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My wife and I were buddies before we were anything else, but we decided to give the whole relationship thing a go on the way home from a conference, somewhere over Iowa. There have been a couple of plane songs on MJ over the last few months, thinking specifically of Bud, and i've been thinking since hearing those tunes that i need to write a plane song about that cool and scary moment, sitting across from each other on the plane, knowing that everything was going to change and would it work, because we were really good friends, we had a lot of fun, and didn't want to blow that. Anyway here goes.

Also musically the chorus owes a lot to Quincy Jones, specifically that super cool early MJ period, around the time of MJ's Off The Wall album, which i've been listening to a lot, ironically enough for a few weeks before the news that MJ had died.
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Lyrics
i catch your tired eyes
across the aisle of the plane
you gives a thumbs up
adam sandler on the tv
guy beside you
in a business suit
casting you glances
hey buddy that's my girl

so here we are baby me and you at last
a million pounds of metal and some fancy math
it ain't the air beneath the wings
it's the air above
wide open baby like the future of us

the flight attendant
hand on top of my seat
asks in a flat twang
do i want a coca cola
the guy beside you
in a business suit
casting you glances
hey buddy that's my girl

so here we are baby you and me at last
a million lbs of metal and some fancy math
it aint the air beneath the wings
its the air above
wide open baby like the future of us
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Uploaded: Jun 30, 2009 - 12:27:37 PM
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2009 - 12:27:37 PM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 08:38:13 PM
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Comments
lavalamp said 2887 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Talent
You've got tons of talent. And this just proves. An entertainingly, enjoyable song.

Excellent tune. Right up my alley.

Dave
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tempie said 2887 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
up the bracket/alley
hey dude thanks for hopping right into this and really glad you enjoyed it.
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michael2 said 2887 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
booty shaking
i love how you mix such disparate elements (indie, funk) and keep the quirk factor high. my wife and I were friends too, and I can remember the exhilaration of that moment (although I didn't dare breach the topic while trapped in a plane). great tune.
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tempie said 2887 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
breaching
always try to think of firehose when doing something like this one. they were masters at indie funk.

we had the great idea that we'd save money by sharing a room at the conference. now 12 years married. see where thrift gets you!
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five_extra_arms said 2887 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
It's The Air Above
You just love it when you can throw some lightly salted geek into your hillbilly motown sound!

Love the story behind the lyrics.

What's funny to me is that in most Tempie Toons it's the hand claps, the sticks clinking, the whistling, the horns, and the other crazy percussive noises get more attention than your great guitar playing! Really tasty licks, and of course the bass line is fab.


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tempie said 2887 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
it's the physics, stoopid
recognized that sly reference to bernoulli's principle did ya?

and dude you are right on, i don't write tunes I write TOONS. I dig that!
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sheilad said 2887 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
great tune
and even better story behind it! Thanks for the d/l
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tempie said 2887 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
story
yeah if i didn't have music i'd be one of those guys sitting at the gas station telling stories to strangers while they fill up. glad you liked it!
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Feter said 2887 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Metal & Math
This is sweet it can go further than this ...the bass is excellent here with
your vocal style ...thnx alot for sharin !!!
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tempie said 2886 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
sweet
thanks Feter, sweet is good dude glad you liked it.
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davisamerica said 2886 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
the moment....
really cool track ... I find your work always entertaining ..and well done ... this is no exception. Great tune!
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tempie said 2886 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
that's entertainment!
thanks man, i figure that if i can amuse others while amusing myself, why not? Glad you liked the toon!
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Lennon714 said 2886 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
Man-O-Man
My wife doesn't get cool songs like this. MacJams has great wife songs. I need to get crackin'. My wife and I were buddies, too. We even went through a "relationships are for posers" period. What dorks. That chorus is blowing my mind. Everything about your sound is legit. Nothing contrived. The way you phrase things is integral to your cool sound. "A million pounds of metal and some fancy math". Good lord I love that line.
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tempie said 2885 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
Man-O
nothing better than having a friend in the house - you laugh more, and if you laugh more you live longer, so that's good right? really glad you liked the chorus, i really dig this one, it makes me think i'm fourteen and listening to denise williams on the footloose soundtrack at the pool lol.
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Vic Holman said 2885 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
never get me up there
..... not so much about planes.... but heights.
you piloted this nicely with a easy landing. another cool tune!

