Echo's Silhouettes & Dreams
ECHO'S SILHOUETTES & DREAMS Hi Ya'll! I sure like you to listen to this new album by Jerry Fagan! What a truly great stylist. When the man gets hold of a song, he gives you a story in a way that no one else can tell it. It seams that the hundreds of thousands of his fans around the country can't get enough of this special talent. The fans of the first album, "The Magic of Jerry Fagan" demanded that we make another quickly. So here is the new one. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did in the arranging of the songs for him, programming the music sounds, recording and mixing the tracks. Jerry again excels in his own way of playing the guitar. As usual Jerry and I play all of the music parts. We can do it and it takes too much effort to get other musicians on our wavelength. We brought Kathy Hill (KATIAH) into the studio to do the back up vocals. Her special voice and interruptions add so much to a finished track. Rachel Henderson joined Kathy for vocal back-ups on the song "The Old Days". Hollis Flatt we had to have doing his special stuff on final mastering, along with the mastering of "Southland" by Disc Makers. (Sadly this was Hollis's last mastering job. He is now retired. I say sadly because Hollis has been mastering my work for 30-40 years. He is irreplaceable. Few have his ear, knowledge and knack for this difficult job. He will be truly missed by me any many others!) Below is a little background and comment on the tracks. "Southland" A Ton of Sound, backing Jerry's usual style for delivering a story song. He's wandering around, but misses the "Southland" and wants to go back. Great guitar work with a lonesome piano and flute. The choir gets a nice workout also "Ain't My First Dance" He try's at love and gets nowhere. Poor boy! He's had all the experiences except real love. "The only thing that stays the same is change and God that ain't nothing new". "Eighteen Wheel Blues" Here is a totally different Truck Drivers song from his very lonesome perspective. We played it for quite a number of driver's before including it in this album, and to a man they said: "Wow, you have truly captured me". Perhaps Jerry's best vocal performance ever. Then there's Kathy. She adds so much to a recording. "The Old Days" Now! Here's a song like they don't know how to write anymore. Too bad, in today's bewildering times we certainly do need a lift. There are a lot of good songwriters out there, but with today's insane world of making records nobody wants to record the good stuff. Will that change? I sure hope so. In the meantime we're going to keep doing just that. "The American Dream" Here is the American Dream: Winning the big lottery! It's not likely to happen but great to think about. We weren't sure what to do with this one..so..I sent it to TAXI for consideration of a Nashville recording. They wrote back and said great song if you make it more positive. WHAT?!?! The only way to make it more positive is to let the guy win the lottery. WHY? That's not what usually happens in real life. We play, we don't win, but that doesn't stop us from playing and dreaming. Get a grip TAXI, or is this perhaps a reason that Nashville today appears to be a ghost town. When you stop looking for good songs, you stop making good records, and the public stops buying your junk. HELLO! "She's Got Issues" Chesley Stephens is the Author/Composer on this song. When he brought it to me I thought: "What a great song". We recorded it in a number of different ways, Pop, Rap, and Rock, trying to find the best way of presenting it. Couldn't seem to get it just right. I played it for Jerry Fagan. His comment was: "I can make that song come alive". We set to work on it and a few hours later we had it. It took a storyteller to express the real meaning of the lyric. So here is an everyday trial and tribulation situation between two lovers, set to music in a way that'll have some say: "Been there, done that." ENJOY! "Women I've Traveled" "Women I've traveled and places I've been...Don't love them now but I loved them then". Sound familiar? Been there done that? "If I Could Do That" Here's a guy, thinking of all kinds of ways he might impress his girl, and thinking....IF I Could Do That! And, He's laying all this stuff on her! Well the girl is not falling for these lines of ear candy. Kathy Hill (AKA KATIAH) takes on the girl's part in a "Yeah Right!" attitude. In the cut Kathy laughs at him. This was impromptu on her part. We got a kick out of it and kept the take. In the end Jerry says something about "Putting Black Diamonds in her hair" and the girl kind of likes that so she changes her attitude. Fun song, and you can tell they are having fun with it. Truly a different kind of boy-girl duet. Very few could pull it off like these two. Good dance beat and great guitar lick. "Walking To Memphis" I wrote this song one morning on the way to the post-office. One of those times when..well..there it is. No outside inspiration it just popped up. The arrangement seemed to be right there with the song, telling itself where to go and me how to treat it. Sometimes, very few times in fact, they happen that way. The guy finds the love of his life but he doesn't want to get tied up so he takes off. Years later he thinks Opps! Messed up, and finds himself on his way back to her, walking, in the summertime on a hot blacktop road, chewing grass, skipping rocks, enjoying the smell of the new cut hay and the melting back-top. He wonders if she'll take him back. That's probably not going to happen, but he's going to give it a try. Wishing the summer sun would just cool down a little bit. "Echo's Silhouettes and Dreams" Remember the good times, and they come as Echo's Silhouettes and Dreams. Does that make the remembering nicer? Of course it does. Is she going to come back? Don't think so. But he'll do the best he can with E. S. and D. Thanks for reading my ramblings about Jerry Fagan. I think you can tell, I think he's great! Gerald Nelson.