These Songs of 2022 are not songs that I wrote this past year.
They are the songs that came back to haunt me; songs that I finally finished; songs that got into my head and fingers for many days at a time and songs that I will always connect to some of the events and moments of the year about to go by.
“Go!” first came to life in May, 2018.
I wanted to see if I could again write a song where every line started with the same word. I’d originally given myself this challenge back in 1989. The resulting song was called “What” and it has been a staple of my repertoire ever since.
In August of this year, I finally fixed the rather pesky third verse and recorded “Go!” with the addition of a harmonica solo as the finishing touch.
On your mark…
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The beginnings of “Candles” – my personal “Happy Birthday” song – is a bit of a mystery.
None of the pages in my songwriting book containing the initial drafts of its lyrics are dated. I have a tape of a concert from 1992 where I performed it in a medley with an instrumental version of “Old Folks At Home,” so I guess “early 1990’s” is going to be as close of a date as I can get.
Most years I give it a whirl on or around my birthday, but this summer I also gave the second verse a serious rewrite and recorded the upgraded version around the time I recorded “Go!”
I guess I’ll call this: “Candles (2022).” The chorus still applies.
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“Love Like Gold” is the song I wrote for my son’s wedding.
I started writing it in August 2021, not long after he got engaged. I sang it to him and his bride in October of this year as part of the wedding ceremony during their wedding celebration in Tamchen, Mexico.
I hope you enjoy it as much as they did.
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There were other songs in 2022, but these three are the ones that first came to mind when I had the idea for this post. I tend to trust first impressions.
Happy New Year!