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Song of the Month #1 - “Seasons With You”

(Track #5 on the Home Town CD)

 

Lyrics:  If your web browser does not support the Flash Player* included with the Lyrics, or you are uncomfortable allowing/downloading the plug-in/add-on, you can still listen to this song while you read.  Just go to our Downloads Page and click on the link, “Buy Home Town Songs from Napster”.  Then, click on "Seasons With You."  You can listen to it for free (not available outside the USA).

               *Not being a techie, I use the term “Flash Player” loosely.

 

Most writers write about themselves, and I am no exception.  I am the narrator in this song, and Siobhan is the character with me.  The song developed in the late 1980’s, and it started on a beautiful summer evening in June.  It was about seventy-five degrees.  We were walking on Chapel Street near the Veterans Hospital in Canandaigua about one mile from our home.  The moon was full; the fireflies were numerous; the honeysuckle was strong.  These three images got the song rolling.  Here I was in a perfect setting with my lover.  Come on, does it get any better?  Anyway, I can’t remember exactly when I started writing the song.  It may have been a day later, or it may have been a week later.  All I know is the moon, the fireflies, and the honeysuckle were the catalyst.

 

I was doodling around with my guitar and these three images.  I carved out a little verse about our time on Chapel Street.  The melody, something Jim Croce could have easily created, blended nicely with the images.  Since the verse was reflective of being with Siobhan in the summer, I decided to round out the song with similar scenes for fall, winter, and spring.  Going on a hay ride, playing music around a wood stove, and sitting on our front porch became the remaining scenes.

 

With that done, I worked towards developing a chorus with a controlling idea that would connect the four scenes.  One of the many things I have learned on this wonderful road of life is that it is important to live in the present.  If we live in the present, we reduce our anxiety about what happened in the past and about what will happen in the future.  As a result, we can maximize our appreciation of the present.  (You Buddhists will love me.)  So, “constant listener,” need I connect the dots for you regarding this song?  OK, I will.  By working towards living in the present, we have the potential to maximize the intensity of those perfect love moments when they come along.  This idea appears in the chorus of the song.  When you listen to this song, if it conjures up a different meaning for you, go with it.  I only wrote the song.  I want you to own it and have it excite or soothe your soul in any way it can.

 

I recorded this song in 1992 at The Garage, a little studio in Rochester, New York.  The Garage is owned and operated by John and Joe Dady, two quintessential musicians.  These guys were really patient with me.  You see, they are musicians, and I am a song writer.  If you are in the music business, you know what I mean.  If you’re not in the business, it would take too long to explain, and it would not be very interesting.

 

Anyway, with the sounds of a fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, and drums, John and Joe added the perfect touch to the details of my song.  They truly enhanced the mood I wanted to create.  Wayne “Maynard” Penlon, a friend of John and Joe’s, added a neat little guitar lead in the instrumental part of the song.  When I hear it, I still see those fireflies dancing around the moon.

 

I highly recommend John and Joe if you are interested in recording.  Also, The Dady Brothers, John and Joe’s group, have many recordings of their own, and they tour the United States and Ireland.  Check them out on the web.

 

Well, there you have it.  I’ll have another song of the month for you next month.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please pass them on to me.  This is a work in progress, and I am always looking for new ways to improve it.

 

(E-Mailed 4/18/07)

 

 

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