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Big Dog


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DWL

 Genre: Acoustic

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A few years ago I started working on a song for a guy called Alan Gentle, a Brit on the Muses board, but hit one of my blocks and never finished it. Recently we've been talking about working together again and this song is something I picked up on his lyric site http://www.dandelionlyrics.freecp.net/

I've been playing a lot of acoustic recently and came up with some riffs and a melody that needed lyrics and luckily Alan had some I could use. This is a sort of atmospheric piece.

Alan describes the lyrics as experimental. He was exploring rhythm at the time. The hiss at the beginning is deliberate as it's supposed to be a eerie wind blowing across an indeterminate desert through an indeterminate town (probably Mexican) where the final showdown takes place.

K.Yairi acoustic - dropped D
AKG C1000S - vocal and guitar
Samson C01 - vocal and guitar
Tascam US122
Strat and Boss GT8
Various sounds from Garageband

There's a slight fluff at the end but I wasn't going to try and re-record the guitar - 4 minutes of finger picking is enough for me!

The Big Dog in the photo is Django my flat coat retriever when he was a puppy!

Big Dog © Alan Gentle / Dick Langford 2009

Big Dog walks down main street down town
Big Dog's got a girlfriend so proud
She don't take no hound from no pound
She just digs the Big Dog she found

She's singing...

Chorus
Hey now hey now
Hey now hey now
Big Dog's walking
Big Dog's walking

Big Dog likes to play with Stray Cat
Stray Cat likes to take him out back
Girlfriend don't know Big Dog's big rat
Big Dog always covers his tracks

She's singing...

Chorus

Stray Cat don't like standing in line
Stray Cat wants a good time all times
Buys a cheap piece shining so fine
Draws a line and calls out show time

They're singing

She's singing...

Chorus
Hey now hey now
Hey now hey now
Big Dog's walking
Big Dog's walking
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Bob Rodgers said 2770 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
I've
been playing a lot of acoustic lately too but not as well as this Dick!
Really great playing and the vocals are superb.
This reminds me of an acoustic song Plant & Page would do.
Really great song, this is just the best!

Bob
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DWL said 2770 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Blimey Bob
that was quick!

Thanks, I'm not terribly subtle.I just get my head down an go for it. After hearing your brilliant acoustic song earlier I really don't believe a word you say about playing :)

Cheers

Dick
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stevel said 2770 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Great finger picking
Funnily enough I have just been listening to some Richard Thompson and Davey Graham stuff on Youtube. This track fits nicely in to that genre... excellent guitar work indeed
Steve
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DWL said 2770 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Thanks Steve
I can't pretend I managed it first time and I'm not saying how many times I had to play it through until I got one decent take with just a few rhythmic oddities and the fluff at the end!

Richard Thompson & Davy Graham are worth being compared to even if I dodn't get near them. Thans

Cheers

Dick
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scofugate said 2770 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Your fingers
are like propellers!! This is awesome man!! It almost has a live feel. (I feel the vibe of Johnny Cash here in the vox). Very nice and I love the minor feel!!
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DWL said 2770 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Not quite live
The guitar and vocals were done separately. When I'm doing an acoustic song I normally do the guitar and vocals in one take at the same time but I couln't play this and sing at the same time!

Thanks for the comments.

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 2770 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
My fingers
are getting blisters just listening to this. Fantastic playing.
I am also really enjoying all the other subtle instruments/harmonies and effects off to each side which are contributing to making this a real stand out original track. Hearing something new each time I listen (which is quite a few times now).
Great lyrics and fantastic vocal too. Superb.
But did you have to shoot him at the end? Excellent effect.
Beautiful dog too.
Love this Dick, downloaded, thanks.
Cheers
Len


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DWL said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
I got blisters playing it!
Thanks Len. I wasn't expecting this to work. Originally I put a very distorted vocal on but then decided to be "normal". It was fun using the acoustic even it did take a long time.

Cheers

Dick
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Feter said 2770 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Big Dog
Man ...this brings a real close look to how
good your writing is ..the riffs just breathe
taking you added some floydian flavors with
those synth sounds ..top notch vocal work ..
this is just groovy ..thnx alot for sharin such
gem !!!!!!!!!!!
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DWL said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Thanks Feter
I'm on a creative roll at the moment so I'm glad you are enjoying what I'm doing.

I tried to lift the acoustic sound just a bit by adding a few Floydian flourishes so thanks for noticing.

