Elger Heath - Guitar - Heaven's Just A Sin Away written by Jerry Gillespie recorded by The Kendalls cover by Elger Heath Today, being my day off, I decided to break out my Yamaha and record a new cover video. I haven't recorded anything in quite some time so I reckoned that I might be out of practice. Still, I thought that it wouldn't be a bad thing to give a tune a go so I selected a piece that I thought was fairly decent and set about recording and this is what I ended up with. The song is 'Heaven's Just A Sin Away', written by Jerry Gillespie and recorded by 'The Kendalls' in 1977. It was one of those Christian, Country Music numbers and as such I remember thinking that it was a little cheesy, at the time, but I also recall seeing that it was well written and had a good score to it. Over the years I have settled back upon it as a tune that comes to my mind and ear easily and as I looked over my lyrics collection today it jumped out at me as one of those decent songs that I had not, yet, recorded. So here it it is my cover of The Kendalls hit, 'Heaven's Just A Sin Away'. I hope you enjoy this. It's not perfect but it didn't come out all that bad, in the end.
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Heaven's Just A Sin Away written by Jerry Gillespie recorded by The Kendalls cover by Elger Heath Today, being my day off, I decided to break out my Yamaha and record a new cover video. I haven't recorded anything in quite some time so I reckoned that I might be out of practice. Still, I thought that it wouldn't be a bad thing to give a tune a go so I selected a piece that I thought was fairly decent and set about recording and this is what I ended up with. The song is 'Heaven's Just A Sin Away', written by Jerry Gillespie and recorded by 'The Kendalls' in 1977. It was one of those Christian, Country Music numbers and as such I remember thinking that it was a little cheesy, at the time, but I also recall seeing that it was well written and had a good score to it. Over the years I have settled back upon it as a tune that comes to my mind and ear easily and as I looked over my lyrics collection today it jumped out at me as one of those decent songs that I had not, yet, recorded. So here it it is my cover of The Kendalls hit, 'Heaven's Just A Sin Away'. I hope you enjoy this. It's not perfect but it didn't come out all that bad, in the end.
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Remember Me written Stuart Hamblen recorded by Ernest Tubb cover by Elger Heath A live recording at a small jam in Sprucewoods, Manitoba. Here's an old classic from the 40's. Though recorded by many folks, my favorite version was done by Earnest Tubb. Here's my cover of this piece.
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Walking The Floor Over You written and recorded by Ernest Tubb cover by Elger Heath Listening to some old audio tapes of me and an elderly gentleman I used to play music, with I came across this recording of an Ernest Tubb number that I used to love. Clearly its an amateur cut but it touches me on several levels. First: I love Ernest and that deep, base voice of his. I could never hit those clear, low notes that he could but if I could... well I'd sing like that all the time! Second: Thanks to Covid-19, lock-downs & self-isolation I'd bet that most of us are starting to go a little stir-crazy with cabin fever and who, amongst us, doesn't long to see someone after all this time. So here is my cover of 'Walking The Floor Over You' with Jim McArthur on the Hawaiian, slide guitar.
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Doctor Suess Working At The Wal Mart As a descendant of a family of story tellers, I tend to tell short stories about things that happen in life. This is a tale about me going over and over the thins I wished that I had told my boss when he assigned me a particularly frustrating task at work.
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Elger Heath - Spoken
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Brandon, Manitoba
The Walmart Janitorial Crew Anthem lyrics by Elger Heath written to the music of 'The Little Brown Church In The Dale'. Here is another sample from my personal lyrics from the collection of Twisted Lyrics of Walmart. The story behind this piece goes as follows... Our Walmart USED to have a Walmart Sanitation Crew that did a splendid job of looking after our store. Then Walmart decided that it would be more profitable to hire an outside sanitation company to clean the store. So went to the neatness of our store down the tubes. One evening a fellow associate, from the Pets Department, started telling me how bad things where in his area of the store. It seems his major complaint was about gum all over the floor of the building. As he raved on about the inadequacies of the maintenance crew all I could hear was him growling GUM, GUM GUm Gum gum gum... and it came to me that there was a song in there, somewhere. I called it the Gum-gum Song but soon realized that it would NEVER get any real play-time over the air-waves with a silly title like that so I renamed it with a more dignified title, 'The Walmart Sanitation Crew's Anthem' but, just between you and me, it's still just the 'Gum Gum Song' with a fancy title.
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Elger Heath - Vocal
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Brandon, Manitoba
The Christmas Snitch lyrics by Elger Heath Here is another piece of lyrics from my collection called Twisted Lyrics Of Walmart. This piece is called 'The Christmas Snitch', a new Christmas Carol for the Covid-19 Christmas Season. I hope it puts you into the Christmas mood.
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This isn't exactly a song. It is more like a poem, written to a blues rhythm. It comes from a collection of lyrics and poems I wrote, that I like to call the twisted lyrics of Walmart. Sometimes when your hard at hearing, as I am and you work on the graveyard shift at Walmart, you hear a familiar tune over the Wakmart intercom, and you realize that your not hearing the lyrics quite correctly. Pretty soon, your writing your own lyrics to the piece and you can get some really strange results. I came home from work, early one morning and having listened to the news, over the car radio, all I heard was COVID -19. It was starting to drive me crazy so I decided to get that weight off my mind by writing a poem that I called the 'Covid Blues' Here is what I came up with.
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Kingdom Coming Jim McArthur on fiddle and Elger Heath on guitar Many's a time I sat in this old Fiddle player's living room and corded to his violin. This piece may seem rather unprofessional but if you imagine what it would have been like in those tent camps, during the Civil war, this is likely as close to the music they played, in the fashion they played it, as you can get. I don't know the name of this tune, but if you do, leave a comment and let me know.
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Elger Heath - Fiddle/guitar
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Brandon, Manitoba
Carrot Juice Constitutes Murder written & recorded by the Arrogant Worms. cover by Elger Heath I wasn't very happy with my last video of this cover as the recording was terrible. In some ways the playing WAS better but the background noise was awful! Here is a later attempt at covering the Arrogant Worms number where I used a better microphone. Hope it is O.K.
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Brandon, Manitoba
The Bug Who Tried To Crawl Around The World Here's a Johnny Cash tune that I I've done before on this channel. Here, I'm just doing it a a jam. I always say that poetry and music have so much in common. Both try to establish a rhythm and stick to it. This piece is especially loved by me because it is also a story, complete with one of life's lessons. The man who taught me how to play guitar and sing was both a singer and a story teller. He often would sing these talking songs, which are really just poetry wing music behind them. I used to love to listen to him tell stories. I'd like to think that he would have liked this one. It's called, "The Bug Who Tried To Crawl Around The World".
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The Tennessee Bird Walk _ I don't know what it is but, try to sing a serious song and all your fellow musician's minds go strait down the sink and all you can get out of them is absolute mush. At that point you either have to stop or just try and go with the flow and hope that something, recognizable, comes out the other end. As you will see, sometimes that just doesn't work out.
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The Colorado Waltz cover by Judy Foster with Elger Heath on guitar. I would like to give the correct composer and writer to this tune but, there are so many different waltzes by this name that it is extremely difficult to pin don who wrote this one. Mind you, I'm not looking for the person or group that recorded it because I'm certain it has been recorded by lots of folks, but rather the original composer and/or lyrics writer. Now and then I hear a piece, at a jam, that I have never heard before. Some of these have been most enjoyable, for me. I know several waltz's including, the Tennessee Waltz, The Kentucky Waltz, the Big Sister Waltz, The Debbie's Waltz, the Mom & Dad Waltz, Midnight on the Water, Ashoken's Farewell, the Log Driver's Waltz, Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen, and Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms, Here is a new waltz that I didn't know and I think it is very pretty. It's called the 'Colorado Waltz' and here is Judy Foster to sing it for you.
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Brandon, Manitoba
A Fire Way Down In The Mine written & recorded by Stomp'n Tom Connors cover by Elger Heath In 1955, (I know, the placard of the video Says the fire took place in 1965. Just a typo.), A gas fire broke out in the McKentire Mine in in Timens, Ontario. It would spread to the Hollenger Mine, as well, before it was finnaly put out. Many experts said that the fire could not be extinguished and that it would spell the end for both mines. Over a thousand miners were praying that the experts would be wrong. In the end, They were. By sheer happenstance, Stomp'n Tom Connors was right in the local area, at the time, and wrote this song, line by line, with each day's news broadcast revealing more and more of the events as they happened. This is the story of a real Canadian mining disaster, written to music, as the events took place. Many of you folks will have never heard of the McKentire / Hollender Mines fire of 1955 but, thanks to Stomp'n Tom's song, You can learn about it today. Here is my simple cover of Stomp'n Tom Connor's 'A Fire Way Down In The Mine'. I hope that you find it enjoyable and educational.
