Dodanie trvá 11 týždňov. Žáner: Pop
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Label: Walt Churchey
Popis - 12 GEMS:
Songs are an incredible thing, even more than a scent or a picture, songs instantly transport me to a different place and/or time. All of the songs on this album do that to me. I’d like to share where the music takes me every time I play these songs. . . . Solitary Man - In 1973 I bought my first guitar, learned 4 chords and practiced “Me and Bobby Magee” until my fingers bled. Next song I learned was “Solitary Man”, at that time I was very familiar with Neil Diamond’s songs and was in awe of every singer-songwriter out there. This is the only song I have played more than “Sweet Caroline” and it takes me back to my beginnings every time I play it or hear it. I see myself in my parent’s basement, playing it over and over and wanting to play it more. I can see my baby sister Wendy, sneaking down the steps to listen. Play Me – Heard this song for the first time while working in the garage we had just erected at Lichtenfels nursery. “Play Me” came on the radio (1230 WCRO) I had no idea who it was singing, but the song spoke to me. How could someone create something out of thin air, so simple, yet touching the soul with music and rhyme? This may have been the first inspiration I had to become a songwriter. I love playing this song, and playing to those special people (you know who you are) that request it. Beautiful Noise – (Fred, this one’s for you) Beautiful Noise came out in 1976, this was the first album I had ever waited for and I had high expectations for it. I bought a copy as soon as it was released and was not disappointed. From the title track to “Lady – Oh” to “Don’t Think Feel” and so on, each song touched me. When I play this song, it takes me back in time and I feel the anticipation, just waiting and wondering what the album would bring. Longfellow Serenade – I play this every time Jim plays out with me. He captures the feel of this song so well. This song transports me to two places at once. First it takes me to my audition with “Sandy Haze”. (My first band) John Silko and Mike Zelek were looking for a singer/guitar player for a garage band they were starting. (1974) I only knew a few chords and had never sang for anyone outside my family, well, I played “Longfellow Serenade” and, well, “Sandy Haze” was formed. I can still see their faces when this scared kid from the boondocks sang the first note. At the same time it takes me to Vandergrift Pa. “The Longfellow Inn” to be exact. Three days a week for many years I played there for Tom Naccarato and the gang. Every night I would start out with “Longfellow Serenade”. It was standing-room-only almost every night, the memories are too numerous to list here. Miss ya !! Brooklyn Roads – I believe this is Neil’s best written song. When I play this I am in Tullytown Pa. not quite in my teens yet. We visited with Tom and Em Baker a couple times a year, every year since I can remember. In Tullytown, they lived in a second floor apartment and I can see the stairway, the treads, the woodwork and all the smells, every time. It takes me to a simpler time, when our only cares were being home for supper on time. You Got To Me – Back in the late 60’s my bother Gary had a 4 track tape that I played over and over. The songs “The Boat That I Row” “You Got To Me” “Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon” and etc. were sung by someone I had never heard of, but I just loved them. And yes it was a four track, I don’t know if it came out before or after eight tracks, but anyway I wore it out. It wasn’t until many years later that I realized they were Neil Diamond songs. Song Sung Blue – Around 1979 I was asked to join a Holiday Inn lounge band “The New Image”. Dickey Dee, Ed Schuster, Ivan Glacken and I toured the western Pa. “Holiday Inns”, playing six nights a week, usually two weeks at the same Inn. “Song Sung Blue” was very popular and Neil would have celebrities at his concerts come up and sing with him. We would do some of the same with our audience and it became a highlight of the night to play that song and get the people to sing along. We had some fun times, I can still see the disco lights and mirrored ball. (Ha!!) Cracklin’ Rosie- Just a fun song, this one doesn’t take me anywhere specific, just back to the early 70’s. I can’t wait to hear and sing the bridge, I look forward to that low part, and I lose myself in it every time. And it is still, one of the most requested songs. Cherry Cherry – Three chords and an awesome rhythm, I practiced so hard to play this when I first started. Once I was able to change the chords that fast, every other song seemed so easy. His powerful start to “Cherry Cherry” on his “Hot August Night” album memorized me, and I hear it every time I start this song. Sweet Caroline – Every time and I mean every time I play this, (and I’m sure I’ve played this more times than Neil) it takes me to Genesee St. in Trenton, New Jersey in the summer of 1969. I’m with Jackie Baker at the corner store, (you know the place you would go to buy penny candy) they had a pinball machine (probably 10 cents a game and Jack would rack up many games for that 10 cents) we played all afternoon. While we played Jackie would also play the juke box, on it he played this song called “Sweet Caroline”. It grabbed me and held on to me. He would play it over and over singing at the top of his lungs, he had everyone singing, soon I was singing along. We laughed and sang for hours, he was still singing it on the walk back to his house, I was fourteen, but it still feels like yesterday. I had no idea who Neil Diamond was, and wouldn’t, until many many years later. Without question this has been the most requested song, but every time I play it I get to visit with my childhood friend. I Am I Said – This might be the song that first introduced me to Neil Diamond. Not really sure what it was about, but the mood of the song spoke to me in a special way. For years this has been one of my favorites. The power in the simple words and simple chords is amazing to me. In the Hey-day of the “Wine Barrel” on some nights when the audience was really into “The Medley” (“The Medley” was an 18 to 20 minute compilation of Neil Diamond songs trying to capture the feel of his “Hot August Night” album that I would play every night, usually after getting the alcohol infused crowd riled up with the “Mickey Mouse Club” song) I would add this song to the end and walk off. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show – “The Medley” built up to this song. And the “Wine Barrel” was the place to be Thursday nights in the early 80’s. Now when I play this song I see myself standing outside the “Wine Barrel” (in my bell bottom pants with matching vest) cooling off after just finishing the set to a packed house. Thinking maybe I should try to do this for a living, but knowing I wanted to enjoy my wife and new family much more. I have been blessed to have been able to share my music and still look back at an awesome life with family and good friends. This album is for you !!