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This is a song I posted a few other times. I tried to mix it better. However mixing is a more a matter of luck than skill with me and my hearing isn't what it should be. Thanks to any that bothered to comment on previous versions. Regards
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Uploaded: Jun 08, 2007 - 02:33:54 PM
Last Updated: Jun 08, 2007 - 02:33:54 PM Last Played: Jul 30, 2019 - 10:47:57 PM
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guitar, midi, harmonica, imac
said 4454 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
i'm a sucker fer Country waltz time numbers. I also like the harmonica part. Good work.
buckhorn said 4454 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
Hey Greg, havn't seen you around much, I've been more than little sketchy myself. Glad you liked it. Take it easy man.
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said 4454 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
This is the kind country I like, more of that willie nelson, cash, jennings western sound. nice!
buckhorn said 4454 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
Thanks dude.
Yea, any comparison to those guys is flattering. Im not that fond of what they play on country stations nowdays. Its over produced ,and too comercial. It doesn't strike me like the old stuff did. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comment.
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said 4454 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
I like it
Hey man, I like your sound--and I like this tune. This one is going on one of my "taking a couple hour road trip alone to get away from it all and contemplate life" mixed CDs. You know the ones I'm talking about?

Thanks for the song.


buckhorn said 4451 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
I know exactly what your talking about. Bugs on the windshield smell of wet grass in the air. Its cool to think that one of my songs might accompany that sensory experience. Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it. Regards
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michael2 said 4454 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
nice. i love this. the piano is nice and understated, the tele in the background is a nice touch, and of course as always the vocals and melodies are warm, raggedy and just what i want to hear. really love your voice in this one. i could see tom waits doing this one; it's a really good song.
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buckhorn said 4451 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
Two words
two words that are music to me...Tom Waits..... I'm sure his trash can is loaded with stuff superior to any thing I've done, but Its awfully nice to mention his name in association with one of my tunes. btw thanks for the tip on m. ward, I like what I've heard so far. Regards
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Dj French Toast said 4453 days ago (June 9th, 2007)
I was Born
In deluth minn. well hibbing actually but we lived in deluth . Love this song man . I wish your lyrics were a little more ahead in the mix but other than that sounds good : )
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buckhorn said 4451 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
Thanks man. I've tried putting the vocals more up front on other stuff, but people tend to like my voice better when they can't hear it so well. Thanks for stoppin in. Regards
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announcer said 4450 days ago (June 12th, 2007)
Still a great song
This is still a strong song with great hooks and wonderful instrumentation and playing. Just the perfect touch for the subject matter...and I still think the line "fame it can't show me the truth" is fabulous. There is a real Jimmy Buffet feel to this whole song ... and that's good. It still retains its originality however. BTW your voice is good and there is no need to hide it but you may not have quite found the microphone and effects setttings that really make your voice shine yet. This mix is good and the voice blends pretty well with the overall mix but I might have chosen a less harsh reverb effect or perhaps less of the reverb. However that is a matter of taste and the music is YOURS not mine.
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buckhorn said 4450 days ago (June 12th, 2007)
Hey man
I know exactly what you mean. I really tried to take to heart every thing you mentioned last time. However this is the same recording, because I was too lazy to re-record it. The original tracks have a really hollow sound(due to bad mic tecnique or a bad room or whatever) The reverb somewhat disguised that and made the vocals fit with the intruments better, to my ear. Its hard to work miricles when the original recording isn't so hot. Thanks for stopping by. Regards
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TobinMueller said 4439 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Solid tune - a classic
Great song. I got robbed in Duluth once. Never went back. I love country waltzes too. Excellent writing.
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buckhorn said 4436 days ago (June 26th, 2007)
I was using the town of Duluth as a symbol of a "simple life" thats how I imagined it to be, I've never been there. I know Robert Zimmerman was born there. Sorry to hear your experience in duluth was kinda complicated. Thanks for the kind words. Regards
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said 4426 days ago (July 6th, 2007)
what a great song is this ??
i was searching for country songs at MJ in the search bar ..
You were the 1st one .. coz it's the last country song till now ..
Guitar sounds great .. a real COUNTRY ..
the harmonica is very nice with this song ..
Excllent prefomence .. wish to compose someday like that .. also the vocal is fit with the music ..
Much enjoyable ..
Thanks for posting ..
wish to accept me as a new friend

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buckhorn said 4423 days ago (July 9th, 2007)
Hey Birdman
Of course I would accept your friendship, then you would be my only friend. Ha, Ha. Seriously I appreciate youyr kind words. Regards
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rjamadeus said 4425 days ago (July 7th, 2007)
yet another
great tune, it reminds me of " the lost dogs" great guitar ( tele ) sound
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buckhorn said 4423 days ago (July 9th, 2007)
Thanks Rob, I havn't heard of the lost dogs , though I often feel like one. I'll check them out. Cheers
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five_extra_arms said 4402 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
I Like Both Kinds Of Music....
Country AND Western!

You're the Kris Kristofferson of MacJams!

I'm soo glad I stumbled upon you.

