Hotel California, the song.

This is MF&TG’s acoustic-cover of The Eagles’ 1976 slow-rock mega-hit “Hotel California”, in the full glory of six audio tracks. This song, together with Stairway to Heaven, symbolizes the golden age of rock music in the 70s. Its lyrics are being provided below, and more facts about the song. and the artist(s) can be viewed by clicking their respective live-links.

Soundcloud.com link

TO LISTEN, click the play-button below…

Contributing Artists

Vocals and rhythm acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; First-lead nylon-guitar by Romy R.; Second-lead steel-guitar by Dexter C.; Precision-bass guitar by Boni B.; Drums/ Conga and percussion by Mike D.; Words and music by The Eagles/ Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley; Music/ Guitar-tab sheets for the guitar-ensemble courtesy of GuitarPro/ PowerTab.

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Fig. 1 – MF&TG Logo


This project was remotely collaborated, and audio-recordings were done utilizing Soundtrap’s online recording facility. The mixing and mastering activities, however, were executed by MID-WAV Audio Arts; and the graphic artworks by Portraits and Stills Graphic Arts. The project was directed and produced by Mon Enriquez.

Lyrics

“Hotel California”

(Intro)
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy, and my sight grew dimmer
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself, ‘This could be Heaven or this could be Hell’
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor, I thought I heard them say…
(Coda)
Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place, such a lovely face.
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year, you can find it here
Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, She got the Mercedes Benz
She’s got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget
So I called up the Captain, ‘Please bring me my wine’
He said, ‘We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969’
And still those voices are calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…
(Coda)
Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely Place, such a lovely face.
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis
Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice
And she said ‘We are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
And in the master’s chambers, they gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast
Last thing I remember, I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
‘Relax’ said the nightman, We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.
(Ad lib, fade & end)

Writer/s: Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley
Publisher: Cass County Music / Wisteria Music / Privet Music, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Red Cloud Music

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Time After Time, the song.

This is MF&TG’s acoustic-cover of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 pop-rock release “Time After Time”. Its lyrics are being provided below, and more facts about the song. and the artist(s) can be viewed by clicking their respective live-links.

Soundcloud.com link

TO LISTEN, click the play-button below…

Contributing Artists

Vocals and nylon acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; Electric piano by Dexter C.; Keyboard-synthesizer by Romy R.; Precision-bass guitar by Boni B.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Words and music by Cyndi Lauper; Music/ Guitar-tab sheets courtesy of GuitarPro/ PowerTab.

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Fig. 1 – MF&TG Logo

This project was remotely collaborated, and audio-recordings were done utilizing Soundtrap’s online recording facility. The mixing and mastering activities, however, were executed by MID-WAV Audio Arts; and the graphic artworks by Portraits and Stills Graphic Arts. The project was directed and produced by Mon Enriquez.

Lyrics

“Time After Time”

(Intro 2x)
(Verse 1)
Lying in my bed
I hear the clock tick
And think of you.
Turning in circles
Confusion is nothing new.
Flashback to warm nights
Almost left behind.
Suitcases of memories
Time after…
(Verse 2)
Sometimes you picture me
I’m walking too far ahead.
You’re calling to me, I can’t hear
What you’ve said.
Then you say, go slow
I’ll fall behind.
The second hand unwinds.
(Chorus)
If you’re lost you can look, and you will find me
Time after time.
If you fall I will catch you, I’ll be waiting
Time after time.
If you fall I will catch you, I’ll be waiting
Time after time.
Time after time.
(Bridge)
(Verse 3)
After your picture fades,
(And) darkness has turned to gray.
Watching through windows,
I’m wondering If your OK.
And you say, go slow
I’ll fall behind.
The drums is out of time.
(Chorus)
If you’re lost you can look, and you will find me
Time after time.
If you fall I will catch you, I’ll be waiting
Time after time.
If you fall I will catch you, I’ll be waiting
Time after time.
Time after time.
(Fade & End)
Hmmmmm
Time after time
Ohhhhhh
Time after time
Time after time.
(End)

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MF&TG Plays and Sings Simon & Garfunkel, the playlist-album.

This playlist-album is a collection of our song-covers of Simon & Garfunkel’s more-popular folk-rock hits, which spans through three decades since the 1960s.

