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I remember certain partys during my teens when we were dancing interchangably to The Beatles' new white album, and to old Glenn Miller tunes. By that time I digged Beatles, Flat & Scruggs, The Animals, JS Bach, Kinks, Beethoven, Simon & Garfunkel, Andres Segovia, Glenn Miller and others.

For a couple of years I've been playfully playing around with the theme, but not until recently made a more serious functional guitar arrangement. All the time I've thought that it was composed by Glenn Miller. But a quick check showed that:

The tune is far older that Miller. It was copyrighted 1885 by the composer F. W. Meacham (1850-1895). The tune has a long history of recording and has been popular for well over 100 years. It was very popular before World War I and retained popularity during both World Wars.  The first recording was a 2-minute Edison cylinder in 1903.
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Hits: 6389
Comments: 42
Fans: 29
Plays: 412
Downloads: 221
Votes: 15
Uploaded: Nov 13, 2007 - 04:22:50 PM
Last Updated: Nov 13, 2007 - 04:22:50 PM Last Played: Oct 26, 2018 - 12:21:21 AM
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Hardware:
One Furch D-24 dreadnought acoustic guitar
Two Golden Age Project R1 mics
A Presonus Firebox interface
A BowerBook G4
Software:
OS X, LE
Comments
Feter said 4022 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
American Patrol
this is amazing song ..what sweet pickin
so awesome .. !!
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Cori Ander said 4022 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
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Thank you!
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Roxylee said 4022 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
Maaaaan....
You sure know how to make that guitar dance! and, like all great musicians, you make it sound so easy, which of course, it isn't.. If I close my eyes, it sounds as if you're sitting right in front of me, cool. :-)
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Cori Ander said 4022 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
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Music is such an interesting language for getting close. Glad to see you comment as always!
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J.A.Stewart said 4022 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
This Is One of Those Tunes...
that exists somewhere deep in my memory. And although this is a novel interpretation to my ears, it is immediately recognizable in this rendition... but has been given new life by your interpretation, my friend.

Just an excellent job of conceptualizing... and performing this old ditty. Much applause. ;)

--- Joe
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Cori Ander said 4022 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
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Glad you recognize this. I've asked two American friends about it and no one of them seemed to recognize it. I've been wondering if the Glenn Miller was maybe more played in Sweden than in US, or if maybe he was just popular later here. Maybe we've got to get before the 60:ies on your side of the pool to get recognition.
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Mystified said 4022 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
:)
Bravo!!!

:D
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Cori Ander said 4022 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
:-)
:o)
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guitapick said 4022 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
Wow...
...this is great...lots of looks...you're some kinda picker, Mr. C..
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Cori Ander said 4022 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
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Well, thank you! That makes two of us.
(at least :)
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jiguma said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
Nice one Johannes!
Lots of humour in this - I can feel you smiling while you're doing it. Your playing is as sublime as ever.

Neil
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Cori Ander said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
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Thank you! Dig your sense of humor. Yes this is a fun one.
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kristyjo said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
Cool-
My husband (a band conductor and march lover) recognized this immediately. I like your swinging style (a la Miller) and thumpy bass.
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Cori Ander said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
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Ah, give your husband a big hug :)
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damiengh said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
Positive pickin
Love this style of Guitar. So nice to have someone on this site that handles this style so well.
Nice and clean.
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krismacqueen said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
Again
You are one of the consummate musicians on this site. Well played, well envisioned piece of music. There is a lovely "in the moment" quality to this performance. Wonderful.
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Ibstrat said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
You have perfectly
captured the mood of this song.I love the way you delay the note on "1" of the 4th measure-it kind of propels the whole thing forward.You have a wonderful laid back sense of rhythm, and your playing is exceptionally clean.
Also,your guitar sounds fantastic!Did you make up your own bass line or get it from sheet music or a recording?
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Cori Ander said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
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It is my own bass line .. on the place where we could speak of a bass line .. in most of the tune the bass just follow basic keynote..
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jgurner said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
Excellent!
Wonderfully performed. I remember listening to the Glen Miller version on my parent's albums growing up. The melody has always stuck in my head. I never knew the history behind it. I always figured it was something written during the war.

