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This is a 3.5 minute spoken word piece that recounts the futile communication between a soldier and his wife. This is not a political song, but a glimpse into a family trying to endure.

I had written the words after listening to Expansion by Obstructions. Dave graciously let me use it for the 2nd part, and he also created the electronic backing for the 1st part.

Amagi added extra war sounds with his genius electric guitar and piano. I don’t know how Mike got war planes abd bombs out of his piano, but he did, and they sound real.

I added a viola track. Can you pick out the 3 hidden song snippets in there? When I played this for my daughter, she said “Eww, that’s creepy!” And it is.
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The Last Great War

From the battlefield:

I miss you.
You and the kids are constantly on my mind.

Been here a week and it’s bad, real bad
We’re in the middle of it,
and no one’s gonna win
I’m writing in a hurry,
don’t know if you’ll get this
Sergeant tells us the mail
might not go out anymore
Supply trucks can’t get in;
roads have turned to rubble

Fighting is fierce,
rocket launchings everywhere
Bunker got blown up,
we lost half the platoon
God spared me this time;
but it looks real grim
Rumors goin around it’s turned nuclear
Oh God Oh, God Oh God Oh God
What have we done?

I can’t write anymore, we gotta move out
Gotta find a place to hide from all this
I miss you, baby
Kiss the kids for me…

From the basement:

When you went away to fight
in the Last Great War,
I did my best to hide my tears
from the children
Now….. I openly cry

The bombs have fallen on every major city
The children need comfort
I tell them that everything will be OK
But nothing will ever…be OK again

I protect them as best I can
But the fallout comes drifting down
from the sky like some evil snow
It is only a matter of time

How I wish you were here to hold me!
I cannot bear the thought of watching
our children…die
I watch them sleeping,
and all I can do now is wait-
wait ,and pray

I write down these words,
in the vain hopes that someday,
When the Earth is once again made new
Someone might read my words and know that we had love We had love,
and that will always…. remain

My tears fall,
and my hand trembles as I write
Even as the very foundations of the Earth.. are shaking.

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Uploaded: Jun 15, 2007 - 04:23:07 PM
Last Updated: Jun 15, 2007 - 06:50:04 PM Last Played: Apr 01, 2019 - 03:34:59 PM
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Hardware:
Roxylee- mic
Amagi- electric guitar, piano
Obstructions- electronic generator
Software:
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said 4393 days ago (June 15th, 2007)
Nice mix Rox!
A clarification:

The "planes" in the middle are not my piano but my electric guitar.

The "bombs" are single drum kicks tacked on to the end of the piano track I provided for dark ambience.

A chilling piece.

Be well!


Roxylee said 4392 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
Hey, Mike!
Thank you for being brave enough to add to the creepiness in this. About the planes... I was referring to the low droning sound in the piano track. Sure sounds like distant planes to me! Very effect5ive, however you did it!

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Obstructions said 4393 days ago (June 15th, 2007)
woah
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Roxylee said 4392 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
I think that means
you like it? <G> Thank you, Dave, for letting me use your compositions for the backing tracks. They are very....electrifying. :-)

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Feter said 4392 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
The Last Great War
this is absolutly impressive Roxy
I dont know how you could imagen such moments
this so creative and sensational passionate
feelings ..when I read some lines I was
like (jee who says that ? ) .. your voice
and readings certainly very moving .
sure a real Bow for the background music
that was awesome ..!!

purple haze ? what do you suggest to
stick my ears with after this ?

I migth go "watch" to CSN&Y (Down by the river )

peace !
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Roxylee said 4392 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
Hi, Feter!
Thank you for listening and for your gracious comment I thought of you and what it must be like to live over there when doing this one. After listening to this, I wouldn't play _Down by the River;_, I'd play _Our House_- it's much happier!

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Feter said 4392 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
good call !!
Indeed this is much happier ..and give more hope

peace !
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Peter Bauckham said 4392 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
Gosh!
This is really creepy and not for the faint-hearted. Roxylee, your spoken word is amazing especially when combined with that backdrop Quite terrifing piece.

Excellent work.

