The original title of this recording
was 'Sage Ramblings… and a
Graham Cracker Crust'. I finally decided it was too long for the
label but I think it's a bit more representative of the material.
It was certainly a new beginning for
me when the first CD was completed. I truly wanted to continue my
recording career. It certainly didn't take long to compile another batch
of terrific material from my act. And this time I put in a couple of
original tunes as well. However, it did take five weeks longer to record
this album over the previous CD 'Sandy Clams'. I reckon that works out
to be a little over ten cases of beer!
A brief relationship with an exotic
woman was a real eye opener for me. One of her favorite songs was ‘Beyond
the Sea’. I was in a bar in Ft Lauderdale at
when this song started on the jukebox.
I'd never been exposed to Bobby Darin before. All the babes knew all
the words even though the song was around 40 years old. This particular
arrangement was inspired by a version I heard from George Benson.
Someone dances every time I play it.
‘Best of Me’
is a song added to my
presentation just after finishing a stint on
In 1965 we could all sit by the AM
radio and listen to the Young Rascals recording of ‘Groovin'. The song has come to conjure up visions of whimsical days in
paradise, shunning worldly demands and embracing life as well as your
family. Steeling off on a weekend getaway; loving people living life
hand in hand. Now we have cell phones.
Living on a lake in
For some reason I love to collect
humorous songs. They're a bit predictable since the pay off is always at
the last verse. Never the less, ‘You Can't Get’ is worth the wait. It relates the simple
odyssey of a chance encounter between possible lovers and the attitudes
that unfold. It has a snappy
I guess this might have been the
'title song' from the CD. It certainly blends well with this great cover
photo. Certainly when Jimmy Buffett wrote ‘Lone
Palm’ he was thinking of this view. The song itself is a
bit reflective. As an album title, it even alludes to the other songs as
sentiments you might experience while seated there. It speaks volumes
about past relationships. The only thing missing is a beer cooler and a
The harmonica is an old fashioned
instrument. It's truly portable and so easy to rehearse being always
with you. This is a great addition for a saloon singer since nearly
everyone has given it a try. ‘Shanty’ came along in the early seventies. I was playing a
lot of corner pubs in those days. I always get wondering stares from the
crowd when it's performed. The song deals with a relaxation technique
that has fallen into socially unacceptable behavior! Still, it has a
nice blues shuffle. Besides, my brother Dave is a big harmonica fan!
I couldn't resist recording at least
one song with only the acoustic guitar.
‘Blackbird’ has been a personal favorite ever since
Lennon and McCartney wrote it for the White Album in 1970. Every guitar
player has his or her own way of playing it. At the time there were few
acoustic tunes written so eloquently. This is the style of music I most
I lived in
This is an instrumental from me. I
was hoping to voice the experience of exploring an ocean beach cove.
Sometimes the water is in and sometimes no. Sometimes there is sandy
flats and other times a rocky outcrop to scramble around. So when you
listen to ‘Tidal Cove’
try to imagine the sounds and discoveries. A voice calls to you
and you answer. A bell sounds when you stumble upon something of value.
Sometimes you may share a find; still other times you might keep an
encounter to yourself. It's the experience that enthralls.
Well, there you have it. The cover
photo is courtesy of NOAA. It's actually a very large and lovely photo
of Vega Baja, one of the many stunning beaches along the coast of
I want to thank the good people at
Other World Studios in
I hope to begin work shortly on a
collection of performances singing along only with the acoustic guitar.
Such a sound was common place a while back and now is seldom heard. It
is also the reason I became an entertainer in the first place…to sing
these songs for you!
All the best,
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