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Inspiration (w/ Strangedream & Sigmund)


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This is another collaboration with Natalie Scibetta. Natalie shared some lyrics with me a month or two ago and the core of this song almost wrote itself. Natalie's vocals and lyrics really inspire me. The title of this one is very apt.

As I was working on the music I've been listening more and more to Sigmund, both his own compositions and collaborations he has done with others. I'm a big fan of his guitar work and I wanted to see if he would be interested in working on this project with us. Luckily, he agreed. I love what he did with this. His parts bring really great energy to this tune.

Natalie adds:
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I wrote this song when I was sixteen. It was part of a compilation called Black 15....my first "album!" It's next incarnation was several live recordings with my ex-band, Fallen Creatures. Since about 2003, this song has been sitting around on various cds waiting to be loved again. Steve has done just that. Originally, I simply sent him the lyrics and he wrote the music around what he "heard" reading the lyrics. The strange part, is that what he came up with is actually very close to the bare bones of the original song. That being the case, I was able to sing much of the original melody over Steve's fantastic instrumental track. "Your Inspiration" has certainly evolved again. This is my favorite incarnation to date. Thanks Steve....and Sig---your guitars rock!
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Sigmund adds:
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Going back to right around the holidays, I started noticing Tonestones and Strangedream were putting out some seriously cool music together and I thought to myself "self, I would sure like to work with those two!". Shortly after the holidays, an email shows up in my inbox - it's none other than Steve, with an invitation to work on this project. Talk about fate! Anyway, as I began to develop my parts for this tune I began to get a sense of just how challenging Steve's music is to play with. I really found myself thinking outside my normal box, so to speak. I hit the send key with much trepidation as I sent my finished parts over, fully expecting to get a "thanks anyway" email right back. Fortunately Steve and Nat both liked what I did - whew! These two are so easy to work with! I hear talk of more projects down the road - well count me in guys, and THANKS for letting me be a part of this great tune!
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Credits:
Natalie Scibetta: Lyrics, Vocals
Sigmund: Electric guitars (Lead and Rhythm guitars)
Tonestones: Arrangement, Percussion, Bass, Keyboards, Clean Rhythm, Oud, Sitar, Synths
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Lyrics
Your Inspiration
By Natalie Scibetta

Reality is twisted around your little finger
and I'm looking for a fantasy
in your lingering
I never wanted it to happen this way
but we've all got sins to pay for

Let me be your inspiration
and we'll fornicate our desperation'
wouldn't it be nice if we could all just walk away?
clarify the information
and you complicate the situation
wouldn't it be nice if we could all just walk away?

You said to me
what you said to me
and you wished that you'd stayed quiet
but the words hung heavy in the room
you came to me
like you needed me
and you ask to be forgiven
then you do the unforgiveable
I never wanted you to see me this way
but we all want a little bit more

CHORUS
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Hits: 3665
Comments: 52
Fans: 46
Plays: 296
Downloads: 104
Votes: 5
Uploaded: Mar 06, 2011 - 03:10:19 PM
Last Updated: Mar 07, 2011 - 01:02:27 PM Last Played: May 30, 2017 - 03:26:11 PM
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Comments
strangedream said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Lovely Steve....
Thanks again for putting in the time on this one. It really paid off. I love it!