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Rage On written by Bob McDill & Dan Seals recorded by Dan Seals cover by Elger Heath When I first heard this song I knew that I simply had to learn it. Co-written by Bob McDill & Dan Seals, Its the story of how critical love can be, even if you know that it isn't real love. As the song plays out, Two different couples use Love affairs to attempt to escape the failings of their lives and circumstances. They know that the escape can't last but, for a brief while, there is is the illusion that they have escaped their bonds and have a taste of happiness. It won't last but, sometimes, a brief glimpse of freedom is all that you can hope for. Dan Seals' original recording puts you right in center of it all, just for those few, desperate, moments. If you haven't heard his recording of this tune I urge you to check it out. It's a genuine, country classic.
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Look Heart, No Hands written by Howard Russell Smith & Trey Edwin Bruce recorded by Randy Travis cover by Elger Heath Last night I heard A Randy Travis tune that I hadn't heard in years. To be fair I likely never listened to it all the way through because I didn't think it was one of his better ones. Something about last night changed my mind about it, however. It occurred to me that this piece might actually speak to our reintroduction into society, when this pandemic is finally over. Folks have become so gun-shy, even me, that I fear we will not trust ourselves to step out of our houses, without a mask. Will we be able to find the courage to gather in numbers again and share stories and laughter? I think we may need to relearn how to take risks, again. Something so simple as going to a party or a jam may seem to be too much of a risk, and what about relationships? Will we have the strength to say, to ourselves, “Look Heart, No Mask!” I hope so. Life is all about taking risks. You can't cross the street without taking the chance that you may be run over. We can reduces those risks by looking both ways but... there will always be a risk. I want to think that, when this Covid thing is over, I will just scoot down to my local jam and share music with my friends and that they will do the same with me. At any rate, I decided to cover this number, written by Howard Russell Smith and Trey Edwin Bruce. Maybe you will find it inspirational, as I did. Give it a listen and see what you think. Is there a message in this piece?
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Sixty Four Roses recorded by The Easter Brothers cover by Elger Heath Mother's Day has arrived and it makes me feel so sad. You see, as a child, I developed into someone who was simply unable to express emotions. The reasons for this are complicated, but suffice it to say that I was never able to tell my mother just how much I loved her. I'm not even sure if I could measure those feelings. Mom has been gone now for so many years and mother's day always reminds me of what a poor son I must have been. Make no mistake, however. I did love my mother VERY MUCH. And I suppose that is what makes me so sad on this day. At last I can express my feelings for her and she is no longer here to hear me. Still I take comfort in knowing that, if there IS a heaven, then she is up there and I'm sure that she knows. An old tune comes to mind and so I pulled out my ELGER GUITAR and recorded it, today, in honor of mom. The piece is called 'Sixty-Four Roses'.
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The One on the Right Is on the Left written by Jack Clement recorded by Johnny Cash These days it's hard to tell who stands for what. The Conservatives demand that the Liberals spend more money, while the Labor Party wants them to be more fiscally responsible. The world just went right down the rabbit hole..., but then..., that's always been the way it is. Folks will say and do what ever they think will get them support, even if they know that it is the wrong thing to do. I was messing around with my guitar, on my lunch break, last night and I remembered this old Johnny Cash tune with the lengthy title of, “The One on the Right Is on the Left”. It occurred to me that this was a piece that I had never recorded, so, I decided to break out my recording studio and do a new recording, today. Here is my effort at “The One on the Right Is on the Left”. It made ME laugh. I hope it does the same for you.
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I'd Be Better Off (in a pine box) written by Johnny MacRae and Steve Clark recorded by Doug Stone cover by Elger Heath It is not uncommon for Country songs to focus on the lost love topic. The air waves are littered with such tunes and I'll bet you could name a half-dozen of them just off the top of your head, right now. The key to making one of those songs stand the test of time is to find just the right phrase to make jump out and catch the listener's attention. This tune was alright, as far as I was concerned, right up until the second last line, when the writer changed the verse by just a few words. 'I think I'd really rather die, go to hell, and face the devil'. Believe it or not, that little modification is what grabbed my attention. It expressed the futility of the singer's emotions in that one line. Just a little change in the chorus, at just the right moment. Sometimes that's all it takes to really get your point across. It's a trick that a lot of great song writers employ to break up the monotony of repetition and to emphasize the point of the message. It's so simple, but quite effective, and Johnny MacRae and Steve Clark utilized it here to great effect. Then, add to that Doug Stone's interpretation, in his recording of this piece, and you have the makings for a hit. Here is my, basic, cover of this number.
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Ten Foot Tall & Bullet Proof written & recorded by Travis Tritt cover by Elger Heath Here's a Travis Tritt number that had me laughing my butt off, when I first heard it. The character in this song has TWO things in common with me. Neither of us can dance or fight. This piece is called, ' Ten Foot Tall & Bullet Proof '.
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The Unfamiliar Waltz music written by … unknown recorded by … unknown played by Elger Heath In my father's family, almost, all of the boys played an instrument and they did so when an where ever they gathered. My father played the fiddle. He wasn't a very good fiddle player but he loved to play his fiddle. I played the acoustic guitar and corded for him when he was at home. I did not learn to pick guitar as my job was to supply rhythm and timing. It was not until I left home that I spent any time, at all, trying to learn to pick. As most of my musical experience, up until then, was playing along with fiddle tunes it came naturally that I would set about to pick those tunes. Now picking a fiddle tune, on a guitar, changes the rhythm of a piece and sounds quite different on a guitar. Some of those old tunes, I can put a name to, while others are familiar to me, only in the music itself. This tune is a mystery to me. I'm not even sure I ever heard my dad's family play it and I sure can't put a name to it. Perhaps its just an accumulation of several fiddle tunes all rolled up into one piece. Perhaps, I may have created an original tune with this. I don't know so I call it, “The Unfamiliar Waltz”. If you know the name of this piece, please let me know in the comments below. Now I said I didn't learn to pick until later in life, so you can expect that I'm not a very good picker. Please excuse my short-comings in this piece.
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Tell Me I Was Dreaming written by Bruce Ray Brown & Travis Tritt recorded by Travis Tritt cover by Elger Heath In 1995, Travis Tritt put out a new song entitled “Tell Me I Was Dreaming”. It wasn't your standard Country Music song, but then Travis wasn't your standard Country Music artist. He came along shortly after Rand Travis and Ricky Skaggs put Country Music back on the road to tradition and shook the can up again with a more rocky style. Bruce Ray Brown & Travis Tritt teamed up to write this heart-breaker about a man attempting to come to grips with the ending of a relationship. The music is quite a deviation from the standard fair and the lyrics are incite-full and heart rending. With all of that being said, it's not, actually, a very difficult piece of music. Some basic rhythm and a couple of minor chords and you've got it. Its not extremely fast or complex in chord progression. My only fault, in this recording, is that I didn't do it in the right key for me. I kept having to switch back & forth between higher and lower octaves, as I sang. The recording is somewhat poor, because I recorded it at a jam in a, nearly, empty hall. The video was recorded on an old I-pad. I hope its not too bad.
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Brandon, Manitoba
Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine written by Jake Landers & Bill Monroe recorded by Bill Monroe & the Kentucky Headhunters cover by Elger Heath Originally recorded by Bill Monroe, in 1969, this piece was written by Bill Monroe & Jake Landers. It never struck me as the kind of tune Bill Monroe would be suited to, and perhaps that's why he isn't often heard singing it. Twenty years later, in 1989, The Kentucky Headhunters re-recorded this number in a more Rock-a-billy format. This is the version that I first became acquainted with and the version that is closest to this recording. The lyrics and music didn't change, but the rhythm became quicker and rockier. A mandolin playing friend of mine and I used to do this tune, at the local jams, all the time. I experienced some synchronization issues with this recording, but it gives an idea about the types of Rock-a-billy music that I love.
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Brandon, Manitoba
written by Connie Harrington & Bonnie Baker recorded by Chad Brock cover by Elger Heath Perhaps I'm a little strange in this but I always look for the deeper message buried within the lyrics of the songs that I love. Once I have found the message, I can concentrate on getting the feeling right to the piece. I then proceed to close my eyes and sink into the mood of the lyrics as I sing the song. Written by Connie Harrington & Bonnie Baker, this piece speaks to me of the sad fact that we are charmed into abandoning what we need in order to seek the things that we desire. Sometimes we wind up making our desires come true.. but at the cost of the things that we actually need to maintain our happiness. That's what this song is about and the lesson to be found within this story. Chad Brock's excellent voice and singing style brings this story to life. If you haven't heard this piece, before, I recommend that you seek it out, in it's original format, on YouTube and listen to Chad Brock's recording. It certainly is an nice piece to learn. For now, here is my cover of 'Ordinary Life'.
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Elger Heath - Guitar
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Brandon, Manitoba
Cripple Creek Old folk tune. Unknown writers I set about to record another piece and the tune that came to my hands was an old bluegrass number called Cripple Creek. Nothing fancy here. Just a simple guitar version, slow and easy. I thought it turned out O.K. What do you think?
