Sharon and I usually didn’t polish songs to a fine gleam or over-rehearse, we mostly just enjoyed saying hey, how about this song? If I could approximate the chords, she’d create harmony pretty much on the spot. Or, sometimes I’d sing harmony to her melody. Here’s us fooling around with City of New Orleans. I left some of our pre-song conversation on the recording because that was as much fun as the singing:
Here’s Sharon and me fooling around with Paul Simon’s American Tune, a song that seems especially relevant in 2020:
I just found an old cassette of Sharon and I trying to learn the song “For Always.” I did not remember we even tried this, and I’d never done it myself. It was obviously a bad key for both of us—too low for me in parts, too high for her. We probably should have reversed our parts— and we obviously didn’t really know it yet. It was nice to remember those times.
As I go through old tapes, I hope to find some better recordings of this fun group of folks. I’ve started a “collection” or album of songs from Bag O’Notes HERE.