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#522261 - 02/03/19 09:24 AM [User Showcase] Life Keeps Getting Shorter
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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


Edited by tommyad (02/03/19 09:29 AM)

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#522273 - 02/03/19 11:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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Tom,

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

Perfect mix and arrangement - loved it!

Bob

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#522340 - 02/03/19 04:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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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
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#522377 - 02/04/19 12:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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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!

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#522384 - 02/04/19 01:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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I really enjoyed listening to this one...
It has a Tom T. Hall flavor...
Mighty tasty...
Great work!
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#522402 - 02/04/19 05:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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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.

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#522410 - 02/04/19 06:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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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!
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#522426 - 02/04/19 08:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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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

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#522456 - 02/04/19 11:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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Another great job.

Everything sits in it's proper place in the mix, crystal, and yep... good writing job too.
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#522505 - 02/04/19 03:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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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

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#522513 - 02/04/19 03:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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This a fun, catchy, foot tapper, yet still nostalgic. Vocal is top notch. I enjoyed this very much. Nice guitar lick at the end.

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#522529 - 02/04/19 03:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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Great guitar picking!!! Wonderfully nostalgic!

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#522612 - 02/05/19 04:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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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

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#522675 - 02/05/19 09:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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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,
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#522834 - 02/06/19 04:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: Jim]
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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

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#522835 - 02/06/19 05:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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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

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#522854 - 02/06/19 07:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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"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!

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#522878 - 02/06/19 09:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tom,

enjoyed the song - great intro, very catchy chorus.

Cheers,

Stefan

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#523109 - 02/07/19 09:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: Scott C]
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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

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#523122 - 02/07/19 09:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Life Keeps Getting Shorter [Re: tommyad]
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Great musical journey, with a clear cut story and vocals to match.

To me a bit like Rolf Harris with nice harmonies.
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