It’s a new year and new endeavor going where I’ve never gone before. Well, not quite, I did have one failed attempt. Country music is what I’m talking about. I’ve written classical, jazz, blues, rock, metal, dance etc. but never a country song. “Gone Fishin’” was supposed to be a country song (my failed attempt) but had more of a folk rock more than country so that song went on my alternative rock album. A producer gave me a challenge after listening to “Whiskey on a Heartache,” one of my blues songs, to write a couple of bluesy country tunes, which happens to be a specialty of the label he works with. So here I am and teaming up with some fine instrumentalists and singer Andrea Lynne on vocals.
The content is one of a serious matter. It’s about the high rates of suicide among our veterans. The story of the song is told from the point of view of a distraught wife after her husband committed suicide. He fought the war in his mind long after returning from combat. This subject is close to my heart, I find the suicide rate among our vets a national tragedy and there isn’t enough attention to this matter. If it is true that our service members are our greatest treasure then we should be doing more as a people to remedy this tragedy. I’ve written about suicide in my poetry before but this is the first time I’m tackling it in a song. I’ve dealt with a few suicides of friends and family and something you never really get over, you just move on with your own life. The title of the song is “When I was with You.”
Song number two is undecided at the moment .So music fans I hope you’ll join me on this journey. I’ll see when the curtain rises. Update will come when the song is finished. Keep it cool