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Some Vintage Murdoch

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Subject: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 10:22 AM

For me one of the best Songs ever written by anyone
I swear I wore this one out. For those who never heard this I submit this one time post

Fool Like Me


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: number 6
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 10:25 AM

wondeful .... absolutely wonderful.

thanks for sharing this olddude.

biLL


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 10:40 AM

My brother Bruce is something special for sure Bill.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: number 6
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 10:53 AM

He certainly is olddude


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: C. Ham
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 11:16 AM

I used to hear Bruce sing this at the Golem in Montreal in the 70's. Although I'm not even sure what some of it means, the song has haunted me for about 35 years.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: bobad
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 11:22 AM

The man has style.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: jeddy
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 11:26 AM

thanks for posting that i think bruce is marvellous!!! i really love his stuff. he's not a bad bloke either!! lol

jade x x


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Will Fly
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 12:21 PM

Lovely performance and great song. Thanks for sharing it with us. The voice had a Dylan-esque quality to it which I found very appealing.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: David C. Carter
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 12:39 PM

Thanks for that olddude.
Great song,never heard it before,to my regret.

Cheers

David


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: bankley
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 12:59 PM

it's a classic.... JT and I recorded a stripped down, slower version last April in Kentucky... it'll likely be on the new CD...
the only song in the dozen not written by JT or myself.. R.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Jeri
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 02:25 PM

I love the song, and it's one of my favorite 'back in the day' songs. My favorite Bruce song is one he hasn't recorded yet, but he did the end part of it at Apple Hollow last year. I think the ones I heard from then will blow it all up, but I believe he's been writing since then too.

I try to write songs and one thing I'm learning (which I talked about with a friend a short time ago) is that no matter what it's supposed to mean and what it means to the composer, everybody is going to look to their own lives to give a song meaning. Concrete feelings/abstract reasons.

I could pick it apart like some do with Dylan or Cohen, but I think folks are better off finding their own meaning. I think the song, fundamentally, is about being someone other people don't understand.

Or not--who knows...


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 02:38 PM

Fool Like Me - Copyright By Bruce Murdoch

Scores of prophets growing old;
Please take Elijah the rusted chains that hold
Poor Judas to his misery;
It seems so obvious he needs the sympathy
Of ancient history
And a fool like me.

Lonesome lover lost his bride;
Stopped his heart and so they called it suicide;
Judged by pompous vanity;
I guess they're right, but I have to disagree
'Cause if a fool be he
He's a fool like me.

BRIDGE
And care on the line,
It feels good to talk with a friend of mine.
If you gotta go
I'd like to be
To be the first to know.

Pleasant dreams though twilight falls;
It deserts the prison where the hobo's footsteps call;
Prime ministers of treachery
They locked him up because he had no pedigree
But it matters not says he,
He's a fool like me.

Hey, I wrote your song just yesterday;
And I tore it up because the song got in the way,
Was just a way to let you see;
Another chapter in a clouded mystery
Of vagrant effigies
And a fool like me.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: bankley
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 04:34 PM

'If fools were jewels and the blind could see
and the mob was ruled by the law of love to some degree
then the hermit troubador's prophecy would shine again in a rainbow reverie
for all the world to see, just how old friends can be
cuz he's a fool like me. "

I added that verse for the version I did last year in BM's set at Apple Hollow... it was a one shot thing for fun... I knew there'd be some folks who would appreciate hearing the song but wanted to put another twist to the end.... I felt like it was almost like taking a hammer and chisel to the statue of David, but BM told me to go ahead, so I did... and it worked


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 05:12 PM

Thank you, Dan. Brings back some memories.

I should note the following: I'm playing the 'finger-picked' guitar that starts the song and follows through. However, the night before we went into the studio to do that song, Paul Mills (great producer and fantastic musician) said he had an idea and the result was the strings (which were over-dubbed by Chris Crilly). Paul wrote the string arrangement and played 'back-up guitar' also. Chris is so darned good it's unreal. He is a wonderful person and tremendous musician (violin/fiddle and piano being two instruments of which he is a master), and I can't ever say enough about Paul. Paul now does work with Joanne Crabtree, and THEY are awesome.

That song was written about a block away from where I grew up on LeCaron Street in Cote St Paul (a district in Montreal squeezed between Ville Emard, St Henri and Verdun (which at one time was the largest city in the world not to have its own public transport, its own electric system, its own police department. They 'rented' that from Montreal)).

