About the Songs
Heaven in Tennessee
A song so very close to my heart. I was so lucky to have watched a live show from backstage at the Grand Ol Opry when I was only 15. The story takes too long to explain, but from that weekend on, I was converted to country music for life. Somehow I came up with part of this song based on a dream, that only I could have had.
Small Town Sunday
Written with Diamond Doug. Oh you’ll see his name a few times in these stories. This is truly a classic cowboy poem with some music put to it. I could have never come up with lyrics like this in a million years. Doug is truly one of the most prolific writers I’ve ever had the pleasure to write with.
That’s The Kind Of Country I Come From
Wrote this with our guitar player Chad Leitold. It was the first time we attempted writing. Chad grew up in the Interlake, a down home country boy that was bound for the city and getting an education. And in spite of it all, he still managed to learn to play the guitar like it was all he had ever done. This song pretty much wrote itself if there is such a thing. Won’t be the last time I collaborate with Chef Chad.
Let’s Share The Moon
You guessed it, the cowboy again. But this one is special cause it’s the first one I wrote with him. We were at his house in the country, the sweet odor of horse manure was permeating the atmosphere. The cowboy was feeling down about a long distance love affair, a girl he had met from Alberta. He started telling me about a recent phone call with her, and how he told her at least we had the moon to share tonight. He had me right there and then, bound to be a waltz.
The Franklin Wild Horse Buck Off And Dance
I wrote this song with Diamond Doug Keith and Harvey Levy. Two of my favourite people in the world. Two people that are so far apart in culture, it’s a wonder I ever got them in the same room. One wears loafers and a smoking jacket, the other in cowboy boots. So when the cowboy piped up and said, “let’s write a song about the Franklin wild horse buck off and dance,” both Harvey and I knew we were in for a hell of a ride.
When Dad Played The Fiddle
Written with Wes Wilson and Diamond Doug. This song came late in the game. We were almost done recording the album when Wes sent me some words about his father, whom he had lost when Wes was only 5. But some of the recollections and stories that were shared with him over the years were just too priceless to ignore. Especially the fact the his dad played the fiddle. I asked Diamond Doug to join us cause I knew he would add the sweetness to it.
Lulu’s Tiki Bar
One of the most fun songs I’ve ever co-written and the first with our drummer and long time friend Eddie Birkett. Eddie spent some time as a young man along the beaches of Montauk in New Jersey. He still communicates with some of the locals there and when he told me of this place, there was something almost tropical about it. Goodness knows every record has to have a little cha cha cha.
Forty Years Ago
Anyone who knows me knows who I wrote this song for. The words speak for themselves. Dedicated to the rock in my life. The one who’s held this journey together more times than none. The one for whom I would seriously have a hard time living without, which is why I selfishly hope I go before her. In the meantime, I’ll just hang on to the “most blessed man on earth” title for as long as I can.
This song is based on a true story. My wife got pregnant when we were still dating. We were only 16. The baby was given up for adoption. 3 years later we got married, had two incredible children, Tyler and Jenna. Dave, as his adoptive mother called him, grew up not too far from us, and we didn’t know it, until he turned 18 and decided he was going to try and find me. And through the proper channels, he not only found me, but his birth mother and a brother and sister. He wasn’t bitter, he was only looking for clarity and answers for his life. Today we are best of friends, because of a God that answered a prayer. I call that nothing short of a “miracle”.
Tomorrow Morning’s Sun
About two years after my brother Noel’s wonderful wife Lorna passed away, I asked if I could come over for coffee and talk about what he had gone through during those difficult times. She fought with cancer for several months. I told him I was gathering thoughts to write a song in her honor. I’ll never forget the comment he made when I asked him what was the hardest part. He said, “first thing in the morning”. I took this story to my friend Gilles Godard and we began writing it. Then it sat quietly on paper for a few years, like it was waiting for the right time.
Let Yourself Go
Before my brother in law Don passed away, I spent a lot of time with him helping him to get his book started. He knew he didn’t have a lot of time. One thing he kept saying to everybody was, “take care of my Diane”. I know today that he would be smiling just to see her happy, even if it meant meeting someone. So I wrote this for her, and out of the great respect I have for Don. Thank you to Renee Laboureux and Keith McPherson for writing this song with me.
Through The Eyes Of Jesus
From the spiritual side of me there have been a few songs about Jesus. I’ve never been a huge reader of the bible, there are far too many stories for me to understand. But this Jesus has always fascinated me. Not only because he was a human being, living and walking on this earth, but because of what and who he represented. It’s beyond comprehension for many, which is why there are so many non believers. But I have to ask the question, what would our world be like if everybody looked through the eyes of Jesus.
Tearin A Love Down
Chris Freeman is one of the most honest musicians i’ve ever had the pleasure of writing with. He doesn’t hold anything back. He didn’t grow up with country music and doesn’t try to hide it. He just genuinely loves the art and gives it 200% every time. He came down to our house one night to write, I told him about the couple across the street that had busted up and how he was always screaming at his kids. Chris embraced it with all with his incredible talents and here it is.
She’s Real Country
Guess who I wrote this one with? He had so many amazing lines that I just couldn’t put it down. We wanted to write a song about an independent girl. The kind of person that walks to the beat of her own drum. She loves all the things that a real country girl loves, so there was just no better way to describe her. She’s real country.