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this is an old hymn...a very familiar song. I fell in love with this song as a youngster, and that love was rekindled by charlie haydens's beautiful rendition on his cd ART OF THE SONG.

I have become friends with many folks since i've started posting on macjams, but none more special to me than mystified. Her music moved me immediately, and I sought her out on the chat room. I had never "chatted" with anyone before...we chatted a lot...and we've come to know each other pretty well. After I recorded my version of the hymn "amazing grace", i received an email with a sound file of mystified singing to my little prayer of a guitar piece...it was so pretty.

We discussed our mutual love for ambient music, my dedication to blues, and the love of music in general. We discussed at great length if it was possible to blend the passion of the blues with the expected serenity of ambient, new age music. I sent her a sound file of Wayfaring Stranger, just so she could hear Mr Hayden's remarkable rendition.

About a week later this bunch of chords shows up in my email...wow was it pretty. Mystified had worked with wayfaring stranger, and presented me a beautiful arrangement of piano and vocals.

I immediately went to work trying to figure out how to present the melody. What I thought would be a simple matter of picking the right tone and stating the melody, turned into days of experimenting...finally to hit a take early in the morning on like, the fourth day of playing. I sent the finished guitar back to mystified. She added a beautiful choral section at he end, and mixed everything. She sent it back to me, and i added the cymbal accents.

So this is our first official attempt at something like ambient blues. I guess we try and evoke feelings and resolve them...

part 1 is intended to represent a life passing in the flash of an eye, and the second section is the prayer.

I cannot thank mystified enough for the hard work she put into this song.

This song always makes me think of my folks... this is dedicated to them.


MYSTIFIED:
vox, piano, mixing and arrangement

ZITI: Guitars
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Lyrics
i am a poor wayfaring stranger
wanderin thru this world of woe
yet there's no sickness, toil or danger
in that bright world to which i go

I'm goin home to see my mother
she said she'd meet me when i come
i'm only goin over jordan
i'm only goin over home
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Hits: 9636
Comments: 57
Fans: 26
Plays: 1332
Downloads: 327
Votes: 33
Uploaded: Aug 13, 2005 - 01:53:57 PM
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2005 - 03:08:48 PM Last Played: Jun 22, 2019 - 10:38:27 PM
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Hardware:
Mysti: Behringer b-1 condenser mic, Mobile Pre USB, MAudio 61es keystation
JamPack 4:Symphony,
Ziti: PRS Custom 22, Line6 POD
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Comments
Ed Hannifin said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
This is one of my favorite songs.
It is everything, to me, that a song should be. The lyrics
are clear, heartfelt, true in a deep, emotional way...the
melody perfectly articulates the feelings behind the
words...

So it's a good thing that you have nailed this song, you
two, or I would have to hunt you down and, I don't know,
embarrass you in public...pelt you with something
growing in my garage...which, since I just was out
preparing a run to the "transfer station", I am well
equipped to do...

The guitar work is great. It is, again, the distilled essence
of what I enjoy in electric guitar, so there we are. Great
tone, great emotion, great taste and the trademark ziti
restraint.

The track as a whole is big, ambient as all get out, and
enveloping. I'm getting to resent the number of
MacJammers who are producing these wrap-around mixes
when it's so hot that I don't want to put on my
headphones...

The Mysti vocals are also restrained, and
angelic...avoiding that thing I hate most in modern music,
the "show off" vocal track...

As Nigel Tufnel saieth, "It goes up to eleven..."

Ed
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ziti said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
This is one of my favorite songs.
thanks ed!...we worked for this one! Mysti's contributions to this are
enormous...and I know i deleted a lot of tracks!!! But i think we finally got it
and i am very happy with the sound of it.

It is a remarkable song...and i've loved it for a long time.

thanks as always for the kind and thoughtful comments

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snowdragon said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
Interesting concept,
ambient blues. And a fascinating collaboration. Especially
liked the transition just as the vocals begin making their
presence felt.
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ziti said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
thanks sno
this type of music is so intense to work on...ya get so involved that you loose
perspective!....but here it is....

the old hymn book yields many inspirations

z
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Cori Ander said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
A masterpiece
This is a masterpiece!

First, the intro ... it's got everything I could ever dream of
as an introduction to something great and important.

Thereafter the door slowly opens in front of me, far wider
than ever I had expected, showing a grand harmonios
landscape, great and full of coulors, grand but never
sharp ... like something only nature itself can produce.

