Lightning Jim Meets Deadwood Dick

Lightning Jim Meets Deadwood Dick

JūS's picture



Liner Notes: 

The voice audio is a reading of Emily Dickinson's poem "If I Could Stop One Heart From Breaking" and a 1940 or 50's episode of "Lightning Jim Meets Deadwood Dick" which you can listen to here -

J Dilla would do it human via robots -

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I was away from my guitars and the sisters for 7 days. I missed them very much. It was sad.

The result of my hasty work feels like what I would hear if the average coney/diner crowd chatter was translated to my alien ears. None of that was intended, I just cut, split, copied, pasted, and spaced out some knock off Lone Ranger inside a lovely recording of my new favorite poem. All found on

“If I can stop one heart from breaking” by Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one Pain

Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again,
I shall not live in Vain.

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


Mt.Mélodie's picture

Really atmospheric track, the J Dilla esqe drum programming are a cool touch, nice to hear some drum samples that aren't completely on grid for a change, to often I forget that you can do that. The voice samples are cool, one of my favorite Dickinson poems too.

billwhite51's picture

a true contrast of american sensibilities that evokes a sadness ,,the vulgar crowd has won out over the transcendentalists

fresh spotless youth's picture

Works for me. I love the way the guitar arpeggios roll around and the atmospheric stuff soars, while the song stomps along and all that other stuff filters in. It's like falling asleep on a recliner with a couple of TVs on. Love the return of Emily there at the end

ductapeguy's picture

That is brilliant. I love how you weave the "found sound" in and out. In my minds eye, I could almost see a film-student's experimental film that this is the sountrack for.

Fuzzy's picture

Really nice and pretty relaxing.
Great contrast in the sound clips.
Good headphone music for sure.
Yeah, well done.

Robyn Mackenzie's picture

This is super cool. It's quirky and the vocals over the gentle guitar in the background is a nice contrast.

Tim Fatchen's picture

Intriguing and deceptively hooky. The gentle and straightforward band, the poem reading, and then the strangeness of the western dialogue. Makes me think liek it's an audio version of the sorts of interactive films/shows 1927 does!

katpiercemusic's picture

I love the quality of the sampled recordings and how warm you’ve made them. Creates a strong sense of nostalgia. The reverb in the guitar adds to that. Nice chill drum and guitar, and I’m a big fan of Emily Dickinson. Lots of good here.

dzd's picture me you've somehow audibly captured the simple joy of channel surfing while on an extremely pleasant acid trip....or is that just me? Biggrin

awesome use of what is a really great poem I'm sure the nuns would agree Smile