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Light and Shade


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PeterB7858

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Description
A good friend of ours is an English teacher who paints in her spare time. We have a number of her works hanging in our house. The artwork above is a photo of one of her paintings done when facing south from our tent sites where our families camp together each summer holidays.

Her art group is having a presentation in a month or so with the theme: absence/presence. She suggested that I could write a song based on the theme and play it at the opening. This is what I came up with.

I recorded the song with one mic, in one take, playing my self-made acoustic guitar (my avatar). It is in a form that I am likely to play it, solo acoustic, at the opening. There is no delicacy in the guitar work because I expect to be competing with background talk, if past experience is anything to go by. To that end, I added in some background crowd fx, and was conceited enough to add some applause at the end… ☺

As always, all comments and constructive criticism welcome.

I hope you like it.

Peter ☺
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Lyrics
Light and Shade – Peter Bowen (2012)

(Capo 5)

[C] [Fma7] x2

[C] In the hours till break of [Fmaj7] day
[C] When the darkness holds its [Fmaj7] sway
[C] All around the [Fmaj7] town
[C] The shutters are drawn [Fmaj7] down

[Dm] In the absence of [G] light
[Dm] Shades of grey define the [G] night

[C] But with the coming of the [Fmaj7] dawn
[C] The day’s imagery is [Fmaj7] born
[C] And from all around the [Fmaj7] town
[C] Crowds of people gather [Fmaj7] round

[Dm] In the presence of the [G] light
[Dm] Vibrant colours shine so [G] bright

An [Am] artist sets her [G] easel
[F] High upon a [Am] hill
[Am] Impressions flood her [G] canvas
The [F] time is standing [Am] still

[Em] Shades of blue wash the [Am] horizon
[Em] Grain fields shimmer through the [Am] haze
[Em] Her roving eye captures a [Am] vision
All [Fmaj7] her senses are [G] ablaze

[C] [Dm] [F] [C]
[C] [Dm] [F] [G]

[C] The light is fading [Fmaj7] fast
[C] She prays that it will [Fmaj7] last
[C] The painting’s almost [Fmaj7] there
[C] A tribute to her [Fmaj7] flair

[Dm] In the absence of [G] doubt
[Dm] Her ability shines [G] out
[Dm] And in the presence of the [G] light
Her [Dm] imagination takes [G] its flight

[C] [Fma7] x6
[Fmaj7addG] [C]
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Downloads: 41

