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Make Amends (w/ Strangedream, Sigmund, Awigze)


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We nearly had this finished before I left for a very long business trip (Hong Kong and Dehli). I came back with a nasty case of jet lag and finally got around to putting together the final mix. I love the way this turned out.

Natalie, Sigmund, Andy all did really great jobs on this.

This is a song that Natalie wrote quite a while back. We were chatting about other projects we could do together. After "Inspiration" I really wanted to do another one with her and Sigmund. She shared "Make Amends" with me. I really liked the lyrics and overall feel of it. After I started on the arrangement I kept hearing a sax part and contacted Andy to see if he would be interested in helping out. Luckily, he agreed. I hope you like the result as much as I do.

Credits:
- Vocals: Strangedream
- Lead Guitar: Sigmund
- Sax: Awigze
- Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Piano, B3, Bass (chapman stick), Drums: Tonestones

Thanks for listening,

-- Steve
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Lyrics
Make Amends

always here you push I shove
we're wading through this puddle of love
soaking sheets with all this rage
drag me through this empty age
I need you here
You'll leave me here
break my heart and break my hands
never want to hear this song again

And if I had the chance to make amends
you'd find me broken from the waist down
waiting for the bus to town
and if I had the chance to make amends
you'd find me on knees, choking on the street again

Tangled here, we're strangled here
choking on our own confusion
baby spit it up, sometimes it won't stay down
maybe we can live in fusion
all the world's a vacant stage
you drag me through this tired age
never want to sing this song again

CHORUS

And you're a wise man
if you tame me if you blame if you let me in
and you're a wise man
if you let me go, let me go, let me go

CHORUS
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Plays: 323
Downloads: 90
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Uploaded: Jun 04, 2011 - 02:28:56 PM
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2011 - 02:35:42 PM Last Played: Oct 02, 2017 - 03:28:43 AM
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awigze said 2327 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Make Amends!
Natalies lyrics are inspired and the best I've heard her singing- although she thinks she can do better. Sigmund's guitar solos are as good as they get. The instrumentation is tight and sweet. The echoing at the end makes Natalie sound as if she is saying 'you cant have me'.
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tonestones said 2326 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Thanks Andy
I'm really glad you could help us out with this. I forgot to give you credit in the notes, but Andy is responsible for the "Ha!" that kicks this tune off! Love your sax work, man. Great sound, inspired performance.
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alackbass said 2327 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Make Amends
WOW! GREAT SONG! Amazing arrangement! Natalie is in top form (and that's saying something since she's always incredible). Unbelievable production! Pro! Pro! Pro! Congratulations to the entire band!
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tonestones said 2326 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Much appreciated, Andrew
This was a fun project to work on. I'm glad you liked it.
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davisamerica2 said 2327 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Man! Lots of excitement here!
And lots of incredible music making. Love Natalie's singing in this, and the lyrics are great. Sigmund and Andy drive it nicely. Gotta take this home with me. Terry
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tonestones said 2326 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Taking it home
Thanks, Terry. I'm amazed at the great performances by Natalie, Sigmund and Andy on this one. They made my job easy.
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magnatone said 2327 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Make Amends
i am practically speechless at the level of quality music being posted on MJ in the last few days - this is AWESOME!!! the 3 of you make a super trio of killer talent - this is fabulous!
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magnatone said 2327 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
sorry
i said "trio" - forgive me - there are clearly FOUR of you making this incredible music!
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tonestones said 2326 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
MJ, taking it up a notch
There have been some awesome submissions recently, but I've come to expect it. The value of this site is that when we collaborate we each grow a little more, gaining experience and benefiting for the experiences of others.
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Daugrin said 2327 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Never again...
Taste and tone... thanks for sharing.
The solo sections are interesting as well... great job guys!

Daug

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tonestones said 2326 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Solos
I agree. I think both Andy and Sigmund did great jobs on the solos. "Never wanna sing this song again"... Great line. Natalie really shines on this one.
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ic42 said 2327 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
we need more bits...
There are not enough bits in this mp3 to hold all this talent... there's that TonesTones swagger, Natalie's breathtaking vox, Andy's Kick-sax performance, and Sigmund bites his lip and rides the guitar to the finish line, oh yah. Thanks all!
ttfn,
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tonestones said 2324 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
More bits!
We are a virtual band living in the digital domain. More bits, please!
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mvh9591 said 2327 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Wow___
Nice - Very Nice. Loved all the changes. Great mix.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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davisamerica said 2327 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
saw an artist last summer
using a chapman stick ... amazing to listen to and watch being played but did not realize there was also a bass.... it sounds great here. Just killer voxs and lyrics and the bad is tight. love the b3 and sax mix .... u guys are terrific ... another download and thank you!!
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Carrie71 said 2327 days ago (June 4th, 2011)
Make Amends...
Killer tune here. Steve is the man. Sig well, Sig is just incredible, a fan indeed. Andy, I am always in awe of your sax. Natalie, your voice is so amazing. So amazing I wish it were a little more out front. I mean your voice shines through as always, I just want more of it out there on a silver platter! Awesome track guys and gal!
jiguma said 2327 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Love this!
Natalie has such a great voice, and you've done it justice with the proggy backing.
Lovely lead Sigi, and groovy sax Andy.
Very nicely done indeed. I'd pay good money to see this lineup live.
:)
Cheers from Oz,
Neil

