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Autumn Falling


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I was out for an early evening walk the other day and a number of images left their mark on me. It is heading quickly towards winter in this part of the world and I came over all reflective...

Philip18 is away overseas for several weeks so I am baby-sitting his Gibson Howard Roberts :-) It gets a run in the solo.

The acoustic is my self-made 000. Boldt Panflute seemed to fit as well.

The song probably has a touch of a "Show Tune" feel about it but there was no way I was going to post it as that ;-)

See what you think.

All comments and constructive criticism welcome.

Take care,

Peter :-)
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Lyrics
Autumn Falling - Peter Bowen (May 2013)

[Asus4/F] [Am] [Em] [F][E] [Am]

A [Am] solitary, swaying leaf floats [G9] slowly in the damp, still air
The [F(b5)] chill of the early evening shrouds my [E] face
[Am] Trees like gnarled, black skeletons par[G9]ade in fading light
An [F(b5)] Impressionistic painting gone to [E] waste

[F] Angels of stained glass adorn lit [Am] windows as I walk
The [F(b5)] muffled forms of strangers hurry [E] by
They scurry [Am] silently but anxiously [G9] towards the warmth of home
[F] Dusk drains the primary colours from the [Am] sky

[Asus4/F] [Am] [Em] [F][E] [Am]

The sun appears belatedly 'neath clouds low in the western sky
Its golden arcs the last rites of the day
But the fire is doused immediately, a lighthouse swiftly boarded up
The darkness is in haste to hold its sway

Autumn's almost fallen and the winter is well nigh
The ever-changing seasons of a life
In the twilight stages of my brief appearance here on earth
I trust I'll keep my strength and do what's right

[Asus4/F] [Am] [Em] [F][E] [Am]

Lead over verse 1 & 2 and outro
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Comments: 61
Fans: 28
Plays: 213
Downloads: 39

Uploaded: May 19, 2013 - 07:36:44 PM
Last Updated: May 19, 2013 - 07:36:44 PM Last Played: Mar 18, 2017 - 05:42:49 PM
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Comments
Dadai.2 said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Poetry...
This is some thoughtful and visual lyrical writing. And you've married your heartfelt vocal with a tasteful and elegant musical accompaniment. Bravo!
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PeterB7858 said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Direct hit
Thanks, Jack. You hit the nail on the head. I did get home from the walk and immediately write a prose poem that I then adapted to song when I had a melody to work with. Tasteful and elegant - wait till I tell the neighbours :-) Take care, Peter.
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alackbass said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Autumn Falling
Beautiful song. Has a bit of old English vibe to it. Like a melody written in Britain before the Baroque era. It also harkens back to the English folk of the 60s.
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PeterB7858 said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Ye olde...
I agree, Andrew. There is definitely a touch of the old English about it. I'm glad you think it was OK. I really appreciate your encouragement. Take care, Peter.
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jiguma said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Nicely done Peter
The Boldt pan flute is very realistic. To me, this style of track would be a very major leap of faith. You are pretty vulnerable with tracks that are so up front and unsullied by fx. Lovely guitar sol, and lots of brownie points for everything really. I don't hear the show tune connection, but then I don't listen to show tunes much. Spent some sailor time yesterday, but nothing concrete yet.
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PeterB7858 said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Reflective conversations
Yes, I was quite impressed with the pan flute. I did add some midi expression to enhance it as well. Glad you liked the song and "arrangement". I suppose my "show tune" thought comes from the nature of the lyrics. To me, they evoke an image of someone standing on stage having a reflective conversation with an audience.
Philip has gone o/s for 3 or so weeks so Sailor is no hurry. Thanks for dropping by. Talk soon, Peter.
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Vic Holman said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Autumn Falling
excellent song peter!
you paint a very fall picture in your lyrics. the pan flute is a nice treat and does fit in nicely. nice melodic guitar solo as well, hopefully philip won't get jealous :-)
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PeterB7858 said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Some compensation...
Thanks for dropping by, Vic. I'm glad the lyrics are lyrical :-) Any kudos from you re guitar work is also very much appreciated. Philip is in Florence, I'm the one who is jealous... but the Howard Roberts is some compensation :-) Take care, Peter.
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Philip18 said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Compensation
You get pictures of Florence, I get to hear the HR. Seems a fair trade!
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paul f. page said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Spare...
The openness and simplicity of this tune and arrangement provide the perfect vehicle for your sensitive lyrics. This is such an excellent example of presentation with just the essential elements unencumbered by anything that isn't necessary to convey the feeling and direction of the words. I love the solo acoustic guitar around 2:40 and following. Lovely song in every respect, Peter. Congratulations on such a fine and gentle work.
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PeterB7858 said 1526 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Supportive
Your very supportive comments are most welcome, Paul. I did want to leave this fairly sparse and "acoustic" so I am glad it came across well. Take care, Peter.
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gadzooks said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Autumn Falling
This is really good Peter. I truly enjoyed everything about it. The pan flute sounds peaceful and the whole vibe of the song is calming. Tasteful guitar break ... everything works with out it being overdone. Enjoyed your vocals and the lyrics.
Cheers
SG
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PeterB7858 said 1526 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Toys for the boys
Thanks, Stan. I try not to get too carried away with all the "toys" that are available to music makers these days. That said, to have a pan flute the push of a button and a few MIDI pencil marks away is nice. Glad it came across OK. Take care, Peter.
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Garni said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Autumn Falling
What a wonderful story you have given us. Beautifully performed and sung for us.

