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Better Off Broken (w/strangedream, rok41, kevmikwa)


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Sigmund

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A few months ago, strangedream (Nat) sent me a rough outline for “Better Off Broken”. I threw some piano, synth, strings and guitar onto it and sent it back to her. She liked what she heard, but she was sick with a nagging flu and couldn’t do vox for it for a couple of months.

In the meantime, through a series of strange and unrelated events, BOB got into the ears of Christina Hitchcock, an Indie movie producer in San Francisco who was shooting a film called “Soul”. She asked us to use BOB for the opening scene of her upcoming film, and after thinking about it (yeh RIGHT!) we agreed.
In order to finish it up right, I needed some serious talent. Rok41 (Chris) and kevmikwa (Mike) agreed to lend their creative touches to this piece on bass and drums, respectively, and OH man, was it sounding good! And when I finally got Nat’s finished vocals, I knew we had something special.

A special thanks to Jason Olsen for providing me the perfect starting track. He played the rhythm guitar on this piece.

In September, Nat and I will be heading to San Francisco to shoot footage for the movie’s accompanying music video. I don’t mind telling you, my fellow macjammers, that this is an exciting time!

The film, “Soul” is being released November 5th, and will be screened at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. For anybody who may be in the Bay area on that date and would be interested in ticket info, please just send me a pm.
On behalf of Nat, Chris and Mike, I thank you for your support, and listens.

Now please enjoy “Better off Broken”

Copyright 2011 Natalie Scibetta & Sigmund
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Lyrics
Better Off Broken

You fill the room with smoke
everybody's watching you
I bet it turns you on to think
I see your every move
and although I know the way
I'm not going home tonight
I think I'll follow you
I think you want me to

Can we take your car?
The city is lonely and
the world is a scar and we're
better off broken
we're better off hard
the future is frozen
forget who you are and lets go

Don't mean that much to me
if you leave my side tonight
what makes you think you're free
what makes you think I'll hold you
and although I wanna play
I'm not going home tonight
I think I'll follow you
I think you need me to

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Comments: 130
Fans: 65
Plays: 501
Downloads: 95
Votes: 10
Uploaded: Aug 26, 2011 - 08:06:14 PM
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2011 - 02:21:41 PM Last Played: Aug 28, 2017 - 09:31:51 AM
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Comments
magnatone said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
BoB
HOLY COW - this is awesome, and CONGRATULATIONS on movie soundtrack and video gig - that is FABULOUS! this is so pro, so excellent - and i can't believe i know you guys!!!! i feel like i'm listening to real musical greatness here - congrats again to all!
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Hi Karen
Congratulations on being first! Your support means so much to all of us - on behalf of Nat, Chris and Mike, we humbly thank you for listening and commenting!
Sig
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alackbass said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Better Off Broken
WOW! It's scary just how great this is! I quit! Right after I download this!
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Andrew my friend
As always it is great to see you around these parts. I know everyone in this group holds you in the highest esteem - we are thrilled you stopped by to listen and comment - thank you my friend -
Sig
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papag said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
And then...
this track is just exploding with sonic sensation!

thanks for the download
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Hey papa
Man I love that description "exploding with sonic sensation!". Can't get much better than that! We all appreciate you stopping by to listen and comment - thanks!


