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Seven Seas - 2trx2011


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MarkHolbrook

 Genre: Ballad

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Seven Seas

Words & Music - MRH 1983 to Present
Recorded - MRH 2009, 2010, and 2011
Written about a blind man I met by chance in a sushi bar.

*** Sorry… This is yet another long description. But I think if you take the time to read it, it will distract you from the horrors of my vocals and keyboard skills... and also you might understand a little better why this song means a lot to me.

About the song:

During the early 80's I had a life changing experience at a sushi bar of all places. I had the pleasure to meet an individual that most could call disabled. But during the course of the evening I realized that I was the one who was disabled. I believe the other people that were at the sushi bar that night felt the same after this encounter.

This song came to me about a year after I met him and its been floating around ever since. I feel it is a meager statement about the amazing individual I met that night but with my limited skills it is the best I can offer.

I spent a number of years thinking about and composing this song. I hear it clearly in my mind but I simply am not skilled enough to play or sing what I hear. I'm self taught at this music stuff and as you listen to this it will clearly show. I've tried several times over the years to think of how to play and orchestrate this song and each time I've found my inability to play and sing it to be a road block. Then when Andrew proposed the 2-track challenge I realized it was a perfect fit for this song! Sometimes simpler is better.

So on the evening of February 1st I sat down at my keyboard, put the mic in front of my face and got myself ready. I did two practice takes then hit record and result is what you are listening to now. Now this is shock to me since normally I take 10 or 20 or perhaps a hundred takes to get just one thing right. For some reason all I had to do was think about this guy I met and it just came.

There is 1 piano track played straight through. I left all the timing errors in place and if you listen closely there are a number of key muffs and velocity errors as well. There is one vocal track sung as I played. The only editing that was done was on volume level automation on both the piano track and the vocal track. I coughed twice and didn't think that would go to well in the song! The only EQ done was to remove a little bass from my vocal and to add a little reverb to both the piano and vocal.

*** Stop here if you hate long descriptions *** (Again my apologies).

The story behind the song:

This guy was not a pleasant guy to look at. He was blind from birth and his eyes and eye sockets just looked strange as did his face and forehead. With him was a "to die for" girl, the kind that could have just about any guy she desired. But she couldn't seem to get enough of this guy and not once did her vision sway to the other possibly more handsome male specimens in the restaurant. As the evening went on I learned why.

There are some people in this world that are simply larger than life itself. It doesn't matter what obstacles they encounter, what mountains they are forced to climb, or what limitations they are dealt at birth. They just never seem to fall and failure is simply not a word they understand. We think they are limited and they believe they are gifted.

Each of the few times I've met these "special" people I've come away realizing that I'm not even in the same league with these people. I simply do not deserve to be counted along side of them. I am not worthy.

As this guy was guided in by his stunning girlfriend, everyone stared. First at him, then of course the girl. He was odd looking to say the least. I know I felt pity and I'm sure many others did as well. I know I wondered if the girl was his sister or perhaps just a friend. She could not possibly be "with" him! But not 30 minutes later I felt envy and awe. I'd bet each and everyone seated that night at that sushi bar did too.

This guy had a way of looking at life that made me ashamed of my own perceived inadequacies. To him he had no limitations only gifts. And one of those gifts was his amazing ability to engage everyone he met and treat them into his view of life and the world. The experience was life changing for me. Not a week goes by when I don't find myself facing some challenge and wondering how he would have dealt with it. I try to emulate him but I know I fail terribly.

I know that in my 50+ years to date I have accomplished less than this man had by the time he was seated at the sushi bar at the young old age of 24. That is a depressing thought!

As the evening wound down this guy just before he got up to leave, looked around the sushi bar with his dead eyes alight with life and said something to us that I have never forgotten:

"My friends… I cannot see! I have never seen and I probably will never see. But never feel sorry for me. I know that I have felt and heard more than most of you. I see my lack of sight as a gift. I get to experience things in a way most of you never can. I challenge each and every one of you to open your mind and use all of your senses and truly experience what is around you."