Then after having had a glance at all this greatness, and
before I had the chance to fall in love with it too deeply,
the door is gently closed ... and I am taken by the hand by
someone saying "it was just so you could see ... now you
know it is there ..."
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Cori Ander said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
A masterpiece
PS I recommend to take this one in headphones! DS
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Tom Atwood said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
A masterpiece
What Curry said. Between him and Tadashi Togawa, some of the finest, most
poetic song comments come. Neither one speaks English as a first language.

Anyway, Cat, you know how I feel about this piece.

Ziti, the opening alone is exceptional, stunning, wonderful. And when
Mystified enters, it's all over. Case closed. 10-10-10-10

You are both monsters.
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ziti said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
mr atwood
i thank you so much....mysti kills doesn't she??? when that singin comes in it's
lights out for me too...when she sent me that choral arrangement for the end
i was like a little kid!!!

she is a dream to work with!!
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Mystified said 5084 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
I'm really not a monster...
Or at least I try not to be!

But seriously. Thank you Tom, Curry, EJH and snowy, for those lovely
comments. Wow. It's humbling.
When you approach as song as beautiful and as meaningful as this one, you
just hope that you can do it justice in your own interpretation. When Z
pointed me towards his favorite version of this song, I knew that someday I
wanted to do a version of it as well, and when he and I discussed trying to
create something in 'ambient blues' this, to me, seemed like a natural.

Thanks, z, for bringing the 'soul' of your beautiful guitar playing to this piece!


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ziti said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
oh my!
i can't say how much your comments mean to me curry....thank you!!!

z


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ziti said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
A masterpiece
curry...that is beautiful, my friend....thank you
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Einarus said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
Gorgeous!
So soothing and beautiful I almost cried like an infant.
I'm not sure how else to describe it...
Wow!
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I.G.M. said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
Nice work! Its played together without playing together. Like it! No more wheat for them!
Could be dangerous!
9-9-9-9
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Pie said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
you've hit paydirt again
excellent - you guys make a great team!


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Pie said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
you've hit paydirt again
excellent - you guys make a great team!


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ginz111 said 5086 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
Awesome
Great stuff you guys! Very Impressive! Be proud!
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Mystified said 5084 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
Awesome
Thank you Einarus, I.G.M., Pie and ginz, for your comments!
Means a lot--especially on a project like this one, where you very much enjoy
the experiment of mixing two genres, but wonder if others will appreciate it,
too.

So, thanks, again :)

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stevel said 5085 days ago (August 14th, 2005)
Fab!
Lovely Hendrixy guitar symphony going on here....great
subtle vocals from Mysti. Top stuff as usual you two! You
could do a whole album in this style!
Steve
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Macaudion said 5085 days ago (August 14th, 2005)
Oh Yea!!!
How could you not be dig'n this... This tasted really, really
good to the ears!

Always nice to hear the Mysti, but this is a very different
and quite appealing use of the vox Mysti. This my first
listen to you Z and oh! what a nice first time. Very nice
g'tar work. I'm way impressed!

Congrads to the both of you on this one!

Cydniko


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TobinMueller said 5085 days ago (August 14th, 2005)
Fingers like spirits across the waves
This has always been one of my favorite folk songs, it always
had a bluesman element to it. You not only bring that out,
but a soulful ambience of angels. the effortless way you fly
across the strings is like spirits over water, the souls of
strangers somehow made intimate. A magical track.
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SlimGirlFat said 5085 days ago (August 14th, 2005)
Incredible
Speechless with admiration


Slimmie

ledebutant said 5084 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
Beauty, innovation and friendship.
Those last notes make me shiver. Absolute perfection,
guys.
Doadars Uncle said 5084 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
Deep
Great mix.

Takes me to good places.

Musically descriptive...seeing beyond the desparation of
this world toward a deeper meaning.
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aclarke said 5084 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
Truly Amazing
Incredible fretwork wrought with genuine emotion. Cat's
vocals reign supreme here.... the oohs on top of the crying
guitar just chill me to the bone.

This is such a wonderful work of art.
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aclarke said 5084 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
Truly Amazing
This is also one of the most beautiful, soulful pieces of music I have ever heard!
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ziti said 5083 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
Truly Amazing response
thank you aclarke...those are pretty hefty compliments and mysti and i thank
you so much....we were really hoping to make music that would appeal to the
emotions rather than the intellect...we just wanted people to feel.

Thanks for the positive re-enforcment...i 'm so glad you felt it!
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Cameron said 5083 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
the waves of emotion
wash over me as I listen to this very nice collaborative
piece -- great job, both of you!

