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Break Away (Mark Holbrook & Awigze)


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Char

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Char sent me the lyrics and a rough recording to several ideas she had in progress quite a while back. Then a day later she told me that someone had taken BreakAway and was running with it. I admit I was disappointed. As I read her lyrics they had deep meaning and I found myself singing them as I hummed various melodies in my head. For the first time in my musical career I wrote music to a set of lyrics. It was a different experience for me. I think the sound and melody are far different than Char was imagining but she seemed to like it.

As I worked on the music I found the tune sticking in my head. Char's lyrics are haunting and her vocal performance in this is simply outstanding. She had suggested a duet but I can't even come close to her performance here plus this music is key change hell. The music is mostly mine. It was born from Char's lyrics and is infused with the images created by her lyrics. It is meant as a somewhat dark track with a few places that show elevated hope.

I sent an early copy of this to Andy and back came a killer sax track. It took me a few tries to get it mixed in right but I think it fits perfectly.

The tracks on this are:

Mark - Finger picked guitar
Mark - Electric guitar
Mark - Accent guitar work
Mark - Yamaha bass
EZ drums - Drums (programmed by Mark)
Mark - Keyboard cello
Andy - Sax
Char - Vocals

I didn't just like the music, I loved it. It was far above my paltry idea for a melody. I did want not just Mark but Andy as well to sing along. Maybe, some other time. Despite jobs and families these two guys put time into recording this and I am most grateful. Thank you so much, Mark and Andy.

**Thanks maxruehl, for finding the picture for me.**
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Lyrics
Just another night out
Walking the lonely street
Darkness follows me
Treading footfalls repeat
The rhythm of the night
The music with its beat
Torturing my soul
But there is no retreat

Chorus:
I need to break away
Leave my hiding place
Let some sunlight in
Look 'round for a new base
Make a couple new friends
Walk with a quicker pace
And a lighter step
With a smile on my face

I play the same old song
I hear the same old verse
My head's full of woe
Living under a curse
I did it to myself
Things are getting much worse
Feel so dead inside
Next car will be a hearse

Chorus:
I need to break away
Find a different place
Bring the sun within
Establish a new base
Make a couple new friends
Walk with a quicker pace
And a lighter step
With a smile on my face

I've opened some new doors
And took a look inside
Didn't look too bad
Just swallowed all my pride
Took the hands they've offered
And braced for a new ride
Meet experience:
Opening these doors wide

Chorus:
So I will break away
Settle into this place
Where the sun shines in
And build my brand new base
Take along my new friends
Stride with a wicked pace
Matching with each step
The smiles from face to face

Lyrics: Charlene M. Kankiewicz
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tokai said 2926 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Char
you been busy then?
very nice song, with a great line up.
Well made.
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Char said 2926 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Hi, Steve,
I've always been lucky in those that care to help me with music to sing to....always! It is a dream come true. You people are so generous.
Thank you. :)
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MarkHolbrook said 2926 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
The lyrics and your
vocals are wonderful Char!
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
You are
beyond kind. I could write more unusual words but this is what I know. You made me sound good. I love the music and I'm happy you discovered another gift. I was elated when I first realized I could write to someone else's music. MacJams is a place for discovery and learning and growth. And, my goodness, how cool is this stuff we all do. I'm so thankful for all you and Andy did here. Thank you. :)
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RadioChuck said 2926 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
char!
whot a lovely performance and lyrics. Mark and Andy well done. Really WELL DONE!!!
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Well, Chuck,
nice of you to bop in for a listen. I am pleased this thing became a song, mostly through Mark and Andy's efforts on my behalf. I did learn this one, I think. It felt good. Thank you. :)
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magnatone said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Break Away
oh wow - this is just terrific! great collab of some of MJ's great talents. char - you've just got such a gift for lyrics, and your sound is so cool! thanks to all!
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Very nice
of you, Karen. It sounds fine to me, except for my yodeling, Lol! Who'd have thought. This made my day. Mark and Andy are wonderful. Thanks. :)
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Reggie_Pole said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
A song with Char-acter
Go Char! That's some good stuff. I like the chord structure from hell composition. Good mix. Guitar sounds great. The sax, especially during the wind-down, adds a lot of class, and gives it a bit of melancholy feel. Well done all.
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
You do, I'll bet.
Of course, I'm clueless. Mark played all the instruments. I'm glad he got some ideas for the song. And Andy can shine up anything with his sax. Gotta love those guys. Thank you so much, Reggie. Appreciate your time, hon. :)
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kassia said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
ooh
this is awesome! great music tracks and awesome lyrics/vocals from char. the sax sounds wonderful in there. it's a great mix of talent and an equally great song. very well done!
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
You are
a sweetie. Thanks, Shay. I like it. Mark and Andy really made it sound good. Thanks. :)
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drakonis said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Sweet....
Really intriguing music, Mark, keeps slithering and shifting around (in a good way), and wow, Char's singing just fits right in and keeps up with it all, and of course, the AndySax work is tastefully added in all the perfect places. Excellent work you three!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
I do nothing.
These guys are the musicians. No song without them. Thanks, Eduard. :)
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Calchas said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Wowee!
Great band backing great lyrics sung by a great gal with a great voice!

