Miracle In Your Hand – A Guy and His Guitar

Posted: February 27, 2015 in MUSIC, My Tunes
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“Miracles In Your Hand”      (Down Uneasy) (c) 1981  MSK

A reason is such a small thing,

Can’t you give me one?

Seems to me you were holding out,

Were you really just holding on?

The things we did won’t mean a thing,

The memories drift away.

The things you said hang in the air,

Like a light that will not fade.

CH:  You’re alive one day with miracles in your hand,

Then you’re heading for a wall, drivin’ fast as you can.

I settled down uneasy, I’m just waiting for tomorrow to come.

When the answers seem so distant,

Questions lose their fun.

You thought that I was shutting up,

I was really just shutting down.

It’s time we found the meaning,

In the games we have made.

And a reason makes the difference,

When the last trick must be played.

CH:   You’re alive one day with miracles in your hand,

Then you’re heading for a wall, drivin’ fast as you can.

I settled down uneasy, I’m just waiting for tomorrow to come.

After a break-up some of these lyrics just poured out.  Seeing the same thing and coming to opposite conclusions.  Having an early exposure to poetry first, I try to keep those ideas reflected in many of the songs I write.  The chorus was an idea I had been playing with lyrically for a while and it seemed to immediately fit with the loss described in the verses.  What would you do if you held a miracle in YOUR hand?  What if that couldn’t save you?

This is a fairly early recording of this song.  The recording was low tech.  I have an Ovation 12-String acoustic/electric guitar.  This was so long ago I don’t remember which microphones I had.  But I don’t have any fancy microphones even now.  I took the guitar line out and recorded that on track one, and a microphone (Audio Technica ???) positioned at the sweet spot in front of the guitar and sent that to track two.  After recording the guitar tracks I played them back and used the same microphone to record the first vocal on track three.  Then I played all three tracks back (through headphones and in a different room, but more on that stuff later), and recorded the second vocal on track four.  I am now officially out of tracks, by the way.

For the mix I panned the guitar track one (electric jack out…) all the way to the left and the guitar track two (microphone) is panned all the way to the other side.  The 12-String is full by itself, but this separation on both levels tricks the ear into thinking there are more than one guitar performances being played.  At the other end the vocals are attempting to duplicate or double each other to make them sound full, but with one vocal track.

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Comments
  1. ursulablack says:

    Thanks for the like! I am really enjoying exploring your music. I was especially taken by the melody and lyrics of “Miracle in Your Hand”…

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    • midimike says:

      I am still getting up to speed and trying to keep up. I realized I never responded and that is not like me. My apologies. I thank you for your comments and for your patience! That was very generous of you. I promise I will get better Ha!

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  2. emmalmoore says:

    Love your lyrics/poem. When started reading it I thought I was reading a poem. When I got further into it I thought this sounds like a song. At the end I realized its a song. I’m learning to play the guitar and one day will write songs. Keep moving forward.

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    • midimike says:

      Keep moving forward is right! My roots are in poetry, but my heart always has a musical beat. The guitar is a great songwriting tool. Poetry has its own rhythm, but this helps it adapt to music and melody. I would love to hear what you create……

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      • emmalmoore says:

        One day soon as I get a song together I’ll share with you. I tried writing a song but it was more like a poem so I posted this weekend on my blog. I’m determined to get better at playing my guitar and writing songs.

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      • midimike says:

        I am looking forward to that. Poetry has a natural beat to every word and more importantly, to every pause….. Sometimes it is hard to hear the pause in the musical piece, you have to use dynamics, as you know. If I write lyrics before the music, I try to let the words inspire the dynamics of the music. I congratulate you, and can’t wait to hear the first of many musical poems and songs.

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      • emmalmoore says:

        Thanks a bunch. Your encouragement means a lot.

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  3. emmalmoore says:

    Thanks for following my blog.

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    • midimike says:

      Awesome! Lyrics are important to me. I know a lot of people that are music lovers and never know what the words are to their favorite songs. Thanks for noticing and the comment.

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      • I find it baffling how people can listen to music but not lyrics. I am fascinated by a good lyric. Sometimes I am just over whelmed and wonder how one even came up with certain lyrics. I hope to one day write at least one lyric that moves someone.

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      • midimike says:

        I joke with my friends about songwriters. This evening, as a matter of fact. Anyway, some songwriters can only write songs about THEIR PERSONAL experiences. I try to understand how other people see and feel experiences……

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      • midimike says:

        ….and, here is the kicker; whatever you write will be interpreted a thousand ways by each listener. So you have a thousand ways to move or inspire someone with each verse. Not bad odds when you think about it LOL!

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  4. nikgee says:

    Very cool Mike.I know now where to come for answer on tech stuff we’ll be calling you the music guru.nick

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