Just because I can...until I can't (feel the music!)
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I've Got My Paddle In The Water
Double bass that's the sound leads the song from the start, the gentle touch of drums and keys all sound disjointed but, that's the core and soul of this very good track.
Nice one Terry!! I went of a jazzy expedition with you and discovered some awesome places, musically :-))
a very early 70s feel reminds me of some of the music of that era which I love I get a soft machine/Hatfield and the north feel with the keyboard solo I dig it
This is so good, crystal clear, great production, enjoyed big time.
Intersesting subject and delivery. A complex construction that pulls one in - dare I say - into the water.
When I first saw the title I thought ... Terry's metaphorical. But this is quite a journey. Floating along with this one el-Tel.... for Peo .!
Other's have already mentioned it, but the bass makes the mood on this one. Fine playing. We all have been at this point I imagine, I know I certainly have.
I could listen to this all night, one of those songs I didn't want to end so I just let it loop. Dark for sure, double bass has to be the star for me, or maybe the synth sax, the mournful vox? Oh man, its all so good. Thanks for sharing Terry, thumbs up. Gibbo
Nice song...have a bit different feeling than your usual stuff..
Not meaning this is bad !
Is it an expression of your current mood ? I think so !
Have a good time Terry !
Pretty dark stuff for you Terry. Very cool music to this as well. Nice Jazz buddy. Best, Eric. I'm sorry I missed it.
enjoyed listening to your tracks
Very nicely done, Terry~ you're so talented! :)
Marvelous Terry, now I'm getting the reference, excellent, compelling, and very visual lyrics, super singing Terry, you r vocals are really great, and the Jazz backing is so compelling too, this is a masterpiece I reckon, an easy five stars from me!
SOS ...Mayday-Mayday! Our Terry's canoe's going down...chuck him a life preserver...quick! :-)
Well you know me matey...many a time Ive been down the creek without one :-) Poor old Peo too...hard to keep head up on that Plimsoll line...great idea, but its that double bass line that transfixes me like a stupid rabbit in the headlights. Smooth, smooth vocals bleed into that cold river that eventually drowns us all. Brilliant! k
Hi Terry, glad you persevered with this idea; it has come out great. Love that work on the bass and as usual, your vocals are excellent.
I have always been a follower of many genre's, but Jazz is special to me!! This is deep and your using all the traditional instrumentation. A really emotional track Terry and I feel your words my friend! Great work!!
That bass! Hey, it's all good, especially those vocals but that bass grabbed me right off and won't let go! Cool tune, Terry :)
Love that bass and keys, not listened enough to jazz to do justice to this song.
But I like what I like and I like this, Well thought out song. Well Done I'm impressed.
Terry, this tune is just wonderful at every angle. That riding bass is so expressive along with your gospel like harmonies behind and along side your terrific vocal delivery. Construction and arrangement is beautiful. One of your very best imo. A perfect blend of jazzmore.
Need to get another boat Terry , there a book out called " Hole in my Boat " By Lee King ... It may help ;)
Nice Jazz Feel here Terry smooth bass line and Keys , you always impress me with your thought and ideas and create Music and Songs from them ...Class Stuff .
Song-writer, arranger, guitar, keyboard/synth, vocals.
Exploring various styles and topics. Variety is the spice of life.
Joined this community of artists in July of 2011, and quickly observed the community-spirit of artists who take the time to listen to other artists' work and comment meaningfully and positively. The vibe is one of encouragement and helping out.
This was quickly expressed more tangibly in the number of collaborations that were being uploaded and that caught my attention. People were willing to offer skills and abilities, knowledge and understanding, and check their egos at the door and be willing to engage the difficult task of trying to work together for a common good - a better track. THIS has been an education for me and the learning that occurs as a result of working together is extraordinary.
Special mentions to those who have included me in their work, and they in mine: James Bell - not only got the ball rolling but is a kindred spirit; Dachleigh Music (Adam) - who used my cello lines in a some electronic music; Deggsy Music and DawnSinclair - the two are not always inseparable but they work so well together (that RnB will be a highlight!); Deon - we didn't do a lot together, but the journey was expansive; Rich Lodato, whose voice and guitar invites the cello to weave a melody too; AmorfoxiZ (Alfonso,) more cello; Left Ear Bleed (Jeff)...always good to help younger artists; Liquid (Anthony Gee) the budding rock keyboardist ;) and Michael Ritchie - consummate riff-meister and gentle spirit...thanks to one and all for including me in their journeys! FUN!...gotta be more fun than work or it isn't fun any more ;) Special mention to TomC (CyberJazz) in PC FL, for sharing his journey and struggles but the absence of more than a year suggests a final succumbing to cancer, though I have no way of checking that.
