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alackbass

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve commented with envy as I listened to a song that featured a fabulously sparse arrangement. So many talented MJ members have posted solo piano pieces. Some vocalists post amazing songs sung a cappella. Still others will post an original vocal accompanied by a single guitar.

I’ve tried to do so. But listening to the playback of my own acoustic guitar playing is so………unsatisfying. Every squeak and rattle makes me cringe. And I’ve never achieved that acoustic guitar recording that didn’t include clear audio of my own breathing. I was always so displeased with the guitar sound I never even bothered to record a vocal track to go with it. Other times I would layer multiple tracks to conceal as many imperfections as possible.

I knew if I issued a two-track challenge it would force me to finally follow through. I couldn’t issue a challenge and then not post something. I also found it comforting knowing several other members would be posting music within the same narrow parameters.

Okay…so now I was committed. So what to post? I went through my file of “orphan chord changes.” I came across this fairly simple set of progressions that I had previously arranged into an equally simple song form. They had yet to be “adopted” by a vocalist so they seemed to have potential. I recorded the guitar part several times using a variety of different instruments including a Les Paul, Taylor steel string acoustic, and my Taylor Nylon string. I decided the nylon string produced the most appropriate tone and was also the instrument on which I found the part easiest to play. I selected the best of several takes and punched in to correct two errors.

Picking out a singer was easy. I was already a big fan of Natalie’s work and we were already working on a yet to be posted collaboration with paddler and scofugate. Not only is Natalie a wonderfully expressive singer. She is also a talented lyricist with a gifted sense of melody. I was aware she had posted 2 track (or even 1 track) songs on her own page consisting of her vocal and acoustic guitar accompaniment. So I knew this was a format she was comfortable working in.

Natalie agreed to adopt my orphan chord changes and quickly turned them into the song we present here.

The final mix was a collaborative effort.

Thank you Natalie! Writing and recording with you is a joy. And thank you for helping me cross a hurdle I just could not do myself.
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Lyrics
Am I Getting Through

Does it hurt to watch it fade?
Is every day the same?
and your face
is a blank page
I want to light it up
but I know I'm not enough
Am I getting through?
Am I getting through?

Angel, Angel...you spineless, reckless angel

Does it hurt to hear me say
I may not always feel this way
Am I a fool?
or am I brave?
I want to give this up
I'm falling out of love

Am I getting through?
Am I getting through?

Angel, Angel...you spineless, reckless, angel.

And you say, "stay"
But I won't

Because it hurts
to watch it fade
and every day
is the same
and your face
is a blank page
I want to light it up
but I know I'm not enough

Am I getting through?
Am I getting through?

Angel, Angel, you spineless, reckless angel
Song Stats
Hits: 4006
Comments: 149
Fans: 65
Plays: 234
Downloads: 79

Uploaded: Feb 27, 2011 - 07:02:18 PM
Last Updated: Feb 27, 2011 - 07:10:21 PM Last Played: Mar 05, 2017 - 06:31:56 PM
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Hardware:
Natalie: Blue Snowball USB mic
Andrew: Taylor NS32-CE Nylon String Guitar, ZOOM H4 recorder (used as a USB mic)
Software:
Natalie: Acid Pro 6
Andrew: GarageBand 10, Audacity, LAME 3.98.4 MP3 Encoder
Comments
bronco said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Beautiful
Not much to say except this is really beautiful in that quiet contemplative way that I love so much. Good choice of singer, Natalie does superb job. But to put down your guitar playing when this is so good? Wonderful song Andrew. You can do it all. Full production with a lot of people or just two it all works. Talented man.
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alackbass said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Thanks Tom
It's always a relief when that first person gives a new song a listen and chooses to comment. Thanks brother. I breathed a sigh of relief. We both appreciate it!
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Sigmund said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Awesome!
That's about as good as it gets, friends!
D/L'd - thanks!
Sig
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alackbass said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Thanks Sigmund
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drakonis said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Dappled sunlight on maple syrup
The mixture of your guitar, which sounds like warm and beautiful sunshine here, is perfect to pour Natalie's earthy maple-syrup-sweet voice over... when she started singing, my headphones placed her LITERALLY inside my head, a very cool sensation. Vox might be ever-so-slightly loud in the mix, given the guitarist probably mixed himself back too far :-) But wow, what an intimately beautiful piece of music, very very well done you two... here's what 4 hands of magic can do!

