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Subject: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 08:58 AM

Bruce Murdoch has a new CD called "Matters of The Heart" and I haven't heard it yet.

I'm usually a patient person, but I've been waiting a long time to hear more Bruce Murdoch music. I want to hear songs that Bruce wrote & sings and plays acoustic guitar for that are as good as or better than my favorites from his old records-"Plains of Jericho", "Rough Night in Jericho", and "Come Across To You".

I wanna buy Bruce's new CD and hear his new songs and just groove with them-you know what I mean?

This Mudcat thread provides an opportunity for all those who have been waiting for some more Bruce Murdoch music to say Hooray!! to Bruce for finally making this CD.

This thread also provides an opportunity for people to share their reviews of & their comments about the songs on Bruce's "Matters of the Heart" CD. Comments and questions about other Bruce Murdoch songs can be posted on this thread. I'm sure that when Bruce returns from Quebec's Apple Hollow Music Fest where he performed and launched this CD, he'll be checking in here and will respond to comments & questions.

And, last but definitely not least, this thread provides me with the opportunity to announce that Bruce Murdoch has a new website at
http://www.brucemurdoch.com/

Bruce's website was designed/developed by Mudcatter olddude {Dan O'Connell}. Thank you, Dan, for volunteering to spearhead this project!!!

The website is still under construction awaiting sound clips and other material from Bruce. But, it's already lookin good, so don't forget to visit there!

So, has anyone heard Bruce Murdoch's "Matters of the Heart" CD? What do you think of it and what are your favorite songs from that CD?

Inquiring minds wanna know. Please post your comments here.

Thanks, in advance, for your participation on this thread!

:o))


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: rumanci
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 09:07 AM

HOORAY !! to Bruce

and ALL his friends


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Guldhamstern
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 09:13 AM

Great

28th, it would be a wonderful day!


Hooray!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 09:54 AM

Guldhamstern, although the notation on Bruce Murdoch's website indicates that "CD Available After July 28, 2008", Bruce's new CD is available now. It's the paypal feature on his website that may not be activated until July 28th, 2008.

If you're interested in purchasing a CD now, or if you prefer not to do it through paypal, since you're a Mudcat member, you can send a private electronic message to Bruce by clicking on this hyperlink, contact Bruce Murdoch {Peace} and then clicking on the pm letters next to his name. Bruce will then get back to you and you two can discuss what method you want to use to purchase his CD.

**

For those persons who aren't Mudcat members, please consider joining this international community. Mudcat Cafe is an online discussion forum that focuses on folk & blues music & other topics. Many Mudcatters's definition of folk music is rather liberal. For instance, I wouldn't consider Bruce Murdoch's songs as "folk music" and I believe that Bruce has said that he doesn't describe his songs as folk music. Yet, I believe that Bruce's songs resonate so well with so many people because their lyrics speak to the universal emotions that people everywhere have experienced. So, whether Bruce's music is "folk" or not, many people who are Mudcat members & regular guests enjoy hearing Bruce's songs and enjoy discussing Bruce Murdoch music with each other.   

So, if you're reading this and aren't a member of Mudcat, please consider joining. Membership in Mudcat is free. Just click on the Membership feature near the right hand corner on the top of this page, and then follow the easy instructions that appear. Once you join Mudcat, you can send private electronic messages to Bruce {Peace} and to other Mudcat members. Mudcat membership has other benefits, too! However, whether you are a Mudcat member or not, you can still post comments on this thread and on other Mudcat threads.

Positive vibrations!

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 10:02 AM

Couldn't resist opening the Cat. Bruce, Jeri and April are enjoying a good cup of coffee and shooting tha breeze. Wish you were all here.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Guldhamstern
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 10:10 AM

Azizi//

Aha, I think I've already made contact with Bruce and will just wait and see.

But 28th will certainly be a great day!


About songs I've heard to be included in the album, I Can See You Now is a ten out of ten.

I had expect The Last Man Standing to be on the album, at first I did not like the song but after listening a couple of times, I'm suprised it's not on the album.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 10:30 AM

I have heard the tracks and I have to say this is pure Bruce Murdoch at his best. His music can make you cry or laugh or feel young again. He has the finest touches of Buddy Holly in his brightest moments blended with the sharp poetic eye of Dylan with a much better voice.

Canada -- be proud of your son! He's a real gem.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 10:51 AM

Ditto... ditto... ditto...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 11:03 AM

Can't wait to get my copy....


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: quokka
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 11:47 AM

Can't wait!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 12:12 PM

I just put my own guestbook into the site. It is a forum, I can leave it on as long as it is not abused. Should work fine I think. Took me all night to code the thing so hopefully it works

Dan


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 12:56 PM

What I meant to say is the guestbook on bruce's site is member only
you have to sign up for it just like mudcat. it requires a login, password and email. The other stuff is optional and in fact i will remove the other stuff as soon as I get a chance. No need for city, state etc when you just want to post a comment. Anyway, it is a full forum for discussing music with, about, or for bruce. I am just going to give it a try and see how it works out.

Thanks Azizi for all the helpful suggestions on building the site. I am not much of a graphics artist. I know the Java JSP code inside and out but without visual input everything I do would be Green for Irish

Dan


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 01:09 PM

I signed up in the guest book for the forum, but then when I tried to enter to read or post, it just wanted me to sign in again and again.....

and again....

Is it just me?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: topical tom
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 01:19 PM

I just finished listening to Bruce's cd "Matters of the Heart".I especially liked "First Robin of Spring","As Soon As Possible", "You Made My Heart Beat Fast"and "I Keep You In My Heart" but they're all good."She Reminds Me Of You" is another great one.A beautifully woven tapestry of lyrics and melody.Not to be missed.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 03:00 PM

If you are going to sign up for Bruces forum on the website. Please make sure you have cookies enabled for the site or it will keep asking you to sign on. I am thinking of changing this mechanism but for now it is the reason some of you may be stopped

thanks
Dan


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 03:05 PM

BBW, who's real name is Daly, remarks as follows:

Cool! And to answer the question, I have heard some of
the songs from the CD, and my favorite is "Daly'sSong."


Well, it is understandable.



A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 03:19 PM

IS there actually a guest book, in addition to "Bruce's Forum"? Or not. It does not appear for me.

A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 04:46 PM

NO
just the forum, you can post anything on the forum
bruce will get it. I just fixed the cookie problem that people have been getting.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 05:13 PM

Dan, the cookie problem is fixed-for me anyway.

I just posted a message to two different threads on Bruce's forum.

And speaking of cookies, I prefer chocolate chip cookies with a dish of orange sherbet.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 05:21 PM

Amos, I like that Project Phoenix reference.

Folks here don't know what I'm talkin 'bout?

Get thee to Bruce's forum, sign in, and check out "The Welcome To Bruce's Forum" thread.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 07:45 PM

And drop PEace a PM to get his CD. I think he should talk to Dick about carrying it, too. Just IMHO.



A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 07:49 PM

Dick is a carrier?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 09:18 PM

It occured to me that English may actually be a foreign language for some people who are part of Mudcat.

"Internet lingo" or whatever it's called is another type of foreign language. I had to pm {send a private electronic message* to Amos to find out what "BBM" means [see his post on 20 Jul 08 - 03:05 PM]. Amos told me that BBW means "Best Beloved Wife". I suppose everyone knew that but me...

*the "p" in pm might also means "personal". "Pm" is a verb-to send a private {personal} electronic message. "Pm" is also a noun-a written private {personal} electronic message.

One of the benefits of joining Mudcat is that members can send & receive pms from other members, and these pms can be archived {kept} in your own personal page. Any post that you write as a member is also archived [stored/kept] under the title of the thread and the date & time it was written.

"Post" is also both a noun and a verb. A "post" is a comment that a person writes on an Internet discussion thread {though I'm still not sure why a series of comments are called "threads"}. "To post" is the act of putting comments on [in?] a public {Internet] thread.

I confess that I'm not even sure anymore how I got on this subject and where I was going with it...

Oh, I remember. I was also going to point out that one thing that happens when you're a member of any group is that you find yourself using "group speak" {words and phrases that people in the group readily [?] understand, but people outside the group may not understand at all].

Assuming that there may be people who are new to Mudcat Cafe {or is the name of this online community Mudcat Discussion Forum? I've been a member for almost 4 years and I'm not sure about that}, I wanted to clarify* that Amos and gnu were referring to Mudcatter Dick Greenhaus whose record company Camsco Records carries [has] a wide assortment of records [music CDs and maybe vinyl music records and music tapes, but I'm not sure about those last two now antiquated music products.

Well, if anything was muddy, as a result of that lengthy discourse, I hope that it's now clear as glass [assuming that glass is clear].

*I know by now some of you are smirking because I'm probably the very last person who anyone with sense would choose to clarify anything since I have a tendency to break things down to itty bitty parts to see what each of those parts mean. But I do end up putting them back together and learning something in the process.

You have to trust me on that.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 09:34 PM

Besides the discussions about music, the thing that I like best about Mudcat is the fondness that some of its members have for witty play on words.

gnu, I'm talking about you. And I'm talking about Amos and others, too, not to mention somebody whose name is Bruce.

:o)

**

I now return you to the subject of Bruce Murdoch's CD-Matters of the Heart.

And I remind you that Bruce's website's URL {I haven't a clue what those letters stand for} is http://www.brucemurdoch.com/


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 10:34 PM

I've heard some of it.

It's okay. Nothing to...well, I mean, yeah, it's better than I could do, sure. Probably better than you can do too, unless you're Bruce Murdoch or someone of that ilk.

Actually, I guess it's fairly good. Maybe even pretty good. Perhaps even amazingly good.

IT'S DAMNED GOOD!! GET A COPY!!!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 10:47 PM

hey Rap.. thanks... I don"t care what anyone sez.......I still love you..   wet-suit and all.... R.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 02:17 AM

On the Apple Hollow Music Fest thread I said that I listened to "Matters of the Heart" on the way to Dorval Airport from Adrien's and then later on my drive from Miami to Ft. Myers. That wasn't my first listen since I had it in the rent-a-car cd player the whole weekend I was in Franklin Center. There isn't a bad cut on this cd.   I'm just sorry that "Last Man Standing" didn't make it but that's all the more reason to buy the next one.

Cheers,

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: C. Ham
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 10:18 AM

I played the CD three times through on my drive from Montreal to Toronto yesterday. Excellent songs and nice production values. I'm looking forward to sitting and listening to it with headphones in a quiet room when I can give it complete attention.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: pdq
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 10:58 AM

blankley is a fine guitar player and his work compliments Murdoch and adds a lot to the music


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 10:59 PM

Waiting for me when I returned from the Apple Hollow MusicFest was the latest issue of "Dirty Linen: Folk & World Music". I don't know how many of you are familiar with this publication (out of Baltimore, MD) but it features extensive reviews of newly released CDs as well as features on folk and world musicians. This issue, by the way, has a nice feature article on k.d. lang.

Anyway, it got me thinking about how Bruce plans to market/promote "Matters of the Heart" and I wondered if someone from this site should send in a review of the cd and, for those who were there, perhaps a review of his eveing set.

Just a thought..............


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 11:02 PM

Hell, just email them a link to this thread! :D


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 08:18 AM

Hi Ken, keep having those thoughts.... this cd was largely the result of a lot of collective energy.. positive encouragement directed toward B.M.

Being an Indie release, the 'marketing' of it will entail much of that same kind of help, tips and contacts... (sounds folky to me)

He now has a copy of the 'Indie Bible' which is a great resource book and guide.... this time around the whole process is really 'hands-on',

but I would ask you to wash your hands before making up another batch of that grape kool-aid...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 08:49 AM

Ron, I absolutely agree with everything you said about how we all can provide help, tips, contacts, and encouragement to Bruce to help him market his CD.

And in regards to your last comment about the grape kool-aid, for the record, [no pun intended], and for clarification purposes, here's a link to this fine example of Mudcat humor {humour} and witty word plays:

thread.cfm?threadid=112902&messages=54
Why does Bruce Have a Purple Face?

That thread was started as a result of this comment that was posted by Big Al Whittle {weelittle drummer} on Bruce's website:

"best of luck with album and the site! you are the first folksinger with a purple face. I feel sure you will not let the unique nature of being purple stop your songs from being relevant for the rest of us."

-snip-

I assume that the real story is that the photographer for a performance last year that Bruce did in Quebec added a purple tint to the photograph that he took of Bruce. I guess that the photographer did this because he felt that it adds a more "arty" touch to the photograph. And some people might agree with that decision.

But if you visit that thread, you'll find that a lot of people don't buy that explanation. Instead, they offer their own opinion/s on why Bruce's face is purple.

Don't forget to visit that thread! I bet you'll find yourself chuckling at many of the comments.
__________________________________________________________________


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 09:15 AM

I just received a pm from Adrien {Beer} who asked me to convey this message from him and to convey a message from Bruce as well.

Adrien asked that I let people know that he is still coming down from the festival and still has lots to do. He thanks you all for your well wishes & your support.

Adrien has also spent some time after the festival with Bruce. Bruce doesn't have access to a computer now, but he's told Adrien that he will be writing on Mudcat shortly. Bruce also wants people to know that he very much appreciates the well wishes, and the compliments, that Mudcatters and other people on his website have expressed about his festival performance and about his Matters Of The Heart CD.

Also, Bruce wants people to know that he's aware of the "Bruce has a Purple Face thread" although he hasn't read it yet. And he thinks the idea of that thread is a hoot {or some words like that}.

I look forward to Adrien's and Bruce's return to active posting on Mudcat threads.

In particular, I can't wait to read what Bruce's comebacks will be to some of the posts on that Purple Face thread.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 06:51 PM

Just here for a minute. Thank you ALL so very much. Without your encouragement and the hard work of Ron Bankley there is no way this CD would ever have come about. That's a fact. Another is that I love you guys very very much. I will be able to sit for a bit this weekend and I will post more.

As a BTW, Jeri Corlew, April Werner and I did a couple of songs in the studio today ("I Can See You Now" and "You Make My Heart Beat Fast"). I think (hope) Ron will be adding some of his magic. We expect to get one of the performances on Youtube within a few weeks and the other in a month and a half or so. We were done in three hours. However, it'll take longer tomorrow to edit, mix and master the vocals and guitar tracks. Simon Jodoin is a great engineer and a wonderful guy to work with. Young fellow with a great sense of 'joie de vivre'. Clement Rosa is something else and his studio is the best I have ever worked in. Anyway, for now, y'all keep well and stay safe.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Bobert
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 07:36 PM

Well, Brucie and I have consumated a CD swap deal so I'm excited... I remember some time back him saying somethin' to me in either a PM or a post about him being a tad rowdy... Okay, he might not have used the term rowdy... But rowdy is what I like so I'm pscyhed outta my brain...

(Ahhhh, that's normal, Boberdz...)

Bug off...

Yeah, I'm lookin' forward to hearing this CD... I ain't never heard no purple musican... You gotta wear special 3-d headphones???

B~


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 08:00 PM

No, Bobez, just drop a few mikes and you'll be hearing all the purple you like.

A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 08:18 PM

Ron....thank you for the note but I must issue a disclaimer.....I had nothing to do with any grape Kool-aid or Bruce's appearance on his website. That's my story and I'm stickin' with it!! Actually, his appearance was considerably more pale as he watched me, Adrien, and April chow down on bowls of la poutine last Thursday evening in Ormstown. LOL

I enjoyed your comments on the festival thread about Gary and Linda and how they got you back into your B & B. They are salt of the earth people, aren't they? Thanks to Adrien, I had the pleasure of making new friends, not only with with Linda and Gary, but with Fred and Ruth Sundborg (where I stayed) and who taught this city boy more about dairy farming than I could imagine in a weekend. Bill and Bernice Paxton ( who ran the beer tent) are pretty cool people, as well.

As to promoting the cd and our man, Bruce. I imagine the artist himself should weigh in on this, but, in addition to the aforementioned "Dirty Linen", I think a copy of the CD should be sent to Jim Frum at "Folk Alley", the internet folk music station out of Kent State University in Ohio.

The NPR outlet in Baton Rouge, LA has a weekly folk show called "The General Store" hosted by Taylor Caffrey. When I lived in Baton Rouge, I would guest-host this show when Taylor was out of town or needed a break....in fact, I think a cut or two from the CBC album was played on that show by yours truly. I'm going to "grease" that one and will send mailing information shortly.

"Write to me when the light's not so demanding....."

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 08:39 PM

Here is the snail mail address to send a cd to Taylor Caffrey at NPR in Baton Rouge:

NPR
c/o Taylor Caffrey
3050 Valley Creek Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808-3170

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 09:11 PM

Hey Ken,

I thought that line from Bruce Murdoch's song "Last Man Standing" was

"Write to me when the life's not so demanding....."

And not what you wrote:

"Write to me when the light's not so demanding....."

So I guess that's an example of one of them montegreens, eh?

Unless I'm wrong and what you wrote is the correct word. But I can see "life" being demanding. But what would "the light" be so demanding about?

Inquiring minds wanna know.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 09:22 PM

Gotta go in two. The line is

"Write to me when life's not so demanding"


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 09:29 PM

Actually, while I love the original line, Ken's version ain't half bad either!! :D


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 09:58 PM

I'm honored!!honoured..........


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 03:01 AM

Here are a few links of interest, should people want to pass the word along:

Canadian Radio Stations

US Radio Stations

UK Radio Stations

And of course, most importantly, and deservedly:

The 2009 Canadian JUNO AWARD

(Now wouldn't that be something!)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 09:00 AM

Yikes.....I feel like one of those people who thought Jimi Hendrix said, "Scuse me while I kiss this guy!" This will become one of those Dylanesque moments where, in the postmortems of a Bruce Murdoch concert, people will ask, "Did he change the lyric in "Last Man Standing"??

Work calls, gotta run....talk to y'all later......


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 10:19 AM

When these folks you talk about come to install a mat on my heart, I hope it says "Welcome!" and that folks leave their unscuffed muddy shoes outside.

No automats or hazmats needed, thank you.....


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 09:32 PM

Good evening. Azizi suggested to me that someone who has "Matters of the Heart" should post the track list to this site. Here it is:

1. I Can See You Now
2. I Sit and Count the Stars
3. She Reminds Me of You
4. I Keep You in My Heart
5. Daly's Song
6. That's The Way It Is
7. When I Cannot Sleep at Night
8. You Made My Heart Beat Fast
9. Angels in My Heart
10. As Soon as Possible
11. I Can See You Now (Acoustic Version)
12. First Robin of Springtime

We probably all have our favorites but I'm particularly fond of "I Can See You Now" (both versions), "She Reminds Me of You", "Daly's Song",and "You Made My Heart Beat Fast". However, in truth, there isn't a weak track on this remarkable cd.

One further thought on promoting this cd (and Bruce, in general), the cd, preferably accompanied by the artist, should be at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN, February 18 - 22.

Cheers,

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 09:49 PM

Azizi:

Where the hell do you find things like "montegreens"? Anyway, I though the image of "Write to Me When the Light's Not So Demanding".....had a romantic appeal......writing that requested note at night, preferably by candlelight or kerosene lamp....

Thank you Amos, for your endorsement of my "montegreens"

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 10:13 PM

Thanks, Ken for posting the song track for Bruce Murdoch' Matters of The Heart CD.*

And with regard to that montegreen/mondegreen post:

You could say that I spelled that word "montegreen" on purpose to see if any one would notice.

You could also say that I was trying to create a new subgenre of mondegreens that were created by purposeful spelling.

But the real reason why I typed that "montegreen" instead of "mondegreen" is that I thought that was what I saw when I read that Wikipedia. In other words, "monte" is more familiar to me than "monde"

So, although that wasn't my intent, maybe I really did start {or at least added to} a new sub-section of mondegreens!

Great!

* I'm including Bruce's last name for the reason you stated in your post. There's other Bruce Murdochs [Hi y'all!] and the more Bruce's whole name is typed, the more this thread moves up the page lists in Google.

Does it matter that this thread is high up on the page list? Perhaps. That way more people will happen to see it, and some of these people may be curious who the heck this is, if they have never heard of him before. And they may click on the thread, and read it and as a result they will learn about Bruce Murdoch the singer/songwriter, and some of them may go on to check out his music.

Mission accomplished.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: BK Lick
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 05:57 AM

Matters of the Heart has been used as an album title
more than a few times, including:

1982 Bob Bennett
1991 Rene Froger
1992 Tracy Chapman
1993 Kathy Kallick
1994 Restless Heart
1997 Commissioned
1999 Patti LuPone
2004 Kinzie, Kirchner, and Davis
2004 Legion of Love
2004 Tom Rocco
2005 High Clazz Productions
2005 L.C. Robinson
2006 Brian King
2006 Danse Macabre
2006 Laney Hicks

Yet it's not as popular as From the Heart for which an AMG album search turns up 50 hits.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 05:39 PM

Now, wasn't that easy?

Bob "It ain't over yet" Ryszkiewicz

6 hours 33 minutes after being released from The Lakeshore General Hospital, aka "Tube City" or "Injection Valley"...

Hey Bruce: Guess they either got tired of me, OR, they ran out of places to stick me with a needle...(These are the Jokes, Folks...)

Ask me about Matters of the Heart sometime...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 06:01 PM

We were worried about you Bob. Glad to hear they kicked you out. Your name came up several times voicing concern and how much we missed you at the festival.
Here is hoping your up and about real soon
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 06:03 PM

If Bruce doesn't have your number send it to me by e-mail and he will call you in the next day or Saturday for sure.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 06:10 PM

Glad to hear you're up and at 'em Bob, heard you were ill and was concerned for you - can't keep a good man down.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 06:34 PM

Beer/Bobad...Thanks Guys. Your concern is very much appreciated...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 08:22 PM

Hey Bob....you'll likely get a visit from the rompin', rovin' dude before he aims back west..... keep sluggin'.... every now and then we get one comin' over the plate, in the zone...., and the Kid puts one outta the park...... much love R.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 25 Jul 08 - 10:47 AM

Man can this guy write tunes that stick in your head or what. Got up in the middle of the night for a pee and as I was trying to get back to sleep "Listen to me when I tell you that I'm definitely hotwired" kept running through my brain pod and this morning as I was picking raspberries in the garden I kept hearing "I sit and count the stars at night".

Maybe the CD should come with a warning.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 25 Jul 08 - 11:24 AM

take 2 aspirins.... put one in each ear... call me in the morning... but maybe it's already too late...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: rumanci
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 11:06 AM

WAHEY !!! Just fabulous.   Looks good, sounds good and by golly it does you good !

Thankyou Bruce, and Ron, for all the hard work making this happen.

Sheer magic listening over and over again and then like bobad says the melodies don't leave you alone afterwards either.   A master wordsmith at work too, and isn't it great that everybody can find out now for themselves just who has been missing from Canadian music for far too long.    Too tough to pick a favourite yet when there aren't any duds - every creation a complete, singular, gem.
This is what the art of singer songwriting is all about. Listen and learn and smile and cry and then listen again and again and ...

rum


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 12:07 PM

rumanci:

Amen. amen.........what a gift to have him back. And you're right, the entire cd is a gem. But, I'm with Bob,.....I'm walking around the house singing ".....I'm hotwired....". My wife is looking at me in very strange ways.....

:-)

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,guest bankley
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 01:09 PM

there's a lot of back stories around the project... when we were mixing 'Daley's Song' (hotwired)... I said to B.
"This is pure Folk Grunge..... but at least they might like it in Seattle"...
but I'm glad they (you) like it in other places too.......strange looks and all.....


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 03:29 PM

Hah!! The secret is in the title.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 06:34 PM

"yes indeed, alright, mama.....you pick me back up again..."


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 06:41 PM

Hi, Ken.

Is that quote from Bruce's old, uptempo song "Down on Mama" or is it from a song in his new CD that I haven't gotten yet? [But I hear tell it's in the mail]


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 06:56 PM

You can all check out a few pictures at:
http://www.applehollowmusicfest.org

Go to the photo page. If you want a copy get in touch with Alfred Bedard.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 07:09 PM

Azizi....you got it, girl....it's from Down on Mama.....

"My condition is not pure......."

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 01:22 PM

I won a case of beer for writing that song. Did it on a bet.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 02:07 PM

I want that story in detail, dude!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 02:45 PM

Adrien.............I hope you are recovering from your head cold. Summer colds can be nasty affairs. At the gathering at your place on Sunday after the festival, Judy downloaded all the pictures I took on to your laptop. Some of them are a little out of focus but like John, I'm blaming that on the beer!! Feel free to post and distribute any of them.

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 02:47 PM

Amos....I suspect that story is best told (and heard) over a cold Molsen or Labatt's Blue........

