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FIRST WORLD BLUES


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jiguma

 Genre: Rhythm and Blues

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A few months ago, my friend Graeme and I were discussing something I was really worked up about - "seething" would have been a good word for it.  Graeme can always be relied on to say what he thinks, and he pretty quickly pointed out to me that what I was so angry about was a "first world problem".  

Suitably chastened, I thought a lot about what he'd said and began to realise that a lot of the things we in the "first world" (I think Australia still qualifies) worry about are pretty insignificant compared to others with much less fortunate lives.

"First World Blues" is what I wrote in response.  It's a bit tongue in cheek and the words perhaps a little tangential,  but is meant to make you think a bit about others' circumstances next time you start complaining about your car not starting or your partner walking out.  Things could be MUCH worse!

Musically, I'm playing guitars (3 tracks), bass, keyboards and a little percussion.  Drums are courtesy of Gavin the drummer, who lives downstairs ;)

This was written to take to the PBGB Shed, but as it didn't feel like it needed (or indeed had room for) 10 people playing/singing on it, I decided to do it myself.

This will be on my fifth album - release date is "later in 2016".

Song art is a modification of a reinterpretation of Picasso's "Old Man With Guitar" by Anja Gudic - check her Tumbler site here: http://agillustration.tumblr.com
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Lyrics
First World Blues
©2016 Neil Porter

Verse: | Am | A7sus4 | FM7/A | FM7/A |

I’m a modern man
I’ve got modern views
Look at my feet
I’ve got the latest shoes
I drive a fancy car
You should get one too
I’m just a first world man
I’ve got the first world blues

Chorus: | Dm | D7sus/A | Am | Am |

First world blues
Feel like they’re coming tonight
First world blues
I hope I’m doing them right

I help my first world friends
I tend to pick and choose
I’m learning all I can
I’m on the morning news
Can’t seem to do too much
I drink the finest booze
I’m just a first world man
I’ve got the first world blues

First world blues
Feel like they’re coming tonight
First world blues
I hope I’m doing them right

BRIDGE Em Bm Dm Am

I’m running late and my car won’t start
Don’t know what I’m gonna do
My baby left me and she broke my heart
Got first world problems
Got the first world blues

SOLO on verse

First world blues
Feel like they’re coming tonight
First world blues
I hope I’m doing them right

I’m doing all I can
Done all the interviews
I smile and look so neat
Watch all my “p”s and “q”s
My girl’s a beauty queen
You ought to get one too
I’m just a first world man
I’ve got the first world blues

First world blues
Feel like they’re coming tonight
First world blues
I hope I’m doing them right

OUTRO on chorus

First world blues
Feel like they’re coming tonight
First world blues
I hope I’m doing them right
Song Stats
Hits: 1141
Comments: 14
Fans: 17
Plays: 72
Downloads: 9

Uploaded: Jul 21, 2016 - 05:47:28 PM
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2016 - 04:28:33 PM Last Played: Jul 06, 2017 - 08:34:43 PM
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Hardware:
Fender (Tele and Precision), Yamaha keyboard, iMac, Rode MS1 mic etc
Software:
Logic Pro X, Ozone 5
Comments
KCsGROOVE said 488 days ago (July 21st, 2016)
1st world blues
cool lyrics ( I needed the written words to fully understand it... A bit of EQ on the vocals might do miracles :-)
enjoyed!
KC
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jiguma said 488 days ago (July 21st, 2016)
Thanks for the comment Cees
I'm wondering what it is you're hearing in the vocals that I'm not hearing. I'd really like this one to sound as good as it can, but I can't hear a need for an EQ fix. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated :)
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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davisamerica said 488 days ago (July 21st, 2016)
First World
...... Nailed it
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egobandit said 487 days ago (July 22nd, 2016)
so true
blues no matter what class status occupation , you put them together just right, great mix btw sounds great on my speakers !
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Philip18 said 486 days ago (July 23rd, 2016)
First World Blues
Solid beat, sits right in the groove. Good sharp guitars. Warm vocal. Thought-provoking lyrics. Good one, Neil!
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VicDiesel said 486 days ago (July 23rd, 2016)
First world blues....
....is played on a PRS through a Mesa Boogie? :-)

I enjoyed the song. Nice and understated but makes its point.
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Moviz said 486 days ago (July 23rd, 2016)
As the world's
biggest 'empath' I really am on the same page Neil......love the song that came out of it, along with the arrangement, instruments, vocals and harmonies.....not forgetting the lyrics either; all top notch; love it, cheers M
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Skean said 485 days ago (July 24th, 2016)
So
A new album is coming, sounds great as this tune.
Great mixing as always from you, thanks for the download, cheers.
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abzwork said 485 days ago (July 24th, 2016)
First World Blues..
A most excellent ride...beautiful flava my friend..
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bud said 484 days ago (July 24th, 2016)
It's all good (first world saying)
but really - this is sweet. Nice delay on the guitar, and restrained use of the keyboard. I also refer to them as 'luxury problems'.

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grah3am said 484 days ago (July 25th, 2016)
Good one, Neil
"Hope I'm doing them right" is the line that says it all.
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PeterB7858 said 482 days ago (July 27th, 2016)
First World Blues
Reggae&Blues. Nice combo. Really like the "feel" of this, Neil. Liking the lyrics, too. Smooth and acerbic at the same time. Fine song. Fine performance. Nuff said. Take care.
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Dadai.2 said 478 days ago (July 31st, 2016)
blues mellow mood...
Neil,
I like this a lot. Sounds just right. The cool instrumental fits not only your lyrics to a tee, but your singing. This reminds me of a little bit of Steely Dan and a bit of Dylan in his Slow Train Coming album. This is one you should be proud of.
Jack
Ed Hannifin said 471 days ago (August 7th, 2016)
Another good one...
I like how you layer things both in and out, Neil...My own favorite mistake is that if a tambourine comes in at bar 4 then it's in there until bar 84... Whether it's guitar or percussion or what have you, things come in, say their bit and then give the space back...

It's got that distinctive jiguma lope, which I enjoy...

I could hear Sting taking the tempo up on this and belting it out... I like the lyrics...
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Name: Neil Porter
Location: Pambula Beach, Sapphire Coast NSW Australia
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My old bio page looked pretty out of date, so it’s time for a new one: For the full story, see my interview in the MacJammer Blog "The Jiguma Is Up" by Tobin Mueller. I started to learn guitar when I was about 10 – but didn’t last lon... [see more]

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Genre Info
Rhythm and blues (or R&B) was coined as a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Jerry Wexler at Billboard magazine, used to designate upbeat popular music performed by African American artists that combined jazz

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