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Old 06-11-2019, 01:19 PM
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Default Talkin' In Your Sleep by Gordon Lightfoot (cover)



I have always loved this song, sad as it is, but it has always seemed unfinished to me. It finally dawned on me that maybe that's the way Gordon Lightfoot wanted it -- to reinforce the shock factor of finding this betrayal out in the night and now, not knowing where things are going.

My wife, when I played this for her before recording it, reacted that it sounded like he wrote the song right after he woke up and then just kept repeating himself, just like we do when we are in shock. And the bridge in the song is so dramatic...

The guitar is a 2018 Martin D-45, which I thought sounds (and looks) really lovely on this song.

For those who might be interested in learning to play this song, the chords and lyrics are HERE from Gordon Lightfoot's website.

Thanks for listening!

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Old 06-11-2019, 02:02 PM
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I have always loved this song, sad as it is, but it has always seemed unfinished to me. It finally dawned on me that maybe that's the way Gordon Lightfoot wanted it -- to reinforce the shock factor of finding this betrayal out in the night and now, not knowing where things are going.

My wife, when I played this for her before recording it, reacted that it sounded like he wrote the song right after he woke up and then just kept repeating himself, just like we do when we are in shock. And the bridge in the song is so dramatic...

The guitar is a 2018 Martin D-45, which I thought sounds (and looks) really lovely on this song.

For those who might be interested in learning to play this song, the chords and lyrics are HERE from Gordon Lightfoot's website.

Thanks for listening!

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Old 06-11-2019, 02:34 PM
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Never heard that song but I like it. Great tone, picking, and vocals. Well done!
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Old 06-11-2019, 02:45 PM
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What can I say but, Wonderful!
I don't know how you ever decide which guitar to play, but it always sounds right!
Thank you Vance!

It's great to know that you felt this came out okay!

Regarding the guitar I used, actually, I started out using the Olson SJ because of our last conversation on the AGF about that guitar. But the Olson trebles didn't show up as much as I would have liked, so then I tried my Sheppard GA. It sounded great on this song, so I intended to use it. But then when I played this song for my wife in the house, I used the D-45 because that guitar usually lives in the house. It sounded so good on the D-45 that I just took the D-45 up to my studio and used it for the recording.

So that's the story behind the guitars.

Thanks so much for watching and commenting Vance!

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Old 06-11-2019, 02:47 PM
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Never heard that song but I like it. Great tone, picking, and vocals. Well done!
Thanks so much Scott!

I'm very glad you liked this! I think this song goes back quite a ways in time, 1971 according to the Internet, so this is one of his early songs.

I very much appreciate your watching and commenting Scott!

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Thank you Vance!

It's great to know that you felt this came out okay!

Regarding the guitar I used, actually, I started out using the Olson SJ because of our last conversation on the AGF about that guitar. But the Olson trebles didn't show up as much as I would have liked, so then I tried my Sheppard GA. It sounded great on this song, so I intended to use it. But then when I played this song for my wife in the house, I used the D-45 because that guitar usually lives in the house. It sounded so good on the D-45 that I just took the D-45 up to my studio and used it for the recording.

So that's the story behind the guitars.

Thanks so much for watching and commenting Vance!

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Excellent, Glenn you did a great job with it.
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Excellent, Glenn you did a great job with it.
Thank you Barry!

Great to hear from you -- thank you for taking the time!

I have been enjoying your progression on the guitar and with recording in your latest videos and recordings. You have been doing some very nice stuff!

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Thank you Barry!

Great to hear from you -- thank you for taking the time!

I have been enjoying your progression on the guitar and with recording in your latest videos and recordings. You have been doing some very nice stuff!

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Thanks Glenn, that's encouraging to hear, I really appreciate it.
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Another really solid job here, Glenn. Great listen...Mike
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:25 PM
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Another really solid job here, Glenn. Great listen...Mike
Thank you Mike!

It's great to know you are listening! I'm glad you felt this came out well! Thanks for commenting here!

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Hi Glenn!! Loved the song and the job you did with it!! Wow, that bridge really spoke to me! The melody in there hits some amazing notes that elevate the whole thing to a wonderful complexity. I could listen to how that changes up all day......
another beauty........thanks for this one!
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Glen, great version of this song. You always are so fine.
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Hi Glenn!! Loved the song and the job you did with it!! Wow, that bridge really spoke to me! The melody in there hits some amazing notes that elevate the whole thing to a wonderful complexity. I could listen to how that changes up all day......
another beauty........thanks for this one!
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Hi Fred!

Thanks for watching and commenting Fred! It's always interesting getting your take on these videos.

And yes, the bridge really spoke to me, also. The rest of the song -- the verses -- really sounds like he is barely awake and he is playing it on automatic -- Travis-style folk picking a progression that essentially goes C, C/B, Am, Am/G, F, Fmaj7, G, repeat ...

I understand, of course, that not every guitar player could play a progression like this in his sleep, so I do not mean to minimize what it takes to play the verses, but to a pro like Gordon Lightfoot, this progression would be some pretty basic stuff, stuff he has played over and over again before this.

But it's that bridge that has different changes in it -- he leans over to comfort her in the night and then -- wham! -- she lets out a secret from her sleep talking that he was not supposed to know, something that has just broken his heart. It's left unsaid, but it's in those chord changes.

(F65-) I heard you softly (C9+/E) whisper
(F65-) I reached out to (E) hold you (E/F#) near (E/G#) me
(Am) Then from your (C/G) lips there (F) came that (C/E) secret
(F) I was (C/E) not supposed to (Gsus4) know (G)

I'm glad you mentioned the bridge, Fred. To me, that was huge, what made the song really touching. And I imagine his reaction was complicated by his own behavior out on the road in those days. The Second Law of Thermodynamics works in some mysterious ways sometimes...

Hope you are well! Father's Day is coming up! Enjoy the weekend!

Take care!

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Old 06-13-2019, 11:32 PM
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Glen, great version of this song. You always are so fine.
Hi Started!

Thank you! I appreciate your generous comments! Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment here!

I have been enjoying your offerings here in Show & Tell! I hope you enjoy the weekend with your family as Father's Day approaches!

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