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egobandit said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Fantastic build up in this
it holds you with a strong tension, Natalie is fantastic, everything is fantastic! did I say fantastic! great song downoaded
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Hi Tim
Wait til you see it in the movie - talk about tension! This group was fantastic - I couldn't agree more! We all appreciate you coming by for a listen and to comment - THANKS!
Sig
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Feter said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Better Off Broken
Incredible rhythm to a pop modern vocal work ,great line up ..huge work done here a" perfection " ..I wish I m on Bay Area I misses it already been there last month for couple days for a family visit and its really a beautiful place ...good luck ..and thank you for sharing !!
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Hey Feter
Thanks for stopping by to listen and comment - everyone in this project appreciates your support! I'll keep you updated on possible showtimes just in case you have the opportunity to catch the film - Thanks!
Sig
Check out my latest song called Running with the Wind by Peter B, feat rok41
magnatone said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
BoB
i'm currently on a 10 day motorcycle trip, and THIS incredible song just went STRAIGHT to the iPod trip playlist - THANKS! you guys are amazing!
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Karen
Downloads always seem to me to be the very BEST compliments - enjoy your vacation!
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Gaylen75 said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Very Cool
This is a great track. I love the strings they really add alot of depth. Of course great vocals and lyrics. I think every part is perfect.
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Hey Gaylen
Nice to see you stopping by - extremely kind of you to have a listen and leave such a nice comment. Coming from you it is high praise - thanks!
Sig
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Carrie71 said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
BOB...
Congrats guys and gal! Fantastic song. Stellar job by all! How exciting for you guys!
Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Hi Carrie
Exciting - yes! I wish everyone in this group could join us for the video. Chris and Mike deserve to be a part of things as well. But Nat and I are really looking forward to going! Thank you so much for stopping by to listen and comment - we all appreciate your continued support here!
Sig
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rok41 said 2250 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
Better Off Broken
Sig, I really loved the way this one turned out! Great job with the arrangement string work and mix...stellar! Your talents are ridiculous! Nat, geeeeeez, you kill me! Poignant lyrics and your fabulous voice make this delicious. Mikey, it's always a pleasure my friend, what a great foundation you laid out for this, rock solid! I really enjoyed this labor of love!
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Chris
I am so glad you could be a part of this project. You are a true professional who gives his all and more, and you've become a good friend in the process. Thank you for everything!
Sig
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Symphony101 said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
What a masterpiece !
Fantastic line up and performances on this beautiful song. I love the rich arrangement, I love how cleverly the strings are used. Very intense song, a great listen ! Each one of you were excellent on this.
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Yves
Thank you my friend, for stopping by to listen, and what a nice comment! I truly feel blessed to have so many great friends here, and to work with such talented people. I've no doubt they each share in my appreciation for your support here, so a big fat THANK YOU, Yves!
Sig
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Elevator_Funk said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
...
Wow, this is extra super good. I hope you don't mind comparisons, but I think it sounds like old-school Ani DiFranco singing over some new school DMB. I dig it.
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Brian
We are happy you stopped by to check out our work. Means a lot that you took time to listen and comment, so thank you - most appreciated!
Sig

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Denny Borsboom said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
I am shocked
by the quality of this work! Ab fab!
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Denny
Thank you for stopping by to listen and comment. This group was such a pleasure to work with, and I know I speak for them when I say we all appreciate your support here!
Sig
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J_Gretch said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Better Off Broken
You guys should be proud...this is top shelf material.Thanks so much for sharing,and thanks for the download.
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hey J
We really appreciate you stopping by for a listen, and thank you for leaving such a nice comment!
Sig
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Skean said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Wow - Kudos you2
I thought I put the radio on, great stuff, love it and thanks for the download…. Cheers
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Kenta
You DID put the radio on - MacJams radio! Hey man, thanks for stopping by our page and checking out our work - this group really appreciates it!
Sig
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tokai said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Great
Superb arrangement and accomplishment to this track. Love the strings. Those distant guitars are super cool. Can't fault this sound.
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hello Steve
Thanks for coming by for a listen, and we definitely appreciate you leaving such a nice comment. This group of artists really made it easy for me. Thanks again!
Sig
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jdholliday said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
The cream rises to the top!
Awesome! Congrats! And well deserved by all! we knew you all when!
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi JD
Well I think we have a ways to go to get to the top. Still, playing with this group of artists certainly makes it feel a little closer! We all appreciate you stopping by to listen and comment!
Sig
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crissew said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Congrats!!
This is great news. Hope you all make it BIG one day!!! Great tune. Dramatic strings, great vocals, cool stutter step beat. What's not to love?
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Charles
Thanks, man, for stopping by to listen and comment. Time will tell haw far we end up going in this business of music, but with this talented group artistically, don't think one can get much better! Thanks again for the listen!
Sig
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Henke said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Congratulations!
You're so worth it. Really pro stuff this. And I thought that before reading the back story ;-) Best of luck with what's ahead of you..!

