Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hot Potato #1

A question I often ask myself is: Why don't I re-record these songs on the new equipment instead of using the new equipment to clean up and enhance the old recordings made in 1993, just six years after I stopped playing guitar for a living? And the answer is: Because in 1993 I still had a voice and could actually remember and play the songs I wrote back in the 60s and 70s. Recently I tried to figure out what chords I was playing in this song and couldn't. And I even have some software (called Band in a Box) that claims to be able to figure out the chords of a song. It does a lousy job -- at least on this song. Most of my old songs I still remember the chords to, but this one was a tad more difficult. It's those jazzy chords.

But once this project is done I hope to re-record some of the songs from scratch using drum samples instead of synthesized drums and featuring my acoustic guitar, which I didn't have back in 1993. I also have a better keyboard. If only my voice hadn't turned into a horrible croak after 25 years of rarely using my outside voice.

Written: Monterey Street, Farmington NM, spring 1967

Knees was living at home fending off the draft (unsuccessfully) and the other guitar player in The Disciples, Mo Moses, was living there too. Mo liked to play smooth, jazzy chords and this was Knees’ stab at using them. The title is a pastiche of the Flying Burrito Brothers’ Hot Burrito #1, which was also a slow song with smooth chords.

Baby I’ve left your world behind,
I never wanted to be blind
But you made me feel
Like I was lost in the maze of your mind.

And baby the hold you had on me
Was too real for our love to be
The kind of love
That I could grasp and still be free.

And I hope that you will find
The way to peace of mind
In that world you made so unconsciously
But I doubt you’ll ever see
What love can mean when free
The world now turns for me.


1 comment:

  1. I'm extremely sorry about the bad link here. The filename stupidly had a # in it. None of the rest of the Knees Calhoon songs have a numeral in them so I don't think it will happen again.

    The song should download correctly now.