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Ballad of The Little Tiki



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You could say my father has been living a country western song the past couple of years. My mother, his wife of 45 years died in 2007, last year he had double bypass surgery and his dog died. If things couldn't get any worse his two favorite all time bars have each closed within the last six months.

The "Little Tiki Bar" in the song became a home away from home when my parents relocated from Vermont to Florida in the late 90's. The other regular patrons and their children and grandchildren became a surrogate family of sorts for my folks... kids to dote on, friends to share the good times and the bad... friendly rivalries, that kind of thing.

When my mother died in 2007 the Little Tiki became a base point for our immediate and extended family...we were treated with sincere compassion and genuine caring... after all, my mother, Loretta, was one of their own.

The Tiki officially closed today. In honor of the place and, more importantly, the people my father wrote his first song lyrics in his 70 years. He asked me to try and set it to music with the idea that they would play it at the official closing party Saturday night. I started this at 11:30 Friday evening and sent my dad what you hear now at about 3:15am.

In other words, if you're looking for tight production it would be best to move on to the next song :) But, as is so often found in my music, that isn't really the point!

One final note... it's about seven minutes long :)
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Uploaded: Feb 22, 2009 - 06:35:19 PM
Last Updated: Apr 16, 2019 - 07:31:14 PM Last Played: Apr 16, 2019 - 07:33:25 PM
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peacepiano said 3893 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Powerful singing. Enjoyed this one very much. Hope everyone else listens in too!!

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aclarke said 3892 days ago (February 24th, 2009)
Thanks Bill!
The early results are in and from what I understand they played this 7-8 times at the "closing party". There were even some reports of some singing along. :)
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Feter said 3893 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Ballad of The Little Tiki
There s nothing tighter than an honest song ..and you are the one Adam you
can always do a greqat rockin folk song sound so good ...great theme ...
so true so powerful ...kudos my friend ...wish all the blessings and peace
to you and yours ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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aclarke said 3892 days ago (February 24th, 2009)
Hey Feter
Thanks for listening, my friend. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated by me!
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said 3893 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
I bet they all like it

as much as I do. I was going to say, "cool story", but I actually feel more like crying about it. With that sort of tradition, they are bound to find a new spot to hang out and stoke the fire. Thanks for sharing it with us.

. - Harold
aclarke said 3892 days ago (February 24th, 2009)
Nothing more sad
Than the closing of a good bar! Thanks for the kind words, Harold!
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ziti said 3893 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
this is very touching
you have the real skill of capturing these blue-collar anthemie type material....it comes across a s so honest and full of real time irony/happiness/sadness....well...life i guess.

what a great skill you have.

you should get yourself a bass,m because a bass track would really be nice on this.

very sweet, very nice and lets all chip in and buy adam's dad some beer nuts to tie him over till he finds his new hang out.

deep bows to the clarkes

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magnatone said 3892 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Ballad of the Little Tiki
how GREAT to have an upload from you Adam!! Thank you for the backstory of this, which makes it all the more meaningful and touching. I wish your dad (and your whole family) all the very best. Great lyrics Adam, and your vocals and guitar here are terrific.
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lorelei said 3892 days ago (February 24th, 2009)
Well done Adam
Nice description, and great song. It did bring tears to my eyes, yeah I know, hard to do ;-)
It really was a special time at a special place for us. Love you my little brother.
dajama said 3882 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
This is terrific, Adam. You really know how to deliver lyrics with soul. The words are great - a real narrative in song, telling a story of people connecting with people, and the places that grow to mean so much, because of the people around us there. The melody is good, and the guitar fills are nice (but turn 'em up, man!) and like I say, a great vocal delivery. The words come to life the way you sing them, and it really brings across the power and the importance of the place. Nicely done, man. A great story, and a great song. Very cool, man. Peace.
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aclarke said 3882 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
Hey Dave
Thanks for the kind words! The lyrics were all written by my dad- a Pulitzer nominated journalist- but I believe this was his first foray into poetry/ song-writing.

Since I was so constrained on time many shortcuts were taken- no bass, no harmonies... no real chorus (faked it by changing the vocal style)... I did keep the volume low on the guitar fills intentionally to underscore the lack of confidence I have in my soloing...heheh. And the ending is a complete crash landing... all that said, I think the spirit of the tiki and it's patrons was captured in the song.

Again- thank you!
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Doug Somers said 3881 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Straight from the heart
This is one of those honest and powerful songs that says WAY more than the words. Quite the performance Adam! Have you been working with Seger and Springsteen lately? Just wondering.....

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Joe Brady said 3873 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Wow, there's some
shades of Mellancamp; great vocal Adam. The story celebrates past happiness along with a longing for a freedom that is slipping away. Hats off to the little Tiki, made immortal and international by aclarke. Great job, and thanks for posting such a touching story. Me, I like the orange picks.
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abfkingsport said 3868 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
This is a good track. it has a bit of a Bob Dylan feel to it. Good vocals good mix quality as well. Sorry to hear about you mother, I know how your father must feel. My wife died three years ago and I know that pain all to well. I hope he is recovering or has recovered well from his surgery. I wrote a song about my wife's passing called "I feel like a good time", it's posted on my site if you would like to check it out. Marking this as a fav.
The King
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VicDiesel said 3848 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Cool tribute.
I don't know of many songs about bars. Except for the theme from Cheers :-) But even without comparison, this is a fitting tribute.

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echoroom said 3845 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Great story
Firstly, love the chord sequences in this. Secondly, what a great tale to tell. Heartfelt and true, this has a great narrative (something I'm really bad at), and a nice Steve Harley-esque vocal. Nice work guy!
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Calchas said 3844 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Bittersweet tribute...
Love it Adam. The musical style reminds me a little of John Hiatt's stuff (and that's a compliment).

Really excellent job singing bro!


Be well friend!
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Char said 3833 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
Dad obviously
has talent. Such is life. Sorry about your Mom. I do hope Dad finds a new home. Nice thing to do for everyone. Great singing. Thanks.
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snowdragon said 3804 days ago (May 23rd, 2009)
What a
fun tune. Loved it AC
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ste said 3654 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
i agree with ziti here. a bass part would slip in nicely here. great song
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jibes said 3594 days ago (December 18th, 2009)
Ballad of The Little Tiki
I really enjoyed this. Thanks for posting.
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