Take care,
Henke
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hello Henrik
Thanks for coming by our page to have a listen, and your very nice comment is most appreciated by all of us!
Sig
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strangedream said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
It was an honor
to work with such a talented group of people. Sigmund, you really took a two dimensional track and took it way past three dimensional to an alternate planet. I feel lucky to have been able to go to that place with you, and thank you MJ for being around so Sig and I could meet! Special thanks to Chris and Mike for jumping onboard and making this tune even more pro. I had fun.
Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Nat
Alternate planet? I think alternate universe. And remember this all started with a great idea and an aweome vocal track that was so good, the rest just about wrote itself. Thank you for everything!
Sig
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SISTERS said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
really good
this music is awesome - i love its energy and drive!
Natalie sounds great. lots of drama and tension in the instrumentation - the break is waaaay impressive. i fell in love with those strings. definitely pro stuff, this! ya killed me, Anne
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Sigmund said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Anne
Thank you so much for stopping by to listen and comment. It really means a lot to us all!
Sig
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DWL said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Brilliant
Forget the forum comments.

This really good.

Loved just about everything about it.

Cheers

Dick
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Dick
Thank you so much for coming by to listen to our work, and for leaving such a nice comment. I speak for everyone in this group when I say we really appreciate it!
Sig
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Dadai.2 said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
great tune...
this is as good as it gets, whether at MJ or... Hat's off to all of you. Production is killer, bringing together some amazing writing and performances. Kudos.

Jack
Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Jack
Thanks for stopping by to listen and comment on our song. This was a great group of artists to work with - I feel priviledged to be able to create music with such amazingly talented folks. Your support means a lot to us!
Sig
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PBGB said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
About as good as it gets
here at MJ I think. Brilliant vocals Nat, and great performances from Sigi, Mike and Chris. Wonderful arrangement and mix on a classy song. I'm sure this will be a real success in the soundtrack.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Neil and crew
We are thrilled you stopped by to listen, and thank you for the very nice comments. We are really excited about the placement in the film - can't wait till it comes out! Thanks again!
Sig

