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Testing The Water

by Greg Hyde

"...a fine guitar player with a range of styles and techniques. Track 5, 'Measure Loving You', sounds like a classic Cat Stevens tune." Stacey Board 11/18/04
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Doodly Toot Toot
4:40 $0.70
2. Yes Yes Yes
3:01 $0.70
3. Football Hero
4:15 $0.99
4. Cool Guys
3:47 $0.70
5. Measure Loving You
2:56 $0.70
6. I Want To Move You
3:55 $0.70
7. Cure For A Broken Heart
2:51 $0.70
8. Lucious
3:09 $0.70
9. Young Summer Nights
4:28 $0.70
10. You Are My Sunrise Today
3:46 $0.70
11. Talk Things Over
2:34 $0.70
12. American Hard Labor
3:07 $0.70
13. The Huns
5:56 $0.70
14. Got Myself A Rooster
3:36 $0.70
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Album Notes
Hey, my buddy and co-writer friend, Mark Gurley has released his CD "Salinas Blues" and has posted it on CD Baby. I've got two songs on his CD - "Cool Guys,"( also on my CD "Testing the Water,") and a new, very nice tune, "Julie, Let Your Hair Down." Go have a listen. Steve Dixon also has a couple of really good interpretations of Mark's work too. See the link on the lower left here, or go to


July 7, 2005, got an email from Sandy Shore of who said " Thanks for sending along your project...  TESTING THE WATER.  I think you've done a great job with the CD.... "

Also sent the CD to Montenegro recently.

May 31, both "house concerts" were great fun. Hopefully, we'll get more people to come the next time. Thanks to Joan and David for coming up to Monterey and sharing their terrific music and time with us. We generated a $100 donation to Chamisal's Relay for Life American Cancer Society event with our music!


May 10, received an email from Molli Kreuser from the Internet Radio Show Molls Rawks. " I wanted to inform you that your music will be featured on my LIVE show today, May 10 at 7pm, (Chicago time) and will be rerun Friday at noon, 4pm, and 7pm. i apologize for the late notice....Please let your fans, friends, family, and pets know so they can tune in during one if not all of those times! is the link you will need to boogie on over and hook up to the net and listen."


A buddy of mine is always coming up with marketing ideas for the CD: "Use it as a coaster. (silver, shiny, goes with any decor) No salesmen will come to your door. (Like anyone does that now adaze?) You liked Harry Chapin, John Denver, Cat Stevens, you'll like Greg's stuff too! (OK) Get one for a friend. They're small and easy to mail, or conceal. (Take it as gifts to your family, who you always forget to send presents to and now you're going to see them in person in how many years???) Send them to the AFLCIO, (American Hard Labor) send them to GM for use in their car ads. (Cool Guys) Send them to the Washington Apple Growers Association (Lucious)."


I've got some friends coming over on a regular basis to work on harmonies and other guitar parts. We're doing a semi-regular appearance at a local coffee shop in OldTown Salinas, a block away from the National Steinbeck Center. If you're in Salinas, stop by Rollicks Specialty Coffees at 210 S. Main Street on Friday night for the open mic.

May 21 I've got a singer/songwriter friend coming up for a week of music. Joan Enguita will be on KNRY 1240 AM Radio Gig Monterey May 17th and then a "house concert" Saturday night at Chamisal Tennis Club 185 Robley Road in Salinas. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Join us if you can. $10 donation requested at the door. A portion goes to the American Cancer Society.

May 28 David Zink, another singer/songwriter friend will be coming up from LA for the same set of gigs - KNRY 1240 AM Radio Gig Monterey May 24th and then a "house concert" again Saturday night May 28th at Chamisal Tennis Club. Let me know if you read this online.


Tracks from the CD "Testing the Water" are now being played in Slovenia, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, England, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Sweeden, Canada, Arkansas, Michigan, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Alaska and California. Thanks, all of you around the world who have listened or played the songs. CD's are available in Europe from or here in the America's at CD Baby. Individual tracks can be purchased from Apple's iTunes store, Tower Records online, Napster and many other online music outlets. If you like the music, tell a friend.

Thanks for your support,


Looking at what people are purchasing at iTunes is pretty interesting. "Football Hero" out sells every other song 6 to 1.

Jan 8, 2005 - was the "Artist of the Day" at Whole Wheat Radio in Alaska. All throughout the day they played one of my songs from the CD each hour. What a kick! Listeners gave feedback throughout the show via email and rated the songs. Got several "Excellent" and "Favorite" ratings. If you are a songwriter and have a CD send them your work. If they like it they'll make you the Artist of the Day.

Jan 25, 2005 - had a second "live" show on local KNRY 1240 AM radio. Brought along some other musician friends and my buddy Mark Gurley. We played our stuff and had some laughs. Live AM radio does not have reverb! Be warned.

Feb 8, 2005 - the first time ever I was driving home from tennis and heard a couple of my songs on the radio. What a rush! I got home and called the DJ and told him thanks. Bless my heart that was some feeling.

April 8th got a note from a radio station in Chicago that they were featuring "Testing the Water" on their morning program.

PS. Mark Gurley, my co-writer on "Cool Guys" says "Buy the CD and give them as gifts. Come on now, love one another..." He wants to get big checks to give to his wife. Heck maybe we could start a "send a check to so and so" and they'll eventually send you a big check and we'll all send checks around the circle and eliminate the shipping and cost of producing these CD's!!!

But recording is so much fun. :-) Happy Valentine's Day.

Mark Gurley and I co-wrote another fun song together. It's called "Julie Let Your Hair Down." I've recorded it in my family room on an Akai 12 track recorder and he's having it mastered soon with a selection of other poems that other musicians have recorded using his poetry. I'll let you know when that CD is offered on CDBABY.



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Jerry Romano

To me, I hear good music when I hear Greg Hyde strum his stuff. I love his
new CD, "Testing The Water." Listening to it makes me rethink my own experiences. See
if it doesn't do the same for you.

Lyle Robertson

California's Troubador continues to develop and mature with songs that touch us.
Greg's latest production reflects this minstral's growth in depth, technical expertise, but particularly in conveying the joys and hurts, the challenges and disappointments of our lives. "Yound Summer Nights" brings a tear to the eye; you owe it to yourself to embrace his artistry with someone you love. The infrequent talent of storytelling with music is alive, present, and enriching in this latest CD from one of California's most proficient troubadors. I rate this "4 Stars" only in anticipation of his further works.

Mark Gurley

Do you remember when albums had many good songs and some great ones? This cd has them. If you like (or love) great stories, love songs, and artists who sound a bit like Cat Stevens and/or Harry Chapin, then you will love this disc. The price is right, as well

Richard Dunne

An awsome songwriter with something for everyone. I love it.
Greg Hyde is an awsome songwriter. His CD album, Testing The Water is a wonderful collection of songs that everyone will find refreshing. It has something for everyone. As I listened to it, I found myself singing along from the first track. I urge you to pick up a CD, listen and enjoy! I love it!