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A submission for the "Analogapalooza Festival".

This is the second of two tunes (the first being "Time's Passing") that my good friend, Michele, and I wrote. It was a very creative period. We were fortunate enough to have a friend with a recording studio and some free time (literally) the day after writing them.

It was a small studio in Athens, Ohio. "LRS Recording Studio". 1981. Can't remember the owner/engineer's name....but he was a really nice guy and definitely knew what he was doing. I can't remember the equipment, either...although it was definitely reel-to-reel.

So...we recorded this and the other in one take each (playing on separate tracks, as I remember). A bit rough...but music of the heart, nonetheless.

Written and performed by:
Michele Senger: Cello
Bob Prince: Guitar
© 1981
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Written and Performed by:
Michele Senger: Cello
Bob Prince: Guitar

©1981
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Uploaded: Aug 06, 2007 - 04:54:39 PM
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2007 - 04:12:02 PM Last Played: Feb 21, 2017 - 11:28:47 PM
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said 3664 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Beautiful...
just really a nice piece of music. A lullaby that I want to stay awake and listen to all the way through. Kudos Bob and Michele!
guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Thanks, Dadai...
...I'll pass on the kind words to Michele.

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Roxylee said 3664 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Sweet!
I love a gopod lullabye, and this one is real good. :-)
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guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Thank you RoxyLee...
...I played it for a 2 year old "in distress", last night at a party. She didn't fall asleep...but she definitely calmed down. So...it's a lullachill, I guess...

;-)

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RickW said 3664 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
What a mix
And what a beautiful composition. Michele's cello is so lovely and your picking in the background is great Bob. Wish I could download and keep it. :-)

God bless,

Rick

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guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
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Thanks, Rick. Glad you liked it.

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MissChaos said 3664 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
less is more
it's lullaby perfection. Beautiful and tender.
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guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Thank you...
...this is an echo from the past that will always resonate with me. Glad you like it, too...

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Vintage Music Festival said 3664 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
You and Michele
sound wonderful together. Very nicely played and recorded. Must have been nice writing this piece togother too. Thanks for posting.
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guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
It's great...
...that you've started this festival. I'm happy that you like this tune.

It was wonderful writing it with Michele. We've always been very close and writing music was just like having a conversation. Flowed easily.

Thanks...

Bob

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said 3664 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Another fine piece
Thanks for posting this. Very emotive. Excellent performances. Fine writing.

Alimar
guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Hi Al...
...I'm glad you like this. Thanks for the pat on the back....

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said 3664 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Very pretty
Unaffected, honest and direct. Good job.
guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Thanks, sonnyj...
...couldn't have asked for higher praise...

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Feter said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Lullabye
the idea getting the Cello acompanied
the guitar just an awesome idea ..this
is just sweet and elegant indeed music
of the heart KUDOS my friend and thank you
for sharing such gem !!
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guitapick said 3662 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
It's a pleasure...
...sharing music with the people of this community. Thanks so much, Feter.

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DWL said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Very nice :-)
Beautiful track Bob. Doesn't sound rough to me.

Cheers

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guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Hi Dick...
...we didn't have much time in the studio...only enough to get the tracks down. My hand got pretty tired at the end, to tell you the truth (had only written it the night before)...but the feel's definitely there and I love the tune.

Glad you do, too.

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Tadashi Togawa said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Reposeful.
The baby sleeps restfully.
Your beautiful guitar where wing grows.

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guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
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Spoken like

the true artist

that you are.

Thank you.

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said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Great !
Very beautiful music, really not rough, sounds excellent, as i told you Mr. Bob, the first tone i've heard of yours was "Time's Passing" and its remembered me my childhood with friends days, and this tone was the 1st tone i've heard it today, such a nice, warm and wonderful is this !
Thanks for sharing this piece here with us.

Regardz to you and your friend

Take Care
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Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Hi Yeman...
...I do remember, very well, how much you enjoyed "Time's Passing". I thought of you when I decided to post this one.

I'm very glad that you like it...thanks.

