Bob Gebelein | Most of Uncle Bobby

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Most of Uncle Bobby

by Bob Gebelein

People all over the world have been discovering these songs from the 1960s on "Uncle Bobby's Record," which has sold for $51.00 to $77.00 on eBay. Now you can have these songs on a good Sony Music CD-R for $12.97.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Provincetown Blues
1:56 $0.99
2. Down in Washington Square
1:50 $0.99
3. John Henry 1962
2:52 $0.99
4. Running Down the Road
2:00 $0.99
5. Civilized Blues
2:52 $0.99
6. In Search of Something
4:00 $0.99
7. Hymn to Karma (When the World Ends)
2:04 $0.99
8. Provincetown Girls
3:48 $0.99
9. Backwards World
5:23 $0.99
10. Touch My Soul
3:48 $0.99
11. The Dark Days
2:35 $0.99
12. Who Needs It
3:05 $0.99
13. Seven Seasons
4:59 $0.99
14. Growl We May
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Album Notes
I never imagined I could write an original song until I uncovered my creativity in psychotherapy, and then it became a challenge for my creativity. "Down in Washington Square" in 1962 was the outcome of that challenge, the first original song I ever wrote. My company moved me from New York to Sunnyvale, California, in 1963, and there I composed "Running down the Road" and "Civilized Blues" in 1964. Also in 1964, I moved back to Provincetown, Massachusetts, my home of 50 summers and 20 winters. As I started north through the redwood forests of California, the 4 notes came to me: B, C, A, G. They became the theme for "In Search of Something," and later for "Seven Seasons."

I thought that I could communicate my philosophy better if I could sing it in a song, following the lead of Bob Dylan. But that didn't work. My philosophy is a huge complicated system (read my books). These songs are only bits and pieces. "Hymn to Karma" is my answer to the wishful thinking of "Blowin' in the Wind." "Who Needs It" suggests that happiness, self-esteem, and freedom might be more valuable than money, fame, and power. (A New York promoter called it "Sour grapes.") A song-contest judge heard "Touch my lips, my fingertips," and said "Cliche," and didn't wait to hear even the next line of "Touch My Soul."

My three years in Provincetown from 1964 to 1967 were the best years of my life and the best years for my music. I was able to perform at music nights at the Art Association, and also at the Act IV Coffeehouse in the summer of 1966. I performed "Provincetown Girls" and "Backwards World" for the first time on March 25, 1966 to a packed audience at the Provincetown Art Association. The waitresses at the Act IV used to help me with the high notes of "Provincetown Blues."

The death of my idol John F. Kennedy was such a shock to me that it took me three years to find the words to compose "The Dark Days."

"Growl we may, but go we must" was a poetic saying of the Provincetown fisherman. This song is a salute to them and a memorial to those who lost their lives on the Patricia Marie in the fall of 1976 and the Cap'n Bill in the winter of 1978.

I threw out 275 copies of "Uncle Bobby's Record" in 1992, thinking that would be 275 fewer pounds of baggage to carry around with me, and keeping what I thought was a "lifetime supply" of about 140 copies. But in the past two years suddenly I have been getting orders from 5 different countries, so that now I have only a few copies of the record left. Copies of the record have sold on eBay for as much as $77.00 (so far).

This CD contains all the songs from "Uncle Bobby's Record," plus 3 more that were home-recorded. They are arranged in chronological order of when they were composed. I don't have the master tape from the record, but I have a tape that was made from the master in the studio and a fine Akai 747 reel-to-reel tape deck, so this is about as good as a home-made CD can get. I use only Sony CDs, which are probably better than anybody in the industry uses.

Many thanks to all the people who have discovered my music and have made the effort to find me, and have inspired me to make this CD.

— Bob Gebelein, October 4, 2011

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