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Well, I permitted myself for once. A very personal and emotional song.

Just GB's out of the box acoustic guitar, slightly altered, and that's why I put this under 'open collabs'. So, if anyone feels gifted to blow a bit more 'pathos' into this instrument or this track in general, be my guest.

Thanks for listening.
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Lyrics
I nailed your picture in my head
I left no word of you unread
I’ve spend my time to figure out
Just to make sure that this is worth another chapter in my heart
Girl, you got my empathy
Sure I will be damaged, loose my mind
They say love is blind

Is it your eyes that make me feel
You gorgeous smile that looks so real
The pinky colour of your skin
Or just the ordinary midlife man’s position that I’m in
Girl, you’re such a mystery
This boy will be smashed against the wall
But I don’t mind at all

Sue me, nail me
Not innocent, besides these confessions I’m
Truly foolish
Not ignorant, aware of the fact that you’re
Polishing my ego and spoiling me to death
Making me a hero
While I deserve a punishment instead

I’m feeling feeble, imprudent
What kind of flowers should I send
I have no clue of what you feel
I might be lost, that’s why I’m hoping deep inside this isn’t real
Take me out of ecstasy
Moorlandt’s just an ordinary guy
No matter what I try
Moorlandt’s just an ordinary guy
No matter what you try
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Hits: 5136
Comments: 42
Fans: 10
Plays: 520
Downloads: 169
Votes: 19
Uploaded: Jul 12, 2006 - 12:14:16 PM
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2006 - 01:45:29 PM Last Played: Mar 30, 2018 - 12:12:30 PM
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G5 intel, Keystation 49, Samson condenser USB mic
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Comments
craft said 4486 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
mellow one indeed
First I love the artwork...
Now the song... Nice job. I liked the melody of the guitars and the lyrics too. Good job. Another good track from you.
I think that you can add some elements to this one.. try some more pads and violins.. just a thought
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moorlandt said 4486 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
mellow one indeed
thanks for the comment craft. This is indeed an open collab and any suggestion is welcomed

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said 4486 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Awesome!
What a fabulous piece of work. Proof positive that less-is-more! I am
blown to bits by your vox. Sometimes a little Leonard Cohen-ish. Great
lyrics sung with passion and conviction. Simple but beautiful---almost
harp-like---acoustic guitar. I'm lovin' it!

Be well!
moorlandt said 4486 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Awesome!
Wow, thanks man. You're really spoiling me with this comment. Very much appreciated.

Walter

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The Infinites said 4486 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
This is stunning!
In this raw state, you know that the song will stand up to any treatment as
all good songs do. It has all the sentiment through lyrics and melody, so
any added strings will just build on what essentially is a solid foundation.
That said - this piece can happily stay the way it is, in my book.

I'm on the hunt for a decent mic at a decent price - would you
recommend the Samson USB? It sounds up to job from this track.

Good work - keep them coming!
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moorlandt said 4486 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
This is stunning!
Thanks a million for listening and commenting. And yes, this Samson mic does the job for me. Although I think I can certainly improve my recording skills. But if you're looking for a fair deal, I'll be the first to recommend this mic.

Walter

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
charliechen said 4486 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Mid-life puppy love
Just goes to show that no matter at what age, love can make take you by surprise and make you all puppy-like and drunk. You've captured that feeling of falling in love, and being in love very, very well.

Even though I'm sure this song would do well supported by more instrumentation in the background, it's also quite elegantly simple in its current form.

Really liked this, Walter. Very sweet.
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moorlandt said 4486 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Mid-life puppy love
Thanks Charlie, you expressed it so well. Besides, a positive comment comming from a talented singer like yourself is worth double :-)

Walter

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Wildcat said 4485 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Ordanary Guy?
This song shows again the variety of your arts.
A wonderfull song which takes me with you...,
it leaves a bit sad spirit...

your melody,lyrics,and this wonderfull voice presents again a Moorlandt song thats authentic.

I like that...


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moorlandt said 4485 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Ordinary Guy?
Thanks so much, Tanja. You're polishing my ego again :-) I don't know about this bad spirit... it's just a love song.

