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May 30 “Love Rockets Over the Red Sea”

Our show at Pinehurst last night turned out to be a blast.  We had some issues getting there and getting home but we made it safe and sound at least.   Playing wedding gigs is always a lot of fun because it’s such a joyous occasion.   I played mandolin on about ten songs which I haven’t done in years.   Pinewild Country Club looked pretty nice and I’ve heard that it’s a good track as well.

Today’s song  is based on an old song I wrote when I was a governer’s page in Raleigh one week back in high school.  I remember spending most of my time reading Frank Zappa’s autobiography.

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May 24th “If Only I Was Here Right Now”

This is my favorite time of year.  The NBA Playoffs.   I retire to my studio in late at night to do my songs and while watching grown men do battle on the hardwood.   I have a huge advantage in watching the games because I tend to pull for the team with the ball.  So I’m always  a winner.    If only it were that easy in all aspects in life.

The title of today’s song came somewhere on my recycling route today.   I was listening to Andrew Jackson’s biography but I definitely don’t think it came from there.   Thanks for listening.

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May 23rd “Be Careful How Hard You Search”

We had our first band practice this morning for all of our summer concert series gigs and it’s amazing how many of my ‘365 songs for 2010’ are going to be part of the program.  It’s gotten so I could completely use new songs instead of my old staples (which number in the 40’s).    We’re sounding really good with the addition of Chris Campbell, our new guitarist and vocalist.

Today’s song is called “Be Careful How Hard You Search”.

Song for May 10th “Daydream from Tomorrow”

Something compelled me to go back and dig up this song and re-create it today.   Part of this recording is something I recorded in the original Mealtime Brown studios in Athens, Georgia around 1998 or ’99.  I don’t even know who the guys are that are playing the awesome banjo and upright bass.   I went and found it, re-arranged it, added some funk, junk and rewrote the vocals.   But I was sincerely trying to keep the original vibe we had cooking that day.

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May 8th’s Song “Let’s Get Married in Vegas”

I don’t know how this song popped up today.   I guess I was thinking about Vegas.   I love it there and I don’t gamble, I’ve tried to get Adair to move there but she’s not convinced.

And like the song, we did get married in Vegas and it was the best.   It could not have been better.   This song’s not about our experience exactly it’s talking about in more general poetic terms.   Songwriter stuff, I guess.   Anyway, real estate is super cheap in Vegas.    Invest and let me know.

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May 5 “Frog Dreams”

It’s starting to get hot now.   In the eighties.  The recycling boat is starting to steam.  It’s funny how many blogs I’ve done this year mention the weather.   I guess that’s the common factor between me and every reader wherever they are.   I probably also subconsciously want to look back at these in a few years and something like that might interest me.

“Frog Dreams” is a little thought experiment turned to song.   Yet another song that seems to be about something that’s arguably not about anything.   Thanks for listening anyway!

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May 1 “He’s Smokes ‘em If He’s got ‘em”

Today’s been one of those days where I don’t feel so hot.  It doesn’t happen too often.   I guess my immense fence building project is starting to get the best of me.  I’ve got about forty feet out of seven hundred put up.    If I get it done by August I’ll be doing well.

Today’s song is the first country sounding song that I’ve done in a while.   I used to write stuff like this all the time but this year I’ve tended to be  a little more indie rock.   Anyway, I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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April 29th “If It’s Good Enough for You”

Maybe it’s the immense yard project I’ve taken up (a 700 foot wooden fence) but I’m feeling kind of funky today.   This one didn’t turn out as good as it started.   I did another Minute Men sounding tune last week if I’m not mistaken.  Maybe I need to break out some old fireHose and Minute Men re-appreciate Mike Watt, one of the greatest bassists ever.

Thanks for listening!  

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April 25th “Seven Ways from Sunday”

I got the quote that started today’s song from a great book I’m recording editing for author Kathy Godfrey called F’d.  It’s really good.  She’s got a lot of great phrasing in it and “Seven Ways from Sunday” is one that popped out at me.

I love to revert back to my major jazz chords to write.  I guess that’s my signature songwriting move (aside from trying to be funny).  Thanks for listening!!

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April 19th “Decision Precision”

I’ve been accused a few times about not being able to make a decision..  Mostly when it comes to which restaurant to go to, but there have been several times in my life where I honestly couldn’t decide which way to go.   and I usually chose the wrong way. That’s kind of what this song is about.  You can get in the habit of making bad decisions.   You really can.   But the good news is, you can also get in the habit of making the right decisions.     Thanks for listening!

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