Hey Andrew, Natalie will be here on the 4th of July, will you drop by too? :-)

ttfn,
Drakonis
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alackbass said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Thanks Eduard
It amazed me how difficult it was to mix two tracks. We went back and forth regarding the relative levels of the vocal and the guitar. What we agreed on was we didn't want any of the lighter vocal phrases to become obscured. Besides, when you're working with a singer this great you want to be sure she's out front. Glad you liked the song. We appreciate it!
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neilh79 said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Am I Getting Through
What a lovely piece of music. The classical styling in the guitar work is very nice. The progressions are beautiful an extremely well picked number. My only minor crit would be to bring the thumb through the bass a wee bit harder just to accentuate the depth of the song but I am being a bit too picky there I think!! Excellent vocal complements the whole thing brilliantly, very well done mate great piece
alackbass said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Thanks Neil
I always appreciate it when a listener shares honest crits. That's when the real growth happens. I think I need to work on the angle of my right hand when I pick. I tend to brush the string with the side of my thumb rather than with the tip. I know I'll get more definition with the tip but I need to be more disciplined about it.

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AndrewL said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Aye
Methinks thou protests against thy playing too much! Excellent work guys. Thanks for the D/L too!!
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alackbass said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Thanks Andrew
Well we are our own worst critic. Thanks for the listen and the download (always the best of all compliments)! We appreciate it!
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jdholliday said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
wait just a minute
you have a Les Paul, a Taylor steel string and a Taylor nylon string? No fair! Lol!
Great choice on the nylon string, excellent finger style picking, love the progression, amazing lyrics, incredible vocals, great mix, magical song, extremely well done Andrew and Natalie! Now I gotta go re-mix mine!
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alackbass said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
And
A 355, Telecaster, and Takamine steel string. Then there's the basses!

Anyway! Thanks for the listen James! Your support is always appreciate. We're glad you like the song!
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Garni said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Beautiful work
Both of you should be congratulated on the highest level with this. Beautiful in so many ways!

G-)
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alackbass said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Thanks Gerald
We really appreciate it!
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ktb said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
2
is all you need :-) Serene and soulful. Loved it.
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alackbass said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Thanks John
But as you know I quite frequently need much more than two. Luckily there's guys like you ready to help me out. And Luckily for me Natalie was willing to make this one a song. She deserves all the credit!
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Lagusaya2 said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Wow!!!
Best song I heard today! Your guitar playing is top notch! (altho I kind of like squeaks) ... and Natalie's voice is angelic, like the song title!

Wow!

Stan
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Stan
But are you sure about that? There's an awful lot of great music posted here on a daily basis. Thanks so much for dropping in for a listen and for leaving such kind comments. We appreciate it.
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Lagusaya2 said 2211 days ago (March 5th, 2011)
Came back...
I am appreciating this even more today, Andrew! Stunning! Great git, great voice!
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Symphony101 said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
This is so good !
Andrew I think the two track challenge was a great idea ! I enjoyed so much this song, I think you played very nicely and the guitar track is built in a way that it's very pleasant to follow through and one easily remembers the catchy melody. Natalie's work here is fantastic as usual.

