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Friday, September 7, 2012

A Wargamers Serenade-an original composition

I finished recording my drum solo last night and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I wanted to make something big, something monstrous, something loud. So when I composed this piece I imagined a savage Celtic army marching to the beating of war drums.


That's me with my kit. I had Ludwig custom make it for me many years ago. It's a five piece with a 26 inch bass, a 10 inch tom-tom and a 16 and 18 inch tom on the floor and I call it The Beast.

I recorded this in my room without miking the drum, so what you're hearing is the sound as it comes off the kit. And that is just me playing alone and nothing has been added.

When a drummer does a solo, it's a very special thing because we spend most of our time keeping a beat and comping behind the lead instrument. It's when we solo that we are allowed to emote and to express our inner selves. I am dedicating this piece to all you gamers and painters who have been of such help to me over these past months.

I have titled it A Wargamer's Serenade and have included as many of your historical periods as I could in the video.  There's a middle segment where I solo only on the toms and then it kicks back in as loud as I could make it. That, Francis Lee, is where you'll find The Big Fellow.

Please take five minutes of your time and listen as this means a great deal to me. If you have headphones, put them on and  I assure you, you will hear the sound of an army of Celts.



It's Friday folks and another work week is over. So get on out there and suck the marrow out of the bones of life. I know I will.


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  1. Fecking amazing Anne, it was like being at a tattoo and Collins would have loved it, the images were excellent but the music just drew you in and made you drift for a while...I need to invade something!

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    1. Thank you big guy. What's Rousell doing-you could invade him!!

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    2. France is always a good idea...
      (Just joking, I love france ;) )

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    3. He's back tonight the eijit, next time Anne you should video yourself playing the drums!

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    4. I don't know you put up with that little weasel. You deserve a medal just for pretending to be his friend!

      The Hubby wants to do a vid, but oh God my hair is all up in my face and I'm sweating bullets-the stuff of nightmares!

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  2. I thought your given information would've strayed the sound for me just guided it maybe, so as I was hearing it I closed my eyes and really focused. I hear millitary influences like crazy, feels like marching. There's the occasional oddly timed hit, be it on a dish or a tom, and though it feels a little awkward at first it also meshes with the sound.

    Excellent solo Anne! I enjoyed it. I think it might sound better with a composition around it, maybe before, but it'd have to be a worthy piece so I don't know. I do know the drums sound good alone, they definitely wouldn't need aiding.

    Do this more often!

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    1. The use all offbeats on the bass when I'm playing rhythm so when I come in over the top of that and play the on beat, it sounds like the I'm playing offbeat with my hands. I'm "staggering" the sound to get the march and to "layer" the sound with a single track. I'm also using a lot of ghost notes and those are always going to sound oddly timed.

      It will have a composition around it. The Hubby is composing that now and when it's done, that piece will run about 15 minutes long. Not many people will sit and listen to that.

      I'll have twp more coming up. We did an instrumental version of the Ave Maria and an instrumental version of The Long and Winding Road and I'll post those one day.

      Thank you D4!

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    2. I'm looking forward to both of those already. Also, can't wait to hear the rest of it. 15 minutes sounds just about right for this one.

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    3. We're working on this huge project and right now it's at over an hour. I can make some of it available for free download for you and some other people that I think could stomach it. Some of it's way out there musically.

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  3. Oh Anne, what a fine piece of drumwork!
    I like solos since I saw Mikkey Dee (Motörhead) beatin' the sh*t out of his set live once :)

    Thanks for the dedication, I'll dedicate my marchin' troops to the new Members in our wargaming community tomorrow, as I'll try to fight off the red wave :D

    Cheers,
    Mojo

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    1. Thank you Mojo. I love Motorhead and I'm a wee bit jealous as I've never seen them live.

      Good luck on your game tomorrow, may you crush your opponent like a bug!