Playback via Soundcloud.com

TO LISTEN sequentially, click the play button below. On the other hand, if selective listening is preferred, simply hover-over and scroll up/ down the playlist under the image; and then, click your selection

https://soundcloud.com/mon-friends-guitar01/sets/playlist-mfttg-plays-sings

Clicking on the song-icon down below, is another selective-playback option. 

The rationale

I was a big fan of the Duo since my high-school days, thru the challenging college days, and even long after I became a practicing professional. This is my tribute to the musical geniuses Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel who influenced my early musical awareness, appreciation, and interests in the western (basically, American) folk-rock song-genre.

Simon & Garfunkel’s music was my refuge whenever I got tired of the hard metal and pop rock music that I was also following during my youth. Their music were usually slow and soft, with strong meaningful messages that are worthy of listening.

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Fig. 1 – Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon, during their heydays.

About Simon & Garfunkel

By  way of background for the uninitiated, Simon & Garfunkel’s met at elementary school in 1953 when they both appeared in the school play, Alice in Wonderland. By 1957, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, performing under the name Tom & Jerry, released their first single Hey, Schoolgirl.

Their commercial successes, however, began in the early 1960s and their music helped define the next two decades. Their folk-inspired harmonies provided a counterculture soundtrack to the era and their album Bridge Over Troubled Water went on to become one of the biggest selling albums of all time. More Simon & Garfunkel facts can be viewed by clicking here.

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Fig. 2 – A folk-singer belting-out a folk-rock tune.

The folk-rock music era

It was during this era that Folk-Houses (Bars) blossomed in all major cities across the country (Philippines). I missed the good old days when most youths trooped to Folk Houses after school/ work, to celebrate special occasions and/ or simply spend the time with their respective loved-ones, over cofee, beer or gin-tonic.

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Fig. 3 – A typical folk-house crowd.

Track contents

This playlist-album contains 13-tracks which should be about an hour of listening pleasure, if played sequentially. They are listed as follows (click the song-icon to listen):

  1. “The Boxer” (4:15’). An acoustic-cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 folk-rock mega-hit “The Boxer”. More song-facts can be viewed here. The Boxer v3_coveVocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Banjo guitar by Romy R.; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music and guitar-tab sheets courtesy of GuitarPro.
  2. “Bookends Theme Song” (2:29’). An acoustic-cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1968 folk-rock release “Bookends Theme Song”. More song-facts can be viewed here. B ookendsThemeSong_coverVocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Steel acoustic-guitar and Banjo by Romy R.; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music and guitar-tab sheets courtesy of GuitarPro.
  3. “Old Friends” (2:11’). An acoustic-cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1968 folk-rock release “Old Friends”. More song-facts can be viewed here.OldFriends_cover_pe Vocals and steel acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Banjo acoustic-guitar by Romy R.; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music and guitar-tab sheets courtesy of GuitarPro.
  4. “Dangling Conversation” (2:37’). An acoustic-cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1970 folk-rock release “Dangling Conversation”. More song-facts can be viewed here.Dangling Conversation2_cover Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Steel and overdubbed-Banjo-guitar by Romy R.; Keyboard Synthesizer (Violins & percussion) by Allan Z.; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music and guitar-tab sheets courtesy of GuitarPro/ PowerTab.
  5. For (Emily), Whenever I May Find Her (2:06′). A song-cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1966 folk love-song release “For (Emily), Wherever I May Find Her”—noting that Emily could be anyone whom you cared about. More song-facts can be viewed by clicking here.4Emily_cover Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by Paul Simon; Guitar tab-sheet courtesy of GuitarPro/ PowerTab.
  6. “The Sound Of Silence” (3:27′). An acoustic-cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 folk-rock release “Sound Of Silence”. More song-facts can be viewed by clicking here.The Sound Of Silence_cover Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Steel and 12-strings acoustic-guitar by Romy R.; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music and guitar-tab sheets courtesy of GuitarPro.
  7. “Bright Eyes” (2:54′). An acoustic-cover of Art Garfunkel’s 1979 folk-rock release “Bright Eyes. More song-facts can be viewed here.BrightEyes_cover Vocals and nylon (& dub-over 12-strings) acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by Mike Batt; Guitar Tab-sheets courtesy of GuitarPro/ PowerTab.
  8. “The Only Living Boy In New York” (3:58’). An acoustic-cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1970 folk-rock release “The Only Living Boy In New York”. More song-facts can be viewed here.The Only Living Boy_cover Vocals and 12-strings steel acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Banjo-guitar by Romy R.; Bass-guitar by Bonnie B.; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music and guitar-tab sheets courtesy of GuitarPro/ PowerTab.
  9. “Kathy’s Song” (4:03′). An acoustic-cover of Simon & Garfunkel/ Paul Simon’s 1963 folk-rock hit “Kathy’s Song”—inspired by Ms. Kathleen Chitty, whom Paul was so besotted with during his teen-years. More song-facts can be viewed here.Kathy'sSongV3_cover Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by Paul Simon; Guitar Tab-sheet courtesy of PowerTab/ GuitarPro.
  10. “Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall” (2:24′). A cover-version of Paul Simon’s (of Simon & Garfunkel fame) 1966 folk-rock hit “Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall”. More song-facts can be viewed here.Flowers Never Bend_pe Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music and guitar-tab sheets courtesy of GuitarPro/ PowerTab.
  11. “April Come She Will” (2:00′). An acoustic-cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 folk-rock release “April Come She Will”. More song-facts can be viewed here.AprilComeSheWill4_cover Vocals and acoustic steel- guitar by Mon Enriquez; Keyboard synthesizer by Romy R.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Electric piano by Dexter C.; Precision Bass by Bonnie B.; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music/ Guitar Tab-sheets courtesy of PowerTab/ GuitarPro. 
  12. “Homeward Bound” (2:35′). A song-cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1966 folk-rock hit “Homeward Bound” that was written by Paul Simon when he got stuck at the train station while traveling back from Wigan, where he was playing. More song-facts can be viewed here.HomewardBound2_cover Vocals and acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; Harmonica by Mike D.; Precision bass by Bonnie B.; Drums and percussion by Clemens W.; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music/ Guitar-tab sheets courtesy of GuitarPro/ PowerTab.
  13. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (4:53′). A song-cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 folk-rock hit “Bridge Over Troubled Water” that was written by Paul Simon about providing comfort to a person in need. More song-facts can be viewed here.BOTW_cover Vocals and acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; Acoustic piano by Romy R.; Keyboard synthesizer by Dexter C.; Precision bass by Bonnie B.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music/ Guitar-tab sheets courtesy of GuitarPro/ PowerTab.

