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I ran into Michael2's haunting sound track under open collaborations, downloaded it, started playing around with instrumentation and words .. and … three recording sessions later .. this was the result that came grinding out.

The theme came from one of the keywords Michael2 had tagged the piece with. Although I can report that no verbs were harmed during the production, I think about 75 words eventually littered the recording room floor .. having been slotted in .. tried out .. then discarded .. before this set of lyrics were finalized. The plan was to reflect the theme: grind out the song by prevailing over the paralysis of too much reflection : )

After completing this production I learned there are at least two other versions using Michael2's soundtrack (Richard13 and SammyDix). It's interesting to hear the different directions they took with the music.
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THE EVERY DAY GRIND

I've been grinding it out
every day
I’ve been suppressing those doubts
that get in my way
I've been choosing
smoothing
doing whatever it takes to keep from losing
every day
I've got my nose to the stone
I’m all muscle and bone
I'm honing the edge
I'm honoring my pledge
I’m pumping
juicing
pacing
producing
every day
every day
every day
every day

I've been biding my time
I've been walking a line
I'm standing tall
I've got my eye on the ball
I’m waiting
watching
rolling
flowing
every day

I'm assessing what I've got to give
I'm accentuating the positive
no fear of making a mess
no need to second guess
concentrating on a simple solution
acting like a one-man revolution
no more martyr to a fantasy
no more slave to yesterday
I’m flying
defying
denying
occupying
every day

I’ve been grinding it out
every day
I’ve been facing down those doubts
that get in my way
I’m resolving
absolving
asserting
evolving
every day
every day
every day
every day
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Uploaded: Jun 02, 2012 - 11:19:13 AM
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2012 - 11:19:13 AM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 06:41:12 PM
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alackbass said 1936 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
EveryDayGrind
Cool lyrics! Those along with the slightly twisted vocals give this a Primus vibe (which I like a lot).
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Warren Smith said 1936 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Let's twist again ...
Ha-ha .. I hope those "twisted vocals" are a positive spin on my twisted personality : )
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alackbass said 1936 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Hey!
I did say "slightly twisted." :)

They remind me of Les Claypool, which like I said, I really like. Come to think of it there's also a Bob Dorsey (five_extra_arms) vibe to them as well (which is also cool).
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Gaylen75 said 1936 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
Twist
I remember listen to M2's track and thinking this could be fun. You took it in a direction that I didnt think of. This is kinda a Neil Young modern reggae thing. I know the reggae reference seems odd but I hear it so I say it. lol I think my favorite part is the Lyrics.
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Warren Smith said 1936 days ago (June 2nd, 2012)
I hear it so I play it ...
It's funny how we hear the same thing differently. I just listened to an alternative enhancement of Michael2's track .. and I thought, "Wow! How did they come up with that idea .. which is such a distinctly different direction from what I heard when I listened to it?"
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egobandit said 1935 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
SoS
Same old shit , I asked my grandpa whats it like to be in a messed up nursing home he smiled looked at me and said s.o.s. I said what do you mean s.o.s. he said same old shit, so I can relate
Im glad I can download something like this
top!
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Warren Smith said 1935 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
That works, too
There you go .. that could just as well have been the theme .. "S.O.S .. every day …"
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Daugrin said 1934 days ago (June 3rd, 2012)
Grind...
Raga like guitar lines and serious snotty tone! I am none too certain I believe a word of this lyric. Maybe that's the point- probably not. Andrew said this resembles the Col, maybe so- but Claypool would have screwed it up lol.

Daug


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Warren Smith said 1932 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Cliched writing
Here I was trying to write on multiple levels. On one level I saw the whole song as an extended metaphor for living, i.e., what it means to get through daily existence by putting one's "nose to the grindstone." At one point I thought it would be cleverly challenging to write the entire song as a string of cliches. However, being clever for clever's sake usually results in vapidity, and it didn't seem like a valid effort to present as a collaborative endeavor. While a handful of common cliches remain, I attempted to inculcate emotional content and original observation as part of the exploration of the broader theme .. as well as the idea of focusing on a specific task (in this case the writing and recording of a song).

