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Since I haven't contributed anything to MJ lately I thought it was time I tried to do a decent recording of this little love song. Music and most of the lyrics were written spontaneously and the original mostly sat on the hard drive for months until this morning when I decided to learn how to record again!

Playing and singing is a bit messy (the price for being out of shape, I guess) but I think you'll understand the basic sentiment of the tune. That said, I expect to re-record and refine this a bit later and do as a two part harmony.

As always, good honest feedback and suggestions are welcomed (and requested)!
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Lyrics
Once upon a day I saw this pretty girl
She met me smiling and she showed me round her world
You know I loved her then but I didn't have a clue
I just can't make it without you

Years have come and gone and troubles they been mine
Hand in hand we walk- we never crossed that line
You know I'd make it on my own, oh if I could
I just can't make it without you

Troubles that we've had would tear most love apart
Somehow we get closer you're touchin' all my heart
I never wanna be in a world without you
I just can't make it without you
Song Stats
Hits: 4207
Comments: 30
Fans: 10
Plays: 179
Downloads: 158
Votes: 5
Uploaded: Dec 09, 2007 - 04:10:19 PM
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2007 - 04:10:19 PM Last Played: Aug 07, 2018 - 08:47:37 PM
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Hardware:
Washburn acoustic, MXL 990 condenser mic, Cheap Nady mic (free with $20 mic stand), Fender medium pic, Mobilepre USB.
Software:
Garage Band
Comments
jiguma said 3904 days ago (December 9th, 2007)
Welcome back Adam!
Great to see you post a new one - and a very pleasant listen it is too. The recording, playing and singing seem right up to your previous (high) standard, and the lyrics are obviously personal and emotionally charged. No suggestions, other than keep em coming!

Neil
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aclarke said 3903 days ago (December 10th, 2007)
Thanks, Neil!
I appreciate you taking the time!
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tmcfate said 3904 days ago (December 9th, 2007)
well, well, well
look who is back. one of my first fans. and a very touching and true statement. everytthing seems solid and i am so glad to see you back
tim
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aclarke said 3903 days ago (December 10th, 2007)
Hey Tim!
I still have "Keep on Diggin'" on the ipod. One of my first favorite songs on MJ.

Glad you liked this one! As you can tell, it is somewhat personal (written for my beautiful wife). Thanks!!
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Doadars Uncle said 3903 days ago (December 10th, 2007)
Very sweet
Simple, honest, deep.

Doug
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aclarke said 3902 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Doug--
Thank you for the very kind words!
Adam
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said 3903 days ago (December 10th, 2007)
still
got the magic, brother... and sometimes the out of sorts vibe sells the song better than the polished rehearsed versions.
Allen
aclarke said 3902 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
I'd like to say
it wasn't rehearsed...but... I was trying to do just one continuous take and succeeded... on about the 12th try! So I guess that counts as rehearsed somewhat! While I like the vibe I'll still likely redo to add the harmony I hear and based on Harold's suggestion below maybe even a little simple harp. In any case I don't plan to overdo it- for me, simple is best. I leave the complex stuff to others!

Thanks!
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FEEL said 3903 days ago (December 10th, 2007)
aclark trade mark
It' s been too long Adam... 'bout time we hear your voice here again. Nice little tune to boot. Thanks for sharing.

John
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aclarke said 3898 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Good to be back!
Decided it was time to crawl out from under the rock and become a contributing member of this little society we have here.

Thanks for the listen John! Glad you're still around too!
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said 3903 days ago (December 10th, 2007)
Gotta say...
I love this one Adam. What a heart and soul song of love. Your voice communicates it all. Choice lyrics, sincere sentiment, and lovely guitar strumming. A keeper.

btw.... I have my own "Without You" song...
http://www.macjams.com/song/16697
Great title for great songs, eh? LOL.

cheers,

Jack
aclarke said 3898 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Thanks, Jack
The simple ones always are my favorite! Really glad you liked this song, too!


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Ibstrat said 3903 days ago (December 10th, 2007)
I always
wanted to be able to sing like that.You put a lot of feeling in your music.Lots of emotion-just one voice and one guitar!Great song.
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said 3902 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
re-do?
Well, it's not a disappointment after so long.

