I am sharing a song that was written by our children as a gift. Our children are the most precious things my wife and I have in our lives. This is a very special gift. Take a listen.
They are all over 20 years old and have found directions in their lives that are making them become the adults we had hoped they would become. They are also very much into music (much like their dad). This holiday 2 of our sons and our daughter were all at home and had time to visit with each other and remind themselves and us that they are truly brothers and sister in a family that loves each other.
During their time they created this song ( in the span of 2 days) . It is 4 1/2 minutes long and created on the spot during their visit. It is a song about “finding your way back” with the help of someone you love. Beautiful. Some production work from my son Ryan on his PC and it was presented to my wife and I. It has become the greatest Christmas gift we could ask for.
It will never be a top-hit on tomorrows Billboard charts, but it is something that we will always cherish.
If you can stream it and choose to find the time to indulge, I appreciate your listening. Just wanted to share it because I am very proud.
It's a song called "I Can Sleep Again" (© 2013 Ryan, Greg and Jennifer Gertenbach)
I grew up in an American city that sat on the shore of Lake Michigan, America’s largest freshwater lake.
As kids every summer we would get on our bikes or take the bus and head down to the sandy beach called the North Beach. It was connected to another beach that sat just outside the city zoo. We would spend hours in the sun, walking the beach, eating sandwiches and soda.
As we grew up we would cruise down in our parents cars and suck up the sun and suds (beer in Wisconsin is a staple).
During that time we always had music playing. It went from a small “transistor” radio to a boom-box with cassettes. Over time it created a soundtrack for the summer. Some times the laid back sounds of soul music (loved the Motown sound and the Philly sound), sometimes it was just pop rock and other times the latest in jazz.
One thing for sure even now, the music paints a very clear picture in my mind of those times gone by. I can see it in my mind’s eye with clarity with the accompanying smells of the grill and the scent of coconut oil suntan lotion. There are so many songs that dial-up those images.
Whether on a beach in Florida, a local hot bar or hotspot in your town or your own back yard…
Whether it is the Beach Boys, the Temptations, Chicago or Santana…
Whether it was sounds of a Pitbull club mix or Daft Punk jam- you get your inspiration somewhere….
“What artists are in your personal summer soundtrack?”
The church bells have rung all day
And all the music has faded far away
And the clock runs time through
While waiting for the sky to blue
Washed out water-color window pane
The west is grey, a sign of rain
The day grows old and finally dies
Still waiting to see blue in the skies
Overhead above, the clouds still shining
Taking every ounce of wishes from the lining
Lies the golden sun in its darkness den
While waiting for the blue skies once again
I was a big fan of Laura Nyro back in the day, still am. “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “When I Die” and so many more. Her voice was angelic and mysterious in the same way. Inspirational. I wrote some music because of her, this was lyrics one of them. From “Love Songs for A Lonely Night” Summer 1974 MGert ©
Since January I have added a new page to http://www.tracksinthedust.com.
I have dredged up some old lyrics and poetry in the page above called The Songs and Poems of Another Time.
For the most part all from the mid-70’s ( for many of you before you were born).
But they were rooted in rock and folk music at the time. Inspiration for stuff that has long sat in spiral-bound notebooks that collected dust over the years. I told my kids I would pull out some of them I was fond of and capture them here. [Yup, that’s me many years ago when rock was younger and so was I).
For those of you who are following, thanks for the indulgence. I kindly recap the February entries here with links.