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songs of a coal miner’s son 9

August 29, 2013

songs of a coal miner’s son 9
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A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

Have a listen!

__________TREASURE FROM THE BOUNTY OF TIME

words and music by Gene Christy
Recorded at Christy Studios
Lead vocal and Roland all-digital accordion by Gene Christy
Lead guitar by Bill Morrison
Tenor Sax by Gene Christy played on the Roland accordion
Recorded August__2013

episode nine . . .

this week’s blog, folks, has a focus – – for a change!

On just one song – –

Which you heard above . .

And which you can hear again below,

performed live before an appreciative audience

Last Thursday night at the Guthrie Center!

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The Guthrie Center

Which is a very special place on the planet . .

So special that we had performers last Thursday night –at an open mike, mind you—from as far away as New Jersey and Ohio!

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Evie, from Ohio

And hopefully, you can hear some of their music, too, in the not-too-distant future, right here on Songs of a Coal Miner’s Son, our blog, which comes out every Thursday, on the dot.

We had banjo, guitar, folk songs, top forty covers, classical piano and cello, piano with pop vocals—singer-songwriter originals—quite a range of things, last Thursday night.

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Steve, from Pittsfield

Not the kind of atmosphere, the raucous, loud pub-settings I’m used to playing in, where you can pretty much count on the people trying to talk over you no matter how loud the band plays—

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Arlo Guthrie

The audiences at the Guthrie Center are quiet and respectful.

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Jane Doe

You can hear yourself.

The house sound system is powerful.

It’s like a church, in there—which is what it used to be.

It’s like playing your original music in a holy shrine.

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Old Trinity Church, now The Guthrie Center
It can be seen in the 1969 Hollywood movie “Alice’s Restaurant.”

And at the end of the evening all the performers are invited up on the stage together to do a group sing-along on Woody Guthrie’s, “This Land is Your Land”—

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Woody Guthrie

What a special place—what great people! If you ever are in the area, or you’re looking for a destination, do yourself a favor and come on by!

You can find out more about the Guthrie Center at

http://guthriecenter.org/

So, here’s “Treasure” again – – live from the Guthrie Center.

__________TREASURE FROM THE BOUNTY OF TIME

words and music by Gene Christy

Recorded August 22_2013 on a TEAC VR-20 digital recorder
Lead vocal and Roland all-digital accordion by Gene Christy

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Gene Christy on stage at the Guthrie Center

Just wanted to share this with you, this week. Wrote this thing only a few weeks back—but Rick Marquis, in our band, The Dossers, keeps telling everyone it’s the best song I ever wrote. He liked it the first time he heard it—brand-new—when I wasn’t even sure I could remember the words right—and Rick himself does a lovely harmony vocal on the chorus when we play this every week at Portsmitt’s, on a Tuesday night. Which we will be certain to take pains to capture on digital as soon as possible—most likely, when the kids are back in school after next week!

Today’s blog is the first time this song’s been online anywhere, anytime.

As I said at the end of the song, at the Guthrie Center—hope you liked it!

btw__here’s the lyrics_______

Treasure from the bounty of time

by gene christy Sat 8 jun 013

Dedicated to Mary Lee Salisbury

Golden souvenirs of the mind
Treasure from the bounty of time
My memories are all that remain

We may be far apart
But I hold her in my heart
And often to myself I say her name

Oh, Mary, I will never understand
What happened on that January day
I only know you let go of my hand
And said you had to send me away . . .

I remember our first dance
I’m glad I took the chance
To hold you close to me that first time

I could tell at the very first glance
We were in for a brilliant romance
I wanted from the start to make you mine

Oh, Mary, I will never understand
What happened on that January day
I only know you let go of my hand
And said you had to send me away . . .

Torn from the pages of the past
The only things that last
I hold these memories close in my mind

I hope they never fade away
I believe they will always stay
Here in my heart . . until the end of time . .

Here in my heart . . until the end of time . .

and yesterday . .
remember when?

And don’t forget, people, to go visit the websites, while you’re here, of our friends,

Bobby Sweet at

http://bobbysweet.com/

Eddie Dillon at

http://clancybrothersandtommymakem.com/ed_01.htm

You can find Rakish Paddy at

http://www.rakishpaddyband.com/

and Mountain Breeze at

http://berkshiremountainbreeze.com/pb/wp_a07f5f3f/wp_a07f5f3f.html

See you guys next week, same time, same station!

Fair thee well, Titanic!

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