Uploaded: Apr 01, 2012 - 11:58:57 PM
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2012 - 11:58:57 PM Last Played: Jul 14, 2015 - 05:50:55 PM
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Hardware:
Handmade acoustic guitar (Martin 000 style), Shubb capo, AKG Perception 120 condensor mic, Presonus Audiobox, Macbook Pro
Software:
GB and Ozone 5
Comments
Philip18 said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Light and shade
NIce crisp guitar chords at the start. Relaxed vocal. Evocative lyrics. Good variety in the structure of the song. The "you and your guitar" simplicity works well for this song. Excellent work, my friend! You'll need a few copies of "A Lucky Man" with you at the opening after you sing this!
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PeterB7858 said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
This year's CD?
Thanks, Philip. I can imagine this number coming up OK with a grander arrangement, and perhaps I will do that anyway for this year's CD :-), but the solo acoustic path beckoned and that fits in with my goal for the year of making sure that every song I post, I still feel comfortable singing round the campfire. I appreciate your support and friendship. Talk soon, Peter.
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ramonaji said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
nice song
I enjoyed!
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PeterB7858 said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for having a listen, Ramona. Glad you enjoyed it. Take care, Peter.
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hackneybloke said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
light
nice one peter. i always like a c - fmaj7 trip. good honest vocal....one take wonder.
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PeterB7858 said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
One take pony
The old C - Fmaj7 trick eh, Chief. That's the third time I've fallen for that this month :-) Thanks for dropping by, Julian. One take - all care, no responsibility... Talk soon, Peter.
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alackbass said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Light and Shade
This is the perfect recording to display what an impressive talent you are. Great song! Strong and accurate guitar accompaniment! Excellent vocal! Clear crisp recording! And you're doing it on a guitar you built with your own two hands! Inspiring!
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PeterB7858 said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Too kind...
Thanks for the kind words Andrew. You are too kind. Really, you are too kind :-) It is satisfying to be able to sing a song you have written using a guitar you have made, though. I appreciate your unstinting support. Take care, Peter.
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sewer rod said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Light and Shade
Very nice. I always like a "me and my guitar" kind of tune. If I had more confidence in my voice, I would do more of these. :-)
You pull it off very nicely and the lyrics really paint a picture.
Thanks
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PeterB7858 said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Time passes...
Thanks, Jay. Me and my guitar/s have been been keeping ourselves entertained for many years now. It is a great way to pass a few hours/months/decades... :-) I appreciate your comments. Regards, Peter.
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neilh79 said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Light and Shade
This has an open mic feel too it, really nice stuff Peter, nice and stripped back
PeterB7858 said 1816 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Open mic...
Thanks, Neil. The open mic feel is what I was hoping to present so it is good you thought it worked out OK. Kind regards, Peter.
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sammydix said 1815 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
light
i do like the Peter unplugged sound. just voice/instrument is always good to hear. words appear to fit the occasion perfectly. will some one videotape the show? if so, you should upload some clips for us.
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PeterB7858 said 1815 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Unplugged
Hi Sam. Thanks. I do most of my singing unplugged and I wanted to see what you guys thought. Glad to see it seems to come across OK. I will see what we can come up re video. Our painter friend seems happy with the song. I appreciate your support. Take care, Peter.
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tempie said 1815 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
vibe
70's AM folk rock is my desert island genre, i never get tired of it. this has that same vibe. i like it. those are good old comfortable chords too. enjoyed.
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PeterB7858 said 1815 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Folk rock :-)
Thanks, Craig. My genre, too. As you can tell :-) There are some chord combinations that just sit together nicely. The C - Fmaj7 combo is one such beast. Glad you liked it. Take care, Peter.
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Jarvoid said 1815 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
good stuff
I like the comment about background talk....I hate it when people sit in the audience and blatantly chatter away and I can't hear the guy or gal on stage...anyhoo rant over....this is very good ,spesh as it has totally no delicacy in it at all .....mate you could not play anything indelicately,even if you hit it with hammers....kudos to theself build as well....

Cheers

Jarvo
PeterB7858 said 1815 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
In with my delicates...
Thanks, Chris. In this situation I will probably be just providing background music most of the time whilst people walk around and look at the artwork, so background talk will be inevitable. Hammers... there's a thought :-) Glad you liked it. Rant accepted. Regards, Peter.
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PatriciaGirl said 1815 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
This is,
Absolutely beautiful...
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PeterB7858 said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Thanks
Thank you, Patty. So glad you liked it. Regards, Peter.
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johnwhitehead said 1815 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Presence
Really pretty melody, Peter. Guitar groove is perfect--infectous and chimey. They're love this
at the art opening!
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PeterB7858 said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Pleased
Thanks, John. My friend, the artist, is very pleased. Let's hope others think so as well. I appreciate your comments. Take care, Peter.
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magnatone said 1815 days ago (April 2nd, 2012)
Light and Shade
good grief, there is no end to your talent! this is fabulous sir!
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PeterB7858 said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Many talented people
Thanks, Karen. There are many talented people round here, yourself included. I am just happy to be part of it. Kind regards, Peter.
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Songwriterz said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Great song
What a great song... and guitars are just superb! Would love to hear this with full instrumentation :)) Wonderful vocals, love Heidi
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PeterB7858 said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
To plug or not to plug :-)
Hi Heidi. Thank you for your kind words. I will probably re-record this with additional instrumentation at some stage. I wanted to make sure the song worked unplugged as well. I appreciate you dropping by. Regards, Peter.
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Songwriterz said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Don't get me wrong :)
Don't get me wrong.. I really enjoyed this version of your song :))) It's a radio song!! :) Love Heidi
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PeterB7858 said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
No issues
No issues at all with your comment, Heidi. I agree with you that it would come up well with full instrumentation. I was just having a bit of fun with a play on words (to be or not to be...) I really appreciate your comments. Take care, Peter.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
light and shade
nearly skipped this as i was sure i had listened to a song by this title before. anyway this has a great warmth to it. very nice playing with well chosen chord changes. vocal qualities. cheers graham
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PeterB7858 said 1814 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Light and Shade
Hi Graham. Yes, I am sure there have been quite a few songs with the same title. It seemed to fit this song though, so I went with it. Thanks you for your kind words. I am glad you liked it. Regards, Peter.
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Loob said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Yes I like it!
The music itself paint pictures! Very nice Pete! Thanks for sharing!
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PeterB7858 said 1814 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Colour
Hi Freddy. Glad you liked this one. I did try to add some colour into the lyrics :-) Talks soon, Peter.
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gadzooks said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Light and Shade
Peter! this is excellent, unplugged, real and really shows your talents as a song writer. I enjoyed this ... something to be said about a capo on an acoustic and you built it? Fantastic.
Cheers
... and tell your friend she's done a lovely painting.
SG
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PeterB7858 said 1814 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Warmth
Thanks, Stan. Solo, unplugged has a warmth and intimacy that you can't beat, and is how I play 95% of the time, so I thought it was fitting to present a song about art and performance in that format. The guitar I made (at a luthier school) is a beautiful thing - all Australian tonewoods - blackwood, bunya pine, huon pine, gidgee, queensland maple. 000 - small with a wonderfully warm and rich tone. Great to fingerpick in the quiet of the morning. I compose most of my songs on it. I will pass on your kind words about her painting to my friend and show her some of your fine work. Take care, Peter.
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rtcooper said 1815 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
SIMPLY PUT

