Here are the rest of the songs I recorded last weekend while at Notre Dame. Please listen with gracious ears–there are lots of musical warts.
“Everything to Me” is a song I’ve sung a million times at coffee houses and such. I often start a set with it because I could sing it in my sleep. Also, I like the way the first line gives voice to what most people are probably thinking: “That’s just what we need–another song.” “Hope and Humor” is another song that’s seen well over a decade of action. I wrote it at the end of my year in Austria as a travelogue of an itinerant musician. Strangely, I told the staff of COS one of the stories from this song (“Standing in the rain for hours”) yesterday at our staff retreat. “Have I Gone Too Far?” is another one of my many songs about songs. In this particular case, I was obsessing about the fact that my music is usually to complex for the pop world and too simple for the art music world. My rendition here doesn’t really capture the jazz ballad style I’d like it to have. (As a matter of fact, there are certain chords I didn’t capture at all.) Finally, “Five Days without You” is a goofy song I wrote the first time my wife and I were apart for more than a day.
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I’ll be brief, since I don’t know if you’ll get this, and since I’ve been writing you daily reports that you’ll eventually get.
First, I do not have the cheeseball list. Please send.
Second, when I got your first e-mail today, I immediately tried to call the hotel, hoping you’d be in the lobby. I connected three times, but each time, after I said your name, the connection went dead. Coincidence or conspiracy? It may have rung through to your room once. I was sooooooo close, I thought…
But I could try again if you give me a time and instructions. It’s only 41 cents/minute. I called the main hotel number which turned out to be the fax number, so I called the other main number.
That’s all for now. Glad to hear you’re alive and well, if tired. We love you lots from here…
Wow, “Everything to Me” has brought on major flashbacks of the Electric Banana and various open mics around Pittsburgh. I can varify that that’s an oldish one, but I have no urge to acknowledge exactly how long ago that was.