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Released: Dec 20, 2008 | 9:26 AM
Category: Holiday
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 8.97 MB

Plays: 5374
Downloads: 37
Weekly Plays: 5
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Saturday

License: Commercial derivatives allowed; contact artist for permission
Ok so how do you go about thanking all the people involved with this epic collaboration? I think a good way might be to offer up a short chronology of the project, and extend my heartfelt thanks to each of the people along the way who joined me in the musical journey. There were so many files, I might have missed the most obvious people to thank, so please, if I missed you, please nudge me so I can make sure I thank you properly. You have all been so kind and generous with your time.

The first person to thank would certainly be Bobby Six, who jumped on board before the first note was played, and spent so much time making sure his rhythm track, the FIRST track, was just right, and entertained me by phone and email and helped me take this project from idea to its first stages of being realized.

Ruby Doobie, my Queen of the Angels came on board next and gave me track after track of the most beautiful chorus vocals, and made the beginning of the process of collecting the massive vocal tracks so much fun. All my Angels, Linda, Toni, Grathy, Ramona, and of course the incredible work of Mary Badarak, what a wonderful choir of beautiful voices! Listen how those voices just blend like magic.

As for the male vocals in the Verses, my friend Dick Philpot, the moment he was asked, turned around 5 different takes before the afternoon was out, with that powerful voice, like having Johnny Cash singing on my song!!! Nelson - Solid, trusty and Exact; Rusty - soulful and with that wonderful lower register grumble; and Pharmer-Chris - like Cat Stevens, all heart and soul. All gave me wonderful vocals, all different, all extraordinary and one of the hardest parts of the whole process was to decide who’s voice would go where in the final mix.

The band…the all star cast of icompers. Garni, who is like the house drummer for all icomp, I have no idea how he does it all, but he played that drum until he got it just right. Alan Northpoint, always a dependable friend, also turns things around and you know you can trust him for some great work on bass, or anything else you need. I need to say a special thanks to Chris Krohm, who picked up on this project at the very beginning and offered his help at every step of the way. I know I under-used his talents, but he provided those great U2 Guitars that bring the whole thing together as it builds.

My soloists - what a motley crew if ever there was. I don’t know what possessed me to ask Rex for a therimin solo, but I thought, why the heck not, and within a day there it was, and it was so terrific and strange it still amuses me. The next person I asked was the elusive woofer, John Jenkins. There is something about the way he bangs on a piano that makes me want to hear him on every song I write. Another dependable friend, I was thrilled when he said he would toss out a couple of bars for me!!! After that, I knew I wanted a horn and I have been trying to get Jim “Bass-Two-Times” to work with me since the day I joined icomp, and this was the project I most wanted him on. I just love the way Woofer and Bass2x magically worked together by pure coincidence. Jere K6 came along with that subtle and beautiful lead in the first verse, and Marino just SHREDDED that guitar, I am such a fan of everything he does!

Along with a host of chanters, this project was rather monumental, and turned out rather well in the face of the considerable obstacles that we had to overcome. Remember that no one knew what anyone else was doing this whole time, but the pieces didn’t magically fall together (well they sorta did, but with the help of a couple of wonderful Magicians). I first turned to my friend Tom-atomic, who patiently and ably guided me through the initial phases of production. I even spent an afternoon at his home as he showed me some of the tricks of the trade.

Then I took a HUGE number of tracks, zipped them up in a messy old file, and sent them across the Atlantic and left them at the door-step of Arend Eagle_1, who day after day, mix after mix, patiently and lovingly was my absolute partner in turning that giant mess into the beautiful piece of music you hear. Email after email back and forth, detail after detail, day after frustrating day (and there were times when we BOTH wanted to give up), he sent me files and put his whole being into turning this into what it is…And while I might be the author of the Holiday Card attached to this Giant Box of Music, in reality this is a labor of love FROM the entire icomp community TO the entire icomp community, a Christmas Gift Created, Wrapped and Placed beneath your tree, from the true heart of the Christmas spirit.

I also want to thank my Wife Natalie for listening OVER and OVER to the same tracks with a smile on her face encouraging me to finally do this after talking about it for so long, for being patient with my grumpy moods, and being my one true Angel. And finally I want to acknowledge my ultimate source of inspiration, my ultimate masterpiece, my ultimate joy, my son Jackie, just for being magnificent.

