Boys on the Home Front
2) Boise Idaho
4) Wheels on the Road
5) Boys on the Home Front
6) Feeling Like a Fool
7) Time For You To Go
10) Baldy Mountain
11) I Can't Deny
13) Fiddle Stick
14) We Can Be Friends
On the south lot out in the desert at Micron Technology where Tim and I work, there is a
deteriorating hull of a mid 30's Willy's Truck. Filled with bullet holes, rusted and returning to the earth.
This got me thinking about how our time on earth is limited.
- Boise Idaho
Song about my hometown, The view from Bogus, our Farmers market, Floating the river.
Boise is the best place to live and play.
- Wheels on the Road
On my 50th birthday my wife and friends surprised me with a 10 day trip to the United Kingdom.
We drove to my folks place California where Tim and I played a party then it was on to London, Liverpool and Edinburgh.
It was a trip of a lifetime. The first verse was written in the Nevada desert on the way to Hollywood Beach the rest was
written on the train to Edinburgh.
- Boys on the Home Front
An instrumental (Tone Poem) Was supposed to be a song about men left behind at wartime to take care of business at home.
But we liked it as an instrumental. So we just left it.
- Feeling like a fool
Sometimes it's hard to not screw up.
- Time for you to go
When I was 18 it was made clear that it was time for me to go. If you're ever going to fly you have to first leave the nest.
Sometimes when I sit down to write a song the words just flow. as if it were my job only to write them down
as fast as I could to keep them from slipping away. This was one of those songs. It hit me like a brick wall and
I was 8 years old all over again.
Tim and me get together to jam almost every Tuesday we like to do a little improvisation, throw out a chord progression
and just go off on it. It's hit and miss but always fun. I have a portable recorder that we catch some of these sessions on.
We call these recordings "Seeds". This recording is the actual improvisational original recording.
Sometimes with a little water and sunshine they grow into stories. Sometimes they're just Seeds.
- Baldy Mountain
First I'll tell you I have never been skiing at Sun Valley. Like the Beach boys were never surfers,
it didn't stop them from writing surf songs.
- I Can't Deny
Another Tone Poem, a Seed that grew a small sprout but never really grew up.
Not so much telling a story here more of a passing thought, An idea.
Written by Sharon Faylor a friend of mine. I can't speak to her story here so I'll speak of my connection to this song.
I have always felt a connection to the universe when I am in the wilderness. Spiritual, but not necessarily religious.
For me Mountains is a meditation about finding yourself in nature.
- Fiddle Stick
The Stick Dulcimers I was building just didn't have enough body to their tone. They were thin and not very loud.
Then one Saturday at the Main Street Auction I saw a box with a busted up antique fiddle, parts really.
For $1 I took the box home and the Fiddle-Stick was born. This instrumental was created for the blog post I
made about the build to display it's unique sound.
- We can be friends
Yea, we all know what that means.
Liar started as a lesson on writing metaphor. As a whole though the song did not keep it's purely metaphorical shape.
Still it was an interesting exercise.