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bud said 2250 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Super solid top notch quality song
every aspect works for me - I ave no crits whatsoever. The mix of rock and orch sounds great and the transitions through sections are really well handled. Vocals are impassioned and the lyrics suit the musical mood. What else is there? Cool track.
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Bud
Thank you for stopping by to have a listen, and your very nice comments are much appreciated! This group was a total pleasure to work with on this project, and they simply did an amazing job! Thanks again, from all of us!
Sig
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dave_b said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Better Off Broken
Strong imagery in the conversational lyric "world is a scar", "future is frozen", provides a world weary yet edgy vibe. Great vocals, pro arrangement & production. Congratulations on your placement!
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hey Dave
Thanks for stopping by our page to have a listen and to leave a comment. Natalie's lyrics are indeed captivating, as is her vocal style. Chris and Mike also put in some amazing performances here. This project was a lot of fun and we are all very happy you enjoyed it - thanks again!
Sig
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hackneybloke said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
better off broken
very commercial song and delivery and production. if you're after a commercial sound then you've got a winner here. the let's go spacey section is very atmospheric. not indie enough to be indie and maybe not commercial enough to be truly commercial.....but expertly conceived and realised by all. huge talents one display....just goes to show that we're all good enough :)
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Julian
IT is always a pleasure to see you stopping by for a listen, and thank you as well for the thoughtful comment. Funny thing about this track is, if it sounds commercial it is only by coincidence, as I never listen to regular radio and wouldn't know a commercial tune if it poked me in the eye - at least commercial by today's standards. But this was a great crew and everyboday performed at their best for this work - we are all glad you liked it - thanks!
Sig
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PeterB7858 said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Recognition...
Nothing broken about this effort :-) This is a top-notch, pro-quality track that has obviously been recognised as such. Congratulations on the soundtrack and video opportunity. The song and the performances deserve the exposure. Nat's vocals are fantastic, as always, and the atmospheric backing track that the rest of the team provides just oozes class. Makes you proud to be an MJ member. Regards, Peter.
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hey Peter
Thank you so much for stopping by to listen and comment on our collab. It was a thrill working with this group and it is exciting to see our work recognized. Thanks again!
Sig
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Corporal Beef said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Broken
Great tune, and I dig the scenario created with the lyrics. My only "beef" is that the vocals seem a bit lost in the mix. I'm not on my KRKs though, so maybe that's the issue. Thanks for posting.
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hello Jason
Sure glad you came by to listen and comment. I speak for all band members when I say we appreciate your support, here at mj!
Sig
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jibes said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Better Off Broken
Top notch stuff!!! Nat's voice melts my heart!!
Great song and production!!
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
Hi Neal
Thank you for stopping by to listen to our tune, and also for the super nice comment - we all appreciate it so much!
Sig
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strangedream said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Aw, shucks....
Melts your heart, eh? Thanks.
gadzooks said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Better Off Broken
That opening rhythm guitar track panning around my head off in the distance grabbed my attention and then it all kicks in nicely. Wonderful playing and production. You are all pro's and it shows in the musicianship going on in this track. Sig, I have to compliment you on your arrangement of the strings and I have a real soft spot for the fabulous bass playing holding it all together.
SG
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Hi Stan
Thank you for stopping by our song page! Everyone in on this project performed at their highest levels, making it easy to put together a track like this. On behalf of the band, thank you for listening, and for leaving such a nice comment - much appreciated!
Sig
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J.A.Stewart said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Tightly-Knit, Loosely Lived
Excellent execution all around with a tasteful build and a splendid, multifaceted arrangement that gives this piece definite drama — and interest. The tightly-knit integrity of the music track plays in intriguing contrast to Natalie's smoky vocals and the song's somewhat fatalistic lyrics... making it an easy choice as a cinematic backdrop.

Congratulations and best of luck to all of you. ;)


--- Joe
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Hi Joe
I think Nat's smoky vox and fatalistic lyrics are what grabbed the attention of the producer for the film, which has a dark, sinister theme and ambience to it. Thank you for taking the time to listen to our work, and for leaving such a nice comment. Appreciated by all, to be sure!
Sig
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strangedream said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
coolest comment ever
Thanks for taking the time, Joe.
Saltaireguru77 said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
BOB
One word.
Stellar.
Requires no further comment.
Thanks for sharing with us. DL'd of course.
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Hey Stephen
Well, actually 2 words we all love: stellar, and, DL'd - two very high compliments! Thank you for stopping by to listen and comment - we all muchly appreciate it!
Sig
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Vic Holman said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Better Off Broken
superb. the arrangement here is extremely dramatic...... one heck of a powerful piece!
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Sigmund said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Hey Vic
Thanks, man, for stopping by to listen and comment. We all appreciate your support!
Sig
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davajonah said 2249 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Seriously
nice piece of music, great mix and very pro sounding. Good luck [though I doubt you'll need much!] with the filming.
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Sigmund said 2248 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Hi Dave
I appreciate you stopping by for a listen, and to comment. We all very much appreciate it!

