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Audio Playlist: He Flies

3 Apr

We just finished a CD called He Flies, and I’m creating a playlist of its songs :

All songs copyright 2015 or 2016 Donald Kent McDaniel, except “Stagger Lee” and “Corrina Corrina” (both traditional).

The CD is available at CD Baby and digital downloads are available there, too. Digital downloads are also available at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and everywhere else you can download music. (At iTunes just get into the store & search for “He Flies by Kent McDaniel.”)

If you’d like to see any of the songs lyrics, click here:

And here are the people who played on the album:

Alpha

Alpha Stewart plays percussion and/or drum kit on “May You Still Believe,” “He Flies,” and “Big Jim.” He’s who we count on for drums when we play out.

Robert

Robert Marshall plays drums on “Zombies Stink (& Vampires Suck),” “May Third,” & “Your Love Set Me Free.” He also mixed and mastered the album, at The Cave Recording in Evanston, Illinois.

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Dorothy McDaniel, plays bass and flute.

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Andy MacCrimmon plays drums on “Over Yonder & Round The Bend,” “Cards on the Table,” and “Dance Till Morning Light.”

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Nicki Broeker sings harmony on “Cards on the Table.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Temmerman plays sax and saxello on “May You Still Believe” and “Cards on the Table.”

 

 

 

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Gus Friedlander plays banjo on “over Yonder & round the Bend.”

 

 

Me

Kent McDaniel is on vocals, acoustic and electric guitar. And wrote the ten originals on the album.

Big Jim

26 Jul

b.l.u.e.s.Posting “Big Jim” here, a song we just recorded. It’s blues. To give it a listen, click on the link below this paragraph.  The lyrics are under the recording, and there’s a paragraph below them about how I happened to write the song.

 

BIG JIM

FOLKS CALL HIM BIG JIM

HE’S GOOD TO ROCK ALL NIGHT

FOLKS CALL HIM BIG JIM

LORD, HE WAS BORN TO ROCK ALL NIGHT

ALL HE’S GOT IS THEM THERE BAD BLUES

HE SINGS ‘EM WITH ALL HIS MIGHT

HE GREW UP ON THE SOUTH SIDE

IT WAS TOO COLD TO HIM ROUND THERE

THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO

IT WAS TOO COLD TO HIM ROUND THERE

NOW HE LIVES IN JACKSON COUNTY

IT’S HIS HOME, HE DOES DECLARE

THEY GAVE JIM A GUN

AND SENT HIM OFF TO FIGHT

SENT HIM OFF TO NAM

TO BE PART OF THAT THERE FIGHT

THINGS THAT HE SAW THERE

STILL COME BACK TO HIM IN THE NIGHT

THE BLUES AND JACK DANIELS

ARE MUCH OK BY HIM

SINGIN’ THE BLUES AND OLE JACK DANIELS

ARE MUCH OK BY HIM

WHEN THE BAND’S IN THE ZONE

HE’S ALL DOWN WITH THE JAM

REPEAT FIRST VERSE

This New Years Eve my wife Dorothy and I went down to Cumberland State Park in Eastern Kentucky by the Tennessee border. They have a New Years Eve dance there every year and it’s a good one. New Years Day, we were riding back on Highway 61, which winds through miles and miles of farmland, woods, and little towns, and the lyrics to “Big Jim” came to me. We decided to stop in Indianapolis and spend the night; I wrote the lyrics down on some paper that was in our hotel room. When we got back to Chicago, I tossed the lyrics on my desk. Around March I decided to put them to music, and we recorded it this July. Don’t know why I move ahead on projects at the speed of glacier, I just do.

I’d like to dedicate this one to Tawl Pawl, Billy Desmond, and Big Larry. Long may they rock.  And to the memory of my brother Doug and the memory of Big Twist.

“Big Jim” copyright 2015 by Donald Kent McDaniel

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