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Way back in 1989 while living in Colorado, I made a lifelong friend, a big beaming bear of a man. A man in every sense of the word, though still a teenager like me. A natural leader, well read and well spoken, he arrived in the room before his body did.
He could dunk a ball, his smile would light up the darkest day and he knew all about stuff I had only imagined. He was the epitome of an old soul.
Fast forward half a lifetime and Ben Lodmell is living in Portugal, having made a life abroad, stints in Argentina and sojourns back to the USA along the way.
He’s always had a good turn of phrase and has been writing some beautiful poetry over the years. A little while back I sat with one of them and started to work it into a song.
With his blessing and encouragement, I’ve turned four of them into this acoustic EP which I recorded in a couple of sessions with Phil Georges - all live, no overdubs.
It’s my first journey into a co-write of this nature and it has been a fantastic experience. Taking these beautiful poems and moulding them into a song at times felt a bit sacrilegious but we’re both happy with the end result which is all that matters.
released March 20, 2019
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Phil Georges.
Music written and performed by Dave Walker.
Lyrics by Ben Lodmell and Dave Walker.
All songs are from poems written by Ben Lodmell.