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Feb 22 “No Such Thing as Luck”

February seems to be a month where I’m contemplating existentialist views with my songs.   Maybe it was the Buddha biography I listened to earlier in the month or maybe it’s just my neo-psychological chatter.

I do use songs as a forum for positivity even though I do play characters in songs that sometimes aren’t so pleasant.  My main goal is to be positive however.   Although I don’t like to limit myself when creating story situations in my songs. The message is usually positive even if all the words aren’t.   I’m pretty tongue in cheek if you haven’t noticed yet.

Anyway,  “No Such Thing as Luck” is a love song.   It contemplates past life situations and how you sometimes seem to have known some people for several lifetimes.   Especially when it comes to deep connected love affairs.

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Feb 20 “I Like the Way it Looks But I Hate the Way it Shows”

I need to listen to my song from yesterday more and feel like I have more time in my day.   I had a late gig last night and slept a little late which cut into my studio time today.   As did that 18 holes at Reem’s Creek Golf Course where I fired a mid winter 73, maybe my best score in February to date.

Anyway, “I Like the Way it Looks But I Hate the Way it Shows” is a silly almost heavy metal number.   I honestly meant to spend more time on the song but that’s just the way it goes I guess.

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Feb 19 “Down to My Time and Place”

It’s been fifty days since I started my song a day project!!   What a learning experience and an experiment in commitment I’ve endured.    There’s definitely been some moments of excitement and of frustration but for the most part I’ve maintained a sense of joy doing it.

This last week has been a struggle but I’ll get back in the swing of things soon I’m sure.  I’ve got a gig tonight with my band so that should get the juices flowing.

Fittingly this song is about how I was just complaining that I never had enough time to get all the things done that I want done.  I really need about 22 hours in the studio a day to get all my various projects done.  Adair was telling me I need to quit worrying about the time and start celebrating what I get done.

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Feb 16 “A Discernible Glow”

Once again a majorly chilly day recycling house to house, this winter is one to remember.   I enjoy the cold for the most part and have not complained about it because that would make me feel colder in the long run.

Anyway, today’s song is about the aura that some people project.  Certain people have a glow around them when they enter a room.   Whether this a psychic connection or just them projecting more energy than others is to be argued.

That’s the just of “A discernible Glow”.  I think I ripped a riff off of another song of mine, I guess I’m plagiarizing myself.

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Feb 15 “Favorite Song for the Moment”

Three or four days a week I drive up and down the mountain about a hundred and ten miles.   I usually listen to a book on CD.  Mostly biographies, but I’ve listened to every biography in the Buncombe Co. Public Library system so now I’m unfortunately into fiction.   Currently I’m listening to the 26 disc Anna Karenin,  book I’ve already read in my college days.

Anyway, today’s song “Favorite Song for the Moment” is about driving and getting lost listening to music (not a book on Cd).   Sometime’s, even when you’re feeling really bad, a song will come on the radio and make everything okay, at least for a little while.  That’s what this song is about.

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Feb 14 “Nascar and Valentine’s Day”

Valentine’s Day, holiday or not?   Daytona 500, definite holiday for millions of people (especially in the South).

Every so often they both fall on the same way and it brings lovers closer together or really pisses one of them off.  I’m lucky enough to have an average interest in Nascar.   I typically watch the last ten laps of a race  and passively pull for Tony Stewart and Dale Jr.  Although the banter from DW and the commentators is usually pretty funny throughout the race.

And Valentine’s Day is always a good reason to go out and have fun with my wife.

Anyway, “Nascar and Valentine’s Day” is a song about a husband who wants to celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day but his wife is too tied up with the Daytona 500 because Little E (Dale Jr.) is on the pole.

He pulls a twist at the end of the song and makes up for it.

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Feb 12th “Walking Around the City Tonight”

It’s snowing at least six inches again.   This has been a snowy winter to remember which is probably why the snow has inspired several songs in my song a day endeavor.  That is most assuredly because it looks so majestic falling outside my studio window as I begin to write.

Although I’m in the small town environment of Asheville “Walking Around the City Tonight” is more about being in the big city during the snow storm, during the quiet of the night.

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Feb 11th “Always Remember to Always Remember”

Do you have that friend that remember’s every thing that you have ever done.  Well I have a few and I’m really grateful for them.   They’re always recounting tales of the olden days that I don’t have any recollection of whatsoever.

As soon as they bring it up it all comes flooding back in and I try to make note of it for future reference  (which typically proves to be futile).

That’s the basis of “Always Remember to Always Remember”.   This is dedicated to John Crowe, Rob Sankey and all my other friends that remember every day of their life.  Cheers to you.

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Feb 10 “Something’s On the Way”

Windy again and once again the curbside recycler’s nightmare.  I was chasing papers all over the street in front of the Waldensian Bakery in Valdese today.  But you do what you have to do, the business is slowly growing and that’s always great to see.   Check out SimplyGreenRecycling.com if you haven’t already.

Today’s song is one of my uplifting motivational type songs.  My wife and I have a lot of irons in the fire and we’ve been both waiting to get over that next hump for quite a while.   But we both now realize that we also have to enjoy where we are.

That’s kind of what “Something’s on the way” is about.

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Feb 9 “Heavy Weather”

Ah the wind, the recycler’s nightmare.  I’m glad I got done with my route before the so called ‘blizzard’ set in.   Currently, it is snowing but the wind is breaking it up to a flurry.

Anyway, I bet you guessed correctly that the weather  is what inspired today’s song.   Actually something Roland Dierauf was saying on WNCW is probably what got it going on.

Anyway, I abided by my usual format of writing the first thing that comes to mind and this is what popped out.  It’s pretty silly (which seems to be a trend).   I channeled my inner Kool & the Gang for the chorus.

Thanks for Listening!!     Click the play icon below to hear “Heavy Weather”

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