God Is There
ABOUT THE SONGS : GOD IS THERE - is a short essay on the Omni-presence of God, written in street language and set in a Chuck Berry on steroids type of tune format. HEAVEN BOUND - is definitely ROAD MUSIC! A hard driving Chicago-type Blues Shuffle. The lead guitar is like early Clapton-Mayall at first and moves in and out of the Gary Moore arena at full shred . Listen for the Little Walter type Harp in the back for flavor. The lyrics discuss the future of Christians. BELIEVE - A strong Message about Standing in face of adversity, in plain English. Neo-Classic Rock with stinging, singing, straight forward guitar work. WHERE WILL YOU BE? - is a mini- rock opera with several movements. A Cosmic search party intro - The hook develops - The main Question is asked - The response from the 2nd party - The answer from the 1st person - The facts are stated - a short guitar solo and drum bridge - Last verse - vocal fades in blistering guitar solo. LIFE - A medium tempo ballad. Covers many of the varied thoughts of those wanting to know God and what to do about it. A 12 string rhythm is featured along with the Fresh Cream type smooth brown sound during the verses. The end has the Guitar using high singing notes to compliment the vocals before it blazes to the finish line. I'M FREE - A Rock Song by it's chords, but with a blues shuffle feel. The lyrics describe Successful Christianity and how to achieve it. The intro and ending are similar, featuring Drums and an up tempo progressive melodic statement. The lead guitar is that fat rock tone with blues influence throughout. OCTAVES - All Instrumental - think Wes Montgomery jamming with maybe "Carlos" or Mike Bloomfield. The song builds in emotion and intensity as it rolls along. The center changes to harder rock with short - guitar, bass, and drum solos. The end returns to the lick with the most fired up fret work down to the tight ending. OPEN - A call to those in need, and the thing they are looking for. The lick heard in the intro reappears in the middle with strong modulation effects and enters again at the final verse, and then fades, as the sustaining guitars' closing remarks ring out. BE LIKE JESUS - This a classic slow blues number. The lead comes out of the blocks blazing right away. The lyrics discuss some personal history and then move to the present time. The solo has all the fire in it that's possible to put on a plastic disc! This is THERMO-GUITAR BLUES! COME INSIDE - Neo-Classic Rock at it's best. Straight shooting lyrics. Modern guitar fret board fireworks follow in the solo. A shuffle feel drives the hooks home. The vocal delivery style was inspired by - ??? Any Ideas? BORN AGAIN - Big Toms open this track to give the verses a special kick. A simple conversation goes on lyrically between 2 people about how to be born again. The center is a short lead statement which returns to the important chorus, which builds in complexity as the songs nears it's ending. POWER SURGE - A warning during the start about the impending Power Surge coming. This is INSTRUMENTAL GUITAR ROCK that pushes the lever down! Harmonies, Harmonics, and double picking stand out. Fasten your seat belt as we swing into Cut Time for the solo and return to the signature lick on the way out. ABOUT SONGWRITING: I usually construct songs in a way that they build in complexity and intensity as the song goes along by adding different elements. In some songs the Main Guitar statements occur in the Middle or near the Ending. The 2 minute clips don't reveal everything, so if you like what you hear, know that there some additional Surprises waiting for you who own one of these! A BIT OF MY HISTORY : In the 6th grade I attempted to learn to play trombone at school. I didn't stick with that very long. Would you? One day I heard some unknown but very alluring sounds coming from a garage down the block. The door was open, so I walked down there to see what it was. A guy I knew was playing drums. Another guy, who was a well known Mr. Cool, and was older, was playing an electric guitar. They went into the house to take a break and immediately, without permission, I sat on the drum stool, picked up the sticks, and tapped on a couple drums and knew just as quickly, OH OH, this ain't for me! The guitar seemed to be the only thing left. My parents later took me to a music store for some lessons. They sit you down in a chair, in front of a skinny little stand with a piece of paper on it which splays either some weird math or, yeah, it's a foreign language! I sitting there thinking the whole time....I came here to learn to play the guitar, not this whatever it is thing. I didn't continue there long either. After that, an older (than me) guy came along, that became a friend of the family. He too played guitar. His was electric, a cool dual pickup Harmony. He showed me E, A, and B7 chords in about the summer of 1963. Finally I was getting started in what I was sure was the right direction. He could even sing and play! In Jr. High we moved to a different town, and then, Surf Music was the rage. I met a guy my age there who could read the foreign language and play most all the Surf stuff. He was kind and helped me to learn things like the immortal guitar classic "Pipeline". I also learned a few more chords, to attempt to play other radio songs. Some time in there, the Beatles came here and Surf music was history. I didn't know what they were doing, but now the Stones, more my kind of stuff. Easier to try and play, and a little tougher sounding, not so polished! By high school, I had met another guy, who back then, I knew, was good at bass and we jammed frequently. One day we were in making the usual noise and a guy from school came in and we said hello, and he said to me, can I see your guitar. (He was well known at school, but I didn't know him.) I hand him my 1966 Red Fender Mustang, and he begins playing, and I heard something very different, which I knew instantly, was what I would put all my energy in. I said to him, what are you playing? What is that called? I will pay you to teach me that? How much do you want? He told me, what he was playing was called Blues. That was it for me! He said he would show me what he was doing, but he didn't want any money? I said are you sure? This might have been 1967. I learned from him how Mike Bloomfield played lead and some of his rhythm. From there, with those building blocks in place I tackled the Clapton/Mayall stuff. Clapton's phrasing and his timing threw me for a loop. I thought, he has the same notes as Bloomfield, what is he doing? After a while I figured out some of his stuff. Along in there, Hendrix came out and I was convinced, NO ONE WILL EVER FIGURE OUT WHAT HE IS DOING! Of course that applied only to me at that time. So my blues quest continued through Winters, the 3 King's, and all the good blues players I could find. I really like BB's bouncy horn-type phrasing used in shuffles. I later did figure out some of the easier Hendrix stuff. In 1975 I became a Born-Again Christian! My reasons for playing changed, I began to write more music, and the lyrics did an about face as well. When a blues player turns on the fuzz box, it became rock music. So going down the musical road of discovery I added some folk-style finger picking, and more bluesy type chords, a little scale stuff, and pushed against the invisible lead boundaries in which I was located. The fences, to my surprise moved back, and today I keep pushing on them to see what else will happen when technique expands. I continued playing in bands, and still do today. I do have fun now banging on the drums, which were impossible back then. You hear the harmonica in Heaven Bound, for that Little Walter type flavor. Being serious about the blues, it was something for me to explore also. This record, is a record, of the best songs I have written over the years and are performed the best I can, at my present technical level, which is thankfully much higher than when the songs came about. Heaven bound is from 1975 and Octaves showed up in 2003. All these songs, like other things, when mixed with time, grow up. These songs provide you with a door and window of insight into all those talented people that influenced me, and what I have done with their influence. While listening, you will be taken to places of similarity that you fondly remember, and to some new places with surprises that you will equally enjoy! Be sure to leave me all of your impressions of what the music says to you, because only you can do that! Your comments come from the same place the music does, from the heart! Thanks for stopping by! Greg.