As I used to say back in the 60's: OUTTASITE!

Beautiful sax by Andy. Judicious and effective guitar work by Mark (Of course!). Fine job of drum programming by EZ.

Color me blown away friends!

Be well all!
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
I know
you just like me, Micheal and I am happy you can appreciate all that the guys did. I liked the drums too. And Andy can do no wrong. Thank you.:)
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Calchas said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Mike likes Char...
Alright then! The secret is OUT...
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crissew said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Love this
Your vocals sound great with this type of music. Melancholy and quite beautiful. Pro sound and pro vocals. GREAT job Char!
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Very
happy you think so, Charles. I can do nothing without my friends. Thank you. :)
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maxruehl said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Great
job on the vocals and melody, Char. I love the instrumentation that Mark did, too...and Andy's soulful sax topped it off nicely.:)
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Very grateful
to you Andy for taking the time to listen. I do the best I can, considering that I haven't a clue. As Skean says, "This is fun!" And I need some fun. The guys made it music. Lucky me. Thanks. :)

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I.G.M. said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Yeah Char,
pretty good job!!
Keep `em comin` !
(And don`t stop searchin` MJ for a jazz pianist to write you some jazzy ballads... :o)
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Hi, Ingo,
I'll take pretty good. Lol. That guy is going to have to find me. I've got words up the kazoo. Need the most important thing, the musician.
If it is meant to be, it will happen. Thanks for the comment, the fave and the pimps. How much do I owe you, again? :)
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blaky smith said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Smile on my face
Very beautiful song Charlene, with nice vocals and nice work with Mark and Andy. I like very much what you have made. Great collab. Bravo...
Amicalement
Marc
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Merci bien,
Marc. Je suis si heureux que vous l'avez trouvé de la valeur.
Avec reconnaissance,
Charlene :)
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guitapick said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
~
"...So I will break away
Settle into this place
Where the sun shines in
And build my brand new base..."

So well said. You're all on the same page...as one. Wonderful job, people.
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
You like
it? Yay! I rely on others to tell me if I've written a song or not.
Mark worked hard and Andy topped it off. Thank you so much. :)
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awigze said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Not just another night out.
Just got back from Ft. Worth from a retreat and find that this has been posted. So glad this project is in the light. Found great joy in being involved in another wonderful collaboration with Mark and Char. Lyrics have that melancholy meaning with a singe of hope. You burn bright Char. Bless you!
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
It sounds
good to me...except for my yodeling... swearing off that, from now on. I am a lost one trying to find a way in the dark. You and Mark did me a favor by turning this into music. Thank you, Andy. :)
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sheilad said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Oh Char!
What a great tune.. and Mark's music is beyond fantastic and of course ... everyone always needs more sax in their life so thank goodness for AndySax sharing the love!
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Hi, chick.
Mark is good at this. Andy is the saxiest. And, well, I was lucky they wanted to bother. Thank you so much for listening. :)
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dave_b said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Break Away
Great job by everyone. Vocs and lyrics are first rate, Enjoyed the guitars, and the sax. The melody has some unexpected turns which keeps things interesting.
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
So nice
of you to come by and compliment. The guys did a wonderful job. I like the tune a lot. Thank you. :)
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spitlogic said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Nice
Love your voice Char. Lyrics are well written as well.
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
You are
a dear to say so. I'm glad it became a song. A lot of work for Mark and Andy. Thank you, Mitchell. :)
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VicDiesel said 2925 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
Fun bunch
This is a great group effort. Good song, and great performances overall.

