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The first song I really liked that I posted at MJ. I liked it so much that I decided to get Ik to review it and was pretty devastated by his no-holds-barred crit.

Then I went away and changed my attitude to what makes a "finished" piece of music.

This is what I said about the original:
"Started out as a melodic, quiet little song which kind of developed a mind of it’s own.

Based on some thoughts about the last year of my dad’s life (in ’95). The “Ode” – in the chorus – by Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1844–1881) was a poem he knew by heart, and it seemed appropriate to use it as the chorus here. He had had some bad experiences in WW2, including being shipwrecked in the North Sea. “Black Jack” was a figure of legend (I’m not sure whether this was Northumberland legend or my dad’s own personal legend – he spoke as if it was a cultural thing although I’ve been unable to Google it) who appeared in the days before one’s death. As I get older, I appreciate the fear and confusion my father experienced more.

Musically, I had a ball doing the midi drums for this – I’ve always played air drums, so this was a lot of fun for me – and the bass line was also rather enjoyable to play. I enjoy finding voices I didn’t know I had.

Song art - Delacroix's "The Shipwreck of Don Juan" at http://www.vam.ac.uk/images/image/5454-popup.html

Play it loud!!!!!!!"

All tracks have either been replaced or rejigged fairly dramatically.
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Lyrics
Too Many Ghosts
© 2006 Neil Porter

There are times I sift through memories
There are some I fear, so I put them to one side
I put them down and leave them there
I shut the drawer and leave them there

The world is full of mysteries
There are some to fear, but no need to run and hide
Some deep unspoken mysteries
Just close the door and leave them there

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
We are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.

My photo box is tempting me
The moments there are etched into my mind
I take good care of thoughts from there
Feels safe here in my easy chair

I’ve seen too many yesterdays
Too many ghosts that live inside my head
I think about my younger days
The good times and those younger days

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
We are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.

INSTRUMENTAL – on the verse (x2)

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
We are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.

I saw Black Jack just yesterday
He was standing there in a corner of my room
“It’s time to come away” he said
I follow and he leads me there
It’s time to go away from here
I follow and he leads me there

Song Stats
Hits: 4409
Comments: 60
Fans: 44
Plays: 269
Downloads: 150

Uploaded: Jan 31, 2009 - 07:26:56 AM
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2009 - 07:30:13 AM Last Played: Mar 07, 2017 - 03:23:16 PM
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Hardware:
Fender Tele, Fender Precision Bass, Rode NT3 mic, Behringer UB802 mixer/preamp, Yamaha PSR300 midi keyboard, etc
Software:
Logic Pro 8, Ozone 3
Comments
Skean said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
So the party is on
I love this... Nice post... RE work... Cheers.
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jiguma said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Party
Yep, its 12.32am on Feb 1st here in Oz, and PARTY TIME (well actually, I'm heading to bed).
Glad you liked it Kenta.
Neil


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said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
amongst other things..
I am really digging that bass line....

. - Harold
jiguma said 3006 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Harold
this is based on the original bassline with only a few minor changes. Busy week coming up :)
Neil
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Moviz said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Excellent
job here. I love the busy tinkling instrumentals behind, like background thoughts ruminating and being tossed on the seas of the subconscious. Always love your lyrics and these stay with me from the first time I listened this song a couple of years ago. The mix on this is really great, cheers M
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jiguma said 3006 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Thanks Maurice
For the visit, the listen, the comment, and the excellent Festival theme song!
N
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echoroom said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
So many years ago...
.. and still sounds fresh. Glad you've done some rejigging - I'm shocked at the quality if my early songs... and now you've set the bar high with this one!


steve
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jiguma said 3006 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Steve
its been interesting to compare the new versions I've done of older songs with the original (I'm re-doing Eggshell Walk too, for the next CD). Lots of good ideas back then, but pretty average execution. I'm finding real encouragement from the earlier songs - since I started playing live, I don't seem to be able to write like I used to, and its been good to hear that there were a few gooduns.
N
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caroline said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
awww jiggy...
this is bittersweet for me - the Arthur O'Shaughnessy poem was also a favourite of my dads - he would've been 85 yesterday - i lit a candle for him then and today i held him in my heart while i listened to this - thank you jiggyneil xoxox
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jiguma said 3001 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Caro
I remember that about your dad, but wasn't aware that it would have been his birthday.
Cheers from OZ,
Neil
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ktb said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
re-jigging
Neil, I am so developing awe for your writing skill. The progression is just tops. Edgy, with the chord voicings on the guitar and keys just squeezing every last delicious note out. A very balanced mix as well.
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jiguma said 3001 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Cheers John
I think you'll enjoy my next post, coming any day now :)
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sloparts said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Wow Neil
this is oh so good my friend. Love the bass and drums and the way the song has so much energy. The lyrics are to die for and your delivery is spot on. Great production, mixing, and just a plain great song my friend.

Bravo Maestro

Ed
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thoddi said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
the opening act
The wait is over, and I got myself a perfect spot in front of the stage. Looking good mate! And the band starts to play - woohaa!

