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I Have Wandered (MJ GOOC)


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jiguma

 Genre: Bluegrass

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The opening song for the MJ Grand Ole Opry Challenge - Texan boys aren't the only ones who are quick off the mark Dolly :) Anyway, it's July 1st here in Oz!

This was written by Ian Robins in 1972, and is the first song with a vocal I ever posted at MJ in 2005, and I'd always threatened to redo it.

Live tracks are vocals, bass, 6 string acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic and Telecaster leads. Not live are mandolin, fiddle and banjo - drums are DoD.

I'm conscious of a high harmony that isn't there, but every time I tried to sing it I had a coughing fit, so I'm afraid you'll have to sing it yourself - a little audience participation.

Interestingly, since posting "On Reflection", I've made contact with Ian, who is alive and well and living in the mountains in B.C. Canada. I'm kind of hoping we can do something together at some stage.

Marastique lives!
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Lyrics
I Have Wandered
(C) Ian Robins 1972

I have wandered through this world unnoticed
and at the age of 25 I've seen it all
You've just got to have someone to keep you company
Cause there aint no point in going on alone

I've seen mountains in the north a distant purple
And I've ridden waves down where they meet the sea
My eyes have seen the western plains and rivers
And the snow-capped mountains south have captured me

Don't worry if you're down and feeling despersate
And the road you're on just makes you want to crawl
Cause it's 10:1 she's waiting round the next bend
And before you know it love has conquered all
Love has conquered all

I have wandered through this world unnoticed
and at the age of 25 I've seen it all
You've just got to have someone to keep you company
Cause there aint no point in going on alone

But of all the beauties that this land can show you
There is one place that I know can beat them all
That's the place where your own true love is standing
That's the time when you'll be standing 10 feet tall
Feeling 10 feet tall
Song Stats
Hits: 4783
Comments: 51
Fans: 41
Plays: 404
Downloads: 134
Votes: 11
Uploaded: Jun 30, 2008 - 09:38:19 PM
Last Updated: Jul 02, 2008 - 07:06:55 AM Last Played: May 20, 2016 - 01:52:32 PM
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Hardware:
Seagull S6 acoustic guitar
Maton FG150 12-string acoustic
Fender Telecaster
Fender Precision bass
Rode NT3 mic
Behringer UB820 mixer/preamp
and stuff
iMac G5
Software:
Logic Pro 8
Comments
Feter said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
I Have Wandered
thisis high octain energetic newgrass sound to my ears
wow what a song my friend ..definetlyone of your fav
and what a start to start the Gran ol Opry fest here !
Hats off to you Neil .... thnx for the gem !!!!
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jiguma said 3191 days ago (July 2nd, 2008)
Feter
Glad you enjoyed it my friend - the first posts for the MJGOOC have been awesome. Seems like it's going to be quite a party!
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Roxylee said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
Yee-HaH
Neil, are you sure you're not secretly from Texas? Sheesh, you are amazing! you play so excellently and the lyrics and vocals are perfect for the "Opry. Kudos for the first entry- what an act to follow! :-)
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jiguma said 3191 days ago (July 2nd, 2008)
Roxylee ..
.. now I'm blushing. I grew up listening to the Flying Burrito Brothers and Gram Parsons (et al), so it's little wonder I know my way around the genre a little. Those country loops in Logic Studio open up a whole world of opportunities. I even had a rathe cool pedal steel track worked out before I realised they don't really exist in bluegrass.
Thanks for listening and your kind comment.
Neil
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FEEL said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
Some fine pick'n
Seems O'l Tex beat me to the draw... Some chums my way arrived a day early as well. Fine peace of music. Maybe you leave me spot when finished. Thanks for partak'n.
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jiguma said 3191 days ago (July 2nd, 2008)
John
Partakin' was a blast - love your MJGOOC post!
Neil
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J.A.Stewart said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
The ULTIMATE...
*Southern Man* you are, Neil. I mean you are about as South as it gets down under. ;)

This is a good old-fashioned good-time knee-slapper with some really good musicianship.

I had a bit of a hard time placing the Southern accent of the singer, but decided it must be... Arkansaus. ;)


--- Joe
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jiguma said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
That southern accent :)
Yep I'm pretty far south Jim - all those southern accents sound the same to me.

Let's say my accent is that of an Australian stepping on stage for the first time at the Ryman, scared to pieces and trying to fit in :)

Thanks for listening - glad you enjoyed it.
Neil
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paddler said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
..
First class musicianship - the fiddle,madolin,banjo combo is luxury to behold.Excellent - RG
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magnatone said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
I have Wandered
This is FABULOUS! Neil, you SO have the bluegrass touch - I'm totally impressed by you all over again. This is a DANCER!!
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sloparts said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
Great Song Neil
This one is infectious. It makes you want to get and dance. Love the mix of instruments you put together. That banjo is just Killer my friend. Hell the whole track is Killer for that matter.

