Songwriter’s Insight 24

Songwriter’s Insight 24

As a songwriter I am always seeking to write a song that goes with the season or a holiday. Even Halloween

 


 


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Songwriter’s Insight 23

Songwriter’s Insight 23

Who among us has not lost “a Love” that we can blame on our own mistakes? Not many and many of us not just one “lost love” I surmise.

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Songwriter Insight 22

Songwriter Insight 22

Fall color – pixabay.com

Seasons are a joy to me; I love four distinct seasons. The changes often inspire me into a creative mood; sometime that mood evolves from nostalgic impulses. This song “Autumn Wind” especially so since Fall is my favorite season.  The song and lyrics convey my sentiment.

 

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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 15

Songwriter Insight 15

Open Sea

During the American Revolutionary War ships maned by “Privateers” or “Pirates” which applied was based on which side your point of view was. An English Privateer was a Pirate to the American side and an American Privateer was a Pirate to the British side.

Privateer

Not far from my home is a monument to the “Privateers” who fought for The American side: Chestnut Neck, NJ: See:http://www.revolutionarywarnewjersey.com/new_jersey_revolutionary_war_sites/towns/port_republic_nj_revolutionary_war_sites.htm

 

Skull and Cross Bones

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SONG: Pirates or Privateers

https://youtu.be/ByTM7xSi_nw



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Songwriter Insight 14

Songwriter Insight 14

The hottest time of year evokes memories of tropical nights along the Mediterranean Sea on the Costa Brava in Spain.; so romantic so magical. Looking down from a cliff top cafe sipping gin and coke with good friends and a lover. Could be there or Baja California, Hawaii or an island in the Caribbean.

 




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