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This is a thematic companion to my recent "Glacial Age" and part of a larger effort to dive into what I can make my guitars do. It's dedicated to the Susan Elizabeth, my friend's 30-foot mistress (aka a '70s-vintage C&C sailboat), which takes us on 2-man trips between Long Island and Nantucket and points in between. While the sailing is generally smooth, this piece offers a patch of heavy seas and screaming wind. (The song art is a shot from one of those nasty moments in a rising storm off Newport, R.I. in '06)

YOUTUBE SAILING VID OF THIS TUNE: HERE.

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UPDATE: Mr. Tonestones went to town on this with synth for a great prog collab version HERE! (Changed name to Bon Voyage.)
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Hardware:
Martin D-28 and Strat Plus (which is also used w/effects for bass); Boss GT-6 effects; PreSonus Inspire 1394 interface;

Drums wanted (My ideal: a polyrhythmic, percussive merger of Yes' Alan White (Tales from Topographic Oceans or Close to the Edge) and the fast-paced jamming of Allman Bros. Live at Fillmore East.)



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Comments
sloparts said 3078 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
Firsties
Yes it me and this is just a great as I remember

Ed
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sloparts said 3078 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
too bad about
the drummer backing out, but that's the way it goes sometimes. I would have loved to hear this with the drum track.

This is a real musical adventure Bro, with some super fine guitar work from the "SixString Assassin"

Love the new ending too.

Ed
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Bob6stringer said 3078 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Tupperware & spoons?
Well, I may just drag out the spoons, Tupperware and castanets on this one if I can't get the right loops. I'll figure something out if the drummer doesn't surprise me. I just want this "on the record" before I unveil it to the Susan E's captain next week.

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Feter said 3078 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Voyage of the Susan Elizabeth
This is a top notch strat work along with the martin what a rich tone
the whole bunch of these guitars have ...I really didnt feel a need for
the drummers ...perfect perfect production ...Deepest Bow !!!!
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thoddi said 3078 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
works well without drums
Your acoustic strumming makes a great groove. I dig the melody lines you do on the electric. Very powerful. If you're looking for loops... I've used betamonkey for a while... they have some good ones that might suit your needs.
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Skean said 3078 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Great track
I love noise when it's right played, as this is. Sorry about the drums, it should be cool to hear it with it...Cheers
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lavalamp said 3078 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Awesome
Ripping it up on the guitar. Dig it. Excellent work.

LL
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Ibstrat said 3078 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Your
guitar playing does sound a lot like Duane Howe.This would be great with drums (maybe Butch Bruford?)but it does sound perfect by itself.Great gutar tone and playing.Only thing is... if you cross Yes with ABB at the Fillmore how do you end up with a 3 min long song?
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Bob6stringer said 3077 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
Yes + Allman Bros. = literal LOL!
Yes + Allman Bros. = literal LOL!
Thanks John, I tried SO hard to supress my laughter at EVERYTHING you wrote (Because I'm working), but I still laughed literally out loud. Let's decode this one for all:
--Guitarist "Duane Howe" = the late, great Duane Allman (Allmans) + Steve Howe (Yes)
--Drummer "Butch Bruford" = Butch Trucks (Allmans) +Bill Bruford (Yes).

To which I'll add: Don't forget "Jaimoe White" = Alan White (Yes' other drummer) + Johnny "Jaimoe" Johanson (Allman percussionist)!
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Reggie_Pole said 3078 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Nantucket sleighride
What a unique sounding composition this is. Lots of cool chord transitions. Yeah, a little of the Allmans in there. I think a drum track would complete this, but it's not absolutely necessary. The acoustic strumming provides the rhythmic sense quite effectively. That minor chord at the end is at first disorienting, but once it sets in, very nice.
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Bob6stringer said 3078 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Resolve or hang on the 4th?
Thanks, Reggie. About your dissonance over the last minor chord (w/a touch of diminished), I debated leaving it on the "4th" in the cycle ... if you listen to the fade-out, you'll actually hear it resolve back to the original, major 1st chord & key. I'm glad that got a rise, though... I think!

