You know where to find my music, from the intro on the Home Page. I'll also be featuring select tunes shortly. But with this first post I'm starting out by introducing you to two versions of a tune I've played for YEARS. "I Can't Find My Way Home" by Steve Winwood and first done by his group Blind Faith in the 60's is a great song. Below are 2 versions of the tune... both great... yet different.
Dani Vargas is a guy I found on YouTube while searching for versions of the song. He plays fingerstyle similar to me...and really nails the song.
Andrew Zohn is a classically trained player, and it shows, but he does a version of the tune with creativity and precision that really brings out a different 'voice' of the tune.
Growing up, I was a big fan of the “Peanuts” comic strip. In the early days I saw the characters as peers, through a child’s eye. As I followed the strip into my adult years, I began to better understand some of the deeper themes and messages/values Mr. Schulz was trying to convey. The animated holiday specials especially brought these out, for adults and kids alike. Mr. Schulz (born 11/26/1922) retired in late 1999 and unfortunately passed away on February 12, 2000. The body of work he leaves behind has been a treasure for kids (and adults) around the world.
I was moved by his passing; and as fate would have it, a few months later in the Summer of 2000 I was at a ‘Music Camp’ in NH with two musical friends (we had just started playing out as a Trio at the time). One of the ‘classes’ at camp was “Songwriting” ... an obvious offering for a camp for aspiring Singer-Songwriter adults who otherwise were making their way in the world at 9-5 Day Jobs, raising kids, being on school boards and attending to various other civic, employment and parental obligations. I signed up for the class and our only assignment was to ... wait for it ... Write A Song.
Being 45 years old and an amateur musician since the age of 10 as I sat in my room in the ‘main house’; I had tried songwriting before. I am mostly an instrumentalist, not particularly confident in my singing, but this had to be a ‘song’ (ie with lyrics) not a ‘tune’ (ie an instrumental). I had written a (very) few songs... all pleasant enough, but not terribly memorable, except perhaps to the person they were written for. We were advised to write about something we KNEW about and CARED about... I knew about the Peanuts comic strip and I cared about the fact that Charles Schulz was not longer with us ... so I started in.
The song is a classic “3 chords and the truth” song ("Three Chords and the Truth", an oft quoted phrase coined by Harlan Howard in the 1950s which he used to describe Country music). The amazing thing is that the whole song, words & music, took 15 minutes to write! Once I started, the words just dropped for the ceiling of my 3rd floor room in that big old house... and the melody, chord changes, verse/chorus structure just ‘came’. It was literally like the song was saying ......”IF YOU DON’T WRITE ME DOWN NOW, I’M GOING TO SOMEONE ELSE”......
Over the years, this was the primary ‘original’ tune the trio would play (as opposed to covers) when we had gigs. We got wonderful comments on it and saw many emotional/nostalgic reactions in the front seats of the venues. ...More a testament to Mr. Schulz’s body of work than my songwriting.