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 06:48 PM

And as we cyber-clink our glasses and bottles to all that is good. A toast to Bruce and "Matters of the Heart" on this Sunday. Me with Alexander Keith's "India Pale Ale"(first beer since I don't know when)....A gift from a friend...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 07:15 PM

Bob. E-mail me your phone number.

I called your home and the hospital (which said you weren't there). Deedee was trying to help but she couldn't find her glasses and she is no touch typist. Anyway, I will somehow get in touch and I'll have a copy of the thing for you. Gave me one helluva scare, Bob.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Paul Mills
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 08:09 PM

Great CD, Bruce!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 08:51 PM


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 08:56 PM

See what happens when you bump the keyboard? Computers...I love 'em...

Still standing. Not time to go yet. GET THAT CD OUT TO THE WORLD!

Remember, you're BRUCE MURDOCH!

bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 12:14 AM

Amen, Bob....amen. Glad to see you are "sitting up and taking nourishment' as my dear (and now departed) mother-in-law would say.


Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Emma B
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 08:36 AM

The CD just arrived in the post

Thank you from my heart


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: balladeer
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 09:01 AM

Bruce, to my ear your new CD contains your very best writing ever. It's so reflective and loving. Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 02:36 PM

two clips are now available on line at www.brucemurdoch.com clips
or go to you tube at
"I can see you now"

"as soon as possible"


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Subject: Bruce Murdoch Clips Available Online
From: olddude
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 02:43 PM

Two clips from Bruce's new CD are available on line at
www.brucemurdoch.com    click clips or just go to youtube at

"As soon as Possible"

" I can see you Now"


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 10:33 PM

I would like to thank the people who have posted here. I have thanked many of you on the CD 'jacket' and I do so again here and now.

However, I do not wish Mudcat to be a marketing tool for this CD so I politely request that this thread be closed.

In the past few days I have had flak tossed at me by a few folks including a few I thought were friends. I will not make that mistake again. I have been too busy with stuff to do much about it until now. I have a few hours to myself for the first time in a long time, and with that I wish you all a goodnight.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 10:48 PM

Bruce, I remember there being another thread a couple of years ago when people praised your music and you asked for that one to be closed too. I can't remember whether the moderators closed it or not.

Be that as it may, I respectfully ask you to reconsider your request to close this thread.

You can be too modest.

Mudcatters who hear your new songs and want to praise them and want to compliment you for your writing skill need a thread where they can do so.

This is just one of those threads.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Big Mick
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 10:50 PM

Bruce, I will close the thread if that is your wish. But pay no mind to folks that toss flak. Yours is a perfectly legitimate use of the Mudcat, and those that don't get that are ignorant of the history. Many of us have had threads on this place to make folks aware of our work. This is a long awaited work from an artist many of us have been anxious to hear.

In fact, I have changed my mind. This thread will remain open.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 11:07 PM

For the record {if you will pardon the pun}, Bruce didn't ask me to start this thread. Nor did he know ahead of time that I was going to start this thread.

I started this thread for the reasons I mention in my first post to this thread and for the reasons I mention in my 28 Jul 08 - 10:48 PM post to this thread.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 11:29 PM

Bruce:

I can't imagine why anyone would want to send you flak, but it is sometimes the fate of the creative to stir up jealousy in others.

I am among those who have urged you to promote your work liberally, but I certainly hope that was not in any way construed as flak. It was an earnest of faith in your talents and hope for your future, and nothing more.

A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 11:33 PM

Hell, no, Amos. Please do NOT think that. I just need a few days off and I'll get them in about four or five days. A few months of 16-18 hour days gets a bit long.

Sorry to y'all.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 01:03 AM

First of all BRUCE didn't start this thread Azizi did. Bruce didn't post the links to the song I DID. YOU KNOW WHY I DID, because I had tons of emails from MY website asking for clips. PEOPLE are excited about the music. WHY NOT, IT IS GREAT MUSIC. If you bother looking at youtube you can see the hits and the comments from only 2 songs. I put this up NOT FOR MARKETING but TO SHARE some music for those who do not have the chance to get the CD or hear any of it as of yet. AT the request of many MUDCATTERS and other that are not MUDCATTERS you see I WAS being NICE. But nice is something most people here no nothing about! Big Mick, you and your staff especially Joe Offer run a first class show here. I am sorry for some of the clients here at Mudcat. PLEASE do me a favor, Delete MY account.
Nothing to do with you nice folk but I have had enough of this. I have never heard such things before and boy do I have better use of my time. Marketing, for gosh sakes, Mudcat is great but do you think this is what I would consider his target Market? HOW about youtube or myspace with several million hits a day. But you see small minds have nothing to do but be jealous of someone like Bruce because as Azizi said, they can't do it so why not throw a rock. I had people send me lyrics that were wrong to mess up the site that I built. You know what, I did the site NOT for money, I did it free to Help Bruce. Because something many here may not understand, it is called friendship. And he is my friend even though we NEVER met. If any of you needed help or advice, Bruce would be the first one there and the last one to leave.I am ashamed of many of you ... as such, I am gone for good and many will say great, but boy does it go both ways!

Big Mick, thank you for allowing my rant,and thank you for showing what a friend is, It is clear to me that you are Bruces friend. Please delete my account.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 03:21 AM

There are many reasons why some people may want to throw flak. Not least of all being professional jealousy....... I have enjoyed reading this thread..... I look forward to receiving my CD which is on its way.... I cannot see how anyone can legitimately criticise this thread content or the effect it may have on the reader.... consequently cannot see any reason for the thread to close. I also cannot see any reason for any member to relinquish their status!
There will always be those who are unappreciative in any situation because of their sad lives. BUT This is a happy place to be and as far as I can see a thread that is both useful and informative..........
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 07:55 AM

I'll give you a call Wednesday night, Dan. And thank you.

In fact, thanks to all of you.

Back recording today so gotta run.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 08:30 AM

OK. no worries,

I dunno who is carping and sniping about this being a bad thread, but ya know, Scrooge can say whatever he wants--Christmas happens anyway.


And OD, please do not let your engagement here be dictated by snarky snipers. I t would be a loss to both parties.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 08:57 AM

while the disgruntled watch your tail-lights fade into the dust....yeah..

and B.M. is still my friend... even after actually meeting him

have a good session today Peace.... catch you later..


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 09:10 AM

Ron: we got the guitar tracks done yesterday.

Will get the vocals done today. Did LMS at 120 beats a minute. Yours were at 80 per minute. You'll need to work some magic--as usual--to do the tie-in, but it's gonna be a gas. I'll tackle that vocal first. And I'll drink warm uh--did you say scotch or water? Hope it was scotch because I know what fish do in water.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 09:38 AM

Thanks for the you tube links; I've just joined so that I could comment:-)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 10:15 AM

Hi Kids: Been up on YouTube listening...Bruce holding those notes reminded me of The Yellow Door so long ago, with him standing on that little wooden stage, holding a note and playing that Martin. The whole place shaking...I'm thinking...This guy is going to be famous.

So with YouTube's 68 million views per day, and 10 hours of uploads per second, AND with 6.4 billion people out there, this young boy is going to get noticed...

This is a good thing...

And with the thought of "once it's out there, it's OUT there", I tell you you can try to stop the waves in the ocean, it just won't work. Or you could try to turn off the stars at night, but, they'll still be there. Or you could try telling God to take back the rain...but, well, you know...

Much Love and Blessings...Now the real fun begins...

bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 10:21 AM

Olddude, there will always be nasty little people who bitch about everything.

Most of us see what you've done and do, and it makes us believe in generosity and kindness. There are more of us than them, and we're thankful you've made Bruce's music accessible. Don't let the jerks direct your actions here, and please know there are many more of us who are glad for what you do, because we want to find this music!

Bruce, there's water in scotch.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 10:27 AM

So hey!! Get an outlet channel ticking over, dudes!! Dick'll do it.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Big Mick
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 01:23 PM

olddude, I have considered your request. Request denied. We are not losing good 'Catters because of folks that simply want to criticize. Should you decide not to post, that is your choice. But your account will remain, and hopefully we will see you back soon.

Now, I am going to watch those vid's.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,number 6
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 01:32 PM

Good thread indeed .... if it wasn't for this thread I wouldn't have realized Bruce is on Youtube .... as with Mick, I'm now off to watch those vid's.

biLL


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Big Mick
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 01:34 PM

What a voice, and what a way with a lyric. Strong production values, and I love the rhythmic strums on the guitar!! There are many folks that can hit the beat and set up a solid rhythm, but there are not near as many that use the instrument as a rhythmic, percussive force in a positive way. I simply can't wait to hear the whole CD. This man's reputation, judging from those two cuts, is well deserved. Superb lyrics, superb sense of arrangement, great execution. This should make for a first rate listening experience.

I think I'm getting excited about music again. Thanks, buddy.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 05:17 PM

Thank you, Mick. You sure know how to make a guy blush.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 05:23 PM

Youse guys use blush? Ahhh... the purple... ahhh


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 05:24 PM

Twisted. Twisted I tell you.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: beardedbruce
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 05:42 PM

Peace,

Can you send a stack to the Getaway, via Dick or others?


8-{E


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Gene Burton
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 07:03 PM

I've come to this thread rather late; because I've got insomnia...but would like to add my voice to the chorus of approval here. Finally got round to checking out the two youtube tracks just now, and they're fantastic. What a great writer and performer BM is.
Hope the new CDs sell like flapjacks, Bruce...congratulations.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 09:36 PM

Just got back from driving Bruce to Montreal at a friends place. As most of you are probably aware that after the festival Bruce still had work to do in the recording studio but since Jeri and April left it just wasn't right to have him coming home after a working day to an empty apartment. So with a little arm twisting from Judy (better half) and myself he agreed to move in and eat all our food (all my blueberries I'm been picking)drink all my beer and take over the computer.
Bruce, we miss you already. We were very fortunate to have had the pleasure of your company and will see you in 2009
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 09:44 PM

Dan,
Fuck'em. We know where your heart and head is. Join the crowd, you've been tagged and you won't be the last. I've been hurt more than once but I also know that this Mudcat has given me some friends that I will never loose or forget. The same thing has already happened to you and your friends here will continue to grow.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 09:44 PM

There you go...proof positive...into the blueberries again! And people STILL wonder why the purple face....dumbkovs!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 09:52 PM

Well I'll be damn, here the answer lay and I didn't even see it. Can't tell the forest from the tree. Better report this finding on the other thread.
Hope your feeling better and the strength is coming back Bob.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 10:04 PM

Beer, I know Bruce is a grown-up, but I felt good knowing he had family there to stay with. It would have been tough for me, after all the activity, to have the world suddenly fall silent.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 10:09 PM

Thanks Beer...Just sitting in the studio having some tea and apple pie. I DID see blueberry pie when I was at the store...The temptation was awesome..., but as you know, if you get into the blueberries, pretty soon you'll be into the "stronger stuff" and you know where that leads to...

Have to confess my family and I used to go wild blueberry picking when I was a boy...That and mushrooms. Made Elderberry wine too..1958...Still have the bottle...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 10:11 PM

Jeri, you hit the nail on the head. That is exactly what Judy and I were discussing before I spoke to Bruce. By the way, it was great meeting you and April. I was planning on going to the Champlain Valley Folk Festival but a niece's graduation party is holding me back. As if she would miss me.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 10:14 PM

Ya, but is the bottle full?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 10:18 PM

Jeri,
Remember the red bucket I showed you full of Blueberries? Well, I've picked 5 more like it to give away. Bob if you were closer I'd give you a bucket to.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 10:25 PM

Well, silly me. On special occasions, like when the anti-wife left, I DID have a sip or two over the years, just to check the ageing process. But I don't think I've opened the bottle in twenty years. It might be very interesting vinegar; or, it could turn your face more than purple...bob

p.s. I still wonder if it's drinkable...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 10:36 PM

REUTERS/CNN....

A strange tribe of purple-faced individuals have crossed the U.S. border to "straighten things out". It seems the group imbibed an unusual mixture of Vintage Elderberry Wine and OD'ed on blueberries. It is believed the combination caused a rare chemical reaction. The group is comprised of Folksingers, and authorities are hoping to intercept them before they reach Washington...(Film at 11)

bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 05:49 AM

I got the low down bluesberry blush on my face.
It's all queit now that Bruce left my place.
Soon be plannin the Apple Festival for next year.
But for now... it's just... bluesberries and beer.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: rumanci
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 07:28 AM

THEN listen again............and again.................
and even when you ain't listening
they're STILL there


Dang !


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 10:25 AM

hey Beer, I thought I warned you 'bout feeding strays....

when he was here in B-ville, I kept taking him out places.... but he always managed to find his way back......... finally when we ran out of bison to eat, he agreed to go get more... so I put him on a train to Buffalo,,,,,, then I hurried home and changed the numbers on the house..... he hasn't been back since...
and the neighbours are starting to take the 'For Sale' signs down....


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 10:29 AM

"Ya, but is the bottle full? "

The optimist says it is half full. The pessimist says it is half empty. The engineer says yer using the wrong size bottle.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 10:31 AM

Sheesh. Run down the street naked just ONE TIME and people get skittish.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Jeri
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 10:35 AM

Got photos?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Big Mick
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 10:35 AM

Next time, wear a kilt. You still get the effect, and the anal retentive reactionaries won't go crazy on you...... unless there is a stiff ........ check that ..... unless there is a strong breeze..

Mick


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 10:38 AM

Just the one.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: rumanci
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 10:41 AM

Hey

I was at THAT match

if I'd only known


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: quokka
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 10:42 AM

the only name I recognised on this list is Tracy Chapman!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 11:08 AM

Hey, guys & gals! I've been meaning to post a general "Thank you" to all the people posting to this thread. I'm glad that Bruce re-considered and this thread is going to remain open.

**

I have a question that I've been meaning to ask KenM about part of what he wrote in his   post to this thread. I know that I could just send a private electronic message {pm}, but maybe other people reading this has wondered the same thing.

Ken, where does this sentence come from? Is it from one of Bruce's old or new songs? If so, which one?

Also {and maybe this is for Bruce}:

I love these words from "I Can See You Now":

"Wind and waves that drift across the bow.
And morning doves sail across the sky

I can turn my head and I can close my eyes
I can see you now"

-snip-
First, of all, are those the right words to that verse?

Secondly, this speaks to the mistake I made earlier in this thread regarding the line from the "Last Man Standing" song {I knew it was "write to me when life's not so demanding" but I still wrote it wrong and then had the nerve to refer to mondegreens as montegreens.

But when I heard the first verse of Bruce's "I Can See You Now" song {that is posted above}, I wondered "How can wind and waves drift across a branch of a tree?" *

Then I looked up the word "bow" and saw that one definition of it is "The front section of a ship or boat".

All this to say, I'm wondering if I am the only one that got stuck on what a tree branch had to do with wind and waves in that beautifully written song?

*Just in case people don't get where I was comin from, "bow" is pronounced the same as "bough"


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 11:09 AM

"We were very fortunate to have had the pleasure of your company and will see you in 2009"

That is a for-sure.

You and Judy were simply awesome. She is a lovely lady and man oh man can that gal cook. I had a very relaxing time and it was because of you both that I was able to concentrate on music, get the sessions done and handle the mailings that had to get out fast. Speaking of which, I still have seven to do.

You and Judy have put so much work into your house and the grounds. It's beautiful. But then, imo, that just a reflection of the two wonderful people who live there.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 11:43 AM

Sorry, here's the pm that I was referring to {with the end line being the one whose source I'm curious about}

Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM - PM
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 07:09 PM

Azizi....you got it, girl....it's from Down on Mama.....

"My condition is not pure......."


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 11:52 AM

Zeez:

It is a pretty well-known word, bow. I guess it could be misunderstood by those who grew up far from any shore, or deep in an urban jungle, but it's one of the first things you learn about boats and ships, no matter where.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 11:54 AM

It's one of the first things ya learn in martial arts, too.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 11:54 AM

Oh no! I did it again.

I just got a pm from someone {and it wasn't Bruce} who noted that the phrase in that verse is probably "mourning doves" as opposed to "morning doves".

Of course that member is write [ughhh I mean "right"]

Mourning Dove=
Zenaida macroura Order COLUMBIFORMES - Family COLUMBIDAE

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Mourning_Dove.html

The phrase "morning doves" is kinda cool, though {as opposed to "afternoon doves" or "evening doves"}. They can drift across the bow too, but maybe they prefer to hang around the bough.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 12:07 PM

Here ya go, Azizi.

I CAN SEE YOU NOW

Wind and waves that drift across the bow
Mourning doves that sail across the skies
I can turn my head, I can close my eyes
I can see you now

Shades of light, heaven will avow
Looking like you stepped out of a dream
I can close my eyes, tell you how it seem
I can see you now

BREAK

All the grace that beauty will allow
All the love that anyone could
Tell you how it seem, baby let you know
I can see you now

Winter winds blow restless anyhow
And evening has a quiet all its own
Baby let you know that I love you so
I can see you now

BREAK

Endless days spent behind the plough
Lonely times that lasted quite a while
I love you so, I can feel you smile
I can see you now

Starlit nights that leave you going "Wow"
So many things that never do get said
(RPT) I can feel you smile, I can turn my head
I can see you now


Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 12:12 PM

Less there be any misunderstanding-

I love the song "I Can See You Now"

But I didn't "get" that bow was a reference to a boat until I looked up that word.

Amos, you wrote "It is a pretty well-known word, bow. I guess it could be misunderstood by those who grew up far from any shore"...

Hey, Amos- I'm from Atlantic City, New Jersey. I guess you could say that I was brought up near a shore. But, like a lot of people who live/d in that city which is really an island, I didn't have any experience what so ever with boats or ships or canoes or anything. Heck, a lot of folks I know who live/d in Atlantic City don't even know how to swim because the ocean isn't exactly the best place to learn and practice that skill.

So does any confusion I had with that reference to "bow" detract from my wanting to hear Bruce Murdoch's wonderfully written song "I Can See You Now" again and again.

Nope. It's just that I'm kinda obsessive/compulsive about words and word meanings and word usages in a Virgoian kinda way.

But people with some Virgo astrological placements like me are nice people in spite of sometimes getting fixated on details in a nit picky kinda way.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 12:12 PM

To answer your question Azizi:


DOWN ON MAMA
Bruce Murdoch

Wake up in the mornin', gotta go somewhere;
Starting with a daydream, and it ended with a prayer.
And when I go down on mama, she pick me back up again;
Mama, pick me back up again.

Sometimes she get me growlin', she make me all mean inside;
Then she gets this reaction, the kind that I can't hide.
And when I go down on mama, she pick me back up again;
Yes indeed, Mama, she pick me back up again.

I'm coming home from the tavern, my condition is not pure;
Mama found the places that regulate my temperature.
And when I go down on mama, she pick me back up again;
Mama, she pick me back up again.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 12:16 PM

Got paid a case of beer for that song.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: quokka
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 12:18 PM

love the CD, thanx B. Fave darts between Daley and Can't Sleep - hey maybe I can't sleep cos I'm Hotwired??
Quok


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 12:19 PM

Must be a good back story to that.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 12:21 PM

"Must be a good back story to that."

Was referring to the case of beer.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 12:38 PM

Thanks for posting those lyrics, Bruce!!

I can see them now

:o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 12:49 PM

bow="It's one of the first things ya learn in martial arts, too."
-Bruce

LOL!

That, I got {but I admit that I had to read it two times to get it}.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 12:56 PM

Oops, thanks for posting those lyrics Bruce and bobad.

So, Bruce, what's the back story to the "Down On Mama" song?

Inquiring minds wanna know.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 01:06 PM

A fellow in Montreal waaay back bet me a case of beer--case of 24 as I recall--that I couldn't write a boogie-woogie type song with sleazy overtones. I had 12 hours to get it done. It was fairly easy after I got the back-beat rhythm. So, in the interest of drinking beer on a hot day I took on the 'challenge'. The key to it as I remember was using standard tuning with a drop D (bass string only) and the A position. A standard "Wake up in the morning" to start it and there it was about six hours later. I too thankl Bobad for posting the lyrics which I have long forgot. I believe that was in my smoking days (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

Thing is that I have never made a good recording of the song (tried twice, but was never able to get the 'feel' I wanted and now I am past wanting to.

As for the beer, I won a case of Labatt's someting or other. Cold.

First place I performed it was a club in Montreal. Some folks were slightly offended by the song. But that's life.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 01:07 PM

Not that it matters at all, but Amos wasn't the one who wrote me a pm about my confusion about the words to "I can see you now".

The person who pmed me did so in a friendly way, and I appreciated her letting me know about my mistake.

And Amos, if my response to your comment about folks living by the shore knowing what "bow" means came off as snappy, I didn't mean it that way.

We've always been cool with each other, and I value that.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 01:08 PM

"tried twice, but was never able to get the 'feel' I wanted and now I am past wanting to."

That phrasing is gonna come back to haunt me, I can see it now.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 02:01 PM

Just got done listening to the two songs on YouTube and they are GREAT. Such a rich voice. So much character. I'll be ordering my copy from the website as soon as I deal with a transportation situation that come up, or broke down as the case may be.
   Going back over the last couple days of this thread to get caught up I noticed that someone was giving people flak about it. Well I can only say if this thread isn't the ideal use for Mudcat I don't what is. Peace and Olddude, keep up the good work and try to ignore those who would stand outside the tent trying to piss in.
   Again great job on those songs. I understand what someone else said about them getting in your head and you just want to listen again and again.
                                  Neil


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 02:30 PM

Thanks for the kind words Bruce. Just out of the Swamp. Yep, bucket and a half. Might just fill all my orders.   Hope so. Folks want those delicious blueberries.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 02:49 PM

Bob..........thank you for getting back to Adrien with those lyrics for "Down on Mama". With respect to Bruce's comment about "tried twice but was never able to get the "feel" I wanted....". I'll let wittier people on this thread comment on the sub-text of Bruce's comment but the concrete explanation is that he recorded it on both 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Minute and the CBC recording.....and I don't know, I kinda like it........but you might want to pick your spots on where you sing it or for whom you play the recording. The next Southern Baptist Convention, for example, would probably not be a good place no matter how much good you think it would do them.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 04:51 PM

speaking of B.M 'chestnuts'.... I envision, perhaps, one day a tribute project of various artists each performing a song or so as part of a compilation CD....

but before we take tourists to space, Orville, we gotta get this here contraption off the ground.... okay, now give that propeller a spin      thanks... Wilbur


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 10:24 PM

Minor correction. The lyrics posted above are incorrect.

"All the grace that beauty will allow
All the love that anyone could SHOW
Tell you how it seem, baby let you know
I can see you now"

Thank you, Azizi.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 07:48 AM

You're welcome, Bruce.

And while we're on the subject of the words "I Can See You Now",
on the acoustic guitar version of your song, you sing:

Endless days spent behind the plough
Lonely times that lasted for a while
I love you so, I can feel you smile
I can see you now
-snip-

But in this thread, you gave the words as "Lonely times that lasted quite a while.

Not that it matters, but I like "for a while" better than "quite a while."

The only reason why I'm noting this is that if there's no archival documentation about this {change in word?}, when "I Can See You Now" becomes the hit song that it deserves to be, and later on in years to come, some people may spend time and energy debating which one is the correct lyric.

But maybe that raises this question: If a songwriter changes his or her lyrics from those that were originally written and uses the revised lyrics in his or her recordings and performances, which lyrics are the "correct" ones?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 09:02 AM

"Lonely times that lasted quite a while."

Was originally that but I changed it to "for a while."


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 10:24 AM

Okay. Thanks for that clarification, Bruce.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 09:43 AM

Shite! I've just got my copy!

So *this* is what happened to the music, it didn't 'die' it just 'went away' for near on 30 years!

I'm only on my first listen, so I'll be back later....


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 12:30 PM

Keep listening, Lizzie.....it grows and grows on you.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 01:24 PM

I have lines from three of the cuts running through my head all day. God help me, I am turning into Bruce!!!



A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 01:30 PM

How purple have you become, Amos?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 01:32 PM

I keep hearing voices telling me to go fuchsia myself, but I haven't got aroun' tuh doing anything about it.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 01:48 PM

but have you listened to it backwards ?












easy to do, pop the CD in your player... then do an about face


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 02:14 PM

Hmmmm. Purple blush. Is he a blueberry tart?