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Elger Heath - Guitar
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Brandon, Manitoba
The Rope written by Stephanie Davis recorded by Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands cover by Elger Heath As is my habit to do, I picked up my old guitar and recorded another cover tune this morning. The song I chose was a piece that was recorded by Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, called "The Rope". I selected this piece because it struck me as a wonderful story with beautiful lyrics and lovely music. The challenge to this piece is that it is not just a harmony tune, but its harmony lyrics do not match the chorus lyrics. This might trip you up. Add to that that the harmony part starts slightly off time with the lead, chorus. All of this makes this a difficult song to master, but a challenge is always a good thing. Anyway... here is my cover of "The Rope", written by Stephanie Davis
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Elger Heath - Guitar
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Brandon, Manitoba
Whenever You Come Around written by Pete Wasner & Vince Gill recorded by Vince Gill cover by Elger Heath Every so often I get in the habit of picking up my guitar and recording another cover tune. It ain't so easy to do as it used to be. I'm quickly running out of tunes, that I haven't already recorded, that I would want to record. Add to that, the fact that my memory is getting so bad that I can't remember most the tunes that I used to love so much and I struggle with finding the next tune to record. Some times I begin with the name of an artist that I like. This week it was Vince Gill. Vince is a slow tune performer. He has a soft, smooth voice and his kind of music suits my style perfectly, even if my voice is all wrong for his stuff. The song I settled on was a romantic piece called, "Whenever You Come Around". Here is what I came up with. I hope you will enjoy this.
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The Homecoming written and recorded by Tom T. Hall cover by Elger Heath I was bored, today, and decided to take an old guitar of mine off the shelf that I hadn't played in ages. Down came my Washburn. I half expected it's neck to be so out of adjustment that it would be unplayable but, to my surprise, it was nearly in tune with itself. So it was that I decided to record something, on this bright sounding acoustic, and the piece I chose was a Tom T. Hall number called 'The Homecoming'. So many times, me and my brothers and sisters journeyed home, for the weekend, to visit my mom and dad. This song speaks of the opposite family relationship where the son returns out of the blue, after years of being away, and then is off again, in a flash. I always found this piece to be heart breaking. It leaves me with a feeling of sadness for the father. Here is my cover of 'The Homecoming'.
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Brandon, Manitoba
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down written by: Robbie Robertson recorded by: The Band cover by Elger Heath Today, I could no longer resist the craving to create a multi-track recording. It's been a while. When you've recorded as many tunes as I have, it gets real difficult to find a piece that you like enough to record and are able to pull off, that you haven't already done. I found this piece in my lyrics directory and decided to give it a shot. First I want to make this perfectly clear. This is NOT a racist song. It is a song about the Confederate part of the American Civil War but there WAS more to that conflict then just slavery. Just the same, I'd like to take this moment to to make my view of the 'Black Lives Matters' clear. I see the demonstrations and unrest, in the United States, as a result of injustices and social issues that have been left unaddressed and ignored for too long. When you have a basic problem at the foundations of your society and you refuse to deal with that issue, it will come back to bite you sooner or later. The U.S. has ignored the double standards that colored folks face in their country for too long. This is not a recently occurring rag. It's an old injustice that has been allowed to grow into a wave of furry and a demand for justice. Still, it is never too late to address a major problem... if you are truly serious about correcting the unbalances. I hope the American public is listening to what's going on in their streets. Of course we, in Canada, have many of the same issues.Perhaps we haven't reached the same level of outrage, yet, but that's no reason why WE shouldn't be making a real effort to correct our injustices, as well. Here is my cover of a tune that was recorded by The Band called "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
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Brandon, Manitoba
We're Here For A Good Time (acoustic cover) written by: Brian Smith, Raymond McGuire & Sam Hawksley recorded by: Trooper (1977) cover by: Elger Heath On a sunny afternoon, in mid August, I drove down to Sprucewoods to join up with Judy Foster and others. As it turned out, I was an hour and a half late for the jam and I just got there as the others were leaving. That just left me and Judy for another hour and a half. That didn't stop us from having a good time, however. Here is a rock classic, from the 70's, that I heard as a lad. It seemed to fit the day, so I started off with that. This is my cover of "We're Here For A Good Time".
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Elger Heath - Guitar
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Brandon, Manitoba
Wedding Bells (cover by Danial Finn) Judy Foster on the spoons and I on the guitar. written by: Boone Claude recorded by: Hank Williams I attended a little mini-jam in Sprucewoods, Manitoba Canada with my friends Judy Foster, Danial Finn and myself. Due to Covid-19 we were social spacing and I was unable to get Dan Finn into the shot, on my Ipad. The recording quality leaves something to be desired, both in video and sound quality, but I'm pleased that I caught this piece of music on record. Here is Danial Finn singing and old Hank Williams number, written by Boone Claude. It's called 'Wedding Bells'.
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Brandon, Manitoba
The Bug Song music & lyrics by Stomp'n Tom Conners A Canadian nationalist, when it comes to country music, Stomp'n Tom Conners produced an amazing number of original works about evryday people and events from most every province and territory across Canada. Many are hillarious while others are very serious, this is a man who's music should be checked out if your into music about the everyday working Joe. Here is my cover of his summer time classic 'The Bug Song'.
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A Legend In My Time written and recorded by Don Gibson. I grew up with, what used to be called, tear jerkers'. I got hooked on these heart break balids When I was just a yonker. A Legend in My Time is an old country standard, not often heard today, that in many ways suits my style of country blues very well. Listen to the word play and tell me if you don't agree that this is a really well written tune.
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The Bug Who Tried To Crawl Around The World: original artist Johnny Cash Here is my cover of a rarely played tune from Johnny Cash's Album 'Everybody Loves A Nut'. How many of you have heard this one? My family had this album back home when I was young. Even after the family dog took a bite out of the outer edge of the record, leaving the first two tracks on each side unplayable, it was still my favorite record to play. Take a listen to this cover and you will see that even the Man In Black had a sense of humor.
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True Colors written by: Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly recorded by: Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrieck Old age is catching up with me, these days. My hands have grown numb and clumsy. My voice shakes and fails me, unexpectedly. I seem to lack the will to pick up my old six-string and play anymore. As I was working, last night I overheard a song playing over the radio. It was Cindy Lopper with 'True Colors' and I suddenly stopped short to pay attention. It's not as if I have ever been a big fan of Cindy or this tune but I have admit it does stir the heart. As I listened to the piece I realized that I had never really given it credit for what a great piece of music it really is. It's right up my alley, being a ballad, and I fell in love with it's message. In a world full of people it is easy to forget that every one of them is somebody. They all play a roll in our lives, be they far away or right next to us. These days we have gotten so wrapped up in our differences that we seem to have forgotten what we all have in common. We are Americans. We believe in freedom and equality and we strive together to make this country work. These days, however, we seem intent on tearing it down with bickering and hatred. I think it is about time that we stopped hiding in the crowd and stood together with our neighbors to proudly display our True Colors. So I made up my mind to pick up my guitar and record, at least, one last tune. I hope that you will enjoy this cover and find something in this tune to give you hope and strength.
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Brandon, Manitoba
The Grass Is Blue written and recorded by Dolly Parton I often encounter musicians who are constantly lementing that they just don't write good Country Music anymore. Strangely enough I seem to run accross great songs coming out all the time. I guess these people just aren't listening to the music that they are critisizing. True enough, you don't encounter great music every time you turn on the radio but then again you never did. You have to sift through mud to find the gold. Country music ain't dead yet! Here is a true gem from none other the legendary singer/song writer Dolly Parton. Take a listen to 'The Grass Is Blue' and you'll see what I mean.
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The Tennessee Bird Walk written by: Jack Blanchard recorded by: Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan cover by: Elger Heath Here is a fun little tune that was recorded by Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan. It's called 'The Tennesee Bird Walk'. Whether they intended it to be a lark or a comment on polution and global warming, I don't know but I thought it would be a fun thing to record so I did and here is what I got. I was learning the mandolin, at the time, yeh... I never did get that thing down pat and so I threw it in here with a fast chop. Anyway, why not check out this video just for fun
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Travelin Soldier written by: Bruce Robison recorded by: The Dixie Chicks cover by: Elger Heath Traveling Soldier, recorded and released by the Dixie Chicks in late 2002, was a big hit for this group. Its lyrics, by Bruce Robison, and music caught my ear right away. It's story touched my heart and you know how I love a great story. The Chicks did a bang-up job on this number and I won't be able to come even close to that but I had to give this piece a shot so here is my cover of 'The Travelin Soldier'. I hope you will enjoy it. If not... be sure to check out the Dixie Chicks recording. That one is fantastic!
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I Am Strong written by: Jamie and Susanne Johnson & Jenee Fleenor recorded by: The Grascals cover by: Elger Heath Sometimes the best songs are the ones with a message so powerful that they make you cry. These are the hardest for me to learn because I often choke-up in the middle of the song. I heard this tune on a YouTube video by the Grascals that I recommend everybody should check out. Here is my simple version of 'I Am Strong'
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Turkey in the Straw: played by Debbie Poliquin I have a tendancy to pick out fiddle tunes on the guitar quite a bit. Like a lot of fiddle players, however, I might know the tunes but darned if I know their names. Hey What do you know? There actually is a fiddle tune that I can put a name to. Of course there is no way I could play it. So my friend, Debbie Poliquin, comes to the rescue with this stirring rendition of 'Turkey in the Straw'. Its so rousing that it'll near as to bring anyone to yell out "Yee-haw!"
