J.D. Richards - Vocals - Year Of The Cat [Cover] - My vocal on the Al Stewart classic.
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J.D. Richards - Vocals
Year Of The Cat [Cover] - My vocal on the Al Stewart classic.
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A Little More Love [Final Edit] - Written while a staff writer for Welbeck Music (ASCAP Div of ATV Music Group) in Nashville in 1981. Like the Jackie DeShannon tune, "What The World Needs Now (Is Love, Sweet Love)", this song reflects on the ever popular emotion that fuels our hearts and souls. (Now in the vast archives of SONY Music)
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I Think Of You {Master Edit} - An original love song recorded once right after I finished writing it. The pitch at the end of a few lines is dubious. I intended to record it again the next day but when I woke up I had no feeling in my fingers on my left hand. Two fusion procedures on 4 cervical discs have me playing rudimentary guitar. Not completely back butat 72 more than I should have expected. I have 70 plus originals to record. My wooden lady feels so good in my hands. Hallelujah. I looked everywhere trying to find as many pictures of the beautiful model for my video. This lady is the most radiant, beautiful woman on earth in my opinion.
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Salt On Your Skin {Master Edit} -
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In Paradise {Final Edit} - Written and recorded playing a Baptist church organ in 1976.
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Owed To A Younger Woman {Final Edit} - It was rumored after I moved to Galveston in 1998 that I preferred younger women but that was not true. I prefer intelligent women with incredible eyes no matter the age (over 18). Size of breast doesn't matter. Hair color: Red, Chestnut, or Light Brown. I'm an eye man. Always have been. Lying eyes can get to you! Have to be careful. This was written in 2002 facing the Gulf of Mexico on the beach.
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Now Baby {Final Edit} - A funky trip into sun and surf. Reference video track: ALL TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THEIR OWNERS. This video is presented for non-profit and for non-commercial purposes. This use is pursuant to U.S. Code Sec. 107, Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act.
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Take Me For A Ride On A Star {Final Edit} - My lady gave me the title and I wrote a Beatlesque love ballad for her.
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Essence {Final Edit} - Inspired by the favorite perfume of someone I love.
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Show Me The Road To Heaven {Final Edit} - I recorded "Show Me The Road" a week before I pawned my keyboard in 1997. Since the beginning of time, religion has been human kinds attempt to explain the darkness and the questions without answer where you have to have faith. The Bible includes some books and leaves others out based on human judgement. Each man, or woman's, religion is their own and as Lennon sang "Whatever Gets You Through The Night". To me a religion that does not condone sacrifice, either human, or other creature, is viable excluding any religion that participates in sexual activity with children. Moral responsibility seems to wane at times in our world.
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Lady Come Home With Me {Final Edit} - A direct plea to continue the evening in private. Written and recorded in 1981 when I was 6 years old.
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Love Makes The World Go Round - Co-written with Jean Roberson. She gave me the title then a short time later it was done. It was during my time at ATV in Nashville.
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You Make Me Feel Like I'm In Love {Final Edit} - Written in Nashville in 1981 while a staff writer. Focused on Dean Martin but didn't get him the song in time.
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Its Really Love [Master Edit] - Written as Buffettesque medium tempo ballad and amped up by super picker Doug Luther with Fuzz at the console. Recorded one summer afternoon in 1980. Rock on.
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You Found Me Just In Time [Master Edit] - Written and recorded at the Sound Lab in Nashville 1981. Recorded Beatlesque. Previous upload aspect ratio was not right
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Gulf Of Mexico - Written on the steps of the Seawall in Galveston 2002.