I had a dog named Tamar at the time and I had just gotten over a visit and stay in hospital where they determined that I had what they then-called migratory arthritis cause by a bout of rheumatic fever from a year before when I was in my early 20s. My knees and ankles had swelled so badly that the only way I could get to the bathroom was via dog. Tamar used to give me her collar and drag me along the wooden floor so I could get from the bed to the toilet. Couldn't have done it otherwise. A friend found me and got me to the Royal Vic. Friends took care of Tamar.

I don't recall much about writing the song, but I did get it in my head to use an "ee" rhyme for each of the last four lines in each stanza. If I recall correctly, it took me about ten days to two weeks to write.

The arthritis just went away after a month or so and has never returned. Those people who suffer from swollen body joints have my empathy. I cannot recall such pain ever in my life (except maybe the death of my grandfather).

I am honoured that Ron and JT have done this song. I don't know that it's the best thing I ever wrote, but it's in the top five or so. And I'm honoured that Dan has posted it here.

The Dylanish sound of my voice is just the way my voice is, but his phrasing has always been a very important influence on my own writing. I always have and still do consider him to be the all-time greatest songwriter this world has ever seen. He's the reason I ever started writing songs at all.

Anyway, probably too much info.

As for Jeri: she and I had the opportunity to co-write a song last summer, and the fates willing, we'll fix it up in a month or so. She is a damned good songwriter, but like so many, she's under-rated.

Will Fly and David, thank you very much.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Beer
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 05:30 PM

That Bruce, was a great read. Thanks for sharing the story.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Peace
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 05:31 PM

jeddy, bobad, C. Ham, and Number 6: I had not meant to 'not' address any of you. I was distracted and my memory 'ain't what it used to be and never was'--thanks W Rogers I moved on to another thread. I am humbled by you folks, but then I have been for some time with all of you. Merci bien beaucoup.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Peace
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 05:32 PM

Adr--damn, pager just went. Later.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Jeri
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 05:37 PM

(Let's talk about him while he's gone.)
It's not 'too much information'. It never is.

And, BLUSH!


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 06:45 PM

Bruce sure does tell some good stories.

I like this Bruce much better than the crabby one.

;o)


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: ranger1
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 06:57 PM

OOH! Jeri and Bruce co-wrote a song?! SWEET! Can't wait to hear it.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 07:54 PM

Friends, Romans, and Canadians, lend me your ears.

I've come to praise Bruce, and not to diss him.

{Though I'm told that Bruce has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.)

And speaking of danger, be safe around fire!

Though-I'm also told-that fiery people can also be mighty Sweet.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 08:05 PM

What this thread needs is some Severn.

No one can play with words better-that is-except for Bruce.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 09:47 PM

If Bruce and Jeri wrote it it is going to blow our socks off
I can't wait either ... wow


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Ebbie
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 10:38 PM

Thanks for posting those songs on YouTube, Olddude. I love 'em all. My favorite, though, still is When I Can't Sleep at Night.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Peace
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 12:15 AM

Hi, y'all. Got back from the calls about two hours ago. We had the one and then another came in while we were 'en route', so we bypassed the first (waved off by ambulance crew) and went to the second about 20 km further along the road. When we almost got back to the hall a third came in. All MVCs. We often receive scant information, and fire is often called out because people are not sure whether extrication will be required. On occasion, people are trapped by the steering wheel, crumpled car body, etc., and they need the tools we carry to get them out. (Spreaders, cutters, airbags, etc.) After my life as a firefighter ends, I intend to get into some serious forced entry at places like Fort Knox, etc.)

I like what Jeri said about people taking their own 'meaning' from songs. One of my favourite songs is "Maggie". Man, that is both beautiful and powerful. (I wandered today to the hill, Maggie, to watch the scene below . . . .) Thing is, I could never sing it without getting tears in my eyes, so I seldom do the song. But I love it. I have never discussed the song with anyone, and I doubt I ever will. It has some personal meanings to me, and talkin' about them would make the song 'just another song' to me. I don't really ever want not to be able to cry when I sing it.

I (as I'm sure with most writers) have had people ask me what a song means or what a stanza means. I have never been willing to answer. I have once or twice--mostly in my youth, sacrificed meaning for rhyme, but not for about thirty years now. And for sure, not with "Fool".