G-)
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PeterB7858 said 1526 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Always very welcome
I appreciate you dropping by for a listen, Gerald. Your support of my musical endeavours is always very welcome. Take care, mate. Regards, Peter.
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Philip18 said 1526 days ago (May 19th, 2013)
Autumn Falling
Very poetic. Nice melody. I get what you mean about the show tune, but I suspect that's as much because the words tell your thoughts as they tend to do in shows. Nice guitar solo - sweet guitar! Interesting chords, too. I like the flute - it suits the mood. Good one!
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PeterB7858 said 1526 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Poetic musings
Thanks, Philip. Unusually for most of my songs, I wrote the words first, in free form prose, just getting down the images I had in my head, then I refined them later to fit the structure of the chord progression I came up with (on the HR). I recorded a first version with the HR as the finger picked guitar but I think the 000/HR combo has worked out better. Have a great trip. Take care, Peter.
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Symphony101 said 1525 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Beautiful song
and a great idea, not letting the Gibson idle during Philip's absence !


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PeterB7858 said 1525 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
The Gibson :-)
Thank you, Yves. I appreciate you dropping by for a listen. The Gibson is a beautiful guitar, to look at, and play. Philip has some great flat wound strings on it at the moment that let your fingers just glide effortlessly over the frets. Take care, Peter.
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Loob said 1525 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Showtune?
I guess i don't see that. More folk to me. Very nice! Pictures painted with the lyric, with appropriate setting in the accompanyment!
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PeterB7858 said 1525 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Poetic pen :-)
Thanks, Freddy. See my PM for the show tunes thoughts. Glad you thought this came together OK. The poetic lyrics just seem to fall out of my pen. Talk soon, Peter.
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peacepiano said 1525 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Melancholy
Panflute matches vocal verses well. Gibson is smooth and expressive on the final verse. Thanks.
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PeterB7858 said 1525 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Going with the flow
Thanks, Bill. The song came together very quickly so I just went with it. Glad you liked it. Philip18 will be pleased with the Gibson comment. Regards, Peter.
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Moviz said 1525 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Beautiful
lyrics and as I've come to expect from you Peter. a beautiful performance also...... to me, there's a slight mediaeval influence in the melody as well as that latin sounding solo which combine very well.... the pan pipes too add to the atmosphere...... lovely work, regards M
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PeterB7858 said 1525 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Lyrical lyrics :-)
Thanks, Maurice. The lyrics really came together very quickly. I just got back from a walk and jotted down some reflections. The rest just followed from there. I appreciate your kind comments and support. Take care, Peter.
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thetiler said 1525 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Enjoy the
dialog with the guitar and how it plays a great setting for the singing. The flute make a nice addition, wonderful lead with guitar and how it works so well with the guitar! The lyrics are haunting and effective. I am feeling a campfire at night, and almost smell it for some reason! Way to go !!! Thanks for sharing ! And being a vital member of Macjams!
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PeterB7858 said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
When smoke gets in your eyes...
Thanks, Bill. Your comments are much appreciated. Hopefully the smoke of the campfire didn't get in your eyes 😊 MJ is a fine place to hang out. Take care, Peter.
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TvRicky said 1525 days ago (May 20th, 2013)
Amazing World Climates
BEAUTIFUL...Musical offering Peter so very felt by me...I love the Fall and all that it brings..Such a Soulful kick you implement with that Guit..Man play it baby ...Production wizardry as usual...Performance Grand...