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Watchin' Heather Dance Part 2 - This the original recording I did playing all parts with a drum machine - I wrote this immediately after watching the video of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like A Wolf". I didn't copy anything directly but wanted to create something with that type of power. This is probably the best rhythm guitar I ever played LIVE. No punch-ins. Who would think that this was written by a Father Tyme (acoustic guitarist/vocalist who believes till this very day that the most honest genre of music is someone with a guitar, or piano, alone facing an audience). I walked away from independent recording deals and chose, what for me, was the ultimate musical path. The feedback and instant gratification of singing to new and old friends can not be matched. I owe my peace of mind and heart in regards to my music to places like the Captain's Table, the Baja Beach Club (My first Galveston weekly gig in January 1999, the Jamaica Beach Saturday gigs, Bahama Mama's, Daddy's in Gilchrist, and so many others (Over 3000 gigs in 9 1/2 years - Yes, I was quite busy. During season, I would book two gigs a day when I was offered compatible bookings. At the 'Table I saw my friend's kids grow from elementary school to junior and high school. Reference video track: ALL TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THEIR OWNERS. This video is presented for non-profit and for non-commercial purposes. This use is pursuant to U.S. Code Sec. 107, Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act.
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So High Alone And 18 [Final Edit] - Written in 1980 after talking to my step-daughter about so much pot use in school. That was in 1980, mind you. I doný smoke but know a lot of friends who do. If someone is high they tend to mellow out and aren't as mush of a threat behind the wheel of their car as they go to the closest drive-in grocery with the munchies. Pot should be legal in all 50 states in my opinion. Alcohol that inacapacitates drivers and murders on the highway is legal and taxed. Marijuana can generate a major scale harvest of money. Get real, pompous politicians!
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False Prophet Blues {Final Edit} - Written as Shaman's Song but I felt it was mistitled. The lyric refers to alcohol as the false prophet and tells the story of a man who achieves a drunken state and accidentily wanders out on the roof of a bar on the Strand in Galveston and throws his empty down and the people below on the street think he's about to jump when he had no intention. Cops were called and he was arrested. Inspired by a true story I read online that happened in Houston I think. Written while in my apartment riding out a storm. Usd ladies pictures and 1 guy. Betterthan looking at one drunk guy after another in my previous video.
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Valeries Lullaby - Written for someone I once believed in. It seems like a lifetime ago. Writers have been trying to re-invent the wheel with those 3 little words since the beginning of time. If you are lucky enough to catch lightening in a bottle once in your lifetime, your heart is blessed. I caught it 6 times (3 redheads, 1 dark blonde, one brunette with red roots, 1 medium brown hair and Cajun. All six had green/hazel eyes). Love gluttony?
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When You Were Mine (Final Edit) - It's better to look back at a love that ended than to have never loved at all.
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You Got Away With My Heart - A song was written 2 1/2 years ago with my heartbreak of 12 years the emotional fuel. . Love left a bitter after-taste.
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Daydream Symphony (Final Edit) - Written in the early morning hours when I was sleepy as hell but wanted to finish this. A life commentary song.
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If You Could See You Through My Eyes (Final Edit) - Written for a friend who was incredibly beautiful but was having a rough time adjusting to losing her job.
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Three Little Words (Final Edit) - An original about "I Love You".
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Valerie (Final Edit) - All the ladies in the video are named Valerie. Another love song.
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Luv Can Be So Grand - An original written after my 2nd spinal fusion surgery that gave me back most of the feeling in both hands.
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She Said Yes (Final Edit) - This very positive love song is dedicated to all the ladies who have spent time in prison. They did something wrong and got caught. I've known several women and men who had multiple addictions, lied, cheated and stole all their lives. They just never were caught. When I searched for pictures for my video, I was surprised to find 90% of the pictures were Caucasian when the high percentage of prisoners are men and women of color. The ladies in these pictures have families, Some are parents. Just because they made a mistake and are having to pay for it, shouldn't brand them as less of a human but society does exactly that.
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I'll Go On Lovin' You (Cover) - Dedicated to redheaded ladies and their beauty.
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I Wish You Were Here - A heart-felt love song.
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My Addiction - Dedicated t the woman I love.
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Next Time - Sir Sean Connery has been my favorite actor since before Bond. when I read that he died in his sleep, I paused and thought back to all his movies and the joy he gave us all. "Bond, James Bond." has been spoken by other actors but all were compared to the original. His shadow will always haunt anyone else who plays his part. He left his stamp on every role he played. A son of Scotland and a hero to the world. He lived his retirement years in the Bahamas. RIP Sir Sean. I had used Mr Connery's pictures in previous videos for "Next Time" and so it is with this version
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Fantasy Island - A song inspired by Robinson Crusoe and the TV series, "Fantasy Island".