I really enjoyed the listen and downloaded too ! Hats off to you both.
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Yves
Your support is always appreciated. And I agree, Natalie is fantastic!
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johnwhitehead said 2217 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Angel
This is gorgeous...lovely guitar, melody, singing lyrics. Squeaks be damned...they're an organic part of the instrument. Like a singer breathing. What a great vocal performance btw, from a whisper to a wail...such feeling. Love the bridge, too.
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks John
You're one of the people I was referring to in the description who can post excellent and sparsely arranged songs. So it's really gratifying to read your comments. And I couldn't agree more! Natalie's performance is great!
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RosaLinda said 2217 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
wow
I will bring a download with me!
Sooo beautiful all the way. There is nothing like a guitar and a voice. And such a beautiful voice too!! GREAT song!
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Linda
There is no greater compliment than the download. I'm glad you liked the song, although it wasn't a song until Natalie worked her magic.
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KCsGROOVE said 2217 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
great song
I know how difficult it is to record an acoustic guitar, but you did great here Andrew
Natalie's vocals are awesome!
KC
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Cees
We appreciate the listen and the kind support.
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Saltaireguru77 said 2217 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Getting through
And under the skin and in the head, never to depart. Just awesome. I'd say your best yet, Andrew. Very very skilfully done. Natalie's voice is superb as always by the delivery seems to be up a notch even for you. Possibly the best I've heard on this site to date. Certainly sets the bar for the rest if us (how you'll follow that I've no idea but I don't envy you. But I look forward to finding out!) thanks for sharing this guys. Instant download and theme tune for the rest o te week. Outstanding!
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strangedream said 2217 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Oh My!
Thank you so much for all of your kind words....I'm blushing now! Glad you enjoyed the song.
alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Stephen
My best? Like I said in the description these were just orphan chord changes wishing to be a song. If this is the best song I've posted on my page then the credit must go to Natalie. The melodies and lyrics are all hers. As for how we'll follow it, there's the collaboration Natalie and I have in the works with Rich and Scott. Stay tuned! Thanks again brother! We appreciate it!
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PeterB7858 said 2217 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
This is a beautiful song...
Hi Natalie and Andrew. First off, Andrew, your guitar playing works wonderfully on this song. Simple and understated, it provides a great springboard for Natalie's fantastic vocals. This is a very beautiful song and an awesome collaboration. Automatic D/L. Congratulations to you you both. Kind regards, Peter.
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Peter
Kind words coming from such a fine guitarist as yourself. Having spent my professional performing years as a bassist "simple and understated" is now just in my DNA I think! Thanks for downloading. That's always the best compliment of all. We appreciate it!
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Honza said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Soothing ...
I turned on this song and than just started to surf through the internet ... and suddenly I just thought to myself:".. where is this beautiful music coming from?" Much enjoyed, Thank you!!
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Honza
Reading your kind comments got me thinking about what a great time this is to be alive. To think we can all distribute our music around the world via the Internet. And it's so nice to know there are a few people out there listening. We appreciate it!
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jodyrush said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Only one thing wrong here...
And that's that Andrew says he can't play guitar! Beautiful voice Natalie.
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thank Jody
I think my issue was more about the recorded sound rather than the actual performance. I need to PM you and found out how you achieved the sound you did on you're 2 track recordings.

Thanks again for the listen and supportive comments.
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grahame1956 said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Lovely
I love it. It is the simplicity and the purity of the voice counterpoised against the warm guitar.
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Grahame
We appreciate the listen and kind comments.
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Jarvoid said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Sometimes you can be
a total smeghead Andy...in the nicest possible way....if you are suffering a crisis of confidence about your playing when you clearly can play as well as this then you need a well placed boot to the backside...if this challenge is that boot well it was well worth it to get this out into the open.Cracking song beautifully played and sung....and produced.

Great fun this challenge was ,mmmm.

Chris.
alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Chris
Those may be the nicest comments of all!
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lavalamp said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Boy oh boy
Great idea. Outstanding vocals. Pro quality and expressive. Excellent chord changes. That equals a brilliant song.

LL
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Dave
That's very kind of you. Thank you so much for stopping by to listen and comment.
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RochaMalhada said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
this is great
Quite a nice range on Natalie, well done, folks

. - Harold
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Harold
I knew I just couldn't go wrong if Natalie would agree to work with me on this one! Not only is her range amazing. Her phrasing blows my mind!
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davisamerica said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
levels are perfect to
my ears and this is one beauty of a tune. very well done you guys.
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Jack
Glad you liked it and thanks for dropping by.
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Moviz said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
This is
a really good collab..... the combination of the softer sounding nylon strings and the soft tones of Natilie's lovely vocal melody is beautiful..... the lyrics meld so naturally with the whole song..... love it, regards M
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Maurice
We appreciate the listen and kind feedback.
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awigze said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Andrew and Natalie
You cant go wrong with Natalie.... Nice guitar playing and great choice of strings that augments her voice. Things were meant to be. You guys did great. A definite fav.
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Andy
Glad you like it! I agree, "You can't go wrong with Natalie." She knocked it out of the park. Thanks for the listen!
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SmokeyVW said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
wow
wonderful

