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Begin Today w/ D. Jorden, students, Ryan, RAVENS, ktb, kevmikwa


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David doesn’t play an instrument. So when he gets an idea for a new song he will sing his melodic ideas for me and/or share some ideas for lyrics. On this one he took a rather novel approach. He didn’t own any recording equipment. So he called his own phone number and left himself a voice mail. A few days later he played me the message, which consisted of his scat intro and the first few lines of what turned into verse #1.

I really liked his ideas and agreed we should develop this new song. We got together in either his or my classroom (I can’t remember which) and wrote the song. We agreed not to have a bridge or instrumental solo. That middle section would be reserved for a rap that would feature the students. By including a rap it was possible to give each student a brief solo while not having to be concerned with pitch.

David and I completed a quick demo and then I set upon organizing a band. Since it had a funk groove I had to have my son, Ryan, provide the bass track. He gave it that Rocco/Rainey feel I wanted. Mike had provided me incredibly funky tracks on past projects. So asking him to work on this one was a no-brainer! Not only did he play drums. He also contributed a wonderful conga track. He also seemed to know, without ever being told, I had to have more cowbell. I asked John to play piano and clavinet. He quickly came back with a pair of outstanding tracks.

But two Macjamers, no matter how talented, just wasn’t enough. But who to ask? And what should they contribute? The instrumentation seemed set. Well what about a singer? I wondered if Dani would be willing to contribute some vocals. I sent her the demo. She quickly emailed back saying, “Anything for the kids!” It wasn’t long after that she sent three tracks of incredible background vocals. I sent David a rough mix with Dani’s contribution. That Monday morning he ran to my classroom with a stunned look on his face. We were both blown away by the way she lifted the track!

The only thing left to do was record the kids. I burned them all CD copies of the song with David performing the rap section. After a few days for them to practice at home I brought them to my class to record their tracks. Each of the ten students recorded the entire 16-line rap. That way I was able to burn them their own special mix with themselves as the featured rapper. Having so much recorded content also allowed me to pick each student’s best lines and ensure everybody was included in the mix posted here.

Of course I can’t post one of these songs without Bob’s perfect artwork!
Thanks so much to Ryan, Dani, Mike, John, and Bob for so generously donating their time and talent. And a special thank you to Karen who listened and commented on several mixes as this song progressed.
Oh, one more thing! David’s wife has since bought him a field recorder as a Valentines gift!

D. Jorden: lead vocal
5th Grade Enrichment Students: rap
RAVENS: vocals
alackbass: electric guitars
Ryan: bass guitar
Ktb: piano & clavinet
Kevmikwa: drums & percussion
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Lyrics
Begin Today
By D. Jorden & alackbass

Get up early! Starting on my way!
Gotta get ready! Gotta go to school today!
I brush my teeth! Put on my clothes!
Prepare myself! So many places I will go!

In class early! I’m ready to learn today!
Gotta be ready! I got no time to play!
Get out my books! Stay on task!
Prepare myself, for any questions I get asked!

Chorus
Begin today! Prepare for tomorrow!
I learned it and I know it!
And it’s time for me to show it!
Begin today! Prepare for tomorrow!
My future I can see!
Earning it is up to me!

I gotta go to school! That’s what Momma said!
Gonna earn a career so I can make some bread!
As I stroll across the stage everybody will see,
Not a thing in this world can hold up my degree!
Places to go! Won’t stop till I’m through!
When others ready to quit I’ll be saying, “Can do!”
I wanna be clear and make one thing straight!
If I’m gonna have a future it’s mine to create!
Hey now, see I’ve got no time to waste!
Don’t mess around in class! I gotta graduate!
There’s a big bright future laying ahead of me!
Focus on my A first, but I’ll take a B!
At least, I guess, but I won’t second-guess my plan!
I gotta study real hard! Do the best that I can!
And at the end of this round when it’s all said and done,
I’m gonna have my degree! I’ll see you up there son!

Gotta start early! Got no time to waste!
If I’m gonna be ready, for the future I will face!
Study hard! Good grades I’ll make!
Prepare myself, so that I will graduate!

Chorus
Begin today! Prepare for tomorrow!
I learned it and I know it!
And it’s time for me to show it!
Begin today! Prepare for tomorrow!
My future I can see!
Earning it is up to me!