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paul f. page said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Definitely ...
...not rough, Bob. It is pretty remarkable that you two recorded this in one take and did it so beautifully. After all these years, the sound quality is great...I love the gentleness of this little number, unaffected by a lot of instrumental garbage in the background. It is just a sweet sweet song played with tenderness. Guitar/cello -- you may be on to something here. It is a beautiful combination. Your understated backup is perfect to carry the tune. Add a bass line (acoustic or something that SOUNDS acoustic) and see what you think. That'd be my only thought. Lovely tune. You should write more of these.
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guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Hey Paul...
...always nice to hear from you. I love your suggestion of a bass line. I'll give it a shot.

I was very happy with how well this tune transferred from cassette to disk. Was worried that the tape would have degraded too much.

Thanks, Paul...

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echoroom said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
The clue's ..
.. in the title. Wonderful playing from you both - after hearing so many fake cellos on my keyboard, I firgot how warm and stirring the real thing was. Lovely work, and fresh as the day you recorded it.

Timeless.

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guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Thanks, Steve...
...the cello's one of my favorite instruments. Doesn't hurt to know someone who plays so well, either. Unfortunately, she lives many, many miles away, now. Been trying to convince her to join the digital age and maybe she shall. I'd love that.



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Parichayaka said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
lovely...
Why is there not more music like that around these days...loved everything about this song.
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guitapick said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Thank you...
...I'm writing a Spanish guitar piece for either 2 guitars or guitar/trumpet or guitar/violin (depending on who's available at the time I record) which I'll post some time or other.

Think you'll like it...always enjoy listening to your music...

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ceilidh said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
it is just beautiful
Bob, the combination of these two instruments. Don't remember when the last time i heard cello. What a sound, isn't it. But have to say the melody you are playing on the guitar is SOMETHING. It is truly wonderful. I would maybe even turn the guitar bit higher, to hear it really well. It sounds like water to me. Sometimes a running stream, sometimes like those rings appearing on the lake, where on the surface is reflecting the sun, you throw in a stone and those rings appear, making the still water to come alive. Beautiful.
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guitapick said 3663 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Now:
...there's someone who's makin' sense!

As in: "Turn that guitar up!!!"

;-)

What a wonderful description, ceilidh...thanks so much.

It really is a nice combination of timbres, isn't it?

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five_extra_arms said 3663 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Have You Ever?
Set up a cello and a guitar in the nursery and tried to put the baby to sleep?

This is beautiful. I bet it would work better than a Tuba lullabye with a drum solo.

I could be wrong though.

Great song. I'm going to take a little nap now.

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guitapick said 3663 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
You crazy, dude...
...good thing, too. Otherwise, I'd go nuts...

Sweet dreams. Let that softly blaring tuba lull you to sleep, my friend. And the drum solo? Why...what else could possibly fill the void so perfectly?

Thanks...that was cool...

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Bowman said 3663 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
A song without words...
but I could almost hear them softly singing to me in this lovely lullabye. What a wonderful musical team you made.
I look forward to your new Spanish guitar piece Bob.
Best,
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guitapick said 3663 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
Thanks, Charlie...
...Michele and I did work very well, together. She'll be happy to hear your comments.

It might take a bit to get the Spanish piece together. But it will get done. There's much more, though...and that's a good thang...

Bob

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Ed Hannifin said 3663 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Sounds very present, alive and real...
It lacks that final patina of production that would make every note like every other note, and so it ends up sounding as one might hear it if one were sitting there listening to you two working it out...

Lovely, especially the long cello notes at the very end...

It's so cool hearing music that might have disappeared into the void before MacJams... Who knows where this will go and who will hear it and love it next?

Ed
guitapick said 3663 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
Hi Ed...
...you're so right. Macjams is a treasure and I really don't know who would have heard this or so many wonderful pieces by so many people, but for this site.

As to where this or other tunes will go next: I'll be posting a new version of the other cello/guitar piece that Paul F. Page put his had to, recently. I have so much respect for him and love what he's done.

Peace,

Bob

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Mcboy said 3663 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
wow
now this is one lovely peice.....u should do a whole cd.....i can see this sold through starbucks,itunes,etc.....music for the soul.....for stress relief....music for escape......beautiful music.....peace....
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guitapick said 3663 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
You know...
...I'd like to put this on the CD I'm working on now. All acoustic (don't think metal/industrial would fit in here, do ya?). Taking a bit longer than I thought it would, though. But I'll git thar, by crackee!!

I want Michele to get GB (she's in Iowa) so we can do more collabs or, at the very least, do what we've already done over again. You should hear her now, man. Sooooo fine...

