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In rapid succession I broke the top two strings on my guitar. When I reached for the packet of replacement strings I discovered the second string was missing. Undeterred, I decided to develop this piece on the four-string guitar, although at one point I had to slip off the fretboard to hit the highest notes.

Thanks to Richard Schletty to being a sounding board for the lyrical development.
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JANUARY SNAPSHOT

Annie's gone to scuba in Aruba
in search of Vitamin D and a sunburn
while I'm sitting here beating on my tuba
with a bad education I'm trying to unlearn
and these narcissistic people who are always complaining
they aren't happy unless it rains
and the ballistic politicians trying to Glock-it-to-me
like a bullet passing straight though the brain

Everything is subject to revision
no matter how ridiculous is the rhyme
it's a serious recreation
I've got your song stuck in my mind
I'm working on an ingenious solution
to a universal problem I cannot resist
and you seem keep ignoring me
obviously you're trying hard to pretend I don't exist

The recession taught me another life lesson
more happiness will depend on living with less
like a heretic singing in the choir of expired dreams
I'm embarrassed by the rabid rhetoric
and while Annie's down there
basking with the barnacles
I nearly froze my nose at the winter carnival
as Santa Anna melts into the sunset
she's trying hard not to remember to forget
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Comments: 42
Fans: 19
Plays: 64
Downloads: 88
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Uploaded: Jan 21, 2011 - 07:58:05 PM
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011 - 07:58:05 PM Last Played: Mar 15, 2017 - 09:46:10 PM
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Hardware:
Aria Pro II "Les Paul" style electric guitar, iMac computer
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Comments
Calchas said 2518 days ago (January 21st, 2011)
Neither rain, sleet, snow nor broken strings...
Ha ha... Very cool this. I really like your lyrics and vocals in this man. You seem to be floating somewhere between Neil Young and John Lennon...

And those clean, shaky lead licks are wonderful!

Good stuff!

Be well friend!
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Warren Smith said 2517 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
My new avatar
Float like a Young … sting like a Lennon… just call me John Young … or Neil Lennon : )

Thanks for making a comparison and leaving a positive comment.


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jdholliday said 2517 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
may be the coolest lyrics ever!
brilliant stuff, great production, hah, a man who will not be denied, 4 strings sound great!
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Warren Smith said 2517 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
Limitations
This was one of those songs where the lyrical ideas kept flowing … and every time I thought it was finished some new word-arrangement demanded consideration. At least the four-string limitation helped reduce the solo possibilities : )
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Corporal Beef said 2517 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
Nice Job
Great vocal phrasing, and I love the guitar licks in between the verses.This was a fun listen. Thanks for posting.
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Warren Smith said 2517 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
The joy of song
For me, singing is all about phrasing. Well, it has to be, since I don't have much of a singing voice : )

I'm happy you found it fun to listen to, because I certainly had a fun time recording it.
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J.A.Stewart said 2517 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
Quirky and Adventurous
Me likes quirky... and you've accomplished that here, Warren. You've captured something that's unique and interesting in this little snapshot... despite a full complement of guitar strings.

Nicely done. ;)


--- Joe
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Warren Smith said 2515 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Adventures in music
Any praise coming from a deft guitarist like you is a day brightener. It's odd how something as simple as playing with two less strings can become a musical adventure.
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RAVENS said 2517 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
Cool Pic
Boy do I know that scene too, snow = bluck! Very cool song, the music is just great, dig the lyrics too. Great stuff, stay warm it's gonna be a cold one tonight!

RAVEN ;-)
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Warren Smith said 2515 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Baby it's cold outside
Yes, when the streets of Park Slope look like that - it's a good time to stay inside and make some music. Well, that, or maybe head to Aruba : )
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FEEL said 2516 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
It's got that
Western surf reverberated guitar vibe. I liked the fact that you could over conquer and adapt. Enjoyed your way of bringing in the new year. Thanks for Sharing!
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Warren Smith said 2515 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Guitar theory
Of course I don't set out to play surf. Rather, I just play around with guitar sounds until something feels right for whatever I'm working on ... and then usually add some other tracks with similar, but varied, effects to cast a wider tonal range. Or at least that's the theory : )
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Jarvoid said 2516 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
"Beating on my Tuba"...
please tell me that is not euphemistic or a copde for something that I do not want an image of in my head......
A four string guitar...that'll be a ukulele then !

Cracking song and some real clever use of words ..."she's trying hard not to remember to forget" is probably my fave.....nice one

cheers

Jarvoid

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Warren Smith said 2515 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Four-string I.D.
You can read it any way you want to : )

I originally wrote "banging" instead of "beating," but changed it later when I recognized its similarity to a Dylan line in his song "Absolutely Sweet Marie" on "Blonde on Blonde" where the horn in question is a trumpet, to turn it into a literary reference as well as a graphic image.

Ukulele? I don't think so - although I used to own and play one. This is definitely ... and defiantly ... a guitar song ... as opposed to any other instrument with four strings, say, like a banjo, violin, cello, bass, pipa, bouzouki, cavaco, chonguri, hardingfele, ramkie, moon yueqin ... or ukelele : )
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Char said 2516 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Necessity
is the mother of invention. It sounds like a ukelele and that gives it a light hearted vibe. Fun lyrics and spritely delivery. Thanks.
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Warren Smith said 2515 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Macjam influence
Wouldn't you know it? When I went to the guitar store this weekend to buy new strings there was a rack of Hawaiian ukeleles ... and I just had to pull one down and dink around on it for a while, all because of your and Jarvoid's comments. Ah, the influence exerted by Macjammers : )
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PeterB7858 said 2516 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Unique sound
Hey Warren, great lyrics and a cool song to boot. I like the vocal combinations you have going here. You have developed a unique sound that is very listenable. Enjoyed! Take care, Peter.
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Warren Smith said 2513 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Structuring style
I think over time one acquires certain personal techniques that can develop into a distinctive sound and, while I see that as a desirable aspect of recording, any particular statements of style for me are pretty much accidental. That is, more and more I have a tendency to let my songs develop piecemeal, experimenting with sound combinations or vocal phrasings until something feels right, and then move on to the next piece of the song. Sometimes it's only a sense of structure that holds the sonics together in any kind of a unity : )

