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Another Day for 3 Friends



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Last summer I heard of a really good friend passing away, He died of complications of esophageal cancer and he was beating it... He died in the operating room. I got the news the same day that Michael Jackson had died. I was, 'Who is Michael Jackson?' Charles loved to play boogie Woogie Piano and did so whenever he went to hospitals, clinics and Treatmet centers that had a piano. I knew Charles since high school and we were roommates at one point in college. While I was at his memorial service, I ran into a lot of friends from those days long ago. Johnny and I used to be in band together in Jr, Hi and High School and occasionally jammed together in Austin a time or two when I would go for a visit. He die about 2 months ago while he was setting up for a gig there. When he died he was doing what he loved. Today, I heard about Dean. I knew Dean since 6th grade. I was the guy who turned him on to his first joint. After that he fell into a long line of addictions and was so far gone that after high school his parents had no idea where he was. I know that I should not feel responsible but instead of saying, Hey, Dean ya wanna get high? I could have said, Dean, this really isn't for us, is it? It's amazing how when peoples paths cross just how much influence we can have. Today, I was moving my piano back into the living room where we had pulled the carpet to expose the oak wood floors. Thinking about Dean and my other two friends who have died this year, I sat down and started to play. I pulled the mic from the studio area and recorded this. I was feeling rather reflective today. The piano was a gift from my grandfather to his new bride. It is a Wing and Son Grand Upright piano made in 1909. That piano turned 100 this year. This has been a year of bitter sweet. While I was cleaning the sound board I found an old key to the mantle clock that we used to have. My brother has that clock now. I wrote him today and told him i found it. I think it's been missing for 40 years.
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This song is an improvisation.
I am saying goodbye.
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Patented in 1901 Wing and Son upright.
The piano that was in my house when I first sat down at one when I was 6 years old.
awigze said 3491 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
Some of this is ok
It's not a great piece of music. I havent played that piano in a long time,, I am sure you can hear that in how stiff it sounds, but anyway... here 'tis.
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Feter said 3491 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
Another Day for 3 Friends
We are all agree here we are so lucky to have
Mr.Andy ..I want to say that first of all ...
and the emotions coming through this precious
piano just haunting ...your hands and talents
are golden to us Sir ..reflecting lights of
the past mixed with honest responce from your
depth this is so moving ...thnx alot for sharin
such special piece !!!!!
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hackneybloke said 3491 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
another day
this reminds me of being a kid...locked in the piano room and fiddling about instead of practicing...and wondering how long it will take for the next hour to pass. i like that you can hear your fingers on the keys.
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magnatone said 3491 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
Another Day
ANDY - this is BEAUTIFUL!!! I had NO idea that on top of your other gifts, you're also a terrific pianist! I hear the "mandolin felts" you were telling me about yesterday - very cool sound, how special that you recorded on your 100 year old piano. a beautiful, reflective improvisation - thank you for sharing it with us!
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Jim Bouchard said 3491 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
Music is about feeling
Just about feeling some times. And this does it. I've been in this place too, and it's the music that comes out of being in this place that often means the most to me in the long run. This is such raw emotion that I don't think you really need ask for more out of music making.
Oh and I could go on about technical stuff, but I'll just say that the piano sounds wonderful and the recording is pretty sweet, roomy but not too much so, intimate but with a nice sense of the space inside the piano.
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MarkHolbrook said 3491 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
this is all MORE than ok... It is emotion through sound and I think you did a beautiful job...

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drakonis said 3490 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
Very organic, it flows but keeps me listening to its solemn twists and turns, thinking introspectively about the lives around me... and then the end as it speeds up and then resolves was a satisfying conclusion. I love the old piano sound, so nicely done. And this brings me to a serious question... is there an instrument you DON'T play? Wow.
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Daugrin said 3490 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
Thanks Andy
Wonderful thing about the sadness, we can turn it into something more. Well done Sir. Condolences.

