This week’s Story or Chronicle is from the 16th Campfire from the 3rd Stage of the journey. It talks about a time beginning in the fall of 1972 when I was living on Vashon Island and dedicating 7 or 8 months to seeing what it was like to try to live the life of a songwriter.
For this Podcast I’ll be sharing one of the first videos I created with Al Bergstein nearly 10 years ago. The song on the video is The Missing Peace. I wrote it nearly 35 years ago for my stepdaughter, Lindsey, when she was 8 years old.
In this podcast we will be listening to a Campfire Chronicle from One of Those Times in a Life. Many of the Campfire Chronicles were created around songs I’ve written – this one –the 10th of 49 - used the song “I Believe” – and was first shared 8 years ago.
Overall in the course of nearly 60 years of performing, the people I have made music with have been and are more than musical partners they have been and they remain most importantly my friends – often dear and lifelong friends.
Welcome to another Podcast of Songs and Stories from home
My friend of nearly 55 years, Mike McCoy, and I recorded the song Thankful ten years ago for an album called Between Old Friends. The last few years I have shared the video and audio recordings of that song around Thanksgiving.
While I grew up in Spokane, Washington I’d been enthralled by popular folk music of the late 50’s and early 60’s, like a lot of Baby Boomers I realized my early musical education - appreciation – and sometime obsession - was bracketed by two Sunday nights sitting in front of a black and white television watching the Ed Sullivan show.
In the Fall of 2010 I’d reached a moment in my life and career where I felt the clothes finally “fit.” I also believed I had untied enough of the knots and untangled enough of the tangles of that life to be able to spin its various threads into yarns and weave those threads into what I hoped would be an interesting tapestry.
The first song on this final Podcast of the Gratitude, Grit, and Grace Concert is called “I’m Home.” “Home” has been described in many different ways. It is “where the heart is.” It is that place where people have to take you in. It was something to step off the stage at Benaroya Hall after this concert and have faith that I was finally home.