I enjoyed your latest piece as well - thanks again!
Sig
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Char said 2248 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Sigmund
and band..worth the success of becoming a sound track. Thanks.
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Sigmund said 2248 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Hey Char
Thank you for stopping by to listen, and such kind words! Thank you, from all of us!
Sig
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Mosaica said 2248 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Wowzers!
Seriously, what a composition! This is just a chocolate box of sounds - I love the string (cello?) staccato riffs mixed with the legato backing, the congas that appear every so often, the Stupendous vocals etc etc. Sincere congratulations all round.
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Sigmund said 2248 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Hi Rosalind
Finally!! Someone like my congas! Thank you so much for stopping by to listen and comment - means a lot to all of us!
Sig
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Outtaorbit said 2248 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Actually .......
you got lots of fans......
So why did ya sink the vox?
Beautiful voice......
great tune ...... hard to produce things.....
The whole tune is so very dramatic...... I feel compelled to do something.
don't know what yet.
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Sigmund said 2248 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Hi Patrick
Thanks for stopping by to listen and comment on our work. If you want send me a pm I would like to know what you mean by sink the vox. This was an awesome group to work with - we all appreciate your support here - thanks again!
Sig
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Outtaorbit said 2248 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Actually .......
Did anybody tell you.....
"It's just Macjams."
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davisamerica said 2248 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
3rd listen
...sorry the first was on my iphone... wow...perfect
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Sigmund said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Hi Jack
Perfect is a mighty high bar, my friend, but I sure appreciate the sentiment. This group appreciates that you took time to listen and comment on our work, and, well they turned in about as close to perfect a performance as one could ask for...thanks so much!
Sig
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davisamerica2 said 2248 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Sigmund, you guys keep raising the bar....
...and I thank you for that. This is a fabulous song, and a fabulous performance by all. No surprise you made an impression in the film world. Throw MJ's calling card around when you get there, and we'll try to match your standards. And keep raising the bar, but please, one notch at a time. (D/L'd while it's still free.)
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Outtaorbit said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
I.........
agree really a great tune
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Sigmund said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Hi Terry
We are thrilled you stopped by to listen and comment on our tune, and I was just thinking I needed to get some MJ cards printed up to pass out when we get in front of all those bigwig film producers, lol! We'll see what happens, but for now just know that we really appreciate your support here at macjams - thank you - from all of us!
Sig
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Sigmund said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
and Patrick
thanks for coming back - THAT'S a compliment!
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Bob6stringer said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Really? Fun, you!
Excellent tune all around. Every detail's just fine. Sig, you're an outstanding guitarist here and I can't believe the restraint you use here in the name of serving the song and a fine vocal in center stage.
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Sigmund said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Hi Bob
Hey man thanks for coming by to listen and comment. Talk about restraint - originally the entire bridge section was one big guitar solo, and I decided to keep and use the only the very last 2 seconds. It just didn't seem to go with the song as it was. We really appreciate your support here, Bob - thanks again!
Sig
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neilh79 said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Better off Broken
This is brilliant, I love these collabs when such talented dudes and dudettes all get together and create something awesome. Really well done, love it all, download is a no-brainer
Sigmund said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Hey Neil
Thank you for stopping by to listen to our song. And we really appreciate the very nice comment. And I'll agree with you - this group is one talented bunch and a total pleasure to work with! Thanks again, Neil.
Sig
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MarkHolbrook said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
The start of
something big!!! I think this song will get rave reviews! Sig you'd better get ready. Simply wonderful in every possible way!
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Sigmund said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Hi Mark
Man it is good to see you stopping by for a listen, and I know this group would agree that your comments are simply wonderful. We all very much appreciate your support here - thank you!
Sig
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tonestones said 2248 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Great production
Man, this sounds fantastic. Great performances and the production is outstanding. Great job!
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Sigmund said 2247 days ago (August 30th, 2011)
Hi Steve
Thanks for stopping by, my friend, to listen and comment. It really means a lot to all of us, and we appreciate your support.
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jdholliday said 2247 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Okay here's my 2 cents critique
After listening on headphones, monitors, in the car and on the ipod, keeping in mind I love it and this is me trying to nit pick......not crazy about the intro thingee in fact the more I hear it the more I dislike it, hard to understand the words through speakers, I think Nat's voice could be up front more/ eq'd clearer. That's my biggest nit is that the words are hard to understand, except in headphones where they are clear. Also, and I think this could be huge, I would take out at least some of the orchestration while she is singing, there is way too much going on while she's singing imho. I understand adding to build the song but maybe adding one thing taking away one, changing instead of adding. And then it seems there is less orchestration when she's not singing, should be the other way around I think.
I haven't read the other comments but I heard someone commented that the production/arrangement/instrumentation is a bit 80's, I agree though I love the eighties. Not sure how to change that, but i would think about it, it may be an easy change.
One more thing, I really think this arrangement would be improved by some dramatic left turns at least a stop or 2.