Chorus
Begin today! Prepare for tomorrow!
I learned it and I know it!
And it’s time for me to show it!
Begin today! Prepare for tomorrow!
My future I can see!
Earning it is up to me!
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Uploaded: Mar 12, 2011 - 06:56:29 PM
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2012 - 08:31:14 AM Last Played: Jul 22, 2016 - 09:09:58 PM
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Comments
magnatone said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Begin Today
FIRSTIES!!!
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magnatone said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
WOOT!
this is just so so SO wonderful andrew et al! congrats to each and every one of you, and especially the kids who really come shining through! i love reading the story of your process here andrew - you and david have great synergy in the foundation of the song, and you just added more to that with each artist and part. like i told you this morning, your mixing skills have really skyrocketed - this is quite an accomplishment in that department and i hope you are feeling really good about it. i can't believe you mentioned me in the description - yes i listened and commented on a few mixes and with each one i helpfully said things like "WOW, i LOVE this" and "POST IT NOW" lol - but thanks anyway andrew, you're very sweet. dani sounds incredible - you all rock, congrats!
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alackbass said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Thanks Karen
Don't devalue the difference it makes to have people like you who listen along the way. Sometimes it helps just to have someone validate that we are on the right track and should keep following the path we're on. Otherwise our own egos and/or self doubt could hijack a song!
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MarkHolbrook said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Very cool
Andrew! Nicely down!
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alackbass said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Thanks Mark
As always your support means a lot!
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jibes said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Begin Today
Perfect!!!! So glad I'm hearing this great production!!
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alackbass said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Thanks Neal
We all appreciate the listen and kind comments!
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jdholliday said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
wow, folks
what an inredibly well done production, amazing vocals, love the do wops, this song could easily be pitched to any children's network, the kids sound fantastic, you are an awesome individual Andrew, when I grow up I wanna be like you! This really brightened my day, just fantastic contributions by everyone and what a special way to use your talents! Bravo!
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alackbass said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Thanks James
I'm still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up! Thanks so much for the listen and kind feedback. We all appreciate it!
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Loob said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Shades of George Benson
Dig the funky feel! Very nice Andrew!
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alackbass said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Thanks Fred
In the final stages I told David I'd like to try adding a little guitar line to the last chorus. I told him I was looking to do kind of a George Benson thing. He liked the idea. And I'm very glad listening brought George to your mind. Thanks so much!
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davisamerica2 said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
This is great, Andrew et al!
If I had a school like this when I was growing up, I wouldn't have been such a sickly child. My tummy still hurts. Ha! This is such a wonderful production, and everyone did a fantastic job. This mixing too is superb. I really enjoyed the post. Thanks. Terry
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Terry!
I find attendance is pretty good. So I must be doing something right. Thanks so much for the listen and the kind comments! We all appreciate it!
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Leon said 2468 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
this is..
like a confluence of great talents. What a stunning result -- which is no surprise considering what each talented individual has brought to the table. It's a like a jigsaw puzzle of music with a beautiful picture in the end.
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Leon
Glad you liked it. The pool of talent here at MJ is amazing! I am continually thankful that folks like Dani, Mike, John, and Bob will work with me! Thanks again for the listen!
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Symphony101 said 2468 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Simply excellent !
Congratulations David, Andrew, Dani, Ryan, John, Mike and the Rappers ! :-)

Another great song, great musicians and great ideas ! If you speak about David getting the gift on Valentine's day, you probably worked on this song for quite a long time ! It shows as usual, the quality of the talents you included here Andrew. The artwork is also great, as usual so kudos to Bob too.

David's "recording the idea" experience made me smile. I use my mobile phone if I start thinking about the beginning of a song idea. I was thinking, if I did the same as David did, there might be two possible outcomes : Either my wife would pick up and I'd have to ask her actually not to pick up, or the answering machine would kick in first and she would think I'm gone crazy.

