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If You Could Only See – Tonic


“If You Could Only See” by Tonic, an acoustic cover by Mike Massé featuring Rock Smallwood

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Liner Notes:

This is one of my favorite songs from the 90’s. I remember hearing it a lot in the summer of 1997 and have loved it ever since. This was apparently a very personal song for Emerson Hart (the lead singer and writer). This is a powerful quote from him on the song’s wikipedia page: “When I was 21 or 22, I was in love with somebody who my mom did not feel was a good fit. So my family disowned me for about three years. And the last conversation I had with my mother when I was home I’d said, ‘if you could only see the way she loves me, maybe you would understand.’ I just wrote that song, after that phone call, literally in a matter of minutes.”

I love Rock’s performance on this. Really brings the song to another level. The little gadget he uses in his right hand during the second verse is called an EBow. Super cool. It magnetically sustains the vibration, so the string rings as long as you hold it over it.

Rock and I live in Denver, Colorado, and he’s the lead guitarist in the Mike Massé Band.

Thanks to Ovation Guitars for the beautiful “custom” Custom Legend.

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