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Sing by Jerry Quinn


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alackbass

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I paid Jerry a vist this past Wednesday. He had his laptop with him so I thought it would be a good opportunity to go through any unfinished GarageBand projects he had, figuring I might be able to help him finish them. There were three in particular that caught my ear. So I placed copies in our shared DropBox folder. We also spent time getting new vocal tracks for two of them (including this one).

Jerry told me this was written for a friend who was going through a tough time. What a beautiful gift. I love the optimism in the lyrics. And his wonderful gift for melody shines!

I wasn't sure what I would bring to the song until last evening. As I listened I strummed my ukulele. But I couldn't get the cheap sucker to stay in tune. So when I sat down to record this afternoon I opted for my nylon string guitar with a capo. After that I added bass guitar, steel string acoustic guitars, backing vocals, and several lap steel tracks. Jerry had already laid in the percussion. I added drums. Quick mix and master........done!
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Lyrics
Sing
Words & Music by Jerry Quinn

You may feel like a bird,
A bird with a broken wing,
And it might take you a while,
Before you're sure of anything,
But keep the fire within you glowing,
Cause deep down you know you'll get where you're going
And when you get there,
You're going to be ready to sing,

Well there's a whole lot of truth,
In all of those lies you heard,
You knew what he was gonna say,
Before you heard a single word,
Cause you've been lied to jived to for so many years,
I think it's time now you dried salty tears,
And baby, get out there and sing,

Chorus
And sing, because you're ready,
Sing, rock steady,
Sing, cause you waited so long,
And sing, because you need it,
Sing, cause you believe it,
Sing, cause you know it ain't wrong,
It just can't be wrong,

You know teachers,
Try to teach you,
Things you're supposed to know,
And poets will tell you bout places,
Places that they can't go,
But keep the fire within you glowing,
Cause deep down you know you'll get where you're going
And when you get there,
You're going to be ready to sing,

Chorus
And sing, because you're ready,
Sing, rock steady,
Sing, cause you waited so long,
And sing, because you need it,
Sing, cause you believe it,
Sing, cause you know it ain't wrong,
It just can't be wrong,
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Comments: 67
Fans: 35
Plays: 93
Downloads: 42

Uploaded: Jul 14, 2012 - 06:23:30 PM
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2012 - 06:26:08 PM Last Played: Jun 18, 2017 - 04:38:58 PM
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egobandit said 1804 days ago (July 14th, 2012)
Quick mix and master........done!
love that, cool how you put everything together, Im gonna be singing this man it sticks to the inside of your mind, love when a song does that, the steel guitar is awesome !
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alackbass said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Tim
Jerry has a knack for writing songs that stick in the mind! Thanks for the listen and very kind comments!
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Soundhound said 1804 days ago (July 14th, 2012)
Nice....1
Guys sounds like you had fun doing this one.....

Well done good lyrics and Music track as well......
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alackbass said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Soundhound
We appreciate it!
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bassjam04 said 1804 days ago (July 14th, 2012)
Sing
Fun song-and I tip my hat to anyone that can just sit down and add bass,acoustic,backing vocals,and lap steel,and percussion.Nicely done!

alackbass said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Brian
Although it did take me most of the day to lay down all those tracks. But I do appreciate the tipped cap :)
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Garni said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Sing
Nice work fellows!
Lovely lyrics and the music is wonderful!

G-)
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alackbass said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Gerald
I'm always impressed by the beauty and simplicity of Jerry's lyrics! Thanks again for the listen and support!
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Symphony101 said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
I love
the crystal clear sound in your mixes Andrew. Beautiful song in all aspects.
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alackbass said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Yves!
Both Jerry and I appreciate it!
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gadzooks said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Sing by Jerry Quinn
Love the melody ... yeah, ukes can be a bugger unless you really get a good one but the nylon string is working well. I like the la la la bridge. Good lyrics and a real catchy song. Crystal clear recording ... very nice tune.
SG
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alackbass said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Stan
Yeah, my ukulele is a $50 special. The 2nd string can be in tune but then the note on the 2nd fret is sharp. Thanks once again for taking the time to listen and writing such kind comments. Jerry and I appreciate it!
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Cheeto said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Sing it....
This makes me want to sing at a beach with a nice cold beverage..becuz i'm ready!! I really dig this jam...very awesome vibe to it!! Well played!!
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alackbass said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Paul!
Yeah, I heard an island vibe in here. That's probably why I tried the ukulele first. Thanks for listening! We both appreciate it!
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Philip18 said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Sing
I love the bouncy rhythm, the optimistic lyrics, the warm vocal delivery, the smooth harmonies, the ukified nylon string, the bright steel strings, the velvety lap steel, the tappy drums, the rich bass and the bright mix. Downloaded!
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alackbass said 1804 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Philip!
The download remains the best of all compliments (IMHO) :)
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VicDiesel said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Sing la-la-la
Lovely song and great collaboration.
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alackbass said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Vic!
It's much appreciated!
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rok41 said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Sing
Andrew, this is very cool and laid back...Jack Johnson meets the Grateful Dead...I really like the unaffected directness of jerry's voice...works perfectly in this setting. Your use of the pedal steel is great and really separates and distinguishes the chorus. That Jerry can really write some great songs...fantastic.
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alackbass said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Chris!
I am truly blessed to have this musical partnership with such a great songwriter! Thanks for all your kind comments and very flattering comparisons.

