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Dark Days, dark theme.

This is one of those conceived songs where, as you start working on it and let it develop, you soon realize it will never live up to what's in your mind's eye; that it will always be an approximation of what you want to achieve. Between the conception and the reality - "there falls the shadow" (as the poet said).

Or should that be what's in your "mind's ear"?
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MIND’S EYE [BUCKLEY, SMITH, PETERSON]

In my mind’s eye I see a shit storm coming
In my mind’s eye I see a moronic convergence
Where what never was is almost sure to happen
When demotic fact becomes non-monotonic inference.

In my mind's eye I see a cold wind blowing
In my mind's eye I see home fires burning
Seismic disturbance infrastructure upended 
Social turbulence rules of order suspended

In my mind's eye I see a forest fire burning
In my mind's eye I see a hurricane churning
When the mountains burn and the coastlines erode 
High or low - there's no safe place to go
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Uploaded: Mar 06, 2017 - 09:20:32 AM
Last Updated: Mar 06, 2017 - 09:20:32 AM Last Played: Jul 31, 2017 - 01:57:10 PM
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jgurner said 286 days ago (March 6th, 2017)
Mind's Ear
Most of what I do never ends up sounding like what's in my head, but I'm usually pleased with the result anyway. I don't know what you had in your head for this one, but the result works for me.
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Warren Smith said 285 days ago (March 7th, 2017)
Achievement in music
I get what you are saying - that what we do rarely ends up sounding as wonderful as we think it should be. I was trying to draw a distinction between songs that start out with, say, a basic melody or even a simple idea and then get developed by continuous effort .. compared to something that starts with a grand vision and then that idea tries to get realized. (If that makes any sense.) At some point, I think you have to say, Hey, that's the best I can do and be willing to let that impart a sense of creative satisfaction.
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Vic Holman said 286 days ago (March 6th, 2017)
minds ear
i really like this. it is a delight on these ears. cool composition with some slick synth eye candy.
excellent work Warren!
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Warren Smith said 285 days ago (March 7th, 2017)
Strung up
Thanks, Vic. I keep telling myself I'm going to spend more time at the keyboards exploring synth sounds, but I keep getting strangled by the six-string : )
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bud said 286 days ago (March 6th, 2017)
Amazing backing track
the interludes are really something. This is a deep track, sir.
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Warren Smith said 285 days ago (March 7th, 2017)
Painting
Two great joys in music-making have been better realized because of Garageband; one being the capability to add nuances with multiple extra tracks .. and the other having the ability to work in sections. This has certainly expanded the range of colors in my musical palette .. at least when attempting sonic paintings. Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment.
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richard13 said 285 days ago (March 7th, 2017)
Almost speechless
I was going to comment on the dichotomy between the somewhat fanciful backer and delivery and the darkness of the lyrics but what the heck: it works, sounding delightfully bizarre. And I second Bud on the interludes.
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Warren Smith said 284 days ago (March 8th, 2017)
Speechifying
The dichotomy arises from my inability to sound serious - even when I'm trying to be. I don't know if that is a curse or a blessing.
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sammydix said 285 days ago (March 7th, 2017)
Like Vic
I really like the synth parts in this song. There should be a 'surreal' category for this tune (and pic). Those guitars sounded like they were popping straight out of my speakers. 3D territory.
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Warren Smith said 284 days ago (March 8th, 2017)
Surrealistic pillow talk
Thanks for letting me know it sounds okay through your speakers. I have balked at making the jump to Logic and have stayed with Garageband and I know that can be less than optimal when the tracks pile up. I mix everything using headphones. I used to test songs out by playing them through the speakers in my car. That went out the window when we moved to Brooklyn and decided to go car-less. I could embrace a surreal category!
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Bob Rodgers said 284 days ago (March 8th, 2017)
I
always look forward to hearing your songs Warren.
I admire your creative composing skills, love the instrumental sections, all sounds great on my headphones!
So inventive and very much enjoyed, thanks for the download.