One of my best critics has been and continues to be Azizi. I have bounced many songs off her and she's done me the honour of talking straight with me. (She got my nose out of joint a few times, but I think most writers are aware that whatever they commit to paper is the best thing since Shakespeare, and it takes some doing to listen to one's newborn 'greatest thing since sliced bread' creation worthy of at least three of the great masters receive less than RAVE reviews. As Azizi once said to me, "If you don't want it straight, don't ask." She remains one of my best friends and certainly one of the 'critics' I can always count on. I take her advice most of the time.

Thanks to Adrien, I was able to start getting back to music. Of course, many of you know the role Ron Bankley played in that. Both Tami and Ebbie have never been less than encouraging to me, and the truth is I have more people to thank for still writing than I could write on a Mudcat post.

Few song creations are the work of just one person, and most of mine aren't. People influence the song's direction or tone. I think we are all 'informed' by our experiences and those who have touched or hearts in some way. Such is the case with me, anyway. I think after the next CD--assuming there is a next CD--I would like to do one of the songs that caused me to try writing when I was 13-15 years old. Some trad, some modern 'folk', some rock from 'back in the day'. I owe much to church hymns, and folks like BH, BK, RV, but I owe anyway as much to folk groups like TKT and PPM and CMT.

One of the writers who affected me most--from two or three meetings at Gerde's Folk City--was a fellow named Gil Turner. His, "Carry it On" is to this day, for me, the single best song anyone anywhere ever wrote. It's simple, elegant and strong beyond the words or melody. To hear that mountain of a man sing it was better than water to a dying man.

Anyway, I've babbled enough. Later.

BM


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 04:41 AM

Thanks Bruce. You are one of my best friends too. But it's not true that you took most of my advice about your new songs.

What about that children's rhyme that I suggested you add to "I Can See You Now"?

I can see you.
You. Yes you.
Yes Y-O-U.
Why? Because.
Be cause cause cause.

I can see you running round.
I can see you in a gown.
I can see you when you smile.
I can see you when you frown.

I can see you
now.

-snip-

For the life of me I don't understand why you didn't want to add that children's rhyme or any other children's rhyme to that song or any of your other new songs.

And what about the bad (with "bad" here meaning "very good") rap I suggested for your "You Made My Heart Beat Fast" song? I can't even remember that rap now. But I would have remembered it if you had added it to that song.

And what about when I said you should honor your roots by putting some Scotch-Irish traditional "toora loo rye aye" [or what ever it is that the Scotch-Irish say] in "Last Robin Of Springtime"?

Did you listen to me then? No!




And it's a darn good thing you didn't.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 10:25 AM

One more amazing song by the Master
Joshua

(Joshua - Rough Night in Jerico)


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: David C. Carter
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 11:02 AM

Love this one too.The texture of the voice made me think of Paul Siebel.
I'm going to put my friends over in London in touch with this.
They'll love this too.

David Carter


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 11:05 AM

LOL Bruce
I second the notion on Azizi, the first song I sent her she said
"you hit it out of the park" then next song she heard I got
"What were you thinking" LOL ... Yup !!


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: David C. Carter
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 11:12 AM

I forgot to add that I find these songs inspired and inspiring,and there ain't too much of that around IMHO.

Thanks olddude,and Bruce of course!


David


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Neil D
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 01:13 PM

"The Bible didn't save me man
I did it mostly for myself
Salvations not the kind of thing
You oughta leave to someone else"

Sometimes a line from a song just really hits you where you live.
If I'd have had the good fortune to come across this song 30 years ago I'd have worn the grooves out of the vinyl. Like I did to "Working Class Hero"."Jericho" hits me like that, like somehow the writer is singing my thoughts only in a brilliantly poetic way.
                                              Neil Devore


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 01:45 PM

He makes me cry with this one
every dang time, I can only listen to it in doses
so dang beautiful it is

THROUGH THE RAIN


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 01:49 PM

What is so amazing is he does this stuff, puts his guitar down for 25 years and them comes back with matter of the heart and never lost a step not one. Every song just as beautiful as the last

amazing !!


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 02:06 PM

And of course JERICO

Jerico

and he is so dang shy that I know he is saying what are you doing Dan
but you see my friend these bring back memories and we need to hear them again. So I promise I will quit for now but they are too good to not give the young people a listen.

