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So I keep hearing so much about Gentle Hum. Is this a new Neil song that we will hear on a future Neil album, Finn album or maybe even his new movie project (which btw is Master and Commander - did he mentioned anything about this so far on the tour? I haven't heard anything).

Also, I've only heard Time on Earth on an old webcast. Does anyone know the state of this song too? And, where can I get a copy of Spirit on the Stairs? I remember loving it from the TWT tour, but haven't heard it since.

Thanks!
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Originally posted by Bean:
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Also, I've only heard Time on Earth on an old webcast. Does anyone know the state of this song too? And, where can I get a copy of Spirit on the Stairs? I remember loving it from the TWT tour, but haven't heard it since.

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When Neil was recording new songs for One All in 2001 he had more songs than the two which were released (Human Kindness and Lullaby requiem) Time on earth is one of those songs. How it will be released? That's still a mystery.

For Spirit of the stairs go here :
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Originally posted by grace0418:
[qb]OMG, I just read your post and decided to see if I could remember it at all (I completely forgot it after the concert despite all my efforts). All of the sudden it came to me! Yay![/qb]
Yes! Yes! Now I'm catching myself humming it ALL THE TIME... especially in the morning, on the way to work and on the subway. I hope Neil would be happy that it's sticking with us as he hoped it would.
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Originally posted by Bean:
[qb]Is Gentle Hum a song with or without lyrics? Do you think Neil may record it or was it a song he made up on this tour? Does anyone have a copy?[/qb]
It has lyrics - the hum is part of the chorus. It's definitely new for this tour. I don't know whether we'll see it on a recording or not - it was a magical moment during the Boston show, but that was partly because of the 1800 people in the room joining in on the hum in unison.. I wonder how well it would translate to a studio recording.
Give us a live version then, someone... Neil could put it on a b-side, maybe? (Or release it as a stand-alone single? Just throwing out options here in case it doesn't make the cut for his next album...)

That Boston show sounds like it was awesome, I'm totally cut up that I couldn't make it Frowner I got to see the first NYC show, though, and despite the absence of this song that the rest of the continent is buzzing about, the warm glow from that show is sustaining me through the bitter cold weather and the snowdrifts of rural CT right now. (Ah, that warm happy Neil glow!)
Yeah, I really *REALLY* hope he puts in on the next album. It was so beautiful, I want everyone to hear it. For awhile I'd forget it, then it would pop back in my head and I'd try to hum it repeatedly to memorize it. I think I've got it now, and I hope I don't forget. It is a very soothing thing that I hope to remember the next time I get really scared or stressed.

Yes, it is a complete song with lyrics, which was also very moving. I hope it translates well to an album. It was pretty amazing to hear him sing/hum it with 1500 of us humming along, but I kinda want to hear him translate it very simply on an album. Just him on the piano. If it's 10% as beautiful as it was live, it will still be 1000 times better than most songs on the radio.
Just the morning after the big finale in Vancouver, (awesome show, hands down)and Neil did Gentle Hum/Time on Earth as his last song. The melody and overall feel of the song sounds a lot like Billy Joel's "And So it Goes" from his Storm Front Album (1989), and luckily my friends I went with agreed with me. Beautiful song..........

Just a matter of time before I get the hum back into my memory, hope I follow everyone else's lead.... Wink
While I can't shed any light on the origin or the future of Gentle Hum, I can describe its effect on the Detroit crowd. Neil prefaced it by saying that songs are great but there's something special about a hum. He played this sweet, gently rolling melody on the keyboard and hummed alongside it. It was hypnotic.

As he came to the end, he invited the crowd to join in, and the hall vibrated under the collective hum. It was an electric experience--so simple yet so powerful. It was like participating in the world's largest lullaby. After about five choruses, Neil thanked everyone for joining in and moved on to "Fall at Your Feet."

I'll spare you the backstory, but lately I've been working long hours and commuting, pushing myself to exhaustion. Last night, I finally collapsed and slept as though test-driving a coma. Anyway, as I gave into the notion that I'd actually have to wake up and rejoin society, I was ensnared by a familiar melody. As I surfaced, I realized my wife was moving about the house humming that haunting tune. Now it's still in my mind, resonating like windchimes. It's been weeks since the concert, and I'm still hypnotized. Neil is amazing!

--Randy

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