Nat
tonestones said 2299 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Love working with your tunes
I always enjoy working with you. Can't wait for the next one!
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magnatone said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Inspiration
WOWZERS!!! this is a threesome that MUST continue collaborating together! Steve's music is always so interesting - it pushes me as a listener while somehow remaining entirely accessible and even addictive. Shredmund totally delivered (can't believe you were ever worried!), and of course Natalie's lyrics and vocals are incredible. Steve, your arrangement of this complex and gorgeous song is stellar - congrats to you all!
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tonestones said 2299 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks, Karen
We have started another one. Hoping to include Andy on this next one.
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dave_b said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Inspiration
Has a mideastern flavor. Steve provides a exotic chilled groove for the haunting melody to ride on. The signature guitar riff fits great with the mood of the piece. Some really nice changes, beautiful vocals, interesting images in the lyrics.
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tonestones said 2299 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Mideastern flavor
I've always liked the mid-eastern percussion and strings in particular. The sound of the Oud is one I can only get in samples now. I hope to learn to play a real one some day. I glad you liked it.
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ShadowofNine said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Masterful
a Gem of a piece, the performances shine,as does the production...
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tonestones said 2299 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Swan
Man, I love what you did with Swan. Great job.
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awigze said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Nat Sig Steve
This is amazing- writing and vocals wonderful, guitars rich and exotic, Production heroic and all things in between. Fully inspired.
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tonestones said 2299 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks, Andy
I'm really glad you like it. Can't wait for the next one with you on sax!
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sammydix said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Inspiration
Totally fits. This is an awesome production. I mean really. Wide open sound filled with music. Nice discovery.
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richard13 said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Wow!
Simply WOW!
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mrattue said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Impressive
No weak links here. Don't know which component part or contributor to praise most. If i say that i think it is really good song, it says it all, doesn't it?

Much enjoyed.

Thank you.

marc
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alackbass said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Inspiration (w/ Strangedream & Sigmund)
Wow! So downloaded!
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KCsGROOVE said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
intriguing piece!
Love that rhythm!
Cool riffwork on da guitars.
Wonderful vocals
Cool collab, a winner!
:-)
KC
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Reggie_Pole said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Inspiration
Quite a hybrid of several styles. The (as always) brilliant vocal performance from Natalie, tasty guitar work, solid bottom end, unexpected add-ins, good use of dynamics, elaborate percussion, top production. Most of all, it's a pleasure to listen to. Excellent collab.
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jdholliday said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Steve, Natalie, Sigmund
this is as good as it gets, amazingly well written song, world class vocals, killer track Steve and awesome guitars Sig! Who did the production?
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ktholliday said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
~ Natalie, Sig and Steve ~
Your inspiration...."Wow"!!! wicked excellent! Great production as well! ~ thanks, this rocks!!!


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Vic Holman said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Inspiration
brilliant track. huge in a way like led zepplin's kashmir (without being kashmir). very dramatic piece
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rok41 said 2306 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
INspiration
Steve, this is fantastic, really love the pace of this...never stops moving forward, but moves patiently. Natalie sounds killer as always and of course Sig's guitar is near perfect here, sparse, but flavor-able. Downloded!
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racerat said 2306 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
Inspiration
Wow. What a pro sounding track. Natalie's vox are killer as ever. You guys GOT to get together more often. The dastardly plodding lead progression is so powerful. The mix is exceptional, and I don't say that often around here. Well done. Serious download.

Never heard your stuff before... funny I'm in San Fran and grew up in Louisville, too...small world.

Thanks for this gem...

RR
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Symphony101 said 2305 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
Serious stuff
What a great quality of music, a total blast ! Congrats to each one of you, Natalie, Sig, Steve, this is rich and quality work.
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drakonis said 2305 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
The Tonestonami washes over...
It's that funkysparklyprogniscient strut that outlines Steve's style, love it... and Natalie's song really stands strong here, it almost has a Heart-like sound in places (if Heart did more synth-prog stuff). There were spots where the synth strings were a tiny bit shrill in my headphones, but that's probably because I had this turned UP for goodness :-) Loved the sitar, really added to the exotic swagger. Sigmund, excellent guitar work, your lead really really fit in there perfectly.

And hey, sounds like you three will get to meet up face to face at my house this Summer, woohoo! Now THAT I look forward to!

ttfn,
Drakonis
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MarkHolbrook said 2299 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Eduard...
Did you have a premonition? Wow...
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Ibstrat said 2305 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
This
is extremely cool.
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neilh79 said 2305 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
inspiration
what an awesome track. beautifully built up to a crecsendo (spelling??) love the vocal arrangement. Could well be the theme to a James Bond film. Truly inspiring well done
fasteddie said 2305 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
Nicely done
I really like the mysterious nature of the song.

Awesome vox.

Killer axe work sig.

Nice backer too.