Now I have to go. Got some more downloading to do!
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buckhorn said 4399 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
probably stumbled on me causes I was lying on the floor. (hey thats a good lyric)
Some day I'd like to write a song as well as Kris. Hopefully I sing as well as him now. Thanks for the words Regards
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Brian D said 4390 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
cool song
i love your voice. the song is great, too. lots of breathing room here and it suits the song. its easy to overdo an arrangement and your restraint is admirable! downloaded and saved. I must listen to your other stuff. I like your collaboration with michael2, also.

well done!
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buckhorn said 4388 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
"all together now" is my motto. I almost always overdo it. I know that, but some how I just can't help my self...... and btw Michael2 is the best. He kinda has a "I don't give a sh%#" attitude and I feel that is condusive to creativity. He's not afraid to be human. Im pretty inspired by his music and him. Thanks for the listen and comment. Regards
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Dennis James said 4384 days ago (August 17th, 2007)
Oh yes!
Like it instantly....and right through....every aspect. JUST the type of stuff I listen too when drunk!!!! And it is a good feeling....and, believe me, a compliment.

An' I'm sober right now!
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sloparts said 4341 days ago (September 28th, 2007)
Very nice work Mathew
I love the feel of this song. It just seems to flow gracefully from moment to moment. It's a great song with a lot of potential.

I listened to it on a set of AKG K240 studio headphones and I noticed several things I thing would help it be even better.

Bring the vocal up in the mix 2 or 3db so it stands out and demands the attention of the listener.

You have some exceptional guitar work on this piece and the harmonica sounds great. The only thing is the guitars are sometimes covering up the vocal and harmony tracks. In a song like this that's the best way to lose your audience. Now it may be that bringing up the vocal will fix that, but if it doesn't then some minor tweaking of the rhythm and lead track will fix it.

Before you take my advice keep in mind that I'm a little hard of hearing and was wearing a hearing aide so you might want to get a second opinion or at the very least listen to it yourself with what I've said in mind and see if I might be right.

All in all a great piece of song writing and beautiful vocal and harmony parts. It deserves the best mix it can get. Please accept my comments in the spirit they are meant. They are offered in friendship Matthew.


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buckhorn said 4336 days ago (October 4th, 2007)
Hi Ed!
Thanks for the kind words and words of advice. Any tips on mixing are well appreciated. I carefully consider all advice on mixing because I am a green horn in that area. I can only say that pushing back the harmony and mixing the vocal the way I did was a concious decision. ( vocals always sound too loud to me when I listen to stuff on the radio) Of course I'd like my music to be accessable, but I suppose I aim to please my self first. I doudt I'll everhave the time to remix this , because I have too many other irons in the fire. Writing and recording are more fun for me than tweaking levels and such. And my main purpose is to have fun. :) Thanks again, Regards
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guitapick said 4296 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
Helluva tune, buckhorn...
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sngwrtr said 4112 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
This is an interesting song. There's much to be enjoyed and admired. I would have liked an opportunity to study the lyrics as I'm not quite sure where the heart of this song is ... and is it me or is "Sober In Duluth" not mentioned anywhere in the song? I heard a reference to being sober and, of course, heard about Duluth, but not the two in sync. Curious choice of title given that ...

All in all, I really couldn't quite tell what the message was (if in fact there is one) and that left me feeling less enamored of the song than I might otherwise have. Musically, I really enjoyed it.

Good stuff!
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buckhorn said 4110 days ago (May 17th, 2008)
Hey Dude.
The line goes like this..."I could have got high on some groovy new potion instead I'm sober in duluth, cuz money and cars can't play my guitars and fame it can't show me the truth".... as I said above the town of duluth is a metaphor for a simple life. Id rather not go deeper into the message, for me personally.. when I study and learn a song too well, It often loses all the mystery....I really appreciate your words. Regards
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rustykangaroo said 4109 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
this a great showcase of talent
i don't know call me crazy but the mix is not perfect but their is a cool vibe in the way it turned out. i like the song the meter in the lyrics is done really well. you really have it down like a pro. i had no problems with catching the meaning. the style is country but the mix and your vocals are something else.... maybe its the absence of an accent.i don't care for country with over exagerrated accents anyway. your vocals are great, real smooth and genuine. i didn't notice you out of key even for a second and i've listened to it a few times. good job. all of my father's family are from duluth and its beautiful up there, at least in the summer when i've visited. this track is smooth it sounds like you really put some time and T>L>C> into it.
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buckhorn said 4108 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
Big boots,Big Hat, no cattle.
Thanks Rusty, I guess, Id call my self alternative/folk, whatever that is.......when I first started posting songs here
I had all the tracks at top dead center, a.m. radio style. Im only slightly less ignorant about mixing now. I appreciate the
comment about the vocals, It means a lot coming from a top notch vocal stylist like your self. Regards
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johnwhitehead said 3686 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
You got it, brother. The soul of songwriter and balladeer. Love the lazy alt-country, "no-ones' tryin-to-hard cuz-we-dont'-have-to feel. Really
nice images and pleasing vocals. Excellent song.
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