Wow, how cool! I got my copy a few days ago and have listened to it quite a bit, and jeff I have to say you did a truly fantastic job! I think it's so great that you did this, it's like the ultimate fan tribute to recreate the song.
Musically it's very tight, and I can definitely hear the passion with which you made this. The only thing I would improve upon (and this has been mentioned before in this thread) is to give the vocals more gusto. You just sound a little trepidatious - you can clearly sing, so your voice is not a problem, it's just a matter of giving it your all.
Thanks so much for sending me this! Interestingly, my family is in much the same situation as yours... I'm from England but live in the USA now, my sister lives in Thailand (in Sri Racha), and much of my family is back in England. I"m in AZ and my parents are in Washington. So I too relate to the songs lyrics.
I'd love to hear more about how the whole royalty thing works if you don't mind sharing. Would your agreement allow you to sell copies? What kind of rights do you have to the song? Is that 4.55 cents figure for every copy you make?
Anyway, thanks again for sending it to me. Great job. I'm impressed!