Be nice to put "Selah's Song" on there, too. Kidding...but told you on that page it's really one of the nicest solo pieces I've ever heard.

Thanks for the compliment, McBoy. I'm into all your music. Big fan.

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Ibstrat said 3663 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
Beautiful
This is a beautiful piece.You are a great writer- your music often goes in unexpected directions which I really like.
The album "New Classics for Guitar and Cello" by Muriel Anderson has some nice guitar/cello music if you haven't heard it.
I'd love to hear some more of this if you have any!
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guitapick said 3662 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
So cool...
...a suggestion for more cello/guitar. Great sound, yes?

We did one other piece that weekend:

http://www.macjams.com/song/29692

Would like to do both over again someday...we had so little "rehearsal time". But I love these all the same.

Thanks...means a great deal to me that you enjoy this music.

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djdrshaman said 3662 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
a song that lives up to its name
u know i think we should complie a macjammers CD of luillabyes - and that would sell very well -- something we can definitely market- so much strong material in this song style/form - bob the man u have a gift- press on
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guitapick said 3662 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
With all the fine tunes...
...I've heard on this site (definitely including yours), I'm sure we could come up with a fine CD.
Thanks for the kind words, dj. I've got so much respect for you...it means a great deal to me.

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jiguma said 3662 days ago (August 8th, 2007)
Hmmmmm ..
.. Bob, I listened to this (and enjoyed it) when you first posted, and was sure I'd faved and commented. Always pays to check!
Love the playing and the composition - the only thing I'd be changing is that the cello is slightly overpowering, and I'd like to hear more of your beautiful supporting guitar track.
Congratulations to you both on this!
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guitapick said 3662 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
You're the second person...
...to say we should turn up the guitar a bit. I must say that this is refreshing after years of "Turn that damn thing DOWN!!".

Honestly don't remember the balance being a problem when we recorded. Wondering whether it's because the guitar signal has degraded faster than the cello on the cassette? Shorter signal. Might make sense.

Then again...the recording engineer did like Michele...

Hmmmm...espionage? How intriguing...

Anyway...

Thanks for the print, my friend. I love "Things Must Change"...

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thetiler said 3662 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
cool arpeggios
Like the cello as well. Almost has a new age Prelude in C #1 bach feeling.

Nice and sweet! Nicely orchestrated and a real treat to hear!
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guitapick said 3662 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
"New Age"...
...Prelude in C is a cool description. I love that piece. Used to play it when I actually had a complete classical repertoire. Got some unreal stretches in there, but worth the effort, as they say.

Thanks, Bill. I keep thinking of that YouTube submission you shared, not long ago. So great...

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chipan said 3661 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
Two of the most...
beautiful instruments are cello and classical guitar. This was great. really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting it, Bob.
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guitapick said 3661 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
Thanks, chip...
...I agree. I love both.

Thanks for the listen. Glad you liked it.

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musichead said 3661 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
wow
I need to get my old records and tapes out!!! I have few of me playing string bass and a few punk bands I was in...hahaha
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guitapick said 3661 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
Hehehe...
...I could definitely hear this in the punk genre...very soothing...

The string bass would actually be very nice here. Paul Page mentioned that.

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drakonis said 3661 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
too late for critiques...
since this was done long ago... but I'll offer my thoughts. First of all, its a gorgeously written piece, the legato cello and staccato guitar writing is perfect. The cello *is* slightly louder and richer than the guitar, it tends to envelop it and almost swallow it with its rich warmth... not necessarily a bad thing, but boosting the guitar a bit might have helped, although I sure LOVE the deep richness of the cello sound here, really well recorded. Finally, there seemed to be a tiny tiny pitch difference between the two isntruments, which sort of bothered me throughout, one was ever-so-slightly sharp compared to the other, to my ear... though nobody else mentioned it, so it may just be me today. But again, I want to emphasize that this is a really delicious piece of writing and performing, a gorgeous soothing piece of music!
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guitapick said 3661 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
So glad you dropped by, sir dragon...
...I would l-o-v-e to do this again with Michele. I know my playing's gotten better and can tell you, quite simply, that she sounds incredible. Be nice to "iron out the kinks" and have fun with it.

Will have to listen for the difference in tunings. Wouldn't surprise me. Back then, esp., I tended to tune towards the sharp side. Have worked hard on correcting that. Used to drive my violinist/perfect pitch friend up a freakin' wall!

