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[For those who have checked out the first draft - here is what I've been mucking around with all day after my self-imposed "deadline".]

I wrote this tune in 1997, based on an idea stemming from my very first song written in 1985. Don't ask me where the concept of a "neon tiki" comes from, but it represents that elusive something that you search for all your life, knowing that it exists. There are always naysayers who tell you to give up your foolish dreams of such "neon tikis", that you'll never find such a thing. So, this song is for the dreamers and hunters of neon tikis, whatever they might be for you.

I found a partially produced version of this song on my hard drive yesterday (4/17) and challenged myself to bring it around in less than 24 hours (the Gumball Rally of song producing?) So, I stripped it of everything but the bass line and re-did everything else. GB drum loops, three tracks of dulcimer, one track of real-time piano and a whole bunch of harmonies. Looking at the clock, I've just made it. : ) It can be a better mix, of course, so any and all critiques are welcome as usual!

[Personally, after I uploaded it, there was no way I could just let it sit there; the mix felt small and claustrophobic, so I did some retooling. Still, at just over 24 hours, this is probably the shortest amount of time I've ever spent on a mix. Just preparing for some crush time coming this summer in production labs.]
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Lyrics
been a long time comin', no doubt, can't wait no longer, give me tiki
I've searched this world throughout for a thing that gets me wild and freaky
to the desert, to the oceans, it's a myth that stalks my head at night
in the limestone, beneath the lava, maybe I'll get lucky, huh?

on every street in every town, standing on a corner, lookin' for a bit of the light
they say, "hey man, get on with your life", but I can't relent the search for neon tiki
in the city, out in the country, in a book or an egg or a voodoo doll
dripping sweet from a poison grapevine or a message on the wall

I'm looking for a neon tiki (you will never find this tiki)
auwe-ah, yes I will

it came to me in a dream, now I find I gotta have it or I think I'm gonna forfeit my mind
in the words of a muse or the eyes of an angel, a tear from a painter's brush
it's the whim and the joy and the glee, it turns my brain to mush
to the racetrack, down in the subway, upon a jet leaving Tuesday night
without a care for the cost or the consequence, I'm there in coach, watching movies in flight
I hate flying

I'm looking for a neon tiki (you will never find this tiki)
auwe-ah, yes I will

I wish I had a way to show you
what it's like, why it's here, where it hangs, what it sees, how it lives
how it breathes, where it grows, how it glows, watch it dance and know why I need it
Song Stats
Hits: 5756
Comments: 34
Fans: 14
Plays: 325
Downloads: 180
Votes: 10
Uploaded: Apr 11, 2007 - 09:26:49 PM
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2007 - 10:48:35 AM Last Played: Sep 19, 2018 - 02:46:00 PM
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Comments
Vic Holman said 4204 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
i need a neon tiki
in my front yard so the great tikiman will leave groovy tiki presents. this is really great on all levels. the song itself is tiki-catchy right of the bat, and the neon glow of the singing...tiki superb.

neon production! love it!
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dreadmon said 4204 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
LOL!
Thanks for the smile, Vic - and for checking this tune out!

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perceptualvortex said 4204 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Yes
This mix does sound bigger, somehow. Plus, all of the goodness from the first mix is still here. So I give this five out of five tikis.
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dreadmon said 4204 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Yes!
Nice one, David! I just don't think we get enough tiki in our daily lives. : ) Thanks for checking out the remix!

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kristyjo said 4204 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
I didn't get to comment on the first mix,
but this mix is great. I like the whimsy of expressing the search for an elusive dream as a tiki, and it appears by your cover art that you have indeed found it! Great job with the 'self-imposed' deadline, and then doing what you had to to get it to where you're happy with it. The vocals are placed just right in here, I think. Since you are working with unusual and fast moving lyrics, the somewhat forward placement works well so I don't get fatigued trying to find them in the mix. You write very cool, optimistic lyrics. The instrumentals are also great.
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dreadmon said 4204 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Whew!
Thank you, Kristy - I've come to really appreciate your ears and sense of aesthetics when it comes to my tracks. Funnily enough, someone on MySpace sent me a picture of an actual neon tiki (I think I've seen maybe one in my life), so I've swapped out that image - it's great! I'm glad you like the mix - I sort of redlined it and wasn't sure about the vocal placement - so your comment has put me at ease about that. Thanks again for listening!

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Bing Futch


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dwwave said 4204 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
I like both versions of "Neon Tiki"
Bing Futch,

I think you did a amzing amount of work in your very
short deadline. I listened to the first version first
(though saw this one) The different mix is interesting and its hard to say which one I prefer over the other
I think the remix has a better ending but both are just superb. You are sharing some great music, I live in Ohio
(still snowing) so no chnace got me to be near the Florida Keys (sure would be fine for sure!) Hope the shows go well, I am sure they will. best of Luck!
I am voting the same on both versions!

