Moving on

I had the opportunity to watch a few more Prince videos today and spent all of my time in my truck listening to Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. I listen to great vocalists like Haggard over and over again just to hear the subtle nuances in there voices, their timing and vocal phrasing. I can listen to great singers all day long and when a great singer is quite possibly the greatest songwriter in the history of country music, well it just doesn't get any better than that. 
In the middle of the day I found a discussion on a Facebook music  page I visit about another iconic songwriter we lost a while back, Jesse Winchester. The conversation mainly focused on his first album. I still perform 3 songs from that album, "Brand New Tennessee Waltz", "Yankee Lady" and "Dancin the Night Away". In the summer of 1971 I was working on a forestry lookout on the big bend of the Columbia River in British Columbia. I was rehabbing my right arm with a lot of guitar playing after having it badly broken the year before in a pipeline cave in. 
Anyhow, singing "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz" to myself and the mountains one night the influence of that song and "Dire Wolf" from "Workings Man Dead" and a poem from Canadian poet Robert Service called "the Cremation of Sam McGee" resulted in me righting a song called "Ten More Miles To Go". I recorded the song on my first album I recorded for CBC Radio Canada International. A few years later I recorded the song again with a completely different feel and arrangement an over the years I played it live from time to time with various band. I posted it on my reverbnation page and to my surprise as I was looking at plays one night I discovered it was the most played song on the page. Go figure. For the last year, someone from Mountain View California has been playing it several times a week . Whoever you are, thank you very much. Enough from me, goodnight folks.

Leave a comment

    Add comment