This song dates back to my early days on the scene in Chicago. I was playing a lot of open mic nights, cutting my teeth as a performer, and I found an early home at the Earl Of Old Town Pub on Lincoln Avenue. I would saunter in with my battered acoustic, nicknamed Alley Guitar, balanced on my shoulder like a hobo's crutch, and try out my songs. Years Down The Line became a private anthem for a number of us, including my dear friend and fellow songwriter Dahlia Goldstein, whose early passing inspired the song Squeezing The Puzzle Together.
Me and My Near-Blind Hindsight was the song I played for Steve that persuaded him to join The Bad Examples all those years ago. We still love singing it together. It originally appeared on the Kisses 50 cents album. Mike's keyboard part adds just the right touch to bring this version home.
Another Beautiful Day is the first of the Live At Waterdog videos we released. Steve Gerlach and Mike Hartigan join me. The audio recordings of my favorite 13 performances from our two days of shooting will be released soon as a CD. In the mean-time, we're happy to begin sharing the videos with you.
In March 2014, Ralph Mike, and Steve gathered at Waterdog Records' Studios to record some videos for YouTube with Ralph's daughter Fiona at the helm... the music of our favorite tracks from the sessions will be released as a CD. Here are the songs:
1. Pocketful Of Change 2. Me And My Near Blind Hindsight 3. Arthur Carruther's Laboratory 4. Islands Of Lost Certainties 5. When The Captain's Gone 6. In Another Life 7. Adam McCarthy 8. Damn The Consequences 9. Years Down The Line 10. Trying To Prove The Earth Is Flat 11. Another Beautiful Day 12. Out Of My Element 13. Adam McCarthy (Noctourne)