"He/She Who Dares Wins" (not sure who wrote that)

dwwave
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dreadmon said 4204 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Thank you sir!
It's still snowing in Ohio? Wow. I'll be up there next month for a spell - should I be thinking about snow chains for my Geo Metro?

As I listen back to the first mix, it's not terrible - it's just smallish, which works on some levels. Then again, this version comes off almost bombastic, which again works on some levels. There's a happy medium somewhere - but not under 24 hours. LOL!

Thanks for listening and for the well-wishes on the shows - they're mostly teaching gigs, so they'll be beautiful, stress-free times. You do need to get down to the Keys sometime though. You know what they say about changes of latitude!

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Brian Weiland said 4204 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Bing,
Catchy, bouncy, really great groove, and a real, live, genuine hook! Just a fine, optimistic, fun, danceable pop song. The line "I hate flying" made me laugh. I can't really comment on the mix or soundscape 'cause I'm listening through some pretty crappy speakers right now, but I'll revisit tomorrow.

To have cranked this out in twenty four hours is pretty impressive, and have I mentioned that the dulcimer is just so cool! When you say electric mountain dulcimer, do you mean it's got a solid body and a pickup, or are you running a mic through processors? Either way it sounds great! And your voice is just stunning.

~Brian Weiland
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dreadmon said 4204 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Solid gone!
Thanks Brian! I'm glad you liked this! The music goes waaaay back to my teen years, so there's a little vital bounce goin' on for sure. : ) I'll be interested to see what you think about the mix. I love my monitors, but they're sort of deceiving, so I have to be careful how I E.Q. To be honest, I still haven't done the "car" test, which really brings the bass freqs out.

The electric dulcimer on this tune is indeed a solidbody with an EMG humbucker - only solidbody I've seen with the individual bridge adjustments. There's a picture of her and some info here. Sometimes I do record acoustically and then process the sound - which usually sounds killer - depending on the level of gain I use.

Thanks for the great review - I'm glad you got a kick out of this one!

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Mahalo nui loa,



Bing Futch


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jiguma said 4204 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Warm and friendly mix
Big mix Bing - like the natural voice you're using here. Sounds like a live performance in many ways - love the way the harmonies work.
Lyrics work for me.
Peace,
Neil
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dreadmon said 4204 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Welcome back!
Hey Neil, thanks for listening - life is so much easier for me in the key of C. There's something about D that really makes me stand on my toes. I'm very glad this sounds warm to you - I was a little conflicted (and frustrated), maybe hampered by the drums, which were already set out and demanded special attention. This was definitely a good learning experience - thanks again for checking it out!

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Jim Bouchard said 4204 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Also nice!
This is an improvement over the first mix, though the first was very good, this has more natural space. Nice attention to detail, necessitating a second download!
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dreadmon said 4204 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Thank you
Thank you Mr. Jim! I think the breakthrough on this track was mucking around with a plate for vox and a little for the drums. I'm really chasing after the "big sound" right now, so a lot of late nights are spent poring over the forums here. Thanks for the second listen and download!

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said 4203 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
Crowded House...
...just a tad. Very nice, clean production. The song writing has exceptional progression and the harmonies rock. Your vocals are so confident and the performance is flowing ever so smoothly. You play with silence as an artist considers positive and negative space.
dreadmon said 4203 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
Silence says
Thank you so much, Alimar! I've sort of noticed a trend of late where I include these full stops in my tunes, but it does speak to what you've said here - sort of like the concept of 1's and 0's - both have something to say (or do). I really appreciate you listening and commenting, man!

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DWL said 4203 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
Very clever lyrics!
Excellent song, a lovely light touch on this mix.

Great vocals and harmonies.

I like the title. I'm glad you explained it as it means nothing to me here in England. The only other song I can recall with NEON in the title was from Captain Beefheart and i would have been trying to tie him into it ;-)

Although I have to admit that I did a search and came up with (amongst others) http://www.neontikitribe.com/

Enjoy :-)

Cheers

Dick


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dreadmon said 4203 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
The Tribe!
Heh-heh, thanks for listening, Dick, them's kind words there! When doing yet another search on Neon Tiki, I did run aross that tribe of plush - wondering if maybe I should check in on them and see if they're in the need for a little licensing opportunity. : ) Thanks again, cheers!

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Mahalo nui loa,



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spitlogic said 4203 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
This version is better
Still an all around inspiring tune. I love it!!!
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dreadmon said 4202 days ago (April 14th, 2007)
Thanks man!
I'm looking forward to hearing what you do with it!

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composerclark said 4202 days ago (April 14th, 2007)
Tiki and Marikoriko
Well, I wasn't sure what a Tiki was, but I sure like the song! Very clever lyrics, quite unusual, and yet they touch on a common theme -- the search for something that is unattainable, or ellusive, as you describe it. Straight tens from me.

