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’s Insight 20

Songwriter’s Insight 20

A dark episode in New Jersey Shore History. The Luxury Liner Morro Castle tragedy; ship burned at sea with great loss of life. Similar ship below.

Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. “DINNER MENU [held by] Cie Gle TRANSATLANTIQUE [at] “PAQUEBOT “”LA BRETAGNE””” (SS;)” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 5, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47db-85b7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

My Song Link:


https://youtu.be/Gogz4sffA1E

More information here:

https://www.ripleys.com/weird-news/ss-morro-castle-shipwreck/


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Songwriters Insight 19

Songwriters Insight 19

My romantic days in the beginning were very rocky relationships were short for the most part. What it took me  a long time to discover was I was too serious too soon in my romantic adventures. When I ran off to Greenwich Village New York City and became active in the music and the art scene that finally all changed. No, I still resembled a brooding artist too often but in an artistic world that was tolerated if not expected.


This song “Evermore” is really a fantasy; definitely a fantasy for me at least.

 


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Songwriter Insight 17

Songwriter Insight 17

Summer; summertime when we were young; so many memories; mostly care free. First romances. Friends. Exciting times. For me The Jersey Shore, New York’s Greenwich Village were significant. Running away from home immersed in an artistic time I call my “Paris Experience”; love and lovers; great opportunities lost and gained. All this before realities: Army, danger in decadence, vulnerabilities . . .


Timeless Summer.


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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 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 12

Songwriter Insight 12

Revolutionary War cannon – – image pixabay.com

With The Fourth of July one week away here is the legend of Molly Pitcher. Some research indicates she was a real person who served during the American Revolutionary war, others say it is a myth and still others claim the story is of a composite character. In any case as a young boy living in New Jersey my Uncle Ben (RIP) took me for a ride to the Monmouth Battle Field; he showed me a stone walled well there that he said was Molly’s source of water. Later I found out that was a well monument and not an actual well. More about the battle field park here:

https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/monbat.html

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

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


SONG: Molly Pitcher


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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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