You probably are aware of this, as your songs and stories have an acute understanding of theme and structure.
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KCsGROOVE said 2515 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
yeah
cool music
cool lyrics
cool everythin! :-)
KC
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Warren Smith said 2513 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Thanks ...
for listening and commenting.
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dave_b said 2515 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
January Snapshot
Very creative lyrics, well sung. Tight playing, riffs are hooked up to the drums really well. The lack of strings seems to have inspired some creative soloing. Cool song!
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Warren Smith said 2513 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Too many should be enough
Some songs struggle to come into existence, but for this one the ideas were overflowing. If anything, I'm guilty of trying to cram too many modifiers into the text.

Innovation in drumming is still a relatively new development for me. Improvement can be directly linked to feedback here at Macjams.
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davisamerica said 2515 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
hahaha.....
what a wonderful romp ...4 string guitar is my favorite instrument..... seriously cool track Warren.
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Warren Smith said 2513 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Play and replay
When I was a young, poor student and I couldn't justify spending any money on such niceties as new guitar strings, I went through phases of playing five, then four, and eventually three-string guitar. What I remember is that each arrangement had its own idiosyncratic characteristics. When this happenstance occurred, and I was suddenly left holding a four-string once again, it seemed like an accident that offered an opportunity to play the same instrument differently - as well as momentarily letting me replay the past : )
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woofer3 said 2513 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
January Snapshot
This is a credit to you, so appealing right from the off. There is a hint of John Lennon in the vocals in places which I love. Nice to hear a well written and beautifully performed composition. I love the - dare I say- Jimmy Yancey type of ending - - so very Beatles as well.
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Warren Smith said 2512 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
Not giving up my day job
Jimmy Yancey? Love that boogie woogie! I do have something in common with him - I'm a musician that's hanging on to my day job : )

Some of my phrasing here is similar to what you are doing on those wonderful acapella satires of yours, which I intend to comment on one of these days.
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sammydix said 2513 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
The lyrics!!!
Loved em, man. Like esoteric poetry. Perfect fit for this tune. Gotta fan ya.
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Warren Smith said 2512 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
A Plan
Words and music fitting succinctly with each other - I love it when a plan comes together! Thanks for stopping by for a listen.
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lholden said 2513 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Cool
I love the lyrics and vocals.. very appropriate! It was great to listen, made me smile. Thanks.
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Warren Smith said 2512 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
When you're smiling ...
I was going for laughter, but will settle for a smile : )

Thanks for listening and commenting.
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TERRAPLANE said 2512 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
4 string wonder
very cool unique sound & excellent lyrics ,,this is really special!! thanks for the DL,,
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Warren Smith said 2509 days ago (January 30th, 2011)
4 strings, 6 decades
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I will be doing the same for your music .. as one 60-year-old to another.
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K.I.S.KISMET said 2512 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
clever and creative
great stuff Warren! i smiled the whole time listening. warm and witty vibe. envious of your lyrical talent!
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Warren Smith said 2509 days ago (January 30th, 2011)
Thanks for smiling
Ha-hah .. nothing to be envious of .. I just play around with the words the same way I play around with the notes of a melody.
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jiguma said 2502 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
4 strings good ....
Warren - I think this is one of the best songs you've posted here, both lyrically and musically. I like the lyrics very much indeed - they create a really good feel/image.
I also like your performances and production.
N
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Warren Smith said 2494 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
More is less
Hmmmm ... if you think I have done better with the elimination of two strings ... maybe I should remove another and take it down to three strings and really rock out : )
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DWL said 2496 days ago (February 12th, 2011)
Unique
Loved it. Lyrics are splendid and 4 strings or not it works.

Cheers

Dick
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Warren Smith said 2493 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Complexities
Of course, it is less complex having only four strings to compress instead of six, so maybe that simplifies the approach? However, the start was pretty much the same as any other of my recent songs: scratching out a melody and pairing it with some words and taking it from there. It's always nice when it develops into something.
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thetiler said 2490 days ago (February 18th, 2011)
Very innovative
Love the cross between surf sound of the guitar and your own unique and very listenable tune. Actually one of the best i've heard here at mj for that style. Very impressed with the interesting guitar leads you've done Warren. Again, one of my soft spots is the effect that electric surf guitar had on me and it seems you turned it up a notch as Emerald would say. Interesting words. Things like this that make me proud to be at MJ because it isn't necessarily mass media TV and regular radio that has all the talent. I say to the few that may be around MJ on occasion, there is innovation at MJ and this tune is one of em.

Way to go Warren !
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FatherTime said 2378 days ago (June 10th, 2011)
Lyrically very interesting
I liked some of the guitar riffs too. How did you get Neil Young's cousin to sing on your track ? :D
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billykirsch said 2323 days ago (August 4th, 2011)
January
You got Neil Young and Roger Waters in a duet here? The lyrics freeflowing in a stream of Kerouac humors and the humor splashing into the rebellious handicapped guitar.
Seriously funny.
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alackbass said 2020 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
January Snapshot
So cool! Most of us would put the guitar away and just wait until we had new strings. Using it as part of the process is so much cooler. You have an original style. I love all the intertwining guitar lines.
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