YO! Peace buddy! Thanks for the CD man! It's, like, way cool, eh? And, my offer to lay down some Hran on the next one still stands... but, don't hold that against me, right, eh?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 02:15 PM

Do CDs turn the opposite way in the Southern Hemisphere? Do they get "The Satanic Version" down there while we just get vocals as smooth as Satan.....uh,...err...satin?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 02:47 PM

well, in the Southern latitudes, you have to put the CD in the player upside down, which causes the blood to rush to your head and maroons your complexion


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 03:01 PM

>>>KenM - PM
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 12:30 PM

Keep listening, Lizzie.....it grows and grows on you. <<<



Yes, but...how do you *stop* listening to it, Ken! I'm on the fourth listen now....and I'm still hungry for more.

AND, today is August 1st, 2008, the official start of Sidmouth Folk Week. I've just been down to town, to the Ham Marquee, where Show of Hands are playing tonight. They were sold out by the time I got round to getting tickets, a while back now, so I was going to sit on the sea wall and listen to them there, as no way would I miss them, when they're literally 10 minutes from me.

But for the first time ever, I didn't want to. I wanted to get back here and listen to Bruce's music.

I think I've just become a Lady in Lavender...... :0)

Geez! *Where* have you Canucks been hiding this man for *so* long?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 04:06 PM

Well, Lizzie....play that cd to whomever you can...and then tell them to buy it....and, who knows, maybe you can get him to the 2009 version of Sidmouth.

Ken

http:\\www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 05:16 PM

Would you folks please PM me and let me know when they arrive?
I seldom hear about that.

IMO, the US mail system is in serious shape. Airmail to England: four days from Ormstown, Quebec.

Airmail to some cities in the US and sometimes 8-10 days. What a bloody mess.

Anyway, if you'd be kind enough, please let me know, OK--via message.

Thanks.

BM


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 05:20 PM

Bruce.... having listened a number of times to the two songs on Youtube... I guess I might have difficulty e-mailing you due to listening problems... if I can drag myself away from the CD when it arrives.... I promise I will e-mail you or let you know on here when it has arrived or some time after......   Best wishes, Mike


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 06:24 PM

The US Postal Service is going to Hell because I'm still home from it on medical leave.....

AND LOVIN' IT!!!!!!


.....I suppose I'll have to clean up the mess when I get back.



(SIGH!)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 06:32 PM

LOL

OK. That explains why the US Postal Service is a bit stretched because the guy who should rightfully be thinking up 'designer postal codes' is on med leave.

We float this idea: 'designer postal codes', and the the modern-day Pony Express will be lookin' just like downtown.

Be well muh man!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 08:00 PM

I think Homeland Security has their hand in this. They know about that 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Minute album and they're keeping their eyes on the re-emergence of this guy Murdoch. Could be they're checking for anthrax, or worse, that the cd contains encoded messages from Osama bin Laden.....That's it.......that's what Bankley meant when he suggested playing it backwards. Anybody know Arabic on this site?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 08:26 PM

".......... they got 30,000 feet of tape rollin'; files on tape;
pictures, movies, dramas, actions on tape. But then they send
out a half a million people all over the entire world, the globe,
they find out all they can about this guy."


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 09:51 PM

On a more serious note than my last posting, the whole U.S. government is a mess and you can trace that back to January, 2001. Every administration has replaced the top dogs but the Bush administration went deep into the government service sector replacing experienced civil servants with people whose only qualification was being a loyal Bushite. Take Michael Brown, for example, the head of FEMA at the time of Katrina. His previous position was that of Judges and Stewards Commissioner for the International Arabian Horse Association. Perfect preparedness to handle a disaster like Katrina, right? I'm not kidding you....google him and verify it. In my job, I deal alot with the Children's Bureau, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The guy who has overseen the Children's Bureau for the past 8 years is a guy by the name of Wade Horne, whose qualifications for the job was that he oversaw abstinence programs for faith-based institutions.

BUT, this is a thread about "Matters of the Heart" and I digress. Besides, I have to travel next week and if Homeland Security is monitoring this site, I may end up on a "no fly" list.

So, two points from this long missive to the purple artist, aka, Bruce Murdoch. First, the internal mail system here seems to work better than cross-border mail. So, while you have a Pay Pal system om your website for cd purchases, I presume you are mailing them yourself from Canada. I suggest you set-up an internal distribution center (alright, alright, centRe) here in the U.S.

Second, I (like most people) love "Matters of the Heart" but I hope there may be one or more political songs forthcoming......

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 09:51 PM

Aw, man, and all I have is a little home-grown.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 09:59 PM

Will do, Bruce--no luck yet.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 10:01 PM

Crud.

Thanks, Amso.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 10:10 PM

Again, Bruce Murdoch is too modest.

A new political song that Bruce has written called "The Other Voice"
{I seek the voice of honesty tonight} can be heard on
http://ezfolk.com/audio/bands/1338/

It's powerful and, in my opinion, it very much deserves to be included on one of Bruce's upcoming CDs.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 10:13 PM

Thank you, but NO chance. Sooner George Bush is out of my memory the happier I will be.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 10:27 PM

Oh, oh...trouble in River City. Someone who knows Arabic just told me that if you play "That's The Way It Is" backwords you will hear "Colussus, you're the Revolution, Take the Dancers Down, and, Let Guevara Claim His Crown......"

I'm seeking a second opinion of this........


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 10:48 PM

Well, at least as a matter of record, [pun intented] "The Other Voice" {"I seek the voice of honesty"} is out there in cyberspace, though it deserves much more than that since websites have a way of becoming inactive.

And, George Bush will be a memory soon. But, unfortunately, there will always be a need for protest songs.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 01:57 PM

I received my copy yesterday, and it is superb! This is a powerful collection of songs! You are in good voice and I love the guitar work. Great job Bruce!!   

I look forward to sharing it with my listeners on the radio this afternoon!!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 02:06 PM

Ron, you mean the show that's on from 3 - 6 Sundays and can be heard on the web here?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 02:22 PM

I am humbled by your remarks, Ron. Thank you very much.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 03:37 PM

Yes, I will be airing a cut or two around 4pm ET


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 03:40 PM

I'm enjoying the show now!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 03:45 PM

Didn't know until now it is available on-line. Thanks, Jeri.

Heck, I love the show. I'm also kinda excited to hear myself on radio, too. The fact Ron's playing it first in the US is a bonus. Again, thank you, Ron.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 03:48 PM

He mentioned Steve Earle ..ier. You're sharing a show with him.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 03:55 PM

Listening over here in England now, too... :0)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 04:01 PM

Global... how cool is that?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 04:07 PM

Oh, it's Joan Baez produced by Steve Earle.

And now, it's Bruuuuuuce!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 04:10 PM

Hey, Ron has just said that he can relate to every single track on the CD.

"Beauty on every track"

Yes. He hears what we all hear...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 04:12 PM

Listening over here in England now

Me too.

I've listened to Azizi's link as well.....

...... and youtube.

The trouble is that it's addictive.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 04:15 PM

And there is something very special about the Mudcatters listening 'live' to the first ever airing of 'I Can See You Now' and 'Angels in my Heart'

Thanks, Ron.

And Jeri too, for the link.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 05:41 PM

I knew I shoulda got a crystal set.... still tryin' to fix the gramaphone.... way-da-go BM... does this mean the 'Lock up your Grannies" tour is still on ?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 05:51 PM

Good one, Ron!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 06:00 PM

Lock 'em where? In the granery? He'll search every nookie-in' granny, but that's the first place he'd look. There's no substitute for experience, they say!

Did Juno he was actually after a Granny Award anyway? It's gonna go to the top o' the Purp Music Charts!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 08:45 PM

Thank you for the comments!   It was an honor to share this music with my audience, and I look forward to playing more cuts in the future!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 09:15 PM

Whoa....Joanie followed by Bruce!! Very good! No, Excellent!! I see from Ron's comments that he just got the cd yesterday. God works in wondrous ways!! Ron, I listened to the rest of the broadcast and enjoyed "Thirsty Boots" by Eric Andersen, always one of my favorites. I heard you say you are the booking agent for the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club where Andersen is appearing in November. Book Bruce!!!

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 07:21 AM

I've just heard the whole CD for the first time. It is brilliant, just brilliant.

That voice, those lyrics ..........

I'm listening again.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 08:08 AM

Maybe my initial post to this thread jinxed me.

Maybe I shouldn't have admitted out loud {or should that be "in print"?} how much I was wanting to hear Bruce's new CD.

Maybe the spirits read what I wrote [Do spirits read? or do they just hear your thoughts?} and said {thought} "We're gonna give this gal a much needed "patience-is-a-virtue" lesson.

Maybe there is something wrong with the US Mail.

Or maybe Homeland Security is targeting poor little ole me by withholding selected pieces of my mail-the kind that isn't bills.

Maybe something happened to my copy of Bruce's CD on the way from there to here.

I'm saying {writing} all this because I absolutely know that Bruce wouldn't lie to me. And he said {wrote} that he mailed a CD to me ten days ago today {give or take a Sunday}.

But I've not gotten my copy of his CD yet.

:o(

I'm sure you can imagine how jealous I am of all of you who have bragged {written} on this thread how you love Bruce's CD, and how you listen to it time and time again.

Not that I'm not happy for Bruce because you love his songs. I am happy for him. Really I am. But-I-want-my-very-own-Bruce Murdoch CD!

And then to top it off, I go out yesterday and don't get back to 7:30ish and so I missed Ron Olesko's playing* two Bruce Murdoch songs on his {Ron's} radio show.

What a bummer!! {I mean my luck and not Ron playing Bruce's songs}. It doesn't surprise me at all that Ron would play some Bruce Murdoch songs on his radio program since Ron's program is quality and-from what everybody who has heard this CD says-Bruce's CD is also quality.

But, it was my bad** luck that I had to go out yesterday afternoon and miss the first time any of Bruce's new songs from his CD were played over the radio-unless they've been played* on a Canadian radio station before this, and, if so, I missed hearing those songs that time too.


* The definition for "played" that I mean here is "aired" and not the hip-hop slang meaning "to be made a fool of".

** The definition for "bad" that I mean here is something that is not good and not the colloquial meaning of "bad" which is "very good".


I also gotta say {write} that I see that Ron said {wrote} that he just got his copy of Bruce's CD on Saturday. And I see {read} that Ron lives {resides} in the state of New Jersey {Yeah! New Jersey-my used to be home state!}

Well, since I live just one state over-in Pennsylvania-maybe that means that my Bruce Murdoch CD will get here today {meaning Monday August 4, 2008}.

If I don't get Bruce's CD today, I'm gonna SCREAM [with frustration] so loud that you guys and gals will hear me even if you live across the USA from me in California or across the border in Canada or across the ocean in Europe or across the world in Australia and New Zealand.

But if Bruce's CD does arrive in the mail today-I'll SCREAM just as loud [for joy].

So I'm sayin {writing} all of this to say to [meaning "to ask"] all my Mudcat friends, please keep your fingers crossed for me today so that my luck will change and my copy of Bruce's CD will finally get to my home where it belongs.

Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 08:42 AM

Azizi,I saw him with the addressed envelope in his hands heading off to the post office, and I saw him return empty handed.

I've had CDs take a couple weeks to get here. I have no clue why they take that long. Maybe it has to do with where the things have to travel in Canada before they cross the border.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 08:46 AM

My fingers are crossed!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 10:51 AM

From Azizi:

"...Maybe something happened to my copy of Bruce's CD on the way from there to here...."


Azizi, two somewhat over-used phrases which spring to mind:


All good things are worth waiting for.

And.....

Good things come in small packages.


*Very* true in this case. :0)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 11:48 AM

Received mine today and thought I knew what to expect as I had listened to the two tracks..... on the Youtube site.... however I did not consider it would be so compulsive. I have listened and listened and have three valid OBJECTIONS to make to the CD.
1) It is too short!!! there are not enough tracks on it.
2)As a consequence of No 1) I spend too much time listening to the ones already on it.
3)I don't have enough time to keep listening to those tracks.

Brilliant Bruce... absolutely top notch stuff.
Oh and thanks for naming me as one of those who helped.
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 12:33 PM

Mine haven't arrived yet either, as of Sunday night. Patience is allegedly a virtue, and virtue is its own reward. But I'ds rather have the CDs.



A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: john f weldon
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:12 PM

Listening to Bruce while racing against a deadline, great stuff. I think "You made my Heart Beat Fast" may be my favourite, but I'm hoping "Last Man Standing" will be on the next CD...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:14 PM

I have Bruce on ourstage.com
He is currently number 96. Anyone wanting to help push "I can see you now" up in the ranking please click
a href="http://www.ourstage.com/video/channel/127-roots-videos/YWCUPLNFPRAU-bruce-murdoch-i-can">OURSTAGE BRUCE

thank you


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:17 PM

Just back from a little rest/change of scenery and great to see lots happening for Bruce. Takes a while to get caught up on threads. There was a word mentioned by someone earlier that has stuck with me. That word was "JUNO". Give it some thought Bruce. A great goal to work toward.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:17 PM

Apologies, the link isn't right this one is
Cut and paste this into your post:

OURSTAGE BRUCE">MURDOCH I CAN SEE YOU NOW


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 10:04 PM

Adrien....welcome back. It was great that Bruce was on WFDU yesterday and Ron had many complimentary things to say about the cd. I like the JUNO reference too, as well as the double entendre of Ron Bankley's "Lock Up Your Grannys Tour."
Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 08:43 AM

'The Independent Music Awards' (Toronto)...is worth considering, deadline for entry submission, 3rd week of Aug.

"Canadian Folk Music Awards" for next year...

"Junos".. deadline for submission, this Nov...

whether or not you get to take a 'Granny' home is another story,    main thing is that it doesn't cost much, and gets the music out there even more...

of course we could wait a couple of years for 'Oxygenarian Idol'


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 08:46 AM

That'd be great. The kids get groupies and we get gropies, huh? (Good line that, Ron.)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 09:26 AM

yes indeed thanks for the dedication. quite humbling and unnecessary, but received with thankfulness.

The writing has a guile about it. Somehow it rewards a second and third listen. The voice is exquisite - world weary, tough, vulnerable all the same time.

I'm sure its all occurred to everybody else so I won't go on about it.

There are a couple of tracks though , I would simply loved to have produced - brought in pomp rock keyboard player. But as it is, the album has a wholeness and integrity - a single vision, rather like John Wesley Harding.

well done Bruce Murdoch!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 09:27 AM

...and I have some photos.
Let me know if you want them so you can send them off to a tabloid to improve your gossip factor.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 09:43 AM

WLD, there were tracks I thought were asking for a keyboard, but the fact we can hear these things in our heads is good. There are so many possibilities with these songs.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 10:52 AM

this project is built around the Voice and Guitar.... anything else, as my Native pal, Willie, would say, is 'beads and feathers'... ie. decorative support...

the important thing is to be able to go out and play the songs, solo when necessary... or as duo when able... lean, mean and mobile...

down the road when the budget allows, the glockenspiel player can be re-hired


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 11:19 AM

What budget?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 11:40 AM

One thing to be clear about. This CD sounds as good as it does because of the foresight of Ron Bankley and the engineering skills of Simon Jodoin. Clement Rosa was a major help because he came to 'believe in' the project.

Ron had some seriously mediocre tracks to work with--places my voice was weak or guitar wasa buzzing, etc. I have no idea how much personal time Ron put into this CD but suffice it to say I couldn't afford to pay him, yet.

Ron Bankley is a seriously great guitarist. he can sense where things have to go 'for the sake of the song' and he has never once let his skills overshadow either lyrics or voice.

On day one, we decided perfect was too expensive and we'd settle for damned good. And please believe me when I tell you that this CD is as much his creation as it is mine; in fact, it's more because of Ron and his belief that we WOULD get it done and the obstacles of time, distance, time constraints and geography (violin player .

His guitar solo on "As Soon As Possible" is understated but THERE! It rocks and takes the song with it (when my rhythm had slowed). I think that all the guitar and voice from me were recorded in one or two takes. I don't recall any 'take threes'. It will continue to be that way from MY perspective. I'm tired (in a way) of super-clean glitzy and glossy music. I want stuff that lets me know the singer, song writer, musicians have seen some rough road and lived to tell about it.

We had difficulties of time, distance, name it.

Violin player I'd never met, back-up singer from Scotland now living in Morocco, producer/guitarist in Ontario, studios in Quebec and my humble self in Alberta. I basically put my trust in Ron--because for all he believes in my skills/art, it's for darned sure I believe in his and him. He is one of the best people I have ever met.

Our next CDs will have a musical first--so far as I know, and for the first time in my life I will be splitting writing credits with another person. In this case, Jeri Corlew. She is a wonderful writer to work with.

Ron has taken a song we didn't get a good take on ("Last Man Standing") and worked magic with an arrangement that is gonna make people shake their heads and listen five times to figure out why it works. My writing credit on that song is going to be split with the arranger--in this case, Ron Bankley. What he did is great.

I have very much appreciated the kind comments here and via message. Thank you all.


Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 11:49 AM

Just got all tingly...

Bruce, I LIKE 'As Soon as Possible'. The way it rocks out in a collected sort of way was a surprise, and it works.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 12:19 PM

Thanks, Jeri.

There were people whom I know were disappointed when they received mp3s of the stuff while it was in progress. They sounded unfinished. Well, they're finished now, and Ron had told me months back, "We are gonna do an album (hey, he's my age and we still think vinyl) that you can be proud of." Ron we have.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 12:30 PM

"Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Neil D - PM
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 02:01 PM"

Neil, please send me a message or an e-mail, OK?

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 12:52 PM

man, I could write a novella on some of the behind the scenes stories, the challenges, the lack of dollars, but the humour always carried things when the sky was dark.... still does.. we never were short of human resources' or desire.... thanx again for the public acknowledgement Bruce.... like yourself, I don't wear praise all that well... when we were doing the credits for the liner notes... I was reluctant to have 'producer' next to my name, Bruce insisted.. but that's allright... no lynchmobs have shown up.... yet..
all too often someone elses vision gets in the way of the music... instead of enhancing it.... I was fortunate enough to have learned some valuable lessons early on in my studio days... what it comes down to is.... the song... and the performance... all the gear in the world won't do anything without that.... so keep writing those fine songs BM.... and we'll find ways to perform them... a solid CD is a great place to start... no ?   much love   Ron


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 12:58 PM

Bach atcha bro.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 01:11 PM

Ring-A-Ding Ding?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 02:10 PM

Hey all you guys & gals. On Aug 04 - 08:08 AM I wrote a comment on this thread questioning whether the spirits were conspiring against me because I had not yet received my copy of Bruce's CD. About 20 minutes after that I heard a HUGE crash & bang outside my home. An enormous part of an enormous locust tree had fallen in my yard down three levels of stairs to the sidewalk and street, tearing up the d electric pole and the cable wires. BUT, thank God, no one was killed or hurt and no cars were damaged. And that was a miracle in and of itself, since my daughter & a tenant who lives in our basement apartment had walked down those stairs 1/2 hour before, and since the garbage removal people had picked up our garbage right where the tree fell 15 minutes before. There usually are a number of cars driving up & down this street on any given day. BUT no cars were on that street when that tree decided to come down. Yes, I believe in miracles.

The electricity for the entire block was off from 8:30 AM until around 6:30 PM Monday August 4th {I heard that the tree falling down made the local tv news}. I just got cable restored about a half an hour ago, and I feel as though I am now reconnected with the world.

AND Bruce's CD came today too!!! He mailed it on July 23rd, 2008.

This experience has taught me not to sweat the small stuff. It also has taught me that good things do come to those who wait and work and keep on keepin on.

Congratulations, Bruce!!! My favorite songs on your CD are "I Can See You Now" {acoustic version}, "Daly's Song", "When I Can't Sleep At Night" and "You Make My Heart Beat Fast". I thank you for including me on your acknowledgment list.

Bruce, I'm awed by your songwriting, singing, and guitar talent & skill. And I am very glad to count you as my friend.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 02:20 PM

We've spoken about the tree and I am thankful you are fine and that no one was hurt.

A parenthetical note: Azizi informed me that those CDs were mailed from Ormstown, Quebec on July 23. Today is August 6. Same package went to some folks in England. There were there in five days. So, if I told you I mailed a CD, I really did. I cannot account for the Postal System--or even vouch that indeed it IS a system. FYI.

And more importantly, thank you Azizi.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 02:27 PM

Yayyy! ANother vote for "Daly's Song!!" :D


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 02:30 PM

Mail leaves Ormstown Monday to Friday at 5 p.m.
Borded problems I suspect.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 02:33 PM

Gotta be, Adrien. The same post office also sent the ones going to England. Heck, someone had his in four days. So it must be the border and customs. No offense to anyone.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 02:36 PM

Borded problems I suspect

What? Those people are bored?? Well, they need to listen to Bruce's CD. Maybe they need to be hot wired and then their hearts will beat fast.

**

Amos, did you get your copy of the CD yet?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 02:45 PM

Our dear Azizi sounds on top of the world now that she has:

a) power restored;
b) cable restored; and, most importantly,
c) Matters of the Heart in the CD Player.

The sequential order of the above items are also important. If she had got the cd without the electricity to play it or without the cable to share her joy with the rest of us, the results may not have been pretty......


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 03:23 PM

Hello, Ken!

Well, I kept you guys and girls in my heart, although I was so hyper as a result of this experience that my heart was definitely beating faster than it usually does.

And since I couldn't sleep at night, I'd sit up and count the stars-not to mention think heavy duty thoughts. I wouldn't say that I was hotwired since that evokes other connotations for me. And since this is much too public a communication vehicle, I'll leave that subject alone.

But I will say that I wanted things to happen as soon as possible, like right away. But the angels in my heart {or watching over my heart} had a master plan and I had to learn to be more patient and learn to be grateful for what I have rather than always pining or locust treeing :o) for what I don't have, and may never have.

I am still learning those important lessons.

But,finally, I can see you all better since I now have electricity & Internet connections restored.

And that's the way it is.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: rumanci
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 03:31 PM

Attagirl !

That first robin of springtime'll have NO tree to warble in now ?

Sorry to hear of your woes Azizi. Good to have you back here.

rum


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Vicar
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 03:33 PM

Bruce just sent me copies of the new cd! What is there about his voice that is so captivating. And the poetry - I think that comes from his fascination with Ezra Pound, et al. He and I almost did an album together and then Richie Havens came along. The last time I saw him we were sitting having a beer with Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs.Oh well! , he's back singing and writing and it's as good as ever. Welcome back, my old friend.
                                                Joe Frazier
                                                CMT


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 04:17 PM

Great to see ya, Joe. And thank you.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 04:47 PM

Joe:

Welc,ome to the 'Cat. Make yourself ta home.

A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 04:49 PM

We had a tornado rip through here and take out power for... I think it was over a day. I was in Ormstown Thursday night, not here, and I'm happy I was. I'm glad you're OK Azizi, and that you're back here.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Bobert
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 05:17 PM

Caution: This post is going to involve some SCREAMIN' so if ya' can't take no SCREAMIN' then just pass it by...






















I mean no offense to anyone here because there are some of the most talented people I have ever known here but...
















THIS CD IS IN A CLASS BY ITSELF!!! FINEST FOLK MUSIC I'VE HEARD IN YEARS!!! NO SHIT!!! GREAT SONGS, GREAT MUSICANSHIP, GREAT VOCALS, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT....

Thanks, Brucie... I know there had to be a reason why I've always thought of you as one of the coolest of the cool here and now I reckon the last piece of the puzzle is in place and everything is much clearer now...

Thank you, my friend...

I'll get my CD off to you in a day 'er two... Want it mailed to the address on the mailer you sent the CD in???

BTW, great friggin' CD, buddy...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: ragdall
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 07:34 PM

My copy of Matters of the Heart arrived yesterday. There were no borders to cross on the way here. Couldn't read the mailing date. I think that Canada Post smudges the cancellation stamp deliberately to cover up the slow delivery.

Bruce,
Everything about this CD is top notch. The music sounds wonderful! You did fantastic work on every aspect of these songs and you assembled the best people to assist you in the production of them. So much talent on one CD!

When I'm not playing the CD, the tunes and lyrics are replaying themselves in my head. I don't have a favourite song, they're all so good. Thank you for giving us all the opportunity to hear you at your best.

rags


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 08:47 PM

I'll need a bigger hat. Thank you Bobert and rags.

Bobert: I'll message ya.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 09:34 PM

Welcome to Mudcat Joe. Lots to talk about here and meet old and make new friends.
Beer (adrien)
Ormstown, Quebec


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 07 Aug 08 - 07:05 AM

Received this from Mike Regenstreif this morning. I'm sure he wouldn't mind if I pasted the information here.

These reviews are from today's -- August 7 -- edition of The Montreal Gazette.

