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The Real Lazarus


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The Infinites

 Genre: Dub

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In my continuing attempt to use the sounds of NYC, I remembered that I had captured the unmistakable wind & whistle of the subway as a train passed thru. On the platform was a guy with a single snare and a boom-box playing some unknown reggae. In front of him was a hat full of coins and $1 bills. This stuck in my head - the vision of this man having to possibly try anything to get back up on his feet.

I also took a bundle of pix - a cop in the middle of capturing a couple attempting to squeeze thru the barrier without paying. There are so many of these brass figures dotted about the station; iconic little dudes who live in W14th, close to the MPD.

I called this piece 'The Real Lazarus' because of the reggae guy and the brass guy both on the floor in the same place. I joined them for a second as I lay down to take the photo. It all felt connected. Did he ever get up and rise again? I did, the brass guy can't, but did the reggae guy manage to get back on his feet? Is he the Real Lazarus? We'll never know...

Hope you enjoy the tune - listen out for the train!

Jim
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Lyrics
Reggae style dub instrumental (feat. NYC subway)
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Plays: 76
Downloads: 110

Uploaded: Dec 11, 2008 - 04:57:14 PM
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2008 - 05:07:28 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 02:24:46 PM
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Feter said 3176 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
The Real Lazarus
Great music for the scene my friend ..your arrngment here so wide and giving
some nice hint o the place very nice ...the keys the bass ..too many grooves
are so cool ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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The Infinites said 3175 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
Thanks Feter!
Glad you enjoyed this one - never ventured into this genre before!

All the best.

Jim
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magnatone said 3176 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
The Real Lazarus
This is SO imaginative! Thanks for the backstory - it added a lot to what I was listening for as it played. VERY cool!
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The Infinites said 3175 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
That's great!
I hoped the story would shed some light on my thought process - real glad that you picked up on it.

Cheers,

Jim
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ic42 said 3176 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
a welcome story in music
it captures a vision of lazarus. he is cast in brass notes here. held captive by the beat of time. there is always another lazarus. they never escape. it is a soundscape of thoughts. thank you. 0x0
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The Infinites said 3175 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
You're welcome!
Glad you get it - it's just one of those stories that is stuck in my head that needed to be put out there as music. NYC is an incredibly rich seam of inspiration for me.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jim
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lengold said 3176 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
This has
a really good feel to it Jim. Quite hypnotic. Love the brass sections, very ska.
Cheers
Len


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The Infinites said 3175 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
Cheers Len!
I went for a "Ghost Town" feel - hope I captured that a bit. Used a French Horn loop - no suitable Sir Horace Gentleman trombone for the solo I'm afraid...

Ska - dub - reggae riddims. All sounds good to me. My first ever attempt at this style(e)!

Cheers.

Hope all is well south of the border - bit chilly, eh? In the minuses I believe?! THis wee summer tune should heat you up!

Jim
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egobandit said 3175 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
swimmin
Around in my head. Is that wind in the background or the sound of the subway. smooth as all get out excellent!
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The Infinites said 3175 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
Wind & whistling sound (brakes/tracks?)
of the subway that passed as I recorded. There's a haunting quality to that sound I feel. There's probably much more atmosphere in this than technical ability, that's for sure.

Glad you gave it an 'excellent!'

Jim
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egobandit said 3175 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
swimmin
Around in my head. Is that wind in the background or the sound of the subway. smooth as all get out excellent!
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Vic Holman said 3175 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
cool thought process
most people would not even connect the situation.
and you threw brass tracks in as well. plus some ambience and the beat tell the whole story. how cool!
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The Infinites said 3174 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Thank you, Vic
There's also the unintentional connection of the brass figures in the station and the brass section in the tune. This is a musical version of a tiny snapshot memory from NYC.

Glad you get it,

Jim
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TG said 3175 days ago (December 12th, 2008)
Vast and Cosmopolitan
I am stunned at how good this is, amazing what you can do with that typing of yours, This is a journey into sound and verve,
I enjoy the hills and valleys in this, Love that soft piano and trumpets, repeated listens to follow
Thanks Jim
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The Infinites said 3174 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
T
You have a great way with words! Vast & cosmopolitan - I'll take them anyday! You totally understand my way of thinking as I weave my way around the City trying to bed down some memories in the form of music. This one crept up on me unannounced and it all just connected and hopefully flowed well. That train sound was the trigger for the whole this. #2 in a series of ? in the New York Sounds cool-ection...

