Having some ability to stitch words together helped.
Having no musical ability at all..... hindered.
There was a half decent attempt to put music to the words in the 90's. It was briefly fun, before the enthusiasm drained away.
Flash forward to 2013, working on a logging road project by Bella Bella ( Spiller Channel / Snass Lake )
One of the excavator operators was a country music fanatic
( I'm looking at you, Doug )
This guy ( Doug ) shared his love of ballads and great artists by sending texts or emails full of suggestions for listening. ( Oh Great Wise One )
After a bit, it twigged on me that I had a dusty old song sitting a box somewhere at home.
Unbelievably, after all that time had passed, the faded note paper was dredged out of a steamer trunk.
Countless moves, many addresses, several purges and more than one bonfire had not managed to rid me of those precious words and notes of twenty years previous.
Luckily ( Lots of luck involved in this tale ) by now, I had a smattering of musical knowledge gifted to me by a now ex-wife.
In addition, I also had collected musically talented friends.
Friends that could be....say...asked to put music to words.
I find that people think better with money involved, so money changed hands in exchange for some chords.
Progress was made right up until the progress stopped.
Looking out over the horizon, I discovered musician, Steve Sainas playing at the Railway Club in downtown Vancouver.
Sounding like the right man for the task, I approached him with the idea that he might have the ability to make the song I heard in my head, come to real life.
I didn't realize it at the time, but Steve was a professional sort of musician.
What does that mean, you ask?
Well, I'm not saying that musicians can be flaky, but holy crap, musicians can be flaky!
Steve Sainas on the other hand.....did what he said he was going to do, when he said he would.
We worked remotely by email to dial in all the ideas for bringing the tune to life.
Dozens of emails matched by dozens of small tweaks.
The fiddle you will hear is from a guy in Texas that supplies fiddle tracks over the internet. Oddly enough called FiddleTrax. Kurt Baumer is the man to talk to. Fast and not too much money!
Steve stitched everything together in his home studio.
I tried as much as I had talent for to steer the tune towards what I thought it should sound like.
One night, when I was in yet another remote camp, an email arrived at 1:30 am with the final mix.
It sounded brilliant. Better and more unique and energetic than I thought possible.
Steve and I share song writing credit for "LoggingTown"....50/50.
On "Logging Town", Steve played guitar, sang high and low, plus played mandolin. The drummer was a hired gun.
Steve Sainas plays in his blues/roots band "Mud Dog"
He won the 2015 Juno MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award.
You don't have to take my word for it...look it up !
Press here to listen on SoundCloud
P.S. if you see Corb Lund around....ask him to call about covering "Logging Town"
That'd be great.