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I've Tried Everything (I Know)


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debmac

 Genre: Country-Western

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I've Tried Everything (I Know) is the result of many years of revisions! Once..there were 3 separate songs, and from each song I took my favourite parts and created one song ( a tip I read from the great American songwriter, the late Mickey Newbury,) it worked, thanks Mickey!! In 2009 I tried adding drums from Garageband and I liked it, but was stuck musically and so asked my good friend Guy, guy grooves to help out and spice this song up, bring it to life... it needed something but I didn't know what. He had a great idea, and handed the song over to one of MacJams favourite artists, the one and only Ed Wemmerus (SloParts) partner to Jeanne Stebner (SloPartner). Ed built an entire rhythm bed with guitar, rhythm guitar and drums, and then in turn Guy added steel and mandolin. Here's an example of what 2 seasoned musicians can do with apple loops!! A musical masterpiece is what I call this musical collab!! Thanks so much Guy and Ed!! Unfortunately I did not meet you personally before you passed away Ed, but I hope you know that in my heart, I am thrilled and moved beyond words, at the genius, the creativity, and the time you spent working on this song. Tears fall as I write this, because here at MacJams I met you, your music and your SloPartner, Jeanne Stebner, who I've come to know and love, and I am forever grateful Ed. Three years since you finished your music and handed it back to Guy... and he added his magic, then it took me a long time to get the vocals done. Finally finished the vocals in Guy's studio in July 2014, thanks so much Guy for the amazing job of mixing and producing both the song and myself in the studio!! I hope you like what you hear for the finished product Ed, we salute you my friend!! Also, a special thanks to you, Jeanne, for your friendship and loving encouragement to Ed before he left us, we know you are his #1 fan!! Thank you for including me in your life Jeanne, and sharing little stories of Ed's practicing the singing so he could get it in the right key for my vocals, he did an amazing job at getting the b flat, perfect key for me! Thank you so much guys!! It's been a great time, lots of laughs and fun (and patience haha) went into this song! So without further adieu, I give you, the incredible collab with Ed, Guy and myself, I've Tried Everything (I Know).
(c)2015 Debbie McLaren
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Comments: 42
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Uploaded: Apr 21, 2015 - 01:40:10 AM
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2015 - 08:59:44 PM Last Played: Oct 21, 2017 - 08:41:01 PM
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jiguma said 916 days ago (April 21st, 2015)
Firsties?
Yay! Great to see you finally got this loaded to MJ.
AND it sounds great.
Welcome to MJ Debbie.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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debmac said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
Thanks so much Neil!
Firsties goes to you! Congrats! I really appreciate your stopping by to listen and comment, so glad you like it! It is good to be back here, thanks for the Welcome! I did join in 2009 and hope to get a song here sooner, but life happens and just now is the first song which is the collab with the late Ed Wemmerus SloParts and partner to Jeanne SloPartner, and Guy, guygrooves, without them I probably still wouldn't have a song to upload!

Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
davisamerica said 916 days ago (April 21st, 2015)
wow!!
Totally worth the wait .... would have downloaded indeed. Deb u got chops lady and Ed and Guy Brought it. Deepest bows folks... Ed's gotta be smiling.
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debmac said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
WOW davisamerica!!
What a wonderful stream of compliments, thank you kindly for all your support, interest and imagining...I hope Ed is smiling!! Ed and Guy really did bring it....for everything they created to make this song come alive, I am truly grateful and honoured to be a part of this collab! I am considering putting this in itunes at some point, and will talk more with Jeanne SloPartner and Guy guygrooves on that, otherwise I would have had it for download, but thanks for the mention!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
J.A.Stewart said 916 days ago (April 21st, 2015)
And a Big *Hello* To You, Too... Ed
Yes, that's sort of what this feels like... a timeless wave from our old friend, Ed. Thanks, Debbie... and Guy... for delivering the message.

Lovely vocal, Debbie and I'm pleased that we finally got to hear it. ;)

--- Joe
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debmac said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
A timeless wave..like that Joe!
So glad it felt like that to you, a timeless wave from Ed! Thank you for listening and commenting Joe, it sure is nice to bring this collab to Ed's friends here and share this with everyone, it truly is special. Guy sure knew who to hand this to and then with Guy adding his musical gifts, I listened to just the music for hours at a time and would forget to sing, that's how much I enjoyed the music! Thank you for the lovely compliment Joe, appreciate it!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
Dadai.2 said 915 days ago (April 21st, 2015)
A really fine tune.
... well worth waiting for. You guys sound great. Classic C&W. Deb - what a very winning pro vocal performance. Love it. And your partners Ed and Guy are keeping up with you! [great steel guitar, mandolin, bass...] Great to hear another song with Ed in the mix. Certainly one of the high marks at MJ for me were 3 collabs with Ed. As everyone has rightly said - a class act and a top notch musician and studio guy.

