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The "Why" and "Disclaimers"

 

The first question that comes to mind is, "Why are you doing these videos?" The answer is simple. I have plenty of time. But, perhaps most importantly, I'm proving to myself that after the left humerus break back on 23 February 2020, I am recovering and getting my skills back. There are still a few twists and turns with the arm that I never realized I was doing making some of those chords; now, I realize there's still work to be done. But, I'm getting better with every week of physical therapy.

So, after over 3 months of physical therapy, it became clear that the left arm wasn't rotating properly under the tendons, shoulder bone, etc. It was apparent from the physical therapists and the orthopedic doctor that the metal plate that had to be placed up high on the humerus to heal, was acutally hitting those other parts trying to rotate. And in the process of working PT but not being able to do this particular move, scar tissue had formed and matted down on the metal plate. Therefore, on 1 September 2020, the doctor when back in and removed the plate and PT has started all over again. But, in just two weeks, the movement is much better. Here's hoping for a full recovery. Meanwhile, I occupy my time multi-tracking songs.

My disclaimer is that I'm only "covering" these songs because they are fun and favorites. I do not own any copyright on these songs. I usually try to perform them as the original artists intended for them to be done. There is no intent to make any money from this page by showing my work.

I hope you enjoy these songs. The text before the songs is what was posted on Facebook when I originally posted them there. The songs are separated by a yellow horizontal rule across the page and they are in order from the latest to the first one posted on 15 April 2020, about a month after the initial surgery.

 


SONG LIST - Click on the link to the song of your choice

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO PLAY THE VIDEO

  1. LEATHER AND LACE
  2. TURN, TURN, TURN
  3. YOU MAY BE RIGHT
  4. CATHY'S CLOWN
  5. I GOT YOU BABE
  6. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN
  7. WICHITA LINEMAN
  8. BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP
  9. HAPPY TOGETHER
  10. GROOVIN'
  11. WHO LOVES YOU
  12. YOUR SONG
  13. AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH
  14. MY GIRL
  15. GIRL WATCHER
  16. SHERRY
  17. JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
  18. SHE BELIEVES IN ME (JERRY ON PIANO)
  19. CUPID
  20. PLAY ME
  21. CRUISIN'
  22. MY EYES ADORED YOU
  23. THE BEST OF MY LOVE
  24. YOU'RE NO GOOD
  25. OH, WHAT A NIGHT (DECEMBER 1963)
  26. SAME OLD LANG SYNE (ALTERNATE VIDEO)
  27. SAME OLD LANG SYNE
  28. LITTLE BABY BORN IN BETHLEHEM
  29. WINTER WONDERLAND
  30. WHITE CHRISTMAS
  31. BLUE CHRISTMAS
  32. YOU SHOULD BE DANCIN'
  33. THE CHRISTMAS SONG
  34. GREASE
  35. LET IT BE ME
  36. CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
  37. AND I LOVE HER
  38. SCOTCH AND SODA
  39. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
  40. A SUMMER SONG
  41. GARDEN PARTY
  42. COME MONDAY
  43. NO ONE TO TALK MY TROUBLES TO
  44. IT'S ALL RIGHT
  45. NEVER MY LOVE
  46. THE MARVELOUS TOY
  47. PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON AND DON'T THINK TWICE
  48. THE GAMBLER
  49. NO FAIR AT ALL
  50. HOMEWARD BOUND
  51. LONGER
  52. CHERISH
  53. MARGARITTAVILLE
  54. LEADER OF THE BAND
  55. WHATSHERNAME
  56. (YOU CAN) CLOSE YOUR EYES
  57. DANNY'S SONG
  58. SUMMER BREEZE
  59. VINCENT
  60. RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA
  61. IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND
  62. MANDY
  63. CATS IN THE CRADLE
  64. LADY
  65. LEAN ON ME
  66. THE GUITAR MAN
  67. DIARY
  68. THE WEDDING SONG/THERE IS LOVE

LEATHER AND LACE

I've been working on two new videos on my desktop computer recently. Dolores and I had an opportunity to travel to Anderson, SC and visit with my good friend Julie Florin and watch her perform in the community theatre version of "Mamma Mia." We had a great visit and enjoyed the play tremendously. So, while we were there, I switched around the order of my videos and pulled this one up first. Julie had suggested that we do the duet version of Stevie Nicks and Don Henley singing "Leather and Lace." This version was released in 1981 from her solo debut album after leaving Fleetwood Mac. It reached #6 for three weeks in January 1982. I had never done the song before, so "why not?" We had a blast putting part of it together during our visit. I had done some of the audio work before we left for the trip. So, here's our version of "Leather and Lace." We hope you enjoy it.

 

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TURN, TURN, TURN

It's new video time and about a month ago, Dolores suggested that I do this song. It was put in my book list and I decided to pull it out now. I've never sung this song in my career, but I've always known it fairly well. It's the title name of the second album by The Byrds and was released in December 1965 when I was a sophomore in college. It had previously been released by Judy Collins as a folk song. The Byrds "electrified" their version in the folk rock genre. The album only made it to #17 on the Billboard Top LPs charts but the single topped the charts in the United States. Of course, The Byrds spawned the famous David Crosby who later helped formed Crosby, Stills, and Nash. So, here's my cover of "Turn, Turn, Turn." I hope you enjoy it ... more later [I have a real treat currently in the hopper!]

 

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YOU MAY BE RIGHT

You may be right and I may be crazy; or I might just be the lunatic you're looking for. Don't try to save me; you may be wrong for all I know, but you may be right. Yep, that's what I said/sang. I was looking for a nice, upbeat song and found You May Be Right by Billy Joel in my list. I have never done the song before now, but it had all the 1950s feel of a song that I could play. It was released 41 years ago on his album Glass Houses. It reached #7 on the US Charts. It was fun putting this together and especially great having my good friend Julie Florin help with the piano part - again (thanks Julie). I hope you pat your foot somewhere in this song and enjoy "You May Be Right."

