Sunday, November 20, 2011

Coat of White

I'm a Pennsylvania Yankee, born and bred.  That means that I like my Christmases with snow.  I have to admit that we didn't always have snow on Christmas growing up in Erie, PA, but most of the time we did.  Living in the snow belt on Lake Erie generally guaranteed about 50-60 inches in December, before the lake froze over.

So when I go outside on Christmas Day, I want to see both my breath and the ground white.

Which brings me to 'Coat of White'.  Some years ago, sometime in late Fall (as I remember), Adam wrote and recorded this song.  However, he never really released it, so it's basically been sitting on our computers as an 'in house' Christmas song.  But I've always loved it and have listened to it regularly.

So, since it's about that time of the year for some serious Christmas music, I want to share it with you.  I hope it takes you back to some wonderful Christmases past!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Well, I've been away for awhile.  But Adam's song 'Hypothesis' is well worth coming back for (he actually got it ready for the internet since the last time I posted something here).

When Adam first played 'Hypothesis' for me several years ago, I was smitten.  It is simply a great, great song, with a wonderful story, terrific chords, and a superb solo vocal.  Yet most people have probably never heard it.  This song definitely deserves to be heard! 

Adam has included 'Hypothesis' in a new playlist of songs he has called Life's Child.  This and his other albums can be heard and downloaded on the website

So, what's your hypothesis again, Adam?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Grandmother Tree

'The Grandmother Tree', from AppleBlossom, has a dreamy, child-like feel to it, of two innocent, pre-adolescent children who, attracted to each other but having not yet bitten Eden's apple, would rather go play in the meadow on a lazy summer day than make-out in the barn.

Adam fishin' on Presque Isle, Erie, PA
In some ways, it makes you wish that our horny hormones were never invented.  But then again, if that were the case, I suppose there wouldn't be any children around to go play in the meadow, would there.

Adam, I love your vocals, guitar work, and easy rhythm in this song.  And Sam, I love your understated drumming.  Beautiful work here.  It reminds me a lot of 'Magnolia Moon', from Seals and Crofts' Takin' It Easy album, always one of my favorite (though mostly unknown) songs.

If you want, I will marry you
Once we both turn eighteen.
But you just laugh and run off
to the Grandmother Tree
In your bare feet.

There you swing underneath her tree
I can see your hair blowing.
Stars and tears are the same for me tonight
Yeah, their coming out bright.

I strip down to my barefeet
and wrap my arms around yours.
If you want, I will marry you tonight
while things are alright.

I call out to the Nightingale
and lap up the evening stream.
Watch over her as she wears her veil
watch over us we sing.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hold Here

'Hold Here', from Houses, speaks of the consolation and love that can be found with family (or at least a family where love has managed to survive the ravages of time).  However, to get the full impact of 'Hold Here', you need to have listened to the previous track 'Uphill and Downhill', which of course is not a song at all, but a recording of Adam's grandmother 'Noni' describing what it was like to experience her father's death when she was just a teenager.

This song reminds me of Cat Stevens' Wind, in its originality, sensitivity, and quiet spirituality.  (Trivia: did you know that Cat Stevens was also part Swedish?)

If you're part of a family (whether 'blood' or not) who can hold each other to sooth, console, and help heal the inevitable wounds of life, you are a very lucky person.

Hold here, close to me
How often do we get to meet?
Your brother and your sister know
When you come here
I wish you'd never go, away.

My hands hurt, my love is dead
You broke up with your last boyfriend.
You know how we both hurt so
Just hold here and
I swear it will go, away.

So come back, even if you're well
I'll hold you here.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lipsynching Life

Friday night (or Saturday) is often movie night for us, so what better day to listen to 'Lip Synching' from the Croakies album.

This song seems to be about the price that has to be paid for a shot at stardom in our American celebrity culture.  For every star or starlet who 'makes' it, there are thousands who start climbing that celebrity ladder, only to fall off (or be kicked off) before they make it very far.

But beware!  The water in that ocean is full of sharks and other predators who are more than willing, indeed eager, to take a big bite out of the innocent young 'things' who flock to that place of dreams.

Fool me once, fool me a second time
"You should know us you should know our work"
But I'm a dunce, I've been missing lines
"Here's a word that we don't think should hurt"

You should leave, no you shouldn't stay
"Who'd be here to pump you up tonight?
You're living life you're an advertisement."
But you place the price out of sight!

I was believing you. All of you.

Where's my car? Where's my skinny jeans?
"Business has it's ups and downs you see?
You've got your looks, your pretty face"
Well ain't it enough to want them to want me.

You know I was lip synching life
Cause I was believing you
You know I was lip synching love
Cause I was believing you
You know I was lip synching it all
Cause I was believing you, all of you.