A Tour de Force of strength and subtlety gracefully presented. Wow.

very best,
rtc
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PeterB7858 said 1814 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks, RT. "Strength and subtlety gracefully presented" - very nice words, indeed. I really appreciate them. Take care, Peter.
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Moviz said 1814 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Without
reading up to the part where you said you would play this at the presentation, I was about to write that I could imagine you singing this sat on a veranda in the evening, maybe overlooking the scene. Lovely song and it sounds just great Peter.... lovely song and lyrics. Sung and played in another style with other orchestration this could be a hymn of sorts, to the day, regards M
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PeterB7858 said 1814 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Sitting round in the evening
Thanks, Maurice. There is every chance I will be sitting round in the evening whilst we are camping this summer and singing this song to my family and friends :-) I agree, re the orchestration. I will probably do an orchestrated version as well at some stage. I appreciate you dropping by. Take care, Peter.
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jiguma said 1814 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
"Self-made"
I didn't know that Peter! It sure sounds nice.
Man, guitar and microphone - a brave (and successful here) way to record. Hope the gig goes well. Self-made applause will never let you down of course, so, why not? I even did my own intro (with a very embarassing US accent) in the "Grand Ole Oprey" challenge a few years ago on MJ http://www.macjams.com/song/44178 - a little more self indulgent than yours ;)
Nice song!
Neil
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PeterB7858 said 1814 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
How you'all doin'
Hi Neil. Yes, I made the guitar at Thomas Lloyd Guitars, in Melbourne. It was a fantastic course! I am glad you liked the song and the format. Love the US accent... Talk soon, Peter.
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Garni said 1814 days ago (April 3rd, 2012)
Light and Shade
Really enjoyed this piece mate.
Your friend's work looks amazing with the beautiful colours and use of light.
A lovely tribute!
G.
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PeterB7858 said 1814 days ago (April 4th, 2012)
Kind comments
Hey, Gerald. Thanks for dropping by. I am glad you liked the song. I will pass on your kind comments about our friend's painting to her. Take care, mate. Regards, Peter.
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TvRicky said 1813 days ago (April 4th, 2012)
Live Crowd! And Loving It!
Live Feel Yeah!
Play and sing this my friend. Between you and Gad it sounds like the Vox is on this week. Yeah Peter kick those lyrics out and your licks are seriously Guitting it here baby. Love it my man. Late 60's early 70's progressive going on here baby!

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky

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PeterB7858 said 1813 days ago (April 4th, 2012)
The Vox is on...
Thanks for the kind words, Ricky. "The Vox is on this week" LOL. Glad to see I just snuck out of the 60's :-) Take care, Peter.
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Soundhound said 1813 days ago (April 5th, 2012)
Good song.....
Really cool lyrics with some nice guitar work, solid vocals as well....

