Tags : | Acoustic | 6.86 MB | Has Lyrics

Description : This song started out as a guitar and piano loop instrumental where I was experimenting with themes and variations. Then it called forth lyrics and I wrote the song and recorded the vocals with Sunny War over the instrumental. But the music clouded the purity of the vocals and so we stripped it all away and Sunny just played guitar. I think her vocals sound particularly beautiful and vulnerable in this piece, and her guitar work as always just seems perfect to me. Very interested in your thoughts on the stripped-down approach to the music and the sentiments expressed in the song. Thank you.

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  1. PatriciaEdwards
    PatriciaEdwards on Tue 5th Mar 2019 - 6 months ago

    Without the lyrics, as a vocalist, I'd be drawn to the muzic. But with the delivery and the lyrics, the whole piece of work, absolutely stunning! Sometimes I am faced with the decision to leave out nice riffs or harmony, but it never fails, I always come to realize...less is more. Everything is in its rightful place and this track is the outcome. Great work guys!!!!! [clapping]

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Yeah, less is more. (Except when it's not. Which happens too.) Miss Sunny War was such a joy to work with. It's been two years now and I miss her and all that crazy work we did. Thanks for reminding me! I really appreciate your comments and inspiration.

  2. Nodog
    Nodog on Fri 2nd Jun 2017 - 2 years ago

    Hey Mofo im really glad to have found you and this super singer who stands in the this track in plenty of space to hear her wonderful clear voice all in all its a superb piece. Bravo. Robbie

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thank you, Xmachine. This actually started out as a piano piece, fully orchestrated, but I decided to junk it all and just let Sunny play. And that was the right decision. Yes, Sunny is a very special singer and on top of that a world-class guitar player. I will pass this on to her. Thank you!

  3. jamid
    jamid on Mon 6th Mar 2017 - 2 years ago

    Hello Mofo,
    Wow the guitar sounds awesome.
    Your vocal is out of this world delivering your message coherently.
    absolutely perfect track mate.
    Really well done.
    Jamid

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thank you, Jamid. The great Sunny War on vocals and guitar. Very inspiring for me in my songwriting to be working with her. Thank you for your ears and your comment!

  4. danke
    danke on Mon 6th Mar 2017 - 2 years ago

    what a stunning track...play music with full heart...play live music with only 1 acoustics and give a feeling as a band played not much artist can do that...filled with life, strength and strong lyrics that's what this extraordinary song gave to me...all my hats off...

    10/10

    handshake, Danke

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thank you, Danke, your words made me very happy. You've chased away my self-doubts for this morning and made me feel like a king. THANK YOU.

  5. mindhiest
    mindhiest on Mon 6th Mar 2017 - 2 years ago

    perfect! absolutely beautiful. added instruments would of taken away for this simplistic beauty.vocals beautiful. that said, me personally would add a faint string drone. but that is me. got a fav.

    roland

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thank you, roland. The thing just blossomed when I took away the rest of the music, like clouds blown away from the sun. There's just something about her voice in this one... Interesting thought about the string drone - but when you've crossed the line you've crossed it and it's a slippery slope. A string drone leads to some piano accents leads to a bit of harmonica...and you're off to the races. Sometimes I say to myself, Do not cross that line, motherfucker! And so I don't. Thank you!

  6. mindhiest
    mindhiest on Mon 6th Mar 2017 - 2 years ago

    perfect! absolutely beautiful. added instruments would of taken away for this simplistic beauty. that said, me personally would add a faint string drone. but that is me. got a fav.

    roland

  7. JensTonic
    JensTonic on Mon 6th Mar 2017 - 2 years ago

    The guitar sounds awesome on this track! But your vocals! wow! Great job!

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thanks, JensTonic. Both the guitar playing and singing were done by Sunny War. So what the heck do I do, you might ask? Good question. Write the songs, produce. But with some songs, like this one, all you hear is Sunny.

  8. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Sun 5th Mar 2017 - 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful. Love the minimal approach, so vulnerable and personal, vocals and only guitar. We've become a society of intolerance and bigots, religion is no help either, I'll leave it at that. If we would work together, embrace each others differences then we could accomplish amazing feats, and maybe if there is intelligent life in the universe they just may contact us instead of sitting back learning what NOT to do from us. http://imgur.com/JwNw6PH Making slow progress, but here's a teaser :p

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Right on, brother. Our institutions have failed us - are actively failing us. It's up to us as individuals. Just to be decent to each other. Seems we've forgotten how to do that. Lincoln had it right so long ago with his Divided House speech. And yet we still haven't learned. Mass protest is important - and necessary now - but even more important is personal kindness and decency to the people around you. As naive as that sounds. As you say, if we could do that, we could accomplish amazing feats. Because hate takes so much energy, whereas love is fuel for life. The cigar box looks really cool with the train, it's gonna be awesome. Thank you.

  9. Neomorpheus
    Neomorpheus on Sun 5th Mar 2017 - 2 years ago

    Yeah I totally agree the minimal aspect here really allows the focus to remain on the vocal and the power of the words. The guitar track is clean with beautiful tonality and the playing is tight. I like the choice of using a picking style here instead of strummed chords. Extremely well played, with some really slick articulation. The lyrics are poignant and convey a powerful message that is still a real issue within our racially divided society. Its a sad song really. To me it relates a view that when you break it down is really common to all sides. We continue to allow differences and past mistakes to cloud our judgement and foster mistrust and hatred. I someday hope songs like this won't have to be written bro, but who knows when or if that day will ever come.

    Irrespective, excellent job with this one.

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Very very well put about the message, Neomorpheus, and I couldn't agree more. Yes, the golden rule is about fairness to all sides. Yet, while we claim to be a christian society, we'd be lucky if in fact 1 in 10 in our country follow it. Seems it's all become about hate, and power, and money, and pushing people's buttons in such a way that it absolutely precludes thought, judgment and decency. I've been around a while and seen a lot of bullshit and the resulting violence, but this is the worst it's been in my 50+ lifetime. So I'll keep writing my little songs because that seems better than a primal scream of rage. I really appreciate your thoughtful listen and comments.

  10. Discipline
    Discipline on Sun 5th Mar 2017 - 2 years ago

    The vocal / guitar and arrangement is excellent. Great track.

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thanks, Discipline. Appreciate your listen and your comment!

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STAND YOUR GROUND

by Citizen Mofo

You can stand your ground
But it’s my ground too
You can gun me down
But maybe I’ll shoot you

You might fear my skin
But I fear yours too
Cuz I know what’s in
The dark heart of you

We might build a wall
They might dig a hole
We could bomb them all
We would lose our soul

When you said you believed
In the golden rule
Was heaven deceived?
Is god a fool?

You can stand your ground
But it’s my ground too
You don’t own this town
I don’t report to you

If you truly believed
What you say you do
You’d’ve never conceived
The dark heart of you
The dark heart of you
The dark heart of you

You can stand your ground
But it’s my ground too

If I stand my ground
Then what will you do?

 


 

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