Couple niggles. The vocal intro is mixed too low, so it sounds timid. The cello (?) solo at 1:35 is not very inspired, but it doesn't get a lot of time to develop. Likewise the sax solo at 2:55 could have taken more time. The longer solo later is much nicer.


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Char said 2925 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
Thank you,
Vic. I don't know how to do any of this musicianship. I was surprised to hear that bit of vocalizing. I do things like that to warm up before I sing. I never expect them to be included, so it was my fault it sounds wrong. I very much appreciate your close listen. The sax is wonderful when it has time to breathe. The guys worked hard. Thank you for liking it, Vic. :)
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gail60 said 2925 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
nice job
Char, you have such a unique gift. Lyrics are amazing and this sounds great. Your voice reminds of Stevie Nicks at times and your heart is just unmatched. Great collab you two.
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Char said 2925 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
Gail,
what a generous compliment. I am happy that what I wrote became a song. And, I'm always surprised that people like it. Thank you very much. :)
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musichead said 2924 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
another step
Another step up in the vocals and writing! It fits you well. Im a big fan of the sax stuff ! Did I hear you reach out for more notes Char!! Great!!
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Char said 2924 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
I just
learned my own song..that's all. You are a sweetheart. Thank you. :)
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lavalamp said 2924 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
Made me smile
Char sounds like Helen Shapiro an English act from the 60's, which is a compliment. Excellent words. And well put together.

LL
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Char said 2924 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
Thanks
for lighting up my page, Dave. :)
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ramonaji said 2924 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
Yay!
another Char song! You are a unique and wondrous artist, Char!
To the musicians, this is grooveeeee and interesting!

Love to ya'll and thanks!
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Char said 2924 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
Gee,
Ramona, you certainly are a sweetie. I'll take the compliments for the three of us. I think the guys are great. Thanks so much. :)
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yrp said 2923 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
I
think the song would be better if the drums don´t sound too artificial.Otherwise, the song is great.
Char, your voice shines in this one.It has some sort of timeless quality.On can say the exact year in which you performed.It might be 1940, 2009, 2074.I don´t think there is anyone with these skills...
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Char said 2923 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
Thank you
for the listen. I don't have a set of drums but often, yes, actual instruments sound better. It is better than I could've done alone. I don't play anything. You know, I don't understand why people like my sound but I am so very grateful that they do. I've sung forever but no one heard me before MJ. Thank you. :)
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scofugate said 2923 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
Dark&Light
This is just great. I like the jump from dark to light! everything sounds great / music / vocals / live sax / guitars and the mastering job. Kudos guys and hats off.
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Char said 2923 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
I wasn't sure
if this was a song or not. So, I asked the experts. I try to put a little hope into my poetry even though I really don't have much of that. Mark understood what I meant and came up with a melody that moved along and was interesting, as well. Andy can play his heart out. Thank you. :)
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SISTERS said 2923 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
fascinating
char - that voice has got a hold on me! you pack such a powerful punch with its force. the music is as edgy as can be - just crazy! the sax melts me - i love its voice. the changes within the music are as unique as i've ever heard. wonderfully done, kids!
anne
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Char said 2922 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
Thank you.
It did come out as an interesting tune. See, I don't hear that, what you said. I just sing. I just try. Thank you so much. :)
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Jarvoid said 2923 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
'Eyup Lass
well what a line up and what a result,great song and greatly performed by all concerned,good job to one and each......Jarvoid

ps That Sax IS killer
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Char said 2922 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
"Eyup laddie,
I pick good people to work with. Many thanks for listening and telling me so. Yes, Mark and Andy are terrific. Thank you. :)
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lengold said 2922 days ago (November 18th, 2009)
Brilliant
collaboration - excellent sound bed and superb sax. Char... love your vocal.
Cheers
Len

