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HYPNOTIZED (outlier/j2morrow)


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I could tell right away that Brian (Outlier) was an amazing guitarist, which was great because that's not my strength. Neither of us, however, could decide just how to start our collaboration. At one point I sent him a song I'd been working on to see if he could contribute his guitar expertise to it. Meanwhile, I visited his page here at MacJams and downloaded all of his posts.

I took them into Garageband and fiddled around with them. The two that I liked most were short guitar exercises: "STX Snowball" and "How I Waste My Time." I especially liked "How I Waste My Time" and began editing it a bit to see if I could extend it into a full song. Things quickly began to click. I started ad-libbing lyrics and came up with the "You've got me hypnotized" idea. I added a touch of lead in a couple of places, added bass, some keyboards in the third verse and a couple of drum loops.

Brian seemed dubious about the idea at first because, to him, "How I Waste My Time" was "just a random collection" of guitar licks and not meant as the start of a song. But to me it had the core ingredients of a fresh approach to a song. And after a few listens to a demo I sent to him, he could also see the potential. For those of you interested, Brian's initial post can be found HERE.

I rewrote part of the lyrics and did a final vocal. This isn't my usual style (mainly because I can't play like Brian) but I think you can tell from my vocals that I had fun singing this.

It was a real pleasure working with Brian on this project and both he and I hope you enjoy "Hypnotized." --JT
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HYPNOTIZED

I've been hypnotized.
When I look into your eyes
there's no hope for me,
I am hypnotized.
Yeah, a prisoner of your lies.
I can't see past your disguise,
'cause you got me hypnotized.

There's nothing sentimental in
the way you look at me.
And you're no angel when you smile,
you're overcome by gravity.
I've given up on not giving in
when you call to me
'cause I've been hypnotized.
You've got me lost in your lies.
Oh, baby, I've been baptized
into the magic of your eyes.

Oh, this fate I can't escape;
I feel my will evaporate.
I look at you and lose control;
I look at you and lose my soul.

You flirt with me then hurt me,
baby, you kiss, then reprimand.
From your lip gloss, you tease and boss
then you smile and lick my hand.
Oh, I've given up on not giving in;
I'm kneeling in quicksand.
'Cause I've been hypnotized.
Oh yeah, you're some kind of prize.
I know this path, it's not wise.
But, baby, you got me hypnotized.
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Uploaded: Feb 17, 2007 - 11:45:51 AM
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2007 - 11:51:13 AM Last Played: Jan 17, 2019 - 10:14:52 AM
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Comments
Random said 4510 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
"Dig it baby...."
I love the diversity we're getting!
This is again different and interesting from everything else that has been posted so far.
It sounds like you both had an excellent time in coming up with this.

Robin Trower meets the UK in a dark alley filled with plastic furniture, where upon they all stumble into a lounge filled with lizards and cats..... They all hiss. "Dig it baby...."
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I. Spike said 4510 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
Hey, that's my line...
It's weird how much Random sounds like I was talking....
Excellent work my friends!
Ciao!
I. Spike
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j2morrow said 4510 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
Yep
This is a musical direction I never would have tried without Outlier's awesome guitar work. When I signed up for this I was hoping it would lead down avenues I hadn't traveled before and that's exactly what it did. So, thanks for the Random Collaboration idea, I.Spike. I enjoyed being a part of this.

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
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I. Spike said 4510 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
Excellent...
Right on brotha!
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SmokeyVW said 4510 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
this really works!
this really works! i dig the contrasting sections, and especially the interplay of the vocal and guitar. it builds up a tension that supports the lyrics just right.

thanks

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j2morrow said 4505 days ago (February 22nd, 2007)
Hi Smokey
Yeah, I never would have sat down and tried to structure a song like this--wouldn't think it would work--but somehow it holds together nicely. The majority of this song's success is Brian's doing but thanks for your comment on my vocals. I'm usually a bit reserved in my singing but I knew this would only work if I gave it a soulful rendition. It sure was fun to sing.
All the best!

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
Alannah said 4510 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
Hints ....
.. of Jefferson Airplane .. meets ... the Doors ... meets Joe Satriani ... meets Santana ... wow all the elements were here. A mini-"concert" all rolled up into one song. I liked the vocals - just enough melancholy.
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j2morrow said 4505 days ago (February 22nd, 2007)
Thanks, Alannah
I sure hope Brian reads this. It'll blow his mind.
And thanks for your comment on my vocals. Nice to hear I caught the right tone.
Peace.

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
Vic Holman said 4509 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
ch ch ch changes
liked the back and forth themes all tied togther. excellent composition, i was hypnotized to see what would come next. i hope that didn't sound like a lame gene shallet review. really enjoyed!
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j2morrow said 4505 days ago (February 22nd, 2007)
Thanks, Vic
It's always nice to hear from you. Yeah, it seems to swing from rock to soul and back again, doesn't it? So glad you enjoyed the song.

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
ktb said 4509 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
theatrical bound
I think alannah nailed it. Its great in that it covers so much ground. Almost zappa at points. I could see this is in a Rock Opera. Very cool, Bravo!
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j2morrow said 4505 days ago (February 22nd, 2007)
Mercy!
Wow, Zappa, huh? Thanks, I consider that high praise. I think I'll leave the theater to Tobin, however. Many thanks for your comments.
All the best!

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
peacepiano said 4509 days ago (February 18th, 2007)
Hooked...
...right from the first guitar chord. Great job!
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j2morrow said 4505 days ago (February 22nd, 2007)
Thanks, Bill
Glad you enjoyed our collaboration. I appreciate you stopping by to listen and comment.

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
MissChaos said 4509 days ago (February 18th, 2007)
hypnotizing, indeed
Great, great, great! I love the description you wrote; gives us the whole perspective on how you approached this. It's got a very story-teller feeling. I love the warm tone of the guitar and vocals. They blend quite well. Well done!
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j2morrow said 4505 days ago (February 22nd, 2007)
Wow, thanks, Miss Chaos
I'm a big fan of your songs so the fact that you enjoyed this effort by Brian and me means a lot. Thanks so much for stopping by to listen and comment.
Peace

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
said 4509 days ago (February 18th, 2007)
Rock Opera
This is really amazing! Practically the whole history of prog all wrapped up in one neat little package. Your approach to this was very clever, too. High theatre; top flight work!
j2morrow said 4505 days ago (February 22nd, 2007)
Thanks, Sonny Jim
Mercy, another Rock Opera comment! I'm stunned. I'm glad I pursued this song; I had serious doubts in the beginning that I could make it work. But it's really gratifying to hear such generous comments from you and others. As I've mentioned before, though, most of the praise belongs to Brian (Outlier) because without his terrific guitar piece, none of this would have happened.
Thanks for listening.

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
reginazernay said 4506 days ago (February 21st, 2007)
"You're no angel when you smile"
That's a great line. My favorite things about this song are the guitar work and the lyrics. I like the background about how the song was created - what a cool way to put a song together, Random collaboration rocks!

-Regina
j2morrow said 4505 days ago (February 22nd, 2007)
Thanks, Regina
Yeah, we owe I.Spike a lot for coming up with this whole idea. Can't wait till we do it again. Love your singing, by the way, and I'm looking forward to hearing a lot more from you. Thanks for stopping by to listen and comment.

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
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