Songwriter’s Insight 21

Songwriter’s Insight 21

Topical songs are part of my roots in the 1960’s: Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and many more inspired me. This song about lopsided injustice is a perfect example and my model was Bob Dylan’s  from :

(photo pixabay com not of the accident)
Bob Dylan – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

 


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethan_Couch



Song: Affluenza

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Songwriter Insight 16

Songwriter Insight 16

Landfill

Hidden contaminated land and unfortunate home buyers. You may be too young to remember the infamous “Love Canal” polluted land debacle (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Canal ) but it and similar stories inspired my song “Livin’ on a Landfill”.  Here in New Jersey there are many stories of contaminated land some known some rumored. I do know some were identified as :Superfund Clean up Sites. (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Superfund_sites   ). This song is about an undisclosed contaminated fictional housing development.

 


Underneath the Pines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbw02N8zb7Q


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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 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 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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