He was 24 when I met him. By that age he had a stunning list of accomplishments only of few of which were:

He finished college at age 19
He earned a doctorate at age 23
He had spent five summers working with other disabled people in many different countries
He could play the violin, the guitar, and the piano

And his goal for his 24th year of life: To "see" the world! I have zero doubts that he achieved this!

I stayed in touch with him for a few months but as he began his travels I lost track of him. This was the very early ages of the cell phone, internet and email. They simply were not common place yet. One night I had him and his girlfriend over for a drink and I handed him my Gibson Les Paul and he handed me back another dose of awe and envy. He tuned it in about 5 seconds by ear then began to play. And he could really play and he sung better than I could with a lifetime of training.

I wish often that I still had him in my life. Internet searches don't reveal him or his whereabouts. It is strange… almost like some visiting alien life saw the phenomenon that he was and decided to take him for themselves. I miss him for the positive energy that he radiated.

Without a doubt this meager song doesn't even touch on how amazing this individual was but it is all I have to remember him by.
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Lyrics
Take me round the world my Darlin' to all the seven seas
Let me feel the salty mist blowin' in the breeze
And let me touch the lighting towers
That warn the ships away
To keep them off the rocks
on those very dreary days

Take me round the world my Darlin' to the highest mountains known
Let me breathe the thin clean air through my nose
And let me walk the glacial flows
That shape the valley land
And teach us so much
about history's sweeping hand

Take me round the world my Darlin' to the deepest canyon floors
Let me hear the echos of our voices as we go
And let me hear the towering falls
The water rumbling down
The mist cascades from the face
and blankets all the sound

Take me round the world my Darlin' to the Egyptian Nile
Let me feel the massive stones that entombed with such style
And let me kneel before
the endless sea of sand
and feel its searing heat as
it sifts through my hands
Song Stats
Hits: 3657
Comments: 95
Fans: 49
Plays: 162
Downloads: 77

Uploaded: Feb 26, 2011 - 09:36:29 AM
Last Updated: May 20, 2015 - 09:28:30 PM Last Played: Dec 22, 2014 - 08:43:52 AM
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Comments
magnatone said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Seven Seas
ooh mark, this is wonderful!! your piano playing sounds just great as do the vocals. what a fascinating story and ooh .... very cool way to end this. wow mark .... i'm mega impressed! 2 things you need to do more of here: 1) PLAY PIANO and 2) SING !!!!! thanks for this gift!
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Well
Thanks Karen... I am self taught at the keys and I don't think much of my piano work. I also don't think much of my vocal prose either. But hey.. .2 tracks was fun!
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alackbass said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Seven Seas - 2trx2011
Impressive! This is exactly the kind of song I hoped this challenge would produce. First of all I'm very impressed with your solid piano playing (I had no idea you were such a skilled piano player). Very nice song with a strong melody, message, and chord changes. I like the vocal. At times there's a Cat Stevens quality to it.
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Well Andrew
It took this challenge to turn this 30 year old song into something real. So thanks!
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slopartner said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Seven Seas
WONDERFUL!!! I love it! So peaceful. I can remember spending so many days at the Jersey Shore by the lighthouse day dreaming and this brought me right back to it. Although that is quite difficult living in the middle of Arkansas! No ocean, no lighthouse! But I can sit back, listen to this and close my eyes and you have transported me to a different place. Thanks Mark.
MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Well Hi Genie!
I'm so happy to see you here! Thank you so much!
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Char said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Wow!
I have always known that chance encounters may be life changing. Excellent work, Mark on, every level. Thank you, thank you.
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Well
thank you Char! This song has very special meaning for me without a doubt.
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FEEL said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Nice
Some fine piano, the vocals are well execute. Enjoyed the lyrics as well. Thanks for sharing.
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Thank you
John! I really appreciate your comment and listen!
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ziti said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
nicely done
very real...heartfelt and moving

dont be afraid to use that voice man...the vulnerability of it is really powerful...

