Life Keeps Getting Shorter

Posted by: tommyad

Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/03/19 09:24 AM

I was at the funeral of a family member recently and was looking at some of the old family photos. What a different time it was for me growing up. My world was a piece of Beech Nut chewing gum that was handed to me by my Grandpa while he sang the Mail Pouch Tobacco song. In life as in just about everything else, simpler is better. As I told a cousin, a little hillbilly blood helps to keep you humble.

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Life Keeps Getting Shorter



I remember when my Grandpa would take me by the hand

just a boy in that West Virginia town

he’d walk down to the river

put his fingers to his lips

Say quiet son don’t even make a sound


We’d listen to the water as it went rollin past

throw sticks and watch them float away downstream

Not a care in the world of an old man and a boy

Those days were like living in a dream


Was the time of year in Summer when the sunshine feels strong

Afternoons were wasted in the shade

Ain’t no time to hurry on days that seemed so long

while life keeps getting shorter every day



We’d walk across a wooden bridge that took us into town

waving to the people in the square

grandpa seemed to know everyone that came along

He told me once that he’d been everywhere


I came back for the funeral nearly everyone was gone

it had come to pass the factories all closed down

surely i was lucky to have seen the way it was

before the hard times fell upon that town


Was the time of year in Summer when the sunshine feels strong

Afternoons were wasted in the shade

Ain’t no time to hurry on days that seemed so long

while life keeps getting shorter every day


©2018 Thomas Adams
Posted by: rsdean

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/03/19 11:35 AM

Tom,

Great song and sentiment - love the way the fiddle follows your vocal around the song.

Perfect mix and arrangement - loved it!

Bob
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/03/19 04:25 PM

Sweet perfection Tom! Man did you ever hit on something many of us out here can relate to! Beautiful job all the way around on this! Thanks, Torrey
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/04/19 12:47 AM

Hey Tom,
Great to see you with a new one, it's been too long!
Yes, life was simpler back then! And better too for a kid growing up I think.
Nice job on this as usual, mix sounds fabulous through the phones.
Enjoyed the listen!
Posted by: Jim

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/04/19 01:46 AM

I really enjoyed listening to this one...
It has a Tom T. Hall flavor...
Mighty tasty...
Great work!
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/04/19 05:53 AM

What a cool intro. Just the loved the banjo and fiddle, Such a super vocal and lyric. When I clicked on the song link I jumped back to your description of your song. It was like I jumped into a tv shop. Such a professional mix as well.
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/04/19 06:51 AM

Wow - what a tune smile Definitely hits close to home for me as well. Love the way the fiddle and your vocals play off one another, and the groove got my foot tapping in about 10 seconds. As others have mentioned as well, the mix on this is superb.

You knocked this one out of the park - thanks for sharing!
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/04/19 08:12 AM

Excellent,

Tom, you're the man!

I certainly flashed back to my youth and relationship with my Grandfather

who was very much like the one in your song.

When I went back home I felt claustrophobic, when you're young everything is so big

and grown up it was like a postage stamp.

Super playing as usual

enjoyed the listen!

Kenny
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/04/19 11:12 AM

Another great job.

Everything sits in it's proper place in the mix, crystal, and yep... good writing job too.
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/04/19 03:16 PM

Terrific, Tom.

Good write (everyone should have a Grampa Song).

Super mix. Your vocals are truly crisp and clear. And cool harmonies.

Hot acoustic leads! Excellent listen.

fj
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/04/19 03:33 PM

This a fun, catchy, foot tapper, yet still nostalgic. Vocal is top notch. I enjoyed this very much. Nice guitar lick at the end.
Posted by: gruverider

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/04/19 03:53 PM

Great guitar picking!!! Wonderfully nostalgic!
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/05/19 04:32 AM

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Tom,

Great song and sentiment - love the way the fiddle follows your vocal around the song.

Perfect mix and arrangement - loved it!

Bob
Thanks Bob. I always look forward to your kind words,Tom
Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Sweet perfection Tom! Man did you ever hit on something many of us out here can relate to! Beautiful job all the way around on this! Thanks, Torrey
Torrey, thanks for stopping by. I had hoped that this might be relatable since many of us are close in age. I appreciate you taking the time to comment,Tom
Posted by: Noel96

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/05/19 09:49 AM

Tom,

What a terrific song. Everything about it invites the listener to sit back and enjoy. I can really relate to the hook.. ain't it the truth!

