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Good to the Touch
by spinmeister
Recommends (40)
Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 1:51 AM

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permalink   Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 3:39 AM
what a great way to start the morning!
everything about it is good - sounds great - and imparts a life-affirming and happy impetus. Really like it Spin!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 3:52 PM
Thanks you so much for your kind words, AM. Jacinda’s song is so uplifting, I just had to play along!
essesq
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permalink   Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 7:37 AM
Sweet! and Yea I’m surprised, surprised to see you here in the remix listing at all. I thought you were locked up in the forum section of the site. :-)

You’ve achieved your usual happy pop sensibility with a huge difference here. I recognize your great leap and applaud you for it, because I can only guess how hard you worked to achieve it and how much you had to convince yourself to actually record what was in your head and your fingers. You should be glad you did, you did a great job.

There’s something in the fx you applied to the guitars that along with being “surfy” also reminds me of Brian Eno’s album “Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy” if memory serves me right. Not a bad thing at all.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 3:58 PM
thanks Ms. E! You hit the nail on the head - it was quite a a leap for me. :-)
colab
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permalink   Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 8:05 AM
Excellent, and yes - I’m surprised too. Just a terrific choice and use of instruments, and the harmonies are a great fit for Jacinda’s vocals.

I like this very, very much. One of my all-time favourites of yours.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 4:00 PM
Thanks so much Mr. C! Those are special words coming from you! And a happy belated B’day!
TheJoe
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permalink   Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 2:52 PM
Straight and wonderful pop music!
That_s the refreshing breeze a summer song needs. Really like what you have done on the guitar especially the 60s sound towards the end.Bravo Spin!

My only minor nags are: The hihat could run straight in the chorus and there could have been some more powerchords too imho.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 4:06 PM
Thank you so much, TJ! lol - powerchords? I’m still working my way up to those! Maybe I’ll try to come up with some of those for my next remix! :-)

Straighter HH in the chorus might work, although there’s a lot of 8ths feel already happening. I’ll have to try that.
panu
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permalink   Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 4:35 PM
spin, man just go on & be your bad self. how many hooks in this song, just the right amount. how many outstanding singer/songwriters featured, the right one.
795’s UP. that’s a bunch.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 5:28 PM
795? Wow - that’s over two years worth of a per day!

Thanks so much for your kind words, PM!
 
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permalink   panu Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 3:10 PM
plenty more where those came from!!!
Admiral Bob
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permalink   Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 4:43 PM
Congrats on the ed. I know that guitar only remixes can be hard to do, because you have to hear it all in your head first, and then get the guitar to cooperate.

I’m guessing from the whammy and the sound of the clean surf tones that it is some sort of Strat or Jag?

jacinda’s vocal is really good, it has to be said.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 5:35 PM
Thanks AB! The guitar is a Paul Reed Smith 513, which indeed has a whammy bar and also allows me to configure the pickups in single coil (pretty much like a Strat) mode or in two different configurations of humbucking (one clean and one dirty humbucking).

I used a little of each. The main driving riff is in humbucking config and the surf sounds are in single coil mode.

And yes, isn’t Jacinda’s vocal great? Good pop songs are hard to write, and I really think she nailed it with this song.
Darkroom
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permalink   Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 5:20 PM
Lovin it. Great sounding pop tune. Funny, I thought I would be the only one to submit a pop remix this month.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 5:41 PM
Thanks for you kind comment DR! It’s amazing how rare clean happy pop can be at times here. :-)
drive on the wayside
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permalink   Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 8:19 PM
No synths? Tons of guitars? I’ve entered another dimension! A dimension of sound. A dimension of mind. A dimension of awesome pop hooks. Well done my friend.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 10:50 PM
lol - yes it’s the 6th dimension (one for every string) :-)

Thanks J!
Snowflake
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permalink   Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 9:56 PM
they say good things come to those who wait….was wondering when i’d get to hear my next spinmeister track — and it was indeed worth the wait! this is excellent. nice guitar chops….and jacinda’s voice sounds amazing with your hoppin’ track.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jun 16, 2010 @ 10:58 PM
thank you for your kind and supportive words, oh one and only mistress of the iglu!
 