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Char said 2921 days ago (November 18th, 2009)
Len,
I'm sure we appreciate your listen very much. Mark and Andy are terrific. Thank you. :)
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Outtaorbit said 2922 days ago (November 18th, 2009)
I play the same old song........
Nicely done
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Char said 2921 days ago (November 18th, 2009)
Many Thanks,
Patrick. Perhaps, cliched but it was what I wrote and it was what I meant. Thank you. :)
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bud said 2921 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
Great collab
wonderful lyrics and vox and impressive composition and playing. MJ is really sprouting a number of fine group efforts lately. Congrats Char on initiating this one and to Mark for writing such compelling music to already written lyrics. Andy - well - killer sax as always.
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Char said 2921 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
Thank you
Kevin. You are most supportive of everyone and especially nice to me. The guys are good. I do what I can. Thank you. :)
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Ed Hannifin said 2921 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
How did you manage....
...Ms. Char, to pimp all those other tunes the other night and not even mention this?

I hear this as a good thing in its own right, and also as a cool beginning/direction in the evolution of Char the lyricist/songwriter.... I think Mark has done a really sensitive job of framing the musical picture for these lyrics to appear in, and I think Andy's sax is perfect: great smooth tone, nice phrasing, suits the tune.... I think the sax suits the lead vocal, too....

I think your vocal is stronger, more assured than I've heard from you before, and I think whoever got the vocal 'treatment' happening in the mix got a good tone/reverb and maybe compression combination for the vocal quality and the tune as a whole.

I agree with Vic that bringing up the intro vocal bit would make it sound more definite. I'd think a fade up, and maybe some creative panning might work....