--


BRUCE MURDOCH

Matters of the Heart

www.brucemurdoch.com



Bruce Murdoch, one of Montreal's finest singer-songwriters of the 1960s and '70s, quit the music business, moved to Alberta and became a high school teacher before his last LP came out in 1980. Murdoch's guitar sat unopened in its case for 25 years until a recent burst of creativity brought forth these 11 new songs. While the focus is more personal and less obviously political than his older material, Murdoch's songs are as compelling as ever; several reveal more layers of meaning every time they're heard. Many are informed by the pain of separation including Angels in My Heart, written for his daughters, and the poignant I Keep You in My Heart, in which he tries to explain absence to a child who can't understand. ****



Podworthy: I Keep You in My Heart



--MIKE REGENSTREIF


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: C. Ham
Date: 07 Aug 08 - 07:50 AM

Mike's review on the Montreal Gazette site


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 07 Aug 08 - 03:04 PM

It made it to Chesham two days ago, and I refused to open the jiffy bag as I was up to my arse in dayjob alligators and I did not want to skim through it. But today it got three uninterrupted listens through, and ...

Respect!!! Big fella, where the hell had you been these 30 years? This is writing from the gut, and as for the delivery, what can I say - the vocal is SOLID, it puts the heart on the platter for you to touch and feel the pulse. I felt an interesting effect: Although the songs are written from different time perspectives, describing events/feelings at various stages of the past as well as now, the delivery made me feel as if the time had concertinaed all into one instant, in other words it added an immediacy to the feelings, as if Bruce was living each moment he sang about, as he sang it (which he very probably was).

Favourites just HAVE to be "I can see you now" and "I keep you in my heart", though very closely followed by "That's the way it is" and "As soon as possible".

And then I noticed my name in the dedication... Very touched, mate, very touched, and I'll have a whisky tonight to you and to the friends we have yet to meet.

Finally - olddude, everyone should have a friend like you. But then, Bruce clearly deserved you.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 07 Aug 08 - 03:27 PM

George, I hadn't wanted to say this unless you found some stuff to like. "Life's Eyes" rubbed off on me, and that helped me a great deal with an approach to one song on the CD--the acoustic version of "I Can See You Now". When you sing you are 100% in the lyric. I know you give attention to stage stuff on stage, but in the artifical room of the recording area your singing on "Life's Eyes" was chilling because you were so concentrated, and it bared your soul in places. I thought about that for weeks and weeks, literally.

So thank you for the things you just said. They are are words I will treasure as I do their author. I hope someday we can actually meet and write a song together/sing some songs together.

Bruce

PS-olddude is a wonderful guy and a good friend.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,peace
Date: 08 Aug 08 - 01:38 PM

I'm sitting here with Bob R and he's lookin' better than he was four months back. Great to see him and touch base again. Fyi.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 08 Aug 08 - 01:40 PM

Glad to hear it, thanks Bruce.

P.S. Hi Bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 08 Aug 08 - 01:47 PM

Hello Bob! :0)   Good to hear you're doing well..I have Bob on my Myspace, he makes great music too. That 'Soul Eater' sends shivers down you...

Bob Ryszkiewicz myspace


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: rumanci
Date: 08 Aug 08 - 01:47 PM

Glad to hear it too. Stay well Bob.
I bet you're BOTH smiling


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 08 Aug 08 - 01:55 PM

We need a map of Canada and some push pins.
Glad the Bruce was able to visit you and you're doing well!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 08 Aug 08 - 02:38 PM

Friends: Thanks to one and all...Good to see BM in person. Great to still be above grass. Got that feeling deep down inside, you ain't seen nothin' yet from Bruce Murdoch. I think that young boy has a future in music. Be sure to contact your local radio station and ask them to play "Matters of the Heart..." If they tell you "what's Matters of the Heart? or who's "Bruce Murdoch?", leave a note right here and we'll hip them to it...So they do it, and get right to it... Bless...
bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 08 Aug 08 - 07:03 PM

Bob... "Great to still be above grass." Glad too.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 08 Aug 08 - 07:50 PM

However, they don't make those damned "Keep Off The Grass!" signs for those below it.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 08 Aug 08 - 09:14 PM

Happy to hear Bruce got to see you and that your feeling better.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Guldhamstern
Date: 09 Aug 08 - 06:43 AM

The 8th of August was the great day when I could lay my hand on the cd.
It sounds almost as good as I had imagined, I had very high expectations. But I still need to listen to it more before I know what I should say about it, and to get the lyrics right(i'm not so very good at english language) But it's good, very good.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 09 Aug 08 - 08:53 AM

Guldhamstern, you can find the lyrics on Bruce's website brucemurdoch.com (created by 'olddude').


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 09 Aug 08 - 02:48 PM

Did you match the title with the painting because of copyright problems with "Swanee, How I Luv Ya"?

Though "Matters Of The Heart" has a nice cygnet ring to it.....










"Take me to your Leda!......."


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 11:27 AM

Just to connect the new 'live videos' into here:

Link to 'Bruce Murdoch Videos Now Online' thread


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 12:04 PM

And here is one of Dan's songs! (that's our 'olddude' of course) He was hiding it, on his 'profile' page. ;-)


'Katie's Wedding Song'

Dan, what happened to the other two songs? I'm sure they were there last night?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 12:28 PM

Lizzie
I am going to revise them and get some video so I took them off. They need some work also

Thank you


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Bee
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 12:43 PM

You already know I love it, Bruce.

Makes me happy to see this nice long congratulatory and loving thread. ;-)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 07:27 AM

Thanks Dan, I look forward to hearing them again in the not too distant future then.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 02:49 PM

I missed the other thread, so, in case someone might miss my post there....

Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch Videos now online
From: gnu - PM
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 02:33 PM

Well..... I was gonna swear emphatically, but I am trying to cut back a bit...

Holy Moly Joly Jeepers! I missed this. I hadn't seen "the vids". Buddy. That made my heart beat fast and I got goosebumps... seriously, goosebumps.

Friggin A Number One man! (I would say F***in A, but I said that to Max one time and he thought I was callin him a F***in A**hole.)

The lasses are some shockin good too!

I got a wee moisture in me eyes I do... good on yas all!

Gary


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 04:04 PM

I'm just want to wish Bruce a safe and pleasant trip back to 'Wild Rose Country' tomorrow... you've accomplished a lot in the past few weeks, buddy.... touched a lot of people.. (well, in a proper way, I hope)... remember who and where your friends are... and think of all the new ones you've yet to meet...

I'll likely see you out there in Sept.   travel well and go in 'peace' R.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 04:11 PM

Bon voyage Bruce, it was great seeing you again this summer, I hope we meet again.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 08:24 PM

Sthunny Sthkies, Bruce. Remember, dream, write, and get back here when you can.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 08:29 PM

Bruiser, my CD came today and I've listened through it twice.

My considered, judicious, analytical judgement is that it is a goddamned home run of a CD, dude! It is fantabulous.

I LOVE Daly's Song.

I LOVE Ron's support on this CD.

I love the gentle backup singing.

Awesome, aesthetic, touching, and long-lived!!! Well done.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 08:47 PM

Safe trip home.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 08:18 AM

the same CD review that appeared in the Montreal Gazette (by Mike R.) Aug 08... is in today's Vancouver Sun..

looks like the genie is out of the bottle


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 12:47 PM

"looks like the genie is out of the bottle"

HURRAY!

A Safe and Happy Journey, Genie. And sing to those people on the plane!

Hey, this means that our wishes are now your command. (big smile)

So, we wish for another Bruce Murdoch CD to be with us all, As Soon As Possible.

I like your Genie idea, Ron. We can put in loads of wishes for him, whilst he's travelling.

Someone go get Azizi, I bet she's can think of a few. :0)

Does anyone else get this sensation, when Bruce sings this bit, in 'Daly's Song'? ......

You get these wonderful images first...

"Feel her walking so quietly beside the bay
Watch her dancing in the water and the ocean spray
Wild horses can't jump higher
Than angels with out shoes
My soul is on fire
And there's comets passing through

I'm hot wired
Oh Baby hot wired

A million words that can't be said
Within these walls of rhyme
And a million lives that can't be led
Without these walls of time.........."


..and then, *then* you get Niagra Falls coming in, as Bruce tumbles out that Waterfall of Words, which go rushing down, with speed and depth, until they hit the last word at the bottom...

Listen
          to
             me
                  when
                           I
                            tell
                                  ya
                                       that
                                             I'm
                                                 definitely
                                                                HOT WIRED




It's GREAT! :0)

Here is the 'official' version from the website, but, as you'll see, some of the words differ. I've quoted the ones Bruce sings on the actual CD, which I have to say, I prefer.


"Daly's Song" by Bruce Murdoch

"I see a vision so lovely standing by the sea
I heart her heart beat fast but it could be me
The sunset does inspire
I have to tell you true
I think my soul's on fire
I don't know what to do
I'm hot wired

Feel her walking so quietly beside the bay
Watch her dancing in the water and the ocean spray
Wild horses can't jump higher
Than angels with no shoes
The wind sings like a choir
With comets passing through
I'm hot wired

BREAK

A million words that can't be said
Within these halls of rhyme
Countless lives that can't be led
Without these walls of time
(Listen to me when I tell you that I'm definitely)
Hotwired

The morning sun rises softly behind the hill
Speaks like a voice I can't forget and never will
The evening stars retire
The sky becomes bright blue
Accept this song entire
Because I wrote it just for you
I'm hot wired"


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 12:51 PM

Sorry, bit confusin' there, as I left a vital word out. I meant the words I'd quoted *above* were the ones from the actual CD.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 01:12 PM

a wee story for the die-hards.... when he did that speaking part in Daly's Song... it came back in off time... later he wanted to cut the whole part out.... I made sure it stayed in... and we adjusted our watches to him... funny how these things can go....


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 01:18 PM

I am lovin the stories about the process almost as much as the music.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 12 Aug 08 - 02:18 PM

well, I'm glad that you do gnu,,,, there are lots of stories,,,, playing was the easiest (and fastest )part...

okay here's one more quick one.... When he was recording 'Heart Beat Fast', he told me that he was gonna do a stutter in the last verse..

so I forget about it and we record Take one... I said "that was good but you could do the last verse better" So we try once more...Sure enough we get to the last verse and he sings 'watched her cross the floor-floor'.. I turn to Simon, the engineer and said... "He did it again !..in the Same Place !"...   then it dawned on me that it was intentional... we had a good laugh....
Bruce, Bachman and "Ba-ba-baby"...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 12:21 AM

Ron....great news about the review in the Vancouver Sun. Do you know how these reviews get passed on? Are they picked up on an AP wire or did somebody actively send that Gazette review to the Vancouver paper? The reason I ask is I would be interested in knowing how we get that review into some American publications like Dirty Linen, Sing Out, and The Village Voice.

Ken

p.s. The first time I listened to the cd in my car at the Apple Hollow Music Fest, I asked Bruce if he meant that "floor-floor" in You Made My Heart Beat Fast and he told me the story of you doing the retake..

Cheers,

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: beardedbruce
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 06:46 AM

And I thought it was intentional, like the mistake put into art in some cultures to make sure the work is not "perfect", which hubris would bring down the wrath of the gods.


Great CD !


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 07:05 AM

Bruce Murdoch songs are wonderfully crafted poetic compositions that once heard, compel you to hear it again, and again. These songs stick with you. You'll find yourself singing lines from Bruce Murdoch songs without planning to do so. And if you stop & think about the lyrics to these songs, you'll marvel at how finely drawn their imagery is.

Here are my choices for the most compelling, beautifully crafted lines from Bruce Murdoch's new CD "Matters Of The Heart":

[From "I Can See You Now"]
Wind and waves that drift across the bow
Mourning doves that sail across the skies
I can turn my head, I can close my eyes
I can see you now...

All the grace that beauty will allow
All the love that anyone could show
Tell you how it seems, baby let you know
I can see you now...

Winter winds blow restless anyhow
And evening has a quiet all its own
Baby let you know, that I love you so
I can see you now

**

[From "She Reminds Me of You"]
She has her head in the air
Standing so proud
All I can say is good golly Miss Molly out loud
Picture so fine
Vision so true
Every time I see her walk by, she remind me of you

**

[From "That's The Way It Is]
I can hear the ocean roar
Beat its chest upon the shore
Steel walls and a metal floor
Aw man I been there before
I have a woman I adore
A greedy man might ask for more
I been thinking about that and this
Definition of eternal bliss
You and me and a little kiss
Baby that's the way it is

**

[From "When I Cannot Sleep at Night"]
When the words get in the way
And my soul feels all undone
When I don't know what to say
Not to God or anyone
I turn my head up to the sky
And stare at outer space
It's then I'd trade the universe
Just to touch your face
When the words get in the way

**

[From "Daly's Song"
I have to tell you true
I think my soul's on fire
I don't know what to do
I'm hot wired

**

[From "I Sit and Count the Stars"]
Oh baby, I saw you standing in the pale moonlight
Baby, sang a song or two
Baby, you know I felt my very soul take flight
Tell you baby, I'm in love with you

**

[From "As Soon As Possible"]
There you are, you look so beautiful
Hands upon your hips
Would you mind if I leaned your way
And maybe kissed you on the lips
As soon as possible

**

[From "First Robin of Springtime"]
On bended knew I begged her pardon
I felt the rivers cease to flow
She chose my hands to lay her heart on
Electricity that you can't let go
Oh, nooooooooo

**
[From "Angels In My Heart"]
as the sun sinks in the west dear
And as the world becomes so dark
I hold the words my daughters told me
They are the angels in my heart



-snip-

I love all of those verses. But for pure poetic power, My #1 choice goes to two songs from Bruce's "Matters of The Heart" CD:

I Keep You in My Heart
I hear your voice so clear
I feel your presence near
I hold your memory dear
I keep you in my heart

In the darkest space
I have never lost the trace
I can always see your face
I keep you in my heart

I'll always hold your hand
Leaving wasn't what I planned
I pray you'll understand
I keep you in my heart

Songs in a poet's rhyme
Locked in church bells chime
Written on a page of time
I keep you in my heart

There is no dark or light
There is no wrong or right
There is no day or night
I keep you in my heart

Voices in the rain
Echo's soft refrain
Dimensions can't explain
I keep you in my heart

-snip-

You Make My Heart Beat Fast
Watched her cross the floor
High-heel shoes
Closed my eyes to make that vision last
Forgot about the blues
Like a shotgun blast
Gotta tell ya, you made my heart beat fast

Memory at my door
Looks like you
Picture from a far and distant
Freight train whistle blew
I saw the heavens flash
Gotta tell ya, you made my heart beat fast

Trouble come no more
Paid my dues
Sunny skies from which the clouds were cast
This won't make the news
Though you did not ask
I gotta tell ya, you made my heart beat fast

-snip-

These are the work of a master wordsmith. It's remarkable to me that Bruce wrote "Rompin' Rovin' Days" just after he turned seventeen years old. And about thirty years ago he composedn such wonderful songs as "Plains of Jericho", "Come Across To You", "If I Had Wings", "Fool Like Me", "Maximeline", and "Country Tis Of Thee". And since he's started composing again within the last three years, Bruce has penned more really outstanding songs. Given all of this, it's reasonable to expect that there will be Bruce Murdoch songs to come that will be just as or even more compellingly beautiful, poetically powerful, delightful, and memorable as these songs and other Bruce Murdoch songs are.

And to think, we Mudcatters have had the pleasure of conversing, debating, arguing, bantering, and exchanging witicisms with Bruce Murdoch for some years now {and he has had the pleasure of conversing, arguing, debating, bantering, and exchanging witicisms with us}.

This is not to say that Bruce is the only talented person posting on Mudcat. There are lots of talented people who are Mudcatters. Two more talented folks-Ron Bankley and Jeri {along with April who I'm not sure posts here} are also featured on Bruce's "Matters of Heart" CD.

But, this is mainly Bruce's thread. So I repeat what I have written before on this thread or another one-
"Bruce, thank you for once again sharing your talent and skill with the world. Keep on keepin on!"


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 07:59 AM

Corrections

I made several errors in my last post. I'm sorry about that. I can't proofread my own writing worth a dime-though I really did read it over...

Here's some major errors that I caught:

Bruce Murdoch songs are wonderfully crafted poetic compositions that once heard, compel you to hear them again, and again.

-snip-

[From "She Reminds Me of You"]
She has her head in the air
Standing so proud
All I can say is good golly Miss Molly out loud
Picture so fine
Vision so true
Every time I see her walk by, she reminds me of you

-snip-

From "First Robin of Springtime"]
On bended knees I begged her pardon
I felt the rivers cease to flow
She chose my hands to lay her heart on
Electricity that you can't let go
Oh, nooooooooo


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 08:26 AM

Complete lyrics for the CD, in the correct order (and order may matter) are available at Bruce's website.

Ken, I know Bruce has sent CDs off for review. Not sure how many places.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 08:43 AM

Jeri,

I appreciate what you said about order mattering-but in that post I was giving my [in no particular order except for the last two songs] of which lines of those songs resonated with me. With the intention that I had in mind for writing it, that list of lines from those songs was not supposed to replicate the order the composer {Bruce} placed them.

Also, it should be noted that I copied & pasted those lyrics from that website whose link you provided. I substituted the words that seemed logical in place of the words found on that website that I think are errors...

[From "First Robin of Springtime"]
On bended knew I begged her pardon [Bruce doesn't say "knew" in that song-he says "knees", right?]

and

[From "She Reminds Me of You"]
The line on the website is written "Every time I see her walk by, she remind me of you" But the song says "reminds", right?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 09:40 AM

Hey Azizi, I was linking to the website so people could see all of the lyrics for the songs you quoted. Plus, I just hope folks visit his website.

The line on the website is written "Every time I see her walk by, she remind me of you" But the song says "reminds", right?
Just had a listen. He sings 'remindS' for the first verse and 'remind' for the rest.

You got the knees/knew typo though!

Story:
At Apple Hollow, we'd practiced for Bruce's spot.
On 'That's the Way it Is', the lyrics on the website read 'Steel walls and a metal floor', but on the CD and in the concert, he sang 'Steel walls and a metal DOOR'. We had decided to put another 'stutter' in the 'door' in the second chorus. 2/3 of us sang it that way. I think the repetition is just a Bruce thing, a rhythm thing.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: maeve
Date: 14 Aug 08 - 07:03 AM

I sent you a PM, Bruce. Lovely words and music. Thank you.

"When I Cannot Sleep at Night" is running in my head this morning. I think I have to learn it.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Aug 08 - 08:23 AM

Two more talented folks-Ron Bankley and Jeri {along with April who I'm not sure posts here} are also featured on Bruce's "Matters of Heart" CD.

Just for the record {no pun intended} I would like to clarify that I "misspoke" when I wrote that Jeri and April sung back-up harmony of the Matters Of The Heart CD. They sung during the Apple Hollow Festival and are also featured on the videos for the songs "You Made My Heart Beat Fast" and "I Can See You Now".

Personally, I like the addition of background singers.

I also am curious about how those songs-and others on that CD-would sound with more instrumentation-including keyboard and snare drums. If done right, I think that would further enhance these songs, and not mess them up.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 14 Aug 08 - 11:33 AM

We did most of the songs in two sessions of about 4 1/2 hours each. No cut went to a third take with the exceptions of "Last Man Standing" and "I'd Walk a Thousand Miles", neither of which made the final. We wanted something that would let the songs stand by themselves. Something still a bit raw that didn't get hung-up in "Which genre is THIS from?" Rather, we had to ask, "Does it show the song?" and will it allow us to move a bit more quickly, because the goal was to get the CD done and out by July 17, 2008 (which was about 6 1/2 months after the initial sessions on December 30 and 31, 2007). Ron and I talked by phone and internet and we'd pre-decided that 'perfection' was just too expensive. He said, "OK. We'll settle for excellent then." We missed in some areas where my rhythm goes all weird or my voice--which was new to singing again after not doing any for three decades tired easily, and hence one or two takes on all the songs was the thing we had to do. Ron worked some real magic with the stuff he laid on the songs. I will never be able to thank him adequately, something I've mentioned before. He is a consumate pro. Without his open criticisms it would have been just another record in a string of poor to fair ones for me. For this we hit somewhere between not bad and that's cool.

There are a few folks from Mudcat (and a few not) who heard the songs in progress when I sounded like a cat with its tail stuck in a drawer, when the lyrics were being 'born' and the guitar playing was just bloody awful. Many of those people are ones I thanked on the CD liner notes. We ran into a major difficulty because my old Martin had a broken head. A friend used something akin to the world's strongest glue to get it 'fixed' for me, but then on the way back from Montreal in January an airline broke the head in another place. (I think some people may still wonder what that old man in Edmonton International was crying about.) The airline paid for the repair and a fellow in Edmonton was able to fix it again.

Because I wasn't sure how much the head would hold, I was worried to tune the guitar to concert, so I worked about three tones below to relieve pressure on the neck where it had been thrice repaired. Interesting to note that the places it was repaired have never split again. But the strings were relatively slack and strumming to hard would cause a buzzing, so that presented another difficulty.

Stupid mistake (on my part) was the keys the songs were done in. Jeri sent me an e-mail after she received all the songs via mp3 and noted that about eight were in one key and two in another. BIG oops on my part. I knew at that point we had to do two more songs in an entirely different key and because there was just no time, the result was an acoustic version of "I Can See You Now" and "You Made My Heart Beat Fast." My music influences are traditional music, early rock, various singer-songwriters, Irish songs and when I was writing, I was also hearing a small voice that said forget genres and just write good songs. I think we succeeded for the most part.

It is not really my CD. It belongs to the people noted on the liner notes. Along the way I learned a truth that has become a credo. No song will go beyond two takes. And that's that. Besides, I'm getting along in years, and starting a 'career' in music after failing at it a few times was and is a daunting task and I don't have either the time or inclination to be doing three takes. I'll never be a singer or excellent guitar player, but then I have never had the idea I am either of those things. I just like writing songs.

Most of the songs took a long time to write. "I Can See You Now" took the longest of all because I found the melody/chording and first stanza but struggled for two weeks at about six to eight hours a night to 'find' the internal rhyme scheme and a neat thing about the phrasing/continuity. That song took a month at least. I estimate it required about 200 hours before it was written as it is on the CD. Other than "Last Man Standing" and "Fool Like Me" it is the best thing I've ever written (in a technical sense).

The stuff written here I hope will encourage other song writers to keep at it. There are some younger ones around who will recognize self-doubt and discouragement and maybe that's just part of the writing task. And sometimes we are our own worst critics.

We never expected this CD to sell lots. I have thought for a eight months that the next one will help sell this one. I figure that's the way it'll be. I hope so, anyway. It's recorded--voice and guitar. And it's a new approach to how CDs are done. A few 'firsts' and a few surprises.

Ron Bankley is finishing his new one and it'll be out near November or December. (He'd be finished now had he not taken the time to get mine done.) How do ya thank a guy for something like that?

BM

PS I noticed a thread that was entitled "How long can narcissism last" or some such words. It was deleted by a clone. I don't know who the clone was but I think I know who the originator of that thread was--a 'guest' of course. If we ever meet I'll be sure to discuss it with you.

Thanks, all.

Thanks, all.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 14 Aug 08 - 11:47 AM

and a big 'you're welcome' from this lad.... so, I take it that you made it back okay.. good to hear.... got a couple of calls from wee Eddie in Casablanca... he rec'd the CD and was just knocked out to get it... hadn't listened yet.... the 2nd call was around midnite EDT, and the message said.. "Just listened to the first song... and all I can say is Wow.... fook me... what a fookin' tune!"... anyhow he's very happy with it and tryin' to get me over there in Sept. We'll see... meanwhile.... keep at it, and don't let negativity hobble you... we'll talk soon....


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 14 Aug 08 - 02:11 PM

ps ...I wouldn't have missed it for the world... and thanx Mudcat, for helping make this music manifest....

and 'Peace'.... well, merci... and you know... much love.... Ron


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 14 Aug 08 - 07:03 PM

"..Ron Bankley is finishing his new one and it'll be out near November or December. (He'd be finished now had he not taken the time to get mine done.) How do ya thank a guy for something like that?.."

Well, for starters, we could put his page up....

