"But music was his life, it was not his livelihood, and it made him feel so happy and it made him feel so good. And he sang from his heart and he sang from his soul. He did not know how well he sang; it just made him whole." - Harry Chapin - chorus of "Mr. Tanner."

Friday, March 20, 2015

Singing to a 93 year old . . .

Today I made an afternoon home visit, in the rain, to sing to a 93 woman who is hospice care.  She lives with her daughter, who lovingly provides additional care.

I played my guitar and sang some gospel hymns and some songs from the Hugworks catalog.  I had fun.  Both ladies laughed at all the right places.

What struck me was the comment this sweet 93 year old made after I had finished each song.

"Beautiful . . . "

I personally believe that I am a very competent singer, and an OK guitar player.  But I wouldn't classify how I sing and play guitar as beautiful.

But this woman did!  

Isn't that the nature of music when it is sung with a therapeutic intent?  Isn't any song that brings a tear to our eye "beautiful?"  Isn't any song that causes us to forget our pain "beautiful?"  Isn't any song that takes the thought away that death is near "beautiful?"

Another instance when I went to sing for someone at their home . . . and I left blessed.

God's grace still amazes me . . .  ><>

Saturday, March 7, 2015

My Life As A One-Man Band - Tommy Emmanuel





A great video about what Tommy Emmanuel does "for a living."



God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Monday, February 16, 2015

Jorma Kaukonen and Ruthie Foster - Long Time Gone






A great cover of Long Time Gone by Jorma Kaukonen and Ruthie Foster.   Jorma is 70 years old and can still growl out a great acoustic guitar lead.  Ruthie's vocal are just as great as well!




God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Another favorite from the 70's - Dave Mason-We Just Disagree




Dave Mason playing a 12-string on the video of one of his performances on The Midnight Special program back in the 1970's.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Saturday, February 14, 2015

More Acoustic favorites - James Taylor - "Sweet Baby James"




OK OK OK!   I got nailed, I know it . . . how does one start listing favorite acoustic guitar songs without mentioning James Taylor.  

Hope this gets me off the hook.  More James Taylor to come!

Happy Valentine's Day!

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Friday, February 13, 2015

I just ordered a couple of sets . . .




I've heard about these new Martin Retro series guitar strings, after reading an article about Tony Rice and his preference for Monel (nickel) wrapped guitar strings.  I was grazing around on the Martin site trying to get more info and came across this video. 

I ordered several sets of the Tony Rice Signature version of these strings, since they are medium's and that's the gauge I play on my Martin D-18, J-40, and my Taylor GS Custom built.   I will let you know what I experience in the next couple of weeks.  I'll be recording a music video with some friends in the next few months as part of a volunteer project for the folks at the Hugworks Children's Network.  I will need some time to figure out if these strings sound OK acoustically, and when plugged in to an amp or PA.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This is so sweet . . . . Laurence Juber - "Stormy Weather"






This is so sweet!    Laurence Juber playing stormy weather.  

Please enjoy . . . I have each time I have listened to this.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Michael Martin Murphey - Texas Morning




And yet still another acoustic favorite from the 70's.

Originally written and recorded by B. W. Stevenson in 1972, this 1980's version, sung on an Austin City Limits program by Michael Martin Murphey, is my favorite

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Rocky Moutain High - John Denver




Another acoustic favorite from the 70's.

Call me weird, call me strange, call me a teen from the 70's . . . but this is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

Released in October of 1972 (if my memory serves me correct), this is a recording of John singing the song in 1994 at a concert in Australia.   He shared in an interview once that this song took him over 9 months to write.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Monday, February 9, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Neil Young - Old Man & Heart of Gold




Another acoustic favorite from the 70's.  Neil Young singing Old Man and Heart of Gold.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Crosby Stills Nash - Southern Cross




Vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars.  Chills running down my spine.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Jim Croce - I Got a Name




Another acoustic guitar favorite from the 1970's.   Jim and Murray both died too young.

Rick ><>

Friday, February 6, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Loggins and Messina - Danny's Song




Another favorite from the 1970's.  My oh my, but it was fun to own and play and acoustic guitar back then.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - David Loggins - Please Come To Boston






A great song by David Loggins.




God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>


Monday, February 2, 2015

R.I.P. - Steve Weisberg

Well, I am a day late and a dollar short.   I just found out that guitarist and songwriter Steve Weisberg lost his battle to cancer in May of 2014.


If you are a John Denver fan, then you will remember that Steve was John's lead guitar player from 1973 to around 1977.  He was a brilliant acoustic lead guitar player, and multi-instrumentalist.


Guitar players like Steve Weisberg, John Somers, and the late Red O'Shea and the late Terry Clements were my first guitar heroes.  And my brother, Joe Laughlin.


God's grace, and good guitar players, still amazes me . . . ><>