People keep asking me about my music and want to hear it. I don’t have all of it in digital form yet, but here is a good sampling of it with a bit of background information.
A Little Rain – I wrote this in 1974 and recorded it at Fifth Floor Recording Studios in Cincinnati in 1975. It was my first time in a real studio. Paul Patterson, lately of Faux Frenchmen and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is the violinist. I do guitars and vocals.
I’m Walkin’ Away – Dan Crawley and I started this song based on his melody idea. We got stuck on the lyrics and got help from Ricci Mareno, Jeff Shannon, Johnny Barnes and Austin Taylor. In all, six writers! Never did that before and it never happened again (so many writers on one song). This recording is Austin Taylor with Jeff, Johnny and me singing background (I’m the baritone on this one). Recorded in Nashville in 1992.
Does Forever End Tonight? – A breakup song, for sure. Based on real life experience (yes, a girl asked me that when I was breaking up with her a long, long time ago). This recording features Tim Hadler on vocals. Recorded in Nashville in 1993.
You Once Were Mine – I wrote this in 1994 for my lovely wife, Peggy. I am doing all the vocals and guitar. This is my first attempt at multi-track recording on a computer based system.
Lord Don’t Lock The Door (I’ll Be Comin’ Home Someday) – I co-wrote this song with Ricci Mareno, Joe Mareno and Jeff Shannon for a Christian music album called “The Return.” This recording features Bill Gaulden on lead vocals. Recorded in Nashville for my record company, Olympus Records, in 1994.
Everybody Give A Little Love – I co-wrote this song with Joe Mareno. This is the first basic demo with Joe on guitar and me on vocals. I don’t recall who did the keyboard work. Recorded in our Nashville demo studio on Music Row in 1994.
Everybody Give A Little Love – Album version. This is the full production for the album “The Return.” This recording features Bill Gaulden on lead vocals. Recorded in Nashville for my record company, Olympus Records, in 1994.
Killing Me Again – I co-wrote this song with Joe Mareno. This is the first basic demo with Joe on guitar and me on vocals. Recorded in our Nashville demo studio on Music Row in 1994.
I Keep Dancing – Basic guitar/vocal demo I did at home on the computer. This song was inspired by the Daniel Hillel quote, “I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.” It’s really about continuing on even when things haven’t gone right.
Trying To Find My Way Home – This is a Christian song I wrote for our artists doing the compilation album of Christian music for Olympus Records in 1994 in Nashville. Actually, I was one of the artists on the album. Unfortunately, we didn’t finish it due to budget considerations. As with many of my songs, this draws from personal experience. I’ll leave it at that. This was recorded in one of the same studios where Dolly Parton recorded much of her music.
Banks Of The Ohio – This is an old folk song that I learned in the early 1970’s. There are many versions of the lyric and many interpretations of the music. This is my simple version, ably harmonized by my sister, Diane Harthun Weckbach, who has been singing it with me for as long as I can remember. This was recorded Summer 2013, just before the cancer surgery that ruined my singing voice.