thanks
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thank You Bill
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dave_b said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Am I Getting Through
Tight playing and fine vocals. The picking style suits the mood of the song very well. Nice job!
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Dave
If the guitar and vocal match in mood, all that credit must go to Natalie. She took what I gave her and made it work! Thanks for the listen. We appreciate it.
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Outtaorbit said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Whoa......
Great things going on here........ thanks
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Patrick
We appreciate you stopping by for a listen!
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fasteddie said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Really nicely done
Excellent playing on the guitar.
Awesome vocals.
This turned out really great.
Good job both of you.
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Michael
Glad you liked it. Thanks for the kind feedback. We appreciate it.
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Alannah said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Lovely ....
... just lovely on all parts ..... (how do you get that fabulous echo-without-the-actual-echo quality on the vocals)???
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alackbass said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Thanks Alannah!
Echo? On the vocal? Natalie set the effects on her vocal. She'll have to share her secrets. Thanks for the listen.
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rok41 said 2216 days ago (February 28th, 2011)
Am I Getting Through
Geez,,,this is grrreat! First off, lovely guitar Andrew, love the Taylor on this, I think the subtle nylon strings really allowed for Nat's already distinctive voice to really shine. Nat, you have such a knack of saying a whole lot with very few words, a true art in music. One of my favorites of 2011!
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks Chris
A whole lot with few words........I AGREE! Natalie also has a knack for using some pretty sharp and aggressive sounding words (spineless, reckless) into very sensitive and quiet moments. That really knocked me out.
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Hickling_Stan said 2216 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Beautiful
Just love that phrase "file of orphan chord changes” How many of us have got a drawer full of them? Andrew, setting this challenge was inspired. Got mine ready for upload on thusday. Superb singing and playing. Simple and so effective. Mark
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks Mark
We really appreciate the listen and supportive feedback!

Let's not forget the 2 Track Challenge idea was actually Carrie's. It came up one night in chat when Charles posted on of his guitar/vocal tracks. I just got sick of waiting. So I line jumped her.
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hackneybloke said 2216 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
am i getting through
oh my god. this is one of those rare(ish) moments when macjams turns up a commecial hit. andrew...your guitar playing is sublime. how can you possibly doubt yourself? natalie's vocals....eva cassidy and more. the section at 2.42 is beautiful. it's all beautiful. natalie, you need to be discovered. wow....seriously.
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks Julian
I doubt my guitar playing because I've had access to the tracks of people like you :)

This is the 2nd song Natalie and I wrote together (the other will be posted soon). Both times I've thought to myself, "Natalie needs to be discovered."

Thanks again for the listen and kind comments.
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MarkHolbrook said 2216 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Andrew
you amaze me! Not only is your guitar work exquisite... You have a true knack for picking gorgeous songs! Adding Natalie to this was a stroke of genius. I've said for sometime that I hope someday to write a piece of music worth of either Natalie or Raven vocals... I'm still trying. This is sweet, gorgeous and wonderful. Just be proud man! Outstanding work!
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks Mark
I'm overwhelmed by the support. The gorgeous song has to be credited to Natalie. This was some pretty simple chord changes. When she sent me her track, I was stunned. That feeling of hearing a singer give voice for the first time to an idea that wasn't truly a song yet is amazing. One of the many joys of making music here.

The song you just posted, I'm sure they'd agree, was worthy of them both.
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hackneybloke said 2216 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
and
i forgot to mention the incredibly poignant lyrics.
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
All Natalie!
:) Thanks again!
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FEEL said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Wow
Recording an accoustic is difficult and will pick up every little mistake. You did a fine job playing and you captured a nice tone. The vocals are a wonderful compliment. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed!
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks FEEL
That means a lot coming from such a fine guitarist. I knew Natalie would deliver a wonderful vocal. So glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by for a listen!
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Social_Ice said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
awe may sing.....
getting through all the way to the end of this fine accomplishment. Awe may sing collab!! ~barbara
alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Awe may sing?
Awe may sing? Awe may sing?

Oh! Now I get it! Thanks so much!
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Soundhound said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Very....Nice
Tune well played when the vocal went up though I felt the true
value of the tune changed a little to much, the soft feel was damaged
some what...
It all sounded good but I personally felt it was a little to much, never the less very nicely done.....

