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North Shore Waltz ('84 demo version)


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Here's another ancient song, once again rescued from an old cassette demo with the good offices of SoundSoap. Still got a little hiss, I think, and the level may need a boost. Don't be afraid to turn this up. This is the first and only song of mine that was ever on an LP, as in vinyl. It appeared on the Fast Folk Musical Magazine Best of Boston compilation in the 80's.

Wheatstone Bridge (1984):

Ed Hannifin: lead vocal, guitar
Phyllis Capanna: harmony vocal
Nan Donald: harmony vocal on choruses, and the more complicated guitar bits

I feel obliged to say that, although I am mostly posting older recordings and songs right now, I am actually working on new songs, new music, and new recordings of some old songs. Promise.

Really.
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North Shore Waltz
Copyright 1984 Ed Hannifin



If my dreams were more kind, they’d drag me behind
All round Rockport, Plum Island and home
Where ocean and sand, your brown eyes and brown hand
Caught me and taught me to roam

Don’t speak in more than a whisper
Don’t speak at all if you’re sad
Don’t let me think you regret
Any loving we’ve had

If you’re ever unsure, then this trip is the cure
All round Rockport, Plum Island and home
We’ll walk and we’ll ride, we’ll be found at low tide
Like the driftwood tossed up on the foam

Don’t speak in more than a whisper
Just let me hold you a while
Oh I have been trying all night
To get through to your smile

If I ever prove false, you can damn me to waltz
All round Rockport, Plum Island and home
We’ll waltz down the shore, we’ll waltz back to your door
Though my feet may be sore to the bone

Don’t speak in more than a whisper
Just let me kiss you and cry
I may not still have it to win you
But I have to try
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Uploaded: Sep 10, 2006 - 04:42:15 PM
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2006 - 05:04:47 PM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 07:29:35 PM
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stevel said 4030 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Soothing
This is very nice Ed, I am amazed at how good these old recordings sound
...very nice guitar interplay on this one. It has a very soothing quality I
think. I was listening to some Townes Van Zandt today and this could fit
nicely onto one of this albums..
Look forward to hearing some new stuff from you soon too
Steve
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said 4030 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
It's like I have been waiting...
and waiting for the next release of one of my favorite artists... no, it's
not like that, it IS. Ed, thanks for this next installment of your great
oldies. They are classics and immediate downloads to my iPod. I don't
know enough to point out anything other than... your voice and and
overall sound of song are waht folk music is all about.

Jack
said 4030 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
By the way...
love that picture....
thetiler said 4030 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Ed
Terrifc, your truly one of my favs here at MJ.
All the tunes I've heard you upload have been high quality folk. And
that is truly saying something. The wonderful quality of the the guiitar
work is refreshing. Great texture in those guitars. The melody really
oozes through out the tune in quality and quanity.

High class folk Ed! The words are lush with romance and the guitars
really back that feeling. Phyllis's vocals are a great back to your easy to
listen to voice. Like that well-though-out ending.

Well crafted!


Thanks for sharing!
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DOCTORBIZARRE said 4030 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Great tune!
Man i love your folk tunes! Man they sound great! Keep putting these gems up!
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Macaudion said 4030 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Finally
I'm back home - And I couldn't have ordered up a better plate of music to come back to. It seems that quite a few of my favorite MJRs have some great stuff that's freshly posted. And your tunes are the epidomy of what brings comfort to my soul - I always love the simplicity of these pieces - Ironically, it's what makes them striking - The lyrical content is always simple and honest and it's what really does me on this one. It seems that I've been wetting my face all day and this tune for the second time to day, it has been one of the main culprits.

I've just been spending the day trying to get back up to par while introducing my friend, Sumpter, to MJS. It's been fun. I've been trying to point him to the artist that I think he should immediately run to to check out. And in showing him how diverse you are, I've been playing some of your accoustical stuff and then to the 'electro EJH' stuff that we have worked on together - Needless to say, he's just as impressed w/ your diverse talents as I am, but I get that he likes the 'folksy EJH' alot. - He plays the pipe organ - I can't wait to see what we do w/ that...