I remember as a kid being confused by the cliche, "You need to put your nose to the grindstone." What was a grindstone? We didn't have one in the house I grew up in in a small village in rural Minnesota. I found out what a grindstone was .. as well as the meaning of the cliche .. on a visit to a local farm when I was about 8 or 10. The farmer had grabbed an ax off the wall and headed to the chicken coop .. and we kids followed along to watch the impending action. Outside of the outhouse there was a large, round, white stone mounted vertically on a wooden horse. The farmer climbed onto the saddle and started pumping pedals to set the big stone in motion. Then he leaned in intently while applying the edge of the ax to the rotating rock. I think sparks flew as he honed the edge .. I'm not sure about that .. but I remember how the spark of understanding occurred at that moment of seeing a grindstone in use. The ax fell on another cliche that day when I learned literally what it means to run around like a chicken with its head cut off
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dave_b said 1934 days ago (June 4th, 2012)
EveryDayGrind
Kinda feels like you're giving yourself a pep talk, but it feels a little tongue-in-cheek too, possibly thanks to that guitar tone. I like the guitar lines, they're counter melodies in their own right. The repetition of the "ing" words is effective.
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Warren Smith said 1932 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Positively minor
Perhaps what you are hearing reflects the challenge of trying to write a positive song in a minor key?
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davisamerica said 1934 days ago (June 4th, 2012)
everyday
everyday ..... downloaded
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Warren Smith said 1932 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Downloaded
I hope it gets played .. everyday : )
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michael2 said 1929 days ago (June 8th, 2012)
nice
this is wild. I would never have pictured this version in a million years. someone mentioned Neil Young and I can sort of see that as well. just a crazy take on that soundbed, such a surprise. I love all of the guitar sounds too, so raw next to the digital sterility of the original backing track. really nice job, thanks for having your way with this one.
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Warren Smith said 1928 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
: )
I'm glad .. and relieved .. that you find it not only wild, but also acceptable. I think one of the fears I had to stare down was worrying about my production skills matching your technical proficiency. I think that is where the line "not afraid of making a mess" came from. So maybe Dave B is right when he says it sounds like I'm giving myself a "pep talk." I often say, "you can't make art without making a mess." There's plenty of flaws in this production (I never could quite hit the timing of the opening guitar riff right, but I finally decided it was close enough to get things going), but hopefully those dings add - rather than detract - from its artistic charm. What you call digital sterility has given birth to a number of offspring; I'd call that fertile.
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Soundhound said 1913 days ago (June 25th, 2012)
Good song....
Nicely done by you both.....
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Warren Smith said 1910 days ago (June 27th, 2012)
Collaboration
Thanks for the visit.
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lengold said 1875 days ago (August 2nd, 2012)
Great to
hear something different, very creative also the daily grind is something I totally relate to.
This is what MJ's does best, collaborations that are truly full of talent.
Cheers
Len

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Warren Smith said 1867 days ago (August 10th, 2012)
The daily grind
The daily grind can be a good thing .. except when it isn't. The only way I get any kind of artistic activity done is to approach it as a daily task. I draw every morning .. and eventually that produces a finished piece. I try to play the guitar every day .. and that leads to writing songs. Rarely is there a big block of time that can be wholly devoted to these recreations, so if it wasn't for the grind I would produce nothing.

Endless repetition, however, can dull one's creative spirit. We can find ourselves playing in the same endless loop. So here was an instance where someone else's starting point gave me an impetus to accelerate in a different direction. Maybe there's even some irony in that - that writing about the daily grind allowed me to step outside of the daily grind.
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lengold said 1865 days ago (August 12th, 2012)
The Daily Grind
Interesting reply.
The only way I ever get a song finished is to take a day off work and treat the song as work. Otherwise I would never get a thing done.
Cheers
Len

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