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Ibstrat said 3490 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
feeling- this is amazing.
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Bob6stringer said 3490 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
We all feel it.
I was going to say... what Jim Bouchard and lbstrat already did so well. Thanks for posting, it's worth sharing this moment.
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bud said 3490 days ago (December 25th, 2009)
Andy - this is such a moving piece of music
my heart goes out to you as you reflect the losses of the past year. Your playing is wonderful and immediate - I like how there is a distinct turning point at around 3:15 that seems like an affirmation.
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awigze said 3490 days ago (December 25th, 2009)
Sincere gratitude
to all. I didn't really know how the news throughout this year effected me until I sat down and played the piano. I wished that I could get it right and fix all the musical anomalies to make this work. Much like how I wish I could have been a better friend or made more of an effort or... but such is life. I am amazed and rather pleased that you think it is a significant piece. I wanted only to make it real for my friends and to let them know in a way that I never did that they passed through my life with my love and friendship.
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davisamerica said 3489 days ago (December 25th, 2009)
and so it goes andy.....
...be kind to yourself .... this is what i love about you ...you are so real ... blessings bro ..... blessings
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PsalmsProgressions said 3489 days ago (December 25th, 2009)
i hear the emotion on this
I hear the emotion. great job from the heart to the fingers to the instrument to the ears. wonderful Andy.
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Roxylee said 3489 days ago (December 26th, 2009)
Wow, Andy....
Reading the story behind the song while listening made me feel it even more. The bittersweet feeling of having lifelong friends and hearing about their departure from this earth, very powerful emotions here. And the fact you're playing on a 100 year old piano makes it even more so. I liked the little excitement at the end- it replaced the melancholy with hope. :-)
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spitlogic said 3488 days ago (December 27th, 2009)
I can feel the intesity of the playing. I love it.
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maxruehl said 3488 days ago (December 27th, 2009)
great to me, Andy.:)
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jgurner said 3488 days ago (December 27th, 2009)
Even without your description, this is a beautifully moving and melancholy piece. You can almost hear the character that has surely built up over the years of the piano. I disagree with your comment that this is not a great piece. It has heart and emotion that really shines through and that's what makes greta music.
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jiguma said 3487 days ago (December 27th, 2009)
I think
Jim summed this up for me in his comment above. I can really relate to the sense of loss you're feeling about old friends Andy - unfortunately, the older we get, the more it happens. It's good that you can encapsulate your feelings like this - so meaningful without words.
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Ren-Tin-10 said 3487 days ago (December 28th, 2009)
Gut-Level Music
At least, that how it hit me. We can always use more of that here at MJ.


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Char said 3486 days ago (December 28th, 2009)
An improvisation
born from inspiration and reflection. There is some light-hearted playing but also a great deal of regret, I am guessing. I'll play this a few more times. You are something, Andy. I'm so sorry for the losses. Thank you.
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Gaylen75 said 3486 days ago (December 28th, 2009)
Sweet Sorrow
As with any great piece of music my first reaction is to ask this of myself, "Why bother even playing music when clearly you will never be as good as this?" followed by emulation. Great song Andy.
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lengold said 3486 days ago (December 29th, 2009)
stripped bare. Beautiful.

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Dadai.2 said 3485 days ago (December 30th, 2009)
Thanks Andy...
for the reflective piece of music. The type of composition that gives me pause... a good thing. And thanks for the background info. I too am witnessing a dear friend struggle with cancer (not looking good). I'm afraid that will become more of a common occurrence in the years ahead.

Real nice piano playing, btw.

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kassia said 3475 days ago (January 9th, 2010)
well first of all
the quality of this recording is excellent for just pulling a mic out of your studio and setting it up next to a 100 year old piano. i immediately was able to get a picture of you in my mind, bent intently over the keys, letting your feelings flow out through your fingertips. this music is full of emotion and all the wonderful imperfections of improvised heartsongs. i especially love that you left the end noises on here. a perfect closure to this bittersweet goodbye. beautiful andy.
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swannrecords said 3363 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
another day
Amazing kind of work. I was reading the description of the song while listening to the tune and represents very much your feelings about the moment. Nice sound!
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awigze said 3362 days ago (May 1st, 2010)
I am glad you were able to listen and thanks for the time you spent to comment.
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PatriciaGirl said 2922 days ago (July 15th, 2011)
Sounded like the piano was longing for a player to let his or hers feelings out on it, and in turn help the player express oneself emotionally in music. I believe that...

The fate of others have connected you with friends from the past and that's not a mistake. I love what raw emotions can produce such as this piece has. When I was little girl seeing mother play so beautifully, it was only right that I inherit her piano and play it to give tribute to her, like you have with this contemplative piece. I’m so a fan now :) patty

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awigze said 2908 days ago (July 30th, 2011)
An amazing writing by an amazing person. Thank you is not adequate enough of a word to relay my feelings about what you have written. I am pleased that you dug a bit deeper and found this song.
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