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Opportunity Only Knocks Once -I was in a fun mood after an island gig and sat down to write when I got home. I played the lead intro lick and started playing. Half the lyrics are the ad-lib I played. I knew I had a crowd-pleaser the 1st time I performed it. To me, it was an interesting idea.
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That's My Baby - This song was inspired by ex-wife #3 right after we got married. We were in Destin, FLA and she was walking at the edge of the surf wearing blue jeans, a pleasant (word choice deliberate) blouse, and a straw hat. All the instrumentation and the arrangement are by Doug Burtchaell of Houston, TX. I wrote it and all the vocals are by me. When the pictures fit the song , I use pictures of my wife, daughter, grandson, and friends. I got some of Henry in this one and my Tennesse boys along with the star of the show, Mandy and her baby. He's growing up too fast. : )
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Ballad Of A Fonder Heart - A Willie Nelson inspired original written shortly after my move from Nashville to Galveston. Reference video track: ALL TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THEIR OWNERS. This video is presented for non-profit and for non-commercial purposes. This use is pursuant to U.S. Code Sec. 107, Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act.
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I Live In A Blue House - I sat on the front porch of the blue house where my daughter worked her heart and soul magic after daddy had nowhere else to go when his wife found another at work. She got $600 from her new guy to expedite my getting out of town. I missed my sons. The same thing happened when I lost out on seeing my perfect for me daughter grow from day today. I never recovered from it. This song was written to thank my Mandy. While singing for my supper for 10 years in Galveston, it was my most requested song by far. I had weekly gigs at restaurant/bars and my friends came back to hear me and keep me company. The parents and kids sang "Blue House" with me and I sang it 2 to 4 times nightly. I was supposed to play 6 - 10 pm but when the weather permitted it was 12 - 1 when I stopped. Galveston is my adopted hometown.
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It's All Good Inspired by t-shirt with "It's All Good" printed on it. Before we were able to meet in person she asked me to send her something of mine. I did. She sent me back a picture of her wearing the shirt. It was, indeed, all good. Dedicated to and inspired by Valerie. :)
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Do It All Again - Written after I drove a lady home after sunrise. She came to the bar where I worked a week before Christmas. She stood back from the bar and kept smiling at me. She looked like Lynda Carter's younger sister. The bartender working the back side of the round bar came to me and said "There's a real pretty lady wants to talk to you." I knew who it is. She said," You don't know me and you'll probably think I'm weird (No, she was so pretty that it was all I could do not just stare and grin). "Will you go to my Christmas Party with me Saturday?" My answer was a sad one but I couldn't pass up the chance of spending an evening with her. I said, "I have to work but....You were kind Enough to ask me, so would you be my date to our Christmas Party?" She said,"Yes!". (I breathed a sigh of relief as she wrote down her address and number). I was on cloud nine. Two of my security guard friends were a little upset with me because the three of us had planned to go stag but come on now. This was 1976 and the date was perfect. The song lyric tells the story. At the party she was the main attraction. I felt ten feet tall and bullet proof. A Yuletide story sung over a simple guitar riff. Truly, Debbie Thibodeaux, this one's for you. All the ladies in the video are Native Americans. I dreamed about my wife before I met her on this earth. She was riding a white stallion bareback clad in a smile. Long chestnut hair blowing in the breeze. A truly amazing dream.
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Life's A Beach - When you have to live at such a frantic pace, the beach whispers peace and tranquility.
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This Island Man - A tune about Galveston and Jamaica Beach, Texas. Influenced by Jerry Jeff Walker's (RIP) comments about life in Belize.
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Anything Less Than Yes - I was talking to my best friend, Dennis one night and we were watching TV. One of the actors spoke the line, "Anything less than yes means no. I wrote it down.
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On A Texas Afternoon - An original Dylanesque commentary song. One of my most requested tunes at my gigs in Galveston.
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I Wanna Be Loved - It sounds like it was inspired by Garth Brooks early hits but was written and demoed in 1981. The guitarist recorded with Garth on hit after hit.
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Love Makes The World Go 'Round - Co-written with Jean Roberson. She gave me the title then a short time later it was done. It was during my time at ATV in Nashville.
