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Little Martha was written by Duane Allman from the Allman brothers. I believe it was the only song he ever recorded. His version has two guitars and you can hear it on the Eat A Peach CD.

Coging's Glory was written by Adrian Legg. He is my favorite acoustic guitarist. His version is better. Keep practicing.

Crash Into Me was written by Dave Matthews. Gets lots of air play (for years now). Sounds like a sweet little love song but its not. I guess we can all relate. It also sounds really cool on an acoustic guitar.

Wish You Were Here was written by Pink Floyd and released in 1975. I remember it like it was yesterday. On the Album, "Wish You Were Here", is prefaced by "Have A Cigar" and followed by "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 6". "Wish You Were Here" sounds best when listened too in the context of these two songs, so I copied (stole) the last 20 seconds of "Have A Cigar" and about a minute of Crazy Diamond, and pasted them on the front and end of my version of the song....Note that the 1st minute of the song only plays in the right channel and is suppose to sound (kinda) like an old AM radio. Also note that I'm playing both guitars, recorded separately (duh).

Harvest Moon was written by Neil Young. Many years ago, I would play an entire set that was just Neil Young songs (my idol). Been branching out more in recent years. In any case, I play the harmonica on this tune, and I'm really proud because I got it on the first take. Never got anything on the first take.....For the "Remix Live Version", wanted to see how it would sound with a snare drum and a bass, maybe some backup singers, and a live mixed in a recording of Neil from his Unplugged Live CD. We don't always sing the words the same way, so Neil is muted out in a couple of places. Thought it sounded cool.

Time of Your Life was written by Green Day and appears on the Nimrod CD. If you know who Green Day is, then you probably think of them as a Pop-Punk band. This particular song however, sounds (to me) completely different than their other 200 songs. It gets a ton of air play and shows up as the background to video shorts and stuff like that, so you have probably heard it a 100 times. Its a song about "life", which I suppose is something everybody can relate too. In any case, the version that you normally hear, does not include the first 10 seconds from the recorded version, but I include those 10 seconds in my version as an essential part of the song. As usual, I also changed the arrangement some to accommodate the fact that its just me and my day has what sounds like an entire string section (might be midi).

Amie was written by Pure Prairie League in 1972. It has probably the most famous acoustic guitar solo ever recorded. The prelude to Amie is "Falling In And Out of Love" and I include a version with the prelude (that makes it a 6+ minute song so you never hear the prelude on the radio, and thats probably why it was recorded as two songs). In any case, its also one of those two guitar, two singer songs that I've been playing for years but only with one guitar and one voice at a time, so I'm tickled. Also, I've painted the stereo plane a lot on this one, so use head phones to get the full affect.

Jack and Diane is a little diddy that was written by John Cougar Mellencamp in 1982. Wish I had John's singing voice. Discovered sequencing for this recording to do drums, hand clapping, tamborine and a little bass in the background. Listen closly and you can hear all of them in the beginning of the song. There is a short drum solo also, where I use my guitar as a drum. They say life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone.

The Waiting was written by Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers) in the early 80's. I had never heard an acoustic version of this song but I think it sounds better on an acoustic guitar. There is a guitar solo in the original but I couldn't make it sound right in my version so I left it out. Tom has written several popular songs about the perils of relationships. Here he is singing about "waiting" for the right person to come along....which never happens for some people.

Heart of Gold was written by Neil Young and appeared first on the Harvest album in February 1972. It was the best selling album of that year. I'm guessing that anybody that has every played guitar, has played this song at some point. It was the second song I ever learned to play on the guitar, but I learned it because I wanted to play the harmonica part. Its still my favorite harmonica song.

Blackbird was written by two guys named John and Paul sometime in the 60s. I used to play it in the 70s. Then I forgot about it until I was watching Sleepless in Seattle with my mom one night, and someone in the movie mentioned the song Blackbird. I thought they were talking about this song, and I turned to mom and said, I can sing Blackbird. Took me a few minutes to remember the words, but when I sang it, Mom said that wasn't the song they were talking about in the movie. Apparently there is an even older song with the same name. In any case, when I got home, I found the sheet music for it, and learned to play it again, so here it is... and there you go.

Nobody Home is by Pink Floyd and is on "The Wall". Actually, I've recorded the last minute of "Is There Anybody Out There" as a prelude to "Nobody Home", and even though Roger plays "Nobody Home" on a piano, I've played it on a guitar. The Wall is a story that was made into an excellent movie. I've extracted a small part of that story here. The recording starts with the unmistakable "click" of a TV being turned on (when I was young, there was a knob on the TV that you had to pull to turn it on, and this is the exact sound that it made). Voices from the TV are heard first, then "Is There Anybody Out There", then more TV, then "Nobody Home", then more TV and then it fades out.