Joke aside, this is awesome work, kudos to each and every one of you !
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Yves!
As you know personally, any project involving me takes forever! So yeah! This started in early January. Thanks so much for the kind comments. I do need to get back with you on the idea you sent me. As you can tell I was busy. Thanks again!
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woofer3 said 2468 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
this is
very very very very nice - it reminds me of a time when music was mostly feel good and the climate was always warm. Great attention to detail, this has everything it needs, it's attractive and so so appealing. All your ingredients make a recipe for a classic pop track.
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks John
The feel good vibe was all David. It was there from the opening scat vocal! Thanks so much for the listen and kind feedback!
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neilh79 said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Begin Today
You are brilliant.. I am enjoying this "series" you are producing with your students! Its a really good band. The rap is cool the instruments come together beautifully and Dani adds great depth. Truly fantastic to each and everyone of you.
alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Neil!
I don't know about "brilliant!" It's actually fairly easy when there are so many talented people at MJ willing to contribute their incredible talents! We're all very glad you like the song and thanks for the listen.
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BlueAttitude said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Great!
Man! You had me hooked right from that opening scat, and it just got better from there. Great arrangement and production on this. Love the vocals! And the rap parts are lots of fun :) Nice job on all the instruments, enjoyed hearing your son on bass, my daughter is also a bass player.
Very much enjoyed this one :)
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Dave
I think you touched on everybody there and we all thank you! Has your daughter played on any of your tracks? I would love to hear her! It's such a gift that Ryan and I get to share music this way!
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KCsGROOVE said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Soulful!
Really cool song, Andrew!
Cool melody and great vocals!
That rap part was really fonky!
Yeah, dig it!
Definitely a download! :-)
KC
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Cees
The download is always the best of all compliments! We all thank you!
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ktb said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Begin Today
My wife is a teachers aide and this series is some of her favorite she's heard here. Bias aside, I share her appreciation for your & David's wonderful talent and conveying a positive message to kids.
Thanks for the invite, and props to Ryan, Dani, Mike & Bob for their contributions as well.


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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thank You John
It wouldn't have happened without your help! Having talented folks like yourself agree to play on these songs is the most validating feeling of all!
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egobandit said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Groovin
I feel like you guys are tapping into earth wind and fire loved it! The student rap is tops ,great and positive good job by all involved!
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Tim
I think we'll all take an EW&F comparison with a big smile! Thanks again!
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jodyrush said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Damn Nice!
Great tune guys! Love the kids vocals.
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Jody!
We all appreciate it!
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Bob Rodgers said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Yes!
Perfect in every way, very pro sound and performance.
Another excellent line up of musicians and a great production.
Very much enjoyed, thanks Andrew!

Bob
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Bob!
So glad you liked it. Thanks for the listen and very kind comments! We all appreciate it!
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hackneybloke said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
begin today
whoa!!!! it's andrew lack and his orchestra....and he's got junior on board too. this is totally cool. great back up vocals everyone...and i LOVE those rapping kids. andrew you are such an inspiration. david, you're an excellent vocalist....really assured delivery. great collab by all.
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Julian
I think David needs to get the "inspiration" credit here! He had the direction for this one from day one. Thanks for the listen and supportive comments. It means a lot.
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sammydix said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
kids
very cool. have to appreciate anything that involves kids in a positive and creative way. Much admired for that.
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Sammy!
We all appreciate the support.
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Sigmund said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Begin Today
Well done gents! This is smooth and funky - great vocals by Dave and Dani - and the kids! This is turning out to be a great series, Andrew - I see an album coming out in the near future, yes? Totally fun to listen to - thanks!
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Sig
I don't know about an album! But certainly an EP! For as you know, the fourth track in the series is on the way.
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Reggie_Pole said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Begin
I think what appeals most about these motivational tunes is that they are good songs, not the usual milquetoast that you might expect from a bunch of "out-of-touch" adults. Education is hip (is that word allowed? hahahaha). Funky. Excellent arrangement and production. Good work all. Crank that bass next time!
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Reggie
Both David and I really appreciate the comments regarding the song writing! It means a lot! Thank you!
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CounterHarmony said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Cool Jam
So professional! Great jam, this was a great song to wake up too!

Loved 1:51 on! Sounds like it was a lot of fun to make as well. Thanks for sharing.
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks
I can assure you, this was a lot of fun to make. Thanks for the listen and supportive comments!
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dave_b said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Begin Today
Polished pro sounding track. The all star band is tight. I could easily hear this as a theme song for a kids show. Very well done
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Dave
I have learned the key to a quality track is to surround myself with an "all-star band!" Here at MJ that's easy to do!
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RAVENS said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Anything for the Kids
So very true, and being a teacher myself, I can truly appreciate this on a different level. Andrew, just putting something like this together says so much about your character. I love the lyrics, they are so positive. Hearing this version with the kids involved makes me smile, so amazing.

