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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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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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 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 10

Songwriter’s Insight 10

Many people do not know that The New Jersey Shore area had numerous events associated with the American Revolution. This song tells the story of just such historical event.

 


Massacre on LBI (Long Beach Island) by James Halifko


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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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