 

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CATHY'S CLOWN

My good friend Steve Gregg suggested that we do a duet from the Everly Brothers. I agreed and so we pulled up "Cathy's Clown." It's not one that I've ever performed, but I knew the song pretty well. It was recorded in 1960 and it was their first single for Warner Brothers and spent five weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was number one for seven weeks on the UK Singles Chart and was their biggest-selling single. Personally, I would have thought "Wake Up Little Suzie" or "Let It Be Me" was a bigger hit; guess I was wrong. Dolores and I were up in Danbury, Stokes County, this past weekend and we recorded the video on the stage at Priddy's. We hope you enjoy our rendition of "Cathy's Clown."

 

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I GOT YOU BABE

Way back on July 8, 1998, Julie Florin and I sang "I Got You Babe" as part of a talent show at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church that summer. I wore some kind of wooly, prickly vest, but we can't seem to find that picture of me. Later, when the A Cappella group Colossal Nerve was formed, Julie and I also sang a version with our friends. We decided to reprise it as one of my video presentations. I stopped through Anderson, SC on my recent trip to Atlanta and we recorded the video portion as well as Julie playing the piano and a crystal piano sound. So, what started out 23 years ago is now renewed for your listening and viewing pleasure. We hope you enjoy "I Got You Babe." (PS - the outtakes are for sale)

 

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN

I know that I said I was slowing down on my videos; i.e., not one every week. However, this one was already in progress. You see, we were in Cancun, Mexico last week for a deserved vacation and I took my old classical guitar along. Last Thursday night, Dolores and I recorded this video. There are some disclaimers here; it was at night around the Casa Maya resort with people looking on wondering what was I doing (you might notice me looking around occasionally). The video was recorded from my iPhone in rather poorly lit conditions. Also, we didn't have a stand to brace with so the video floats around a little. I worked on that when I got home or you'd really get drunk watching the video. I had to record the lead part on my iPhone. Then, I laid the iPhone down behind me on the wall and played along with it for the other parts while Dolores used her iPhone to video the other two parts. When I returned to Raleigh and did the editing, I added a tambourine and shaker for a little rhythm. The original version by Crosby, Stills, and Nash had no percussion. I also dropped in a bass guitar for some depth. And finally, I used Mr. Midi Man and Mr. Melodyne and added a pedal steel guitar that was part of the original version. It was a fun project even with those obstacles. I hope you enjoy "Teach Your Children".

 

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WICHITA LINEMAN

This song was first recorded by the American country music artist Glen Campbell with backing from members of the Wrecking Crew and was widely covered by other artists. It was released in 1968 and was written by the famous Jimmy Webb who wrote many hits. In addition, the song topped the American country music chart for two weeks and the adult contemporary chart for six weeks. It was certified gold in January 1969. I love Glen Campbell's music and this song, Wichita Lineman, is one of my favorites. I hope you'll enjoy it. I'm releasing it mid-week because I'll be "out of pocket" for a short breather. See ya later.

 

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BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP

I figured if Geico could use an old song from the 60s in their latest commercial, then I could use it for my latest video. In fact, you might recall that Nationwide Insurance's recent commercial used Cruisin' a few months ago and I covered it as well. I've never sung this song with any group before, but it's always been a fun song for me and one that people seem to like to sing along with. The Foundations recorded "Build Me Up Buttercup" in 1968. It hit #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 and #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. I hope you enjoy these buttercups.

 

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HAPPY TOGETHER

There's an old expression that says if you grew up in the 60s and remember it, you weren't really there. Well, I was in high school from 1960-64 and college from 64-68 and I remember it well. Being at Wake Forest University, some of the psychedelic trends of that time were late arriving. It fact, marijuana didn't really hit the campus until the year after I graduated; that might have been a good thing - or not. I guess I missed out on some experiences. But, I did enjoy some of the unusual music of the time, even though I was heavy into the folk genre. So, in honor of all those songs, here's my take on The Turtles song "Happy Together." I sang this in the A Cappella group called Colossal Nerve back from the early 2000 time frame. It was a fun song then and now. I hope you enjoy this crazy video version - I'm not on any drugs; just having fun.

 

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GROOVIN'

Last week when I posted my video, I received a message from a friend of about 30 years Ken Eves who wanted to know if I knew a special song by the Rascals. It just so happens that the song "Groovin'" has been on my list for a while but I just hadn't gotten around to it. So, Ken, this is your week. The album "Groovin'" was released in 1967 (my junior year at Wake Forest University) and rose to #5 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and #7 on the R&B chart. The title track Groovin' reached #1 in the US. So, even if it's not a "Sunday afternoon", kick back and enjoy Groovin' (my Groovin' Vocal Band didn't make the video session but there's plenty to see).

 

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WHO LOVES YOU

This video turned out to be quite complicated. I knew the vocals would be tough, but the instrumentation wasn't a cakewalk either. I've been working on it a couple of weeks along with the last "Your Song" that I posted. I'm not sure what took me to this song by Frankie Valli, but it's one that I've always loved. It was the title song of their 1975 album. My interest might have come from a group called Nightlife that I was in from 1975-82 where we tried to make this song work. But that group really only had 3 singers and it never worked out. The song "Who Loves You" reached # 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1975. So, here's my latest attempt at a fun song. I hope you enjoy "Who Loves You."

 

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YOUR SONG

Over the years, I've never really performed any songs by Elton John, mostly because everything he did was piano based instrumentation. However, it's easy sometimes to do a finger picking pattern similar to a piano run. Still, I felt this song would be nice with the original piano arrangement. So, as usual, I asked my good friend Julie Florin if she would play the piano accompaniment, which she so willingly did. She also played some string parts and I added two different low cello lines. Again, Julie was working from out of state and so it's taken a little while to pull it all together, especially since we just also finished posting another collaboration. Here is our version of "Your Song" by Elton John. It was released in January 1970 as a B-side to another song, but eventually rose to #8 on the Billboard Charts and became his first major hit. "This one's for you!"

 

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AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH

My good friend Julie Florin and I have been making music of various types since 1995. Recently, she has helped me on my videos by playing some piano parts and then emailing me the video along with the clean audio files. This time, having sung in various groups together, I asked her to join me on an old duet that neither one of us have ever done. It's a song by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell called "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." It was a hit single in 1967. Julie played piano and strings and I played guitar, bass, strings, and piccolo; the song is filled with instrumentation. All of this was done long distance using green screen effects on the video. We had a lot of fun putting this together so we hope you enjoy it.

