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This was inspired by a friend of mine who pretty much dropped her life to take care of her parents, a slowly dying mother and a father who was succumbing to Alzheimer's disease, all alone with no help from other family. I'd lost touch with her and only found her again recently where she told me her story. This song is only roughly based on that. It's taken from other experiences and fears as well. It doesn't have to be this way but it often is.

All piano and string parts were "penciled" in, written note by note rather than played on the keyboard.
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Lyrics
The paint peels on the window sill
and Emmet squints his eyes through the blinds
Someone's passing by,
Could it be his wife
a grey speck in Emmet's eye spreads like a cloud
No one's expected for tea

Emmet sinks back into his chair.
There's something he aught to do
but the daily horror show from the news is on the tube
He's waiting for something


The house settles and groans
Janine sorts through the pills
for her Pa, steals a Demerol
No one ever calls.

Ma's off at the home
And Pa's always lost off in his cloud,
slowly drifting away.

Janine sifts through her drawers
there's something that she'd wanted to do
but she waited for time, such a good girl
Now she's waiting for something


24 Shady Grove
Elaine sits alone by the door
with her Sunday best on
Song Stats
Hits: 10530
Comments: 101
Fans: 44
Plays: 1386
Downloads: 386
Votes: 55
Uploaded: Nov 05, 2005 - 04:01:08 AM
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2008 - 08:42:49 AM Last Played: Mar 18, 2017 - 09:28:39 PM
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Comments
Einarus said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Gorgeous
So dark and beautiful...
Excellent vocals - really fit the atmosphere of the song.
Great piece of songwriting.
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snowdragon said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
slowly drifting away
To a great extent, this subject matter is something one must
experience to really to really believe the futility, the frustration, and the
pain that is Alzheimer's disease. But this music comes very close to
expressing the feelings for those of us who have had to endure The
Long Goodbye.
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Peter Greenstone said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
slowly drifting away
Thanks, Snowdragon. All my experiences around Alzheimer's and this bleak
scenario are pretty much second hand. My own experiences have only touched
on it, but plenty of my own real fears were a source in writing this song.
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said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
nice instumentation!
I agree with Ein, very dark and atmospheric, nice guitar work
and I like how the piano comes in so subtle and powerful
great lyrics and vocals, nice cerebral piece
Peter Greenstone said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
nice instumentation!
Thanks, Tom... and Einarus. I always try to adapt my voice to fit best with how
it's used in the song and it's character. It also just has a different tone when I
sing soft and at a lower range. I'm glad it worked for you guys.
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said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Frightening and disheartening
A nightmare Eleanor Rigby.
I hope I get hit by a comet at the age of 87 before any of this starts to
happen to me.
Peter Greenstone said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Frightening and disheartening
Thanks, Mungo. I hadn't even though of Eleanor Rigby until you mentioned it.
The Beatles did get into my developing brain as a child. ;-)
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jgurner said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Somber
The music is beautifully sparse. The lyrics tell a dark, depressing, but
unfortunately all-too common story of someone who loses their life as
they care for others losing theirs. Very nice Peter, a touching and heart-
felt piece of work.
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Peter Greenstone said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Somber
Thanks you , J. I'm glad it moved you.
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listen said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Incredible and moving
this song leaves me speechless as I have watched my grandmother
disappear...


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Peter Greenstone said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Incredible and moving
It can be sadder than death.
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thetiler said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Like the
diminished feel that this has, quite appropriate for the subject.

I am a big fan of the Beatles and I love the artsy beatles feel, with your
very own style of course without a doubt.Like that tremlo violins added to
the fray. Even the wind sound which i think is a cymbal. Very subtly done.
You are a true dedicated artist! You are very passionate.
And I know a team of wild horses couldn't keep you away from your
beloved musical artistry!