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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PeterB7858 said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Lyrical
Your comments are as lyrical as the song 😊 Thanks for the kind words, Ricky. As always, I appreciate your support. Take care, Peter.
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DWL said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Very nice Peter!
Beautifully arranged and performed.

Strong imagery in the lyrics expertly framed by the understated backing.

Cheers

Dick


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PeterB7858 said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Thanks
Thanks, Dick. I am glad the subtle arrangement came across OK. It came together quite quickly. I appreciate you dropping by. Take care, Peter.
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Daugrin said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Wow Peter!
This is art. Thanks for sharing this experience with us.

Daug
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PeterB7858 said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
High praise
Thanks for dropping by, Daug. High praise. I appreciate it. Take care, Peter.
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magnatone said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Autumn Falling
what a gorgeous piece of work! i'm so impressed with the excellent music you crank out! congrats on this!
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PeterB7858 said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Much appreciated
Thank you, Karen. Your listen and positive comments are always much appreciated. Take care, Peter
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MartinD28 said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Autumn Falling
Images of fall darting through my head as I listen to this - very refreshing to me as I live in the desert (Tucson, AZ) and we are already hitting the nineties. Love the guitar and flute.
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PeterB7858 said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Evocative
Thanks for dropping by, Bradford. Glad I could evoke some refreshing images for you. Fall in the desert must be quite a different experience. I'm glad you liked it. Kind regards, Peter.
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TvRicky said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Master at Work...
Opening is sly and rather slick..transition into another melody and groove so original and pure..Production Magical..and the musicianship turned left with soulful poetry...Mission completed baby!

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PeterB7858 said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Second time around?
Back for a second listen, Ricky? You must have enjoyed it :-) Take care, Peter.
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Soundhound said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Spring.....
Is in full bloom here and it feels good, like this song, it feels good
and is well played and vocally outstanding.....

Nicely done....Peter
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PeterB7858 said 1524 days ago (May 21st, 2013)
Down under...
Springtime is always a treat. Glad it has turned up on time for you, Tony. Our winters in Melbourne are nothing compared to your part of the world but the still air and early evening chill always brings out my reflective side. Glad you liked the song. Take care, Peter.
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PatriciaGirl said 1523 days ago (May 22nd, 2013)
Autumn Falling
A beautiful and reflective piece that is very welcoming to my ears. A friendly suggestion is that I would liked a chorus or harmony played along side the flute. You have such a beautiful voice that's why.