BTW: Nice semantic omlette: Nantucket trip + the tune's status as sequel to a "glacial" tune = NAntucket Sleighride. And I live in (surrounded) the Mountains, and as we know, Mountain did Nantucket Sleighride. (Which was great and now it's stuck in my head!)

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Relic67 said 3078 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
shreddies
some nice guitar playing!! huge sound.
acoustics and electrics blend really nicely.
like the chord changes too.
Great post.
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Vic Holman said 3077 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
sailing on a breeze
something of a sea worthy epic in the making. I'll slap the drum pattern on my knees for the time being :-)
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mowguy3 said 3077 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
Fantastic
this covers the description well. Very nice.
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ktb said 3077 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
caught in a storm
a powerful ode to Susan Elizabeth. Having been caught in a vicious open water storm once (once is all it took) I'm glad to see you choose to re visit the joys of being back on the water. For me I'm still working on the courage to take a shower :-) I like your concept for the drums. I think that would work perfectly. The bass sound you achieve with the Strat is pretty damn cool as well.
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Bob6stringer said 3077 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
Loving the Coast Guard
John, thanks for the feedback. If you have nautical charts handy for Buzzards Bay, look about 5 or 10 miles north of Cuttyhunk (tip of the Elizabeth Islands) for Elisha Ledge. It was right around there, where we got caught in a storm advisory--fishing boats much larger than our cruiser were ducking for cover, but we were trapped against the tide and wind when we narrowly missed a giant "pod" of fishing pot buoys strung together in a cluster much bigger than a buoy. The fog was all snot and spit and we hated to give up but man, this was one instance where we LOVED those guys on the coast guard cutter.

Hell, even the Stephen Hawking voice of NOAA radio sounds kindly to us now--except for the fact that it's never accurate.

I may come back and delete-and-update this comment to give you better coordinates if you want to, but can't find Elisha Ledge. It gets hairy-rocky up in there! Also, I may post a movie clip of some of this, before it got too rough.
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Char said 3076 days ago (June 20th, 2009)
We got lots of drummers.
This is wonderful, Bob. Thank you. Love it.
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MarkHolbrook said 3076 days ago (June 21st, 2009)
Wow
Epic tale as well as totally Epic guitar work! Really cool stuff here!
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davisamerica said 3076 days ago (June 21st, 2009)
very
cool Bob ... allman bros. and Yes drums ...i canonly imagine ...nice work!
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tempie said 3075 days ago (June 22nd, 2009)
sailing
man i'll say it again love how you find your own way around the fretboard, totally unique to you, i listen to each note wondering where you're going to go from there. also really like the way you're not afraid to shred things up. cool concept and cool tune.
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Calchas said 3075 days ago (June 22nd, 2009)
Sorry...
..it took so long to get here Bob-aloo! Busy weekend.

30-foot mistress! Mmmmmmm....

But seriously, the music is awesome, even sans drums (which would have been nice). Nice Strat work brother! Raw and raucous...the way I like it!

All aboard!

Be well friend!
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buckhorn said 3073 days ago (June 24th, 2009)
Sa weet
and epic. Nice mix of different tones, especially considering it's all guitar. Acoustic chord progression ,or stream, is very nice. Now what drummer could do this justice, all the ones I'm thinking of are six feet under... or they've turned to green globules....Very nice work.
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Bob6stringer said 3072 days ago (June 24th, 2009)
Thanks...
Well, the weather's lousy but we're off again... Still a chance to make it to Nantucket ... But had o dithering it at Newport, R.I. ... Be back soon.
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egobandit said 3072 days ago (June 24th, 2009)
what a
moving performance on so many levels. Drums or not it moves and dashes you almost can see the froth of the waves. Great song
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Reisinger said 3060 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
I would love
to put some drums to this song someday. I could work my v drums into this beautifully, if I had the hardware worked out at the moment. soon though I would love to put drums to this song
Bob6stringer said 3059 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
Sounds good...
I've send you a message... we gotta talk. Your chops and sensitivity on skins are killer. Oboy... let's see what we can do at that point in the future... when it's convenient for you.
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Bob Rodgers said 3059 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
This
sounds superb, great guitar playing and some lovely chords, don't think it needs drums, sounds great as is, the guitars are dominant on this one!