enjoyed this very much

z
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Fran
Thank you so much for the song visit, the comments and confidence!
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Loob said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Much enjoyed!
Love the piano!
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Well
thanks so much! I appreciate the listen and comment.
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drakonis said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
So THIS is the story behind the music
It is grandly powerful and poignant, and I love how you have played it here. The story in the description resonates deeply with me, and illuminates you too, a man of great compassion and thoughtfulness. Beautiful piano work, and it stands beautifully as a support for your emotive singing, no orchestration needed.

ttfn,
Drakonis
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Eduard
thank you so much. You are always such a positive supporter! I need it! LOL.
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Social_Ice said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
fruition....
i would imagine a compilation such as this would take a few years to bring to fruition....and without the subtitles, would just be another great song; however the story truly brings this piece to life, in every sense of the word. Wonderful production, very powerful and poignant....much in joy'd!!~barbara
MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Well hello
Ms Superbowl Champion! Thanks so much for the listen and comment.
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BlueAttitude said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Impressive work!
Well, I read through the entire song description before starting to listen to this. I can relate, reminds me of someone I once knew.
Anyway, I think this is a wonderful piece of music, even more impressive because you did it all in one pass. Great lyrics, love the piano, and in spite of what you say I very much liked the vocal and the spoken word. Very much enjoyed :)
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Wow
Thanks for the full read! I hope it struck a chord. It holds a lot of meaning for me.
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lholden said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Gorgeous
Mark, this song is really beautiful. I love the clean, clear sound on the piano and the vocals/lyrics are stunning. Thanks for sharing!!
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Thank you
so much Laura! I appreciate it!
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jdholliday said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
What a great story!
And what a beautifully written and sung heartfelt song, just what I needed to hear together today, amazing performance, great story, just what the Doctor ordered, thank you Mark!
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Well JD
Thank you so much. I can't imagine what you would have needed this for today. You have so much music in you it is amazing but maybe this helped somehow. Thanks for the listen and comment.
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egobandit said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
larger than life
Very serine I think I spelled that right, love the piano and the way you sing this very rythmic!
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Hey Tim
Thanks so much man! I appreciate it.
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neilh79 said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
seven seas
excellent music and love the contrsting vocal, with the speech and singing lovely well done
MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Thanks so much!
I appreciate your time to listen and comment!
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Symphony101 said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Mark
A great story to share, I'm very much impressed with this and similar experiences.

Wonderful song, you're awesome on those keys. It made me think of Supertramp, a great tune !
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Yves
Thank you very much! I'm not awesome. I have a very distinct style on the keys and anyone with real training sees right though my charade. LOL... but hey music is to be enjoyed. I'm glad you enjoyed this one.
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PeterB7858 said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Compelling...
Hi Mark. Wonderful description of a compelling life story that you have captured beautifully in a simple, thoughtful song. I am sure that the person concerned would be very happy with the result. Your piano playing is fine and your vocals are much better than you seem to want to give them credit for. Congratulations! Warm regards, Peter.
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
LOL
Well Peter if you could have seen this young man pickup my Les Paul and hand me a dose of "you don't know crap about music" (he was great about it... he could just really play). then you might comment differently. But thanks!
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KCsGROOVE said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
wonderful music
and story!
Enjoyed your playing!
Nothing wrong with those vocals! :-)
Fine music!
KC
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
KC
Thanks so much!
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davisamerica2 said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Love this piano, Mark
This is a really nice melody. Very nice lyrics. A very enjoyable song. Terry
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Terry
Thanks so much... Don't be mad if I ever call you Jack because the "2" often doesn't show. LOL.
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mrattue said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Seeing
Sounds like a remarkable fellow, and a remarkable song to commemorate your encounter with him.