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Daniel Prayed written by Ralph Stanley and G.T. Speer & recorded by the Johnson Mountain Boys Forgive me if you are a big fan of Bluegrass, but I have generally found most of this type of music to come off sounding the same after a while. Once you heard 10 different types of Bluegrass songs, you've pretty much heard them all. Bluegrass Gospel, on the other hand, is much more diverse and interesting. I was attempting to expand my Bluegrass repertoire when I heard a Johnson Mountain Boys recording of the song 'Daniel Prayed'. Now this is exciting Bluegrass music at it's finest. Listen to my cover of this tune and see if it doesn't tickle your fancy as well.
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The Mary Ellen Carter written and recorded by Stan Rogers Here is a great piece of Canadian folk music written and recorded by one of the greatest Canadian folk singers ever to live, Stan Rogers. 'The Mary Ellen Carter', released in 1979, tells the story of the heroic efforts of a crew to raise their sunken ship. So inspiring is the song that it is credited with saving at least one life. On February 12, 1983 the ship Marine Electric was carrying a load of coal from Norfolk, Virginia to a power station in Somerset, Massachusetts. The worst storm in forty years blew up that night and the ship sank at about four o'clock in the morning on the 13th. The ship's chief mate, 59-year-old Robert M. "Bob" Cusick, was trapped under the deck-house as the ship went down. His snorkeling experience helped him avoid panic and swim to the surface, but he had to spend the night alone, up to his neck in water, clinging to a partially deflated lifeboat, and in water barely above freezing and air much colder. Huge waves washed over him, and each time he was not sure that he would ever reach the surface again to breathe. Battling hypothermia, he became tempted to allow himself to fall unconscious and let go of the lifeboat. Just then he remembered the words to the song "The Mary Ellen Carter". And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again. Rise again, rise again—though your heart it be broken Or life about to end. No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend, Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again. He started to sing it and soon was alternately shouting out "Rise again, rise again" and holding his breath as the waves washed over him. At seven o'clock that morning a Coast Guard helicopter spotted him and pulled him to safety. Only two men of the other thirty-three that had been aboard survived the wreck. After his ordeal, Cusick wrote a letter to Stan Rogers telling him what had happened and how the song helped save his life. In response, Cusick was invited to attend what turned out to be the second-to-last concert Rogers ever performed. Cusick told his story in the documentary about Rogers, One Warm Line.
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Sunday Morning Comming Down written and recorded by Kris Kristofferson Sundays have always been strange to me. Living in the city, it is the one day in the week when the streets, which are always clogged with traffic, are completely emptied. You get the eerie feeling of one of those post end-of-the-world movies where all life has ceased and civilization has ground to a halt. In a way, that is what "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" is about. Kris Kristofferson wrote a song about the overwhelming sense of emptiness that fills a soul on an early Sunday morning, as one walks the streets of the city. I was never very impressed with the Johnny Cash version of this tune. It was Kris Kristofferson's own recording of it that, I feel, did it the most justice. Here is my simple cover of "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down".
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Black Waters: by Jean Ritchie I came across this wonderful song written by, folk artist, Jean Ritchie which protests strip mining that was prevalent in the Appalachians. I was so taken by the story and the superb writing and music that I had to present my cover of it here among-st my legends series. Listen and see if you don't agree that she belongs among-st the legendary musicians of folk music.
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Big Bad John: written & recorded by Jimmy Dean If one thing can be said, for certain, about me it is that I have a weakness for sad stories and ballids. When I was young I heard the song 'Big Bad John' by Jimmy Dean. I was not all that impressed with it because I thought it was done in a rather frivolice manor and it just didn't appeal to me. Later in my life however I gave it another look and found that beneath the cheap country sound there was an incredible story of bravery and self sacrifice. The lyrics were well written and all that they needeed in my oppinion was music done with a little harder edge. I put more emphasis on the talking and minor keys and this is what I came up with. It wouldn't be a hit on top 40's country radio, but it grabs your heart and gives it a squeeze. Take a listen to this cover and see if you don't agree.
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Road to Boston Due to some troubles I have had getting Sound Cloud to work, recently, I have resorted to re uploading some old recordings to Fandalism off YouTube. This is an old Instrumental I did some years back. I was never a very good guitar picker so please forgive if it isn't up top your standards. “Road to Boston,” was an Americans march heard often during the Revolutionary War. Copped from a British tune called “Road to London, the Americanized version, which went by other names such as “March to Boston,” was a nod to all the Patriots who flocked to Boston to offer resistance to the British forces occupying the town. The tune is now the official ceremonial march of Massachusetts. I'm most familiar hearing it played on the fiddle as it was quite a popular fiddle tune up in Eastern Canada. Thus it got carried west to the Prairie Provence of Canada like Manitoba, (my home territory). I'd like to say many thanks to those who commented on my request for the name of this tune. I would never have gotten this right with out help. So here is my own guitar cover of 'Road to Boston', (March to Boston).
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The Everlasting Arms I put this video together to celebrate my many musician friends and their fellowship which has saved me from the demons of my past. If you suffer from depression as I have, then you'll know the feeling of never being good enough for others. I grew up around a whole town that had nothing good to say about me. Nearly through out my entire formative years I fell under the influence of constant verbal and mental abuse, by my school mates. No one ever stood up for me and it got so's I actually began to believe all the awful things that they said about me. Surely a whole town can't be wrong after all. Finally I decided that they must be wrong about me. I was a good person. Bright and good hearted. Surely it was they who were devoid of goodness. Of course it is hard to truly believe that when the whole world keeps telling that your wrong. I decided that if they didn't have any use for me then I didn't have any use for them. When I graduated from high school I set out into the world expecting just more of the same. Low and behold, it turned that it WAS my home town. It seemed everybody I met liked me and thought me talented and helpful. You could have knocked me over with a stick. For those of you suffering from depression, I don't know what will work for you, but believe me when I say this. If your friends can do nothing but make you feel inferior then trust me. They are NOT your friends. Go find some new friends. Ones that actually care for you as you are. They're out there just waiting to meet you.
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The Eighth Of January We should all be blessed with friends to have fun with. I have come to see how lucky I am over these last few years as I encountered musicians, one after another, that I could sit down and play music with. Two such great friends are Debbie and Ben Poliquin. These folks often share an evening, now and then, with me as we sit down and play music all night long. Here, Debbie is playing a tune called 'The Eighth of January' but you may be more familiar with it by the name 'The Battle of New Orleans'. Call it what you will but I hope you enjoy this.
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A Brand New Broken Heart written by Homer Jackson recorded by Larry Sparks In recent years I have joined a local jam group that themes it self around Bluegrass. Being a good old country boy, Bluegrass was not my strong suite so I set about to learn a new repertoire. I wanted to learn songs that the others might not be so familiar with as then they would not no how bad I was at Bluegrass. I found that much Bluegrass sounds the same, but like Country music, in amongst all the dredge are a few gems well worth listening to. Larry Spark's 'Brand New Broken Heart' is one of them. Take a listen and see if you don't agree.
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I Know Your Married (But I Love You Still) written by Don Reno & Mack MaGaha Here's my cover of an intersting old bluegrass number that I got hooked on because of it's unusual chorus. It's unusual in that it's only two lines long. It's called 'I Know Your Married (But I Love You Still)'
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Nobody's Darling But Mine: written & recorded by Jimmie Davis Another Recording of my friends Ben & Debbie Poliquin. This time Ben is on the guitar and doing the singing. Debbie is on the violin and I am in the background with another guitar. This is an old classic called 'Nobody's Darling But Mine'.
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Debbies Waltz composed by Graham Townsend As a self confessed kitchen musician, I gravitate towards playing in small groups in kitchens and living rooms, rather than on stages and in halls and bars. Two of the folks I have had the great pleasure of sitting down to play with are Ben & Debbie Poliquin. The following song features Ben on the mandolin, Debbie on the violin and me stumbling along on the guitar. It's appropriately called 'Debbie's Waltz'.
