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a capella multi-harmony tuneful prayer inspired by early morning traffic on route to a stupid job, with lousy music on the radio, and probably not quite enough coffee. The other singers are Brian Middleton and Brice Buchanan.
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Lyrics
give me bird song in the morning
give me silence after snow
give me strumming in the evening
the sounds my true heart knows,
the sounds my true heart knows

give me dancing in the doorway,
give me singing at the stove,
give me laughter in the traffic
give me lightness for the road,
give me lightness for the road

give me a hammer for the building
give me an axe for the tearing down
give me plaster for the mending
give me a home the world around
give me a home the world around

© 2006 Phyllis Capanna
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Hits: 8331
Comments: 52
Fans: 29
Plays: 692
Downloads: 199
Votes: 27
Uploaded: Nov 10, 2006 - 02:59:01 PM
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2006 - 06:03:39 PM Last Played: Jun 17, 2019 - 09:09:42 AM
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Hardware:
From a CD by Purple Martin, entitled "Don't Tell James," this tune was recorded at Night Kitchen Studio in Dorchester, MA, USA, on microphones with vocal cords, and a Mac of some sort.
Software:
Don't remember.
Comments
DOCTORBIZARRE said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
WOW
Bloody amazing voice and such a spirtually beautiful song!
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phyllomania said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Thanks!
Thank you Doctorbizarre, for listening! Thanks for your comments.
Phyllis

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ktb said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
pow
this is beautiful. your voices are not only all soulful and serene but blend in a wonderful way much greater than their sum. Speechless..a truly remarkable recording. kudo's on a great mix/production.
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phyllomania said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Aw, shucks.
Thanks, John. I love singing with those guys. Always one of those "greater than the sum of its parts" experiences. I'll see if I can find Brian to pass along the compliments on his engineering work.
Phyllis

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Ed Hannifin said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Phyllis!
The day long-looked-for finally arrives! And you couldn't have picked a better song to debut with....

I have actually taken this recording to designer/engineer Dave Moulton's studio with Ziti, to listen on his huge Beolab monitors... It's my standard for a great recording...

It's also a helluva song, one that still gets to me and knocks me for a loop whenever I hear it... Great writing and great singing...

I am just bouncing off the walls with joy...

Welcome (again) to MacJams!

Ed
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phyllomania said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Thanks for believing in me.
Hey Ed, I love the way you never say "I told you so."

More later, parkner.
:-}

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thetiler said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
wow
Nice stuff, amazing how you can bring out so much music with no instruments other than the vocals.

Thanks Ed for emailing me about this.

I think when I was young when I heard TV shows like Wyatt Erp, Johnny Uma etc that had opening theme vocal music. I really got hooked on how incredibly neat the voice is. So in away I think music like this brings me back to my love of voice even when I didn't think I wanted to play a musical instrument.
Phyllis this is top notch stuff!
This type of music enables tremendous reflection capabilities for me.
Very impressed!
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phyllomania said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Thanks!
Bill,
Thanks for your comments. I love the voice! I'd always wanted to write something for voice alone. It took being stuck in a car in a traffic jam to do it!
Phyllis

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ledebutant said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Pure Perfection.
Sometimes it's good to just stop typing and sigh.

*sigh*

Welcome, Phyllis. I truly hope you'll post more music here as I think you'll find you'll meet quite a few people who have already become fans of your music via Ed. I LOVE your voice.
phyllomania said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Tomorrow's to-do
Hey all,
I feel a little behind, here, not having had the time to listen to anybody else's stuff yet. It's seeming to take the better part of an eon to play things via my weeny dial-up connection, so please be patient, I'll get there. Looking forward to hearing your stuff.
-P
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ziti said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
wow
so nice of you to share this great performance!!

I TOTALLY LOVE THIS!!

more please...just so sweet!!

deepest bows

z
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Joanna said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Fantastic
This is gorgeous. You have a strong, clear voice that felt like enough until the harmony kicked in. Then it becomes 'blow me away' territory. Wow.
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frankexchange said 4611 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Beautiful!
Exquisite vocals!! And some really interesting harmonies - love the one on "stove".

