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A Fool Upon The Stage


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PeterB7858

 Genre: Acoustic

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Here is another song inspired by our recent trip to Alaska and western Canada.

We caught the car ferry M/V Columbia from Bellingham (WA) to Juneau (AK) along the Alaskan Marine Highway. It was one of the highlights of our trip. It didn’t have any cruise ship glitz – just great scenery, down to earth people and plenty of time to stare out across the water.

I found myself up quite early every morning walking round the mostly deserted decks with the sea mist shrouding the surrounding islands.

This song resulted.

Again it is deliberately pared back, arrangement wise. Single takes on picked guitar and vocals.

Hope you like it.

All comments and/or critiques welcome.

Regards,

Peter ☺
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Lyrics
A Fool Upon The Stage – Peter Bowen (September 2012) Capo 2

Em / Dsus2 Em / Dsus4 Em / Dsus2 Em

In [Em] early dawn [Dsus2] light
Staring [Em] out across the [Dsus4] sound
There's [Em] solace in [Dsus2] no one [Em] around

A mist shrouds the air
Barely ruffled by the breeze
I'm sailing on gossamer seas

It's a [G] time to [D] let my guard drop down
And [Em] give my mind a rest from going [C] round and round and round and round
All too [G] soon, I'll have to [D] turn another page
And re[Em]turn to being a fool upon the [C] stage

Em / Dsus2 Em / Dsus4 Em / Dsus2 Em

An island slides by
Tall trees line the shore
Its destiny seems so assured

But the moment's soon gone
And time marches on
Its turn will eventually come

Take the [G] time to [D] let your guard drop down
And [Em] give your mind a rest from going [C] round and round and round and round
All too [G] soon, you'll have to [D] turn another page
And re[Em]turn to being a fool upon the [C] stage

Too [Em] often, in this [D] crazy world
People [C] rush to and [Em] fro
[Em] So when you [D] get the chance
[C] Try and take it real [D] slow

Solo over verse x 2

Repeat chorus 2

Em / Dsus2 Em / Dsus4 Em / Dsus2 Em
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Hits: 2362
Comments: 68
Fans: 28
Plays: 337
Downloads: 41

Uploaded: Sep 22, 2012 - 11:29:45 PM
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2012 - 11:29:45 PM Last Played: Oct 12, 2016 - 01:25:57 PM
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Hardware:
Maton CW-80 Acoustic guitar, AKG Perception condensor mic, Shure SM58, Presonus Audiobox, Macbook Pro.
Software:
GB 11, Ozone 5
Comments
Garni said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
A Fool Upon The Stage
A wonderful piece you present to us here Peter.
Love the warm and the places you take me on as I listen to this!
Quality work!

G-)
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PeterB7858 said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Pack the bags :-)
Thanks for the kind words, Gerald. Glad I could take you, even a little way, on our recent trip. Take care, Peter.
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Narad said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
A Fool Upon The Stage
Pro stuff ! Thanks for sharing this little gem ! :)
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PeterB7858 said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
A gem :-)
I appreciate your supportive comments, Harald. Glad you liked it. Take care, Peter.
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Bob Rodgers said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
A
real quality song Peter, great to hear another new one from you. I love the clarity of your guitars, good playing and a nice stereo spread.
Lovely warm vocals with great lyrics and harmonies, a great vibe to this song.
Very much enjoyed and another one for my collection.
Thanks.