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A Farmer's S.O.S. music and lyrics by Elger Heath. Hello folks. I don't write many protest songs. Just the word protest causes people to stop listening... right away, but I encourage you to listen to this one because it expresses a critical warning that I think too few people have heeded up until now, and I fear time is running out for a lot of folks if something isn't done soon. I grew up on a small mixed farm in the south-western corner of Manitoba, Canada. That's a prairie province where much of the food exported to the rest of the world is grown. In the 1980's a draught hit my region and devastated food production and the lives of farmers. It went on for a full ten years. For ten years we didn't see any significant water fall from the sky. Our grain was so short that what did grow we could hardly pick up from the swaths because there was so little straw. Farmers, big and small, went broke on a massive scale. Things got so bad that farmers were committing suicide, hanging themselves from their own grain augers. The rest of the economy experienced a delayed effect. And by tightening their belts they managed to get by until near the end of that decade. Nobody seemed to care about the poor farmer, a victim of nature's elements and a heartless economy. By the end of the 1980's rain returned and the economy bounced back, but not for the countless farmers who had been broken and driven from their homes and land and sent scurrying, with their families in tow, to find work in the cities. Small towns virtually disappeared or shrunk to near ghost towns. Massive corporate farms bought up the land cheep. I was so filled with anger at my so-called urban neighbors that I scribbled out this song of protest called 'The Farmers S.O.S.' I would like you to take one message from this song at least. Farming isn't as easy, or simple, as you folks seem to think. It takes years of patience and experience in this way of life. These things you don't get from a college course. The managers of these corporate farms are neither equipped with the skills or the dedication to tough it out under similar conditions. It was a poor trade, small farms for corporate farms. Always remember that your economy is based on food production, not oil or manufacturing. You can't live on these. Some times farmers NEED YOUR HELP! Remember You will ALWAYS need farmers.
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I'm All Right written by Phil Vassar recorded by Jo Dee Messina Jo Dee Messina is another one of those female country music artists that is taking advantage of the changing landscape of country music to leave her own mark with songs that practically jump right out of the radio at you. 'I'm All Right' is a perfect example of modern country music and how different it has become from the old formula stuff from the 1950's & 60's. GOD I love this stuff! Please sit back and enjoy this cover of Jo Dee's hit 'I'm Alright'.
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Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen composed and written by Carl Eduard Pax A nameless German Waltz no more.... A while back I met a harmonica player at a jam that played this lovely waltz and having done it myself... but never knowing the name of it, I asked him if he knew the title. Low and behold he did. And informed me that it's name is 'Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen' or in English 'You, You Are In My Heart'. I can not tell you how important it is for me to know the titles of beautiful music like this. It is often recognized as an old German drinking song but... in truth it is a love song and a very lovely waltz. So that it might not be forgotten again I would like to include the lyrics both in German and English. I hope some one will find this informative and useful, so here it is in German. Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen Du, du liegst mir im Herzen du, du liegst mir im Sinn. Du, du machst mir viel Schmerzen, weißt nicht wie gut ich dir bin. Ja, ja, ja, ja, weißt nicht wie gut ich dir bin. So, so wie ich dich liebe so, so liebe auch mich. Die, die zärtlichsten Triebe fühl' ich allein nur für dich. Ja, ja, ja, ja, fühl' ich allein nur für dich. Doch, doch darf ich dir trauen dir, dir mit leichtem Sinn? Du, du kannst auf mich bauen weißt ja wie gut ich dir bin! Ja, ja, ja, ja, weißt ja wie gut ich dir bin! Und, und wenn in der Ferne, mir, mir dein Bild erscheint, dann, dann wünscht ich so gerne daß uns die Liebe vereint. Ja, ja, ja, ja, daß uns die Liebe vereint. and... the English translation... You, You... Are In My Heart You, you are in my heart. you, you are in my mind. You, you cause me much pain, You don't know how good I am for you. Yes, yes, yes, yes you don't know how good I am for you. So, as I love you so, so love me too. The most tender desires I alone feel only for you. Yes, yes, yes, yes, I alone feel only for you. But, but may I trust you you, you with a light heart? You, you know you can rely on me You do know how good I am! Yes, yes, yes, yes You do know how good I am! And, and if in the distance, it seems to me like your picture, then, then I wish so much that we were united in love. Yes, yes, yes, yes, that we were united in love. I hope I got all of this right and I hope that you enjoy this.
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Ashokan Farewell composed by Jay Ungar I fell in love with this beautiful tune from watching the PBS documentaries about the American Civil War that it was the music to the credits for. As I listened I thought how though intricate it did not seem to be all that complicated or fast. I thought that amongst all the fiddle players I knew, surely, one of them would be able to play or able to learn to play this song. In order to see if it was all that difficult I set about to learn to pick it on the guitar. Now I'm not a very good guitarist so I figured if I could master it, surely any decent fiddler could. I don't know about mastering it but I thought it came out pretty decent. Sadly, only a few fiddlers I've played with have been able to or been willing to learn to play it. Here is my rendition of Ashokan Farewell. I hope you like it. By the way, as a point of interest, I found out something no doubt that you likely already know. This is NOT a Civil War era tune. It actually was written somewhere between the 70s and the 90s. I'm not sure when exactly.
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Did You Fall In Love With Me written by Joan Lori Besen recorded by Prairie Oyster Somewhere around 1991, I heard this number on a cable TV music video channel. The band that recorded it was called Prairie Oyster, a Canadian group, and I wasn't acquainted with them. After hearing this song you can bet I set about to learn what else they had put out. As it turned out, they had quite a few great pieces but this has to be one of their best hits. Written by Joan Lori Besen, this is one heck of a country music love song. The lyrics are well constructed and the harmony of Prairie Oyster pushes it way over the top. If you aren't familiar with this band, I strongly recommend that you check these folks out. You can easily find them on YouTube. In the mean time, why not check out this cover.
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Three Wooden Crosses written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson recorded by Randy Travis Here is a song that caught me completely off guard. I was cruising YouTube, looking for some new music for my song book when I stumbled onto this piece, sung by Randy Travis. Now I am not sure if I ever heard this tune before but if so it never hit me like this. I virtually fell off my chair as I listen to this incredible story of tragedy and redemption. Written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson, this is a masterpiece of Gospel story telling and is just the kind of piece that fits right into my style of music. I remember spending hours upon hours dying to get the mood right as I played it over and over again, in the effort to memorize the words. It's not an, altogether, easy piece to learn but it is more than worth the effort. Randy Travis was the perfect choice to record the piece and drove the song deep into my heart. I'm sure that you have all heard it before but, if you haven't, check out Randy's recording to get the full impact of the song. It's more than worth the listening time. In the meantime, check out this basic, one-track cover I made. Maybe it'll give you some idea what I'm crowing about.
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Farmer Song written and recorded by Murray McLauchlan Around the middle of the of the 1970's Murray McLauchlan came out over the air waves with a simple piece called the Farmer Song. I wouldn't say that it was a master piece. It was short and the lyrics were fairly basic but like the lyrics said, "There was no farmer songs on the radio. Just 'Cowboys, Truck Drivers and Pain'". I guess folks figured that farming wasn't nothing to write home about. What is often overlooked about farmers, and I grew up one, is that it was us folks that laid down the foundations for most of the folks that came to settle in this land. We grew the food that the big cities required and red spring wheat that was a major part of what Canada exported in the early years. A couple of decades later the region I grew up in suffered a prolonged drought that lasted ten years. That was when I realized just how little appreciated farmers are . Our nation left us dangling in the wind while the agricultural industries bled us all dry. Murray's Farmer Song suddenly made a big impression on me and I have never forgotten it since, nor those terrible times of the 1990's. To me, farmers are tough, grizzled heroes, who just don't seem to know when to throw in the towel. I know my father was like that. A hard man to live with but there is nobody I'd rather at my back when things get tough. Here is my cover of Murray McLauchlan's 'Farmer Song'. If you listen closely you can still hear the pain and pride burned into a farmer's soul by those desperate years of drought and lean living.
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I Can Make It OK Music and lyrics by Elger Heath Often in a divorce there are two viewpoints as to what should be done. One side wants to get it over with and just stop the hurting, while the other side wants to put the relationship back together. The trouble is that Relationships are complicated things and often neither side is quite sure why it stopped working in the first place. This makes fixing the relationship virtually impossible. I wrote this song to show just how hard it is to accept that a marriage is coming to an end for the later type. Even when they have no answers, they cling to the desperate hope that they will some how reverse time and put back all the pieces in just the right place to make it as good as new. Here is my song, 'I Can Make It O.K.' I hope that you will enjoy it.
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In The Light Of The Moon music & lyrics by Elger Heath I have never considered myself a song writer because writing a song comes so hard to me. Some songs take years for me to write and then fine tune. One or two came over weeks or days but most never get completed. I hear about other amateurs like me who have written dozens of songs and I envy the talent they must have. To write so many original works on any given subjects seem like a gift I'll never have. That having been said, I have written one or two songs I consider decent and the following is one of them. I was playing around with old country standards increasing the tempo and trying them along a more rock-a-billy style and was surprised how you could re-vitalize a tired old standard into something people today would actually listen to. That's when I decided to challenge myself. I decided to take an old standard, that I hated so much that I'd sooner cut my right hand off then play in public, and make what I thought could be a top 50's hit from it. I settled on Buffalo Gal. I mean 'Oh My God!' How could anybody have sang that seriously? Well I decided to keep the first few lines of the original lyrics as well as the first several stanzas of the music and use that as a core to build a romantic love song around. To my amazement most of the song fell together in just a few hours and after a couple days of tweaking the verse's and chorus I ended up with the following piece called 'Dancing In the Light Of The Moon'. Actually I think it's one of my best works and almost completely original at the end of the day. Why don't take a listen and see what you think of 'Dancing In The Light Of The Moon'.
