My new CDs "Faith" and "Old Gin Road" are available on itunes, cdbaby, amazonmp3 and Rhapsody as well as being sold on this website. The cost of each CD is $10.00. 100% of the CD sailes of "Faith" will go to help the Independent Church in India.
Since "Old Gin Road" is a collection of songs I've written throughout my lifetime, I've written a short summary about each song. CLICK HERE FOR LYRICS.
About ten years ago I found myself in the hospital with Leukemia and then Pneumonia. I wasn't sure if I would survive. When I did recover thanks to many prayers, God's healing and the intervention of my oncologist and all of the hospital staff, I had an overwhelming desire to record some of the songs I've written throughout my life. Some songs describe what I was going through at the time. Most of these songs were written in the '80s with the exception of "Mr. Sun" (my first song at age 16) and "Destiny" which was written around 2003. It took awhile for things to fall into place but finally, here it is!
This was my first song which was written at age 16. We all go through it- an intense crush on someone who may be very nice but doesn't return the same infatuation. In retrospect, it may have been my inability to communicate or just the fact that she went to another school that prevented a potential bond… or maybe she was just way out of my league. In any case, while I was going through this, it seemed like the world was going to end.
Two people can be drawn to each other even though, for whatever circumstance, the relationship can probably never perpetuate. Knowing that it is improbable or even impossible can make the attraction even stronger.
Stay With Me
This one was written about a more serious relationship that was more like a physical addiction. If you've experienced an intense craving to be with someone even though the person is not good to you or has even been abusive, then you can identify with this one.
Fear of Love
This speaks of coming out of a lonely, dry time in my life with a sudden exhilaration of meeting someone who suddenly propelled me into the ecstasy of a dream come true. My dad used to tell me that when rain arrives abruptly, it doesn't usually last too long.
The paradox between hearing the applause of the audience, stomping feet and cheers for an encore, and signing autographs of adoring fans juxtaposed with my actual life which was a struggle just to survive. There I was… singing, playing and strutting under colored lights and powerful sound, waking up the next morning wondering if I had enough to pay my rent. Starving artists - this is your song.
In a dream early one morning I was surrounded by waitresses who were singing "Can't there be an easier way to get through this life. Can't there be an easier way to make it." I immediately got up and started working on the verses. I sincerely believe that many can identify with this song especially in light of the world's apparently declining economies causing many people to wonder how they are going to make it from day to day not only in a financial sense but in an emotional sense as well. "Rainbows and dreams, visions of false illusions slowly just take us to the ground."
Old Gin Road
We can't actually go back and re-experience our journey through life. But thoughts sometimes can take us back to walk on a road once travelled, maybe prompted by a song on the radio, a certain smell or seeing the leaves of a tree come alive with a breeze silhouetted under a full moon. (The song has nothing to do with alcohol.)
White Turban Boys
FRUSTRATION: when nothing seems to be going right: eagerly grasping at something and then having it taken away, being misunderstood, lost opportunities, disappointment etc. There is absolutely no intention of offending anyone who may wear a turban. It is simply to communicate getting on an airplane and mistakenly winding up in a foreign country. A friend once told me that it sounds like a Billy Joel song that he might write after being very tired and burned out after a long tour. Thanks a lot!
Writing it Out
"Time keeps us a prisoner, it blinds the truth we seek… love follows no logic, its course is hard to chart"…profound insights that border on the spiritual, this song touches on integrity which is a trait in which we all could improve.
Sometimes in life there are so many choices that we don't know which way to turn, that depending on the choice, can lead to great things or a bad situation like being stranded far away from home. This song sums up my life. While growing up, I didn't always make the right choices. But now, having faith in God, I know that I am finally on the right path and my destiny is clear and good. Thank you, God.