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Peter Greenstone said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Like the
Thanks, Bill. This one felt really god to get out. It's a great compliment for my
music to get compared in any way to The Beatles. They were in my head when
my young synapses were still forming.
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perceptualvortex said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Moving
I know someone in that role as well, and this does seem very fitting. You're hitting some effectively spooky notes in them there runs. As usual, I think you've got some great writing, performing and production here.
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Peter Greenstone said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Moving
Thanks, PV. The piano runs, though being penciled in, came to me quite
immediately and I got it down in one quick pass. It was as spontaneous as note
programming can get. I could just hear what I wanted and traced the notes on
top of that idea.
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wurlygig said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
wonderfully woeful waltz
Beautiful song.
I've seen dementia at work.
"house settles and groans"
"could it be his wife"
These ring true.

Thanks.
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notsosweet said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Love it...
Hauntingly moving... the instrumentation is beautiful for this piece -
sad and slightly discordant.
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ka-klick said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Damn man
where does this stuff come out of you. I think this is the strongest thing
I've heard come out of you, and that's saying something. Wow. Way to go
Mel.
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Peter Greenstone said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Damn man
Thanks, Ka-Klick. I think it comes out from the corner of my eye. Like a dog
trying to catch its own tail, I never know for sure.
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aclarke said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Truly amazing,
inspired and haunting. Song is constructed so well- a sad song even
without the lyrics based on hopelessness. Tremendous work, Peter.
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Mystified said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Striking
A beautiful, sad and somber piece--touching and honest.

Thank you for this.

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Ed Hannifin said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
Mungo got it right.
And, for that matter, so did you. Peter this is a song on the next level.

Everything, writing, performance, it's all a seamless whole, and it gets
right into the heart... It is beautiful, haunting...

Your voice is very clear and direct here, you're using your voice
differently again, very simply, and it's great.

All the instrumentation works perfectly.

And it's a SONG. I think I've been starved for songs a bit. This is great.

Ed
Tom Atwood said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
crooked waltz
sad, lovely piece, Peter. double digits from me.
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Stun Nutz said 4216 days ago (November 5th, 2005)
This has...
...an incredible sustained mood to it... everything just works. I
love the way the piano is used especially.
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digitalnirvana9 said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Amazing Song
As someone who just lost my Father to Alzheimers I can tell you this song
really taps into the Baby Boomers dealing with cargiving and the end of
life of one's parents, and yet I find it strangely uplifting....A totally unique
sound thats perfectly off kilter....It works on the strongest level which is
tapping into the collective unconscious. A WORK OF TRUE GENIUS! You
should submit this to the Alzheimers Association, it would make a great
fundraising piece with strong visuals.... Peace and Light to you,
digitalnirvana9 PS I'm still trying to figure out how you came up with
such a unique sound to attach to the subject matter.....
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Peter Greenstone said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Amazing Song
Thanks, digitalnirvana. I'm glad to hear positive comments from people who
have been through this sort of thing personally.
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TobinMueller said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Superb songwriting, arranging
Wonderful intimate songwriter's song. Tasty use of just the right amount
of inventive piano. The color of the strings is melancholy, even a tad
subversive, adding dread and regret and secretive dark thoughts, which is
very cool. After so much space, so much waiting time, I thought the
ending too abrupt, my only criticism; I would have preferred a slow fade
low E in the cello or something that drifted away more slowly. The
Demerol line is superb. I love story songs. Very nice puzzle you construct
and present so simply, devastatingly.
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Peter Greenstone said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
Superb songwriting, arranging
Thanks, Tobin. Always good to hear from you. I'm pretty happy with the ending
though I think that last chord could be lengthened.
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said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Deep breath....
Barb's mom cared for her husband who had Alzheimer's for about 10
years. The reason we sold our boat and moved back to Calif. was to
help her care for him during what were the last two years of his life.
This song rings true. It is sad. It is tender. The music captures the
endless moments, slowly drifting by, all seemingly the same in some
ways... yet the relentless march into darkness. I downloaded this for
myself, but also so that Barb and her mom can listen to it.

