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January 20, 2011 / John Sieger

Fair Weather Friend

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One of the benefits of posting a song every day is that a pattern starts to emerge, allowing you to understand certain things better. Take this song—it’s a waltz and I can’t remember the last time anything in 3/4 was a hit. That hasn’t stopped me from writing them, though. People who write waltzes have fewer career opportunities than blacksmiths. Writing them is another way of saying to the world, “No thanks, I’m perfectly happy without money and recognition.” The song has fine lyrics by Mike Feldman like “A sparrow may be someone’s mother… it’s hard to tell one from the other.” It also has a nice accordion part from Tom Nickel, who lead the Cajun flavored band, Big Nick and the Cydecos that I spent a few years with. The guitar solo in the middle is my pal, Paul Cebar, leader of the forward-looking Tomorrow Sound.  Everything seems to point south this time of year, the bird in the song, the Cajun waltz and especially my mood, as we face a high of 5 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. Any of you traveling to a warmer place let me ask you a question: Do you have a suitcase big enough to fit a frozen songwriter?

 

© 2011 John Sieger/Michael Feldman

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