 

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MY GIRL

David Ruffin from the Temptations was the lead vocal on this next song. It was released in January 1965, my freshman year at Wake Forest University. Ruffin didn't stay with the "Temps" long and tried a solo career. Several lead singers with the Temps tried to copy Ruffin, but no one did it like the original. My friend Roger, former co-owner of the beach band The Carolina Breakers, said that if all else fails, play this song and the people will dance. If not, you need to pack up and go home. I've sung this song hundreds of times and still play it almost every night that I do a duet gig with Blair. It's a favorite that I hope you like. You don't need me to tell you the name of it.

 

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GIRL WATCHER

Are you wishing you were at the beach in the warm sunshine (somewhere) and enjoying the sounds of the ocean waves coming in? Well, sit back and enjoy an old beach classic Girl Watcher by the Okaysions and watch this old man wink at the girls that never really came by - except for the laughing lady at the end - I know her well! Thank you Julie Florin for adding some Hammond Organ and youth and smiles to the video.

 

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SHERRY

Francel Goude - this one's for you. As I recall, about a month ago, you asked or "challenged" me to do this song by Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. Just the name of the group itself is enough to scare off most people. But being the young and foolish guy that I am, I decided to give it a try. This song was first released in 1962 on their debut album. Here's an interesting tidbit; it was originally named "Jackie Baby" in honor of the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and was inspired by the song "Hey! Baby". At the studio, it was changed to "Terri Baby" and later to "Sherry." It was their first #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and US Billboard R&B. Of course, Franki Valli still sings it in concert all these years later. Happy listening - I'm still recovering from throat surgery.

 

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JUST THE WAY YOU ARE

Several weeks ago, I started working on the new video by Billy Joel called Just the Way You Are. I invited two special friends to join me. Julie Florin is on piano and Terry Blalock on saxophone. I've known Julie since 1994 and Terry since about 1971 - we're long time good friends. I am especially thankful that they helped me with this song. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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SHE BELIEVES IN ME (JERRY ON PIANO)

I love a good Kenny Rogers song and have posted at least one other. This song "She Believes In Me" was a hit in 1978 and I wanted to do it with the group I was playing with at the time, but we just never did. So, here's my cover of it with me playing the piano on this version. I hope to have a friend do a collaboration on the piano part. If that happens, I'll post it as a separate video.

 

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CUPID

It's Valentine's weekend coming up and as I promised, I have a special video for Valentine's Day. Sam Cooke sang the song Cupid and released it in 1961. It's a perfect song for the holiday. I've never sung a Sam Cooke song anywhere live because his vocals were generally about a step too high for me. I fixed that problem on this video. I hope you enjoy my special video effects in this one.

 

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PLAY ME

I've always been a fan of Neil Diamond and was "shocked" when he had to retire from touring due to Parkinson's Disease. Dolores and I have seen him in concert several times. He put on a great show. He released a single called "Play Me" in 1972 and it reached #11 in the US that year. It's a pop-rock ballad in a waltz 3/4 tempo. People loved this song in concert and always sang along on "you are the sun, I am the moon, you are the words, I am the tune - Play Me." The song is filled with lots of instrumentation so I played around with the final video and faded out the personnel when they weren't playing; that way you remain focused on what is happening. I hope you enjoy "Play Me." Next week is a Valentine's Song - that's the plan.

 

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CRUISIN'

Smokey Robinson - a one of a kind performer from the 60s who's still out there performing. There's no way this caucasian male is gonna sound anything like Smokey. But, I can do my best interpretation. I was watching an Allstate Drivewise TV advertisement recently showing a rover gliding through the air on the moon and the background music was Cruisin' by Smokey Robinson. I thought to myself, "That's a great song I've never done; I should do it." And so it came to pass that 8 working days later, I'm releasing my version. I didn't realize the difficulty of making the song sound "right." But, after lots of manipulating - let's just leave it at that - and some advice from a good friend, I've completed what I consider an acceptable version. I threw in a little smoke background to honor "Smokey". I hope you enjoy "Crusin'".

 

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MY EYES ADORED YOU

Well, here I go again - a Frankie Valli song. I just love the old man still out there singing - well, he was before COVID hit; I hope he comes back even though he's 85 years old. I made a version of this song a couple of years ago and actually sang it at the Raleigh Country Club one night with my duet partner - but just with guitar. I decided it was time to do this one right. And, although there's not a lot of vocals in the song, it took a while to get what I wanted. The background instruments weren't easy either. I did play the string parts but when transcribed, there were 3-4 different lines running in the background; I had to play them one at a time. Then, there was this classical, nylon string guitar part that took a long time to get right. Finally, I was chatting with my friend Julie Florin this past weekend noting that I had to record the piano part. She volunteered to play it even though she's still recovering from emergency appendectomy a few weeks back. And here's the fun part, I sent her an mp3 of my track as it was on Saturday. Now she lives in South Carolina, but she recorded the .mov video file with audio at her grand piano shown in the video. I took the audio file and using my technology skills, I converted it to a stereo sound of an 8 foot grand Steinway piano. I laid that audio sound under her video and "voila", it was beautiful. You can't hear the full stereo effect in the video because of the way the instruments were panned, but it was nice. Thanks again Julie for helping me. I was told to put some proper "adore" pictures in the front portion and a little ending touch. Here's my version of "My Eyes Adored You."

 

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THE BEST OF MY LOVE

I haven't done a song by The Eagles until now. I've been performing this song for years - sometimes singing the lead and sometimes the harmony. I love the stacked harmonies that they sing. This song has a pedal steel guitar in it; I don't have one and I can't play one - well, never tried. But, I know what they are supposed to sound like. So, I edited a MIDI file I borrowed from my friend Roger Taylor and ran it through what was called a Hawaiian Guitar sound - it works for me. Otherwise, I had fun playing the instruments and laying down the vocals. I hope you'll enjoy "The Best of My Love" during this continuing COVID-19 time.

