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In Memory of Wooden Heart


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As a kid growing up I was greatly effected by Elivis, I guess I was about 10 or 11 at the time.
I guess that was the catalyst that got me into wanting to play the guitar. One of the tunes that I dearly loved was "Wooden Heart".

I know it wasn't what you call one of his cool tunes. But I dearly, dearly loved the swiss element. I guess it was the innocence and had an austrian, swedish polka feeling. If done right that kind music gets to me every time. Upon hearing Elvis doing Wooden Heart, it just blew me away, in it's happy type of feeling. To bad happier music can't be played like this. Maybe the words are somewhat sorrowful but the music was and is quite uplifting to me. Maybe some of you felt the same way on hearing the Elvis tune.

So, though much different, that tune more than anything help inspire me to record this:
"In Memory of Wooden Heart"

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Here is a youtube of Wooden Heart in a movie he (Elvis) did!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05ZgyoZvhgI

Here is the song version from the record:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s3WAULJN5A
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Uploaded: Sep 20, 2008 - 09:12:41 PM
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2008 - 10:48:33 PM Last Played: Mar 23, 2017 - 02:48:14 PM
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Betsy, my Santa Cruz om/pw acoustical guitar
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kristyjo said 3369 days ago (September 20th, 2008)
I love the register you use -
The way start this off, so delicate in that high register is perfect. Then you bring the melody down, lovely. It is happy and cheery. Your production, as usual, is excellent.
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thetiler said 3369 days ago (September 20th, 2008)
Thanks
It is an open tuning and the capo is on the 4th fret.
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Feter said 3369 days ago (September 20th, 2008)
In Memory of Wooden Hear
How awesome and innocent realy this music is ...
the clarity and cripsy sound just let it feel so
relaxing and wonderful ..the pickin is outstanding !!
what a gem my friend thnx alot for sharin !!!
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Peter Bauckham said 3369 days ago (September 21st, 2008)
Amazing Playing
and recording as usual. Lovely piece. A very nice way to start the day. Thank you.

Peter
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thoddi said 3369 days ago (September 21st, 2008)
memories
Now you got me searching the web for a video version I have of this song where he makes a glitch in the german part and starts laughing, making the band start over again... I have it as a mp3 file and will send it to you if you send me a note with your email address:)

This was my mothers favourite and I love this song much. Brings out good memories:)

Always a pleasure hearing you play Bill.




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Roxylee said 3369 days ago (September 21st, 2008)
Exquisite playing, Bill
Such a happy tune, played wonderfully well. You and Betsy shine together. :-)
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thetiler said 3368 days ago (September 21st, 2008)
Thanks . . . .
Thanks Feter, Peter, Thoddi and Roxy for stopping by and commenting !!!!



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ziti said 3367 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
great bill
as always

your playing is as sweet and surprising as it was the first time I ever heard you.

deepest respect from this corner!!!

z
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davisamerica said 3367 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
again ...
you have made my day!
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Moviz said 3367 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
Good memories Bill
and this certainly does that type of happy tune justice.... so bright and sunny sounding, great playing as always to brighten anyone's day, cheers M
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Bob6stringer said 3367 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
Tiler: Better than Elvis!
It's all good, Tiler, from whatever fine mic you must be using to that crystalline picking and fretwork. This is a fine piece, and thanks for the YouTube link of Elvis hittin' on the wife of a poor, stick-wielding puppet!

I was never a big fan of Elvis; in the early days, he crooned well but obscured the great musicians behind him. Later on, well, his star just fizzled. Before I start a flame war in his defense, I'll just get back to praising your playing. Thanks!
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thetiler said 3367 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
Thanks Moviz, davis, Ziti and Bob6.
True, bob he was pretty mega. It seemed like the president at the time was dwarfed in comparison.
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notsosweet said 3367 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
Lovely!
What a lovely, light-hearted sound. Betsy really shines on this one.
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thetiler said 3367 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
Thanks Sarah
for stopping by and commenting!
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sloparts said 3367 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
If I'm not mistaken,
"Wooden Heart" was from the movie Elvis did while he was stationed in Germany. G.I. Blues as I recall, and it starred Elvis along with Juliet Prowse. It might have actually been made after he had been discharged and the studio went back to make the movie.

I saw the movie which was a little predictable, but thoroughly enjoyable never the less, and I particularly enjoyed "Wooden Heart" from the sound track.

While this is not that song Bill, I can hear the influence of "Wooden Heart" in this piece. As always you sound and production, not to mention you playing are impeccable my friend.

Thanks for doing this, and for bringing some fond memories back to me along the way.

Kudos Bill

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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thetiler said 3367 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
Thanks Sloparts
here is the movie you tube link with Juliet in it. She is very young there. I seen here in ballroom dancing videos as well.
Quite the talent !

Here is a youtube of Wooden Heart in a movie he (Elvis) did!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05ZgyoZvhgI

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guitapick said 3365 days ago (September 24th, 2008)
Hmmm...
...now that so sweet...what a beautiful guitar, Bill. Playing and composition are so fine...

Thanks so much for another great tune...
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Ed Hannifin said 3365 days ago (September 24th, 2008)
Bill, I used to listen...
...to your tunes over headphones, because I found that when I listened that way I picked up the wood and bronze and all the overtones and reverberation...

These days, your recordings of your tunes are so good that all that stuff is right there even listening somewhat casually and over speakers... Very natural, but a very full and rich version of 'natural'...Like, the natural sound of a very good guitar with a very good tune being played on it by a very good player in a very good space on a very good day...

That kind of natural...

Ed
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thetiler said 3365 days ago (September 24th, 2008)
Ed sometimes
I think you should be a poet, then again your are. Seems like not only in song but in posting! Thanks!
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rsorensen said 3364 days ago (September 25th, 2008)
really
wonderful playing. is this one guitar the whole way through or is there a couple in places? either way, sounds amazing.
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thetiler said 3364 days ago (September 25th, 2008)
yes it is
Thanks for the comment!
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bronco said 3360 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Love it
Great one Bill! Made me feel good which was obviously it's intent. I marvel at your skill and the beauty of the melody and your guitar work. This is classic American steel string finger picking at it's best!
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thetiler said 3359 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
Thanks Bronco
for stopping by and listening !
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Char said 3355 days ago (October 4th, 2008)
Betsy and you
are a match made in heaven. I'll have to research your references to Elvis's Wooden Heart. So gentle is this song played that the memory of it stayed for long hours after the listening. In the vaults of the mind it glows, ever glistening. So peaceful. Thank you.
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thetiler said 3355 days ago (October 4th, 2008)
Thanks
Char !
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