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jiguma said 4485 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Du bist kein ordinary guy denke ich!
Walter, these lyrics are among the best I've come across at MJ - the
personal story, if you can get it right is always the one that gets to
other people's hearts, and this is an excellent example. You've done
just enough musically with this for the lyrics to shine - personally I
wouldn't add any more instrumentation to it. Only possible thing I'd
think about is get one of the really good guitarists here to maybe re-
do the guitar track for a more authentic sound. (My only criticism is
that repeating buzz on the C in the constant C chord - because the
note is there so often, it just detracts a bit from the rest of the song).
Love the chord changes in the middle section ("sue me, nail me")..
One thing that really astounds me is that you can write this in what is
probably at least your second language - I am very envious of this skill
my friend.
Neil
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moorlandt said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Du bist kein ordinary guy denke ich!
What a great compliment on the lyrics. Thanks so much, Neil. But yes indeed, took me blood, sweat and tears to write them down... in my third language :-)

You're so right about the guitar. That's exactly why I put this under 'open collabs'. I did hear that buzzing on the C chord, bit I was too sloppy to take it out. Shame on me!

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
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AquilA said 4485 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
I think...
...this is another one for the CD. Nice job with the change of pace. Your
unique voice, once again, comes shining through. The melancholy lyrics
reach out and touch 'everyman'.
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moorlandt said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
I think...
Thank you for this compliment, Aqui. By the way, do you play acoustic as well? If so, let me know...

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ledebutant said 4484 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Reluctant Lover
This song fascinates me. I told you in chat how beautiful I find it and
how much I love the personal nature of the lyrics. It's interesting with
lyrics (and most writing, actually) how words that are specific seem to
most effectively convey the universal.

Something that fascinates me is that this song is about many things. It
seems that the singer doesn't know his love object very well, has nailed
her picture in his head, talks about her smile seeming so real and his
attempts to know her, but her also remaining a mystery and not giving
him a clue of how she feels.

There's also an element of the song being about the singer being
aware that perhaps he and she are both idealizing one another and him
feeling as though it would be safer if the relationship weren't real,
though it would "take (him) out of ecstacy," and turn him back into an
"ordinary guy". So, it's about the transcendent effect of love on a life,
too.

It's also about the nuttiness of whom we choose to love at times. The
confusion of "why her, why him?" As well as being about the risk we all
take when we open ourselves to other people and make ourselves
vulnerable.

You got so much into your lyrics and included so many clever lines,
"just the ordinary midlife man's position that I'm in," being one of my
favorites. I admire your writing tremendously, Walter.

This is such a beautiful song and I've been listening to it all day
because the feeling you convey in the music is moving and powerful.
Thanks for posting it here.
ledebutant said 4484 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
P.S.
I always enjoy the photographs that accompany your songs. Are they ones
you took yourself?
moorlandt said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
P.S.
These are mainly pictures of French actresses. Don't ask me why, I just think they fit my music.

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
moorlandt said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Reluctant Lover
Gosh, Lisa, what an analysis! You simply have been spitting out every word. I'm deeply touched and honoured by this striking comment. Every word you say is exactly to the point. It seems that somehow you know me frightening well :-)

As I also said to Neil here above, these lyrics have cost me so much energy. I think writing them down was 2/3 of the total work on the song. But it seems to be worth it when I read all these lovely comments. Thanks soooo much, Lisa. And you know that I'm looking out for YOUR next song...

Walter

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
TobinMueller said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
The powerlessness of loving
Wonderful simple-is-powerful concept well performed. Its nice with such
a wordy tune that you keep the melody simple too, almost like a talking
song, like Tom Waits. The powerlessness of loving is well illustrated by
everything you do on this track. Excellent.
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moorlandt said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
The powerlessness of loving
Thanks for this wonderful comment, Tobin. Very appreciated!

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
Parichayaka said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Happy to agree...
...with Tobin. The intensity of your voice is something else! Glad I stopped by. I really like the simplicity of it and the instrumentation, although quite simple, it actually adds to the energy of the lyrics. Very nice job!
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moorlandt said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Happy to agree...
Thanks a million for stopping and commenting Parichayaka! You know I dig your stuff as well...

Walter

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
Andronis said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Very nice
This is a song that's really rich in emotion. You achieved a lot of beautiful depth without having to resort to any sappy tricks, which makes it all the more honest.

Also, I like what your accent does to the vocal inflections for the song. Goes with them really wel. :)
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moorlandt said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Very nice
Hey, thanks Sam! Greatly appreciated these comments.
I'm anxious to know what exactly you mean by the 'accent' you mention. Is it about the fact that you obviously hear that I'm not native English? Don't worry, I don't take that as an offense or something, just really want to know for myself.

