A Tribute to Great Songwriters

I thought I should write a small explanation for the series of cover song videos I will be posting. As I listen to and watch various music videos on You Tube or Face Book, I am always
impressed by the excellent level of instrumental ability, dancing ability, singing ability and technical work, (staging,lighting, editing, etc), achieved by the new generation of creative artists. On the other hand, I am not so impressed with their song writing skills. I think that we, as musicians, have concentrated far too long on rhythm and arrangements, and not enough on melody or song structure.

This all begs the question: What makes a great song great?
In my opinion, a great song has the following characteristics:

  1. Great Melody
  2. Great Lyrics
  3. Structure
  4. Great emotion or image impact
  5. The inexplainable power to grab and keep your attention from the beginning to the end.

In order to demonstrate my argument, I am going to play and sing songs from various song writers, who have proven over and over, that they understood what makes a great song great. The artists are ALL people who have written any number of great songs. There will be no „one hit wonder“ artists represented.

Starting with Willie Nelson…

… and German songwriter Herbert Grönemeyer:

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Neue Tour-Termine!

Es gibt neue Termine!

Am 15. April 2016 in Salzhemmendorf

Ratskeller, Hauptstraße 43. Eintritt: Vorverkauf 5,- € / Abendkasse 7,- €.
Vorverkauf im Ratskeller; falls ihr vorher nicht hin kommt um Karten zu besorgen, gerne bei Alan über das Kontaktformular melden.

Am 16. April 2016 in Burgdorf

„Beim Doktor“, am Brandende.

Live "Beim Doktor"

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Alan Graham-Lead guitar video

Here are edits from „End Of The Show“ and „Mon Rêve“. The blues was written with the help of Michael Geyer, but all the tracks are home grown.

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„Highway of Love“ — Live @ Wiesendachhaus Laatzen

Yo! I played a gig on Saturday night near Hannover. This song was written many moons ago with the help of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Jim Sawyers. He wrote second verse and the guitar riff in the middle of the tune. (Welcome to the middle of the tune).

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Mit Liedermacher Ingmar in Laatzen

Am Freitag, 22.01.2016 spielt Alan im Wiesendachhaus in Laatzen. Als „Special Guest“ mit dabei ist Liedermacher Ingmar:

INGMAR – Lacher, Kracher, Liedermacher

Die Lieder von INGMAR sind schlicht Meisterwerke … halt, nein: sind meist schlichte Werke. Aber mit viel Esprit und Humor vorgetragen.

Wortspielereien über die vielen FragenIngmar des Lebens sind im Programm ebenso enthalten wie Lieder über die Tücken der Technik („Autokorrek-tortur“), über Probleme beim Wandern („Meine Schnüre gehen mir auf den Senkel“) und über eine fleischlose Zwangsdiät („Jetzt hab ich den Salat“). Und haben wir uns alle nicht schon mal eingestehen müssen: „Meine Amnesie kannste echt vergessen“…?

Anfahrt:

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New Stuff

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Yo! Here’s the new stuff.

Thanks to Andreas Frei for the Hammond on “Can’t Stop Love”; and to Joachim Sohn for the Bass on “Fighting For” and to me for having the courage to play the drums on “I Ain’t Dead Yet”, and „Fightin‘ For“.

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Alan Graham & Friends

Alan Graham & Friends

Hi everybody! The time has come to begin releasing the new songs, and new recordings of old songs, that I’ve been working on for the last year. With the help of my FRIENDS:

Joachim Sohn- Bass

Achim Bührer- Drums

Daniel Fernholz- Harmonica & Vocals

Inese Frei- Vocals

the music just keeps getting better. 

 

The first two songs from my tri-lingual project Alan Graham & Friends are:

 1)  „Gewesen Blues“. With Joachim Sohn on Bass and Achim Bührer on drums. (Thanks you guys!) The song gave me the opportunity to play tenor saxophone the way I like it, bluesy, but a little sweet and melodic. (like the Herb Hardesty- on I’m Walkin‘) For those of you who don’t speak German, the text is about being jilted by a lover, (surprise, surprise), but with a nice twist, because you can change the tense at the end of the sentence in German, which is not possible in English; thus the first lines in the chorus translate as, „You are so beautiful,……….. were, I loved you so much………did“.  

2) The second release is in French, which, with the help and encouragement of my son Jérémy, was paraphrased from an original song in English, „How You Gonna Miss Me“.  As you know, everything sounds better in French, the most romantic language in the world; yes, even my voice.

3)The third song is of course in English, and is a new version of the song „Marilyn“, which I first recorded in Los Angeles with Andrew Gold. I hope to have the recording finished in about two weeks.

4)I am also ready to release two songs that I recorded with Daniel Fernholz, who plays great harmonica, guitar, sings, and keeps me laughing. „Endlich Eins“ is the German version of  „All The Different Tribes“, that was written with my friend Mark Travis Fuller. The second song is, „Hundert mal versucht“, written with Daniel about a guy waiting in a bar for his girlfriend, who lets his imagination go wild while trying to find a reason for her not showing up. 

5) Two duets with Inese will also be available before the end of the year. 

We are all looking forward to your reactions and comments, and have all agreed to not be angry at anyone who decides to buy a song or two.

Sound clips:

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En Français

Neue Termine

Es gibt neue Tour-Termine, darunter Elze, Hameln, Stade & Oberkirch — einfach mal im Kalender vorbeischauen, ob was passendes dabei ist 😎

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Sei So Frei — Piano Version

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