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Thanx my friend Dabe... for the violin trax... that was fun... after doing 100 mixes I’m throwing up my hands and posting this....

A few years ago I was given the assignment... write a poppy kind of song with the opening lyric... “which one am I going to be”... my first impression was... uhhhhg!@^$#@^@# my hands are kind of tied on this one... I wasn’t sure where I would go for any kind of emotional impact, because the line kind of left me flat... I picked up my guitar and thought OK, what could be more stock for a pop tune than a 1-4-5 structure... and I began working on a variation of that with some melodic ideas, but I was still stuck with the opening line...

I started to tap into those early days... those youthful moments when you could see the future wide open before you and ripe with possibilities... the story is about a wood worker, so I also started to imagine that he would build some beautiful instrument instead of pinoccio... I have all sorts of instruments around the house... guitars mandolins violins pianos drums ect. and pretty soon I had verses that provided the emotion that the chorus seemed to lack...

they shut this project down, and this song laid around for a few years because it still felt awkward to me.. recently I decided that I had to get this off the table, and do the work... finish the song... It really needed to have a bridge, so that’s where I went... now the whole thing makes a little more sense to me... everything is leading to that moment in the bridge...

that moment when you realize that life is pregnant with possibility, and potential...

this song is no reflection on how I see myself... I’m 52, and my day came and went... I’m happy... but not delusional... the song is theater, using old memories for a resource and launching pad
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WHICH ONE AM I GONNA BE
ALL THAT I’VE LONGED FOR SINCE I WAS A SEED
I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO SEE.
WHICH ONE IS GONNA BE ME

MY AUNT IS A CELLO WITH AGED GOLDEN WOOD
HER LIFE IS IN HARMONY
NOW MY TURN IS HERE, MAN I HOPE I DO GOOD.
WHO WILL I BE?

WHICH ONE AM I GONNA BE
ALL THAT I’VE LONGED FOR SINCE I WAS A SEED
I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO SEE. WHICH ONE IS GONNA BE ME

I KNOW THAT MY FATHER WAS ONLY A TREE.
AND SHADE IS HIS LEGACY
BUT THAT’S NOT THE LIFE THAT IS DESTINED FOR ME.
WHO WILL I BE

WHICH ONE AM I GONNA BE
ALL THAT I’VE LONGED FOR SINCE I WAS A SEED
I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO SEE.
WHICH ONE IS GONNA BE ME

WILL I BE LOVED, WILL THE AUDIENCE CHEER
CAN FAME BE MY DESTINY
THERE’S A KNOT IN MY THROAT, AND A SPLINTER OF FEAR
WHO WILL I BE

WHO WOULD’VE GUESSED THIS
I MADE THE GUEST LIST
MY DAY DRAWS NEAR

WHO WOULD FORSEE
THAT THIS COULD BE ME
IF I PERSEVERE

JUST LIKE A FIRST KISS
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
MY TIME IS HERE
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ledebutant said 3556 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Yes!
Firsties!
ledebutant said 3556 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Believe Me
Scott, trust me, your moment has far from gone and left. I think it just depends on how you define your moment. You are a wonderful musician, singer and songwriter who shares his music with an appreciative audience around the world and a generous, gracious friend, father and husband. You're getting better every day, too. Sounds like you're having your moment to me.

I can only listen to the song very quietly just now (I love what I've heard so far), because I'm sharing the office with Matt, but I'm going to load it onto the iPod and take it into the bedroom while I lie down and help my daughter get to sleep.
Roxylee said 3556 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Wonderful, Scott
I agree with Lisa- you just keep getting better, like fine wine. I love the instrumentation here, and the lyrics are great. The many takes paid off- this is outstanding!
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Vic Holman said 3556 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
sure everyone likes a bridge
maybe even 2 or 3 with a little pond.

Kidding aside. wonderful piece. Interesting lyrics, very poetic and can be perceived in a few different ways.

The violin is.... Wow.

