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Big Willie


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rtcooper

 Genre: Folk-Rock

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"Anyone Who had a Heart Would Know"

Love and Loyalty can go through as many changes as a windswept Autumn afternoon.
Sometimes the shadows are long and deep and replace any normal logic.
So it is.

The Bass and Kit, here, are from the Studio of the irreplaceable Neil Porter.
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Lyrics
BIG WILLIE

Big Willie
He’s Crazy ‘bout the Money
He’s got a Plan
He told you so

But you sure know that
He’s just Too Far Gone
To ever really
Give it a Go

Maybe you ought to set him Loose, but
You kind of like him, though
Mama taught you better
But you still can’t explain

Anyone Who Had a Heart Would Know

All the Days that you knew his Best
You keep them close
All the time
Cause the cackle of the Birds of Prey
Can trouble the Ties that Bind

It ain’t like you ain’t
Thought it through
It ain’t like you don’t know
But here again comes
Another time when

Anyone Who Had A Heart Would Know


[As Recorded]


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Hits: 2195
Comments: 24
Fans: 17
Plays: 120
Downloads: 33

Uploaded: Dec 24, 2011 - 07:57:44 AM
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2011 - 06:51:19 PM Last Played: Jul 16, 2017 - 01:52:00 AM
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Hardware:
PreSonus, UA, AKG, Fender, Vox.
Software:
Studio One 2 Pro
Comments
Cori Ander said 2070 days ago (December 24th, 2011)
Good music
with sad mood. Strange but as time goes I'm getting more and more fond of sad moody music. This is a nice one, with some Dylan in it which is nice.

Though ... the lyrics you've written isn't the lyrics you sing ... is that a bug or a featrue?
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rtcooper said 2069 days ago (December 24th, 2011)
Whoops
The Lyrics have been corrected to the "As Recorded." The original post was the re-write of the Full Version, which changed a lot and had the third verse.

And don't think of it as "sad" so much as melancholy; they're still together, it's just not the Best of Times. Things might get better.

Thanks for the Spin.
Love your new piece.

Merry Christmas!
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Cori Ander said 2050 days ago (January 13th, 2012)
yes
Melancholy is a much better term, thank you (my english does not have enough nuances (yet))
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Char said 2070 days ago (December 24th, 2011)
Other than
"Anyone Who Had a Heart Would Know", I can't match up the singing to these posted lyrics. Enjoyed the Dylanesque delivery. Thanks.
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rtcooper said 2069 days ago (December 24th, 2011)
Clerical Error
Yes, you're entirely right.
The Lyrics have been corrected to the "As Recorded." The original post was the re-write of the Full Version, which changed a lot and had the third verse.

Thank you for the Spin and
Merry Christmas!
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richard13 said 2069 days ago (December 24th, 2011)
Very nice
I don't think I've had the pleasure before so, once this mad whirl has calmed down, "I'll be back!"
Cheers
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rtcooper said 2069 days ago (December 25th, 2011)
Missed Opportunity
"Very nice" sounds a bit like I failed to make my point.
It Happens.

A more thorough explication of The Deal from over here is at:
http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/29938
(cut, paste and Let It Roll)
A six-piece set that pretty much lays out how this Gig works.

I'll bring some of these over, at some point, but haven't gotten to it.

Thank you for the Spin and for the Dub Classic, "Searchin'."
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richard13 said 2068 days ago (December 26th, 2011)

Well knock me down and kick my butt; I still don't get "your" point.
MY point was that I enjoyed listening to your post. Your voice is enjoyable, perhaps due to whatever production goodies you employed or perhaps just because you have a "nice" voice (perhaps it's the Dylan-esque familiarity of the vocal sounds); the guitar also sounds good in its tone and the relative simplicity of the chords, and again, your production techniques; and ditto the simplicity of the drums. Neil's bass is delicious. The lyrics are somewhat melancholy (as you prefer) but don't make the whole listen "not nice". I realize that, for many, "nice" is an insult and, if that's what you heard, I apologize; I guess I didn't make my point. There are many songs on MJ that, to me, are unpleasant, noizy, self-pretentious pieces of cr*p (even some of mine ;-) but this one isn't.
I AM happy that you enjoyed "Searchin'".
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rtcooper said 2069 days ago (December 24th, 2011)
SAY, NEIL
NOT Only is the Bass the"Sympatico" element of the Mix, it's really the Lead Guitar!

Thanks.
Great, as Always.
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abzwork said 2069 days ago (December 24th, 2011)
Big Willie...
A most exceptional flava, just coolin' n chillin'.. love the way the guitar wraps around the vocals..luv the moodiness, like real love..lol...wonderful outing, everything shines here.."sun-glasses up!"..:):):)peace
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rtcooper said 2069 days ago (December 25th, 2011)
THANK YOU
Coming from you, I am Honored.

