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Calvin Russell: Crossroads (acoustic cover)

An acoustic cover of Calvin Russell’s Crossroads.

Just learned today that Calvin passed away back in April. I met Calvin some 20+ years ago at a concert. He graciously jammed with me after a show on a couple of old Gibson acoustic guitars. We did some of his songs, and we did covers of other Texas songwriters’ tunes.

Calvin was a fine man parading as a tough hombre. And in many ways, he was that tough hombre as well. But he took the time that night to be kind to a young fan from France, to share songs and conversations about guitars, whiskey and women.

I saw Calvin many more times play live after that, and a friendship developed, one that goes uncultivated for a while but remains simple and true.

You will be missed, my friend. Be well wherever you are.

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Songwriting Exercise: DADGAD tuning

If you’re stuck in a rut where the same chords seem to forever pop up under your fingers every time you pick up a guitar, here’s a little curve ball for you: retune your guitar to DADGAD and see what horizons this new tuning opens up for you!

To learn more about DADGAD, see this link

Original song: … There when I said it

…There when I said it

This song idea came when the opening line came to me:

I know this girl who never smiled
I guess her skin was on too tight

Real Love – original song

Sure it’s real love… in a demented way! Now that was a fun – and silly – song to write. Written & recorded on a Lanikai CK-B koa baritone ukulele đŸ™‚

Show me the way
To make you wanna stay
I live for the day
You no longer want to get away

But until then I’ll keep you here
All tied up in the basement… my dear

Show me the love
So you can live one floor above
These latex gloves
Are not what my dreams are made of

But until then I’ll keep you here
All tied up in the basement… my dear

I’m your creepy lover guy
You know you’ll love me till you die
I see it in your big black eye
So come on baby won’t you try?

A Friend – original song

Just a little ditty I wrote and recorded with a Lanikai LU-21BE ukulele during my lunch time…

I never met my father
he was a famous man I’m told
He took his life farther
Cuz he never knew how to fold

My mama told me son
The nights they can be cold
When it’s all said and done
Lonely sure gets old

Find yourself a friend
someone to hold your hand
Who will love you till the end
Find yourself a friend

I found me a kind soul
Compassionate and sweet
She was dancing on a pole
Where people should never meet

I bought her a glass of wine
She whispered in my ear
I knew she was mine
I knew she was sincere

One day she said to me
And baby makes three

Original song: Me… in Tahiti