Farewell Captain Charlie (video)
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This is a piece I have been working on for many years. I was involved in a music project with my youngest brother, The Boone Dalton Band. My nine-year-old son, Tommy, came into the studio and handed me a chord progression he had worked out. My brother and I messed around with it a bit and I wrote the lyrics then set it aside. Boone Dalton was a high octane rock and roll band, not interested in performing love ballads. A couple of weeks ago, Tommy, a father now with two sons and a baby girl of his own, suggested we dust it off and give it a shot. We're still working on it. The timelessness of the process is a bit scary to me but wonderful for the same reasons. Music is the circle that never ends. Listening to that young man wrap fingers around chords he put together when he was a boy brings a tear to my eye and makes me want to break something.
Some years ago, we were asked to perform in a wedding ceremony. The bride-to-be gave me a copy of Khalil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’ and asked me to write a song based on the section, ‘On Marriage’. This piece is the result. My oldest son, Tommy, is doing the guitar work. His younger brother, Zedidiah, shot a great time-lapse video and used the first verse of the song as accompaniment. A wonderful experience, art and music, collaborating with my sons.
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