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(0 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Several years ago I'd drive 80 miles to the Cincinnati area a couple times a month to attend a NSAI songwriters group where I learned a lot about the craft of writing songs.  Occasionally we would have a songwriter come up from Nashville and hold a workshop. One of the workshops was hosted by Rivers Rutherford and it was eye-opening to hear how much work is involved for those who write songs for a living.

I happened to find this old interview with Rivers on youtube.  The show host, Dave Lenahan, is a member of the group and a fine songwriter himself. I thought some of the Chordie songwriters would find this video interesting.

DE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RHiP4Pkncg 

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(18 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

That's exactly what I'm working on right now. The difference between playing and performing. Awesome that you are getting that across to him - now get it across to me.

Or, as Miles Davis said, "It's 10% musicianship and 90% the attitude of the person playing."  Miles Davis did not use the word "person". His quote had a distinctly more Samuel L. Jackson vibe to it.

I love playing - especially acoustic jams, around a campfire with friends, or at a Chordie get-together.  "Performing" on the other hand is something I don't enjoy.  I'm often asked to play at local events (Foothill Folk Society fund raisers, Ohio Farm Bureau or State Park events, etc) and I do it because I can't seem to say no, but being on a stage with a mic stuck in my face, a PA blaring and being expected to "entertain" a crowd is not an enjoyable experience for me.     

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(7 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Looking at the list, over the years I've used 1,3,4,6,8,9,10,15,16,18,19,and 25 to write songs.  I've had writer's block for some time now, maybe I should try some of the other suggestions. sad

DE     

Zurf wrote:

Here's another that I play. It's also from John Denver.  It is typical of me that I recognize that the math only works in narrowly defined circumstances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li8GrxE1jfg

Zurf,
That's another song I play although Jennifer thinks its a terrible song to play at Christmas. It inspired me to write a song called "Family Blood" which I think you've heard me play - the hook is "Daddy's liquor must be thicker than our family blood".

Hope your family had a wonderful Christmas big guy, although I'm sure it was tempered by missing your father. I hope we get a chance to do some pickin' together again this year.

Ken     

Zurf wrote:
Dirty Ed wrote:

Here's one I play every Christmas. Originally recorded by John Denver, I like this version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3YgqVeHRBE

DE

That's one of the few Christmas songs that I play. Here's another that breaks my heart every time I listen. I play this too, but without the grace, skill, or aplomb of Mr. McCutcheon (a Charlottesville, VA fellow).  There are two lines that really get me "these sons and fathers far away from home," and the second one is in the second to last verse. Listen to it and I think you'll know which it is if you know me at all. It ends with the word "sights".  I guess the very last line of the song also gets me right in the feels, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJi41RWaTCs

Thanks for posting the song Derek. Jennifer and I attended Mass on Christmas morning and the subject of the sermon that the priest gave was "Christmas in the trenches 1914".

DE     

Here's one I play every Christmas. Originally recorded by John Denver, I like this version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3YgqVeHRBE

DE     

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(18 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I have the opposite problem Scott.  I play at home, with a dry signal and even prefer to record with a dry signal, but some of the open mic venues I play at a couple times a month add effects until it sounds like I'm singing from the bottom of a well............ Come to think of it maybe most folks would prefer I sing from the bottom of a well. sad 

Last week I was in Florida visiting one of my daughters and her family (also attended my oldest granddaughter's college graduation). The Days Inn we stayed at had a bar that hosted an open mic on Mondays.  It was a strange set-up with a band (drums, bass, guitar) that expected you to play songs they knew so they could play along. It seemed like some sort of "live" karaoke to me so I passed.     

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(2 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Thanks

A very merry Christmas to you too.     

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(10 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Nice tune Jeff.  I like how the sound of that A-Bm7 combo sets the "mood" of the song. Excellent prosody.

It got me looking back on some of the tunes I've written over the years and I dug up five weather-related songs, although I'm pretty sure there are a couple more.  I find it fascinating how we use weather terms to describe relationships.  (warm, cool, hot, cold, steamy, stormy, etc)

Ken     

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(10 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I usually don't listen to that type of music either Jim, but I'll agree that it's well done and seemed to be an ideal  holiday song for the  "Metalizer"

Ken     

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(10 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

This one is right in your wheelhouse buddy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cUz-zA … e=youtu.be

Happy Holidays Scott,

DE 

Never been thrown out of a band, although I have walked away from a couple.  I have been thrown out of a bar before if that counts. And I also remember being thrown out of a strip joint in Daytona Beach once.  smile     

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(16 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I just got a text from Zurf. He played three old gospel songs at his father's funeral today.  Please keep Derek and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ken 

Hmmmm........ I always thought that applying liberal amounts of alcohol to my body to kill germs (internally of course) and paddling, hiking, camping and fishing would not only improve but extend my life. A wise old man once told me that God does not count days spent fishing against you - every day you spend fishing is another day you get to live longer.  And now to find out that 40 years of writing songs has also been good for me........ Look out Methuselah, you might have some competition smile smile smile

DE     

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(9 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Wish I could make it Joe but I'm committed to playing a gig on the 6th.  I will be in the Millersburg area the following weekend however for a camping/fishing get-together with friends on the Susquehanna River if the weather permits it.

