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Times Passing (Transcribed by Paul F. Page)



 Genre: Classical

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Transcribed and performed by:
Paul F. Page
Written by:
Michele Senger and Bob Prince

When I was in music school, I had a good friend who was (and still is) a fabulous violinist. He was also a purist when it came to classical music. If it said “mezzo forte”, then you did NOT play “forte”. Tempo, dotted eighth notes...everything.

Segovia’s transcription of Bach’s “Chaccone”?:

“What’s with all these bass lines? Show me where they’re written”!

“Whatever”, I’d say, lolling about like the slovenly guitarist that I was (and still am).

Don’t get me wrong...I respect that philosophy. Just don’t always abide by it.

Skip forward some decades to the present day:

I’ve been a big fan of Paul F. Page’s since my first listen here at Macjams. He’s an excellent composer/arranger and plays beautifully, too. I encourage anybody and everybody to check out his music:


And so, I was extremely flattered and intrigued when he asked to put his hand to “Time’s Passing”:


His interpretation of the piece is, for me, a perfect example of how to do it: play the music the way it speaks to you. When Michele and I wrote and recorded the piece, it was so immediate and gut wrenching for both of us. Paul’s slant is from a different perspective. He can strongly relate...but it’s along the lines of a beautiful, sad, yet sweet memory. We’re no longer there.

Komrad K asked about tunes that make you cry. I broke down on this one. Paul’s interpretation made me realize that time is, indeed, passing. And this tune, still so present in my heart and mind, is now from long ago. Except for the truly horrific moments, the difficult times of our lives are still of value and they, too, can be missed...as time passes.

From Paul F. Page:

I couldn't resist the sweet sad melody of Bob's "Time's Passing." When a song is so heartfelt, it's impossible to ignore. Bob's nailed a story that plays out in all our hearts. I'm grateful for the opportunity to lend my own perspective to this wonderful little gem.
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Uploaded: Aug 13, 2007 - 08:24:10 AM
Last Updated: Oct 12, 2007 - 09:44:24 PM Last Played: Apr 15, 2019 - 06:49:25 AM
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andreasvanharen said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
very nice!
A very nice song you have there, Paul. Very relaxing to listen to.

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Moviz said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
The minute
I heard the first bars of this, I thought about the 'Songs that make you cry' thing and knew it would be in that category; then I read that you'd thought so too; and it is. It's just beautiful; full of emotion, thanks for this, M
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Roxylee said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
Movie soundtrack, maybe?
Astory of time passingf, definitely. This is so poignantly beautiful... It evokes memories of childhood, then pain of first romances that faded in the sunset. Paul's talent is amazing, and joined with your talent, it soars off the charts!
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drakonis said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
definitely a RE-interpretation
I love the aspect of different interpretations and "coloring" of a piece by different artists... it showcases their talents. In this piece, if you listen to both, you hear that your original composition is a rock solid foundation. You also hear Paul's ability here to re-voice the cello as a violin, and shift the mood from melancholy to wistful. The live cello gave me an almost visceral response... the deep resonance tensed up my muscles. However, Paul's interpretation with the violin lines the dark clouds with a touch of sweetness... which reflects his outlook on life, I believe. I must admit to liking both of these for different reasons. Paul did an outstanding job re-scoring this and making GPO sound quite good.

So, did you have sheet music for Paul, or MIDI files to go from, or did he have to transcribe/capture the music just by listening to it?

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guitapick said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
Sheet music!!??
HA!!! I told Paul: "Nose to the grindstone, mister". As in: "No"...I just sent him the mp3 and the rest was all Paul (and that even rhymes).

You and I very much on the same track here, drak. The original recording was very physical and a serious cry for help....which came quickly in the middle and then went. Paul's is from a different perspective. A perspective which I share and can now relate to, after years of distance from the situation.

I can only say great things about Paul F. Page. Incredible talent and musicianship.

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Feter said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
Times Passing
I do agree with you here Bob .. Paul F Page
no less .. a real genious " heart " he can
melt the piece with two lines .. this is
extremely beautifull my friend ..so happy
to see such colab happened and be shared
here with us .. God Bless !!
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said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
I'm speechless and don't know who many times i listened to this !
A real clear version of this, Mr. Paul is more than great composer at MJ and he did this piece beautifully and Mr. Bob you know what this piece means to me !!
There's a little tear in my eyes while listening to this, great music composition and great job.
So nice to hear Mr. Paul playing, Thanks for sharing this GEM here with us Mr. Bob and Mr. Paul

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DWL said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
Mr Page works his magic
It would have been very easy to go over the top with the original piece but Paul has done an excellent job of keeing the melancholia without overdosing on pathos.

A fine tune, beautifully interepreted



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said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
...To everyone involved... speechless...

Macaudion said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
So... We don't get to have a copy...
Just thought I'd get that outta way...

When reflections of something is expressed with that which is of timeless beauty, then, it somehow is able to transcend that which wasn't so, to a place that is, quite beautiful.

I don't know, (nor do I need to know) what was the life experience(s) that compelled you to write the "Passing of time", Bob, but it seems as though you had already began harvesting, that which was good from it...

