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SONGS I WROTE YEARS AGO
Over 20 years ago I lived and California and had folk rock aspirations. I was lucky and got to record music and travel parts of the world playing my songs. Near the end of my musical journey I started writing weird tunes. And instead of going to a studio to record them, I set up recording equipment in the old house of some musician friends living in Fullerton.
In that house I recorded the songs available below. These songs were recorded in 2006.
As soon as I finished recording these songs, I hated them, hid them away and forgot about them.
I now live in Washington and recently went to my storage unit and stumbled across these songs. It's been long enough that I can look upon them with a small amount of pride. They are simple but if you like them, feel free to download them. Enjoy.
CITY OF GOD
I was really missing winter. California is one long summer.
This song is dedicated to Ronaldo Carrington. A homeless man who lived with my wife and and I for about a 3 weeks in our 1 room apartment. He was the first person I met from Cuba and he was wonderful (and smelly). He wrote much of this song as a poem. I took it, added music, a melody and created the chorus. It's a sweet tune about his dad.
A SONG BEFORE YOU WAKE
Can you hear the helicopter before the song starts? I remember leaving the house door open when recording this song as I wanted it to feel like a warm summer day. Which it was.
THE LIFE WITHIN
Gil Wormac, a friend and the former owner of Plush Cafe in Fullerton gave me his old synth keyboard and drum machine. This is a song that came from his gifts. I love you brother Gil, thanks for giving a kid your cool toys.
MOST MY DRINKS (ARE FREE)
This song explains itself. But at the end of the song you will hear Patrick Reilly laughing in the far back. Good times.
IT DON'T RAIN TOO MUCH
This song was recording during a rare rainstorm in Southern California. I even think a main street in Fullerton (Harbor or Chapman) flooded.
Things haven't changed much since this song was recorded. We are still fearful.
STANDING ON TOP OF THE WORLD
Looking back on this song, I was being way too hard on myself. I now have come to realize it's okay to enjoy your success.
I recorded this song in Patrick Reilly's bedroom. He had come home from work to find me recording at the edge of his bed. The door sound at the top of the song is him coming in the back door. He stood at the bedroom door until the song was done. Once the song is over you can hear his footsteps.
THANKS FOR LISTENING. PLEASE TELL WHAT YOU THINK.
Do these songs hold up? Was I right to not release them? Send me your thoughts below.
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