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No Steps In The Snow



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Walked out in the snowy landscape today and remembered a song that i put together a year or two ago during another cold spell, thought it might be appropriate!

At the time i was walking up the side of a snow covered hill that had not been visited after the previous night's fall, making for an unbroken mantle of blank flakes. It seemed appropriate to me then, walking as it happened towards the low winter sun, that i was no worse off for that. Footprints are uncertain, fading guides, a brief, partial residue, distorted memories of a bygone journey of another traveller. No steps in the snow can guide us, only the sun, the living heart, can point our own peculiar way, subtly different always, each of us, from any other.
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No Steps in the Snow

Steps in the snow,
I can’t see them,
Unbroken snow,
Fallen so even,

Only the sun, low in the winter sky,
Warming and calling,
A lover still burning,

Steps in the snow,
How the wind steals them,
Blowing so cold,
Covers and heals them,

Only the sun…

Steps in the snow,
The thousands that made them,
Centuries gone,
The weather did fade them,

Only the sun…

Steps in the snow,
There’s nothing to follow,
I go alone,
In joy and in sorrow,

Only the sun…

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Uploaded: Dec 03, 2010 - 02:50:19 PM
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2010 - 02:57:37 PM Last Played: Mar 27, 2017 - 01:59:51 AM
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magnatone said 2542 days ago (December 3rd, 2010)
No Steps In The Snow
Hi Marc - this is exquisite! i really like the slight effect i think i'm hearing in your vocals, against the lovely and unpretentious guitar playing. really great lyrics - it's just a lovely, lovely song and thanks for the D/L!
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mrattue said 2542 days ago (December 3rd, 2010)
Possibly a cold!
Hi Karen,

Thanks for stopping by. Really glad you enjoyed it. Possibly a cold might account for the slight effect on the vocals. Can't remember tinkering with them, though it is a while ago i put it down. A cold is likely given the weather at the time!


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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2542 days ago (December 3rd, 2010)
and to the point, nice.

DOn't worry, I haven't forgotten about the holiday collab, just trying tie up a few loose ends.
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mrattue said 2542 days ago (December 3rd, 2010)
Thanks, man!
Any more simple and it wouldn't be there at all. The same could be said for the songwriter sometimes, i think!

Thanks for the update re Vampire collab. Sharpening fangs right now.


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jdholliday said 2541 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
well done Marc
thanks for sharing!
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mrattue said 2541 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
Thanks for listening!
Cheers for the positive review.

Just stamping the snow off my boots.

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PeterB7858 said 2541 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
Gentle melody
Hi Marc. The simple arrangement of this song suits it perfectly. You have an engaging, unpretentious vocal style that does justice to the poignant lyrics and gentle melody. Thanks for the posting. Take care, Peter.
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mrattue said 2540 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
Thanks, Peter!
Thanks for listening and giving it a chance. i am only too well aware that it is a very spare and humble piece compared with most of the impressive music posted on this site. It speaks volumes for MacJammers that these shortcomings do not deter them from listening, nor prevent them from finding something worthwhile in the song.

Thanks for listening, and taking the time to comment. You encourage me greatly.

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egobandit said 2540 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
great poem
Very visual, soft and straight to the point from one end to the other the song delivers in its own subtle way! enjoyed this one allot thanks!
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mrattue said 2540 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
Thanks for listening. Glad you enjoyed it. Still more of a poet than a musician, perhaps!


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kingbee said 2539 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
mr snowman
Really nice song.
I wish I had a real open fire that I could sit in front of and listen to this.
Vocals are just a bit shaky on the first verse but then really settle down and do the business.
I really like the rich 'timbre' to your voice.
Guitar solo works really well without complicating things.
Very much enjoyed on this frosty, dark, monday evening
By the way, I tried to look up Garrison GP35 guitar ..but Google just came back with links to you .
Do they indeed exist? :-)
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mrattue said 2539 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
Guitar Mystery
Really glad you enjoyed the song. Take your point about the initial uncertainty in the vocals. i think it is mainly the first line. When i played it back it seemed about the only major blemish, and i have found that it is very difficult to insert overdubs with vocals without them sounding slightly stilted and even worse than the original mistake, so i just left it in.

The missing guitar link i investigated myself and found that Garrison guitars as an independent entity have ceased to exist. They were bought out by Gibson in 2007. Garrison pioneered a new way of getting a quality mould every time and it was this technology that the bigger company was interested in, i think. Gibson now use the old Garrison factory in Newfoundland to make their acoustic 'Songmaker' line, and probably don't use the local woods that the original company used to.

If you are interested, the G stands for Garrison, the P for Parlour size (i wanted it to look and sound a bit like Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull's Guitar!) and the 35 the build quality (up the scale but not ridiculous!) The great thing was that Garrison would build whatever guitar you wanted and ship it across the pond. Parlour semi-acoustics seemed more or less non-existent at the time, so it was a great opportunity, even if it took about a year to turn up!

It's too good an instrument for my standard of playing, really, but i don't mind so much! There is always hope!

Cheers for listening!

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drakonis said 2538 days ago (December 7th, 2010)
on the edge...
This is poignant and sparse, very apropos for such lyrics... and the minor key with the occasional dip into major really gives this a wintery chill, in a good way. Beautiful. Would love to hear this re-recorded with the guitar closer to the mic to reduce the noticeable background hiss, and possibly push the vocals back ever-so-slightly so they aren't so "separated" from the guitar. This piece is a gem, and definitely needs to be mounted (mixed) properly so it shines.
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mrattue said 2538 days ago (December 7th, 2010)
Hi, Eduard!
Great to get your view. Will definitely be looking at your suggestions for improvement. The hiss is actually all on the vocal track (guitar is semi-acoustic direct line-in) so if i put the vocals back a bit, that should bring the hiss down, too. i agree that the voice part is probably too loud. Will see what i can do.

Thanks for listening, and it's so pleasing that you find the experience worth thinking about and commenting on.

Cheers from

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VicDiesel said 2538 days ago (December 7th, 2010)
You're a very sensitive guitar picker and singer.

Just curious: were guitar and vocals recorded together?
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mrattue said 2538 days ago (December 8th, 2010)
Have to disappoint!
Hi Victor,

i wish i had the talent to do the two things together! No, i seem to be able to concentrate on only one thing at a time, so the vocals were mixed over a pre-recorded accompaniment.

Glad you liked the result, and thank you so much for taking the trouble to say so!


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Char said 2507 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
More contemporary
than many of your songs. Very sweet playing and singing. A joy to hear. Thanks.
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mrattue said 2507 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
Thank you!
Really appreciate you listening to my songs and finding something worthwhile in them.

Worth a lot to this reclusive, humble, mystic-muddler!

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SJB said 2468 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Hi Marc
From one fellow "forty something" to another I have to say I'm enjoying your posts. Others have said this and I agree with them; your understated style and musical modesty (for want of a term that better describes what I mean) are very appealing in this day and age of big production and the whoesale use of limiters to make tracks LOUD.
Nicely done!

Best wishes

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mrattue said 2467 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Hi Steve
Thanks for digging this one out. Glad it proved worthwhile.

i always think the greatest words shouldn't need to be yelled out, so if i've held your interest without doing so then i am very happy!

Cheers now

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