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Marine Sulphur Queen - An historically accurate original about the disappearance of a T-2 tanker with a load of sulphur in route from Beaumont, TX to Norfolk, VA. Many claim it was swallowed up by the Bermuda Triangle. The Marine Sulphur Queen had a history of fires and debris was found west of the tip of Florida. Cuban fishermen reported an unusual smell. I remember the news bulletin when the Marine Sulphur Queen was reported missing in my mid-teens. After I completed my research and the song was written and recorded, I contacted the owner of the best site online about the Marine Sulphur Queen. She was the daughter of one of the crewmen who perished on the ship. I emailed her a copy. I wanted her approval before posting the video. She approved and we made plans for her to come to Galveston and pick up her CD. She lived in New Orleans. She passed away a short time after we talked. A friend of hers contacted me and told me she had died.
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In Galveston - A love song to Galveston Island. My music career was re-born here thanks to a loving push from my beautiful daughter. She lived in a blue house and took me in when I had no place to live by grace of divorce. I'm so proud of her.
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Where Did Our Love Go Wrong - Written in 1980. I wrote over 1,000 songs my 1st year in Nashville. A song about a man looking back at a relationship that is dying. I, the shadow of my chin hides the entry scare from my 1st of 2 cervical disc fusion surgeries. This was 2 months after the surgery. I took the neck brace off and recorded my song. I forgot I still had a pajama top on. :)
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Mandy With The Laughing Eyes - I took my angel's bedtime routine and wrote her a song. My daughter is amazing. I am so proud of her. When she couldn't sleep when she was very young, I would go to her room and put my hand up in her bed so she could hold my thumb and she was able to go to sleep. Me too - On the floor. She's grown into a beautiful, intelligent woman and she is happily married and living in Hawaii with her wonderful son, Trevor (My grandson). I think her husband is kewl! Love the 3 of them to the max! Recorded LIVE in the bathroom for the natural reverb effect like when I was 16. :)
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I Care Against My Will - I fell in love with this descending chord progression and wrote the lyric to recapture my youth back in caveman tymes.
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True Hearts - Written in 1981 while a staff songwriter for Welbeck Music, the ASCAP Division of ATV Music Group in Nashville. This is an early mix but since it is the only mix I have 39 years later, here its. Barry C Sanders was the engineer. Chris Leuzinger on guitar.
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Free Born Island Man - This song is a narrative written my 1st week after moving to Galveston July 1, 1998. My 2nd day on the island I saw a drug deal go down on bicycles just off Seawall Boulevard. The lyric describes the things learned about my new home and how I felt those 1st few weeks. My beautiful daughter saved my soul. Luv my Mandy with the laughing eyes!
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Heart Deep In Love - Written in February 1981 in Panama City, Florida while on songwriter vacation from my writing gig in Nashville. I wrote 22 songs in a month then headed back north. Reference video track: ALL TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THEIR OWNERS. This video is presented for non-profit and for the non-commercial purposes, review, comment, criticism, education and research. This use is pursuant to U.S. Code Sec. 107, Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act.
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Down By Edwards School - A tale of a romantic triangle that leads to murder. Inspired by Charles Dickens, Dylan, and Lightfoot. Written in the mid 1970s and recorded in 2018.
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Our American Heritage - I lost the lyric over the years and could only remember bits and pieces. I re-wrote the verses and recorded it. I am very pro-Native American. When we played Cowboys and Indians when I was young, I was always an Indian. My mom's mom was full blood and her dad half-breed. Taken along with my father Cajun/Heinz 57 bloodline, I am quite the blended human. I believe I fell instantly in love with my wife because she looks like an Indian Princess.
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https://jdrichards0322.wixsite.com/jdrichards Addicted - A Willie Nelson influenced tune that I had to write because of how much I missed my sons ... read moreafter I moved back to Texas from Nashville on July 1st 1998. Best 3 boys on earth in my totally biased opinion. I had a great deal of trouble performing this one. The memories of my sons are wonderful but overwhelming!