Cool tune Scott!
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kristyjo said 3556 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
I like the personification-
of wood, waiting to fulfill its destiny. It's unusual, and still, it brings a bigger message across.
As far as being 52 and knowing where you are in life, well, sometimes it takes that space to be able to reflect on and express what your hopes and dreams were when you were starting out. I work with 'potential' every day, as a teacher, and very often I would like to echo the sentiment, "youth is wasted on the young." Either that, or bop them on the head until they 'get' it.
I like the violin work, as well as your guitar and vocals, which are, as usual, great.
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Feter said 3556 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
who will I be
Excellent and more than that its AWESOME ..man
everything on this song felt wcool .the violin
work just fabulous ..sure your singing just at
its best ...just a great love song my friend
Kudos !!!
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timothy devine said 3556 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Hi Scott, great tune
Love the vocal harmonies at the chorus.
All the instrument sit real pleasant in the mix
Your acoustic strumming is so refreshing every time you share a recording/well done
the energy that is put forth on the guitar strings is where I'm guessing this tune got started
the vocal build up backed by the fret-less rearing its head...hot
The production;(turns out is outrageous)
I'm gonna have to listen to this again here wait a minute...
The cello is really perfect in a nice register for me
& the violin is 'real' /very hip /at the end its solo.
the percussion is very tasteful & the piano riffing so cool in the acoustic beginning..

what a special lyric
looking inside/ man in the mirror(Gram Nash)
a stifling first line gave you a narrow path to create indeed.
you did a very cool job of it.
here you go
your strings just keep adding and building so nicely executed to the peeking bridge...
awesome
what a great tune Scott.
the fresh acoustic feel leading to the orchestrated emotional climax
sweet
as the kids say
by the way i think i relat well to your music because we are the same age. Did you watch The Beatles on The Ed Sulivan Show?
I better go
peace
tim


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droop said 3556 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
You know Scott
I love trees and I love wood, I even have a carving tool just like the one in the picture. The thing is, I would never think that I could listen to a song about a piece of wood all the way through, or much less actually like it. Ha! I really like this! What creative thinking it took to arrive at this neat song, from that title. The music and vocals are excellent also.

very impressed
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Godchaser said 3556 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Simply beautiful song.
Scott you are without a doubt at the top of your game with this post.I love everything about it.The lyrics and your vocal work is great.All the seamless suttle elements,especially the fretless bass and the violin. A couple of very nice touchs.Simple beautiful song.

Blessings,
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Godchaser said 3556 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Subtle!!!!!!!
Still a great tune and I mean what I said,dispite my spelling.Ahhhh!!!!
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futzpucker said 3556 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
I absolutely agree...
Your time certainly *is* here. All of us in this community know this to be the case, Scott. Your music is wonderful, magic. The combination of your skill as a musician and song writer, coupled with the openness you bring to every song you've posted here keeps creating these gems that you give us as gifts. Oh, your time is here, alright, my brother Scott. Your work is highly appreciated, and with every good reason.

It's good that you give the world what you have to give. That is a high calling indeed.
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said 3556 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
this certainly was
your moment Scott...i think your work is phenomanal good...the song builds up very nice, the lyrics are wonderful done and the vocals are top notch...i'm a great fan...! Enjoyed.
dirigent said 3556 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Who will I be
Fantastic songwriting Scott. Impressive performance, pro mix. I dig the lyrics :-) What a beautiful tune!!
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aclarke said 3556 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
How do you do it?
Scott-this is so amazing lyric-wise... why can't I do that?! And musically what stands out (not easy to do in this song- which is so darn good) is the passionate and heartfelt vocal. So perfect.

I've really found myself drawn to songs with positive messages lately- this is a keeper. So thank you, Scott.
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gail60 said 3556 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Wow
Scott, Scott, Scott!!! Man of so many talents! Your music always blesses me. Your song writing ability, your singing and performances are always top notch and beyond. I cannot explain the thrill I get when I see you posted a new one because I know I am about to receive another great gift! Thank you for sharing your awesome music with us all. Terrific song my friend!! Love every part of it.
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tltate said 3556 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
My Goodness!
Do you have a record deal?! Your music is beautiful. I can only hope to be the kind of song writer that you have become. Great job. This is fabulous work.
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Barretok said 3556 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Beautiful...
Like the acoustic guitar and the whole arrangement. Vocals as good as always. The violin addition is a great treat!
B
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J.A.Stewart said 3556 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Wooden It Be Nice...
if we were older and wiser when we were younger?

