|10. I Know Ya from Someplace||(3:17)||©1979, registered recording ©1982||classical guitar & two voices||love song|
Sample song from this era
I Know Ya from Someplace (3:17) ©1979; registered recording ©1982; classical guitar and two voices. It is a true story song about running into a past love and it is certainly one of the more gentle of my songs.
Inspiration for the lyrics: While visiting a local bookstore, I ran into one of my old flames from many years back. It was one of those situations where you’re unsure whether or not you want to re-connect. But seeing her again inspired me anew and this song was the result.
Inspiration for the music: The instrumental aspect of this song shows my interest at the time in classical rubato-style piano music (playing with an elastic, flexible tempo) after hearing Romantic period pieces and being especially moved by Brahms' Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 as played by Czech pianist Ivan Moravec. My classical guitar style was inspired almost entirely by the expressive quality of Christopher Parkening's playing in his Parkening Plays Bach (of which I learned nearly all of the pieces including transcribing two of them, Bach's Allegro BWV 998 and a gavotte, note-by-note before I knew you could order the music). A few later influences included classical guitar greats like John Williams, Julian Bream, and Leona Boyd. The guitar part on this song is essentially 3-part counterpoint (separate melodies played together) with a few rolled 4-note chords. I enjoyed singing and playing in rubato style and performed this piece live exactly as recorded here for nearly 15 years.
Technical: This recording was made on May 14, 1982. The guitar is an Alvarez Yairi. Like about 10-20 other songs from this era the recording was made using my simple consumer-grade Wards Airline tape recorder aided only by a Shure Vocal Master PA unit for reverb. The song was recorded on only two tracks (guitar & voice in one track plus unison guitar & voice in the other with a vocal harmony on the chorus). There was no overdubbing or mixing of any kind; however, some tweaking of the wave file was done after conversion to digital format. Apart from EQ, there are a couple of glitches in this digital file which I hope to fix sometime soon.
PHOTOS: Left; Kentucky 1981; Right, playing a different song at On Stage #7, May 9, 1981.