I have had this song idea in my head for a long, long time and always felt that it was the finishing piece to a song or an album. This song is being released a little different than the way I have released songs in the past. There is an album coming that will hold most of the songs that I have released over the past year with some alterations to them and remixed and mastered.
Over 7 years ago we rescued a Carin Terrier dog and named her Penny. We have never had a Carin Terrier before and were just in awe about her personality and just who she is. We learned later from other parents of Carin Terrier’s that these are very common traits with this breed. Mary and I might be a bit bias but we think that there is just something extra special about Penny.
This is a declaration of my intentions to stay in my new found home in California. When I first moved to California for work, my original intention was to stay here for a couple of years and then go back to Canada. However, since then things really changed for me. I met Mary and it was like suddenly the person I had been looking for all my life was right here in the land that I loved to visit and have always been drawn to.
One of our favorite places to go is to the beach. Living in Southern California we have access to many of these beaches and we have a few favorites. We just find it very peaceful and very inspiring. You can feel down in the dumps and a visit to the beach can change all that just from being there. My wife and I have had some of the most awe inspiring talks while at the beach.
First off this is not a song that I wrote. It was written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy and Wayne Kirkpatrick. It was originally recorded by Wynonna Judd and released in 1996 on her Revelations album but she never released this as a single. The song was recorded by Eric Clapton and produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds for the 1996 movie “Phenomenon”. Eric Clapton also released this song on his 1999 Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton album which is the one you will find on Spotify.
This is a sad song and yes it really happened to me. I think this was probably the first time that I really fell in love and one of those situations where I new there was an expiry date and yet the heart wants what the heart wants. This break up really did a number on me as I lost my confidence and became very cold and almost distant to other relationships that I had after this.
This is the first song that I ever wrote about my wife, Mary. We like playing games it is one of the things that we like doing together besides just hanging out. She is the first person that I have ever met that has the same temperament as myself. When I first told some of my friends about Mary they would ask me what is she like? I would reply that she is just like me except she is a woman.
This music was performed for the first time at my Mom and Dad’s 25th Wedding Anniversary. Several years later I rearranged the music and recording this in a 24 track studio in Edmonton, Alberta with some friends and some additional professional musicians. This became a very limited release and one of the last things that I pressed into a vinyl record. The music centers around a good cup of coffee. One of the signs that indicated to us as kids that company was coming was sound of the very loud percolator that would be whooshing away making that hot cup of java.