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    2. I've seen them twice and they're quite impressive!
      You should really get going and try to see them before it's to late ;)

      Let's see with how many KV's and IS's my opponent's going to try mangling me :D
      I hope I have the proper answer ;)
      Good night!

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    3. It's been years since I've been to a concert. I would have like to seen ACDC on this last tour, but with The Hubby like he is that couldn't happen. Eventually all the greats from my youth will retire as they're getting on a bit.

      Have a good weekend Mojo!

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  4. Very cool :) Have to admit I was never a big fan of drum solos- since most just didn't seem very good: 'good' defined by me as 'musical'.. a lot of drum solos I have heard seem like exercises to impress with technical skill without much 'music' to them (my bias as a sax player)... some fun great exceptions out there of course: my favorite was when I saw Buddy Rich: holy crap amazing, and just when I thought I couldn't be more impressed with what was going on, he slowly raised one hand with stick into the air, and kept it going seamless with one hand- alright, stunned-impressed with tech skill, but also very musical. Impressed with yours too- sounds like music as well as rhythm: can hear a melody in there. Also, sounded like half a dozen drummers, not one- very cool. And yeah- now I want to get out my boxes of unbuilt ancient celts and get them on the table!

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    1. Hey I saw Rich too! I couldn't play for almost a month after that, I was so depressed. He does this bit where he plays the underside of the high hat and it's perfect and then he goes on to play his stool while he's playing off the rim. The man was a monster.

      I didn't know you played sax! I love that instrument. What do you play-band, orchestra, etc.

      I play melody a lot because I often take vocal while I play and when I do that, I play the melody line to accompany it. I started doing that when I was learning and it helped my playing a lot.

      Go paint those Celts Ferret!

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    2. I don't play much anymore, I should drag it out more. Getting close to needing to repadding ;) I started in high school- though I'd played clarinet & trumpet a bit before then. Did marching band, symphonic band, and jazz band. Also was in a garage/party band and another in uni- we played a lot of ska- and some compatible new wave, oingo boingo type stuff. 80's were very good for sax! I mostly play(ed) tenor, but alto sometimes. I'd have traded a couple fingers to be able to play like John Coltrane, but defeats the purpose-need all 10 to play sax.

      That Celt project has been sitting waiting- squeaky wheel. If people were playing 28mm ancients around here I'd have had them done by now. hard to find time for such big army projects- skirmish groups I can fit in. But someday I will get to it- it's going to be an 'enjoy the details' project.

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    3. Love Coltrane-we do "My Favorite Things" in honor of his version. You need a band to play with though. But sax sounds great alone too. Finding places to play out on the West Coast wouldn't be too hard I would think. Where I'm at, they're into folk acoustic and screamo music mainly. Opposite ends of the spectrum.

      I don't imagine you have much time to paint "just for fun" these days. But it's nice to be getting paid to paint!

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  5. Yes I had images of my own going through my ted so did not pay much attention to yours (sorry). It certanly felt like a warband! Kind of like Animal from the muppets would have played if he had control (hope you see that as the compliment it was meant). I played it twice, woke me up more than the cup of joe I had with it!

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian. No I see it as a compliment as being a monster on drums is really cool!

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  6. That's awesome Anne. Really enjoyed listening to your music and watching the vid. Certainly made me think of marching. A very military feel to it. Great piece!

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    1. Thank you Rodger and it's a fun one to play as well.

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  7. LOVE THIS!!!! I went back and listened to the part where you played the part with just the toms and it's my favorite part and then again listened to the part close to the very end where you slowed it down just a tad...awesome! I made hubby listen to it and he was like, "What doesn't she do?" And I started laughing because I say that to you all the time! He loved it too (he played in high school).

    I don't know about anyone else but I'd love to hear the final piece when it's done. I don't care how long it is, I'd listen. You guys are so talented and I still think you should compile all of your stuff onto a separate page....