Marc
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Hi Marc
I'm off to listen to your piece! Thanks for the listen and comment!
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Corporal Beef said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Seven Seas
From your words, it sounded like you had a very "lucky" evening that night in the sushi bar. Of course encounters such as yours rarely have anything to do with luck, but in the end it sounds like you are richer for the experience. It's ironic that you felt envious listening to him play your guitar; I kept feeling the same way while listening to your playing! I guess it's all perspective, isn't it?

As for your song, the melody was inspiring and your vocal was full of emotion. It was "the perfect take." Thanks for sharing your story and thanks for posting.


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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Hi Jason
Well ya... it is all perspective I guess but one could not help to be envious of a man that looked at life as he did. I was lucky and yes I'm richer... I do approaching things differently probably because of him. Thanks for the listen and comment.
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dave_b said 2279 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Seven Seas
Nice piano chops. Good vocals, which tell an interesting story.
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Hi Dave
Thanks! I'm glad you came to listen!
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Garni said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Enjoyed very much
Wonderful piano in this :)
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Hi Gerald
Thank you so much! I'll get caught up on your stuff soon I promise!
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guygrooves said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
I'm very happy
you decided to share this with us Mark. I hope you are able to find this individual again. If you do, be sure to thank him from all of us as well.
Peace
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Hi Guy!
Ok I feel totally stupid... It took me until just now to realize your picture is a couple of clefs together to make a heart. How cool is that! Nicely done. Thanks for the listen and yes if I do find him I will tell him just how much he affected me that night and tell him much more.
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sheilad said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
sometimes
we meet someone in life that helps us put our own world in perspective. You have created a wonder piece of work here and I hope that you realize that you really do have a special gift, not only a musical gift but your gift of friendship. I, for one and sending this to my ipod for a reminder of your story and to put my life in perspective
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
LOL
Me!? A special gift... hum... Well thanks... Sheeels you are the best!
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RAVENS said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Absolutely
Beautiful...

And you can take that to the bank my friend.

RAVEN ;-)
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Hi Dani!
Your support means a ton! Thanks so much!
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Vic Holman said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
seven seas
that is some impressive piano playing Mark. not just the piano is impressive but the music is great on melody and choice chords.

a very cool one indeed
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Hi Vic
Wow... thanks... I'm really glad you enjoyed!
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jodyrush said 2278 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Truly Impressive Mark.
You did well in capturing a moment in your life that truly touched your heart. I hope he gets to hear your song someday. Very nice!
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Thanks Jody
I think I'd be horribly embarrassed to have him hear the song. He was so talented... But ya I guess he should because then he would know how he touched me during that simple dinner.
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hackneybloke said 2278 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
seven seas
hi mark. great story...uplifting. post it in a forum. spread the word. the song itself is a gem...i mean a real gem; the simple melody and the almost conversational vocal delivery are made for each other. the lyrics speak loud and clear. dude you see far and wide.
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MarkHolbrook said 2278 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Thank you
Julian! I'm really glad you enjoyed this.
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RosaLinda said 2278 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Seven seas
I have a son that is almost blind. -Just a wee bit sight left on the right eye. I HOPE some day he will think as your man did here.He is in the teens now. Wow I think I am disabled sometimes compare to him thats for sure:)
We have to live now:) your song described that very well! Great work:)
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MarkHolbrook said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Wow...
That is personal on a personal level. It is amazing how we with everything functioning normally are often not even close to those that suffer a disability. Thanks for the listen and comment.
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Sigmund said 2278 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Seven Seas
Great song Mark, and a wonderful story. As I listened I myself tried to remember a time I met someone who had that kind of impact on me - and I can't! Not like that anyway. I suspect that, even though you did a really great job with this - good solid piano and vocals Mark, we will possibly hear this again in a more developed state. It doesn't need that, but there is room for more if you were to decide to take it further. Nice work - I enjoyed listening to this - thanks!
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MarkHolbrook said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks
Sigmund. I hear you. Now that it has an official cut perhaps a remake and reorchestration would work. Thanks!
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apb said 2278 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Fabulous Mark
A classic example of less is more, singing from your own personal experience and what a great and touching song you've made! From reading I think you should get away from this notion your in any way "less" than any other human being, because all the ways of measuring this are useless. I feel I would have been one of the many that could easily have walked out of that sushi bar and ignored this chap .. and I would have missed his words of wisdom until now, since you didn't and shared this for us all. Thank you for sharing.
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MarkHolbrook said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Hi Alan
I know that in the grand scheme of these perhaps we are all equals... but sometimes I just feel... inadequate when compared to some of these amazing people. I mean I have everything working normally... this guy lacks the thing I probably depend upon the most yet he still sees the world better than I do most days. Anyway thanks for the comment and listen!
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woofer3 said 2277 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
very enjoyable piece of music
By the way the vocals sound fine, they are very sincere and confident. Great record.
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MarkHolbrook said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Hi John
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the vote of confidence on the vocals!
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sammydix said 2277 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Two-sided
Hey Mark. Don't know whether this sounds good or bad, but even tho I like the tune--particularly the keys, I was more captivated by the background. Some folk truly are larger than life.
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MarkHolbrook said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Now you
know why I called it a "meager song'! LOL Thanks for the listen and comment. BTW.. .as I flew from Dulles to Copenhagen overnight I listened several times to "Deep Without"... What a stunningly great piece of music that is! Instant fan man!
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Mackie said 2277 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Nice
song and great lyrics! Love the chord-changes!