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Roxylee said 4392 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
Yeah, sometimes
I write stuff fort shock value. In _A Matter of Choice_ I depicted something that could really happen, and it's the same for this one. I think the younger generation especially has been desensitized after countless hours of movie and video game violence and war has become someone else's problem, not something that affects us all. This is creepy, but like they say, war is hell... Thank you for stopping by. :-)

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said 4392 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
Cool!
Good stuff, reminds me of an American Prayer
Roxylee said 4391 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
Thanks for stopping by, Tom
I've not heard of the American Prayer, but will go look it up. Thanbks! :-)

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said 4388 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
Yes please do!
it was released in 1978, its a poetry cd by Jim Morrison and the Doors, most excellent cd to own, perhaps one of my top 10 albums of all time....everybody should check out that little known gem!

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drakonis said 4391 days ago (June 17th, 2007)
as always...
Roxylee, you do such a great job writing heart-wrenching stuff. I'll admit that although your READING of this might be a little better done (in a few short places, it sounds like you are reading it, and it loses a little impact... but not much, and 95% of your reading is EXCELLENT... very hard to critique this, as I could not do anything this powerful.) The backing music is very well thought out and sculpted around the story... kudos to Obstructions(D) and Amagi(M), wow, great and apropos sfx! Overall, this does its job of making me sick to my stomach and paranoid and angry-for-peace. Very effective powerful triumvirate... glad you're using your power for good! :-) Now I have to dig out my old VHS tape of the Bakshi movie "Wizards" and watch it again.
ttfn,
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Roxylee said 4391 days ago (June 17th, 2007)
Well, thank you, Drak!
I'm glad it worked, as I was going for emotional impact. I'm sorry it worked so well as to make you sick, though. ;-) Did you happen to catch the 3 hidden song snippets in the viola section? (not that I'm asking you to listen to this again) <G> Yeah, I shouldn't have messed with the vox track so much- as M pointed out, it had more impact the first time around. I just had to use the new mic- oh, well, live and learn! The guys did a great job of making the soundtrack- thank you, Dave and Mike! :-)

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GeorgeLikesMusic said 4389 days ago (June 19th, 2007)
mmm
I love the music in the background. It portrays the mood nicely. But I think it would've been more effective if you used a man for the soldier.
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Roxylee said 4388 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
I agree
Oh, I tried, I tried. I asked 4 guys and they didn't want to do it for various reasons. I could have kept asking, but decided to just go ahead and post it. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

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said 4386 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
Sorry...
...for wimping out on you Rox. I probably should have gone ahead with it even if I did sound a bit stilted. Oh well...We'll get em next time!

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Cori Ander said 4388 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
Roxylee
Best Roxylee,

This is the strongest plea for peace I've ever heard in my whole life.
This touched me so deep!
And yes, creepy is the word!

I predict and hope that this track will be widespread.
I hope to be able to hear it on radio stations soon.
Not only here but all over the english speaking world.
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Roxylee said 4388 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
Wow, Cori!
I'm glad this touched you so deeply, even if it was so creepy. The music was too perfect to not write this story to it. War is all too personal for people who deal with the fighting on a daily basis, but many of us tend to not think about how it affects other countries, since we have been relatively free from the effects. It could very well happen to us on a grand scale, and I wanted to write something to express this. Thank you for your incredibly encouraging comment! :-)

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lavalamp said 4388 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
Scary
Appreciate the imagery that you used for this poem.
Very straight forward and frightening.
Makes me remember growing up in the Cold War and how we may have forgotten that type of threat.
Enjoyed is not the right word. Respect is better

P.S. Need a better explosion at the end.
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Roxylee said 4388 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
Thank you :-)
Yes, I remember the Cold War days in elementary school, when the sirens would go off and we had to hide under our desks. I had no idea what that meant in the 1st grade. I purposely kept that last sound, as to me it was even better than a regular bomb sound. It is electronic, so to me, at least, it conjuring up pictures of what happens to our atoms in an atomic blast. Ewww... I need to go write something...happy now. <G>

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thetiler said 4388 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
Quite a production
Nice Roxy, a sad tune that you have to wonder if Iran isn't a build up to. Or Korea, but I sure don't have a crystal ball.

Hey thanks for sharing this very sad but a warning type of tune.

