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#626077 11/28/20 04:38 PM
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If you’ve never heard a Rock Ballad about getting older, well here’s one…

https://soundcloud.com/tommyad/lighthouse

http://tommyadamsmusic.com/track/2538697/lighthouse


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Lighthouse

I found a yellowed photograph
Wow we looked like we were kids
I sure don’t know why it moved me but it did

There’s some rocks out on the point
long ago she sat there
now the shadows have gone away
Revealing silver in her hair

Out on the bay the water seems so calm
Ain’t a cloud in sight but you know it won’t be long
there won’t always be days as perfect as this
or crystal clear memory of that very first kiss

i wish we had a lighthouse something we could trust
pointing to safe waters protecting us
there’s times that all i wished for was to never be alone
Now i wish we had a lighthouse to guide us home


We sit here in silence
there’s nothing left to say
There’s a comfort in my knowing
I can go back to that day

So I put that yellowed photograph
into some old metal frame
and placed it down beside her
so she can do the same

Out on the bay the water seems so calm
Ain’t a cloud in sight but you know it won’t be long
there won’t always be days as perfect as this
or crystal clear memory of that very first kiss

i wish we had a lighthouse something we could trust
pointing to safe waters protecting us
there’s times that all i wished for was to never be alone
Now i wish we had a lighthouse to guide us home

©2020 Thomas Adams

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Great song and sound Tommy. Love the solo. Sounds like Gilmour.

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Tom

Excellent song, touching, and well sung.
Loved the song structure and the absolutely huge sounding guitars.
The guitar playing throughout was exceptional and the solo was great and loved the intro.

Superb.

Peter

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Great song. Polished performance.


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There's something about yellowed photographs and paper that I actually really like. I once found a collection of really, really old photos from over 100 years old and got to see some ancestors of mine through those photos. This was a really neat song and it made me a bit nostalgic for my mom's photo collection, so thanks for sharing!


Cheers,
Ember
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The 1st minutes is VERY bright and the solo guitar almost took it to ice pick land. After that minutes things seem to round the edges a little and the listening became more comfortable though, occasionally, the arpeggio guitar becomes a little brittle.
It's a lovely song and your personal playing really lifts the whole thing to another level.


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Hi Tom
I read the lyrics (which are very good) before listening. The finished product is a little less ballad and a lot more rock than I imagined while reading the words, but it sure works. Great vocal as per usual and the guitar work is super tasty.
Regards,
Leon

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Tommy,

Really clean, magnetic rock sound to this—the opening is great. Nice build to the chorus, which is wonderfully written. Your vocal, which is solid, gives this a bit more of a country rock feel to me, though the base is solid rock . . . and that solo totally slays. Really good work, Tommy. Enjoyed this a lot.

Regards,

Deej

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Very nice guitar tones, Tommy!


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Tom,

Great opening. The acoustic vs. the big electric chord is sweeeet!

An excellent write. Nice chord progression.

"i wish we had a lighthouse something we could trust
pointing to safe waters protecting us
there’s times that all i wished for was to never be alone
Now i wish we had a lighthouse to guide us home"

Nice.

Excellent tracks - as always. Excellent mix - as always.

Your vocals are always terrific. Solid. Nice guitar work.

A joy to listen to.

fj

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You're making my cry.
Great write, well delivered!

Good one!

moto

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Hi Tommy,

wow, what a blast. Just love it from start to finish. First of all a great write (which of us old farts couldn't relate...), the song itself is marvellous and your vocal stands out, wow. Overwhelming sound, very clever choice of backing tracks. AND THAT SOLO IS AWESOME !!!!!

Take care,

Stefan

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Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Great song and sound Tommy. Love the solo. Sounds like Gilmour.

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Thanks David. I appreciate you stopping by, Tom

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Hi Tom .
You tell an interesting story , captivating arrangement,mix and of course your guitar playing is exemplary. I can relate to your search for that "lighthouse". Entertaining listen.

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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Tom

Excellent song, touching, and well sung.
Loved the song structure and the absolutely huge sounding guitars.
The guitar playing throughout was exceptional and the solo was great and loved the intro.

Superb.

Peter
Thank you Peter for your support. I always am glad when you stop by and comment, Tom

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Great song, Tom. Simultaneously sad & happy sentiments crash upon the shore, and there WILL BE a lighthouse guiding us home. Love the song idea, and the changes really bring out the story. Excellent vocal, too!!


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"So I put that yellowed photograph
into some old metal frame
and placed it down beside her
so she can do the same"

Wow! This is a tremendous write and that slight edge of ambiguity about her throughout the lyric takes it to another level. All of the imagery is remarkably engaging.

And the arrangement is amazing. The build is absolutely one of the best we've heard.

Then we get to the vocal and guitar performances both of which are described by Janice as "passionate and soaring." Bud adds the words soulful and tasteful.

Man, that outro is anthemic.

The mix? We’ve run out of superlatives. Dynamic and polished with the perfect soundstage.

Well done Mr Adams! A showcase on the showcase.

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Originally Posted By: Ghostgum
Great song. Polished performance.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Tom
Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
There's something about yellowed photographs and paper that I actually really like. I once found a collection of really, really old photos from over 100 years old and got to see some ancestors of mine through those photos. This was a really neat song and it made me a bit nostalgic for my mom's photo collection, so thanks for sharing!
Ember, thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. Unfortunately yellowed photographs will soon be from a day gone by. Digital never fades. Tom

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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Great song, Tom. Simultaneously sad & happy sentiments crash upon the shore, and there WILL BE a lighthouse guiding us home. Love the song idea, and the changes really bring out the story. Excellent vocal, too!!


Marty pretty much summed it up for me I think. In addition the the write and the vocal, that solo guitar work is fabulous.

As good as it gets I think, Tom, just top notch from start to finish.

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Excellent song, top=notch production. I especially liked the minor chord that you used at the end of the verse "very first kiss"--gave lots of dimension to the melody. Really glad I checked in to listen!

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