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Green Fields music & lyrics written by Urban Heath As an avid fan of country music I, like most musicians, am a big fan of a particular artist. My hero, however wasn't rich or famous. He never cut a record nor headlined in any auditorium near you. He was just an everyday Joe who had a knack for writing and singing songs and he played a hell of great guitar. He was my uncle Nick although his actual name was Urban Heath. He taught me how to play guitar and sing and if you ever heard him you'd know that deep inside every song I sing there is a little bit of his style. Every time I play a tune or tell a story I think of him. Amongst the many songs that he wrote my favorite has to be 'Green Fields'. This is a song about growing up on the Western Canadian Prairies during the 40's and 50's. It speaks of a simpler time with simpler needs and desires and a love of home. Here is my cover of 'Green Fields.' Please take a moment to listen and see what you think.
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Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart written by Jack Clement recorded by Johnny Cash If Johnny Cash was to sing a love song, this would be the kind of love song he'd likely do. He wasn't known for his sentimental music, with a rough voice and recordings about prison breaks and drug use and fighting. Actually, he did record this piece, although I don't think it spent a lot of time on the airwaves. Written by Jack Clement, this is a humorous poke at a heart broken ending of a relationship. Check out this cover and see what you think.
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We Don't Grow recorded by Old Crow Medicine Show written by Ketch Secor & Willie Watson Looking for something new in Bluegrass Music I came across a string band known as Old Crow Medicine Show. The have a rough edge to their sound but that is part of their charm. Sure enough they are different and I fell in love with some of their music. A piece called “We Don't Grow” Really caught my ears and I knew I'd just have to give it a try. Written by Ketch Secor & Willie Watson, this song tells the view of the decent of the smoking community from the perspective of the farmers who used to grow the Tobacco that forms the basis of cigarettes. Like all good stories it show a side of a story that most folks don't ever see. At any rate, here is my cover of this great piece of music. Why not check it out?
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Will You Miss Me written by A. P. Carter recorded by Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys I came across this old Bluegrass song by accident, on YouTube and fell in love with it right away. Sure it simple, but that is part of it's charm. It's seems oh so familiar, but with one line it changes the tune into something original. Although it was written and recorded by A. P. Carter and the Carter Family it is the version performed by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys that really appeals to me. Thus it is in the Ralph Stanley mode that I recorded this cover. Please forgive my guitar. Clearly it is need of a neck adjustment, but I make due with the tools I have at hand. Here is my cover of this great classic. I hope you will find it enjoyable for an amateur effort.
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Today I Started Loving You Again written by Merle Haggard & Bonnie Owens Fixing some old recordings that no longer play off SoundCloud. An old country standard that I did with a touch of bluegrass. This song never loses it's shine. It's gotta be one of Country Musics greats! Why don't you be the judge.
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The Log Driver's Waltz: by Wade Hemsworth witten by Wade Hemsworth Fixing some old recordings that no longer. This time I got Wade Hemworth photo right in the video placard. play off SoundCloud. This is a really sweet waltz with a lot of humor. If you like this be sure to check out the Animated short film called the 'Log Driver's Waltz' on YouTube. I have been trying to avoid featuring too many tunes by the same artists but This one and 'The Black Fly Song' are so much fun I couldn't resist posting them both. Check out any material you can by Wade Hemsworth. He really does have a unique style.
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The Black Fly Song music & lyrics by Wade Hemsworth I posted this piece here once before, off Sound Cloud, but that posting doesn't work for some reason, so here is my seccond attempt, this time from YouTube. Yes I know the the photo on the placard is of Gordon Lightfoot. Don't ask me to explain that. I messed up but the video is made and posted and I didn't see any point in trying to redoo it all at this point. Sorry Wade Hemsworth. Here's my effort at a Canadian classic tale about the perils of outdoor life in northern Ontario and it's Black flies.
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(Leaning On) The Everlasting Arms written by Anthony J. Showalter and Elisha Hoffman recorded by The Grascals I created this simple placard video from an old recording I had done of this tune. When I realized I hadn't posted it anywhere I thought I ought to correct that. It's not that this is a great recording. Clearly I had some difficulties with syn-king the multiple audio tracks but it's not really all that bad. This recording is of an old Gospel tune written by Anthony J. Showalter and Elisha Hoffman. It's a really fun piece with great lyrics and music. I got hooked on this number when I heard 'The Grascals' do it on YouTube. If you haven't heard that recording you should check it out. This is a nice song to add to the songs you know. It's not that hard and is even better if you can get your friends to harmonize in the chorus. Here is my cover of “leaning on the Everlasting Arms”.
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How Great Thou Art written by Carl Boberg recorded by various artists This is one of the greatest Gospel numbers that I have ever heard. It's lyrics are fantastic and its music is magnetic. I credited the writing of the lyrics to a Swedish poet by the name of Carl Boberg. It was translated to English and it is difficult how it could come out with this good a rhyming scheme. I have to think that somebody rewrote it be fore it was put to music but I can't find anything on that. As for who has recorded it, well just about everybody. I can't pick an artist who did a better version than the others. As for me, I think it makes a great addition to any singer's song book. It's a bit long but it's well worth memorizing. Here is my cover of 'How Great Thou Art'. You will have to forgive a few wrong notes by the mandolin, I'm just starting to learn that instrument and I wouldn't have mixed it into the recording if it didn't happen to add a nice touch there. I can live with a few off notes if you can.
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105 written and recorded by Fred Eaglesmith I came late to this tune. A few years back I heard it over the radio, on my way home from work at 4 in the morning, ( I was working the graveyard shift). It woke me up and had me rock'n all the way home. Now I ain't np Rock artist, but this is the kind of tune that doesn't require any special skills, just a good sense of timing and rhythm and you're off and running. Written and recorded by Fred Eaglesmith, this is a snappy piece of music and lyrics that gets the hands moving all on their own. Check out this cover and see what you think.
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Will the Circle be Unbroken? written by Ada R. Habershon & composed by Charles H. Gabriel recorded by the Carter Family This is an old recording that I made many years ago when I joined a local Jamming Group called the Westman Jams. Their opening theme song, for every jam, was 'The Circle'. They always performed it in the slow and serious way that you often hear this classic Gospel number performed in. I was more interested in hearing it rocked up a little and at the time I was attempting to learn to play the Mandolin. I decided this was an excellent excuse to to record this number and put my newly learned, if somewhat weak, skills as a mandolin player to work. Also I wanted to do a little harmony singing and this was an excellent tune to showcase that skill. So it was that I covered this tune. I didn't have the software to create even the simplest video recording, at the time, so I never posted it on YouTube until now. I came across this old recording and thought that it wasn't all that bad, so I decided to finally post it on the Tube. This song was written in 1907, by Ada R. Habershon and the music was composed by Charles H. Gabriel. A.P. Carter reworked and released the song in 1935 with the Carter Family. Sure, it's a been a little over played, throughout the years, but if given a proper reworking, it can still be very entertaining. See what you think of this interpretation of this old classic.
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I am Weary Let Me Rest written by Pete Kuykendall recorded by Alison Krauss Due to a matter of choosing to use the wrong image for this video I had to take it down and put up a new video in it's place. Well I can't go much longer without recorded a cover of another Alison Krauss number so here is one I think you will like. 'I Am Weary, (Let Me Rest)' was written by Pete Kuykendall and recorded by Alison Krauss. As Gospel orientated songs go, this has got to be my favorite. It is a sweet tune that suits Alison's singing style perfectly. If your haven't heard the Alison Krauss recording of this tune, go seek it out NOW! It is fantastic. ...in the meantime here is my cover of 'I Am Weary, (Let Me Rest)'.
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The Battle Cry Of Freedom written by George Frederick Root (1862) I don't know if I can explain quite what it is I love about this tune. Certainly it is written to a lovely tune. I realize that the lyrics might be a bit divisive but to me, a Canadian, I find the message touching. Add to this is the sense of sadness that seems embedded into the story around these lyrics. This song was written by George Frederick Root in 1862, during the American Civil War as a motivator for the soldiers on the Union side. Of course we all know that the Union won that conflict, in the end, but right up until the end of that terrible war nobody could truly say how it would end or if it ever would. At one point in the lyrics it mentions that we'll fill our vacant ranks with a million free men more. This is an indicator that even as they fought to win they had to admit that their losses where truly staggering and great indeed where their loses. More Americans died in that terrible war than ever did in any conflict involving the U.S. before or since. Soldiers and civilians on both sides fell, many never to be identified. They where buried where they fell, often in unmarked graves. As much as we would all like to forget such horrible events, songs like this remind us what can happen when we let ourselves forget how much we need each other. It was due to the unity of the United States that it survived and became strong and it was as it lost sight of this that it nearly died. God Save America! So it was that I decided to give in to my love for this piece and face any criticisms I may be subjected to for choosing to record a Northern Battle Anthem. To me, it is a story beautiful and melodic. One more example of the kind of songs that rule my heart. Here's my cover of 'The Battle Cry Of Freedom'.