Suggestions? well, who am I to do that; I thought a lightly played harmonica just after the middle would sound neat. Some light percussion, such as tapping on the front of the guitar would go well here and there.

Nice love song.

. - Harold
Feter said 3902 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Without You
I love it !! .. Donovan pickin and lines ..its all
there and its charmin and soothin ..loved your singin
to tell the truth you need a harmonica it wouild let
this feel fit ! but its all sound so cool anyhoo !!!
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damiengh said 3902 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Simply Great
This is recorded so nicely. You really make so it actually sounds like we are getting a private performance.

Nice words too. Though your thinking of expanding this one, keep a copy of this one floating, cause it stands quite ok on it's own.
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dajama said 3902 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Live vibe!
This sounds like I'm in the room with you, sipping a beer and bopping along. This is a very nice song. I love the lyrics - direct and heartfelt ("I never wanna be in a world without you" sums it up for me, I think...) - and the warmth of the vocal pulls the whole thing together. I could suggest other ways you might record it differently, but I can't think of anything that wouldn't somehow detract from the clarity of this take. Very cool. I too have been away from the mill for a while. I'm glad to be back, and I'm glad you're back too. Peace.
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Joe Brady said 3902 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
About Time, Adam!
What a treat! Good to hear you and you're sounding great. Nice pickin'; I agree with Dajama, recording feels like I'm in the same room with you. Nice tune, lyrics fall like water, nicely matched with the guitar. Don't stop now.
Joe
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Godchaser said 3902 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Sweet spontaneity.
Simply put and honestly delivered.Who can ask for anything more.Much enjoyed.

Blessings,
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davisamerica said 3902 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
right then adam
bob has nothing on u...very cool..really glad i found u tonite...thanks
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buckhorn said 3902 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Well
You did say you were a slow worker. Great sounding vox as usual. You should post more stuff. You could probably sing the phone book and it would still sound good.
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ziti said 3901 days ago (December 12th, 2007)
berry nyce
this is a radio ready song for the right artist.

really nice writing and a soulful and touchin performance....very real very nice indeed adam!!!!

deep bows

z
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lengold said 3898 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Lovely
and touching love song. I really enjoyed listening to this and the relaxed and masterful way it was executed.
Cheers
Len
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caroline said 3871 days ago (January 11th, 2008)
ooh - i've come over all
dylanish - yummy! thank you. now where did i leave that harp??
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VicDiesel said 3855 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
Spontaneity
Sometimes you can work on a piece for months and the result is so-so, and sometimes something comes out all in one piece and it's perfect. This song is in the second category. I'll believe you that it was all written quite spontaneously. Straight from the heart to the hard drive, so to speak. (I wrote "tape" at first, but no one uses that anymore.) It's simple, it's sweet, it's perfect.

Eh, since you explicitly allow suggestions, I could have done without that last verse where you vary the melody a bit. That sort of takes it from "I'm telling you how I feel" to "I'm writing a folk song".
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aclarke said 3855 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
Thanks Vic!
On the original that little bit wasn't there. For some reason I felt it needed to be longer than two minutes. I suppose sometimes it's just best to say what you want and be done. It's a great suggestion!
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said 3842 days ago (February 8th, 2008)
Thank you
Thank you

Oh this is Soooo- romantic I love it. lol

Nice guitar strumming lovely singing tone so sweet and extremely
provocative. You sound like your in love. Your lyrics are to die for.


Peace
Dee
aclarke said 3842 days ago (February 9th, 2008)
Hi Dee
Welcome to Macjams.

Yes, I am unabashedly in love (18 years).

I'm actually in the process of re-recording this for her birthday (shh, don't tell her) and will hopefully have it posted this week.

Thanks for stopping by, Dee!
Adam
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said 3830 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
Good song
I didn't knew you also have made this version of the song.... But glad that i've found it.... It's a really pretty melody and lyrics.... Sounds ralaxing... Guitar and vocals... Now i'm on the 2nd listening... It's a download....

smashdguitar said 3494 days ago (January 22nd, 2009)
wow
i just joined a few minutes ago and i'm glad i did. it's work like this that keeps me going. in one take too. excellent work, i love this song!
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