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I got me a ukulele. The result is this song. It's about a hypothetical character, a construction to illustrate certain things. In this case, it's about answers, or a lack thereof -- I remember that Cicero described memorizing a speech as mentally walking through a house and ascribing certain thoughts to certain objects. I just expanded that description to the pursuit of answers in life -- and the house is empty. This was done really fast, and I'm still getting used to the ukulele. Enjoy!
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You learnt ventriloquism
And wrote a novel ‘bout how we’re free,
You burnt syllogism,
Its bones in a hovel by the sea.

You left one morning while it
Was bright, trail paved by wine-dark leaves,
The sky was dawning in fits,
Lord knows a man is no more than what he believes.

There was a wraith of some
Past voice flitting on the water like breath,
You mused, over the tide’s granite hum
About the brittle sin of death.

When you left, the house was cold
And bare, the wood reeled into rot,
There – a prophet drowned in mould,
There – I’ve given it all, so tell me what I’ve got.

The barriers are torn down
To the ground,

The streets are brimming pale,
This is ground.

You wove windchime theologies out of smoke,
And every time the weaving broke,
An empty house when it broke.
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crissew said 3193 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
Creative
and very well done. Sounds like minstrel music to me. Really interesting lyrics. Enjoyed it!
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tf10music said 3191 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
thanks!
Glad you liked it. Your feedback is always appreciated.

Cheers
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shavingronaldscar said 3192 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
hrm...
I really like the ukelele rhythm here. However, I think you've drifted from your vocal style. Remember a while back you came out with a tune, and I said "yes, that's it, this is tf10 in his own ballpark". This is out of that ballpark. It might be a good thing, getting out there and trying to expand. You have a great feel on the ukelele, I think the challenge will be to reconcile that with your vocals.
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tf10music said 3191 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
I respectfully
disagree -- I don't think there is a particular 'vocal' that is 'me.' I prefer to constantly reinvent myself, to do what the song wants. How else do we grow?

That said, I do tend to espouse a certain aesthetic, and it is one that this song might not be espousing as obviously. It's still there, though -- at least in my opinion.

I really do appreciate the comment, though. I love your unique angle on my handiwork. Thanks so much for the feedback!
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PeterB7858 said 3192 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
Indian influence
Interesting mix of flavours in this song. The uke has a middle eastern, almost Indian sound. The lyrics are also quite interesting. Thanks for the posting. Peter
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tf10music said 3191 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
middle eastern?
cool! I did not see that one coming. Glad you dug the lyrics. Thanks for stopping by!
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papag said 3192 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
In the street
I heard you there....good stuff. Fresh and close :)
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tf10music said 3191 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
if i can
pull off 'street musician,' then my life is complete. Thanks for listening!
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hackneybloke said 3192 days ago (November 29th, 2010)
dram
nice uke riff. for me the vocal doesn't bed in properly (all the time)....and sometimes i wonder whether you know which note you're singing next...like it's an impromptu creation....like you got stoned then picked up the uke and started singing. did i tell you to lay off the drugs? on the very plus side it means that you have that immediacy that is 'you' and with a bit of practise you can develop this into something more solid. you wove windchime theologies out of smoke - brilliant line.
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tf10music said 3191 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
I am, at times
iffy about the way the first verse lays on the uke, but otherwise i thought the vocals worked alright. I may be very wrong, who knows (you probably know). I'll have you know that I am pretty sure I was sober for that (ambiguity at its finest). I am very glad you sensed spontaneity here, and that you enjoyed that line. As always, thanks for the support and thoughtful feedback!
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MarkHolbrook said 3192 days ago (November 29th, 2010)
Uk...
I got one and learned a song in Hawaii back in 1968 or so.. LOL

This is actually pretty cool and your vocals sound really good!
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tf10music said 3191 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
i wonder
what George would've done if he'd found ukulele before sitar...

anyways, glad you liked it. Thanks for the listen!
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jdholliday said 3191 days ago (November 29th, 2010)
you are a mad man!
or a genius? or a mad genius? :-)
very bold stuff you are doing here, you definitely excel at lyrics, you're musical talents seem to improve with every post, you barely pick up one instrument and you're onto the next, such a pleasure to watch and listen to your journey and to witness your growth! I imagine we'll all say one day,"we knew you when"!!
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tf10music said 3191 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
I'd go with
just plain mad, sans-genius. I am very glad you are seeing the development and that you think so highly of what I am attempting to do with this whole music thang. It's very flattering.

