I didn't find the tutorial video but I did a link with the tabs. Hope this helps: https://www.911tabs.com/link/?4430217     

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Hey Jim - I like it, especially the use of the G to F in the verses.     

easybeat wrote:

Sad indictment Jets, 60 people have read your post only 10% bothered to go listen

I don't mind - I know people are busy.     

My pleasure Jim! Glad you can relate.     

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Thanks Pete - This winter I was writing a lot, and my mind was more on the creative side than it is now. I still get in that creative mood but not quite as often.     

Thanks Pete and Joe. This song was about my retirement that is coming not too far in the future but for now too far for me to be able and take an unscheduled day off. When I do I know who it will be with, but then most any place in the world will be wide open to visit if I want. Joe, I'll pull for them, whatever they want to call them, but Redskins still works for me too...and I still watch whenever I'm able.     

Hey All,

Here is another. Wrote a while ago but just uploaded to soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/jets60/so-long-a … s-this-way

So Long as the Weather Stays this Way by Jeff Gilpin


3-12-2021


~


[E]I woke up this morning and


[E]The weather was pristine.


[A]The sun just started rising,


[E]Mother Nature doing her thing.


[C]I made a pot of coffee,


[D]While it brewed I walked outside.


[E]The quiet morning greeted me


[E]As I tried to decide. [C] [D] [E]


~


Should I head to the office,


Or head out to the hills?


In for a day behind a desk,


Or out for a day of thrills?


Should I stray off my daily path?


It’s so tempting just to stray,


But I went on in to work


Just like every other day.


~


I made it home that evening


After my daily grind.


I made it to the weekend with my


Work week left behind.



I reflected on my decision.


I reflected on how I live.


I thought about how much longer


I’d be willing just to give.


~


[C]How much really is enough?


[A]How much is too much [E]pain?


[C]What would I do if not my job


[A]With nothing left to [D]gain?


[C]Nothing but whatever it is


[A]I figure out to [E]do,


[C]Going anywhere I want


[D]With the [B7]people I want [E]too.


~


The mountains might be calling,


Maybe even the sea,


Or all the places in between.


They all could be calling me,


And I won’t have to go,


And I won’t have to stay.


I could even stay at home if I want to,


So long as the weather stays this way.



 

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Hey all,

Here's a song I wrote earlier this year and just uploaded to Soundcloud. Hope you enjoy: https://soundcloud.com/jets60/think-the … s-lighting

I Think the Bulb Is Lighting by Jeff Gilpin


Written on Feb-22-2021


~


Intro fingerpicking E7


~


Up in the [A7]night [E7]time


And contem[A7]pla[E7]ting


The meaning [A7]of [E7]ev[A7]ery[E7]thing


About the [A7]flo[E7]wers


And morning [A7]sho[E7]wers


Waving [A7]waves [E7]in [A7]the [E7]breeze


~


I [D7]think the bulb is [E7]lighting


[D7]Glowing and [E7]brightening


[D7]Thinking my [A7]thinking’s [D7]paying [E7]off


~


And when I’m [A7]wat[E7]ching


A little [A7]some[E7]thing


Whatever [A7]cat[E7]ches [A7]my [E7]eye


It could be [A7]star[E7]light


Maybe a [A7]flash[E7]light


Or lightning [A7]bugs [E7]in [A7]the [E7]sky


~



I [D7]think the bulb is [E7]lighting


[D7]Glowing and [E7]brightening


[D7]Thinking my [A7]thinking’s [D7]paying [E7]off


~


[B7]Wandering thoughts go where they [E7]will


[B7]Making my thoughts wander [E7]still


[B7]Down a crooked lane


Or [Bm7]out a windowpane


Or when I [A7]shutting my eyes


[B7]Much to my surprise


~


I close my [A7]eyes [E7]tight


To shut out [A7]the [E7]light


But even [A7]still [E7]light [A7]gets [E7]in


And I see the [A7]sha[E7]dows


Reflecting [A7]rain[E7]bows


Making me [A7]won[E7]der [A7]with[E7]in


~


I [D7]think the bulb is [E7]lighting


[D7]Glowing and [E7]brightening


[D7]Thinking my [A7]thinking’s [D7]paying [E7]off



 

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Hey Pete - Trying to figure this out. Are you using barre chords for this song? Seems like the chord progression is suited for barre chords.     