You have yourself a tight'n good band up there and you sound great! The audience is having the best of time here and are cheering about that cool bass player with the sassy bass lines.

After the extremely cool surprising end of the song, the audience can't stop jumpin' up and down and the girls in front scream to get a backstage pass...

You lucky man...

I was thinking about getting ready to tune my guitar and get up there - but I see the rest of my band already seems to be pissed from to much of your aussie beer. We're not used to the warm temperature down here so we have to compensate...;) it may take a couple of hours before we're able to get on stage...
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jiguma said 2994 days ago (February 13th, 2009)
Thor
Thanks for noticing the ending. Aaaaah .... there once was a time when the girls at the front managed to get backstage - but that's another story :)

Not often that the bass player gets the girls though in my experience :)

Thaks for the listen and the visuals - I hope you enjoyed the rest of the Fest.

Cheers,
Neil
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lengold said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Amazing production
of a really great song.
Cheers
Len


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Doadars Uncle said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Wow man!
Sweet production. Love this sound! Great remix!!
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Vic Holman said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
haunting memories
of old songs.
Neil, this is recreated wonderfully. Fantastic mastering. everything is so defined. I so like the bass tone, punchy and clear. The keys, guitars and vocals really bring it to life.

Hmmm,.... the quicktime player stops at 7/8 way through the song. But the flash player goes all the way to finish


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FEEL said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
I remember this
And I think it's one of my favorites by you. Thanks for brining back some memories.
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thetiler said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Very nice
sounds scape of the instruments, especially the guitar sounds. This may be one of my favs as for are how you got such a nice full guitar effects and sounds. OF course nice jig singin too!

Thanks for sharing
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Feter said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Too Many Ghosts
Powerful ..after reading the describtion which always as fun as listening
to your songs ..I can feel how solid structured the keys and the bass drivin
this song into a real cool live sound backin your vocals ...man this is a
classic ...thnx alot for it and the fest !!!!
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guitapick said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
You are...
...a very, very talented artist, Neil. This pulls at my heart...
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MarkHolbrook said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Excellent Neil
Simply excellent... This is fantastic. So full of deep sounds and changes... Nicely done!
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SmokeyVW said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
time flies
i remember this song! wow, you've taken a great tune and really spiffed it up! this is excellent.

thanks


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lavalamp said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
The bass line...
The bass line is so cool. Almost played as the lead instrument, which I dig. The mixing job is spot on.

The vox could be up just a hair more in my mind.

9's all across the board.

Dave
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saymme said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Courtseys to You
This blows me away abit which makes it hard to comment - its so 'rich' in it all : )the lyrics & the 'tight' / deep sound in your voice & in the Music .
Seriously .
WOW !!! HAPPY REUNION NEIL !!!!!!!!!!!!
Bob Rodgers said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
A
great song with a great intro, I love the bass line on this, has a wonderful tone!
All the instruments sound superb, a great production and mix.
Enjoyed this, thanks!

Bob

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stratcat said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Well
done Jiguma. I especially like the lyrics, lots of meaning in there. Love the Tele tones.
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Rebsie said 3007 days ago (January 31st, 2009)
Distant echoes of 70s prog
You've certainly picked up some refined production skills in your time here. Very lush sound. I like the punchy bass. There's an edginess pulsing through this ... I usually associate your style with sunny beaches and sparkling sea but this is an altogether darker ocean.
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DWL said 3006 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Production is great on this.
Clean and clear. Drums are excellent and instrumentation is superb. Loads going on and endlessly interesting.

Fine song Neil

Cheers

Dick

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Mcboy said 3006 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
nice full sound....
funky ....love that organ..nice n thick....so many great lyrical lines....wow....u really got a lot out of ya......killer track neil!!!!!!
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bud said 3006 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Great new version Neil
This whole concept is cool. Encouraging us to do what we often say we'll get around to "one of these days". Nifty song to boot.
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I.G.M. said 3006 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Breathtaking!!!!
Wow, this is great stuff, Neil!
Would love to come to the Reunion, but my bicycle is in repair.
Thank you for sharing that stuff with me : )
Gets my vote as always.
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I.G.M. said 3006 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Ooops
No voting on this.
Makes no difference...
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Dadai.2 said 3006 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
back to comment finally...
Neil... the sound of this song is intoxicating. Really pro. I can only offer deep bows (as Feter would say) and Kudos. You've fine tuned your music making skills to such an grand extent. Nice choice of instruments, all well played... everything arranged and fitted well. Thanks for bringing on the festival.

