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No Need to Knock (the door's open)

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This is dedicated to my father-in-law, Arthur Tamkin, who died on Christmas Day 2007. It was rather sudden, and though he lived a good long life, it came as a surprise. I've been trying to think of an appropriate tribute to him, and I came up with this. The title is sort of an answer to "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", since I think that Arthur was a good man that God would just leave the door open for; he did many good works and had a great mind and an adventurous spirit. Instrumentally, this is inspired by Duke Levine's new record "Beneath The Blue". If only I had gotten him to play guitar on it! I play the guitar though my amp, and the rest is software instruments.
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Feter said 4190 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
No Need to Knock (the door's open
very deep very emotional and moving by all means
mornfull and tellin lotta words between the lines
just a wonderfull gem my friend thnx for sharin it !
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thoddi said 4190 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
fine tribute
I love the way you produce your songs Jim. They always seem to be so near and warm. Your recordings are perfectly balanced, and the sound you get from your guitar is quite unique. So is your performance on it.
I especially noticed and enjoyed the way you use the reverb/echo on the guitar track here. You are a master in placing the different elements in specific areas of the room.

The drums sound so good I'll rush over to toontrack and see if they have something for me in their collection.

My condolances to you and your family.
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dajama said 4190 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
I love the idea behind
the title, and the sentiment behind the piece is evident in the music. Beautifully arranged and performed, with great space and width in the mix - room for everything to breathe. Guitar sounds beautiful, too, and you use the keyboards very effectively. Nice work. Thanks for sharing this. He sounds like a memorable man, and this is a worthy tribute. Peace.
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gail60 said 4190 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
brought tears to my eyes
Jim this is a beautiful, loving tribute to your father-in-law. I am sure that he is smiling and honored at the love and care you put into this one. It is easy to hear and much appreciated that you shared it with us also. Just wonderful.
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lavalamp said 4190 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
I've always seen your name in these pats, especially with Ledebutant. Great atmospheric tune. I could see it at the end of every story........a sad one.
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Mcboy said 4190 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
beautiful melody
memorable to say the least......a beautiful tribute........i feel that he has caught the vibrations from this music.....
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said 4190 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
Please accept my condolences for your loss - at a time we usually celebrate a birth. I feel certain he would be honored to listen to your heart felt dedication, and others will be able to listen in and contemplate and remember the man who was very dear to them.

. - Harold
ktb said 4189 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
Jim, a beautiful tribute. Adventuresome and masterful in its production elements. It did exercise my tear ducts, although in a lightened spiritual way.
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Jim Bouchard said 4189 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
still hard to believe
I'm a little in shock, I guess, and a little tongue-tied. so if I keep my responses to the minimum, I hope you'll understand. Thanks for the comment.
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jiguma said 4189 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
A wonderful example of your work Jim
On an emotional level, I found this warm and positive, if a little sad. Lyrics aren't always needed to convey thoughts, and your thoughts of Arthur are obviously positive and caring. A good tribute, and especially so for a guitar player - he's probably jamming along up there each time it plays.

As Thor said, your recordings are so "near and warm". Your production standards are what I'd like to reach some day.

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damiengh said 4186 days ago (January 10th, 2008)
labor of love
Very sensitive playing here. I really enjoyed the mood you created which certainly reveals the respect and love which you had for this man.

A loving tribute indeed.
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slumbering said 4178 days ago (January 17th, 2008)
Beautiful and majestic

this piece, for me, creates a real place where everything kind of stops in its majesty. I think i said that earlier but wanted to say again how powerful this is for me. I've never heard anything quite like it and this is etched into me now.
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thetiler said 4165 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
very somber
sounds, enjoy the tone of the guitar. And the electric guitar sound is fitting with the slow and mournful sound. A very nice tribute, like the bass shifts in kind of an indian sound. A haunting feel for sure.

Thanks for sharing
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Barretok said 4151 days ago (February 14th, 2008)
This is just a great track. I love everything about it. The performance is superb. The guitar sound is pure emotion walking along with the piano keys. It goes right to the heart.
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gregd said 4115 days ago (March 20th, 2008)
I've heard a lot about you . . .
and this is the first track of yours I've sat down and listened too. You make excellent music. The composition and playing reminds me a lot of Bill Frisell and his work on the Finding Forrester soundtrack.

Nicely done. A fitting tribute: optimistic and sombre.
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awigze said 3869 days ago (November 21st, 2008)
Even without the Description
Even without the description anyone could sense the impact of the inspiration... one could tell, that you were deeply effected by some great loss. I think I would have liked Arthur... By the way that you regard him he probably liked just about everyone he met. He was a blessing in your life and his family.

When the song ended, I was thinking that I didn't want it to be over....
play again I will.
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scaustrita said 3868 days ago (November 22nd, 2008)
@ 50
I have been mixing and playing for 40 years, you have giving me a new avenue of sound.
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