The ukulele, though, is hardly a new instrument. It's just a 4 string guitar tuned differently. You just adapt the scales and chords (that takes a few solid minutes of noodling), and then your new, potentially corny, folksy sound is ready to go. To get good at it. on the other hand...I haven't countenanced that.

Thanks for the support, it really means a lot.
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Moviz said 3191 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
I agree
with a lot of the commentators here, but especially with Julian about the dislocated lyrics and timing. I do think you've put a great deal of thought into those lyrics and there are some really great lines in there. I agree with the comment too, about the slight Indian influence in the sound and rhythm of the Uke I apologise for being so late with this comment regards M
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tf10music said 3185 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
thanks
for stopping by! I'm glad you like the lyrics, and I will definitely look into my timing and phrasing. The feedback is much appreciated.

Cheers!
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magnatone said 3190 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
dramatis personae
hi ben: you're really a wonderful poet. here, it feels like your lyrics overpower the music, and as has been noted previously, there's kind of a disconnect between the two. it feels a little like you're trying to cram your poetry into the music (if that makes any sense!) maybe it would be worth it for you to try a v2 on this, taking into account some of the feedback you've gotten from a few of the excellent songwriters at MJ. nice uke!
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tf10music said 3185 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
the poetry
is meh -- I don't tend to like much that I put down on paper. But I am very glad that you liked it. I know what you mean -- I definitely let the words override the music at times. I may well do some more takes. Thanks for the feedback!
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woofer3 said 3190 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Dramatis Personae
I feel there are connections and similarities here to Frank Crumit [1930's] at least in the sound department. I am also reminded of the music of Mississippi John Hurt who was a sort of halway house between folk and blues. I quite like the irregularity in meter here and there but feel that a more definate and deliberate change of time signature would be good to adopt at those points to accomodate this. Am interesting and enjoyable post.
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tf10music said 3185 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
I am not
familiar with Crumit, but there is definitely some Mississippi John Hurt influence in here. I'm really glad you liked it -- thanks for the listen!

Cheers
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guygrooves said 3188 days ago (December 2nd, 2010)
Great concept
for a song. I am impressed that you can go out and "get you a ukulele" and play it that well that fast. I am truly fascinated with your progress as a musician, songwriter and producer. This song has some serious potential and is a solid representation of folk music. Thanks for sharing this Ben.
Peace
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tf10music said 3185 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
thanks so
much for your continued support -- I appreciate it a lot. The ukulele is hardly a new instrument -- it's like playing a guitar in a different tuning -- takes a few minutes to get used to, but...

As I saidin another reply, to become GOOD at ukulele is another matter entirely...

Thanks for the listen, I'm very glad you liked it.

Cheers!
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VillageIdiot said 3187 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
Beautiful/fragile
Wonderful lyrics. Really glorious. And I like lo-fi but intense delivery. Really like your vision and the totally unresolved feeling of it all...
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tf10music said 3185 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
to be resolved
is to miss out, in my humble opinion. Anyways, very glad you enjoyed -- these are the kind of reactions I love to get. Very validating.

Thanks so much!
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egobandit said 3187 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
Oh yeah!
From the first strum I was hooked, the off tempo singing almost makes it wobble and fall over but I love all that raw in your face and stripped down, with poetry from the heart! Switched up toward the end was a nice touch!
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tf10music said 3185 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
that you were
'hooked' at all means a lot. Thanks for the listen, and I'm really glad you enjoyed!