It is hard for me to imagine this song being done any better.

Jack
Peter Greenstone said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Deep breath....
Thanks you so much, Jack. I hope that hearing such a song will not be too
painful. I hope it helps in some way.
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SlimGirlFat said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
One
more absolute gem of a track from you Peter.
What strikes me most about this is the incredible simplicity and haunting
melody of the piano and strings with your voice.
As always the production is superb. Lyrically devastating and sung with
great feeling.
10's & D/L
Slimmie

Alannah said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Where I work
I work in a 165 bed intermediate care facility ..... everytime I enter the special care unit ... I am gonna be hearing this song in my mind ..... about 75% of our residents have Dementia ... a sad reality to many in their advancing years. You might be surprised to learn ... that a lot of them believe they are on a Cruise Ship (which is why they can't leave) ... I don't know where this belief comes from ... but the numbers are staggering! Perhaps its the mind's way of coping .. believing they are on a holiday rather than what is really happening to them ... a sad and haunting song ...I LUVVED it ... fabulous VOX !
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Peter Greenstone said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Where I work
Alanna, thanks for the compliments and for sharing your perspecive. Reading
how people at the care facility, suffering from dementia, believe they are on a
cruis ship really gave me a deep, haunted feeling. Such a sad but strangely
beautiful thought. I think that if I'd heard it before that I would have worked it
into the song somehow. It reminds me of an episode of the Twilight Zone I once
saw called "Passage On The Lady Anne".
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said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
My Admiration...
...for you, and your ability to write such a diverse repertoire of
compositions overwhelms me to the "Nth" degree. You have the ability
to assimilate a numerous spectrum of creative styles, no matter what
you do. Peter, I have the utmost respect for you, and your talent. If
there is anyone listening, I am sure you have touched their souls in
only a positive fashion. Long after you and I are gone, your audio and
visual accomplishments will endure the tests of temporal infinity.

You were created by God to do what you are doing. I am sure you know
this. Never be discouraged by negativity, for it will fade, like a "cold"
taking its course. Whereas your contributions will be the "cure" for the
ailments of the world. Your muses are always there... and so is God.

My hat is off to you Peter Greenstone.
Peter Greenstone said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
My Admiration...
Thank you, Al, for such kind and thoughtful comments. Everything we do leaves
some kind of legacy.
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buckhorn said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Poetic
When I first listened to this song it got my attention. After reading the
theme and lyrics I listened again and I got goose bumps. The lyrics are
poetic and powerful and say so much with so few words. And the music
reflects the theme perfectly. Excellent and Sincere work.
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Peter Greenstone said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
Poetic
Thanks, Buckhorn. Goosebumps are good.
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jiguma said 4215 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Beautiful!
Peter, this is an awesome piece both musically and lyrically. I'm
amazed at how you seem to have reached inside the scenario and
pulled out the core of what goes on for so many people in caring for
aging parents. Your voice just freaks me out (I mean that in the nicest
way of course!) - it's just on the breaking edge that people drowning in
feelings of love and helplessness (and lots more besides) experience.
Beautiful!
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caroline said 4214 days ago (November 7th, 2005)
this is beautiful - unbearably beautiful and
i'm not trying to be funny - honest. it hurts my heart to listen to this which is why i try to only stick with 'pink and fluffy'. but, it is stunning and i wouldn't have missed the chance of hearing it for the world - thank you - ouch x
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beatrix said 4214 days ago (November 7th, 2005)
Very painful to listen to..
so much so that I can't listen to it a second time or download it. Forgive me for not being able to say more, Peter, except that I gave you all 10's. ~b
Cori Ander said 4214 days ago (November 7th, 2005)
Wonderful compassion!
I am a latecomer here, writing at the bottom of a hundred comments. It
has already been written ... Just beautiful!