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tempie said 2885 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
tempie and the jets
i used to fly for work all the time until my wife "grounded me" - i don't know why women these days think they need help with things like babies, i mean whine whine - anyway now i don't fly much, and i get to actually see my child. glad you liked the tune dude.
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racerat said 2885 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
freakin'
Funky freakin frequent flyer foray. Bon chance with the juene fille tempie. Friends first is good. Hope your turbulence ahead is kept to a minimum. Just keep the ol' seatbelt fastened...just...in...case.
P
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tempie said 2885 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
if i had wings i'd have a better view
Funky freakin alliteration!

Seatbelts...fastened.

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RoughRooster said 2885 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
An
excellent tune and really enjoyed this, great sound and wonderful vocals.
Love the bass and a great groove here!

Bob
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tempie said 2885 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
groovin' rooster
glad you liked the groove dude! i generally treat all roosters to a swift kick with the old justin roughout but you are welcome in the tempie barnyard any time. thanks for the listen.
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Relic67 said 2885 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
across the aisle
Fantastic! another one for the iPod.

wah guitar, disco bass, whistling and handclaps all esp. enjoyed.
goes without saying your lyrics are great, clever and heartfelt at the same time.
instrumental break with the little videogame sound also superb.
re being a lightly salted geek, that's only true if you really calculated the weight of the plane.


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tempie said 2885 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
geek rock
well, a fully loaded 747 is 900,000 lbs +/- so i rounded to a million for the better phrasing :)

really glad to be funky enough to be on the relic ipod, especially now that you're in your james brown phase. this chorus should be pretty good for jogging...
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bud said 2885 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
Funky but cheek
great track - everything works so well together - and the story telling is excellent. I hear Prince as much as Michael here. Love the whistling.
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tempie said 2885 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
cheeky funky
thanks bud, i'm glad you liked it, and glad you hear Prince. i think he's every bit the genius of a lennon or a brian wilson just generally unappreciated.
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lengold said 2884 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
Wonderful song
Craig and very impressive arrangement and execution. Extremely infectious, just pulls you in.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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tempie said 2883 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
tempie flu
thanks dude WHO gives it a code orange or something. thanks for the listen and glad you liked it!
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Clambake said 2884 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
Polka Punk
I love it.
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tempie said 2883 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
polka polka polka
no accordions were harmed in the making of the tune. glad you got a sense of punk, sometimes that's lost in the pop. thanks for the listen too - i'm headed to check out your collab with ktb...
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Daugrin said 2884 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
M&M
Yes, this is candy. The vocals broaden the tonal center here and there and I think that fits the lyrics nicely.
I bet you had a blast making this too. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Daug
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tempie said 2883 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
fun and more fun
yeah i did have fun dude, as i've said before if i can amuse others while amusing myself then so much the better. Thanks for the listen and really glad you enjoyed it.
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Nick_Flash said 2883 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
very cool
I love the disco/funk feel to this. My head is bopping away. Nice post
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tempie said 2883 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
desk dancing
thanks man you are a cool kind of cat yourself. glad it made you move, and thanks for dropping by to give it a listen.
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VicDiesel said 2883 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Refreshingly different
Very nice song with a sweet backstory. Lots of creativity in the sounds you use. Much enjoyed.
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tempie said 2883 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
theiving
man i'm always so glad to hear that somebody thinks a tune is "refreshing", because everything that can be done has been done - so if i've got it to the point that its refreshing, it means i'm getting to be a pretty good theif lol. thanks for the listen and glad you liked it dude.
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2883 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Wide open...
... dude! From that first little twang on the ole Delta King this little choon kicks ass. Whistling!!! Man you did whistling!!
Great choon Craig, the Tempie sound has matured to a trademark. I'm constantly amazed at the way you integrate funk, punk and indie rock into a cohesive and entertaining song collection worthy of commercial release.
Thanks for another kick in the ass!
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tempie said 2883 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
kick it!
the tempie shitkickers are always poised and ready. and i come from a long line of whistlers, from wales to the west virginia coal mines. it's really our only family talent. aside from drinking. glad you liked it dude!
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The Infinites said 2883 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
This Is One Helluva Toon!

Your words & music are so well crafted; they just totally marry. I think if I was in the band Orson, I would hand all the cash back to anyone that paid for 'No Tomorrow' with a note saying, "Sorry, people, this is the song we 'should' have written...take your dough and go buy Metal & Math while we delete our effort".