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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thank You
I always appreciate it when people leave thoughtful and constructive feedback. Thanks for the listen. We appreciate it!
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RoughRooster said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Always
difficult to record acoustic guitar but this is superb.
Excellent vocals and a wonderful clear recording.
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it and thanks so much for the listen.
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mrattue said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Hi, Andrew
Sounds great to me. Vocals and guitar both really effective. Can't see how you can do much better than this with just two tracks.

If your playing is cause for self-conscious anxiety then i don't know where the hell that leaves me!!

Much enjoyed,

Marc
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks Marc
Actually, you're one of those people who constantly post excellent examples of sparsely arranged music. I often listened to the tone you got wondering why that eludes me. Thanks again for dropping by. We appreciate it.
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magnatone said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Getting Through
wonderful, wonderful work - congrats to you both!
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks Karen!
And thank you for listening to the original guitar track and assuring me it was worth taking to the next step. It was also reassuring to have you listen to the final mix prior to posting.

Your support is a precious gift. I hope to see your smiling face again soon.
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pablatone said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
lighter out, swayin' back and forth
very nice tune andrew. the words are are wonderful. thanks for posting.
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks Paul
The words are all Natalie! She's amazing!
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sammydix said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
The perfect team
Simplicity at it's best.
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alackbass said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Thanks Sammy
That's what we were hoping for. Thanks for the listen!
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Reggie_Pole said 2215 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Getting through
Top performances from both of you. Very good. Enjoyed your song description, too.
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alackbass said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Reggie
Glad you liked it and thanks so much for dropping by to listen.
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dimm witness said 2215 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
heartfelt
captivating. topnotch -- great job y'all :-D
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alackbass said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Eddie
We appreciate that!
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mike_d said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Wow!
Awesome track you two!!!
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alackbass said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Mike
We're glad you liked it.
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DWL said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Lovely
The 2 track challenge has really brought out some excellent songs.

Really nice work. Top notch vocals and very solid guitar.

Cheers

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alackbass said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Dick
I'm with you.....Natalie equals top notch! Thanks for the listen.
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lholden said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Am I Getting Through
Amazing... amazing, amazing. The guitar work is simply beautiful and the vocals are perfect. I love when her voice goes up higher for the first time! It gave me goosebumps... thanks for sharing this gem.
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alackbass said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Laura
Thank you for all of the supportive feedback. We really appreciate it!
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tonestones said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Angelic
Beautiful song. You both sound great.
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alackbass said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Steve
That means a lot! We appreciate it!
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VicDiesel said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
pure goodness
Two tracks, two perfect performances. One happy listener. Actually, many happy listeners......
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alackbass said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Vic!
We appreciate it! But com'on? Perfect? I really appreciate your ever thoughtful and constructive suggestions. You must have at least one crit. That's what leads to the most growth.
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VicDiesel said 2214 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
I tried very hard
to find anything wrong on second listen.

I'm guessing you recorded the whole guitar track, Natalie did the vocals, and you kept the original guitar? When she goes from the subdued part to the all-out screaming, your guitar somewhat unperturbedly keeps doing the same gentle chords. A little acknowledgement of her changing energy level would have been nice: hit a powerful strum, rather than keeping picking.

There's also a matter of acoustic space. I'm listening on ear plugs here, but the guitar is a bit too upfront for me. I'd give it a bit more reverb, lower the volume a little, make the sound slightly thinner, to get it to sit behind the vocals rather than in front of it.

And by the time we get to 3:20 I get the message that you're a sensitive picker. I feel like you're on a loop. A little variation?

Better?

But really, excellent track.
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alackbass said 2213 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
Now You're Talking
When she goes from the subdued part to the all-out screaming, your guitar somewhat unperturbedly keeps doing the same gentle chords. A little acknowledgement of her changing energy level would have been nice: hit a powerful strum, rather than keeping picking.

