Hello! ..................................August 2020
Novel Coronavirus Pandemic: Covid-19 Lockdown since late March!
June 1, 2020: Body Count; 100,000 dead American Citizens.
August 1, 2020: Body Count; 150,000 dead American Citzens.
This website is an artifact of a lifelong hobby.
By the time I realized I needed to study to transition from hobbyist to entrepreneur I realized I'm not willing to do that work!
I still like to play, although the Coronavirus Pandemic makes that obsolete as a public activity. I still like to sing. I still like to write Songs to sing. And I still like to talk about Songwriting in the 'Myself' link on your left.
I go to www.SongwriterJunction.com and www.JustPlainFolks.com too, for that purpose. There's not much conversation but... On LinkedIn.com there is a Songwriters Group too.
The 'Triple White Line' icon in the top bar is a Song List!
Play a Song! The White Triangle to the right is Volume control.
The title in the player is the Song you're hearing.
The whole Song is there! Snippets never did work for me. How about you?
Find that Song title in LYRICS (left) in the "Over The River Tonight" list. Read along.
Let them all play! It's 48 minutes of an eclectic mix!
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"OVER THE RIVER TONIGHT" (Fluke 'album' recording, 2006)
(Quote from a listener: "No cookie-cutter Songs here..." V. Z.)
(1) "Cajun Lady" is uptempo, a lighthearted story of Arthur Alexander Delacroix, and Mitzi Sweets. Country? Bluegrass? Time: 2:38
(2) "She's Comin' Home With Me" is a tribute by a guitar player to his girlfriend who is the level-headed star of their New York City band. Time: 3:01
(3) "Fancy (And Maybe Never More)" has an Irish folk feel, a story of a lady lighthouse keeper, and "Old Gene" who tries to get her to come a'dancing, while she awaits her sailor boyfriend's return from the sea. Splendid Rhythm and Rhyme. Time: 2:49
(4) "Muriel's Theme" is instrumental, flawed in my execution, but fun to play, brief, and memorable, theme music perhaps, for a Synchronization License for TV or film. Time, as played here: 1:49. But shorter snippets could serve.
(5) "Leavin' You" is country with strong 'Hook-Factor' in its beat, memorable Lyric and vocal Melody. Time: 3:05
(Quote from a listener;
"I can't get that song out of my head!" K. C.
I call that 'Hook Factor'!)
(6) Could "Hey! Long Gone (Not Just Leavin')" be done Reggae style? I tried it last night as a blues. Time: 3:18
(7) "Momma Don't Tell Me" is a fun little Travis-pickin' country tune. Time 2:17
(8) "Goin' Back To New Orleans" is a walk in the shoes of one man's need to get home after the 2005 hurricanes and see what difference his love might make. Time: 3:46
(9) "Take It For A Ride", up-tempo love Song with a strong back-beat and a memorable guitar riff. Time: 3:43
(10) "Number On The Wall", blues-ish, a cool guitar figure. Time: 3:09
(11) "Over The River Tonight" is an uptempo love Song. If I was willing to do that work, this would be my big summer hit, the 'Career Song' I'd ride to fame and fortune. Time: 2:47
(Quote from a listener: "That's the perfect country song!" L. W.)
(12) "She Said Good Luck" is based on Bob Dylan's reply to a reporter (1965 San Francisco), words I put in the mouth of a Character in the story. Time: 3:20
(13) "We Could Use A Little Rain" is a Folk Song, a story of the farmer's plight, and Sarah, the farmer's wife. Time: 3:08
(14) "Yippee Yi Yo" puts the western back in Country and Western, a cowboy tune, in the tradition of boy meets girl and helps drive her cattle to market. It has an infectious guitar riff. Time: 3:43
Gary E. Andrews www.garyeandrews.com
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-2223
740.354.8607 (answering machine)
Click on CONTACT (left) to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DO IT YOURSELF:
These Songs can be sung by any singer, and in various genres. I have rewritten many for a female Point-Of-View. I've played some as a slow blues, a jaunty country style, more uptempo rock n' Roll. If they worked, they worked!
Don't let the style I present them in here or my voice limit your consideration (comparisons a la' Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Woody Guthrie, Rush, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison. No kiddin'!)