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    1. I like the interlude with just the toms too. It's nice to play spare and leave space in between notes as it gives texture to the piece. Tell Devin that I can't fly!! I didn't know he played. Was he in drum corp then. Those guys are great drummers.

      The final piece is very experimental and I won't post it because most people wouldn't get it. I could ask the hubby to make a download link available for you and a few other people though.

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    2. LOL - I bet you could fly! =PP He was in band in HS. He did Honor Guard in the military so couldn't do another corps. I would be honored to have a link available, Anne. You have no idea how much you inspire me each and every day...

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    3. Thank you and you know I feel the same way. Hell Devin should pick up the sticks again. You never forget it, I bet it's all still right there.

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    4. Umm, no, I'm good. I like it nice and quiet LOL He still wants to learn guitar though....it's one of those "one day I'm gonna" things.

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    5. I know it's loud. We're all so used to each other playing the Hubby can sleep while I have a bash.

      You know if he's not going to stick with it seriously he shouldn't buy a guitar. An instrument dies if it's not played and Devin still has boxes of unpainted mini's!

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    6. Are you kidding? Hubby can sleep through the playing? Amazing!

      One of these days I'll email you the boxes of minis he has...you'd faint. But, you know why...it's the same reason he needs to hold off on buying the guitar right now. To many projects.

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  8. Woohoo! *Flying the horns and headbanging!* You rock!

    That was pretty good, Anne! I feel like marching into battle now...albeit a fake battle in which nobody gets killed. But marching nonetheless!

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    1. Thanks Dan. It's a heavy, aggressive piece and that's what I was going for. No I don't want to go to war with anyone either. But if your country gets invaded, you have to do what you have to do and it's nice to have good music to listen to while you do it!

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  9. A very interesting solo and assembly of pictures to go with it. I used to be in the drum core before high school and dropped out but I always enjoyed drums as the key item to keep the tempo of something alive in any song. I enjoyed it...though I think I scared my wife playing it next to her at midnight when I watched it...had the volume up too loud.

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    1. A band's not a band without a drummer and a tight rhythm section. I need a bass player in the worst possible way. Can't find one though.

      You should pity my neighbors because they have to listen to me play for about 3 hours a day!

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  10. Pardon my cursing here, but daaaaaaaammmmmmnnn!!! You're great! You can definitely hear the march/military influence. I was thinking about you in one of those huge kits spinning around a track like Tommy Lee. Then I tried picturing a guitar accompaniment, but it's better as just the drums. Thank you for sharing that with us. Well done.

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    1. Thank you Pickle and you can curse on my page anytime you want to. Tommy's kit is massive and so is Neil Perts, they have to be lowered into them. I like being able to make this much sound with just a five piece though.

      I always play behind a guitar, for me on a solo, I want the guitar player to bugger off (even when it is the Hubby).

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  11. XO. Loved it Anne. Love the picture as well. I have thought about buying a kit but hell, I could spend time a plenty improving my guitar playing abilities. :)

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    1. Drums are a lot more expensive than guitars and they take up more space, plus you can't "turn down the volume" on them which limits your playing time to daytime. Stick with the guitar and start writing more lyrics. xoxo.

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  12. a deeply powerful and deeply meaningful work, Annzie! Ireland would be proud of you and so would be all the Celts!

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    1. Thank you darling. I hope they could hear the drums from the afterlife and remember what it was to be brave.

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  13. Terrific, Anne! Very martial and stirring, but also moving. Aggression has had such a long, long history, hasn't it?

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    1. It seems like people can't stop killing one another and that's a horrible thing. WWII was supposed to be "the war to end all wars" but it wasn't. I think our species will never learn to stop fighting.

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  14. Nice Anne. You definitely had your groove on! Thanks for letting us share in your joy of music. Bang on!!

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    1. Thank you Jay and a wise man once said "it don't mean a thing, if you ain't got that swing" I play every day. Play or die is how I see it!

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    2. The Duke was a great teacher!