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 2770 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Big Dog
this is some fantastic guitar playing Dick.

the lyrics and vocals fit it perfectly..... this is one heck of song.

the added synths and backing vocals take it to another level all together
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DWL said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Welcome praise
from a master guitarist!

Thanks Vic, much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick
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sloparts said 2769 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Awesome playing,
great song writing, and your vox was up to the task and then some my friend.

I kept waiting for a Bass line to come in to fill out the bottom end of the song, but it never did. I think it should too, but other than that. It's a very cool song.

Ed

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DWL said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
I did try some bass
but couldn't get it to sit with what was happening with the guitar. String bass would have been ideal, pity I can't play one!

Thanks Ed.

Cheers

Dick
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SmokeyVW said 2769 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
intense
this is intense! the guitar playing is great, the vocals and lyrics are dark, and the backup fx (like at 2:25) push it over the top

thanks


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DWL said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Thanks Bill!
I was pleased how it turned out. Nothing like I thought it would.

Cheers

Dick
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Jarvoid said 2769 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Flamencoesque
flatpicking pooch song.Top marks for the package,the picking is awesome but I also like the stuff going on in the background too.....Cheers.

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DWL said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Flatpicking pooch
I like it!

Thanks for the comments

Cheers

dick
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Moviz said 2769 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Now this
is some guitar playing ( you never said before LOL).... love this Dick; very moody..... and bluesy... in fact everything here sounds terrific, love the vocal delivery and the percussion sounds... just a great performance, cheers M
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DWL said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
I keep some things to myself!
Thanks Maurice. This came together really quite quickly for me so it's nice it's been well received.

Cheers

Dick
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cchaplin said 2769 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
The dog's bollox !
You are one Master geeetar player ! I love the way you go a semi tone (?) higher now and again for a few seconds... give it that edge which is so appealing. Absolutely great !

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DWL said 2768 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
Dog's wotsits indeed!
Thanks Chris, yes it is a semitone. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick


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ktb said 2769 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Big Dog
Dick, this sounds fantastic. Flashs of early Zep for me. The verb'd vocals created a cool ambience. And some of the atmospheric touchs really added to the mix.


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DWL said 2766 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
Early Zep?
That'll do, thanks for the comment!

Cheers

Dick
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PaulaMunk said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
This is
a great demonstration of what a great guitarist you are. Beautiful backup vocals and little touches. Thank you, guys.
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DWL said 2766 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
I wish
Thanks for the comments though. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick
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Peter Bauckham said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
There must be
an acoustic song revival going on! Great guitar playing - love the dropped D tuning. It's certainly atmospheric. Superb stuff!

Peter
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DWL said 2766 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
Don't worry Pete
my next song is not acoustic!

I really like dropped D. Lovely to play.

Thanks

Cheers

Dick
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hackneybloke said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
big dog
dick. i love it now that you're one of us (the one man and guitar club). this is brilliant (again). amazing guitar work. haunting background stuff. the first time i heard the slide up i was unsure....but then i got used to it very quickly and found myself looking out for it....so an excellent choice. had to listen twice for the 'fuff'...are you talking about a very minor finger pick which only delivers about 70 percent clarity??? yes dick...completely ruins the song (you weirdo perfectionist). i love the gun-shot at the end. the dog gets it - right?.....nice touch (i am a cat-lover). great track...and i didn't even care about a bridge. downloaded dude. x
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DWL said 2766 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
One man and his dog
or was that a guitar?

Nevermind.

Thanks for the comments Julian. I don't where the slide came from except it had to be there as I couldn't play the bass part without moving my hand!

The dog gets it... or was he beaten to the draw?

Cheers

Dick
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alexweiler said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Big!
Very skilled handmade track, kept simple with an impressive atmosphere.
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DWL said 2766 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
I tried for atmosphere
so I'm pleased if it came across. Thanks Alex.

Cheers

Dick
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Hickling_Stan said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Atmospheric
At first my ear just got drawn to the guitar playing but then i started to pick out everything else that was going on. Love that line "it's showtime". A really classy piece of work. Great respect from the "Two men and guitars club"!! Mark
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DWL said 2765 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Mark
It'll be interesting seeing what my next song (which won't be acoustic) will get!

Cheers

Dick


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Calchas said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Dick be nimble. Dick be quick. Dick can really finger pick!
Wow man. This is aces. Fine picking and singing throughout...