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https://jdrichards0322.wixsite.com/jdrichards Smiling In My Heart - My mom died in May 1990. She is my saving grace. When I put myself on trial, s... read morehe never found me guilty. In my entire life I do not remember her ever raising her voice. she was raised by husband and wife Pevtecostal ministers around Livingston, Texas. She was the only survivor at birth of triplet girls. Her mom died giving birth. Her dad was named Peace Madison Collins. From the time my daughter and sister called to tell me until 2002 when I wrote this song, I could not deal with the loss and the emotions that took over my mind when I tried to write about my mom. After writing "Smiling In My Heart", it was 3 more years before I could perform it. The song rings of truth with me. My mom is always smiling in my heart. Love you mom.
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Johnny B Badd - Through musical amnesia, I never made a video for this up-tempo, contagious rocker. I... read more wrote it 14 years ago and every time I played it they hooted and hollered and clapped their hands as my percussion. Somebody record this and make us some money. Friends asked me if I was using a Gibson? Fender? Nope an Ibanez acoustic with one pedal. Recorded LIVE after a 6 hour gig. :)
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Spending Time Like It Was Money - An original about the influx of tourist into the Strand District of Galveston. Texas. If we all spent our time like it was money, would life be more rewarding or less spontaneous.
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Makin' Love In The Moonlight - A jam I did then the music moved me to write the lyrics.
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Cajun Lady - A song inspired by the beautiful and spirited Cajun ladies. All instruments and the arrangement by Doug Burtchaell.
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Rhett Butler Where Are You? - Jean Williams at ATV Music Group saved this title till she found someone she thought would write it right. I was the lucky guy. This is the original way I wrote it. it was demoed as a waltz with Kathie Mattea doing the vocals (Just before she got her deal). She did a wonderful job. I heard Wynonna in my head as I was writing it. The previous posting was corrupt and the audio would not play.
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Devil And The Deep Blue Sea - A syncopated original inspired by watching Jaws for the umpteenth time. The Manta Stingray has been called a devil. I caught a Ray whose body was over half my size without the wings. It's eyes were blood-red around the pupils. My young daughter was standing right behind me and watched as I drew a crowd. I fought the ray up on the top step of the seawall in Corpus Christi and asked the people if I had caught it. they said yes. Caught it with a lure. I hear this sweet voice from behind me and my daughter had gone back to a Cyclone fence 30-35 feet away. She said, "Daddy, when that thing is back in the water you can have your daughter back". I took my fillet knife and cut the line. With the next wave, it was gone. I know I should have removed the hooks but it's barbed tail was flying back and forth and I wanted no part of it. I had caught several small sharks surf fishing and was able to remove the hook. The ray took my favorite Mirror-Lure. Had it been a Great White or a Killer Whale, I would have observed from a safe distance like at home in an Eazy Chair watching Jaws.
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Sand Dollars - Written sitting on top of Diamond Head in Hawaii in 1984 after reading a postcard about the Legend of the Sand Dollar. I decided to go back down the outside of the crater instead of taking the winding path down. Dumb idea. I had my back pack on and guitar in one hand. LOL. Ruined my jeans and boots sliding and grabbing bushes as I sled 15 - 20 feet at a time. Made it half way down and worked my over to the path. Lucky to be alive. So was my guitar. A once in a lifetime experience.
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All I Left Behind - The warning by philosophers from the world's history that the future can lead back to the past if we are not vigilant, repeated in an original song. The pictures used in the video are from the Peter Bogdanovich movie, Paper Moon, from the 1970s. A brilliantly made and cast movie.
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Lover's Lament - I looked for this recording for year's then found it where I had uploaded it to Facebook 20 years ago. Inspired by the Silk Stockings District in Galveston. I lived 2 blocks over for 3 years. Dedicated to the woman whose beauty inspired me to write more songs than I can count.
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81st Street Love Song (This Is Love) - I lived in an apartment at 81st and Seawall in Galveston. I took my beach guitar across the street and started writing. I wrote 81st Street Love Song on my legal pad and the name stuck, although "This Is Love" was the natural title after the lyric was written.
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Tonight You're Mine - A country-sounding chord progression that I started playing led me to write this cheatin' song. Reference video track: ALL TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THEIR OWNERS. This video is presented for non-profit and for non-commercial purposes. This use is pursuant to U.S. Code Sec. 107, Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act.