 

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YOU'RE NO GOOD

There's only one Linda Ronstadt and what a voice she had. I've done a few of her songs because the Eagles released them with several of their founding members having been a part of Ronstadt's original traveling band. But, I've never done "You're No Good" until now. I actually worked on a backing track last year, but I've have never performed it in public. I sing it sometimes in the evenings around the house when I'm giving my "private" concert to myself. So, there was quite a lot of parts to work up on this one and I decided to use my electric guitar on the driving lead section. I also went out to film the video at a site I visited 11 years ago with Blair and her Uncle Jeff Weatherspoon who did some great still photos for us. In fact, the porch used in this video became the cover on our duet CD "Laid Back and Easy." Well, lay back and enjoy You're No Good - it's not a "happy/smiling" song; what would you expect after being dumped by your girlfriend?

 

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OH, WHAT A NIGHT (DECEMBER 1963)

Late December back in '63, I was a senior in high school. I was pretty much into Peter, Paul, and Mary and the folk era and stayed there quite a while. In 1975, I guess in reflection, Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons released a song called December 1963 (Oh, What A Night). I thought I'd start off the year with a vocal challenge. So, here's my cover version of "Oh, What A Night!" I'm wearing my Wake Forest University coat that I wore/bought 1964-68 - still fits.

 

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SAME OLD LANG SYNE

Well, I promised a final video for the 2020 year and here it is. I've loved "Same Old Lang Syne" for years and sometimes sat down at the piano and played it. It's a very appropriate song for New Year's Eve and so I had a tight timeline to get it ready. It turned out to be much more difficult than I thought. There's 2 bass parts, 2 piano parts, 3 string lines, a saxophone, an oboe, acoustic guitar, and then vocals stacked like pancakes. I ran out of room showing myself playing all the parts (except drums). MIDI files are very helpful creating a conductor score to print out the parts if you don't have time to actually arrange them. I did arrange in Sibelius software the parts for this selection. If you have an "old lover" from years ago, then this song is for you; if not, it's still a great song. I wonder what 2021 will bring to the video files? I hope you enjoy my version of "Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg, a favorite artist of mine gone way too young.

 

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LITTLE BABY BORN IN BETHLEHEM

I mentioned that I was going to try to post one more video before Christmas and here it is. John Phillips had formed the folk group The Journeymen in the early 60s. Later, of course, he was the founding member of the Mamas and the Papas. Our folk group at Wake Forest did this song by The Journeymen during all our concerts. The song is called "Little Baby Born in Bethlehem" and I think John Phillips wrote or re-arranged an old version of it. It's very difficult to find an original audio file on the Internet. Of course, Christmas is the celebration of Christ's birth. There's not a lot in the New Testament about his early years after his birth except the "preaching in the temple" noted in this song. We pick up on his life at about age 30 and we know how that ended. This song actually takes Christ from his birth to his crucifixion; so, it could also be an Easter song. But, I decided I wanted to post it now even if the ending is perhaps "down." The red scarf represents the joy of Christmas and the black outfit I wore represents the crucifixion. But, we know there's a happy ending to the story so maybe you'll see this "resurrected" again at Easter. The band at Restoration Church did this song for Easter in 2014. I have a guest drummer on this song; otherwise, it's all me for better or worse. I hope you enjoy my last "Christmas" video. I may have a New Year's Eve song - depends on my time.

 

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WINTER WONDERLAND

This is my 4th Christmas Offering. I still have one more that I hope to finish before Christmas. I've sung a lot of versions of Winter Wonderland, especially with The Caroling Party. But, I grew up on Elvis' version in the late 50s and 60s. And so I've recreated his version playing bass, bells, piano, acoustic lead, and some tambourine splats. I brought back the Jerryaires for the background vocals, but only two showed up for the video taping. I hope you enjoy my version of Winter Wonderland.

 

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WHITE CHRISTMAS

Here's another Christmas standard as done by Elvis Presley. It's White Christmas; I loved the way he sang it. I did some new tricks with video and putting the Jerryaires up "behind" the trees (that was an interesting fix). Also, there's a "third hand" on the piano at the end. That's just me overdubbing the bottom piano note. I don't think anyone can really play what they wrote - well, maybe Julie Florin can. It's all me except the drums. I need to learn to play drums in 2021 - ha!

 

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BLUE CHRISTMAS

It's back to the Christmas music. What year would be normal if you didn't hear Elvis' version of Blue Christmas. Wow, I've been singing this song since the 1960s. The last member of the Jordanaires died in 2013, so they obviously weren't available for the backup harmonies. I brought in the Jerryaires to do the job nicely. Of course, this song can't be done without that high iconic soprano from the original version that helped define the song; Millie Kirkham died in 2014 so I had to improvise.

Notice the "blue snowflakes" that I found a way to create as well. It was a simple song with bass, drums, guitar, piano and vocals. I kept it that way. I hope you enjoy Blue Christmas. Next up is White Christmas.

 

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YOU SHOULD BE DANCIN'

I was planning to do Christmas videos during December. However, over the Thanksgiving holiday, my son David McDowell challenged me to do a song by the BeeGees - "You Should Be Dancin'." Well, there's only 4 people that can sing like the BGs - Andy, Maurice, Robin, and Barry Gibb and the first three are deceased. So, I did my best on the vocals and added in some lower harmony as well.

This song was a bear. I have 25 tracks of audio that I mixed down. I played and sang everything but the drums - as usual. There was bass, wah bass, synthe swirls, strings, piano, brass, rhythm electric guitar, lead guitar, and plenty of vocals to go around (over a dozen tracks). Musicians loved to dump as many synthesizer sounds in those 1970s-80s songs - so much so that the background sometimes just gets "lost." I tried to keep this one as clean as possible.

Oh yeah - back in 1977, the year Elvis died, I was teaching at Enloe High School and the choral director asked me to do an Elvis tribute. So, I pulled out our Singer sewing machine and made a polyester jump suit. When thinking about what to wear for this video, that came to mind - it was the closest thing to that era that I have and so I've reprised that outfit - still able to get into it (with some help).

If "enjoy" is the word, then enjoy this video please; don't be too harsh on me. I love a good challenge. Now, back to Christmas.

 

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THE CHRISTMAS SONG

It's time for my first Christmas video. For years, I sang with The Caroling Party here in Raleigh and "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...) was our favorite to sing and the guests loved it as well. But, this is a slightly different version that I put together that has a Jamaican rhythm to it. Don't let the Santa Clause hat scare the kids. Enjoy some Christmas music.

