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A classic country ballad, inspired by Beck's "Sea Change" album, which if you haven't heard it, is genius. I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, so I have a bit of the south in my blood. When I get around folks from below the Mason Dixon my drawl comes back in about 5 minutes. Fun fact: My only radio appearance (that I know of): I performed with a band called Little Debbie and the Grits on NPR once from Interlochen Music School in Michigan one summer. Apart from the drum loops, everything else is me.
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© 2006 Racerat

Turn off the neon
As the rain comes in sheets
Turn off the gas pumps
And the sign that says “Eats”
Headlights reflecting on the lines on the road
Ten miles behind him
And a thousand to go

She married a Teamster
Who lives by a code
He’s loaded with lonesome
And he carries it home

Fog drifting down
From Fallen Bear Ridge
Bluebells and moonlight
Cover the bridge
Smells grits and gravy
And a bottomless cup
At the end of this run
Is the woman he loves

He calls himself “Lucky”
He’s a king of the road
Who’s loaded with lonesome
And he carries it home
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Uploaded: Sep 27, 2007 - 02:42:13 PM
Last Updated: May 08, 2010 - 10:58:07 PM Last Played: Jul 02, 2019 - 12:38:07 AM
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Taylor 814ce acoustic guitar
Rode NT2000 mic
Fender jazz bass
drum loops from Music Tech magazine DVD
Logic Pro 7
Feter said 4348 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
cosy and warm ...good ballad my friend
great job with the guitars as well !!
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racerat said 4347 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
Thanks Feter, I appreciate a musician of your caliber stopping by. I am listening to Winterlude as I type, really amazing. I tried to keep it simple on this one. The unlimited tracks we are given in the digital realm is sometimes just too overwhelming...

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nevermine said 4345 days ago (September 30th, 2007)
about the unlimited tracks, can get a bit carried away, i like getting back to the basics sometimes and u did this well... thanks again:)

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Moviz said 4348 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
Nice, nice, nice...
pondering and smooth. Love the vocals.... so-o-o relaxing and the lyrics and song are really nice. I love the 'apparent' simplicity of your treatment, though I suspect it wasn't all that simple. Love it, and nice graphic too.Thanks for the DL, regards M
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racerat said 4347 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
Thanks for coming by Maurice. I just listened to your Summer Evening Song, a rare and beautiful piece. Love the relaxing vibe. I love your eclecticism. Thanks for listening.

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bud said 4348 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
Beautiful job Philip
definitely get the Sea Change vibe. The lyrics and your singing are wonderful - nice poetry. Sweet sounding Taylor and Fender too.
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racerat said 4347 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
Hey Bud, I recorded with a cheapo Yamaha acoustic for about 20 years and then, when I finally had the means plunked down some righteous ducets for the Taylor, I love it. Taylor makes really great acoustic guitars. Their trademarked "Expression" pickup system is incredible for it's accuracy to the un-miked sound.. Cheers.

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said 4348 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
Sweet vox. The whole thing has that dreamy, careful 'doubled' sound; there's a lot of zen in that approach, I think. I like that your vocal disappears into the ether at "At the end of this run".
Solid sound; misty means.
racerat said 4347 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
Hey Sir Jim,
Kind words from the vocal Don Juan. I kind-of tried to channel that feeling you get starting out a long road trip early in the misty Pennsylvania morning on the turnpike, winding up and down the grades in West Virginia.

The doubled guitar lead was fun to do. I'ts just the same lead duplicated and shifted a couple seconds. The simple melodic line layers onto itself and forms a hypnotic bed I kinda liked.

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said 4347 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
you know I have been listening to David Gilmores latest .THis has that kind of feel to it. You have a nice clear guitar a flawless mix to me. I like the smell grits and gravy line, since I moved to fla grits, gravy ,sausage and biscuts are some of my favorite
racerat said 4347 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
Glad you dropped by. Also happy to see you are not too comment fatigued (that was a great forum post..;-)). Biscuits and gravy are one of my favorite meals of all time. In fact I got some Jimmy Dean's in my fridge right now. Food for the soul if you ask me.

I just added to a long, old forum post of photo's "YOUR STUDIO", I'd love to see where you set your genius free. Post one!


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lengold said 4347 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
love the relaxed feel to this. Feel like I'm being gently pulled along by the song. Lovely playing, singing and very crisp and clear production.

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said 4347 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
Smooth vocals and excellent production! Nice track Philip.
echoroom said 4347 days ago (September 28th, 2007)
Clssic country
This has a lovely classic feel in the music and the lyric - a very simple homespun tale, but with very evocative imagery (bottomless cup, turn off the neon... these all carry weight and double meaning behind the descriptive way they seem to be used).
Production on this is nice and clean, but for me, the guitar stands out - great acoustic sound, and the vocals are really well placed - the reverb works really well with the harmonies, giving them a lonely, unearthly feel.

Lovely track, beautifully sung, Phillip.
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nevermine said 4345 days ago (September 30th, 2007)
sweet lullaby
....he's loaded with lonesome and he carries it home... wow cool lyrics man, nice cruisy song too... love the lingo you use from i'm guessing an american theme kinda thing... good work and thanks for sharing it, dunno how i missed it b4


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ktb said 4344 days ago (September 30th, 2007)
dreamy and warm. a first minute song, its that accesible. really enjoy the vocals. you show many different sides in this one. bravo
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djdrshaman said 4340 days ago (October 4th, 2007)
thx racer
this is the first of your pieces i've experienced - and man am i glad i came to visit. the mix is perfect - the poetry evocative and deep - the performance warm, sincere, and inviting. love the interplay between the rhythm and the picking - this spoke to me, and captured our essential plight as human beings: that we are inescapably alone in our journey towards a better understanding of the self. thx 4 ur listening to and commenting on some of my work also. peace.
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Ed Hannifin said 4336 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
There's a great line in there:
'loaded with lonesome and he carries it home"...

What's really striking in this is the tempo, which reminds me a bit of some Cowboy Junkies stuff, standing country expectations on their heads largely by being slow and easy...

This also reminds me of some of MacJammer selters' work. Hearing your voice and your vocal approach on this, I bet the two of you would do an outrageous vocal collab if you ever felt like it...

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Drew Kopr said 4296 days ago (November 18th, 2007)
Very nice
Can't beat the sound of that fender jazz...that one is definitely a keeper. I had one for years and shouldn't have sold it, but oh well. Your tune is very, very well done...nice changes, lyrics, vocals, the works. I would like to hear your vocals a little louder actually.
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racerat said 4293 days ago (November 20th, 2007)
vocal loudness
Thanks, that fender jazz is a workhorse. You can make it sound like just about anything. Yeah, I know about the vocal volume thing. I get that a lot. It's just a personal preference I guess.
I appreciate the listen. Dropping by to check out your newest stuff.
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AndeeScott said 2992 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Great tune
Love this tune feels so warm and natural. Great guitar great singing great song. Fav'ing :)
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A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. It is a rhythmic saga of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or satirical, political (affected by the previous three types mentioned, refers to either glorifying the exploits o

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