Bob
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PeterB7858 said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
On the same page
Hi Bob. I have a feeling we are somewhere on the same page, musically. I really like your latest song, too. It is hard to beat acoustic music for simplicity and honesty. I am very glad to add to your collection :-) Take care, Peter.
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magnatone said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Fool Upon the Stage
Hi Peter: what a great adventure you were on! you were just a couple of hours from me when you were in Bellingham! this is really beautiful work (as usual!) thanks for this ..
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PeterB7858 said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Nice part of the world...
Thanks, Karen. We really enjoyed out time in Washington State. The ferry trip was inspiring. I appreciate your comments (as usual) :-) Kind regards, Peter.
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lyzak said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
A Fool..
Uncluttered and elegant song and message, beautifully recorded! Never had the desire to go on a typical cruise, but this one sounds special.
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PeterB7858 said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Special...
Thanks, Greg. Glad it came across as uncluttered. The car ferry had the same vibe. It was a very different experience to your typical cruise ship. Glad you liked it. Kind regards, Peter.
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sammydix said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Stage
that vacation is bringing out all kinds of inspiration. amazing what different surroundings and scenery can do. your recent posts just proves it.
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PeterB7858 said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Are we there yet? :-)
Thanks, Sam. The trip was inspiring. You can expect a few more "trip" songs, before the end of the year. Hope they don't get too repetitive. Take care, Peter.
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Loob said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Pared works well for this.
Good lyrics, arrangement, and performance! Thanks for sharing Pete!
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PeterB7858 said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Pared back mode
Thanks, Freddy. I'm glad this came across OK. I am in pared back mode this year :-) I appreciate your support, as always. Take care, Peter.
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Philip18 said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
More inspiration
I do love the crystal clear ring you get from the Maton. All the guitar work is excellent, as is the arrangement of them. Warm vocal and again I like the way you've done the arrangement - plenty of light and shade and the harmony sections are especially effective. Good development in the lyrics too. The trip seems to have added to your well of inspiration!
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PeterB7858 said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Variation
Hi Philip. Glad you liked the guitar work and the arrangement. I did try for some dynamic variation within the pared back structure. The trip had so many highlights, it is not all that hard to get inspiration. There will definitely be a few more in the offing. Talk soon, Peter.
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Moviz said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
What a
great trip you had Peter (hope you took your fur coat) and it's great that you got your impressions and feelings down in music...... lovely guitar and vocals.... loved the harmonies, regards M
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PeterB7858 said 1769 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Making up time...
Thanks, Maurice. It was a great trip, and the weather was actually warm most of the time. I was missing my guitars whilst we were away but I am making up for it :-) I appreciate your kind words. Take care, Peter/
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KCsGROOVE said 1768 days ago (September 24th, 2012)
a fool upon the stage
very clear guitarsound
wonderful vocals
Really good song
Very much enjoyed!
KC
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PeterB7858 said 1768 days ago (September 24th, 2012)
Your collab :-)
Thanks, Cees. Glad you liked it. Your collab with Anne and Bing is top notch. Take care, Peter.
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davisamerica said 1768 days ago (September 24th, 2012)
Peter
... first off love the capture of the guitars. nice full warm sound. Great back story and vox is nice. a really great tune man... seriously.
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PeterB7858 said 1768 days ago (September 24th, 2012)
Seriously :-)
I appreciate you dropping by, Jack, despite the difficulties. Glad you are liking this. Like my previous post, again, I like singing this, so that must mean something. Thanks, Peter.
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richard13 said 1768 days ago (September 24th, 2012)
G'day mate!
Another beauty from the very talented PeterB. Your playing and arrangement are excellent and your lyrics and vocals are superb. I can't express myself very well in musical jargon but this is damn fine, as usual.
If you have enough tunes inspired by your trip ("What I Did on My Summer Vacation") they will, I am sure, make an excellent CD.
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PeterB7858 said 1768 days ago (September 24th, 2012)
What I did on my vacation :-)
Thanks for braving the "fatal error" blues at MJ to have a listen, Richard. You don't need any musical jargon for me, believe me. "Damn fine" is a damn fine compliment. Hopefully I do have a few more songs to come that use the trip as inspiration. I've got lots and lots of digital photos, anyway :-) I appreciate your very kind words. Take care, Peter.
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Dadai.2 said 1768 days ago (September 24th, 2012)
Yes...
A sparse and, yet, a rich song. I wish I could play guitar like this. Really a strong lyrical/melodic tune. You singing is impressive. Folk acoustic at its best.

Kudos from this fool...
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PeterB7858 said 1767 days ago (September 25th, 2012)
Thanks
I appreciate you dropping by, Jack. Thanks for your very kind comments. Sparse, yet rich. I like that description. From this old fool, take care. Regards, Peter.
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finkeldink said 1767 days ago (September 24th, 2012)
Beautifully played
Wow!

That sounds fantastic.
You really are getting a solid studio sound.