/Felix
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MarkHolbrook said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Hi Felix
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bud said 2277 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Powerful story
and a wonderful song - a great tribute to the effect he had on you. It's great when the music just flows like it did for you on this one. I think this strikes at the core of what this 2 track challenge is about. Much more than a cheese grater and wind chime - that's for sure.
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MarkHolbrook said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Hi Kevin
Thanks so much! It was quite the night... Thanks for the comment and listen!
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SmokeyVW said 2276 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
nice one
i especially love the chord progressions!

thanks
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MarkHolbrook said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Hi Bill
Working my way down the list... Your's is coming up!!! Thanks for the comment and listen!
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rok41 said 2276 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Seven Seas
Mark, a very moving song here, really hits home. Nice playing and singing!
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MarkHolbrook said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Hi Chris!
Thanks so much! Glad you took a listen and the time to comment!
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Hickling_Stan said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Wow
I read the whole story as your song played. What a truly inspiring chap. Obviously a song that came straight from the heart. Fully engaging, well done. Mark
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MarkHolbrook said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Well as I
said... I have often thought of him in my low points and the mental image of him often gets me through the bad times. That alone is inspiring. Thanks for the comment and listen!
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RoughRooster said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
You
captured a moment, great story.
Excellent song Mark with some fine piano playing and vocals.
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ChristopherCihon said 2276 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Wow...
What a amazing story.....and a wonderful piece.
Simply inspiring...just simply inspiring.
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strangedream said 2275 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Great song Mark
And great story...I do hate long descriptions, but I read every word of this one. Now I wish I'd met this man as well. Thanks so much for sharing such an intimate part of you with us. Your piano playing was beautiful (I didn't hear any mistakes) and your speaking over the song gave it an even more intimate quality (as spoken word often does.) It was great. Thanks for posting.

Nat
dimm witness said 2275 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
stunnin
spectacular mark. very late psych/early prog feel. sort of csny? had no idea you had this in you I was just going down the list of songs I didn't know who I was listening to. so suffice to say the dude helped you no doubt at a very deep level :-) very enjoyable
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Jarvoid said 2275 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Well the song
was impressive enough without the admittedly wordy but also worthy introduction....as I have said before to you Mark it takes guys like you to put these songs down and make us look inwards....I am too facetious and flippant to be able to write this sort of style,but bully for you I do apprciate it when I hear these sort of songs.

