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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
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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
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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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“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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  “Save a Couple o’ Eggs for Me” by Scotty and the Skeptics   This may be the world’s most hopelessly forlorn, stiff-upper-lipped love song ever. The video is just me and an acoustic guitar, while the music for the Mp3 was done by a Nashville “demo service” where you’d send a tape and lyric
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Grow Hemp For the War 1943

It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the new commander in the War on Drugs, is back in the business of stomping out the evil weed rather than the opioid epidemic. I’ve been very interested in the subject since my college days in the 1960s, and my first novel is based on the premise that
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To a Better Year in 2018

  We’ve survived the first year of the Trumpies’ assault on the fabric of American society, although it hasn’t been easy for a political junkie like myself. We’re both a little grayer, and other than a few aches and pains, we are in great health. Here’s hoping you are too.  

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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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