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I haven't submitted anything new in a while. I've worked on a few collabs that I'm proud of, but I have a growing list of unfinished new tunes of my own. This is one called "Conversations". My father wrote a poem about pointless conversations a few years ago. I was re-reading some of his poetry a few weeks ago and stumbled on it again. It fit an idea for a song I've had in my head for a few days.

I sent it to Tobin who has agreed to add some parts. I'm posting this as a first version with updates to follow.

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Being a bipedal primate with opposable thumbs
[He's got opposable thumbs]
I've spent many hours on sociological theorems.
[He reads theorems]
The one I like most is how we manage to speak
without saying a thing
[Its what makes us unique]

My conversations always begin quite naturally enough
[He's a natural conversationalist]
with words about me…. and sometimes I like to discuss my stuff
[Talkin' about his stuff]
I often include you because to be fair
what you think about me
[I do really care]

[BREAK]

Whether the weather might change or might not
it's alright for discussion when it's unbearably hot
But what I like most of all is when we opine
About thoughts and Ideas… Especially mine…

My words and ideas would sparkle and glisten
like glittering gems, if only they'd listen…

My words and ideas would sparkle and glisten
like glittering gems, if only they'd listen…

My words and ideas would sparkle and glisten
like glittering gems, if only they'd listen…
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Uploaded: Apr 13, 2010 - 04:36:43 PM
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2010 - 07:43:36 PM Last Played: Oct 22, 2017 - 12:01:39 PM
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Char said 2749 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
Love
the most inventive approach you have here. I'll be looking for the next addition.
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tonestones said 2749 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
Thanks, Char
I'll keep you posted. Glad you like it.
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davisamerica said 2749 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
zappa 2010
...and even a little todd rundgren... wow .... waitin to see how this completes cos it is killer as is steve.
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tonestones said 2749 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
Nod to Frank
I've been a huge Zappa fan since the late sixties. I had him in mind when I added the vibe part. Thanks for noticing.
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Reggie_Pole said 2749 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
A glittering gem
Yes it is. You have a unique approach to your music, and it has enough weight to carry and convey these wonderfully literate and thoughtful lyrics. Choice piece of work.
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tonestones said 2749 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
Words and ideas
I missed this gem when I went through his poetry looking for lyrics. I'm really glad you like it.
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Sirens_Headband said 2749 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
Coverse Man
Dad was a man of choice words. The figures in the guitar part, through the Steve Howe past, are fitting in nicely.

Daug
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tonestones said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Words and ideas
My Dad's words and ideas always sparkled in my head. Thanks for listening, Daug.
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awigze said 2749 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
Progressive
it's big guitars and that signature synth guitar thing that makes your music so appealing. Looking forward to more from whatever source.
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tonestones said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Big guitars
Andy, I swear it is a standard issue guitar. Only 6 strings were used in the production of this. Seriously though, I've always considered the bass my main instrument and I have a 6 string bass which I love. I have large hands and always wanted to fine a guitar with a neck similar to my bass.

Thanks for listening.
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awigze said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Bass neck
well, its only wood. I am sure we can build one... all ya need is a drill, right? ha!
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egobandit said 2749 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
your father
wrote some very creative poems, i have to ask are you a zappa fan! love this Ill keep checkin on the finished version but I must say this is great just the way it is
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tonestones said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Fathers and Sons
I have a dozen or so of his poems I've adapted to music. They are very special to me. I've uploaded some of them here. I'll add to the collection soon.

Yes, I'm a Zappa fan. He has been a big influence on my musical life. I have tremendous respect for him and I'm very proud to be identified with him any any way. Thanks!
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magnatone said 2749 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
Conversations
oh man, zappa! so great to hear something new from you Steve - what a great idea to use your father's poetry for this. wild music, very fun listen - adventurous yet understandable - great combo! thanks!
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tonestones said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Conversing
Thanks, Karen. My father was a philosophy major in college and had kind of a quirky insight into things. His poetry was a great reflection of his spirit.
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drakonis said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Progressive Disclosure Triangles
A real glittering gem here, actually... the music is playful and excellently played, the singing is superb (harmonies are dead-on, wow), and the lyrical subject matter is perfectly pointed and tongue-in-cheek. And of course, sparkling crisp mix. This will keep me smirking all day, thanks!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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tonestones said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Smirk-worthy
The final thought is a great mantra to recite to yourself before giving a presentation:

My words and ideas would sparkle and glisten
like glittering gems, if only they'd listen…

sigh.... So often they don't listen...
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tonestones said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Triagles
Oh. And I forgot to mention. I took to the subliminal suggestion. I'll add some tasty orchestral triangles in the next mix ;)
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ramonaji said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
this is so cool
very original, complex and fabulous. Can't wait to hear the updates too!


