Start to Stop Again

Posted: February 3, 2016 in My Tunes
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There were a string of original tunes in the early 1980’s.  Some you have heard here already.   These were very profound times in a lot of ways.  Real work worlds.  Kids.  Relationships.  Marriage. Responsibilities.  Debt.

This song was not written in one or two sessions.  It took quite a long time to make this fit together.  I Often find snippets in other writings and combine with others to make a full song.  This is one that I may have done that with as there are so many different topics and observations.  Part of my challenge in writing songs people can relate to is being able to state the obvious in a clever, funny or different way.   So I would think of these ‘one liners’ and write them down.   Some were my normal trite stuff, but a few were well said and became part of these lyrics.

I like to play a few different ‘voicings’ or positions on the 12 string and take advantage of open strings or cool octaves when I can.  (it also reduces the hand-cramps you get when holding down all those strings!!)  In some chord changes you can play the same chord in different positions back-to-back and it sounds like you are playing different chords.  The guitar part is sparse and melodic.   It sets the mood during the intro.  Allowing the intro chords to ring out with a slow rhythm lets the 12 string shine all the more.  The lyrics paint a pretty good picture of life experiences I had during that time.

Don’t think you can’t help out my  friend.  Because we try, we control the end!

Comments
  1. breakdownchick says:

    Very nice:)

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  2. Always interesting to hear what goes into other people’s songwriting and the theory behind it. Very pretty song.

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  3. Thanks so much for following http://fonzandcancer.wordpress.com I really do appreciate it – Fonz

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  4. rubiredsaid says:

    By covering your site for roughly the past year I say your writing skills are phenominal.
    I also have learned a few things I forgot or never noticed about studio and the music business, so good work and keep going!
    Best wishes!

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    • midimike says:

      Wow! Flattery will get you just about anywhere LOL! Time does fly when you are having fun. Today I got a message from wordpress that this is my first anniversary for MIDIMike. Your encouragement is amazing and so appreciated. It is difficult to cover all the bases now-a-days. In the past we could perform or write and be ‘successful’. Today we have to be publishing and marketing experts, studio engineer, producer, manager, promoter, merchandise and sales gurus and a million other things. Hard to keep it all in there, so I know what you mean! Your comment is precious and unexpected, so I thank you sincerely – as always – for everything. Especially for hanging in there for so long. Here is to another great year! Thanks for your help.

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  5. niasunset says:

    I loved the song, wonderful what you did dear Mike, Thank you, love, nia

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  6. Azul Zaffre says:

    Your voice made me feel young again–reminded me of sitting around the college dorm listening to those who could play and sing….

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    • midimike says:

      I read this a while ago and things got in the way. I did not want you to think that I was ignoring you but I have not been able to think clearly (almost done with this cold) and my recent loss of my job has consumed much of my time. Please bare with me and I will give it more attention soon. Thank you for thinking of me. Very gracious and thank you so much!

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  7. Fantastic! Love the melody!

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  8. tmezpoetry says:

    Mike, with my hearing I’m having some trouble understanding each line. I love the melody.

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    • midimike says:

      Thank you. My vocals are in a middle range and do not stand out as clearly as I like, but eh, that is what I got! I am slowly getting over this cold and will post the lyrics soon for you. I am glad to hear you enjoy the melody. I am proud of these lyrics and the over-all sentiment of the song.

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  9. tom robinson says:

    Starving eyes want less than we discard.

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  10. tom robinson says:

    I wish we controlled the end.

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  11. tom robinson says:

    the chords carry this song

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  12. tom robinson says:

    there are independent versions of this song that add magic.

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  13. tom robinson says:

    because we care, we control the end

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  14. tom robinson says:

    Some interpretations differ.

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  15. tom robinson says:

    that is almost correct. we must apply neutrality. But not to exess.

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  16. tom robinson says:

    When people care, everything changes. It’s magic.

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