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I originally wrote Abby in 2003, when my wife was pregnant with our daughter Abby. I wanted to write a song that reflected my hopes for a bright, sunny, whimsical child. I wrote the tune, and recorded most of it, all except the solo sections. (I habitually hire them out, and hadn’t sought out people yet). We played it frequently for her in utero (via headphones). I wanted it to be the first music she ever heard in this world, so I had a boom box in the delivery room cued up. When Abby was delivered, I cut the cord, they cleaned her up, handed her to me, and she was crying up a storm, as newborns are inclined to do. I walked over to the box, hit Play, and she froze. She sat there, in my arms, listening to the entire song. It was a bizarre, heavenly, unforgettable moment. Features national fingerstyle champion Pete Huttlinger on the two guitar solos, and Stacey Knights on flute. I'm the whole rhythm section.
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Comments: 38
Fans: 14
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Uploaded: May 25, 2011 - 12:38:57 AM
Last Updated: May 20, 2011 - 07:46:17 PM Last Played: Mar 18, 2017 - 01:39:28 PM
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Drums - Gretsch Renowns... Bass - 1983 Peavey Foundation... Acoustic guitar - Matrin DXME through L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI. Keyboard - Korg Triton 61. Pete Huttlinger plays Collings guitars, but I don't actually now what he used on the recordings, he did his parts in his Nashville studio. Not sure what kind of flute Stacey plays. MOTU 8pre Firewire input.
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Comments
RAVENS said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Wonderful
What a terrific piece for your first post on MJ. And, what a lovely story, that is just so sweet. Wonderful listen before heading to Dreamland. You all did a beautiful job, wowzers!

RAVEN ;-)
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Llarion said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thank you sweetie!
And I see you got firsties on my first song. I'll always hold that dear to my heart. :) :)
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gadzooks said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
This is real nice
Real smooth sounding jazz. Love that warm bass sound. Sweet flute and that acoustic guitar break has a wonderful tone. This is real pro stuff Enjoyed.
SG
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Llarion said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks very much!
I'm a bass player first, a drummer second, and play enough keys and rhythm guitar to be a mild hazard to my surroundings. :) I love the way that Peavey Foundation records. I record it straight in, no signal chain processing at all, and a little bit of very mild compression in post if needed, that's all. It has that great sound all on its own. :)
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KCsGROOVE said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
great story! :-)
and the music is just excellent. The birth of a child is very inspiring. I also wrote songs for my daughter.
Fine playing here and a good mix!
Enjoyed very much!
KC
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Llarion said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks man!
I appreciate the nice comments! :)
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neilh79 said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Abby
really nice and polished, a really nice song all the instruments compliment each other perfectly well done phil and welcome again
Llarion said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks!
In earlier iterations, this song had a synth pan flute melody, no acoustic rhythm guitar track, and Roland vDrums; It took a while and a few tries to get it to this sound, much appreciated!
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Skweryl said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Greatly done!
Such masterful of your playing here! Great story too. Excellence my friend!
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Llarion said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thank you!!
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Catalina22 said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Amazing!
Thank you so much for sharing the story about the birth of your daughter--that is indeed amazing and uncanny! This song reminds me of what a powerful instrument the flute can be. Normally, one does not associate the flute with power, but it really soars here. Everything sounds really well-balanced, and the piece is laid back while at the same time having plenty of movement. The back story to this song made it such a treat to listen to--thanks again!
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Llarion said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Thanks for the kind words!
That's exactly the effect I'd been hoping for with the piece... I've been drawn to writing for the flute ever since I started writing!
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magnatone said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Abby
what a wonderful and compelling backstory! This sounds very professional in every imaginable way - giving "smooth" whole new meaning. beautifully honed guitar work - very polished. How does Abby respond to this song now that she's the ripe old age of 8 (or maybe 9?) - congrats on your first post!
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Llarion said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Funny thing...
She used to love it, I think it's "not cool" anymore, but she'll come back around... She's almost 8.. Right now her playlist is mostly the Supertramp Breakfast in America album, or songs from The Sound of Music, or DMB... :) She went through lengthy Beatles and Michael Jackson phases...
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Elevator_Funk said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
....
Your bass playing is awesome. It really stood out when the first guitar solo came on.
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Llarion said 2339 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Thanks very much!!
I worked really hard as a player to be the guy with a great pocket and groove, and good taste with the choices I make; I never was able to really develop a bunch of speed or chops in tha traditional sense; but I sit in a pocket really well. :)
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johnwhitehead said 2339 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Abby
Great pro-level track. Composition really comes alive for me with first guitar solo--just prefer the voice, I guess. Dig the transition from acoustic to electric lead. What a tasty player! Your bass playing supports everything so well.