This is ice-cold cool. You're singing is right on the money - well done, man! I love it to bits! Summer is here!!!
Like Bud, I too get the Princely vibe, and that's a difficult one to pull off for anyone other than the wee man himself.

Jim

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tempie said 2881 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
tempie on the rocks
LOL dude thanks, i'm glad you got the summer vibe from the tune, that's exactly what i want, summer IS here and i'm enjoying it.
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egobandit said 2882 days ago (July 5th, 2009)
Your just a
great big smile. There is a stillness to your music that makes it so comfortable to listen to
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tempie said 2881 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
smile
you know, you listen to the news and it sounds like everything is going to shit and then you look out the window and it's beautiful man, especially at 20,000 feet lol.
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rsorensen said 2880 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
i have
a lot of catching up to do with your stuff, and if it's all as good as this i'm in for a swell afternoon. this is so great. makes me feel good! so refreshingly original yet familiar. cool song daddy-o, cool song.
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tempie said 2880 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
catching up
hey dude thanks for dropping by and thanks for checking out the other tunes too. i was hoping you'd take a listen, i'm always curious to see what you think. also glad it made you feel good enough to use the phrase daddy-o, which more people should use more often...
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SISTERS said 2880 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
what a cool tune
did somebody whistle?
8)
whimsical, wry, wonderfully different music.
really fine vocal delivery of some pretty swell lines.
here we are baby - OOOOOOO - that breaks out so good!
quincy'd be proud of you. i am too. :p
anne


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tempie said 2880 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
quincy
whimsical, wry, wonderfully different. i don't know what else i could want from a review, except maybe cash??? lol

happy that you liked the song and the breakout - being a master of the funky breakout yourself. thanks for the visit and the listen!
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somebuddy said 2880 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
Great jam
Lots of interesting things going on here. Really dig that chorus, but the chorus is set up perfectly by those verses. Well done. I'm curious... what Adam Sandler movie? I'm going to guess Happy Gilmore.
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tempie said 2879 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
jam
hey dude thanks for dropping by - i checked out your princess tune and really dig it. glad that you introduced yourself!

and yeah how can good things not happen while watching happy gilmore?
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Lennon714 said 2878 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
Back for more
Where did you get the sax sound? Is that just midi? It sounds so cool. It reminds me of They Might Be Giants... Apollo 18 to be specific. You know just the right touch of everything. When I listen to your tracks it makes me think my "icing" is always too linear. You've got a great feel for what a tune needs. Jealous.
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tempie said 2878 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
icing
man i love they might be giants. a more recent "version" of that band is the sprites, if you havn't heard them check them out, basically one guy but the same quirky/smart type of tunes. another great band in the same vein is tulleycraft, but anyway the sax is just the standard GB alto sax sound. it sounds pretty legit if you keep it simple.

glad you like the songs dude my stuff is an acquired taste, people either like it or hate it so i'm glad you like it lol.
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Lennon714 said 2878 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
bullshit
tell me who doesn't like your stuff and I'll stab them.
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tempie said 2874 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
!
LOL!
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DeathArrow said 2874 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
lalala
great vox on this.
and the whistling > just terrific.

talent. lots of.

fav'd.

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tempie said 2874 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
lalala
ah, a visit from the young folks, very cool! you are a master of quirk so very happy dude that you liked this.
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Re-al said 2874 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
Clever

and funny. Catchy as hell and that whistle is sublime!

Nice work!

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tempie said 2874 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
catchy
as swine flu! hope seeing your around again means that you guys have a new tune...i'll be over shortly to check it out. glad you liked the whistle...
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pablatone said 2872 days ago (July 14th, 2009)
Ha ha!
good stuff Craig
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paddler said 2867 days ago (July 20th, 2009)
..
First song Ive listened to of yours - thanks for commenting on my songs btw.much appreciated.Straight off - what an original and fresh sound you have both lyrically and overall style.Very cool - like it very much,specially all the space you get in there.Look forward to exploring more - RG
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Boundless said 2856 days ago (July 31st, 2009)
Light, fun song
Nice lyrics and colorful arrangememt.

Well done - thanks !


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crissew said 2846 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
A little
George Clintonesque tune here. Dont hear that often any more. Nice work.
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tempie said 2846 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
a little
george clinton! i'll take that dude, thanks. guy is musically very serious about fun, and i can relate. thanks for the listen.
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cjdaley said 2840 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
want my money back!
I expected a croosover of heavy metal and math rock and all I got was a witty funny funky typical tempie tune!!!
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