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Feb 8 “Caught Up in the Controversy”

Tonight’s song was fun.  I had a crazy day recycling in Morganton drove back Asheville and now that it’s gonna snow again tonight I’ve got to go back down the Mountain to make sure the good people can get their pick up rain or shine (I’m hardcore like that).

But I managed to come out here to the studio and write this one in my very short time allotment (I do have a home life too).

When I sat down at the computer and saw the yahoo headlines about Peyton Manning being a poor sport for not shaking hands last night after the Super Bowl and they actually penned that as a controversy  I laughed.    Which then led to writing and recording “Caught Up in the Controversy”.  This song is not about Peyton, it’s more about the really narcissistic celebrities who tend to create controversy to fuel their career.

I wish I could create controversy, I admit I love when I get press too.        Thanks for listening!!

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Feb 7 “Because it’s Super Bowl Sunday”

It’s that one day of the year where all life on God’s Green Earth hinges around a football game.  And it looks like it’s gonna be a good one this year.  The Vatican is even flying a Saint’s flag!!!!!!!

I figured if I’m doing a song for every day this year I’m obligated to write one about the super bowl on Super Bowl Sunday.   That’s where “Because it’s Super Bowl Sunday” came from, it’s for all the guys out there that just don’t want to do the ‘honey-do’s’ today because the game is coming on (at 6:30pm).

The song also gives a run down of some tasty treats that will be over-indulged  by us while staring at the tube today.    I actually don’t eat many of the things I’m talking about, except for maybe today, “Because it’s Super Bowl Sunday”.

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Feb 6 “History of Deviant Behavior”

This character in this song reminds me of a lot of folks in my teenage years.  Not me of course.    For some reason all guys have to go through a time period where tearing things up is cool.  Getting away with it was always a plus.

That’s what “History of Deviant Behavior” is about.  That kid you see walking down your block that you know doesn’t have the best intentions in mind.  Maybe this song stems from the kid that threw a snowball at our house the other night and ran up the street.

The music has a little bit of a Curtis Mayfield vibe.        Thanks for listening!!

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Feb 5 “Dreaming Through The Zig Zags

My gig down the mountain got canceled last night so I spent a late night in the studio writing and recording.  I haven’t done that in a while.   I did manage to write and record guitar and bass parts for seven new songs.   I’m trying to get ahead before my crazy work (and gig) week next week.

So now, I’ve got a bunch of songs to put words to, which is a great luxury to have.  “Dreaming Through the Zig Zags” is by no means the best of the bunch from last night musically.  It’s just the first one that came up when I sat down to write tonight.

It turned out pretty spacey with a lot of atmospheric delay on the vocals.  I need to experiment as much as possible seeing as how I’ve got 300+ songs left to record this year.

The words are kind of a little motivational speech I’m telling myself to hang in there and keep dreaming big.  Even if I am doing hard labor for a living.

Thanks for listening!!      Hear “Dreaming Through the Zig Zags”  below.

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Feb 2 “A Little Extra Love Today”

Playing catch up once again with the songs.  Busy week recycling in Morganton while entertaining company (and myself) from out of town in Asheville every night.

We went out and caught some great jazz down town at Mo Daddy’s.  There’s a lot of good players in Asheville and any selection from ‘Kind of Blue’ is always transcendent to see live.

Anyway, today’s song is probably inspired by my hurting body.  I worked a lot faster than usual this week so that I could get home faster and I’m a bit sore for it. That and lack of sleep directly lent to my foul mood the last few days, so today I am trying to work it all out and get back to feeling good.   My wife Adair has a blog based on feeling good every day you should check out if you haven’t.  followthefeeling.wordpress.com/

So basically “A Little Extra Love Today” is that I’m feeling like I’m needing a little extra today as I record guitar parts for another 6 or 8 hours.

Thanks for listening!!

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Jan 31st “Snowy Mix of Memories”

I have made it a month!  31 songs in 31 days.   It’s interesting to see the trends I’ve had.

I wrote songs in 17 different major and minor keys

9 out of 31 of the songs were slow.   In the first few weeks I wrote a bunch of slow songs before getting into dance mode in the late part of the month.

There’s three or four stinkers in there I’ll admit, but I look at each song at least as a learning experience.

There’s actually about 8 or 9 really good ones which is encouraging.  “Snow Day”, “Sunday Afternoon Blues”, “Scratches in the Woodgrain”, “Glass Pack Mufflers & Overhead Cams” (super huge), “Heavy Metal Nice Guy”, “Hot Cold & Out of Control”, “Country Boy Funk in the City” are some of the best.

Although my personal favorite is still “The Sweetest Thing is Everything”.  What can I say, I love those french horns.

“Snowy Mix of Memories” is a reflection on January and trying to make time move a little slower.

Thanks for listening, 11 months to go!!!!

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Jan 30th “Country Boy Funk in the City”

I took it back to that old school slow funk jam on this one.   I am absolutely loving playing drums every day, even though it’s just for five minutes.   My drum parts are finally getting done in one take.  They’re not perfect, but I can’t really be perfect in my recordings for this format;  because I have to squeeze the song in each day on top all of my normal life.

I’m a country boy but I love the big city vibe.  Places like Vegas, or Chicago or New York are great just because there is lots of people and energy.  And house music.  A good beat keeps everybody happy and it’s not used in that way enough.  I guess that’s what “Country Boy Funk in the City” is about.

I’m also kind of giving my own song “Country Funk” a shout out.   If you haven’t heard “Country Funk” (featuring my old friend P-Noid)  Search:  Parakeet Nelson “Risky Biscuits” and give it a spin.  It’s also pretty funky.

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Jan 28 “Lookin’ Fine All the Time”

Just getting yesterday’s song up even though I wrote it today.  The song I wrote yesterday is still in the computer but I haven’t been compelled to listen to it, so it must not be mind blowing.

This one’s a jazzy soul piece about “how I find you look so fine”.   I’m loving my snare drum sound.  Adair had fun lending some synth solos and backing vocals.

I’m still going with my first thought best thought thing, so it’s always interesting to see what the subject leads to when I start writing the song.

Thanks to  Jared Callahan for lending me a great vintage amp for the weekend.

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Jan 13th “Party on a Wednesday Night”

Our first day with a decent temperature in a while was quite a treat.    My college buddy Rob from Chicago just got to town and my other college buddy and Morganton friend Plemplum came to town for the afternoon reunion.   We played an awesome 9 holes at Asheville Municipal Golf Course and then had some sushi with a few more good friends.

Then I retired to the studio around 10pm to write and record this song while my friends walked to Chili’s to watch the end of the Carolina game (debacle).

They got home just in time to add some color to the background of tonight’s song.    They definitely had a great time doing it and it shows.

Thanks for listening!!

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Jan. 7 “Bad Liver Good Liver”

I’m still running behind but I did write this yesterday.  I didn’t get around to recording it until this morning.  It took about an hour to record which  is still a little longer than I would like to take but my drums are getting a lot better already.

I’ve played and recorded drums five times this week which is five times more than I played them all last year.  This blog is definitely going to get my off instruments more tight.

“Good Liver” comes from something I misread on a medical flyer while recycling the other day.  It turned into a funny song with a tragic message about that friend of yours who loves to party.

I finally broke out the distortion pedal on this one.

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