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paddler

 Genre: Ballad

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Will write this later - got rush to work (-:
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Sweet Thunder

If I could write a song to change the world
I'd write it just for you
Makin up the words to show u love
Isnt easy to do
Sometimes you just wanna sail away across the stormy sea
White horses runnin free
All I ever dream of when I wake up is to find you next to me

Heavy like sweet thunder rolling
I could meet my maker
But it wouldnt be the same without your happy smile all shining
And I never want to leave your side

I could buy a car
Or own a golden palace by the sea
I could tell u how to be a star
& how to shine for me
Would it make you happy if i gave you lips that men desire
Set the world on fire
All I ever dream of when I wake up is to find you next to me

Every day you fight to live
I feel you touch the darkness
And i know that we can make it
When the walls begin to tumble
I will see the sunrise by your side

When I was a rover
Livin on the land and the sky
Everybody turned to face the sun
As they passed my by
Do u think I'm crazy if i say Ive seen eternity
Saw your soul flying free
All I ever dream of when I wake up is to find you next to me

And even if they try to break you will
Dont bow to power
Its not easy to be peaceful
We can face the turning tide
And leave together side by side

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Hits: 4482
Comments: 46
Fans: 25
Plays: 136
Downloads: 150

Uploaded: Feb 14, 2009 - 12:56:20 PM
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2009 - 12:56:20 PM Last Played: Jun 17, 2019 - 07:56:48 AM
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Comments
DWL said 3778 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Bit of an epic!
Nice build up.

Interesting textures and instrumentation. For me the vox seem to get a little lost now and again.

But a really good melody that stays with you.

Great lyrics as well - especially for Feb 14th.

Cheers

Dick
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paddler said 3777 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
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thanks dick - I did av trouble raisin the vocals above the rest - and was doin it in a rush (gotta keep up to my deadlines lol) - will have to remix it at somoe point - thanks vey much - rich
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Jarvoid said 3778 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Nice,
not my usual bag the old sentimental ballad, but hey its Valentines Day so I will take a break from being a sourpuss
and give this two big thumbs up.I like the variation as it builds up from piano and vocal to a fuller but controlled drum gtr et al.
I also like the fact that it reminds me of something which is so elusive that the originality shines thru.....if you get what I mean,it's a compliment anyway.Good one ,enjoyed it.
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paddler said 3777 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
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i did get a bit heavy on the sentiment - had run out of milk again - thank you jarvoid!
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ktb said 3778 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
the perfect
Valentines Day post. Top marks all around. The instrumentation is lush, and your vocal sounds terrific.
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Feter said 3778 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Sweet Thunder
Hey ..this is so deep ...singing so low scale is so awesome ...the vocals
work just fantastic ...ye ..the deep sound of the piano helping so much !!
very thoughtful lyrics ...loved the arrangment of all ...somehow gave me
the feel of Cat Stevens ..well done ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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paddler said 3752 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
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thank you feter!
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Jim Bouchard said 3778 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Leonard that can sing...
You're sounding a little like Leonard Cohen here but a Leonard that can sing. When the strings come in the distance you give the vocal starts to lose the vocal, but I can sort of understand why you add in the reverb there with the big refrain.

Now for the bad news: at 3:10, 4:40 and 5:20 it's most definitely distorted and you need to remix this, as it's quite a lovely song, but those parts render it unlistenable just for that reason. Just take your master level down as that's probably all it needs. It'll sound la little quiet at the start but it'll build up enough and keep the dramatic dynamic quality that the chorus has now, but it's solidly distorted in those parts. When it started I thought the overall volume was a bit loud for the basically quiet piano ballad that you set it up as.

