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PeterB7858

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I initially wrote this song for the 2-track challenge but couldn't get the guitar work and the harmonies together in only 2 tracks - hence the later posting (with embellishments). This is a song for my long time partner, Judy.

Hope you enjoy it. Warm regards, Peter.
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Lyrics
Better Than The Rest – Peter Bowen (2011)

If I’ve got something on my mind
Feel that my life’s marking time
And have to get a burden off my chest

I just seek out my love that’s true
‘Cause over time I’ve learned that you
Know me so much better than the rest

If I’m wandering lonely and am headed for a fall
Your wise words soothe my mind and bring me calm
You turn my thoughts full circle and remind me to recall
The many things I should be thankful for

After all that we’ve been through
You know that I depend on you
Even if my thanks aren’t well expressed

Together now for many years
Lots of joy, not many tears
Separate parts that joined bring out the best

If I’m wandering lonely and am headed for a fall
Your wise words soothe my mind and bring me calm
You turn my thoughts full circle and remind me to recall
The many things I should be thankful for

If I’ve got something on my mind
Feel that my life’s marking time
And have to get a burden off my chest

I just seek out my love that’s true
‘Cause over time I’ve learnt that you
Know me so much better than the rest
You know me so much better than the rest
You know me so much better than the rest.
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Comments: 77
Fans: 32
Plays: 120
Downloads: 70

Uploaded: Apr 21, 2011 - 09:00:13 AM
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2011 - 09:00:13 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 09:48:00 PM
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Comments
Loob said 2377 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Firsties
Great stuff Pete!
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PeterB7858 said 2377 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Too quick (see below) :-)
You beat me to the punch Freddie. Thanks so much for your help. I re-did the guitar part with a different guitar tuned directly into Open-E. Appreciate your help and support. Regards, Peter.
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PeterB7858 said 2377 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
P.S.
Forgot to thank Loob (Freddie) for helpful feedback during the development stage. Guitar is in Open-E tuning. Peter.
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hackneybloke said 2377 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
so much
are you related to john whitehead? lovely intro peter....cool fingerwork. listening and writing....really nice harmonies and simple string accompaniment really works. heartfelt lyrics...i love the folk vibe going on. lovely end. really cool track peter....you just get better and better.
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PeterB7858 said 2377 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
JW's love child?
Thanks Julian. I did buy JW's CD (hasn't arrived yet). Perhaps I'm his love child. I especially appreciate your kind words re this song. I like it's simple nature as well. Take care, Peter.
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johnwhitehead said 2377 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Better
Loved it from first notes of your elegant guitar intro. Touched by the sentiments in the lyrics. Melody and harmonies keep the warm flow comin. Clean, just right arrangement. This is excellent, Peter.
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johnwhitehead said 2377 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
....
Hadn't seen Julian's post. Tee hee.
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PeterB7858 said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Appreciative
Thanks for the very kind words John. I greatly appreciate your comments because I am a big fan of your work. Can't wait till your CD arrives. Warm regards, Peter.
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grahame1956 said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Better Than The Rest
Hi Peter

Lovely song, well played as usual
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PeterB7858 said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Ongoing support
Hi Grahame. I appreciate your ongoing support of my music. Thanks for having a listen. Take care, Peter.
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neilh79 said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
So much better than the rest
Great song Peter excellent playing. The transitions are awesome and great use of instruments well done
PeterB7858 said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Supportive
Hey Neil, thanks for finding the time to have a listen to this song. And thanks for the supportive comments. I appreciate them. Kind regards, Peter.
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mrattue said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Sweet BJ
Nice James Taylor vibe to this, and your vocals are softly sincere, too. Really enjoyed this. Type of subject matter old JT would have gotten to as well (along with several million other's i suppose!)

