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Part 6 of my 12-part 2014 songwriting homework assignment entitled "The Garage Demos". One song per month (written, recorded, and released in demo form), created within the environment of an iPad using the Garageband application. A combination of live instrumentation as well as loops and samples will be used to present twelve new songs within one calendar year. Each song will be presented as a "demo", and may or may not reflect the direction where the song will eventually go. Ideally, these songs will be a blueprint for what I hope will be my proper sophomore studio album, following 2012's "Phases".
As the end of June was approaching, I found myself putting the finishing touches of my projected “song #6” for the year. Then, on Monday, June 23rd, everything changed. A dear friend and musical buddy of mine, Stephen Desmond, passed away suddenly. I was immediately stricken with sadness, pain, regret, and loss. My motivation to finish off my trivial little song by my self-given deadline was simply not there. I had just lost an amazing talent, who was also quite possibly one of the biggest supporters of my own music. During the course of this “homework assignment”, Steve had been there, month after month, consistently cheering me on. My grief continued steadily for the next couple days, when I finally picked up my iPad and started noodling around with the piano app. The first thing that came off my fingers that Thursday evening formed the basis of an entirely new song… written with Stephen in mind and under the duress of the raw emotion I was feeling.
A little over one week after his passing, and only six days after starting to write it… I present to you my tribute to one of the kindest and finest men I've come to know in this lifetime. We valued each other’s friendship and our mutual admiration of Asbury Park’s finest. Many good times. His absence only creates a greater presence for me as I carry on, musically and otherwise.
The sun comes up
On Tuesday's grace
A thousand songs
Gone without a trace
Brand new shirt
All dressed up
For the brand new blue
Now the road is open wide
For the troubadour
To chase the muse that dwells inside
Life ain't easy
Coupled with the pain
All that's good
And gone too soon
In the brand new blue
released July 2, 2014
Dave Rayburn - vocals, electric guitars, programming
The cover art for this single was created by Dave Rayburn
and Northern California graphic artist Zack Flavin.