This is the Demo for the three-verse, re-written version, which got lost on a, now, Dead Drive!! (Music bed, everything - gone) but I like it, so I thought I post because work has been sparse in the last while. Didn't want Rumors of my Demise getting too much momentum (heh, heh).

Love the eclectic and unusual mix of elements and the huge and precise Sound Stage of your work. Mine is, at best, Cozy by comparison. Your EQ and Gain structures are Studio quality and compelling. I know how hard that can be. Apparently, not so hard for you, however!! Ha, ha.

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egobandit said 2069 days ago (December 25th, 2011)
my heart knows
Neil really rounds this out , dig the dylan sounding vocals Tops in my book!
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rtcooper said 2069 days ago (December 25th, 2011)
YEAH, Brother
Ahh, The Bandit, one of my Favorites in these Parts!

Yes. Neil tries to hide it, but he Adds Magic to everything he Touches.
Indeed, he's done it again, here.

Still think it sounds like Dylan, eh?
I'm having a Transplant as soon as I can arrange it (Heh, heh).

Thanks for the Spin.
Off to "CONVOLUTED" to see Where You're At, right now.
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Philip18 said 2068 days ago (December 25th, 2011)
Big Willie
Interesting title... I love the backing to this, plenty there and it all works. I hear all sorts of influences in the vocal - Dylan, John Prine come to mind - which works well for the lyrics. Much enjoyed!
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rtcooper said 2068 days ago (December 25th, 2011)
MIRROR, MIRROR
BIG WILLIE Is being thought about, but he's not doing the Thinking.

NEIL YOUNG was in mind when I sat down with the guitar, but that's not what I do. Neil Young and Chris Smithers on the writing.

Vocally, you'll find that I just use the little I've got to try to fashion melody lines, but Dylan inevitably shows up in the cadence of the delivery of the lyric. I was born singing "Desolation Row!"
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rtcooper said 2067 days ago (December 26th, 2011)
OH, THE TITLE
Big Willie is Willie Horton, the Bank Robber, in honor of the Wall Street investment banks that robbed the U.S. Treasury, which has been in my mind.

I worked on the Street for eleven years, once, and just read Michael Lewis' "THE BIG SHORT."
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Philip18 said 2065 days ago (December 28th, 2011)
Big Willie
I wasn't familiar with Willy Horton's work - that explains a few things!
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sammydix said 2067 days ago (December 26th, 2011)
BW
the whole song is solid, but that chorus is a treat. i had to replay just to hear it when it kicked in. always good to have something in a song a person looks forward to hearing when they listen.
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rtcooper said 2067 days ago (December 26th, 2011)
WITH REGRETS
I Wish I had the entire song for you (lost on a Dead Drive), as a Composer/Band Leader, like you, would have appreciated the Resolve of the third verse. The chorus pays off in the Resolve. C'est la vie of digital impermanence.

Knocked Out by the experience of "AGAIN" - the ingenuity and detail are so solid.

Thank you for the listen and comment and, especially, for the Work on "AGAIN."
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drakonis said 2067 days ago (December 26th, 2011)
falling into those eyes...
great photo... and the song is very well put together, has a bit of that Traveling Wilburys feel... very sorry to hear that the un-backed-up hard drive ate this for lunch. Neil did a great job filling things out here, but the song structure is definitely solid too. Ah the sandpaper of the mismatched relationship... took me 15 years to get strong enough to escape... others are smarter :-) Anyway, hope you re-visit this and finish it up like it wants to be!
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michaeljayklein said 2066 days ago (December 27th, 2011)
Very nice!
Your vocal really, really stands out here--very enjoyable and entertaining--thanks for sharing!
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alackbass said 2065 days ago (December 28th, 2011)
Big Willie
I love the Dylan inspired vocal. It's ideal for this type of story telling in song. Excellent production. Nice mix of grit and jangle in those rhythm guitars. That bass is thick and rubbery. Great sound. Clean mix. Impressive work!
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rtcooper said 2064 days ago (December 29th, 2011)
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I GOTTA SAY,
I don't get The Dylan Comparison Thing for two reasons:

Dylan can Sing (I have, at best, an octave).

John Prine uses elipsis and elision in delivery, but Dylan, at most, uses the second beat of a rhythmic foot for timing purposes, that's about it.

And the Timbre of my voice is Bass to his alto/tenor, so that is inscrutable.

Thematically, the topics and style are often "Beat" in nature, but to call that the same neighborhood is a dis-service to Mr. Dylan.

I played The Village for some years, but years after he was playing out. The roots remained and I'm as affected by them as any of us were. They're an idiom.

Came by it honestly.
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Vic Holman said 2063 days ago (December 30th, 2011)
willie knows
the coop and neil are back! without a doubt you two make a great tag team.

the tune is tight and dynamic.
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