Great song as well.
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PeterB7858 said 1767 days ago (September 25th, 2012)
Sound :-)
Thanks, Mike. I appreciate you comments, especially about the sound quality. By the way, your avatar photo is fantastic. Take care, Peter.
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Les_Kloo said 1767 days ago (September 25th, 2012)
Crazy world
More trips for you, sir. The inspiration you get is translating nicely into some fine music. I'm with you regarding the cruise ship glitz. That would detract from the experience. Love the tune and the subject. Great photo, too.
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PeterB7858 said 1767 days ago (September 25th, 2012)
Therapeutic
Thanks, Les. Happy to take some more trips :-) Staring out across the water definitely has a therapeutic quality. No number of casinos, pools or discos could provide that type of solace. Glad you liked the song. Regards, Peter.
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alackbass said 1766 days ago (September 26th, 2012)
A Fool Upon The Stage
I love it. Tina and I did a similar (be it much shorter) ferry ride from Anacortes WA to Sidney BC. I understand how that amazing scenery can inspire an artist. Love your guitar playing. Wonderful melody and lyrics. One of your best.
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PeterB7858 said 1765 days ago (September 27th, 2012)
Recommended
Thanks, Andrew. We would recommend the ferry trip to anyone. It is a beautiful part of the world and a wonderful, unhurried way to see it. It was inspiring. Glad you liked how it turned out. Take care, Peter.
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kassia said 1765 days ago (September 27th, 2012)
peter
i've been wanting to take that ferry ride for a long time. i'm glad to hear it is as amazing as i've always imagined. the song feels so much like what you are singing about, with the added reverb on the chorus. there's a sort of celtic dirge feel, reminding me very much of my time on the Irish sea coast, among the mist and chill air. i love your use of background vocals, and where you decided to place them. works very well. i also think the solo guitar is perfect. very nice!
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PeterB7858 said 1765 days ago (September 27th, 2012)
Inspiring
Thank you for the very kind words, Shay. I'm glad it evoked some fond memories for you. The trip is very inspiring. I am sure you would like it. I appreciate you dropping by for a listen. Kind regards, Peter.
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gadzooks said 1765 days ago (September 27th, 2012)
A Fool Upon The Stage
Peter ... I truly enjoyed this ... your tones are superb ... the vibrato when you play the acoustic lead on the right ... the haunting feeling I get from your vocals and a peacefulness from the words. You're on a roll and you can't get better than this. I lived on an Island in the west for a long time and had to take the ferry to the mainland quite a lot and the photo brings back good memories.
Cheers
SG
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PeterB7858 said 1764 days ago (September 28th, 2012)
Much appreciated
Hi Stan. Glad this had an authentic vibe. Your comments are much appreciated, as always. Take care, Peter.
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ElaDevine said 1764 days ago (September 27th, 2012)
Peter,
I enjoyed this song. I associated the image with the lyrics and you really took me there. The bittersweet of the vacation...especially near water. Ahhh...
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PeterB7858 said 1764 days ago (September 28th, 2012)
Ahhh... :-)
Thanks, Ela. I'm glad the song conjured up some realistic images. It was an inspiring trip. You debut song at MJ was worth the wait. Kind regards, Peter.
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Vic Holman said 1761 days ago (October 1st, 2012)
A Fool Upon The Stage
you sure found your marine muse from your trip.
the tune has great impact and directness. all sounds great, the guitars come through perfectly.
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PeterB7858 said 1760 days ago (October 1st, 2012)
Mmmmmm...
Thanks, Vic. My musical muse moved me mightily :-) Glad you liked it. Take care, Peter.
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dave_b said 1760 days ago (October 2nd, 2012)
A Fool Upon The Stage
Strong vocal and some really nice picking. Stripped arrangement is very effective.
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PeterB7858 said 1760 days ago (October 2nd, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks, Dave. I appreciate your comment re the picking. It gives the song its character. Take care, Peter.
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paul f. page said 1759 days ago (October 2nd, 2012)
Milage...
You got a lot of it out of that vacation.
You made the right choice to keep this simple and let the lyrics and a clear vocal tell the story without further embellishment. This strikes me as sort of a "folk song" in the best sense: just telling the listener about your experience. Very natural in every way, and so it communicates authentically. That's a goal of all recording, and you have achieved it here.
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PeterB7858 said 1759 days ago (October 3rd, 2012)
Meaning and mood
Thanks, Paul. I must admit I like the natural, unaffected way an acoustic guitar can convey meaning and mood. I like and appreciate your description of the song. It means a lot to me. Take care, Peter.
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Songwriterz said 1759 days ago (October 3rd, 2012)
What a treat!
I absolutely love the chorus you got in this! Full of emotions, LOVE it! And your guitar work is so pro! Really great quality song! Congrats Peter, love Heidi
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PeterB7858 said 1759 days ago (October 3rd, 2012)
Appreciative
Thanks, Heidi. I'm glad you liked it. I was happy with the way the chorus builds up nicely after the quieter verses. Take care, Peter.
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KCsGROOVE said 1754 days ago (October 8th, 2012)
a fool on the stage
better late than never....
wonderful piece, I love the crisp mix
good one! thanks for the download..
KC

