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Periscope Graves (MJRF)


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bud

 Genre: Acoustic Rock

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Kevlar of JOAN used to send me cassettes of their music from time to time and then one day he told me I could hear them online at a place called MacJams. What an incredible revelation that was. Not only did I find their music but I also found a supportive community that loved what they were doing. JOAN had it going on - and I got to meet some fine folks and dip my toes in the water. Around the same time I got a new computer with GarageBand in it and immediately sat down and cobbled together my very first tune using loops only (I thought that was the coolest thing at the time) and throwing the work of one of my favorite poets on top. On June 21, 2005 I posted Periscope Graves and the rest is history.
Rather than go back and try to improve on my original effort - I decided to simplify it to a solo guitar and voice performance. One take, one track, no fixes.
It's taken me four years to finally keep it simple. WARNING - this is not a feel good number.
I love this place and the people in it. Thanks Jiguma for putting this festival together.

PS - this was posted before my mother recently passed away - not in response to that event.
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Lyrics
The lyrics are from a poem by the esteemed writer James Tate.
Song Stats
Hits: 3620
Comments: 61
Fans: 32
Plays: 75
Downloads: 117

Uploaded: Feb 01, 2009 - 10:25:27 AM
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2009 - 08:23:51 AM Last Played: Feb 21, 2015 - 09:28:37 PM
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Hardware:
MacBook, Samson USB mic, Martin D18
Software:
GB08
Comments
Diviner said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
What a sad song
but brilliantly done esp considering that it was done in one take, well done Bud.
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bud said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Yeah - not the cheeriest number
I suppose. I was enjoying a bit of drowning I guess you might say.
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Skean said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Cheers
And Im siting here way too drunk.. I like this simplicity song, deep with sorrow in your voice.
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bud said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
So straightforward Kenta
that's what I love about you. No beating around the bush.
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Vic Holman said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
after 3 1/2 years
Kevin, I like the bare bones approach to this song. So different from the original. Which was cool as well.

But this time around I hear the vocals so much better and the whole song takes on a totally different feel.

very nicely done.
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bud said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Thanks Vic
I figured I see what it's like to just be naked for a change.
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paul f. page said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Simple...
...is better, Bud. I have found that, too. With the ability to do 12 or 15 or 20 tracks, it's just refreshing to hear a song in its barebones one-instrument-one-voice original. What a wonderful age we live in where we have so many choices for musical expression...And isn't it ironic that we always (finally) come back to the most basic expressions? ... I am glad that I get to hear your new (and old) music so frequently.
Peace.
Paul
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bud said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Paul - my friend
The pleasure of your company is one of the highlights of my time here. I look forward to more camaraderie in the future. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.
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Feter said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Periscope Graves
ahhh Man ..this is so strong with all the feelins with your vocal work
this need dark espresso for sure ..very good one ..good choice for the
lyircs ...Hats off to you my friend ...YOU ROCK !!!!!
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bud said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Same goes to you Feter
Don't know where we'd all be without your constant support. Cheers - Brother!
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Doadars Uncle said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Straight up
Yeah, the appeal is in the simplicity of it. Great feel.
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bud said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Thanks -
Tate's words are pretty abstract - but they do evoke a strong feeling in me. Nice of you to comment.
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LunaTrick said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Dark stuff...
The panning makes me want to drink whiskey and wail along.


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bud said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
I hear you Daniel -
Is it too much? I didn't really notice it till later today. Guess I was caught in it's sway last night. This was extremely impulsive. Idea to post in twenty minutes.
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egobandit said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
drill another hole
like the simplicity I dont know if I will ever get it that simple. Great one take real guts thanks
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bud said 3064 days ago (February 1st, 2009)
Just get alone -
grab one of your songs - play along on an acoustic for a minute or two - then cut a take. It's a testament to you and others here that I'm comfortable enough to do this. It may suck - but it's the best I could do at the moment.
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Dj French Toast said 3064 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
Ahhhhh
RAW ! I love it Bud Cool lyrics ...I see why you made love to them ...Nice song man ! I dig it .
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bud said 3063 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
Thanks Benny
Check out Tate's writing sometime - he's an unusual talent.
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davisamerica said 3063 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
sitting
next to kenta ... but having a beer and a smoke ... thinking "how in the hell does that little dawg play guitar with paws" ? seriously bud ... thanks for the look back ... one of the best folks here .. you are
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bud said 3063 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
Realized now all too quickly where this one
came from. Leaving for Philly to see my Mom as she enters hospice care. She's very near the end. Sad times.
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Bob Rodgers said 3063 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
A
really nice song Kevin and very much enjoyed.

Simple is usually the best and this certainly is!

Great stuff!

Bob
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bud said 3061 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Thanks Bob
That's very kind of you.
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magnatone said 3063 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
Periscope Graves
ok, i'm crying - i love your, um, nakedness here. Very special upload Mr. Bud!
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bud said 3061 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
My nakedness is it?
And crying at that. Karen - people are going to talk.
Thanks - you're wonderful.
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echoroom said 3063 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
Bud light/ Bud dark
and your heart seeps through the holes in the wall. Great vocal, straight from the gut.