David sounds terrific, what an awesome voice! Everyone did such a fabulous job with their instruments, no surprise there, such talent. The kids, whew, what can I say, they are just superb! Thank you again for asking me to be a part of such a wonderful project.

Many thanks to everyone that listens/comments. I'll be back soon enough to catch up!!!

RAVEN ;-)
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thank You Dani!
On behalf of David, the kids, and myself, thank you so much. Your contribution made all the difference.
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Reinholt56 said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Hi Guys.....
This song is what Macjams is all about. Wonderful story, wonderful work, wonderful collaboration, wonderful result.

Brilliant all round.

Take care.

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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Paul!
The best thing about being an MJ member is the wonderful people I get to collaborate with! Thanks for the listen and kind comments. We all appreciate it!
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ted23 said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Ktb
On fire with the funky clavinet.... Well your all on fire but I have a soft spot for that particular sound. If I could choose the sound my steps make when I go for a walk it would be the funky clavinet :)
Another brilliant tune so well done. These collabs all have such energy and ability to lift your mood. Top drawer stuff!
alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Ed
I have a soft spot for the funky clavinet as well. And john really brought his A game. Thanks again! We all appreciate it!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Begin today
Kinda has a Stevie Wonder vibe to it for me, which is cool. I really enjoyed reading the story behind this as I love how songs come into being - I can never understand how it happens, but these tunes just.. appear. Never ceases to amaze me. The instrumentation is spot on funk without coming across as throwaway or crass which is an easy trap to fall into and those drum rolls are sublime! The message is great for these kids and getting them involved nails that buy-in. I'm not sure such positive reinforcement and drumming home the "can do" is something the kids get on this side of the Atlantic in their education, but that's another long discussion. Production as always is flawless and a nice counterpoint to "Am I getting through". When I was I suppose 9 or so, I had a teacher in Primary school who played guitar for us on a Friday afternoon if we'd been good, ran a guitar class and really inspired us and well.. here I am today playing the guitar! Be careful Andrew - never underestimate what a big influence you're having on these brilliant minds. Great job. My hat's off to you all.
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Saltaireguru77 said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Almost forgot...!
And most important, the kid's rap section was great. Their timing belies their age and the delivery and diction would shame a lot of us adults, myself especially. That's a fantastic idea to get around the tuning pitfalls and I think I preferred hearing each individual voice rather than the chorus. I bet they get a kick out of hearing their voice on it's own rather than "I'm in there somewhere." I hope to hear more from them!
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Stephen!
So much nice stuff you put in there! We can't thank you enough! I was really looking for the kids to experience a "that's me" rather than "I'm in there somewhere" moment! I'm glad we were successful!

The kid's delivery and diction is all the more impressive when you consider that for most of them English is their second language.
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rok41 said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Begin Today
(Smile)...How can you not! Outstanding job by everyone...absolutely love the drum groove and syncopated bass and key lines. Nicely done everyone!
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Chris
Yeah, Mike and Ryan are becoming quite the rhythm section. And both John and Dani nailed this! But the kids are the true stars. Thanks for the listen and kind support! We all appreciate it!
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craft said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Funky
This song is great.. One of the best from a long time.. Well done.. What a great band :)
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Craft!
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michaeljayklein said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
This is so good
I can't say anything! All of you involved--congratulations for the fantastical work here!
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Michael
Thanks for dropping by for a listen and the kind support!
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Garni said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
What a brilliant collaboration
To all involved in this 'gem', you all are just amazing in this piece.
Vocals, instrumentation arrangement and mix spot on!
G-)
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Gerald
We appreciate you dropping by to listen and thanks for leaving such kind comments.
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Vic Holman said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Begin Today
very nicely done! very 70's R&B... locked in and nailed it.

great job to all involved
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Vic
Being that I'm a child of the 70s, it makes sense that those influences would come through. Thanks for the listen. We all appreciate it.
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mike_d said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
This is
simply fantastic! Aside from the awesome talent on this, I'm thinking how much fun the kids must have had on this project. Great sounding track!
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alackbass said 2467 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks Mike
The kids were surprisingly serious. At times they laughed and had fun exploring the crazy sounds they could make banging pencils on tables drenched with reverb. But often they were dead serious asking me to let them do multiple takes until they got each line recorded to their liking. They were every bit the pros the adult collaborators were.

