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RECOLLECTIONS OF A SONG RIGHTER
In early attempts to promote my songs,
the recommendations were very familiar,
including the required demo tape of 3 songs max.
But did yours truly pay heed?
Seems that just about everything that could be done wrong was done by me.
The mode of thinking was that important people would be impressed,
not only with the quality of my songs, but with the quantity.
They, in turn, would be so wowed over that they would enthusiastically tell
all of their big-shot friends within the upper echelons of the music industry
about this superb new songwriter of which they had become so intensely fond.
This, of course, would create a buzz about me within the music community.
This, in turn, would result in a high-finance bidding war
for my highly-sought-after formidable skills & services.
But, ... that's not quite the way it actually turned out ...
Their senses would be overloaded by me with way too much input (35 songs),
so much more than any reasonably sane person could safely handle.
Only bands that were my favorites would be approached
as they toured somewhat near my Baltimore home.
They, of course, only recorded songs written within the group,
one of the factors required to place them among my favorite groups.
That would mean that they would probably not be interested in recording
any songs written by someone outside of the group, including moi.
I spoke with more than a few well-known rock stars,
usually after considerable diligence in locating in which hotel they would be staying,
normally after hours of patiently waiting
& often with the permission of their road managers.
Most were very gracious, benevolent & generous with their time. Some were not.
These experiences occurred long before the current state of paranoia over security.
Please keep in mind that these remembrances are just that:
a few recollections of actual incidents from a long-distant past
& subject to an ever-increasing scale of fallibility.
THE BAND: ROBBIE ROBERTSON
Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA:
Waiting on main floor of gymnasium at base of stairwell, hearing Band members practicing horns together in upstairs dressing room (long before Band toured w/ horn section).
Watched show from backstage: Rag Mama Rag: Rick Danko played organ bass pedals barefoot t/o & while playing fiddle solo; the tops of his boots (positioned next to the organ) flopped over during the song.
Rode my Honda Super 90 motorbike from Towson State College MD w/ a female student friend.
Crashed for the night at Lycoming College in one of the coolest dorm rooms ever seen, ceiling & walls entirely funkily draped with billowing tie-died sheets & soft indirect lighting.
Returned solo, getting 6'- 10' high air repeatedly jumping over railroad tracks at a very steep grade crossing near Williamsport on return trip.
THE BEACH BOYS: BRIAN WILSON
Met BW 5 times: Tower Records Hollywood, Carl Wilson Foundation benefit walk (x2), BMI event, Carl Wilson Foundation benefit concert (MT worked security).
BW always seemed spacey, often overly tired.
The ONLY superstar ever asked by me for autograph, & then only at request of my former songwriting & publishing company partner at Tower Records CD signing promotion. Near end of 3 hour-long line, BW was visibly exhausted & almost catatonic. Not sure how he drove his white Corvette home.
At concerts, BW sang with Yamaha 88 key electric piano in front of him as crutch, usually never playing it.
Spoke with Darryl Dragon (bass, organ) backstage at Painter's Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills MD, years before Captain & Tennille.
THE BEE GEES: MAURICE GIBB
Years before Saturday Night Fever career revival.
Holiday Inn Downtown Baltimore hotel room:
MG showed off black revolver pistol & policeman's ID card, bragging that he was an undercover cop in England.
Smelly, dirty female hippie-like reporter (actually a groupie?) fauning all over MG.
Presented my A Writer's Album concept to him: enthusiastic response, willing to produce,
insistant on using London Philharmonic Orchestra contrary to my expressed desires that all groups involved be totally self-contained.
THE GRASS ROOTS: WARREN ENTNER, CREED BRATTON, RICK COONCE, ROBB GRILL
Anne Arundel Community College backstage before show: very open & friendly.
I played & sang my song Early Mornin' for most of GR on 1 of their guitars,
CB suggested slowing tempo & making rhythm more funky, taking guitar & demonstrating for me (I subsequently took their advice).
RC, the skinny, red-haired drummer, did a very creative drum solo: left his stool & walked around kit, playing everything including cymbal stands with drum sticks.
THE GRATEFUL DEAD: JERRY GARCIA
Holiday Inn Downtown Baltimore hotel room:
JG was extremely warm & friendly. I was surprised to see that he was missing up to 1st joint of little finger of right hand: unknown to me prior, I made no mention of it.
After reading one of my songs he must have felt was a bit too preachy, JG: "We try not to be too didactic in our songs. We've found that people generally don't like being told what to do. We get our message across without banging people over the head with it. Casey Jones is actually a cautionary anti-drug song." Point well taken.
Expressing my surprise that GD members sight-read music, JG responded: "Of course we do, after all these years of doing studio work."
Baltimore Civic Center: Watched show free from backstage courtesy of JG.
Mickey Hart or Bill Kreutzman after reading a couple of my lead sheets: "Hey, that's some good AM (radio) shit", which was, of course, taken by me as a backhanded compliment.
THE ROLLING STONES: MICK JAGGER, KEITH RICHARDS
Barbados on vacation: Our taxi stopped by another hotel to pick up another fare heading downtown.
MJ smoking alone near main entrance. My then-girlfriend yelled out like a gawking tourist, "Hi-ya, Mick!"
I cringed & slunk down in seat, trying to become invisible, while desperately restraining her from jumping out of taxi & running over to pester him.
RS were in Barbados to record & negotiate career development, with me ignorant that they were on verge of breaking up.
Next day, I spoke with KR at their hotel via phone, briefly laying out concept of my A Writer's Album.
KR explained that, being preoccupied with salvaging their band, they would not be interested in participating.
University of MD, Baltimore County concert: waited hours in gymnasioum w/ permission of very gracious road manager. LR finally arrived late in bad mood w/ snow in her hair & no patience.
THE WHO: PETE TOWNSEND
Washington DC Capitol Center: Waited hours w/ permission of road manager: PT was not too pleased with my interrupting his pre-show guitar tuning.
Long-haired & heavily-bearded reporter Richard Harrington nearby.
More to follow as synapses re-connect ...
- MICK TERRY
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