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Larger Than Life


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Tom Atwood

 Genre: New Age

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Description
This piece, actually four separate segments, was written shortly after my father died. Part four was posted previously as “Elegy for My Father.”

When someone dies, we generally remember the good things. At funerals and memorials the dead are often described in glowing terms, almost as if they were larger than life. It used to bother me. It somehow seemed disingenuous. However, it doesn't seem that way to me anymore. I believe it is really a matter of perspective. Growing up I didn’t think of my father as larger than life. He was just my father. But now, looking back, I realize how grand his life was. In fact, how grand all our lives are. All of us are larger than life. Sometimes, we just don’t realize it until a life has ended.

(In memory of A. T. Atwood)
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Hits: 4566
Comments: 21
Fans: 6
Plays: 286
Downloads: 205
Votes: 23
Uploaded: Apr 03, 2005 - 03:40:11 PM
Last Updated: Apr 03, 2005 - 07:50:34 PM Last Played: Apr 14, 2019 - 06:48:26 AM
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Comments
White Hawks said 5188 days ago (April 3rd, 2005)
Great Song! Very Kewl!
Great as always Tom! Very emotional and I like the way
how you used the strings and the piano together.
Especially the first part was great!! I like the Description
too:) Thanks for sharing your great song!

- Hawks
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Tom Atwood said 5187 days ago (April 4th, 2005)
Great Song! Very Kewl!
Thanks WH. I'm always glad when you stop by.
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Peter Greenstone said 5188 days ago (April 3rd, 2005)
beautiful
Beautiful, Tom. I'll not go into a complex description of
why I think it's beautiful; it just is and I think it very
successfully conveys the ideas you describe. Very
touching.

My only suggestion would be to find a way to link the four
sections rather than having the complete stops between.
All they need is a fine thread of some sort bridging the
gap between sections; a single note or a slow scale to the
first note of the next section, or perhaps just some kind of
ambient sound.
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Tom Atwood said 5187 days ago (April 4th, 2005)
beautiful
These pieces were never intended to be one, flowing work. Instead they are
short, separate segments. Like bagatelles. Think of it as 4-for-the-price-of-
one (??) A real bargain!
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Peter Greenstone said 5187 days ago (April 4th, 2005)
beautiful
I can live with that. ;-)
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said 5187 days ago (April 4th, 2005)
Take deep breath...

Very moving. Poignant. Larger than life.

The simplicity of this highlights the reflections taking
place as you (I) remember. The silent pauses between
each piece seem appropriate. They serve, in a way,
as moments of silent prayer and meditation. Thanks.

Jack
Tom Atwood said 5187 days ago (April 4th, 2005)
Take deep breath...
Thanks for the kind words, Jack.
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daphna said 5186 days ago (April 5th, 2005)
my gosh Tom
this is really, really lovely. Why it has the ratings it has is
beyond me. It should be way up there. This piece, or
collection rather, is so original and I can feel how it comes
straight from the heart. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.
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Tom Atwood said 5186 days ago (April 5th, 2005)
my gosh Tom
Thanks Daph--I appreciate that. After listening to Tobin's
latest (I Sail On), my keyboard work seems especially clunky, so your
comments feel good. In fact I may listen to Mr. Simpson one more
time for a lift. Thanks again.
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aclarke said 5186 days ago (April 5th, 2005)
Well stated
!
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thetiler said 5185 days ago (April 5th, 2005)
nice
I love your giving your opinions on how important peoples
lives are. Very touching and of course bringing your father
to the for-front.
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Dead End said 5184 days ago (April 7th, 2005)
It works!
But you already knew that. I like the 4 parts, distinct. It
helps to ponder what's just been listened to. Great job.
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ScooterDMan said 5184 days ago (April 7th, 2005)
very nice
the sadness is really conveyed in the first part.
understanding the context of a song really helps to set
the mood.
i know you said you didn't see the pieces as tied together,
but had i not known any better, i would have taken the
first part to be the grieving, the second part to be the
calm after the storm, the third part to be coming back into
the realm of happiness (healing) and the fourth part kind
of like an overall reflection on your father's life.
this is all very moving, thanks for posting.

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CraizeeMusic said 5184 days ago (April 7th, 2005)
Absolutely Touching
I loved the emotion in the song, especially the fourth movement. Well done, definitely going on my favorites list. I too new to know how to become a fan, so when I figure it out you'll have another!
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Jim Bouchard said 5184 days ago (April 7th, 2005)
really great
I just got around to listening to this (I've had a few computer problems lately), and I have to say it's really great. I wish I could be more eloquent. For some reason this reminds me of one of my favorites Robin Holcomb's music. I like everything about this. High marks all around. downloaded.
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Tom Atwood said 5183 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
really great
Wow. Robin Holcomb? One of my favorite singer-songwriters. Very
interesting...and I appreciate the comparison. She is wonderful. Thanks, Jim.
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said 5184 days ago (April 7th, 2005)
Somber...
yet somehow uplifting. Beautiful use of silences. Like listening live. Love the piano. Really uniquely therapudic. Your description is superb. Sorry for your loss. This is a great way to channel greif and honor memories. Thanks for sharing this one.
bronco said 5183 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
Nice Tribute
Beautiful melodic piece that seems to talk to you as you
listen. Love your comments in the description also. You
seem to get some great insights on this crazy, mixed up
thing we call life!
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said 5181 days ago (April 10th, 2005)
Very Soothing
This has a very thematic feel to it and I could imagine it as
a soundtrack or part of a film score. I like the minimalism
that you have used as far as instrumentation and chord
changes are concerned.

The lydian chord that you used slightly before halfway
through, (f7#11 in the key of C) is beatiful and very
modern sounding. This is one of my favorite modal
sounds, and I think that you have executed it well.

My only suggestion is that there is some more supportive
instrumentation added just after midway through the
piece. I feel like there is something missing, and I think
that this could be a great spot to reintroduce the cello
again.

That is a nit picky suggestion however, and this song is
beautiful as it is. Thanks for sharing.
Mystified said 5039 days ago (August 30th, 2005)
Pieces of a life....
...collected and lovingly arranged...like a mosaic, in this
composition.
Love, respect, joy, sadness, dignity, darkness and light.
The way you thread the synths in at the very end is
absolutely marvelous, and suggests, as I listen, hope--like
rays of light reaching through the clouds to touch, golden,
upon the earth as they draw one's gaze to the heavens,
where light dances beyond that veil.

Profoundly beautiful.
thank you

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Tom Atwood said 5039 days ago (August 30th, 2005)
Pieces of a life....
Thanks for asking about this piece earlier tonight, Cat. After you did I came
here and listened to it again for the 1st time in a while and looked at the
photo posted and thought about not only my father, but my mom, too.

I do appreciate you listening to some of these 'old' pieces of mine, but I
especially enjoyed reading your lovely comments to this one in particular.
Thanks so much. You're a good friend.
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