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thenownows Artist

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Simply HUGE and wonderful miles and all ... wonderful, wonderful, wonderful ... what else can I say? Let Christmas Begin!!! Cheers!
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eagle Artist

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I'm rating the great organizer Miles here for making this collab possible, thanks mate and i wanna thank everybode involved with this giant collab.
Nice christmas all...
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lummie Artist

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...and a very Merry Christmas was had by all, because we remembered what the true meaning of Christmas is.

Well done to all involved and especially Miles for coordinating such an event.
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Wow, what a magical Christmas gift mates, super!!!! smiley
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Barretok Artist

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What a great massive collaboration. Great production and performances!! This is the perfect song for the holidays! Thank you guys! Great job Miles!!! smiley
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MusicLeft Artist

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Wonderful!!!

Anto
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Great work guys, very nice... smiley
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Wow, you really pulled this off!
Last edited by grathy, 9 years ago.
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yosL Listener

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Merry Christmas Everyone

This is mf'ing Great


smiley
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RubyDubidoux Moderator

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Miles!

Raising my coffee mug to you this morning...toasting your vision and your determination!!!!! Obama needs to add you to his administration! OR at least give you a seat in the United Nations...what you accomplished is incredible!!!

Was a pleasure!!!

CU
Elaine smiley
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Soundhound Listener

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Outstanding Group participation, this is what can happen when,
everyone is on the same page Harmoniously, a job well done to all......

And to all of you have a Happy Holidays........

Tony...
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Bob6stringer Artist

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MFW, nice Music For Winter... Many Fine Wishes...

The stars I give aren't for my part, but to all of you collabers and all at iCompositions, from the newest Listener to all Artists. AND to the moderators and admins and PM who give, give, give. Good cheer to all.
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Merry christmas to everyone! thanks for this. fantastic job guys
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Hey Miles..This is very cool..Love have been part of such a great musical effort and holiday spirit sharing..Best wishes to all involved and kudos for an amazing job...Above all happy holidays to all Icompers wherever you are !!!
Last edited by Marino_Experiment, 9 years ago.
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nlsn Artist

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Hey! That's amazing mixing and production!! A joyful stew of sound! Thank-you for letting me be a part of such a talented crew and thank-you miles, for writing the song to bring us together! smiley Rex's thermin a touch of genius-really enjoyed keyboards!
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glory be
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Great idea and great music united in an awesome collaboration ! smiley
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Wow.. this really came together well.. the mixing must have been insane with all those voices and instruments..I heard myself and forgot it was me!
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Whoah! Miles you done something wild, wonderful and whole. You got just the right people to do just the right parts. I can't believe how good it came out... wow.

And to the rest of you.. wow...


I've found in my time a few rare songs, when you hear them, can slow you down. Freeze you in place. Make you stop, listen, think about where you are. Who you are. Why.

Think I can add another to a list.

Nice work friends.

Merry Christmas to all
And to all, a good night
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Super collab....and what a great composition...wow smiley
The female choir is totally amazing. Great great work!!

/Johan
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Wonderful ! You all sound brilliant and great music too.
Thank you smiley
All the best to everyone smiley
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Great work smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley
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Hey Ya'll,

I can't even imagine all the work that went in to this! Beautiful lyrics & wonderful job everyone!!!

Happy Holidays...

RAVEN smiley
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Man, what a vision and a great end result.
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Great one from all contributors!! Beautiful and important lyrics, the musical composition is equally powerful and everyone's performance is just wonderful smiley Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth, A
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Well this turned out to be absolutely beautiful... Great vision Miles! You even made Ol' Scrooge Jack lighten up some... Great effort by everyone involved...!!!
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Wow! I am so proud to be on this song! A great composition Miles! and great mixing eagle_1 and what a great idea too.
I love how it unites all of us in iComp from all over the globe, it puts a smile on my face as i listen to it... hell it even gave me goose bumps, anything that does that to me is a masterpiece.

i thank you for inviting me on this project.

Merry Xmas to all of you!

