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The Coals of Compassion


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johnwhitehead

 Genre: Acoustic

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This is an experiment...with layering voices and composing in GB as opposed as writing with guitar and pen. Lyrics were written to fill out arrangement and so I can't really say what they're about!
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Lyrics
When you give freely with heart wide open
Love’s waves wash back in like the ocean
A smile or a nod to a stranger is action
Like blowing a breath on the coals of compassion

She walks about in chain mail and armor
Girded from any arrows that harm her
But under the weight of the sword that she carries
She slow to defend against enemy parries

Don’t be afraid to lead with your heartstrings
A deep well of sadness is also where joy springs
Be kind to yourself and soon others will follow
Be wary of any creatures that wallow


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Plays: 126
Downloads: 55

Uploaded: Feb 01, 2012 - 07:02:41 PM
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2012 - 07:02:41 PM Last Played: Apr 06, 2016 - 03:43:17 PM
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Comments
TvRicky said 1908 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
An Ultimate and Human Concept
Compassion is depicted here in the Lyrical Poetry of true humanity expressed. Guitar melody gentle and calm like the warmth of Mother Love. Harmonies express heart and determination to do what's necessary to contribute value to a society so desperately yearning for answers to the worlds plight! Wonderful Composition My Friend.

A SincerelyFelt, TvRicky
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johnwhitehead said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Thanks
...for stopping Ricky. Like your comments a lot. Always a touch of the poet.
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Daugrin said 1908 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Picking and vibe
Thanks John. Your growing so fast. Thanks for sharing your work with us...

Daug
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johnwhitehead said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Vibe
Herr, Docktor, so glad you found your way into the tent.Thanks for the encouragement, Daug.
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Philip18 said 1908 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Coals of compassion
Fascinating soundscape with interesting sounds coming from many directions - but it holds together well! Still at the centre is you light touch with the guitar and your gentle emotive vocal. A delight, John!
johnwhitehead said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Holds together
Thanks for the listen and the attaboy, Phillip.
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johnwhitehead said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Holds together
Thanks for the listen and the attaboy, Phillip.
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PeterB7858 said 1908 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Cool experiment...
Hi John. Cool experiment. I like the hummed motif and your harmony/vocal interchange is as enjoyable as ever. The acoustic guitar anchors the piece and the embellishments work in pretty well. Thanks, Peter.
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johnwhitehead said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Cool
Another favorite Aussie in the house. Thanks for taking the trip, Peter.
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DWL said 1908 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Wonderful
really nicely put together.

Lovely smooth vocals, clear and clean picking and and subtle additions.

What's not to like?

Cheers

Dick
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johnwhitehead said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Wonderful
Thanks muchly, Dick. Appreciated.
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neilh79 said 1908 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
The Coals of Compassion
Love how you experimented here, the humming sounds like a choir, your playing as always is superb and a great vocal love it
johnwhitehead said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Went Back
..and listened to your Cannonball Rag earlier this evening. Very nicely played. It's always been my goal to master some Merle Travis before I spin in. But you're nailing it.

Thanks fir the comment, Neil
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Relic67 said 1908 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
nice
top notch singing and playing as usual. A lot of wisdom in the lyrics.
The vibes were a nice touch, reminded me a bit of Tim Buckley.
applause!
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johnwhitehead said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Nice
Tim Buckley....oh yeah. Maybe my third favorite folkie junkie after
Phil Ochs and Tim Hardin. But maybe Ochs was an alkie.

Anyway, thanks for the listen, bud.
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alackbass said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
The Coals of Compassion
I've been having my students hum as a vocal warm up prior to singing in class. I love the way you've used it here as a part of the vocal arrangement. Charming song and impressive recording.
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johnwhitehead said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Humming
...is a great way to warm up the voice. I once blew out my voice and had to lay off for months. I came back slowly and found lotsa warm up
to be the key to healthier, stronger singing. Forget to warm up sometimes, but it's always better when you can. Thanks for the comment, Andrew.
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PBGB said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Love the harmonies John
I often find that apparently "meaningless" lyrics can often be the most powerful because they come from feelings/emotions and aren't restricted by reality necessarily. I still don't know what some of my favourite lyrics mean :) This is a lovely post - extremely easy on the ear and very relaxing in a far-away way.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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johnwhitehead said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Harmonies
True dat about lyrics. Stop making sense, right? Thanks for the listen and comments, Neil.
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Doug Somers said 1907 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Coals
Intimate and warm, this is a lovely setting. The harmonies get me, but then there's so much else to like about this one. The lyrics do work for me. Nicely produced sir.

Doug
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MarkHolbrook said 1907 days ago (February 3rd, 2012)
Like most
John Whitehead songs I can't help but just fall in love with the clean, clear sound. The unique guitar work. The vocal layering is interesting and it works! Nice job John! Downloaded!
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TobinMueller said 1907 days ago (February 3rd, 2012)
Transcendent ditty
Love those opening "hmms", the simple harmonies and falling progression. Really strong simple tune, like a great ditty that transcends its smallness with something universal and lovely.