Sublime - thank you for sharing

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phyllomania said 4607 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Stove
Yeah! Glad you liked that moment. Me, too. That was one of those times I just sat back and let my jaw drop at my good fortune to have such people as Brian and Brice singing with me. What a total gas!

Thanks for commenting and listening.
Phyllis

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kristyjo said 4611 days ago (November 11th, 2006)
Beautifully written and sung
I'd agree with much of what other folks have said here. Welcome to MacJams. This is a great debut! I'm really looking forward to hearing more!
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jiguma said 4611 days ago (November 11th, 2006)
Welcome to MJ Phyllis!
Not THE Phyllis from the Ejh archives??!! What an amazing voice you have, and what a beautiful song to introduce yourself with. Excellent post!!
Neil
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phyllomania said 4607 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Thanks for the warm welcome
Neil, and I hope I can live up to myself. AFTER I've posted everything that's been recorded professionally, that is.

Anyhow, glad you liked it.
Phyllis

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Feter said 4611 days ago (November 11th, 2006)
amazing !!
how your voices so wonderfull ....I m impressed
top rates ..fav ..and downloaded ...welldone
and thank you for sharing it here !!!
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futzpucker said 4611 days ago (November 11th, 2006)
So very touching
Phyllis, thank you so much for this extraordinary gift. Such beauty and purity work wonders on the soul. I feel very uplifted having listened to this lovely song.

I hope this is only the beginning of your bringing your talent to us here at this site. It's wonderful to have you here.
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Cori Ander said 4611 days ago (November 11th, 2006)
Mmmm..
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm..
mmmmmmmm..

mmmm.. mmmmmmm .. Mmmmmmm

.. oh, sorry .. that's just me enjoying ..
.. wonderful ..

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ...

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Ed_Moran said 4611 days ago (November 11th, 2006)
Bravo
Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ed
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said 4611 days ago (November 11th, 2006)
Phyllomania is here...
Another wave of the Boston music invasion. And this one, this song... so beautiful. Phyllis, I just love what I am hearing. You easily capture and equal, with your vocal harmonies, the rich texture of singing one can hear in the first CS&N album (easily one of my all-time favs). I want to dwell and pause at each moment of song in this hymn... so rich and warm.

Welcome.
perceptualvortex said 4611 days ago (November 11th, 2006)
Woah
Welcome to MacJams, Phyllis. What a stellar song, really beautiful singing! You sound great, and the harmonizing is really sweet.
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Scott Carmichael said 4611 days ago (November 11th, 2006)
the sounds that your true heart knows
work soooo well for me... this took me to another place... I love the movement inside the chord... and what a wonderful voice you have... like a compass you aimed my heart to true north

outstanding... welcome Phyllis
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said 4610 days ago (November 12th, 2006)
This song...
soaks me like rain nourishes nature. Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
RickW said 4610 days ago (November 12th, 2006)
I sympathize with you;
I, too, have a slow dialup. However, that didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying your lovely song. You have an awesome voice and a whole lot of talent. Welcome to MacJams, and thank you Ed for bringing Phyllis to us.

God bless,

Rick

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Scorpjammer said 4609 days ago (November 12th, 2006)
This is...
..AMAZING and sung with such GRACE!

I was kinda hoping to hear Garrison Keillor follow with one of his Lake Wobegon tales. This is worthy of one his stage performances.

I think he should hear this.

10s/fan/keeper

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Vic Holman said 4609 days ago (November 12th, 2006)
i listened to this morning
and was impressed. and your voice seemed familiar. when ed pointed out that your the phyllis on his song postings. it made sense. there are so few female singers here (they are all great) so it is blessing to have you aboard. i hope ed didn't twist your arm to hard.
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slide said 4609 days ago (November 13th, 2006)
hey!....
....a very good voice you got there....acts like a electric heater for me here this winter day....yummie!


