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Life has become unexpectedly complicated for me and I haven't been around Macjams for more than a stolen few minutes lately. Tonight, I read the thread about the Loop It or Lose It challenge. I decided to steal 45 minutes for a wee bit of music.

Because my mood hasn't been the best lately, I went with a dissonant, strange, melancholy interpretation of the guitar loop. That loop is the only one I used. The rest are all vocals sung live in one take. I decided to just accept whatever came out as an expression of my mood. It's an odd mixture of harmony and dissonance with some bizarre little mouth noises as percussion. Because the entire thing was improvised, it's a little out of synch, out of tune, out of comfort, but it was fun to steal those 45 minutes to sing regardless of the result.

P.S. I know I have a billion collabs that I owe vocals on but for now, I can't do anything until this difficult time passes. Shouldn't be more than a month or so.
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Diamonds aren't the hardest stone
Your heart can call that title its own
You're the hardest man I've ever known

(and variations thereof)
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ktb said 4616 days ago (October 27th, 2006)
Joanna, right from the gut. Power to you for taking the time for yourself and sharing it here. Its the mixture of harmony and dissonance that promotes thought. way to go
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drakonis said 4616 days ago (October 27th, 2006)
Ichi ban Kokoro
Your works always show that they come from a beautiful heart... this is no exception, with the slower pace and the sparse duet harmony, it sounds a lot like a spiritual... there's also a hint (though it may just be that I hear this everywhere since its one of my favorites) of the Westernized choral version of "Carol of the Bells" with its strong minor harmonies. Best wishes for a smooth "transition", and I look forward to hearing from a relaxed happy Joanna on "the other side" of this.
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Magritte said 4616 days ago (October 27th, 2006)
45 minutes? Really??
You might not have riffed off the loop but you certainly plumbed its essence. This was bravely done. (And I like the mouth percussion!)
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announcer said 4616 days ago (October 27th, 2006)
Such talent.

It is a testament to Chikoppi that he chose a loop that seems simple and straight forward but that so many people could take and use it in so many different ways.
This is a diamond in the rough. Nice stuff. Thanks for posting it.
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bronco said 4616 days ago (October 27th, 2006)
I'm Just An Old Lump of Coal
But I'll be a diamond someday! Nice to hear from you Joanna! Enjoyed the dissonance and the honest clearcut message. Your voice always carries an element of sincerity that "commercial" music lacks!
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bud said 4616 days ago (October 27th, 2006)
Pulled me in from the start
Thanks for taking the time to put this out - what you did is really special. It's refreshing to hear your heartfelt vocals over this loop that has taken such a beating from the rest of us.
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BranDaMan said 4615 days ago (October 28th, 2006)
hardest stone
For being an improvision it's quite good. Love that dissonance you've captured.
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perceptualvortex said 4615 days ago (October 28th, 2006)
Nice, very melancholy. I like the vocal percussion. I do hope your difficult time passes quickly.
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mvh9591 said 4614 days ago (October 29th, 2006)
I listened and without reading any comments I am leaving my comment / You already have me as a fan with your voice. Your use of the loop is simple however it is effective with your lyrics and arrangement. I know how hard a heart can be from experience so I can relate to this very short but meaningful song. It's very true what you say, "Diamonds aren't the hardest stone".

Be well and always - Peace

mvh : )
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chikoppi said 4613 days ago (October 30th, 2006)
Ooh... kinda creepy!
This creates the impression of such a strange and plaintive moment. It puts me in mind of an interlude in a stage play - maybe a scene in a raucous lounge when the other actors suddenly go still and spot isolates the female lead. She drifts between the frozen dancers and sings about her breaking heart. Then, as she returns to her original position, the lights come up and the action again ensues with memories of the melody hanging in the air. Very nice!
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