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    3. He was prolific too. He did so much that people aren't aware of. At the end of his career he really diverged a bit. And even though he wasn't making a lot of money-he kept writing and performing. He's one of the greats.

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  15. I really loved that. And you're right, it's in solos that passion and talent really come out. It's a shame that more drummers don't get solos, and this is partly caused by it being seen as not much more than something used to keep the beat. Which still, is a very important job. Poor drums, and drummers, don't get respect :(

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    1. A good drummer knows what his job is and does it. Keep time, keep a bit, comp behind the solo instrument and play fills that are appropriate for the melody. And never, ever step on the vocals. We all solo when we practice, but to take one live is a thing of the past. In the 70's it was the norm. It's out of fashion today, but will come back-it always does.

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  16. Very nice composition of pictures and sound track. Great work little lady :D

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    1. Thank you Brummie. I enjoyed putting it together. I wish I'd had pics of a bunch of you guys mini's to use in the vid. It would be better that way.

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  17. I love this beat Anne, it's really different hearing an all instrumental drum beat but I love this, it fits with your figures perfectly.

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    1. It's nice for me to have a stand alone piece for myself. I've written a lot of solo's but this one was much more orchestrated and took more planning and thinking about to get exactly what I wanted.

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  18. So... music isn't really my strength. Just to say it.
    As such, the very beginning didn't do much for me. I couldn't "follow" it. However, when it hit about the 2 minute mark, I really liked it. That part through the middle, I guess that must be where you used the toms? (see, I don't even know what that is), I really liked that part. Very cool.

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    1. Unless you're really into percussion something like this can be a bit dull. I did try to lay down a beat that had swing, but overall I was going for the kind of power you hear coming from guys who play Celtic drums and the sound of an army on the march.

      I like the mid section too. Leaving empty space is as important as filling it.

      Thank you Andrew.

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  19. Excellent Anne!!! I could imagine the troops marching over the hill, then the crash of the symbol was the cannon fire smashing through them!!!! Rock On!!!

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    1. Thank you Ray. I wanted it to sound like the army was marching through a valley and the sound was echoing off the hills. The mid part is night time when my enemy is trying to sleep, but my boys are keeping them awake and scared!

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  20. Wow. That was awesome. Having grown up around the drums (my father and brother both play) I have an immense appreciation for them and those who play. Thank you for sharing that...it was amazing!

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    1. You should buy a kit and play Mel. I'm telling you, it's great exercise and is a great way to work off frustration-which we both need right now!

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    2. OMG...you aren't even kidding.

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  21. Wow that was great. The perfect mixture to the cat's ears, not to light not to deafening, just really letting it flow and your talent show. Damn the cat is being nice. So I'll send you some dead mice. That will do the trick and it was well worth the long time it to recording too, the images as well were rather slick.

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    1. Thanks Cat, I've been nice to you before too, but I think it's best if we both try to forget about that-the horror, the horror!!

      Hey, I've got Fang inside the house right now. We just had a hail storm and she got scared and ran inside. She's a bit nervous, but she's settling down.

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    2. He sends you dead mice and you're nice to him? Anne!! I think Fang is softening you up =PPP

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    3. Jesus Christ, don't spread it around Elsie. It'll ruin my reputation!

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    4. hahaha all can now see how nice you are to the cat, you know those dead mice go good between some hamburger buns haha

      Glad Fang is finally coming around too, especially before all the snow and cold weather comes.

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    5. I fixed hamburgers tonight! Now I'm going to gag on that image.

      We had horrible storms all day. Big chunks of hail, lightening, high winds. Fang was so scared I had to keep her in. But she's back out now and sitting on her porch. She's turning into a chubmeister though!

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  22. Thats is different and rather shocking but a good way. There is a Irish Army marching.

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    1. Thank you PK. Yes, the influence of the ferocious Celts is there.

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  23. A multi talented girl!
    That's astonishingly good Anne! I am impressed! :)

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    1. Thank you Thanos. I managed to work some troops for you in the video!!

