Elger Heath - Guitar - 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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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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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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Freight Train written & recorded by Elizabeth Cotten I remember this tune from when I was young, It was always a tune folks wanted to be able to pick and so it was with me. Unlike Elizabeth Cotten, I'm unable to finger-pick so the way it comes out in this cover is radically different then you hear from her but then I'm no great guitar player. Still, I think This tune belongs in my collection of tunes one should learn, because it is easy to remember the words and the story is heartfelt. The tune is not difficult to master either. The lyrics may be short, but Elizabeth Cotten really wrote a great folk song here.
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Summertime Blues written by Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart recorded by Eddie Cochran These days, with my left hand starting to lose it's feeling, I tend to avoid playing much at all. Now and then I attempt to force myself to rise to my past glory, only to prove that my better days are truly behind me. Still what can I do? I'm addicted to playing music, you see. Last week I tried to think of something that I'd want to record that I hadn't already done. The wonderful, sunny whether got me thinking along a summer theme and the 'Summertime Blues' came to mind. Co-written by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart, it was originally recorded by Eddie Cochran. It's a lively Rock-a-billy number about the frustrations of teenage life and love in the throws of youth. Though recorded by many other artists it is probably best remembered as a hit for Alan Jackson in 1994. This is NOT an easy piece to preform and I've never done it, seriously, before but I couldn't think of a more suitable number for the time of year so here is my effort to cover the 'Summertime Blues'.
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Feed Jake written by Danny "Bear" Mayo recorded by the Pirates of the Mississippi I suppose that I'm an anomaly among-st musicians, I don't know, but I'm always trying to see the deeper message within a song. It's not good enough that a song should sound good or have good rhyming lyrics. If a tune is going to embed itself into my heart there has to be meat on it's bones, a message deep within, a little bit more than just 'listen to me, I'm catchy!'. Sometimes that message seems obvious and sometimes it isn't all that clear. Sometimes you have to spend a little time listening over and over to figure out what it is telling you. As I come to the closing sets of my life, I find these messages are even more important to me, these little pearls of wisdom acquired through hardships and experience, help me gather the strength and courage to face my own demons and stand tall when the world seems to turn upon me. Weird huh? None the less, that's how it's been for me from the start and as I find myself approaching the crossroads of life I have yet to figure just what I will do when I get there. All I know is that they are with-in sight and I am still in need of guidance. Life can be a scary thing if you pause, long enough to think about it. Still, without fear, where would the thrill be found in life? Without those messages, hidden within, what would be the point of a song. Feed Jake, written by 'Danny "Bear" Mayo', is just such a song. It has those, seemingly, redneck lyrics but the message to me is very deep and thoughtful. We walk through life like the living dead, seeing and yet not seeing. We know what is right, but often it seems easier to let things pass as they are rather than trying to make things right. We judge others for those things which we would not have ourselves judged by. This song speaks to me of these things. That in it self is no great thing, if it can not stir my heart into action. Somehow, however, it reminds me of my failings and prods me to do better, so in that it has succeeded. This is what a song must be able do if it is to become a great song. There are plenty of good songs out there that are, no doubt, catchier but a GREAT song reaches out an touches your heart. 'Feed Jake' does that. Released in 1991 by the band Pirates of the Mississippi is 'Feed Jake' was the first piece of music that brought this band to my attention. It was a great hit and my battered old hands can't do it the kind of justice it deserves but, if you haven't heard this tune yet, check out this simple cover and then check out the original artists to get a taste of how they did it.