You write such good songs. There's a note in the piano when you're singing "find you next to me" that sounds a little off to my ear, but maybe that's intentional as it's consistent. Like a major-minor modulation that gives a little sense of unease, very clever! What a nice song!
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paddler said 3777 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
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very detailed comment thanks Jim - aye its true the mixing sometimes takes up longer than the songwriting bit.i dont think turnin the master down will help much as i was definately aware stuff was distorting when i was recording it lol,but had plagued the environment with my caterwauling quite enuf by then - i must listen to leonard cohen! cheers jim - rich
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Moviz said 3778 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
I wondered
why you'd chosen to sing in such a low register initially and then I understood as the song progressed and you sang in all those other registers (not an easy thing to do). It's a great original song and sounds as though it could belong in a stage musical. Great performance Richard in all departments...... and nice to see you around again, cheers M
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paddler said 3777 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
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lol - i thote it sounded like i'd turned the pitch down at the start when i listened back to it - weird how ones voice can get lower in range as u get older - thanks Maurice! - Rich
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davisamerica said 3778 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
yes!
always such a sweet treat to have a new post from you my friend
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johnwhitehead said 3778 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Lovely
I really admire the songwriting here--lyrics, great melody, movement between parts, arrangement. Among the best I've heard so far at MJ. You have a real talent for songwriting and arranging. This really took me away, worked on a number of levels. Congrats!
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paddler said 3777 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
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Big Cheers - Rich!
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magnatone said 3778 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Sweet Thunder
What a completely lovely, rich, thoughtful and heartfelt song! A wonderful listen, thank you paddler!
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paddler said 3777 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
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Thanks!
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blaky smith said 3777 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Excellent
After several listenings this morning, I come to say I like very much what you did here, the melody is beautiful and the interpretation is perfect at all points of view, a really very good work, quite pleasant to listen. Bravo...
Marc
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paddler said 3777 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
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Thank you - Marc! All this time and I never knew you were called Marc! - Rich
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Cori Ander said 3777 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
W O W !
You know that I am an old fan of most Paddler creations .. This one is just absolutely georgeous! You've got so many styles to your bow, (so many that it is really impressing to me). Not only that, but your creations has shows such a musical creativity and depht.

I LOVE this one! Just love it!

Your MJ friend
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paddler said 3776 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
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thank you! By the way me n my fiance draank alot of wine while listening to 'sound of wood' the other night-Its a very relaxing album! Thanks Johannes
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peacepiano said 3777 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Song writer
Your song writing continues to inspire and entertain me. Glad you could find the time to put this one together. I detect a trace of Moody Blues, love the song.

Thanks
Bill
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paddler said 3776 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
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Cheers Bill!
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lengold said 3776 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
This is
a wonderful song Rich - I can really imagine this as a hit. Wonderful intricate arrangement and fabulous vocals.
It is a bit of a shame though about the distortion in the louder parts.
Cheers
Len


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paddler said 3775 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
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Cheers Len - I'm lookin at the distortion thing - well listenin to it - on headphones n speakers i dont hear any - there is a guitar in it that er is distorted by very devious means and maybe thats what it is - but it generally prob comes down to me using minimalist in terms of price and quality equipment - have never been one for investing in equipment as i sorta - i dunno if this makes any sense to anyone out there - never feel limited by shit equipment - I'd record summat on a gramphone if it ad a record button,but yeah i see how it could be polished up.I do appreciate the constructive crit - only trouble is I'm never sure wot to do bout it - i could mes around with the levels or pay to go to a studio,but i spose i dont have that much belief in the quality of the recording - only to getting some kind of message in a diary if u know wot i mean.I used to get really bored at studios waiting for people to perfect everything.. - if I was on Garageband i'd pretty much offer everything I record - out to be mixed but i fear my base levels would be already flawed - its like - if you put me in a hi-tech cutting edge studio I'd suddenly feel like i was in surgery rather than a music room.. - then again if i was more financialy successful i'd set up a jethro tull style studio in a barn somwhere lol - but i'm not a very polished person and all that expensive stuff wouldnt feel like mine till it ad a few fag burns in it.Soz dont mean to be disrespectful to those who have worked their bollocks off to get a decent set-up.

Nice Cider

Good to see u round again and a bit of facebook

- Cheers - Rich!
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lengold said 3775 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
You would
never know that you haven't spent money as your recordings always sound top notch to me, just shows how good your natural talent is. This is a wonderful song and the production is great, it's just in those couple of louder places - it probably is just a tad too much distortion on the guitar as you say. I'm really sorry if I seemed to be nitpicking, I very, very, very rarely say anything like this in comments, it's just that this is such a great song. Downloaded. Thanks.
All the best and cheers.
Len


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paddler said 3752 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
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thanks len - dont worry i dont see it as nitpicking - its all people making an effort and probably more than i am to listen to songs - just wanted to show i was taking it onboard.Best regards - Rich
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racerat said 3776 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
sap
I'm a sap for this stuff. Just love a sweet ballad. The distortion doesn't really bother me. It just sounds like the 'acoustic through a marshall' sound you do every now and again. It's just very 'paddler'! The main vox do get washed away a bit in the sea of reverb and harmonies, but I see it more as a wall of lushy-mushiness, and it kinda works really.
P
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paddler said 3752 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
haha
haha accoustic through a marshall - its worse than that i'm afraid - its a squier strat through a practise amp - would probably explain alot..but my fiances son gave it to me so i love it - thanks phil!
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sschedra said 3775 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Richard
Wonderful song full of emotions. You have such a gift for that. The production is wonderful too. I would make one suggestion. The fuzz guitar (comes in before the last verse?) came through on my speakers as high frequency distortion and did not add anything to the mix. I would change that. Everything else is magnificent. Your music is the kind that reaches right into the soul. That is so very special.
Thank you again,
Stephen
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paddler said 3752 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
thank you
i will try n work on that fuzz.nice comment thanks (-:
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Pete_NB said 3775 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Soul Tap.
It's music like this that makes people ponder the power of music. There is something new and unique here that I've never heard before. So unique in fact that even though I can't put my finger in it I'm not sure I liked it at first. But as the song progressed I realized how important the early approach was to fitting into the theme and the build up. With the second listen all my hesitancy was gone and I'm totally digging it.