Ron Bankley
watch out, you are next LOL


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 02:31 PM

The only thing wrong with 'Joshua' is that it's too short. I always have to replay it at least three times before I get my fill.

This is a most talented man, folks.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: gnu
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 02:44 PM

That's part of the goosebumps ya keep going back for Ebbie.

Fool Like Me = goosebumps.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Beer
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 11:59 PM

A short story.
When I first came to mudcat I knew no one. Then after a few months I felt just a little more comfortable. Then after about a year someone asked about a certain musician and was asking about his/her personal mental health. I got a little angry and more or less said that this should not be discussed as it was no one's business. I got a response back by some person who's handle was "Peace". And he more or less said "Right on Beer". He said other things as well but it got me wondering who the heck this Peace was. Well we did start to communicate and one thing lead to another and sure enough he started writing again and came to play at the Branches and Roots Festival 3 years ago. I remember it well and couldn't believe that he was back on stage. And yes Bruce, I will take a little credit for it and your friends are also happy that you decided to come back. I am anxiously awaiting your return and your company for a bit. How long is up to you because my door is wide open.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 12:06 AM

Wow! Great to hear those timeless songs. Thumbs up on the Paul Siebel and Bob Dylan comparisons.

Funny about the Paul Mills story. I was listening to "Fool Like Me," and thinking, this reminds me of Paul's playing style. And then of course I read your story about recording the song.

Anybody have the full lyrics for "Jerico?" I'd love to see 'em.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 12:12 AM

Eve
Here ya go

Dan

          Jericho by Bruce Murdoch

I used to go with a lovely girl, I haven't seen her for a while;
Lines of laughter in her face from a lovely country smile;
Ilyes came from Budapest where the Danube River flow;
I'd trade away my fondest dreams to know, what we left, on the Plains of Jericho.

I met her in the summertime and the crazy days ran wild;
I swear she borrowed innocence from the face of a newborn child;
Prince of Cups in love with her and man I could not let it show;
I'd trade away my fondest dreams to know, what we left, on the Plains of Jericho.

The last time I saw her I was blind from a hopped-up syringe;
It's hard to tell where one hell stops and the other one begins;
The fools we were stood naked, screaming 'Everybody look out below!'
I'd trade away my fondest dreams to know, what we left, on the Plains of Jericho.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: bobad
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 12:15 AM

Or is what you are looking for? It gets a little confusing.


ROUGH NIGHT IN JERICHO


From the seaport down to this dirty town, skyline's lost its glow;
I beat my feet to the city streets and man I'm up to here with snow.
You can't subtract all the friends you've been from the friends that you
do not know;
Take a message to Joshua: rough night in Jericho, baby, rough night in
Jericho.

The Bible didn't save me man I did it mostly for myself;
Salvation's not the kind of thing you ought to leave for someone else.
You can't divide all the things you've seen by the things you cannot
show;
Take a message to Joshua: rough night in Jericho, baby, rough night in
Jericho.

Take a message to Rahab, tell her to show;
Take a message to Joshua: rough night in Jericho.

From the seaport down to this dirty town, Skyline's lost its glow;
I beat my feet to the city streets and man I'm up to here with snow.
You can't divide all the things you've been by the things you do not
know;
Take a message to Joshua: rough night in Jericho, baby, rough night in
Jericho.

Take a message to Rahab, tell her to show;
Take a message to Joshua: rough night in Jericho.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 12:29 AM

Well, both of them are stunning. But the one I was listening to was "Rough Night in Jericho," which was labelled "Jerico" above.

Thanks for posting, I might just learn it.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 12:37 AM

Oops, no it wasn't labelled Jerico, that's another link -- gotta go listen to some more!

Whee!!


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 12:43 AM

You did good Beer!!
very good indeed


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Severn
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 01:17 PM

Like Joshua, he fit the battles of Jericho like a glove.

In his own off-the-wall way, of course....


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Severn
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 01:20 PM

And he can always trump it like the ace he is.......













.........There, Azizi, I hope I answered the call.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: maeve
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 01:56 PM

That was call and response for certain sure.

m


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Azizi
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 02:06 PM

If the glove fits then you gotta wear it (or something like that).

Thanks, Severn!

:o)


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: frogprince
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 08:47 PM

"The Bible didn't save me man I did it mostly for myself;
Salvation's not the kind of thing you ought to leave for someone else."

