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Sitting on the Side of a Mountain


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rsorensen

 Genre: Indie Rock

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I was messing around with my dobro the other night and came up with the main riff for this song. I knew I'd forget it (I always do) so I went down right away and recorded a rough take of just the riff. The next night I spent some more time on the song, but couldn't record with complete silence behind me, so I recorded a scratch guitar and vocal part with my wife's sewing machine running in the background along with some other ambient 'life' sounds.
I had planned to re-record another cleaner version but thought it might be cool and maybe very organic to leave it as is, and maybe take the whole lo-fi concept it a little further and add some other stuff. I added a talking Jesus doll, a girl discussing the skills of breaking up, a dog barking (I couldn't get mine to), and some radio static.
The lyrics were improvised and intended as filler until I wrote something else, but strangly reading them now they make sense to me.
By the way, this and a few of my other previous posts - kind of blues, folk and country influenced indie rock songs - are part of a new project I'm working on I'm calling Blind Dog Sky. I think this will make a good intro or segue on the record.
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Lyrics
I don't believe you
When you tell me you're okay

and I am not believing
Every little word you say

When the wind is blowing on
You've got nowhere to run

Now that summer's almost over
The daylight will go on
Song Stats
Hits: 6791
Comments: 21
Fans: 17
Plays: 185
Downloads: 143
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Sep 06, 2008 - 06:42:33 PM
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2008 - 03:39:48 PM Last Played: Apr 02, 2017 - 10:47:59 PM
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Hardware:
Epiphone Dobro, Tambourine, Shaker, Snowball Mic, Jesus Doll
Software:
GB 08
Comments
guygrooves said 3156 days ago (September 6th, 2008)
This is...
something to behold Ridd, it escapes all adjectives, it is just plain GOOD. I think you're right about leaving it be, I believe you truly captured some magic in this. Sometimes thats how it happens. I also think the segue idea is brilliant. I have had a listen to the Blind Dog Sky songs at the webpage, and this would fit perfectly in the manner you envision. You always deliver man, I am happy you're here. Thanks for the free bee.
Peace
Guy
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rsorensen said 3156 days ago (September 6th, 2008)
:)
always really appreciate your kind comments, guy. thanks.
yeah i had every intention of redoing this but it just works best the way it is. glad you like it man
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Vic Holman said 3156 days ago (September 6th, 2008)
okay
now I am totally convienced that you don't sleep, mow the yard or wash the dishes. you are a music machine.
Check out my latest song called Blue Shoes
rsorensen said 3154 days ago (September 9th, 2008)
...
meh sleep is for humans
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Feter said 3156 days ago (September 6th, 2008)
Sitting on the Side of a Mountain
Goodness ..this is revGary Davis sound ...what
a suprise ...how couldn you do this ??? MAGIC !!!
happened alot tonight at MJ ..one day I will learn
to play this ...your voice so cool wonderufl recording
as well as I m known as the master of Lo Fi Mjer :-)
thankyou so very much for sharin !!!!!
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rsorensen said 3154 days ago (September 9th, 2008)
hmm
not familiar with the good reverend, but will definitely check him out. thanks feter!
Check out my latest song called Again
dajama said 3156 days ago (September 6th, 2008)
Excellent
I think this works perfectly as is. I've also recorded things roughly with background noise, and it just sounds like background noise! This sounds like it's supposed to be. I like the lyrics, too; improvised is sometimes the best. Very cool. Nicely done. Peace.
Check out my latest song called Across the Wire (MJRF)
rsorensen said 3154 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

thanks man. yeah the lyrics worked out well. stream of consciousness kinda thing, i was feeling meloncholic about the end of summer and this is what came out I guess. thanks again for listening
Check out my latest song called Again
lavalamp said 3156 days ago (September 7th, 2008)
Actually
this is quite charming as far as the production is concerned. The vox is super, but I think for this version it may have been better left naturally. It would sound like a dude floating down the Mississippi on a raft.
But, I still love this ditty. Good thing you ran off to record it in the nick of time. I totally know what you mean about forgetting those melodies and riffs.

Great job Ridd,

Dave
Check out my latest song called The Shallow People
rsorensen said 3154 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

thanks dave. i hear what you're saying and i did try that. it sounded alright but i wanted a dreamy kinda sound for the vox so went with this instead. thanks for listening and commenting and fanning (is that a word?)
Check out my latest song called Again
Jim Bouchard said 3156 days ago (September 7th, 2008)
love it!
The ambience is just perfect! Blind Dog Sky? Sounds like a good project. Cool all around.
Check out my latest song called Big Yawn (Apogee One mic demo)
rsorensen said 3154 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

Thanks Jim! if you're into it I may call on you for more Blind Dog Sky assists. I'm thinking banjos and mandolins :)
Check out my latest song called Again
lengold said 3156 days ago (September 7th, 2008)
You make
it all sound so easy. Brilliant.
Cheers
Len


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rsorensen said 3154 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

thanks len. with all this inspiration around me (yourself included) at this place, it isn't hard to get motivated to keep em coming
Check out my latest song called Again
Dj French Toast said 3156 days ago (September 7th, 2008)
Dowmloaded , Thanx
this song is awesome !
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rsorensen said 3154 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

thanks dude. and thanks for checking out my older stuff too. much appreciated
Check out my latest song called Again
Lennon714 said 3155 days ago (September 8th, 2008)
O Jerusalem
Nice little kick-back. I love your dobro work (this and your coffee house instrumental blues tune). Very clean and effortless. Sometimes when people turn the distortion off you really them to turn it back on. Not here. The ambient soundbed works perfectly, too.
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rsorensen said 3154 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

thanks eric. it's nice to strip things down once in awhile (shutup). I think i'll be happily stuck in this phase for a few more songs.
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said 3155 days ago (September 8th, 2008)
Hey DOBRO!
Awesome guitar playing here Ridd. Just awesome...Nicely recorded as well!

I agree with Feter...Just a hint of the Rev Gary davis on that dobro.

Beautiful vocals and harmonies. What's not to like? Ha ha...

Be well friend!
rsorensen said 3154 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

hey! what are you doing here ;) thanks micheal. i love my dobro. really. I even named it. Ok I've gotta check out this Reverend fella now. Have a good break!
Check out my latest song called Again
Char said 3155 days ago (September 8th, 2008)
Yes,
It is bluegrass, folk. Nice laid back tune. I kind of like the crackle noise. Short, but sweet. Thank you.
Check out my latest song called When Loving Is One-sided, Music by Bob Rodgers
rsorensen said 3154 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

yeah! bluegrass, folk, country, classic rock - that's the kind of sound this project's going for. glad you an hear it. thanks for stopping by, char.
Check out my latest song called Again
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