Nothing new from me as far as critiques go, but this song is special enough that I feel I should reiterate. I don't know if it's the bass or a guitar but there is some serious clipping going on to the point of distraction. I'd seriously consider re-doing that part.

The other thing is the hiss you are getting out of the mic on the quiet parts at the beginning. That part is so subtle and tender that the hiss really stands out. If you listen around 1:30 you can hear the silence between the end of the vocal "...your side" and when the acoustic kicks in. Not sure what to do about it. Short of re-recording that stuff perhaps you could leave the hiss in so it doesn't sound as obvious when it comes back in.

But those are just distractions. I pointed them out because this is a really special piece of music that deserves all the attention to detail it can get.

Awesome job man, it's transcendent.

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paddler said 3752 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
thanks pete
great comments - yeah i know wot u mean about the hiss i think its prob partly the soundcard - or just a bad workman blaming his tools lol.try n ignore it (-: the constructive crit is appreciated tho - and u always take alot of time on your comments - appreciated - Rich
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SJB said 3775 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Man - this is good!
An epic master piece. One of the best things I've heard here.
Is the distortion starting at 3.03 a distorted guitar? If so i think it's a bit too over powering for this beautiful ballad. Still great though.
Cheers
Steve
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paddler said 3752 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
thanks steve
well ur not the first to mention the guitar - i certainly take on board what everyones said and will maybe try n re-record,tho probably on a diff song if i know me at all - am not very good at goin back but will try - thanks very much - Rich
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said 3775 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
yeah, you

write good songs - so I don't 'ave a critical ear to crit something smarter.

. - 'arold
kassia said 3775 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
well
right after you posted this, i was on my way out the door so downloaded to listen on the iPod. fell in love with it and listened over and over again. then i remembered i hadn't faved or commented so I came back to do so...decided to push the play button, got lost in the song and forgot to comment AGAIN. so here i am for my 3rd visit to the page and i'm on probably my 25th listen of the song. i love how you start your vocals in the lower register, then slowly layer on the higher harmonies. gorgeous piano and the guitars and drums, strings come in perfectly. just an incredible song, well structured and put together. just beautiful.
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paddler said 3752 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
thank u kassia
very positive indeed - appreciated - Rich
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Godchaser said 3769 days ago (February 24th, 2009)
Beautiful & Strong
Your God given abilities really shine bright on this post.Lots of really wonderful elements to focus in on.Lovely piece of work worthy of a second and a third earful.Thanks for sharing.
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thoddi said 3752 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
The good songs
A good melody, a good chord progression, something interesting happening along the way to keep the spark alive... You have it all.

You play your instruments so well and professional that it leaves me listening to the music instead of getting hung up on a strange sounding guitar or a mix not quite set. This is one of those good songs I'd like to play over and over again :)
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paddler said 3752 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
thanks for reading the thread thoddi
am i imagining things or are you one of the earliest macjammers around? i seem to have seen u everywhere but never quite got to know u - i must make an effort to know more.
very appreciated - Rich
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Doug Somers said 3737 days ago (March 27th, 2009)
Honest
I was trying to think of how this lovely song and your arrangement struck me and I am most touched by the authenticity you have woven through your performance here. It's a lovely tune too.

Take care Richard,
Doug
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sheilad said 3705 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
I don't like
real thunder but I sure like this "sweet thunder"! Fav'd and d/l... THANKS!
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guygrooves said 3702 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Kinda got a ....
Leonard Cohen thing going with this one. Great tune bro.
Peace
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guygrooves said 3702 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
I see Jim
Bouchard thinks so too so it's true.
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T_Being_esq said 3701 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
No Not
Leonard to happy for that. Just a pleasure to listen to. I am so Jealous. One day I might grow up enough to right a song like this.
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hackneybloke said 3479 days ago (December 10th, 2009)
sweet thunder
hey richard...just been out with len, dick, bob, chris and steve for my first macjam uk get-together. lovely crowd...len told me to listen to your stuff...so that's what i'm doing. this one's lovely; really nice intro and build...and you've got a great deep interesting voice.

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