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Driftwood - Ron Hafkine put a hold on "Driftwood" for Lou Rawls. Lou listened to it and didn't want to do it. The original demo was produced by and all vocals by Kim Morrison, an amazing talent. She put together a band of friends that laid down some artistically superb tracks. I was told Jay Patton cut loose on the sax break. My vocals are ok but if Kim's had survived the years, I would be posting her version.
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I'm So Lonely [2008 Audio Mix] - A song written the night John Lennon was murdered and recorded Beatlesque in his memory. Remastered in 2020..
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Now Baby - A funky trip into sun and surf. Reference video track: ALL TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THEIR OWNERS. This video is presented for non-profit and for non-commercial purposes. This use is pursuant to U.S. Code Sec. 107, Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act.
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gofundme.com/f/22ocx6amuo (Please copy and paste into your browser) My wife lost her job because of COVID-19 at the beginning of February 2020. We are in danger of being evicted from our apartment.  We live with my wife's fully disabled 23-year-old son who has Asperger's Syndrome. Her car will be repossessed at the end of  October.  We covered rent for September.  I am applying for rent subsidy everywhere I can. I reposted mym CDs and photo story videos recorded years ago in my youthful sixties and have sold 0. I'm back in a full neck brace after a fall Monday. I have a mouth full of problems beginning with multiple abscesses and embedded teeth.    I am 72.  I am bed-ridden and use a wheelchair. I have 8 surgical procedures that need to be done.  I have to submit a letter from a dentist to 6 surgeons saying I am free of abscesses.  Both pole teeth for my partial plate are broken off below the gumline and abcessed. I need all the problematic teeth surgically removed. I have no money to pay for any of it. Any help will be greatly appreciated. God bless. Be safe. Updated 09/17/2020
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Beach Thunder - Written on the Seawall in Galveston when a line of thunderstorms drove me into my car till they passed. There were no Heinekens quenching my thirst that day at 1pm. Just a creative license mentioning my favorite beer. Synthesizer is not usually a musical instrument I utilize. This original was fun to record. Galveston Rocks! My favorite Heineken story involves "The look" the bartender/friend would give me to see if I needed a beer. I would play 4 to 6 hours and rarely took a break. My friends were in awe of my bladder control. The only breaks I took were emergency bathroom breaks. 1st one 2-3 hours into the gig. Mark would bring me 6-8 Heinies a night from which I would get one or two big sips from each bottle. I sang in the hottest part of the open-air Palapa bar where no breeze dared to blow. I wore a tank top and shorts and sweated profusely 10 months of the year and froze my ____ January and February. Mark and I worked out a way to get through the last hour. He would bring me a shot of peppermint snapse and my voice would return as though by alcohol miracle. I loved singing on Galveston Island. Be it a restaurant/bar, wedding reception/wedding, or private party. I played a retirement dinner for several judges for an outrageous fee. People actually paid me to do what I would have done for free. Nobody tell on me, please. Admittedl3, at 72 with loss of feeling in both hands, there is not much of a demand. :) ALL TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THEIR OWNERS. This video is presented for non-profit and for non-commercial purposes. This use is pursuant to U.S. Code Sec. 107, Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act.
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The Storm - When I read about the 1900 Storm being the worst natural disaster in us history, I began to research the hurricane's deadly path across Cuba, it's left turn across the Gulf of Mexico with Galveston, Texas in its sights, and the devastation (The US weather forecaster's predicted it striking Florida. Only thr Cuban forecaster's got it right and they were ignored by the USA). A photographer for Edison had his newly invented camera and took pictures of the island after the storm (Between 6 and 12 thousand dead). The story of the orphanage and the fate of the nuns and orphans was heart-breaking. To ensure that they would all stay together, the nuns, each tied up to a dozen orphans to them with catastrophic results. The surge of the Gulf drowned them all. When one body was found by searchers there was the gruesome task of following the rope. All rights to the pictures are maintained by the Rosenberg Library for the citizenry of Galveston. The song was written in late summer 2000 in tribute to those who perished. September 8. 2000 was the 100th anniversary of the deadly storm. There was no Seawall then. I fractured a bone in my right hand and could not play my song, two months in the making. I found the original recording with wave sound effects [along with the wind] after 20 years and wanted to post it for my friends. Please listen and hear about the disaster that very nearly wiped Galveston off the face of the earth. It didn't because of the true grit of the Coastal Texans who rebuild after each time "The Gulf" rises up.
