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Stay (with Rebsie)


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DWL

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It's been a while since either I or Rebsie posted anything so even though there are a few niggles with this we've decided it's worth posting.

This was a bit of an experiment. First of all I wanted to put a Bacharach/David reference into each verse (dunno why, it just seemed like a good idea at the time). Then I decided I wanted an African Palm Wine style.

I did post this a while back as a "live" solo piece but couldn't turn down the chance of getting Rebsie to sing it. And many thanks to her for singing on this and putting up with my constant changes :-)
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Lyrics
I want some answers to my questions
Do you know the way to San Jose?
Can you forgive my indiscretions
and if I said I loved you would you stay?

If I called your name across a noisy street
Would you walk on by the other way?
Why are you so busy we can never meet
And if I said I loved you would you stay?

Why does the sun keep on shining
when my heart grows so cold?
They say that every cloud it has a silver lining
And all I feel is old

If I say a little prayer for you
Could I say it softly every day?
I don’t think that's what you want me to do
And if I said I loved you would you stay?

© Dick Langford 2007
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Hits: 4107
Comments: 76
Fans: 29
Plays: 117
Downloads: 152

Uploaded: Mar 02, 2008 - 09:49:44 AM
Last Updated: Mar 02, 2008 - 10:29:56 AM Last Played: Jul 04, 2017 - 04:48:14 AM
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Comments
Barretok said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
What a...
Nice acoustic piece. Great guitar playing. perfect for those beautiful vocals. Very good job you two!!
B
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DWL said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Thanks Mr B
It's a gentle offering in troubled times.

Cheers

Dick
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dirigent said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Stay
beautiful acoustic performance, yes. Magic voice and enchanting accompaniment :-) Good mix, a lot of feeling in this track. Amazing collab!
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DWL said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Nice to see you here Mr D!
Thanks for the comments.

A secret is that the guitars were all done in one take but I'm not saying how many times :-)

Cheers

Dick
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echoroom said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Simple is best
This is a simple track - just vocal and acoustic, but what a piece. Very intimate, and nicely recorded, this is a new high for the two of you. i cant say why exactly, but this is really magical - 'worth posting' indeed. Classy and classic - hats of guys, tis is a keeper.

steve
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DWL said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
An accolade indeed!
I appreciate the comments. I always liked the song but Rebsie lifted it to somewhere else.

Enjoy it while you can as I guarantee my next song won't be anything like this!

Cheers

Dick
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droop said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Yeah
I love the sound of this. Great vocal by Rebsie on a simple but very neat song. I really love the feel of the backing with the acoustics. The stop and go bass is a perfect example of.......less is more.

Just great DWL and Rebsie
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DWL said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
I can do simple
Rebsie thought that "less is more" was the right approach. Now I agree with her :-)

Thanks for listening.

Cheers

Dick
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sir dennis crowther said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
A hit
I just don't know what to do with myself, this is such a good song.

Less is more, that's what it's all about.

Congratulations!

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paul f. page said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Such a...
...nice sound!!! This is a '70s folk-style if ever there was one and you two have captured the feeling perfectly. Very much enjoyed the gentle flavor of this little song. I do, though, wish Rebsie's vocal was up higher. It is getting overpowered by the bass (and I DO love the bass)... just crank her up a bit.
Wonderful song and one I am looking forward to listening to many times. Nice collab.
Peace.
Paul
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DWL said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Thanks Paul!
I had to leave out the 60s trumpets :-)

Maybe I should bring the bass down???

Cheers

Dick



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Vic Holman said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Man, this is nice!!
Rebsie & Dick make a great team.

You two would be a hit on the coffeehouse circuit, working in this style.

leave it to you, Dick, to throw in the Burt lyric references.

Excellent tune, you two.
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DWL said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
As a caffeine addict
that sounds good.

Thanks Vic, nice idea, pity we live a 100 miles apart :-(

Cheers

Dick
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Rebsie said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)

Is it only 100 miles? Great, I'll go and put the harp in the car.
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caroline said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
peter and i are blown away!!!
dick - what have you done to her???? this is WAY AND BEYOND my most favourite of anything rebsie has ever sung - gobsmacked of cheltenham - biggest of big bows xoxoxoxox
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DWL said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Blimey Caroline
I'm lost for words. Thank you very much :-)

It's not me, Rebsie does all the work. She's the star!