Welcome aboard. Great to have you here at MJ.
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Llarion said 2339 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Too kind...
It comes alive for me there too, because the guy I have on the solos is such a king stud... I could listen to it 9000 times, and never come close to even sniffing how to play it that well... :)
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roz said 2339 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Cool
Nice first post! Welcome. Can't wait to hear more.
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Llarion said 2339 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Thanks!
Won't be long now; now that I know how to do it... Off to listen to some more of you guys first though... :)
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alackbass said 2339 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Abby
Wow! Man! Wow!................Holy Moly!

This is outstanding! Writing! Production! Mix! No download? :(
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Llarion said 2339 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Well.... :)
The tune is on a commercially available CD; but I do plan to put a couple of other tunes from that CD up (in fact, the next one is coming in a few minutes) that I will make available for download... (and from my others as well).. Thanks very much for the exceedingly kind reaction! It was my first song here, so I was unsure of how I'd be received...
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Llarion said 2339 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Oh, and...
Go Rays! Go Bolts! :)
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Sigmund said 2339 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Abby
Such a cool song, and a wonderful story. I truly believe the the most magical moments of our lives are when our children are born. This is beautiful - nice work, and welcome, to this community of ours!
Sig
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Llarion said 2339 days ago (May 26th, 2011)
Thanks, SIgmund!
...means a lot coming from you; I have developed a very healthy respect for your abilities! And you're right, the moment Abby was born is one of the few completely indelible moments in my memory... Thanks for the welcome, this is a really comfy place so far!
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falcef said 2338 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
Abby
A song and flute beauty. Style original. Very compliments falcef from Italy. Bye
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Llarion said 2338 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
Thanks, Falcef!
Much appreciated!
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ChristopherCihon said 2337 days ago (May 28th, 2011)
Nice!!
So smooth!! and what a great story!!

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Llarion said 2337 days ago (May 28th, 2011)
Thanks Pick!
You're a shredmeister beast, that's what you are. Chicks dig that. :) Thanks for the kindness, and the warm welcome in chat!
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PatriciaGirl said 2337 days ago (May 28th, 2011)
Awww!
What a sweet story-Abby's musical introduction, I can see her being into music, just as much as her father is :)

Wonderful piece for your first submission. I love this type of music when enjoying friends and family-so relaxing and cool. I love the Wave (cool smooth music) here in Cali. This would fit so perfect! Great Job!!

Thanks for sharing this piece.
patty

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Llarion said 2337 days ago (May 28th, 2011)
Thanks Patty!
Abby is into music, she takes paino lessons (hates them), inherited my perfect pitch (her ear is sharper than mine, she likes that part), though her primary calling is art. She's freakish good at seven... Thanks for the nice thoughts, when people ask me to describe my music, I say it's "Get in the Jacuzzi with somebody cute" music... :) Airplay, that's the next challenge...

And by the way, I'm a huge fan of yours now too, having visited your songs!
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Alannah said 2337 days ago (May 28th, 2011)
Silky and Dreamy .....
..... I am somehow seeing billowy white curtains and rattan furniture ... hmmm sounds like a HOLIDAY to me !
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Llarion said 2337 days ago (May 28th, 2011)
A spring holday, perhaps! :)
Thanks for the warm response! I like the mental picture you painted! :)
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VisionXtream said 2337 days ago (May 28th, 2011)
WOW!!!
The song is really great. I haven't heard something so emotional in my life. Great work and the story really brightened up my day. Thumbs up.
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Llarion said 2337 days ago (May 28th, 2011)
Why, thank you!
It was indeed an emotional experience for me, I'm glad it came through in the music! Please ping me when your song goes live, so I can listen to it! (My first took about 5 days total to go live)
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I.G.M. said 2332 days ago (June 2nd, 2011)
Wow Phil,
very, very well played stuff.
I`m happy you wrote something in the forums (the list of bass players, especially Jimmy Johnson who is my all-time favorite player) so I got the chance to listen to your tunes.
Nice one, keep `em comin`...

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Llarion said 2331 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
Thanks man!!
Nice to meet you too! Glad you liked the song, I enjoyed yours thoroughly!
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TobinMueller said 2317 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
From the ears of babes
Great story. I used to sit my first born in a small car seat (they were way smaller back then) on top of the piano and play stuff, waiting for reactions. I'd pick the riffs he responded to most positively. Not the most orthodox composing process, but at least he became a musician.

Another really solid pop/smooth jazz track. Huttlinger's acoustic guitar is fabulous, recorded to perfection and excellently played. Makes the track. His electric is great too, but that acoustic just held on tight and wrapped itself around me. Thanks for sharing this.
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