Ron Bankley - Myspace

....then tell people about the thread below, where they can take a listen to another track from Ron:

Ron Olesko's thread - scroll down to find link to hear 'Anthem for Dissent' from Ron's 'Insurgent Sun' CD


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Neil D
Date: 14 Aug 08 - 11:32 PM

Just got the CD and listened twice through it. It is absolutely beautiful. The words really speak to me. The music reminds me of T Bone Burnett. This is definitely going to be on my top 3 favorite CD's list.
    I also want to say what a very sweet person that Bruce is. Thanks so much for the CD and your friendship, both are very much appreciated.
                                    Christina

                                          

    That wonderful earthy voice singing such thoughtfully crafted songs speaks to that place in our souls where our shared humanity resides. I just love this CD.
    By the way, the T-Bone Burnett my wife mentioned was one we bought on tape many years ago and played it until it literally would no longer play. I'm glad that CD's are more durable lest the same thing happen to this one.
                                     Neil D


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Aug 08 - 10:19 PM

I can't wait to hear the new CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 16 Aug 08 - 10:47 PM

Bruce Murdoch may have walked away from Greenwich Village and the sound studios of Elektra; but his heart never stopped listening, and his ear never missed the whisper of truly human music.

This CD, I am given to understand, is a foreshadowing of things to come.

It is a rich, authentic, genuine piece of work, and worth listening to a dozen times.

And what lies ahead? It may be even better!


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 03:04 PM

For those who may need it to help communicate about Bruce's CD to others, here is a brief bio and description piece I just got his approval on describing his Phoenix rising -- but clean!

Bruce Murdoch – A Phoenix' Tale. Hope you like it.

All rights permitted for da Use of Bruce.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 03:17 PM

good work Amos... and best of luck... R.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 03:17 PM

Amos, Branches & Roots festival was in 2007.

Nice bio though.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 03:42 PM

Dang. You are one beady-eyed proofreader, Jeri!!! :D

I'll fix it in the linked copy.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 03:46 PM

Fixed. Link is still good above.


A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 03:58 PM

Amos, I read it a couple times before I noticed. I thought, "Hey, I was there in 2008, and it was Apple Hollow." R & B was in 2007 a little bit more than a year ago.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 04:04 PM

Thanks, Amos. Excellent job.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Vicar
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 04:59 PM

Bruce (Peace)<

Finally - the appreciative listeners you've always so richly deserved. Our dreams and the voices within us keep going on, Old Friend! And there's to be another one so soon - great.
You've delved so well into the Matters Of The Heart and the complexities of relationships - do me a favor and once more direct your talent and attention to some even broader and significant matters! Remember "Step down the air raid siren says - don't walk in the rain".
Keep them coming.
                                                                         Joe Frazier
                                                                         CMT


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 06:04 PM

Vicar, or anyone {including Bruce}, I'm trying to place the line "Step down the air raid siren says - don't walk in the rain". Is that from Bruce's song "Justine's Blues?"

I love the line from that song that says "defenders of my conscious are threatening to resign".

**

Also, Vicar, I wholeheartedly agree with your comment that it would be wonderful if Bruce would also "...direct [his] talent and attention to some even broader and significant matters".

I've heard that Bruce wrote a song called "Lay Down Your Drums" {or something like that} which I understand Richie Havens has performed during some of his concerts. However, I've never heard that song or seen its words in print. But I have heard "My Country 'Tis Of Thee", and that is one of my favorite Bruce Murdoch songs.

Also, Bruce recently {2007?} wrote a topical {protest} song called "The Other Voice" {the voice of honesty} and put it on this website http://ezfolk.com/audio/bands/1338/music.php. However, I can't get it to play now which is a shame because I think that song is worthy of a lot of attention and airplay.

I believe that aong and his new love/relationship songs are only the beginning...again...for Bruce. And I join others in saying "More power to him".


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 06:07 PM

I may have given the wrong words to that line from "Justine's Blues".

Is it "Defenders of my conscious are attempting to resign"?

Either way-what great imagery!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 06:10 PM

Visiting this thread is an exercise in humility for me. Thank you all.

The 'air raid siren' line is from "Mary, You Are My Friend", Azizi. Joe and I had a very good rendition of the song way back when we were gonna be The American Expeditionary Force. He can do great harmonies and he was vastly more experienced on stage than I will ever be. Wonderful guy to work with and a great friend. I was thrilled when we connected again after decades.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 06:18 PM

Thanks, Bruce.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Guldhamstern
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 06:53 PM

Azizi

Thank you for the link, I hadn't heard The Other Voice before.

                         *********


Well, now I have some more words about Matters of the Heart

My favourite tracks are:
When I Cannot Sleep at Night; wonderful when the backing vocals steps in.

I can see you now; I like the acoustic version most.

I also like Daly's Song.


I have hard to take That's the Way It Is to my heart, but I like it more today than I did yesterday, maybe I like it tomorrow.



So a cd for 2009, thats wonderful!


Markus


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 06:59 PM

Hello, Markus!

So that link worked for you? Well, I guess it's just my computer that is old & tempermental.

Good!

{I mean I'm glad other people can hear that song-but it's not good that my computer is old & tempermental-kinda like its owner sometimes}.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 12:12 AM

"Defenders of my conscience are trying to resign" is from Justin's Blues. A great song that has the refrain:

Justin says she only has the blues,
She says it's good enough for her
She hopes it's good enough for you

Mary, You Are My Friend has lyrics that are as telling today as they were back in the day Bruce wrote them:

But now machine guns testify that Hitler's back again
Washington, you know his footsteps, what he's done is changed his name
And perhaps gone more insane

If that doesn't describe the current administration, what does?

Here are the lyrics to "Lay Down Our Drums"

The truth's gotten lost
It's been strangled and tossed
By the noise and,
Confusion of battle
It's left it so rattled
It's poisoned
The future must think that barbarians come
Let's lay down our drums

Soldiers mark time
To the criminal mind
When they pass by
Our Governors smile
'cause the Nuremburg Trials
Never asked why
Our homicide police don't convict anyone
Let's lay down our drums

Bridge:
Its useless political talk
Its kept everybody strung
And it's evident both sides should stop
They already deserve to be hung
Let's lay down our drums

Fools get upset
Without thought they forget
About reason
So the human who marches
Is slandered by charges
Of treason
You know songs of this kind should not need to be sung
Let's lay down our drums
Let's lay down our drums


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 04:43 PM

Correction. Azizi is correct...the lyric is "Defenders of my conscience are ATTEMPTING to resign:

Also, it's Justine's Blues, NOT Justin's

Sorry about that.

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: jimmyt
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 04:58 PM

Brucie, damn! buddy! THat is some great music. I am even more impressed than ever! I have resisted the thought to start carrying your picture in my wallet so far!   jimmyt


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 04:59 PM

Hey, Ken, I hear tell there's a hurricane that might be approaching your area. So I guess you have other things on your mind than a missing vowel.

Besides, what's a vowel more or less between friends?

Stay safe and dry!

Your sista/friend,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 06:37 PM

Mary, You Are My Friend
Bruce Murdoch

step down the air raid siren says
don't walk in the rain
it's true they fought their battles
where the graveyard remains
but now machine guns testify
that Hitler's back again
Washington, you know his footsteps
what he's done is change his name
and perhaps go more insane
Mother Mary have forgiveness
the church has got you taking sides
your son was killed for silver
it's the same when soldiers die
but I refuse to sell myself
into illicit enterprise
genocidal quisling governments
sanction war with killer's pride
war's just murder undisguised
traitors govern us they're inventing
lies to hide their vicious smiles
from holy Mary representing
every virgin with a child


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 08:40 PM

Thank you, Sister, Azizi! We're hunkering down here in Southwest Florida. Looks like it might be a Category 1 by the time it makes landfall here in Ft. Myers early tomorrow morning. Right now it's the proverbial calm before the storm. I'm tempted to dig out my old recording of Tom Rush doing the Galveston Flood (Wasn't That a Mighty Time) but that might be challenging the Hurricane Gods a tad too much!

Thanks Bob for getting out those lyrics of "Mary, You Are My Friend." Not everybody here has heard that record and even though Bruce doesn't like it much, those songs need to be shared.

Cheers, everybody......if I go silent for awhile, it's because Hurricane Fay brought Florida Power and Light to its knees. Never take on Mother Nature!!!

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 10:05 PM

Hold on tight there Ken.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 11:28 PM

Ken
be safe God Speed
stock up on bottled water and candles


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 11:35 PM

Ditto that Ken. Sorry, I didn't get to say so right away but I had gone off-line.

I'm sure your angels are watching over you, but, as soon as you can, please let us know that all is well.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 11:58 PM

Not everybody here has heard that record and even though Bruce doesn't like it much, those songs need to be shared.

I just re-read your post, Ken, and agree wholeheartedly with this point.

All of Bruce's previous recordings that we have mentioned in this thread so far-and other songs of his that haven't been mentioned yet-deserve to be made available in Mp3 form so they can be heard again and again. Then we can decide if we want to download them into our personal Ipods or other MP3 players or not, in the order we want to hear them, mixed in with the newer Bruce Murdoch songs and other artist's songs. I'm betting that a lot of people will want to download these older and newer Bruce Murdoch songs because they're that good.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 12:27 AM

"Not everybody here has heard that record and even though Bruce doesn't like it much, those songs need to be shared."

The answer is no. But thank you.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 12:40 AM

As a btw, it was stuff like this that got me out of music back in 1972.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 03:29 AM

Bruce, when I fully enter the 21st century of music delivery and music listening by purchasing an IPod {that is, as soon as I purchase a new computer that has enough memory}, if your songs from your "Matters Of The Heart" CD are available for downloading as Mp3s, I intend to download many of them on to that Ipod. And I will do so in an ethical way and purchase each song before downloading it.

And if your old songs ever are available in Mp3 format, I will be one of the first people who would purchase and download many of your old songs, and I would listen to them in the format that most people nowadays-not just young people- are listening to music.

Why would I do that? Because I love those songs. And I love being my own DJ and making my own play-list, that's why. And I think that's the reason why I will love having a Mp3 player, and I think that's the reason why so many other people like having a Mp3 player.

Hopefully, Bruce, you will reconsider your position of not wanting your old songs to be available in Mp3 format. If not, it's the world's loss. Some folks in the world may note this with regrets, but the world will keep spinning as it always does.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 04:54 AM

The idea about MOTH as mp3 downloads is a good one. However, I would like to wait on that for a bit. Thank you and Ken for suggesting it.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amergin
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 05:27 AM

I am listening right now to my copy of Matters of the Heart...it is beautiful, Bruce. I knew before the poetic gentleness of your heart, but this cd shows that for others to see.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Amos
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 11:28 AM

Azizi:

You can transfer songs from CDs to your iPod, using iTunes, even if they were not MP3s.

A


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 12:56 PM

Thanks for that information, Amos.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 05:56 PM

Good day!! I'm glad to say that Fay has gone away!!

Wait a minute. Murdoch!! Look at the above.....do you think there is a future for me in rhymin'??

Yeah, yeah....I know.....don't give up your day job, Millar.

Anyway, Iam pleased to report that Tropical Storm Fay has gone northeast to trouble other communities. Bob, Dan, Mandy, and Azizi....thank you for your notes of encouragement and Azizi, thank you for your prayers.

Bruce, I appreciated the phone calls and the sage EMS advice....and, per your instructions, I did nothing heroic and/or stupid during the storm (as we agreed, the two are frequently synonymous).

We were fortunate.....Fay remained a tropical storm and never reached hurricane status but, 70 - 80 mph winds are still nothing to fool with and the storm spawned many tornados and dumped a ton of water. Other than a hisbiscus tree that my wife never liked anyway, we suffered no damage. Florida Power and Light restored the power in time that we didn't have to throw away the contents of our refrigerator and now, I have cable restored, as well. "All's well that ends well" as Shaespeare reminds us. Of course, hurricane season doesn't end for another ten weeks so we need to keep our fingers crossed.

Cheers....and thanks again.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 06:38 PM

Other than a hisbiscus tree that my wife never liked anyway, we suffered no damage.

Hey, Ken! I'm glad to "hear" that all is well.

I'm assuming that the hisbiscus tree that you referred to as having suffered damage didn't do damage to anyone or anything else. It's been two weeks and a day after one huge portion of a 100 ft locust tree fell on my stairs. The entire tree is but a memory now-and I count my blessings every day because that could have been sooo much worse than worrying about scheduling repairmen to fix the concrete stairs and cyclone fence, and the wooden railing etc.

Ken, it occurs to me that the only thing that this message has to do with this thread is that we have Bruce and his songs to thank for bringing you to Mudcat. So, thanks Bruce.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 06:54 PM

Amen, Sister..........


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Vicar
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 01:26 AM

On this one, my old friend,we may disagree - but then, you know, my politics have not changed and are as central to me as ever. In fact, there is more need now for us to be speaking up than there was in the 60's. The Empire has gotten a lot more dangerous and deadly. This powerful, poetic way of speaking out is one of your unique gifts. Just reading these words took me back to 1968 when we sang these words at a huge Be In in Central Park and - we sang them beautifully and with revolutionary zeal. The Heart is your favorite domain - We all know that - but is ii our only purpose? Our Lady Mary herself said in her Magnificat:

"...He has scattered the proud in their conceit
    He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
                and has lifted up the lowly
    He has filled the hungry with good things
                and the rich he has sent away empty..!

Mary You Are My Friend - and my Mother, and my Comrade.

      Forgive my rant, Bruce. You sing abut what your heart and your soul tell you to!            

                                                                                                 Joe Frazier
                                                                                                   CMT


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Vicar
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 01:37 AM

P.S.s - Nut do give us another "Let's Lay Down Our Drums"!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 02:13 AM

"...In fact, there is more need now for us to be speaking up than there was in the 60's...."


I could not agree with you *more*, Joe.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 07:35 AM

Once more, Amen, Amen.......


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 02:29 PM

A review of MOTH from http://playitagainmax.blogspot.com/

I wanted to let people know about another new release by an artist whose first (full-length) album was posted here. Bruce Murdoch, one of the most under-rated folk singers to come out of the 1960s, has a new CD entitled Matters of the Heart, which you can purchase from his Web site. In an interesting contrast to the new Andy Zwerling release I mentioned a couple weeks ago, Murdoch's new music is less political (in the macro sense) and more hopeful than his first album. The songs, while introspective and melancholy at times, still seem to be largely songs of love and acceptance (even in the face absence). You can also preview some tracks on the Web site. For what it's worth, my recommendation is that you get a copy now.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 05:01 PM

"MOTH", Bobad?

I know he wrote about a few old flames and former larvas on it on it, but "MOTH"?

Yesterday he was and his CD was a phoenix. All the stuff on it flies though, however it flew here, but you have the balls to call it "MOTH"?

The perfect MOTHers Day present, maybe?

Has he replaced Zappa as MOTHer Of Invention?







I set my copy down on my sweater and haven't seen the garment since. I guess that 'splains it....


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 05:26 PM

Severn, I'll bet you thought you were joking. Eulithis punata: it's got 'pun' in its name and everything.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 06:22 PM

MOTHer-in-law Of Gawd! Hooda thunkit?

I'll bet Tucson, Winslow and Flagstaff don't have their own!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 06:29 PM

Severn
you never cease to make me burst out laughing
please write a book. I will buy a copy for sure


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 06:30 PM

like ya gotta get the code down man... we work on the hand jive next week...





a wollin' stone gathas no moth


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 08:16 PM

"a wollin' stone gathas no moth"...... Bankley, you break me up!

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 08:17 PM

There are many very strange people posting on this thread. No offense.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 08:36 PM

My dear Bruce.....let's embrace that.!!!!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 08:44 PM

Does the moth come in purple?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 04:21 PM

"They fly from June to September."

Oh, wow, man. That is, like, spooky, man.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 04:45 PM

yeah... and when they get real big... they become behe-moths


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: maeve
Date: 22 Aug 08 - 05:06 AM

"There are many very strange people posting on this thread. No offense."

Don't worry about it Bruce. They're all fly-by-nights.

I'm still listening to your new cd, Matters of the Heart.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 22 Aug 08 - 08:31 AM

Don't worry about it Bruce. They're all fly-by-nights.

Wherein I briefly interrupt my self-imposed moratorium on posting on Mudcat to write that my super powers enable me to fly by day as well as by night.

I also want to affirm that I'm still listening to Bruce Murdoch songs from his "Matters of The Heart" CD and otherwise.

Smiles and best wishes,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: maeve
Date: 22 Aug 08 - 08:58 AM

Azizi- You must be flying above the radar then. LOL

Back to the music...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 22 Aug 08 - 10:40 AM

Bankley,

The adventures of BeheMoth have been recently chronicled in the Mudcat Midsummer Tavern Thread.

Does Azizi fly above the radar to avoid being eaten by bats?

What other powers-that-be does she possess or is possessed by? Does she use them for the cause of good?

Does she have a properly addictive Super Heroine nickname and wear (but never wear out) an appropriate nonshrinkable and non-fadeable sexydesigner costume (purple?) complete with emblem that she designed herself in her secret laboratory so that her alter ego is safe and her alteration-ego never has to be consulted?

I mean, WHO WAS that masked woman, anyway? Somebody wanted to thank her.....














.......And is Bruce writing her theme song?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 22 Aug 08 - 06:31 PM

Posted from an undisclosed location:

Severn, thank you for rising to the occassion and asking those questions. Here are my responses:

1.Does Azizi fly above the radar to avoid being eaten by bats?

No. There are more important reasons why I fly above the radar.

2. What other powers-that-be does she possess or is possessed by? That is restricted information.

Does she use them for the cause of good? Of course!

3. Does she have a properly addictive Super Heroine nickname and wear (but never wear out) an appropriate nonshrinkable and non-fadeable sexydesigner costume (purple?) complete with emblem that she designed herself in her secret laboratory so that her alter ego is safe and her alteration-ego never has to be consulted?

As to my super heroine nickname-addictive or non-addictive, I'll leave that to others to come up with.

Sorry, photos of my superheroine outfit are also restricted. However, you guessed correctly that one of the featured colors of my superheroine outfit is "purple". "Gold" is the other featured color. As to whether my outfit is sexy or not-Most red blooded males probably would think so, but I'm not so sure about those green blooded males.

And as to my emblem, I admit that I borrowed heavily from my friend, Zorro.

For those curious about such matters, here's a photo and a brief description of my alter-ego persona:

"She's a big city girl with a hot, happening life! She's everywhere that's anywhere – she's Super Zizi

If you love snob appeal made downright alluring down to the last detail, this is the superheroine for you... A true class act."

5.WHO WAS that masked woman, anyway?
Why, Super Zizi, of course!

6. And is Bruce writing her theme song?
Well, he's already written a song called "If I Had Wings". However, I'm not saying that all the words to that song apply.

[gotta be careful about those URLs, Azizi - a fixer clone]


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 04:16 AM

Oh, no!

A well meaning, fixer clone has inadvertently revealed my deepest secret-the wrong URL is as dangerous for me as kryptonite is for my friend Superman.

Apart the wrong URL, I am strong and mighty in battle. Apart from that, I can fly higher than the "Last Robin In Summertime" across the "Plains of Jericho" or anywhere else anyone would chance to wander even in his or her most adventurous "Romping Roving Days". Yes, apart from the wrong URL, I'm guaranteed to be the
"Last [Wo]Man Standing".

But enough talk about those dreaded URLs. It's time for me to return to my secret laboratory in my undisclosed location where important goin's on are goin on. But I promise that I will return to Mudcatville "As Soon As Possible".


Who was that masked woman, anyway?

Why, that was Super Zizi!


:o))


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 05:59 AM

You folks ain't gettin' out enough. Those walls start closin' in something fierce in the summer heat. Drink lotsa water. LOTS.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 06:19 AM

Gettin better, tho... froecast about 35 today but the RH is only forecast about 50%, so it will be bearable if there is a breeze.

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine....


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Subject: RE: Azizi Top CD-"Martyrs of the Heat"
From: Severn
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 08:46 AM

O, Mighty Avenger,


Is your insignia just worn on your Zizi top (hopefully you don't have a beard) or on your Zizi bottom as well?


Far better to stop at two "Z's". Add a third and folks would mistake it for "The Mark Of Snorro" and assume you were flying in your sleep, possibly under the spell of the much dreaded (an "in" hairstyle these days) Lord Kumbaya, ruler over the minions of unconsciousness.


Purple & Gold, eh? If you weren't flying, one would think you were trying out for the LSU or Laker cheerleaders.....


As for your powers, I assume you have Super Vision and that your parents would have taught you never to go out at night without it. And I suppose you talk to your foes in playground rhyme (or am I confusing The Purple Zizi with The Plain Brown Rapper?). Being from Pittsburgh, I'd think you'd be a Woman of Steel and stainless, at that. A mere Woman of Iron would fall victim to the likes of Marvel villain Magneto before she could get on with her pressing needs. And I suppose that after several flights worth of stares, the Pittsburghians would be used to your prescence as a step or two above whatever else they had in the past to combat stealers or pirates or robber barons.


Do you pop a can of Iron City like Popeye pops a can of spinach? (No spinach for you. Greens don't go with purples).


Are you assisted by Micro Bruce, firy defender of Hip Hops? If so, ditch that can of Iron City FAST!


.....Speaking of Bruce, I suppose I should be giving him back his thread now, so without further adieu, "Hello, Bruce!".....


("Adieu!.....Isn't that what you say to a spouse at the CLOSING ceremonies of a wedding?)



.....but I actually, for now, must finally bid you "adieu".

Do I hear two dieus?

No?

GOING,

GOING,

GONE!..........

(also, what you say to a spouse at the ending ceremonies of a marriage)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 08:55 AM

Make that "Marriage", rather than wedding. And you can remove the last sentence, if you want to. Some bad editing and rewriting.

You blew ANOTHER punch line, Severn! Time for another cup of coffee.....


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 03:08 PM

You folks is nuts. However, I have had a few good chuckles with the back and forth posting. S'long as yer havin' fun. And thanks to you all.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: gnu
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 05:14 PM

Well, not much else to do in the heat but put on some good tunes and check out the threads, eh. I'd discuss the CD, but youse all know what I think of it already. Am I Hinton enough?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 11:18 PM

Of course Micro Bruce would have to have non-alchoholic content and no alchoholic discontent to be able to have his comic book adventures be sold on an old style news stand and Zizi would have to be on best behavior as well. There is a code of conduct for heroes, or at least used to be until the late 60's.

There used to be something called the Comics Code that it would say in the corner of the front cover that the comic you were about to read subscribed to or maybe merely ascribed to that probably went out the window at the time of Mr. Natural, Fritz The Cat and Snappy Sammy Smoot.

Do they still have one? Is it headquartered in some building somewhere and do people still officially answer to it? Or do the majors police themselves in the time of the Graphic Novel and specialty comic shoppe?

I don't read 'em much anymore, but occaisionally see the movie.....

Maybe we could move Bruce over to a featured role in a comic book called "No Way, Hose A!" about the adventures of a wacky fire company for those still looking to find a Smokey Stover for the 21st Century who will somehow write songs as he goes along and serve as whatever the opposite of a torch singer is while still nailing up signs saying "Notory Sojac" to hang in thin air like cartoon firemen of old.

.....or maybe not.


But it might work better than something like "PEACE COMICS" that would be doomed to fail to appeal to the action, humor or illustrated Cliff Notes markets.


Of course if he were liscenced by Rupert Murdoch, ANYTHING that he did would be published in the purplest of prose......


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: alanabit
Date: 24 Aug 08 - 02:34 PM

There is not much I can add to all of the above. I got my copy two weeks ago, but I have been working full time as a teacher and doing translations. That has severely pegged back my opportunities to sit down and listen to it properly. It deserves better than to be just put on as background music.
For the record, it is a heartfelt collection of personal songs. Bruce has a unique voice, which has somehow gained in character over the years. What makes it compelling is that the songs are not the self indulgent whinings of youthful narcissm. They are the reflective meditations on love and loss of an older man. They tell of love, separation and yearning. Anger is spent, bitterness is gone and a flawed and very human being is seeking reconciliation and healing. It's a moving plea and a brave move. "I Can See You Now" is the standout song. It also typifies the message of the album. Here is a man waiting with his arms open, ready to tear up the old score cards. The supporting guitars are subtle and tasty - in particular the introductory lick on the first song and the slide on later tracks. It's not folk music, it's not pop music and it is not pretty and cuddly and easy to listen to. It's got warmth though and it has got it in abundance.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 25 Aug 08 - 12:26 AM

Alanabit:

We do not know one another but I must tell you, what a powerful review of Matters of the Heart. ".....a flawed and very human being is seeking reconciliation and healing....". Thank you for putting into words, what I could not.......

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 25 Aug 08 - 06:47 AM

Alanabit,
You have added more than all of us could say.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 25 Aug 08 - 02:54 PM

You have added more than all of us could say.

Wherein Super Zizi returns to say something else:

Since I have dwelled with human beings upon this earth, I have learned this fundamental fact-all humans have flaws. What separates the men from the boys, and the women from the girls is how humans work through their flaws.