Nice effects or should I say sobering effects.
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Roxylee said 4388 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
Thank you, Bill
Yes, it is very sobering and I pray it can be prevented. Thank you for stopping by to listen to this, even though it's a sad one

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bud said 4387 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
Remarkable piece Roxy
you manage to convey the message and the emotion of this tale with just the right amount of passion. Very creative and disturbing. Kudos to Dave and Mike as well.
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Roxylee said 4387 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
Thank you, Bud
The backing makes this one. Thank you for checking this out, and many thanks to Dave and Mike for the instrumentation.:-)

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ceilidh said 4387 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
wow...
i had goose bumps like oranges throughout all your poem roxylee. wow.... beautifully played, read. brilliant adumbration of war with all the bombs, explosions, planes etc. fantastic guys. and i don' t mind even little, hearing female voice saying male part. it actually didn't cross my mind at all, that it is something disturbing or maybe not as suitable as if there was a male voice... wow again. (goose bumps still there!)
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Roxylee said 4387 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
Thank you, Ceilidh
My intention was to cause goose bumps, and I'm glad it worked. If you want to hear the other creepy thing I wrote, check out a Matter of Choice. But you probably want to listen to happy songs for a while before that. <G>

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Reinholt56 said 4387 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
Very effective.....
The narration and the backing music/effects seemed to fit together perfectly.

The production seemed excellent.

This could be any time from the mid nineteen forties to today. The only dated bit was the 'Rising Sun' image. It sort of set the tone, but then the image must be a generalised image, not specific to the narration, because things didn't happen like that in that theatre (of war).

When I've recovered enough I'll listen again to try to identify the hidden tunes. I couldn't concentrate on the narration AND the backing themes. Well not properly.

Take care.

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Roxylee said 4387 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
Hidden song snippets
Thank you for mentioning them- I wonder if anyone else has trierd to pick them out. There are three, and hearing them will give the story more impact, imo. Thank you for listening, as hard as it is to take that all in, and for your thoughtful comments. Oh- the art was done by Dave. :-)

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said 4386 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
Don't feel bad man...
I played on the piece and I couldn't find them. But then, I never could find Waldo either! Ha ha...

Peace!

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Roxylee said 4386 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
You crack me up!
OK, the embedded song snips are: Jesus Loves Me, Softky and Tenderly, and Rockabye, Baby.

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TeresaV said 4386 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
Hi mommy!!
I had to register on macjams just to hear your work, because I never hear of it any other way! This piece scared the crap outta me. As if I'm not afraid of death enough...

It made me cry,you have extreme talent, to be able to draw that kind of emotion out in people. I wish you could have gotten a man to read the beginning too, what a bunch of scaredy-cats!
said 4386 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
Owww!
Boy, now I really wish I had read the male part! Anyway, welcome aboard Teresa...

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Roxylee said 4386 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
LOL
My reply to you disappeared, and my reply to my daughter showed up under your comment. Weird...

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TeresaV said 4385 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
Thanks!
Thanks for making me feel welcome!

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Roxylee said 4386 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
Heeheehee
Welcome, my baby. I'm so happy that you've joined MacJams! I read your bio and want everyone to know you can sing very well, you're just shy to sing in fronot of others. But jes you wait, i'll get you into the studio to do a duet with me. You need a song on your page!! Sorry this thing scared you so bad, but we're living in scary times. So when are you coming over here to try out the new mic? ;-)

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TeresaV said 4386 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
Thanks, but no thanks
I only sing when I'm alone in the car, and I CANNOT carry a tune to save my life!!

We'll see...
;)

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musichead said 4386 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
bombs
The bombs sound like mortar rounds from WWI.
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Roxylee said 4386 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
Bombs
Yeh, we wanted this to evoke images in all age groups, and the big one is still in everyone's mind. Thank you for stopping by. :-)

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SmokeyVW said 4385 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
fantastically frightening
i tend to forget that lots of people didn't live through the Cold War - they have not a clue what fear of the final conflagration was like for some of us "older" folks.

to reduce the risk of war - people need to remove war from the abstract realm into the concrete realm. this song does that very well.

i used to have recurring dreams, and even daytime false-memories, of large explosions. that's all, just incredibly large explosions. haunted me all through the 80's.

this song reminded me of a song "When Angels Fall" in an abstract way.

i must agree, a male voice would've been even stronger - but this version is way powerful anyway! the obvious male voice would be "a kid" 19 years old - but even more sinister would be to choose a 30 year old male - that would harken back to WWII and how everyone had gotten drafted into/enlisted in the war... anyway, i just blathering now.

this is the best anti-war piece i've heard in quite some time. wow.

