Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

A Daughter in Denver

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

A Daughter in Denver

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Tom Paxton uses a bright melody to paint a sad picture in "A Daughter in Denver," from his new album Boat in the Water (Pax). Against a pleasant chord progression, the narrator, an older man living in seclusion, expresses longing for his far-flung family and regrets that he hadn't been more emotionally available for them.

Paxton employs an economy of materials in putting together the song. There are only four chords-Em, A7, D, and Bm-which, due to a capo at the third fret, sound as Gm, C7, F, and Dm. The chords are rearranged cleverly in different sections, with the intro, interlude, and chorus starting on the ii chord (Em), the verse starting on the V (A7), and the song finally coming to rest on the I (D).

The notation and tablature depict the intro. In the top part, you get a little taste of the soloing, which is also heard in the interludes. …

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