Great stuff!

Bob
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Bob6stringer said 3059 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
I'm BAAAACK!
Hello everyone, or anyone who might come back to this page wondering where I've been.

I've been sailing and I'm back. New photos, new video, new inspiration. Now if I can just find new hours in the day... but I'll be catching up with all of you soon. THANK you for the feedback.
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Lennon714 said 3059 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
great track!
I really dig the acoustic work. but your playing knocks it out of the water. This flows like a classical piece. The music totally tells the whole story. From the danger of the choppy waves to the serenity of coming out of the storm. It's good to be back on land, but can we do it again?
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awigze said 3057 days ago (July 9th, 2009)
Bob
didnt really miss the drums all that much - nice heavy water here... bring me along next time - I can tow out for some good ballast
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Bob6stringer said 3056 days ago (July 11th, 2009)
Landlocked
Hey, Andy, my line in the sand for a bunch of music I have in mind is to ego-out on ALL handmade, all guitar music to srech my limits. If I get drums in, 'm leaning away from even loops. One day I might just use my guitar for a bongo! As far as taking you along, I'm landlocked in Tennessee... I'd bring you along but it ain't my rig. Suezie E. belongs to the cap'n in Long Island!
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rsolorio said 3056 days ago (July 11th, 2009)
Sixes rock
Nice groove with the time sig. And the Queen style voicing at the end, nice.
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Bob6stringer said 3056 days ago (July 11th, 2009)
Brian May, wow!
It did't even occur to me that that little double-lead/octave passage near the end was Brian May inspired but that's a really interesting insight. Thanks for reminding me how good HE was on all those old Queen tracks, Roy.
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stratcat said 3055 days ago (July 12th, 2009)
Cool
song and video. That your boat in the video?
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Bob6stringer said 3055 days ago (July 12th, 2009)
Skip-perrrrrr!
Naw, Bill, I'm just "Gilligan," the skipper's an old college friend from the 70s. He's out on the North Fork of Long Island. We missed 2 years of our annual summer sail but this year was a great one... if you want to see the boat (which I couldn't shot video of while on it!) I will send you to a .mac (okay, MobileMe) gallery with pix. It's fun being one of the smallest boats in any harbor we pull into, from Montauk to Block Island to Nantucket.
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mvh9591 said 3052 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
Sailing - ______
I can feel the wind in the sails Bob. I missed the drum track (was it muted?) I think you play guitar very well. You should allow me to add bass guitar and drums...?

I enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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Bob6stringer said 3052 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
If you like this, it can't suck.
See subject line, and let me add that you're all pro... It makes my day that you like my guitaring when you seem to have worked with far more accomplished, pro shredders. On drums and bass... I spelled-out the details in the Hardware and Software sections--which I see have temporarily disappeared at the moment as Simon continues tweaking the song page interface.

