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Music Show #12 – 9/14/ & 9/16/2016 – Staying True to Oneself.

Music Show #12 at Archive.org

Song #1 “Stay True” – A simple song about staying true to oneself.

Song #2 “You’ll Need Your Love Tomorrow” – A song that reminds us that if our anger should start to consume us we need to do our best to hang onto our love.

Song #3 “Fly Towards Your Purpose” – We each have our purpose here and we need to be careful that at some point we don’t start to “pivot” towards the expectations of others.

Song #4 “Be Yourself”  Nothing more needs to be said.

Song #5 “Play It Pure” – Play it from your heart and less to meet the demands of the audience.

Song #6 “Let Your Love Be You” – “Let your love be your sunlight. Let your love be your compass. Let your love… let your love be you.”

Song #7 “Part of You” – We are part of IT all and all of IT is part of us.

Song #8 “Who You Are” – A fun, upbeat song that encourages us all to realize that if we can sing our songs honestly and live our lives sincerely then our experience here will be much fuller.

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Music Show #11 – 9/7/ & 9/9/2016 – Autobiographical songs.

Music Show #11 at Archive.org

Song #1 “Thirty Long Years and More” – A joyful, happy song about the struggles and rewards of being a songwriter. Always be true to your song and you’ll always be where you belong.

Song #2 “Ridin’ This Train” – My experiences of growing up and living in the USA are re-examined on this surrealistic train trip across the country and through history.

Song #3 “I’m Still Singing” – A celebratory song about the joys of doing what you love to do.

Song #4 “Movin’ Kinda Slow” – Sometimes moving a little slower than the normal pace of most people can actually gets you to the place that you want to be quicker.

Song #5 “Brown Paper Sack” – My very first song.  Written in early 1971.

Song #6 “Just an Underground Hippie” – I’ve never been much interested in groupthink and this was how I navigated the sixties. I never spoke the lingo, never got into drugs, but I could relate to what a lot of folks were searching for and I learned a lot from that time of my life.

Song #7 “I Grew Up in a Regular Family” – At the age of 22 years old I began to reassess what was meant by the “regular” tenets that I was brought up on.

Song #8 “I Still Believe It’s True” – A love song about the lasting believe that our love can continue grow and become clearer with our sincere efforts.

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Music Show #10 – 8/31/ & 9/2/2016 – Looking for Love.

Music Show #10 at Archive.org

Song #1 “I Can’t Stop Looking” – We may be easily distracted sometimes, but our search for an authentic love beyond the simply defined ones is our true quest.

Song #2 “Take Me Home” – A song that requests some assistance in getting back to a place where I once understood my love more clearly.

Song #3 “Looking for the Love Within” – My one and only song that I sing a cappella.

Song #4 “I Wish I Could Know” – A simple song that expresses my attempts to come to know my love.

Song #5 “As I Look”– “As I look.  The more I see. That we can come to know our love.”

Song #6 “We’re Looking” – We may distract our lives for a long time with the pursuit of many other things, but in the end we are really trying to come to understand our love. This pursuit may evade us for many years, but for many of us there will be a day when our love taps us on the shoulder and we turn to realize that it is what we have been searching for our whole lives.

Song #7 “Come to Know Your Love” – A song that encouraging us all to put more of our efforts into understanding a greater love.

Song #8 “Let Your Love Be You” – “Let your love be your sunlight. Let your love be your compass. Let your love… let your love be you.”

Song #9 “Have You Ever Woke Up?” – Sometimes, we need to shake ourselves and wake up. It’s a good morning when we wake up to the love that we hold within and let it all come out.

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Music Show #9 – 8/26/2016 – Biographical songs.

Music Show #9 at Archive.org

Song #1 “Woody Said” – Advice from Woody Guthrie about taking life easy.

Song #2 “Oh, Malala” – A song for Malala Yousafzai. What a brave young woman Malala is. If we could even be half as courageous as her in the struggle for justice, this world would be so much better off.

Song #3 “Sweet Melinda” – A bouncy original song about a superstar who comes back down to earth with a rough landing.

Song #4 “Yacouba – The Village Fool”  This is an environmental song about how important it is to sometimes look at things differently so we can find new solutions. Yacouba Sawadogo did just that and he helped to hold back the desert from taking his farm and those of his neighbors.

Song #5 “The Kingmaker”A song about a hired gun for a presidential candidate.

