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Ever have one of those epic hang out sessions with your buddies, you know
what i mean, everybody relaxed and doing their own thing and the
combination of all those different attitudes and personalities just turns
into a killer good hang, the kind that you remember later when your
stressed out and your ass is dragging? That's what making this tune was, an
epic hang, everything was easy.

Craig says: Ocracoke is a special place for my family, as is Breckenridge.
As soon as i heard the basic tracks for this tune i knew it was about the
beach, about summer vacations. It has that melancholy but airy kind of
vibe that I associate with those memories.

Bob says: Everything was very easy indeed. After only reading the description of the song concept, I originally thought I'd oppose all the initial intentions to make this some 'hillbilly in the hills' tune by finding a way to introduce some unhinged electrospasmonica parts that would annoy and mystify, but when I eventually heard the song it had such a charm that I stopped thinking like a robot and got in touch with my inner boy (please guys - I'm being serious). I was soon transported to the sandy dunes of the beach with cut offs and a sun burn. The song did the same thing for me that Craig said - the mood of the tune and the lyrics were more than familiar. I can't imagine others not finding a similar connection.

Paddy says: Balancing five musicians' input is not a task for the faint hearted. When you work with guys this talented it raises your own game. I provided the basic music but Craig's lyrics took the song into new territory, expanding the slight melancholy of the tune into a real nostalgic celebration of vacations in the sunny, blurry past. Eric's additions to the bridge took what was intended as a bluegrass/mountain music 'song within a song' further into Brian Wilson territory than any of us anticipated, with spectacular success. Bob was given free reign and showed great restraint! His strings and music box serve to accentuate the song, giving it the epic feel which made it a dream to produce. Alec was last in, with his banjo, but boy did he deliver. So much so I dropped a guitar solo and intro to favour his wonderful country picking. This song is about a place I've never been, but in writing and producing this tune with these 4 remarkable guys, I feel I've been out to Ocracoke and felt the sand between my toes.

Transcontinentals personnel:

Paddy Navin: guitars, bass, drums, piano, vocals, mandolin
Craig Thomas: lead and backing vocals
Eric Van Ausdal: backing vocals
Bob Dorsey: strings, music box
Alec Mcauley: banjo

Produced by Paddy Navin, assisted by Transcontinentals
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Kicbal said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Sounds so good. Very interesting and compelling lead vox. The arrangement is really nice and flows. I think it has a sort of Pink Floyd vibe, especially the guitar and backing parts. I bit odd since the instruments would seem to have a more southern rock spin, but this is what I'm hearing. Well done.
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tempie said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
man i love the distinct way that listeners and songs meet and come to an agreement. pink floyd. i never would have guessed that! very cool, thanks for the listen and glad you liked it
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Char said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
We drove our car onto
the sand at Ocracoke. It got stuck. It wasn't my idea. While digging out, we made the acquaintance of a truckfull of locals who were rigged to pull "stupid tourists" out of the sand. They were happy to do it for the cost of a case of beer. I didn't ask how many they had pulled out of the beach. Worst sunburn we all ever had. Ferry boats, seagulls and jellyfish.
Thanks, band. :)
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tempie said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
so that was you...
at the height of tourist season those guys stay busy all day and well into the night. the most entertaining are the people who drive out with no knowledge of the tides and get stuck with the waves creeping up the beach by the minute, digging like Labradors.
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Symphony101 said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
great job
great song guys, such a great mix, joining your talents. Just wonderful.
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five_extra_arms said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Play Well With Others
I'm not too surprised that the five of us got along so well in the making of this tune. It made good sense that we should work together. I am really happy that other people are enjoying it.

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ted23 said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Really good stuff people.
Loving the vocal melody and delivery. The song had a dreamy feel to it especially with the descriptive lyrics.
A real easy listen I could happily stick on repeat. Nice flow and changes and I especially like the beach boys style moment from 3mins.
Lots of great ideas mixed well in here.
Nice one
five_extra_arms said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Vocal Melody
I agree that the vocal melody/delivery is hot stuff. Eric and Craig have pure Beach Boys instincts when it comes to those amazing vocal parts.


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Feter said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Ocracoke Electrospasmonica
Man ..what a great band ..I knew it ..you people
just great and anything will come out of you just
solid rock ...folk this is a classic ..the banjo
the vocals ..the strings ..the guitars ..just
classic ....kudos ...more more more ....thnx
alot for sharin !!!!
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five_extra_arms said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Ocracoke Electrospasmonica
Thanks Feter!

I can picture Paddy waking up in a cold sweat, trembling and in awe of himself as he says, "I want a supergroup!"

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LouDobbs said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
what a very nice collaboration! Floyd? I guess, if I were to make a comparison, the Traveling Wilburys or Tom Petty comes to mind first.

Comparisons aside, this work stands by itself as a fine keeper and original work. Very enjoyable listen now and for times to come. Thanks.

. - L
dave_b said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
I can relate to this one since I spent some summers on Ocracoke as a kid. Solid structure, lyrics steeped in Americana, lush folk rock arrangement. Excellent performances by all.
I agree with LouDobbs, I'm feeling a Willburys comparison here.
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alackbass said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
I love the jangle in those acoustic guitar. Agree with the Wilbury comparisons. It's like Dylan and Petty singing in unison. That is until Jeff Lynne took his turn at the mic. Best of all it's just a plain old good song. That's what matters.
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RAVENS said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
I've never been there, but it sounds like a cool place.

Fabulous job, considering it was a 5 person collab. I know how much work goes into that. Everything sounds wonderful, the clarity of each instrument is great, including the vocals. Congrats to all of you on one hec of a collab. Kudos to the person who did the mixing.

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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 3289 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
.. er that would be me. There are 42 tracks in there running into 6 buses and a compression master. Mixing was, um, an experience. I think the result is something to be proud of. It was great fun working with these guys and oh so easy. More to come I'm sure.
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bud said 3290 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Another super group is born here at MJ
great work guys - really has a special vibe and excellent playing and singing and blenderizing too. What a fine tune.
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jdholliday said 3289 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
okay now
you all are just raising the bar too high, knock it off! ;-)
Great job! radio ready hit! 2 thumbs up!
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fasteddie said 3289 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Man this rocks! You guys rule the internet superhighway! Good times are had by all.

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Relic67 said 3289 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
glad this old number finally got allowed into MacJams.
well, thanks for asking me aboard the pirate ship.
it was a treat to work with such an illustrious "crew".
It's an amazing song musically and lyrically. the line about the mother's kiss with lime and gin (if I heard correctly) was my favourite.
up transcontinentals!
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 3289 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
loved it
really liked this, very professional sounding, great feel, balance really good, vocals great, arrangement very very good. enjoyed it a lot cheers.
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Vic Holman said 3288 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
who are you guys?
if it wasn't for Craig's unique vocals i would never would have guessed that any of you where playing on this. how cool is that.

excellent song and performances! gave it 2 listens!
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Lennon714 said 3288 days ago (June 19th, 2010)
Great mix
You should be very proud of this mix. It's a very good song with a sweet story, told well, and great melodic elements. I'm glad I was invited for the ride!
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Bass3x said 2651 days ago (March 17th, 2012)
Ocracoke, yes a special place indeed. Nice tune here, boys!
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