Compassion!
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Macaudion said 4214 days ago (November 7th, 2005)
As always...
Excellent job Peter! What everyone else has said plus, my favorable
sense of speechlessness...

Dion
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Macaudion said 4214 days ago (November 7th, 2005)
As always...
Sorry that I forgot to vote...
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eDrew said 4214 days ago (November 7th, 2005)
Strings!
Awesome Pencil Tool work here. Good stuff. Some of the low end could
have been rolled off the Acoustic Guitar. The strings were incredibly
orchestrated; the highlight for me.
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Peter Greenstone said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
Strings!
Thanks, eDrew. Yes, there is a touch of distortion when I hit the open E that I
could probably fix.
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Cameron said 4214 days ago (November 7th, 2005)
expertly conceived and well-balanced
Every sound in this piece shines out with crystal clarity and simplicity.
This is an extremely thoughtful, well-conceived piece from beginning
to end.

You set the perfect musical atmosphere for the serious subject matter,
without being pendantic or morose. It is contemplative without self-
consciousness.

My only suggestions would be to add just a hint, a very subtle hint --
of reverb to sustain and carry along the music in a more floating,
ethereal way, and also to elongate the ending chord a bit longer.

Your lyrics/vocals on this are excellent.

Lovely, evocative work, Peter!
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Peter Greenstone said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
expertly conceived and well-balanced
Thanks, Cameron. I think I'm content with the low reverb mix on this. Perhaps
a touch more is worth trying out... maybe. I do agree that the last chord at the
end could be sustained a bit longer.
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birdhaus said 4214 days ago (November 7th, 2005)
Wow!
I just happened across this piece through the "Hit Picks" (this is my first
day as an official registered user) and I am blown away. Beautiful and
sad, portraying the human side of aging and decay. I like your
production and the sparse feeling of the sound. A definitely clear and
poignant statement.
Peter Greenstone said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
Wow!
Thanks, Birdhaus. Glad you stopped by and commented.
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Rebsie said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
The lost art of storytelling
There's a definite shortage of songs that tell stories these days ... it's
almost a lost art. You've done a great job with this. Brilliantly conceived
and expressed. The occasional slightly discordant note on the piano is
a brilliant touch, and the piano contrasts so beautifully with the
melancholy cello. Your voice is just gorgeous ... I know I say that on all
your songs, but it's true! Just mesmerising.
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Peter Greenstone said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
The lost art of storytelling
Thank you for the nice comments and praise, Rebsie. It too like storytelleing
songs. That's one of the things I particularly like about the music you do with
Mandolinquent.
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EdensEve said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
Sitting alone
Nothing is so moving as a singer/songwriter with just a guitar. The other
sounds you add are so perfect, as if they are the thoughts in your head as
you play solo. This is a special song. Really good. I didn't want it to end.
It left me feeling quite alone, unsettled, wanting to call home just to
check up...
ledebutant said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
Nostalgia
I'm sitting here in front of the computer, with goosebumps on my arms
and legs. This is truly the most moving song I've heard on macjams,
perhaps one of the most moving I've heard anywhere. The emotion that
you captured with the piano, the off-kilter pain and confusion, the
waiting, the longing, the nostalgia for the person her father was is the
heart of the song.

What you do with the pencil tool, the expressiveness you get with it, is
just amazing.

Peter, this is perfect. I hope you don't re-do it, because the emotion is
so dead-on. This is a masterpiece.
Peter Greenstone said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
Nostalgia
Thanks, Ledeb. I'm flattered that you like it so much. Using the pencile tool
well is just a matter of patience and attention to detail. I hear the part I want
playing over and over again in my head and I just trace the notes from my mind
into the edit window. I guess it's like playing except that I have to hold each
section in hy head consciously until I'm done plunking it down with the mouse.

