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Boot Dragger's Waltz


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johnwhitehead

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Messed around with this a bunch and never could nail it to my satisfaction. Don't have the mando chops to play what I hear in my head. Oh well, might as well post and be done with it.

An old-time style instrumental tune in waltz tempo. Bit of a holy mess, time-wise. But I see a dance hall scene in a western movie:gas lanterns, boots scuffing on sawdust.
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Uploaded: Sep 11, 2009 - 11:54:13 PM
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2009 - 11:54:13 PM Last Played: Sep 26, 2017 - 03:07:49 PM
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Feter said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Boot Dragger's Waltz
If I only have your touch and spirit with
mandolin I ll be the most happy man on earth !!!!
such authentic sound and arrangement ..you
really have that touch and sound ..the theme
itself is so sweet ...it can be sung wonderfully
O man ..please more of these gems ...thnx alot
for sharin !!!!
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Daugrin said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Yea, Smack Thyself!
Yea...
Such a self-conscious nerd you are buddy. This is wonderful, a knock. Don't listen to you anymore about how good your stuff is, what do you know anyway, just make the stuff! Post it here. I will take care of saying, "Dam that is good, yea better than good, that's JW!" Lol

Daug
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carlajpatterson said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Cool music and a cool title!
This rythm is so appealing and fun to listen to, let alone dance to, and I really enjoyed it. :)
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woofer3 said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Boot dragger's waltz.
Enjoyed this lilting melody. Very listenable and friendly. Love it's title as well - it really describes it.
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VillageIdiot said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Yum
I am a total sucker for the simple romance of this kind of melody, and all the restrained passion it implies. This is graceful and never overplayed... It takes great skill to get that kind of thing right. I love it.


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VillageIdiot said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Also...
You ever come across the work of this MacJammer? Tom Atwood. He's not around so much these days but he too is a film maker with a great feel for modern Americana.
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Moviz said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Story teller's
Waltz John and beautiful too. you've set the scene of there being a dance in the hall, but you missed out the stories behind the faces of the dancers. The little old mom at the side watchin' her handsome son with his first love as they whirl around... and then there's the beautiful girl dancing close with her true love, but with a shy guilty glance over his shoulder, as she passes the other guy who looks longingly at her... oh i could go on, but why should i write the script for you ? LOL, just beautiful with a winsome feel, cheers M
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crissew said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Nice old school music
Cowboy music. There could even be vox over this. Great as it is though. I like to overdo it. Great job.
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particledots said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Sent here by your manager (Daugrin)
Thanks Daug
This really is a nice tune
b
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Daugrin said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Nice B
I think about this guy like I do you B. He's a treasure. He's just not gettin the attention his work deserves at MJ. This can only be corrected in one way...

Daug
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particledots said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Play in the chatroom more....?
???
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Daugrin said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Chatroom
The chatroom clique only smothers out the material that deserves recognition as a by-product.
I don't blame you for not respecting that behavior. Believe me I point it out loudly and often. The biggest offenders have gotten a face full of me on that issue, to the point I am avoided...
The other side of that is doing this part. Standing up for quality music like this is easy...like giving away smiles!

Daug
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magnatone said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Boot Draggers
what beautiful work John! sounds to me like you've got that mando down!
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davisamerica said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
John.....
Your work is always refreshing and just excellent. I am a huge fan and what "Daug" said ...you post it ...we will pimp it ....beautiful work sir.
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tokai said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
sweet
great playing.
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johnwhitehead said 3017 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Thanks Peeps
Posted this late last night, and then crashed. Got up early this am to drive 2.5 hrs to a gig. Played the gig, then drove home. Great to see the generous comments. Really appreciated. Thanks for the listens!
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Jim Bouchard said 3017 days ago (September 13th, 2009)
Ridiculous!
As in ridiculously good. Nice all the way around!
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Outtaorbit said 3017 days ago (September 13th, 2009)
Well this is just wonderful.....
You really nailed the sound of the old shanty
"The mountains run down to the sea.
And the sea, it calls to me."
Really nicely done.

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chestnut said 3017 days ago (September 13th, 2009)
Boot Dragger's Waltz
This is a really attractive tune and very well arranged. All the instruments work together superbly (I have a particular love of the mandolin) and the title is witty and perfect!
Ken
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daibhre said 3016 days ago (September 14th, 2009)
Lots o' charm here
A very nice tune for a laid-back playlist. Thanks much.
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Martin_Leroy said 3016 days ago (September 14th, 2009)
Smooth
Nice sound. Love the guitar solo part in the middle
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Lennon714 said 3016 days ago (September 14th, 2009)
Sounds great
to me. You are one of the artists on MJ that I can't stress the reality of my comments enough. For better or worse, MJ has a culture of "Love it, etc". But I really only comment on songs I really actually like. Everything you post is superb. I see it being played while a mother admires her newborn. Then the music slowly fades and we're left with just the mother humming the melody to the newborn. It's a beautiful melody.
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Monkaton said 3015 days ago (September 14th, 2009)
Great Song
I wouldn't worry about the mandolin. What you put down here is very good. I like the production and playing very much, and the song itself is excellent. Great atmosphere.
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gail60 said 3015 days ago (September 14th, 2009)
Very nice
Made me wanna waltz around the room. You always do such nice work. Thanks for sharing this, I really enjoyed it!!
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Ibstrat said 3014 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
This
is a great recording.Very well done!
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Mike_Lynn said 3011 days ago (September 19th, 2009)
A Comfortable Piece
Well written & performed. A Very peaceful easy listening tune. Thanks for sharing / Mike
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kristyjo said 3011 days ago (September 19th, 2009)
If this is..
what you play when you can't 'play what you hear in your head', then I'm doubly impressed! Very nice, understated style. Simple, yet wonderfully evocative.
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kassia said 3011 days ago (September 19th, 2009)
the title is perfect
i can't imagine this improving in any way. the mando is perfect for the slow, simplicity of the song. i love the duet/conversation of guitar and mando. a lovely piece - perfect for a slow dance.
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awigze said 3010 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
Lovin it!
That mando is just fine, but know what ya mean when the instrument runs so far ahead. Sometimes ya just gotta say be done with it indeed and glad you did... this is elegant.
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Jarvoid said 2887 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
Yweehaw
this is right up my passage..alley...street...buggrit.As a learner Mandolin player i have tio say your playing is quite inspiring on this.Are you also strumming as well..I find the chords a bit tricky...I keep trying to do ukulele chords..Nice one Cheers Jarvoid
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Yordbear said 2887 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
Message from Yordbear:
I wish i had a cowboy hat,cowboy boots and a horse called Cowboy.
we would roam the vast green plains in peace with the Boot draggers Waltz soothing our souls. I love it!....Much Love felt with this.Thanks John! :-)
MarkHolbrook said 2643 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Well your mando
chops are better than my burnt pork chops my friend... this is very cool and I think you should be very proud of it.
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alackbass said 2072 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Boot Dragger's Waltz
Holy mess? Are you kidding? I love the interplay between mando and guitar. Your mando playing is excellent. Melodic, not flashy. And the tone is beautiful! Sometime mando can be plinky sounding. I hear the wood resonate in yours. There's also a beautiful bell like quality to it. The guitars are warm and full.
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