When I first started using GB, six years ago?, I decided to use it as an experimental way to write and arrange, just as you describe, by laying down lines and building the song improvisation ally, on the fly, including vocal lines and lyrics. It ended up informing my normal way of writing, with pencil and score paper at my piano. This is an excellent first experiment. I look forward to more.
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abzwork said 1907 days ago (February 3rd, 2012)
The Coals...
Super guitar work, great lyrics, a joyous ride my friend...very peaceful and relaxing...a wonderful carpet for the vocals to float on..enjoyed every note here...:)peace
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KCsGROOVE said 1907 days ago (February 3rd, 2012)
not only
great vocals, the mix is really good!
Listened on headphones.
the vibraphone notes feel like drops of sound, can't explain this in words, hehehe :-)
Cool stuff!
KC
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Jarvoid said 1906 days ago (February 4th, 2012)
you don't have to
have retorts,flasks and pippettes to experiment....just some good ideas and a will to do 'em.Hum away,hum away.Greatstuff.

Jarvoid
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dave_b said 1904 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
The Coals of Compassion
I like "coals of compassion". Strong images in the lyric. Solid tone & technique on the picked guitar. Vocal harmonies fill out the mix nicely.
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RochaMalhada said 1904 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
but Coals of Passion
are in your love for song, it's obvious.

experiment? OK - it works well...

. - Harold
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airportseven said 1904 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Oh I get these lrics and love them
Excellent work John. Nice arrangement and the vocal treatment works really well.
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jibes said 1904 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Coals of Compassion
This is tops in my book! So well done!
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eleveneyes said 1903 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Warmed me up!
Lovely song. The simple instrumental arrangement takes on quite a bit of depth with your careful choice and placement of things like the shaker, vibes?, and piano. The reoccurring harmony vocals especially effective. Really like the guitar part - is that two tracks of acoustic? Thanks for sharing!
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kaidavis said 1903 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Let me tell you
I like all genre however I was surfing and I saw your picture and catalog so i said let me hear what he got and I must say that it was warm,very welcoming if that's a word and inviting.The art work you have chosen fits the mood that you are bringing,the music sounds professional and there is nothing I can say about your banjo playing only you have it going on!!! so thanks for being on macjam to allow a newbie to hear other formats of music that one loves to play
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TobinMueller said 1902 days ago (February 8th, 2012)
Another jewel
Your songs are jewels. Carefully sculpted. Balanced, shining, reflective. Both small and large, like honed memories, truly experienced, cherished. That you post them here, so we can take them out of this jewelry box and and admiring them, let ourselves get lost in them, is a gift. I look forward to more experiments.
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Moviz said 1900 days ago (February 9th, 2012)
Oh, this is
just lovely. I do envy you your guitar picking skills and sense of harmony..... and if you were in doubt about what the song is about, it's about loving and sharing and that's all good in my book......... as I said John, lovely, regards M
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ShadowofNine said 1900 days ago (February 10th, 2012)
Compassion
Thoughtful music well played and performed..enjoyed
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sammydix said 1899 days ago (February 10th, 2012)
coals
that strong melody is what caught me, let alone the voice and harmonies. the experimental muse was high here.
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tmcfate said 1899 days ago (February 11th, 2012)
the chorus
that comes in in the beginning and continues thru the arrangement, sounds like an old organ. and the call and response style is satisfying. the picking is top notch as usual.
i take to heart your last verse. well said and played
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Mojekay said 1897 days ago (February 13th, 2012)
The coals of compassion
Terrific writing and playing make this a joy to listen to.
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woofer3 said 1893 days ago (February 17th, 2012)
The Coals of Compassion
I enjoyed this very much, an experiment that certainly paid off.
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gadzooks said 1885 days ago (February 25th, 2012)
The Coals of Compassion
Hi John,
I don't know how I missed this beautiful tune with those rich and low harmonies against that capo'd guitar. Lovely nuances throughout ... I truly do love everything about this well written and performed tune. Sometimes spontaneous lyrics work well ... from the heart.
Cheers
SG
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grah3am said 1885 days ago (February 25th, 2012)
John Martyn
comes to mind here. Nice harmonies and I love the vibes at the end. I wasn't expecting them but they fit perfectly.
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Songwriterz said 1853 days ago (March 28th, 2012)
I loved this one!!
I closed my eyes and dreamed away - thank you! guitar was superb ;) Love Heidi
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tmcfate said 1834 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
waves
wash over this one. the vocal backings work so well. the tones are warm and the arrangement pulls you right in . nice layered composition.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 1834 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
coals of compassion
nice clean guitar with really warm and meaningful vocal harmonies that work great. the orchestration is effective but not overdone and gives a light airy feel to the overall sound. very nice stuff. enjoyed it. cheers graham
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PHBB said 1825 days ago (April 25th, 2012)
Truly mystica
A very nice arrangement where those strange lyrics somehow fit the multilayered voices and other instruments. And I like the simple melody loop. A good example of simplicity that works.
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