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Fit for a King written by Jim Rushing and Carl E Jackson recorded by Joe Diffie I love a good story. I guess that you could say that I'm not a very religious man but Gospel songs always have such good stories to them and the message that they contain is usually a very good one. Thus I tend to gravitate toward gospel type Country and Bluegrass Music. I was cruising YouTube looking for a nice song to learn and I stumbled onto this number, written by Jim Rushing and Carl E Jackson. It is called 'Fit for a King' and the version I cottoned onto had been recorded by Joe Diffie in 2010. It tells the story of a street bum / preacher and his never ending struggle to steer the passers-by onto the path towards God. The lyrics are, simply, lovely and the music is wonderful. It's not so hard to play or sing that any amateur could not learn to perform it. In other words, it fits perfectly into the category of music I like to cover and post on my YouTube channel. If you are not familiar with this song, check out Joe Diffie's recording. Mine is less complicated as I have no where near the skill of Joe Diffie or his back-up group. Still, for what it's worth, here is my cover of 'Fit for a King'.
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Diggin' Up Bones written by Paul Overstreet, Al Gore, and Nat Stuckey recorded by Randy Travis In 1986, Randy Travis was all the rage and I was driving a tractor up and down the fields of my father's farm and listening to Country Music on the radio, looking for good songs to learn. Randy put out a tune called “Diggin' Up Bones'. Written by Paul Overstreet, Al Gore, and Nat Stuckey, this was a classic done me wrong song that drove a stake right through my heart. It went to number one and joined the many others in my repertoire. To this day it comes to my memory, pretty much uncalled. The story is a heart breaker and the lyrics are excellent. Here is my cover of Randy Travis' Diggin' Up Bones. I hope you will enjoy it. It's an excellent piece for any amateur musician to learn.
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A Pub With No Beer written by Gordon Parsons recorded by Slim Dusty I guess you folks must get tired of hearing me say it, but I owe my love for music to my father's family. They used to get together every chance they could and play tunes to all hours of the night. Many of the songs that haunt my memories are old tunes, and I do mean OLD tunes. Songs like this one called 'A Pub With No Beer'. Written by Gordon Parsons, who adapted it from an old poem called 'A Pub Without Beer' it was recorded by Slim Dusty in 1957. I guess it appeals to me because it's a ballad and a talking / singing song which is always a challenge to learn. My Uncle Nick was a master at these kind'a things. Always get a kick out of the line about there being no place for a dog around a pub with no beer. The boss is inside drinking wine with his mates. Wine having a higher a high alcohol percentage than beer and the boys being ticked about the lack of beer, no doubt they would take their anger out on any dog who got under foot. At any rate it's a fine old song, if you take the time to put the feelings in it. Here is my cover of 'A Pub With No Beer'.
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Me and Little Andy written and recorded by Dolly Parton. When I was young, my uncle taught me how to sing the sad songs he called 'Tear Jerkers'. These dated back to the times of Wilf Carter, Roy Acuff, the Carter Family and the likes. These days, folks don't record Tear Jerkers as they would be considered too depressing. What they were, however, was a reflection of the hard times that society faced. The last true Tear Jerker that I recall ever hearing was a Dolly Parton song called, 'Me and Little Andy'. This was both written and recorded by Dolly Parton and released in 1977. It never made it big on the radio billboard, perhaps because Tear Jerkers had long since ceased being all the rage. When I heard it, however, I fell in love with it because I had developed a long time penance for this kind of music. Even if Tear Jerkers have lost their shine, the hard times they reflect haven't, altogether, ceased. For many folks life's trials are as great as they ever where. We've simply learned to look away from the suffering of others. These tunes were meant to cause us to face up to these facts. In that they are still valid today. Even if Tear Jerkers are not the rage anymore, it still pays to acquaint yourself with how to sing them well, because they teach you two major skills needed in the field of singing. ONE: How to put real emotion into a piece of music, and TWO: How to maintain conscious control over your emotions while singing so that your voice doesn't crack. In this cover, you can tell, from time to time, that it has been a while since I have sung Tear Jerkers, because I loose control of my vocal tones in some of the saddest parts of this cover. In the end, I just love this kind of music and so I decided today to record this piece and see how it turns out. I hope you will find this cover both unique and entertaining.
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The House of the Rising Sun uncertain authorship recorded by The Animals This is a folk song that goes back a lot further than most folks would suspect. In fact, it goes back so far that nobody really knows who actually wrote it. It has been recorded by all kinds of artist includeing the likes of Clarence "Tom" Ashley, Gwen Foster, Roy Acuff, Ivy Smith, Texas Alexander, and a British band called The Animals. It has a very 70's sound to it, but it was recorded back in the early years or recordings under the title “The Rising Sun” The version I am most familiar with would be by The Animals but my version is slightly more free formed. This is a tune that almost everybody is familiar with and is fairly simple to play except that it utilizes a lot of the minor chord styling. Still it's simple to learn and I'd be surprised if you didn't already know, at least, some of the lyrics by heart. Here is my simple cover of “The House of the Rising Sun”.
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Cross Canada written & recorded by Stompin' Tom Connors It might be easy to write off Stompin' Tom Connor's music as cute, funny tunes but that would be overlooking were Tom got most of his inspirations from. Tom crisscrossed the huge of expanse of Canada at a young age on freight trains and hitch hiking on the highways and back roads East to West and back. He played, mostly, in bar rooms and pubs and when he wasn't playing he was talking to the average Canadians. They told him their stories and he turned many of them into songs. Some where comical, some where serious but they all had their roots in the stories of the average folks of Canada. Connors was also a patriot. He proudly proclaimed himself Canadian and refused to go south to record in Nashville. Almost all of his tunes, he wrote himself. This one proclaims his colors in a song called 'Cross Canada'. If you're Canadian, sing it along with me and stand up straight and proud. This is a great land and as close to heaven on earth as you'll find anyplace. Here's my cover of Stompin Tom Connor's “Cross Canada”.
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455 Rocket written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings recorded by Kathy Mattea In 1997 I was staying at a place that had cable TV with a Country Music Video channel. I used to watch in the off chance that a really good song would come on that I hadn't learned. To tell the truth, I had about given up on new music by then and in the span of the next decade dozens of really great country songs where released by various new artists. I was back, hooked on music once again. One of those tunes to grab my attention was a song, written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, called 455 Rocket. Recorded by Kathy Mattea, this song had a quick, Bluesy sound with a wild harmonica that snapped me to attention. I learned it by heart and it sticks in my mind even today. If you are going to perform for an audience, it pays to have a variety of all kinds of music in your repertoire. Fast songs, slow songs, blues, country, rock, folk and bluegrass. Happy songs, sad songs, frivolous and serious music. Something to make people laugh, or cry, to think deeply or just move with the music. This piece fulfills many of those categories. Add to that the fact that it has some really good lyrics and a solid story behind it and you have a recipe for a great tune. Check out this simple cover out and be sure to look up Kathy's original recording.
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Me & Bobby McGee written by Kris Kristofferson and ‎Fred Foster recorded by Kris Kristofferson There are several classic Country songs from the 1970's. Right up there with Take Me home Country Road is a number written by Kris Kristofferson and ‎Fred Foster called 'Me & Bobby McGee'. I can think of few tunes that folks from my generation would find more recognizable as this one. Its a true piece of 1970s Country Gold. It's been recorded by more artists than I could count on the fingers of both my hands. In a way, I can see why original artists hate cover artists. I suppose that would include me although I don't do this for a living. This song has been done in more ways and styles than you could shake a stick at. Still, try as I might, I just can't find a recording artist that did this song as I remember it. The closest I can see has to be Kris's version but even that one... The only thing about this tune that I hate is when they start breaking into nonsense lyrics like “Na na na... Na na na na... Na na na... Na na”. Seriously? How does that help the song? What's more, it appears completely unnecessary. It's like they forgot the words and couldn't ad-lib a verse. The story is complete so an extra verse wasn't necessary. Why create this clumsy musical filler? In my cover I simply repeated the verse and omitted the vocal filler. I think it comes off better this way but that's my opinion. Maybe you'd disagree. Anyway here is my cover. Good or bad version, this is an excellent song to learn and add to your repertoire, if you haven't already.
