We had a rollicking good time last Saturday. Carol Smith came in with a brand new song, “White Bird,” accompanied by Aldo and me. I look forward to getting to know this song better. It’s beautiful, at first listen. It just makes me so darn happy that Carol’s writing her head off. Like a feedback loop, Carol’s blossoming as a songwriter is inspiring me.
I’ve started writing a couple of new songs in the last two weeks.
After “White Bird,” Carol launched into her hooky “Eliza” and we joined in. She followed with my personal fav, “Sycamore Tree.”
I get the feeling that Aldo is also sitting on some song ideas.
“I’m going to play you a song called “The Cuckoo Is a Pretty Bird” – an old fiddle tune,” said he as I squirmed uncomfortably with my “originals only” policy racing through my brain. “I re-wrote the words.” OK. That’s close enough for me and he launched into the lovely tune.
Carol played “Blue Not Blue ” – a gorgeous tune of hers and then all together, we rocked her song, “In The Moonlight.”
I had opened with “The Shadow of Your Smile” so Donnie and I could practice it. Paul Francis Webster, the lyricist, won two Academy Awards for best song, btw. he wrote it with Johnny Mandel, the composer of the theme from M.A.S.H. We also played my swing tune, “Deliver Me,” with Donnie handing the solo and horn riff on his low whistle. I finished this set with my folkie “It’s Been A Long Time.”
Craig Martin is in the house!. Before playing his lovely song, “Crystal Bells,” he told me,
Musicians love to play with other musicians. Carol played her tune, “Cold Virginia Rain” and then, we “allowed” Craig to play a “cover” (although I do NOT encourage this practice). It was “I Shall Be Released.” Carol jumped in to sing harmonies and Donnie joined them on low whistle.