That's almost exactly what Karen said when she listened to the final mix prior to posting. Great minds think alike!
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crissew said 2214 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Really great
Love this! Great vocal and guitar in here. Another classic Natalie vocal. Soooo smooth and relaxed. Really enjoyed this!
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strangedream said 2214 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
Hey Charles
Where the heck have you been! Thanks for stopping by. Don't be a stranger!
alackbass said 2213 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
Thanks Charles
We appreciate it. And I agree with Natalie. Don't be a stranger!
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ShadowofNine said 2213 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
Awesome
Vocal, one of my fav singers here, and Andrew yu shine 2...Bravo
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alackbass said 2213 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
Thanks Dave
I knew it would be smart to attach myself to Natalie's star! Thanks for stopping by for a listen.
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ted23 said 2213 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
I know
What you mean. I suffer from ultra string squeaks and breath issues (not bad breath) myself and listening back you'd think I'd recoded darth vadar playing guitar..... I didn't realise I sniff so much.So I avoid acoustic work.

This is, well... Beautiful. Has a classic production feel to it. Excellently balanced performances.
alackbass said 2213 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
Thanks Ed
Darth Vader! That's it exactly. I have to turn my head throughout an entire take! Glad you liked our collaboration. Thanks for the support!
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BlueAttitude said 2213 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
Wow!
Love the vocal! Very nice quality to her voice! Your guitar sounds great to me, I was reading your song description. I always have a real hard time getting an acoustic guitar track recorded that I'm happy with, one reason I mostly stick with the electric I guess.

Anyway, good songwriting and performance, very much enjoyed :)
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alackbass said 2213 days ago (March 4th, 2011)
Thanks Dave
We appreciate you stopping by for a listen and all the kind feedback. One of the nice things (for me) that's come out of this challenge and posting this song is several guitarists have let me know I'm not alone! Thanks again!
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strangedream said 2213 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
Thanks to all
For all of your kind words. I sincerely appreciate them. I know that Andrew does as well. Peace.
musichead said 2212 days ago (March 4th, 2011)
Acoustic guitar
I have to go to a real studio to get acoustic guitar sound that sounds any good. Just too much room noise in my home studio. Plus his guitars are better than mine. But being really a bass player also. Im not a fan of my guitar playing. I have timing issues and have to do atleast 11 takes to get it right even with a click track. But you guys did a nice job on this tune. Well recorded. Has anyone suggested noise gates? I know they work well on guitars. I wonder how it would work on vocals and acoustic guitar. Nice job you two.
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alackbass said 2212 days ago (March 4th, 2011)
Thanks Steve
I'm really digging how this song has prompted a discussion regarding the difficulties we all seem to have getting a good acoustic guitar recording.

I did experiment with a noise gate. But what I found was when the gate opens, allowing the noise and recorded audio through, the noise is that much more apparent when compared to the silent spots when the gate is closed.

Thanks for the feedback. We appreciate it.
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Vic Holman said 2212 days ago (March 4th, 2011)
Am I Getting Through
excellent work andy and nat. outstanding performance from the both of you
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alackbass said 2212 days ago (March 4th, 2011)
Thanks Vic
We appreciate the listen and kind comments.
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woofer3 said 2211 days ago (March 5th, 2011)
Am I Getting Through
Delicate but assertive. Very nice playing singing and writing.
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alackbass said 2211 days ago (March 5th, 2011)
Thanks John
We really appreciate that.
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gail60 said 2211 days ago (March 5th, 2011)
wow wow
This is gorgeous! Seriously awesome work from both of you. I love accoustic guitar and your choice of Natalie's angel voice fits perfectly together here! Very nice indeed
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alackbass said 2211 days ago (March 5th, 2011)
Thanks Gail
Considering you're an artist who can produce countless high quality 2 track songs, your kind feedback means a lot. We appreciate it!
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Slashh! said 2211 days ago (March 5th, 2011)
It's all been said
Simply beautiful.
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alackbass said 2211 days ago (March 5th, 2011)
Thanks Slashh
That means a lot!
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egobandit said 2211 days ago (March 5th, 2011)
2 track
I don't think I could do it, this is outstanding and natural, just the right amount of everything now thats a gift. Natalie's singing compliments this as if you guys have been together playing for years!
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alackbass said 2211 days ago (March 5th, 2011)
Thanks Tim
Don't doubt yourself friend. I'm sure you can do anything you put your mind to. We appreciate the listen and the kind feedback.
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ChristopherCihon said 2211 days ago (March 5th, 2011)
Very nice!
Love your voice Nat! Amazing....You should be getting paid for it.

