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I can't see the forest

by Doug Barnett

Singer-songwriter, Americana, roots, sorta country, sorta funny.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Addicted
3:56 $0.99
2. London Frail
2:53 $0.99
3. Arbuckle in the Rain
4:02 $0.99
4. Up Front and Honest
3:48 $0.99
5. Double Negative Blues
3:10 $0.99
6. The Band
3:31 $0.99
7. Greatest Generation
2:59 $0.99
8. Closer Still
2:52 $0.99
9. A Minute Late
2:39 $0.99
10. Sitting In/dewey’s Office
5:31 $0.99
11. Just a Shadow (remix)
5:07 $0.99
12. This Reunion
2:55 $0.99
13. School Days
3:28 $0.99
14. Embrace the Dissonance
4:14 $0.99
15. Big Hand Blues
3:33 $0.99
16. The End
1:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
Folk, Americana, roots, acoustic blues, DIY music - whatever you want to call it. if I'm in the wrong genre let me know.

I'm a guitar player/songwriter in Washington state. I don't have a press kit or a manager. so there are no cool quotes from people you've never heard of, saying things that may be marginally accurate.

here are the stories on how/why each of the songs were written:

Addicted - A friend of mine used free form poetry to describe her addiction to coffee as part of her morning routine. I saw through it completely and wrote a song about her addiction to the five minutes of quiet time every morning.

London Frail. - I was working on a style of playing the guitar roughly based on a style of playing the banjo called 'frail'. The words just sort of flowed out as I was playing.

Arbuckle in the rain. - Some friends were sharing stories about the strangest place they got a flat tire. Mine was about having a flat on a rental truck in Arbuckle California while it was raining. Someone said 'hey that sounds like a song title'. I know a challenge when I hear it.

Up Front and Honest. - One of the things my wife and I did before getting married was to drag out all the old baggage from our pasts. It didn't change anything.

Double Negative Blues - This comes from an episode of COPS. The police had arrested a 'perp' who commented loudly 'I didnt do nothin'. To which the officer replied 'That sounds like a confession'. I laughed for a while and then wrote this song.

The Band. - This is the sequel to a song called 'The Crowd'. I went to an open mic for bands at a local bar and these were some of the characters and impressions.

The Greatest Generation. - This was based on 3 things.
1. A friends father got a letter from the US Army that told him if he could get a relative or friend to join up, they would send him a check for a thousand dollars.
2. The Army sent my son a computer war game to entice him to join. It was rated T for teens even though it was about killing other people.
3. The current batch of TV commercials trying to get parents to encourage their kids to join so they can better their lot in life.

Closer Still. - This idea came to me one morning several years ago. Slowly waking up beside someone you love.

A Minute Late. - It always seems like the time drags to a stop when waiting at the airport for a loved one to walk out.

Sittin in/Dewey's Office. - 'Sittin in' is the instrumental introduction. Dewey's office is about the Moon Valley High School Dean of students back in the 1970's when I was there (Mr. Dewey Williams). He helped many kids back on track and was a true friend to many others. Everyone knew him even if they never got the thrill of having to visit his office. This song was written for the 30 year reunion in Sept of 2007. The story line is one of my own invention, any resemblance to people living or dead...

Just a Shadow. - Another reunion song. This is the tribute to those students and teachers who have passed away since I went to high school.

This Reunion - One more song written for the 30 year reunion. This is actually based on observations I made at the 10 year reunion.

School Days. - Not written specifically for the reunion, this is another wistful 'look back' at the old days at MV.

Embrace the Dissonance - This was written a couple of years ago because I noticed there were a lot of songs using major 7th chords so I tried my hand. Plus, it gave me a chance to use the word cacophony in a song and have it gramaticaly correct.

The Big Hand Blues. - An urban legend I am sure. But quite fun if you get the joke.

The End. - A heart felt lament about one of life's tragedies.

Hope you enjoy em



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Bob deBruyn Jr

Doug is a true artist!
I own several Doug Barnett CD's. He is a great guitar player and singer-songwriter.
I would recommend any of his CD's for relaxation
and introspection. NICE WORK DOUG!!