Incidentally, I looked it up, and discovered that a Tiki is:

1. Maori amulet: a small carved human fetal figure, especially in greenstone, representing an ancestor and worn as an amulet by some Maori and Polynesian peoples

2. image of Polynesian god: a stone or wooden representation of a Polynesian god

3. In Polynesian mythology (specifically: Maori), Tiki is the first man, created by either Tu Matauenga or Tane. He found the first woman, Marikoriko, in a pond. She seduced him and he became the father of Hine-Kau-Ataata.

... all of which is very interesting, so thanks for helping me learn something new today!
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dreadmon said 4202 days ago (April 14th, 2007)
Wow!
Hey Clark!

That's excellent - and I think you just educated me as well! I knew a little bit about tikis, but this was an eye-opener, and really, it makes even more sense now why it was a tiki that served as inspiration for this tune.

Thanks for listening and for a great, informative comment! I wish I could go back to the point where I wrote the lyrics to find out where I was coming from, because looking at them today, distancing myself from them just a little bit, they *are* pretty unusual. I don't think I have another song like it. That's one of the reasons I love MacJams. With so many other bits of input coming in on tunes, it helps you to get a full view of your music and you can often see it in a different light. Thanks again for listening - I always appreciate you taking the time to do so!

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Mahalo nui loa,



Bing Futch


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Ed Hannifin said 4202 days ago (April 14th, 2007)
Aside from BNL...
You sometimes also remind me, vocally, of John McCutcheon...

This is a good, crisp mix. There's some real punch in the kick drum in my headphones, and the overhang reverb/delay thing is effective...

I'm really appreciating the right and left layout of this tune, especially the back-up vocals. It feels like there's plenty of room for everything that's in this...

Still think it's a cool song...

Ed
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dreadmon said 4200 days ago (April 16th, 2007)
Had to look him up
Ed, in a weird series of events, the name John McCutcheon turned up in a rapid-fire pattern of three - yours was one of those, so I just had to look him up, I think there's something important to be found there. Thanks for listening to the remix. The full stops were sounding a little too full, so the echo sort of helped that out. If I wanted to spend even a little more time on this tune, I'd throw some other things into the mix, but then I'm sure there'd be an organ part and probably some utility effects and then, there'd be none of that room you're talking about. LOL! Thanks again, man!

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thetiler said 4202 days ago (April 14th, 2007)
Like the
way the words rhyme, like the theatrical "Hair" sound.

Upbeat, again the lyrics are very nice to listen to. LIke the chorus and the list goes on.

Way to go!
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dreadmon said 4200 days ago (April 16th, 2007)
The theater
Thanks, Bill! Funnily enough, when I revisited this tune in 1997, it was for the soundtrack of a musical theater project I was writing at the time - definitely a bit of greasepaint and footlights in this tune. : )

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said 4202 days ago (April 14th, 2007)
HAPPY : )
THIS makes Me HAPPY WOW IT*S WONDERFUL ! ! !
SO GOOD to listen to It: ) ! Happy for You too : ) Great Music, don't think I've heard You before, I'm Lucky

THANX ! Lena
dreadmon said 4200 days ago (April 16th, 2007)
The best
That is the best kind of review anyone could hope for, especially on a song like this. Thank you for listening! I'm glad you got a kick out of it!

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Mahalo nui loa,



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ktb said 4200 days ago (April 16th, 2007)
great
name for a band as well. The production is polished to a keen shine. Gotta love a compostion that takes full advantage of live tracks. Your covering all of it. Well performed

"in the words of a muse or the eyes of an angel, a tear from a painter's brush" wow..talk about lyrical imagery! just a great tune.
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dreadmon said 4198 days ago (April 18th, 2007)
Heh-heh
Gosh, that IS a good band name, wonder if anybody has snapped that up yet? Thanks for listening and commenting - a very fine blessing!

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said 4198 days ago (April 18th, 2007)
Neon Tiki
That would make a great name for a cool hawiian restaraunt. Man you realy know how to lay down them vocals. This had me hooked from the first note. Realy fun and upbeat. I think one day you will find your neon tiki Cool song.
dreadmon said 4197 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
Calling Tiki, party of one!
Heh-heh, now I gotta name a band AND open a restaurant! Thanks for listening - the vocal work is moving along, I just have to get myself out of the way!

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baki said 4197 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
:)
let us know when you find it. i guess everyone has their own neon tiki dude... great production, nice one. cheers
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dreadmon said 4197 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
True
Thanks for listening, Baki. I think everybody does have their own neon tiki, at least I hope so. Perhaps it represents Hope itself? And without that, what are we? I appreciate you giving this a spin!

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