Also really like all the understated background stuff. Gives the tune a wicked ambience.

Be well friend!
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DWL said 2765 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Just a one-trick pony!
Couldn't work out to rhyme with "pick"..

Thanks! I appreciate the listen.

Cheers

Dick


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davisamerica said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
mr. langford....
hey now.... big dog is walking indeed. The atmospherics on this are great... the guitar is just down right perfect .... lyrics brilliant.... vocals ..wow.... get the feeling I really like this???? Indeed I do!! Overloading my HD but must d/l and did. Great track sir!
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DWL said 2765 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Hey Jack
Always good to see your name on the comments list! Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting.

Cheers

Dick
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magnatone said 2769 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Big Dog
your guitar playing in here is just STELLAR Dick! these are terrific lyrics, great vocal performance - this is just one great song - i always love your music!
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Karen
I really enjoy playing acoustic guitar so it was good to be able to use it.

I really appreciate the comments

Cheers

Dick
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fasteddie said 2768 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
awesome
Guitars, vocals, song... you name it on this one. What a great tune! That is some really intense finger picking on the guitar. I like the singing and vocals quite a bit. Am I becoming redundant enought yet?

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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Redundant?
With your talent?

Thanks Michael!

Cheers

Dick
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segiperkasa said 2768 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
Big Dog.....
The guitar work is really cool ....love the innovative approach to the song.....
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Much appreciated my friend!
Keep those fingers working

Cheers

Dick
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blaky smith said 2767 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
Django
Great post Dick. I love what you have made here. Excellent guitar playing and very nice vocals. Really a great song on every way and an enjoyable listen...
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Marc
It was good to try something different!

Cheers

Dick
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dave_b said 2766 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
Big Dog
Love the minor bluesy feel etched to perfection with that blistering finger picking. Vocs are spot on with this one.
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
From a man who has
some flying fingers himself I'll take that as high praise!

Cheers

Dick
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Ibstrat said 2766 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
This
is an excellent song.Really cool fingerpicking and your vocals are superb, plus your rhythm is spot on.I love this.
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Mark
getting compliments for my playing from you I feel like a fraud but that's a nice looking dog you have there!

Thanks, I really appreciate the comments

Cheers

Dick
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2766 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
Excellent drop-D fingerpicking!
I like the slightly ominous synth tone that starts up in the Stray Cat verse too. Your vocal delivery does justice to the drama here as well: I really felt the mounting threat of the showdown across the song... Great!
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johnwhitehead said 2766 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
Dog
Awesome picking and singing. Love the cool "in the crack" intervals.
Very original and pro sounding post.
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
And I'm a fraud again
(see above)

From a man who crafts such masterpieces I am slightly embarrassed.

Thank you!

Cheers

Dick
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Thanks John
I think your reply went a bit awry,

If truth be known I had to put the pauses in as my fingers were getting tired ;-)

Cheers

Dick
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bud said 2766 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
Really fine tune Dick
Your guitar sounds great and the vocals are spot on. I love the atmosphere.
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
I appreciate that Bud!
Thanks, this worked out completely different to how I thought it would but so what?

Cheers

Dick
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crissew said 2766 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
Really enjoyed this
best song I have heard on MJ in a while. Very nice ambient sound. Great vocals. Love the mode you played in. reminiscent of something from the Zeppelin III album. Great work here man, your best song to date that I have heard, congrats!
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
That's a very nice thing to say but
best song? That could raise some hackles Charles ;-)

I am totally surprised and flattered!

Thanks

Dick
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paul f. page said 2765 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
Wow!
Dick,
What great playing!!! Not unexpected from you, but nevertheless such a pleasure to hear that wonderful picking. The mix is also characteristically on target. You have such an understanding of what works and pull it off with panache and style (or is that the same thing). That big SLAP at about 2:30 really made me sit up. ... I don't know if I "get" the lyrics, but you make it all sound like it makes perfect sense. Terrific track, Dick.
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
Thanks Paul
for your considered comments!

The lyrics are pretty simple in the end. Alpha male has a mistress who doesn't like playing second fiddle so she shoots him.

Cheers

Dick

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guitapick said 2765 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
~
Awesome, man...
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
Back at ya!
Thanks Bob!

Cheers

Dick
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Moses said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
big dog
Fine guitar playing, really like that touch with the backup vocal on "hey now", lots of interesting sounds in this, with a nice full sounding mix, enjoyed!
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DWL said 2764 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
Thanks
I think the different sounds sort of cover inadquacies!