DRUMS: I have been hoping Alan White would call me. BASS: I did it using effects on my Strat (before I got a bass a few weeks ago). Let's talk... check your mailbox and thanks again.
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timothy devine said 3036 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
I come to visit
a guitar and another guitar and another and just what the Dr. ordered. This is the 1st song ever in my new 'Bose' headphones
what a treat
the acoustic is so crispy and Niiiice. I am hearing the likes of yes and pat metheney all blended thru u'r fine filter.
peace
tm
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Bob6stringer said 3036 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
Crisping the Bosers!
Thanks, tm, it's an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as those peeps. Even moreso to be the first one to fry-up your new Bosers... hope I didn't blow 'em! I don't mean to plug but if you like the "crispy" acoustics here, check out Glacial Age, the "companion" piece.
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abfkingsport said 3031 days ago (August 4th, 2009)
ABFKingsport
Oh how cool is this? Nice work Bob. Killer guitar it blows me away. You can definitely jam Bro. Good clean rhythm guitar. Killer. Always a fan.
The King
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Bob6stringer said 3031 days ago (August 5th, 2009)
Hello, King(sport)!
You've got lots of talent and range yerself, neighbor. We really oughta hook up and jam one of these days, it'd be a crime not to.
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Jim Bouchard said 3023 days ago (August 12th, 2009)
Cool!
I like this sort of the way it is, but I do like the concept you have for the drums. I think the bass might need to be re-done to go along with the drums, as it could be integrated a bit better that way. You do indeed manage to capture a great nautical feel but still keep it high energy!
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tonestones said 3020 days ago (August 15th, 2009)
Really nice guitar work.
Great sounding guitars. The Allman brothers influence is strong. I love that old southern rock. This one reminds me a little of Little Feat, lots of interesting chord changes, etc. Yeah, it could use drums, but it does pretty well just with the acoustic.
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Moviz said 3006 days ago (August 30th, 2009)
I know
I'm very late listening to this Bob, but not having heard you before I thought I should repay the compliment of listening. Well no one can accuse you of having a 'metronome arm' LOL with this song. Your guitar playing is so descriptive of the what the song is about and it's an excellent job, regards M
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ShadowofNine said 3004 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Man
I like this...Bravo
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Scott Carmichael said 3004 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
the non Steve version is ripe
All's that Steve had to do was pluck it...
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woofer3 said 2947 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
a real concept
well written and well performed.
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Keith O. Edwards said 2835 days ago (February 16th, 2010)
I'm Here, Waiting
Hey, if you guys ever tour and play Detroit, lemme know. I think you'll fit right in.

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RAVENS said 2632 days ago (September 8th, 2010)
All Aboard...
Last call aboard the Good-Ship Lollipop! It's pink and frilly and has the most amazing food ever.

Always a pleasure listening to your music, this was awesome. Great stuff!

RAVEN ;-)
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Bob6stringer said 2631 days ago (September 9th, 2010)
Arrrrrhhh!
Thank you, Dani, it's always a pleasure to be heard. But lollopops!? Pink and frilly? Arrrrrhhh!
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hackneybloke said 2629 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
voyage
great intro....lovely sounds...then monkey..then wow.....what an amazing, urgent, progressive and totally ANTHEMIC riff.....this is too good, i can't write fast enough to keep up with what i'm hearing. pause. rewind. here we go again. 27 seconds...lovely acoustic guitar....great solo...a really warm and beautiful bass line. really lovely transition to the new section at 1.20. bob this is truly anthemic and bright and positive...it just makes the listener feel so warm and comfortable. wow...lovely new acoustic section. and WOWWWWW another change of direction at 2.30...and triple WOW - that bass is stunning. and the acoustic guitars at 3.00 are wonderful. jesus there's more. that outro with waves, animals and then the electronic reverb ending is just thick cream on the cake. seriously bob...one of the best songs i've ever heard on here. you're such a nice person and you're so talented. wish you were in england - i'd try and talk you into forming a band with me. there's me and a drummer at the moment.
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Bob6stringer said 2629 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
You have my undying gratitude.
Julian, more flattering words about my music may never have been shot across my bow, truly. I suppose the passion below the surface that produces my music, yours and I suspect lots of us comes from the same, hopeful, interior place. I look at it this way: When I'm gone and my daughter, not quite six years old as write this, is a grown woman, what will I want her to remember her father by? A huge stack (or file) of business and technology communiqu├ęs, or a bit of the spark my spirit can leave behind? The latter, of course. Thank you from the bottom of my shoes to the horn-points on my diasporic head. Speaking of which: I would welcome any chance to play in your band, even if only virtually. Knock anytime.
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hackneybloke said 2628 days ago (September 12th, 2010)
and...
reminds me now of the clash....particularly 'stay free'. with each listen i like more and more the transitions....and especially the acoustic guitar.
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