We've been spending a lot of time looking at our extensive repertoire, digging way back to our distant past for songs that we have not performed live in eons. Many of these are original songs, and most have never been professionally recorded. These are songs that are meaningful to us, and which we felt should be revisited, dusted off, and re-worked, with the aim of performing them once again. We also hope to record some of them and usher them out into the world!
One of them, I Wanna See You, actually was recorded on our first record, a 45 rpm single (yep, real vinyl!). It was written for my first serious girlfriend, Janis, who was a big part of my life for many years during our late adolescence and early adulthood--an important and formative time in our lives. I wrote it shortly after we split up (sadly, but amicably), after our worlds had diverged (a natural consequence of growing up, I suppose) and recorded and released it a few months later.
I dug out the recording recently, after learning that she was very sick with cancer and had only days to live. A lot of old feelings rushed over me after hearing it again for the first time in years, and I knew I needed to go back to my hometown to pay my respects and mourn her untimely passing with her family and some mutual friends from our old gang. To my knowledge, she'd never heard the song I'd written for her while she was alive, but the day after we laid her to rest Doctor X and I performed it, for the first time in more than 20 years, at the MIT Student Center Coffeehouse. I gave a short dedication, and hoped that she was in a place where she could finally hear it at last and know that she's always had a special place in my heart. I poured everything I had into that song that night at MIT. It meant a lot to me to be able to honor her memory in that way. I've posted a streaming version in the Audio section of our website. I'll leave it up there for awhile for anyone who would like to hear it.
So this one's for you, Boo. I'm a better person for having known you, and the world is a better place because you were in it. Just as this song will live forever now that it's been launched into the vastness of cyberspace, so too will you live in the hearts of all those whose lives you touched. Rest in peace.
Another one is an old civil war era slave chant, Lincoln's Coming With His Chariot, that I'd set to music, with an added bridge section, which we used to play with our old band back in CT. Back in my college days, I actually turned it into a choral piece for my final music theory project. (I majored in history, and minored in music, so it was only natural that I would merge my love of the two.) I found the handwritten lyrics to it recently, while rummaging around through some old papers, and over the last month or two Doctor X and I have busied ourselves reworking and rehearsing it.
We'll be working these, and some other old treasures that we've recently unearthed, into our repertoire in upcoming gigs.