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I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal written by Billy Joe Shaver recorded by Billy Joe Shaver & John Anderson My hands aren't much use for playing guitar, these days. Still, every now and then that old addiction to playing music gets so overwhelming that I eventually give into it even though I I know that it's not a good thing for me. That's the price you pay for getting hooked on a drug like music. This afternoon I finally reached the end of my rope and reached out for my old guitar and this tune is what I fell into. "I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal" was written and, originally, recorded by Billy Joe Shaver and later recorded by John Anderson in 1981. I'm not sure why it was this song that came to mind. I had never done it before. I was just playing around with the guitar and playing some minor chords and this tune just fell into play. At first I wasn't sure what it was but I knew that I'd heard something like it before. Then the title came to me, something almost unheard of considering how bad my memory is these days. It was "I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal". This is not a tune that I spent a lot of time listening to so I may have gotten the music a little wrong but I was enjoying the piece so I recorded it. It's speed is a little slower then Billy Joe would have done it, but that's because I like things at a slower pace. In the end, I decided to post it, as I do with most of the recordings I make. It may not be fancy, but I think it is a good song, well worth becoming familiar with. If you've got a little spare time, why not check out my cover of this tune and see if it isn't something that you'd like to add to the songs that you like to do. Here's "I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal", recorded by, ... well me.
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Some Beach written by Rory Lee N Feek & Paul Lester Overstreet recorded by Blake Shelton Today I headed out the door for work at the last moment, only to find my car had a flat tire. The cab, that I called for, took nearly 30 minutes to arrive and when I got to work, my boss rode my but cause I was late to work again. Did you every have a day like that? Well... of course you have, we all face challenges like this from time to time. So how do we get through these frustrations. Well, we could accept that other folks have it worse than us, but more'n likely we do what Blake Shelton does, and dream of the day when we won't have to put up with this kind of sh*t anymore. At least, that's what he does in this song, 'Some Beach'. Written by Rory Lee N Feek & Paul Lester Overstreet, this is a sharp piece of lyrics that's bound to take your mind off your troubles. Blake made a pretty penny of the release of this tune so I bet he was laughing all the way to the bank. Me..? I'll settle for this great song. I just had to try to cover it. My friend, Reg Jones, once tried to teach me clip-so time. He said it was easy to learn but I never could master it and that is what this tune should be done in, so I hope I can pull it off good enough to fool somebody. Well here is my effort. Check out the original recording by Blake Shelton but right now take a listen to this cover.
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Take Me Home, Country Roads written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, & John Denver recorded by John Denver O.K. If you haven't heard of the title 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' by John Denver, then you clearly are not a Country Music fan. Released in 1971, by John Denver, this song is one of his most famous pieces and a classic staple of many amateur, country music singers. Written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, and John Denver, this is a beautiful piece of lyrics and the music is excellent, especially the change-up, near the end. Its not your traditional bar-room bawl-er, nor cowboy or trucker song but it shouts country all over it. The music is more modern than the old classics but its pure country at heart. I guess that's John Denver for you. Here is my simple cover of this iconic Country tune.
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The Snakes Crawl At Night written by Mel Tillis recorded by Charley Pride Once again, Charley Pride is not a favorite of mine, when it comes to Country Music Recording Artists. Still I learned, many years ago, that few artists produce great songs in vast quantities. I have long since found myself to be fans of songs rather than artists. Any artist can produce a great song and even if said artist only produced one, if it is truly great, it is worthy of immense appreciation. This is why I know so many songs by heart, but few of the names of the recording artists that put them out. Charley Pride recorded a nice little number in 1965 called 'The Snakes Crawl At Night'. This song did not anchor itself into my mind, right away, but sorta grew on me, as they say. Written by Mel Tillis, it's catchy little hook line, 'The Snakes Crawl At Night' was very effective and, under close examination, I found the lyrics, quite emotional and telling. It's an easy song to do, but it requires real feelings, in the voice, to make it work. Here is my effort at covering this number.
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Lucille written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum recorded by Kenny Rogers I will make this clear right now. Kenny Rogers is NOT on of my favorite singers. Most of the lyrics, of the songs he sings, are too warm and I find his voice sickly sweet. That's just my opinion and I know that he made a lot of money in the industry so he must have been good. He just wasn't my kind of singer. That being said, in 1977, Kenny Rogers put out a recording of a song written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum called 'Lucille' which I thought wasn't too bad. My Uncle Charlie, who was the genuine cowboy type, told me it was his favorite song so I always made sure to do it when he was around. Charlie is gone now, and his wife passed on a few months ago and this tune still roams the open ranges of my memories so I thought that I'd record it and see how it came out. It's a simple song but, if you pay close attention to the lyrics, you'll find that it can tear at your heart. My hands aren't what they used to be so a simple 3/4 time tune is about all I can handle these days. I hope it turned out well.
