There’s a saying that the blues had a baby and they called it rock n’ roll. If you play rock n’ roll, sooner or later you play a lot of blues, and if you play a lot of blues, sooner or later you explore the other side of the family, which is jazz. These songs all fall in that broad pocket where jazz and blues meet country and rock and roll, with an emphasis on the jazzier side of the ledger.
Things have taken a definite turn for the strange here in the home of the brazen and the land of the freedom from shame. It beggars the imagination to make sense apart from a premise that a contagion of delirium has overtaken the nation Gore Vidal called the United States of Amnesia
Country music, in all it’s flavors, is about being from the sticks, no matter what part of the country you happen to live in. Southern country people are called rednecks because they work in the fields and their necks get all red and leathery from the hot sun. In New England the term for downscale country folks is “swamp yankee”, because they live in the marshes and swamps – the lower ground, as it were. The rich folks live up on the hill in the “heights ”. Folks that work hard, live on the edge of the poverty line, and struggle to make sense of it all are often folks that like country music. This record is for these folks.
Old Enough To Know Better
You’re a little over forty and and a little bit overweight. But you’re not dead yet, and – hey! – the Rolling Stones are still doing it.
These tunes were all written during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Most of the recordings were done at that time as well, most on a TEAC 8-track. How quaint!
Missed the Train
Missed The Train heads south and west towards the rootsy, folksy, country genres. My friend Todd Stuart brought in a lyric for Missed the Train which resulted in a song in the a couple of hours and with Todd somehow channeling Alan Jackson or someone much like him on the original demo of the song. Who knew?
Stewart & Stuart.
Todd Stuart and I crossed paths in a musical revue that I was producing. It was the first time he had been exposed to the writing and arranging process, and for me, it was my first chance to work with a talented actor and singer from the world of the Broadway musical. As we became friends we started a process of sharing ideas and creative ventures. These songs are the result of those sessions. We also discovered a mutual common ground in our ancestry. Todd was a Stuart of the Tudor spelling and I, with the middle name Stewart, the Scots spelling, were both of that clan and thus connected by the bonds that such connections can confer. Hence the name – Stewart & Stuart.
Time and Time Again
Time is the one thing we all have the same amount of. Time for this, time for that. It’s about time. It just goes by, inexorably. This is a collection of tunes that all happen to have the word time in the title.
Looking For Trouble
Right here in River City.