 

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GREASE

Greetings everyone. That last video "Let It Be Me" by the Everly Brothers was so "easy" in comparison that I decided to challenge myself. After looking around, I decided to try this song by Frankie Valli. Most of you know the song "Grease" from the same movie name. It has lots of syncopation and "stuff" going on. There's bass guitar, drums, strings, brass, 3 vocal backgrounds, the lead vocal, and two acoustic guitars in place of two electric guitar tracks. I created MIDI tracks for the drums and bass and decided NOT to play the bass part this time (it was really tricky), but I made my MIDI file work. There's even a sprinkle of piano; you can really hear these parts best if you listen in headphones. Most mobile devices just don't play the tracks with all the full spectrum of sound. This offering took about 10 days total working off and on but I had a blast doing something "out of my wheelhouse" so to speak. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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LET IT BE ME

My good music friend Roger Taylor suggested that I do this old song from The Everly Brothers. This goes back to my junior high school days. If you're old enough, you'll remember it; maybe you'll remember it because it has been "covered" so many times. The original was done as a duet, but I can't help but hear a nice three part harmony. In addition, my good friend Julie Florin was in Raleigh this past weekend and stayed with Dolores and me. I convinced her to add a little piano and an additional vocal on the last chorus. I think it sounds great. I hope you enjoy "Let It Be Me."

 

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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'

Last weekend, I was riding on the greenway trail and noting how orange, yellow, and brown the colors were. Most of the leaves had turned brown. And I thought of the words "all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray" and they were brown and the sky was a dreary gray. The song California Dreamin' came to mind and I decided I'd make my video version of it. The Mamas and the Papas had a great hit in 1965. I've never really performed this hit in any of my groups over the years except with Blair a few times in the past 3-4 years. So why not? Here's my video version of the original hit. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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AND I LOVE HER

I have several friends who've asked me to do a song by the Beatles. I've sung lots of their songs over the years and in college, I worked on this song for a special project my roommate was doing. So, here's my version of "And I Love Her." I hope you enjoy it.

 

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SCOTCH AND SODA

Back in 1967, our folk singing group The Foresters sang for the servicemen in Germany for 8 weeks. Before we left, we each decided upon a solo number that we would perform. I chose a song made popular by Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio called Scotch and Soda. I didn't particularly like the "strumming" version that he did, so I changed it to more of a bluesy chord finger picking version. I still play it today like I did back then. So, I decided since it's my "signature" solo song, that I would do a quick version for my video series. Here's my version of Scotch and Soda. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

Back in 1962, Neil Sedaka recorded Breaking Up Is Hard to Do as an upbeat pop song and it was considered to be his signature song. It hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later in 1975, he released a totally different, slow version of the song. It was #1 on the Easy Listening Charts. I decided to take a crack at both versions, so this video starts with the slow version and finishes with a bunch of me doing all the "down dooby do down down...", etc. for the fast version. This was a challenge since Neil Sedaka was a pianist and I'm not; but for sake of the video, I played the piano parts until I got them right (eat your heart out Julie Florin). I won't publish how long that took. I didn't play the drums nor some nice little electric guitar fills on the slow version, but the rest is me having fun. Also, just FYI, the camera view on the left of me at the piano came from my iPad and you can see one of two black mics I had over the piano to get me a stereo mix of just the piano. The piano was recorded into an old stereo DAT Recorder that I still have. The camera view on the right came from my iPhone and the middle camera view came from my Sony HD camera. I had an interesting time finding the "best" version of the vocal and piano on each song and then had to sync it all up in my Adobe Premiere Pro software; that was interesting. My recording vocal mic had an extension cable on it and it ran up to the second floor to my studio and into my ProTools software. It ran the the entire time picking up all the conversation I was having with myself. Needless to say, when a "take" went back, I had a few choice words about my lack of skills at playing piano, but none of that verbiage made the final cut - thankfully!

 

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A SUMMER SONG

I ran into a couple old geezers practicing a run through of a song that they sang years ago. Actually, the "Foresters" at Wake Forest University sang this song at a concert at Mitchell College in Statesville in 1967 and during the summer in Germany. It's a Chad and Jeremy favorite mixed with the version made popular by The Lettermen. There's nothing real spectacular in this video, just a nice version of an old song. Enjoy Summer Song - our love now gone for this year.

 

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GARDEN PARTY

When I was a young teenager, I'd watch "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" on TV every week. Of course, they made their son Ricky Nelson a teen idol by showcasing him every week in the later years at the end of the show. Years later on October 15, 1971, Ricky went to Madison Square Garden along with a bunch of folks to do a concert. After playing the old songs, he started on some of his newer work and was booed. It wasn't well received as these people came to hear his old hits. He sang one more song and closed his set and walked off the stage and out of the building. He learned that you can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself. He wrote this song after it was over. It was one of his few "hits" in his later years since he really did do lots of concerts in the 1970s singing his old songs. So, I hope you'll enjoy Garden Party.

 

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COME MONDAY

Well, I said my previous song was the last for a while; partially trying to figure out what new guidelines were being enforced on Facebook and partly because I'm going to take a short vacation - well deserved. But, I recently purchased a Webcam. I note that a lot of people are using built in cameras on Macs or purchasing Webcams for their Windows PC to be able to do various things such as a recording. I've said some of this in the video, but I'm using different inputs than the stereo camera on my Logitech Pro C920 so I can control my sound better and perhaps do a little editing - which I did on this song. I hope you enjoy the old song "Come Monday."

 

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NO ONE TO TALK MY TROUBLES TO

This may be the last video posted on Facebook. If you've kept up, they are supposedly changing their guidelines tomorrow and not allowing streaming of musical offerings like this. We'll see how that goes. Meanwhile, back in the 1964 timeframe, our high school folk group The Crestwoods did a song that was recorded by The Journeymen when John Phillips ran the group before he formed the Mamas and the Papas. We loved this song and always performed it when we sang in public. I've never really done it as a solo song over the years. I pulled it back out for this presentation. It's probably not a song you know. There's nothing really fancy about this video other than "stitching" together 3 videos that Dolores McDowell helped me record this morning. It's called "No One To Talk My Troubles To."