Cheers
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Gaylen75 said 3185 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
nice
Nice collection of words. I think this poems wisdom is lost on me. Not that I doubt there is something of interest in it but I just cant conjur the genius to inturpret it. I have a lifetime of music under my belt and find it difficult to say anything regarding peoples personal efforts. You seem to believe in what you do and that is good enough for me. keep cranking them out and I shall return to hear them.
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tf10music said 3185 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
you're assuming
that the lyrics have wisdom in them -- that is arguable haha. I did have something that Cicero said in mind when I wrote them, but I'm not exactly bringing any groundbreaking ideas to the table. I do indeed believe, though -- I'm very glad that you heard it in my stuff. Thanks for listening!

Cheers!
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jiguma said 3185 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
B e n!
Before I start listening - I love what you do with words - you paint unexpected pictures and show some pretty obtuse ways of looking at things (obtuse for me is very good!).
I have to fess up that I don't like uke's much - I was given one as a retirement present by my team (a bright pink one!) and am just waiting for my granddaughter to get old enough to give it to her.
Having got that out of the way, I think you've done interesting things with it here.
Your singing is (I think I've said this before) "different". It is not going to get you a win on "American Idol" or airplay on a top 100 radio station. This is not at all a bad thing. You have individuality and feeling in there, and combined with your great words, I think you have a terrific package for interesting music-making.
I think this is yet another step upwards for you musically, and shows that you can diversify. I'll keep watching with great interest to see where you head next.
Best regards from Oz,
Neil
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tf10music said 3178 days ago (December 13th, 2010)
I do my best
with whatever instrument happens to be nearest at hand. I personally enjoy that 'on the edge of corny' sound. It's like the use of the toy piano in contemporary indie rock -- effective when used judiciously. Diversity is what I shoot for, I want to grow more than anything. Thanks for taking the time to write out your well thought out comment. It means a great deal. Take care!
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ste said 3179 days ago (December 11th, 2010)
top
lyrics.
love the ukulele sound. unusual and enjoyed
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tf10music said 3178 days ago (December 13th, 2010)
glad
you liked it! Thanks for stopping by, man.
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dantimmermans said 3172 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
Just going to be honest...
I like your passion and confidence, your lyrics are without doubt interesting, you put down excellent musical ideas, and the lo-fi aesthetic is effective and admiral. but I have to echo previous comments; your vocal melodies are often unrelated to (or at least disinterested in) the key and the rhythm of the music. I'd encourage to record this again, paying special attention to which words you stress and hold (avoid holding articles and ending phrases on the first syllables of words). anyway, I sound like a douche, keep at it man.
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tf10music said 3172 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
you don't
sound like a douche, you sound honest, and I appreciate that. How else do we improve? Criticism ought to temper creativity at every turn (one of the first poetry workshops I ever went to, a poet crossed out the first half of my poem. I was around 15, and it taught me a valuable lesson about the economy of language). So thanks for the comments, I'll definitely focus on that stuff the next time around.

Cheers
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Alannah said 3158 days ago (January 2nd, 2011)
... and then along comes me ....
... who listened and thought .. hmm this totally reminds me of an evening I had recently ... which involved a ukelele .... and I enjoyed the listen while I reminisced over my evening ....
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smokey bacon jnr said 3149 days ago (January 10th, 2011)
Interesting
combination of vocal and ukelele that should be explored further. I always associate the ukelele with the likes of George Formby - very fast strumming, so this was quite a new way of listening to it. Works well. Not sure about the singing style, but I would keep pushing it to see what might emerge. Very courageous of you!
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Jarvoid said 3141 days ago (January 18th, 2011)
The ukulele is
really very interesting and I am glad to hear it taken out of the "simply strummed" method that is usually applied (nothing wrong with that)to the little instrument.But this demonstrates the greater range of sound of which it is capable. The singing was not my cup of tea ,but that is just me and my openonion.....Perhaps a little too avant garde or "out there" for me.But uke playing, crack on dear boy ,crack on.


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TheReverendAG said 3135 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Ok
You sound like a mix between Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks and the Magnetic Fields.

Also the world needs more Ukulele.
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