Behind the Songs

“YOU WERE THERE” (New Song & Story)

You Were There All through her childhood My mother waited forever She waited forever and there you were So they started a family They had waited forever They waited forever Then they said, “there you were.” How many times, o God, can you amaze me? It’s a miracle, it’s a miracle, somebody loves me Through the best of times, through…

WHERE I AM NOW (plus New Song & Story)

Speaking of a Bebo Norman song, he said it is beautiful to see people singing about “the privilege we all share of being able – in mercy – to walk back down roads that led us the wrong way the first time we traveled them in freedom.” Gosh, it’s been a really long time since a person has captured something…

Behind “November”

Behind november Writing it: I remember writing this song in the same college dorm room that I wrote have you seen her? and american eyes in. I was looking back over the previous year. On the album it seems to look back over the entire era, but it’s just a nice slide of hand. I only wrote half of the…

Behind “Just Getting Started”

Behind  just getting started Writing it: I was living alone in a three bedroom teacher house in Loop, perhaps the smallest town that ever existed 24 miles down the road from my hometown, my first teaching job after college. Not an ideal place, but, looking back, one that was an important cocoon for me at the time. I was lonely.…

Behind “Blanket of Love”

Behind blanket of love: Writing it: Uh, first of all, did anyone notice in the first printing, this song and the previous one is out of order… hmmmm… we fixed it. Anyway, this is Zach’s song, and if I can get him to, he’ll put up the real stuff about it. In the meantime, I’ll give my version of the…

Behind “Adding it Up”

Behind adding it up Writing it: It must have been time for another spurt of songs.  After a spurt I feel satisfied and put writing out of my mind-until I sort of well up and have to sit and reflect and let my songs catch up with my life again. Not a good cycle, but the way it is.  So…

Behind “Saturday Morning”

behind saturday morning Writing it This one cracks me up to write about because it is such an unlikely little song in every way. I did write it in the shower, the first line, just being stupid, but it was so darn catchy I thought, “that would be a cheesy little goofy song” so I made out the chords on…

Behind “Shallow Resolution”

Behind shallow resolution Writing it: I was with family on vacation in Cloudcroft, NM, and my brother had brought an old beat up guitar that he found by his dumpster or something in Austin.  So at the end of the night when the parents were in bed and the subject changed to Joni playing in some coffee houses in Albuquerque,…

Behind “This Feeling”

Behind this feeling Writing it: I had finished my classes and needed to get off campus and get to where I was going, but I’d been carrying a heavy feeling, and I had a feeling that I don’t think I’ve had more than once or twice in my life, the feeling that I had to get to a piano. I…