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KCsGROOVE said 2327 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Make amends
Really cool song!
Great rhythm! Dig the bass and drums here!
Well played and sung!
Fav and download!
Excellent!
KC
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neilh79 said 2327 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Make Amends
Love it great song, awesome vocal well done to all
dave_b said 2327 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Make Amends
Nice hook and strong images in the lyric. Strong vocals. Terrific arrangement with some inspired playing. Mix sounds great.
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RochaMalhada said 2327 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
very good!
This is enjoyable start to finish. Great team and collaboration

. - Harold
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dimm witness said 2326 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
really
good :D
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Gaylen75 said 2326 days ago (June 5th, 2011)
Tori Amos Sneaker Pimps Jewel
Man this has great tastes of many different artists that I have loved. This has moments of U2's The Edge in the batman sound track and an awesome hint of contemporary Sting. With all these comparisons I must say it is so very Steve Stone. Great work by all.
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strangedream said 2325 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Had to reply to this
Thanks for comparing me to such coolness as Tori Amos, Sneaker Pimps and Jewel. That feels good. You're awesome Gaylen.
lavalamp said 2326 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Oh boy
What a big, beautiful work of art here! Excellent stuff my friends. Bravo

LL
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ShadowofNine said 2326 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Make Amends
Something I have had to do as part of my rehab & recovery...excellent song & performances...
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strangedream said 2325 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
That's funny
I've been to many a meeting. I've made mine as well.
TracyVosh said 2325 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
Sweet!!
This virtual band rocks, all of you...what a fantastic collab! I don't know what else to say but "cudos!"
Parichayaka said 2324 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
All kinds of awesome
Excellent job everyone, this rocks! Too many good things to comment on (but the drums around 3:12 - never heard that before, too cool! Any way to make the bass drum punchier in the overall mix?).

Start sending this one out to all radio stations with a pulse. You really got something here! One of the best collaborations I've heard...
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egobandit said 2324 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
kick it
Some serious singing, some very cool Zep , Yes, Heart all rolled up in one
Fire happens around that sax solo on ,my knees choking on the street again that line really grabs you
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SmokeyVW said 2324 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
classic
dig the rhythm! vocals are gold. it hangs together coherently - every instrument adds a necessary sound to the whole thing. and then

holy cow!

thanks
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PeterB7858 said 2324 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
Unique
This is the second Strangedream song I have caught today. Woot! Steve your instrumentation on this is fantastic and Andy and Sig pull all the right stops to round out a wonderful collaboration. The result is a unique music experience. Warm regards to all. Peter.
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Vic Holman said 2324 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
Make Amends
lively! cool tight playing is what really gets me since this has cool riffs galore. excellent work by all involved!
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hackneybloke said 2324 days ago (June 8th, 2011)
make amends
groovy AWB intro. great vocal delivery, excellent mix, clean as a whistle; everything in its place, everything in its space. love the prog rock instrumental sections....cool riffing sig & andy. the beefed out section from 4.00 really rocks....and natalie brings it home perfectly. really cool track....love the echo delay ending.
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finkeldink said 2323 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Nice one
Great collab all.
Much enjoyed
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TobinMueller said 2323 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Fab collab!!
I totally dig the funky fusion prog instrumental sections and bridges in this track. The funky feel is really nice. Living in fusion, for sure! Really nice band feel. Great guitar solo. Truly a cool track.
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gadzooks said 2322 days ago (June 10th, 2011)
Make Amends
What professional playing. Great vocals and fantastic guitar and sax. Love the arrangement. Rock on!
SG
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racerat said 2321 days ago (June 10th, 2011)
Amends
Really tight a funky. Expert musicianship all around. You guys should be a live band. You'd rock. My one thought on this track though is that the fusion-funkiness of it begs a deep-from-the-guts vocal delivery - Natalie's vocal is gorgeous and sweet as it usually is, but I'd love for her to dig deep down and make it a little less sweet - belt it out someday, get a little distortion going in those pipes. Especially for lyrics this emotional and guttural. Thx for tune. very cool.
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ktb said 2321 days ago (June 11th, 2011)
Make Amends
killer. shades of little feat in the music. you guys should tour :-)
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craft said 2319 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Make Amends!
Great song with a greater arrangement. Love the drums.
Strangedream did a great job...

The sax playing is huge and that guitar solo... uau!!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2319 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Make amends
A stellar prodcution from a cast of stars! What a superb performance. I don't know where to begin so I'll just say thanks for posting it. Really enjoyed this!
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kindafishy said 2318 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Some Thoughts
There's quite a bit to like here. Great musicianship and a great vocal performance. Excellent groove in the verses and the lead in to the verses. Got me bobbing my head. The middle section is well written and performed wonderfully.

Overall, it is really quite good. I do find that the chorus doesn't have the impact that all the other song sections have. Everything else has a very tight arrangment, but the musicians aren't as locked in during the chorus. Everyone isn't emphasising the same accents. Probably an arrangement choice. Great sax playing, wow. The low end of the mix could still use a little tweaking. The kick gets lost and the bass is a little buried as well. I probably would have gone with a much cleaner tone for the guitar solos as well.

I hope the critique is welcome, as it is sincere. Just my opinions. Overall, very well done and much beyond anything I could hope to produce myself (hey, movie critics don't make hit movies either).
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