Clarification: Mine is an old Silvertone lap steel. I wouldn't know what to do with the pedals on a pedal steel. In fact, on this one I even became frustrated with the volume pedal and opted to take my foot off of it.
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Ed Hannifin said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
I like the lyrics here especially...
...and despite a country-ish accent to the delivery, this reminds me of Traveling Wilburys-era George Harrison... The ukulele and slide guitar probably help that along...

The delivery is low key, and that works, but I could imagine that someone with the inclination could really work with the vocal dynamics on this one. and probably an ascendingly dynamic arrangement, starting simple and working up towards a little Hey Jude style frenzy in the background vocals on the final chorus...

As with the other Jerry-posts, there's a lot of song here for your listening dollar, and it could be taken as far as one wants to go...


alackbass said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Ed
We both really appreciate the supportive and thoughtful comments. I really like the Hey Jude-like suggestion for the La la la chorus.
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Carrie71 said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
sing....
Randy Newmanish style vocals. Great job on a beautiful collaboration with a good friend. Much enjoyed.
alackbass said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thank You Carrie
Both Jerry and I appreciate the support!
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SCJohnson59 said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Paul Simon ...
better check his rearview mirror!! .. Loving this! :) You two killed on this.
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alackbass said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Scott
Is that Paul blocking the road? :)

Thanks for listening!
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rac927 said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
nice tune!
I wasnt expecting this to be catchy, yet it is! good job with that "Quick Mix and Master" ! Sounds like you took your time with this and got it right.....i'm a fan.
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alackbass said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Thanks Much!
We really appreciate the listen and kind comments!
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Vic Holman said 1803 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
sing
great song. i have to go along with Ed on the willbury comparison. the slide work is sweet. nicely done Jerry & Andrew
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alackbass said 1803 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Thanks Vic
Glad you like it. We always appreciate your support.
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dave_b said 1803 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Sing by Jerry Quinn
Very catchy song, I really like the upbeat feel and message. Vocs have a lot of character, chorus sticks in the head, good use of repetition there.
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alackbass said 1802 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Thanks Dave
Both Jerry and I appreciate it!
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Feter said 1802 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Sing
Cool stuff, nice collaboration !
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alackbass said 1802 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Thanks Feter
We appreciate it!
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Songwriterz said 1802 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Light
I love this light happy feeling the arrangement brings the song. Combined with the happy melody and memorable chorus you get a song that puts a smile on your face and the urge to sing along! Once again - really great job you guys! Love Heidi
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alackbass said 1802 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Thanks Heidi
Had I been really thinking I would have sent it over to you to sing along some harmonies! Next time?

Thanks again for the listen and very kind feedback!
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Songwriterz said 1802 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Sure
Sure Andrew ;) love to.. I'm not sure I'm as fast as you in recording/mixing though ha ha .. but I can try!! ;) Love Heidi
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alackbass said 1802 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Alright!
We'll be talking :)
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Char said 1802 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Yep,
it is a sing a long song, for sure. Nice job, guys.
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alackbass said 1802 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Thanks Char!
I should have put together an entire choir of MJer's for this one. A true sing-a-long! Thanks for listening!
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CrazeeFlootGrrl said 1800 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
Very nice
I love the upbeat but smooth and relaxing feel of this song. And it's like a song that would making you think of a nice sunny tropical day, which is nice for today since it's a cloudy summer day. I love the different sounds in this. It also makes me think of a Colbie Caillat song off her recent album; I just can't think of which song currenlty... Nice work, I enjoyed it!
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alackbass said 1800 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
Thanks Jessica!
We'll have to check out Colbie Caillat. Thanks for listening and the very supportive comments.
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KCsGROOVE said 1800 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
sing
Hey guys, first song I hear on macjams since a few months and it was great right from the first note
whatr struck me was the cool the vocal was recorded. very nice upfront
some cool chordschems here :-)
I sing along :-)
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alackbass said 1800 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
Thanks KC
You've been away so long. So good to see. Thanks for stopping by to listen!
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Jarvoid said 1800 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
Get hold of that uke and
stretch the strings to BbEbGC and above if necessary and stretch em ....they will stay in tune after a couple of days .....cruel to be kind.