The stakeholders

My sincere thanks to the Lord Almighty, for giving us music and our respective abilities to create, perform or simply, appreciate music; and to all our Subscribers/ Followers, for taking the time to listen. I also would like to express our sincere gratitude to, and salute my fellow Soundtrap cyber-musicians (see list below), who have contributed their time and talents to this project:

  • Brodie, Bonnie (US) – Precision Bass Guitar
  • Bulax, Flor (GB) – Electric Guitar
  • Cable, Dexter (US) – Electric Guitar, Keyboard Synthesizer, Piano
  • Dalaws, Mike (PR) – Drums and Percussion
  • Enriquez, Mon (PH) – Acoustic Guitar
  • Dubuque, Nancy (LI) – Keyboard Synthesizer, Acoustic Piano
  • How, Wilson (SG) – Harmonica, Keyboard Synthesizer
  • Rodowsky, Romy (HR) – Guitar, Keyboard Synthesizer, Acoustic Piano
  • Wuger, Clemens (AT) – Saxophone, Trumpet.

Their respective roles in each track that they were involved, were duly acknowledged above.

The project process and resources

The whole project was remotely collaborated, and used the full capability of Soundtrap cloud studio during the time of recording.

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Fig. 5 – MF&TG Logo

Mixing and mastering, however, was done by MIDI-WAV Audio Arts, and the CD-cover artworks by Portraits, Stills & the Graphic Arts. This project was directed and produced by Mon Enriquez.

Summary and conclusion

It took us more than a year to plan and execute this project; and thanks to the Internet, travellings and physical “en banc” sessions were controlled to the minimum.

Thru this project, we have demonstrated how (with proper motivation) the limitations of Time and Space can be overcome i.e., by embracing the state-of-the-art AI, SCM and ICT technologies; which in effect, resulted to enhanced music-quality, production-efficiency, and greater audience-coverage.

More MF&TG tunes are available at our Facebook-page (click image). Do visit, follow, and Like them there.

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Fig. 6 – MF&TG Facebook-page

Enjoy, happy listening/ dancing, and feel free to stream-play and/ or inquire by sending a message here.

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