What some people don't know is that Superheroes have flaws too. For example, Fire Man {otherwise known as Bruce Murdoch} has been known to have a hot temper. And he sometimes is way too warm hearted. And Fire Man also has this thing about being too modest when people are praising him. You could call those flaws.

But when you need someone to fight fire with fire, Fire Man is right there in the midst of the action. I speak from experience. His support has been invaluable to me when I've almost been overcome by forces that I have encounted in Mudcatville and elsewhere. When I've needed it, his Superhuman energy recharged mine and gave me the strength I needed to keep on keepin on in my Super Zizi way.

Yes, without question, Fire Man is one of my favorite Super Heroes. And, have I mentioned that I love the way he sings? And have I also mentioned how hot he looks in his red & white SuperHero outfit? ...

I could say more...

but enough said.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 25 Aug 08 - 03:37 PM

"All humans have flies."

Who'da thunk it?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 25 Aug 08 - 03:45 PM

PS

I thank you all for your very kind and supportive comments. The tread has shown me much, and while I cannot say I am surprised at those who have posted such lovely comments, neither am I surprised at a few people who haven't said a word. Thank you all. I'll be gone for a bit so take care and be at rest with yourselves.

BM


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 25 Aug 08 - 04:11 PM

They really do stand out don't they.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 31 Aug 08 - 08:06 AM

Bruce, it's great to see all the lovely comments turning up now on your Youtube videos, from some of your former students.

Looks like you're one teacher they won't ever forget.


Bruce's website - click on 'Clips' for videos


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: maeve
Date: 31 Aug 08 - 08:14 AM

I've got to get to a local library so I can see this good stuff on YouTube!

The cream is rising to the top. :)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Donuel
Date: 31 Aug 08 - 10:00 AM

Bruce M has the emotive power and poignance of singing to his lover and his children on the eve of his dieing day.

There is a lifetime of sincerity in Matters of the heart.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: maeve
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 11:44 PM

Of course, the lovely song haunting me tonight is "When I Cannot Sleep at Night". Maybe because I cannot sleep.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 12:21 AM

I echo Lizzie's comments about how wonderful it is to see former students of Bruce posting comments on the YouTube site. And, I'm sure no one missed the TEACHER correcting Mark's English and the fatherly advice about putting a last name on the internet.

Back in the late 60s in Montreal, Bruce and his artistry touched a number of people who post on this thread: me, Ron Bankley, Mike R., Bob R., and I'm sure there are others. Later, through this Mudcat Cafe and now through Matters of the Heart, he has touched countless more. I hope this continues.......

Now, I'm going back to do a grammar/spell check lest I meet the same fate as Mark......:-)

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 12:25 AM

Maeve:

Since I'm posting these notes at 12:25 a.m. EDT, I am thinking of the same song.........


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: maeve
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 12:29 AM

Thanks, Ken M. I'm glad we both know the right song to think of:)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jayto
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 12:49 AM

I have it and love it. Lyrically and melodically great and Rons guitar was killer as usual I have come to learn. Bruce has a fan in Kentucky that's for sure.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 02:37 AM

Bruce has fans in the UK too. Excellent CD. I usually lend out my CDs to other folkies in the area but have not got round to that yet as I am so busy still listening to it myself. I feel quite selfish. I have told several people of its existence and I am sure they are waiting patiently.
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 08:09 AM

Too bad they won't buy it. I wonder how many people have.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,guest bankley
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 08:15 AM

'eve of his dieing day'.... 'killer as usual'

so could this be considered "Goth Folk" ? as opposed to 'Death Metal'....? Bruce does look good with purple hair

excuse me while I warm up the tubes in the Marshall.... then I'll plug in the wah wah mandolin... lock up your grannies...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 08:22 AM

Jeri... I guess some of them might well buy it.... but unless they have heard it are unlikely to.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: rumanci
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 08:29 AM

SO - GS a suggestion.
Instead of letting all your mates have a free listen or borrowing/copying a wonderful CD of entirely worthwhile creations that deserve something back for the expense of getting it out there in the first place why don't you tell all your friends about listening to the free cuts on Bruce's website and then buying their own copy because they really like what they've heard so far.   That way the guys can actually afford to make the next one and the next one and keep on getting some exceedingly beautiful music out there for the world to hear for themselves.
Simple innit ?
The labourer is worthy of his hire in every profession IMO
rum


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 09:09 AM

You might be right, GS.
I just know Bruce sent out quite a few CDs to people as gifts and paid what probably added up to quite a bit in postage. I think about how many of these he may have sent versus how many he may have sold. I don't have any idea what those numbers might be. I just hope for some success.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: maeve
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 09:15 AM

Good suggestion, rumanci.

I've also played a few cuts for friends without easy access to the internet, rather than handing the cd over. Some folks will not honor my request that they not make copies of albums, and I'd rather circumvent the situation altogether. As another option, how about (those who can) buying a few copies to give as gifts? Call your local radio stations that are likely to play such a fine album, and request songs from the album, and be sure to have the contact information handy to give to them.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lox
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 09:22 AM

I have it too now.

I got it yesterday and I've listened to it twice.

I think it stands up to critical scrutiny pretty well, as he knows having received a PM containing my self important opinions.

A good clear coherent work by anyones standards.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 09:28 AM

Rumanci... I take your point but not all of my friends are into computers or the internet. I will obviously do my best to interest people in purchasing what i think is great music.... but I am as limited as conditions allow. Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 09:32 AM

On the eve of his dying day this might be what he'd say:
Lay all your fears aside say you're here for the ride
And play that wah-wah mandolin
Let those notes ring out again
A vertebrate inebriate or slack tuned violin
Couldn't even begin to rein in
the pain in that wah-wah mandolin

It's no sin,
It's just a wah-wah mandolin

...word


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 10:20 AM

Hi Kids: Dare I say the word MYSPACE? O.K., O.K. Bruce, it's just a thought to give the world a taste...

And since I'm in a "stickin' my nose in yer business, Happy Tuesday mood"...emailing YouTube and asking yer vids to be FEATURED is a thought...

p.s. They don't call it the Music BUSINESS for nothing...

I WILL NOW SHUT UP..bob.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 04:50 PM

well Jeri... I can dig it....nice poem girl..

and I do have a wah wah pedal, mandolin and Marshall amp.... among other interesting 'tools'.... now I'm fixin' to actually see how this combo sounds with The Sleepy Hollow Boys, if it ain't too tame, that is.... got to experiment somewhere until the lab blows up , then try somewhere else... anyone need to break a lease ?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: rumanci
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 05:39 PM

I've been asked by Bruce to post the following here.   I'll leave out the expletives that preceded the words wireless, laptop and accessing Mudcat and let you all just imagine the right ones.
LOL


Yer tis in HIS words

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


1) Please be nice to each other

2) Thank you all for your help on this project

3) By the end of September "MotH" will be receiving play on about 20 stations in US, UK and Canada

4) The business of music has changed a great deal since vinyl. (Tape was a stop-gap measure, imo.) Many record labels are going t/u because they no longer understand the business they're in. I have offered the CD for preview with the possibility to use it under their label if they are interested. But my 'wide-eyed days' are done with. When it comes to business they want to risk whatever they do for a return on their investment. I will not be qiving it away to any company. They will have to demonstrate to me in contract form that they intend to promote the thing and that's that. Otherwise, no thanks. I made an offer to one smaller company that is facing some tough times--as are smaller companies everywhere. Haven't even received a reply. So, even if I got a reply at this point, I'd politely decline.

IMO, without songwriters there would be NO music on radios or TVs, and certainly none in stores or available on the i'net. I have not felt nor will I ever feel again that I have to come bowl in hand and ask, "Please, sir, may I have some more?" All journeys start somewhere. This one for me started when I saw Ron again. With the encouragement of many folks on this thread the CD came to be. So please, no arguing with each other. OK?

Luv the gang of you.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 05:53 PM

right on Big B. !


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 05:58 PM

Genevieve Tudor played Bruce's 'I Sit and Count the Stars at Night' on her show this week. You can hear it, until next Sunday 7th September, on the Listen Again link below. It's the fourth song in:

BBC Radio Shropshire - Sunday Folk

Sunday Folk Playlist


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 06:03 PM

I want a video, an evening with Bruce Murdoch .. hint hint ... playing songs from the CD ... like what we posted on youtube. I want a half hour slot .. with that, we can get it on nearly all public TV stations .. people who watch PBS well they are us and WE buy music we love. This would go a huge way in Marketing dept and it is free. People visit website after they see it on TV .. From Buffalo to Toronto the PBS plays the folk scene quite often. They had an evening with Gordon Lightfoot ... Joan Baez .. etc ... one with Mr. Peace

we are in business ... YAH as my Minn-e-sota friends say


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 06:58 PM

A latecomer to this thread but I just had a chance to view the clips. Jeri had told us how much she enjoyed this CD. I suspect if it had been released in 1963 it would have gone gold or platinum. Nicely done, Bruce. Earthy, sexy, sentimental (almost)...if Kendall gets a look at your accumulation of groupies, there may be trouble.
Congratulations.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 07:04 PM

SINS: At my age ya don't have groupies; ya have gropies. (Got that line from my buddy, Ron.) Thank you for your kind remarks, M. I do appreciate them and you for posting them.

BM


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 07:22 PM

You are not over the hill Peace .. although you can see if from where are are, you are not there yet ;-)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 07:37 PM

"I want a video, an evening with Bruce Murdoch"

Much as I would like that, too, the cost is prohibitive. Just the two simple takes on Youtube were about $200 each if ya count gas to get there, etc.

And promo that doesn't result in sales is mostly meaningless, imo. After October 1, 2008, any CDs I send anywhere will cost the receiver $20. The cost per CD to get done and mail out is somewhere near $10. Likely a bit higher if I include airfare to get east. I am not complainin', just sayin'.

I have never had the notion that this CD would 'do' anything. It's a labour of love, nad it has been so because of folks here.

Something I have learned in this process is that not all people will say thank you, and that's OK. Life sometimes does get in the way.

Interesting thing I found out: Some record labels will not under any circumstance receive a CD unless ya happen to be associated with an agent who's in their good books.

If you ever wondered why music hasn't changed all that much over the years, look there. It's the same 50 people calling the shots for one of the biggest record labels on Earth.

Being independent is fine, but it certainly makes distribution a cast-iron SOB. However, better poor and free than locked up and controlled. Someone turned me down because I refused to relinquish artistic control. WTF? Ya like the product but figure you can do better on the next one? Yeah, right! For the formal parts of this process I have given up bad language. In person, however, I will say to them exactly what I think in little words. Artists, writers, songwriters have been at the mercy of big companies for far too long. It has impacted the art forms and not in a good way. This journey has allowed me to meet some absolutely wonderful people. Some DJs who have been very kind; some people who have written from their hearts to mine: a few wrote to say they DIDN'T care for the CD. Man, that's OK. Hell, if everyone liked it where would the challenge be?

So, before I try to post this allow me to say again--THANK YOU ALL for
helping with this.

Now, if I can get this ___________ laptop to ____________ post to Mudcat I will be a happy camper.

BM


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 08:04 PM

Peace: Ya know something? You worry too much...I just sent this to Radio Free USA(read your other email) for Yoose Brooce!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hySXpPZP9rg
No cost...
bob

p.s. Did the lightbulb go on for anybody over there?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 08:22 PM

And, Oh Yeah...See sweet Lizzie's post down the thread a bit? Yours truly just emailed the entire BBC with a taste of my stuff...Hugs Liz. Guerilla Marketing at it's best kids...

BOOYEAH...Gotta love the technology...bob

And you know what Peace? If you push me, I'll send your vid to George Bush! With a NASTY note...Why are the ARTS so underfunded?

Gettin' WILD in my old age(not that I'm old mind you, it's just a state of mind...)

Remember Kids: This is the INTERNET. Once it's out there. It is OUT THERE!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 08:46 PM

Sorry, Bob, but I would send that sob the sweat off my nuts.

The Radio Free America crew will receive a CD in less than a week. Thanks for the tip.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 11:26 PM

O.K. Bush is out. I sent it to these guys instead,,,
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=151896028&MyToken=8b0a661d-7937-4f4b-bd52-4b9485120564


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: olddude
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 11:31 PM

Bruce, a camcorder from a friend would work, it doesn't need to cost money trust me we can do a very good one with just a digital recorder and a quality mike


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 07:48 AM

Bruce, I also was interested to note that some of your students have written complimentary comments on your YouTube video pages.

Given your former role as a teacher, and given the reflective insight that I know you have, I believe that it would be helpful and of potential benefit to other folks, including other performing artists, for you to respond to this question:

"If you had had the budget, the time, and the availability of others-given as you said persons involved in this production were scattered over several Canadian provinces-what additions and/or changes would you have liked to have made in the production of your Matters Of The Heart CD?"

I ask this question with all due respect to you and to other folks who were involved in that CD's production, including Ron Bankley.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 11:50 AM

Changes in production?

i) I wish I'd used an 'audible to the singer/guitar player' metronome

2) I wish I'd had a good budget to do the CD with

3) I wish everything hadn't been so hurried

Good question, Azizi. Best answer I have is what I've given.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jayto
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 11:51 AM

I am telling ya'll if you don't have this CD it is a must. Every time I listen to it the CD just gets better.Yesterday I was having a very bad day. I took a ride out in the country to get away and unwind a bit. I put Bruce's CD in and was immediately swept away. The worries of the day was carried off by the power of Bruce's vocals, lyrics, music, and emotion. I am here to say Matters of the heart is a must have CD. I will be looking for more of his recordings. Bruce man you have IT. The elusive "IT" that so many musicians search a lifetime for. The "IT" that makes music more than notes that transforms notes into emotion and magic. Man you have "IT". You also give me hope man. I walked away from music for 10 yrs and I am back. To hear how you walked away and then came back this strong man my hat is off to you man. Great job great job.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 12:42 PM

I appreciate your response, Bruce.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 02:54 PM

Jayto, thank you. Please message me your mailing address and I'll send you copies of stuff. I am very flattered that you'd say what you did because the shock for me on this thread was hearing that one of the absolute best guitar players in North America actually quit music. That's YOU I'm talking about. Why didn't someone lovingly yet firmly slap you upside the head? I have listened to a great picker (that's YOU) and man, your treatment of songs is sensitive, respectful and evocative.

I tell you this. We gotta talk about you doing some guitar work for the next CD, and I ain't kiddin'. It's a bugger of a task when we're all so far apart, but Ron and I faced bigger hurdles than that last time. I don't want to put you on the spot by asking this in public, but would you please give it a thought? There are a few things about CD #2 that will be new, and we're keeping that stuff under wraps, but trust me that for at least a half dozen songs the musicians will have absolutely free rein on those takes. It's a project I think you'll be happy (proud?) to have worked on when the finished product is finally in the can. If you listen to the vocal and guitar on "I Can See You Now" acoustic version and "You Make My Heart Beat Fast", they'll give you an idea the quality of tracks you'd be doing stuff with. They are the two tracks in which we recorded guitar first (with an 'audible to me' metronomic click, then voice track second. The logistics are a bit of a nihgtmare, but thanks to Ron we got 'em worked out in "MotH". And we'll get 'em worked out in the next one, too. I'd didn't meet Jeri Corlew until after her violin track was done. I still haven't met Eddie Reid. So, it's possible.

The old days of everyone having to be in the same place to record have been over-taken by the horse technology is riding. I'm hoping the next CD will have people from all over the world on it, and my chances of ever meeting them aren't good. I'm hoping for a bagpipe player from the eastern US on a good rock song; a fiddle player from England on another. A drummer from Edmonton (my daughter), a guitarist from Ontario and another from Kentucky. Please give it some consideration, Jayto. We won't get rich but we will have fun!

The wonders of technology. On the take of "ICSYN": it was done in studio and I played guitar and sang simultaneously. That of course leads to some bleed of guitar into the vocal track and voice into the guitar track. Anyway, ya know how sometimes ya just know you have a take on the way. Everything is right and flowing. Well, at the end of the first stanza on the line "I can see you now" I sang flat by about an eighth of a tone. (I am not a great vocalist, BUT, I do NOT sing flat. Anyway, I heard this godawful sound and looked around to see what it was. By the end of the line I realized it was me. I'd been too shocked to correct myself. We finished the take and that was that. When it came time for mixing, Simon Jodoin took the "I can see you now" line from the second stanza and slotted it into the first stanza. Boom, it was done, and three months of 'agony' over the screwup disappeared in less than two minutes.

Man, think about it, OK?

Bruce

PS I always did have a soft spot in my heart for a guy who takes me for a ride in the country. lolol

BM


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 05:30 PM

well, I took Bruce for a ride out in the country once, but he complained that the trunk was too small... I kept hearing muffled sounds and banging noises..


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 05:32 PM

Huh. That'd be funny if it wasn't true.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 05:34 PM

When this thread turns into a book can ya send me a copy?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 05:46 PM

Yo, Bob. Been taking your advice. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 07:33 PM

Azizi, one more thing. I'd have everyone together for a week before the sessions.

Other than that, there's little I'd change. True, there are songs I might remove and put others in their places, but all in all, that's it. I made a mistake by playing in only two keys, so we then had to add HBF and the acoustic ICSYN. But the expericnce of doing it the way we did will be invaluable for future work. I hadn't realized how much time graphics would take. I'll know better in future. And it would have been nice to have just one more week. But too, if wishes was fishes . . . .


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 08:07 PM

Again, thanks Bruce.

**

Regarding your use of abbreviations for your song titles-
I immediately "got" what "ICSYN" meant-"I Can See You Now". But that's only because you {or someone else} used that abbreviation in an earlier post to this thread. But it took me longer to figure out what song "HBF" referred to. I finally realized that was a shortened abbreviation for "You Make My Heart Beat Fast".

I'm glad you added "HBF" and the acoustic version of "ICSYN". Those are two of my favorite tracks on your "Matters of the Heart" CD {or as you refer to it-"MOTH"}.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 08:34 PM

Bruce: I hear you...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Emma B
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 08:44 PM

ah Bruce, if wishes were fishes .....
I would send you......


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 07:15 AM

Came across this on the www:

"The Restless Feelin's was me (Eddie Reeves) along with Ron Dante singing harmony. The "A" side of the record was actually "Hey Mama You Been On My Mind" but not the Dylan song. It was written by a fellow named Bruce Murdoch and it's a clever song with Dylan-type lyrics. I did the recording as a demo for United Artists Music Company in New York while employeed by them as a demo producer, song writer and song plugger from 1965 thru 1967 in New York and then from 1968 thru 1971 in Los Angeles."

Hey Mama You've Been On My Mind


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 08:12 AM

I've been messaged that the link to "Hey Mama You've Been On My Mind" doesn't work for some people so I will post a link to the web page where the song is hotlinked.

http://www.garagehangover.com/?q=RestlessFeelins


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 08:29 AM

Listened to it earlier this morning. Took me back to another place and time.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jayto
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 10:14 AM

Bruce that would be an honor and a half man. I would love to. Just reading your post about the ideas you are tossing around is getting me excited. The bagpipe player on a rock thing about made jump up and down lol. I would love to be a part of it. Yes technology has opened alot of doors and avenues that would not have been possible a few yrs back. Ron and Eddie Reid are both amazing. I have taken Ron on a ride in the country as well. Insurgent Sun is incredible if anyone reading this doesn't have it they need to get it as well (and of course Djilia). This is a great way to wake up this morning. I was up in Indiana all day yesterday and getting ready to head to a gig in Tennessee in a little while. I am glad I took the time to check my email and mudcat before I left. "We won't get rich but we will have fun" Man making music with company like this is being rich. I once heard the dumbest person in the world was the Folk musician that was into it for the money lol. I don't care about money man I am on a musical and spiritual quest and man the path so far has been great and it is getting even better. The most miserable I have ever been was when I did it for the money only. That is when I goot burned out and quit playing for almost 10 yrs. People tried to smack me and make me start back but I had my reasons. I would still run down to Nashville and do some sessions every now and then but it was the money that lured me. I never listened or believed in anything I did in that time period. I started playing again in January of this year and I know it is where I belong. Someone should have smacked you as well man. I have found a soul brother on here with Ron and from what I have read, heard (musically,stories. and lyrically), and messaged you I have found another. I appreciate your words man. I worked my butt off in my early days and I have to admit I was really nervous starting back out again. So far it has been better than I ever thought. It would be an honor to accompany you on anything man anytime. Thanks for the invitation, the kind words, and the music man. Now let's get cooking :)
JT


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 11:27 AM

Sounds like a plan. Break a leg at the gig. We'll talk when you get back. Best to you, Jayto.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 01:19 PM

Much has been written here about the quality of the lyrics on Matters of the Heart but "Hey, Mama, You've Been on My Mind" reminds us that our man could write a pretty good song about lost love 40 years ago, even if the title is the same as one written by that other guy, you know, what's his name??

:-)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 02:19 PM

I've listened to this CD so much. With most other CDs I've got there is a least one track that I really am not that keen on and I just skip it but I love all of these songs; they seem to get better as well. I have watched the youtube videos and just hope that eventually a DVD/video may be available on the website. I know from what has already been posted below that these things take time/funding but I have found a certain charm in those videos which I also find in the CD.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 02:50 PM

Gerry Goodfriend played a cut from Bruce's c/d this morning on Radio McGill.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 07:03 AM

Yes indeed ! What a talent this guy has!

I hope you're treating Bruce well over there and offering him lots of gigs.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 10:18 AM

Well at last I got my copy.
Bruce my friend I love it. I love the acoustic version of the title track best, so far anyway.
Still it's only been listened to twice in the couple of hours since I got it, so who knows, I may change my favourite track in time.
They are all great though.
Well done my friend.
PM en route.

John [XG]


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 03:05 PM

Y'all are much too kind, but thank you. I'll need a new fire lid soon.

John, I PMed you and I could use an answer pretty quick, buddy.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 03:06 PM

Answer en route B.

XG


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 11:02 AM

Hi Kids: Ya know, if you work on somebody long enough, and hard enough, they FINALLY come around and do what gots to be done...(Or, something like that.)..Check this out... BM's new MySpace page! Ain't she pretty? So ADD him on MySpace!!! You Folkmeisters...
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=411646923&MyToken=e4a56684-07e5-4b72-8f43-336092ab39cf

bob

p.s. NOW, MotH & BM will go around the world...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 11:14 AM

Just sent a bulletin on this to my 10,477+ MySpace Friends...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 11:20 AM

Good work, thanks Bob.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 11:20 AM

Goddamned page isn't supoposed to be on the 'net just now.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 11:21 AM

And it's gonna be removed for at least a week.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 11:27 AM

TINKS happen FAST in cyberspace...IT'S ALL GONNA WORK OUT in it's own weird way...Bless the page...WORRY PAS as my Mom used to say...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 11:34 AM

So WHO sent me the req if not you BM? And you didn't spell "supposed" too good...Not to be picky or anything...:0) bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 11:37 AM

The site will be closed within a few minutes.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 02:58 PM

Bob, the webmaster and I had had a misunderstanding about WHEN the Myspace page was supposed to go on the www--mostly because I wasn't clear. I didn't send the link. The site creator did.

You were right that it can be a good thing to have a site like that. I understand there were 217 hits in the brief time the site was up--maybe two/three hours?

I am glad you got your stuff to BBC and I hope something comes of it for you. Thanks for your advice about Myspace. Damned good idea you had.

The site will be back up in a week or so. I do not want it available now because it conflicts (possibly) with something that has greater potential for exposure of the CD.


Part of the problem is that DJs don't really know how to classify the stuff on the CD. Despite a general "you can hear samples of the music on youtube and if you'd like a copy please get in touch via my e-mail address" on a dj site that has hundreds of djs posting to it, only 12 djs did. So either the rest don't like it or didn't bother. S'ok.

So far we got play on BBC, about six or so shows in the US, one in Canada and I think we'll have one in both Australia and NZ. Since the last mailing of CDs only went a week ago, I do not expect results from that for another two weeks or so.

Keep well and keep making music.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 04:44 PM

Bruce: I have been in contact with Ron B. via MySpace and it's best we not get into that dialogue in this forum. You can speak to him directly(re: strategic planning)Or, I can email you...

I bulletined my near 10, 500 MySpace friends re: your site as I thought it was a go from you... (Plus the Mudcat post...) Hence 217 hits in 2-3 hours(I was watching it jump myself)

The DJ's don't have the time to preview a lot of what comes at them, therefore labeling yourself helps them to direct the music to the proper channels. This is the point where you want to assess the direction you want to go...If you label yourself a "Folk Artist" or "Singer-Songwriter" you will automatically close the door to many DJ's who otherwise might have played your CD on the strength of the SONGS themselves...