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tonestones said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Complex and hot weather
I started writing this as a very simple, upbeat funk tune. Well.. It was in 7/8 with occasional 2/8 bars thrown in just to trip up the folks on the dance floor, but still... simple. Then I started layering in the synth part over the break and it took a course of its own. Sometimes I just can't help myself. It is the software engineer in me.

We have a phrase "creeping elegance" which applies to software architecture quite often. It is the tendency of the designer to keep adding unnecessary complexity to a simple design. In music simple is often better, but complex sometimes drives great energy.

I'm glad you like it, Ramona. I'm glad you dropped by to listen. I see in your profile you live in Tucson. My father lived in Tucson when he wrote this. He just had to add the little jab about hot weather..
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2748 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Great conversation
Love the rhythmic complexity of this tune--perfect for a song about conversation. I'm really into the slightly bluesy weirdness here, and REALLY into the excellent musicianship (and vocalism) represented in this song. Uniqueness and talent are a killer combo...
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tonestones said 2741 days ago (April 21st, 2010)
Thanks, Michael
Greatly appreciated. The next section of this tune starts out with a single triangle hit followed by a growing conversation between a set of solo instruments. I really need to mimic the old Charlie Brown talking muted trombone. There has got to be a way to do that on the guitar.
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ShadowofNine said 2748 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
Cool
Look forward to further additions...me likes
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tonestones said 2741 days ago (April 21st, 2010)
Coolness
Dave, you are the king of cool. Thanks.
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Bob6stringer said 2748 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
Beyond postmodern poetry w/great music
Steve, your guitar harmonies add a lot, and the third-party harmony guys are a hoot -- they remind me of the Conchords. right harmony voice struck me as high after the break, not sure if that's throughout. You've got a great mind for marrying complexity to the grove without losing either. Dad rocks, btw.
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tonestones said 2741 days ago (April 21st, 2010)
Rockin Dad
Yeah. My Dad had a way with words. He was a very talented pianist as well (primarily classical, but appreciated jazz). I know what you mean about the vocal harmony. I used a little digital help in correcting a sour note or two and it doesn't sound very natural. Oh well, live and learn. Fixed in the next release;)
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hackneybloke said 2748 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
conversations
yay - cladist poetry! this has great potential...really interesting licks and hooks. love the guitar work.
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Hickling_Stan said 2747 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
Interesting
looking at your musical influences past and present I can hear where this is coming from, ( loads of overlap with my preferences as well!) A really interesting listen and i like the idea that this came from one of your dads poems. Cheers mark
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MarkHolbrook said 2747 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
Dang it
I faved and commented and they are gone... How frustrating! Well I'm here again... Still trying to learn your crazy and failing...

Great work Steve!
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ste said 2745 days ago (April 17th, 2010)
complicated
listen. i love how you've backed up the great lyrics. can hear the zappa, also a bit of talking heads. maybe. top work
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Doug Somers said 2741 days ago (April 21st, 2010)
Love those time signature changes
and the chorus that comes in from time to time to punctuate your theme. This is very inventive as is, so I can't imagine what other wonders will appear in a subsequent version. As others have said, it reminds me of Zappa/MoI in its free spirited playfulness which is actually carefully constructed underneath. There's a lot of work here and you carry it off brilliantly!

Until next time,
Doug
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Wummimann said 2739 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
great concept
great musician, great lyrics...
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GregDz said 2736 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
wow...WE WANT MORE!
So glad to have another person here carrying the "prog-rock" torch. Definitely heard Zappa (with Flo & Eddie- time to watch 200 Motels Again) in there.

Read you went to Indiana U- my cousin teaches music there (I think he's still there)- David Dzubay.

Love your work- alone, or collaborations. Keep 'em coming.
Greg
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jiguma said 2733 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Zappa perhaps, but
more Adrian Bellew to me - I'm a little fixated on Bellew at the moment, so this sounds excellent to me. Love the accuracy of the duet vocals as well as all the rhythmic stuff going on. We were booked to open for Zappa in the mid 70s in Sydney - a sad story as it turned out because we got gazumped for the gig an hour before showtime :( Bugger!
Coole post.
Neil
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billykirsch said 2722 days ago (May 10th, 2010)
Something new
and so good from you (yeah, I'm late I know - sigh).
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tokai said 2718 days ago (May 14th, 2010)
stylish
and yep a bit of Frank, you forhot to mention the picture. Wow you iz a real player, great composition.
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