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thoddi

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A re-do of one of my earlier submission here (song 14998). Made a new bridge and altered the lyrics some. Always curious on how the mix and production turns out at your end, and appreciate any feedback. Thanks:)
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Lyrics
MY FRIEND
Thor Oliversen©2005

I see you struggle with where to go
No clear projection of who you are
Your true you seek, oh I think you know
No need to look for answers in a bar

What kind of load pulls you down my friend
It takes away what you love in life
I hope you find a way to make it mend
Oh please recall how to love again

And when I see you around my friend
will it be like yesterday
And when you see me around again
I hope you tell me that you're OK

How come you find it so hard to move
Is your awareness just blurred from fear
Let your feelings make the groove
even if it makes you shed a tear

And when I see you around…..

Some call it faith
Some say it’s what you choose to do – what you choose to do
If some good bait – did lead you
And now you lost your way back home – lost your way back home

Go find the place where you feel at ease
If you’ll play, your heart will guide you there
Where time stands still, and where you feel at peace
That’s where you’re true and where you’ll find no fear
Song Stats
Hits: 3364
Comments: 56
Fans: 23
Plays: 149
Downloads: 121

Uploaded: Feb 26, 2009 - 08:46:42 AM
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2009 - 08:46:42 AM Last Played: Feb 10, 2017 - 07:17:22 PM
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Hardware:
Gibson ES335, Ibanez SD bass, Ibanez acoustic guitar, musicman RD112 amp, studio projects B1 mic, presonus firebox, iMac, M-audio prokeys 88sx
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Comments
SISTERS said 3132 days ago (February 26th, 2009)
mmmmmm
i hear WARM when i hear your guitar. wonderful instrumental textures here.
i could go with the keys up a hair or two in volume - same with the cool bgv's.
i like the percussion in this. "How come you find it so hard to move/Is your awareness just blurred from fear" - that's GOOD! you've got an absolutely unique vocal style - and it's a pleasure to listen to. bravo, bro.
anne


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thoddi said 3122 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Anne
Warm sounds perfect to me. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a nice comment:)
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davisamerica said 3132 days ago (February 26th, 2009)
I think
the mix is great the bass and guitar work sets in like a beauty. Lyrics are well crafted as well . Your vocal performance is pro and sweet. do I like this tune ... oh yeah man ... lots. BTW many thanks for being able to download ... I did !
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thoddi said 3122 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
I'm honored
If you find it worth downloading I'm thrilled. Nothing says you like it more than that. Thanks a lot:)
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guitapick said 3132 days ago (February 26th, 2009)
~
I like the mix, a lot. Nothing's gettin' in the way, as they say.

Tracks are clean and standing out or in the background when they should be. I like the panning on the guitar solo echos. Nice touch.

Backup vox are perfectly placed.

Sweet tune, man...nice work!
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thoddi said 3122 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Thanks
Good to hear your thoughts on the mix. I like to place the background vox a bit to each side and rather low in volume compared to the main vox - just enough to add some support. Glad you liked the tune:)
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tokai said 3132 days ago (February 26th, 2009)
Hey Thor
My head is nodding away and my feet are tapping you got me. Accomplished tune, with your trade mark production quality and song writing abilities. Very soulful. EC would be proud.
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thoddi said 3122 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
nod
I believe that the nodding and tapping is a good thing. I don't know about EC but I feel a little proud when I get such nice reviews:) Thanks!
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ktb said 3132 days ago (February 26th, 2009)
you got
song in you Thor. Lots and lots of great song. The guitars are terrific. Just a sweet balance of the acoustic warmth with the biting edge of the 335 cutting on through. A very real live band persona here. bravo
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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Hi John
If you think it's reflecting a little something of a live band - I'm thrilled:) Thanks!
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Macaudion said 3132 days ago (February 26th, 2009)
This just wraps warm and tightly around the soul
It seems that with each of your submissions the music is more refined, warmer in every way possible, and as right as right can get. Your efforts are paying in the dividends that matter. This goes right to the core and many make it thu.

Nice job, Thor. Like a glass of fine wine, even at 10:30 a.m. You are to be applauded. Thanks! Macca
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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Hi Dion
...paying in the dividends that matter... that is one comment I took notice off... If I really do, I must be doing something right:) Thanks a lot for dropping by and leaving such a nice review. I love to read your creative comments, and you always find something good to say. You are one of the vital foundational stones here at macjams. Thanks for what you put down here - it is much appreciated:)
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Feter said 3132 days ago (February 26th, 2009)
My friend
I love this ... this is way powerful ...the acoustic tone made this so
classic ..excellent setting between the instruments you know how to place
the keys on a killer spots ...man you are so talented ...kudos ..thnx alot
for sharin such gem !!!!
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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Feter
Thanks for being a friend:)
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said 3132 days ago (February 26th, 2009)
same song?

this has a very different feel than the previous - like a new song to my ears. I like the old one, but I think this one surpasses the other in many ways- ambiance, instrumentation, vocals, production. It barely resembles the other, except maybe in your heart and the message.