The clarity of this mix is stunning. The stereo-stage is set really well and I found that if I focused my hearing, I could easily hear every instrument just as clearly as I could hear your singing. That's a pretty amazing accomplishment in my book! Your vocals sit perfectly in this stellar mix.

So yes... What a terrific song!

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/06/19 04:47 AM

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Hey Tom,
Great to see you with a new one, it's been too long!
Yes, life was simpler back then! And better too for a kid growing up I think.
Nice job on this as usual, mix sounds fabulous through the phones.
Enjoyed the listen!
Dave, thanks for your wonderful review, Tom
Originally Posted By: Jim
I really enjoyed listening to this one...
It has a Tom T. Hall flavor...
Mighty tasty...
Great work!
Jim, as I got into the write, Tom T definitely crossed my mind. Thanks for your kind words,Tom
Posted by: dani48

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/06/19 05:28 AM

Well, Tom !

I do agree with you !
It was something completely
different to grow up some
sixtyfive years ago than today !
As what comes to your tune
it is my favourite of all the
tunes from you I´ve heard so far !
Everything about it is absolutely
superb ! Thanks !


Cheers
Dani
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/06/19 07:46 AM

"Ain’t no time to hurry on days that seemed so long
while life keeps getting shorter every day"

Ain't it the truth bro!

It's no secret J&B lived and breathed and played bluegrass for decades...so we feel qualified to say "AWESOME!"

Thematically the lyric/melody fits the genre very well. It doesn't sound like one of the old war horses and is certainly thought provoking.

You did a fine job of putting together an authentic sounding BG band and your acoustic is great...the picking and the tone.

And your vocals well deliver the feel of the song both lyrically and rhythmically. Nice phrasing and harmony.

Outstanding Mr Adams!

J&B
Posted by: Crossroads

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/06/19 09:37 AM

Hi Tom,

enjoyed the song - great intro, very catchy chorus.

Cheers,

Stefan
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/07/19 09:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Scott C
What a cool intro. Just the loved the banjo and fiddle, Such a super vocal and lyric. When I clicked on the song link I jumped back to your description of your song. It was like I jumped into a tv shop. Such a professional mix as well.
Scott, I think you had a typo. Did you mean tv show? Anyway tv shop is certainly a relic of the past. Thanks for the nice review, Tom
Posted by: beatmaster

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/07/19 09:36 AM

Great musical journey, with a clear cut story and vocals to match.

To me a bit like Rolf Harris with nice harmonies.
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/08/19 05:55 AM

Originally Posted By: tommyad
Originally Posted By: Scott C
What a cool intro. Just the loved the banjo and fiddle, Such a super vocal and lyric. When I clicked on the song link I jumped back to your description of your song. It was like I jumped into a tv shop. Such a professional mix as well.
Scott, I think you had a typo. Did you mean tv show? Anyway tv shop is certainly a relic of the past. Thanks for the nice review, Tom


Yes Tom that was a typo. As soon as the song jump in it was like watching a very cool tv show....
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/08/19 10:32 AM

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - what a tune smile Definitely hits close to home for me as well. Love the way the fiddle and your vocals play off one another, and the groove got my foot tapping in about 10 seconds. As others have mentioned as well, the mix on this is superb.

You knocked this one out of the park - thanks for sharing!
Deryk, glad you liked it. Thanks, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/08/19 03:05 PM

Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Excellent,

Tom, you're the man!

I certainly flashed back to my youth and relationship with my Grandfather

who was very much like the one in your song.

When I went back home I felt claustrophobic, when you're young everything is so big

and grown up it was like a postage stamp.

Super playing as usual

enjoyed the listen!

Kenny
Hey Thanks for the nice words. Glad it struck a chord, Tom
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/08/19 03:18 PM

An instant classic!! I was humming along by the second chorus. This is a song that would probably mean little to a teenage but means so much to us on the forum with the context and years to appreciate such a work of art! Could not be better!!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/08/19 05:52 PM

Great feel and ain't it the truth. Such relable imagery and a footstompin' buck dancing toe tapper with the bluegrass. I loved it Tom.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/09/19 06:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Another great job.

Everything sits in it's proper place in the mix, crystal, and yep... good writing job too.
Thanks Herb. Appreciate the good review,Tom
Posted by: Jim

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/09/19 07:57 AM

I just had to come back for another listen...
I really like this one!
Posted by: PeterF

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/10/19 01:05 AM

Tom

Great to hear a new one. Loved it. Some very nice guitar (you got some tab for that end part?) and a wonderful vocal.
Instantly likeable!