Thanks for your continued support, Tom. Hi to V & I !

Jim
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kingbee said 3174 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Ghost town
You definitely got the feel of that...and more!!
Sometime I feel a lot of dub stuff could do with a decent melody to go with it.
This has got it for sure.
Like the rumble of the train coming in.
Groovy..and evocative!
Nice one
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The Infinites said 3174 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Thanks Brendan
Not only Ghost Town, but I had the Clash in mind too. I hoped the melody would be catchy enough without being too boring or repetitive.

Glad you like it. Cheers!

Jim
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Henke said 3174 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Pretty cool!
Not my fav genre perhaps, and I've never been too NYC, but this feels like a virtual visit. Thanks! /Henke
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The Infinites said 3174 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Genre
My first go at this style, Henrik, a bit of an experiment for me. The tune was prompted by the memory of the subway scene and by wanting to do something different. So glad you stopped for a listen. I appreciate it even more, given that this is not to your usual listening preference.

Jim
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five_extra_arms said 3174 days ago (December 14th, 2008)
Big Fan of Dub
but an even bigger fan of good stories!

You're such an artist Jim!

I'll throw a coupla bucks in your hat!

Bob
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The Infinites said 3173 days ago (December 14th, 2008)
Story Telling
There's a few more NY related stories to come, such as 5 Ninth (the reprise), the night in your apartment on Hudson St, my time with Tom & Ves, my night in Brooklyn with Bud & Lisa to name but a few. Your voice may well make an appearance at some point - watch this space for more!

My virtual hat is on the floor - throw away!

Cheers,

Jim
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Relic67 said 3157 days ago (December 30th, 2008)
nice
like the melody. like the horn jabs and the organ. kind of eerie atmosphere at times.
really good.



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The Infinites said 3150 days ago (January 6th, 2009)
Horn jabs.
There's not enough of good horns in GB, but this is the best I could manage. Glad you tuned in!

Jim
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Remark80 said 3153 days ago (January 3rd, 2009)
Great Sound
Jim, I like this one alot. Kind of give a real feel of the NYC streets to me. The picture I have is a guy walking through the streets on NY with all of the buildings towering over him in search of something franticly but still seeming calm. Very cimematic feel to this one. I like all the sounds with the cool percussion driving underneath. Nice post.
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The Infinites said 3150 days ago (January 6th, 2009)
Thanks Sean!
I am having fun with trying to match imagery with sounds like a snapshot rather than using a photo. I'm glad you checked this one out - 'dub' doesn't attract that many folk around here..!

All the best,

jim
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DarkPlanet said 3141 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
Soo good
One of favorites from MJ in 2008, Jim your tunes are too far in between, anxiously waiting your next one...
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echoroom said 3129 days ago (January 27th, 2009)
Da bass
You nail this right way with the bass, but that nagging keyboard line gets in your head... really unusual for you this Jim, but you really pull this off. Very cinematic. Sorry to be so late, it woz the train being late ...
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The Infinites said 2671 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Thank You, Steve.
I know it's late, I know we're weary, I know your plans............


Better late than never.

WE are still the guys that did da 'Razorblade' ! Ha !

Seamus
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Three_Below_ZeroZ said 3126 days ago (January 30th, 2009)
OK - we're not much for songs with
complicated stories - but this is cool enough that we'll make an exception.
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bud said 3126 days ago (January 30th, 2009)
Not sure how I missed this one Jim
What a great track - and cool slice of NYC. My city sounds so much more interesting through your ears. Love the way you put this together.
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The Infinites said 3126 days ago (January 30th, 2009)
THE City
Inspiration on every corner. I'd move there in a heartbeat. I am so at home in Manhattan, you wouldn't believe it.

Shoulder to shoulder. Makes me want to make music. And catch up with my friends.

'til September, mon ami!

Jim
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Day-Dreamer said 3083 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
You left confusing comments on my page
came to check yours out very cool too.
was you serious with your comments on my page as I did not know how to take them..
Or was you just joking. I sincerely hope you were :)


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