Some folks 'play' in the key they 'sing' in.
I sing in whatever key I play in.
You can read along as the Songs play.
Click on LYRICS. Click on a title in the "Over The River Tonight" list to read the Lyric of that title. There are 167 Lyrics, but only 13 Lyrics of these 14 Songs have audio tracks.
Tune to standard pitch. You can play along! The chords are on the Lyric pages.
You can sing along! Find your harmony part.
Or, better; take the lead!
Cover one you like. See how YOUR audience reacts. Having something that originates with you to play on local radio where you perform can bring a new audience to venues, making you worth the money they're offering, maybe more if you're bold enough to ask for it.
If you want to 'cut' and 'release' it to market, get in touch with me for legal authorization of your use of my Intellectual Property (IP) copyright.
On each Lyric I tell the chords, designating the frets where you hold the strings.
Like the chord C/G. That's C with a G bass, indicated as 332O1O.
You hold the top two bass strings on the 3rd fret, (the 33), the next one on the 2nd fret (the 2). Play the next one 'Open', or without a finger on it (O for 'Open'). Play the next on the 1st fret (the 1), and the bottom treble string Open (another O). 3-3-2-O-1-O
In the MYSELF link (left) I discuss Songwriting.
I write whatever kind of Song comes to me. If the guitar part has 'Hook-Factor', if it 'Hooks' me, and the first Lyrical line Hooks ME, as The First Listener, I try to write it.
These Hooked me. If they Hook you they'll Hook your audience too! Cover one and see!
STORY OF THE FLUKE RECORDING:
CD :"Over The River Tonight" (c) 2006 by Gary E. Andrews
Recorded June 17, 2006, by Dave Richards, ParkersBSound.
I had permission to pitch "Goin' Back To New Orleans," to Leon Russell, a long-time favorite of mine. It seemed well-suited for his voice, his singing and Songwriting style. htttp://www.leonrussellrecords.com
A friend in Little Hocking, Ohio ( http://www.windinfeathers.com Thanks Loran) called a friend in Parkersburg, West Virginia (Thanks Dave) who had Magix Cool Edit software.
Dave said, "If the guy can run right through it and we don't have to fool around with it a lot, bring him over."
So we went. I played and sang the Song.
Then Dave said, "Just play the guitar part," and recorded that. Then he had me sing along with the playback.
I screw up the timing. The Song was new. I hadn't rehearsed doing it that way. I miss chord changes and my cue coming in on some vocal Lines, which altered the Melody.
(Wish I had the first take!)
Since I was a beggar and the warning had been given up front, I didn't ask to do a retake. That's what you hear, flaws and all.
My contact with Russell said, "Leon listened without comment."
Good enough. I had a shot and took it!
Then, Dave said, "Play some more," and left the room.
I began to pull Songs out of my...head. Brain lock! There were long gaps in the recording where I couldn't think of a Song to play, despite 167 songs registered with the Copyright Office in my "Out Of The Woodwork" collections, Songs going back over my lifetime. The Lyrics for those are all here in the LYRICS link.
By the time Dave came back, I had recorded 13 more Songs. If you've heard the eclectic variety of these 14 imagine what the rest could be! Read the Lyrics. You'll see!
A Performance Rights Organization (PRO) collects Royalties from 'consumers' of music, venues where they make money with your music and the venues pay a licensing fee, for the right to have Songs played by live performers, on jukeboxes, internet media, terrestrial radio, enhancing the ambiance of those places and mediums for the profits of the owners. Songwriters and Publishers sign up with PRO's to list
1) their Song titles and 2) the Songwriters' names, and 3) the Publishing Company's name, for collection and payment of Songwriting Royalties and Publishing Royalties. BMI (Broadcast Music International) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Artists, and Poets) are two PRO's. If you have product coming to market you should affiliate with a PRO.
BMI started www.Songwriter101.com I joined in 2005 and went there daily for 14 years to talk about Songwriting. Moderator 2, the talented Mr. Ripley, announced the site closing April 1, 2019. My favorite 'campus' closing! Now where am I going to go to play in the fields of creativity? Some members moved to www.songwriterjunction.com .