This was a wonderful piece as it was. And now, it's been detailed and rendered in a way that clearly has enriched your initial efforts - And isn't that what the "passing of time" tends to do to an experience, if we're open to it... - We are able to look back, and see things in more detail to understand more, if we're willing to... It typically makes things better.

This is so rich with life! As I listened, I appreciated, just being alive.

Thanks to Paul, Michele and not at all the least, you, Bob, for sharing this wonderful piece.

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lengold said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
This is one
of the reasons I love Macjams - I never used to listen much to 'classical' music but thanks to yourself and others on here I now do. And I am beginning to love it. This piece is amazingly beautiful and masterful. Thank you.

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Ed Hannifin said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
To paraphrase Van Morrison...
..."straight to the heart like a cannonball"....

All right, Bob, weren't you just making some remark to me about how nice it must be to have a friend to do a beautiful verson of one of your tunes? Careful what you wish for...

This combines two of my favorite musicians on MacJams, and two of my favorite MacJammers-as-people as well...two people who have always seemed to have not only their talents but their hearts and heads all in order... So in my imagination at least this ends up representing all that I like about you two guys...

I continue to love this composition, and I think this version brings out a particular sweetness that the tune can well carry...

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elektronix said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
That's unbelievable.
Great artistry.

This are the unbelievable highlights of MacJams.

No need to compare with the outstanding original. It shows a different kind of view, and that in a perfect way.

Thank a lot for sharing!


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ziti said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)

deeeeepest bows to all

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bud said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
Absolutely beautiful -
touching and rich. Great going guys. This is very special. Thanks for posting.
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Vic Holman said 4453 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
Cozy feeling all over
subtle and dramatic all at once. Such a nice composition and expertly played out i may add.

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echoroom said 4451 days ago (August 15th, 2007)
we're not worthy.

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J.A.Stewart said 4450 days ago (August 16th, 2007)
A perfectly lovely...
interpretation of a lovely tune.

Kudos to you both. ;)

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timothy devine said 4447 days ago (August 19th, 2007)
this was astonishing...
how that for an adjective?

Just so sensitive and heart warming.

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thetiler said 4446 days ago (August 19th, 2007)
Anything that Paul puts out is terrific and enjoyed all of it.

Way to go.

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peacepiano said 4445 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
Fine Music
Composition and performance combine beautifully here. A piece worthy of publication beyond our little community here :)

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Cori Ander said 4445 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
One of the very best posts at the site ever!
One of the most beautiful pieces I've ever heard!
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guitapick said 4425 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
That's saying a lot, Johannes...
...considering that your's and others are so, so fine. But thanks...that's a very nice thing to say.

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guitapick said 4428 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Thank you, Paul...
...you are one exceptional musician and a fine human being...

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kristyjo said 4375 days ago (October 30th, 2007)
I liked the original very much,
but this is also so nice, and, as you point out, brings a different perspective to the piece. Thanks for posting it.
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guitapick said 4357 days ago (November 17th, 2007)
Thanks, Kristy...
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Doug Somers said 4373 days ago (November 1st, 2007)
I have not
heard the original yet but this is a lovely work. It really grabs hold of your feelings and WILL NOT LET GO. The melody captures such a mix of events and times, with the varied feelings about them - some happy, some sad, but all forever passed by. A wonderful treatment and thanks to you all for bringing this to the community.

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guitapick said 4357 days ago (November 17th, 2007)
Thanks, Doug...
...late to answer this...going to listen to your latest right NOW!!!
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gail60 said 4357 days ago (November 16th, 2007)
truly amazing - wow
This is a beautiful song Bob! Absolutely wonderful through and through. I finally was able to download quicktime so I could listen to songs and you are the first visit I made! Thank you so much for this beauty!
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guitapick said 4357 days ago (November 17th, 2007)
I'm honored...
..that you'd choose one of my tunes as your first...and very happy you've gotten the QuickTime thing going...

This song will always speak to me...and I'm glad it does you, too. I'm completely blown away by Paul's interpretation, here. He's like a virtual brother to me...

Thanks, Gail.
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Enrique Gil said 4341 days ago (December 2nd, 2007)
This piece is sweet....
and is a pleasure to listen to....Thank you.
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guitapick said 4254 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Thank you, Enrique...
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said 4207 days ago (April 15th, 2008)
A Gem Indeed!!!
This is simply wonderful !! Words cannot express how I feel listening to this. Very thought provoking song. Roxylee has the words I was looking for. Roxylee commented ' This is so poignantly beautiful' Excatly my sentiments entirely. Thank you guys for sharing this litte treasure.
Peace Dee xx
guitapick said 4207 days ago (April 15th, 2008)
Thank you for listening...
...and taking the time to comment...

I thought you'd like this. Paul's a superb talent and a great guy, too. I loved what he did with your piece...

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Char said 4180 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
One criticism;
I long for more. How exceptional. Thank you, both. :)
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guitapick said 4180 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
You're in luck...
...he's asked me to write "Dinner Bell" out and send it to him. I'll get to that soon, hopefully. I was very touched by what he did with this and sure the next will be just as nice...


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