Thanks for sharing
pg
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PeterB7858 said 1523 days ago (May 23rd, 2013)
Lovely
Thanks for your lovely comment, Patty. Your comments re my vocals are much appreciated. I actually toyed with the idea of some type of vocal refrain in the "chorus" but I just wasn't getting something that worked. In the end I went with the thinking that is had an old English folk type melody and that it would be very simple in structure. Your thoughts are most welcome, though :-) Kind regards, Peter.
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rok41 said 1523 days ago (May 22nd, 2013)
Autumn Falling
Great use of imagery in your lyric; the melody is rich and heartfelt. The panflute was a great addition and sets the tone. Philip's HR sounds as good as ever in this context, smoothly played. Very nice song Peter.
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PeterB7858 said 1523 days ago (May 23rd, 2013)
The vapours...
Thanks, Chris. The lyrics are a bit more poetic that I generally come up with. I must have come over with the vapours :-) I am quite impressed with the pan flute sound, too. And I am sure Philip will have checked in from Italy and been chuffed about the HR comment. Take care, Peter.
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Sigmund said 1522 days ago (May 23rd, 2013)
Autumn Falling
This tune makes me think of the early 70's and the great folk rock groups of the times - Simon and Garfunkel, Peter Paul and Mary, and others. Well done Peter - enjoyed this!
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PeterB7858 said 1522 days ago (May 23rd, 2013)
Influence
High praise, Sig. Thanks. You are on right on the mark re the Paul Simon influence re the lyrics and vibe, too. I have been listening again to "So Beautiful, So What" lately (which has some really fine songs on it) and his lyrics always remind me of painting with words. I had that lyrical style in the back of my mind when I wrote this. Take care, Peter.
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Bob Rodgers said 1522 days ago (May 23rd, 2013)
A
lovely song Peter, I love the pan flute and your vocals are great, nice melody and lyrics. I like the slight breaks in the arrangement and when the bass comes in, what a great tone! I really enjoyed this and the GH sounds wonderful.

Bob
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PeterB7858 said 1522 days ago (May 23rd, 2013)
Appreciative
Thanks, Bob. I always appreciate your comments. Yes, I was pretty happy with how the bass worked in. Philip's guitar is a joy to play, too. Take care, Peter,
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WharmtonRise said 1522 days ago (May 23rd, 2013)
Poetry indeed!
Really marvelous work Peter. I just loved it and thanks so much for the download. Mix is just right. The solo is a perfect fit. just great.
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PeterB7858 said 1521 days ago (May 24th, 2013)
Mix 'n match
Thanks for the kind words and the download compliment, Andrew. Any mix kudos coming from you is much appreciated. Take care, Peter.
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Franciscus_Henri said 1522 days ago (May 23rd, 2013)
autumn
lovely balance of sound and poetry.
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PeterB7858 said 1521 days ago (May 24th, 2013)
Thanks
Thanks, Franc. I appreciate you dropping by for a listen. Take care, Peter.
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bud said 1521 days ago (May 24th, 2013)
beautiful landscape song
like a painting for the ears.
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PeterB7858 said 1519 days ago (May 26th, 2013)
All ears...
Thanks, Bud. Nice comment. Like music to my ears :-) Regards, Peter.
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echoroom said 1520 days ago (May 25th, 2013)
wow
The title really sums up the track - poetic, dark, shades of brown and orange. Great vocal and great, evocative lyrics, thanks for sharing Peter
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PeterB7858 said 1519 days ago (May 26th, 2013)
Appreciative
I appreciate you dropping by for a listen to my music, Steve. Glad you thought it came across OK. Thanks, Peter.
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FEEL said 1519 days ago (May 26th, 2013)
Nice
What a beautiful piece of music. I like the touch of the flute but I think the vocals are the star complimented with that fantastic guitar. Good choice with the orchestral build late that carries you into that sweet lead. Thanks for sharing.
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PeterB7858 said 1519 days ago (May 26th, 2013)
Keep it simple
Thanks, John. Glad you thought this one turned out OK. I tried to keep it pretty simple and just let the lyrics take centre stage. Thanks for the kudos re the guitar work. Take care, Peter.
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Char said 1518 days ago (May 27th, 2013)
You
sound like a troubador or an itinerant minstrel. I also hear Latin influences. Lovely playing, for sure. Very charming. Thank you.
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PeterB7858 said 1517 days ago (May 28th, 2013)
Charming
Thank you, Char. I've always wanted to to an itinerant minstrel. A charming comment :-) Take care, Peter.
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