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  24. Wonderful stuff Anne! Great drumming! Stirring stuff and just what I needed to hear after a tiring day at work...I put the volume up and now I'm awake and back ready for action again (painting action now I feel...just the way friday nights should be...with a glass of something or two as well...just got to watch for wonky lines!) ;-)

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    1. Thank you Jason. I'm painting right now and taking breaks to comment. A drink sounds good right about now though. But I wouldn't do any free handing while I'm sipping a pint!

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  25. dang girl...you can play....think the old man in the library next to me bout had it on that one too...had to cut it down a bit...smiles...impressed...

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    1. Thank you Brian. I know I'm loud but I didn't know I was dangerous!

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  26. Great work my Lady! I'm always in awe of any musical talent and even more so when it produces something as passionate and deeply resonating as this; have a great weekend Anne.

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    1. Thank you Sir Michael! It's a big part of who I am, this instrument and the making of music. It's not something I can imagine living without.

      I will and you do likewise!

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  27. Nicely done. I'm a bit jealous because I haven't touched a piano since I started University.

    Bit of a shame because I took piano lessons for nearly a decade...

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  28. Wow! Good job, Anne! Me want to play the keyboard. :D

    You're so cute in the photo. Nice one!

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  30. Great solo "Crazy War Drummer" Anne...;-)...even if I prefer to imagine some Roman Legions advancing instead of Celtic warbands...:-P

    Marzio.

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  31. That was awesome Anne. You are THE multitalented. Loved the picture as well. Hoping to hear more from you.:)

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  32. I hope I didn't disappoint, because I don't have headphones... but I do have a big ass sound system hooked up to my PC, and cranked up, this sounded awesome. When you said it wasn't mic'd up, I thought it wasn't going to sound as good... but it sounded amazing to me. After listening to this, I'm pumped up, and inspired, and I feel like running onto a battlefield and spearing something through the heart.

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  33. darling, it's passed midnight in Ireland, so I'm here to wish you the happiest B-day! I've even baked you an Irish cake :)
    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6734360161_c83dfb5099_z.jpg

    You know you're the youngest, the bravest and the perdiest 50 year old rocker I know :) Beside being my fave Irish lady in the world :)

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  34. Thank you darling and I love the cake!! I love you too darling!!

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    1. hope you're having a relaxing B-day with the loved ones today, darling! You deserve to celebrate a bit, celebrate the years, the experience and the love you are surrounded with.

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  35. Happy B'day Anne. Have a rocking golden jubilee

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  36. Happy Birthday Anne. It's almost the 12th here in NZ so I thought I would send this now. Hope you are having a great day over there.XXX

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  37. Happy Birthday! Does it feel nifty to be fifty? haha

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  38. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNE!

    I know they say men get better with age and woman don't, but you're the woman who proves that wrong!!

    I hope you had a great birthday!- I hope you have a great everyday for ever and ever!

    When some one asks you your age, now instead of having to say a clunky number like fourty-five or fourty-nine, you can just say a statement: Half a century.

    Fantastic drum solo! I definitely felt like an army of Celts were coming! I hope you do more drum solo stuff! Its definitely undervalued in the music indestry!! (or heck, a song where the guitar and bass hang in the back playing the beat and the drums do what they want to do!!... you know, like it should be!!)

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  39. I like your drum work, and the fact that every time it is different within the same rhythm,about your miniatures hobby, i think it is very precious to have a female touch in this art, because i can see how more things can be expressed which we boys cant reach.
    success with your dreams.
    F.

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  40. I like your drum work, and the fact that every time it is different within the same rhythm,about your miniatures hobby, i think it is very precious to have a female touch in this art, because i can see how more things can be expressed which we boys cant reach.
    success with your dreams.
    F.

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  41. hey it seems i missed a birthday! smiles....i hope you are having a great week...and a great bday as well...

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