G.
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A beautiful turnout from the iC all-stars! Sounds like you all had a lot of fun.

Happy Holidays! smiley
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Remarkable project. Amazing result!
Congrats to the production team and all the musicians and vocalists!
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amazing- it holds together so well with so much going on and so many artists- amazing

jeff
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Wow, this was listening to a show on a giant stage. Excellent work to all!
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Wonderful piece, excellent work guys.
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WoW what a gem, Miles congrats on putting this together, I assume your hopes for the song have been realized, because I think it is tremendous. To all who gave of there time and talent..you are the best..Bravo...and Merry Xmas....
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Beautiful!

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One word for all the artists....magnificent

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smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley

Thanks for having me part of this Miles... Great sound and excellent idea!

Merry Christmas to all on iComp!
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Excellent and wonderful job, great music lovers
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This is an amazing achievement on all levels.
Brilliant job.
Sounds like a real labour of love.
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Great teamwork ! Amazing project. Lovely results.
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Great collab....all of you did a great job.Morgan
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When people all over the world play music and sing together, as one, there IS peace on Earth.

Thank you for making this, how cool this is!
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This is phenomenal. That a work of such magnitude can be assembled electronically is mind boggling. That such a collection of all-stars can be both coordinated and unleashed is wonderful. Most of all, it is a fantastic song. I AM AWED! This ECLIPSES!
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What a supergroup! A spectacular work and a beautiful message! Thank's Miles for the wonderful idea and cheers to you all guys: Merry Christmas!
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Bravo! I'm honored to have played a small part.
(Hark! I think I hear the angels singing =;> smiley

Seasons greetings, all.
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Its an honor to contribute to this wonderful track, and such great musicians and friends. Happy Holidays everyone! -- Alan
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December is magic again. A choir of angels. Great work people. Peace to you all!
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The perfect Christmas song well done to you all - eat ur heart out Mr.Geldolf
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What a beautiful and heartwarming track. Not easy to collaborate in such a fine and unpretentious way. All the different talents together sound like from one single source. Congratulations to each of you!!!
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This is the kind of collaboration that puts all supergroups to shame. This is the true definition of musical headbutting and the result is absolutely magnificent. The chorus is so impressive, the showcase of solo's is so elegant and tasteful, and the guitar is such a warm guide.

Seriously, what a brilliant song. At the grand finale, you can almost imagine everyone shoulder-to-shoulder, singing in unison to this inspirational tune. And yet, I'm willing to bet no one actually worked in person on this tune. Amazing.

I am humbled by this piece. Happy holidays to everyone involved, and to all of the iComp community.
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This is PERFECT!!!. I love it , I really love it. Is hard make a big collab like this, but you guys are SUPER!!!!.
My big respect to you all.
This is a all times clasic on iComp.
Excellent in all way.
My sicerilly congrats!!.
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What a monumentally inspiring effort! Bravo to all and Merry Christmas!
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I cannot do this song justice in my daft little comment here so I will just say this: yeah, that theremin part was cool. Who would have thought that theremins could be so festive!
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Congratulations to all involved.
Perhaps a record breaker in time and team number with a wonderful result as well.
Thanks Miles and family for making it happen.
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Very cool!!! Wow you must have put so much effort into this track. I really admire your ability to write, coordinate, mix, sing etc. and have it done by xmas smiley hahaha. It was nice to be apart of this. Happy Holidays!
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Lovely track. Thanks so much for the opportunity to participate smiley
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yes, love the result ... been in the crowd singing myself, thanks for this opportunity smiley happy new 2009
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The coolest part to me is how this flows together with soul and consistency despite being pieced together from all over the world.
True collaborative essence.
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Just plain Awesome!!!!
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merlino Artist Peace on earth plays very well at any time of the year.
Congratulations to everyone for a fantastic collaboration.

I don't do ratings and this baby does not have a scale worthy of it anyway.

Cheers,
Merlino
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Hi Miles!

smiley
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NorthPoint Moderator

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Thanks Elaine for the reminder of this wonderful song from Miles that we all got to help out on. Listening to these songs is a big part of Christmas at our home. And I bet we'll see a new one up soon this holiday season from our good friend...
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Very very nice indeed

Bless U

Wayne
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