Many thanks Ms G of C.

Cheers

Dick
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peacepiano said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Rebsie
Rebsie's voice is a Fantastic addition to your fine acoustic guitar tune. And you know what, you play some pretty good guitar too!

Thanks
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DWL said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
And thanks to you Bill
we appreciate your support.

Cheers

Dick
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Feter said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Stay
the song is so light hearted and soft but by all
means Rebsie's singing charming it with her sweet
singing .its more spiritual .wonderful colab my
friends ..thnx alot for sharin such Gem !
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DWL said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Gentle was what we wanted
it's not my normal style so it was good to do something a little more laid back.

Thanks for listening and I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick
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said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Lovely
just simply,... timeless music, sentiment and vocals, set to a day in prose that is our own. lovely

. - Harold
DWL said 3434 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Thanks Harold
An unexpected excursion into laid back territory for me.

Cheers

Dick
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Rebsie said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Ha!
You're thanking ME for singing this?!

It's a lovely song, your guitars are beautiful, the mix is good and the arrangement perfectly judged. And you make fantastic spinach and feta pie.

You've been a good friend to me in some difficult times and I really appreciate it. So thank YOU.

Regarding your original solo version of this - I still want to know who won the box of soiled tissues.
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jiguma said 3435 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Excellent collab
Lovely Singing Rebsie, and great accompaniment Dick (and Rebsie?). A really classy folk tune done just about to perfection.
No nits, just honest beautiful music.
Neil
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DWL said 3434 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Honest?
Yes I like that :-)

I really enjoyed working on this and I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick
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Rebsie said 3434 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)

FYI Neil ... Dick played all the instrumentation on this one, and had to scrape me up out of the gutter of my self-doubt to get the vocal out of me. Maybe I'll twang an instrument or two on the next one. :)
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sloparts said 3434 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Nice quiet piece Dick and Rebsie
Well done by both of you. The vocal's a tad quiet for my ears, but then I am going deaf. Rebsie, you voice is so pleasant to listen to and Dick did a really fine job with the guitar track.

A very nice listen you two, thanks for sharing it.

Be well the both of you.

Ed
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DWL said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
Thanks Ed
Always appreciate your comments!

Cheers

Dick
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said 3434 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Great
Good song.. I like the vocals and the acoustic guitar... Sounds really great... And good lyrics.... Nice collab.... Thumbs up to both of you...
DWL said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
Hi Lightman
thanks for listening and the thumbs :-)

Cheers

Dick
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dlb said 3434 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Lovely
guitar playing, very tasteful. Great vocal Rebsie. Good song, well done both.
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DWL said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
That's my no fingernail style
which tends to soften the sound :-)

One day I'll get a crisp attack!

Thanks

Cheers

Dick
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said 3434 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Lovely song...
light and lovely. You two mix and match perfectly here. I love your voice here, Rebsie... and Dick your acoustic is choice, as are the lyrics. All around complete song and a real enjoyable listen. Thanks.

Jack
DWL said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
Thanks Jack
Much appreciated!

Cheers

Dick
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drakonis said 3434 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Wow... Rebsie's high!
I mean her voice... this is a new register? It is a rather different sound for her, but it is quite pretty, brings her into the sunshine, puts flowers in her hair. Really sweet guitar work too, and a delightful song, even if it was assembled "Hermit-crab" fashion from bits of lyrics. Very nice experiment!
ttfn,
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DWL said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
It was an exercise in writing
but I don't know why!

Rebsie did do a very good job on this and I was pleased with the way it all came together.

Thanks for listening

Cheers

Dick
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said 3433 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Better and better and better
Brilliant, beautiful and vulnerable. Congratulations Dick you and Rebsie are really bringing about truly wonderful colours of eachothers skills. Rebsie sounds as lovely as Ive ever heard her, the vox treatment you gave her really really worked. Your picking and backing tracks are of course just so yummy.

Bravo!!!!

