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Sally O'Brien (The Life of)


Tom Atwood

 Genre: Acoustic

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Just for fun. My wife Sally listened to this piece and said something about it, maybe the tempo, reminded her of her life. So, I named it after Sally O'Brien.

Artwork: "Greetings from Wyoming"
Yellowstone National Park, 2004
Photo by John Erickson

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Hits: 5855
Comments: 31
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Uploaded: Sep 05, 2005 - 07:06:57 PM
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2005 - 08:52:31 PM Last Played: Jun 11, 2019 - 01:14:36 PM
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Alvarez Guitar
Shure SM-57 mic
Casio Privia PX-300
Jampack 4
jgurner said 5035 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
Yee Haw!
Sounded to me kind of like if an Aaron Copeland peice had
been performed on "Hee Haw!" Lots of energy. Some fancy
pickin'. My fingers were tire after just listening to it. Fun!
Fun! Fun!
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Ed Hannifin said 5035 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
This is some other yee haw entirely!

This is the yee haw that other yee haws phone home

It has the essential elements:

1) it sounds like fun
2) it honors your wife, and thus, by extension, love,
family, honor, affection, duty, fidelity...
and finally,
3) it sounds like fun

Can't wait for RETURN OF THE SON OF YEE HAW...

As long as there are Jam Packs out there, and you still
have a mic and a guitar, I think it's only a matter of time...


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thetiler said 5035 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
Snow's machine gun icon was shootin in time with your pickin:)
Fun, like the country western Oklahoma feel with the strings
and fingerpickin.
Nice quick fingerpicking that go with the strings quite well.

Funny when I pulled up your page, I got snowsdragons cat
machine gun icon to the left and he was shootin in time with
your rhythm :)
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Mystified said 5035 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
Sometimes the 'fun' songs, like this one, are the best kind!
Great playing on this, Tom (such speedy playing....baffling!)
and the added instrumentation nicely accents the frenetic
Kind of like a western hoedown....maybe with some chickens
running around a-squawkin'!

Lots of fun! So enjoyable to listen to. (And such talent!)
Thanks for posting this one :)

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drakonis said 5035 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
show off!
Not only do you compose wonderful music, but you can
really play a mean geetar... this was great to listen to, the
rolling arpeggios and bouncy frenetic backing music were
playful and exciting together. Different from your other
pieces, and quite good, as usual.
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Stun Nutz said 5035 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
Sounds hectic, but...
...also sounds pleasant. It doesn't sound too
overwhelming. I could see scenes of everyday life
routine flashing quickly before my eyes, like a home
video in fast forward. I can relate...
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perceptualvortex said 5035 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
Instant favorite. Love that guitar playing, and the very american feel to the piece. Excellent arrangement and production. Great!!
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Macaudion said 5035 days ago (September 6th, 2005)
Holy Hee haw!
Way wow! on this one... Everytime I adjust to what I might get to hear from you, Tom, I get blown away from another side, of you. I have to go to places where there are no words to describe what you do, but when I get back, I'm surprised to know that I am mostly, speechless...I like that...


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Cori Ander said 5035 days ago (September 6th, 2005)
Surprize again!
Every time you have a new post I just cant wait to listen ..
what's coming this time? Not only are your creations
almost always good and interesting music, but also are
you so often giving me a surprize! And here you have
done it again: Nice interesting music, at the same time
new and unexpected! The tune stands out not only from
your own previous posts, but from most music I've heard.
The strings to you bow seem to be endless, (you are
adding new ones all the time, arent you?)

I also admire you ability to make use of the jampack 4.
This is ingeniously done and the result is pleasant! The
orchestra goes together just so well with the guitar!

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Tadashi Togawa said 5034 days ago (September 6th, 2005)
Giant in Wyoming
No one still sees.
Giant in Wyoming.
The legend actually became it.
Run away! Do not fall down!
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mandolinquent said 5034 days ago (September 6th, 2005)
Another beauty...
Fair tumbles along. I like the way that for all the pace
you've kept the lines clean and simple. Nice mix of
instruments too...

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said 5034 days ago (September 6th, 2005)
Full of spirit, gaiety, laughter...
warmth. The song and your wife. I really enjoyed this.
The spontaneaity of your guitar playing is so alive
and brings a smile to my face. How you keep up
that pace throughout is something. And I like the
way you end the piece by slowing down and using
the pauses to accentuate the final notes and chords.
Another one for my collection of Tom's America.

Cameron said 5034 days ago (September 6th, 2005)
This piece has a lot of vitality with the fast guitar picking
and insistently driving rhythm.

The guitar is right on the edge in certain spots, very
exciting playing -- your fingers almost get tangled up but
WHOA! you pull back into tempo just in time!