I truly enjoy this type of musical journey, which takes me
to a soothing, yet energetic type of place this evening.

The balance between guitar and vocals is "organic" and
seamless, very well done.

Thank you for posting this.
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ziti said 5083 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
the waves of emotion
thank you cameron....energy and tranquility a difficult mix...it was what we
were wondering about...can you moosh em together???
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jiguma said 5082 days ago (August 17th, 2005)
Oh to play like that!
Ziti, I love your playing - you must have played so much
to have such mastery of your craft. It's not just the notes,
its the soul. With Mysti in the background this just raised
the hairs on the back of my neck. Fantastic!!!!!!
Thanks so much,
Neil
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ziti said 5082 days ago (August 17th, 2005)
Yes!
I have played the guitar alot jiguma....but i feel like i'm only starting out...and
it is only feeling that i go after now, all my years of chasing after flashy
technique are behind me (hopefully).

playing music with mystified is a very very good for me as a player...she helps
me refine my style and play what's important--she points the way.

thank you for the kindness!
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Tadashi Togawa said 5082 days ago (August 17th, 2005)
Ray
...moving.. when it is gradual.
Guitar and piano. And, is this a singing voice?
Sung guitar. Played voice.
Light hits great parents.
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thetiler said 5080 days ago (August 18th, 2005)
Your a true artist Z
Love how you milk the guitar for all it's worth!

Thanks for sharing
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said 5080 days ago (August 19th, 2005)
Done deal... doesn't get any....
better! Ziti, Mysti... I don't have a lot of words here. This
rates the straight 10's I voted. Magic can happen. Or
maybe, two musical souls connecting. Ambient music,
blues, longings, spirtuality, a moment for one's soul to
be quiet and just listen and receive. Thanks...

Jack
FrozenEntropy said 5079 days ago (August 19th, 2005)
heartbreaking
Hey guys... this is beautiful. The whole world needs to
hear this... heartbreaking guitar... We love our blues here
in Chi-town, and this, in my humble opinion, is
groundbreaking. Please... give us more of this.
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ziti said 5079 days ago (August 20th, 2005)
heartbreaking
Thank you so much froz....not blues in the strictest sense, for sure, but the
blues in feel, i thought...your kindness is very welcome!
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bronco said 5079 days ago (August 20th, 2005)
Nice Job
You beat me to it. This song was on my list to do some
day. Of course. lazy as I am that would have been six
months from now. I like the treatment in this version
although it is very much different from my favorite version
by Emmylou Harris. Ziti's soaring guitar over the piano
works very well. If by ambient music you'll meant smooth
and comforting then this meets the bill!
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ziti said 5079 days ago (August 20th, 2005)
THANK YOU!!!!!
Curry for the beautiful words...ejh for the use of the word
"restraint" in reference to my guitar playing. That is a
first....sno, atwood, pie, tyler, stevel and all the fine other
guitarists who inspire me here...my pals PV, einarus, Ginz,
my co horts in recent days...tobin, cameron and the
newbies who wrote in. Ledeb and slimmie along with
mystified will become the "parmesan sisters" and sing
gospel in the background of an up coming post...My hero,
Tadashi, i love you and your music.... And this is an open
invitation to any of you great percussionist-cyd-to
approach me to collaborate. This is some of the most fun
i've had in my long and obscure career. Anyone i missed--
well, you too!

Before this song slips into the "artist page" nether world...I
wanted to say how much i personally appreciate what
mystified has done here with me, and in our recent chats,
what she has done for me and my music. she has helped
my bring to reality a sound and style i've had in my mind
for a very long time...I have never met a more supportive
and creative person in my life...music seems to flow from
her and she is a dream to work with. i look forward to
many more hours of music making with her!

again thank you all for the kindness

z
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Mystified said 5077 days ago (August 22nd, 2005)
And another THANK YOU
I want to add my voice to Z's thanks, here.
This was quite the experience to work on this song, as he's pointed out. To
discuss a concept and then watch it come together.
That it's gotten the response and reception that it has pretty much
guarantees another song forthcoming.

So thank you all so very much for listening, commenting, encouraging.