..and I faved you so I can keep track of when a new song of yours gets UL'd, I dont ever want to miss one :)

Dont stop... this is a great path you two are walking down.
DWL said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
And for my next trick
is a loud raucous rock song............ (I hope I don't let you down)

Thanks for your most generous comments :-)

Cheers

Dick
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guitapick said 3433 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Wow...
...beautiful open chords, picking, lyrics and Rebsie...wonderful offering, people...
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DWL said 3431 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
Many thanks !
Getting +ve guitar comments from you is very welcome.

Cheers

Dick
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said 3433 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
classy piece with
beautiful picking guitar and a fantastic angelic voice in a real 70s piece of folk...Enjoyed this very much...!
Rebsie said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)

Thanks very much Arend, your support is truly appreciated.
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davisamerica said 3432 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
wow rebsie
this is a smooth pop rocker .... love this and ur vox is wonderful .... man ... u r amazing lady!!
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Rebsie said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)

Thanks Jack. That's a very nice compliment and much appreciated. I think me and Dick were both in uncharted territory with this one, but that's part of the fun.

Cute cat, btw. What is it about keyboards that attracts cats? One of ours does free jazz improvisations on my beautiful antique piano and the other is terrified of it and runs and hides under the bed.
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DWL said 3431 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
and thanks from me
much appreciated Jack

Cheers

Dick
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SJB said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
Acoustic heaven
I like the entry of the 2nd guitar, and then how it builds with the entry of vocals and bass. The whole thing ticks along so easily and is a real pleasure on the ears. Very well played and sung!


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DWL said 3431 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
A pleasure to play as well
thank you!

Cheers

Dick

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Mcboy said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
rhythm play
hooked me from the start....rebsie's vocal cements a lovely track.....love the whispery vocal approach.....i just love...love songs.....and this one is a keep....here comes the sun......peace...
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Rebsie said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)

We really appreciate you stopping by McBoy, and thanks for a lovely comment.

The whispery vocal thing is a bit of an experimental path at the moment so I'm very glad to hear you like it.
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said 3432 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
Great!
Man you're really a guitar god. Impressive work done by 2 of my most favorite MacJammers ... WOW. Loved everything about this song. Thanks a lot for sharing and KUDOS!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
Rebsie said 3431 days ago (March 6th, 2008)

Thanks Yeman! We've really appreciated the lovely comments you've made on so many of our songs.

Yeah, he's a guitar god all right. He's such a wondrous shredder of electrics and it really is amazing that he can do this sensitive acoustic stuff equally well.

It's good to see your latest song riding the top of the charts - and so well deserved.
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DWL said 3431 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
And you are a gentleman Yemen
thanks for stopping by and checking us out!

Cheers

Dick
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bud said 3431 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
I love all the references
really clever and fun - without taking anything away from the originality of the song. Production and playing are excellent of course and Rebsie's vocal is beautiful as usual. Great collab.
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DWL said 3431 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
Cheers Bud
your comments are always appreciated.

Thanks

Dick
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Remark80 said 3431 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
Great finger picking
Love your guitar work. Bridge of the song is really nice. Vox are lovely.

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DWL said 3430 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
Appreciated Mr R
thanks for taking the time to listen and comment

Cheers

Dick
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Jim Bouchard said 3430 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
supa-dupa
This is just about perfect...old niggley me keeps trying to find something wrong with it and I just can't seem to. It doesn't help that this is my idea of ideal music, with gorgeous vocals and delicate picking and and then the added element is a simply wonderful ambient working of the vocals in the chorus that is so subtle that it slays me.

The third time through I did notice that there is a sort of thumpiness in the guitar tracks, like the guitar needs to be cut in the mids a tad and a slight boost the high end a shade to be a bit more sparkley and a little less thumpy, but it's a tiny thing, and even as it is, this is far and away better than most recordings of this nature that get released to great acclaim in the professional realm. Reminds me of the new-psychedelic folk movement that is all the rage now, Devandra Barnhart and the like. but better...
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DWL said 3430 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
Food for thought
First off, thanks for the praise :-)

Secondly - the guitar sound. I really struggle with picking as I am an inveterate nail biter and have no nails on my right hand so the attack on my picking is softened. Whilst this gives a lovely soft sound (which is what I wanted here) it does tends to flatten the response across the frequency range.

