STAY TUNED!  NEW MUSIC LINKS  TO BE POSTED HERE   SOON!  ( Meanwhile click on VIDEO and watch a vid of me singing one of my favorite songs ,"LANDSLIDE", with the amazing local guitarist,   Michael Philip Reed (from our show at  Java Joes 2015! )
 Singing "LANDSLIDE" at Java Joe's gig in San Diego, Sept 12, 2015.  with son MIchael Philip Reed.  GREAT night!  Also on the bill was L. A Edwards (Luke Edwards) backed up by Harrison Edwards and my son Michael. Was about 90 degrees in there but we all had a great time. Had a wonderful audience. (Thanks to Alex Patterson for taking this footage!)
  I'm grateful for every song that has grabbed my attention through the years. I'd know right away if I wanted to learn it or not.   At the beginning that meant buying the "single" record,  or the album, then putting it on the living room Hi-Fi player  or the small record player in my room. I'd play the song  over and over until I felt I was singing along with it just fine.  Then with pen and paper in hand, I'd listen again- and write the lines down, one line at a time,  lifting the arm of the needle off the record and swinging back in the holder.. Listen, Lift , Write.. line by line. If a word was garbled,  I'd keep listening and figure it out, or if I was lucky, I'd find the lyrics on sheet music in a music store.  By the end of transcribing the lyrics onto the paper, the song was pretty well stuck in my head. Then I'd start that process over again, this time  figuring out the chords and for me that meant finding the bass line of the tune and building from there.  That was a very intense process but I didn't mind it at all.   In my first year in college I saw they were offering "Shorthand" and I grabbed that class.   I picked up on that skill quickly and soon I could transcribe a song off the radio or off the record player in no time flat!  Eventually tape recorders were out there,  portable and affordable, I got my Sony Recorder and could then  tape the song from the album and be able to start and stop the tape instead of lifting that needle on and off a record.  The tape recorders were a big help hearing myself  sing as well,  and finding harmony parts.. and a  big aid in my first attempts to write songs. Soon I had enough cover songs and originals to start my road… and what a road it was,  and still is...
Java Joes, May 2015

Java Joes, May 2015

The Water is Wide

The Water is Wide

Singing on a Saturday with those Red Velvet Curtains

Singing on a Saturday with those Red Velvet Curtains

House Concert in Holland with son, Michael Philip Reed

House Concert in Holland with son, Michael Philip Reed

photo by Courtney Welden

photo by Courtney Welden