Backwards Down the Numberline

ThunderBurn on October 18, 2011 01:56

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    This one was the one that reunited Trey and me again after a long silence in September 2007.Trey was in Saratoga Springs, NY, working very hard in his Drug Court program -- helping himself, helping others...but not communicating with anyone...on purpose.His dad was key to breaking the silence and said I could email Trey a Happy Birthday and he "might answer".At first I thought he was joking, because until that moment, Trey NEVER used email!So I sent off a birthday poem...these lyrics.2 hours later I received an "Oh My God, Tom" email.Then soon after, a phone call where he played me this song.Our writing conquered the chasm...the rift.The thing we did best and did forever, songwriting, reignited our friendship.

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    • ToddEBrewer
      ToddEBrewer at 1.00 on April 05, 2014 15:14

      This is so awesome, thank you for sharing!

    • MagneticGuide
    • Enu1
      Enu1 on December 18, 2011 01:29

      so beautiful! thank you. xo

    • DJD$
      DJD$ at 0.17 on November 07, 2011 20:45

      Leave the presents all inside...

    • Metcalph Bottoms
      Metcalph Bottoms on October 28, 2011 15:27

      Thank you *so* much for sharing, Tom!! You are absolutely amazing!!

    • Tom J Miller
      Tom J Miller on October 20, 2011 16:47

      I've always wanted to hear this version of the song, thank you so much for posting it!

    • anniepletz
      anniepletz on October 19, 2011 23:24

      i love you guys, happy you built a bridge ;)

    • Jonathan Fitch
    • Marc Soucy
      Marc Soucy on October 19, 2011 02:55

      I think I might prefer the softer background vocals.

    • joshuaj7
      joshuaj7 on October 19, 2011 00:53

      was this original recorded on Trey's iphone?

    • danny techno
      danny techno on October 19, 2011 00:10

      Thanks for getting the band back together!

    • glenesis
      glenesis on October 18, 2011 23:52

      Ditto all of the above :-) Thank you! It was so boring out here without that collaboration!

    • Apone
      Apone on October 18, 2011 21:31

      Thanks for the story! It makes the song more meaningful to me.

    • mgouker
      mgouker on October 18, 2011 20:35

      Beautiful story. Music has been like that in my life too - speaking for me when my own tongue would stumble dumbly. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • jsamataro
    • bryontreece
      bryontreece on October 18, 2011 14:10

      Wow....thanks for sharing that story, Tom!

    • user6324557
      user6324557 on October 18, 2011 04:59

      Brilliant work both of you, and it has just builr from there into an amazing number, Thanks TM

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    • jedluckless
      jedluckless on October 18, 2011 02:28

      Great story! So glad the collaboration continues! Keep the tunes coming :)

    • PingDC
      PingDC on October 18, 2011 02:17

      Love the HISTORY between you two.

    • ktkoolkat
      ktkoolkat on October 18, 2011 01:58

      And how glad we all are that it did!

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