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Song Demo: "The Only Time"

Here’s a heartbreaking tune about that perennial country music theme: divorce, and who gets the kids. A forlorn dad doesn’t understand why they are breaking up and dreams of getting back together with a wife who is lying to the judge while trying to dump him. This song is obviously for a male singer.  
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Song Demo: "Go! Susanna"

  As a songwriter I hear “Go! Susanna” as one of the most fun songs a band could ever do. The song is taken from my novel, The Energy Caper, or Nixon in the Sky With Diamonds, where it is 1971, in Paris. A 24 year-old American student, working as a go-go dancer under the
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Song Demo: "It's OK"

“It’s OK” was written in the early 1990’s, but it was too complex for me to do well (barre chords). It only came together late last year when I decided to really try to improve my guitar chops. I went back to my “incomplete” files and this one was at the top of the list.
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Song Demo: "Day by Day"

Most of my songs take months or years to write, but this one came together at super speed. One day I was driving home when the DJ announced that it was the fifth anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination and then played an hour’s worth of Lennon songs as a tribute. I was struck by how
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Song Demo: "One of These Days"

“One of These Days,” by Scotty and the Skeptics. Here is a major hit for a female country singer or a band like the Drive by Truckers. My friend and business partner, the late, great, Keith Allen, plays guitar, with Marcus Webster on drums, Michael Rivinius on  bass, and Phil Hersch engineering and playing banjo.
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"Blow the NRA Away," take 3

  Scotty & The Skeptics–Mp3 November 17, 2017 Seems as though I posted this songwriter demo just yesterday after the shooting in Orlando, but that was in June of 2016 when I was just starting to blog, so it’s been over a year since that “worst mass shooting” in U.S. history. Then last month the
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Playing Guitar & Trumpie Ennui

I haven’t had much to say in the last few weeks. A birthday, hosting guests and a general sense of ennui with all things Trump have  contributed to my inherent laziness. I was grateful for the failure of TrumpCare, and I did check out the legalities of  Trump trademarking “Keep America Great” and how it
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When Donnie Goes Trumping Home

11/4/16 Update: With five days to go, it’s too late in the game to put the new Comey is a Trumpie bumpersticker up for sale. Besides, have you noticed there are practically NO bumperstickers this election? Or yard signs, at least around here. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, there were a smattering of
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