And all in two tracks...take a bow mon Ami ,take a bow...

Superb

Chris
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J.A.Stewart said 2274 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Full Sail
Where the senses end — or fail, it is the spirit that lifts us... if we choose. Many have eyes and still never really see. We take so much for granted — and miss so much. Lucky you were to be *touched* like this and found a more complete perspective.

It shows in this song. Content counts for far more than it is often given credit. Nicely done, Mark. ;)


--- Joe
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racerat said 2264 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Seven Seas
Marvelous story and very well played. I appreciated the story to read along with, it really made the whole experience more full. What an amazing gift you have gotten by meeting this inspiring individual, and that you continue to carry his message with you. A spiritual experience in a sushi bar. Gotta love that.
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fasteddie said 2262 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
I meant to get to this a long time ago
I listened and couldn't comment.

Better late then never.

Stellar performance. Worth a second go around.
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ste said 2261 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
lovely
piano playing and top ideas. great song.
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Mike_Lynn said 2258 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Great song
Passionately written & performed. Love the piano playing too.
Cheers / Mike
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VicDiesel said 2258 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Nice piano work
but the intro is too long. Pet peeve of mine.

Otherwise good stuff.
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jibes said 2256 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Seven Seas
A beautiful song and 2 trk too! Great job Mark!
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Slashh! said 2218 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Simpler is indeed often better
Two tracks says plenty when you've got something meaningful to say and you say it with feeling. Great story behind the song. By the way, you're not giving yourself nearly enough credit for your singing and playing ability. Downloaded!
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Llarion said 2195 days ago (May 20th, 2011)
Amazing story, and a lovely song!
Don't worry about your perceived musical inadequacies. You're better than you think you are. let the gifts the good Doctor gave you shine without shame... there's nothing going on in the vocal that couldn't be fixed with more consistent breath support, and I have no complaints at all about the piano part. There are some really refreshing "left turns" the song takes chordally... Structurally, if I were to suggest a change (and I don't know if you're even asking for this sort of suggestion, but it occurred to me, so... ).. it would come in the form of an addition: a bridge. The ear needs an intermezzo sometimes, a place to reflect, and then come back... The voiceover almost qualifies, but I wonder if the voiceover could be moved to before the last verse, and then a short bridge that gives the listener what you learned from this man in a musical sense, to augment the powerful narrative. Utterly charming piece though, and your stark, honest, and emotionally vulnerable presentation are notably suited to the material brought forth.
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JAB24 said 2163 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
Seven Seas 2trx2011
Beautiful story,Piano and Lyrics. Some people really have a way to move us. This was just wonderful ! thank you for sharing !
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SISTERS said 2162 days ago (June 23rd, 2011)
!!!!
oooo - i like all those changes that happen right away!
i really dig your playing, Mark - had no idea you were so good, brother. the patterns that repeat are good ones.

your lyric is simply stellar, and I think it complements your music wonderfully.

i love all the places you took us!

now if you don't stop with the disparaging of your voice, I'll have to come over to your house. you really do NOT want that.

thank you for keeping this alive for so many years. amazing that you can recall his parting words!
and amazing parting words they were.

ultimately this made me cry. big thanks for that!
8)
anne
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Philip18 said 2134 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Amazing
Wonderful experience you have used to create this song, which has an excellent structure. The spoken words works, too - they make it even more "real". The way you perform it suits the content perfectly. Much enjoyed!
jbazemore said 1955 days ago (January 15th, 2012)
Wow
Wish I had listened to this a long time ago. Not only is the song outstanding but the story that goes with it (yes, I read the hole thing) is inspirational. Excellent work. And your piano and vocals are perfect. Stop belittling yourself. You have talent.
richard13 said 1705 days ago (September 22nd, 2012)
Eduard pimped this in chat today
so I came for a listen, and was blown away. I can't add anything new to all the wonderful things people have already said so, just a simple thank you and, well done.
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