Tag Archives: Dorothy McDaniel

Over Yonder And Round The Bend

30 Jan
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We just finished recording a new song for our next album. The tune’s called “Over Yonder & Round The Bend.” I feel great about how it came out, and hope you’ll give a listen. The audio’s below. Lyrics, too.

 

OVER YONDER & ROUND THE BEND

CHORUS:

OVER YONDER AND ROUND THE BEND

I ONCE WENT THERE; I CAN’T SAY WHEN

SOME BRIGHT MORNING I’MA GO AGAIN

OVER YONDER AND ROUND THE BEND

 

IT WAS ON BEYOND THE FIELDS I KNEW

THICK MEADOWS AND TALL OAKS GREW

BENEATH A GOLD SUN THAT CAST ITS LIGHT

AND MADE WAY THEN FOR SUMMER NIGHT

 

(CHORUS)

 

BENEATH A PALE MOON FOLKS DANCED TILL DAWN

THEY SANG AND LAUGHED AND CARRIED ON

AND MET THE DAYBREAK WITH A SMILING FACE

AND LOVED EACH OTHER IN THAT FAR PLACE

 

(CHORUS)

 

ALL THE PEOPLE THERE THEY WORKED TOGETHER

TO BUILD THEIR LAND AND LIFT EACH OTHER

EVERYONE WAS FREE, FREE AT LAST

GOOD WITH THE FUTURE GOOD WITH THE PAST

 

(CHORUS)

 

YOU CAN SAY IT WAS ALL A DREAM

OR JUST SOME TRICKSTER’S LOWDOWN SCHEME

BUT I DO KNOW WHAT I KNOW

AND I KNOW WHERE I WANNA GO

 

(CHORUS)

I wrote the song and am on guitar and vocals. Andrew MacCrimmon is on drums,  Gus Friedlander’s on banjo, and Dorothy McDaniel’s singing harmony. I recorded most of the tracks on Garage Band, and Robert Marshall mixed and mastered them at The Cave Recording in Evanston, Illinois.

To hear the other songs in the can for our next album click here: www.https://dumbfoundingstories.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/audio-playlist-of-about-time/

 

 

 

 

Live Music VS Sand Painting

15 Nov

sand paintingLive music rivals sand-painting as impermanence’s perfect symbol. I believe that. A band works up songs for weeks and then goes out and plays. When the show’s over, what’s left? Or when a sand painting blows away?

A while ago we got a Zoom video recorder. Around a cell-phones’s size, it sports a couple condenser mikes. We started recording our shows and hoping they’ll be around forever. We’re stashing them in a time capsule. A lot of them here are on this blog, too: Just click the “Making Music” category.

The McDaniels @ Heartland Cafe

The McDaniels @ Heartland Cafe

When we play we forget the camera. But what if some corner of our mind still sees it– maybe in peripheral vision?

What if?

So we’re not recording our next show. At Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park, Chicago. This coming Friday, November 20 at 8:00 PM. Let’s see how that feels.

Like we’re sand painting.

The McDaniels behind the Backlot Bash.

The McDaniels behind the Backlot Bash.

Your Love Set Me Free

15 Aug
Dorothy at a show last spring.

Dorothy at a show last spring.

For some reason, I write few love songs, but “Your Love Set Me Free” is one. The best move I ever made was hooking up with Dorothy, my wife, and this one’s about her. You can click on the icon below to hear it. (It sounds way better through headphones) The lyrics are below, too.

 

Your Love Set Me Free

Chorus:

Your love set me Free. Your love set me free.

Up in the ozone, I was alone

Chorus

When you caught my eye, I felt my spirit fly

Chorus

You saw through my jive, made me be alive

Chorus

You made me a man and glad that I am

Chorus

Oh, my God, your lips, are worth all your trips

Chorus

Yeah, you knock me out. There’s not a shred of doubt.