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Pick up Man written by Kerry Kurt Phillips and Howard Perdew recorded by Joe Diffie A neat little tune that tune written by 'Kerry Hurt Phillips & Howard Perdew' and recorded by Joe Diffie back in 1994. I thought it was quite catchy and really loved the music.
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The Reesor Crossing Tragedy written & recorded by Stompin Tom Conners A lot of folks think that all Stompin Tom ever wrote was comical songs. Of course, if you're a real Stompin Tom fan, you know different. Tom Conners wrote songs about stories he cam across in his travels. Some where fantastical, but others were based upon facts and Canadian history. 'The Reesor Crossing Tragedy' is just one example of a historic event that found it's way into a Stompin Tom song. There's nothing funny or cute here. This is a hard song about a hard event in Canadian history. In 1963, a group of bushmen got caught up in a local lumber mill strike and three men paid with their lives. The whole story plays out in Stompin Tom's song, 'The Reesor Crossing Tragedy'. This is a true ballad and not only a story worth hearing but a great song as well. why not listen to this simple cover and learn a little Canadian history while your at it.
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The Man In The Moon written and originally recorded by Chris Whiteley recorded by Prairie Oyster These modern conveniences make life so much easier, these days, believe me I know. I remember back before the internet, when communicating with folks over great distance cost a lot of money and sometimes took days or even weeks to accomplish. Now I'm not talking about the Pony Express but snail mail and long distance telephone calls where all we had in my youth. So naturally, with the invent of email, social sharing websites and google it is all too easy to rely on what information you get off the web. That's the trap, you see. A lot of the data on the internet is inaccurate or just downright false. I didn't start posting these videos here to promote anybody, not the recording industry or it's artist or it's song writers or even myself. I started posting these videos to encourage other amateur musicians to learn more music and try out songs that they might not have heard of. That being said, if I was going to promote anybody in the industry I'd promote the lyricists who write all of these great songs. Without them we wouldn't have any of these songs to sing. Anybody can sing a song but, before that can happen, somebody has to write the song. That is why the placards in my videos always give credit to the writers when ever I can find out who they were. That's where Google comes in handy as it gives me access to information I'd otherwise never know about. The trouble is Google and the websites it directs you to aren't always correct. Thus was the case with the song 'The Man In The Moon' recorded by Prairie Oyster. Google told me the writer was one person and several sites confirmed this, as I read it. The truth was entirely different. In fact. the writer of this songs is Chris Whiteley. My apologies to Chris for posting this recording with incorrect information. The truth is I wouldn't have even realized this had he not called me one evening and let know. He was very polite and understanding and when I asked if he'd rather I removed the offending recording altogether he very kindly said that all he really wanted was for me to correct the misinformation and I could re-post it. I told him I was sorry for my mistake and would be only too happy to correct this and so I deleted the old video and re-posted the video recording with the correct information. Thanks Chris Whiteley, for letting me know about that and not being mad at me for my error. This is a great song and a great piece of lyrics. Now I am going to have to write a new song. I think I will call it 'The Night That Google Let Me Down'. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I guess the question shouldn’t be why I have included Prairie Oyster in my collection of covers but rather why it took this long to get them into it? If you are not familiar with the music of Prairie Oyster then get on to YouTube right away and check them out. It would be time well spent. Prairie Oyster has recorded several fantastic love songs so to pick one that stands out would be really hard to do. In fact ‘Man In The Moon’, written by Chris Whiteley, isn’t one of their biggest hits but it truly demonstrates exactly what it is that makes their style so great. It is pure emotion and simplicity that makes this song irresistible. Give this cover a listen and you will get my drift, Then check out the original artists for a better idea of what Prairie Oyster is all about.
