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Tokyo Rose (LIOLI 9)


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This loop was kicking my butt. I had it going for two minutes so I had enough time to play around with the voicing and instrumentation. Eventually I left it on the Jazz Organ and left it for a few days. I came back to it when I had my bass in hand. I just played the same riff for two minutes. It ended up sounding a bit like a casio preset of Bullet the Blue Sky, which was not my intention... but what the hell.

Not helping the issue is the subject matter. Tokyo Rose is the name that American GI's gave to Japanese female radio broadcasters. A Tokyo Rose would broadcast Japanese propaganda in English in order deflate the morale of American troops. This is VERY loosely based on the experiences of my grandfather who spent Christmas Eve, 1944 awaiting a Japanese counter-attack near the Island of Luzon. I imagine it was an emotional time, to say the least. The Bataan region is on Luzon and the site of American folly in the early stages of the war. The infamed Bataan death march and General MacArthur's leaving the island with the promise to return no doubt on the minds of the soldiers fighting there. With promising signs that the war could be over in months, I can't even begin to imagine the mix of intense hope and fear.

Fortunately, grandpa made it home. When we were young we'd beg him to tell us stories about the war, but he wouldn't say much and our parents would give us the "don't ask those questions" talk on the way home. To us it was GI Joe and shooting bad guys. We didn't then, and don't still, understand the complexities of war.

So this isn't so much an exact narrative of his experience, but you get the idea.
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Lyrics
Tokyo Rose I don't want to hear a word that you're saying
Tokyo Rose I ain't gonna hear a word that you're saying
Tokyo Rose Christmas in Luzon but I'll see you in the summer
Tokyo Rose this is for Bataan but I'll be home by fall.
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Hits: 3127
Comments: 76
Fans: 30
Plays: 324
Downloads: 99
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Aug 21, 2009 - 01:44:19 AM
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2009 - 01:59:01 AM Last Played: Apr 14, 2017 - 05:11:36 AM
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Hardware:
Fender Jazz Bass, Yamaha keys, Telecaster, M-Audio fasttrack pro
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Garageband, Audacity
Comments
Re-al said 2810 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Very emotive


Thought-provoking sentiment to a cool lo-fi beat. The telecaster certainly made it's mark here. The vibe sound at the end is Oriental and really work. The entire number is way too short, was just getting into the stride when you pulled the troops out...

A DL for certain. Great little piece.

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Lennon714 said 2804 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Thanks!
I'm honored you'd want it amongst your iPods gems. It is a little short. I did try to give it a little more length, but it always felt forced.
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Feter said 2810 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Tokyo Rose
WOW ...this is heavy kinda rock ...the guitars ..
with hendrix axes sounds ...just all here .....
sure your vocals and the subject all giving the
feel to it ...certainly a killing song ...thnx
alot for sharin !!!!
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Lennon714 said 2804 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Thanks
for listening, Feter! Hendrix was the king of scary guitar. And all other guitar for that matter.
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said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
war sucks
man, this song rocks! Love what you've done in here...

. - Harold
Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Very true
When you're a kid war is the coolest thing, and then one day you realize it's not a game or a cartoon and it scares the hell out of you. Wild.
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DeputyDoofy said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Very nice use of the loop
Perfect song built on the loop!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
I appreciate your comments! So is there a chief Doofy?
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michael2 said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
haha
bullet the blue sky. love that 8 bit sounding "solo" you do after the first verse. this sounds like an old tones on tail track to me. super amazing guitars and noise, all over that little casio backing track. ttunes for it. now i get it for free. great track man, really liked.hat backwards sound into the jon brion ending is awesome. if i heard this on the local public radio station i would be on my way to search i
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Free track
You'd probably still want to keep your receipt. I love Jon Brion. I was just listening to the Rhett Miller album he did in '04ish. Some highlights, some lowlights. Thanks for listening.
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MarkHolbrook said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Ya
Excellent treatment of the LIOLI!!! Cool subject too! Nicely done!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks Mark
It took me a while to get on track with something, but I'm glad I did this.
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kepps2113 said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Love it
Nice use of the loop!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks, Kyle
It was fun putting it together. I expect to see you in on the action for LIOLI X.
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maxruehl said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Nice,
subtle use of the loop in question. Very good job.:)
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
For last years tune I made it unrecognizable. Against the rules, I learned later. So this year I wanted to be as straightforward as possible with it. I'm glad you liked it!
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sschedra said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Wow!
Eric, the story is great and so is this illustration. The screaming war sounds and the defiant words before the battle are put together really well.
Stephen
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks, Stephen
It's the closest I've ever come to trying to tell at least part of the story with just music. It's very hard, for me at least. But I'm glad you got the picture I was trying to paint.
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Relic67 said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
cool
great sounding track.
interesting subject matter.
cool guitar playing and musical ideas. enjoyed!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
I'm trying to expand my subject matter. but no matter how different I try to be some guy always comes around and beats me with songs about rock throwing monkeys and Deloreans :)
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awigze said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Cool
Great use of loop... those panning guitars are great!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thank you
so much. I appreciate you stopping by for a listen!
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_Rex_ said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Who are you? Mad Crazy Music Man!!
The biggest American seaborne invasion force in WWII.. I love the stuff your coming up with Keep it going.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
I'm only mad at you
for always wearing shirts. You ready to record this weekend? I've got one song in mind for sure. It's going to be a blast. Forget the shirts this time.
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Diviner said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Intense
Creepy and thoughtful, well composed and unique. Love this challenge as I get to hear tracks like this. Nice one.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
I love this challenge because I get to hear three tracks like yours! I especially love how one little loop spawns such a diverse group of songs.
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sloparts said 2809 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Excellent work Eric
Love the feel of this, and the way you used and abused that loop. Great idea, the Tokyo Rose theme.

