Category Archives: Life’s a Love Song

Our Love Will Show the Way

This is it, the last song on the album!  Thanks to everybody that has listened these last few weeks as I’ve been posting all 15 songs.  If you feel so inclined and feel like supporting independent music, pick up a physical copy at CDBaby or the mp3 album at iTunes.

It’s amazing that I’ve been an independent musician for over 25 years.  It’s been fun a lot of the times, a miserable struggle some of the time and completely rewarding most of the time.  I’ve made it this long so I guess I’m going to keep on, keeping on.  2015 should be a very productive year for me.  I’m almost finished with my instrumental ‘baby music’ album called “Music for Newborns” and I’ve got a ultra-funky classic dance album in the queue called “Super Fantastic”.

“Super Fantastic” will also continue my new collaboration with Ricky Rodriguez and Bomb House Recording, he will now be mixing my music leaving me to solely concentrate on recording.   Mixing has always been what holds me up and now I am finally handing over the reigns to a professional.

Okay, “Our Love Will Show the Way” is a quiet spiritual send out to “Life’s a Love Song”.  It’s very simple but has a wonderful message.  “Our love will show the way, it’s bright enough to light up, even the darkest day”, “Take all you wanna take, what’s mine is yours, things can be replaced, it’s worth the smile on your face”.

This album took a ton of hard work, especially since I was juggling three different major solar farm projects that were all three and a half hours a part.   But perseverance pays off and now I’ve got another music snapshot of my life for posterity.  I’m blessed to be able to make music and I appreciate all of the continued love and support for my blessing and my curse.  It’s hard to be a musician and have to work a “real job”.  I struggle with it mightily but you gotta do what you gotta do.  One day one of these records will hit the right spot and sell twenty thousand units and I’ll look back and laugh.

Thanks again.   Have a great day!

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Let the Rain Come

This one was a last-minute addition to “Life’s a Love Song” but I am really glad it made the cut. Nothing like bringing the album to a close with an anthem-like finish.  Somehow it slipped through the cracks when I was picking songs from my backlog for the album until I randomly heard it playing on my computer one day.  I rewrote the verse, added a few instruments and one more large guitar solo, then spent my normal three weeks to mix it.

It’s pretty bad that I’ve written so many songs that I literally don’t remember writing or recording songs I hear from time to time.  It’s almost like someone else wrote them.  Which is cool I guess.  If I’m a fan of my music that makes at least one right?   Thanks for listening!!  Only one more song from “Life’s a Love Song” to be posted.

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No Such Thing as Luck

**Warning**  Huge guitar solo!  Today’s tune is about how sometimes true love seems more like fate than luck.

“It’s possible, that I knew you in another life, we were like old friends and lovers at first sight”

This one was written and partially recorded in Asheville then completed at my studio in Atlanta and on a solar farm in Statesboro, Georgia.

The guitar solo is another exercise in simplicity and like Billy Talbot said about Neil Young’s lead guitar one time, it’s only “big notes”.  I try to use space in a guitar solo as much as I play notes.  I guess I’m getting old and don’t want to use acrobatics anymore (that takes too much practice).

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The City Tonight

Today’s song is about the snow silencing the city and walking around falling in love while taking in the stillness of it all.  Written in Asheville but it is perfect for Atlanta.  Because when it snows here, everything shuts down (unlike NC).

I’m especially proud of my drum part on this one.  I’m not considered a “drummer” anymore (since 9th grade), so I’ll take any bright spots I can get.     Thanks for listening!

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This Might Tickle Just a Little

The eleventh song from “Life’s a Love Song” is a funky blues number with funny lyrics.  “This ain’t no ranch in Cukamonga, no time to reheat your chimichanga.   Just a redneck samba, I’m a little country and sometime’s it shows”.

Randomly enough the second verse is about Columbus, Georgia even though I wrote this a few years ago.  Since then I’ve worked and stayed in Columbus the equivalent of about six months.  It’s a nice city with a cool river running through the down town.   And it has a fantastic tennis facility that I frequent often when I’m there.

Anyway, I’m playing all the instruments on this with John Kell adding the sax embellishments.   I recorded it in Asheville and on the road in Statesboro, Georgia while building a megawatt solar project.    Mastered by Ricky Rodriguez at Bomb House Recording.

The pic below is an article written about my old band, Parakeet Nelson for the Columbus paper back in the day.  We used to have a regular gig there and also played the historic Bradley Theatre one time.   The header pic is of my dogs in Columbus after getting filthy on the solar site that day.

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Timeless Times Like These

Song 10 has my favorite musical passage on the album.  This is simple acoustic number with lead guitar, strings and of course french horn.  It’s about that perfect time to let your loved one know how you feel and being in the moment during those special times in life.

Even though the guitar work is in my usual ultra-simple style, for some reason it seems to remind me of Nels Kline’s work with Wilco.  When it hits the solo after the second chorus is the part that is my favorite part of all of “Life’s a Love Song”.  It goes to show you don’t have to always be ripping guitar solos.  Sometime’s space is the best note you can play.  Thanks for listening!

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Anniversary Song

I wrote this on my anniversary a few years ago and luckily it turned out to be one of Adair’s favorite songs! What seemed to be a quick and simple little song turned out to have some legs. You gotta love it when that happens.

I’m playing all the instruments except for John Kell’s sax, which gives it a bit of a Van Morrison feel.  Adair’s singing backing vocals with Rob Sankey, John Kell and me.  The song also features Ringo, my scruffy little dog, singing along to my harmonica at the end of the solo. Listen closely to see if you can hear it.
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Ringo with Mozart in the background
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Crazy or Crazy in Love

“Are you crazy, crazy, crazy in love or are you just crazy?” #8 changes styles again and picks the pace back up with a little southern rock guitar thrown in.

I finished this song in a job trailer in Nashville, Georgia (wishing I was in Nashville, TN) while building a six acre, one megawatt solar farm.  I put some pics of the job trailer below to show how hardcore it was.  Usually I’ll get a pretty nice one, but when you are in an extreme rural area, sometimes you gotta take what they give you.  Recording in this thing at night in the middle of nowhere can actually get a little scary, especially when it’s raining and you’re not sure your truck can make it down the half mile mud pit between you and the highway.   Needless to say, I made it out (with this song in tow).

I also figured I’d put another pic of Joy since the baby pics seem to increase my blog traffic times three.   Thanks for listening!

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September Flies

Who’s ready for some smooth easy listening? This song sounds like wearing a velvet coat and having cocktail.  Thanks to John Kell’s sax, the bass line and my meandering guitar, we were really able to create a certain vibe.  Kind of a Burt Bacharach meets James Taylor’s ‘JT’ album kind of feel.

The words are about thinking back to a special September night a long time ago.

“It was great, it was tragic, a slight of hand mixed magic, we reached out but we couldn’t grab it, now it’s back and then gone again”

Featuring me on drums, bass, guitar, synths, strings and vocals and John Kell on sax.

Mastered by Bomb House Recording in Morganton, NC.  #bombhouserecording.

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Mozart listening to mixes in the studio late at night
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