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composerclark said 4608 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Amazing
There's no amount of production that can match the emotional power of a good voice, as this shows, and when the other voices begin to blend with yours, well, it's just sublime.

Just one question: Did you record this singing together, or one voice at a time? The way you start and finish each phrase so perfectly in sync with one another makes me think it must have been recorded with the three of you singing together with lots of eye contact, but the perfection of the sound and intonation makes me wonder if you somehow did this seperately. Either way, it's astounding.
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phyllomania said 4607 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
We sang it...
together, having tried the overdub route and found we just couldn't get the consonants to end up in the same places. Plus, we were used to performing it together, so we decided to just go for it and sang our little hearts out right there in the studio.

And then we loaded on the reverb, which seemed to work just fine.

I used to think it sounded way too wet, but every time I hear it, that just doesn't stick out at all, so I've conceded that my bandmates and were right, and there's just nothing new there!

Thanks for your comments. Glad you liked it.
Phyllis

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slide said 4608 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Hey, phyllomania....
...I left you a note :-)
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FEEL said 4608 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
What a treat
This is beautiful... thanks for sharing... such a treat.
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Pete_NB said 4608 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Delicious!
What a full sound for an a capella song. You have tone all day long and your harmony partners really compelement you. Wonderful song.

Thanks Ed for letting me know about this fine piece.
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Magritte said 4607 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Perfectly beautiful.
I don't even know what else to say.
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ValleyPastor said 4607 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Thanks
After what has been probably the most difficult week-an-a-half for me in 26 years of church work I stumbled upon this. I needed that!
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Batoosie said 4606 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
This is magnificent
What I wouldn't give to be able to harmonize like that. Amazing song.
falzaabi said 4606 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
wow
what we have her, super star in the making
wow,i love it
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said 4606 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Beautiful
outstanding!
said 4606 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
Sent
Sent to heaven and am reticent to return.
bug67 said 4606 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
...
I am speechless!
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blaky smith said 4606 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
Excellent...
Really a very nice voice. Such a good performance with no instruments other than the vocals ! Delighted...
Marc
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Mcboy said 4606 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
truly
awe inspiring................
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said 4605 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
Beautiful!!!
45 with a bullet!
drop dead gorgious voice and great song.
Harmony very nice.
mvh9591 said 4605 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
Awesome----
Phyllis, Brian and Brice, You sound great together. "Lightness for the road" we all need. I appreciate and feel this prayer as do many I'm sure. You all did a fantastic job and I think you for sharing.

mvh : )
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j2morrow said 4598 days ago (November 24th, 2006)
Pure
Wow, Phyllis, a song as pure as sunlight. And your voice sounds just as pure. Terrific job. Thanks for posting this. It's going straight to my iPod.
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prof_parent said 4593 days ago (November 29th, 2006)
Thank you
for the gift of this song.
I. Spike said 4541 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
Moved...
Beautiful.
The nature of the voice evokes the most intense movements of the heart..
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Ibstrat said 4329 days ago (August 19th, 2007)
Wonderful
This is really fantastic.The lyrics,your voice,the harmonies-please post up some more music!
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867-5309 said 3315 days ago (May 30th, 2010)
hey
I like the vocals here !
A very expressive tune . . .
So plush it is . . .
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lyzak said 2878 days ago (August 10th, 2011)
a little late with comment, I know but..
Soul soothing. Wow!
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Les_Kloo said 2877 days ago (August 11th, 2011)
Singer's prayer
One of the finest vocal performances I've heard at MJ. The talent hidden away here is daunting. By "hidden," I mean that you so rarely post. Please post more. This is not "my style" of music (and I wish I could sing), but I love to listen to it. Fantastic.
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Name: Phyllis Capanna
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phyllomania, which means, leaves growing in unusual numbers or places, is a singer and songwriter, formerly of the Cambridge (MA) scene. She wrote her first song, Crazy Kid, at age 11, on the piano. She has played piano ever since and has recently... [see more]

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