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PeterB7858 said 1754 days ago (October 8th, 2012)
D/L :-)
Thanks, Cees. Thanks for chasing this one back. I appreciate your comments and the D/L. Take care, Peter.
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Firesign said 1754 days ago (October 8th, 2012)
fabulous playing
very clean - great job
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PeterB7858 said 1753 days ago (October 9th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for dropping by, Firesign. I appreciate your reaction to the song. Take care, Peter.
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egobandit said 1754 days ago (October 8th, 2012)
Take the time
when the doubled up vox came in it just reached another level, what a trip great song!
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PeterB7858 said 1753 days ago (October 9th, 2012)
Change up
Thanks, Tim. I do like the change up to the chorus. Glad it sounded OK. Kind regards, Peter.
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Fire_Angel said 1753 days ago (October 9th, 2012)
Lovely.
How did I miss this first time around? A great example of how sophisticated compositions are sometimes made from very simple ingredients. Another one where I started the download before the song had finished playing through. Thanks for that download!
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PeterB7858 said 1753 days ago (October 9th, 2012)
Simple ingredients
Glad you thought this one turned out OK. It eschews bells and whistles for, hopefully, a more intimate and intrinsic outcome. I appreciate the D/L. Thanks, Peter.
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DWL said 1747 days ago (October 15th, 2012)
Very nicely done
Lovely work Peter.

Splendid playing and arrangement. The simple approach really works well here.

Cheers

Dick
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PeterB7858 said 1747 days ago (October 15th, 2012)
Appreciative
Thanks, Dick. Glad you liked the striped back arrangement. I appreciate you dropping by. Regards, Peter.
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FEEL said 1747 days ago (October 15th, 2012)
A Fool Upon The Stage
The acoustics sound fantastic. Vocal delivery is strong and I'm enjoying the melody. Mix is nice and clean and I like the way guitars are panned. Thanks for sharing.
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PeterB7858 said 1746 days ago (October 16th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks, John. I was quite happy with how the acoustics turned out on this one. Glad you liked it. Take care, Peter.
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TvRicky said 1718 days ago (November 13th, 2012)
Man what music you make!
Just hits me hard baby. So musical and felt. You have space and clarity in this mix as only a professional can achieve...What an experience in music you have provided here! Thank you so much for this wonderful production!

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PeterB7858 said 1717 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Inspired
Thanks, Tv. I am glad you like this song. I am quite proud of the atmosphere it was able create. I had a great trip and found it very inspiring on many levels. Take care, Peter.
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pablatone said 1704 days ago (November 27th, 2012)
This is very good!
What an excellent guitar tone and nicely played too. The arrangement is perfect as well. I like how you waited to bring in the backing vocals. Is there a gate on the vocals? There were acouple places I thought I could hear it. But thanks for sharing this tune!
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PeterB7858 said 1703 days ago (November 27th, 2012)
Heavy breathing...
Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your kind words. Glad you liked the arrangement. No gate but a touch of compression and perhaps I edited out some heavy breathing. :-) I usually do. Take care, Peter.
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Diego_B said 1703 days ago (November 28th, 2012)
A Fool Upon The Stage
Nice guitar sound, with a touch of "I'm a cowboy, dead or alive" (Bon Jovi) :) I like it and enjoyed it afew times, thanks.
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PeterB7858 said 1703 days ago (November 28th, 2012)
Repeated listens :-)
Thanks, Diego. Now that you say it I can hear some semblance to Bon Jovi in the chord progression/riff. I am glad you liked this enough to listen a couple of times. I am quite happy with how this one turned out. Regards, Peter.
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Cheese Pantz said 1602 days ago (March 9th, 2013)
Bob Seeger
feel to it. I really like this a lot. Your singing suits the guitar perfectly. Well mixed as well.
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PeterB7858 said 1600 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
:-)
Happy with a Bob Seeger nod. Thanks. I appreciate you dropping by an older song. Take care, Peter.
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Pete_NB said 1092 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
A Fool Upon the Stage
Really enjoyed this Peter! Thoughtful lyrics and wonderfully played and rich-sounding guitar. Thanks for sharing.
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PeterB7858 said 1083 days ago (August 10th, 2014)
Appreciative
Thanks, Pete. Just saw you dropped by. I appreciate you checking out this song. I must admit, listening to it again, I really like what I did on this song. Pity they can't all be like this... Take care, Peter.
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