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#359966 - 08/08/16 09:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: tommyad]
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Great song!! Love the vocal, and those background vocals especially are top notch. Totally pro sounding mix too.

I see you are using the S-Gear amp simulator, I just started using that here too.
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#359969 - 08/08/16 10:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: tommyad]
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Very sad and beautiful song.

Unfortunately the same thing happened to me. My old dog was 13.
I spent six months in a terrible way and one morning I went to a kennel and I brought home a beautiful black puppy. Seven years are passed; sometimes the memory of the old dog comes back to you like a thunderbolt but I see to the other and I feel better.

Your dog was beautiful.

Sergio
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#360028 - 08/08/16 05:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: tommyad]
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Beautiful song Tom. I know how hard it can be losing a pet, particularly a dog. My daughter wants to get a dog (we have 3 cats) and part of my hesitation is because of how deep the bond is and how painful when it breaks. Sorry for your loss. This is so well done. Love the fiddle. Love what you did with the BG vocals. On the Tom Adams Greatest Hits album, this track would be first or last on one side (for those of us who remember vinyl LPs). Another simply great song!! Take care. Greg

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#360097 - 08/09/16 06:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: tommyad]
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What a tribute. There has to be a wonderful place that good dogs go to and we're sure he's happy. We've never been w/o a dog in our 35 years of marriage. Folks either get it or they don't but the most interesting thing about your song is that it is written in a manner that applies to other situations of loss. That had to take some thought...or, heck, perhaps it just flowed out.

It's so easy of us to get lost in the emotional aspects of the song that it's hard to parse it out...but it's all so good -- the vocals, guitar, arrangement and the mix. We will never take for granted Tommyad mixes. The soundstage is exquisite with every track having its place, complementing the other tracks and never stepping on them.

Eloquent and loving.

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#360116 - 08/09/16 08:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: tommyad]
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Tom,

This is incredibly poignant. Beautifully done. Love the oohs at the end with the strings. Chill bumps man.
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#360177 - 08/09/16 01:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Tom
Sorry to hear about your dog. A very nice tribute.
The song itself is beautifully put together and as Pat says has brilliant backing vocals.
Great song writing.
Thanks Peter, I appreciate it.
Originally Posted By: rsdean
Tom,

So sorry - I've been there... This song is heartbreaking, but a beautiful tribute.

Bob
I was thinking a lot of us relate. Thanks, Tom

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#360253 - 08/10/16 05:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Tom,

Beautiful and heartbreaking song.
We both been through the same situation more than once, and we know how it feels.
Music sure can be a medicine.

All the best,

Rob & Anne-Marie
Thank you both. Tom
Originally Posted By: Sundance
Tom,

Your song is such a loving and heart wrenching tribute to your beautiful dog.

It is so hard to lose that unconditional love and companionship. I know that pain and the big hole left in your heart and home all too well.

I pray that God will comfort your heart through this dark time and that you will be able to one day smile with the thought of each sweet memory of love, laughter, and fun from all those years and good times you shared together.

God bless you.
Duncan was a big ( 100 lb ) beautiful Fox Red Labrador and is greatly missed. You are very thoughtful and kind. Thanks, Tom

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#360255 - 08/10/16 05:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: Matcham]
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Originally Posted By: gibson
Tom,
So sad.

A great song, a fitting tribute to a good friend!

Alyn
Thanks Alyn. Tom
Originally Posted By: Matcham
Tom I feel your pain. Your song is nostalgic to me as I too have lost a best friend. Still I can't help but notice the neat song structure and production. Not bad for a week's work!
Thank you, I appreciate it. Tom

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#360430 - 08/11/16 05:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
A great tribute for the loss of the best of friends.

Your expression of grief will give comfort to a lot of people.
Thanks Charlie, Tom
Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Oh man, I feel for you. I think I've always had a dog and there's nothing like coming home to someone who's always so glad to see you.
So, as a fellow dog lover, I'm so sorry for your loss.
You express the emotions so well in this song and I love all the vocals, especially the background. As always beautifully played, well written, from the heart. Pat Marr says just about everything
spot on and elegantly about this tender and well crafted song.

Kenny
Kenny, Losing a dog is a highly charged emotional event and writing this really helped me work through what I was feeling. Thanks, Tom

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#360435 - 08/11/16 05:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Great song!! Love the vocal, and those background vocals especially are top notch. Totally pro sounding mix too.

I see you are using the S-Gear amp simulator, I just started using that here too.
That S-Gear is great. Thanks for the nice comments. Tom
Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri


Very sad and beautiful song.