Thanks for the listen and supportive feedback!
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DWL said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Funky strutting
Really nice work guys. Smooth and slinky.

Great work from all involved.

Cheers

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alackbass said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Thanks Dick
Glad you liked it! We all appreciate the listen!
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PeterB7858 said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Top notch
Great back story Andrew. You and David must be inspirational for your students. David has a fantastic voice and Dani's contribution really lifts the song immensely. The backing band is rock solid and the rap section featuring the kids is a really creative idea. Top notch production as well. Just great. Warm regards to all, Peter.
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alackbass said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Thanks Peter
Glad you liked it! Thanks for the listen and the very kind comments! We all appreciate it!
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Narad said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Begin Today
Pro performance ! Bravo to all of you ! :)
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alackbass said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Thanks Narad
We all appreciate it!
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RochaMalhada said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Class act
that is you guys, Andrew, thanks

. - Harold
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alackbass said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Thanks Harold!
That means a lot!
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davisamerica said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
your young charges
are blessed andrew ..... I would have loved to have had such a cool experience in school as your projects ..... might have even practiced my scales more seriously. Hats off the the band as well.
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alackbass said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Thanks Jack
So much kindness and support! Thank you! We all appreciate it!
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Moviz said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
How could
this not turn out top notch with this line up of stars..... so nice and clean and airy.... great song, performances and arrangements.... not to mention the great production.... love it; congrats to all concerned especially David lead vocal and the students, regards M
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alackbass said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Thanks Maurice
We're glad you stopped by! Thanks for all the kind feedback!
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awigze said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
This is like
a sweet dream....
can I sing this song too?
love it - everybody did so good!
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alackbass said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Thanks Andy!
By all means! Sing along! And thanks for the listen!
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fasteddie said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
(Sound of crowd going wild)!!!!!!
What a great job everyone did.

This must have been brutal mixing this with so many vocals, but you pulled it off very well.
Great positive mesage.
Killer job by everyone.

Sweet!!!!
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alackbass said 2466 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Thanks Michael
It took a lot of time to mix. But it never felt like work. Thanks for stopping by to listen and comment. We all appreciate it.
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gail60 said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
excellent job
This is really very good. Such talent throughout. Super vocals and instruments here! Great collab to all involved.
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alackbass said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Thanks Gail
We all appreciate the listen and kind feedback!
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kassia said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
andrew
these projects you do are so incredibly cool. i can't even imagine what they mean for the kids involved. I agree that Dani's vocals just kick this up a notch. her voice goes great with David's. love the energy and funkiness of the tune. everyone involved did a great job!
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alackbass said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Thanks Shay
Yeah, their voices do work together quite well. David's constantly on me to arrange it so Dani's in the band when we start rehearsing for live shows. I'm still trying to impress upon him that live shows aren't really practical considering the musicians all live several hundred miles (or more) apart.

Thanks for the listen and kind comments. It means a lot to all of us.
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Char said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
I think you guys
are well on your way to producing an album. You can't go wrong with this crew. What a lucky bunch of kids. Your finding macjams has been serendipitous in so many ways. Congratulations, band.
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alackbass said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Thanks Char
You really hit the nail on the head. When I reflect on the many happy coincidences I've experienced in the past few years I can't help but feel incredibly fortunate!

Step 1: Buy a mac!
Step 2: Accidentally discover the basic capabilities of GarageBand
Step 3: Stumble upon MacJams
Step 4: Participate in this community and begin online music collaborations.
Step 5: Include David and the students in the collaborative process.
Step 6: Look back at the songs that were a result of steps one through six and the supportive response they received from the MJ community and feel incredibly lucky!