Walter

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
Andronis said 4484 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Very nice
Well, I already read that you were from Belgium, so I guess I subconciously knew to listen for it. If I had read that you were from the US or something, I would've just assumed you chose to use unusual diction and inflection on words, since a lot of American singers do that, sometimes so much to the point where it's tacky.

Anyway, accents (unless you're going for one) often disappear when people sing, but the more relaxed nature of the song allowed it to slip in especially when you held out a sound and slid between two notes with it. Provided a nice unique character that really went with the nature of the song. :)
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The Infinites said 4483 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Hey big guy!
Accent is transcended by empathy, feeling, soul & honesty.

It's all there dude. You've really struck a chord. The more I hear it, the more
it hits me.

Poetry. Artistry. Beautifully crafted. Thank you for sharing.

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moorlandt said 4483 days ago (July 15th, 2006)
Hey big guy!
Two comments fom you... for the same song. You're spoiling me to death :-)

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
moorlandt said 4483 days ago (July 15th, 2006)
Very nice
Very interesting comment, Sam. Thanks so much for the explanation. Greatly appreciated again.

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
datafunk said 4481 days ago (July 17th, 2006)
belgium represents
walter, you have one of the nicest voice I've heard here and elsewhere.

are all the photographs you posted yours?

cheers.
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moorlandt said 4481 days ago (July 17th, 2006)
belgium represents
wow, thanks for the compliment, my French neighbour. I always wondered, am I the only Belgian here? I feel so loooonely :-)

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
datafunk said 4481 days ago (July 17th, 2006)
belgium represents
well, I think you are indeed.... there's no many french neither anyway!

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DOCTORBIZARRE said 4473 days ago (July 25th, 2006)
Cool!
Man i love the deep voice! Wow this is really a cool track!
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atonalis said 4469 days ago (July 29th, 2006)
you have......
.......one of the best voices i've heard in a long long time........ i am partial to david sylvian and bowie and such....... wow. this was an amazing track. i'd love to try my hand at orchstrating this. if you could send me the seperate file of your vox, i'd love to work with this....... hit me up. atonalis@gmail.com - wonderful track man.
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moorlandt said 4469 days ago (July 29th, 2006)
you have......
hey man, thanks for the comments and the nice proposal. Yes, go for it, I'm curious. Will write you a mail how to download the track...

Walter

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
The Fritters said 4468 days ago (July 30th, 2006)
aww, man
truly special piece here. I love the delivery, your voice is a resonant
vibration of loveliness. I love the immediacy of the recording too.
Excellent job, Moorlandt--really like this one! --your fan, kelli

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moorlandt said 4468 days ago (July 30th, 2006)
aww, man
Thanks sooo much Kelly for these heartwarming comments! I consider them as a huge honour comming from a great singer as yourself.

Walter

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
haribo said 4461 days ago (August 6th, 2006)
powerful musical propulsion using minimal elements!!!
i really like this! this song is very well controlled yet very much
emotionally driven! i find the vocal highly indicative vocal and the guitar
line that has just the perfect speed for the propulsion of song. it is like
swimming.

a gift to be ordinary is so rare in the world of confused identities.
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els said 4446 days ago (August 21st, 2006)
intruiguing
I like the sphere this song creates. It intrigues.

There's so much emotion in it.

The most beautiful things are the things that are simple!


moorlandt said 4446 days ago (August 21st, 2006)
intruiguing
Thanks so much for these lovely comments, Els.
Hey, an other Belgian on MacJams! Wow, I'm not alone anymore :-)

Walter

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Logic takes you from a to b. Imagination takes you everywhere.
Check out my latest song called Free (remix)
Schello said 4397 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
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emotional, emotional, emotional
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e46 said 4317 days ago (December 27th, 2006)
striking emotion...
Well done moorlandt! The raw emotions expressed in your lyrics, and so perfectly relayed through your voice. The best songs are often the hardest to write, well done for getting through it! What guitar chords are you using? Such a great piece of music!
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DeputyDoofy said 4315 days ago (December 30th, 2006)
See?
I'm not crazy (but yes, I *am* Doofy :D). This is the 2nd song I've heard (that I can remember) and someone else has mentioned the Leonard Cohen thing.
Can definitely hear and "feel" the emotion in this song. Very well done!
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