 

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IT'S ALL RIGHT

22 September 2020 - Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions did this song back in the early 60s. Huey Lewis and the News redid it the 1980s. I sang it with an A Cappella group named Colossal Nerve in the 1998-2006 timeframe. So, while my arm is still recovering from surgery and it's still a little difficult to play some guitar chords, I thought I'd perform an A Cappella version of It's All Right. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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NEVER MY LOVE

31 August 2020 - Back on April 4, 2020, I posted a video of Never My Love and I was singing along with a track I had and my arm was in a sling. I decided to redo the video with my own track and vocals and so this is it. I love The Association's harmonies and this is the last in my list of their favorite songs. This will be my last video for a while as I will be laid up after having the metal plate surgically removed from my arm tomorrow morning. As soon as the healing is far enough along, I'll probably start working on some more. Meanwhile, enjoy Never My Love. 

 

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THE MARVELOUS TOY

20 August 2020 - Occasionally, Bill Gaither used to ask Mark Lowry, "Mark, how stupid can you get?" And Mark would reply, "You ain't seen nothing yet!" Well, that's somewhat how I felt when recording this video. You see, this is a children's song called "The Marvelous Toy" and you can't sing a children's song without acting like a child. And so, this crazy man put on his best children's smiles and created this video. I hope you enjoy my crazy antics.

 

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PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON AND DON'T THINK TWICE

9 August 2020 - My last post was "The Gambler." My good friend Curtis J Collins commented on the song by requesting that I consider an old song by Peter, Paul, and Mary called "Puff, the Magic Dragon." I guess he thought I couldn't still do it. Well, challenge accepted and here it is with an extra song from our high school days during the 1960-64 years. Our folk singing group in high school sang both of these songs. It only took three days to pull this one together because there isn't anything really fancy here and I knew the song and all three parts. I don't have a double bass, so I played and recorded the bass part on my son's electric bass, converted it into a MIDI file, and then played the MIDI file back out with a double bass sound. I decided NOT to show myself playing the bass; someone recently "criticized" how many copies of me were in the last video ... as if I really care. 🙂 But, here are the three singers pulling it all together. I hope you enjoy these two throw back songs to the folk singing era - my early finger picking roots.

 

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THE GAMBLER

3 August 2020 - It's time for my next COVID-19 video selection. I've sung "The Gambler" for a number of years - mostly on my own. I just felt like it was time to give this one a try. As usual, I do NOT play drums so I got some "help" on the drum track. However, everything else is mine. I even recorded my grand piano for a fuller sound on that. And as usual, I brought out the whole gang to give me some help with the song. And Dolores McDowell helped me with the video. We went riding around last Friday evening late getting video for outside the train window. In addition, I had to learn some new video techniques. The trick on this one was to record myself at the table twice, interacting to some degree with each other. That was a stretch, but I think I made it work. If you notice anything "unusual", just let me know. I hope you know when to fold 'em - please enjoy this offering.

 

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NO FAIR AT ALL

26 July 2020 - After The Association had a huge hit with Cherish, they needed to come out with a song with similar harmonies. Hence, this song called "No Fair At All" was released. It made it to #51 on the charts and then their studios released another song they had recorded and it caught the ears of the general public and knocked this one off the charts. It didn't do that well in general and it wasn't until their next big hit "Never My Love" that they really charted again. So, many of you may not even remember this song. In the early 1969-70 timeframe, I owned, and still have, a Sony TC-255 sound-on-sound stereo tape recorder. I had a 6-inch metal tambourine and my electric guitar and multi-tracked a version of this song. I still have that old version digitized and saved. I decided to update it and do a clean version for my newest video. I started with nothing; that is, I didn't even have, nor can you find, a lead sheet. So, I used my Sibelius software and created a leadsheet with all the harmony parts written out. I transcribed the electric bass and flute parts from the original mp3. Then, I created a MIDI drum track that I recorded but didn't play. I did play the bass, flute (on a keyboard), three guitar parts, and sang all the vocals. At one time, I had 9 vocal lines in my ProTools project trying to save all the parts so that they made sense to me. The Association really loved tight vocals and often used an unusual bass vocal harmony. The electric bass part on this song was especially interesting as well. And so I offer "No Fair At All" as my newest video. Looks like COVID-19 is going to be around for a while, so I'll keep learning new things to do with video and have fun creating videos of my favorite songs. I hope you enjoy this song about a lost love. Have you ever said something like, "Man, that just isn't fair at all?" Sometimes you don't know what you have until you've lost it.

 

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HOMEWARD BOUND

19 July 2020 - I've been playing Homeward Bound since my college days back in the 60s. And since then, I've played it more times than I can count, especially in my duet adventures with Blair Dougher Holland. So, I decided this was a good song to work through. I brought the "whole gang" in for this one. I've been working on it for a couple of weeks getting the instruments the way I wanted them. I found out after listening to the original, that there were several nice guitar licks I have never played as a solo guitar; so, I added them in as well. Then, I tossed around a number of ideas for the background and finally settled on a "train adventure." That took longer than expected. I finally got to where I am and said, "That's enough!" Here is Homeward Bound. I hope you enjoy the trip.

 

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LONGER

2 July 2020 - It's been over two weeks since I posted my last video - Cherish. It's hard to believe that that was #28 that I've done over the past several months bottled up here at home. So, I got started on Longer by Dan Fogleberg. I love his stuff, but this one almost whooped me. I had a version that I had worked on for about a week and every time I tried to "fix" something, it just didn't work. So, I did the smart thing; I trashed it and started over from a different perspective. I am playing all the instruments on this one. I had to play the flute part on a keyboard, but it worked. I added in some nice classical guitar licks as well. There's also a "duet" string part, but I only showed me playing the top part. It's sometimes hard to get strings to sound good through synthesizers if not played just perfectly and I couldn't play both parts at the same time anyway. Somewhere in recording that first version, I realized that I was playing some of the guitar licks wrong; so, I found an on-line note-for-note tutorial on how to play the song. After a few minutes, everything fell in place much better. Dolores helped me with the video in the woods near the Neuse Greenway Trails. Of course, we went out at 2:30 in the afternoon heat and I was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans - dumb! But, we got it done. My friend Roger who lives in Whiteville, NC gave me some feedback along the way as well. So, here's #29. I will definitely do a "30" but not sure what it will be. I'm going nuts just sitting around taking PT and watching Hallmark. Y'all have a great day.