I also go to www.JustPlainFolks.org
There's a Singers and Songwriters group on www.Linkedin.com too.
Come and see.
Keep exploring! The possibilities are endless!
Robert Baitinger, of Germany, offered me a chance to write a Lyric to a track he composed. It is sung by Tara Lynn Sharrock, of Australia, and produced by Bastian Knochel:
Here's Robert's website:
In the time of the year to say Frohe Weihnachten (Merry Christmas) this video clip gets some play. Mattis Laustroer wishes Merry Christmas with Robert Baitinger's song “Christmas With You” (I contributed some to the Lyric).
Mattis made it to the battles of The Voice of Germany 2018.
Robert says, "This is pretty cool."
It's way cool Robert. Frohe Weihnachten, and Happy New Year!
Aleksandr Saltovskiy, of Ukraine, offered me a chance to write a Lyric for a track he composed. He found Aeram to sing it.
Federal Copyright law recognizes your "right" to "copy" your Intellectual Property (IP) as soon as you put it in "fixed form," written, recorded, any fixed form.
Like owning anything, you need a lock to keep others from stealing it. Copyright Registration is that lock. Only Registration of your Copyright with the federal U. S. Library of Congress, Register of Copyrights (or similar entity in your country), will get you a hearing in federal court where federal Copyright law is heard, as proof you created and own the "right" to "copy" it, for profit or not. A Song can be worth a fortune.
Protect your legacy. Learn about Registering your works at: www.copyright.gov
The American Society of Composers, Artists and Poets (ASCAP) is a Performance Rights Organization, with which you can affiliate as a member, and register Song titles, the Songwriter(s) name(s), the Publisher(s) name(s). ASCAP will collect Royalties for you, if any are earned. Click on the banner.
Below is a world map of visitors to my website!
Create your own visitor map!
Look! Someone near you is interested in Music and Songwriting too! Find like minds!
Hello visitors from;
ALABAMA 1: Decatur 5. Madison 2. Vernon 1.
ARIZONA: Bullhead City 2. Cave Creek 1. Phoenix 15. Tempe 2.
CALIFORNIA 4: Bakersfield 4. Canyon Country 3. Cupertino 1. Fontana 1. Fresno 3. Huntington Beach 1. Larkspur 1. Los Angeles 46. Menlo Park 14. Mountain View 69. Saint Helena 1. San Bruno 4. San Diego 7. San Francisco 22. San Jose 4. Santa Rosa 1. Simi Valley 81. Spring Valley 2. Stockton 1. Van Nuys 5. Woodland Hills 1.
COLORADO: Colorado Springs 2. Denver 10. Englewood 4. Greeley 1.
CONNECTICUT 1: Brookfield 1. East Hampton 1. Fairfield 4. Hartford 3. New Britain 2. WIllamantic 1.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Washington 6.
FLORIDA: Clearwater 4. Dunnellon 1. Longwood 1. Menlo Park 7. New Port Richey 40. Ocala 6. Panama City Beach 1. Pensacola 3. Tampa 9. Titusville 3.
GEORGIA 7: Atlanta 17. Brunswick 3. Grovetown 1. Lithonia 3. Newnan 2. Tucker 2.
ILLINOIS: Charleston 1. Chicago 18. Clinton 1. Columbia 1. Elk Grove Village 1. Glen Ellyn 1. Lombard 1. Mount Prospect 1. Pana 1. Vernon Hills 2.
INDIANA: Auburn 1. Indianapolis 5. Muncie 1.
IOWA: Cedar Falls 1. Fairfield 4. Sheldon 2.
KANSAS: WIchita 5.
KENTUCKY: Henderson 4. Lawrenceburg 1. Louisville 6. Nicholasville 1.
LOUISIANA: Monroe 1.
MARYLAND: Baltimore 8. Lanham 2. Rockville 5. Silver Spring 1.
MASSACHUSETTS: Lynnfield 1.
MICHIGAN 2: Troy 2.
MISSOURI: Cape Girardeau 1. Florissant 3. St. Louis 17.
NEBRASKA: Omaha 3.
NEVADA: Las Vegas 10.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Merrimack 2.
NEW JERSEY: Bloomfield 4. Manchester Township 1. Mullica Hill 1. Newark 4. Teaneck 1.