DE 

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(7 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Ba ck in '77 when my buddies and I began to paddle serious whitewater, we planned a trip on the Chattooga (river that Deliverance was filmed on). As we had never paddled it before, three of us "scouted" the river by going  a day early and running the river with an outfitter in rafts. One of the raft guides had been one of the guides hired to haul cameramen, gear, etc on the river while the movie was filmed. He said most of the scenes were filmed on class II-III rapids, but the scene where Burt goes over the waterfall and breaks his leg was filmed on the upper river where paddling wasn't permitted.  According to the guide, a dummy was thrown in the river above the falls and filmed going over it. When the crew reviewed the film it looked like a dummy going over the falls. They tried it several times but it never looked the way they wanted. Finally Burt, being the kind of guy he was,  volunteered to go over the falls himself.  He went over the falls and disappeared out of sight, pulled under the water and finally emerging downstream, nearly drowned and coughing and spitting water.  When they reviewed the film they said it looked just like a dummy going over the falls. 

RIP Burt 

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(11 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Just curious Jim, are there any trademark infringement issues involved with using Gibson's logo on the headstock?

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(11 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Schweeeet!

DE

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(11 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I started out playing/teaching drums but after my initial teen-age fascination with rock "groups" in the 60's it was my attraction to the works of "singer/songwriters" that inspired me to try to play guitar. Early on it was John Denver's and Gordon Lightfoot's styles of playing that influenced the way I played. About the same time I really got hooked on listening to bluegrass music.  I've never been talented enough to play bluegrass lead licks but I incorporated the bluegrass style of doing bass runs and short licks between chord changes to my "folkie" style of playing, so I guess you could say I now play  in a sort of Folk/Americana/Bluegrass style. 

DE

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(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Hard to believe but a week has passed since I pulled into MKM and MKD's driveway and began a wonderful weekend of great fellowship, great music and great eats. As always, Jim and Amy were perfect hosts.  Their BYG is no place for a vegan - every meal included some form of pork they get from a local butcher.  Saturday morning's home-made biscuits and sausage gravy with bits of bacon in it was the best I ever had. And Saturday afternoon's pork butt barbecue with home-made potato salad and all the trimmings -Wow! It was Cris's and Uncle Joe's birthday so of course there was cake too.

It seems that Jim, Zurf, Robert (aka "Topdawg" or "da Judge") and I all have a taste for Kentucky bourbon so during the weekend there were several pauses to salute another " dead soldier" (empty bourbon bottle) as it was given a burial in the trash can.

Oh, and did I mention there was music? I logged somewhere around 12 hours in the "circle" over the weekend. MKM, MKD, Uncle Joe, Topdawg, JoeyJoeyJoey, Zurf and I took turns and were occasionally joined by MKM,MKD and JJJ's offspring.  We played 'til after midnight Friday and after 3 AM Saturday night. I headed home Sunday so I could help Jennifer with some projects. I took a "scenic" route so it took a little over 10 hours, but I still had a smile on my face when I walked into my house.

DE

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(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Put new La Bella strings on my acoustic for the first time and am looking forward to hearing how they perform this weekend.  I included a couple sets in my last string order as Classical Guitar recommended them.  Camping gear, chairs, clothes and bourbon are packed and stowed in my truck, guitars are staged at the kitchen door and ready to be loaded in the morning.  Alarm clock is set for 4 AM........... I think I'm good to go smile

DE

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(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

We had quite an extensive canal system here in Ohio too Amy. Here in Ross county we had several locks and one of the canals connecting Lake Erie with the Ohio River ran through Chillicothe back in the early-mid 1800's. The lake in our city park was once a place where canal boats could turn around.

It's about a 9 hour drive for me so I plan to leave around 5 am. Looking forward to seeing and hearing everyone play again.

DE

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(6 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Congrats on #35 and glad you had a great time Jim. 

On my 35th I budgeted $10K to do what ever Jennifer wanted - trip to Europe,  Caribbean cruise, etc.  When I asked her - she just said "write me a song". I thought "Wow! this song-writing thing is finally paying off!".  I wrote a song titled "Shelter from the rain".  She liked it but said I was the only person in the world who would compare 35 years of marriage to a wet, soggy tent. smile

We've got #45 coming up in January - I'm curious what she'll want next.

Ken

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(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I should be there early Friday afternoon and will hang around and aggravate  Amy and Jim 'til Monday morning.

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(12 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Yep, unless something major comes up I plan to be at the backyard gathering.

This evening was another good'un.  One bass, 5 acoustics, two banjos, two fiddles, one dobro, one mando and about an extra 20 folks that just came to listen. We played for about 3 hours and then after most folks left, four of us sat around and played some old Merle, Willie, Hank and Johnny tunes for another hour.

DE