cheers and blessings...
debmac said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
thanks for waiting Dadai.2
I almost don't know what to reply, as these kind comments as I go down the list are so heartmwarming, I wish Ed were here to see all of you stopping by...but somehow I think he is here with us in spirit and so happy you waited also Dadai.2!! Guy had to wait so long for my vocals, and now the wait of the upload...quite a long procedure! Guy will join in at some point, he wasn't able to be here tonight, and describe more of the productions side of things and how he and Ed spiced this up. A funny thing is, I thought Ed and Guy sped the song up, but in reality, after I got Ed's track, I sang it faster than I originally did all on my own, the music just made me want to dance! I will check out your collabs with Ed and thank you again Dadai.2!!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
Dadai.2 said 914 days ago (April 23rd, 2015)
Deb, here's the C&W collab
... with Ed. Originally uploaded in 2007 and reposted a few years later after a remix.

Lonely Nights, Lonely Songs
debmac said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
Lonely Nights, Lonely Songs
Loved it Dadai.2!! Great country classic, thanks for posting it here!! Got another great memory from you about Ed, more of his country influence and it sure sounded good! Thank you!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
awigze said 915 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
wow!!
This is like a revival.... great tune... I used this as a sound test from Dallas to Houston.... hope you don't mind.

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debmac said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
Thank You awigze!!
Great to hear that awigze, revivals are a good thing!! Thanks so much for taking the time to listen from Dallas to Houston!! How did you do that? :) No, I don't mind at all, and really appreciate your liking the song and waiting so long for it too!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
awigze said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
Debmac
I work AV at an auditorium where we were setting up a video feed from one university to one in Houston and we needed some continuous audio feed to test. I often go to Macjams to facilitate that as the mixing board does not have tone generator... and there ya have it.
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debmac said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
awigze, it's an honor!
Thanks for replying awigze! It's an honor I must say to be among one of the ones you picked to have play continually for that long!! Ed and Guy I'm sure would be also, thank you! Gave me a chuckle and maybe did Ed too! Awesome job you have!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
Sigmund said 915 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
I've Tried Everything
Fitting title, considering how much of a challenge getting this song approved was for you. I'm glad to see you have finally cleared the hurdle of approval. The song sounds great - flows so smoothly - Guy did a great job with the steel guitar. Both gentlemen's contributions help to make this special, as does your very country vocal performance. I enjoyed this a lot, and shouldn't have to wait so long for the next one...right? Congrats on your first collab!
Sig
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debmac said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
yep...everything! :)
Thanks so much Sig for your support, waiting to listen and comment! Knowing that you and others wanted to hear this as much as we wanted Ed's friends,fans and fellow MJ's to hear his last collab, is why I posted this here. Ed knew that this would be my first song here on MacJams and I am very honoured that he took the time to do this when he was sick and I didn't know that until later. So it is with mixed emotion I am here at this place of music community where Guy introduced me to many of you, and then to Ed via the song....here's to you Ed, my deepest Thanks! Guy did the production as well as steel which really added to the song, love it! And as I reread your comment, Sig, thanks for the compliments and glad you enjoyed this...and yes..hopefully, not so long a wait for the next one!!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
kristyjo said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
Welcome, Nice tune!
Lots of energy and a great country vibe. I'm not around here too often anymore, but it's nice to hear good music like this when I do make it into the neighborhood.
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debmac said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
Nice to meet you kristyjo!!
Thank You for stopping by while in the neighborhood! Sure do appreciate your liking the music kristyjo! Thanks for taking the time to listen and the very nice comments and I'll check out your latest song also!!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
debmac said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
I've Tried Everything
For all of you who stopped by to comment on "I've Tried Everything", I did see your latest songs posted and will be checking them out as I will be taking some time in the next while to get acquainted with you and your songs, friends of Ed Jeanne and Guy, and hopefully we can celebrate more music being made here, you really are a great group of peole, Ed would be proud!! Thank You!! Debmac
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
mystrag said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
Great
Feels very personal and touching. Great singing as well. Congrats on finishing and finally posting this nice song. Cheers.
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debmac said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
Cheers to you mystrag!!
Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comments mystrag! Finishing and finally posting this collab is a book in itself, so I am really happy that tonight I'm able to reply to your kind comments and all the other comments and it's great to hear such positive, heartwarming sentiments!! Thanks again!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
Philip18 said 914 days ago (April 22nd, 2015)
I tried everything
Lively, tuneful vocal. A variety of interesting instruments and a bouncy arrangement. Much enjoyed!
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debmac said 914 days ago (April 23rd, 2015)
Thank You Philip18!
Bouncy arrangement is a great word for this for sure! I called it my toe-tapping song! Thank you for your very descriptive comments while here listening, appreciate it! Ed did make it very interesting, at one point I said to Guy maybe we should just put the music up here as I was having delays in getting the vocals done sooner, the music itself can stand alone and be appreciated. Thanks again and I will check out your new song as well!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
davisamerica2 said 914 days ago (April 23rd, 2015)
I've Tried Everything
So great to hear this! Wonderfully mixed and produced! Love your voice, Deb, and it's great to hear Ed's work in this. He continues to inspire us all. Guy did a fantastic job on this. Music couldn't be better. Thanks for giving us this. Peace. Terry
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debmac said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
Wonderfully mixed and produced!
That is so true davisamerica, Ed and Guy really did a wonderful job with producing, mixing and overall musicianship in this collab. Both Ed and Guy are modest on how much they contributed to my song, but it really made all the difference in getting to this point. I think we will be posting the beginning vocal/guitar track I sent them and Guy will go through the process of what happened after that! I think most would agree with me that their work was paramount to this song being as well received as it is. Thanks also for the comment on my voice, I appreciate it! I still think at times I could redo a couple spots! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, I know Ed would appreciate it too!