Thanks for the post.


marc
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PeterB7858 said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
JT :-)
I gratefully accept any nod to JT. He is one of my all-time favs. Thanks for taking time to have a listen and comment, Marc. Regards, Peter.
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Philip18 said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
So much better
Beautifully done, Peter. Love that guitar work, and the sincerity really comes through in the singing. Nice touches to the arrangement that add complexity without detracting from the basic simplicity - it works! I bet Judy's pleased!
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PeterB7858 said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
After midnight....
Hi Philip. Thanks for the kind words. Glad you liked it. Judy hasn't heard the final version yet as I didn't think she would appreciate being woken up after midnight when I finally finished it and posted :-) Talk soon, Peter.
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alackbass said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
So Much Better Than The Rest
I love this! Your guitar picking is precise and beautiful. There's a great CSN vibe to the vocals (like Stills and Crosby singing together). Great song in the tradition of the 70s singer songwriters! Downloaded!
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PeterB7858 said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
CSN :-)
Hi Andrew. Glad you liked this. Of course CSN are one of my all-time favourites too (see Marc's comments). I must have managed to infuse some of their style into my (un)consciousness by osmosis. Thanks for dropping by. Take care, Peter.
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lilmom said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Better than the Rest
This is so nice! I love the simplicity of the guitar, and your voice is fantastic!
Sylvia
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PeterB7858 said 2376 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Glad you enjoyed it
Hi Sylvia, thanks for the very kind words. Glad you found it to your liking. Warm regards, Peter.
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magnatone said 2376 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
So Much Better
this is fantastic peter! your guitar sounds heavenly - wonderful "embellishments" and your voice is really sensational. (i'd love to hear you and john whitehead do a duet sometime!)
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PeterB7858 said 2375 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
:)
Hi Karen. Really glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for the kind words re my vocals. :) I really like JW's vocals as well. Take care, Peter.
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dave_b said 2376 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
So Much Better Than The Rest
Nice picking, strong vocals and a heartfelt lyric. Very well done - I hope your partner appreciates it!
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PeterB7858 said 2375 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Heartfelt
Thanks for dropping by Dave. I appreciate your supportive comments. Yes, Judy does like the song. Regards, Peter.
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RAVENS said 2375 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Terrific
Wonderful song, so nicely sung & the harmonies are lovely. Sweet dedication, this was so great!

RAVEN ;-)
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PeterB7858 said 2375 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Red leather; yellow leather....
Glad you liked my dictation Dani :-) I appreciate your continuing support of my music. Warm regards, Peter.
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finkeldink said 2375 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Listened on
my headphones.

Sounds really excellent in the cans.

Great recording quality on both the guitar and vocals.

Nicely done!
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PeterB7858 said 2375 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Formally known as....
Hi Michael (the artist formally known as Prince, no, I mean, fasteddie :-)), thanks for the kind words re the recording quality. I feel I am starting to get the hang of recording my acoustics and vocals. Appreciate you dropping by. Take care, Peter.
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RochaMalhada said 2375 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
sweetness
Gosh, those are clean guitar sounds, gorgeous

Lovely harmonies and overall vocals. I really enjoyed this great tune a lot, thanks!

