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PASS IT ON
Notes on Song writing

Chords with Lyric
AUDIO/LYRIC
Was I kind enough,
Did I smile enough,
Say 'thank you' enough,
For another day?

Did I share enough,
Was I made aware enough,
Was I fair enough,
To repay?
I feel like I know, and it keeps me moving on
To the day's end I go, pass it on, pass it on

Was I strong enough,
Did I last long enough?
Was I tough enough
To find a way?

Did I care for you,
Was I there for you,
Did I dare to be true,
In every way?

I feel like I know, the uncertainty is gone
To the day's end I go, pass it on pass it on,

I feel like I know, pass it on, pass it on


NOTES ON SONG WRITING Back to top ^

This song was written in 1999 as a signature song to complement a music production workshop. It was written the moment I decided to explore a particular alternate guitar tuning called DADGAD. I had read good things about this tuning so I decided to do a little poking around in this key of D friendly tuning. The moment I started to strum, the song showed itself. (I live for magical moments like this). There it was… this giant musical creature standing in front of me, now demanding lyric. I was very happy to have found a beautiful sound and an interesting guitar part to musically align itself with the lofty ideal of the music production workshop. But now I had to come up with words. This workshop deals with passing the love, art and beauty of song writing between established talented musicians/song writers to a younger generation of advancing musicians. I tried to steer the lyrical subject matter to that end. I wrote the lyric to read like a bedtime prayer. I hoped the listener would visualize a private moment at the end of the day where you reflect on what has been done and what lies ahead and the quite reassuring feeling that to share one's gift is the ultimate reward. The first version of this song was recorded at Dave Pruski's studio with a combination of students and myself. Long time guitar student Molly Reed, then about 15 years old, sang a real nice version of this song, and it became the workshop theme I had hoped it would be. 'Pass it On' was re-recorded in 2001 at Sessions Recording Studio in Buffalo, NY. With Kelleigh Taylor on vocals, Jim Brucato on bass, Jeff Whiting (Rocket 88) on drums, Ronnie Davis (Rocket 88) on piano. I played guitars, percussion and organ. I got a huge kick out of playing organ on this. It is one of my favorite parts on the recording, along with Kelleigh's beautiful voice and the acoustic/electric guitar interplay. Dwane Hall did his usual great job as recording engineer.


CHORDS WITH LYRICBack to top ^
(Verse 1)            D          D (add4/6b)  D (add2/4)	     
	Was I kind enough,
                         D
               Did I smile enough,
	          D                           D ( add 4/6b) D ( add2/4)
               Say 'thank you' enough,
	          D
               For another day? 
              
 (verse 2)             D            D ( add 4/6b) Am7 (sus4)
	Did I share enough,
	                      D
               Was I made aware enough,
	            D                  D ( add 4/6b) Am7 (sus4)
               Was I fair enough,
	        D
                To repay?
				
(Chorus)                     C9                                             D
	
               I feel like I know, and it keeps me moving on
	                               C9                                Bm7
               To the day's end I go, pass it on , pass it on.

 (verse 3)             D                      D ( add4/6b) Am7 (sus4)
               Was I strong enough,
	                D
              Did I last long enough,
	             D                      D ( add4/6b) Am7 (sus4)
              Was I tough enough,
	       D
               To find a way?

	
(verse 4)           D                 D ( add4/6b) Am7(sus4)
              Did I care for you,	
	           D
               Was I there for you,
	           D                    D ( add 4/6b) Am7 (sus4)
               Did I dare to be true,
	          D 
                In every way?

	
Chorus                     C9                                   D 
              I feel like I know, the uncertainty is gone
	                               C9                              Bm7
              To the day's end I go, pass it on, pass it on
                   C9                       D
I feel like I know, pass it on, pass it on.



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