Really bright and enjoyable all the way around. Thanks for sharing this.
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thoddi said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
excellent playing:)
I remember this one...You have you're own style for sure Johannes. Very warm mood in your music.
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michael2 said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
i am
always blown away by your playing and the sounds that you get. what tuning did you use on this one. amazing arrangement.
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Cori Ander said 4021 days ago (November 15th, 2007)
Dropped D tuning
Using the so called dropped D tuning.
The low E string is tuned down to D.
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Peter Bauckham said 4021 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
Johannes
your playing and arranging are outstanding. Excellent performance. Thanks for your comments on my song - I don't seem to be able to read or reply to any mail at the moment - so please don't thnik I'm ignoring your message - it's rather frustrating! Thanks for sharing this tune.

Peter
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davisamerica said 4020 days ago (November 15th, 2007)
j p soussa
and this is a cool update of this era...Thanks and well done...hats off
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davisamerica said 4020 days ago (November 15th, 2007)
just feel the urge
to get into formation and march...lol
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johnny d said 4019 days ago (November 17th, 2007)
Hi
This is amazing.
way cool
the recording is so clear and right on. sounds like you got all the hi's and lows real sounding.
and what sounds like a natural reverberation
giving the sweet sound of guitar strings being played masterfully. And recorded masterfully.
Thats a great talent you hold, and how cool for you to share it
thank you
got to be one of "johnny d's pic's"
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rover101 said 4018 days ago (November 17th, 2007)
Just LOVELY
THANKYOU!!
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Scott Carmichael said 4018 days ago (November 17th, 2007)
hey my friend
the miles that you have logged up and down down that neck speak so well for you... you play with such passion and fire and still control the whole tempo and feel... real mature players stay steady even through those moments where they dig in... this breathes life through my ears and into my heart

it's very good to hear you again

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DWL said 4018 days ago (November 17th, 2007)
I'm in awe
This is stunning Mr A. :-)

Top class!

Cheers

Dick


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dajama said 4018 days ago (November 17th, 2007)
Outstanding
Outstanding playing as always. You have a remarkable touch, deft and expressive, and masterful. This is a great, cheerful performance. Nice work. Peace.
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paddler said 4018 days ago (November 17th, 2007)
wow
I have played that tune many times for ex-service men on the piano - really interesting to know a bit about its history - and what a marvelous version.

RG
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said 4017 days ago (November 18th, 2007)
beautiful
wow I only wish I could play this good. So soothing and happy. Just realy good music thanks for sharing!
sloparts said 4017 days ago (November 18th, 2007)
I've heard some good pickers in my day
but I don't think I've heard any one better. This is something I recognized as you got into it but never knew the name of until now. It's different than what I remember, but it's easily as good, maybe even better.

You have done an excellent job here in all respects, from playing to the recording, thank you for leaving the download button active.

Bravo Maestro.

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ziti said 4016 days ago (November 19th, 2007)
the master touch
i am totally floored by this....the playing is so perfect in timing and dynamics...and pace, the tempo is so sweet. your playing matures with each recording.

in the top drawer of the world class players.

my deepest respect to you my friend

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Cori Ander said 4015 days ago (November 20th, 2007)
Thanks a lot
Thanks a lot for all supportive comments so far .. I have read them all with gratitude!
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bud said 4015 days ago (November 20th, 2007)
Wow - now I see what all the fuus is about
This one amazing recording. Totally fantastic playing and arranging. I'm blown away. You've got like 12 fingers right?
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Heightened said 4009 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
American patrol
Of course he has 12 fingers - and four hands!
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racerat said 4009 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
jeez
OK, immediate fan for life.

humina, humina, humina.....speechless.

You were obviously NOT one of the guitar players Les Paul was talking about when he said no one knew how to play the guitar anymore......

(I, on the other hand, was)
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Mackie said 3992 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Hej pappa
Hej pappa. Kul att du har gjort en inspelning av den här. Det är en av mina
favorit låtar instrumental.

Mackie
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BossHook said 3979 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
Virtuoso
So glad I discovered your fabulous guitar talent.
droop said 3963 days ago (January 12th, 2008)
I love this!
It amazes me that a tune this old, written by someone who is not a household name, can put joy in ones heart and a smile on their face
over a hundred years later! You would make Mr Meacham proud Mr Cori.
It's truly a joy to hear you play, and what a great sound you get with your
setup. This is a little treasure!
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tripkit said 3591 days ago (January 17th, 2009)
American Patrol
I was hunting for American Patrol and ran into yours. Wow - what a great guitar player you are. I'm a photography teacher and want to use it in class - Military theme marching music. I'm not sure if the students would understand. Regardless, Thanks for making my day : )
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Guitar player since 11. Can't play other instruments than acoustic guitars, well maybe aside from instruments that are tuned the same way; like ukulele or bass guitar. In younger years I took inspiration from classical guitar, American acoustic... [see more]

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