A pithy, poetic allegory, this little chestnut be.

I thought the first part got a bit too musically chaotic during the build, but that may be your mood choice. Then it settles into a lovely chamber piece with real violin (you lucky dog) for the exit. ;)

My choice might have been to group --- and stagger --- the inclusion of some elements so that the drama emerges right at the bridge.

As far as age goes... you never will get any older than *dead*. So any age before that is a good time to do anything you dare dream... or care about.

And who says you're NOT delusional? I'd like to see a note from a qualified professional. LOL

Sweet piece, Scott. ;)


--- Joe
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RickW said 3556 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Fantastic!
I really like this one Scott. Great lyrics, melody, playing, arranging; just an all round terrific song.

God bless,

Rick
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said 3555 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Original...
and well put together. It is a great example of song craft. Thank-you for sharing.

Trevor
Jim Bouchard said 3555 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
cool!
Reminds me a lot of the buddies in the Boston singer-songwriter school, the easygoing yearning and hopeful sound, the happy movement to it; for instance have you ever heard Greg Greenaway? There's a lot of great things going on here, and as always you're the master of them all! Deepest bows!

Funny where the fade out ends tho! I wonder was there any more there, since it seems to invite going on, ending as it does with that slight ritard on the V...
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WellOfWyrd said 3555 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Nicely done
Thanks very much for sharing - the violin part is a nice touch and love the impression that fretless makes on the composition - even little things like the fret noise after the 'my time is here...' nice little extras like that in here that add some colour. Nicely done. -Peace-
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guitapick said 3555 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Always a treat...
...when you post a song, Scott.

This is great. So THERE, you old, over the hill, decrepit, shipwreck!

Man...better watch what you say about age when you're around me, pal...

If you or I were into the serious metal or hard rock thang, I could understand and agree with your assessment. A young person's world unless you play the "old card" as part of the act, maybe. But that's not us.

The nice thing, imho, is that we don't write to "make it big" anymore. Always avoided that mindset from the gitgo. And that's where the absolute best music in the musical universe comes from. The heart with no strings attached.

Beautiful song, my friend. Violin's a wonderful touch...
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composerclark said 3555 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
52 is old, no question.
First of all, You are quite right in saying that, at the age of 52, your day has come and gone. There is no question that 52 is old, terribly old! I am a lot younger than you are -- only a few weeks shy of my 51st birthday (send money only, please; no ties, frogs, or any of the lovely gifts that kids get for their dads' birthdays) -- and, since my day has not even come yet, I'm hoping it will come when I'm 51. I assume that's when it happened for you?

The other way to look at it is to ask yourself who you're writing your songs for... If you're writing them for yourself, if the songs are coming from an inner need to express yourself in that way, then you just keep on doing what you're doing and let the chips fall where they may, and you can carry on doing so for many, many more years. One of my former composition teachers turned 80 last year, and to say he hasn't slowed down at all since he turned 60 would be an understatement... His output from the ages of 60 to 80 is probably significantly higher than it was in the previous 20 years, because, at the age of around 60, for the first time in his life, he finally had time to do a lot of the things he didn't have time for previously, thanks mainly to work and kids.

You've got a lot of great tunes still left in you, waiting to come out, and, although your are seriously old, you've got many years left in which to do this. Lucky for us!