Thanks again Char! We all appreciate it!
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guygrooves said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Bravo!!
Great song and performance's. All of you should be proud!! This is fantastic.
Peace
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alackbass said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Thanks Guy!
We're glad you like it. Thanks for the listen and kind comments!
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FEEL said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
What a sensational piece of music
To motivate my eight year old so she'll get ready for school in the morning. Great job from all involved. It sounds pro.
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alackbass said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Thanks John
It's easy to get a pro sound when pros like Ryan, Dani, John, and Mike are on board. Feel free to make this song your daughter's morning alarm! I'm sure we would all be honored!
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ste said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
top
vocal. has a marvin gaye feel to this. like your bass playing. enjoyed the clav. bvox very good. fun with students. like it!
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alackbass said 2465 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Thanks Ste
I know David will dig reading a Marvin Gaye comparison. And Ryan, John, and Mike sure did nail the funky feel. Glad you're liking it. Be safe mate!
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rocky55 said 2464 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
Great music
Very cool song, I enjoyed it very much. Congratulations to everybody!
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alackbass said 2464 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
Thanks Rocky
We appreciate you stopping by for a listen!
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richard13 said 2464 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
What a trip!
Andrew, you and David are to be highly commended for not only writing such a positive song about the value of education but especially for involving the kids. I suspect that being involved with the production of this MUST be better than dozens of teachers saying to them "you should stay in school".
Musically it's very good (and I would expect no less given the talent involved) but socially I give David and you an A+++.
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alackbass said 2464 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
Thanks Richard
Glad you liked it and thanks for all the kind feedback. Now what can we do for extra credit?
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ShadowofNine said 2464 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
Dang this is awesome
Congrats to:
David Jorden: lead vocal
5th Grade Enrichment Students: rap
RAVENS: vocals
Andrew Lack: electric guitars
Ryan Lack: bass guitar
Ktb: piano & clavinet
Kevmikwa: drums & percussion

Luv this to pieces...
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alackbass said 2464 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
Thanks Dave
We all appreciate that!
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BionicManchild said 2464 days ago (March 17th, 2011)
Begin today.....
This is top-notch collaborative song-writing, and the performances & production are something else! (One of my daughters is in 5th grade, too. I should see if it gets her going a little faster in the morning....)
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alackbass said 2464 days ago (March 17th, 2011)
Thanks Carl
We're glad you liked it and I hope the 5th grader in your house likes it as well. Thanks for the listen and supportive feedback.
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Hickling_Stan said 2464 days ago (March 17th, 2011)
Brightened
up the start of my day.....such a positive vibe. Loved it
Cheers Mark
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alackbass said 2464 days ago (March 17th, 2011)
Thanks Mark
We all appreciate the listen and kind comments.
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billykirsch said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Rapping
That's the best part. It has an edge.
It's great to see how you encourage the kids to express themselves though music.
Now, I would love to hear them play. Even if it doesn't sound perfect. Actually, better if not perfect. Just a record of them having fun.

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alackbass said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Thanks Billy
You know.......Our music teacher has a percussion group. The school's AP floated the idea of recording them. I wonder how difficult it would be to record them doing some simple rhythms then include them in a song down the line. Hmmmmmm.........

Stay tuned! Thanks for the listen, kind comments, and excellent idea!
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Cheeto said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Way cool vibe...
Great jam!
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alackbass said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Thanks Paul
We appreciate it!
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Relic67 said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
wow
cool funky jam! love the vocals, the male/female mix works really well and the kids did an amazing job...
really nice instrumental playing from everyone too.
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alackbass said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Thanks Relic!
We all appreciate the listen and supportive comments.
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Soundhound said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Very Good Song...
I like how you incorporated the kids into the project, has meaning....
Got my Girl doing BV's icing on the cake....
Well done by all concerned....
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alackbass said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Thanks Soundhound!
We all appreciate the support!
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racerat said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Begin Today
When I was reading the description, I was expecting something much rougher and weirder. This is really pro sounding. Great scat. Killer rapping. You must be a really ace teacher - going all out for your kids - burning 16 different CD's w/ different rap solos, you that man!
RR
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alackbass said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Thanks racerat
Burning those CD was the easy part. Glad you liked the song. We appreciate the listen!
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Kicbal said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Breezy Excellent
Cool Al jarreau vibe. Lyrics are fun and belong in a High School musical film. Love the rap section. Fun Stuff. Excellent instrumentation and lastly I lov ethe overall positive "Stay in school" message.
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alackbass said 2462 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Thanks Kicbal
I'll admit I never saw any of the High School Musical stuff, or Glee for that matter. I think David will really like the Al Jarreau comment. Thanks again for the listen and kind support. We appreciate it.
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Soundhound said 2461 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Ya......Know
this would work well in a contest:



