPod so I can listen to it again. : )
Mute Albino said 3048 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
I really love these themes/melodies !!!
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Giusepppe said 3036 days ago (May 28th, 2009)
it sounds very well with elegance
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jazzman1 said 3028 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Very Enjoyable
I love this song.Excellent guitar work and harmonies.Thank you for sharing.
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MarkHolbrook said 3024 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
Holy crap...
How did I miss this!!! This is stunning at the start!!!!!!!

Ed your catalog starts out great and goes to stunning/amazing whatever other stellar words one can through at it!

This is a great great great tune! I see this was almost a year after your previous post... PLEASE don't be gone another year!!!

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MarkHolbrook said 3024 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
I'm still listening...
This just keeps getting better and better!
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MarkHolbrook said 3024 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
Ok Ed...
You've ruined me musically for the day... On the way home from dropping my kid off for camp I was humming a tune I'm working on in my head and getting all set for some quiet recording time...

Wife at work, not much for me to do work wise, kid at came... I was gonna get busy and lay down some tracks...

Then I decided to finish my trek through your catalog and reached this piece and frankly I'm ruined for the day if not lots longer...

This piece simply blows my mind! I have no interest in finishing my piece now... Gosh I wish I'd done this! This is simply amazing to me!!!

I should be angry that I will not work on my own music and will spend my time listening to this over and over but I'm not... I'm awed and floored.

Thank you for sharing with us Ed!
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Peter Greenstone said 3024 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
really nice
Very nice instrumental! It has such a uplifting vibe to it. I really like the guitar work. The patterns and harmonies work so well together. The mix has a bit more of that compressed sound than I'd like to hear but overall it sounds well balanced and pleasing. I suppose lyrics could add to it but it does work very well just as an instrumental. It's a melodic theme you could go all sorts of different directions with. Me likes it.
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RyanHolbrook said 3023 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
ok i just dont know what to say!!
THIS SONG IS GREAT!!!i love the lead in i really like the drums. i really hope that when i get older i will remember this kind of music music you guys have and make them as an example to when im first starting my song to record. thanks for posting this. it was great. :-)
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RyanHolbrook said 3023 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
ok i just dont know what to say!!
THIS SONG IS GREAT!!!i love the lead in i really like the drums. i really hope that when i get older i will remember this kind of music music you guys have and make them as an example to when im first starting my song to record. thanks for posting this. it was great. :-)
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Boundless said 3021 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Great track
Love the overall feel. Very smooth.
Fine guitars all over.

Thanks !
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MarkHolbrook said 3019 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
I'm Sorry Ed
but my friend you have messed me up big time with this tune! Every time I sit down to work on music I find myself humming this... The true sign of a great tune!

Gosh I love this tune... Superb in every possible way!
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Parichayaka said 3013 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
Really like this one
This is just beautiful. Crisp production with lots of subtle, well-mixed details, and best of all - even with so many talented people involved it still sounds organic, 'simple' and thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to the end. Great project. Also - seems like every 3rd person downloads your song. The ultimate compliment. Love the structure, the soft guitar bed, and the wonderful solos. David does his usual brilliant drum magic (slightly overcompressed maybe, but no harm) and what a joy it must be to have a song that you can really proud of. Congrats to everyone involved.
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Monkaton said 3011 days ago (June 22nd, 2009)
Good Sound
Good sound and a lot of interesting drumming, bass and guitar present. I also like the beginning guitar chord changes. They have a very relaxed feel, but keep the song flowing.

Very well done all concerned.
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MarkHolbrook said 3011 days ago (June 23rd, 2009)
I'm baaaaack!
I keep humming this tune then I have to go an listen in the ipod or iTunes...

What a great work of art! Ed you rock dude!
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Macaudion said 3008 days ago (June 26th, 2009)
Why haven't I know about this? How could you not have harassed me with the idea that apparently, I seemed a bit too lame to not have known that this piece had been posted! Man, do I dig this! I'm almost kinda jealous too! Jealous that David did such a great job on the percs! Well, I'm happy too and, the green is a pleasant green... You bugger, you! Great job! Both you and the Z! Beautiful writing and performing! Man!... You!... I'm not being so gracious, so I'll just exit with what I have left! Thanks for hanging this out! Dion
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Jarvoid said 3005 days ago (June 28th, 2009)
Time warped back to the 70's,Mike Oldfieldesque in places, definitely prog, solid sound gentlemen.Hats off to the drum programming...I am having a bit of a down on drum machines at the mo' probably 'cos I cannot be arsed to do them properly, ahh me,..righty ho once again great job ,look forward to 2 thru to 7 80)

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paddler said 2999 days ago (July 5th, 2009)
Slightly medieval sound to this dont know why but love the intertwining melodies - very beautiful and an original creation.muchly enjoyed - thanks Ed - Rich
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guitapick said 2990 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
A sweet...
...listen to a tune I enjoyed about a year ago...really like this, Ed. Got anything else comin' down the 'pike...?
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jazzman1 said 2984 days ago (July 20th, 2009)
Beautiful Music My Friend
Silky smooth.Beautiful guitar work.Love your melodies.
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tonestones said 2957 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Very pretty tune
I love this. It reminds me of some of my favorite Steve Morse tunes. Pretty melodies, great structure. Everyone has said it already.. Great stuff!
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daibhre said 2955 days ago (August 18th, 2009)
I fav'd it after about 4 bars! The cymbals playing around in there are very cool, but that smooth guitar work is what grabbed me and kept me hooked. Excellent job.
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RyanHolbrook said 2940 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
oh my god this song is awsome!!!!!!!
whats so amazing is i was in math class today and this song was in my head the whole time gosh i would kill to be able to play this! i seriously could not get it out of my head, this make me think about the good times ive had with my friend!! im so glad you made this there has been no other song like this that makes me feel this way great job! I LOVE THE LEAD!!! im honored to hear thanks so much. i love this song!!! it reminds me of the time i was in california in the ocean play with my friends and having great times :-) i love this song i will not ever forget this!! thanks for posting this!! :-)
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johnnyblues said 2855 days ago (November 25th, 2009)
You Grump!
This is very excellent! All of the guitars are really excellent. I had to visit you as you mentioned Porqupine Tree! Well done!
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Ed Hannifin said 2852 days ago (November 28th, 2009)
And thank you for the visit...
I'm glad you listened and liked!

CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2641 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
prog baby
nice intro. solid feel. very tight sounding. guitar playing the melody really nice and thoughtful. lead tone good. reminds me a bit of gordon giltrap! could be a bit shorter for my taste but really good all the same. cheers
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Ed Hannifin said 2639 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
Thank you for giving a listen, CZ...
Having heard your two tunes posted so far, I think you've got good instincts about these things. That good guitar on the melody is my friend Mark, known around MacJams as ibstrat.... His music is very well worth checking out... One of the best guitarists I know....

I have to admit that I don't know who or what gordon giltrap is... Gotta go google-ing, I think...
alackbass said 2425 days ago (January 29th, 2011)
Progulation #1
I missed so much great stuff before I joined. What a beautiful piece of music and so well produced and mixed!
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lyzak said 2338 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
humble beginnings to fruition
I'm lucky to tiredly stumble upon this innovative synergy tonight before hittin' the hay. It's a soul massager: Calm, smooth, melodic and hopeful. Thanks!
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