Good job, folks,

Ed
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Char said 2921 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
Hi, Ed,
I'm of the opinion that one should not put folks on the spot by asking them to listen. If they find it on their own, then there is no pressure to say something nice. That strange "yodeling" intro was not in any versions until this one, that I posted without listening to it. I have vowed never to do that again. If you send it, they may post it. It was, most likely an afterthought or a whim...to include it. That shows you how really bad I sound. And, I can do none of the technical, musician work. (I wish it wasn't there.) I trust Mark with whatever he chose to do that made me sound alright. Thank you for the vote of confidence. I need that. The guys like to hear that they did good, too. Thanks. :)
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awigze said 2920 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
Char - intro vocals
When I received version 6, your vocal intro was there and then on version 8 it was gone, so I asked Mark where it went and that it should put back on. In a lot of ways it says alot about you vocally,,, It sounded so casual to me that I felt that it added a lot to the song. You have wondered in these comments here and elsewhere that you don't know why people keep asking you for your vocal talent. Well, to me it's obvious and it is not that you are the best vocalist we have ever heard but it is your heart. You have this inherent ability to connect what you are singing to how you are feeling about the lyrics. This is a rare talent and connects with people, to the listener but especially to the producer who is working with you. You have a great heart Char and you are appreciated more than we can ever say, except by posting your work on our own sites. Well, this is how I feel about, not sure how anyone else would articulate = so, there it is, since you've been wondering.
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Char said 2920 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
Andy, as usual,
you are a real help and a good friend. I have to trust because I know next to nothing about making music. Okay then. Thank you. :)
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2920 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
First of all, this sounds great
For the emotive quality of the vocals as well as the timbral solidity of the backing tracks. And the shifting key centers in the harmonies keeps it sounding fresh and unique--nice job!
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Char said 2920 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
Hmm, well,
I guess I don't have to point out that I don't know what timbral solidity or key centers are. I'm just glad you found something here that you liked. Mark worked hard gave his best and Andy added his wonderful sax playing and helpful critiques. Those two made the music.
I try and this sounded pretty good. Thanks. :)
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Vaisvil said 2920 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
good composition
the shifting centers is unusual in this context (as opposed to classical) This quite good!
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Char said 2920 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
That's
all Mark Holbrook. He doesn't know how good he is. Thanks for stopping in, Chris. :)
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paul f. page said 2920 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
A different comment
from all the others (above):
1) the music is intriguing with some very unusually melodic lines and accompanying chords that aren't at all like what I'd expect. That kind of "keeping me off base" makes for a great listen.
2) the lyrics insist on change ahead and they are thoughtful and thought-provoking.
3) I guess I will be the lone nay-sayer regarding the mix: without the lyric sheet, I would have no idea what this was about. It's probably my failing hearing, but it just was not a clear vocal track in my ears. You might wish to go back and listen carefully to see if YOU can understand the lyrics without the lyric sheet. Maybe you could use a little more reverb or EQ-ing of your voice to bring it more up-front and just, really, plainer and clearer. That's my one suggestion... I did, however, like this piece very much for its lyrics and its music. I found both refreshingly original and thoughtful.
Peace.
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Char said 2920 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
I try
to enunciate when I sing. I hate it when I can't understand the words.
I'm sure this is all my fault. I can understand but I wrote the thing. So, it isn't a good experiment for me.
I can do nothing but leave this technical stuff to the musicians. More than likely, I just didn't sing it clearly enough. I'm sorry I wasn't as clear as I would have liked. Maybe, I can do better, next time.
Thank you for coming by. I appreciate it. :)
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sschedra said 2920 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
Char
This is the essence of a great collaboration. This reminds me of Pentangle just a little. Really unusual and quite good. You guys have hit on a real unique sound here. Very good.
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Char said 2920 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Thank you
Stephen. It was nice to see this poem become a song in Mark's capable hands. I connected with Andy before. He adds so much to everything he does. Thank you. :)
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Alannah said 2919 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Wow .....
I am luvving the vocal treatment ...... takes "our CHAR" to a whole new level musically .... brings a certain darkness level which I like ...... drop it down one octave and reduce the vibrato slightly and I am thinking Jefferson Airplane ....... SAX adds a sultry-ness which there is nothing to say about .. it just is whot it is very saxy ... very saxy indeed ..... great mix you guys ..... I luv it !
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Char said 2918 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Okay,
so you liked it. Thanks for listening. The guys did great. Thank you. :)
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B. Flat said 2918 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Nice vocals
and lyrics, Char!
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Char said 2918 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Well,
I appreciate your stopping in to have a listen. Thank you.
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5GoneMad said 2918 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Break Away
Excellent musicianship, great mix, stirring vocals. Well done. Kudos!
Char said 2918 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
So nice of
you to say. The guys know what they are doing. I sometimes do all right. Thank you. :)
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Skean said 2917 days ago (November 22nd, 2009)
Sweet
Nice to hear your voice again and with this great music it is a hit to my ears, lucky you. :D)
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Char said 2917 days ago (November 22nd, 2009)
Oh, thank
you..for stopping in. I am glad you like it. :)
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scaustrita said 2915 days ago (November 24th, 2009)
Char
An other hit for group of talented musician!
I enjoyed the lyrics, great job.

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Char said 2915 days ago (November 25th, 2009)
I got
myself some great guys. I try. Thanks, very much. :)
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billykirsch said 2911 days ago (November 28th, 2009)
Char
Beautiful song. Your singing as always it's so personal and original. The words resonate in me.
Mark, awesome. To create interesting music from existing lyrics is the most elusive thing to me, so I admire the one that could do it.
And Andy's sax adds the magic spells.
Thanks for the gift.
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Char said 2911 days ago (November 28th, 2009)
Thank you
from all three of us. That song was moldering with my crappy melody. Mark made a great setting. Andy can spice up anything. Both of the guys have soul. Thank you. :)
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jiguma said 2911 days ago (November 28th, 2009)
Char
some really unusual melody choices! You have such an interesting (dare I say "quirky") voice. I have a bit of a problem with the recorded sound you get on this vocal - are there effects or is it your mic that adds the strange, almost underwater sound? I'd really love to hear you do this with a more subtle recorded sound on your voice. Strangely, your vocal effects remind me of the guy who used to sing with "The Family", a UK band from my younger days.
Mark and Andy, very nice playing. Very nicely produced (except for the vocal fx).
Top tune!
Neil
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Char said 2911 days ago (November 29th, 2009)
I really don't know, Neil.
I will ask Mark what he did, if anything. I am sorry I can't answer. I just recorded and sent it off as it was. If it is my mic then it is a problem I don't know how to fix. I've pretty much lost all confidence. It was shaky before. Now, I'm just grateful I did this much. Thanks for liking the song except for the vocal. I appreciate your close listen. Thank you. :)
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jiguma said 2911 days ago (November 29th, 2009)
Char
You've got that really wrong! I think your singing is exceptional - it is so unique (in a very good way!) and so interesting to listen to. I'd just like to hear it without the effects because I think it would sound so much better (and more natural) if we just heard you rather than a post-fx voice. Your singing is among the best here at MJ - absolutely no reason to lose confidence. It's certainly among the two or three most original (again, in a good way) voices. Lots of people have "normal" voices, but yours is yours alone, and it's really good.
Please don't take my first comment the wrong way :(
Neil
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Char said 2911 days ago (November 29th, 2009)
It's okay.
I am happy that you can be honest. I don't hear or understand half of what the musicians do. Please feel free to offer your take, always. Your opinion is valued by me. Thanks so much for your time. :)
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MarkHolbrook said 2902 days ago (December 8th, 2009)
Hi Neil...
I did the mix... I don't know but Char's vocal was extremely difficult to eq... I worked hard at it but you are right... the underwater type sound is one thing I could not rid of...