Outstanding song, performance, and mix my friend, Great job

Ed
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said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
All right....
... now this is what I'm talking about! I love this, Neil. You are on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and I am enjoying the whole thang. Kudos for a fun and well done song. Great lyrics.

Jack
aclarke said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
Still my favorite
I believe this was the very first song of yours heard by my ears. It was enough to make me a fan at that point. Neil... what can I say- I just love this song... and would even if your made it into a speed metal version. Okay- might be stretching but you get the point.

It did seem like your voice was buried in the music somewhat at times.. I'd have liked it more upfront. In any case, however, a fine rendition of this great song!
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Relic67 said 3192 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
awesome!
Great sounding piece of music, fine singing and instrumentation.
Perfect kickoff to the GOOC!


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8piscean8 said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
Man.....
Gee Neil, you've been busy. This is mixed really well. I really like the addition of the mandolin, fiddle, and banjo. I can hear a high harmony part also but I am also incapable of singing such high harmonies that sound decent. This is a knee-slapper indeed! Yee-haw!!
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lengold said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
This is
just brilliant Neil.
Cheers
Len


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Moviz said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
Perfect
Start to this Old Opry songfest..... so authentic sounding lave the pace instruments and all and especially the fiddle, tops song; cheers M
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dolby said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
What a sound
great stuff Neil. Very authentic, great vocal and the mix of live intruments and loops is faultless. Tremendous!

Phil
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said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
GREAT!
Very great entry to the MJ GOOC. This is a true excellent performance, this challenge seems to be about the bests here... amazing START and I'm completely "blown away" by the talents with various styles here!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
YEE-HAAAWWWWWWW!
Well done Mr. Porter!

Flawless integration of loops and live instruments!

A toe tappin' sonic extravaganza!

Be well friend!
guitapick said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
Weeeeeeeeellllllll....
....yeeeeeeee-HAWWWWWWW...

Great stuff, Neil...this GOOC is turning out to be an incredible inspiration for some great music....congrats, man....
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kassia said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
Wandered
This is fabulous! A perfect tune for the Opry. I love your vocals on this and the instrumentation is awesome. A great combination of sounds. Very fun!
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thoddi said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
howdy partner
Good groovin' C&W feel. Your singing here fits just right to this style.

Cool:)
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peacepiano said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
Bluegrass
I hadn't expected bluegrass when this challenge came up. Its great to hear a song like this. I've always had a soft spot for this stuff :)

Thanks
Bill
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bud said 3192 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
A reak thigh slapper Neil
One heck of a great tune with some mighty fine gittars and vocalisin'.
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egobandit said 3191 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
Diggin this
get up and dance its a great happy day1 at least thats how it makes me feel. Or myabe 10 feet tall! thanks another great one!
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said 3191 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
I Have Wondered
jiguma
You know I think you Rock !! I love Bluegrass as well.
I just love it all. Kudos

Peace Dee.
Vic Holman said 3191 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
very fitting
yes. I can picture you on stage in a nice blue rhinestone suite.... and of course the white stenson cowboy hat...... and silver plated spurs

i also dig the traveling man lyrics as well as everything else here
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stevel said 3191 days ago (July 2nd, 2008)
Bluegrassin'
Great track Neil....very different style for you. the vocals almost give this a Green on Red goes bluegrass feel. Great sound
Cheers
Steve
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DWL said 3191 days ago (July 2nd, 2008)
Works for me
A bit of Western swing always go down well.

Cheers

Dick
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FlatRock2 said 3191 days ago (July 2nd, 2008)
yeee haw!
Love this!
Bluegrass always has such a great attitude.

Great playing!
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Ibstrat said 3191 days ago (July 2nd, 2008)
Great
stuff here.I can hear that Burrito Bros/ New Riders influence.Awesome track!
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guygrooves said 3190 days ago (July 2nd, 2008)
Beautiful song.....
Great Job Neil I am tappin my foot and tryin to do that high harmony you mentioned, although I am havin a hacking spell of my own. I really enjoyed this very well done my friend.
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caroline said 3190 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
heeeehaawwww!!!
dancing around the livingroom - oommmggg - i love this jiggyneil - thank you thank you xoxoxoxox
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rtcooper said 3190 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
JOHN SIMON, INC
JOHN SIMON is a superb musician and a Top Producer.
SEEMS to me, You're Catching Up!
TOP SHELF Production Values, Once Again.