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Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind written by Sanger D. Shafer & Darlene Shafer recorded by George Strait cover by Brenda Humberstone You know... a lot of folks criticize amateur videos, posted online, for not being professional enough for their tastes. Sometimes they can be quite vicious in their public statements. I wounder if their like that when you meet them in public or if their just secretly mean in spirit but just hide it well, until they feel that they have a shield of anonymity beneath which they can hide their ruthlessness? I can see why some amateur musicians are afraid to be heard in public for fear of what folks will think of their efforts. Still, I think that that is a real shame. I know many musical friends who are convinced that they are not good enough to be heard. Music is about how it makes you feel. If it makes you feel good, you should feel free to enjoy it in public as you please. I say; “To Hell with all of those critics who have nothing constructive to say! Enjoy your music and let folks know that you enjoy it.” This audio clip was captured at a local house jam in 2012, where I had set up some basic recording equipment. The conversations in the back ground can be overheard and the music is not perfect but that only gives it more of a feel of reality. This is what house jams are like and I wouldn't miss one for the world. The artist featured in this recording is a friend of mine, Brenda Humberstone, performing an old George Striat number called 'Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind', written by Sanger D. Shafer & Darlene Shafer.
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Hockey Night In Canada written and recorded by The Brothers In Law I came across this song when perusing my father's record collection, when I was just a boy. The weird thing is that my father was anything but a folk song fan. He was a hard core conservative character but in amongst his Johnny Cash records was a Centennial album by a group called 'The Brother's In Law'. One of the songs on that album was this tune called 'Hockey Night In Canada'. I laughed my head off and never forgot it. Here is my cover of a tune that most folks have likely never heard of. Take a listen to this and see what you think.
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Getting Used To Blue written by Fred Knobloch and Bill LaBounty recorded by Sawyer Brown I always say that you never know where you'll find a gem. Sometimes they turn up in the most unlikely places. Somewhere around 1985 I was watching an A & E show called Writers Circle where singer/songwriters where talking about how they wrote their songs and showcasing their latest works or tunes that they felt had something special that made them promising. This tune was performed by someone, I'm not sure who, but I knew right away that I had to learn it. Written by Fred Knobloch and Bill LaBounty, would be released by Sawyer Brown. The version that I first heard was simpler, having been performed by one person and a single acoustic guitar. That is the version that sticks closest to my heart. This cover is more like that one. I always thought that it didn't get the airplay that it deserved so, if you like this cover, check out the original release and if you can find it check out the version that was played over A & E. Until then, check out this cover and good listening to you.
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High Cotton written by Scott Anders and Roger Murrah recorded by Alabama cover by Stacey Terry In 2006 Westman Jams decided to send a audio recording of some of our Members from Westman Jams to CBC Radio for a program called 'Shaken Not Stirred'. I was not involved in this project and I can't say if the program ever used any of the material we sent them but... it turns out that some one saved a few recordings of the resulting tape. One was of Stacey Terry singing and Alabama number called 'High Cotton'. Now, Stacey Terry is a gem in any Jam. She has a wonderful voice and she knows how to use it. Add the fact that she's a pretty darn good guitarist and She stands out in the crowd. Well I could talk for hours about Stacey but I think that if you listen to her cover of this song you'll get the picture. Here is Stacey Terry with 'High Cotten'.
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Love Can Build A Bridge written by Naomi Judd, Paul Overstreet and John Barlow Jarvis recorded by The Judds When I was young I spent a lot of time driving a tractor back and forth across my father's fields. I guess I wasn't much of a farmer because I always had my ears glued to the radio when I should have been listening to the sounds of the tractor and the equipment behind me. I was addicted to country music and trying to learn every big hit that came over the airwaves by heart. In the 1990's, one of the big groups on the radio was the a mother/daughter duo called 'The Judds'. They had a modern sound that balanced harmony and rhythm. One of their major hits was a song called 'Love Can Build A Bridge' that they recorded in 1990. Written by Naomi Judd, Paul Overstreet and John Barlow Jarvis, this was a slow piece that struck me strait through the heart. I have always loved this tune and today I thought that I'd give a try recording it. It has great lyrics and a wonderful message. At any rate, here is my effort at covering The Judd's, “Love Can Build A Bridge”.