Unfortunately the same thing happened to me. My old dog was 13.
I spent six months in a terrible way and one morning I went to a kennel and I brought home a beautiful black puppy. Seven years are passed; sometimes the memory of the old dog comes back to you like a thunderbolt but I see to the other and I feel better.

Your dog was beautiful.

Sergio
Thanks Sergio. My buddy Duncan was a 100 pound Fox Red Labrador Retriever and you're right he was beautiful- inside and out. Tom

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#360599 - 08/12/16 04:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Beautiful song Tom. I know how hard it can be losing a pet, particularly a dog. My daughter wants to get a dog (we have 3 cats) and part of my hesitation is because of how deep the bond is and how painful when it breaks. Sorry for your loss. This is so well done. Love the fiddle. Love what you did with the BG vocals. On the Tom Adams Greatest Hits album, this track would be first or last on one side (for those of us who remember vinyl LPs). Another simply great song!! Take care. Greg
Thank you for all your support. Tom
Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
What a tribute. There has to be a wonderful place that good dogs go to and we're sure he's happy. We've never been w/o a dog in our 35 years of marriage. Folks either get it or they don't but the most interesting thing about your song is that it is written in a manner that applies to other situations of loss. That had to take some thought...or, heck, perhaps it just flowed out.

It's so easy of us to get lost in the emotional aspects of the song that it's hard to parse it out...but it's all so good -- the vocals, guitar, arrangement and the mix. We will never take for granted Tommyad mixes. The soundstage is exquisite with every track having its place, complementing the other tracks and never stepping on them.

Eloquent and loving.

J&B

I knew y'all would get it. The song did flow out,but then I realized it could be more universal with a few small tweaks. Thanks for your kindness. Tom
Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Tom,

This is incredibly poignant. Beautifully done. Love the oohs at the end with the strings. Chill bumps man.
Anytime a reaction includes bird leather (chill bumps) that's a good sign. Thanks David, Tom

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#360650 - 08/12/16 12:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: tommyad]
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Hey Tom,

So sorry for your loss. I've certainly been there (I'm a dog person) and my current pup "Tinker" turned 14 in May... Don't know how much longer we've got. frown

This was a wonderful tribute and just a fine job all around! Again, so sorry for your loss.

Greg

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#360681 - 08/12/16 05:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: tommyad]
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Tom,

Boy, is this a powerful song. Anyone who has lost a "family member" will certainly relate. Really strikes a chord. I hope this song brings healing to you. You know I am a big fan of yours. I am also a big fan of songs that are truly from the heart. This one fits the bill. Great job, as always on the vocals. And the arrangement is top shelf.

I have been away for quite a while, and was so glad to see your contribution here when I returned.

Steve
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#360720 - 08/13/16 04:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: Steve Young]
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Originally Posted By: Achordocaster
Hey Tom,

So sorry for your loss. I've certainly been there (I'm a dog person) and my current pup "Tinker" turned 14 in May... Don't know how much longer we've got. frown

This was a wonderful tribute and just a fine job all around! Again, so sorry for your loss.

Greg
Greg, Thanks, Tom
Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Tom,

Boy, is this a powerful song. Anyone who has lost a "family member" will certainly relate. Really strikes a chord. I hope this song brings healing to you. You know I am a big fan of yours. I am also a big fan of songs that are truly from the heart. This one fits the bill. Great job, as always on the vocals. And the arrangement is top shelf.

I have been away for quite a while, and was so glad to see your contribution here when I returned.

Steve
Thank you Steve. I am always glad to hear from you. Thanks for your kind review. Tom

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#361484 - 08/18/16 06:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: tommyad]
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Beautiful song Tommy. I feel your pain having to go through this a short while ago. Music definitely a healing therapy. Beautiful lyric and vocal. I believe someone is looking down on you with his tail wagging. Well done
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#363452 - 09/01/16 10:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Send A Sign [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
"An empty house, an empty heart
and I can’t find a way to fill this hole"

It can't be said any better than that.
I had a "constant companion" for 15 years - still hurts...you really strike a chord here...

The "generic write" is well done.
Terrific production and mix. The guitar bits are really nice.

Sung from the heart.

A beautiful tribute. I feel for you.

fj


Tom,

I'm incredibly late in getting to this one. I apologise for my tardiness. I'm very very sorry to hear about your loss. Try as I might, I can't think of any words better than what floyd has already said. This is beautiful. Outstanding and very, very touching.

May good things come your way.
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