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beamer wrote:
TIGLJK wrote:

Mick Jagger singing country - pretty funny !!

You never have heard that before??? Off one of the top 5 records (IMHO) they have big_smile

"So if you're down on your luck
I know you all sympathize
Find a girl with far away eyes
And if you're downright disgusted
And life ain't worth a dime
Get a girl with far away eyes"

Yep - backside of the Miss You  45 - Written by Kieth and Mick. It's funny because the song, Miss You, is more R&B, and an awesome song in its own right.     

Wow, Scott - Lots going on there, powerful stuff. It's like a day-in-the-life anywhere on the planet these days. Would love to hear how the words weave with the music.     

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beamer wrote:
jets60 wrote:
Phill Williams wrote:

I have a predilection
That could lead to a conviction
An uncomfortable vacation
In a room of mass extinction
While the world goes on in rapture
Over what they shoot or capture
As we modify our nature
to accommodate our pleasure
And name it as our fate
While we thoughtlessly copulate
Eventually...predicate

Sweet thought-provoking words from a cunning mind!


OK I will play along, as each have contributed to this poem and song.


The cunning mind, feels alone
As it leaves us all behind.
Forward into the nether we shall meet our end
And hear our final chime.

Some await the final moment
The greatest question will be known,
What will be the answer?
Will the mind be blown?

I'll keep it going big_smile

Quoting quoted quotes
Cause my thoughts to wander
To the state of Washington
Across the pond, I ponder

Limitless in scope
The topics where we tread
Tickles in my throat
Whiskey colored red

A toast! I raise my glass
In hopes of brighter days
To thought-provoking friends
Whose words always amaze     

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Phill Williams wrote:

I have a predilection
That could lead to a conviction
An uncomfortable vacation
In a room of mass extinction
While the world goes on in rapture
Over what they shoot or capture
As we modify our nature
to accommodate our pleasure
And name it as our fate
While we thoughtlessly copulate
Eventually...predicate

Sweet thought-provoking words from a cunning mind!     

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Thanks Brian - It seemed to work for this one.     

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Phill Williams wrote:

Intelligent and entertaining also made me laugh in places.

Thanks Phill - Always my intent. smile     

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Thanks Pete     

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Just something that came to me so I thought I would share.
Predicate (I went with the verb def because it was easier for me to rhyme with.)
verb
/ˈpredəˌkāt/
1. state, affirm or assert (something) about the subject of a sentence or an argument of a proposition.
"a word that predicates something about its subject"
2.
found or base something on.
"The theory of structure on which later chemistry was predicated"

World Predicate By Jeff Gilpin


~


5-24-2021


~


Intro E D A D


~


I [E]think about the world I live in.


I [E]think about all the places I’ve been.


[A]Yet my world view’s been thinner than thin.


And I [E]still go and visit old places again.


My [D]fear of what’s out there’s not up for debate.


But I [A]still want to find a better [D]world predicate.


~


[E]How in the world can I describe?


[E]Places where people can barely abide.


Or [A]hold in their anger all cooped up inside.


Or [E]maybe they are just along for the ride.


[D]Hoping they get out before it gets too late.



[A]Maybe find a better [D]world predicate.


~


[E]I cannot know all of the places.


[E]I will not be able to see all the faces.


[A]I am like old shoes without any laces.


[E]No paths to explore or old path retraces.


[D]There is no victory I can celebrate.


[A]While I try to find a better [D]world predicate.


~


[E]Woods getting old crumbling to dust.


[E]People backstabbing no one can you trust.


[A]Try to survive before we all go bust.


[E]Crumbling old bridges just covered in rust.


I want to [D]cross that bridge that divides the hate.


