I put this song on the album because I like the way the chorus comes in. It almost sounds like a key change but it’s not. “Sometimes I like to think that I might just get away from the little things. But more and more they grow and grow, become much bigger things. I’m left out to debate… seven ways from sunday”. Thanks for listening!
I’m in the middle of a very productive year musically, releasing lots of independent albums, but that doesn’t mean I don’t put in 40-60 hours a week with my “real job” developing solar farms. I live in Atlanta where you gotta make some dough to feed the oven, so a “real” job is quite a necessity. Although I’m working hard with my record company and PR to turn that table, this old song of mine seems even more ironic to me today (now that I have a “real” job and am not a full time musician anymore). Thanks for listening and supporting independent music!
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!
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.
Easily one of the most powerful and emotional songs I’ve ever recorded, the fourth song on the album is a co-write with my good friend Jefferson Taffet (check out his albums by searching Lionz). We’ve collaborated before on a song called “Give it Up” available on the Stranger Things Have Happened CD.
He originally recorded this song in my studio in Athens about fifteen years ago and I always loved it. Even though it’s a drastic departure from the rest of the album, I felt compelled to get it out into the world.
Moonlight Madness is just me on guitar, vocals, strings and my signature french horn. I tried to keep it as stark and simple as possible to highlight the love and desperation of the great lyrics.
“Will you hold me up, and never let me slump, give me two good shoes, we’ve got some walking to do”
Below is a picture of the skyline and moon at Atlantic Station where I recorded it.
After not posting for about two months I’m finally getting back to posting the next song from my ‘Risky Biscuits’ album. This was recorded on my 1/2 inch eight track tape machine and features Mike Elam’s brilliant flugelhorn. It also features Jeramy Lamanno on drums, Dwayne Wallace on bass and John Wayne Tuggle on slide guitar. Thanks for listening!
Click album cover to listen to entire album.
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I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was living in Asheville and writing a song every day. This is one of my more fun TV appearances to promote it.
Today’s song comes from my 365 songs last year. It is a hilarious horror song. If there ever was such a thing. Well, I guess there is and this is it!
Finally a Sunday without snow and extreme cold. Mozart, our dog may actually get a few full fledged walks in today. Today’s song is a jazzy song not unlike a song I did back in January (one of my favorites) “The Sweetest Thing is Everything”. What can I say, I love major seventh chords. Thanks for listening!
What a beautiful fall day. I hope I can finagle some sort of free golf round somewhere today, hopefully at the Grove Park Inn. Today’s song tells a story about refugees leaving their home. It’s kind of Neil Young-esgue in it’s vague imagery. I haven’t done a piano song in a while. Have a great day!