Song #6 “Remembering You” – Remembering the lives of Jesus, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Song #7 “When Love is All You’ve Got” – An upbeat song written for a documentary “Girl of the Finger Lakes” that I made about my mother’s life. She was born in 1919 and was a young girl during the Depression. She grew up on a farm in the Finger Lake area of New York State.and lived most of the rest of her life in Rochester, New York.

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Music Show #8 – 8/19/2016 – Humorous original songs.

Music Show #8 at Archive.org

Song #1 “If I Could Only” – A humorous look back at some youthful hopes and dreams. In the end this bouncy song should leave one hopeful for the future when a lot empty goals are put aside.

Song #2 “It’s a Treat to See the Sun Rochester” – A song for a city, Rochester, NY,  that used to set the record for the least amount of sunshine for many winters. It speaks highly of the friends I got to know there.

Song #3 “Self Employed” – This song tells the story of one person’s struggle to break away from the tortures of working for someone else and succeeding on their own.

Song #4 “Just Make Me Laugh” – An introspective, philosophical examination on the all consuming needs of some to only want to laugh through life and not have to think.

Song #5 “Making Us All Look Nuts”– Sometimes our politics in the U.S. seem so bizarre to the rest of the world that they just shake their heads and wonder what we we’re thinking.

Song #6 “Things Will Be Better Soon” – If we’re always waiting for things to get better soon before we enjoy life then we might miss an awful lot of good stuff along the way.

Song #7 “The Turtle Soup Trot” – A bike adventure song about a friend with a green parka that had a spill in the rain on some railroad tracks.

Song #8 “The Party Song” –A bouncy song about attending a party that I wished I hadn’t.

Song #9 “Little Ditties” –We’re all gonna  “sing our little ditties and act a little silly and make our lives complete.”

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Music Show #7 – 8/12/2016 – Protecting the environment.

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The theme of this week’s show is protecting our environment.

Song #1 “Until this Planet’s Green” – We have a duty to protect Mother Earth and to help her heal when we have damaged her delicate balance. “We can’t let her die in the hands of greed.”

Song #2 “Leda” – During my studies of the Old Master’s painting techniques I did a painting of “Leda and the Swan.” It was based off of a copy made by a student of Leonardo’s, because the original has been lost. Although some believe that Leonardo’s original was probably darker and more along the look of the Mona Lisa, I chose to use the brighter colors used by his student. This was much more like the spirit that I was in at the time. Later on I wrote this song about the painting and my relationship with Leda i.e. Gaia/Mother Earth.

Song #3 “Lake Placid” – In the 1970s the Adirondacks in New York were facing catastrophic effects from the clouds of acid rain flowing in from Ohio. Many of the trees were being killed and many lakes were becoming dead lakes with no fish within them. Much needed attention was brought to the problem and then with the efforts of the Department of Environmental Conservation the amount of acid rain falling there  was greatly reduced.

Song #4 “This Land Needs Care from You and Me” – Today there are many people who feel that the land is theirs to exploit and abuse with little regard for any environmental concerns. This song proposes that the land is really the Creator’s or the organizing energy that has created it and that we are most importantly stewards of the land.

Song #5 “Who’s Laughing Now?”– There are many  people who deny the science of climate change and the effects of human behavior. This song is a gentle reminder that perhaps we should listen more carefully to what the scientific research is telling us.

Song #6 “Sittin’ Back Up in the Woods” – A good time song about living back up in the woods with my friends.

Song #7 “The Mother Earth Destruction Blues” – One of the bounciest, foot tapping songs about Mother Earth’s destruction that you’ll ever hear.

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Music Show #6 – 8/5/2016 – Find Your Love

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The theme of today’s music show is about finding our love. Perhaps, in the end we will come to realize that our efforts to gain more ephemeral things were just a distraction from what we were truly seeking… A clearer understanding of what our love is all about.

Song #1 “Find Your Love” – A peaceful love song to help us through the night when all seem lost.

Song #2 “Back to Your Heart” – When we have gone astray from the person that we want to be this is a song that harkens us all to come back to our center, “our heart.”

Song #3 “Come to Know Your Love” – A simple song that encourages us all to put more of our efforts into understanding a greater love.

Song #4 “It’s Your Love” – “It’s your love reaching out for you. It’s your love don’t miss the best of you. It’s your love striving to become. It’s your love growing towards the sun.”