Cool song .Like the beat and tempo,great.....gotta go cook dinner now !

Cheers

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alackbass said 1800 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
Thanks Chris
That could be the problem. I may have the little sucker tuned too low which is messing with the intonation. Thanks for the tip and the very kind words. Jerry and I appreciate it!
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dimm witness said 1800 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
nice
laid back vibe -- with a hint of tropics. must be the fla thing! I'm jealous here in the desert I almost never get to relax!! this is a mini vacation though, cool collab :-)
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alackbass said 1800 days ago (July 18th, 2012)
Thanks Eddie!
Enjoy the brief vacation and thanks for listening!
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J.A.Stewart said 1800 days ago (July 19th, 2012)
Breezy Optimism
Talk about a feel-good song... this is certainly it. A lovely, personal mix provides a warm vocal presence with a solid backing musical track. Aces! Kudos to both of you for a great production. ;)

Best wishes...

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alackbass said 1800 days ago (July 19th, 2012)
Thanks Joe!
We both appreciate the kind feedback!
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drakonis said 1799 days ago (July 19th, 2012)
Toe tapping goodness
Solid tune, great lyrics, and fun guitar and singing... I like the spacing of the lines.

ttfn,
Drakonis
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lyzak said 1799 days ago (July 19th, 2012)
Enjoyable
Fun tune, uplifting lyrics, and musician rapport that goes beyond the technical.
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alackbass said 1799 days ago (July 19th, 2012)
Thanks Eduard and Greg
Both Jerry and I appreciate the listen and kind comments!
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Sigmund said 1799 days ago (July 19th, 2012)
Sing
Cool tune Andrew - maybe I missed it as I saw several comparisons, but am I the only one who heard Jimmy Buffet?? I swear I was in the Keys for this catchy tune - must be that lap steel - great collab guys - enjoyed!
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alackbass said 1799 days ago (July 19th, 2012)
Thanks Sigmund!
You may be the first to reference JB. But I too hear it. My nylon string guitar and Jerry's percussion gives it an island feel. I was going for more Hawaii than blues with the lap steel. Sounds like I was near the mark. Thanks again for listening. We both appreciate the support.
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hongshan said 1798 days ago (July 20th, 2012)
Very catchy!
God damn thats a good tune. It reminds me a little of Garfunkle . Excellent song writing and extremely catchy. It could be hit! I think you should send it out to radio stations.

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alackbass said 1798 days ago (July 20th, 2012)
Thanks Michael
Jerry gets all the credit for the excellent songwriting! Thanks for dropping by to listen!
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Relic67 said 1798 days ago (July 20th, 2012)
applause
another great collab! I like the positivity in the lyrics. Cool arrangement, bass sounds particularly good.
I shouldn't nitpick on minor mixing issues but the vocal track sounds a bit loud/boomy in spots compared to the other collab tracks you have done... it could be my headphones though.
Overall I loved it! Look forward to more.
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alackbass said 1798 days ago (July 20th, 2012)
Thanks Relic
We always appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment.

As for the mix, both my skills and tools are limited. I did use some of the prior collabs as references. But on this one I did make a decision to not agonize over the mix. If I didn't hear something glaring I just decided to post it and let the people decide.

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tokai said 1797 days ago (July 21st, 2012)
Mr Nice guy
Fair play to you mate.
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alackbass said 1797 days ago (July 21st, 2012)
Thanks Steve
Jerry and I appreciate the listen!
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musichead said 1797 days ago (July 21st, 2012)
I just have one thing
I just have one thing to add.. perfect!!!

ps.. i said it was one thing!!!!
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alackbass said 1797 days ago (July 21st, 2012)
Thanks Steve
You're too kind, but we'll take it :)
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TvRicky said 1794 days ago (July 24th, 2012)
Strong Piece! Fire
Very Encourtaging and engaging Song Baby. Dig the clarity and Groove. Sing it my man and let the band play on! Heartfelt!

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alackbass said 1781 days ago (August 6th, 2012)
Thanks Ricky
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Bob Rodgers said 1781 days ago (August 6th, 2012)
I've
been catching up Andrew, you've posted some great tunes in my absence from MJ over the last few weeks.
A wonderful song here with great lyrics, you did a great job with the instrumentation and mix, very much enjoyed.

Bob

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alackbass said 1781 days ago (August 6th, 2012)
Thanks Bob
Jerry gets all the credit for the wonderful song and great lyrics. Thanks for the listen and kind comments!
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