A lot of Nashville types have re-invented themselves by TAKING OUT the traditional instruments like fiddle & pedal steel, or I should say down-playing those instruments so the ear could hear it as a ROCK song or a COUNTRY song...(THIS IS WHY I wanted to try synths on at least ONE track)...

My YouTube & Montreal friend Momo from the Momo Zone(1 million hits/ & 1000 emails per day) was having the same problem...He was a music artist with a band, a videographer, interviewer, motivator, computer expert, etc. and people were asking him to describe himself. If he picked just one category he found he shut off the others. So he describes himself as a "Multi-Media Artist..."

Look at Dylan. The folkies will always take him as their own, yet he's in the rock world as an innovator, considered a poet by others, etc. Same with Leonard Cohen...

When I began Marketing "The Ghost..." I got picked up by Blues Stations, Rock stations, PUNK stations!, Country stations, Christian Rock Stations, etc.

You got a GOOD Record Bro. You need AIRPLAY on at least 700 stations just to make a DENT in what's out there, otherwise you will meander through the Folk world(a nice place to visit, but if you want to pay the bills...)

My new ladyfriend( My "Angel from Mexico" & a new song in progress) tells me I surprised her by kissing her too much(but you gotta SEE her...WOW) so I won't make the same mistake here and TALK too much... Time to stop...bob

Preview of coming attractions...

                                                                   "Angel from Mexico"

                                                      There was nothing new in the I.C.U.
                                                       Just some screaming down the hall,
                                                       I felt half dead, as she made my bed,
                                                       Just staring at the wall...

                                     (Chorus) Mamasita Mexico, how you got here,
                                                       I don't know...
                                                       I just hope you never go...
                                                       Angel from Mexico...

                                                       You see, I'm on the run,
                                                       I sleep with guns,
                                                       Senorita Mexico..
                                                       Don't get too close,
                                                       Cause you just don't know...
                                                       Angel from Mexico...

                                                       Mamasitsa Mexico, I search for words
                                                       I used to know...
                                                       Like "hold me close," "don't let me go..."
                                                       Angel from Mexico

(That's a taste, rough draft, gotta finish it... Ah songwriting, you know how it is... feel like I'm 18 - BR)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 04:59 PM

Bob.......

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age."

Aldous Huxley


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 05:08 PM

I'm gonna meet that gal next summer. You be sure to introduce us. You go have a beer and I'll walk her around the festival site and work on my Spanish. lol

I hear you about airplay--and no, I ain't folk.

I'll e-mail Ron and see what's up.

Thanks, Bob.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 07:09 PM

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age

and

Angel from Mexico

Oh. So now we've moved from talking about superheroes and superheroines to talking about other kinds of extraterrestial beings?

Well, that works for me. And Bruce even has a song on his Matters of the Heart CD called "Angels In My Heart". So this extraterresterial subject fits.

As a matter of fact, some people could think that Bruce's
song title "I Can See You Now" might refer to extra-sensory perception. Come to think of it, Bruce's "Other Voice" song might refer to speaking without words and Bruce's "Come Across To You" song might refer to out of body experiences or some other forms of extra-sensory perception.

Plus, it occurs to me that Halloween is coming. So Bruce and Bob R. and other songwriters better get busy composing songs in commemoration of that holiday.

Not that extraterrestials and extrasensory perception have anything to do with Halloween.

I'm just sayin...

;o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 07:19 PM

Bruce: By next summer, I should be just about finished removing the schrapnel from my zipper from the walls in my bedroom...

How much time would I have to do if I just chained her to....no, what am I saying? A knight and man-of-honor such as myself could not, would not, should not...

But then how to rid my mind of the fantasies of watching her walk nikkid in the water in CanCun, or Puerto Villarta on some secluded beach...Her 3 foot+ long mane of hair gently moving in the warm breeze..A natural beauty who doesn't push it...

Thanks God...bob

p.s. a 13 year age difference, but I KNOW I can take her in the 3rd round if I can just pace myself...And if I go...What a way to go....


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 07:29 PM

Ah Bob, you are hopelessly smitten, it brings back old memories for us "happily married for a long time" guys. Come up for air once in a while and keep us posted.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 07:30 PM

Bob, my suggestion was to think about songs with a Halloween themes not to act out steamy, x-rated move scenes.

But whatever works for you.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 07:46 PM

Correction.

Bruce's song is "The Voice". I always get that title wrong.

Some could say that title sounds spooky.

Of course, I'm talking about the title of that song and the title of other songs, and not their lyrics or tunes.

And I'm not sayin that there's anything wrong with spooky. Some people like spooky.

Then there's other people who like kinky.

{You'll notice that I'm not mentioning any names. Nor am I defining for anyone else what "kinky" means}.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 07:56 PM

That man waxed poetic and had a bright gleam in his eyes when he told me about her back in Montreal. I think the boy's got it BBBBAAAADDDD! I mean BAD!

(She must be part Saint if she can put up with you, no offense.)

And there was a certain je ne sais pas quois in the air when you talked about her. Wasn't long before I put two and twelve together to make sixteen. I was on the bus after leaving Edmonton after the return flight in August when it struck me: BOB'S IN LOVE. So, here's the deal, Dobsie: I will arrange for a lift for you and her to get to the festival. I will find you both a place to stay and you go be introduce me to this lovely lady. Howzat?

BM

PS

Azizi: the song I wrote for Halloween was "I Keep You in My Heart". It's for J. The following year it was "Angels in My Heart". That was for both the kids. This year it will be for C. She has been my biggest 'fan' for years now, and she said point blank, "Either write a song just for me or I'll show you everything we learned in Wing Chun." Sheesh. She's gotta weigh all of 120 pounds, but the little bugger is fast and has one of the best round kicks I ever saw. So I figure that's what I'll be doing this Halloween. Uh, writing a song to avoid that kick. Tough little gal that one. On her way to becoming a neurosurgeon. (She was gonna become a drummer, but when I damned near choked on a mouthful of coffee, she smiled and said, "Got ya, huh?")

B


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 08:03 PM

Boo to You...Let my last post be a lesson for all of you. When you purchase clothing, be sure to go for quality, and not offshore stuff that just falls apart when you are about to put on your jammies and retire for the evening...

And for all you ladies reading this, your lifelong ideas about the opposite sex are being tested. For as you know...ALL MEN ARE ANIMALS!

Actually, it's just been holding hands and hugs so far...But it is so wonderful to have the touch of another person after a long absence. It just makes you KRAZEEE..I am Blessed to have met the acquaintance of this Spiritual lady...Instant Youth! It's an honor to have her with me...And this thread is about "Matters of the Heart"...She gave me a book by Masaru Emoto called "The Hidden Messages in Water", check it out...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 08:07 PM

How many rhymes can you find for 'solar plexus'? Lotsa rhymes for 'ow' though.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 08:17 PM

Bruce: Sounds like a plan...It's just that when you think it's over, Love can find you at ANY age...To have this happen NOW, at this stage of the game...Is just so WILD...10X the effect of being 16...Highly recommended for all if you can open your hearts and lose the baggage...

And for those that want a Halloween theme, "I was working in the lab, late one night, when my eyes beheld and eerie sight, We did the mash, the Monster Mash..." What the hell is he talking about? You may ask...Does anything in life make sense?
bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 08:23 PM

Y'all heard T for Texas,
                                                 Most are wonderin'
                                                 What could be nexus?
                                                 Ideas will come,
                                                 Just have some fun,
                                                 Meditate on yer solar plexus...

From "Solar Plexus Blues" BR


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 09:19 PM

I was driving my new Lexus
When the witches tried to hex us
Deep in the heart of Texas
Down by the Alamo
Oh oh
Down by the Alamo


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 07:30 AM

Now you see why I leave the song composition to folks who have the talent and the skills for it.

**

Speaking of talent & skill, Bruce, it's great to "hear" that your daughter C's goal is to become a neurosurgeon. Of course, she can be a drummer and a neurosurgeon-just not at the same time.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 09:11 AM

Bob:

Sounds to me like you might be a tad "hot-wired"........and that's the only contribution I'm going to make to this theme of your new love life except, I will say this about Murdoch's offer at next year's Apple Hollow Fest to buy you a beer while he shows your lady the festival site under the dubious and questionable guise of working on his Spanish.

I have a son getting married in Ottawa either the weekend before or after the festival (I told him he couldn't get married on the 18th) so I will be accompanied by my wife at the Festival. As we sip our beers, I'll assign Pat to accompany Bruce and your lady friend. That way, the only trouble BM will get himself into is if he gets too close to that damn goose again.!

Cheers,

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 09:13 AM

"I'm concave, and you're convexus
Welcome to the world of sex"    ....Brian Blain



everything is fine at this end.... just a bit hectic


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 09:20 AM

wait a minute.... that last line depends on who the singer is... and if the voice is husky or neo-helium.... even then, these days you can't be sure....

now where did I park ma sheepie...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Lox
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 09:33 AM

This witch tried to hex us,
Thought she could out flex us
but we didn't let her vex us
sat down and drank some becks's

I said "begorrah and feck sis"
You gonna get it in the neck sis
do I look like a nervous wreck sis
Do I look like shrek sis

But She was out to axe us
to apprehend and tax us
thought that she could wax us
But couldn't un-relax us

Sorry - moment of madness - you may return to th subject at hand.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 04:56 PM

Ken/Friends: Bruce is a man of honor. And his fashion statement of wearing black socks & shorts while headlining at a Folk Festival proved that he is indeed the REBEL from the sixties we all know and love...

And, has anybody besides me ever wondered WHO was holding the rifle with the scope on 33 1/3?
Further, would the green army fatigue jacket still be in his closet? Cast your vote in this thread...

Back to "Matters of the Heart"...with songs like "I can see you now..." etc. VIBES we used to call it in the Sixties, now this comes along...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWn4QF6dCwM
So when you "resonate" with someone, things can get pretty interesting. Thoughts are things. They affect emotions and create reality...

I think MotH "resonated" with a lot of people because it expressed emotions in a particular way that is just not on radio these days...It fills a NEED. And, that's a good thing...

Odd that science is now substantiating that thoughts, or a song expressing a particular thought, can literally change you...

bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 07:13 PM

Bob:

My recollection is that it was shorts and barefeet for the folk festival, the black socks were added for the YouTube video. That said, you will receive no argument from me that when it comes to fashion, Mr. Murdoch does indeed march to a different drummer. As for the "man of honor", I would not disagree with that either but I still think you would be well served to use my wife as a chaperone next year while the alleged "man of honor" practices his Spanish with your new lady friend! :-)

With respect to "Who was holding the rifle with the scope on 33 1/3," I must confess that I have had that album in my possession for over 38 years and it has moved with me from Montreal QUE, to Vancouver, BC, to Swift Current SASK., to Sudbury, ONT. to Little Rock, AR, to Baton Rouge, LA, to Chicago, IL and now finally to Ft. Myers, FL. This is probably my last stop, if not the album's. My heirs, probably my sons, will have to decide where the album goes next. Sifting through my things, one will turn to the other and ask, "Hey, isn't this the guy the old man use to talk about?" Who knows where the conversation will go from there. But, and here is the confession, in all those years and all those moves, I never once thought about who was holding that damn rifle and so I want to thank you in advance for the sleepless night I am facing pondering that question.

As for the fatigue jacket, I would wager that if he still has it, it's in the same closet where he hangs his fire-fighting clothes that he probably hasn't laundered in a ka-zillion years. We might want to take a pass on that one.

Cheers,

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 07:28 PM

I'll bet he doesn't have the fatigue jacket anymore. As to the black socks and sandals, I think I made one comment to him. The concert was done with naked feet, but I think he wanted a more formal look for the videos. I think the black socks look dorky, but white socks would look even dorkier. Maybe plaid?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 08:05 PM

i) It was HOT!

2) Truth is that fire gear is always kept clean because particles that get lodged in the bunker gear lessen the fabric's abiolity to withstand heat. Some rookies like to have dirty gear because they often think it makes them look like 'they have been there and done that'. We not only discourage that attitude but actively deal with the situation by saying "either you and the gear get put in the washing machine or just the gear. Your call." Room temperature in a working fire can exceed 900 degrees. Quite often a firefighter will be taken off the line and made to drink a liter of water or Gatorade to replenish the body's liquid. Basic rule is if you don't feel like you have to urinate then you are beginning to dehydrate. I was in one fire a few years back (four?) and I was feeling fine. Just fine. My crew officer--a tremendous firefighter--looked at me and asked how I was. "Fine, just fine." He ordered me to the ambulance and they started a bag of saline (IV) and I drank some water at the same time. In the hospital they gave me three more bags and I had three or four bottles of Gatorade. I was released at about four in the morning after being there for five hours. When I awoke three hours later I went to pee. I swear all I could get out was less than two ounces. (Two of us ended up in hospital that night.)

And Jeri, I was making a fashion statement and you scoff at that? Et tu, Brute?

It is such a joy to see Bob all nutso about this lady.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 08:16 PM

Who you callin' a 'Brute', pal?! Seriously, I loved the shorts, the fire department T-shirt was your style. As for the socks, I think your fashion consultant should have recommended something less...

...dorky. Maybe a nice geometric pattern or paisley for next year.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 08:24 PM

Tattoos. Tattoos of black socks. HAH!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jeri
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 08:29 PM

And you could still paint your toenails!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 08:56 PM

Alright, I suspect that the photo on the cover of 33 1/3 was taken circa 1969. I remember Bruce from then and while he has most certainly aged gracefully (haven't we all?), I would respectfully suggest that were he to still have it, it would be, shall we say, a tad snug. Certainly, were I still to have my fatigue jacket from those days, I would only take it out and look at it for sentimental reasons and certainly not to try and fit over this current frame.

Bruce: Thank you for educating us on the importance of clean firefighting clothing. I was impressed by the way you "suggested" to rookies that they launder their equipment. You previously told me about how you dealt with someone who drove a vehicle dangerously close to a burning gasoline truck.. Man, you guys are a tough crowd.

With respect to your dehydration incident, a number of years ago, I pulled out of a 50 mile trail race in Arkansas when the cramps in my legs became so severe that I kept falling down. I ended up in the hospital, like you, with a number of IVs in me, followed by copious amounts of Gatorade (I will leave it to Pat to tell you her and the physician's reaction when I asked if I could substitute the Gatorade for beer). Like you, I was stunned with how little you pee after all that liquid poured and injected into you.

The theme of the socks has taken on a mind of its own and I will leave that for more fashion conscious people on this thread.

I will say, however, that having read my last posting, I may be able to lay claim to the most travelled version of 33 1/3 unless one of our friends (and your fans) in the UK have criss-crossed the Atlantic a few times with it.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 08:57 PM

I was talking about The Branches & Roots Festival, two years ago, and I think when we met he had the socks, or maybe the vids affected my memory. Maybe he took 'em off before going on stage...I was too busy getting ready...But tattoos of socks would be different...Never have to change 'em, run through a puddle and you're good to go...

So, who was holding the rifle?

bob

Uh. working on my Spanish: Tengo gusto de usted...Usted es mi amigo, gonna hold on a bit before I spring "Te quiero" on her...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 10:37 PM

I think the tattoo socks have a great possibility except for those of us still in the in the dress-up work world where we have to coordinate our sock color with the rest of our wardrobe. You know, the brown tattoo socks just don't go with the blue pinstripe suit. And, after we have left that world.....what would those tattooed feet look like on the beach?

As for "Te Quiero", given everything else you have said about this lady, you need to go for it. Big rewards come from big risks. Besides, you don't need that turkey, Murdoch, practicing that line on her before you :-)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 01:20 AM

Here's a quote from a viewer of the YouTube movie clip whose link that Bob gave in his 10 Sep 08 - 04:56 PM post:

"Quit staying conformed to your old ideals. I have to say that a majority of "so called scientists/Intellectuals" only want to believe win what they want. If it does not go along with what they want to believe they shoot it down, even if it has been proven as a fact they fabricate counter evidence so that they can remain superior. With their high and mighty smugness it is most likely that they will never see what is true because they are stuck in a certain thought process".

**
I think on the whole, I believe this clip's underlying {or is it "overarching"?} message.

But it reminded me of a radio segment years ago that I remembered someone telling me about in which a person cut up a piece of celery and some heavy duty microphones reportedly picked up the celery screaming. For a while there, I couldn't eat celery without thinking about that. And I'm a wanna be vegetarian, so that was rough for me-and I suppose the celery & other vegetables.

And my main problem with this clip is that the woman who waas shown providing the commentary was Sarah Palinish in her looks {I'm referring to the way she wore her dark hair and the Sarah Palin type eyeglasses she had on. And, because of that resemblance to McCain's curious vice-presidential choice, I kept waiting for the "lipstick on a pig" political punch line, but it never came.

I almost feel cheated.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 05:27 AM

The shorts and socks are part of the charm of the youtube videos.

Wearing what you want to wear makes you feel "free".


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 11:49 AM

Hi Kids/Azizi: Personally. I have written Love & Gratitude on my water container. If you read the book, there is information in there that just fits in so well with other teachings. I still Bless & give Thanks for the food I eat...Everytime a bill comes in, I Bless it and give Thanks that I'm able to pay it. It may seem silly to you, but after what I've been through, let me tell yas...It makes a whole lot of sense to me...The mind is a radio, it sends and receives signals. And what you hold as thoughts can change your life...

The Senorita is taking me to visit a Kriya Yoga Master from India who is visiting Montreal this week-end. Turns out we've read the same books! "Bob, I can't Beeeleeeve it..." she tells me with that cute Spanish accent...Flashback to my hospital stay where I tell a nurse from India that there is a secondary brain in the heart...She responds in a heartbeat..."Not only is there another brain in the heart, but all other organs have one that can be directed by the mind..."

Yikes! Just when you think you know everything...

So, hope this post isn't too far off topic. It's still about "Matters of the Heart..."
bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 12:19 PM

This isn't really off topic too much, and if it is then it's still all good since eclectic would be a good descriptive word to use for this thread.

Bob, and other readers of this thread who may be interested, check out this excerpt from an online article titled "The Elements":

1.WATER

(A metaphysical dissertation on the various aspects of the watery element .)

Of the four elements in nature Earth , Air , Fire , and Water ( distinct from the chemical elements of the Periodic Table ) "Water" is symbolic of the " Watery Chaos" conceived in metaphysical thought to have preceded the formation of matter. The Ancient Egyptians went a bit further and suggested it was "milky", and in the process of creation became "curdy" as particles precipitated to form substance .In Indian philosophy this was firstly held in a state of potential called "Mulaprakriti", and in the objective "Prakriti", but the idea of a milky medium was more appealing and gave rise to the material source of this liquid to be held sacred and so the cow is still allowed this distinction , and the privilege of wandering free and to forage in India today. In Egypt, the Horns of the Cow became associated with the Crescent Moon and the Goddess Isis, and later found Christian expression on the Crown of Mary, the Mother of Christ.

The chemical composition of water is H2O , two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom per molecule, and can be regarded as a reflection of the Universal Triplicity inherent in all things . It is unique in some of its physical properties, expanding instead of contracting when frozen, and so floats on the surface. The importance of water in life cannot be over-emphasised, it began in the ocean and blood serum still maintains its salinity. The human body is made up of a vast number of cells, which act in concert in a very complex ecology of subordinate ecosystems. There is a relationship with the number 6 in septenate cosmogony of interchange between "watery planes"which are the 6th.levels. It is interesting to note, that snowflakes are never found to be duplicated, and are made in the form of a hexagon, so that all the arms of a snowflake radiate from a centre at an angle of 60 degrees.

In religious symbology Water is the same as Wine representing Spirit, and comes from above. In the formation of the six-pointed star, which is the sign of Solomon and the Star of David, this is visualised as a descending triangle point downwards meeting the ascending triangle of the Fire of Kundalini to form the hexagon, as mentioned elsewhere in the culmination of an evolutionary phase. The role of the "watery" Neptunian influence is of significance, as energy flows from there and concentrates on three psychic centres linking the head centres, the heart centre and the solar plexus centre ( ref'." number 6" , in the dissertation on "Number")...

http://www.users.bigpond.com/phdaley/elements.htm


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 12:43 PM

Here's some information about two water goddesses whose worship began in West Africa and is now also found in the Caribbean, Brazil, and elsewhere:

"Yemaya: [pronounced yeah-MAH-yah]; Great Goddess; Ocean Mother; mother of all the orishas.

Moon / Full Moon /Crescent Moon / Water / Saturday
African, Afro-Caribbean; Afro-Brazilian; Culture/Origin: West African (Yoruba, Nigeria)

"..Yemaya is a West African creation goddess, often depicted as a mermaid. She is associated with the moon, the ocean and female mysteries. Typically portrayed as a beautiful woman, Yemaya governs the household and intervenes in women's affairs. She is a merciful goddess, invoked by women for aid in childbirth, love and healing. She rules over the conception and birth of children and ensures their safety during childhood. As a creation goddess, Yemaya's womb spilled forth the fourteen Yoruba goddesses and gods, and the breaking of her uterine waters caused a great flood, which created the oceans. From her body the first human woman and man, who became the parents of all mortal beings on earth, were born...

Yemaya...rules the sea, the Moon, dreams, deep secrets, sea shells, ancient wisdom, salt water, fresh water, ocean secrets, the collective unconscious, and the surface of the ocean, seas, and lakes. Her many titles include Queen of Witches, Mother of Fishes, The Constantly Coming Woman, The Ocean Mother, Mother of Dreams and Secrets, Mother of All, Mother of the Sea, Holy Queen Sea, The Womb of Creation, Mother of Pearl, Stella Maris (star of the sea), and Yeyé Omo Eja, Mother Whose Children Are the Fish. In Africa she is Mama Watta, Mother of Waters...

The cowrie shell is Yemaya's symbol, and fish are sacred to her. Her jewels include crystals, pearls, and mother of pearl. Blue, white, and silver are Yemaya's colors. Seven is her number. Yemaya is celebrated on February 2 and December 31, when offerings are made to her. She is also honored on September 7, September 9, and on the eve of Summer Solstice, by casting flowers and votive boats into water. There is a Brazilian tradition of the candelaria on December 31, lighting candles on the beach at midnight for Yemanje. Votive boats made from flowers are cast into the sea. It is a good omen for the coming year if she accepts your boat, and carries it out to sea. It is a bad omen if your offering is refused, and your boat is washed back upon the shore"...


-snip-

Ohsun [Osun; pronounced oh SHOON]; Goddess of Sensuality
African, Afro-Caribbean; Afro-Brazilian; Culture/Origin: West African (Yoruba, Nigeria)

"Oshun...the Brazilian Macumba Goddess of the waters-rivers, streams, brooks-is known for her love of beautiful things. She loves to adorn herself, especially in yellows and golds. Her rites at watery places include honoring her with honey and pennies (copper). Her necklace of cowrie shells symbolizes her knowledge and power in divination. It is said that the women dedicated to Oshun carry the special gift of their Goddess. They walk and dance in the most tantalizing and provocative ways. In their walk is the flow of the river. None can escape their charms.

Oshun appears seductively in your life and cajoles you into remembering and honoring your sensuality. Wholeness is nourished by focusing your attention and time on our body, respecting and giving play to your senses and your sensuality. The Goddess is here to tell you that it is time for sensuality. She invites you to follow her lead."


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 12:52 PM

Here are the links to those two online articles:

Yemaya:
http://zer0dmx.tripod.com/gods/yemaya.html

-snip-

Oshun:
http://www.angelfire.com/va/goddesses/oshu.html


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 04:22 PM

Correction:

I have only heard the name Yemaya in songs. There is definitely not any emphasis on the second syllable as I had erroneously written it in one of my post above.

This orisha's {goddess'} name is sometimes written with an accent mark over the "a" in last syllable. However, there appears to be only a slight emphasis in the last syllable.

As at least partial penance for my error, I offer this link to a song/chant in honor of Yemaya:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4pyJ9Df27E&feature=related

-snip-

The great Celia Cruz is the vocalist in this video.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 08:28 PM

Thanks Azizi...Namaste...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 09:46 PM

My pleasure, Bob.

**

And now, moving right along, I think it's time for to return to the main subject of this thread: Bruce Murdoch's songs.

For those who haven't checked out Bruce's YouYube videos lately, here are the hyperlinks:

I Can See You Now

**

You Make My Heart Beat Fast

**

As Soon As Possible


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 09:49 PM

"...it's time for to"?

