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You convey so much character through your voice, it perfectly compliments your passionate Blues. I love the technique, and am incredibly impressed by your talent. Admirable, Dan — thank you!
My newest song post "Poverty Street" was written about three weeks before the Occupy movement hit the news; interesting timing, eh? I wrote the song in a 1920s streetcorner blues style I learned from the great bluesman Walter Phelps, to draw comparison to the "first" Depression beginning in 1929. The live performance recording was at a gig I shared with blues legend Ironing Board Sam in September 2011 at White Horse/Black Mountain NC.
"In My Windowpane" is a sweet little nursery rhyme sort of song from my first album (on vinyl record) recorded in 1978
and titled "Towards the Light".
At this time, I had been playing music for about 4 years total; as always, no lessons, just pulling it out of thin air, sometimes very thin air.
This track actually begins at the second half of the song; I'll have to look around for the first half somewhere.
The instrumentation is rhythm and lead mandolins, dulcimer,
bass and vocals.
An old friend recently quoted me lyrics from two other songs in my first collection of original songs, so I thought I'd post this for her; until I can transfer the others from vinyl, here's just a taste.
"Sweetie Pie" is from my 2003 CD "Highland Messenger" a collection of my original songs performed simply, guitar and vocal.
It is a bittersweet lullaby for me, one of those rare songs that means so much to me, it's very hard to sing without choking up.
I was once very much in love, and fathered two beautiful children, twins, a boy and a girl that I've always loved with all my heart;
this lullaby was written for them.
They called me Gingerbread, and in my heart, they are always with me. When they were seven, their mother had alot of problems that overwhelmed her,and she left, taking them with her.
I think we have a physical heart that beats in our chest, and a spiritual heart, where we keep our feelings, our love, our pain and sorrows. My spiritual heart is missing, because it is always with them.
I haven't seen them in all the years since, but I hope every day that they will someday find their way back to me.
"Snowfall" (from my CD "Evergreen Season")is another of my instrumental synthesizer pieces. I spend alot of hours crafting the multi-layered sounds used in such instrumentals; by creating a unique combination of sounds to express a certain image and emotion, it feels like you're painting pictures with sound...wind paintings. I'm posting this for a friend who likes another piece I've posted called "Clouds & Rain";
although different, this one has a similar emotional quality.
"On the Rebound" is an original song of mine from some years back. Although the recording has some problems (recorded on old analog tape machine!) I like the overall feel of it.
The arrangement is a complete fabrication, built one track at a time; none of the players were in the studio at the same time. I originally wrote the song on piano, then added bass guitar. The piano was axed in favor of a rhythm guitar part, which had more "edge" to it and suited the piece better. As the song evolved, I brought in different players and explained exactly what my vision for the song was, and they each laid down their track as directed. A friend of mine, Patti Blacknight, sang the lead vocal and then added background harmonies. The guitar tracks were added by an amazing guitarist, Chris Biesterfeldt, who is actually a jazz musician. Drums are by another friend, Scott Todd.
I have been meaning to do a new arrangement of this song
in somewhat of a hip-hop style; it will be fun to see how that turns out!
One of ten tracks from my instrumental music CD
"From Dreams to Reality"
Created entirely on synthesizers
A song of mine, composed and arranged to have a feel like an old mountain traditional song.
Sung by my friend Michael Gaffney, a local songwriter himself, and a good one!
Fiddle & mandolin by the very talented DON Lewis, from the band "Sons of Ralph".
Bass by Eliot Wadopian, another exceptional world-class musician.
"Try Me On"
A song of mine, originally written and recorded as sort of a 60s pop tune, that we later took to Nashville and used session players there to create a "Nashville style" demo of.
Just pulled it from my archives;
Nobody's ever heard it till now.
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