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The Songs Along the Way

by John Manion

A fun and quirky yet insightful collection of songs that play out like a short film. Written and recorded in Nashville, Tennessee between 1986 & 2002 these songs document the road trip of life, love and paving your own course. Classic East Nashville.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Another Day Down
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2. The Door Is Open
4:04 $0.99
3. Beale Street by Day
3:45 $0.99
4. October 1963 Emily
5:04 $0.99
5. Good Time Coming On
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6. I Am a Wave
4:35 $0.99
7. Hey Tony
3:05 $0.99
8. Little Movies
3:38 $0.99
9. Apache River
4:46 $0.99
10. The Sequel
3:31 $0.99
11. The View from the Treehouse Has Changed
4:00 $0.99
12. Personal Ad
4:13 $0.99
13. Circling Philadelphia
3:53 $0.99
14. Big Lessons
4:26 $0.99
15. Looking for a Rainbow
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Album Notes

This is a collection of songs written and recorded in Nashville, Tennessee between 1986 and 2002. i had the great fortune to have lived in Nashville between 1981 and 2004. This was back in the day when Nashville was a hip small town, southern city and Music Row was like a college campus. Long before the digital age when song writers met and swapped tapes and ideas in person. i was young and dumb but I learned a lot from the great song writers and musicians that relocated to this musical mecca. These songs document my time in Nashville but more importantly my personal growth and insight as a songwriter. The 15 songs on this project were carefully pulled from 5 musical projects I wrote, recorded and produced between 1986 and 2002.
There is a story behind each song and each song is a short story or "little movie".

I wrote "Another Day Down" in the August of 1986 while I was working on a grounds crew on an Army base.in New Jersey. It was a bad time in my family history following a tragic car accident. When I got back to Nashville that November I recorded an acoustic demo with my friend Scott Jarrett. Scott Jarret would later produce my first EP - a 4 song CASSETTE- which featured Scott, guitarist Gene Ford, drummer Dann Sherrill and Ashley Cleveland. This EP was the seed that launched a musical Narrative entitled ' The Total Picture" which I wrote with my former partner and current friend Al Caudell.

In 1994 I released my first full length studio project - " I Am A Wave". This was a very ambitious move and was a thrill to make and record. The late 80's and early 90's were a difficult time in my life. I struggled with self identity issues, alcohol abuse and extreme depression but I was emotionally charged and writing constantly. I was working as a waiter, playing the clubs, collaborating with some great songwriters which included my dear friend Robert Jetton as well as the musicians that ended up on my record. One night at downtown club 12th & Porter, I met a very savvy and talented guy by the name of Brad Jones. Brad was in the process of opening a studio with another friend of mine Robin Eaton. The studio was Alex The Great and over the years Brad and Robin produced great artists including 2 of my favorites : Jill Sobule & Marshall Crenshaw. Their roster is long and impressive.

Alex the Great was an iconic space and recording with Brad was always a thrill. Brad is a musicians musician with a great ear and clever ideas. This was a band record and the rhythm section was drummer Dann Sherrill and bassist Dave Jacques. I played acoustic guitar and guitarists Sam Broussard and Larry Chaney pulled it all together. Brad added the color with keyboards recorder.
My friend Theresa Everitt added violin to " I Am A Wave" and Shanna Strassberg, Virginia Arouh and Robert Jetton lending their voices to the songs. Tracks 2,3.4 & 6 - "The Door Is Open", "Beale Street By Day" , " October 1963-Emily" and "I Am A Wave" all have a place in my musical road trip.

One morning in 1996 over coffee at the Radio Cafe on Woodland Street in East Nashville, I crossed paths with a very talented guy named John Wheeler. John had a studio on Boscobel Street in the historic Edge Hill neighborhood. The chit-chat over coffee was the jump off point for my next 2 CD's - Little Movies released in 1998 and Big Lessons in 2002. Little Movies was a concept CD where each song was paired with a genre of film. The title song is a the film noir - a sleazy song about a church going man patronizing a red light establishment with a killer sax solo featuring Joe Turley. Apache River is the spaghetti western about a cattle
drive caught in a flash flood and features Larry Chaney on guitar . The Sequel is about looking back and resolution. Hey Tony is the road movie... It is about escape... one of my continuous themes.

In 2002 - I was offered a corporate sales job in NYC. It was time to leave Nashville and my thought was it is time to leave music behind and get a real job. My dad had just dies and hange was in the air on many fronts. I needed to make one LAST record. 'BIG LESSONS - songs that made my hair fall out" was my mid-life crisis project. It came together in about 4 months and was a lot of fun to record. John Wheeler covered most of the rhythm tracks but this record features great musicians including Tony Tanner on piano, Larry Von Loon on organ, Peter Hyrka on mandolin and fiddle, Dann Sherrill on percussion and Dave Pomeroy on stand up bass. Vocalists included Robert Jetton, Linda Heinback and Jeremy Anderson. This was concept record of sorts - a collection of topical songs about the gay dating world - "The Personal Ad" - childhood bullying "The View From The Treehouse" and recovering from love gone bad - "Circling Philadelphia".

I hope that you love "The Songs Along The Way" as much as I have enjoyed revisiting my past.

John Manion



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