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This Old Guitar written and recorded by Jim Matt Often times I hear how it's hard to get all the words to fit into line. Either they try to cut a few words out or they slip out of time. Sometimes you can switch a few words and the line still works but barring that, you'll just have to find a way to make the proper lyrics fit. You can't afford to slip out of time. So what can you do? Well it all comes down to speeding up and slowing down your speech. Folks want to say it the way they would normally, but when that can't work then you'll just have to adapt your speech to the music. If it was always easy then everybody would be big recording artists. Still it's not natural talent that makes the big stars so talented. Mostly it comes down to practice. Try the same line over and over in different ways until you hit a style that sounds and feels right. Then practice it over and over until it comes out right every time you sing it. Your will trip up a lot for a while but in time you'll get the words to fit. What makes an amateur an amateur is an unwillingness to do the repetitive work to work out the kinks. That's about it. 'This Old Guitar' is a challenge, mostly in the second verse due to a lot of syllables and not much time to get the words into the lines. Here is a perfect tune to practice this skill. Written and recorded by Jim Matt in 1995, 'This Old Guitar' is a fantastic piece of country music that should be on every amateur Country Music musician's to learn list. It has been on mine for years but I never sat down to really work on it and a tune like this requires the work. Did I do enough? Probably not, but I do think that it came out not all that bad. Jim' version is quite different from my own and I wish I knew who I heard do it this way. Still I can't say why I do it this way, but to each his own. Make sure to check out Jim's recording. It'll help you figure out how to make the words fit. In the end, however, it'll have to be you that does the work to learn to sing it smoothly. Here is my cover of 'This Old Guitar'. I hope you will enjoy it.
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the Wreck on the Highway written by Dorsey Dixon recorded by the Louvin Brothers This is an old tear-jerker, as my Uncle Nick used to refer to them as. It's an old Gospel song written by Dorsey Dixon and recorded by many Country artists including the Louvin Brothers. My uncle taught me to put feeling into music with tunes of this type and I never forgot this piece. From time to time it is brought sharply back into focus in my mind due to certain sad events. Here is my simple cover of 'the Wreck on the Highway'.
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Little Arrows written by Mike Hazlewood & Albert Hammond recorded by Leapy Lee Here is a quirky little love tune that was put out over the air in 1968 by an English artist called Leapy Lee. This was to be his only major hit. Written by Mike Hazlewood & Albert Hammond, 'Little Arrows' speaks of the futility of avoiding love when it comes your way. In the song, the Greek God of Love, Cupid is firing off arrows into the air and who is going to be the target? Well there is only one way to find out. I thought the tune was quite good and the lyrics are very well thought out. Here is my basic cover of this tune that I hope you will enjoy.
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The Monkey That Became President written & recorded by Tom T. Hall Now first of all, I want to make this PERFECTLY CLEAR! I did not chose this tune to record because of any current state of politics in the United States. I may or may not think much of Donald Trump as President, but he's not my President so it's not for me to comment upon that. I chose this song because it was written and recorded by a Country Music artist that I have always admired and because in 1972, when this tune was released, I fell in love with it. It's a story and one that was well told. It's mostly pure bulls..t and fiction, but there is a core of truth in it that is just enough to make you think and making you think is what I believe that songs should be about. The tune I chose to record today is a song entitled 'The Monkey That Became President'. It was written and recorded in 1972 by Tom T. Hall. I laughed my butt off when I heard it. Not all ballads have to be serious. At any rate, here is my basic cover of Tom's “The Monkey That Became President”. I hope that you will enjoy it. Have a great day!
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The Man In The Moon Is A Newfie written and recorded by 'Stomping' Tom Connors This is not the first Tom Connors tune that I have featured and it likely won't be the last. What I like about Tom is that he is a story teller through and through. Be it a funny story or a serious one, Tom knows how to tell it in song. Naturally when you start telling tales they have a way of stretching a bit like a fish story. Take this story about the findings of the American Space Program of the 60's. Well... maybe it's not ALL true... but when your a Canadian nationalist, you've got to find a way to turn the tide in your favor, don't you...? Here is my cover of a Stomping Tom Connors song called 'The Man In The Moon Is A Newfie'. I hope that you get a kick out of it.
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I Heard My Savior Call lyrics by Johnnie Bailes recorded by Hank Williams Now and then I am asked to play a gospel number at the funeral service of a family member of a close friend of the family. This is especially important to me if the person, who has passed on, is an old musician. I always think that a musician ought to be sent off with a piece of live music from some one who knew him or her. So it was that I was asked, by the widow, to perform a gospel number at the service of a cousin of mine. She had the tune all picked out. It was not one I was familiar with, but I looked it up on the net and set about to learn it. The tune was called 'I Heard My Savior Call' and was written by Johnnie Bailes. The musician I heard sing it was Hank Williams Sr. My version is a little slower than Hank recorded it, but stays faithful to his style. Hank and I have a similar singing style. Likely I picked it up from him. Here is a single track recording of my cover of this tune as I learned it.
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You Belong To Me written by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart recorded by Jason Wade I have often spoke of how paying close attention to the lyrics and the story of a song have made me very fond of certain songs. Sometimes, however, the opposite can be true as well. A friend of mine asked me if I would sing a tune, he was fond of, at his anniversary. The song he wanted me to preform was called 'You Belong To Me'. It was written by Chilton Price and modified by Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart and was a story of two lovers separated by vast distances and one missing the other. I had never heard it before so I looked it up on YouTube and there it was. It seemed well written and had a very nice tune to it. It was only as I looked into the lyrics, a little closer, that I began to become a little concerned about the message within the song. Now a hundred people might listen to this song and all come out with different meanings but this is what I came out with. Basically, the singer is reminding his partner that she is NOT free to pursue her own choices because she has sworn her allegiance to him. (Pardon me if I assume that the singer is male. It could be the other way around.) This is the one problem I have with marriage vows is that they are written as a contract by which one sells oneself into slavery to another. This form on contract is then enforced by nearly all religious orders, in the name of GOD. This is why, women, who find themselves in abusive relationships, have often felt obligated by their religions and societies to remain in that situation because that is what a GOOD woman is supposed to do. There is no moral way out for these women. Don't get me wrong! I'm not against marriage. I AM against abusive marriages enforced by society and when one spouse announces to the whole world that he or she OWNS his or her partner ('You Belong To Me'), THEN I get a little worried that something is very wrong with society. You see what can happen when one reads deeply into the lyrics of a song? It's a lovely piece and I am sure that it was meant with all good intentions, but the message hidden within makes me somewhat uncomfortable, especially to sing at an anniversary. I recorded it, and attached it to an email to my friend. I told him that I could do it but I was not sure if it was a wise choice because of the reasons listed above. He opted not to ask me to do it. I stumbled across the recording today, and decided to include it in my selection to show that lyrics can hurt a song in unexpected ways. The artist that I heard perform it was Jason Wade. I think that he did the best version of this song, personally. Here is my cover version of 'You Belong To Me'.
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I Want My Goodbye Back written by Pat Bunch, Doug Johnson and Dave Berg recorded by Ty Herndon During the summer of 1995 a funny, 'Forgive Me I Was Wrong.' song came over the air waves and took my quite by surprise. First, it doesn't take the task of apologizing very seriously, which is a strike against it in my book and secondly, it was a quick, rocky song and I'm a slow, ballad music man. The music, however was wonderful, the lyrics where hilarious and the story described the kind of apologies that never work down to a tee. Instead of asking for another chance the singer, in this song, demands one. The song I'm talking about, of course, was 'I Want My Goodbye Back'. The original recording artist that introduced it to the world was Ty Herndon. Written by Pat Bunch, Doug Johnson and Dave Berg the lyrics are well put together and suit to speed and style of the music perfectly. This is a really great Country Music tune and makes a great piece to impress your friends with. As to whether it impresses the girls... I don't know about that... At any rate, here is my attempt at covering this song, Check it out.
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Gospel Plow written and recorded by Bob Dylan Here's a short but bluesy gospel piece written and recorded by Bob Dylan. I think that this is a great number to learn because it's short and simple and yet it has a rock-a-billy swing to it and a few extra accidentals to add a little spice. It's lyrics are relatively easy to learn and simple to ad-lib to if you forget a few words. If you've got an audience with a taste for gospel music, this one can't fail. My cover is itself somewhat modified in the words. Check it out, especially if you're unfamiliar with this tune. I think it would fit right into your repertoire. I hope you enjoy it.
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Don't Squeeze My Sharmon written by Carl Belew & Van Givens recorded by Charlie Walker My Uncle Charlie was the only brother in my father's family who did not sing or play an instrument. He was a real cowboy like figure. A loner and always separate from the rest in certain ways. He once told me that his out-right favorite Country song was 'Don't Squeeze My Sharmon'. He laughed a lot and always wore a big cowboy hat and a bright, broad grin. He was a hard man, not to like. Tall and thin, always in a checkered shirt and boots, like all of my uncles from my father's side, he was a born story teller and I guess that he just liked the story in this song. Written by 'Carl Belew and Van Givens', this tune was recorded by Charlie Walker in 1967. It tells about a young fella out for an evening of fun and dancing, who courted a charming, young lady and a load of troubles on the dance floor. The hook-line, though the name is spelled differently, was almost utterly lifted from a popular advertisement of the day for Charmin toilet-paper, of course toilet-paper plays no role in the tune at all. Personally I thought it was an O.K. piece, but I felt that it was just one verse too short and that it didn't quite come to an adequate end so I wrote one more, (the last), verse to round out the story. Here is my cover... and my version of 'Don't Squeeze My Sharmon'. I hope that you will enjoy it. P.S. I work in a Wal*mart store, stocking the chemicals and washroom paper goods isles and I know Shamon, (Charmin), very well. I don't think she would mind that I modified the lyrics of the song slightly.
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