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No Road


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mrattue

 Genre: Ballad

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This is a song i wrote recently about the strange divergence between where we want to go and where we end up going! As such, i thought it might be appropriate for this time of year, when we like to map out the months ahead, and make resolutions about our behaviour (very few of which last more than a few days!)

The way of peace and love that Christmas exemplifies, though the best road, is actually an impossible one (at least for me!), and therefore, not really a road at all in the sense that it is not used to convey anything! Nevertheless, even with foreknowledge of failure, we step out bravely again, full of hope, knowing that the one who points the good way is always with us.
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No Road




Mad am i, where there is no road,
To walk this way today,
Not far, my soul,
But as far as i may,
Though there was never a way,

To never my love, betray.

Soon the old ways, that grieved me before,
Will lead me to suffer again,
How far, my soul,
And how much of pain,
Out on the well-trodden plain,

As I fail my love, again.

Foolish am i, for experience shows,
That i never can walk with thee,
But onwards, my soul,
Though all things agree,
That no human road can there be

For still my love waits, for me,
Still my love waits for me,
Still my love waits for me.
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Comments: 24
Fans: 7
Plays: 56
Downloads: 64
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Jan 06, 2011 - 02:10:47 PM
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2011 - 03:46:15 AM Last Played: Jun 21, 2019 - 03:55:02 PM
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Hardware:
Guitar, Boss BR-600, MacBook Pro
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Garageband
Comments
Char said 3149 days ago (January 6th, 2011)
A balladeer
in the court of the king. Lovely work. Thanks.
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mrattue said 3148 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
Thanks, Char!
Was a bit worried about whether this one would go down too well, as you would fear for a vulnerable, dear child, perhaps, in a cynical world, but as usual, MacJammers find warmth and sincerity in something and encourage and honour it, despite technical shortcomings. What a great site this is!

Encouraged and greatly heartened.

Thank you!

Marc
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magnatone said 3149 days ago (January 6th, 2011)
No Road
Char pointed me to this song - so glad she did. beautiful ballad played and sung with heart and grace!
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mrattue said 3148 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
Hi, Karen!
Thanks for the great comment and i am so glad you enjoyed it.

Sometimes i think i go out on a limb with my songwriting, but i'm no crazier than most people on this site, that's plain! ;-)

Cheers


Marc
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lank81 said 3148 days ago (January 6th, 2011)
A Brilliant Piece
Thanks for sharing a great song. Very well written and played. I couldn't have said it better.
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mrattue said 3148 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
Thank you, Matt!
Thanks for listening and taking the trouble to give evidence!

Really pleased that it meant something to you. Thought it might be a bit dark, though it is actually a positive song, i think, overall, and after all, it is the middle of winter, isn't it?

Cheers


Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
regulus said 3147 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
A charming tune
with some added surprising instrumental and vocal additions.

Apart from being a nice tune you have a couple of minor distractions. If you were using the amp simulation or the overdrive to boost the guitar, it left a trace hum as though it may have been a tape dub from a cassette. I have had that problem with my little tune Lady of ♥. The intonation projection of you voice is sequel to the guitar playing, good, but I feel you need to articulate with the enunciation of the words. Your good, but you can be better. I feel also, you are better than what you think you are. Oh, I liked the accompaniment. You could have added that to the ending as well.

I like the melody as it has a noteworthy classical structure to it and I found myself mumming it as I was writing this critique. I hope you will have a proliferous musical year.
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mrattue said 3147 days ago (January 8th, 2011)
Great Feedback!
Thanks so much for your thoughts.

The guitar is semi-acoustic and just plugged straight into my little mixer without any effects added. Sometimes i think it picks up a bit too much noise when i'm picking the strings. It's possible the hum could be from the vocal track, which is delivered via an internal mic, not a proper vocal one?

i agree that the vocals could be improved in one or two places. i have found vocals to be a strange animal, and difficult to reproduce from one moment to another. Generally, not being trained or having a very good ear, i let minor mistakes be if the overall effect is at least sincere and reasonably well articulated. Needs work!

On the melody, i am very pleased that you think it quite strong. That is the most difficult thing of all to achieve, i think?