And with that, it's my turn to thank you, too, z, for bringing the incredible
artistry and passion of your guitar playing to the simple piano backdrop I
provided. The dedication you have given to learning technique is impressive,
but the absolute love of the blues that you have and the feeling you attach to
your playing gives true 'soul' to your music.
It's an honor to have created this piece of music with you, my friend--Thank
you!
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caroline said 5073 days ago (August 26th, 2005)
i'm sorry it took me so long to get here...
but i was wandering through this world of....
and you both guided me safely here. ah - how comfy! thank you x one love x
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btransue said 5073 days ago (August 26th, 2005)
wow...
I have this big folder you see...it's called, "new music to
check out". This was the first hit of the morning. I'll say it
again...wow.

simply...beautiful.
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mulletsrock said 5072 days ago (August 26th, 2005)
Pitchy
Great idea, mix of styles. Simply too many pitch problems in
the vocal line. Fine, fine guitar playing.
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ziti said 5072 days ago (August 26th, 2005)
Pitchy??????
Hi mullet
I'll tell ya what...I worked really hard on this...each line and track
isolated...each voice carefully placed and eq'ed....and trust me...there are no
PITCH problems in mystified's vocals.

I could understand clipping in the guitar signal..or the awkward stumbles in
the guitar phrasing...but inconsistencies in the singing do not exist. Perhaps
what you are hearing is the upper register guitar part i play with a volume
swell and wammy bar...as the bar is less than precise...it tends to pitchy. i
intended on voices and guitars to be indistiguishable and to play tricks with
the listener...what's voice?what's guitar?...I guess I fooled you!!
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SlimGirlFat said 5071 days ago (August 28th, 2005)
Pitchy
For Heavens sake!!!
I really do think your comment above, about Mystis vocals, were uncalled
for Mulletsrock!.
Instead of explaining or describing exactly where you think the
"pitchiness" occurs, you simply (and rudely) make a sweeping statement
about "Simply too many pitch problems in the vocal line". when in all
honesty this is not really correct.
This is after all not a PRO site ... constructive critiques are welcome, not
mean comments.











---
Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
Joanna said 5072 days ago (August 27th, 2005)
Marvelously unpitchy!
Great work from both of you. Myst, your vocals are always
amazing, and they really shine in this one. Ziti of the
weeping guitar, you are a master.
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DeputyDoofy said 5059 days ago (September 9th, 2005)
This is really nice.
I tried to keep an open ear for "pitch" problems. While I may not be the big expert, I don't hear any issues. I think this sounds great. Awesome collab.
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Reinholt56 said 5051 days ago (September 17th, 2005)
I listen, I melt, I......
Truly a beautiful piece put together with professionalism and tender care.

Many thanks to you both for this masterpiece of collaberation and experimentation.

It works, it truly works.

Speechless in Sheffield.



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mtriviso said 5024 days ago (October 14th, 2005)
You Gotta Hint
The vocals are so freakin' amazing, please give us a taste at the beginning. Just to be nice and let us know that buried deep in the tune is an amazing little gem.

Maybe you did. Let me listen again.
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mtriviso said 5024 days ago (October 14th, 2005)
Yeah
Two minutes is way too long to get a taste of that shit, man.

Damn.


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ValleyPastor said 4849 days ago (April 7th, 2006)
Makes me homesick
I've found that most of the books and music I treasure have this thread.
they open the door for a longing peak at my eternal home. This one does
that.

I only wish there was a version also where the first verse of the actual
hymn lyrics had made it in.
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said 4654 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
Amazing...
....absolutely amazing! So beautiful it brought a tear to my eyes (more
than one in fact). Great job you two.

Be well!
Scott Carmichael said 4622 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
hey Fran
the first thing I noticed is the pace... It is so right for this song... to get to the heart of this song you have to take your time with it... I'm glad I didn't hear this before I did it... it certainly would have influenced my chord choices... It's amazing how open this song is to our interpretaion... my favorite part is how in the intro you set up the etherial atmosphere.. and stoke the anticipation... which is what the song is all about... pop world of "wrapping it up in 3 minutes" be damned... a vintage wine takes time... so does a vintage song...

and you 2 used that time just right... I always love your guitar work

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davisamerica said 3379 days ago (April 16th, 2010)
I can not
believe I have not found this sooner. My goodness you to this is a beauty. Everything flows so smoothly and each part is a gem.. Very ... very cool.
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richard13 said 3149 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
Glorious! Absolutely!
And what they all said above. This is really magic. Thanks again.
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futzpucker said 2024 days ago (December 31st, 2013)
Great to hear this again...
I just played this song and my wife walked by my studio and said, "Is that Jeff Beck?" No, said I, that's my brother Fran, and the wonderful Cat, two very talented musicians and spectacular human beings, joining forces to create a work of art.
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