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 Post subject: Re: What are you playing at the moment?!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:37 am 
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mikalebrug wrote:
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I usually get your updates straight from Soundcloud but somehow missed this one Mikale. Awesome tune, love the emotion in it.


Thanks. Everyone.

Yes, I guess a lot of the emotion comes from my childhood. I'm a city boy, but I usually spent my summers and some of my winter holidays on my grandparents' farm in the middle of the woods. It was wonderful, of course, but there was always a sense of intense melancholia. It was so quiet. A big old early 19th century mansion with lots of rooms that no one used. There was always a clock ticking or a fly buzzing somewhere, and it seemed loud, because of the absence of sound. Everyone was always out doing some chore on the farm. When you went into a room you could sometimes hear steps following you. Very spooky, until you realized it was only the old floorboards settling after you had walked on them.

And there was this feeling of never-ending space. Hills and woods and creeks and abandoned places. If someone's car broke down they didn't have to take it to the local dump, they just drove it slightly out of the way and left it there. Huge old rusting farm equipment everywhere like dead dinosaurs.

And there was a quiet desperation too. Finding my uncle drunk in a ditch one night screaming : "I don't want to be a farmer!" Funny, but also very sad. The young men going to the local dancehall, standing in the bushes outside swigging homemade booze before getting the courage to go in. And when they finally went up to a girl and asked her to dance they were usually so drunk that they fell over and ruined the evening.

A lot of that is in this song, I guess.

Someone else bought the farm a few years ago, and the brothers have moved to different towns. Here's a picture of the place as I remember it.
Thanks for those images. Very well put.

This sounds very much like where I lived a big part of my childhood (we were a hippie family moving about a lot, but this place we actually stayed for several years).

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My wife and I both really enjoyed hearing that story Mikale, very heartfelt.

I recorded an acoustic cover of Make it Rain. Did it live, then dubbed the lead/bit of extra rhythm on seperate tracks.

Listen to Make it Rain [Acoustic]
https://soundcloud.com/mike-durham-7/ma ... n-acoustic

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MikeWaits wrote:
My wife and I both really enjoyed hearing that story Mikale, very heartfelt.

I recorded an acoustic cover of Make it Rain. Did it live, then dubbed the lead/bit of extra rhythm on seperate tracks.

Listen to Make it Rain [Acoustic]
https://soundcloud.com/mike-durham-7/ma ... n-acoustic


Did you remove it?


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Sorry Mikael, yes I did. I decided to reset my Soundcloud account. Go back through and work on mixing/mastering some tracks, re-recording things that needed it, etc... I'll put it back up in the future though; I was pretty happy with how it turned out :)

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MikeWaits wrote:
Sorry Mikael, yes I did. I decided to reset my Soundcloud account. Go back through and work on mixing/mastering some tracks, re-recording things that needed it, etc... I'll put it back up in the future though; I was pretty happy with how it turned out :)


Well, I heard it, and it sounded great. Was going back for another listen... :D


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mikalebrug wrote:
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Sorry Mikael, yes I did. I decided to reset my Soundcloud account. Go back through and work on mixing/mastering some tracks, re-recording things that needed it, etc... I'll put it back up in the future though; I was pretty happy with how it turned out :)


Well, I heard it, and it sounded great. Was going back for another listen... :D


Good deal, thanks! Recorded that one differently, live rhythm and vocals, just dubbed the lead. :)

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Playing the mandolin I bought yesterday from a guy I've met once in my life many years ago, but who is friends with me on Facebook.

Tricky. I wish I had smaller fingers. Anyway, I have already used it for a sketch of a song that I wrote years ago. Even though my playing is not pristine, to say the least, I can hear that what I envisioned will all come together very nicely, when I've had time to practice on the different parts. Very folky, almost cajun - acoustic guitar, mandolin, accordion and slide.

The chords (C, A minor, F) and the mood are borrowed from Cold Cold Ground. The loneliness and quiet desperation of the Swedish countryside, although the last verses move into the city, and off into some surreal place. The title Lång väg hem is of course a Swedish translation of Long Way Home (though I doubt that Tom was the first one to use that song title...)

Anyway, will return when I've become a little better at the mandolin.


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Ok, so here it is - my first try doing a song with mandolin.

I think you can hear the Tom influence on this one, especially at the end where my shouts of "de e lång väg hem" (It's a long way home") echoes Tom at the end of Cold Cold Ground.

I'm glad you can't hear the individual instruments on this one. The playing is pretty sloppy, but I think it adds some life. The accordion is especially bad, but buried in the mix I think it works..

The song starts with the remote Swedish countryside, driving on deserted roads with a long way home. Then it moves into the city and its dysfunctional inhabitants also having a long way home, wherever home may be. Then there's a passage that sums up my childhood experiences in the countryside:

Over the fence, through the dead forest
along the rails, past the old plow
up into the treehouse in the tree beside the barn
in 40 years we'll all be has-beens in bar"

The idea being similar to Tom's "it was a train that took me away from here, but a train can't bring me home". The past is past, and you can never go back...

https://soundcloud.com/mikael-borg-6493 ... g-hem-demo


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You had me at mandolin. You & the boys did a real fine job there ;) :beer:

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mikalebrug wrote:
Ok, so here it is - my first try doing a song with mandolin.

I think you can hear the Tom influence on this one, especially at the end where my shouts of "de e lång väg hem" (It's a long way home") echoes Tom at the end of Cold Cold Ground.

I'm glad you can't hear the individual instruments on this one. The playing is pretty sloppy, but I think it adds some life. The accordion is especially bad, but buried in the mix I think it works..

The song starts with the remote Swedish countryside, driving on deserted roads with a long way home. Then it moves into the city and its dysfunctional inhabitants also having a long way home, wherever home may be. Then there's a passage that sums up my childhood experiences in the countryside:

Over the fence, through the dead forest
along the rails, past the old plow
up into the treehouse in the tree beside the barn
in 40 years we'll all be has-beens in bar"

The idea being similar to Tom's "it was a train that took me away from here, but a train can't bring me home". The past is past, and you can never go back...

https://soundcloud.com/mikael-borg-6493 ... g-hem-demo


Nice. It's always interesting to hear what you come up with.

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You are very talented, the mandolin sounds excellent :)

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I've not announced this anywhere but to Fuzz, but I'm putting out my first album at the end of next month. I acquired my licenses, I'm a legitimate studio now (albeit without the proper facilities, though they are coming) and as I said to The Prof. "I don't want to turn into Axl Rose."*

Time to hit the grindstone, give it my best, and see what happens. Cheers! :beer:


*Think "Chinese Democracy" album.


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How exciting, Mike. Good luck with that!

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