AndyGetch's picture



Liner Notes: 

Random pick of the skirmish prompt/title from page and line numbers from a fellow writer in the Slack chat near the beginning of the hour. In my case a vignette of sorts. I may revisit this one later.


Acoustic guitar tuned BEADF#B
[Actual chord sound(shape relative to nut)]

Verse 1 {repeat [E6(A6)] vamp [D6(G6)]}
Star Trek and The Monkees
On a 12 inch black and white TV
Pirates, Cisco Kid and The Lone Ranger
Leave It To Beaver
Substitute role models to learn how to live

Bridge 1 {repeat [A(D)] vamp [A6(D6)]}
It was a long trek from west central Pennsylvania to southwest florida
US 322 to 301 to 1 in a Ford F-100
Couldn't afford a hotel so we slept at roadside rests
The interstate highway system was nowhere near done

Verse 2
Rode my black Trek cruiser
Fake mountain bike fixing flat blues
For about 15 years
then I discovered Kevlar wide tires
traded away the banana seat for wider support
Only had seven gears

Bridge 2
It was a long trek from southwest Florida to west central Pennsylvania
I-4, 95, 495, 270, 70, 76 to 99
In a Ford Focus Electric to take care of final business
In the end it came down to instruments
Looking inside for resolution and forgiveness

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


metalfoot's picture

I love it when you tell stories this way, Andy. This is powerful, especially the Bridge 2. In the end it usually comes down to resolution and forgiveness...!

coolparadiso's picture

I wondered who would go more TV and Star Trek! Andy of course. That echo really adds to this gives it much more depth and in a way an older black and white feel. Solid guitar of course. Plenty in this one! Nice

cindyrella's picture

You took me back to my childhood and all those great shows. Our old tv used to just fade out for awhile. But there's so much more too. Brilliant!

kahlo's picture

Wonderful song full of nostalgic memories that drew me right in. I like the journey it takes me on. Written and delivered well!

mikehex's picture

This tugs at so many memories, the best kind of reminiscing. That final line is tantalizing, this is one that deserves another listen

Pearlmanhattan's picture

Wow - the memories - Ford F150 - sleeping in rest areas, the Monkeys - and yes, that last line - you say the things I can't find the words for.

headfirstonly's picture

Such powerful writing in this. Two epic journeys, one the mirror of the other (ideally you should have been wearing a goatee for one of them!) I love the way the song picks up the pace as each voyage gets under way.

And I'm smiling at how you worked a MTB reference in, too. Tioga Farmer Johns for me (later switched to Farmer John's Cousin, which are still on the bike!)

Fuzzy's picture

I think I've seen every episode of "Leave It To Beaver" at least twice.
Lovely way to tell a story.
Your guitar work is super effective; it really appeals to me.
Your tunes are often really intimate-sounding, if that makes sense.
Excellent work here, once again.

Chip Withrow's picture

I thought of Star Trek and Trek bikes when I saw the title.
Great storytelling, and a delivery that is totally you. Worth revisiting!