This is a full hour of my original music, recorded and streamed live at Tampa Sessions.
There are many loves in my life, but I always find I gravitate most to those that are most beautiful in their simplicity and require no gilding for that simple beauty to be eminent.
We live in a culture that often fails to see that there is another option to the duality of either winning or losing. Whether we "win" or "lose" we should always learn.
Standards like "A Beautiful Friendship", arranged by my teacher, Frank Mullen, in this chord melody style represent for me the epitome of what it means to be a guitarist. It is when I have these lush arrangements under my fingers that I feel most like a musician.
To have at my fingertips, music composed decades or even centuries ago, that I can bring back to life in the present makes me feel a bit as though I have magical powers.
Sharing some of my more personal songs from my larger body of work, for an audience that has come not just to listen, but to hear, is all a musician can ask for. Enjoy this set.
Much of this song is apocryphal, much of it is not. I'll leave it up to you to decide which is which.
This video was recorded at The One Stop in Asheville, NC for the Brown Bag Songwriter's Competition.
Original words and music by Max Watson