Now I am typing as I come up with thoughts and I think I know what I mean, I think if the arrangement was much more percussive, syncopated with starts and stops, way less sustained notes, change the eighties effects on the instruments sounds to a grungier grittier funky punchy chica chica down down........that would make the song more current.

Now as a songwriter critique, keeping in mind I think Nat is the best writer here. The first verse sets the stage that she is going to follow him (or her), and then she changes her mind? And asks if they can take his car, but it is my impression that she was going to follow him, doesn't make sense. well here are some suggestions ( food for thought) (suggestions in CAPS and quotes)

You fill the room with smoke
everybody's watching you
I bet it turns you on to think
I see your every move
and although I know "MY PLACE" ( ? I hope you know the way home?)
I'm not going home tonight
I think I'll "GO WITH" you
I "KNOW" you want me to

Can we take your car?
The city is lonely and
the world is a scar and we're
" ALL A BIT" broken
we're better off hard
the future"S UNCERTAIN"
forget who "WE" are and lets go

Don't mean that much to me
if "THIS ONLY LASTS ONE NIGHT"
"I'll GLADLY SET YOU" free
what makes you think "I WANT TO" hold you
"ALL I WANNA DO IS" play
I'm not going home tonight
I think I'll "GO WITH" you
I "KNOW you need me toO

Hope this helps get the creative process going when putting on the finishing touches! Great job by all! Take care, Jd.



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Sigmund said 2247 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
JD
Thank you - You bring up some excellent points - I appreciate your input.
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ktb said 2247 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
BOB
Sig, outstanding track. Nat sounds terrific and the string work is awesome. In fact all the keys from the piano to those solo horn lines really max the song. You have such a gift for production. Good luck on the Video shoot!
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Sigmund said 2247 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Hi John
Great to see you stopping by to listen and comment. I consider it a great compliment that such an accomplished key player such as yourself will give such praise for my own efforts - truly means a lot. In fact the whole group just did a tremendous job - such a fun project for us all. Thank you so much for the nice comments - so very much appreciated!
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PatriciaGirl said 2247 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Rockin Soundtrack
There's music and there is Music like this one! Rocking soundtrack-I wish I could be there for the debut :) Great effort as always for all involved. Natalie's voice is so wonderful and you're right a great fit for this piece.

Thanks so much, I know you guys worked hard on this and it shows! Fan number 50 as well yay!!!

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Sigmund said 2247 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Hello Patricia
Thank you for stopping by to listen, and we sure appreciate that very nice comment too. Everyone DID work hard on this, and the end result speaks for itself. Nat's vox were awesome, as was Chris's bass, and Mike's drums brought the whole package together. Thanks again!
Sig
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finkeldink said 2247 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
This rocks big time
I've listened to this song a few times and think it's awesome.

Killer production. Everything is tops.
All the perfomances are stellar.


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Sigmund said 2247 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Hi Mike
Great to see you stoppin by to listen and comment. Repeat listens are much appreciated too! Everyone here thanks you!
Sig
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Mackie said 2246 days ago (August 31st, 2011)
Wow!
I really enjoy this!!!! The production is super professional! And the singing & the guitars is awesome! I'm REALLY impressed!
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Sigmund said 2245 days ago (September 1st, 2011)
Hi Felix
The entire group thanks you for stopping by to listen and comment - we really appreciate it!
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Kicbal said 2245 days ago (September 1st, 2011)
Yeah Cool
There is some nice building tension to this. Vox are ace. Perhaps a little out in front at times and the music bed seems a bit understated in comparison. The strings mixed in with the guitar are well done. Hope all goes well with this and the film. Exciting times indeed!
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Sigmund said 2245 days ago (September 1st, 2011)
Hi Kic
Thank you for stopping by to have a listen, and the band and I really appreciate you taking time to leave a such a nice comment.
Sig
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mvh9591 said 2244 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
Very Nice___
Everything sounds great Sig. Best of luck.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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Sigmund said 2243 days ago (September 3rd, 2011)
Michael!
Glad you made by for a listen. The whole band appreciates your support here - thank you my friend!
Ssig
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MikeRobinson said 2244 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
I can see why the film producer was interested
This is a very well-executed song, good vocals and an engaging lyric that is a study in contrasts. ("the world is a scar...", "what makes you think you're free / what makes you think I'll hold you") The orchestration is fine, making very good use of "variation and repetition" throughout, and the mix is very well done. Sincere compliments to the whole team. Fav'd.
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MikeRobinson said 2244 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
... one more thing to point out ...
As you say, Nat's vocals smack the ball straight out of the park... "precisely breathy enough." Masterfully done.

