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MP3 Jerry Danks - A Thousand Wings

Call it fingerstyle, thumbstyle, parlor guitar - you won''t find any flat picks or any voices here.

13 MP3 Songs in this album (40:54) !
Related styles: FOLK: Fingerstyle, NEW AGE: Solo Instrumental

People who are interested in Leo Kottke John Renbourn Tommy Emmanuel should consider this download.

Recorded by Jake Shoulak and Jason Enrico at Full Circle Studios, Corcoran, Minn.

Mixed by Jim Ohlschmidt - Check out his fine guitar work on CD Baby and YouTube.

Upcoming 2009 Shows:

Mar. 20: Francesca & I at the Steaming Cup, Waukesha, Wisconsin, 7-9 p.m.

Mar. 29: 19th St. Coffee House, Milwaukee
The Jym Mooney Band 8 p.m.


“Mona” - For this, I cribbed the double stop hammer-on from Leo Kottke’s “Mona Ray” and then had to decide what to call it--Rona May? Rhoda May? Rhonda Mae? Roundelay? Sallie Mae? I settled on Mona, but caution anyone from confusing it with James Taylor’s “Mona” which is about a pig’s demise. Everyone loves JT, but even with him not all is sweetness and light.

“A Walk on the Emmaus Road” - Tommy Emmanuel likes to say he tells stories without words, which is what I try to do here.


“Waiting for Shuds” - I have a songwriter friend by the nickname of Shuds, who has a roomful of lyrics not yet set to music. I asked him for some, he sent me a sheaf, I didn’t get inspired, and asked him for some more. Meanwhile this tune came along.

“Kingsfold” - There are many versions of this Irish melody, known variously as “Star of the County Down” and “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.”

“Little Tommy Tune” - Written soon after I heard Tommy Emmanuel live for the first time. His music binds spells with its playfulness as well as with its melodic creativity.

“A Thousand Wings” - The cover art for this second CD continues the recurring motif of sentient beings coming out of soundholes.

“Son of Quiet Man” - Leo Kottke’s “The Quiet Man” has a B-flat major 6th chord played on the wound strings, which lodged in my head and became the germ of this tune. The trouble is, post-composition fact checking revealed that the earworm from Leo was, in fact, from “Trombone.” Whole different album. Not to let the truth stand in the way of euphony, I decided that the given title has more going for it than “2nd Trombone.”

“The Island”

“Renaissance Red” - In his book Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks writes about how melodies induce colors, tastes, smells and feelings in some people. I hear something vaguely madrigal; I see burgundy & crimson.

“Skippy” - i.e., “well, la-dee-da!”

“The Three Graces” - Melodies behind the hymns “Adoro Te Devote,” “In Christ There Is No East Or West,” and “How Great Thou Art.”

“What’s Bothering Bunky?” ‘You say your wife left you, your dog died, they canned you at work, your car got T-boned and you’re laid up in a half body cast? Is that’s what’s bothering you, Bunky? Well, look up into the sky; the sun is shining again because Paul’s Park Drugs on 2101 Western Avenue features prescription delivery!’
-WCUB “Cub Radio” Manitowoc, Wisconsin, circa 1968

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