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Paul Glidden

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Paul Glidden
Paul Glidden Bio:

I've loved music my entire life. Eventually I started writing and playing-- both on my own and with others. After a while, I came up with a few recordings of which I'm proud. I hope you enjoy them as well.

When I recorded most of these songs, I assumed they would be heard by less then 25 people: my circle of select friends, family, and fellow musicians. I never imagined they'd be available to strangers via the internet.

I'm gratified by the response my music has received-- especially when one considers the high caliber of musical talent that exists on this and other original music sites.

Creatively, the greatest influence on me has been the people I've worked with over the years. I've learned a lot by watching others develop their ideas. I can't say I sound like any of my erstwhile collaborators-- but their influence is certainly present.


"Metric (extended version)" » Alternative 4 Comments - Rate it! - Add to favorites!
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"Metric" is about waiting for promises that aren't going to be kept. The narrator, who began grade school in the waning months of the 1960s, was promised many things-- including the metric system. The public school system was relentless in pushing the practicality of this universal base-10 measuring system. No more twelve-inches-to-a-foot, three-feet-to-a-yard. No more unwieldy furlongs and pecks. Say good-bye to the Euro-centric English System all together. Metrics would link volume, weight, and distance on a global basis. One cubic centimeter of water would weigh one milligram anywhere. The planet could unite around this common system of measurement. But it never materialized. Instead, the song's narrator was subjected to a great deal of events and concepts that were not on the list of Coming Attractions. Here he dutifully notes them, but is still awaiting the metric system-- or at least an explanation for its absence. Incidentally, I used every instrument in the house when recording this song. This version is my post-industrial mix.    

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"A suburban opera: I like that combination of "fat" guitar, spoken sung vocals and very earth-bound rhythm. Kind of reminds me of Lou Reed. A suburban opera. Great work!!" Tim Tin, Mixposure critic, 1/9/2005    

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"Poetic rock... I really like the morose cloud rising out of this song, the guitar solo is having its say too and that takes the mood that bit further and ends on a high note, there's a lot of subliminal messages here and my favourite lines are... 'When your mast breaks, You've gotta start rowing' Once more a great listen to an original voice. Thank you." Maria Daines, Mixposure critic, 10/15/2005    

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This song is featured in Marcel Fayant's film, "I Love That Effin' Zippy."

"Amazing lyrics... Fantastic writing here and an unusual song that really brings out the feeling of a controlling person leaving their mark on another. Intriquing subject to write a song about and some very creative ideas falling out of this song at every corner, excellent imagery, original, and the bass line is really dark and perfect for the material. Thank you." Maria Daines, Mixposure, 10/13/2005
   

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This song was composed for "You Gotta Roller Derby, Girl" --a documentary by Marcel Fayant.

It features Mark Smith on lead guitar.
   

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This is the last song I wrote in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I recorded it sound-on-sound to standard cassette a few days before moving to Washington State in 1995.    

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I cut this as a goof. A band I sometimes jam with was auditioning a new singer, and she wanted us to learn this song. I got the guitar tab off the internet and downloaded Elvis Presley's version to Cool Edit Pro. I added my bass guitar and "sang along" with Elvis. After erasing his version all together, I added the rest of the instruments.

I forgot all about it until I learned the song is in public domain. Then I was like "Unsigned Band Web, here I come!"

   

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This song is a collaboration with my friend, Mark. He's on vocals, lead guitar, and drums.    

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"Great expression... Yes indeed, impressed with your songwriting ideas and ability to write such vivid lyrics, there's such a feeling of desolation in this song and maybe resolve that whatever we live through makes us stronger, even the long trail to make a better life that can take a lifetime. Great line, looking for diamonds in coal... The music on the outro builds to a great conclusion, an ethereal finish, I hope you develop this song as it's really got something worth working on. Best wishes, M&P." Maria Daines, Mixposure critic, 10/13/2005    

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This song is featured in Marcel Fayant's latest film, "The Poetic Holocaust."    

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"I couldn't resist picking this one. Metric is like an Indie Millenium Anthem. I hear plain out rock and roll at first... Guitar, bass, drums. Then a lead comes in which is just this side of normal, but I like it and it prepares you for... The voice. Odd and abnormal and quite nicely different. Certainly not what I was expecting to hear. Admittedly at first I was like "Uhh..." but trust me, it works, especially when he starts playing with some vocal effects. I LOVE the Web Wilder style overdriven voice around 1:45. It's a clever, clever device to which some of us can grin while the rest don't get it, but that's okay. Lyrically, somewhat like Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire except this song doesn't suck ****. It's a remember/contemplate/what the hell? type effect. I think the subject matter is particularly well chosen and executed. Now to more musical stuff. Paul is wickedly bizarre with his guitar riffs which just somehow work. The drums have an effective pounding driving beat that scoots this song along well. The arrangement and writing is razor sharp in every aspect. Every bridge, chorus, side bridge, worm hole, etc is exactly where it should be. The chorus kills me... I got a violent School House Rock flashback and almost plowed a hippy bus. (Yes, occasionally I take the songs I'm reviewing on the road with me so I can listen as I drive.) Criticism: The bass and drums are a bit muddy. I'd love to hear them done in a studio. Otherwise, all I can say is that some aspects are just limited by your instruments (ie. Radio Shack keyboards) which I imagine would sound brilliant with some better equipment... though, in a They Might Be Giants kind of way, the more toy-like sounding keyboards do sort of work. Very cool song that takes you right off the beaten path... and if you like that sort of thing, this song is for you." Heath Houston, SoundClick critic, March 31, 04.    

"Keep Us Together (ancient demo)" » Experimental 1 Comments - Rate it! - Add to favorites!
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This is a sound-on-sound demo I recorded in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1993.