Oh yeah, the song... Loved it! Love the violin; it adds a lot. Like Jim, I didn't feel the violin was quite done when you faded it out, and it also occurred to me that it would have been nice to hear it in short fragments interspersed with the singing earlier. For what it's worth.
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said 3555 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Simply
Outstanding in every respect.....
BossHook said 3555 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Your songs remind
me of fine crafted furniture. And I know that sounds funny but your analogy to getting it back on the table to work it really hit it right. The bridge takes my breath away. Great fretless bass work.
I like the fade to the violin, almost as if the caravan passes down into the valley.
jiguma said 3555 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Beautifully clean sounds Scott
I can hear each string on the acoustic - clear as a bell. And that triangle (maybe it's a string harmonic) just rings in the first 8. Top song in your inimmitable style. Excellent playing and singing - but what's new?

A nit (I found a nit!!!): the Warwick needs more volume in the mix - a great bass melody but much too far back for me. Maybe a better way of looking at it might be to drop the volume of nearly everything else so that the bass is more present in the mix.

Love the last little phrase on the fiddle.

52 ...... that's just sooooooo young ;)

Neil

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buckhorn said 3555 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Scott
You rule, and your day is now. Beautiful sounding production. Trancendant tune.
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echoroom said 3555 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Which one
Great track, and a lot has been said, but what really strikes me on this is the yearning and youthfulness of the vocal - despite your misgivings with the first line/ title, it feels like you fully commited to it... it's a heartbreaking vocal, and you build the intensity wonderfully. You certainly made the guest list on this.

Man, you sound 23 here.
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davisamerica said 3555 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
right then scott
you are one of the very first artist i heard here that set me down with jaw on floor. your style and writing, vocals ... all with such "wow" packed into every part of your work.... was late getting here but here am i ... jaw on floor .... man ..... why are you not out there on a huge stage and making thousands of jaws drop... seriously..... killer work man ... killer work ... a humble 2 hats off!
jack
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ktb said 3554 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
glad you did
finish this that is. Its got a wonderful hopeful vibe and I think it apt for any age or period in ones life. the bridge sounds as if thats what you started with, its fantastic! The fretless and the violin gives it a very very cool alt feeling. Pop yes but with some real chops and sense of songcraft.
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Ed Hannifin said 3554 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Dag, Scott...
I think you're one of the guys who sets the standard 'round here for the sort of production that I enjoy...

No bum notes...no stray 60 cycle hum...no fret buzz... lots of space and air... Nothing crowded... Everything clear, clear, clear...

And one heck of a great acoustic guitar sound.

On this one, I also love the violin sound and the last little bits of the violin fade. Oh yeah, and the fretless bass...

You sing great, too...

Ed
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thetiler said 3554 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
You sure can sing
and the music really brings your voice to a nice for - front. You have an incredible knack for doing pop radio catching tunes. And the harmonizations are amongst the very best I've heard.

Man , you sure know how to record, play, sing, lyrics with the best of em. But it almost seems like with that golden voice you can almost walk on water pop music wise.. Love how work your leads in such a hit tune fashion.
Amazing Scott! A TRUE mac jams TREASURE ! Really
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said 3554 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Great!
Mr. Scott, this is great song by all means. I'm speechless .. Your quality is great and the vocals are powerful and what a nice art to hear a violin line here. A MasterGem!

WOW ... Thanks for sharing a lot ...

Take Care
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Remark80 said 3553 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Great song
I like how it builds with the acoustic first, strings second, backing vox and then the band. Very cool arrangement. CSN backing vox. May favorite. Thanks for sharing.
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SweetBacteria said 3552 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
my time is here
Great lyrics. Oustanding, really, beautiful imagery and everything falls right into place at the key moment.
So creative and uplifting.
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pablatone said 3551 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
very good sir,
what a gem this one is. I'm glad you finished it.
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Soundhound said 3551 days ago (March 5th, 2008)
YOU.. ARE... A.... CASANDREA.....
MAN.......
You no longer have to ask that question......
For you there is nothing else you can be,
that would bring as much satisfaction...
He has ordained you with this GIFT......
I can't say that word any LOUDER..... GIFT...
Be not doubtful...
I'm sure He enjoys this, His Angels enjoy it too...
As well as I my Friend... As we as I.......
This must have come with His Breath.... " The Wind "
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Ibstrat said 3551 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
Amazing
sound on this.Even on my tiny crappy speakers this sounds huge.Someone mentioned CSN-I don't think they've done anything near this good since the 70's.
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Kenta_and_Linda_Rocks_together said 3549 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
A pro tune
This is a song who could fit in a real studio... But I'm happy you are here ... Kudos for your music ... Kudos for your singing... Kudos for your mixing.... And thanks for sharing.
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stevel said 3549 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Great track
Really good performance...uplifting!
Cheers
Steve
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peacepiano said 3546 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
Tune
Love the tune. All the clear clean acoustic tracks are cool too. Sometimes wish I had more than the mac's pinhole mic. Vocal chorusing is sharp, and then the violin... !