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rok41 said 914 days ago (April 23rd, 2015)
I've Tried Everything
Nicely done, enjoyable listen. I'm so glad that this finally saw the light of song approval. Excellent musicianship and well done, honest vocals.
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debmac said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
Thank You rok41!
Thank you so much for listening and for all your kind comments! Excellent musicianship with duo, Ed and Guy, they brought this song to life I always say.... I was truly stuck, with no more music ideas for this other than the melody and guitar track originally sent, and asked for it to be "spiced up" ... Truly remarkable, their creativity brought the song to another level, and I am so grateful.
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PeterB7858 said 914 days ago (April 23rd, 2015)
I've Tried Everything (I Know)
Glad this finally got the nod from on high, Debbie. A fine song. Love your vocal work. The upbeat, country vibe is a nice counterpoint to the reflective lyrics. Fine musicianship from Guy and Ed, as expected, and a wonderful mix, too. Glad I stopped by. Kind regards, Peter.
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debmac said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
Thank You PeterB7858!
Thank you for waiting to hear this too PeterB7858, so glad it got approved, as I was hoping to showcase this here for all of Ed's friends/fans, as this is a beautiful piece of work, together with Guy's professionalism, musicianship, production of the song and myself, made all the difference! So pleased to hear your wonderful comments on my vocal and song as well, thank you!!
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DWL said 914 days ago (April 23rd, 2015)
Wonderful!
A pity about the wait, but it was worth it.

Love the song and you chose some great collaborators!

Cheers

Dick
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debmac said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
Great Collaborators!!
Thank You DWL! So glad you feel it was worth it to wait and listen, much appreciated! I was hoping that those like yourself would still be here if and when the song got approved! I was very happy when Guy knew someone he thought could really bring something to the song, and he was right, Ed did just that and more than I ever expected, really was surprised at the outcome as Ed did what I asked..."spice it up" and I love it!! Thank you again for your kind comments!
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papag said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
something in there
that is aching in a good way. This one has some sweet bits. thanks for sharing... wish I could downloaded
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debmac said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
perceptive papag...
Thank you papag for your honest perception....yes..some aching is right, you got it...thanks so much for the listen and comment! The only reason I didn't have it for download papag is that this song may go to itunes to be for sale, I will further talk with Jeanne SloPartner to Ed and Guy gugrooves about this, but I really appreciate knowing you would have downloaded, thank you so much!
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guygrooves said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
Hi Deb
So sorry it took as long as it did for me to stop by. I'm sure that more than a few people understand what the song means to me and what Ed meant to me. He was an amazing man. In retrospect I now understand better what he was giving me in the final few months he was with us. Every day he would call me up on iChat ( what FaceTime is now called ) and we would discuss music and ways to manipulate what Apple had given us. He taught me most everything I know about Logic and there's still plenty for me to know, however Ed taught me what he considered to be the most important. The most amazing thing about it all is that I didn't know he was teaching me. I had none of the skills that I demonstrated within this song before I met Ed and I doubt very much I would've had them had I not met him. I miss him even more now.
Peace
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debmac said 913 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
Thanks Guy
No problem...you have been busy... and I know that this comes with a certain amount of sadness missing Ed, and wishing he were here to celebrate with us, it does for me to and I only was beginning to know Ed through you and Jeanne and other MJ'ers here. Feels like someone missing from the story, a void, but Jeanne and you have helped fill that. Hopefully she will stop over here soon too and read all the comments. Thanks for sharing that with us about Ed teaching you and your not realizing it, that's a special teacher, but from the looks of it, I think you're a quick learner too!! The more I hear about Ed, I feel like I get to know him a bit more, and in this way you are keeping him alive through your experiences with him, and I find that is important to me. Now that the song is here....I look forward to hear more about how you and Ed worked on the song, and also from Jeanne, she gave a few examples, I laughed, I cried, he really did a beautiful job, bless his heart! He'd be proud of you Guy, as I had no idea by the way you moved things around and changed what I asked and mixed it all so smoothly, that you had just learned this. You had more patience than did lol, not an easy job from where I was standing! Everyone that has heard this has been impressed Guy, and so I will pass along the collective "Excellent" review (and you already know I agree!) , "Professional" I also heard this afternoon, when someone heard it for the first time....and am looking at the calendar for our next recording session! Thank You for everything Guy!!



