Ramblings

I’ve added this page so that I may occasionally take time to share with you on a more personal level about the songs I love to write and sing to you.dscn4454

First off I’d like to express my gratitude to all of you who listen. Where would a songwriter be if no one listened to their songs?  I’d also like to thank all of the writers and musicians who have inspired and encouraged me along this sometimes rocky road.

This journey has been a leap of faith for me.  There are ups and downs, but as Peter and I have discussed occasionally, music is a part of me, it’s a part of him. Living without song is like having no air to breath.

For those of you who haven’t seen us live I’d like to share with you the story behind my song “Shoals”.  Many songs have layers of course so I’ll tell you the top one and the others may unfold to each individual differently.

I have spent a large amount of time on the water, mostly lakes and rivers, kayaking, canoeing, boating, swimming, etc…I love the constant changes.

As I began writing this song (my inspiration was Middle Ground Shoals on Lake Winnipesaukee,NH) My thoughts went to the nights that I had been on the water and the different emotions and fears that can enter a persons mind when they are unsure of their location as the weather turns ugly.  I took my own experiences and built on them.

The most exciting part about how this song all fell together was when I was finally able to find a person to write the orchestration. From the beginning I imagined strings in this song.  Ken Turley did an amazing job and I’m so thrilled.  He took my feelings as I described them and was able to give “Shoals” the fullness and emotion that I had envisioned. Peter Heimlich had a magic way of feeling my songs and adding such wonderful lead guitar around the licks that I created for this song.  Close your eyes and feel the swell. The rise and fall.  Thanks guy’s!

Shoals: Music and Lyrics by Cindy Duchin

 

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