Thanks
Bill
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Mcboy said 3542 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
imaginative song
writing.....the imagery is very vivid......u've certainly have done a great job here...not only in mission accomplished but in the mixing and performing department.....as always...well crafted song and singing!!!! that last line is so immortal!!!!!
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TobinMueller said 3536 days ago (March 20th, 2008)
Dabe
The violin matches the heart you bring to each of your pieces. Full of tears and joy, clarity and depth, memories and a desire to get up each morning. You just don't want it to end. Great track.
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said 3527 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
A marvel!
Your day came and went? Gimme a break bro! You sound like you just arrived loaded for bear!

Excellent musicianship!

Be well!
reason2rhyme said 3518 days ago (April 8th, 2008)
Another Great Tune!!
Hey Scott, I stumbled upon this site yesterday and I created an account. Now I find many of the artists that I have enjoyed listening to elsewhere, on this site too. Much to my enjoyment you are here with new tunes for me to listen to and comment on. Thank you for creating these wonderful tunes.
Take care
Glenn



dajama said 3498 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
This is a great song
The first thing I need to mention is your vocal - your voice is great, rich and expressive, and you really perform this one with great verve and feeling. Then there's the sound of all the other elements - a wonderful guitar sound, those beautiful strings, and lovely drums - and you have something magical. I'm so glad I got here. Magnificent! Nicely done. Peace.
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Tiny_Man_Inside said 3497 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
awesome
One of my good friends builds guitars, so this song really hits home. Very cool concept for a song.

Mason
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kassia said 3493 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Great
This is a great song - love the lyrics and instrumentation. You singing is perfect for this piece. And I think you got the mix just right. Thanks!
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richardhowardjones said 3463 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Thanks for the journey so far...
LOVE IT.
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dolby said 3430 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
Missed this when it...
...came out Scott, but found it in my email alerts. This is really nice. Love the chord progression and the way the track builds. The violin sounds sweet, and your voice is full of passion and emotion ( I love the frailty that sometimes comes through when you sing), but this really rocks as well. Great stuff, thanks.

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E-Frame Wrecker said 3398 days ago (August 6th, 2008)
A thing of beauty
What a beautiful song. I like these types of drums, reminds me of the 70's. This is a beautiful timeless song. Nice modulation in the bridge! A first class song, all the elements are there. Even a fretless bass! You are a master crafstman when it comes to song writing and performing. Looking forward to your next upload.
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Char said 3350 days ago (September 23rd, 2008)
You are not yet finished.
The sands of time and the wind of experience are blasting off your rough edges. Many hands have led you, given you a sign and caressed you into a smooth as silk voice for a knowledgeable soul. What perfectly evocative lyrics telling the story of ambition, destiny and dreams.
Your playing and your singing are those of a finely tuned instrument made by an extremely talented craftsman who clearly loved His work. Gifted you are with greatness. What a privilege to hear this. My thanks.
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tdlewis0162 said 3313 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
Like this one a lot
Great. Enjoyed this one. Made me smile. Love the line about knot in my throat....

Great job.
tdlewis0162 said 3309 days ago (November 2nd, 2008)
Scott
Are you from Indiana?
Scott Carmichael said 3309 days ago (November 2nd, 2008)
Tom?
is that you.... where are you and what are you doing?
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Scott Carmichael said 3309 days ago (November 3rd, 2008)
yes
the answer is yes.. i'm from Indiana... check your mailbox feature...

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