You think that makes your hair stand on end? Try being someone who spent years planning to be a fundamentalist preacher, and wound up finding that he could no longer tell himself that he believed that that was what Christianity was meant to be. Absolutely love the song.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 09:26 PM

Adrien, I first knew a poster called "Peace" on the 'Cat, as well, without knowing who he really was. I have become friends with Bruce, yourself and others over the years although I have never met most of you. I started on the Mudcat searching for song lyrics and found myself involved with much more. I am glad that Bruce has been encouraged record once again. Thanks and to you and to olddude as well!


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 08:28 AM

Hey, I wrote your song just yesterday;
And I tore it up because the song got in the way,
Was just a way to let you see;
Another chapter in a clouded mystery
Of vagrant effigies
And a fool like me.


It doesn't get better than this !


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 10:24 AM

And Wings for Azizi

Wings


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Sookite
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 11:14 AM

Bruce does have a way with words, but then he was schooled in that time when songwriters wrote deeply meaningful lyrics.

When I had Bruce out to Sooke and Victoria a couple of months back, we went into a friends studio and demo-ed a half dozen new tunes. I'm here to tell you that the best is yet to come.

Keep on truckin Bruce

Sookite


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: C. Ham
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 11:16 AM

I'm here to tell you that the best is yet to come.

That doesn't surprise me.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Azizi
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 11:29 AM

"If I Had Wings". Thanks Bruce for composing and performing it. And thanks Dan for sharing it online.

"If I Had Wings" is another one of my favorite of Bruce's older songs.

"Yesterday the sidewalks froze/City fell behind/Fortunately people keep the things that they hold precious in their minds".


Thank goodness for that. Life can be rough sometimes.

**

And BTW, I agree that some more great Bruce Murdoch songs are yet to come.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: bobad
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 01:56 PM

The person playing pedal steel on "If I Had Wings" is an old school mate of mine by the name of Ron Dann. Ron started out playing in a high school band with some other students and went on to a career doing mostly studio work backing up many well known musicians. He also appeared in a movie "Hank Williams - The Show He Never Gave" Sadly, Ron passed at an early age from cancer.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: C. Ham
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 02:30 PM

Yes, Ron Dann did a lot of studio work, but I also recall seeing him play live with all kinds of people in the 70's. Among those I remember him with were Ian Tyson, Jesse Winchester, and Alexander Zelkine (Russian folksinger living in Montreal who sang in many languages.)


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 02:35 PM

Wish I got to see him in person, sounds like an incredible person. We always lose the good people way before we should ... always seems to that way. He lives in the music we still have and the memories of the dear friends he made along the way


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: bankley
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 04:29 PM

R. Dann was an ACE... he left Montreal in the late 70's along with the likes of Danny Greenspoon, Rick Whitelaw and Randy Kemp to work with both Tysons in different bands.... they never looked back... last time I saw Dann was at Ranchman's in Calgary with Danny and Randy backing up Sylvia... nice band... but I digress, back to BM.

however we all knocked around the same Montreal scene... it was beaucoo fun...


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: bobad
Date: 23 Jun 09 - 04:52 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 10:03 AM

And of Course
"Come Across"

Come Across

another one that blows me away


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: bankley
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 11:29 AM

Sharon Ryan and Bill Garret had a nice version of that one...
Ron Dann was in a band with them for awhile as well....


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: C. Ham
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 11:36 AM

I close my eyes and remember Bill & Sharon singing Wings.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 11:59 AM

Bloody Hell, Bruce, I'm just listening to 'Through the Rain'

These songs should be on your Myspace page.

Thanks, Dan, for putting them up there.

Through The Rain - Youtube

And a wonderful comment from Dorothy from that page..

"This man's music demands that you listen to each word, hear every feeling, feel every word - over and over again. We will never feel it the same way he feels it. We will probably never feel it the same way twice. It will build and grow and haunt us with its depth. This and so many others of Bruce's songs live in the hearts of those who feel them. We hope for many more from this artist who paints pictures of the soul with words."


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 12:05 PM

And, I know you'll growl (chuckle)...BUT..you *should* record 'Come Across To You' again, it'd sound great with the uptodate Bruce voice. Oh, this one has a different tune to the other version I heard on Mike Regenstrief's show...

Such a great song this one.


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Subject: RE: Some Vintage Murdoch
From: olddude
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 01:10 PM

Lizzie,
I will put them on his myspace if Me brother ok's it

Dan


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