Don't worry. I think I'll leave this as it is.
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Mcboy said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
great work....
great piece of songwriting......yoze got skillz.....hehhe....
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bronco said 4213 days ago (November 8th, 2005)
Your Best Songwriting
You are really coming into your own as a songwriter, independent of
being a great sound engineer/producer. This is a fully realized song
with a simplicity in presentation that does not hide it's complexity in
artistic achievement. Sent shivers down my spine. It was dark,
compelling, forboding but hypnotic. The sort of song whose theme
makes me want to hurry on to something else but whose music and
artistry makes me stay and float above the angry sea of dark reality!
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sos said 4212 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
...
No words for this
obtuso said 4212 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
...
i got two: very beautiful.

owendave said 4212 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Emmet
Nicely done. Excellent job with the performance, mixing, and
presentation. Looks like you have a setup that works well. Keep up the
good work!
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Mokus said 4212 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Powerful!!!
Very powerful sentiment in this song...beautiful artistry.
A sobering moment in my self absorbed day...
Thankyou for sharing this.
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mandolinquent said 4211 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
A latercomer...
But not only is that a stunning piece of songwriting, but it's beautiful in
delivery and production. The piano is exceptionally beautiful. Bloody
hell. That is terrific.

My only quibble is the aforementioned end fade. I want to hear the
song hanging there for a couple of seconds more. But it's a great piece
of work.
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Peter Greenstone said 4210 days ago (November 11th, 2005)
A latercomer...
Thanks, Mando. As I told Rebs, storytelling is one of the things that I
particularly enjoy in your songs.
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ChrisKevin said 4211 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
Very well done
You have created the perfect mood for a piece about the confusion,
dellusion, and chaos that this disease must create for the person and
family members involved. The piano parts pull and tug, as well as float in
and out of the typical melody of the key you are in, which creates tension,
and makes the tune mirror the subject manner.

I loved it.

Chris Kevin
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screamalexz said 4210 days ago (November 11th, 2005)
beautiful
beautiful. we always spend life waiting. i like the piano.
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Nek0 said 4210 days ago (November 11th, 2005)
nice
nice at capturing the thoughts and sending them out
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mikkinylund said 4208 days ago (November 13th, 2005)
Wow!
I don't know how else to express the experience of this song... This is
not just a very, very good song, this is ART. The style itself surprise me a
little bit but only in a positive way. This is so f-ing good. A very
important topic, an interesting story, excellent arrangements, and the
voice....woooaw! Everything you do gets better and better! You are an
amazing artist. Thank you very much.

M
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mikkinylund said 4208 days ago (November 13th, 2005)
Wow!
I don't know how else to express the experience of this song... This is
not just a very, very good song, this is ART. The style itself surprise me a
little bit but only in a positive way. This is so f-ing good. A very
important topic, an interesting story, excellent arrangements, and the
voice....woooaw! Everything you do gets better and better! You are an
amazing artist. Thank you very much.

M
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mikkinylund said 4208 days ago (November 13th, 2005)
P.S.
The artwork is also very good.
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Mr. Chicklets said 4205 days ago (November 16th, 2005)
Wonderful track
Singing, songwriting are excellent. Lyrically very, very good. Mood
done to perfection. Guitar is very fluid and organic. I think the piano
melody and phrasing a very good. I believe playing the 'pencil tool'
makes for a stiff performance. Nuance and sublety seem compromised
to me. However, in this piece, that may not be such a bad thing.
Overall, simply oustanding.
atonalis said 4204 days ago (November 17th, 2005)
holy cow.
i'm sure you don't need another person telling you how great this tune is.

i work with the elderly and persons that require special attention for "memory care". this hits home from my experience. the performance is just outstanding in every way. sooooo melancholic. i can't describe some of the feelings i have when meeting and knowing these people......... but you have done soooo well........so distant with memory but so close to emotion. this is my first listen with your tracks..... and i'm impressed beyond measure.
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MowMeDown said 4204 days ago (November 17th, 2005)
Keepin in mind
Really fine. Enough said.
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Peter Greenstone said 4204 days ago (November 17th, 2005)
THANK YOU
I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT COMMENTS,
EVERYONE.

