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So nice to see you found your way here alright, Ron... a song of yours that I have always loved~ thank you for sharing, it's good to listen once again.
TOTALLY AWESOME SONG!!! I could never write such a beautiful heartfelt song like this, makes me appreciate it even more. I heard this on Jim's show from Mixposure and it may sound weird, but Jim just earned a whole lot of respect by exposing your music to my ears. HAHAHA! This is NOT my genre of choice - how the hell were you able to transcend the rules and laws that govern my mental processes into accepting this track as an equal when it is nowhere near the loud, angry, energetic music that flows through my soul? The fact that there are only 3 comments on here is exactly why I like the loud, angry music - because people pay so much more attention to pop songs and names they recognize before they give music like this a chance. Sorry if I am going on and on too long, butI really can't believe that over the past 4 years that you have only received 35 words telling you that your song kicks ass. You have 13 downloads, I bet you have only had 13 people hear this song too - I understand why you would have people message you if they want a download - everybody's so shy. I'm not. LMAO!!!! All right, I'll let you go now. HAHAHA! But really, Ron, AWESOME song. If you haven't heard Bad Love Junkie yet (here on this site) I hear a lot of similarities in the depth and the heart that I hear on this song, you should check out some of his tunes! Okay, Ron, I'm outta here! This song has played SO MANY TIMES and it still gets to me! LOL! LATER GATOR!!!
Well produced and performed the strings coming in as they did drew me straight in.
I'm not much for tearjerker songs, but there's no denying this is a beautiful song and beautifully performed. :)
I'm a songwriter working toward a publishing contract. I perform in a number of venues to be heard. I feel most comfortable writing in Folk, Country and Blues.Peace, Ron
I tried to quit....couldn't do it! I tried to sell my gear.....couldn't do it! As a matter of fact, I wrote a new song because of that. Go figure.
"Carved In Stone"
Before I tell the story that inspired this song, I'd like to thank Myk McDowell for all his hard work on the production. He took a lame work demo that was out of time and made it sound great. The original demo was my vocal and me on acoustic guitar. Since I usually play solo, I tend to use emotion to get the lyrics across. This means that I tend to be out of time a lot. Even so, Myk used his expertise and came up with the production. No easy task. It takes a great deal of talent to do what he's done and I'm very proud to have had the chance to work with him.
This song is about a man I met many years ago while I was backpacking around the country. I'd been on the road five days after leaving California. I'd been stuck at a number of entrance ramps along Interstate 80 and was wondering how many songs I'd write before I croaked in the desert. I finally got a ride from a couple of gamblers heading to Salt Lake City from Reno. Just before entering Salt Lake, they let me out at a bridge since they were not going into the city, but turning off for home. I was too tired to make my way into Salt Lake and decided to spend what was left of the night "Under the Overpass.” (The title for another song I wrote later). When I got to the underside of the bridge I was looking around for a good spot to set up and sleep. Back in those days there was always a chance someone else might be under the same bridge, and sure enough I heard a man’s voice invite me to join him. He lit a flashlight so I could see where he was and I made my way up to him. We introduced ourselves and while I was laying out my sleeping bag and getting settled he started some light conversation. We talked for a while, dug through our packs and found enough for between us to share a decent meal.
Since we were both pretty tired, we said goodnight and kicked back to get some rest. Sometime later I woke to the sound of his crying. I rolled out of my bag and moved to see if he was ok. I realized he was still asleep and appeared to be having a bad dream of some kind. Of course not knowing him well enough to shake him awake, I poked his boot a couple of times with his flashlight. Bad move!! He came up like a rocket and pinned me to the concrete slab we were sleeping on. I started talking to him and he finally let me go. He apologized a number of times. I assured him it was all good (I've done the same thing myself a number of times). He asked me why I woke him, and when I told him he shook his head and started to cry again. After some coaxing, I finally got him to open up and tell me what it was all about.
His father was a minister when he was a kid, and he was raised in a very religious environment. When he turned 18 he was drafted into the Army, went through boot camp, and was sent directly to Vietnam. We talked for a long time about that. When he came home, he said he was having a great deal of trouble adjusting. His father’s teachings were so ingrained in him he couldn't deal with facing his family, especially his father, and decided to leave until he could come to terms with himself. It wasn't his friends, family, or his father that prompted him to leave; He told me everyone had done all they could to assure him he was more than welcome home. It was his heart causing so much pain. What he'd done in war contradicted everything he believed in, and that was causing another war inside of him.
As I listened to him, now and then I gave what comfort I could offer. Before we lay back to sleep again, he thanked me for listening to him. He said he'd never been able to tell anyone about what was bothering him, and it helped to open up after all the time he'd held it in.
When I woke, I sat up to see if he was alright, but he was gone. I found a note on my pack that said, Thanks, I'm going home. I've never seen him since, but his story stuck with me all these years. A few years ago I decided to write his story in a song. I've been working on that song for six years.
"Carved in Stone" is my way of saying thank you to him for sharing his story with me. I hope he's had a great life wherever he is.
Words and Music by: Ron Kauffman
Vocals and Acoustic Guitar: Ron Kauffman
Production, mixing and all other instruments by:
My friend Myk McDowell
Thursday, 08 May, 2014