Special compliments to the backing-vocal on the line, "I think you need me to." While the main-vocal track is straight and level, the backing track is much more insistent and urgent ... which certainly points to the two simultaneous, sometimes-conflicting viewpoints of the singer. The mix opens up, subtly and slowly, at 2:30, and the near-total pause, followed by final re-statement of the strings and the "power guitar" track coming in the last fifteen seconds, is a perfect send-off. Touche.
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Sigmund said 2243 days ago (September 3rd, 2011)
Hello Mike
Thank you for stopping by our song page to listen and comment. Natalie is a very talented singer and songwriter - it is a real privilege to get to work with her. Same goes for both Chris and Mike - they are just SO good at what they do. It is truly an amazing band, and we all appreciate you taking time to listen and comment on our work - THANKS!
Sig
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strangedream said 2242 days ago (September 4th, 2011)
Mike!
I adore you for taking the time to listen to this and give well thought out feedback. I appreciate it more than you can imagine. Thank you SO much for stopping by and listening.
Philip18 said 2242 days ago (September 3rd, 2011)
Great sound
This is impressive. Interesting lyrics, outstanding vocal, rock solid drums and soaring keys - then that guitar fill at 2:45. Love the light and shade you get into it as the song progresses. Congratulations to all - you deserve the success that's come to you! I might not be at the movie opening - it's bit of a trip from Australia to San Francisco - but good luck with it :-)
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Sigmund said 2242 days ago (September 4th, 2011)
Hi Philip
Hey if you book your flight now you could save a few bucks! Thank you for stopping by our song page and haveing a listen. It was such a pleasure to work with this group, and on behalf of the guys and gal, I thank you for your very nice comments.
Sig
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awigze said 2242 days ago (September 4th, 2011)
Great news
Well... this is how it begins. with great talent. Sigmund... I knew you were up to something! This is dynamic. I see the word, WOW ... or is it Holy Cow! And must be part of that herd. Great move to bring in Chris and Mike for the project. So, this explains a lot.... :)
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Sigmund said 2242 days ago (September 4th, 2011)
Hi Andy
You should know I'm always up to something! And often it includes these guys - they are just incredible to work with! And, what can we say about Nat - she just oozes with talent. Thank you for stopping by to listen and comment - we all very much appreciate it!
Sig
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awigze said 2241 days ago (September 5th, 2011)
oops
Didnt mean to overlook the mention of Natalie, who of course makes any song she sings on even better. Sorry Nat! you know I love ya! The next step and going into production based in and around the song sounds really exciting.
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kassia said 2225 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
wow
i've missed a lot! congrats on this awesome opportunity! and on this awesome song. your strings and horns are just perfect. the production level of this is so pro - i love natalie's vocals and the back-up vocals are just great. the break at 3:30 is so cool. wow sig - you have come SO far!! this is really really good. i hope you had a BLAST at the video shoot.
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Sigmund said 2225 days ago (September 21st, 2011)
Hi Shay!
I am so happy to see you stopped by for a listen to our song! It's been so long! We were up in SF last week and yes we had a blast! Except it was COLD up there! Anyway, we all appreciate you leaving such a nice comment - thank you! We have to get caught up one of these days - would love to know what you are up to yourself.
Sig
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TobinMueller said 2218 days ago (September 28th, 2011)
Really good
Fab vocals. Really nice track. It pulled me right in. Totally dig it. The force is wonderful, arrangement really solid, performances excellent. In the spirit of the long critique JD gave, I thought I'd add a belated voice:

The acoustic guitar at 3:30 is kind of lost in the mix, instead of being a rhythmic driving force. It would probably lead you to "simplify" the mix, make it more transparent. Consider emphasizing the funky alt rock feel in that acoustic guitar groove, instead of the epic drama you achieve in the current arrangement.