. - Harold
thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
new song
It has initially the same chord structure and melody. I've altered the lyrics some, but they're mainly the same... What's new is the approach on instrumentation and groove I guess. And the new bridge of course... Thanks for listening and leaving a nice comment:)
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magnatone said 3131 days ago (February 26th, 2009)
My Friend
thor - it sounds GREAT to me! i'm really appreciating your vocals, and everything else about how you put this terrific song together. Really like the backing vocals in here too. Perfecto guitar work - congrats!
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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Magnatone
I'm thrilled to have a visit from you. If you think it sounds great - I'm very pleased. Thanks a lot for listening and leaving a comment:)
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LunaTrick said 3131 days ago (February 27th, 2009)
Nice work
Great production and the vocals are very well done!
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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Luna
Thanks:)
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Ed Hannifin said 3131 days ago (February 27th, 2009)
You've got a great feel...
...for rhythm and groove... And as far as I can remember, you've had that from day one...

One of the things that I think you're getting better at (although this may have been around a while) is lyric writing... Getting more-than-simple thoughts into good simple sentences and making them singable...

I like the smoky electric guitar tone you're getting on the slightly distorted rhythm-and-lead guitar in the right channel...

I've got nothing to suggest that needs doing on this... Only to say that I bet this song would sound great with some SISTERS harmonies... Well, and maybe some judicious B3...

Ed
thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
lyrics
Writing lyrics in a language other than my native is challenging, and I'm glad to hear it comes out good. Thanks a lot for mentioning that:) And your comments on the groove part is well received as well;)

Thanks Ed. I enjoy your visits much!

PS! Sisters... where are you!!!
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Scott Carmichael said 3131 days ago (February 27th, 2009)
that Thor vibe
you make me smile... more than just your guitar is warm here... there is a warmth of love and friendship... a good heart... your mixes are transparent with the right amount of sparkle... I love your guitar work... seasoned and pro... reflecting some considerable milage across those frets... your songs breath too... I'm talking about song construction... the flow... it's very natural... intuitive... you just know where to take it...

Ok I'm gushing... but the truth is I'm a fan

Scott
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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
breathes
I'm honored to have you as a fan Scott! Thanks for mentioning that the song breathes. I actually aimed to enhance that effect in this one with playing the organ (the instrument) in an alternating pattern just to get that effect:)
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Char said 3131 days ago (February 27th, 2009)
This is one of those songs
you have to tap your foot to without thinking about it. Such a warm message and it is convincingly sung. Nice one. Thank you.
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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Char
Nice to see you around. Thanks for your kind words:)
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lengold said 3131 days ago (February 27th, 2009)
I had a
sneak listen to the first version before this one. It really is amazing to hear such a vast improvement in a few short years (and that to a song that has has 145 downloads). This just sounds so professional in every way. Great song, performance and production. Definite download. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
dl's
I didn't realize it had that many downloads... that's amazing:) Thanks for your visit and the kind words. I appreciate them much:)
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mowguy3 said 3130 days ago (February 28th, 2009)
Fine Fine tune.
Lyrics are perfect. The production is right on. Vocals,guitars, wow all so tight. Loved this one. Thanks for the DL.
Be well, Russ
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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Fine Fine Comment
Thanks for listening and leaving a kind comment:)
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Vic Holman said 3130 days ago (February 28th, 2009)
I think you got it!
very pro sound. great tune, outstanding mix. Very well balanced.
there is that small spot that is right before the guitar solo that is very intricate that I found very cool
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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Vic
Thanks for such a nice comment and for noticing the bridge I put into this version (before the solo).
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I.G.M. said 3129 days ago (February 28th, 2009)
Balanced
I love a clear structure in music, a well constructed building of backing, melody and breaks.
You got that all, I like it!!
Your voice and your singing style reminds me of Mick Jagger.
Cool or not?

