• CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
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CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
on: July 18, 2021, 20:37:57
This challenge came at just the right time for me. I had already tracked the guitar part for this song but lyrics have been hard to come by of late so it looked as if that guitar track was destined to languish with a number of others in the "Pending" file.

But when @Mar T. first broached the idea of a COVID challenge something clicked in me. Here's the thing......I had my little dance with the virus pretty early on but, in some ways, it changed me. It's kind of hard to put in words.......could be that I'm just getting old, but the effects of this thing have lingered.  ;)

So......for this song I pulled that guitar track back up and let myself wax introspective.

Mystery Man
https://www.soundclick.com/music/songInfo.cfm?songID=14281496

Here
We have a broken down old mystery man
Who through shear will
Has survived
While it's clear
That he won't go down in history

His peers
Have always kept their distance
While they learn from his persistence
So here's
To the mystery man

Now he's free
And clear
And he sees
Just what he needs to see
But the price has been dear

And where will he go from here

Though his body has aged his mind's grown young
Through battles lost and others won
The sky will clear when his day comes
He's turned the pages more than once
But what they revealed has yet to come

So sail on mystery man
Sail on

But where will you go form here

So cheers
For this broken down old mystery man
Who got here
Through the maze of time
And who's tears
Will keep him believing
"The main thing is to have a gutsy approach....but use your head." Julia Child

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Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #1 on: July 18, 2021, 23:14:38
Nice work @Leonard Scaper   :thumbsup:

Cool how it goes from so sparse to this part:
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Though his body has aged his mind's grown young
Through battles lost and others won
With the double time lyrics there it is a nice pick up in momentum.

Good show!
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Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #2 on: July 19, 2021, 17:14:47
Instantly recognisable as usual. It doesnít get much better in my book.

A fantastic entry @Leonard Scaper
Iíll be back later for another spin.
Kind regards, Gus


Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #3 on: July 21, 2021, 14:56:29
@Bill and @LePlongeur .....thanks for checking this one out and for your appreciation.


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Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #4 on: July 22, 2021, 22:02:46
@Leonard Scaper  - wow - delicate song :pompom:.  Specially loving the harmony singing on 'So sail on mystery man' - that could may be happen earlier in the song too.
Cheers


Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #5 on: July 23, 2021, 23:40:06
@Leonard Scaper   I know you took a small break, but with this entry your coming back with a vengeance ( to borrow an action movie phrase)

 ::heart::
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Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #6 on: July 26, 2021, 15:40:34
A very fine song with great lyrics. I was touched and got tons of pictures in my head while listening
Thanks for sharing - wish you all the best in the competition
Regards



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Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #7 on: July 26, 2021, 16:04:40
Thats wonderfull @Leonard Scaper  ::heart::
I'd miss your songs!


Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #8 on: July 26, 2021, 16:37:40
Thanks to all who have listened!  :)

@oorlab ........that refrain came late in the process. I actually had a verse working for that spot but sang in the "sail on" part instead. It stuck and I'm glad it resonates with you.

@Vince .......I actually have a CD that I called "Back With a Vengeance".  8)

@Klaus Rysoe ......I love that this song was able to bring some imagery to you.

@Mo .....Thank you so much for that support.


Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #9 on: July 27, 2021, 11:22:21
@Leonard Scaper
This connects with me on such a deep level.  It evokes such emotion within.  Super crafted lyrics, vocal melody and exquisite guitar playing.  I tip my hat my friend.

Paul


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Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #10 on: August 06, 2021, 11:41:54
Really hypnotic. I can't think of anything that would improve it -  it builds perfectly for me - everything happening at the right time. Most of all though - a main vocal that oozes authenticity and conveys genuine impact and aftermath.

Well done  :ok:

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Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #11 on: September 02, 2021, 23:16:52
Hey @Leonard Scaper , always amazed by your signature sound, in both guitar playing and unique sounding voice. I can hear summer in 'Now he s free' and it touches me the assignment of this challenge made you write a song from your delicate 1st persons view. Thank you for sharing and joining the challenge!!

Love, Peace and Cheers!!
Mar T.
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I'm proud of this track, check it out! https://soundcloud.com/martimedia/dreams


Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #12 on: September 03, 2021, 01:01:25
@Cool Hand @Tolo @Mar T.

Thanks you all so much for listening and for your kind words. This song was an important one for me as it tied in my feelings about this past year with even deeper emotions.



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Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #13 on: September 04, 2021, 12:13:21
I have always loved your folky style. The harmonies are beautiful!
And I like that you added some piano too  ::dj::
Good job @Leonard Scaper 


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Re: CHALLENGE...Mystery Man
Reply #14 on: September 09, 2021, 18:29:52
No news from greater Amsterdam (of course not, Iím travelling) except that I tuned in for another earful of beauty.
Great stayed here (as opposed to come back).
It makes my heart sing @Leonard Scaper
Kind regards, Gus



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