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This is the last tune of the "Woodbury Suite"...4 songs written in the town of Woodbury, Vermont...summer of 1996.

No "hidden meanings", here. I was sitting on the porch, pluckin' my geetar when I happened to look up at the sky and continued to pluck my geetar. Then I grabbed the slide and here's what I came up with.

© Bob Prince 1996
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Uploaded: Dec 16, 2008 - 04:08:32 PM
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2008 - 04:15:48 PM Last Played: Nov 03, 2014 - 12:59:47 AM
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National Radiotone Resophonic Guitar
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HenriROGERsoloandbands said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Sky

Great playing and chords progression.

guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Thanks, Henri...
...much appreciated...
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magnatone said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Tracing the Sky
I just love your guitar playing bob - it is sublime, skillful, thoughtful and extremely fun to listen to. Love how you hit those harmonics in there - sign of a master !
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guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
The harmonics...
...just blow me away on this guitar...so many colors...

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Feter said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Tracing the Sky
There s nothing like a nature feel in music ..which is so big here ...and
so joyful and thoughtful as well ..this national geetar is just cool ...very
nice ol timy bluesy kinda feelin with progressive kinda pickin ...really
a master touch ..thnx aot for sharin !!!!
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guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Thanks...
...for the listen and saying "hello", Feter...and I agree: a very cool guitar
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sloparts said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Some mighty fine pickin' there Bob
The National sounds great recorded with the NT3 my friend. Good clean recording and a delightful tune. Sounds like you were really enjoying the sunset.

Thanks for sharing your muse Bob.

Ed
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guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Yep...
...sunset's a magical time of the day...

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mowguy3 said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Tracing the Sky
Clean and crisp. Fantastic playing, you caught the moment and mood well. Thanks for the post. Be well, Russ
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guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Thanks, Russ...
...thanks so much...

Best to you,

Bob
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stacey said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Take me! Take me!
Gorgeous, enviable geetar playing. And, I'm envious of the sky that inspired this gorgeous piece of music. I've never been to Vermont, but I believe I need to go!
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guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Hi...
...I can't imagine anyone not loving Vermont...except in the winter. You'd have to love skiing...but it's still beautiful...just very, very, VERY coooooooooooooooooooold. But the summer and fall are to die for...

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Bowman said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Gentle bluesy plucking...
with some fun surprises.
You put a smile on my face Bob,
Thanks


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guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
What's up, Charlie?
Cool piece, what ho? One of these days we'll figure out "who" really wrote it...

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dajama said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Lovely
The sound here is terrific. The strings sound crystal clear and wonderfully resonant. Great rhythmic playing, and lovely slide work. Great picture, by the way, and really sets off the music nicely. Very cool. Peace.
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guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Dave...
...thanks, man. So glad you dropped by and took the time to comment.

It IS a beautiful picture...isn't it? Couldn't have taken a bad one that evening.
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DarkPlanet said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
I can hear Vermont
This is co-written by the great state of Vermont, Love it Bob!
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guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Hey, man...
...big welcome back...and: yeah, "co-written by the state of Vermont" pretty much nails it.

Thanks
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Moviz said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Fantastic
playing there Bob and as you said there are may 'colours' here in the guitar sounds..... all wonderful..... love the slide, regards M
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guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Colours...
...ain't it sweet?

"It's Christmas"...I'm listening right now, as I type...

How wonderful...
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Ed Hannifin said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Very nice Kottke-esque tune...
...played with clarity and great time...

I think this may be the best recording you've done so far. There's terrific air and presence to the guitar, lots of sparkle without getting metallically clanky... Very even, too, without having certain notes honk out more than others... Steel guitars can sound so cool, but when not mic'd or played or recorded well they can be a sore trial to the ears... Here you're bringing out the beauty of the instrument...

The instrument also suits the tune, so it doesn't sound like, 'Hey, I just happen to own this National, so I'll play THAT...' The tune and the guitar bring out the best in each other...

Ed
guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
But ED!!!
I just DO happen to own this National...!

Well said, man. And I have to agree with you. This particular piece really brings out the best in the instrument. There was very little thought behind it. Might sound corny....but it sang to the sky that day and that's how the tune got it's name.

Thanks...



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Ibstrat said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
I love
Vermont ( My daughter may go to college there next year). I also love your playing on this great song!
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guitapick said 3110 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Hmmm...
....some VERY fine schools in Vermont. Where's she thinking of?

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edpdx said 3110 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
Being
able to feel that a song takes you to a place in your mind is a great thing.
This song has achieved such thing!

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guitapick said 3109 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
I'm very happy...
...to be "of service"...thanks
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Mcboy said 3110 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
the pickin...
is clickin n lickin n stickin those notes.....boooya....
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guitapick said 3109 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
the slidin'...
...is glidin n ridin n bidin it's time...hoooya...

Yah, mon...

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Mcboy said 3061 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
slidin
now u have the makin of the lyrics...hehhe
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lengold said 3109 days ago (December 18th, 2008)
Glorious
playing and wonderful sound.
Cheers
Len


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guitapick said 3108 days ago (December 18th, 2008)
~
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Macaudion said 3109 days ago (December 18th, 2008)
The way to do it...
"Simple" and "free", are two words that come to mind, when I hear this, Bob. Not that there's anything about what it take s to be able to write and perform this, is either. I don't know enough to be able to know that. I was thinking more in the context of life and living. Simple and free to do as I seem to wish, have pretty much been a personal creed that I reference as a guide to live by. I kinda get that from you, too, so it's no surprise that this tune seems to reflect that. And I just glanced up to read yer liner notes and, BAMB!..., there it is...

Nice work, Bob, even if it wasn't work. Thanks for sharing it. Another good one.

