Sam Small - Singer/Songwriter in Austin, Texas
Down by the Embankment of the River Thames in London (sort of). A song of love won and lost. Mary of the Lamplight - words and music by Sam Small.
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Sam Small - Mary of the lamplight
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Austin, Texas
Whistle Across the World One of the reasons I like London is the ethnic diversity. I've met everyone from everywhere here. Malik popped round the other night. He picked up my old recorder, I snatched my ukulele and Heather snapped this video of a minute of fun. No great musical achievement but when a Muslim and a Christian can play silly tunes and laugh about it, it must prove that music can save the world. Peace brothers and sisters. Play on!
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Sam Small - Me and malik
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Austin, Texas
I met her in a cafe a little after ten. She came along beside me. You'll never guess what happened then.
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Sam Small - Pink pyjama
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Austin, Texas
Ok, OK, so it's not music. But it IS words. And that's half a song. It's a bit of festive merriment about the Christmas story. I like to think that Christians have a sense of humour. I offer it as some relief from the political and spiritual posturing going on in the world at the present time. Pass it around if you think it's worthy. Have a giggle on me. I hope. Merry Christmas to all my dear Fando Friends. I owe you a lot.
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Sam Small - Joe and mary
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Austin, Texas
The city streets are windy. The city streets are long. And time is in my hand for you and me. Anthea Pascaris on chorus harmonies.
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Sam Small - Nothing left to lose
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Austin, Texas
Look across the street. It's a woman and a stranger. How will I do? Oh, is she warm and is she sweet and is she everything I dreamed. Give me a clue.
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Sam Small - Another face
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Austin, Texas
She was a dream. A perfect waltz of ice and fire. Once seen never forgotten. Hope you dream along with me.
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Sam Small - Aztec lady
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Austin, Texas
Big apologies for being away from the Fandalism community for so long. I have been busy on several fronts and been recording music whenever I can find the time. Also we just got back from a trip to Berlin. Wow, what a city! Many unspeakable things have gone on in that place that are beyond horror. We went on a history walking tour (highly recommended) and got to see the last remnants of the Berlin wall. It was very emotional. Berliners are great people who are rebuilding this amazing city after the Nazis ravaged them followed by the Communists. It’s difficult to work out who was most crazy but both did untold damage. However, the city is recovering with great apartments, good food, German beer (of course), fantastic night-life and a cityscape that changes in front of your eyes. You must go and see it. Oh yes, and if you do, check out the Tempelhof Airport. Once the Berlin Airport, now abandoned, and currently used as a roller-skating rink, hippy vegetable gardens, beer gardens, picnic areas and anything else Berliners can think of. One of the great open spaces in Europe. I shot the video above with my phone (Samsung S4, if you want to know) in one continuous take. I know it’s shaky but it seemed to go with that evil wall that blocks out all light. I wrote the angry song some time ago but it fits with my feelings about anyone who takes away freedom to think and act as people wish. And yes, I shall now make a firm effort to come and see your pages and listen to your great music. Peace and love, boys and girls!! SAM SMALL
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Sam Small - Guitar
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Austin, Texas
"Is it Because". This song is dedicated to all the people of Fandalism - especially the kind folks who have followed me. Thank you for all your support. This is the last of a group of songs that I've bundled into an album called "Rise to the Sun". The picture is the Texas Hill Country in spring.
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Sam Small - Is it because
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Austin, Texas
"House and Homes" new recording dedicated to Heather, my wife, although written some time ago. Us mature married sorts know what I mean in all this - he he :) Ukulele, piano, bass and shakers.
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Sam Small - Houses and homes
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Austin, Texas
"Stephanie" With words by Trudy Pittaway written for her four year old daughter.
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Sam Small - Stephanie
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Austin, Texas
"Being with You" very short but meant.
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Sam Small - Being with you
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Austin, Texas
"Silky Waves" with words by my good friend Trudy. Blessed days. Two guitars, ukulele and shaker.
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Sam Small - Silky waves
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Austin, Texas
"Celebration" dedicated to Heather, my lovely wife - and all my dear friends on Fandalism. Guitar, double bass, tambourine, pineapple ukulele and comb&paper :)
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Sam Small - Celebration
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Austin, Texas
"Pavement Lines" or cracks in the sidewalk paving stones. Thinking back. Some good some bad.
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Sam Small - Pavement lines
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Austin, Texas
"Baby You Make Your Mind Up". A long time ago - we were together - I did something wrong - she left - I wanted her back - she never did. Isn't life hard? And for the the first time Heather, my wife, is on backing vocals. Don't she sound good?
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Sam Small - Baby you make your mind up
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Austin, Texas
"Doctor Oh Doctor" - another pop ditty of madness and confusion.
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Sam Small - Doctor oh doctor
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Austin, Texas
"Oh Money" when you got none . . .
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Sam Small - Oh money
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Austin, Texas
"Rose" A short song. It was a short romance. But very sweet. She was one of the most naturally good people I have ever met.
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Sam Small - Rose
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Austin, Texas
"Into the Light" Words by my good friend Trudy. Words for way back then? My bet is for today.
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Sam Small - Into the light
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Austin, Texas
"Rise to the Sun" - went through this a lot when I was younger. Occasionally still, except different voices.
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Sam Small - Rise to the sun
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Austin, Texas
"Dance and Sing" - I don't know where this one came from - a sort of chant - perhaps a pied piper - maybe someone else.
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Sam Small - Dance and sing
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Austin, Texas
"One Last Cigarette" - original. When it's time to go - it's time to go. She wasn't the right one anyhow. Great guitar work by Doug Steigerwald.