Thanks for the advice and encouragement. Gold dust.

A great New Year to yourself, too.

Cheers


Marc
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cormacbrenock said 3147 days ago (January 8th, 2011)
a wordsmith you are :-)
This is beautiful campfire music , something like Simon and Garfunkel.
Played with feeling and draws the listener in .
Well done .
Thanks for your comment on the melody in A .
I hope to hear more from you in the future .
I am not a word man that's why I can only do the instrumental thing. The woodwinds were lovely too btw and such an usual treat to the ear.
Well done again.
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mrattue said 3146 days ago (January 9th, 2011)
Thanks, Cormac
Comes of writing too many dodgy poems over the years, i think!

Glad you got something from it. To be mentioned in the same breath as Simon and Garfunkel is very nice indeed! Now there's people who can really write!

Cheers

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
Symphony101 said 3146 days ago (January 9th, 2011)
sweet !
Great work Marc, I loved the acoustic guitars on this, very nicely arranged !
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mrattue said 3146 days ago (January 9th, 2011)
Thanks, Yves!
Glad you like the arrangement; i always have to go through it in a painstaking way and then play it pretty conscientiously too, to get anything like a nice setting to come out. i envy the many people on this site that have enough talent to just turn on the mic and let it rip!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Cheers


Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
PockBluesman said 3145 days ago (January 10th, 2011)
No Road
Simple always has the best impact. If the melody and playing are strong enough to hold up on their own . This does good job enjoyed it
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mrattue said 3144 days ago (January 11th, 2011)
Holding up
Thanks! Glad you liked it. Sort of an intimate feeling, so i thought simple would be best. Simple person, after all!

Cheers

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
Daugrin said 3145 days ago (January 10th, 2011)
Human highway...
Vocal pitch against some arps is challenging, I like a challenge too.
This arrangement is entertaining with the harmonies and lilt...
Thanks for sharing...

Daug
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mrattue said 3144 days ago (January 11th, 2011)
Cheers!
Glad you liked the arrangement. Any song is a challenge to me, having a very small talent!

Thanks for giving it a try anyway.

Cheers


Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
richard13 said 3144 days ago (January 11th, 2011)
A lovely ballad
sung with warmth and tenderness. A pretty tune as well. Thanks.
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mrattue said 3144 days ago (January 11th, 2011)
Thanks, Richard!
Glad you liked it, and very pleased that the emotion got across. That's the main thing, i think?

Thanks for listening and writing a comment.

Cheers


Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
neilh79 said 3141 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
No Road
Nice and gentle, nice ballad the poetry skills are really good a modern day Bob Dylan well done
mrattue said 3140 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Hi Neil
Thanks for the great comment and very welcome comparison with Mr. Dylan!

Cheers now

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
Hickling_Stan said 3137 days ago (January 18th, 2011)
Moving on
down that toad Marc....accompanyment, harmony vocals. You are coming on. A lovely memorable tune and as someone mentioned a real "campfire" tune. Glad you have settled in so well here. Cheers Mark
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mrattue said 3137 days ago (January 18th, 2011)
Roadies
Well if i have managed to totter down the old road and improve a bit it will be in great measure because of the encouragement and support of people on this site (along with a bit of Mac Magic!)

Thanks for listening. Glad you liked it.


Cheers now

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
lholden said 3129 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
love the art work
Where is the artwork from? It's striking and fits this song well. I agree that it's hard to know which way to go... I like the feeling of the solo in the middle. Well done.
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mrattue said 3128 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
Artwork
Hi Laura! The artwork is actually a picture that i took with my phone while out walking in the countryside near my home just before Christmas. Amazing gadgets aren't they? And the best camera i've ever had!

i could send You the higher res version if you like, although i don't know if you can attach anything with the mailing service here?

Cheers for the comment. Glad you liked it.


Marc
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Name: Marc Rattue
Location: Warminster United Kingdom
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Fifty something, reclusive, seafaring latecomer, up until a year or so ago a writer of poetry, but more recently moved into music, having found that the production of songs was possible with a minimum of talent with the aid of modern technology! I... [see more]

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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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