My CD RESERVOIR was released April 16, 2018. Here are the songs:
Reservoir (5:14): A romantic waltz about people who love each other for their whole lives, and who like skinny-dipping. What could be better?
On December 31, 2018, Reservoir received a Finalist award in the Mid Atlantic Songwriting Competition, in the Americana category.
Walk By The River (2:48): This song began in Asheville, North Carolina on the banks of the French Broad River. Now I live near the Hudson, a beautiful river with a hundred different faces. I try to notice it every day.
Granddad (6:01): A cantankerous old soldier explains himself to his 10 year old grandson with a trip to Arlington National Cemetary on Memorial Day. The land that became the cemetery once belonged to Robert E. Lee.
Coffee (3:04): This is the only song I know that uses the word “raktajino.” It's always a treat when someone in the audience recognizes it. The notion of coffee being as black as midnight and bitter as life came from the menu of Elizabeth's Italian restaurant in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
A Place to Start (5:00): Something that looks like an adventure to a 10-year-old boy may not really be all that much fun. I like the idea of walking across the country, though; there are things you won't see any other way.
German Cars (3:07): I have owned two German cars in my life - BMW 2002s, one from 1973 and one from 1976 - and they were both great. The rest were just cars. This is the only song in this collection that use electric guitars.
Long Story (3:12): Two guys talking in a bar – or, rather, one talking and one listening. This is my Johnny Cash song; he had the perfect voice for it, and I think he would have liked the story.
Hey, Dominic (2:31): A love triangle - three people who all grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. More life-long love, at least for one of them.
Just Don't Know (2:45): During the time I was writing this song we had wonderful neighbors all around us, and I think of them every time I sing the line, “I go from neighbor to neighbor – they act like they're not home.” My real neighbors were always home.
Your Blue Eyes (3:45): Another life-long love story, about two people who always knew they would find each other. I like that the chorus means something a little different each time it comes around.
Down on Route 9A (5:32): He's really there, in Elmsford, New York, although he's outside a convenience store, not a tire store. Made by International Fiberglass, probably in the 1960s. He used to have an axe, but, like the arms, it seems to be long gone. UPDATE: As of December 2018, he has one of his arms back! Good news for him, but I don't think I'll change the song.
Thanks to Chris Anderson, who played bass and produced; Rebecca Haviland, who sang; Jackson Hoffman, our engineer; Liz Tremante, who created the images on the front and back cover and the cover of the lyrics booklet; Peter Lehndorff, who designed the CD cover and the lyrics booklet; and Andy Phillips, who took the photo on the inside cover. (PS: Rebecca and Chris perform as Whiskey Heart.)
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