Jack
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ted23 said 3005 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
Jangle
Man I love those jangly guitars and that bass line is sooo smooth.
A super song. I'm envious of the clarity and crispness in this memorable tune.
dajama said 3005 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
Masterful
Ask IK to critique this one now and I'm sure you'd get a very different response. This sounds excellent. Musically, it has a touch of PF circa Animals, with just a touch more funk, and the lyrics are really evocative. Love the chorus poem - very nicely done. Your vocal is great, quite effected, it sounds like, but nothing that detracts or distracts. Excellent stuff. Glad this challenge gave you the context to redo this. Speaking of which, congrats on the challenge concept (and execution!). Nicely done, my friend. Peace.
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jiguma said 2997 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Yeah!
Where is Ik?
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psexnyc said 3004 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
This is BadAsss!!
I love it!!! I'm downloading it!! This is way too cool!! AWESOME!!
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VicDiesel said 3004 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
Glorious
I recall hearing this song before, but I have no idea what the verdict is.

This sounds great! Fantastic mix, and great use of vocals.
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Ed Hannifin said 3004 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
Comments to Harold aside,
...you ARE doing something different in the bassline, if not in the line then in the attack or tone... It's more prominent and has more attack than is sometimes the case in the jiguma sound from what we call the "pre-classical" period...

Gee, and hints of B3, too... Neat... And neat chime in the guitars and the drums have sizzle and air and change-ups that make sense...

Still a good song, and a great lead-off to the fest...





jiguma said 2997 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Ed
I think the whole song has a different tone to the original. I'd been messing around with this for a few weeks without listening to the original much, but when I went back and finally heard the earlier version I was surprised at how little sparkle it had. The bass benefited from its very own Ozone treatment. The chiming guitar sound is a midi melody I played and then went crazy with in the original - I just made it sound better this time around.

Always enjoy your comments Ed,
Neil
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tadashi said 3003 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Beauty and
wandering
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Godchaser said 3003 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Floydish Feeler
The one that didn't make the Animals album perhaps.I've been away for a while and I was blessed to come across your latest new/old piece.I too really was drawn in by the bass work,but it is all good from the top down,and I am happy to have stopped by to catch this one.Thanks Neil
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jiguma said 2997 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Nice to see you back Daniel
Its funny that I get a lot of Floyd comments about some of my songs - I hardly ever listened to them at all, with the exception of Dark Side of the Moon. I think thay were around when I started my country rock period, and I obviously missed out. I'll have to get a copy of Animals and have a listen.
Neil
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awigze said 3003 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Jiguma
very deep lyrics and music to match.... you have inspired me to go find an old 70's long hair freak picture for my profile.... great song.... the intonations and the repetitive words at the end of each line matches really well with the style of playing. great solo break.... !!!!!!!
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jiguma said 2997 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Freak pics
I suspect we all have them ;)
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mike_d said 3002 days ago (February 5th, 2009)
Nice one, Neil!
Really enjoyed this track and the mix is flat-out fantastic! It was cool of you to organize the MJ Reunion- thanks for taking the time to get it all going! I was hoping to have something to post for it but free time is still in very short supply. No worries though, I'm checking out these awesome entries as I have time :)
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Char said 3000 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
What a well-done
piece of music throughout and I loved the smash at the end. I'll have to listen a few times more because there is just so much going on. Thanks for all your contributions here and thanks for this.
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jiguma said 3000 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Char!
Finally someone commented on the ending! Its my favourite part of the song :) If you think there's a lot going on here, wait for my next one due in a day or two!
Cheers,
Neil
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snowdragon said 2999 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
wow
wow
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jiguma said 2997 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
bow
wow wow

:)
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bug67 said 2996 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Yes!
Very nice, Neil! I always love those Hammond organs in my pop music! Thanks for sharing and Happy Festival! :)
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bug67 said 2996 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
P.S.
Thanks for throwing this thing together. It got me off my arse (as one famous Bouncing bear would say)!
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hongshan said 2994 days ago (February 13th, 2009)
Original
Neil,
I love the clean, crisp sound you have. Its very refreshing. An excellent mix. Im in awe!
I think the organ combines excellently with tele's. Oh and I Love the lyrics!

Cheers Mate
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The Composer said 2994 days ago (February 13th, 2009)
Come along way mate
Bugger mate, that midi drumming of yours has come a LOOOOOOONG way. Sounds very nearly natural... I don't think I would've easily picked it out if you hadn't mentioned it. Really digging the bass line too and the subtle touches with the organ. The whole track feels a little over compressed, but that's always been something more of a trademark for you and not necessarily a detractor.

Eitherway, really cool song. Nice groove, good singing and I don't mind the drums at all! Nice work mate.
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Willywagga said 2993 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Brilliant
Have to say I think this is brilliant. Great combination of sounds.I love the organ growling from the corner.
Really love it all the way.


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sonnyjim said 2992 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Bakelite
Really good song, Neil. I like the vocal treatment a lot: that doubling track is very controlled and lends an effected feel to the lead voc. Instrument choices are very satisfying; the whole thing has an airy, smart feel.

That organ is a 70's-era psychedelic beauty, BTW!
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WillyB said 2986 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
...
The bass is hypnotizing...love it! Overall feel is fantastic, great production..you can hear it all. Great track Neil.
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talkoflaw said 2904 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
cool!
very very cool! I definitely want to hear more from you - celebrity justice
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