Also a note of GRATITUDE...that is the theme for my class of students. A number of artists from mp3u have contributed messages addressed to my class, and some have written wonderful tracks to help us find a calm and gentle start to our days of turbulence. Dan Michaelson, Peter Vines...great ambient tracks and such wonderful messages - you two were the first off the mark and set the bar very high for how to approach a class that you didn't really know; Will Riding...the Sleeping Giants was an awesome introduction to story-telling through music; Erik Jurado...straight from you heart to right where my kids are...amazing intuition; Kelly Mitchell...your artist comment narrative was inspirational on over-coming obstacles; Mike Ritchie - one boy has become filled with hope because of a specific word of encouragement...how incredibly awesome! ; Deon -many positive messages and ideas about life and existence, as well as ways to find calm in the midst of Life - looking forward tomore of your special way of looking at life; Rich - sent along some A/V material...journey into visual art...chalked full of encouraging words... some fine vocal/visual/philosphical chicken soup for the teen-aged soul, I think; Liquid (Anthony Gee), who has created some fine music for the class and sent a wonderful interview for the class to listen to. We are also enjoying some wonderful orchestral arrangements from AndyF (Andrew Foyston), and a superbly written note to the students.
In 2013 we heard from KtA (Marty Etheridge) - the students love the DnB stuff; ATuesdayParadox (Kevin Gibbons) - a very encouraging message and pics of Wales; Lazy Jane (Will Walton) sent along well-wishes from Georgia, DNA Codex (Andrew Shields)- not only introduced us to Surrealism, he showed us how to paint in a surealistic style with some extraordinary youtube clips with his wonderful ambient/electronica in the background; Essence - little did I know that in trying to find female artists to represent more gender equity, you would step in and tell a heart-changing story that resonated in all of us, and in one young woman in particular - you cast the seeds and often never know what good will result, so we trust and carry on; Keith Allen and Wednesday Wilson are also going to contribute their own stories and words of encouragement. In all of these personal touches and positive interactions there will be Wellness!
If there are any artists who wish to learn about the Wellness Project for this school year (Sept 2015 - June 2016), or who wish to contribute, please feel free to contact any of the artists who have participated already, or contact me directly by clicking on the "e-mail" button at the top of the page here, or send along a PM (I do check fairly regularly)
Looking back over 2013, it seems to have been a year featuring a lot of collaborations with Keith Allen and Kevin Gibbons, in particular, and KALLEN - as the 3 amigos have become known - have enjoyed having a dozen or more tracks played on BBC Introducing Tees, with host Bob Fischer. This culminated in an interview with Keith, and developed a sidebar plot - what I affectionately call "The Mug Caper," in which, through a relentless process of e-mails, the DJ, Mr. Bob Fischer, was graciously able to provide an autographed BBC mug for Keith as a souvenir of a place and time in his long and illustrious musical career. Lots of FUN and Funny Business going around on mp3u this year.
2013 has also been a year of connecting with newer (to me) faces on mp3u..FXMAN, The Refined Poet, Idiom, and Master Peo. Jazzz and Swing have become new areas of effort this past year and I hope that will continue in 2014.
Always open to possibilities of collaborations and helping to build connections on mp3u. I have enjoyed making friends and aquaintances here on this site. It is a place that has a comfort level and feels, as Anthony Gee once said, "like coming home."
2014-2015 I don't think I updated this information so I'm just mentioning all the fine musicians, artists, composers, and just nice people I have had the pleasure to work with in the past year or so: Anna Brag, Mon Che, Fokker, Black Park, KoolKevDJ, Phil McC, Derek Evans (Deggsy), Peo (swing, jazz and blues), Ray Brookes (loads of Blues and Jazz ), David Main, and continuing to write and record with Keith Allen (Just Kallen) and Kevin Gibbons (A Tuesday Paradox) - those guys can make a song out of the barest of skimpy ideas I shoot their way. Rich Lodato has continued to give me a lot of advice on recording, techniques and gear. If I have not mentioned someone, just give me a nudge...getting older ;)
What I have enjoyed is experimenting with techniques and styles. I have learned to appreciate the crooner style of music and singing. I don't hear many doing this style, and although I am no Bublé, I do enjoy writing and singing in this classic style.
2016? I am excited by what the year ahead may hold. KALLEN ( Wigmore, Allen, Gibbons) has been dabbling in Pop, while continuing the experimental/electronic stuff. Maybe we'll try DnB this year? I hope to work with Tomas (Just Kent) as well. Ray keeps those superb blues and jazz coming my way, and Peo, I hope, will continue his band/swing/jazz/blues tunes as he is able to.
I enjoy listening to just about anything, and MP3U is a great place for that diversity. Lots of great music here!
Norman Acoustic, Epiphone SG Double Neck Electric, Ibanez Roadstar II, Cello, Ensoniq EPS, Korg M1Rex, PC, M- audio 410, Cakewalk X1 Studio, Sony MDMX-4, Aiwa powered speakers, Radio Shack consumer headphones, AKG C1000S mic and Rode NT1A - bottom-line…it may be old(er) gear for the most part, but like myself, all the parts work (at the moment) ;) I use Cakewalk Sonar Professional for my DAW
**My creative space -a.k.a. "hobbit hole studio" - is a cinder block fruit cellar, 6x9, with a 6in poured concrete slab ceiling…nice reflective surfaces for some interesting vocals if they are not tamed..the furnace is old and loud and is adjacent, and the main waste pipe from the second floor passes through the “studio” so I have to record before the household awakes or after they are asleep because a single toilet flush can “wh- o-o-o-s-s-h-h-“ through a track like a roar of a jet engine, giving new meaning to the phrase I have come to accept as part of my Buddhist experience - “Flushed Away!”