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i went to the bamboo forest to take photos in winter...and there were dead birds all over the ground. it was very unsettling to see. so i wrote this poem to go with some of the images i captured..and the memory of the birds.
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Peter Greenstone said 5303 days ago (February 9th, 2005)
That is a creepy scene to come across.

You do a very good Tom Waits impersonation. I like the simplicity of the music. Seems like it could use something that conveys the environment, something wind-like, something creaking like the frozen forest.
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gudkarma said 5302 days ago (February 9th, 2005)
those winter sounds....it was completely quiet there that day. i did write the
Deep in the Snow song..where i conveyed part of that experience.
: ) i wasnt sure it worked...but i guess it does. thanks brother.
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cjorgensen said 5299 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
I could be wrong, but...

gudkarma is probably not doing a "Tom Waits impersonation," very good
or otherwise. I think this is his voice. Pretty hard to do something like
Tom consistently, pretty hard to do an impersonation and still get into
your material. Not attacking you on this. I said pretty much the same
once, but after listening to more of his work, think the brother ain't got
a lot of choice.

He was nice enough to read one of my pieces and probably nine out of
ten people I played the track for made the comparison to Tom Waits. I
got tired or hearing it, not sure if gudkarma does or not. Personally, I'd
love it if someone compared me to someone so talented, but calling
what's being done here an impersonation lessens the piece. It's its own

Wonder if Tom gets tired of being compared to Steven?

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gudkarma said 5297 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
mr waits i presume?
......thanks c, but i dont take too much offense to it....you are right i do hear it all the time. anyone that hears my play and perform on stage ( i use that the word STAGE loosely) has always likened me to tom waits...
it just happens my voice when relaxed and loose is deep and gravel like. i think its very different than tom waits...but its what people can associate with it quickly.

i some times want to explain i dont TRY to sound like tom waits.
i think when people say that i sound like him they are simply complimenting me...of course if they said my music was as good as his....then its a compliment...but having similar voice characteristics.....ah.
which brings me to....how much is the voice an instrument?
i'd like to say its a whole other instrument...in that way i try to use all the ways my voice can sound. i think you can hear so many styles in my recordings on here.

its not annoying to hear that from someone....unless of course they called me a tom waits wannabe......hehehe. then i might have to put sixteen shells in the thirty-ought-six......and then be dragged away in a big black mariah!
ok. i could go on but i'll stop.
: )

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TennesseeVic said 5302 days ago (February 9th, 2005)
Chilled to the bone
Love what youre' doing here with the vocals over the
minimal background.
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said 5302 days ago (February 10th, 2005)
Moving piece...
of poetry and music. Yes, Tom Waites like. You communicate the impact of that walk into the forest and the unsettledness you experienced taking in that cold, dead picture... well done.

pooey said 5302 days ago (February 10th, 2005)
Unsettling for us...
...but not for the birds. The music conveys the cold of
winter, the feeling of uneasiness. It helped me imagine
the scene--not knowing whether to be in awe or what...
I found a cat frozen just outside my house recently. It had
gone down to -40 (-50 with the wind). I kinda felt sorry
for the cat. Then I was reminded of the IKEA commercial
with the lamp.

Nice to see you back around, Gud. Your comments on my
early stuff really encouraged me to do more.

Oh, and I think the photo is very great.
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Antony said 5299 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
Frozen brain
Good track - going to have a quick look at the other one
you mention - Deep in the Snow before bed.

Always good to hear your music.

Erm - sorry its too late here for me to think of anything
constructive to say.

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Warren Smith said 5297 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
mysterious moment
This recorded poem represents a great implementation of GarageBand, where the combination of a gritty baritone, the ethereal music and the sonic effects capture a mysterious moment in the dead of winter.
The line "all those dreams never again to take flight" aptly eulogizes the harshness of the event. I like the way the piece doesn't try to be anything more than it is - the retelling of a eerie, unexpected encounter in the woods - a short lament for some small creatures, because in this way I think it speaks volumes.
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