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The River Jam (by Pete Bowen - PeterB7858)

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I was immediately taken with Pete's acoustic blues track of the song he wrote. I told him in comments that I was inspired by his work. He had download enabled so I grabbed his track and went to work on it. I sent Pete a copy of this privately and he liked it and gave me permission to share our collaboration. Here is the origianl that I worked against. The River

I am hoping to get the high res parts for his work and then do a proper mix/master for this version.

Pete is the author of music and lyrics, and he sings it and plays acoustic guitar. I added drums, bass gtr, electric guitar, piano, and harmonica. Thanks for letting me jam with ya Pete and Happy Holidays! ;-)
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The River - Peter Bowen (July 2013) (DADGAD up a semi-tone)

The river runs high and the river runs low
From my mountain home to the gulf below
I'm drawn to it, so why pretend?
There's a new dawn waiting round every bend
Gonna follow that river, my friend, to the river end

The river runs deep and the river runs wide
Some folks run to trouble trying to get to the other side
The water is cold and the current is strong
You've got to work with it, just to get along
I'll just go with the flow and keep singing my river song

And when I get down to the lowlands
When I smell that salt in the air
I'll head straight out to the islands
And live life without a care


So when I get down to the lowlands
When I smell the salt in the air
I'll head straight out to the islands
And live without a care

When my river of life nears the end of the line
And I'm too old to party and no longer can drink the wine
When the ladies don't call and age I can't defy
Well mother nature's call, I won't deny
I'll follow that river, my friend, I'll tell you no lie
Gonna head back to the river and follow it right up to the sky
I'm gonna follow that river back home and lay me down to die
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Philip18 said 2026 days ago (December 6th, 2013)
The River
Good songs can handle multiple interpretations, as this arrangement aptly demonstrates! It's always fun to hear the whole band at work - I like what you've added here, Freddy. A new way of enjoying this fine song!
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alackbass said 2026 days ago (December 6th, 2013)
The River Jam (by Pete Bowen - PeterB7858)
Great job. You really managed to capture a live vibe. It really sounds like the other musicians are in the room with Peter. Great additions and an outstanding mix.
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peacepiano said 2026 days ago (December 7th, 2013)
Great Blues
Additions are excellent. Full blues band sounds great. Vocals strike a mellow chord with me, no motor noise on this boat. Super collaboration.
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DWL said 2026 days ago (December 7th, 2013)
Nice reworking
The original was a fine piece of work but this works equally as well.


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PeterB7858 said 2025 days ago (December 7th, 2013)
The River Jam
As I said when you emailed me re your jam inspiration, Freddy, "I'm glad my song inspired you. You have done a great job giving it an authentic blues makeover, especially considering I didn't use a click track and the timing was probably all over the place. I really like all the elements you added. The piano fills things out nicely, the harp is fantastic and the electric guitar gives it a nice raw blues feel. The drums carry it along beautifully as well." Fine, live-sounding mix. Possibly my vocal sounds a bit laid-back for the raw blues nature of your additions? I will get you the high-res separates today (my time). Thanks again. Regards, Peter.
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Vic Holman said 2025 days ago (December 7th, 2013)
river jam
how cool.
the additions to peter's original song sound perfect. a great jammin' piece all around
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magnatone said 2003 days ago (December 29th, 2013)
River Jam
Sorry it's taken me so long to get to this you guys - haven't had much spare time recently for the fun pursuit of listening to fabulous MJ music. This is just so darned good, I have only superlatives in comment. Thanks to you both for a wonderful year of your music!
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