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Wings Of Yesterday - A song inspired by Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Reference video track: ALL TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THEIR OWNERS. This video is presented for non-profit and for the non-commercial purposes. This use is pursuant to U.S. Code Sec. 107, Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act.
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Your Love - Inspired by and written for my bride. The 1st original I recorded since fusion surgery on 4 cervical discs 11/01/2017. Before the operation, I had little or no feeling in my left hand for 7 years. I feel blessed to play my wooden lady again.
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Our American Heritage - I lost the lyric over the years and could only remember bits and pieces. I re-wrote the verses and recorded it. I am very pro-Native American/American Indian. When we played Cowboys and Indians when I was young, I was always an Indian. My mom's mom was full blood and her dad half-breed. Taken along with my father's Cajun/Heinz 57 bloodline, I am quite the blended human. I believe I fell instantly in love with my wife because she looks like an Indian Princess. This a re-posting using the original audio from the LIVE performance and taking out the tribal drums I added in the Chorus in the re-mastering.
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Poe's Nevermore [Hallelujah] - Inspired by Mr Poe, "March For Life", and my grandson, Trevor. This original was written as I watched the young start to lead the rest of us. The mass killing at Parkland showed once again the urgent need for gun control reform. Still, nothing has been done. God help us all.
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False Prophet Blues - Written in a frisky Dylan mood. A tongue in cheek commentary song about a drunk who found himself on the roof of a bar. The passers-by, below, thought he was a jumper and called the cops. He was a drinker who had no intention of jumping.
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Footprints In The Sand - A broken heart can indeed kill. A mellow, bluesy original that just happened. I picked up my guitar and the words followed the melody my wooden Lady was puttin' down. Got through the first two verses than stopped to type the lyric. A new audio edit using a free version of Pro Tools, Pro Tools First by AVID.
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Alone Like The Man In The Moon - Written in 1981 in Panama City. A plea for love. I was a staff writer for Welbeck Music - ASCAP Div - ATV Music Group in Nashville in 1981. I was 4 at the time. LOL My version live had a Neil Young medium tempo rock feel. We did the demo as a country ballad Reference video track: ALL TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THEIR OWNERS. This video is presented for non-profit and for the non-commercial purposes. This use is pursuant to U.S. Code Sec. 107, Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act.
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In Paradise
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I Still Love You - I was playing my wooden lady and singing at a piano bar called "Thlrsties" just off Phelan Boulevard in Beaumont, Texas. This happened 39 years ago. l had written a new song and this was the 1st night I would sing it. I was in town to see my daughter and mom. As I sang I noticed a man wearing a cowboy hat sitting quietly alone at his table. When I finished, he arose and walked up to me and said, "Could you Plat song again?".e ten placed a $20 bill on my music stand. I played it for him. He tapped his hat and as he headed by me toward the door, he turned and said, "You nailed it, my friend." I found this recording on a 39-year-old cassette and it had hiss, pops, volume drops, and distortion. I worked on the edit for two weeks then paired it with the slideshow I had made for an acoustic version of the song.
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Only One Heaven - It seems if you don't believe what another denomination does you are going to hell. Even if you believe what your faith dictates. God by any other name hears the prayers of his, or her, believers. Only one heaven and there's room there for you, and me.