NEW YORK: Bronx 8. Pomona 1. Rochester 2. Wappingers Falls 2.
NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte 2. Denver 1. Newton 15. Roanoke Rapids 2.
OHIO: Blanchester 3. Caldwell 2. Chillicothe 5.Cincinnati 5. Circleville 10. Clarksville 5. Cleveland 4. Columbus 68. Dayton 5. Fairfield 4. Galion 44. Georgetown 7. Greenfield 4. Hamden 13. Jackson 130. Logan 217. Lucasville 72. Marion 1. Middleport 9. Minford 2. Monroeville 1. Mount Orab 8. Newark 3. New Plymouth 4. New Vienna 7. North Ridgeville 1. Oak Hill 8. Piketon 68. Pleasantville 3. Pomeroy 14. Portsmouth 275. Ray 3. Sabina 3. Sardinia 73. South Webster 4. Toledo 2. Waverly 41. Wellston 47. West Union 2. Wheelersburg 12. Wilmington 62. Zaleski 4.
OREGON: Bandon 1. Boardman 4. Eugene 4. Gresham 1. Lake Oswego 3. Portland 7.
PENNSYLVANIA: Hazletton 1. Jenkinville 1. Pittston 1. Reading 2. Stroudsburg 3.
SOUTH CAROLINA 2:
TENNESSEE: Brentwood 2. Cookeville 1. Livingston 1. Madison 2. Nashville 17.
TEXAS: Beaumont 3. Coppell 2. Granbury 1. Houston 21. La Marque 1.
UTAH: Salt Lake City 6.
VIRGINIA 28: Ashburn 14. Hampton 1. Herndon 2. Williamsburg 3.
WASHINGTON 2: Enumclaw 1. Kirkland 1. Redmond 57. Seattle 17.
WEST VIRGINIA: Elkview 1. Parkersburg 3.
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: St. Johns 1.
AUSTRALIA: Darlinghurst 1. Sydney 8.
BANGLADESH: Dhaka 4.
BELGIUM: Lebbeke 1.
BRAZIL: Rio de Janeiro 25. Serra 1. Vitoria 1.
CANADA: AB 1. Beauharnois QC 1. Calgary AB 7. Edmonton AB 2. Georgetown ON 2. Hamilton ON 2. Keswick NB 1. Lassalle QC 1. London ON 3. Montreal QC 12. North Bay ON 1. ON 1. Ottawa ON 16, Quebec QC 11. Regina SK 2. Schubenacadie NS 1. St. Johns NL. Toronto ON 22.
CHINA 1: Beijing 20. Hangzhou 1. Shanghai 7. Zhengzhou 4.
DENMARK: Alborg 1.
EGYPT: Cairo 5.
FRANCE 15: Caen 6. Nanterre 1. Paris 12.
GERMANY 13: Berlin 2.
HONG KONG: Central District 1.
INDIA :Delhi 9. Patna 1.
INDONESIA: Jakarta 8.
IRELAND 18: Cork 2.
ITALY: Parabiago 1.
NETHERLANDS: Delft 5. Steenwijk 3. Winterswijk 1.
NEW ZEALAND: Auckland 4.
REUNION IS: Saint Paul 1.
ROMANIA: Iasi 1.
RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Krapivinskiy 1. Moscow 12.
SERBIA: Belgrade 1.
SPAIN: Las Palmas 1. Oviedo 1.
SWEDEN: Norrkoping 2.
UNITED KINGDOM 33: Aberdeen 1. Bedford 4. Colchester 1. Coverntry 3. Crawley 1. Farnborough 5. Leicester 2. Liverpool 1. Ventnor 1. Weston super-mare 1.
VIETNAM: Saigon 1.
I'm so excited to meet you all! Tell a friend!
August 2020! Summer is in it's fullness in the Northern Hemisphere!
A live-stream from May 15, 2019 Open mic @ 17 East, Crosskeys Tavern, 17 East Main Street, hosted by Foothill Folk Society, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio. I'm about 1:09 in.
I play "She's Gonna Get The Blues" and "Fancy (And Maybe Nevermore)"
'Live Stream' https://www.facebook.com/foothillfolk/