Really great collab!
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SmokeyVW said 2305 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
all around excellent
wonderful tune - soundwise, vocals, lyrics... craftmanship throughout - wow!

thanks

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mvh9591 said 2305 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
Very Nice____
Nice slow groove. Musically a lot going on - sounds great - Mix is good. Natalie has a wonderful voice.(nice choice of reverb) Siggy - what can I say - Nice job all around on this one.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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hackneybloke said 2305 days ago (March 8th, 2011)
inspiration
this reminds me of the james bond element in lengold/chapman's latest outing. this is the perfect bond movie theme tune....and natalie does it proud. great collaboration.
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Loob said 2303 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
Tastey!
What else would ya expect though huh?
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crissew said 2303 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
Inspiration
Very nice mix of styles here. Great musicianship and vocals abound in this piece. Great non standard/expected choices all over the place in here keep this one interesting. Enjoyed it!
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blaky smith said 2303 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
Another
talented collab... Great post, sounds great. You have made a very nice job with this piece. Love it...
Marc
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PeterB7858 said 2303 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
BLOWN AWAY!
Hi Natalie, Steve and Sigmund. BLOWN AWAY! This collaboration is one of the best I have heard in my time at MJ. The complex, exotic arrangement is mightily enhanced by Sig's guitar work and Natalie's vocals are just about the best going around here. Thanks so much for the D/L. Warm regards to all, Peter.
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Outtaorbit said 2303 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
Hey Macjams......
Whoa
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Outtaorbit said 2303 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
OOps
Late again..... nicely done
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DWL said 2302 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Absolute class!
Vocals, arrangement and performance. All top notch.

Wonderfully open sound.

Cheers

Dick
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apb said 2302 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Great collab

those synths were unexpected... definitely a touch of the Bond theme to this- with the backing providing the exotic location and Nat the sulty femme fatale. Enjoyed.
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RochaMalhada said 2302 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
super
I'm really liking this a lot. Natalie is great, and all the parts are working well. Thanks for the D/L - it's definitely a keeper

. - Harold
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Carrie71 said 2302 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Inspiration
Awesome collab by 3 incredibly talented people.
jiguma said 2302 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Love it!
Natalie's vocal and writing are very very good. I love the rhythm riff - nice and unexpected, playing across the beat and providing ongoing interest under all the other terrific parts added by Steve and Sigi.
This is seriously classy stuff, beautifully produced.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil

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Sigmund said 2302 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Steve
This was an awesome project to be a part of (and my wife absolutely LOVES this song) - you and Nat are great to work with, and I look forward to the next one!
Sig
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lholden said 2302 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Inspiration
Very well put together! There are so many interesting bits pushing this song along, giving it unexpected turns here and there. The vocals are perfect, rhythm interesting and fitting and the guitar really shines during the solos. I loved listening - thanks for sharing;)
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billykirsch said 2300 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Unusual
Everything pro. The transporting synth colors and chord changes bring the magic touch that compulsively made me login since weeks to say how much I liked it.

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Bob Rodgers said 2300 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
A
wonderful collab, love all the great sounds and the vocals are superb.
A great production and some nice guitar tones in there with some great playing. Love the overall vibe of this song, mysterious and dramatic, very much enjoyed.

Bob
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jodyrush said 2300 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
MidEastern sounds
Very nice Steve, Natalie and Sig. Love the vibe.
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jibes said 2300 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Inspiration
Inspiration is right, pure!!!! Super!!
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Hickling_Stan said 2300 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Excellent
from all three performers. So much to enjoy in this one! Cheers mark
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MarkHolbrook said 2299 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Late again!!!!
Sorry! I hear tonestones all over in this! Really really cool.
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egobandit said 2299 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
complicate the situation
it happens all the time, inspiring lyrics, love the synths in this, great song! Great collab!
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BlueAttitude said 2299 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Great!
Love the arrangement you came up with for this. Very good song, Natalie has a wonderful voice, and Sigmund is right on the money with his guitar work. A most enjoyable listen!
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TobinMueller said 2241 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Duet
I dig the vocals. And the lead guitar. I wished they more of a duet, that the guitar was louder. Nice articulations and control and inherent power. Very cool collab.
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