This album is a reflection of my life: sometimes happy, sad, funny, serious. There is love here, and death. 'Franks Washing Machine' is a song addressing what to buy someone as a present, a problem i've struggled with every time a birthday, Christmas, graduation, or other event requires a gift. This must be a common problem, because this song is a Finalist in the 2012 New Mexico Music Awards. With any luck, by the time you read this we'll know if I've won an award for this song. I actually co-wrote this song when I was in high school while going to Regional Science Fair with classmate Paul McGann. I wrote the whole song except for two words, which Paul contributed. Paul when on to MIT on a scholarship, and is now a physician. If you listen to the song, you'll be able to guess which two words Paul added to the song. 'Suzanna' is a look at Love Gone Wrong. We all know that sometimes love is a little crazy... Some years back, I met a fellow musician, and we became good friends. We formed a duo, and played gigs. 'Jim' is an amazing musician, and a brilliant man, who has been struggling with alcoholism most of his life. These are serious struggles, and whenever I lose touch with him, i wonder if he's finally lost the battle. I think 'jim' is the best song on the CD, but maybe it's just because I think he's such a remarkable guy. I wish him the best, wherever he may be. I wrote 'Tick Tock' in an airport waiting for a flight. Logically enough, the song is about the passage of time. My 'real job' in the daytime is working at a hospital, where i've watched patients over the years as they have aged and died. I didn't think it affected me, but I guess it has. After a romance broke up, I wrote '3 O'clock in the Morning', capturing the sorts of things one thinks about after a break-up. Okay, maybe not everyone thinks about the same things I do... When i was a teenager, I met a man at a roadside rest area. He was leaning back against a tree, his Harley Davidson motorcycle parked beside him. I talked with him. He worked construction most of the year, but as soon as he had enough money, he quit his job and hopped on his bike and took off. He was the epitome of 'Biker Trash', and I envied his lifestyle. Still do, in fact... This song is also a Finalist in the New Mexico Music Awards for 2012. Any musician knows about the 'Tip Jar'. I used to play at a BBQ joint, and at intermission a lady would get up and explain to the audience that all the musicians there worked for tips, and to please be generous when the tip jar was passed around. Well, I started thinking about a more humorous way to ask for tips, and this song is the result. Believe it or not, it actually works! Have you ever been in a relationship where it seems the two of you can't seem to communicate? Man, I sure have. 'Talk to You' addresses those frustrations with the communication process, but also the hopes for resolving the problems. Good Luck! Okay, is there anybody out there who doesn't know what the 'Little Blue Pill' is about? If you don't, you need to listen to this song. I met a wonderful woman, and she inspired me to write a number of love songs. 'Meet Me in the Fields' is one of them. I need to get back to the studio and record the others. She says this is the best song on the CD, but that's' because it's about her. My passion in life is FISHING. I love my music, i love my girlfriend, I love my motorcycle. But fishing keeps me alive. My grandfather died at the age of 79 while fishing at a high mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies, and I can't think of a better way to go. Sadly, sometimes the fishing experience is mixed with misadventures, as described in 'Them Ol' Fishin' Blues'. People ask me if the things in this song really happened to me, and the answer is YES, every one of them! Raise your hand if you get depressed around Christmas! I have done so for many years, but could never figure out why. But, like clockwork, when the first of December hit, so did my depression. And come December 26th, it was all gone. If you, too, get depressed around the holidays, you need to hear this song. It won't cure you, but at least you'll understand why 'I Don't Do Christmas Anymore' One day, a patient came to see me at work. His brother had died very suddenly, which is to say, he was murdered for the few dollars in his wallet. The patient, who i've known for years, said he couldn't even find a minister or priest to say some words at the gravesite. He wondered if i could go to the cemetery and play some music at the gravesite. I said that I would. He left, and I wrote 'Comin' Home to You' about 30 minutes later. I played this song at the cemetery the next morning, along with 'Amazing Grace' and 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot'. I hope you enjoy listening to the CD as much as i enjoyed recording it. Maybe you'll come hear me play sometime in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dave.