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Fox On The Run written by Tony Hazzard recorded by Tom T. Hall Released in 1976, by Tom T.Hall, 'Fox On The Run' had been recorded by other artists but it was this release that caught my ear and heart. This is classic pillar of Country Music and if you haven't heard it you are one of a very few. Tony Hazzard created a masterpiece of lyrics when he crafted this story and although this doesn't seem like one of Tom T. Hall's style of tunes, he was just the right artist to bring out the beauty of this song. Of late my hands have deteriorated with nerve issues so that my fourth and fifth fingers of my left hand are now numb. It's hard to play a guitar when you can't feel anything but numbness in half of the hand that selects the chords that you will be playing. As of yet I can still force myself to play music, better than I'd have thought, but, clearly if you listen to my latest recordings you'll notice a deterioration of my playing skills. Still as I considered making another recording I wanted to make a track of this number because it has always been one of my very favorites. I wanted to include it in my collection of my interpretations of country music before I could no longer play at all. This is my interpretation of this great standard. It goes off in in its own direction. I hope you will find it as interesting to listen to as I did recording it. Be sure to check the original Tom T. Hall recording on YouTube.
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Back Home Again Dannial Finn cover written and recorded by John Denver I have the great, good fortune to be surrounded by many musical friends. It wasn't always thus. When I moved into the town of Brandon, Manitoba I didn't know anybody and certainly no one that played music. Through a fellow worker, I found out about a Jam group in the local area. Now I have no end of musical friends. I try to repay my friends by volunteering my skills and time to create and edit a website for Westman Jams. I am always collecting and writing articles and taking photographs and gathering up and creating tutorials that might interest my musical compatriots. Then I post them on the web site for all to enjoy and make use of. One of my dreams was to record clips of jams and feature individual members of the group to highlight the local amateur talent and expose folks to what they might hear at a Jam. That's how I got into, what I call, Sound Bytes. Recordings captured from actual jams. The music isn't perfect and the recordings are, often, a little rough but these are Jams, not concerts. This Sound Byte is of one Daniel Finn preforming 'Back Home Again'. It was recorded on September 24th, 2017 at a month-end Westman Jams. I hope that you enjoy it and may all of you folks be so fortunate as me to have someone to sit down and play music with.
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In The Pines song writer unknown recorded by Bill Monroe This is an old Bluegrass standard that I used to sit down and play a with wonderful Dobro musician I knew. He said that he liked my picking, (ha ha), I knew I wasn't any good, but back then I'd take complements where I could find them. This guy, who's name was Ken Harmon, was pretty good with that Dobro of his, and I was a huge fan of slide steel, acoustic music. So I always enjoyed sitting down with him and playing this tune. It was recorded by Bill Monroe and the tune dates back to the Appellation Mountains, pre-recording error. If you want to entertain an older Bluegrass crowd this is one tune you ought to know. It's easy to learn but must be played with feeling or you can't pull it off. Here is my effort at recording this wonderful old song. I hope I can still pull it off.
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Danny Boy written by Frederic Weatherly The Irish have a way with music that never fails to touch one's heart. I come from Canada and if I am truly honest I know of no Irish blood that flows through my veins. Still here as through-out North America, The Irish have left their mark and for all I know there may well be a trace of Irish in me as well, for like the Scotch, the Irish played a major roll in colonizing this land. Perhaps they came later, but they came in droves and in the mixing pot of culture they have played a part greater than their numbers might suggest. When I hear this old Irish ballad, I feel my heart rise in my throat. Perhaps it has the same effect upon you. It's an old song, no doubt, and some might think it somewhat out of touch, but in a world where you'd think we'd have out grown war by now, still we send the best of our youth to far away lands to fight and die for someone else's cause. If it isn't Europe, it's Asia, and if not there its Africa and if not Africa, its the Middle East. It seems that there is always someone who wants us to lay down our corpses to settle their unrest. I'll bet that Canada is one of the few countries that has shed more of it's blood fighting in other lands than fighting for its own. All we want is peace, and all everybody wants from us is war. And so they send us, once more, into the breach to defend, what is supposed to be the good cause. What does it accomplish besides leaving behind men beneath the sod? When will these people realize that nobody wins in war? The Irish knew this, even though they sent many of their finest to fight and die in defense of the British Empire. In the end they found themselves caught up in a quagmire of war that nearly destroyed them. But if the Irish could find peace, then surely there is hope for all of us yet. All we have to do is stop, just long enough to look around and see the madness that war is. 'Danny Boy', written by Frederic Weatherly, was written to an old Irish tune called “Londonderry Air” and is a traditional Irish standard that is sometimes seen as an unofficial Irish anthem. That aside it is a very nice ballad that speaks of the costs of war and the depths of love. Here is a cover version I recorded today, when I felt the need to play a tune on my guitar.
