Songwriter Insight 13

Songwriter Insight 13

This is a song that has morphed through the years: from one guitar and a simple vocal I sang in New York City (Greenwich Village) to this more elaborate version . . . still it is a simple love song at heart. “My Loves Face”.

Love – image pixabay.com

https://youtu.be/r4quU84WFLk

 


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Songwriter Insight 11

Songwriter Insight 11

Sometime even a serious minded songwriter must wright something just for fun. My Polish heritage and a neighbor’s two beagles – and she also is of Polish decent- inspired this polka ditty. VIDEO:



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Songwriter’s Insight 9

Songwriter’s Insight 9

It is beyond Memorial Day weekend and droves of people will be coming down to the Jersey Shore to sunbath, swim, use their boats, go fishing and go crabbing among other shore activities. Years ago my family would gather once or twice during the summer and travel in a small caravan to Barnegat Bay in New Jersey for a day of crabbing for Blue Claw Crabs this song is the story.


Time to go Crabbing: Song Crabbing on the Barnegat Bay

 


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Songwriter’s Insight 8

Songwriter’s Insight 8

Tropical Moon a – image pixabay.com

Hardly a songwriter cannot allow too much time to pass without having a nostalgic day; a romantic mood; relishing a fond memory. The warm Arizona nights triggered the mood that contributed to a project “Tropical Nights” when I visited several years back. Still evokes sweet images for me. Maybe the song will trigger some emotions in you as well.


Love by Moonlight


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Songwriter’s Insights 7

Songwriter’s Insights 7

There is nothing more exciting to a night owl than seeing the sunset and knowing there is an exciting night ahead. Friends and lovers meeting at a favorite club, dance venue or long anticipated concert. Even when I was heading for a gig the excitement often flooded my imagination.


 


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Songwriter’s Insight 6

Songwriter’s Insight 6

Furnace – image pixabay.com
Coal – image pixabay.com

Almost all my songs reflect experiences in life; some embellished with various techniques to dramatize, romanticize and create mystery. This song is about as literal  as I can get.

Whiskey Bottle – image pixabay.com

My early days past high school and the first family other than my own that I came to know intimately inspired this story. In later years when my brother heard this song he told me that one of our own grandfathers put him through the same drill. I did not know that (ha, ha).



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Songwriter’s Insight 5

Songwriter’s Insight 5

Liberty – image pixabay.com

Woody Guthrie inspired songwriters with This is Your Land I being one this song is similar in many ways yet  the lyrics reflect my times and my perspective:

This is Our America

 

 

 


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Songwriter’s Insight 4

Songwriter’s Insight 4

I wrote and recorded two albums (digital downloads only at this time) Sea, Sand and Pines and Silver Sands and Dark Pines; the topics are associated with The coast of New Jersey (industries, shipwrecks) and historical figures, events and embellished by mythology in some cases. The projects were researched and developed over a decade (1995 – 2005).

The song I have chosen for you this week is “She Walks on Moonless Nights”. The daughter of a “Wrecker* leader” (land pirate) fell in love with a young man who became a seaman; on the cargo vessel he was on the New Jersey Wreckers on Long Beach Island (LBI) did their trick on a moonless night and lured the ship onto the beach where the waves wrecked it. Among the dead was the young woman’s lover.

*The Wreckers set fires along the coast to lure unsuspecting ships into what they assumed was safe harbor. When the ships wrecked the Wreckers confiscated the cargo.



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Songwriter’s Insight 3

Songwriter’s Insight 3

First you are bombarded with advertisements stating some medical technology is fabulous; then sometime later a lawyer advertises that you can sue if you used it! Take your chance with the alleged medical breakthroughs. I know there are many wondrous medical advances but, not all work out for all people. My advice? Research, get opinions and be sure it is the best choice for you.



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Songwriter’s Insights 2

Songwriter’s Insights 2 (click)

Yes the early Sixties social conscious songs, protests, civil rights and questions about war and wars. This song echos that time though I wrote it more recently when stories about missing children and crimes against children were prominently in news casts.


Un-Found Children

another place to listen to this song: https://soundcloud.com/james-halifko/unfound-children


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