Very well done....
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PeterB7858 said 1812 days ago (April 5th, 2012)
Lyrics
Thanks for dropping in, SH. Glad you liked the lyrics of this one. I appreciate your kind words. Take care, Peter.
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Vic Holman said 1812 days ago (April 5th, 2012)
light and shade
man, you could easly play the coffee house circuit. great performance peter!
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PeterB7858 said 1811 days ago (April 6th, 2012)
A free coffee?
Thanks for the supportive comments, Vic. I might be able to cadge a free coffee if I'm lucky. Take care, Peter.
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ShadowofNine said 1811 days ago (April 6th, 2012)
Light and Shade
Best of luck when you present this, I hope they shut up and listen, I did...
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PeterB7858 said 1811 days ago (April 6th, 2012)
One ear?
Thanks Shadowman. I am used to playing at events where the music is a secondary focus, so I don't get too fussed about people talking (but hopefully listening with one ear) at the same time. Glad you liked it. Regards, Peter.
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Les_Kloo said 1811 days ago (April 6th, 2012)
Applause at the end
You have mine. Best of luck with the show.
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PeterB7858 said 1811 days ago (April 6th, 2012)
A smattering...
Thanks, Les. It is nice if there is a smattering of applause at the end :-) Kind regards, Peter.
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rok41 said 1810 days ago (April 7th, 2012)
Light and Shade
Peter, such a great concept and as always, performed crisply. The lyric and melody are both very well conceived, and your vocal is nice. I like it in this intimate state, but could easily hear this in full band form. Great song!
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PeterB7858 said 1810 days ago (April 7th, 2012)
Stripped back
Thanks, Chris. Glad you liked the stripped back approach. I will also probably produce a version in band form as well. I appreciate your support. Regards, Peter.
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dave_b said 1810 days ago (April 7th, 2012)
Light and Shade
I love the sound of an acoustic capoed up like that. A nice homage for your friend, and you definitely hit the theme square in the bullseye.
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PeterB7858 said 1810 days ago (April 7th, 2012)
Versatility
Thanks, Dave. Yes, the capo was critical for the key that I wanted to sing the song in but also to allow the hammer ons and pull off that I wanted on the chords. They give the guitar great versatility. Take care, Peter.
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chinaman2 said 1809 days ago (April 8th, 2012)
Nice
& solid work all around. & in one take at that, makes it all the more impressive. good luck on the upcoming presentation!
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PeterB7858 said 1809 days ago (April 8th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for dropping by for a listen. I appreciate your comments. Take care, Peter.
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Carrie71 said 1809 days ago (April 8th, 2012)
light and shade
Very nice! Easy to listen to. Much enjoyed! Thanks.
PeterB7858 said 1809 days ago (April 8th, 2012)
Easy listening
Thanks, Carrie. Easy listening is my style. I am glad you enjoyed it. Kind regards, Peter.
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Bob Rodgers said 1804 days ago (April 14th, 2012)
A
really nice chord sequence, I love major 7th chords. A great song Peter and nice lyrics. I do like acoustic numbers and to hear you singing and playing guitar is a perfect combination.
Thanks for the download.

Bob
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PeterB7858 said 1803 days ago (April 14th, 2012)
Appreciative
Thanks for dropping by, Bob. I agree re major 7ths. Nice open, ringing sound. I appreciate your continued support of my music. Take care, Peter.
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TheReverendAG said 1803 days ago (April 14th, 2012)
Straight up guitar
Beautiful song. Great playing man.

Not really much more to add to that.. it's just good.
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PeterB7858 said 1803 days ago (April 14th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks, Reverend. I am glad you liked this stripped back post. Take care, Peter.
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thetiler said 1802 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Like
Peter how this has a sense of how Don Mclean did tribute to Van Go.
But you really seem to have a tremendous conviction for this artist. I assume the painting is of the artist involved, she seems so good!

Terrific tribute indeed! Love the audience feeling in this tune as well. Enjoyed the singing, sounds very pro folk and the strumming to me show great feeling as well as of course the vocal!

Way to Go !
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PeterB7858 said 1802 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Appreciative
Thanks for the detailed, supportive comments, Bill. The artist is a very good friend of ours and she does do some terrific paintings. I appreciate you dropping by for a listen. Take care, Peter.
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Narad said 1799 days ago (April 19th, 2012)
Light and Shade
Very nice listen ! :)
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PeterB7858 said 1797 days ago (April 20th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks, Harald. I appreciate you dropping by for a listen. Regards, Peter.
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JBurns said 1797 days ago (April 20th, 2012)
nice
arrangement, really enjoyed all the little additions to fill out the tune.
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PeterB7858 said 1797 days ago (April 20th, 2012)
Glad
Thanks for finding time to have a listen to this one, J. Glad you enjoyed it. Take care, Peter.
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