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For Just One Day

My second daughter, Grace, adds her voice and presence to this song about the tendency to talk more than we listen, especially in these polarized (and polarizing) times.  Prompted by a suggestion from another songwriter to write something relating to…
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What She Said

The second song I wrote for Valentine's Day, this one a bit of relationship advice I picked up about the value of avoiding unnecessary disagreements.

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Why Do We Ask Why?

A romantic song in the classic 1930s-1940s style, written just before Valentine's Day, 2011, and recorded on February 16, 2011.  Featuring my lovely 1964 Gretsch Tennessean electric guitar.

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Snow Angel

My daughter Emma sings "Snow Angel," a song I wrote for her to perform as part of her first set of songs at an open mike on February 7, 2011.  Of all our children, Emma most loves the snow.

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Wouldn't I Have Known

This song was written in the week before Christmas for a Christmas eve church service and recorded right after the service.  Daughters Emma (soloist on the first verse) and Grace join me in the song, which reflects on the difficulty…
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Christmas Magic

This pretty, simple song is a celebration of holiday wonders based on some Christmas traditions of my mother's family.  Written December 17-18 and recorded December 19, 2010.    

 

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Christmas in the Clink (Xtreme Xmas)

The new song series continues with Christmas in the Clink (Xtreme Xmas), a song about taking holiday shopping a little too far.  Daughters Emma and Grace help me out on the track, which was written in the second week of…

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Coming from Everywhere, Home

This week's new song, Coming from Everywhere, Home is a reflection on the sometimes complicated travels homeward many of us make on Thanksgiving.  Written and recorded on November 24, 2010, and featuring my wife, Pam, and daughters, Emma and Grace…

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Love Like a Kite

This week's new song, Love Like a Kite, is a quiet meditation on imperfect love.  Written in mid-October, but it took a while to hit the mellow groove that suits this song.  Finally recorded in our kitchen on November 16…

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The Most Important Thing (In Honor of our Veterans)

"The Most Important Thing (In Honor of our Veterans)" was inspired by several veterans I've met over the past year who are part of the local open mike community.  Written on November 6 and recorded in our living room on…

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Train of Zombies

Just in time for Halloween, Train of Zombies was finished on October 30, 2010 and recorded the same night at our annual party.  Featuring Ken Lafler (lead guitar, harmonies), John MacRae (drums), and Carlos Nolasco (a/k/a the masked man) (acoustic…

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Last Night

In another change of pace, Last Night is a country-ish lament about unreturned love (hey, they can't all be profound odes to life and family).  Like (What's Wrong with a) Surprise, this was recorded in the living room in the…