Maybe we'll get Char to give this another try and see if can EQ it better to sound more natural.
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jibes said 2892 days ago (December 17th, 2009)
Ahh, so soothing and beautiful.
You have a very nice voice with excellent phrasing. The whole song is really well done!
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Char said 2892 days ago (December 17th, 2009)
Thank you,
jibes. I had a couple great musicians work out the melody and orchestration for this. Thanks. :)
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Mike_Lynn said 2891 days ago (December 19th, 2009)
Enjoyable
Charlene, this is an excellent song. Very solid both in the vocals & backings, You certainly have a great team there. Cheers / Mike
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Char said 2891 days ago (December 19th, 2009)
Thank
you for stopping in. Yes, they are good guys. :)
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2886 days ago (December 23rd, 2009)
Inspirations...
I loved the new additions. Brilliant singing, brilliant sax, and definitely brilliant guitars!

Creative mix. I enjoyed it...
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Char said 2886 days ago (December 23rd, 2009)
So happy
you came back, Yeman. MJ is complete. Thanks for popping in. :)
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UnderThePianoMan said 2867 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
I'm a sucker for a good ballad
And this is definitely one of those. Thanks all of you for creating this.
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Char said 2866 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Very sweet
of you, maestro, to take the time to listen. This was a good group effort. The guys, Mark and Andy, are very good to me. Thanks. :)
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anomalous said 2847 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
:D
Just :D
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Char said 2799 days ago (March 20th, 2010)
Oh dear..
I back commented but I guess I didn't click save. Thank you for showing an interest. Both Mark and Andy worked hard on this. The Melody is Mark's and the sax, well Andy just soars with the eagles. I'm very grateful.:)
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awigze said 2717 days ago (June 10th, 2010)
still listening
I found out that my link from my site to this song opened up an incorrect song. - so I fixed it. and have an appreciation for this song.
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Char said 2717 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
I had
linked to the wrong song for a collab song, once too. I am sure I confused some people. You and Mark made a nice piece of music for my lyrics. I am grateful. :)
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kipak said 2716 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
Like it.
Really talented vocals here. They really sell the lyrics. The song is very Morrisey-like with the easternish changes. It's an interesting combination with all the vibrato on the vocals and the compression..the song has a very Indian feel to it. Intentional?
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Char said 2712 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
I hadn't
heard the Indian/Eastern sound. Yes, I can see what you mean. I'd have to ask Mark about that. Not Bollywood though...I would have picked up on that, for sure. :)
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Char said 160 days ago (June 11th, 2017)
I read
several of the comments. You guys made me cry. You wonderful and musical people are why macjams was magnificent when I first came here. Would that it could be full of life, once again. Thank you, all of you , for giving an old lady at chance at having such fun. I love you.


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speedonl said 159 days ago (June 11th, 2017)
Hi Char,
Lovely song you have here, with great musicians, enjoyed it, cheers!
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