I almost didn't post this section. I thought it presumptuous to do so. Sure, I have written some songs, played some festivals and other events, got paid a little, gotten some songs in the door at CD Baby. But I never made the same commitment others have made to reach the next level. So who cares about MY influences, I thought. Then my wife said to me "Even a nobody is everything to somebody."
Marie Eileen, for always being in the room; for everlasting happiness; for life-long love; for unfailing honesty.
Kevin Welch, Wimberly, Texas, for the "walk-around" critique in your front-yard; when I die I'm coming to your front porch, Brother, just like you said, and not to Vince Dooley's house.
Dustin Welch, Wimberly, Texas, for "Word Truths" and the many insights.
Savannah Welch, Nashville, Tennessee, for the memory of her reply to my overture at The Blue Bird Songwriters in the Round, "He sure is good, isn't he." "That's my Dad," she said.
The Blue Bird Cafe, Nashville, Tennessee... songwriters Mecca.
Ed Walters, Folksinger, Athens, Georgia, for teaching me to fingerpick Dylan's "Don't Think Twice."
Hit songwriter Paul Craft, for sharing "I just try and write a song somebody won't get up and walk out on."
Rick NesSmith, Jacksonville, Florida and Staff Writer at Tree, Nashville, for unexpectedly showing up at 11pm at the Ramada Inn lobby after the NSAI meeting, "Man, you need a co-writer on 'Mary Ann Sent Me'."
Hit songwriters Robin Branda and Paul Harbin, Tallahassee, Florida, who let me in to make it an undeserving 3-way on "What You Answer Too".
Kira Rosen, Tallahassee, Florida, for singing and the Christmas benefit gigs. And Zoom.
Fred "Butch" Burns, Tallahassee, Florida who turned many of my 4 lines into something finished and grand.
Mare Wakefield and Nomad, Nashville, Tennessee, for being our treasured "extended family".
Tallahassee Local Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, based in Nashville, Tennessee, as chapter founder and coordinator for 20 years spent helping others, and being helped by others, along our songwriting pathways. A major highlight for the chapter was all NSAI members performing original songs in a monthly series of "Songwriter Showcases" hosted for 18 months by The Paradigm Lounge, downtown Tallahassee.
The Tallahassee Song Salon-six seats kick-started by Grant Peeples with Danny Goddard, George Gray, Ric Edmiston, Mike Strivelli, and Ron Patrick to critique new songs, snippits of songs, choruses, verses, song ideas, etc. with multiple "who's who" guests including Kelly Goddard, Paul Harbin, Mimi Hearn, Eddie McFarland, Kenyon Roberts (and others that slip the mind).
"Bar Room" The truth about Bar Room: BANNED! The song is a beautiful but BANNED "therapy write." Yes! BANNED... from Google Ads... for "promoting alcoholism!" Really! I don't think so.
Bar Room is THE. Face. Of. Raw. Human. Pain. And it's mine to deal, now ain't it. And if it helps just one somebody... to know that such pains from the past are shared and may not remain... then so be it!
Professor Rohn You see, "Professor" Rohn is my 92 yr old out-of-control dear ol' fav Uncle... and the one who slipped into my studio and slipped Bar Room in here. Said it be healthy to air out this pain of... eviseration by progenetic blood void of all love, reason, compassion, and tolerance. Note: This is the original "raw" version of Bar Room... a time way before now. The slicker version is accessible back in the section "The Songs Remember" on this website.
Morty Beckman, last but not least my "Partner in Crime". Morty birthed the idea of "The ORIGINAL Songwriters' Listening Room" in Tallahassee and two years of regularly scheduled listening room events at selected "partner" venues in Tallahassee. We always featured two accomplished songwriters to participate with the two of us. We four presented 32 original songs in a two hour listening room event. Some of these events are available for watching on YouTube at The Songwriters Listening Room site. This was a milestone time in my life, and I am certain Morty would agree. So ... thanks so much, Partner! It's still a blast!
SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD..............
Then there are the people I never met but who enriched my appreciation and understanding of the deeper power of music beyond the bounds of entertainment and commercialism:
Tom T Hall
Emmy Lou Harris
.... tips of the iceberg.