 

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CHERISH

11 June 2020 - Right after Cherish by the Association first came out, our folk singing group at Wake Forest University was moving to a folk rock sound and we picked up the song. We sang it in Germany for the servicemen during the summer of 1967 and kept it in our repertoire until our final concert on 18 May 1968. It's not an easy song to perform because it has so many vocals. The Association was usually a six-man group and everyone sang; they may have even doubled some vocals on this song. Now, I'm not a drummer, so I used a drum track from my backing tracks and I also used the bass guitar track from that as well. However, all the vocals, guitars, tinkle bells, tubular bells and piano are my tracks. This one has taken a long time, but I was having fun. I even included a hound dog helping me out on the high notes - look for it. I hope you enjoy my version of Cherish.

 

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MARGARITTAVILE

30 May 2020 - I've been watching all these programs on TV with the "multiple box" effects. I figured if they can do that with Zoom and whatever else is out there, then I could do it with my video software. So, here's a fun song I like to perform by Jimmy Buffett called Margarittaville using the "black boxed" effect. Who knows what's next. Since I play other instruments, I decided to really overdo this one. I hope you enjoy this. My background pictures are actually from Cancun over the past several years. I miss that place - ready to go back for a week - hey Steve Gregg - are you ready yet?

 

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LEADER OF THE BAND

27 May 2020 - I've always liked Dan Fogleberg and over the years I did a couple of his songs. This is a favorite of mine that he wrote in honor of his father who was a band leader. The video background was taken on 18 July 2013 when my son David McDowell and I were hiking and summitted Mount Bierstadt in Colorado. It has a height of 14,065 feet. It was a fun hike and one of four that week in July.

 

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WHATSHERNAME

22 May 2020 - Here's the next song in my "green screen" series. Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded a song called "Whatshername" on their album called "Album 1700" in 1967. They were starting to change their style a little by this date, but this was a solo song. Unless you've studied their history, you might not know that Paul was a jazz and rock artist when he first met up with Peter and Mary. He didn't know folk music; their first song together "practicing" was "Mary Had a Little Lamb" just to see if they would click vocally. So, this song is a return to more of his jazz roots. I always wanted to sing it but never could. There's no sheet music available (though I created a lead sheet with chords) and so learning it was extremely difficult. Back in February of this year, I had decided that I was going to learn this song from beginning to end. I had finished most of the learning cycle and then crashed the bike. This past week, I decided it was time to get back to it. Most of us have had an encounter with a friend from our past that we haven't seen in years. And, we always ask how they are, what they've been doing, and remembering some friend - what was their name? Hence, that's how Paul wrote this song trying to remember the name of a girl he used to date before he got married. I've enjoyed putting this together. I had to learn how to place a feathered/fading matte around part of a video and overlay it over a background. I hope you enjoy it; it's way out of my usual wheelhouse.

 

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(YOU CAN) CLOSE YOUR EYES

16 May 2020 - This is a classic James Taylor song that I've never sung before. I saw James, his wife, and son do this song on Jimmy Fallon about a week ago and thought this would be a nice, new song to learn. So, I've spent the week working on some rather interesting James Taylor guitar licks that I don't recall on his other songs. It was on the flip sing of his #1 single You've Got A Friend. It was written to his one-time girlfriend Joni Mitchell. He's performed it with Joni and with Carole King as well as just solo performances. Here's my take on it using some "green screen" techniques. I've got much more to learn in that regard.

 

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DANNY'S SONG

9 May 2020 - Well, most everybody's got too much time on their hands; I know I do. So, I decided to do a video using the "green screen" effect. Now, I've never done this before, so I had to read up on the technique. It's really simple and my software works just fine. However, when you're singing and being the producer, you sometimes miss a few things. There are a couple of glitches in this video, but I decided for a "first take" at it, I'd let it go. So, I packed up my equipment and went over to Falls Dam and took my backup singers and acoustic guitar players along with me. Here's my three guitar version of "Danny's Song." I had fun.

 

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SUMMER BREEZE

4 May 2020 - SUNDAY PORCH SERIES - Finally, this is the last/10th song in the porch series from Sunday, April 26th. I used to play this song with our group Winterwood back in 1973-1975 here in Raleigh, but I didn't sing the lead. After we broke up, I never performed it again until about a year ago. Seals and Crofts made it popular in 1972 and was a number 1 hit. Here's "Summer Breeze."

 

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VINCENT

3 May 2020 - SUNDAY PORCH VIDEOS - This is number 9 in the series of 10 videos I recorded last Sunday with one left to "clean up." Don McLean is famous for American Pie and several other songs from the 1970s. In fact, I was in a folk rock group called "Winterwood" that was named after one of his other songs. I also sang "Vincent" as a solo number. The first time I sang it was at "The Frog and Nightgown" over in the subway at Cameron Village around 1974. There are lots of words to the song and the verses can easily get tangled up and intermixed with each other. So, I started off singing "Starry, starry night..." and my brain went blank. I had no clue what the next line was. So, I stopped and placed my word cheat sheet on a small clip on the mic stand and started again and finished the song. I looked up at the manager/owner Peter Ingram in the back of the room and I thought he was going to die because I had started over. Oh well, we were invited back numerous other times because we always did a great job and brought in lots of people. But, I'll never forget that empty feeling not knowing the next line. Here's my version of "Vincent." Eat your heart out Don McLean.

 

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RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA

2 May 2020 - SUNDAY PORCH SERIES - This is number 8 in my postings from last Sunday's recordings. Brook Benton recorded this song in 1970. I never sang it with any of my groups over the years - mainly because the range made it difficult to hit the top notes AND the bottom low notes. But as my voice aged, the range changed. I decided last year that it was time to include this song in my solo selections. "Rainy Night In Georgia" was written by Tony Joe White who had several hits on his own. This was just one hit by Brook Benton as he had several other popular songs such as "It's Just a Matter of Time." I hope you'll enjoy my acoustic version of this song. I have two more left from last week's Sunday series that I'll try to get out today - things are so busy you know! But I do have to go walk on the greenway trail shortly and then come back to the last two. Since, I'm "recording" my improvements over the weeks from my broken arm from way back on 23 February, I'll have to come up with another set for my next selections and maybe a different way to present them. Stay tuned - have fun, stay home and be safe.