Simplicity takes a lot of work
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bud said 3061 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Thanks Steve -
I'm no longer gonna hold back just because I'm not gifted with a set of pipes like yours. Lookout.
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rsorensen said 3063 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
haunting
really like this minimalistic approach, kevin. Your vocals are really really good here. you should do more like this.
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bud said 3061 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Much appreciated Ridd
Thanks for stopping by. I think I'll take your advice.
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caroline said 3062 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
how interesting to learn that
JOAN brought you here - they were my first collab - love 'em - i love your voice - it's sooo big john.. i hope you know what i mean :) - great guitar too - my kinda thing.. you know what i would say about the lyrics :D thank you xoxox
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bud said 3061 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
I remember that first collab quite well
it was wonderful. I'm not sure I know what you would say about the lyrics - except that I should have written them myself. Thanks for the support.
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lengold said 3062 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
Really love
this bud - definitely my favourite vocal of yours - demands attention. Very unusual panning which I found very enthralling too. Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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bud said 3060 days ago (February 5th, 2009)
Thanks Len
I wasn't too sure about the panning the next day.
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dajama said 3061 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Maybe
Maybe it's not feelgood, but it sure is effective - heartfelt and thought-provoking. Great words, and a terrific performance. Sometimes keeping it simple is just what is needed, and the only thing that works. And this works brilliantly. I think I've said it before, but it's worth saying again, there is a definite Ian Curtis to your vocal for me that adds another layer to this performance. Magnificent. Nicely done, my friend. Peace.
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bud said 3061 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
Ian Curtis - if only
Thanks David - I really appreciate your kind support.
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SmokeyVW said 3061 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
i like minimalism
i like minimalism

here's a good example of why!

thank you sir
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bud said 3061 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
You are
welcome.
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blaky smith said 3061 days ago (February 5th, 2009)
4 years
Great vocal, I like this song, very nicely done.
Simple is beautiful !

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bud said 3060 days ago (February 5th, 2009)
Why - thank you very much
It was nice of you to stop by and comment.
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racerat said 3060 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Bud,
simple takes guts.
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bud said 3059 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Thanks Philip
I feel ready to explore the other side of experimental for a while.
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tokai said 3060 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
one take
fair play, real back to the roots feel to this. Great tune bro, lots of emotion in your voice.
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bud said 3059 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Nice of you to stop by Steve
I appreciate the feedback.
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musichead said 3060 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
I can ....
I can write some dark stuff myself...I write a halloween song every year that seems more dark that festive.
I like done one takes myself. But its because Im hyper and want to get it done. Nice job here my friend!
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bud said 3059 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
I'm very impatient and hyper
as well and often rush things out. Thanks for dropping by.
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said 3059 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
Cool
Have you ever done something like this here? So simple, and sung with emotion, but it's really kind of hard for me to capture that like you have here.

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bud said 3059 days ago (February 6th, 2009)
No - I don't think I ever have
many of my "produced" songs are just a series of one takes cranked out quickly and mixed in a hurry - but I've never done this before. Actually I have come to think of it - but it was more involved. It was the song Easy on Yourself for the Coffee House challenge. That was one take but with a drum machine and bass sequence running beside the guitar and vox.
As for the emotion - life dealt lemons.
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mikkinylund said 3057 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
This is awesome!!!
Works great with the guitar and the vocals, reminds me of MIchael Gira of The Swans.
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bud said 3057 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Thanks Mikki
I never expected something so simple to be so warmly received. I appreciate the comparison - and I'm humbled by it.
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lavalamp said 3057 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Love it
Sorry I'm late to this one. Love the simple approach. Never heard the original. I could really feel the words. I like this dirgy style from time to time. Very tempting, it must be, to want to add to this. But, I think you made the right choice here.

Great stuff,

Dave
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bud said 3057 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Yea - it's always tempting
to gild the lily. Glad this worked for you as is and thanks for dropping by.
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DWL said 3054 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
World weary
well done even if it is not feel good music.

Cheers

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bud said 3054 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
It was a bit wearying
for a while there. Thanks for listening and commenting.
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Willywagga said 3051 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Very Cool
Unique I have to say. I really like it alot. Nice and sparse. The movement across the soundscape pull my ears makes for an acute listen. Brilliant song. Love it !!
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bud said 3051 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Many thanks
Nice of you to stop by and react so strongly.
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Joe Brady said 3050 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
NOt cheery, no, but
art encompasses all emotions and the trick here is that your sense of art brought you to the simple approach and let the guitar and vocal simply support the main instrument, i.e., the lyrics. I like it Bud, your voice is an easy listen and has great expressive qualities; so tell another story dude, I'm ready.
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bud said 3050 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Very kind of you Joe
I only wish I could write like James Tate.
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Char said 3049 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
So much of your feeling
is apparent in the way you sing this and your playing. I like the intimacy of it. And simple is easy to relate to, as if we could sing about our feelings just like this. Thank you.
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tireiron said 2967 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
been
cruizin through your stuff. awesome! count me as one of your fans

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bud said 2966 days ago (May 10th, 2009)
Thanks - I appreciate it
I'll drop over to hear more of your stuff - already like what I've heard so far.
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Schello said 2959 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
sad
=( im crying now!
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