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Bob Rodgers said 911 days ago (April 26th, 2015)
A
lovely song, so good to hear this and I'm pleased you finally got this posted.
I love your vocals Deb and some excellent musicianship from Ed and Guy, it's great to hear their contributions.
A wonderful mix and production, very much enjoyed.

Bob

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debmac said 910 days ago (April 26th, 2015)
Thank you Bob!
I'm so glad you enjoyed this collab Bob! Thanks so much for your compliment on my vocals, although I really do have to give Guy some credit for that as well that day, he not only produced the song, he was my producer! He knew when I could be singing better, I wasn't giving it my all at first. Had some things bothering me, like receiving a phonecall that my Dad had just fallen, just before we were to record. A little shaky and wondering if I should go be with Dad, but I was told he was ok, I didn't need to travel a couple hours to go see him. Long story short, Guy had heard me sing before many times, and knew the capabilities of my voice. He helped me and my voice get to what you hear on this song. Guy also went through each of the tracks that Ed had done and explained what they were. Then he showed me what he added, mandolin, steel and mixed and produced and reached this place of excellent musicianship as many are saying. I feel very honoured to be with such generous musicians that both gave so much to this collab, went beyond my hopes or expectations!! I'm so glad MJ'ers such as yourself are stopping by to hear this collab as it is a special treasure. Special memories of a special man Ed Wemmerus SloParts, his SloPartner Jeanne Stebner and Guy guygrooves, we can only hope he sees and hears all this! Thanks again Bob!
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Char said 911 days ago (April 26th, 2015)
I am
not a country gal but you sure can win anyone over. Great band and lovely singing. Thanks.

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debmac said 910 days ago (April 26th, 2015)
Yay for Country, Char!!
Thanks so much Char for your gracious comments!! Made me smile! Country will be happy to have you as a fan I'm sure! Yes, my band was incredible! Thanks to Ed and Guy and Apple and mix all that music genius and creativity, experience, perfectionism and musicianship and voila, there you have it...a great band!! Thanks again Char, appreciate your stopping by to listen and comment!!
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debmac said 910 days ago (April 26th, 2015)
Thanks so much Fans!!
Just wanted to say a heartfelt Thank You to all who have waited patiently for this collab, stopped by to listen, comment, or become fans or all four of the above! You've made this collab even more special and memorable, I do appreciate it, and I'm quite sure Ed would appreciate it. Thank You!!
Cheers
debmac
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slopartner said 910 days ago (April 27th, 2015)
I've Tried Everything
AWESOME JOB DEB! I'm so happy this song finally got posted. But then again, great things are well worth waiting for! The name of the song says it all "I've tried everything.......to get this song done and posted". Luv to you and Guy for all the work you've done to make my Ed a part of music again. Luv ya, Slo-partner Jeannie
debmac said 909 days ago (April 28th, 2015)
THANKS SLO-PARTNER JEANNIE!!
All the way around this song has had a long wait, and now finally here! So glad you stopped by Jeannie!! Thank you so much for the" awesome" compliment, your patience, and with all your encouragement and support with this song! So happy you like it!! Your welcome, Jeannie, my only regret is that I didn't get it here while Ed was still here with us. Luv you too Jeannie and maybe we can skype soon? Talk to you later, just on lunch hour!

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