Peter
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/10/19 09:30 AM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Terrific, Tom.

Good write (everyone should have a Grampa Song).

Super mix. Your vocals are truly crisp and clear. And cool harmonies.

Hot acoustic leads! Excellent listen.

fj
I always look forward to what you have to say. I’m glad you liked it, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/11/19 05:44 AM

Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
This a fun, catchy, foot tapper, yet still nostalgic. Vocal is top notch. I enjoyed this very much. Nice guitar lick at the end.
Thank you very much for taking the time to listen and comment, Tom
Originally Posted By: gruverider
Great guitar picking!!! Wonderfully nostalgic!
Hey Gruve, glad you stopped by, Tom
Posted by: HearToLearn

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/11/19 01:10 PM

That's how it's done son! Hot Damn!

That arrangement and performance was just killer. Your voice is always instantly identifiable in all the right ways. LOVED the harmonies. LOVED the leads. The intro, the ending. I mean...my God man! That was out of this world.

I also think those lyrics speak to anyone with life experience. wink

Thanks for sharing this!
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/12/19 09:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Tom,

What a terrific song. Everything about it invites the listener to sit back and enjoy. I can really relate to the hook.. ain't it the truth!

The clarity of this mix is stunning. The stereo-stage is set really well and I found that if I focused my hearing, I could easily hear every instrument just as clearly as I could hear your singing. That's a pretty amazing accomplishment in my book! Your vocals sit perfectly in this stellar mix.

So yes... What a terrific song!

All the best,
Noel

Noel, Thank you so much for this stellar review. You made my day, Tom
Originally Posted By: dani48
Well, Tom !

I do agree with you !
It was something completely
different to grow up some
sixtyfive years ago than today !
As what comes to your tune
it is my favourite of all the
tunes from you I´ve heard so far !
Everything about it is absolutely
superb ! Thanks !


Cheers
Dani
Dani, I’m glad you enjoyed it, Tom
Posted by: cubanpete

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/12/19 05:42 PM

Heart felt lyrics and great production. Superb vocals.

Mike B.
Posted by: animarorecords

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/12/19 09:25 PM

Hello, Tom

Nice bluegrass song!
And great sentiment.
I agree with Janice & Bud.
"Ain’t no time to hurry on days that seemed so long
while life keeps getting shorter every day"
Ain't it the truth bro!
I feel like seeing a glimpse of my own life.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/14/19 06:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
"Ain’t no time to hurry on days that seemed so long
while life keeps getting shorter every day"

Ain't it the truth bro!

It's no secret J&B lived and breathed and played bluegrass for decades...so we feel qualified to say "AWESOME!"

Thematically the lyric/melody fits the genre very well. It doesn't sound like one of the old war horses and is certainly thought provoking.

You did a fine job of putting together an authentic sounding BG band and your acoustic is great...the picking and the tone.

And your vocals well deliver the feel of the song both lyrically and rhythmically. Nice phrasing and harmony.

Outstanding Mr Adams!

J&B

Well if anyone on this forum has bluegrass cred, it’s you two. So to get such a super review from you means a lot to me. Thanks, Tom
Originally Posted By: Crossroads
Hi Tom,

enjoyed the song - great intro, very catchy chorus.

Cheers,

Stefan
Stefan, I’m glad you liked it, Tom
Posted by: RichMac

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/14/19 02:56 PM


Thanks for this one Tom.
Very much suits my present state of mind.
Fantastically well done.
Reminds me of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
Cheers.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/15/19 05:00 AM

Originally Posted By: beatmaster
Great musical journey, with a clear cut story and vocals to match.

To me a bit like Rolf Harris with nice harmonies.
Now there’s a name we don’t often hear in the states. I had the original 45 record of Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport along with the companion Wobble Board. We had a lot of fun with that. Hadn’t thought of that in years! Thanks for the nice words,Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/16/19 05:58 AM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
An instant classic!! I was humming along by the second chorus. This is a song that would probably mean little to a teenage but means so much to us on the forum with the context and years to appreciate such a work of art! Could not be better!!! Take care. Greg
Greg I always appreciate your comments. Thanks for your continued support,Tom
Originally Posted By: Sundance
Great feel and ain't it the truth. Such relable imagery and a footstompin' buck dancing toe tapper with the bluegrass. I loved it Tom.
Josie, I wish I could see you do some of that flat footed buck dancing. I know if I tried I’d probably get hurt. Thanks for the nice words, Tom
Posted by: SpaceDog

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/16/19 06:39 PM

Tommy

You can't help but smile listening to bluegrass This song paints a beautiful picture of a simple and better life. Thanks

SD
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/20/19 05:01 AM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Tom

Great to hear a new one. Loved it. Some very nice guitar (you got some tab for that end part?) and a wonderful vocal.
Instantly likeable!