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Warren Smith said 283 days ago (March 9th, 2017)
Sometimes I feel like a directionless child
Sometimes it feels like I am just recording the same song over and over again .. and so when something goes off in an unexpected direction, as this one did for me a couple of times, it's a welcome thing. I appreciate your kind words.
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PeterB7858 said 284 days ago (March 8th, 2017)
Mind's Eye
The cataclysmic lyrics are effectively counterpointed by stylised prog interludes. Creative and slightly disturbing at the same time. May we live in interesting times... Thanks.
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Warren Smith said 283 days ago (March 9th, 2017)
The Times we live in
Ha ha, Peter, there's interesting times .. and then there are disturbing times.
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Calchas said 283 days ago (March 9th, 2017)
I see a similar storm...
The ideas that it's directly the result of Mr. Trump's election is mere pop cultural hysteria. The same storm would be coming had Mrs. Clinton been elected. Indeed, it has been raging for some time now... One could say it began in the mid-60s and has been picking up steam ever since.

Nevertheless, this is an interesting tune which certainly gives expression to what I presume most of us feel at some level or another.

Well done!
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Warren Smith said 283 days ago (March 9th, 2017)
Book learning
Apocalyptic visions have a long history. No doubt I read John's "Book of Revelations" at a too-early age : )
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J.A.Stewart said 283 days ago (March 9th, 2017)
All Hail!...

... HighRisemous Botch.

Dark days, indeed as we descend daily... further down into the Abyss.
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Warren Smith said 283 days ago (March 9th, 2017)
Alternative fact
A high rise named "The Abyss" would be no garden of earthly delights.

The art piece is a detail of a collage done by my song collaborator Roy Buckley.
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Dean-Resonator said 283 days ago (March 10th, 2017)
Dark Days
Congratulations Warren. Once again you have come up with the goods. Love the Casio/Atari game synths. I imagine that the hardest part of some of your songs is to figure out what genre to file them under.
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Warren Smith said 279 days ago (March 13th, 2017)
Goodies
Genre filing is always difficult because it's almost always an after-thought.
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DWL said 282 days ago (March 10th, 2017)
Splendid!
In my mind's eye I couldn't even conceive of something like this.

Wonderful lyrics and that inimitable Smith sound.

Brilliant.

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Warren Smith said 279 days ago (March 13th, 2017)
Conceptions
That's a nice comment, but I have listened to your music and there are moments when I can say the same thing about yours: where did that come from?
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Moviz said 281 days ago (March 11th, 2017)
Love the lyrics
and the surreal quality in them and the backing music.....some deep thinking going on in there I suspect, regards M
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Warren Smith said 279 days ago (March 13th, 2017)
Depths of being
Ha-ha .. I like to think I am a deep thinker .. but I suspect that is more of a dream than a reality : )
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Sigmund said 281 days ago (March 11th, 2017)
Mind's Eye
Interesting song - totally reminds me of They Might Be Giants. Your eclectic music bed provides the perfect counterpoint for your almost demonic sounding vocal track. You don't just listen to this piece - you experience it, and it was fun - thanks!
Sig
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Warren Smith said 278 days ago (March 14th, 2017)
Amalgamation
More and more I seem to work on songs in sections. That leads to heterogeneousness and the challenge is then to make it homogenous .. or at least give it a semblance of unification. Thanks for checking it out.
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Daugrin said 279 days ago (March 13th, 2017)
Turn onto Joy...
Reality is what you perceive it to be?
The wise suggest: every storm is an opportunity, every challenge a measure of true spirit?
The moronic convergence is nothing new my friend. It does not stop and will never fail. It's a bell curve...
I hear you writing bits, or assembling modules to use Brian Wilson's term. This is the way to freedom, lots of growth in yer work of late. Thank you for posting.

Daug
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Warren Smith said 278 days ago (March 14th, 2017)
You're only as real as you feel
Yes, the convergence is really more of a continuous recycling program. Yes, this was modular construction, which has become my preferred approach to song making (although nothing is set in concrete).
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jiguma said 275 days ago (March 18th, 2017)
Mind's Eye
I'm seeing the same stuff Warren.
Nicely done.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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groovsh8ker said 274 days ago (March 19th, 2017)
Quirky
Made me smile at 1st quite quirky, but later wondered whether I should hijack the next spaceship out of here, fascinating.
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