I.G.M.
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thoddi said 3123 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Mick - me?
That's the coolest comment ever:) Thanks, I'll have to show this to my girlfriend... 'she's an absolute die hard fan of Mick;)
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TilSupper said 3129 days ago (March 1st, 2009)
fearless
good job.
if you like come to our site http://www.macjams.com/artist/TilSupper
but first have some breakfast, please.

regards

bts
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thoddi said 3122 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Hi bts
Thanks for your visit and nice comment. I went over to your place to listen, and was hooked immediately. Welcome to macjams:)
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jiguma said 3126 days ago (March 4th, 2009)
More Scandi Soul
You always do this style well Thor - everything works and fits. I also like the way the mix sits back and invites you in rather than leaping out at you.
Very cool.
Neil
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thoddi said 3124 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Neil
I just dig your avatar with the long hair:)

Thanks for listening and commenting and for mentioning the mix.
As you probably know — that's one thing I'm always curious about - how it sounds at your end.

Thanks a lot for the efforts you've put down in this site lately. You are one of the pillars holding this site together. Deep bow.
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timothy devine said 3125 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
I"M OK, MOST OF THE TIME
I have not been checking in much. I'm in a dry spell.
I can ride it out. it is coming to an end. i can feel it.
good to be back.

you tune is just really nailing a situation in my life right now!
i have a friend that needs to here this song
i will bring it to him(Jeff)

This song (as in all your music) reaches way down to the core and opens up some doors that sometimes are shut... way tight
your vocal is so true to the songs feeling/emo... that i can feel your personal attachment to this work of art.
U astound me with your continuance to create such profound and real touching music.
Guitar man...
acoustic sounds great/lectric fills are perfect
and the recording
primo
in my ears

heres to hoppin u'r OK,at least most o the time
peace
tm
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thoddi said 3124 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Hi Tim
It's always a treat to see you've been around. I love your comments - of course - because you always have such nice things to tell:)

Hope you're doing fine man. Thanks a lot for checking my tunes:)
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TERRAPLANE said 3122 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Great song writing here
& a wonderful meld of vocal & instruments!! well done !

Thanks for the DL ;>),,,T
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thoddi said 3122 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Hi
Thanks for listening and leaving such fine words:)
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Calchas said 3100 days ago (March 29th, 2009)
Very nice Thor!
To Anne's "warm," let me add "soothing" and "comforting."

Lovely arrangement. Soulful guitars. Outstanding vocals.

Top notch stuff my friend!

Be well!
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thoddi said 3070 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Thanks
Always nice to see you've been around:)
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thetiler said 3092 days ago (April 7th, 2009)
When i went to your front page
I thought I saw Jose Feleciano ! But it doesn't surprise me, your a guy with muliti talents.

I think one of the things that stands out in your music especially is your voice and so much is your honesty in
your lyrics. It really seems to come across in the feelings that you provide in the records.

Nice beats and cool blues type licks and the list goes on !

Thanks for sharing !
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thoddi said 3070 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Hi Bill
You are always very encouraging with your comments. Thanks for mentioning your thoughts on the lyrics:)
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segiperkasa said 3082 days ago (April 16th, 2009)
cool song...
that was a cool song...
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thoddi said 3070 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Hi
Thanks:)
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orcsong said 3075 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
Good job!
Hey Thoddi,
I "favorited" this one. You seem to grasp that almost wistful groove I keep trying to hit, but miss. Love the song. Did you do the mixing/playing on this one?
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thoddi said 3070 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
wistful groove
You are a very good musician, and I could certainly hear that wistful groove at your place:)

And yes, I did everything myself on this one.

Thanks:)
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sky shoes said 3070 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Tough Guitar
I like the rough guitar (love your acoustic music) the great song...and did you do the harmonies yourself? if so very cool.
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thoddi said 3070 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Hi
I kind of like the guitars when they're a bit rough around the edges. Thanks for mentioning the harmonies... and yes, it's just me.

Very kind words, thank you:)
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Bob6stringer said 3020 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
A balm for guitar ailments
I clicked on this one before commenting on your tune :Just my Luck (with john/ktb - to make sure who to compliment on the guitar playing. Your playing and your tone are a balm to all us other guitarists suffering from sharp edges that need a better blend. This track, the aforementioned "Just" and I suspect others will mentor me through a mix or two in the future, I'm sure. Your voice deserves recognition, too. It's got--in my mind--a similar feel to artists as divergent as Jimi Hendrix, Leon Russel and Warren Zevon. There's a jazzy, spoken edge that lends an intimacy to the delivery, which binds these artists, and you, together in my mind.
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bent said 2801 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
I am biased ..
... but as you know "My Friend" is one of my favourites. This version beats the one we did when we rehearsed, that's for sure! I like how you have pulled back just a tad the backing vocals, compared to the previous version.

Well done Thoddi!
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speedonl said 2729 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Great song!!
Love it completely, you are a great musician!
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davisamerica said 2631 days ago (July 12th, 2010)
back
lolol...still works
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