Peter
Peter, I have been playing guitar for 55 years and I never got into Tabs. Maybe it’s time I looked into it. Thanks for your nice words,Tom
Posted by: mkg50 (Mike G)

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/20/19 08:09 PM

Thanks for sharing this Tom. Your vocals and the backing fit this great song perfectly.
Cheers,
Mike
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/21/19 10:36 AM


Wow,

This is really good Tom. Just a good rock solid song. Loved it.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/22/19 04:33 AM

Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
That's how it's done son! Hot Damn!

That arrangement and performance was just killer. Your voice is always instantly identifiable in all the right ways. LOVED the harmonies. LOVED the leads. The intro, the ending. I mean...my God man! That was out of this world.

I also think those lyrics speak to anyone with life experience. wink

Thanks for sharing this!
Caaron, I appreciate your outstanding review! Made my day. Thanks,Tom
Originally Posted By: cubanpete
Heart felt lyrics and great production. Superb vocals.

Mike B.
Hey Mike, Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your generous words, Tom
Originally Posted By: RichMac

Thanks for this one Tom.
Very much suits my present state of mind.
Fantastically well done.
Reminds me of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
Cheers.
Richard, good to hear from you. Thanks for commenting, Tom
Originally Posted By: SpaceDog
Tommy

You can't help but smile listening to bluegrass This song paints a beautiful picture of a simple and better life. Thanks

SD
SD, Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment, Tm
Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/22/19 05:10 AM

Great imagery, strong lyrics, Excellent arrangement, production and performance. Enjoyed my listen.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/23/19 04:24 AM

Originally Posted By: mkg50
Thanks for sharing this Tom. Your vocals and the backing fit this great song perfectly.
Cheers,
Mike
Mike, thanks for the kind review, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/24/19 04:24 AM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Wow,

This is really good Tom. Just a good rock solid song. Loved it.
Thank you David. I’m glad you liked it, Tom
Posted by: ROG

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/24/19 05:17 AM

Hi Tom,

A bit late getting round to listening, but well worth it when I did!

Love and agree with the sentiments expressed here and it's all wrapped up in a fabulous,
classic, country package. Really nice work on the arrangement and the mix is faultless.

All this, plus super vocals and harmonies.

Nicely done.

ROG.
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/24/19 01:45 PM

Hi Tom ...

So many folks here can relate to this. As always, you did a fantastic job on everything needed to make this so dang good. This reminds me of something Randy Owen might have written - I'll bet he's jealous!

A heartfelt write delivered with the exact emotional intonation. That fiddle and mandolin are so sweet! grerat job, Tom. What a musical treat!!!

Best to you ...

Alan
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/25/19 11:47 AM

Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Great imagery, strong lyrics, Excellent arrangement, production and performance. Enjoyed my listen.
Charlie, I'm always happy to see your name pop up in the comments. Thanks for your continued support, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/26/19 04:39 PM

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Tom,

A bit late getting round to listening, but well worth it when I did!

Love and agree with the sentiments expressed here and it's all wrapped up in a fabulous,
classic, country package. Really nice work on the arrangement and the mix is faultless.

All this, plus super vocals and harmonies.

Nicely done.

ROG.

Thank you ROG for the wonderful review, Tom
Posted by: Ember - PG Music

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/26/19 04:43 PM

Songs that make you think back on your life are always fascinating ones to me. It makes me think about how much I've grown, what has changed (not just about myself, but how the world has shifted around me too), and how time is just flying by.

Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed this one; very thought provoking.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 02/28/19 07:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Tom ...

So many folks here can relate to this. As always, you did a fantastic job on everything needed to make this so dang good. This reminds me of something Randy Owen might have written - I'll bet he's jealous!

A heartfelt write delivered with the exact emotional intonation. That fiddle and mandolin are so sweet! grerat job, Tom. What a musical treat!!!

Best to you ...

Alan
Thanks Al. I appreciate the kind review. Best to you and Di, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter - 03/01/19 05:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
Songs that make you think back on your life are always fascinating ones to me. It makes me think about how much I've grown, what has changed (not just about myself, but how the world has shifted around me too), and how time is just flying by.

Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed this one; very thought provoking.
Ember, I’m glad you enjoyed it, Tom