Sorry I haven't been able to reply to everyone individually as I usually try
to do. I read them all and I really appreciate it. I'm particularly pleased
that those of you who have personal experiences around these issues are
moved by it and find it meaningful.

Thank you.
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dpower said 4202 days ago (November 19th, 2005)
Piano man
very nice composition - powerful lyrics. Evokes a dark sense of bleakness about getting old.
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jmogielnicki@wes said 4200 days ago (November 21st, 2005)
Thank you
Im always especially impressed when a song with so few parts, a song that is so stark and subtle, can simultaneously be powerful, eerie, and incredibly moving. Indeed the very fact of its desolate simplicity is what makes this song so hauntingly beautiful. You give me the inspiration to keep listening, playing, and improving. Thank you.
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urbnite said 4195 days ago (November 26th, 2005)
damn
this is great.

i wish i could play the pencil tool like that!

the drums, piano, strings, guitar, voice... all perfect for this!

appropriately dark - perfect for this time of year..

d/l
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dajama said 4195 days ago (November 26th, 2005)
beautiful and immediate
This is a beautiful and immediate song, the subtle, sparse
instrumentation allowing your voice to fill the speakers. Nice guitar sound
(and playing), astounding lyrics, nice use of strings and keyboards, and all
in all, a great song.
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Lee_lee said 4163 days ago (December 28th, 2005)
aww man...
man, man,,... that music is the ambience of a last night in an old jazz bar. i absolutely love it
jmt said 4161 days ago (December 30th, 2005)
precise and emotive
This is truly beautiful! So sad and so beautiful... All voices compliment each other well and support the mood of the piece. Your vocals are precise and emotive, what a great performance!
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Peter Greenstone said 4159 days ago (January 1st, 2006)
precise and emotive
Thanks for dropping by and commenting, jmt.

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dreadmon said 4155 days ago (January 5th, 2006)
Wow
This is so good on so many levels - first of all, it's just heartbreaking, simply heartbreaking. You've captured the lonliness, pain, alienation, sadness, desperation and dashed hopes so incredibly well. The arrangement fits the material like a wetsuit, from the waltz movement, to the meandering minor ivory stroll, mixing a Slavic feel with just the occasional hint of jazz, your voice sells this song, part confessional and part narrator watching the whole sad parade take place. The strings are just perfect - the subtle manipulations of effect on your voice at key moments. You are one hell of a songwriter/performer, sir. This is a GREAT piece of songcraft.
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SpeedingLed said 4135 days ago (January 25th, 2006)
Beauty
Nice vocals. Very atmospheric,,,!!
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crucial_d said 4133 days ago (January 27th, 2006)
one of.
the best songs i have heard in a long time.
it's so haunting,but ti stil gives a feeling a hope in a weird sort of way.
this is going to be a new favorite of mine for a while.
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Leebo said 4132 days ago (January 28th, 2006)
painful
This is fucking beautiful. My Mum has Alzheimers at the age of 54,
and I'm at a loss how to cope. Your minimalist lyrics were so succinct,
yet so true of how I feel in my darkest moments.

You were so kind about my song "Ballad Of A Breakup", I'm sorry I took
so long getting around to reviewing one of yours. I'll be listening to
more of yours in the future.

Wish I could say fav'd and downoaded, but I'm afraid it was too
painful. One listen is enough.

Peace
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andersOO7 said 4127 days ago (February 2nd, 2006)
Like it.
Hey. I like this, it has a very good mood to it, a good feel, it's very
emotional. Like the atmosphere! It's kind of sad but I don't mind that, I
like it alot! I'm pretty new to this site, and I think I will have to check out
some of your other stuff.
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Isak Sherwood said 4125 days ago (February 4th, 2006)
Ben Folds good
I thought it was my eyes, it being so late an all, as I looked at the page
and my mind wandered and this great spacial song drifted through me
like a phone call from my dad, wandering like mind, but, no, it was an
animated gif pulsing a changing focus within your song art. This is Ben
Folds good. For this type of song, a highest compliment. 10s across the
board.
Peter Greenstone said 4125 days ago (February 5th, 2006)
Ben Folds good
Thanks, Isak. I wonder how many people even notice the animation. I wanted it
to subtle like that, and it sounds like it worked just right on you.

