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Aunt Rosie

“Aunt Rosie” is a song which I had kicking around in my head for a while.  It is loosely based on my dear old Aunt Rose. 

With a sense of the music, and an idea of the theme, I took it to wordsmith (and former Langley Fire Chief) Jim MacGregor, who helped to tighten up the lyrics.

This is how “Aunt Rosie” (the song) was born.

Over the next few years, Aunt Rosie, along with other songs I’ve written, got finessed and tweaked, as I performed them at various venues.  Along the way, many folks would request it, and other songs… and also ask if I had any CDs of my music.

It was with this encouragement, and a bit of spare time, I figured the time was right to do something about it!

I knew I would need a studio…somewhere in Vancouver… with a friendly warm atmosphere.

Luckily, I came across Barrell House Sound in East Vancouver!  Engineer/Owner Scott Woolard was knowledgeable and willing to work with me… a completely green songwriter with a desire to work towards producing an album.

I knew I would want some top-notch musicians, and I made a plan to spend time in Vancouver and ‘scout’ musicians and to pair them up with what I had in my head.  However, I quickly realized that I had taken for granted how many awesome musicians there are in Vancouver.  The area is loaded with talent!

Earl Travis Taylor - EarlTravisTaylor.comAgain, luck played a hand, as I ran across one band that stood out, amongst the rest:  The Twisters!  They have a jumpin’, jazzy, bluesy sound that gets deep into your soul.  I immediately introduced myself to the drummer Chip Hart, who, along with original bass player, Sam Shoichet, helped me lay the bed tracks (the foundation for any recording project) for the seven songs that I had written.

Eventually, it will be an album called “A Hundred Miles from Hope”… but for now, “Aunt Rosie” is the initial track. #BabySteps

After the ‘bed’ tracks were recorded, I set about finding other musicians, with which to add “seasoning” to the project.

Will MacCalder came on board to play piano, and suggested Jerry Cook for saxophone.  Jerry then introduced me to trumpeter Derry Byrne and Brian Harding on trombone.  I should point out that although I was feeling a little overwhelmed at this point, I was having a great time meeting and working with these awesome players and interacting with them in the studio.

With all of that done it’s time for some Hammond B3 organ, which Dave Webb and Tim Hearsey at Stella Music added.

The final “seasoning” consists of some brilliant background vocals provided by Rebecca Shoichet (Sam’s sister)

At this point, it is time to mix the tracks, and send them for mastering… and Rob Stewart at JustMastering.com has done a fantastic job!

And now, it is time to share the first track… Aunt Rosie.

You can hear a snippet below, and purchase the “Aunt Rosie” track on BandCamp for only a dollar.

 

 

Click here, to go to Earl Travis Taylor’s BandCamp Page.

Please let me know if you have any feedback!  

There will be more releases coming in 2017.

The next track will be “Lonely Ever After” in early January. (It will also be available for only a dollar a download!)

Thank you for checking it out… I hope you enjoy!’

Cheers,

Earl Travis Taylor

 

Aunt Rosie – Lyrics

Music & Lyrics © Earl Travis Taylor (additional lyrics by Jim MacGregor)

I’m quitting smoking with Aunt Rosie,
But you can bet it wasn’t her idea.
The doctor said she had to or she’d die,
But that doctor ain’t never seen Aunt Rosie’s deal.
You see her life’s a game of Texas Holdem’,
And to her the good life isn’t even real.
‘Cause she can drink a grown man under the table
And what she don’t win from him, she’ll steal.

I’m quitting smoking with Aunt Rosie,
And it’s the hardest thing I’ll ever have to do.
And I should have my sins forgiven,
For the hell that woman is putting me through.

The doctor said that if I really loved her,
I was gonna have to take her smokes away.

But first I was gonna have to stop her drinkin’,
Staying’ up all night, and sleeping half the day.

She says her troubles are few and far between,
And she rolled the biggest joint I ever seen!

I’m quitting smoking with Aunt Rosie,
And it’s the hardest thing I’ll ever have to do.
And I should have my sins forgiven,
For the hell that woman is putting me through.

So someone call the doctor,
‘Cuz I’ve been trying now for thirty days.

But I lost her over on the shady part of town.
She disappeared off into a smoky haze.

I’m quitting smoking with Aunt Rosie,
And it’s the hardest thing I’ll ever have to do.
And I should have my sins forgiven,
For the hell that woman is putting me through.

 

 

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