Cheers

Dick
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CrazeeFlootGrrl said 2764 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Nice
acoustic melodies and very cool eerie sound! Loved it!
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DWL said 2760 days ago (January 26th, 2010)
Thanks Ms Crazy!
I appreciate the comments.

Cheers

Dick
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woofer3 said 2764 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
Love it
great song all over with an excellent performance and production. Love the guitar sound as well.
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DWL said 2760 days ago (January 26th, 2010)
Thanks John
Always good to get a listen and comment from you.

Cheers

Dick
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aggentle said 2764 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
Thanks all
Just thought I'd pop in to say thanks for all the comments folks, though I'm really riding on Dick's coat-tails here.

The lyric was really just an experiment in metre and rhyme, but it shows that Dick can turn any old piece of doggerel into something great.

Cheers, Alan
VicDiesel said 2764 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
If you say so
I'll accept that background noise in the beginning. Still, the highs on the vocals may be a tad aggressive.

Good song. Especially when you're starting to bring more elements in halfway through it becomes a very cool arrangement. In the beginning the discrepancy between natural guitars and processed vocals is a bit large, but the later material ties it together.

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DWL said 2760 days ago (January 26th, 2010)
Now that's what I want
I like your comments Vic. You always give me something different to think about. I had to listen to it with different ears and although I'm not sure I agree with you these are exactly the sort of considered comments I like.

Much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick
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thetiler said 2764 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
Nice guitar
Like how it starts out and it jells with the vocals. Nice back up sounds to !
Nice use of the electro synth. Cool stuff ! Thanks for sharing !
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DWL said 2759 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
From
a finger picker extraordinaire that's high praise.

Thanks!

Cheers

Dick
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I.G.M. said 2763 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
subtile bluesy
tasty playing, good idea to shift a bit here and there.
very well sung, great tune overall!!
thx for sharin`...
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DWL said 2759 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
Thanks
much appreciated

Cheers

Dick
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jibes said 2761 days ago (January 25th, 2010)
Most excellent is
Big Dog! Some very nice stuff going on here. And, a great recording as well.
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DWL said 2759 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
Thanks
I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Cheers

Dick
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SISTERS said 2760 days ago (January 26th, 2010)
ARF!
Chilling, thrilling music.
Wow – so nicely done with such a subtle touch to the arrangement.
What a fine vocal – what a strange, delicious piece of sound.
Loved every musical drop of it!
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DWL said 2759 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
Hi Anne
nice to see you.

Strange and delicious - I rather like that!

Thanks

Cheers

Dick
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Gaylen75 said 2760 days ago (January 26th, 2010)
wow
This is crazy great.
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DWL said 2759 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
Crazy?
That's good!

Thanks

Dick
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racerat said 2759 days ago (January 28th, 2010)
Dick
Deceivingly dark. Kind-of a Richard Thompson feel to it in a way. Love the lyrics, cryptic and spooky. I have to say the cute puppy album art is maybe not so in line with the mood of the song! Really tight picking. Your fingers are really flying on this one. The acoustic is dialed back to just become a driving pitter-pat of temp in a way, which I really like rather than being way up from. Good choice. warm mix. Well done!
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DWL said 2745 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
Apologies
I'm way behind here...

Yeah the dog wasn't quite right but he is my dog and I thought it was a nice picture of him!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Dick
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Dadai.2 said 2756 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
just great guitar...
so fine and such steady command on those strings. My hat is off to Dick. Excellent song by both of you. Alan got a great delivery, which matches your playing.

cheers...
DWL said 2745 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
Thanks
for taking the time to listen and leave a comment!

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 2752 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Another winner Dick
Stellar picking - I could swear you have 6 fingers on your hand from the way you get that additional roll in there. Your voice is direct and true. I love this type of really simple acoustic setting - reminds me a bit of Lindsay Buckingham doing the acoustic live version of Big Love. Wait a tick - I've never seen you both together .... hmmmm.

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DWL said 2745 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
The secret is out
I've never seen me and Lindsay together either...

Thanks for the comments Doug. It's actually the only pattern I cab play.

Cheers

Dick
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Monkaton said 2741 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
Walk on Big Dog
Good song Dick, well played and produced.
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jdholliday said 2513 days ago (October 1st, 2010)
wow!
This is amazing!
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