Glad you liked this, Ed.

TTFN...



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Norman Goodman said 3661 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
Excellent recording
Absolutely beautiful Bob. The violinist has gorgeous tone. A recording this perfect makes me question the digital innovations in sound reproduction.
Very enchanting and soothing passages.Masterful!
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guitapick said 3661 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
Hi Norman...
...yeah...digital/analog/live/recorded...it all comes down to where you're coming from. Funny how you forget about the hiss when the music draws you in.

You're positive comments mean the world to me, sir. Thanks...and keep on pickin', brotha'...

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Norman Goodman said 3660 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
Hiss
I personally find a certain amount of warmth ( in particular string instruments ) is retained with analog recordings. To my ears .... and this is my opinion only, the most accurate reproduction of my guitar sound ( I am extremely particular in my amp settings etc.) has been acheived with my Tascam.
You are right on the money, I did not notice the hiss and I was drawn in completely by the music. The instruments did sound very natural, and I thought the recording was very clean.
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lengold said 3660 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
This was
so unexpected and simply gorgeous.
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guitapick said 3659 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
Thanks, Len...
...and "Cheers" right back at ya!

Be nice to be doing that for real...all of us.

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Macaudion said 3659 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
Man, Mister Prince...
Gorgeous writing and playing.

Warm warm tones, too!

Wow! How lucky is you, to get to be able to have this professionally produced... Right on! for that.

The two of you were definitely in sync, on this.

Strikingly, beautiful!

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guitapick said 3659 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
OH NO!!!
You know my name!!!!

You're right: we were definitely in synch. Still are...though we rarely see each other.

And you're right (boy...you're really on, man) again: we were REALLY fortunate to have a studio to record at. For free.

Glad you liked this, Dion...

Bob Prince

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Vic Holman said 3659 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
It kept me awake
Very beautiful piece Bob.

It's a wonder you have kept this since 81. Tape can degenerate after all this time.
And don't tell me it's been sitting in back of the junk drawer all this time.:-)

Not the I'm a sleep at the wheel. it's just been taking me a while to catch up on postings.
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guitapick said 3658 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
Kept you awake?
WELL...that's too bad. Are you an infant!? HUH?!

It's tough to keep up with the music on this site. I'm very happy that you dropped by. And I really like your new avatar!

No...this tape has not been sitting in the back of the junk drawer...I was very happy to get it transferred to disc.

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VicDiesel said 3659 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
Very sweet
A pleasure to listen to. Very melodious.

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WellOfWyrd said 3659 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
Thanks for Sharing
Thank you for sharing your work. Very nice and, as others have noted, relaxing. I particularly like the pace. Very nice job.
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said 3658 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
wwwaaaaahhhhhhh
this is a lovely gift, and makes me feel like my heart is raw hamburger - deeply feeling all there is to Life and Death - swell nuances in the arrangement, and the combo of cello and guitar is hard to beat.

thank you both so much for the beautiful piece you made - it's so nice.
anne
cchaplin said 3658 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
What a lovely piece !
And it would be so easy to overdo the playing with excessive rubato, and vibrato, etc., which I'm pleased to hear is avoided. Really beautifully and honestly played.
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guitapick said 3658 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
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...one of my pet peeves with stringed instruments and voice, mostly, is the "auto-vibrato". Michele and I come from the same school of focusing on the sound of the instrument and using vibrato as an effect, when needed.

We never saw the piece as being a solo piece or sonata for cello. So, I don't think rubato was really even a consideration. Just a nice, shared moment of sound.

Very happy you enjoyed this.

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Enrique Gil said 3645 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
wonderful!
this melody comes straight from te soul and stirs deep sentiments of longing but also happiness....beautifully played....thank you.
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said 3539 days ago (December 10th, 2007)
beautiful
Lullabye is a beautiful piece of music; well done !
HenriROGERsoloandbands said 3353 days ago (June 13th, 2008)
Duo

Very nice piece .

guitapick said 3353 days ago (June 13th, 2008)
Thanks, Henri...
...I'd like to do both of these pieces for cello/guitar over again. I was out of practice at the time, and we wrote/recorded the pieces in the span of a day.

AKA: my hands hurt.

But the feeling's definitely there and these pieces are precious to me.

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