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Count Of Days

Count Of Days – Eleven original songs route you through twisted drinking songs, spiritual ecstasy, environmental consciousness, outlaw misadventures, airport security lines, tattooed rockers, and yes — tales of love.

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Ooh-La-La

Ooh-La-La – A musical tour through unkempt gardens, the Costa Rican rain forest, the Ohio River Valley, the canyons of Texas, ’60s psychedelia, and points beyond.

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Count Of Days Liner Notes

An Amaryllis

An amaryllis opened up
Upon a winter’s day.
She was pretty, that’s for sure
Though she hadn’t much to say.
Still, she was good-hearted
And a beauty to behold,
But it wasn’t very long before
She started looking old.
“My life’s a count of days,”
She thought, and shed a nectar tear.
She wished that she could be the sort
To count her time in years.
Time is elastic, long or short
It passes soon away
No matter if it’s counted
In an eon or a day.
  So take the time that’s given you
  As every season turns.
  Time, like love and beauty,
  Is a lesson that we learn.
               —RP

CD packaging doesn’t leave a lot of room for liner notes or artwork. Here are some additional notes for the tunes on the CD.

Attitude – There are plenty of nostalgic songs about reconnecting with family and the old home place. But there’s a time in life when you just want to move out and get a tattoo.

Where You Go – Maybe getting away is a bit of a theme here. Rick wrote the lyric from a woman’s perspective, after which he let it languish. Until George took ownership, that is. George changes the viewpoint, sets it to new chords, and delivers it with a bluesy punch. An error in the first album pressing neglected to acknowledge him as co-author of the song — sorry, Geech!

Contra – Those of us old enough to remember the 1980’s should recall the Reagan Doctrine, the Iran-Contra affair, and Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution. The left-right political struggle in Central America has left many scars, as the bus driver in this song can attest. Carla Campbell’s percussion gives the song its Carribean flavor.

Falling – Love doesn’t always come at convenient times, and it’s all the more powerful when the stakes are high.

How Big Is Our Print? – George wrote this reggae tune after reading an article in National Geographic about global population projections. The airy sound is a counterweight to the gravitas of the lyrical message.

Out Sailing – Here’s an example of a song whose melody came first, then the lyrics. The working title was Robots At The Beach before Rick wrote the introspective, reflective lyric. The resulting song is about communication and depth of relationship, but the lurching syncopation remains.

I Could Have Loved You – Just another tale of unrequited love, told with a bluegrass flavor.

Deal – There are gambling card games in which a player holds the deal as long as he keeps winning. When you have to pass the deal, it’s known as “letting your deal go down.” More than one song has been written around this metaphor. This one captures that sense of inevitablity you feel when you find yourself on the wrong track, and you can’t stop the train. (How’s that for mixing metaphors!)

The Travelers – When travelers come to your house in an especially vivid dream, it only makes sense to listen to their wisdom.

He Falls – It was sad when Humpty Dumpty hit the pavement. All we can do is drink to his memory. Inspired by Dick Holdstock and Allan MacLeod, who sing in this style for real.

Airport Shuttle – There’s a certain sense of panic surrounding airplane travel these days. The hero of this musical vignette has a special reason to beat the clock.

Ooh-La-La Liner Notes

Here are notes for our first CD.

Friends I Knew – Rick wrote this one soon after the Beatles released Rubber Soul, but never performed it until he started singing with Tree-O. The influence of “In My Life” can be heard in the theme of the instrumental break (a quote from “In My Life’s” opening phrase) and in the subject matter of the lyric. The backing vocal “ooh-la-la” is another must-have Beatles cliché.

The Word – This Beatles tune is underrated, in our estimation. Love — it’s in all the good and the bad books.

Dance Around the Fire – George wrote this inspired by the sensual feast of Costa Rican plants and animals, volcanoes and warm surf, rushing rivers and waterfalls.

Call of the Canyon – Lonely, moonlit nights by the campfire. Whispers of a lost love echoing through the canyon...what’s a romantic to do? Sing it, of course. And that’s what Jamie decided she must do. Special thanks to Sylvia Herold for introducing Jamie to this Old West gem.

Billy and Sue – Rick wrote this song with a Cajun sound in mind. Nova Devonie’s accordion and George’s guitar give it the necessary drive. Plenty of “ooh-la-la” in this one!

Here Today – George wrote this when his daughter was newly born and his grandparents were passing away.

Simple Sermon – Rick wanted to write a gospel tune with a heartfelt spiritual message, and this lyric was as close as he could come. George wrote the changes and melody. In a media world filled with irony and sarcasm, sincerity may be daring.

Eight Miles High – We couldn’t help having some fun with this Byrds classic from 1965. The lyric seemed like trippy nonsense at first, but it’s actually about flying over to London, according to the Byrds, when rainy Britannia was at the high water mark of her influence on popular music.

Garden Full of Dandelion – It takes a handyman to fix a broken heart, as James Taylor explained in his cover of the Jones-Blackwell hit. And a handyman is never happier than when he’s fixing things.

Rick just got in a mood and wrote this one after gazing at his back yard. Easier to write a song than pull weeds, apparently.

West Virginia Nights – Rick went to college at Ohio University, not far from the Ohio River. And across that river lies West Virginia. And in West Virginia lies the town of Parkersburg. And thereon hangs a tale — but not one Rick (or anyone he knows) lived personally.

Keep On Running – In the race of life, stay tuned to a deeper source.

Hot Pies – There’s nothing like warm pie fresh from the oven to get your juices flowing. Gastric juices, that is. Rick, ever a naughty boy, appears to be thinking about something else entirely.

Jamie gets a nice tuba-like sound from her bowed bass to complement George’s stately piano and Rick's jug-band slide. She added the kazoos as an afterthought.