It Was You
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"Every Morning," the third track on my latest CD, "It Was You," may have been the first song I wrote. I source it to 1972 or so, but I think I began writing it in my head earlier. It's no secret that I'm heavily influenced buy the Beatles, and you can tell that I'm imitating Paul McCartney's "music hall" efforts -- "Honey Pie," "Your Mother Should Know," maybe even "Maxwell's Silver Hammer." But, more than that, I was recalling vaudeville and and British Music Hall tunes. That's because I grew up in an era of TV variety shows where you could hear almost every style of music sandwiched between the comedians, dancer, jugglers and dog acts.
"Every Morning" is a lament for lost love, based on personal experience. My friend and producer, the late Buddy Hall, did an amazing job of recreating the almost circuslike orchestration and retaining the Beatles/McCartney feel. Piano, clarinets, tuba, a guitar straight out of "Oh, Darling," and background vocals that are so period perfect that you can almost see four guys in straw hats, sleeve garters and bow ties singing. Out friend Jason Kendall supplemented my virtual horns with a wonderful "real" sax section of his own. A "scratchy record" sound and megaphone vocal in places complete the picture. And kudos to my friend Michael Andrulonis
, whose artwork was exactly what I envisioned for this song. Mike did cover art for "It Was You" as well as my single "(Really Nothin' New) Under The Sun." I love Mike: his caricatures always make me look younger and thinner.
I'm very pleased with "Every Morning. It may not be single material, but it combines and pays tribute to many of my musical influences. I hope you like it.
I'm releasing "Late December" in tribute to Buddy Hall, who passed away Jan. 29, 2021, at the age of 64. A friend for more than 40 years, Buddy produced this song during sessions we began in October 2018. Although not officially mastered, what you hear is the near-final mix that we made in, fittingly, late December 2019.
The amazing solo guitar is by Reb Beach of Winger, Whitesnake and several solo projects under his own name. Reb's a Pittsburgh guy, like me and Buddy.
THIS TRACK IS FREE: I want it to be a tribute to a man who was my brother in many ways, both musically and spiritually. The world deserves to hear Buddy’s artistry. If you wish, you may pay whatever you feel the track is worth. Whatever proceeds I get will go toward finishing and mastering the 5 songs Buddy and I had in the can before his death. If you contribute, I will appreciate your generosity. The included picture is of The System, a band Buddy and I played in in the early Eighties. Buddy is 2nd from left; I'm on the far right.