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Independence Day written by Gretchen Peters recorded by Martina McBride In 1994 Martina McBride released a recording of a song called 'Independence Day'. Now all great songs need a hook-line. A hook-line is a phrase that has a double meaning. In this tune the hook-line is “Its Independence Day”. One first assumes she means the Fourth of July. America's Independence day, but what she is really referring the point where one can no longer tolerate an existence full of abuse. When that time arrives, watch out whoever gets in the way! Freedom is due, come Hell or highwater. This song was written by Gretchen Peters and it tells the story of a woman in an abusive who decided there was only one escape from an abusive relationship, but she was taking her abuser with her! This is not the kind of story that Nashville likes. It is somewhat abrasive and would appear to glorify anti-social behavior. This is another example of an artist that bucked the powers that be and recorded a song that they'd rather avoid. In the end, this a great hit for Martina McBride and just goes to show. If a song has a story behind it with real meaning, it will get somebody's attention. Here is my cover of Martina's hit 'Independence Day'. I hope that you enjoy it.
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Choices written by Billy Yates and Mike Curtis recorded by George Jones. I've made no secret of the fact that the late George Jones is my favorite recording artist. His ability to broadcast the sadness in his voice makes so many of his hits have a sense of realness that many other artists can hardly touch. I try to embed that emotion into my music, when I record, although I'm no George Jones. Written by Billy Yates and Mike Curtis 'Choices', released by George Jones in 1999, is a perfect example of the power of emotion put to music. Both the story and the voice portraying it make you feel if this is a real tragedy. George was no angel, through out his life and, truthfully, I think the hardships he suffered, due to his life choices, made him a far better artist over the years. It's not the way George would have wanted to come by success, but sometimes that's how it comes. I sure wouldn't have called him a role model but a great singer he certainly was. Here is my cover of this great George Jones hit, 'Choices'.
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God Shuffled His Feet - cover written by Brad Roberts recorded by the Crash Test Dummies cover by: Elger Heath In 1993 the band, Crash Test Dummies recorded a unique tune called 'God Shuffled His Feet'. Tunes like this and 'MMMMmmmm' show this band's unique style. Brad Roberts put together an incredible piece of lyrics, full of meaning and humor. In the end 'God Shuffled His Feet' describes the difficulty of trying to understand an omnipresent being and how hard it would be for God to simplify his creation in a way that human beings could hope to understand. In the end there is bound to be a breakdown of communication between these two parties. Lyrics and story aside, the Crash Test Dummies did a fa-nominal job interpreting this tune in a recording. That base voice adds an extra special accent on this song. Here is my simple, single track, cover of this tune. I hope you enjoy it.
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Do Lord - cover by Elger Heath written by Julia Ward Howe cover by Elger Heath This is one of those Sound Bites that I captured at a jam. That's me at the mic. There's a lot of background noise, which I could not clean up. And the occasional fiddle. This is one of those Gospel numbers that you just gotta go with. As they say... “It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing”. I love these things.
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On My Mind recorded by Lester Flatt and Earl Scuggs written by Jerry Organ and Tom James Even before I joined the Westman Jams, (a local Bluegrass Music themed Jam group.), I had always had a slight taste for Bluegrass. I remember when I first heard this tune and right away I had to learn it. 'On My Mind', written by Jerry Organ and Tom James, is one of those pieces that sticks in your memory like glue. I thought that the lyrics were crafty and well thought out and the music was catchy. Recorded by Lester Flatt and Earle Sruggs in 1955, it is part of the lexicon of Bluegrass. Here is my simple one-track cover of the classic, 'On My Mind'.