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permalink   Snowflake Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 9:22 AM
:D
CiggiBurns
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permalink   Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 7:19 AM
Oooh - immaculate, Spin. Jacinda’s vocal, sweet and passionate by turns, works fabulously well set to your fast-flowing b/t with that exciting, insistent pulse. This is another perfect one for driving down to the coast in an open-topped car. Meet me at Durdle Door by moonlight ……. xxxx
 
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permalink   spinmeister Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 9:50 AM
Thank you so much, CB - the Durdle Door by moonlight? Now there’s something to shout(1:20 into it) about!
 
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permalink   CiggiBurns Sat, Jun 19, 2010 @ 3:21 AM
Oh lovely! Thanks for this - I haven’t been there for years but I have happy memories. xxxx
BoHeart
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permalink   Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 10:55 AM
wonderful stuff! Congratulations to the new guitar and the great finger work! I like it very much!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 10:57 AM
Thanks Bo! I will not quit my day job, however ;-)
Loveshadow
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permalink   Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 2:41 PM
Most expert balance of Vocal and EFX keeping that dry signal nicely in your face.

You’ve entered Fleetwood Mac Territory , and sound very comfortable and at home there.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 2:46 PM
thanks for generous comment, LS! And for noticing the EFX investment.
jacindae
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permalink   Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 9:51 PM
The brilliant writer on whose work this song is based told me about this remix before I caught it. She was pretty excited to hear it, and so am I. Awesome work. Seriously, I’m sort of speechless… and the new guitar is RAD!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 11:25 PM
Thank you so much, Jacinda! And I’m very happy to hear that the original source for your inspiration also seems to approve. I was a little nervous tackling it for several reasons, one of them being, that I wasn’t quite sure, how you and your original muse would perceive this relatively energetic and positive musical take on what seems lyrically a bit more complicated.

My relationship with guitar playing is also a little complicated — so at least that’s a match. :-)

This song of yours is (imho) one of the really great pop songs here at ccM. Thanks for uploading it! And I’ve long been a closet admirer of your work - so at least now the truth is out!
 
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permalink   jacindae Fri, Jun 18, 2010 @ 10:59 PM
I think that the beauty of putting songs up here is that they do so often come back in a completely different skin. This song, and some others, have given me serious trouble in arranging them. When I put them up here, I come back with not only awesome presents in the form of awesome mixes I can show off to my friends and relations, but also with a fresh perspective and context in which to play.

The short version of that is that I’m delighted to hear such a different arrangement of this, and especially one as ace as this.

And oh my! well now that the cat is out of the bag. I’m an admirer of yours as well! So there!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Sat, Jun 19, 2010 @ 12:56 AM
blush! :-)
texasradiofish
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permalink   Sat, Jun 19, 2010 @ 12:27 AM
Impressive music, Spinmeister. Well done. Radio quality.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Sat, Jun 19, 2010 @ 12:54 AM
Thanks for those kind words, TRF!
positionhigh
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permalink   Sat, Jun 19, 2010 @ 12:33 PM
great work, this really rocks.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Sat, Jun 19, 2010 @ 5:24 PM
thanks PH!
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permalink   Sat, Jun 19, 2010 @ 5:03 PM
Well done Spin, very nice sound and great choice to go with just guitar. Its nice to hear you like this (yeah and a surprise), well done on the Ed pick and hopefully well hear some more from your new toy.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Sat, Jun 19, 2010 @ 5:29 PM
thanks AT! For my next trick, I’ll have to integrate new toy and old toys :-)
pyrex
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permalink   Sun, Jun 20, 2010 @ 4:32 AM
Yes, a sweet song mr. meister!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Sun, Jun 20, 2010 @ 10:26 AM
Vielen Dank, Martin! :-)
copperhead
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permalink   Sun, Jun 20, 2010 @ 12:16 PM
I thought I had the radio on ! What an awesome remix. Flawless!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Sun, Jun 20, 2010 @ 12:18 PM
you’re way too kind CH! But thank you!
Kara Square
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permalink   Fri, Sep 10, 2010 @ 12:10 PM
spinmeister! This is fabulous! Wonderful guitar work… Just awesome all around… Well done!

Now I must go compliment jacinda on her amazing voice and lyrics!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Fri, Sep 10, 2010 @ 12:20 PM
Well thank you MMT! And yeah I’ve become a big JE fan, too!