Very cool my friend.

Ed
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
You went right from this challenge in to Woodstock II. Dedication!
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Son-of-lavalamp said 2808 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Loopy-a-licious
Cool vox. Bob 5X- would love this as much as me. Sounded like Jimi H sometimes.

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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks.
By Jimi H you undoubtedly mean Jimi Harper, the night manager at Walgreen's. Thanks Dave!
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sheilad said 2808 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Tokyo Rose
just an amazing job on this... the music...the vocals... the concept. Fav'd & d/l!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks, Shelia
Now that you've got a song posted (and were number one on ye olde MJ charts for the week), can we expect more? You've tasted the fun and the fame!
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rabittwhole said 2808 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Eric .....
really well constructed .... the back story is great ...actually everything is pretty darn cool ...love the guitar work!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
World War II is such an interesting period. Ripe material for songs.
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richard13 said 2808 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Wow!
This is a very different entry: a real story summed up in a two minute song that sounds good. Well done!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
I had a lot of fun with it, but tried to remain reverent to the real-life experiences of those involved... on both sides.
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mr_mordenus said 2808 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
If you told me
what you were planning to pull off with your entry Id have said it couldnt be done. I'm learning fast, tho, that Loop It Or Lose It goes impossible places and does impossible things with each entry.

You tell a vivid story with sweeps of guitar that are sharp enough to draw blood and cut to the bone. The loop is used well, but your guitar is breathtaking. I can taste the mud, the blood, the fear and the hope. Glad your grandpa made it home.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
You're right
LIOLI is a great challenge because you get so many styles out of one simple loop. It's really a brilliant challenge as it exemplifies the personal touches artists have.
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rsorensen said 2808 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
eric
this is really really good man. love the guitar work and how it represents the sonic assault of war... a nod to Hendrix for sure, but a tasteful and appropriate one. love the steady backing groove at all. bullet didn't come to mind and I wouldn't have even thought about it if you didn't mention it. very cool concept and lyrics too. my grandpa was a WWII vet as well but sadly I never got a chance to ask him about it before he passed. anyway, awesome job. definite download for me
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks, Ridd.
Was your grandfather out of the BC Regiment? If so, there's a great pic of the BC Regiment parading down the street with a kid chasing after his father. As a father, I always mush up for those pics. Maybe your grandfather is in the pic somewhere:
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cjdaley said 2808 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
Bataan death march
I agree it could go longer, but it really burrows in your mind. Surprising but effective break.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks
I've been in a mood of late that 1 minute songs are 30 seconds too long. It's probably cheating, but I'm glad you liked it anyway!
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MannequinRaces said 2808 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
Cool
Love the outro!! That's the best part of the song IMHO. Cool treatment on the vocals and nice production. Keep on rocking dude!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks
The outro, to be honest, is the one part I'm really excited about. I think I may end up building a song out of it. Maybe, maybe not. We'll se. Thanks!
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MannequinRaces said 2804 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Yes!!
Yes, do it!! Building a song out of the outro would be sweet!!
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RadioChuck said 2807 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
The Rabitt sent me back Eric....
One more time my friend ... this is a total groove ... but your vox is just killer .... downloaded this visit ... thanks indeed!!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
I've made a concerted effort to not bag my vocals so much. It's good to hear people dig them without me doing the "my vocals are poo" in the description. Thanks for stopping by again!
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Vic Holman said 2807 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
woah
dang, i wish i had wrote this.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Surprise!
You did! Thanks Vic.
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SmokeyVW said 2807 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
sirens
i like how this builds up to the free-from guitar leads. made me think of air raid sirens and dive bombers. well done!

thanks
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks, Bill
Glad you stopped by. Really liked what you put together for this!
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Slashh! said 2806 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Great story to go with your song
War does indeed suck! It solves nothing. Think of all the free healthcare we could ALL have if we weren't busy spending billions of dollars on things collecting dust built specifically to kill our fellow man. Oh yeah, the song -- good stuff. I really like the zylophone/vibes at the end.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Calm down, Slashh :)
I agree with you. Eric's one political moment of 2009: The United States needs to go back to the isolationist nation it was pre-Spanish American War. The Old School US. There's no school like the old school. .
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tempie said 2806 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
i love it when this ends
man we should definitely have a "create your own casio preset" contest.

love the radio blips and beeps that visit here and there. cool soloing too. but the ending is what makes the tune - just brilliant the way that crescendo brings in that short, cozy accordion flavored bit, like the memories of home cutting through the nightmare. terrific execution dude.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
I would
love a "create your own casio preset" contest. The fills/beginning/ending bits are the best. Thanks for your critique. Love the Tempie Sound.
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five_extra_arms said 2806 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
War Zone
I didn't see this song coming out of that Dance Floor Loop!