They are having a songs for kids contest, this is good enough to win
they have time limits on presentations but a few edits here and there
would make this a worthy entry....
Take a look....
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alackbass said 2461 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Cool
Thanks! Do you have a link to the contest?
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RobLeBanc said 2461 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Teachers
making a difference! Wow, superb project! This really reminds me of the old School House Rock shorts of the 70's. I remember watching cartoons Saturday mornings witha big bowl of Cap'n Crunch and humming along with those great little musical messeges. They always had a positive vibe like this. Also brought to mind was "Free To Be You And Me", a hip childrens music LP, also from 70's.

This really brought back some of those great musical memories of my childhood, thanks so much gang!
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alackbass said 2461 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Thanks Rob
We've gotten the School House Rock comparisons on each of the previous posts David and I did with the kids and several talented macjammers. We never get sick of being placed in such great company! Thanks again! We all appreciate it!
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VicDiesel said 2461 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Song cycle
Is this going to be a CD, "day in the life of a music teacher". Or "day in the life of a music student"?

Nice rapping. Very nice song. Bit less preachy than one of your previous ones, I seem to recall.

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alackbass said 2461 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Thanks Vic
I think we will make these and a few yet to be posted tracks available as a CD for the students and their families. The technology director and guidance counselor are also working with a number of students on a video for one of the other songs (I think the preachy one :)

Thanks for the listen and thoughtful feedback.
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Carrie71 said 2461 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Begin Today
I love it. The kids did a fantastic job. Mr. Jorden has a gift! Of course Dani and the rest of the MJers are fantastic. I think this is my favorite one so far! Great job Andrew and crew. Oh and the art work is super!
alackbass said 2461 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Thanks Carrie!
We all appreciate the listen and kind comments! Although I wouldn't be surprised if the yet to be posted song in the series will turn out to be your favorite (wink! wink!)
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Doadars Uncle said 2460 days ago (March 20th, 2011)
Funky!
On the good road! Sweet! All around great energy.
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alackbass said 2460 days ago (March 20th, 2011)
Thanks Doug!
We appreciate you taking the time to listen and leave such supportive comments!
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J_Gretch said 2452 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
upbeat
This has such a positive upbeat feel to it...and very well produced.
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alackbass said 2452 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Thanks J
We all appreciate you dropping by for a listen! And thanks for leaving such kind feedback!
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Ed Hannifin said 2439 days ago (April 10th, 2011)
Tell ya, Andrew...
I'm glad you're in this world...

Get a groove and a song like this, and even grown up exhortations towards good grades and achievement just sound sensible, right and hip...

Every piece of this is just right... I imagine it took a lot of layering and a lot of mailing files back and forth, but it doesn't sound like it, it sounds like people who play well to start with sitting in a room together playing something fun....Particular kudos to Ryan, ktb and kevmikwa in that department...

The kids sound terrific...

I also have a totally 5th grade crush on that female vocalist... Actually the lock between Dani's backing vocals and David's lead is phenomenally tight, and some of those lines are hard to scan...

Great stuff, all around...

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alackbass said 2439 days ago (April 10th, 2011)
Wow! Ed! Thank You!
Those sure were a lot of very thoughtful, kind, and supportive comments! Thanks so much for stopping by to listen! I know we all appreciate it!
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Slashh! said 2423 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Doo-ba, doo-ba, doo-ba!
This is nice. Very cool move with the kids rap section.
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alackbass said 2423 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Thanks Slashh!
Particularly nice comments to read considering they came from one of my favorite MacJamers. "This is a Song" & "Making Brownies" came up randomly on my iPod yesterday. They always make me smile!
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TobinMueller said 2407 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
Good beginnings
I really dig this kids' series. I worked with kids for years, had a traveling troupe of performers, and was an Artist in Residence. I understand the energy and dedication it requires. Kudos.
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alackbass said 2407 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
Thanks Tobin!
As you know, the energy and dedication comes back to you and then some in the results! Thanks for listening! We all appreciate it!
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