 

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IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND

1 May 2020 - SUNDAY PORCH SERIES - I've had the next song ready for several days now and just got side-tracked working on the others. Gordon Lightfoot had several really great hits that I sing including "Early Morning Rain", "Sundown", and "If You Could Read My Mind." For some reason, around 1970, I played for a program involving Meredith College and I remember singing "If You Could Read My Mind." I've always enjoyed the song but never sang it with a group. But, I've always kept it in my repertoire. Supposedly, the song was written as a result of an early divorce in his career. Here's my version - enjoy.

 

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MANDY

1 May 2020 - SUNDAY PORCH SERIES - Barry Manilow, a huge artist in the 1970s, is only 76 years old and continues to tour and show up on TV programs singing his greatest hits. I was in a 5-piece band from 1975-1982 and I sang "I Write the Songs"; but I never sang "Mandy", his first hit in 1974. Around 1970, he came through Raleigh as the pianist for Bette Midler when she performed at a place called "The Frog and Nightgown" over in the subway at Cameron Village; I missed that show. Of course he's known as a pianist and so in the past, I chose not to perform his songs solo. But, I realized that a guitar can give the same "piano effect" if fingerpicked appropriately. So, here's song number 6 from last Sunday's selections - Mandy, by Barry Manilow.

 

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CATS IN THE CRADLE

1 May 2020 - SUNDAY PORCH SERIES - Here's my 5th post in the series though out of order of how I recorded them. I actually have 6 of the 10 done and may post another later today. This song is called "Cats In the Cradle" by Harry Chapin. I tried it a couple of weeks ago but wasn't quite able to do it justice. There are several interpretations of the song; I like the following one. Supposedly, the "son" in the song doesn't only represent the child. He also represents the family as a whole. The father is too busy with work and doesn't have the time to spend with his family. As the lyrics say "the cats in the cradle" - the family is at home - "and the silver spoon" which is a symbol of wealth the father has to earn. The "little boy blue" is the child that is sad because his father is away, while the father is represented by "the man on the moon" - the one far away who is unreachable, idealized by the child who sees the father as his male role model. So this is the way of describing the family which is in contrast to work and the sad and left-alone boy in contrast to his never-having-time-for-him father and role model. The song's intention is to make the listener think about the balance of time spent with the family/children and the time spent with earning the money and gaining wealth. At the end of the song the father realizes that the way he lived was unbalanced and that he wasn't a good role model for his son and this is the reason why the now grown up boy became like his father once was, with little time for his family. Perhaps this coronavirus pandemic has given more time for fathers and mothers to be home with the children and serves to undo this bad example of role modeling. I think parents wish to spend more time with their children and just can't find or make time for it to happen. It's a criticism to society in general.

 

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LADY

1 May 2020 - SUNDAY PORCH SERIES - Here's my 4th posting in the series. If you've followed some of my other videos, you know that I like the songs of Kenny Rogers. I tried this one earlier, but I couldn't make my left arm do the chords right. Now, it's finally working better so I gave it another shot. It was a strange Sunday afternoon and if you'll watch carefully at about 2:14 into the song, I'm swatting at a carpenter bee that was driving me crazy (having already chewed into my front shutters). Such is part of recording outdoors - but I kept playing. Here's a song written by Lionel Richie for Kenny Rogers and it started quite a long term relationship between them. If you'll do a Google search on this, you'll find a great story about how the song was chosen and written. It's called simply "Lady."

 

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LEAN ON ME

30 April 2020 - SUNDAY PORCH SERIES - This song is not in the order of my recordings last Sunday, but for several reasons, I decided to launch it next. We've seen various versions of "Lean On Me" on TV ads related to the Coronavirus issues; and, then in the middle of all of this, the writer Bill Withers passed away. So, here's my version in memory of Bill Withers and hopes for an end to COVID-19 soon and a return to a new, safe normal.

 

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THE GUITAR MAN

29 April 2020 - SUNDAY PORCH SERIES - The first song I posted was Diary by David Gates and Bread. Here's another one of their popular songs called "The Guitar Man." Enjoy!

 

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DIARY

29 April 2020 - SUNDAY PORCH SERIES - That's what I'm going to call this video series. Last Sunday, April 26, 2020, I did some additional videos out on the front porch. I especially like the stone background and that's why I used the porch. The last time I tried the outside just with the iPhone, I didn't like the sound very much. So, this time, I took part of my studio equipment with me. The guitar is actually connected to my small mixer with two cables that give it a stereo sound. The vocal went through my mixer into a separate channel as well. Those three channels were exported to a small multi-track recorder and recorded separately. Then, the tracks were imported into my ProTools software where I could balance out parts, add a little reverb, and basically make a better final mix. So, it may not sound just like an acoustic with voice standing on my porch because I intentionally cleaned it up. Oh, and I used my Sony HD Handycam that I've had for a number of years to get a "better than iPhone" quality picture. It took some creativity to get all this video and audio synced up after the fact. I recorded 10 songs so I don't know how many I'll actually post. Three are "mixed" so here's the first cover from David Gates and Bread back in 1972. It's a nice song called "Diary." I hope you'll enjoy some of my new selections. And then the question is, "Why are you doing these?" The answer is simple. I have plenty of time. But, perhaps most importantly, I'm proving to myself that after the humerus break back in February, I am recovering and getting my skills back. There are still a few twists and turns with the arm that I never realized I was doing making some of those chords; now, I realize there's still work to be done. But, I'm getting better with every week of physical therapy.

 

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THE WEDDING SONG/THERE IS LOVE

15 April 2020 - Last Sunday afternoon, I decided to test my skills totally by myself - just raw guitar and voice, no backing tracks. I only had a few birds singing along with me. So, I recorded 9 songs that were somewhere on the neck of the guitar that I could reach. My right hand is picking just fine but the left hand, fingertips to be more correct, feels like needles trying to press down on the strings. I'm trying to build them back up but it's taking a while to get those callouses back. I've done this song perhaps a dozen times over the years for various weddings. It's not one that I perform when I'm out on a "gig" for the most part. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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