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Sam Small - One last cigarette
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Austin, Texas
"Mother Help Your Children" - the painting is by Frida Kahlo called "Love Embrace of the Universe".
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Sam Small - Mother help your children
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Austin, Texas
"Not My Style" - not where I want to be but everybody's happy - for a while.
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Sam Small - Not my style
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Austin, Texas
Alice Bean. Met her a long time ago. You can't ignore advice like that.
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Sam Small - Alice bean
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Austin, Texas
"Belinda May" - I don't know where she came from but she's on her way to something important.
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Sam Small - Belinda may
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Austin, Texas
"Girl in the Doorway". She didn't come and sit down. So I sat and dreamed. Guitar solo by the amazing Doug Steigerwald.
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Sam Small - Girl in the doorway
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Austin, Texas
"Rainbow". I didn't talk to rainbows. Now I do. Rainbows are very wise.
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Sam Small - Rainbow
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Austin, Texas
Amy. This is a small homage to songwriters Felice and Boudleaux Bryant who wrote many hit songs in the 50s and 60s - over 20 for the Everly Brothers alone. I've always been fascinated with the allure of simple chord sequences used in the 1950s - people still do it today. Keep repeating G major and E minor and you'll see what I mean. Hope you like the tune. Solo guitar played by Ivan Drackaliev.
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Sam Small - Amy
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Austin, Texas
Dark November Day. It was a pleasure to produce one of Riny's songs. A simple song but never underestimate the power of a simple song. It was great working with Ivan who plays guitar solos like no other. He was born in Bulgaria but has been in Holland for 11 years. His incidental guitar work throughout the song was lovely. Anthea, a Canadian, currently in the UK, is musically wise to a fault and sounds like an angel.
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Sam Small - Dark november day
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Austin, Texas
This song's called "Would If You Could" which I wrote before I was married. I don't know what it's about but it doesn't sound very pleasant to me.
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Sam Small - Would if you could
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Austin, Texas
"I Hear the Wolf" - a ukulele song about another fine mess I got into.
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Sam Small - I hear the wolf
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Austin, Texas
"You Could Have Been" is about my father. A fraught relationship. The chorus means that he could have been anything and I wouldn't have minded as long as we got on. Parents, huh? Who'd have them?
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Sam Small - You could have been
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Austin, Texas
"I Can See You" from my "Out of the Wilderness" collection. Sometimes you write a lyric and you're not sure what it means - like this one. I think it's about breaking free from the past. It's what we all have to do at some time in our lives. Some poor souls don't make it, though.
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Sam Small - I can see you
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Austin, Texas
From the "Passion in Pieces" set this is called "You, My Music." Another collaboration with the wonderful guitarist Ivan Drackaliev. A man watches his lover play the spinet (piano like instrument) and wishes to swap places with the keys on the keyboard so that she can play on him. He ends by saying that as the keys (jacks) are so happy touching the inside of your hands let them have them - I want your lips. If you don't know what "blushing stand" means - I'm not going to tell you :) Sonnet 128 if you want to look it up.
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Sam Small - My music
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Austin, Texas
From the "Out of the Wilderness" set this is "Woman Oh Woman".
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Sam Small - Woman
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Austin, Texas
A girl. A long time ago. I loved her because she was beautiful. That's not enough. Sad.
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Sam Small - Smiles
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Austin, Texas
The first from a set called "Passion in Pieces". This is a collaboration between me, the reader, and Ivan Drackaliev, that wonderful Bulgarian guitarist from Amsterdam. The poem was written by an ex glove-maker from the Birmingham district of England. It's a sad, painful tale of a younger woman and an older man. Ouch! It's called "When my love tells me".
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Sam Small - 138
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Austin, Texas
From the "Trampoline" set. This is called "Life with Lottie".
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Sam Small - Lottie
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Austin, Texas
"Hide and Seek with Angels" from the 'Trampoline' set. Put on your headphones, close your eyes and let me know what you see...
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Sam Small - Clouds
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Austin, Texas
From the "Trampoline" collection. This one is called "I Saw Her at the Farmyard Gate". Hope you like it!
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Sam Small - Celtic harp
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Austin, Texas
This is a new project called "Trampoline" which is a collection of my instrumental pieces. This one is called "The Dawn of the Lamplighter". Hope ya'all like it!
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Sam Small - Keyboard
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Austin, Texas
"You Got it Made" Remembering I went to a party once. I shouldn't have gone. She wasn't right. I wasn't right. But you can't tell some people. A lifetime later it all worked out.
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Sam Small - Guitar
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Austin, Texas
"Picnic Day" - A time for sandwiches, chips and soft drinks under a summer sky with nothing better to do than watch the clouds go by and finish our sandwich.
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Sam Small - Guitar
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Austin, Texas
"Never Be the Same" - I'll never be the same since I got married. Now for part 2. Move to Austin, Texas.
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Sam Small - Guitar
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Austin, Texas
"Backdoor" - It is a dangerous thing to go out with a woman who has a child. Do it well or not at all.
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Sam Small - Guitar
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Austin, Texas
"Read the Sign" The words are mad to me. Something like a breakdown. A couple of times I dipped into this world. Not again, I hope.
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Sam Small - Guitar
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Austin, Texas
"Farewell" - I knew someone who died of a heart attack. He was a friend and a great bass player.
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Sam Small - Guitar
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Austin, Texas
"Rain" - It was raining in London, again. Scenes from the back door of my garden. Then some ukulele and dulcimer tinkles.
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Sam Small - Dulcimer
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Austin, Texas
"South Coast Blue" - Somewhere on the south coast of England. An absurd emptiness pervades every street, house and garden.
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Sam Small - Dulcimer
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Austin, Texas
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Sam Small
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Location Austin, Texas
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