Your Time Has Come
About Dale: Dale McKenzie's performing career began in childhood and has now spanned more than four decades. He began singing at a very young age, taught himself guitar and banjo, and was singing in coffeehouses as a teen. Entertaining audiences became his passion. Dale has traveled from the Midwest to the glittering lounges of Las Vegas and Reno and back again any number of times, in all manner of venues, entertaining crowds from intimate club settings to auditoriums. He has been a radio disc jockey, fronted lounge bands and dance bands, written music for and recorded commercials, acted as emcee and male vocalist for a prominent and prestigious big band, co-written and produced shows for that band, acted as master of ceremonies and featured vocalist for Miss America Scholarship pageant preliminaries for a dozen years, and entertained delighted tourists on the Las Vegas Strip. A Dale McKenzie performance is guaranteed to encompass all styles and eras of music, from vintage 1920s banjo sing-a-longs to Broadway show tunes, pop, oldies, country, and tributes to some of the Las Vegas greats. He showcases not only his versatile singing voice, but also his skills on the strings of both guitar and banjo. In the past decade Dale has worked both singly and in a duo in very successful long-term club/lounge environments, where he built a loyal following. Today Dale appears primarily at private functions in the Las Vegas area and surrounding states, both as a single and with a show band. He has recently turned his attention to songwriting and recording, and in the past year has produced two CDs, the latest one containing mostly original material. "Your Time Has Come" Liner Notes: Moment in Time The original version of this was written in 1980, at the time Dale's first marriage had just broken up. It's about the end of a relationship, and regret that the two couldn't work things out. The Old Dusty Road This is an ode to one of Dale's special getaway places, a little ghost town just outside Zion National Park called Grafton, Utah, where the roads are still dirt and time has stood still. But Dale says what originally inspired him to write a song about a dusty road was the first dusty road he remembers - McKenzie Lane up in Waupoos, Ontario, Canada, where generations of McKenzies have lived and still do. The road has some stones on it now, but he says growing up it was just dirt, and if you drove on it more than 5 miles an hour it made a huge cloud of dust. When he was learning to drive, he'd go up and down the lane and it was a teenage boy's dream to stir up that dust! Marisa This song celebrates a reunion. Dale and his wife had been estranged from family for many years...his wife's father disowned her because she married a musician, but through the magic of a younger brother and his wonderful daughter Marisa, they are now part of each other's lives again. Dale wrote the song in a matter of minutes, after that family had visited. It's about second chances. Your Time Has Come This song is about Dale, for Dale, looking in the mirror, telling himself to smarten up and grab life. As with many artists, Dale spends a lot of time in angst over the past and worry over the future. This song is advice to that man in the mirror. The Gypsy in Me Dale first wrote this back in the early 1980s, and it is really about his wanderlust, his "itchy feet", that desire to not stay in one place too long but to see what's around the next bend. Dale would never have done well in the 9-to-5 working world, and the Gypsy tells that story best. Blue Skies and Desert Scenes This started life as a poem, when Dale first moved west, an attempt to put down in words his awe and love for the desert. Where Did We Go Wrong Dale wrote this one also back in the early 1980s, as an entry into a songwriter contest. They really thought it was commercial, and very well constructed. Then he set it aside and did nothing with it...til now. The Wife Dale wanted to write a song about his wife for the album, but he knows she would have been uncomfortable with anything really mushy. So, he wrote something kind of fun. It's a brief story, very true, of their meeting and marriage. You Found Love This is a simple love song set to a waltz beat. The Day She Left This was the last one he wrote for the record, and it was perhaps the most gut-wrenching. It is about his niece, Erin, who had Down Syndrome and who passed away very tragically just days after her 20th birthday. She loved Dale's music very much, most especially anything he ever sang from "Phantom of the Opera". She accomplished many things in her short life, and was truly a joy and inspiration. If Jesus Came to Your House These next two are tributes to Dale's dad, who he lost 3 years ago to cancer. Dad had a little musical talent, knew a couple chords on the guitar, and liked to sing old songs like this one. Dale learned this from his Dad, and has performed it in churches and at shows throughout his career. Porter Waggoner had the original hit on it. The Little Shirt My Mother Made for Me This one is Dale's parents' special song - Dad sang this to Mom throughout their whole 63-year marriage. It was made famous by Marty Robbins. Home Is Where the Love Is This is Dale's autobiography in 4 minutes. All songs written by Dale McKenzie, ©2009, 2010, except tracks 11 & 12 All songs arranged and recorded by Dale McKenzie, Las Vegas, Nevada 2010 Mastering by Scott McKenzie, Two Cat Studios, New Albany, IN Album Photography: Paula McKenzie Album Art: Scott McKenzie.