. - Harold
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PeterB7858 said 2374 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
A simple tune...
Hi Harold. Glad you liked the guitar work and my vocals on this one. A simple tune with a simple message. Take care, Peter.
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JBurns said 2375 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
wives and muses
Peter you have me envious of your harmonies and finger picking. Great melody and I am sure your wife loved it as well!
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PeterB7858 said 2374 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
An interesting process...
Thanks for dropping by, Jay. Writing a song for your partner is an interesting process. I had written several (fictional) songs about failed relationships and she was starting to wonder what was going round in my head, hence this more affirming song. We have been happily together for many years... Take care, Peter.
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Carrie71 said 2375 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Better than....
Love the lyrics, I always read those before I push play. Wow, this just beautiful. What a treat.
PeterB7858 said 2374 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Lyrical...
Hi Carrie. Glad you enjoyed the sentiment of the lyrics. Thanks so much for dropping by for a listen. Warm regards, Peter.
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Vic Holman said 2374 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
So Much Better Than The Rest
sweet! awesome guitar playing and the vocals are great too! very nicely done Peter.
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PeterB7858 said 2374 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Supportive
Thanks for dropping by to have a listen to this one Vic. I appreciate your supportive comments. Regards, Peter.
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jibes said 2373 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
So Much Better Than The Rest
I always like songs of this sort. Sparse but says a lot regardless. Great job!!
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PeterB7858 said 2373 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Thanks
Appreciate you dropping by, Neal. Thanks for the supportive comments. Take care, Peter.
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jiguma said 2373 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Sounds great Pete
Your playing and singing are really well done here on this very enjoyable song. I have an urge to suggest that you investigate Ozone for mastering - I reckon you could lift the sparkle and depth of the recording pretty easily. Not to say that it sounds bad - I just think some added oomph to the sound might be interesting.
Cheers from Pambula Beach,
Neil
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PeterB7858 said 2372 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Cheers
Hi Neil. I always appreciate your comments. Glad you liked this one. I would like to try Ozone. I will download the demo for the next song I post and use it to see what it can add. $250 for a piece of mastering software is something I would have to be confident about. Glad to see you back on deck at MJ. Kind regards, Peter.
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jiguma said 2372 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Ozone
Peter, make sure you read the Ozone Guide http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/ozone/OzoneMasteringGuide.PDF to get an idea of how it all works. I'd suggest using some of the presets at first and then fiddling with the various parameters to see what they do. It really is a pretty amazing tool.
I'm not 100% yet by any means, but getting there - it's nice to be (kind of) back at MJ).
N
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FEEL said 2372 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
What a way
To get to the point. The lyrics and the way you express them with your harmony truly shows how you feel. The guitar really helped you out as well. I can tell Judy must be a very special person.
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PeterB7858 said 2372 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
To paint or not to paint...
Thanks for dropping by for a listen John. And I appreciate your kind comments re the lyrics of this song. Jude and I have been together over 30 years and we still manage to make it work. Although she wishes I was out painting the house instead of working on music :-) Take care, Peter.
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KCsGROOVE said 2372 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
lovely song
Great playing and I love those vocal harmonies
Really good song!
KC
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PeterB7858 said 2371 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
In harmony...
Hi Cees. Thanks for your king words. Glad you enjoyed this song. Take care, Peter.
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thetiler said 2369 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Like the
fingerpicking on this. Like the innovative country feel to this with the pickin and nice singing with the high vocal sounds, nice stops and goes and so much ! Harmonies, like the acoustical guitar bass sounds that end the phrasing etc. Way to go !!!!! Great to hear folk fingering here at MJ, we need more, like the Seals and Croft feel but with your own great originality! Nice ending harmonic!!!!!
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PeterB7858 said 2369 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
LIke :-)
Hi Bill. Glad you like so many aspects of this song :-) I appreciate your kind words re the finger picking. I hadn't thought of Seals and Croft but now you say it there is a touch of them hidden in here. Thanks for dropping by. Warm regards, Peter.
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Moviz said 2369 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Really pleasant
Really pleasant song Peter and a really nice accompaniment behind your excellent vocals..... love the well thought out and sincerity filled Lyrics..... guitar and harmonies are beautiful.... love it, regards M
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PeterB7858 said 2369 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Appreciative
Hi Maurice. Appreciate you finding time to have a listen to this song. Glad you liked it. I am quite happy with the way it turned out. As is Judy. Take care, Peter.
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Leon said 2369 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Country road
Very John Denverish. Very pleasant melody and easy-on-the-ears voice That gives me a country home feeling! That's a very good thing. John Denver was one of the influential artists for me.
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PeterB7858 said 2369 days ago (April 29th, 2011)
Almost heaven....
Hi Leon. Quite happy to have a nod to John Denver. Glad you enjoyed this song. Take care, Peter.
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scaustrita said 2367 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Warm & Cuddly
Fantastic lyrics & vocals.
I see some of myself in the words.

