My singer/songwriter career began, as I remember it, in eighth grade (1966) when I wrote a song that I called “My Mary” in which I informed listeners that “My Mary’s face is like a pearl” setting up the rhyme that “she is my kind of girl.” I, of course, thought it drew incredibly favorable comparisons to Lennon and McCartney. After “My Mary” failed to rise on the Billboard charts and after writing only a handful more songs in high school and college, I didn’t consider composing again until 1991.
As my wife Martha and I were gearing up to move from Connecticut that spring, I wrote a wistful song called “Part of You, Part of Me” for an ensemble called Now & Then (ampersand required.) Rob Bartley and Debbie O’Brien and I had been (occasionally) recreating Peter, Paul, and Mary classics in the mid-‘80s; we were a tribute band of sorts. Then we drew in Danny Zibello and Richard Hicks to add some instrumental expertise (plus Richard’s bass-baritone voice and Danny’s high tenor.) We would assemble a concert’s worth of material (covers of Paul Simon, Crosby/Stills, Jackson Browne, etc.) and play a concert roughly once a year.
On it’s gone from there; the bulk of my writing as an adult has come in the almost-thirty years that I’ve lived in Washington, D.C.
After Debbie passed away in 1997, we four guys put together an album called Eyes Full of Innocence , which included four of my songs. I still have CDs in my garage should you want a copy although you will find two of those four songs posted here. I released eleven of my songs in 2000 on an album called All Alone … But Hardly On My Own. The album includes a twelfth song, Debi Smith’s “My Father Was A Quiet Man”, and it is still available for sale on iTunes and Amazon (despite the fact that original material can also be downloaded from this site.) In 2004 I put four other songs on a self-manufactured album called ONE/THIRD. A single recording of a song called “Mrs. Eldredge’s Arm” featuring Tom Paxton has been available on iTunes since 2007. (See the “Sixties Folk Sound” genre for a slightly different version.)
In 2013 this site became the mechanism by which I could share songs as I created them and made passable recordings – one or two at a time.
Now, after a fifteen year hiatus from assembling a collection of songs, I’ve just posted eight recordings as an online album here at The Prime Cutts under the title “Going Down The Road Feeling Glad.” Five of those were written in 2019 in a productive spurt after I retired from teaching.