Thanks for the welcome wagon sir - I really missed you and the rest of the gang here - I'm digging in slowly but surely - Your pal, Cyd




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Feter said 4030 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
wooden classic
such great song .....lyrics floatin so amazingly
all what it need .. very very nice song ...well done !!

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Cori Ander said 4030 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Wonderful
Wonderful song.
Real and honest.

A great coposition, with a folky feel. At the same time there are some
really unexpected things happening in melodies and harmonies
without disturbing the core folky feeling. That is artistry!

A very livey recording. For some strange reason I dig this demo-
version more than the studio-version, (it was the same with your
previous pair of posts).


You mention new songs, new music, and new recordings. How I - or I
may even dare to say "we" - long to hear them!
Check out my latest song called O store Gud
Cori Ander said 4030 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
And the photo
And the photo.
Is that Wheatstone Bridge?
Is that you to the right?
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Tadashi Togawa said 4029 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Beautiful dream
This song is very beautiful.
Harmony blots in the mind.
The tone of the guitar is broad-minded.
The sound encompasses the past of a quietly young person.

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Ed Hannifin said 4029 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Well, Steve...
First you go and compare something of mine to Gene Clark...then you
go and compare this to Townes Van Zandt...

You are definitely on my "bad list" now, mister...

I'm very fond of the Van Zandt's live version of Pancho and Lefty. Very
fond.

I can't wait 'til I have a little pile of new stuff on the hard drive, ready to
post...

Thanks for listening and commenting.

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 4029 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Gee, Jack...
The good news is, that there are still many unposted songs from the
ancient archives...

I'm glad you're enjoying these songs. I'm having fun dividing my time
between cleaning up old tapes as best I can, trying to record some
songs that haven't been recorded before, trying to record some that I
want better recordings of, trying to write a couple of new songs, and
having some fun making rhythm tracks to mess around with electric
guitar over...

So...I'm not exactly focused...

I'm pleased that songs of mine are finding their way to your iPod.
That's pretty darned flattering.

Thanks as always for listening and commenting, Jack.

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 4029 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Gee, Jack...
The good news is, that there are still many unposted songs from the
ancient archives...

I'm glad you're enjoying these songs. I'm having fun dividing my time
between cleaning up old tapes as best I can, trying to record some
songs that haven't been recorded before, trying to record some that I
want better recordings of, trying to write a couple of new songs, and
having some fun making rhythm tracks to mess around with electric
guitar over...

So...I'm not exactly focused...

I'm pleased that songs of mine are finding their way to your iPod.
That's pretty darned flattering.

Thanks as always for listening and commenting, Jack.

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 4029 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
And to the good doctor...
I love that you enjoy this folkie stuff, which never ceases to amaze me. I
want you to be this enthusiastic when I start posting rock stuff....

Thanks as always, Bizarre,

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 4029 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Dion!
So glad you're back, and gave a listen...

Tell your buddy that Karen, Edge and I were in the Unitarian church a
couple of days ago, and they have a STUNNING pipe organ. Ancient,
doesn't-look-like-much manual, no discernible hissing or premonition
of pipe organousness, but then the guy began to play, and it FILLED
the sanctuary, really low, really full notes, well tuned to the room.
Pretty stunning.

I am pleased that you stopped to listen and comment, and I look
forward to doing some music with you soon... I've been playing...

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 4029 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Thanks, feter!
I well remember when we used to call this sort of thing "wooden music".
I'm pleased you enjoyed the song!

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 4029 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Thanks, feter!
I well remember when we used to call this sort of thing "wooden music".
I'm pleased you enjoyed the song!

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 4029 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
It is usually the case, Tadashi,
that your comments read like a short poem.

Thank you for listening and leaving your thoughts. I appreciate this very
much.

