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Photographer's Lament


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A meditation on b & w photography in 5/4

Photo: Sally, 1981
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Lyrics
Photographs on the wall
Faces I have captured
What do they see (their graphite eyes)
Or do they see at all?

Expressions in a pause
Faces I have captured
Souls who once flashed before me
Framed in my because.

And ever they gaze
The way they never were
And forever will be.
I have captured faces
Fleshed in shades of gray.
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Uploaded: Jan 21, 2005 - 03:11:11 PM
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2005 - 05:02:17 PM Last Played: Jan 08, 2018 - 02:29:38 PM
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Peter Greenstone said 5050 days ago (January 21st, 2005)
Read this on your site
Hey, I remember reading this on your website. Nice
photos and poetry. Well, this works very nicely as a song.
Nothing critical to add. Sounds very good. Me like.
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Tom Atwood said 5050 days ago (January 21st, 2005)
Read this on your site
Thanks. You are right--it is a poem I wrote years ago put to music. Not the
way I usually write songs. I appreciate the kind words.
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SlimGirlFat said 5050 days ago (January 21st, 2005)
Beautiful
what a wonderfiul track you have here.
Lovely harmonies and melody

Excellent

SlimGirlFat
Tom Atwood said 5050 days ago (January 21st, 2005)
Beautiful
Thanks SGF
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TobinMueller said 5050 days ago (January 21st, 2005)
Snapshots of the past
This reminds me of a wonderful song by Stephen Schwartz
called "Snapshots." Photographs can indeed be a
wonderful source of reverie as well as melancholy,
captured very well in this straighforward, honest,
wonderful track.
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Tom Atwood said 5049 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
Snapshots of the past
It is a strange feeling when old snapshots, at some point, become historical
photographs. Especially photos of friends and family. Melancholy, mixed with
affection. Thanks, Tobin.
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mars said 5049 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
Sweet
Sweet voice, sweet melody, and sweet harmonies.
Great guitar too. I really enjoyed. Thank you for sharing.
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Nolan said 5049 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
Beautiful song
I love this. Acoustic and harmonies: my favourite. Great
picking, wonderful harmonies. The overall sound is spot-
on.
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Joanna said 5048 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
Love the lyrics
Beautiful, poetic lyrics. Well done!
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Cameron said 5047 days ago (January 24th, 2005)
conversational
I like the free and loose way you sing this song, almost
like you are having a conversation sitting at a table,
flipping through your album of b&w photos as you
describe each one.

Perhaps it is the 5/4 meter which imitates the irregular
rhythms of conversation.

Nice harmonies and chord progressions, especially at the
ends of phrases.

I would have repeated the last line "fleshed in shades of
gray" a couple less times, though (unless you had faded it
out gradually, which would have worked nicely).

You created a mellow, contemplative atmosphere on this
track which is very pleasing to the ears and the soul.
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Tom Atwood said 5047 days ago (January 24th, 2005)
conversational
Thanks for the careful listen. I may have gotten a little carried away
repeating 'fleshed in shades of gray' over and over. It almost starts to feel like
a chant, or a mantra, which was kind of cool to sing, but may become a little
annoying to the listener. Good point.
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Suzanne said 5043 days ago (January 28th, 2005)
effortlessness and intimate
if you hadn't of mentioned this was in 5/4, i wouldn't have noticed. so smooth. as someone who could never play acoustic fingerpicking and just gave up (i have to use a pick), i marvel at the effortlessness and intimacy of your right hand. will you tell us who Sally is? and i like the metaphor of "shades of gray", the double meaning. don't think i would have caught it without the repeats, so keep them in!
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Tom Atwood said 5042 days ago (January 29th, 2005)
effortlessness and intimate
Thanks, Suzanne, for your comments. After 30 years, I still cannot play with a pick, so I am forced to fingerpick. It is the only way I have ever played. (My kids make fun of the long fingernails on my right hand.)

As for your question about the photo--it is a photograph I took of my wife in 1981, shortly before we were married.

Thanks again!
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EdensEve said 5008 days ago (March 4th, 2005)
Right scheme
One compliment to add to the others: I like the rhyming
scheme, the way it has one short and then a long phrase,
making it seem more natural, less sing-songy, like a song
like this could become. You are the real deal, Mr. Atwood.
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