[A]Might bring a better [D]world predicate. [E7]



 

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They are on Cordify - https://chordify.net/chords/mexico-sout … nd-brian-b     

Thanks, Pete. I know how she feels.     

Thanks, Ken.     

Thanks, Jim. Selso Martinez got me started on this one, so props to him for that.     

My friend, Selso Martinez, posted a picture on Facebook with the caption, "Only place that ever felt like home." I decided to turn it into the song below. https://soundcloud.com/jets60/the-only- … -like-home

The Only place that ever felt like home Jeff Gilpin


Intro strumming Em


~


[Em]Breeze in trees at the [C]end of the day


[Am7]Cooling off the warmth of the [D]sun


[G]Takes me back to that [C]place I [G]left


[D]Way back when life had just be[Em]gun. [D]


~


[Em] Didn’t know how good I [C] had it then,


[Am7]Let me tell you, I had it [D]good.


[G]Didn’t worry a[C]bout a [G]thing


I [D]had that life thing under[Em]stood. [Em7]


~


The [C]world was just waiting [G]on me.


[D]Felt it calling me to [G]roam.


So, [C]I left the mountains [G]where I was born,


The [D]only place that ever felt like [Em]home.


~


[Em]Set in my mind to [C]go see the world


[Am7] Waved goodbye to my native [D]shore.


[G]Took in the sites of [C]far-off [G]places,


[D]Not caring what was in [Em]store. [D]


~


[Em]Came back, but never really [C]made it home.


[Am7]Decided I wasn’t going to [D]stay.


[G]Off to the other far [C]end of the [G]world,


[D]I’d head home another [Em]day. [Em7]


~


The [C]world was just [G]baiting me,



While [D]I continued my [G]roam.


[C]Thought about mountains from [G]time to time.


The [D]only place that ever felt like [Em]home. [Em7]


~


Well, [D]I’ve been back a [G]few times since,


Heard [D]echoes from back in the [G]day.


I thought, [D]“Wasn’t it great how it [G]was back then?


Those [C]times, that are gone to [D]stay." [D7]


~


I [Em]think about it a [C]lot these days,


With [Am7]all my time travelling a[D]round.


[G]Got to see the wonders [C]of the [G]world,


But [D]lost that sleepy old [Em]town. [D]


~


I [Em]might just go back to [C]live one day,


Or [Am7]might leave that one a[D]lone.


It’ll [G]never be as good as it [C]was back [G]then,


The [D]only place that ever felt like [Em]home. [Em7]


~


Yes, the [C]world played a trick [G]on me,


[D]Coaxed me, started my [G]roam.


[C]My roaming days can’t [G]lead me back to


The [D]only place that ever felt like [Em]home.


~


Outro Strumming Em


~



 

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Great question Ken.

I have a whole lot of songs that I think were written close to perfect, but here are three: Carole King's You're so Far Away - Townes Van Zandt's Tecumseh Valley - Steve Goodman's Would You Like to Learn to Dance? I know all these songwriters have written more "close to perfect songs", but those are fine measuring stick songs in my opinion.

Each one can sometimes bring tears to my eyes if they catch me in the right mood.     

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Thanks for your insights Phill. The picture, from the above soundcloud.com link, is of me, my mom, and my sister, in my early years. Most likely, it was taken on a visit to my mom's family in Texas where every visit there was an adventure.     

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Hey Ken - I get what you're saying, about writing just to be writing, but what I'm talking about is writing to get in the habit of writing, which means writing a bad song once in a while, or a poem, or just a letter, or just jotting down random thoughts that might make some good song material. It makes it a lot easier now with virtual paper, so no trees have been killed lately by any of my writing, both good and bad. What I've been trying now is to start writing with whatever is on my mind at the time and see where that takes me. It might not always be good writing, but it keeps the wheel moving if you know what I mean. There is nothing wrong with writing a bad song. I've written plenty of those, both in the past and since I've started writing more, but my writing habit is getting easier to keep going, and some of my writing comes out good in my opinion.