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#423076 - 07/24/17 07:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Through It All [Re: rsdean]
Al-David Offline

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 2734
Loc: Alabama, USA
Originally Posted By: rsdean

I thought I had commented on this song, but for some reason did not. It is absolutely stunning in so many ways. No words to describe it - you really drove the feeling home in this one...


Hi Bob,

You, sir, are much too kind. But we sure do appreciate all that kindness! "Stunning" is a strong word and we are humbled by your thought that this one is of that class. Many thanks, dear friend. Best to you,

Alan & Di
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#423087 - 07/25/17 01:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Through It All [Re: Al-David]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 12724
Loc: Australia

This is stunning in so, so many ways! With each new song you bring to the forum, your singer-songwriter prowess shines brighter and brighter and brighter. There are some exquisitely unexpected chord progressions within this work... simply beautiful in the way they lead the listener along through some wonderful aural scenery. I'm glad that Shigeki Adachi noted some of them for all of us to see.

Please pass on my thoughts to Di. Not a day goes by where I don't think about you both and hope that your journey is as smooth as circumstances allow.

May good things come your and Di's way,

#423183 - 07/26/17 12:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Through It All [Re: Al-David]
bluage Offline

Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 444
Loc: Washington State
Dear Mr. David...

From the moment that I became seriously aware of the content of most songs about love, I began to wonder why the lyrics of so many of them were so sad. Following that train of thought over time has caused me to imagine that at some time way, way, WAY back in the mists of pre-historic time, men and women were actually created as one single soul containing two perfectly balanced and mutually loving spirits that we now call "male" and "female".

But then, some undoubtedly tragic thing must have happened that caused those ideally paired "male" and "female" spirits contained in that single soul, to split in half, a terrible rupture that forever impaired relations between them as they attempted to live separately from each other. I realize that this may sound like some kind of whacked-out Adam-and-Eve narrative, but I can't help thinking of it in the way I revealed to you.

Listening to "Through It All" aroused those thoughts again in me. Maybe the time we spend on this Earth with ALL of our "loved ones" is just an attempt to repair that lonely separateness and reclaim the blissful unity I imagine we possessed in the scenario I described above. If that would ultimately prove to be the case, then the loving feelings and the heartfelt contrition you poured into your admittedly "spare" lyrics has surely brought you closer to your wife than perhaps other males/men/boyfriends/husbands have had the experience of knowing.

I am truly, deeply, and piercingly humbled by the way you express -- no, expose, actually -- the simple, yet profound emotions that are the ground of your commitment to your wife, Ms. Diane, in "Through It All." In fact, I envy it, as I don't think I have achieved that in my own life. Nonetheless, it has got to be the best medicine she could possibly get to carry her through her current medical crisis. I continue to pray for her recovery in every spare, still, and silent moment I can seize from each passing day.

Most sincerely and respectfully,


Edited by bluage (07/26/17 12:33 AM)
"Music is what feelings sound like."-- borrowed from a Cakewalk Music Creator forum member, "Mamabear".

#423197 - 07/26/17 04:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Through It All [Re: Al-David]
BlueAttitude Offline

Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 1193
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Powerful song indeed! Amazing that you produced it in such a short time too, only 2 hours? Wow.

All the best to you and Di!

Blue Attitude: Homepage, Latest song: The Traveller

#423201 - 07/26/17 05:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Through It All [Re: Al-David]
tommyad Offline

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 2648
Loc: Florida
Al & Di, I love this one. Sophisticated country chord changes! Great write and soulfully sung. Beautiful editing on the fills and the solo. Great song. My best to the both of you, Tom

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