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Getting Warmer

by Doug Barnett

Singer-songwriter, modern folk, Americana, whatever you want to call it. One guy and several guitars.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dance
2:56 $0.99
2. A little bit slow
3:23 $0.99
3. Quiet desperation
3:35 $0.99
4. Ever after
4:58 $0.99
5. Walking Home
4:28 $0.99
6. Autumn Skies
3:09 $0.99
7. Still half full
4:23 $0.99
8. Girlfriends
3:59 $0.99
9. Layoff blues
2:23 $0.99
10. Come away
3:19 $0.99
11. Harley girl
3:29 $0.99
12. Fixated
5:02 $0.99
13. Just a Shadow
6:01 $0.99
14. Another Christmas here
5:02 $0.99
15. Simple life
4:42 $0.99
16. Exit interview
3:07 $0.99
17. Geezer
5:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
A couple of years ago I wrote a song called "Half full and just getting warm". I added another verse to it this year because I still see the glass as half full and even tho I am not a great writer or musician - I am getting warmer. There have been a lot of changes in the last year or so. But, doors close as the windows open and life is still a fantastic adventure.

Dance. - I started playing this chord progression one day and my feet started tapping along. This is actually a love song filled with innuendo. I remember 'dancing' with my wife in several different rooms of the house. However you take it - its a happy little song.

A little bit slow - I have been accused of being overly generous with certain people in my life. I have also been accused of having a rock for a head is some cases. When I am confronted with the statement “I wouldn’t have been that nice”, my natural response is “I guess I’m just a little bit slow”. To be truthful – I prefer being slow that way.

Quiet Desperation - I was watching the local news one day and instead of sitting behind a desk they had the newscasters standing next to a screen. Dan Lewis, who has been on the news here in Seattle for years and years, was wearing a very blue suit. His shoes were an almost orange shade of brown (with black sox) and the clash of colors made me think about what would happen if he all of a sudden had to go out on job interviews and that was all he had to wear. There are several people I used to work with who found themselves in the position of having to look for work after being in the same job for 30 years. This led me to the quote “most men lead lives of quiet desperation” and I built on it from there.

Ever After - Roughly based on the old saying “if you love something set it free, if it comes back its yours, if it doesn’t it was never yours to begin with”. This is more of a “if you love someone set them free” song. I used my own and other peoples experiences to write this one.

Walking Home - I have a habit of walking to the bar just to be safe. I wrote this one night after walking home and jotting down notes about all the things I saw or thought. After a night of fun or chaos you really do go home alone. With your thoughts at least.

Autumn Skies - Just one more sappy love song from a sappy guy.

Still half full - This is an updated version of Half full and just getting warm. With an added verse.

Girlfriends - I name all of my guitars. Most are female names. When I wrote this song, Evelyn was in the kitchen, Ethel was in the bedroom, Christine was in the car & I was working on the song with Florence. Elizabeth was also in the living room with me, just in case.

Layoff blues - My day job for the last decade or so was outsourced in June of 2010. Quite a few people who had been in the same job for 30 years suddenly had to make instant retirement plans or apply for their current job at less pay and poorer benefits. I wrote this song 8 hours before they told us. After getting the news I promptly wrote "Winning the lotto blues" but so far that has not been quite as prophetic as this tune.

Come Away - I think I wanted to write this song in high school, but I lacked the ability to write or play an instrument. I don't date. I don't really know how. I was never good at it when I was young. I didn't have to think about it while married. It always looked easy on TV. I just never knew what to say without sounding completely stupid to myself. So, for me, this song is the musical equivalent of asking a woman for a date. It’s designed so that virtually any name can be used. I did not realize any of this until after the song was done.

Harley Girl - One of the women, who used to frequent the same local drinking establishment as I do, owned a Harley Davidson motorcycle. She had been trying for years to find a guy that matches what she holds as perfect – a biker dude with a heart of gold to ride off into the sunset with. There have been those that looked the part without the heart of gold or the bike (or a steady job in some cases). I wrote this from the point of view of that guy she’s looking for.

Fixated - I have been the subject of fixation in the past. I have known some otherwise sane individuals who will rush into denial when certain subjects come up. This is the story of a guy who hit the end of his rope and came to an unavoidable decision.

Just a shadow - This is another of the 'remakes'. I am on the reunion committee for my high school. One of my tasks is to create a tribute to those who have passed away. I wrote this song in 2006, extended the length in 2007 and this current version has an additional verse. Too many folks have finished school early

Another Christmas here - My closest relative is over 700 miles away. The bulk of my family is 1500 miles away. I work a job that knows no holiday and with everyone so far away I usually work on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Last year I had Thanksgiving day off and when someone asked what I was doing for the holiday I said it’s just me, the dog, and the television. That was a little depressing after I thought about it. This song was written as a way to step outside that depression and drop kick it into the trash where it belongs.

Simple life - The bartender at my local drinking establishment was chatting with a customer one night when she caught him staring at her cleavage. His response was to say he was looking at her necklace. To which she replied “are you a connoisseur of costume jewelry?”. It was such a good line that I started adding to it immediately. After completing the first two verses I started to think – what if this wasn’t funny. What if there were a guy sitting in a bar talking wanting to find a wife but having no idea how to go about it. Just sitting there and spilling out the silly stuff he loves and hoping the girl who happens to be listening might be the one.

A bipolar exit interview - Back in January they announced that 3 of my co-workers would be laid off. This caused morale to hit the floor. Someone asked if I could write a “happy” layoff song to lighten the mood. I wrote the verses with this in mind – but my inherent sarcastic nature took over when I wrote the chorus. This song was an underground hit after the rest of the outsourcing was announced.

Geezer - A co worker was describing an old friend of her husband one night. The more she talked the more I laughed. Most of the details are factual except for - I don’t think there’s an actual Absentia Texas on the map, and the name was changed to keep the guy from hunting me down & clubbing me with a bottle of Jack Daniels.



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