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.

white lily on black
White Lily
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Sober Notes Coming Along
BFT has finally got back to the studio to work on his latest album project “Sober Notes” which he hopes to release in the spring of 2018. The album will feature some all new songs as well as new originals and a few oldies but goodies, BFT said. He said the extreme weather and some personal issues have slowed his progress but things are finally ...
split heart on clothes line
Another Love Song
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One Shot Fool
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Little Dreams
Chorus:                           A                      A                E So many little lies, So many questions why                         G                     ...
abused woman
CHORUS She spoke of a man who loved her He woke up one morning and she was gone The journey to pass was neither right or wrong ———————— Some people pass judgements and some people cry foul But the best of friends you can have is what you can hold around Nobody said the world had to be perfect and nobody lives without sin they ...