Chorus

We  been together, always and forever

Chorus

You’re rain drifting down on a meadow,

and by now I think you know

Chorus

 

 

 

 

End of the Night Jam at The Heartland Cafe

4 Aug

logoA couple Decembers back we were doing a show at The Heartland Cafe on Chicago’s North Side. Our friend Rudy Negrete stopped by with his Strat and sat in. Another friend, Josh Davis, happened to be down from Bloomington, with his his harps, and joined us, too. We played everything we all knew together, but didn’t want to stop. So we played “Kansas City”, which we were pretty sure we could fake. Turned out to be a nice end for the night.

Josh pretty much stole the show on it, but Alpha was having a lot of fun on the drums, too. Dorothy and Rudy were both zeroed in on the groove like snipers on a target. I’m mostly off camera, but maybe you can tell I was having fun, too: that’s me throwing in the fills on the verses.

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Another night at The Heartland

The News (Live)

8 Feb

The video below is Dorothy, Vic Varjan, and I playing “The News” at Custer Street Fair in Evanston, Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

ME

 

 

The video’s music is on our Live At Custer Street album.

 

 

Recorded at Custer Street Fair in Evanston, Illinois

Stagger Lee

22 Jan

The video below is Alpha Stewart, my wife Dorothy, and me playing “Stagger Lee” (and enjoying it big time) at The Heartland Cafe, a couple blocks from the lake on Chicago’s north side. I’ve loved the tune since I first heard Lloyd Price’s version way back when. What we’re playing owes something to his version and something to Taj Majal’s, and a lot of it’s our own take on the tune. (The video’s downloadable, too; click the “share” arrow that appears in the top left corner as the video plays.) the sun x !

Blues for the Idealists (You know who you are)

4 Nov

When I was younger, I’ll admit, I imagined peace might prevail in my lifetime. Now I watch the news and wonder what I was thinking. Which is where “May You Still Believe” came from. One evening a while back, I happened on this funky lick in E and kept playing it over and over. After a while, I started singing along with it, and the song flowed right out–bam.

On the recording of the tune (click the icon below to hear it), my wife Dorothy plays flute and bass, and our friends Alpha Stewart and John Temmerman play drums and sax respectively. That’s me on guitar and vocals. The lyrics are right below the playback icon.

                                                     

                                            MAY YOU STILL BELIEVE 

     WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG YOU SAID THAT LOVE WOULD FIND A WAY

     TO BRING PEACE ON EARTH SURE AS DAWN COMES EVERY DAY

      BUT NOW YOU’RE GROWN LOOKING AT THAT NIGHTLY NEWS

      AND SEEING HOW THINGS ARE SURE GIVES YOU THE BLUES

                                               (CHORUS)

                       MAY YOU STILL BELIEVE, MAY YOU STILL BELIEVE

                       DESPITE ALL THE NEWS YOU RECEIVE, 

                        MY FRIEND, MAY YOU STILL BELIEVE

         IN SCHOOL YOU PLEDGED YOURSELF TO THE LAND OF THE FREE,

         ONE LAND UNDER GOD WITH JUSTICE AND LIBERTY

         NOW ‘STEAD OF BLACK AND WHITE YOU SEE SHADES OF GRAY

          WHAT’S JUST AND WHO IS FREE SOME DAYS YOU CAN’T SAY

                                                    (CHORUS)

           YOU SAY THAT GOD IS WHERE WE GO AND ALL COME FROM

           YOU SAY GOD IS LOVE & GOD’S RULE ONE DAY WILL COME

            YET MADMEN BATHE IN BLOOD TO APPEASE THEIR GOD

            AND ASK GOD TO BLESS THEIR CRUSADE OR JIHAD

                                                      (CHORUS) 

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“May You Still Believe” is available on iTunes.com, Amazon.com, Google Play, and about anywhere  else you can download music.

The song is for the idealists out there–past, present, and future. May you still believe.