The rhythm is almost relentless, like a fast-moving train
through the West. It brought images of hobos scrambling
onto boxcars, hanging on for dear life. Shades of "Oh
Brother Where Art Thou?".....

The transition from straight eighth-note offbeats to triple
meter is wonderful; the strings, guitar and general
orchestration there and for the next few measures are
truly masterful. In fact, this particular section is among
the best orchestral writing I've heard to date on this site.

Except for a few minor timing issues throughout the
piece, and especially at the end, this tune was very well

This piece would be even more interesting if you could
somehow start at a slower tempo and then GRADUALLY
speed up as the piece progresses, until the very end when
a dramatic slow-down might be effective.

This subtle quickening of tempo would give this piece
additional "shape". It would also prove to be a great
challenge in GarageBand. Each section, slightly faster than
the last, would need to be in separate documents,
perhaps. Then put it all together in one document, mix
and serve!

Very nice composition, Tom!

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White Hawks said 5034 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
such a lovely pieace
sweet. very fun to listen. guitar and the strings are
matching very well in this song:) this is such a wonderful
pieace, as always Tom! thanks for sharing.

- Jem

p.s. the picture is also nice;)
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said 5033 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
This was exciting and fun; excellent integration of the guitar
and orchestral elements.
illuminati said 5033 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
The interplay of the guitar and strings,
as someone else said, is very Copeland-like, meaning grand
and wonderful. Surprising in its grandness.
Jim Bouchard said 5033 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
I'm so far behind, it's not funny...
And I mean that in a lot of ways, I guess.

First of all, in commenting on macjams songs, but that's a consequence of trying to have a normal "outside of MacJams" life, but also in terms of musical development. I have a feeling I'll never catch up with you, Tom, but that's okay, I'll just sit here and you can do the heavy lifting...:) This is pretty inspiring; thanks for the bit of fun!
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keith bradley said 5033 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
what a life
this is the soundtrack to that scene where all hell's bustin'
loose - in a deep south scary kind of way. Superb.
Rebsie said 5033 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
Lovely guitar work
Wow, that is some amazing playing. And a very original
composition ... it goes in unexpected directions every now
and then and does some very clever things in the process.
Wonderful stuff.
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Emily Rohm said 5033 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
Well, dag nab it, this is darn good. I love that your wife
said it reminds her of her life. She must have a happy fun
life! That's so great! Great playing.
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Tom Atwood said 5032 days ago (September 8th, 2005)
Thanks everybody for listening and for your comments.
Sorry I got too busy to respond to each of you. But I
appreciate your kind words. This piece may re-emerge
with lyrics - but not about sally. She won't go for that...
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said 5032 days ago (September 8th, 2005)
Very nice geetar hoss! Sounds like Roy from Hee Haw! SLack jaw mcgraw! Love the strings too! Nice touch! Stop touching me!
ledebutant said 5032 days ago (September 8th, 2005)
Spice Sniffer
That's it, Mr. Atwood; this is the final bit of evidence to
support my conclusion that you are actually a project and
not one man. Either that, or you live in a musical
pneumatic tube and eat food tablets while you
monastically produce brilliant music.

This one, as per usual, is terrific. The additional
instruments are really interesting choices, I love it that
you didn't go for the full yee-haw on this but took a more
Copelandian approach.

10's/DL/Faved. It's practically a given with your stuff. :)
Warren Smith said 5031 days ago (September 9th, 2005)
In post after post you've been putting up incredible pieces that inhabit widely differing musical landscapes, which suggests you have really hit your stride as a composer, while also having arrived at a pretty comfortable creative place, as the music (and comments) cascade out of you. This song sends off showers of creative sparks. It brims with fecund energy. You take us on a wild ride across a sonic countryside, and it's all we can do to hang on to keep from falling off. Thank goodness there are a couple of tiny timing issues - it tells us this was made by a human and not a god.
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kcsaito said 5030 days ago (September 10th, 2005)
tension and very bauty!!
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dexty96 said 5030 days ago (September 11th, 2005)
very good
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magullo said 5029 days ago (September 11th, 2005)
Great work!! Its great!!!
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andrewr mac said 5028 days ago (September 12th, 2005)
love your guitar playing and a fantastiuc tone to boot.
the arrangement had me on the edge of my seat.
fantastic stuff
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rik said 5028 days ago (September 12th, 2005)
Like many pieces producted with JP4
it deserves a decent execution instead of some sampled
instrument...it delivers energy and good mood :)

OH! ...almost forgot...

Hee Haw!

(I pronounced that correct?)

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KineticBends said 5021 days ago (September 20th, 2005)
very nice
i like the mix of classical and bluegrass in here, and the
tempo is badass

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malla said 5019 days ago (September 21st, 2005)
nice playing
Lots of fun! So nice to listen to and great guitarplaying. I
think i´we felt like this many times
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