BFT in shockoe bottom up against warehouse wall and windows with bars


I sometimes get the urge to write songs and so I jot down some words and improvise on guitar to see where it goes. Sometimes I get a groove that works and sometimes I don’t. Often times I forget the write the music and set it aside and then forget how I exactly played it. Lesson learned –always write the music when you do this.

I don’t have a lot of originals but then writing a good song is a lot harder then one might think –at least in my opinion. I guess we have to hurt or be fired up about something really bad to get the words and sometimes the words just want to evade us.

I’ve written a song in an hour with music and it’s also taken me a few days to get a song written and to music. Some here have the music and other’s don’t because I never wrote it down.

As for cover songs I like –it runs the gamut. I tend to put my own face on many cover songs because that is the only way I can play them well which is admittedly not kosher with some folks. But for me being, an artist rather than a copyist is just what the difference is between and artist and everyone else. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but that is the joy of music and how to learn it best in my opinion.

You do what you do best. That is what I respect whether it is a good cover artists or someone like myself that adapts a song to my style and way of understanding it. Some are good at both and others at one or the other.

Me & Dreams
By Ted Manolatos (BFT) CHORUS Dreams of you come to me, baby, I want them to be Don’t know why, can’t stop them even if I try Baby I can still feel the pounding heart inside of me Baby you are just among the ghosts, what you want with me? --------------------------------------------- I could slip up, I could go chase you again, Baby what would I ...
New Original: Lover’s Wheel
BFT has written and composed and all new original dubbed “Lover’s Wheel.” The song relates to the questions of love and the dynamics of love relationships. “I was sitting in a parking lot at a quick mart with my coffee and listening to John Haitt’s “ Crossing Muddy Waters" when the song hit me. I grabbed my little note pad in the dash and started ...
Baby Let’s Go
(Draft #2) Ted Manolatos 4-2018 G          C    E7              G          C    E7 Baby Lets Go, Let’s Get The Wings To Fly G          C    E7              G          C    E7 Let’s Get Down To Business, You Know ...
White Lily
Ted Manolatos (BFT) CHORUS ------------------------------------------- The Ghost Of The White Lily Comes With The Dirt. I Could Never Find The Heart And Soul To Share, Just The Hurt. All We Could Do Is Dance Around Too Much To Be True. But Baby I Just Love You, The Light And Darkness I Knew. --------------------------------------------- Woman You Touched Me Like Embers Unpinched By A Flame. I Just ...
Another Love Song
Ted Manolatos (BFT) ©2017 D       Dsus4      D        Dsus4  (X2)     D       Dsus4      D        Dsus4       D       Dsus4      D          C         Asus2          D          Dsus2        ...
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One Shot Fool
Ted Manolatos Chorus: E             A7          A          E       A7      A      E You Got Your One Shot Fool On A Stool E             A7         A          E       A7      A  ...