Great storytelling tune - instrumentally it tells everything you described and with so much more detail.

This summer has been an amazing one for your songwriting. Seriously, I don't know who you've been hanging around with lately, but they're probably your biggest fans and very inspired by your musical ideas.

Rock on!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Bad influences
I've been hanging around some shady characters and doing a few naughty things. We've left a few 14% tips, wore black after Memorial Day, and even put a few of the teflon pans in the dishwasher. It's inspired me to say the least.
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cloudfactory said 2806 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
good job!
I love it!
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks
Your latest is a jam. I recommend everyone check it out on the double.
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ktb said 2806 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
wow
creative as all hell. Dig the grinding beat and the wild ass guitar work. The ending was nothing short of brilliant imho.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
The ending is my fav, too. I should have extended it.
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musicmitigation said 2806 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Very cool
Awesome vocals! I'm seriously jealous. Great entry.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
I'm glad you liked it. I'll have to go check out your under the wire selection!
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lengold said 2806 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Really liking
this song and coming from that loop makes it even more creatively brilliant. Could have listened to a lot more of it.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks!
I did toy with making it longer, but it felt too forced. I've been in a short song phase lately. Listen to it twice, then it's much longer than the original :)
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somebuddy said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Depressing
this song is. Great emotional effect. I love love love the feedback.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks, Yoda
Appreciated your comments are.
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somebuddy said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
ha ha
I realised my comment was a little Yoda-ish after I posted it. Time to bring that to the next F & T meeting
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rsorensen said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
back to download
and say good job again. my favorite of the challenge so far.
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Thanks, Ridd
I'm honored that you like it. There are like 700 entries in to this challenge so there's plenty to review. If I stay number one in your heart I should get a prize.
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Daugrin said 2805 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
TR Blues
Sounds like ya need to read some biographies. My favorite story is 11 men, 6 Nipponese and 5 Americans marooned on a small island with one muddy water hole. One came back alive.
The other one I recall is the little Latin fella that lived next to me in Abilene. He was only allowed to be an ammo runner. He wasn't suppose to shoot anyone. When he got to the delivery point there were 3 wounded guys and a charge by the Nips. This guys had 22 kills, some hand to hand. He was awarded by Mac on the battlefield.
I read his citation. He cried when he told me the story. Lupe said he was so scared, but he knew he had to kill all of them fast. He had been shown pictures of what the Nips did to Americans...He didn't want his mom to see his mutilated corpse.

Daug
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Lennon714 said 2805 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
I've read
a few accounts from the Battle of Luzon. Every now and then Grandpa would tell a story. He took a sword from a soldier and had it up until I was about 10 (donated it to a local museum). He told a story of a friend that jumped in to a foxhole with a week old corpse. The details of that story bringing the reality of war to my cousins and I. He's a little more open about it now, but we've learned he probably wants to leave that era behind him. I can't imagine carrying those memories with me and I don't think I'd be eager to tell many stories. The stories he did tell where intense enough for us to get the idea of what really goes down.

I'm always down for a WWII book recommendation, though. I read this one on the Waffen SS. It dealt with the obvious horrors but also had accounts from Eastern Volunteers and others that don't fit the mold. I think it's important to step back and realize not all Americans acted as saints, not all Japanese were savages, and not all German's identified with the Nazi party. History sometimes paints with broad strokes and I appreciate the clarity a lot of those personal accounts bring.



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bud said 2802 days ago (August 29th, 2009)
Really original composition
went very deep into unexpected territory. Great subversion of the loop and I like the short lyric sketch - evocative. Cool background story too.
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egobandit said 2801 days ago (August 29th, 2009)
MAn
that was the coolest ending ever! I love ever aspect of this song! Downloaded thanks
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PentaRay said 2799 days ago (August 31st, 2009)
war
It's quite a theme for people like you and me who have relatives who been there and you have not. I think you did a very good job on the lyrics, taking just this one detail from a story that is too big for us to understand.
Speaking of details, your song is so short and yet so rich in its details. From the vocal fx to the guitars to the use of the loop... I'm very impressed. Thanks!
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guitapick said 2783 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
Strong tune...
...WW II was intense to say the least...hope to avoid anything like that, again, at all costs...

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