I wanted less reverb, less wash. Think of how present Jill Sobele and Jonatha Brooke sound so immediate, their breaths sexy yet vulnerable as each use of diction/lyric is an articulate expression. I had a hard time forcing myself to listen to these lyrics. Listen to "God and the FBI" by Janis Ian to hear how an acoustic funky groove can be sexy and slightly foreboding. Or the intro to "Be Cool" by Joni Mitchell. I think if you "sexed up" the accompaniment, the track would be more compelling.

But I'd keep this version, as well. Since I really like it. Creating too versions, one sexier and more intimate, and this one, would really show your arranging chops. But developing the "broken" storyline screams of a more intimate approach, to better highlight the fabulous vulnerability and stylings of such a great singer.
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Sigmund said 2217 days ago (September 28th, 2011)
Tobin
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful and helpful comment. I will take the time to listen to the music you have suggested, and may even do a remix with some of your suggestions implemented. I have several more songs with Natalie in the works and I personally think her voice sounds best when presented in an intimate "sexy yet vulnerable" fashion, so I appreciate your insight. Working with reverb is a tricky thing and it is far too easy to over do it! Thanks again!
Sig
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gator4040 said 2170 days ago (November 14th, 2011)
BOB
Um... wow, this is where the pros come to play. Stellar!
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Sigmund said 2170 days ago (November 15th, 2011)
Hey Gator
Thanks for stopping by to have a listen - we all appreciate it!
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Parichayaka said 2169 days ago (November 15th, 2011)
awesome...
It is so difficult to pull something like this off! A dramatic score with guitar, orchestral elements and vocals - and make it sound larger than life - without a big budget...impressive. Truly. Congrats to everyone involved, this is a great achievement on so many levels!
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Sigmund said 2167 days ago (November 17th, 2011)
Hey Pari
We really appreciate you stopping by to listen, and thanks as well for the very nice comment!
Sig
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ShadowofNine said 2160 days ago (November 25th, 2011)
Better Off Broken
Gezz I really like this track, going to pod it as well, congrats on the film work I'm excited for you, love the orchestration, and vocal...Bravo...
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Sigmund said 2157 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
Thanks, Mr. Shadow
...for coming by to listen and comment. All appreciated by every member of this band!
Sig
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AllenDean said 2157 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
good tune
i knew Christina would love it the first time I heard it... glad things worked out well for all of you in this regard...
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Sigmund said 2157 days ago (November 27th, 2011)
Hey Allen
You're the man who made it all possible, so thank you for your support, and for stopping by to listen and comment. We all really appreciate it!
Sig
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2111 days ago (January 13th, 2012)
better off broken
I gonna work through all you stuff as I so impressed by everything. this is no exception. right up my street. i really love your approach to composing and arranging - really top notch. the orchestration is great. cheeky little lead bits. cool a hell. cheers graham
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Alannah said 2110 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
I've missed .....
.. so much fabulous music lately ... me thinks ... I have some serious catching up to do ... this is fantastic ! :)
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MikeRobinson said 1335 days ago (February 26th, 2014)
Okay, so what if it's been "775 days ago ..."
... This is what I crave in “commercial radio,” and never receive there.   The enormous possibilities of music.   (Still...) “Wow.™”
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Marino_Experiment said 1324 days ago (March 9th, 2014)
Better Off Broken (w/strangedream, rok41, kevmikwa)
Wow what a clear production, arrangement and what a great song...totally loving the sound you guys have!
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