I didn't want a bright sound on this but I can see what you mean about the boominess and I'll see what I can do. It's a pity MJ doesn't allow UPDATED versions to be posted without a new thread :-(

Thanks a lot Jim. Much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick
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stacey said 3429 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Yes!
Home run!
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Rebsie said 3428 days ago (March 9th, 2008)

Thanks Stacey. I've been meaning to check out your stuff for ages and I will get round to it ...
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DWL said 3428 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Home run?
Fantastic, thanks Stacey.

Cheers

Dick


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kristyjo said 3429 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
classic aaba form
the references are really fun. The singing and guitars fit together so nicely. This is really pretty.
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Rebsie said 3428 days ago (March 9th, 2008)

Thanks Kristyjo. It's a rare but enjoyable journey into sweet and pretty territory for us.
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DWL said 3428 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
And thanks from me
Cheers

Dick
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Joe Brady said 3429 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Wow!
This is excellent; nice work Dick. Rebsie did her usual intimate, warm vocal which is a perfect fit for your song. The guitar playing is beautiful and the levels seem very friendly to the ear. I like the references in the writing; identified immediately with the sentiment. Is "bully for you" appropriate here? Great stuff.

Cheers,

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Rebsie said 3428 days ago (March 9th, 2008)

Thank you Joe, glad you enjoyed it. :)
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apb said 3428 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Lovely ..

.. enjoyed this immensely - excellent performances and mix, very intimate sounding and gentle. Perfect balance .. not too much not too little, spot on.

Really a keeper .. guitar fingerstyle is sweet and Rebsie's vocal is top notch.

I might have tried some steel (oil) drums for a fading outro, as I could easily listen to this for another 1.5mins .. little instrumental break then final chorus perhaps too - I also wondered a little about the overall key .. since Rebsie does drop down very low on some run downs .. and also hops pretty high too... if the top notes could go up a semi-tone (say), the bottom ones might sound less deep on the 'day' trail offs... impressive range never-the-less and if it feels comfortable, pay no heed.

You two do really gel. Kudos to you both on another excellent collab.
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Rebsie said 3428 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Thanks Alan
It's very perceptive of you to suggest I'd be more comfortable a semitone higher, because my key of choice is B flat and we did this in A. It felt comfortable in A though ... it's a really nice fun song to sing. But I have a piddlingly narrow vocal range so it doesn't take much to push my limits. :)

Your support and encouragement are much appreciated.
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davisamerica said 3428 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
awww man.....
folks this is absolutely sweetness wonder! wonderful guitar lines and lyrics. rebsie's voice fits like a glove! simply beautiful DWL and Rebsie!
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davisamerica said 3428 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
and yes...
i do keep coming back for more ... will download now and quit being a pest!
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Rebsie said 3428 days ago (March 9th, 2008)

Not a pest at all, Jack. With 40,000 other songs on this site to choose from, I can't think of a much bigger compliment than that you took the trouble to listen again and leave us three comments. :)
*beaming grin*
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Doug Somers said 3401 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
Now it's my turn to apologise for being late
Lovely song you two. Singing, lyrics, guitar work and mix come together to make this an iPod favourite. My only nit is that Rebsie's wonderful vocal seems a little low in the mix on my sound system. Not enough to detract from the engaging effect of this song though.

I'm clearly getting too far behind when I'm missing out on gems like this one. Kudos to you both for pro work.

Keep well,
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said 3346 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Mmmmh
Nice one Dick & Rebsie
Thanks, Rich
alackbass said 1923 days ago (April 22nd, 2012)
Stay (with Rebsie)
I very nice version of a true gem. I love the left/right acoustics and of course the vocals are lovely. The bass and percussion are subtle while adding a lot to the arrangement. Downloaded!
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say said 825 days ago (April 25th, 2015)
hey
This is wonderful to hear you again, it's such ashame Rebsie isn't here she definately was a favartist of mine.
Beautiful playing, thankyou for the listen

helena
Char said 25 days ago (July 3rd, 2017)
I love your
original song, Stay. I've wanted to sing it, ever so much.
This is so creative. Thanks to both of you.

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