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Roxylee said 4384 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Wow back atcha, Bill
I just listened to your war story. I think I've created a monster. <G> Thank you for your thought provoking comment. Yes, we who gre up with air raid practice in grade school carry the false memories of the bombs. Grownups told us gruesome stories of what would probably happen any day now, and we were too little to understand any of it. I still have a vivid memory of my dear but unwise grampa describing what an atom bomb does to people. I was about 6 years old at the time. I'm glad your nightmares have ceased. :-)-

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jasongreen said 4382 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
poor you
i understand what you are trying to do, but i'm not going to understand you.
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Roxylee said 4382 days ago (June 26th, 2007)
That's OK, Jason
I'm sure other people don't understand me, either. Just ask my kids if they understand me. <G> Thank you for having a listen , anyhow. :-)

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Moviz said 4376 days ago (July 2nd, 2007)
Wonderful
words and the voice is terific. Very authentic sounding indeed and I should know, since I'm old enough to remember the sounds of the last war. The only thing missing was the horrible haunting sounds of the air-raid sirens, which still terrify me whenever I hear them in a movie. Thanks for this thought provoking piece, M
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Roxylee said 4375 days ago (July 2nd, 2007)
Many thanks, Maurice
Oh, yes, how could I have forgotten the air raid sirens? I guess the early warning system must have been knocked out by then. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. i just listened to your spoken word piece- very nice! :-)

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said 4374 days ago (July 4th, 2007)
EFFECTIVE with BOMB BACKGROUND
Very effective poem ..
Your voice is really act what you're saying ..
Very cool background music ..
sad one .. but i wish the peace from everything danger in this world ..
Thanks for posting .. wish to accept me as a new friend .
This is the 1st one i've heard it for yours

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Roxylee said 4373 days ago (July 4th, 2007)
Thank you, Yeman
I'm glad you stopped by to listen to my stuff. I just listened to your latest- wow, what a guitarist you are! Thank you for the nice comment, and i pray for your safety in Jordan.

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sschedra said 4122 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
Oh Man!
This is really intense. I was poking around to see what folks did with their spoken pieces as I was about to post. This is really amazing and powerful. Everything just works together and there is suspense and fear and every emotion just right there. Rox your voice is mystical in its ability. You have such a gift.
Very, very well done,
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Roxylee said 4122 days ago (March 12th, 2008)
Coming from you
this is a great compliment. Thank you. This was very chilling for me to do, but I wanted to express what war would be like to a real couple. We who don't live in the horror of war tend to not be able to relate to those who experience intense suffering on a daily basis. I tried to convey a mother's grief and a father's inability to shelter his family from annihilation. Did you catch the background hymn and children's song snippets? (Jesus Loves Me, Softly & Tenderly, Rockabye Baby) They are very subtle, but add to the chill of this piece. Thank you for checking this one out; I appreciate your feedback.
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said 4119 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
Very sad.

Hi this was very moving and so realistic as though its happening as you speak. Your spoken poetry is beautiful and clear tones thank you for sharing,
Well done guys a brilliant colab.
Peace Dee.
Roxylee said 4117 days ago (March 17th, 2008)
Thank you, Dee
Yeh, this was not a pleasant one to sit through, but here in the West, we tend to not feel what war is doing to the other side of the world, and I wanted to try to "bring it home" a bit. The musical backing was the perfect sound for this, and I appreciate Dave's skill in making it. Mike added some really effective screaming electric guitar, which made it even more effective. Thank you for coming over, Dee. :-)
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Feter said 3957 days ago (August 24th, 2008)
The Last Great War
"I openly cry" ... revesting this artfull piece
realy deep and thoughtfull ..I always enjoy reading
and acting ... what a colab ..Mike did his top psycho
here ...the eolectronic works was weird enough to
call it genious ... just moved by this !!!!
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Roxylee said 3955 days ago (August 25th, 2008)
Yes!
Mike's electronic sounds were perfect for the war story. Gave me the chills that helped me write the lyrics. Thank you for commenting, my friend. :-)
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said 3956 days ago (August 25th, 2008)
The last great war
I really like this one and enjoyed the listen.



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Calchas said 85 days ago (April 1st, 2019)
Haven't heard this...
for an "age" it seems. I do remember having a lot of fun making those war noises.

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