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Profiled - Profiled JD Richards The flames of freedom should burn for everyone. The pale race has taken everything they see. There's a new world order. We will see equality! Put an end to the madness - We are the same, you and me Round up all the monsters who leave black men hanging from a tree. Bridge: We have to fight the devil or we will find there's hell to pay He needs to be led away in shackles and locked away. Locked away. Prosecute the demon politicians who get wealthy from bribery. We the people need to protect our freedoms. Nothing about freedom is really free Together our voices will be heard. They try to steal our votes and betray democracy The anti-Christ surrounded by evil souls. A Fascist in the house of white is not how it should be. Bridge: We have to fight the devil or we will find there's hell to pay He needs to be led away in shackles and locked away. Locked away. No more stealing from poor countries. Everything of value. Such insanity. No slavery. No people going hungry. No killing for religion or erasing a society. Stop raping the planet in the name of progress. Global warming by degree Men and women respected - Equal pay - The way it should be. Bridge: We have to fight the devil or we will find there's hell to pay He needs to be led away in shackles and locked away. Locked away. Make this our day of reckoning. Embrace our humanity. We’ll get back to the Garden of Eden and see to shining sea. The flames of freedom should burn for everyone. Quit thinking selfishly We’ve got a chance to make things right. Copyright 2020 JD Richards BMI The vocal was recorded LIVE with my webcam microphone. I'll need to re-record it with my stage mic and windscreen later. I couldn't wait to post it. Posted the lyric, as well.
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God Help Us All - The ominous bell conjures up thoughts of the grip the pandemic has on the world. Especially in the United States where it was politicized and poorly handled. In 1990 I started writing this for a CD project. My words can easily be applied to today. It is inspired by the Beatles [John mainly]. I found this demo on a cassette. I cleaned it up as best I could. I hope you enjoy it. The day after I recorded it I lost feeling in my left hand for 8 years. God Help Us All - JD Richards There are no easy answers to the questions in my heart No, life’s not easy. At best it’s bitter-sweet Chorus: Standin’ on a ledge lookin’ out at forever Ready to jump but afraid to take the fall I know I’d better pray for my salvation God help us all There’s no one to show you through the valley of the shadow It’s a hard road to travel when you walk alone Chorus: Standin’ on a ledge lookin’ out at forever Ready to jump but afraid to take the fall I know I’d better pray for my salvation God help us all Instrumental Break: Where’s this place called heaven and how do I get in ( I know ) There’s no place I can hide the things I’ve done Chorus: Standin’ on a ledge lookin’ out at forever Ready to jump but afraid to take the fall I know I’d better pray for my salvation God help us all Tag: God help us all God help us all © 1998 Wathesgro Music BMI
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Baby Come Home - A song written in my adopted hometown, Galveston, longing for the one I love. A bit of a folk feel.
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I'm so Lonely - A song written the night John Lennon was murdered and recorded Beatlesque in his memory. Remastered in 2020.
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Tale Of Myrtles Cove - I named one of the hard drives on my computer "Myrtle's Cove". Don't really know where the name came from. I did a search and found nothing. I let my imagination run wild and the result was this tale of a double murder and burial near Myrtle's Cove, a fictitious place in the Florida Panhandle.
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Hawaiian Holiday - Over 35 years ago I carried my guitar to the top of Diamondhead in Hawaii to serena... read morede the wind. I took pictures of Honolulu that looked like postcards. Rather than take the long and winding trail down the inside of the crater, I made the decision to go down the outside, not realizing there would be drops of 10-20 feet with nothing to grab. I grabbed my guitar in my right hand and started down. I burned both back pockets off my jeans. Lucky I put my wallet in my front pocket. I was slip/sliding away for about a hundred feet and I decided back my way over and take that long and winding trail down. 35 years later my daughter and grandson took pictures standing where I stood. They took the trail down.
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In A Heartbeat - This recording is by my band,. "Beach Thunder". All instruments and vocals by me/jd with a programmable Alessis drum machine. It is inspired by the early Beatles, ZZ Top, and Chuck Berry. I did the lead guitar in one take. Didn't think I could do it any better. Billy Gibbons I'm not. The song was written with this presentation in mind. The previous posting was corrupt. My apology.
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Name 
J.D. Richards
Followers 1,157   
Views 990,551   
Props 19,180
Location 77006
Instruments Songwriter, Guitar, Vocals
Influences Lady Gaga, The Clash, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Temptations, Ramones, Joey Ramone, Lynyrd Skynyrd, U2, Genesis, The Band, Brian May, Katy Perry, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash, Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan and The Band, Leonard Cohen, Foo Fighters, Deep Purple, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Rolling Stones, Counting Crows, JD Richards, Freddie King, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Willie Nelson, Parliament, Albert King, Guy Clark, Fever Tree
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