The Combination and Coordination of Instrument Voices is Outstanding!

There are many Facets to Your Talents and it's Impressive and Fascinating.

Compliments,
Coop


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saymme said 3190 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Neil ! I love U ; ) !
I'm smiling big all theway through this wonderful song ! Hahah love the banjofeel or is it the GOOC-feel? GREAT WORK & MUCH ENJOYED what a Grand opening of the Gooc ! : ) It's really fun what You can do this is different from the ones I've heard w You I c its an oldie, happy You decided to redo it what a blast !!! :) & it fits You very well : ) Great Mix , amazing how techniq has changed the musicworld..
kudos to You ! so U know this guy-Ian thats great Happy for You !

& ofcourse - Courtsey Jiguma !
PLR Lena
dajama said 3189 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Great stuff
A toe-tappin' classic! Lovely track. The singing is great, filled with that country attitude (love that accent!), and brilliant instrumentation. Great song and a really nice arrangement. This one had me moving! Very cool. Nicely done, my friend. Peace.
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jiguma said 3189 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
Sorry, but ..
.. a general thank you will have to suffice here. I really appreciate the positive comments you have all made. Bluegrass is a favourite genre for me, and I had an absolute ball making this. Lots of the loops (banjo, fiddle and mandolin) came from Logic Studio, and I enjoyed trying to get the fit right. I also had a killer pedal steel track which is languishing on the studio floor.

The main reason I'm not able to answer each comment (which I usually try to do) is that my new iMac and Logic Studio are just too hard to leave alone. The potential is enormous (as is the learning curve). Although I'm only scraping the surface, I'm already feeling like I have a number of new directions open to me. The extensive midi drum loops will be coming to headphones or speakers near you soon (not to mention synths and strings and all sorts of goodies I've discovered).

Thanks again for the comments - I genuinely appreciate every one of them.

Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Ed Hannifin said 3189 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
Reminds me of the first two Eagles albums...
...when Bernie Leadon was still in the group and a force to be reckoned with. Songs like 'Earlybird' and 'Twenty-One', which are unfortunately overlooked these latter years...

I can really hear that spot where a high harmony could go...

Neat song, nicely sung and played, and the 'artificial' instruments mesh nicely in the overall mix...

Ed
davisamerica said 3189 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
i knew it!!
you folks down under were once a part of texas that some how broke off and headed south! very cool tune neil
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Cameron said 3188 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
woo-hoo!
Although unintentional, this rollicking good-time happy-tune is PERFECT for celebrating Amurrika's Birthday.

I'm hoisting a cold one in your "honour". Great performance, Neil!
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bellyfur said 3188 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
nice
work!
Einarus said 3188 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
One 'word' says it all:
Yeeeee-haw!!!

'Nuff said?
I think 'nuff said. :)

-Einar S.
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dirigent said 3186 days ago (July 6th, 2008)
I Have Wandered
Amazing performance, great upbeat song! Bravissimo. Cool vibe!!
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kristyjo said 3186 days ago (July 7th, 2008)
Wow-
I really am impressed with the way you mixed those sounds. And, of course, it's a great kick off (for my ears, anyway) for the whole GOO Challenge.
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lavalamp said 3185 days ago (July 8th, 2008)
Hey man
I usually don't dig the BG or C&W genre, but I think you did quite a cool job.

Great production my friend.

LL
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bonnieprincejohnny said 3182 days ago (July 11th, 2008)
Mighty fine
Yesireeee we got ourselves a gen-u-ine ho-down. Banjotatstic.,
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VicDiesel said 3177 days ago (July 15th, 2008)
Uptempo coolness
Most of the instrumental part of this song sounds pretty authentic.

But, eh, close miking of the vocals is definitely not bluegrass. The more old-timey bands will play, both in the studio and in concert, with everyone standing around a single microphone. Your recording sounds a bit too contemporary.

But apart from that this is great stuff.


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KellyMarkSmith said 3174 days ago (July 19th, 2008)
I LOVE THIS!!!
My wife and I love this tune.
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Skean said 3172 days ago (July 21st, 2008)
I love it
I have to come back for I thought I comment but I did not so I do it now.
This make me want to dance sweet mix as well... I always love you're mixing skills.

Take care
----
Kenta
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ianrob said 1163 days ago (January 20th, 2014)
Thanks, Neil
This is quite a surprise but I love the bluegrass feel to the song. It has been so many years since I have heard it. Takes me back to Marastique and those great concerts on the beach at Collaroy. You have done the song justice and me an honour. Ian.
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