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Bud The Spud written and recorded by Stompin' Tom Connors Looking for something to record today, I decided to go back to my youth and my roots. I have mentioned Stompin' Tom Connors before in previous recordings. He was a Canadian, Country Music singer who wrote a large library of music about everyday Canadian folks. Most, although not all, of his tunes took a humorous take on life and this was the case with this song as well. Spuds are an East-coast term that refer to potatoes, which they grow as a main crop on Prince Edward Island. Your will here references to P.E.I. Which is the short way of saying Price Edward Island, and the bright red mud which refers to the red soil of that island which is excellent for growing potatoes. Like so many of Tom's recordings he wrote 'Bud the Spud' after bumping into a semi-driver in Toronto, Ontario in a bar. The driver had just completed ferrying a load of potatoes from P.E.I. And started telling Tom about his work. Connors wrote this tune, roughly based on this man's tales. It's always good to have a few funny songs in your repertoire as it makes a nice break from the serious stuff. Here is my cover of the Stompin' Tom Connors song, 'Bud The Spud'.
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A Bad Case Of Loving You written by Moon Martin recorded by Robert Palmer Written & recorded in 1978 by Moon Martin, This is a genius piece of writing with music that simply cuts through the background and sears itself into consciousness. It was Robert Palmer who, a year later, got into the American record charts with a recording of this song. That is the recording of this tune that most of us are most familiar with. I'm fond of the older, Ballad Rock, and this is one of those pieces that I have always found reverberates deep in my mind. So, today, I decided to try recording a cover of an old rock number and this is the one I chose. It is done acoustically so, naturally, it sounds different but then what would be the point in recording a cover that sounds like the original? It is a bit slower. This is in part because I tend to play music slower to give the listener more time to pay attention to the words. Besides, I like it this way. I hope that you will enjoy this cover of “Bad Case Of Loving You”.
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Sometimes She Forgets written by Steve Earle recorded by Travis Tritt the 1990's, seemed to me to be a great decade for Country music. Artists like Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, and Alan Jackson where putting out fantastic music. Another new artist filling the airwaves with great music was Travis Tritt. In 1995 Travis released a simple song, written by Steve Earle, called 'Sometimes She Forgets'. Well it may have been simple in it's music but it's lyrics struck home with me. It had a heartfelt story that had a feel of truth in it, that always appeals to a guy like me. Travis went on to put out a lot of great stuff but this tune is one of his that stuck in my memory and it comes to mind, every once in a while, without having to be called up. Here is my cover of 'Sometimes She Forgets'.
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Elger Heath - Guitar
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Brandon, Manitoba
Orphan Girl written by Gillian Welch recorded by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings There are some songs that will never sound right coming from a man, because of the lyrics. It's not that a man couldn't sing them well enough. It's just that the lyrics infer that a girl is singing the song. Such is the case in this tune called 'Orphan Girl'. This tune came out in 1996 but I did not discover it until 2010 or so. What I like about it is that it is simple and slow but it is chuck full of meaning. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it has great music and wonderful lyrics as well. Written by Gillian Welch and recorded by her and David Rawlings. This is a cover of that version. It is a little less flashy because I'm not half the guitarist of either Gillian Welch or David Rawlings, but for one track I think it gets the story across.
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Elger Heath - Guitar
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Brandon, Manitoba
If Tomorrow Never Comes written by Garth Brooks and Kent Blazy recorded by Garth Brooks As I have said, many times previously, I love slow tunes and ballads. Anything that is well written and plays off the emotions is right up my alley. Thus it was that a tune, recorded by Garth Brooks, hit the mark with me in 1989. 'If Tomorrow Never Comes', written by Garth and Kent Blazy, is a song about expressing your feelings to your partner and how important this can be. It has skillfully written lyrics and and beautiful piece of music to catch the ear and embed itself in the heart. Garth did an excellent job introducing this song to the world and it became his signature tune. This one-track cover is simple but I tried to capture the emotions of the tune and I hope that I succeeded. Here is my cover of 'If Tomorrow Never Comes'.
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Elger Heath - Guitar
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Brandon, Manitoba
Name 
Elger Heath
Followers 191   
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Instruments Guitar
Genres Country, Folk, Oldies
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