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bud said 3109 days ago (December 18th, 2008)
Very fine performance of a
great composition. I feel privileged to have gotten a live preview at GBM last month.
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guitapick said 3108 days ago (December 18th, 2008)
Soon as...
...the holidays are over, let's do it again...
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paul f. page said 3108 days ago (December 18th, 2008)
I'm very inclined...
...to agree with everything Ed said (above). I am not a guitarist and don't understand the intricacies of the instrument, but THIS composition/improv is just suburb, Bob. The inner voices don't get lost and are articulated so clearly throughout...Oh...I love that slide at the end. Wow. You sure captured the scene you were looking at. Perfect...and filled with such a joyful spirit, too. Clearly one of your best pickin' sessions. You are quite the master of your instrument.
Peace.
Paul
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guitapick said 3108 days ago (December 18th, 2008)
Thanks, Paul...
...it was a pleasure listening to this tune's creation and I'm glad you caught it, too...
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Vic Holman said 3107 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
ya know
this has big porch written all over it. seems the type of song that one would come up outside in the summertime. doesn't get more perfect then that.
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guitapick said 3106 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
I love...
...all the seasons. But summer rocks! And, yeah...this puts me right back there. Every time I play it.

Thanks, Vic.
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damiengh said 3106 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
contemplative
I'm hearing that wonderful descending line that you've used in some of your other signature pieces. It must symbolize a thread that runs through your life. That constant; a steady stream that moves along side of your journey through life. A comfortable companion.

Love these slide pieces. It's not an in your face like Derek Truck, but a nice woodish blend of a country hollow, with it's natural echo, lulling one into it's lazy ways.
Like after a nice trek in the summer woods, coming to a clearing and pausing to sit on a stump, just to take nature all in with it's sights and smells.


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guitapick said 3105 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Thanks, Damien...
...definitely not like D. Truck...but I DO love his stuff. Allman Bros were a big influence on my early slide playing.
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kristyjo said 3106 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Great-
I like all of the movements of the Woodbury Suite that you've posted. This is happy, yet contemplative. I listened at school, but I don't sign in there, so I can't comment. This is good music for listening to after a hard day with students.
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guitapick said 3105 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Things have been tough..
...in my school, too, as of late. Sometimes I imagine the parents saying:

"If you don't behave, you'll get coal in your stocking"!!!

...which is not always conducive to good study habits.

Enjoy your vacation, kristyjo...happy holidays...
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VicDiesel said 3105 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Very enjoyable
A couple of simple chords, but you play around with them quite nicely. Great stuff.


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guitapick said 3105 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
~
Thanks, Vic...just playing around with the basics
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timothy devine said 3105 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Thanks for that/refreshing
what a fine piece of guitar
and the player just going for the ride
slipsliding side to side
Bob the 'guitapick' can fly fly fly

nice recording and love the slide slide slide
brilliant



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guitapick said 3104 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
Thanks, Timothy...
...for the listen and takin' the time to say "hello"
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rsorensen said 3103 days ago (December 23rd, 2008)
I can
always count on excellent guitar work from you, and this is no exception. Really really good, man. You should check out Doug Martsch's solo album, 'Now You Know'. This reminds me of a few tracks from it. It has the same melancholic but gritty rootsy sound. Love this. A lot.
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guitapick said 3103 days ago (December 23rd, 2008)
Thanks, Ridd...
...means a lot to me...

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echoroom said 3099 days ago (December 28th, 2008)
Player!
Man, you really create art with your guitar - lovely track, great artistry. Wonderful to hear you again.

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guitapick said 3094 days ago (January 1st, 2009)
Thanks, Steve...
...happy to see you back. Happy New Year..
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edpdx said 3095 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
Great
happy guitar playing. I like the change around 40'. My wife enjoyed it very much too.

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guitapick said 3094 days ago (January 1st, 2009)
Cool...
...always nice to hear that another listener enjoyed a tune. I like that change at 40, too.

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aclarke said 3084 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
I'm guessing...
Woodbury Lake situated on Route 14 between the hamlet of East Calais and Hardwick... I know the area extremly well as those are my old stomping grounds. In fact, I can still get to the Woodbury/ Hardwick line from Montpelier without touching a paved road. I grew up and came of age in Central Vermont (North Calais) and my most of my favorite memories (that don't include wife and kids, of course) are of that region. It was a great place to grow up... as rural and unspoiled as you can imagine.

So after that long winded intro...

This song feels like home.
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guitapick said 3079 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
That...
...is a very nice thing to say, Adam...feels like home.



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segiperkasa said 3079 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
cool play..
That was some cool inspiring play...
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guitapick said 3079 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
Thanks, man...
...I enjoy your playing, too
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Joe Brady said 3079 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
I love it!
sorry I'm so late to this Bob, Really Nice. That National is just great and you have a really great feel for that slide.

Joe
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guitapick said 3079 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
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You can drop by anytime you like, Joe. Glad you like the guitar and the tune.
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Scott Carmichael said 3061 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
Movie Soundtrack Stuff
I watching "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" in my head as you play... you're a master Bob...

things to do today.. order Bobs CD

I'll have it checked off the list before the day is over

thanx friend
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guitapick said 3052 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
I loved...
....the soundtrack to that movie...Hi Scott!
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Scott Carmichael said 3061 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
Movie Soundtrack Stuff
we'll be waiting for your MJRF post!
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Doug Somers said 3052 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Fun sittin' on the porch kind of tune
Nicely done Bob, this is a joy to hear. Your skill here in selecting a style to match the sound of your guitar is spot on.

Be well,
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guitapick said 3052 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Yeah...
...the guitar kind of dictated this one...along with the clouds
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