Preview is my friend. I guess I should visit him {or her or it} more often.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bruce's webmaster
Date: 12 Sep 08 - 05:39 PM

Pleased to tell you, we now have Bruce's myspace page up and running.

Bruce - Myspace

BW


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 12 Sep 08 - 06:31 PM

Bruce's webmaster, thanks for letting Mudcat members and guests know about Bruce's Myspace page.

I've visited that site and am very impressed.

Would you [or someone else who knows how to do this] be so kind as to post instructions on this thread as to how people become Myspace friends? Do you need to login and join Myspace?

Also, do you need to have a photo in order to join Bruce's or anyone else's friend list? If so, does it have to be your real photo? Could the photograph you select a photo or drawing from the Internet?

And then, once you've selected a photo, how do you put the photo you select on the page along with your screen name? I tried to look this information up using a search engine and read something about needing to use Photobucket. If people don't have a Photobucket account, does that mean that we're not going to be able to do this?

Also, what happens after you join a person's friend's list? Does that mean that the other friends on the list automatically get your email address and that you automatically receive email forwards from them? Maybe this doesn't sound too friendly of me, but I wouldn't like those features.

Thanks, in advance, Bruce's webmaster and/or anyone else who may answer these questions.

Maybe I {and perhaps other people who may also need an easy to follow set of instructions regarding this}, will be even more a part of the 21st century once I [we] learn how to join a person's MySpace group of friends and what that really means.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 12 Sep 08 - 11:11 PM

Hi Kids: I have found MySpace pretty much staightforward and easy to navigate. First you need to join. This is the point where you must decide to join as an individual wanting to meet friends, or as a musician. The difference is that when you join as a musician, you get a free music player like the on you see on my site. Then, it's pretty much self-explanatory within MySpace, who have done a nice job setting things up...All you need to know is on the site.

No, you do not need to put up a photo, although looking at a gray square is not all that appealing or interesting to anybody checking you out. At this point my page is the same basic, no frills page that I got when I started...No wallpapers or embellishments. Just go on myspace and start clicking on photos or things that interest you. You are then allowed to send a message, or add someone as a friend. You also have the option to block anybody from contacting you. a nice "Anti-Creep" feature. You will not get emails unless you provide that information ON THE SITE. If you have made a mistake in your choice of friends(as in life) it's your option to delete that friend. If somebody sends a request, you either say yes, deny them, or ignore them. If you hit deny, they won't see it. So if you see a wacko...whack 'em...
You can either use a photo or some other uploadable piece of art for your page. Anything you do can be changed, edited. So, not to worry...

Really quite simple and fun. All kinds of stuff to see. As in life just stay away from anything bad and you should be O.K. Everything's under your control...

It's all there waiting for you check it out...If you don't like it you can delete the account...

Azizi: Since you have an interest in Goddesses and such, you could use something like that for your photo. Want to put up some of your songs? Create a musician's account. When you log in, you enter your email, then you create a private password that will only show up as dots to anybody else besides you and the staff at MySpace. MySpace has only sent me relevant information in the near 3 years that I've been with them...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 12:08 AM

Thanks for that information, Bob.

I'm assuming that your sentence about wanting to put up some of your songs was written for anyone who reads your post.

If it was written for me, I'm not an musician, singer, or songwriter. If I must describe my connection with this folk & blues discussion forum, I'd say that I'm a collector of children's rhymes {which I consider an integral part of the folk genre}, I'm a community folklorist interested in the sources and meanings of rhymes and songs, and I love a number of different types of music.

At any rate, Bob, I appreciate your explanation about Myspace.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 05:00 AM

Anyone who has ideas for improvement on the MySpace page please let me know. And, Bob, please do tell your 10,000 friends. Thanks, buddy.

I'll be requesting that this thread be closed on Monday.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: rumanci
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 06:08 AM

I sincerely hope the thread remains open and echo (below) Mick's comments from way back. I hope they still apply for all the right reasons.   Mudcat should be all about musicians and their music and acknowledging and supporting the gifts and skills in creating and performance that all performers are prepared to put on the line for the benefit of all listeners.


"From: Big Mick - PM
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 10:50 PM

Bruce, I will close the thread if that is your wish. But pay no mind to folks that toss flak. Yours is a perfectly legitimate use of the Mudcat, and those that don't get that are ignorant of the history. Many of us have had threads on this place to make folks aware of our work. This is a long awaited work from an artist many of us have been anxious to hear.

In fact, I have changed my mind. This thread will remain open"


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 08:09 AM

As I wrote in my first post to this thread, I started this thread without Bruce's prior knowledge to "provide an opportunity for people to share their reviews of & their comments about the songs on Bruce's "Matters of the Heart" CD".

In addition to that purpose, somewhere along the way, this thread became a meeting place for folks to kick back & relax, to share their wit, and to share their talents, and to share serious thoughts about a multiple number of subjects. Sometimes people engaged in good nature kidding of Bruce and other people, but, like other comments in this thread, these posts were good natured.

In the 450 plus comments that have been posted to this thread, I never once sensed any animosity, or envy in any of these posts. And I never read any post on this threadthat were racist, or sexist or were any other offensive "ist". For that reason, I'm glad that I did not read the deleted post that Bruce refers to in his 12:51 AM and 04:33 AM comments. I thank the moderator who deleted it, and I thank Bruce for his support. I refuse to let another person's poisonous comments ruin my day and subsequent days, and I refuse to let another person's poisonous comments ruin my thoughts about this thread. Bruce, I hope that you do not give that person the power to ruin this thread for you.

I believe that this thread shows Mudcat at its best. When I started this thread, I had no idea that it would become such an eclectic mix of witty & serious postings. I certainly did not think that this thread would be this long. But I am glad about the length of this thread because, above all, it shows that there are a number of people on Mudcat who warmly acknowledge and celebrate the special music making talents and skills that you, Bruce Murdoch have. Furthermore, this thread is a testimony to our high regard for you, Bruce, as a person and not just as a singer, songwriter, musician.
This thread has also provided opportunities for us "regular posters to this thread" to learn more about each other. I'm grateful for that and will cherish the friendships I made and strengthened as a result of this thread.

While I agree with Rumanci's post on 13 Sep 08 - 06:08 AM, I respect that Bruce has been patient with us for these months and now wants us to move on to other witty and other serious matters of the heart, and mind, and spirit.   

If the thread closes on Monday, I'm fine with that.

If it does not, than that's okay with me too.

Even if this thread closes, we will still support Bruce's creative products, and we will still support other posters' creative products. And even if this thread does close, we will still be supportive of each other's being. And I think that is the real meaning of "Matters of the Heart".

Best wishes to all,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 09:12 AM

Hi Kids: Here's how I see it. I think the thread should stay open for a bit. Why? Well, sure it's about Bruce. But it also captures more than that. Here you have an opportunity to see an artist in the process of creating new work. It's a step in a new direction in that new media is being used to support that project. eg. YouTube and MySpace. There's a bunch of information here that is useful to a lot of people.

You may have been in the game yourself as a Folk Artist for a number of years, and you are thinking of trying new ways of getting your work to the people. Threads like this keep the music alive in my opinion. As long as there is an interest in that people are posting, seems right to me to keep it going. Or, maybe a cut-off date, say October 1/08...But, that's not my call, just putting my two cents in...

bob

p.s. Going for a romantic evening with my Senorita. Yikki Yikki Yay...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Rafflesbear
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 09:14 AM

dear Peace

I hope you are well and please accept my apologies for any offence I may have caused you. Although I can well see where that came from it was not in any way my intention and if you are able still to read the post - as I am not - I hope that you will find nothing personal against you or your music. Indeed I wish you every success both with your career and with your cd - it's a hard world and we all do what we can

I guess if anything this tells me not to fire off posts from the hip late at night but to sleep on it and see if it still looks a good idea in the morning

with regard to dual identity this is not a subterfuge - simply that I write under the pseudonym Rafflesbear when speaking for myself and Norcsalordie when I am writing on behalf of the band - a name that the members of the band can use as well to speak for themselves. I hope that everyone will agree that this is a clear and honest distinction. You will of course know that I wrote the offending post under my own alias and it has absolutely nothing to do with the band

I hope you will accept this apology and you must be pleased to have such a loyal and active following

sincerely
Rafflesbear


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: KenM
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 04:43 PM

I have no idea what this dispute was about and I don't care to know. It's none of my business and I'm just happy to see it resolved in an amicable fashion. However, the exchange between Bruce and Raffelsbear highlights something that all who post here, either on the public threads or in PMs, need to remember. Electronic communication is a marvelous development. It's cheap, it's convenient, it's globe-spanning (this thread, for example allows people in at least three countries to communicate about a variety of topics). However, it's also a horribly flawed form of communication and we all need to be cautious in using it. Lacking the ability to hear voice tone and see body language, we are left solely with words on a screen.

An oft-cited and frequently misquoted series of studies by Albert Mehrabian comes to mind. Mehrabian set out to study how people decide whether they like one another. I won't go into the details of how he contrived his experiments but he concluded that total liking was based 7% on verbal liking, 38% on vocal liking and 55% on facial liking. This was subsequently inappropriately generalized to mean that in ALL communications:

7% happens in spoken words
38% happens through voice tone
55% happens via body language.

That, of course, is just plain silly and inaccurate. This message conveys more than 7% (or, at least, I hope it does!), and last Spring, in Nanking, China, I can tell you unequivocally that I did NOT understand 93% of what was spoken to me.

While those exact numbers may be challenged, we should not lose site of the important points raised by Mehrabian:
- it's not just words, a lot of communication comes through non-verbal communication; and,
- without seeing and hearing non-verbals, it is easier to misunderstand the words.

So, to repeat what I said earlier, we must be cautious in using words-only communications like e-mail and other electronic communications like this one.

Mr. Raffelsbear offers the best solution in the second paragraph of his note of apology. Our best friend is the "Save" button and our own worst enemy is frequently the "Send" one.

On another subject entirely, Bob R., enjoy your evening with your Senorita tonight!!

Cheers,

Ken


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 06:13 PM

Rafflesbear, thank you. You are most gracious. It's done now.

I listened to the 'kids' and they are really good, no kidding. I love that music. They have good voice and lots of enthusiasm. I like their song selections--the ones I've heard. So, it's no wonder to me that you are a proud dad. You should be. They should have a Mudcat thread of their own, ya know. The problem with a post that addresses their activities is that there is no convenient way to find it. (Most topical things have a short shelf life.) Anyway, for what it's worth, please pass on my congratulations to the boys. I would love to hear them live. I expect they excel on stage.

Keep well, R.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 06:36 PM

"p.s. Going for a romantic evening with my Senorita. Yikki Yikki Yay..."

Roberto, espero que ustedes dos tienen una hermosa noche. Que el joven sepa que estoy trabajando en mi español para el próximo verano.

El Bruco

Have a great time. No use tellin' you to behave.


Play this for her, Bob. With my love to you both.

Bruce

PS The short translation for that song is "I think you're pretty special."


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 09:08 PM

Bruce,
That clip for Bob was great. Don't have a clue what was said but that is the beauty of music the universal language. It can raise the hair and send chills down your spine even if you don't know what is being said.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 09:16 PM

"Er Es Tu" was a hit back in the 1970s, in Spanish, in Canada. Don't know how it fared in the rest of the world. Done by a group called Mochedades. I spent three days looking for someone to translate it for me back then. Was somewhere near 1976 or so.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 10:56 PM

"Er Es Tu" was a hit back in the 1970s, in Spanish, in Canada. Don't know how it fared in the rest of the world. Done by a group called Mochedades."

AHEM!

"Eres Tu" . . . Mocedades.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 10:59 PM

The post above was me. Sorry.

"Touch The Wind (Eres Tú)
Mocedades
Juan Carlos Calderón -- Mike Hawker


I woke up this morning and my mind fell away
and looking back sadly from tomorrow
as I heard an echo from the past softly say
come back, come back, won't you stay?
I wanted to reach you, let you know I still care
and lost in the silence of my sorrow
I put a promise in the wind, on the air, to fly away to you there

Touch the wind. Catch my love as it goes sailing
Touch the wind and I'll be close to you
I'll be easy to find
on the winds of the morning I'll come sailing
I'll be easy to find
and, baby, I'll be close to you

And only forever can I say I love you
and only forever have I lost you
but only a dreamer could wake up as I do and hope it's still yesterday

Touch the wind. Catch my love as it goes sailing
Touch the wind and I'll be close to you
I'll be easy to find
on the winds of the morning I'll come sailing
I'll be easy to find
and, baby, I'll be close to you

Touch the wind...

-----

Eres Tú (Spanish)
Words and music by Juan Carlos Calderón
Letra y música de Juan Carlos Calderón

Como una promesa, eres tú, eres tú.
Como una mañana de verano.
Como una sonrisa, eres tú, eres tú.
Así, así, eres tú.


Toda mi esperanza, eres tú, eres tú.
Como lluvia fresca en mis manos
como fuerte brisa, eres tú, eres tú.
Así, así, eres tú.

Eres tú como el agua de mi fuente (algo así eres tú)
Eres tú el fuego de mi hogar
Eres tú como el fuego de mi hoguera
Eres tú el trigo de mi pan.

Como mi poema, eres tú, eres tú.
Como una guitarra en la noche,
todo mi horizonte eres tú, eres tú.
Así, así, eres tú.

Eres tú como el agua de mi fuente (algo así eres tú)
Eres tú el fuego de mi hogar
Eres tú como el fuego de mi hoguera
Eres tú el trigo de mi pan.

Eres tú...

---

Eres tú (You are)
This is a direct translation of the Spanish lyrics for the benefit of those who do not understand Spanish but would like to have an idea about the meaning of the song. This direct translation has no correlation to the lyrics of Touch The Wind, which was recorded by Mocedades as an English version of Eres Tú.

Ésta es una traducción directamente al inglés de la letra de Eres Tú para quienes no saben el español pero desean entender lo que quiere decir la letra. Esta traducción directa no tiene nada que ver con la letra de Touch The Wind grabada por Mocedades como una versión en inglés de Eres Tú.

Like a promise, you are, you are
Like a summer morning
Like a smile, you are, you are
Like that, like that, you are
All my hope, you are, you are
Like fresh rain in my hands
Like a strong breeze, you are, you are; like that, like that, you are

You are like the water of my fountain (something like that, you are)
You are the fire of my fireplace
You are like the fire of my bonfire
You are the wheat of my bread

Like my poem, you are, you are
Like a guitar in the night
My whole horizon you are, you are; like that, like that, you are

You are like the water of my fountain (something like that, you are)
You are the fire of my fireplace
You are like the fire of my bonfire
You are the wheat of my bread

You are... "

fromhere.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 11:07 PM

Ah, those Spaniards have a way with words, don't they?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 11:11 PM

Yep.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 11:11 PM

It's interesting how lines from songs that sound so beautiful & lyrical in one language can sound so unlyrical {non-lyrical?} when those they are translated into English.

For example:

You are like the water of my fountain
You are the fire of my fireplace
You are like the fire of my bonfire
You are the wheat of my bread

-snip-

I think that if you used those lines in an English song, you'd be laughed off stage.or a more polite audience would be saying to themselves "What??!!"

I understand that the singer is saying that his love is the essence of those essential things.

But still...


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bobad
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 11:23 PM

"I think that if you used those lines in an English song, you'd be laughed off stage.or a more polite audience would be saying to themselves "What??!!"

You have to roll those r's and make with the soulful eyes that speak of prolonged abstinence to make it work.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 11:47 PM

The lip syncing is a bit out, but as I remember it, this is the original that hit the charts. My, don't folks look younger.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s3BIX0duKs&feature=related

Except that little tag on the end. Never heard that before.





OK, it's almost midnight in Montreal and where are they? Huh? I ask you, where are they!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 11:49 PM

Lazy bastards


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 11:58 PM

Senorita, espero que usted tuviera una gran tarde con Roberto. Espero que usted sepa con quién usted sale. Él ganó unas libras, y ahora él usa a un caballo fuerte, pero es este hombre.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 12:01 AM

My hero as a child. Wouldn't miss a episode.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 12:03 AM

Well, I think you have his e-mail address. Write to him!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 12:13 AM

Time out.

I have something that I've debated with myself whether I should write, and I finally decided that yes, I should.

I tried to write this as a personal message. However, I couldn't do so since the person I'm writing to isn't a member of this forum, and therefore can not receive pms. And besides, since this pertains to something written on this thread, I believe that my comment needs to be part of the record of this thread. I hope that this forum's moderators do not delete this post.

Guest, rafflesbear,

I did not see what you wrote this morning in your comment that was quickly deleted. A female Mudcatter wrote me and told me that your comment wasn't racial. I wrote her and said that I was glad about this and I didn't want to know what you had written.

I still don't want to know. But-in spite of what I wrote earlier in this thread about not letting what you said poison my day, what you wrote has bothered me all day. It also doesn't sit well with me that you apologized in this public forum to Bruce but made no mention of me at all.

I feel the need to write this because when this thread is read, I don't want people to think that they can say something hurtful about two people, and apologize to one of those people for that portion of their comments, but disregard the other person.

I what to make it clear that I have absolutely no problem with the fact that Bruce accepted your apology to him.

rafflesbear, I know that it's your choice whether you chose to apologize to me or not. But it is my choice to tell you that I will not be ignored. I want you to know am human and not a superheroine. I have feelings like anyone else. And right now, my feelings are hurt-less because of what you said than because you did not recognize my need for an apology.

I thought that I wouldn't post any other comments to this thread, Then I thought that I would just post lighthearted comments to this thread and act like what happened didn't bother me. But it did bother me. And I'm trying to be for real.

It occurs to me that what I wrote may not really be off topic, since it is a matter of the heart. And it also occurs to me that one way of getting verbal poison out of one's system is to talk it out.

I've done so, and I can now move on now.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 12:25 AM

Well said, Azizi. IMO, R will give you one.

As for 'off topic':

Show me a thread with soul so dead
That never to itself hath said
Just what am I about?


Do you like Kipling?

Don't know, I've never Kippled.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 12:43 AM

So, it's after midnight. Does he write, does he call?


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 08:43 AM

Bruce, I believe that your last two posts to this thread were well meaning attempts of humor {hunour}. And I also believe that your purpose in posting them was to try to make me feel better.

I recognise that everyone's life experiences off-line and on-line influence how they take things in and interprete them and feel about things, and people, and how they interact with other people.

I know that I'm too serious a person for humor to work regarding this particular experience (not the post whose message I don't know and don't care to know but the apology that I wasn't included in}. And I am recognize that I may be taking all of this out of proportion given my previous experiences.

To paraphrase the words from Grandmaster Flash's hip-hop song "The Message":

..."I'm close to the edge
Im trying not to loose my head
Its like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder
How I keep from going under".

-snip-

The reason I am writing this on this public thread is that I don't want anyone to think that I misinterpreted your latest two posts on this thread. To repeat, I believe that they are well meaning attempts at humor. I'm just not in a humorous mood-which I know is something that I have to deal with myself.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 08:48 AM

Peace: Tomé cuadros de ella. Comida hermosa al aire libre bajo la luna. Teníamos nuestro primer beso...bob

Thanks for the song...BR


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Severn
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 10:15 AM

Far better to be jaw-dropping than lip-synching, anyway.

Only those who run a loose ship allow synching lips.

But however the original of that old superstition went, I'm told it alegendly saved the Ubangis from being shipped over as slaves. Don't know whether there's any truth to that or not......


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: maeve
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 11:43 AM

Azizi- I hope you find a satisfactory resolution soon. It's better to say what you need, as you have, than to let it fester.

Bruce- Thank you for posting "Eres Tú ". I used to love singing it, and I had forgotten many of the words. Now I can learn it again and awaken the Spanish corner of my brain.

Bob- Buena suerte!


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Rafflesbear
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 02:00 PM

dear Azizi

please do not let your imagination run away with you - I do not believe that anything I wrote was malicious and I would not wish you to be unnerved by a stranger on the internet

I really do not wish to refer to any part of the post in this thread or in this forum as I think more than enough upset has been caused

If you wish to contact me through MySpace I would be pleased to converse with you privately - and if I could just quote you my MySpace slogan which has been there since I joined it a couple of years ago

"Trying to get through life without upsetting too many people - it's not working."

Rafflesbear


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 03:31 PM

Rafflesbear,

A female Mudcatter sent me the text of your post. I consider it to be malicious, and I agree with the Mudcat moderator who deleted it that it should have been deleted.

I find it interesting that your response to me was different than your response to Bruce, who presumably is also an Internet stranger to you.

Beyond this post, I chose not to talk or write or think or emote anymore about you or your deleted post or your choice not to include me in your apology to Bruce.

Thank you, Maeve for your 14 Sep 08 - 11:43 AM comment.

That said, I'm moving right along, focusing on other matters of the heart, mind, body, and soul.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 03:36 PM

One last comment, it was not Maeve who sent me the text of that deleted post.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 03:48 PM

500th POST!!!....Did I win anything?

Got a BOFFO name for Bruce's next CD!!!

GET THIS!!!    "Heart of the Matter"....

HUH...IS DAT KILLA, NO FILLA OR WHAT!!!?

Oh yeah?! Well, Yor SEESTOR!!! O.K.?
bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 08:19 PM

Bruce's webmaster,
How does one get added as a friend on Bruce's MySpace? Can anyone join, or is he reserving that for certain people?

Thanks,
rags


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 08:43 PM

rags: Simply join MySpace and add Bruce as a friend...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 08:55 PM

Bob,
I joined and tried yesterday. Nothing's happened. That's why I wondered if the friend category is restricted to certain people or categories of people.

Thanks,
rags


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 08:59 PM

Beats me.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 09:20 PM

I must try. I rarely go to My Space but I am a member. If I can remember my pass word.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 09:33 PM

Well I think it worked but not sure as yet.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 09:51 PM

Hi Kids: Once you have joined MySpace and have successfully entered your password, your page should show up...Then you go to the page that interests you, eg. Bruce. Send a friend req by clicking on his page and choose "add friend" from the box on the left. An email is generated (in this case) to Bruce's webmaster who is monitoring the site. If it was generated by Bruce himself, he would have received notice directly. He must then approve you. If he does not, you must wait to be approved. Unless you have a lot of friends(over10,000), then you are given the option to choose auto-approval..

Look under friend requests and it should show you that you have made the request and it is pending approval...Oops, My Senorita is calling on the phone...gotta go...bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 09:22 AM

Back the following morning. Only to notice my meds on the table. Forgot 'em. Gotta talk to that girl...

Since I'm still here, let's get back to MySpace...

Yeah, so if you did it right, everything should be cool. Unless something wasn't right at sign-up...

bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 09:30 AM

Worked for me Bob. Got the approval this morning. Now if I wanted to add a picture, is it to late? Also, how do you get someone off your site? When I first joined I guess I must have OKed someone and I sure as heck would prefer if he wasn't there. I looked for a delete spot as well as right clicking on the person but no luck.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 10:15 AM

Beer: Just sent you a friend req on MySpace. No, it's not too late to upload photos, you can do this at any time...If you have someone you want to delete look at the column on the right at the bottom where it says "see all of adrien's friends.." Click on that... On the next page in a blue bar you will see "View Friends" "New Friends" etc...On the right you will see a button that says "edit friends" Click on that...The friends page will change to give you the option to delete anyone you choose.

If the situation is such that the individual is aggressive or undesirable, and you don't want them to contact you, go to that person's page and click on "block user". A message will show up saying..."Are you sure you want to block this user..." Click YES...They will disappear as a friend and will not be able to make further contact with you...

Hope this helps. Rememmber, you can always go to the bottom of your main page, click on "CONTACT MYSPACE" and a complete set of insturctions & FAQ's will be shown to you covering every last detail...
bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: bankley
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 10:59 AM

hey Beer, if the friend in question is TOM.... well, he started the myspace thing and is everybody's friend.... I'm still not sure about the other Murdoch,,,,Ruppert that is... he owns it all and then some...

okay back to work..... have fun, stay well... R.


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 11:39 AM

Beer: Yes, the Bankster is right, if that friend is "Tom", that's the originator of MySpace who will guide you from time to time. When you join, you are automatically added as a friend of Tom. I suggest you keep him...

To clarify...Go to bottom of your page, view all friends, a second page will show up with a box in blue and the word DISPLAY. Choose what you want and then use the "edit" button on the right...
bob


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Beer
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 11:56 AM

Thank you both. Back to Matters of the Heart.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch CD-Matters of the Heart
From: Peace
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 05:44 PM

Azizi has agreed that it's time to close this thread.

I want to thank you all (with a few exceptions who got deleted) for your kindness and support.

Sincerely,

Bruce


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