If you ever had a dream, (or more like a nightmare) when you woke up in an actual cold sweat, maybe you can relate to this song. It is based on an event that happened to me years ago while I was living in Chicago. It's pretty much about an old alcoholic that hated himself and everybody else around him as well as his demise. I could never really put my finger on what happened but I will definitely never forget that hot August evening.
If you like gambling and sailing, then this tune is for you! Actually, I posted a new song called "When Your Ship Comes In" and it is a bit of a recollection of one of my cousins.
I wrote this song years ago and it just never made the previous releases until now. It was kind of in back of my head the whole time and I did perform it while I was playing during my early days in Chicago.
My cousin use to regularly go to the casino boat. The thing that struck me as peculiar, is that he had a real ritual before he went. He wouldn't eat breakfast, he had a certain hat he would wear and a host of other things that he felt would bring lady luck to his doorstep. This along with the fact that he always mentioned that one day his "ship would come in", inspired me to write the song.
I hope you enjoy it, and I'll be posting another new tune tomorrow.
I've just posted a new tune entitled "Carbohydrate Blues". This tune is dedicated to all of you people out there that have tried to diet and have failed. Miserably.
I envisioned this tune after watching a local news report on the obesity rates in the United States and found out that Tennessee, had a national obesity ranking of No. 4.
That kind of stunned me since I had recently moved here from Chicago. (The sacred land of stuffed pizza and Italian beef. Let us pause for a moment of silence.) So I said to myself, "I guess I moved to the right state! Actually, the politicians are actually discussing putting in more sidewalks so the Nashville residents can actually get out of their house and walk. I can't say as I blame them since it is dangerous to walk on the streets around here. (Believe it or not, Nashville has I higher auto insurance premium than Chicago. I know. My insurance company is charging me more for auto insurance than when I lived in Chi-Town. One resident said that it is due to the fact that Nascar is extremely popular here. This has yet to be substantiated.)
O.k. back to talking about the tune. There are a lot of chain restaurants around here and to their credit, they many of them serve healthy items on their menus and at their buffet tables but rarely do you see much of that on the over flowing plates that glide by your table. It is very hard to maintain a diet with so much temptation and that is the basis for "Carbohydrate Blues" I hope you enjoy the song and please feel free to drop a line and let me know what you think of the tune. So have a good weekend and look out for those fats, sugars and starches!
I just posted a new song called "Cripple Creek". No, this is not a remake of the one that the Band did years ago. This song was inspired by a honeymoon visit to Colorado. My wife and I went on a rafting trip in August and the white water at that time of year is next to none. Our raft guide must have sensed our mild state of boredom and suggesting we go to the nearby town of Cripple Creek and take Old Phantom Road. Looking back, I think I would have liked my survival chances in some June white water than on Phantom Road, but at least I got a tune out of it. :)
It's a Nashville songwriter tradition to write a song about your grandpa. Most of the songs in that particular style are glowing tributes about old grandpappy. I thought about doing that but then I think I would be about as fake as half of the songwriters that are doing songs about their grand dad. So it is with this agenda that I wrote "Grandpa Dick Loved His Shotgun".
While it is true that I am old enough and actually am a Grandfather, that it might seem strange to write a song about Grandpa. But as I retraced my family history of events, I feel that I have a different viewpoint now then I would have had as a youngster.
So while this song is a bit quirky, it is true with the exception of the lyric concerning "green beans". This is due to the fact that it is near impossible to rhyme anything with asparagus.
Have you ever noticed how image in the music biz never changes? For all of the "originality" everybody and their mother claims to have, they seem to lack it in their onstage apparel. Thus FORCING yours truly to post his latest tune "Deja Snooze". I wrote this song because A: I see it happening and B: Because if I make fun of myself also it gives me free license. :)
Posted a new tune today, "Bodyguard". Bodyguard is kind of a rockabilly influenced tune that I wrote in general about man's best friend. During the summer I usually go outside and sit down and have my first cup of coffee. My dog goes out at the same time and usually breaks the tranquility of the morning silence with something he has heard, smelled or has seen and proceeds to start barking. So I said to myself "that's my bodyguard" which pretty much spawned the idea for the song. I hope you enjoy the tune.
The first song has gone up and it is called "I Miss the Little Things You Do." I will be discussing the release as a whole on a video which will be coming out this week.
"I Miss the Little Things You Do" was inspired by my wife accepting a job in Nashville while we were living in Chicago at the time. She left town, and I stayed on the condition that I could come down to Tennessee when A: I sold our old home in Illinois. or B: I procured gainful employment in Tennessee.
At the time I wrote this tune, neither of the above was happening. I hope you enjoy the song and stay tuned as I will be posting more songs in the coming day ahead.
This blog entry is more of a question for my fellow Reverb Nation artists. Why is it that the powers here at Reverb Nation tell you that you should only recruit fans that are of a like mind in musical taste (country = country fans, jazz = jazz fans rap = rap fans) only to send me opportunities to play at concerts featuring genres featuring music unrelated to my style. I was recently sent an opportunity to play at a concert I believe it was called "Go Girls" or something like that.
I was all set to pack up the git box and head out the door until I read that it was for female fronted bands or female solo performers and that it was one of the biggest happenings on the lesbian music scene.
Having bursted my bubble of hope I mentioned this to my wife and she suggested that I get a sex change. After considering it as a possible career move, I have declined her advice. :)
Which in closing brings me to this observation. The strange thing about where music is heading is that everybody is arranged into little musical compartments which seem to be shrinking everyday.
The cool thing about the Woodstock concert and others from that era was that you had a real mix of entertainers and styles. A notion that I think will become a thing of the past once everybody performs the music that has become the status quo.
I went to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville last night for the first time. You can feel the history oozing out of the place. One thing that really made an impression on me was that the folks that patronized the place back in the day must have had very short legs and feet. Yours truly had to tippy toe his 300 plus butt down the stairs. If they were any shorter, I would have needed some mountain climbing gear. In addition the the stairs, the seats had me brushing my teeth with my knees.
The show itself was good. Kind of an alleged country music version of American Idol. I say alleged, because most of the yungins that were performing were closer in style to rock and blues.
A couple of the performers that were interviewed before performing had some interesting thoughts on creating music. One of them stated that he liked the prison songs that Merle Haggard wrote. He then said that in general that he liked prison songs except for prison songs by an artist like Fifty Cent. It kind of makes me think that as society and musicians continue to sub-categorize their music, maybe there will be categories for grammys for the best urban big house and country slammer genres.
Another artist interviewed stated that he liked country music because it told stories. (O.K. I'll buy that) He then went on to say that there are no stories in rock or rap music because the lyrics are indecipherable. (Ummm, no I don't think so.)
The house band that backed up the performers, was flawless and adapted to the various styles of each performer effortlessly.
All in all it was an enjoyable evening and would recommend going to the Ryman to see any future Texaco Country showdowns.
Now if they just had some stage lights that some of the performers could kick out..........