Andrew...hardly heard a squeak! lol!

GREAT job to the both of you!!
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alackbass said 2210 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Thanks Chris
So does that mean you heard a squeak? LOL Thanks again for the listen.
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Bowman said 2210 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
So beautiful
and touching and so many levels Andrew. It's a joy to hear this collab and thank you for introducing me to Natalie. Both of you are supurb artists!
Cheers,
Charlie
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strangedream said 2210 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Thanks Charlie!
I must check out some of your music now.

Nat
jibes said 2210 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
2 tracks
of pure gold!!
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alackbass said 2210 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Thanks Neal!
That means a lot!
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sonnyjim said 2210 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Intimate sound
Intimate message. Warm, easy on the ears (not easy to do), all about the vocal and lyric. And perfect restraint on the guitar. Perfect all around, really. Very, very fine.

SJ
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alackbass said 2210 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Thanks Jim
We appreciate you stopping by for a listen. And thanks for the kind comments.
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racerat said 2210 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Am I Getting Through
I don't even know what to say about this. It's just so lovely. The nylon stringed guitar is absolutely perfect. What a wonderful progression. The vocals are just amazing. Kudos to Natalie. She did an incredible job.
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alackbass said 2210 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
Thanks racerat
We're glad you dropped by for a listen. And thanks so much for the kind feedback.
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Leon said 2210 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
Listening...
to this at an unholy hour of the morning... Couldn't sleep and here I stumble upon this gem... lovely composition.. poignant strings and haunting vocals. Soothing... now I can go sleep.
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alackbass said 2209 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
Thanks Leon!
Which reminds me! You and I need to do a song together! Thanks again for the listen and kind feedback.
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Carrie71 said 2206 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Am I Getting through
Very beautiful song. Great job Andrew and Natalie. Wow, I think as I listen and type this may be my favorite Natalie vocal. Awesome. Andrew you are oh so talented, I am a fan.
alackbass said 2206 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Thanks Carrie!
We've missed you. Welcome back! Glad you liked the song!
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jiguma said 2206 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Congratulations!
Lovely post - Natalie's vocals are sublimely beautiful. Nothing cringy in the guitar Andy.
Very enjoyable listen.
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alackbass said 2204 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Thanks Neil
You're not late! You get here when you get here. Thanks for the listen and kind feedback.
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lengold said 2204 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Listened to this
a few times before commenting.
It is definitely getting through to me.
Beautiful.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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alackbass said 2204 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Thanks Len
The download is always the nicest of all compliments. We appreciate it!
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lyzak said 2197 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Does get through!
The song process description of insecurities.. and "going for it" to deal with them is so relatable.. and inspiring in light of this jewel of a tune created in your efforts to step out of that place of doubt. Thanks!
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alackbass said 2197 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Wow! Thanks!
And so nice to meet you!
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Philip18 said 2188 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Great music
Beautiful playing, emotive singing, good structure to the lyrics. A great effort!
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alackbass said 2188 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
Thanks Philip
Natalie really made this one! It was her amazing vocal and lyrics that made this work. Thanks for the listen.
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Fire_Angel said 1551 days ago (December 24th, 2012)
Ouch.
Fantastic song with lyrics that bite and a melody that almost completely contradicts them. The combination is a killer, big hit material. Sheer quality from everybody concerned. I have no idea why you thought your acoustic picking couldn't stand up well enough to carry this off, but it clearly does so with a beautiful result.
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alackbass said 1551 days ago (December 24th, 2012)
Thanks Fire_Angel
We both appreciate it!
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Fire_Angel said 1551 days ago (December 24th, 2012)
Ouch.
Fantastic song with lyrics that bite and a melody that almost completely contradicts them. The combination is a killer, big hit material. Sheer quality from everybody concerned. I have no idea why you thought your acoustic picking couldn't stand up well enough to carry this off, but it clearly does so with a beautiful result. Thanks for the download, it's hard to believe I can download music of this quality without paying and it's perfectly legal!
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RichardSchletty said 610 days ago (July 23rd, 2015)
Perfect...
In many ways.
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