Song #5 “Help Us to Know What Love Is”– A joyful song that request some help in our search to understand what love is.

Song #6 “Do You Know Where Your Love Is?” – A mellow positive song that asks this important question.

Song #7 “Our Love Will Give Us Love” –Is it possible that as we give our love we are also creating a reserve of love that we can call upon in the future?

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Music Show #5 – 7/29/2016 – Political Corruption

 

The focus of this music show is the political corruption that continues to consume our government. These songs are about the Super PACs and dark money, the overall greed and the distorted egos that have evolved out of this corruption. On the hopeful side there are songs about how these afflictions can be alleviated.

Song #1 “If There’s a Will, There’s a Way” – If we work together we can make things safer for both the citizens and the police. It will take a strong will to do so, but we’ve worked through harder things in our history.
Song #2 “$hady Ca$h” – A bouncy upbeat sing-a-long about the influence that dark money plays in our politics. If we don’t put up a fight to eliminate it we will lose our voice in the government.
Song #3 “Have You Heard the Absurd?” – A song that asks us all to decide how we will respond to politicians that make demagogic statements.
Song #4 “Show Us the Money” – When our representatives spend more than half their days begging for money we shouldn’t be surprised when they take all the “easy money” that they can get their hands on.
Song #5 “Super PACs – How Dumb Do You Think We Are?” – The Super PAC sing-a-long song. The Supreme Court is jeopardizing our democracy and it is up to us as citizens to stand and raise our voices.
Song #6 “Greed” – A song that simply cautions us all to be aware of the overpowering characteristics of greed.
Song #7 “Can You Hear the Bells of Freedom (The Occupy Song)” – A short song in support of the Occupy Movement.

Music Show #4 – 7/22/2016 – Romantic Love Songs

The attention of today’s music show is around the very few romantic love songs of mine.  They explore the joys and hardships of loving partnership.  More often than not they are sung in a tender, caring and sometimes humorous way.

Song #1 “I’m With You” – A musical tribute to my partner for the last 34 years and some of our life experiences (sometimes slightly exaggerated.)

Song #2 “Don’t You Know That I Love You” – Simply an expression of the love held for that special partner in one’s life.

Song #3 “I’d Love to Share in Love with You” – A romantic love song of mine that helped to foster a fulfilling partnership that has lasted since 1982.

Song #4 “I Think I Love You” – A song about those times when one is reluctant to tell another person that you love them in fear that they won’t have similar feelings towards you.

Song #5 “I Love You (The Anniversary Song)” – I wrote this song for my Dad and Mom’s 60th wedding anniversary. I have been with my partner, Luann for over 34 years so I was able to reflect on our love when writing this song for them.

Song #6 “Why You Do?” – A song written after an argument with the person that I was so close to at the time.

Song #7 “I’d Like to Look Into Your Eyes” – A wooing song.

Song #8 “Where You Are” – A wishful song to once again be with the one you love.

Music Show #03 – 7/8/ & 7/15 2016 – Delving into Social Issues

This Friday’s show has social issues as it’s focus. These Fresh Toones offer up the opportunity to re-evaluate where we stand on a variety of public concerns. Each song will have a brief intro before energetically delving into some major issues that face us today.

Song #1 “Everybody Needs Something to Believe In” – This song is not about everybody needing to go out and pick a religion, but more importantly it’s about holding your beliefs up to the light and examining them. In the process we may gain a better understanding to who we want to be.

Song #2 “Putting on the Style” – New words to a song written at the turn of the 19th century. It speaks to the the many different false costumes we sometimes robe ourselves in.

Song #3 “The Mother Earth Destruction Blues” – One of the bounciest, foot tapping songs about Mother Earth’s destruction that you’ll ever hear.

Song #4 “That Joke’s Got Go” – Super P.A.C.s and “Dark Money” have got to go. There’s plenty of political corruption already and these methods are just more ways to make it easier.

Song #5 “One of These Days”  A song dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Pete Seeger and the Civil Rights Movement. Like the hand clapping in the video the beat goes on as the struggle for fairness and justice continues.

Song #6 “It’s Time for an Evolution” – A universal love song that reminds us that as we move ahead we should strive to evolve towards our better self.

Song #7 “Stand Up (and Be Your Love)” – This is a song that calls for a renewed effort by us to stand up and share our love.  Perhaps, by doing so, we can bring about some changes to make this world little better for everyone.