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Check out my latest song called Iridium Flare (2013 Re-Release)
stacey said 4119 days ago (February 10th, 2006)
Wow
It's a great song. Very well done. By "penciled in," what do you mean?
Like, in GB where you open the editor for a track and you can change the
notes? I'm confused on the terminiology! But, the piano is very haunting
and wonderful.
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Peter Greenstone said 4117 days ago (February 12th, 2006)
Wow
Thanks. We call it the "pencil" tool because when you use it the curser looks like
a pencil. You go into the editor and you "pencil in" the notes one at a time with
the mouse, manually setting the note pitch, length, and velocty, like a more
strait forward method of writing a score.

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Check out my latest song called Iridium Flare (2013 Re-Release)
stacey said 4115 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
Wow
Thanks for clarifying that for me. I know sometimes after I play a keyboard
track, I'll go into editor and manipulate, fix, etc. I didn't know I could write that
way. Thanks again!
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stacey said 4115 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
Wow
Thanks for clarifying that for me. I know sometimes after I play a keyboard
track, I'll go into editor and manipulate, fix, etc. I didn't know I could write that
way. Thanks again!
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christph said 4118 days ago (February 11th, 2006)
allight
this was a very nice song, it really goes well with my spirit today.
Scott Carmichael said 4042 days ago (April 28th, 2006)
stunning
I love how u use sound to create... I'm a fan... you've painted the
picture here completely... very gifted
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bethrobin said 4040 days ago (April 30th, 2006)
so moving
what a lovely song. first I just listened to all the rich layers of
instrumentation and your delicate restrained vocal. then I read the words.
a perfect match. Those last three lines give me chills in their expressive
sparseness. I'm at a loss for words.

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said 4035 days ago (May 5th, 2006)
Very nice
Wow. This a very touching song. You are a great story teller, and this
really nails it. Bravo!
Emerson L said 3948 days ago (July 31st, 2006)
yes
very much enjoyed. i feel like the piano needs to relax a bit. overall very good though.
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bowens said 3910 days ago (September 7th, 2006)
Beautiful
This is a great song. Very touching.
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ktb said 3759 days ago (February 5th, 2007)
brilliant
Really nice. It's my loss that it took me so long to listen. I can thank Tobin for rectifying that with his 10's list. Absolutely fantastic track.
Well written, with cool progression and lots of emotion.
Your voice is perfect for this. ala Roger Waters. Very disctinct and powerful. The whole pace and vibe were simply incredible.

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Peter Greenstone said 3759 days ago (February 5th, 2007)
thanks
Thanks, Karma. Always nice to have a fresh comment on an older song. I didn't realize Tobin had included this in his list.

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said 3257 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
Great!
As Einar said, very dark but stunningly beautiful. I'm amazed by your writing, performance, production and how you chose these instruments and how beautifully they sounded with your guitar and vocals. Thanks for this masterpiece... Your songs made my day Sir.

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
Char said 3197 days ago (August 20th, 2008)
Alzheimer's
is a slow death. A friend went through it for about three years and then, it killed her. She hallucinated ghosts, she was angry over crazy things and she didn't recognize people. Everyone else can watch helplessly.
Your song transmitted that inevitability and abandon to a fate worse than death. Thank you.
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Mckenzie said 3186 days ago (August 31st, 2008)
im
totally speechless. The piano part is one of the best i've heard on Macjams, pencilled in or not.
Just a hauntingly beautiful piece of songwriting.

thank you for this
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