Ed
selters said 4028 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
wonderful!
First a little story to describe how much i liked this song: I was changing my guitarstrings on monday, and i thought why not listen to this song while I did the work..... I put the song on repeat, and started changing the strings. I was hypnotized by this song and forgot that i was changing the strings, suddenly during the beautiful song I heard a great "boom".... Of course the string was broken :).
The song is very beautiful, and the harmony vocals sound awesome. Both versions of this song is now on my Mp3player and i am looking forward to take late evening walks while listening to the song. As usual i think i like this version the most, but its hard to tell... They both have some great qualities! I love the sound of old analogue recordings like this.... I wonder if it is possible to get the same warm sound with a digital recording. A great song! Ill leave a comment on the other version a bit later!
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Scott Carmichael said 4028 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
same stuff I said before
but... I like this version a bit more... as a recording it is warmer and
more emidiate... the performance is a bit more relaxed
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Ed Hannifin said 4028 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Magnus, your comments always get to me...
You are always so supportive and encouraging and downright
flattering...

Yeah, my old partners were very good at harmony singing. I'm tickled
to think that you've got BOTH versions on the mp3 player...and not at
ALL surprised that you like the 'raw-er' version best. I think I do, too,
although I do like the fiddle on the other one...

I think it is possible to get a warm sound with digital stuff these days...
But I think it takes some practice and tweaking... Old reel to reel
recorders, at least some of them, could more or less do 'instant
warm'... But then there was all that stuff with pitch and splicing and
whatnot...

Thanks as always for taking the time for listening and downloading
and commenting. Always good to hear from you.

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 4028 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Yeah, Scott...
'Warmer and more immediate' about sums it up... And I think it WAS a
more relaxed performance... Both of 'em are multitracked, but this one
was live to eight track where the other one was done with overdubs and
whatnot... learning to more fully use a studio, but being uptight into the
bargain...

Ah, to go back, with infinite budget of dollars and time...

Ed
perceptualvortex said 4027 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Inner quiet
Ed, this is beautiful, and both versions are lovely. What I like about
folk music (and to a slower extent, classical) is the way it smoothes out
my brainwaves... and this is exemplary in that regard. It is
mesmerizing and brings me to a comfortable and novel headspace,
where the chaos in my mind is irrelevant. I love the sound of this
recording, and I found this song totally captivating. Very nice.
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Ed Hannifin said 4024 days ago (September 16th, 2006)
David,...
...that's a great comment. It's funny hearing (reading) it, because what you are
describing is what I aim for in my life as a therapist, and, really, in my life
period.

There are great moments when your mind drops whatever else it thought it was
doing, and just lets you be... I like being an occasional agent for that mindset...

Thank you as always for listening deeply and well and leaving a comment. I am
most grateful.

Ed
said 4024 days ago (September 16th, 2006)
Gentle and Tumbling
Thank you for posting this.
I especially like the singing, harmonies and melody.
said 4024 days ago (September 16th, 2006)
Hey
That almost sounded like a turntable needle at the end ... I think I'm
hallucinating.

---
Ars longa, vita brevis.
Ed Hannifin said 4024 days ago (September 16th, 2006)
And whether or not...
...you are hallucinating has nothing to do with whether there is or is not a stylus
or turntable involved here...

(But there isn't...)

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 4024 days ago (September 16th, 2006)
Thank you, Mungo...
It's nice that you like the musical qualities of the piece... I always wonder what
you will find in anything of mine to appreciate...

Ed
thoddi said 4023 days ago (September 17th, 2006)
A true gem
Like bizarre points out this is a gem, and I love it:)
Thank you!


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Ed Hannifin said 4022 days ago (September 18th, 2006)
Thank you very much...
...for listening, thoddi, to this and to the other version, and letting me know
what you thought. Glad you like it.

Ed
MarkHolbrook said 3027 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
Simply great
Ed... Your past is interesting for sure... I'd love to learn more. Sounds like you've done a great many things musically. These are beautiful pieces!
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