:: Impressed ::
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PeterB7858 said 2367 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
First impressions....
I'm impressed that your impressed :-) Thanks for dropping by for a listen to this song. Take care, Peter.
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J_Gretch said 2366 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
Better than the rest
Really enjoyed this one...The harmonies are so clean and tight,on the vocals and guitar.
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PeterB7858 said 2365 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
Supportive
Hey J, thanks for dropping in on another one of my songs. I appreciate your support of my music. Glad you liked this one. Take care, Peter.
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CharlyDeeCynthius said 2365 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
Guitar finger picking
Very cool song_Chorus...I like it;)
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PeterB7858 said 2365 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
Glad you liked it...
Hi Carlo. Thank you for finding time to have a listen to my song. I am glad you liked it. I will check out your music in the near future. Regards, Peter.
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jdholliday said 2365 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
Wow! Peter!
Awesome, awesome song! great playing, great lyrics, awesome delivery, your partner Judy is very lucky to have such a wonderful artist write such a sincere song, this really made my day! great song! wow!!!!!!
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PeterB7858 said 2365 days ago (May 3rd, 2011)
Infectious
Hi JD. Your exuberance is infectious. Thanks for your kinds words re this song. Great to see you back on deck at MJ. Kind regards, Peter.
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ste said 2365 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
wonderful
guitar and singing. pro writing
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PeterB7858 said 2365 days ago (May 3rd, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks for the kind words re the quality of this song. I appreciate your comments. Take care, Peter.
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ShadowofNine said 2364 days ago (May 4th, 2011)
So Much Better Than The Rest
Fine song and performance...enjoyed
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PeterB7858 said 2363 days ago (May 4th, 2011)
Take care...
Appreciate the kind words Shadowman. Glad you enjoyed this song. Take care, Peter.
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Skean said 2364 days ago (May 4th, 2011)
Thanks
This I really need right now. :-)
The song is filled with magical messages, you deliver it like a real pro. KUDOS
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PeterB7858 said 2363 days ago (May 4th, 2011)
Soothing
Hi Kenta. Glad I could soothe your day a bit with this song. No loops involved :-) Take a deep breath and only sweat the real important stuff. Warm regards, Peter.
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tokai said 2363 days ago (May 5th, 2011)
Pete.
Your playing is excellent as too is your singing. This is a very accomplished piece of music.
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PeterB7858 said 2362 days ago (May 5th, 2011)
Appreciative
Thanks for the kind words, Steve. Glad you liked it. Take care, Peter.
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VicDiesel said 2360 days ago (May 7th, 2011)
guitar tone
Your guitar sounds good, but I'm missing the lower frequencies, even in the guitar itself. Are there are lower strings in your picking pattern?
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PeterB7858 said 2360 days ago (May 8th, 2011)
Lack of bass...
Hi Vic, the song is in open E tuning so most strings are up a bit. I also gradually ran off frequencies below about 50 Hz using ChannelStrip. Low Open E is about 82 Hz, I think, so this shouldn't have had a marked effect. Most of the picking is on the higher strings, though. Regards, Peter.
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lholden said 2359 days ago (May 8th, 2011)
So Much Better
As usual, I love the guitar sound, Peter. What a beautiful song!
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PeterB7858 said 2358 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
Thanks :-)
Hi Laura. Glad you like this. I like it too. Take care, Peter.
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sammydix said 2359 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
better
man i love that acoustic guit pickin style you have. solid tune for the backing too. Top songwriting, dude.
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PeterB7858 said 2358 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
Pride (before a fall)....
Thanks for the kind words, Sammy. I am quite proud of this song. Glad you like the guitar work. Talk soon, Peter.
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Moses said 2358 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
so much better than the rest
my favorite parts were the 2-track parts!!! haha, vocals are very well done, the simplicity and honesty of the 2-track moments, very peaceful.
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PeterB7858 said 2357 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Simple and honest..
Hi Noah. Thanks for dropping by. Yes, it is a simple and honest song that plays well as a guitar/vocal piece. I appreciate your kind words. Take care, Peter.
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TobinMueller said 2357 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Authentic
I love this style of fingerpicking. Warm and nicely building chord progression. ANd the balanced lyrics and rhymes are just right. Your vocals are honest and authentic, matching the true nature of the sound. This is a gem.
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PeterB7858 said 2357 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Encouraging
Thanks for finding time to have a listen to this song, Tobin. I appreciate your encouraging comments. Glad you liked it. I have been enjoying your latest jazz fusion posts. Regards, Peter.
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