Anyway, there are some songs I have been playing out recently that folks have asked for...and they don't appear on any of my current CDs. Some are on my Soundcloud account, but they are really just examples, recorded on garage band, sometimes with canned instruments.
I'm already really sure that the next CD will have a central theme. Truth, or realness. Authenticity. Having a full life. Goodness.
This might limit some of the songs I might want to include...there are, for example, several jazz tunes that have really dark themes. They might not work. But maybe they will. After all, don't we all experience dread as well as joy?
Here are some songs I would like to record, and some of them might make it on this project. Of course, after I spend a week in Ireland in October, I might completely change my mind, as I'll probably have 5-10 new songs.
Can't Trust a Heart (authenticity) (fingerstyle) *
The Man Who Planted Trees (Winner Walnut Valley Newsongs 2014, Better World Category) (changing the world) (fingerstyle)*
Dread (feeling bad) (smoky jazz)
Silence (taking things personally) (smoky jazz)
Hummingbird (Finalist Tumbleweed Festival 2014) (bird is a jerk but you like him anyway) (old time, banjo)*
Stronger for your Flame (Randall Williams cover) (possibility) (lullaby)*
City Lullaby (blue in a strange town) (complex fingerstyle)
Over the City (leaving a strange town) (jazz)
Let's be Idle, Let's be Wild (finding the woods) (bluesy)
The Knitter of Dingle Town (patience) (a cappella)
Naptime (yes, I've already done it, but I'd like to do it differently.) (happy place)
Let's Make Hay (sex) (swing)
Old Bears (wonderful old men) (swing)*
Impossibility (death) (1940's)
A Drop of Gold (uniqueness) (children's)
Circle of Care (Finalist San Diego County Fair Songwriting Competition 2014) (finding your way) (strummy folk)
April Come She Will (nice Simon & Garfunkel cover) (lovers? seasons? what is it about?) (fingerstyle)
90 Degrees (Lisa Markley cover) (gentle nagging) (waltz)
Dimming of the Day (Richard Thompson cover) (need) (ballad)
Reason Doesn't Know (judgement) (quick tempo)
Snake Oil Salesman (flim flam artists) (bluesy)
The Hawks of Winter (probably should wait for a Christmas album, cuz it is one of my Christmas songs) (loneliness) (twelve string guitar would be cool)
Pale Blue Dot (lyrics inspired by Carl Sagan) (taking care of what we have) (strummy folk)
I Met Myself on the Road to Jordan (I usually do this a cappella...might not do that in the recording) (wisdom)
Road to Mecca (truth) (driving folk)
Magpie in the Woods (instrumental)
Song for a Starling (instrumental)
Not for Love (inspired by Shakespeare line from Much Ado about Nothing) (the games we play) (blues)
Mermaid (true story about a drunk woman in a Montana bar) (probably a bouzouki tune)
The Vincent (continuing story of Red Molly) (bouzouki)
Mille Regrets (a song in French, about putting regrets to bed) (swing)
Wake Up George (chasing shadows) (fingerstyle)
You Put it There (lyrics by Connie Hart) (love) (1940's)
She Let Go (based on a poem by Rev. Safire Rose) (letting go) (fingerstyle)
I've put an asterisk next to the songs that I probably ought to record, given positive audience reactions to the songs. The list of "have to's" is not very long. I suppose that gives me a lot of flexibility.
Anyone want to help me figure this out? This is just dreadful, trying to think it through.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.