Peter Scales | You've Been on My Mind

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You've Been on My Mind

by Peter Scales

Singer-songwriter blend of country, folk, pop, and jazz influences that you could hear on Sirius XM radio's The Coffee House or The Bridge, with creative guitar tunings and picking reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Leo Kottke...
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1. Grandma Needs Your Prayers
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2. With Heart in Hand
3:23 $0.99
3. When We're 90
4:49 $0.99
4. You've Been on My Mind
4:30 $0.99
5. Red Chinese Rag
3:12 $0.99
6. The Wreck of the Exxon Valdez
4:30 $0.99
7. He Drives into the Darkness
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8. Its a Very Nice Ferry
2:51 $0.99
9. Give Me One More Try
3:17 $0.99
10. Hanging on to Love
4:02 $0.99
11. This Must Be Love
2:56 $0.99
12. For You It Was Love
2:39 $0.99
13. For Awhile
7:05 $0.99
14. Something to Hold
4:35 $0.99
15. Mary Lou
5:01 $0.99
16. Sweetwater Canyon (Live at Mother Courage Coffee House) [Live]
3:43 $0.99
17. Feeling Alright
4:16 $0.99
18. Gone for Good
3:44 $0.99
19. Goodbye Sweet Dreamer
3:12 $0.99
20. For Challengers (In Memory of the Space Shuttle Astronauts)
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Album Notes
Peter Scales has been a songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for more than 40 years. His original songs run the gamut from jazzy-pop to folk-acoustic, rock, and political songs. He sounds like a blend of Gordon Lightfoot's voice, Leo Kottke's guitar, and Steely Dan's energy and composition, or, more contemporarily (yes, that is a word, or should be), he sounds like a mixture of Jack Johnson, Jason Mrasz, John Mayer, John Mellancamp, and Sheryl Crowe.

You've Been On My Mind is my second collection of the best takes of 20 more of my best songs, the songs of my life, written and recorded over 30 years, from when I was in my 20s to my 50s, and recorded mostly as raw demos, half jazz-pop and half folk-acoustic, originally recorded on simple old reel to reels and cassette recorders, along with some studio cuts. Many are the only surviving recordings of the songs, rediscovered in a basement Coca-Cola box of old treasured tapes, with whatever audio imperfections of the originals preserved in these tracks. There's no auto-tune here, just surprisingly on-pitch living room live originals that have raw energy and immediacy. So they sound pretty much as they did the moment they were recorded.

Some are just fun songs, like For You It Was Love, about a fun weekend in Huntington Beach, California, or It's A Very Nice Ferry, about a similar time crossing Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. Others are political, like the sadness and anger I felt living in Alaska and seeing the destruction caused by The Wreck of the Exxon Valdez leaking its millions of gallons of oil into what had been a pure Prince William Sound. Others are about all the things that happen in love or attempts at love, from being rejected (Gone for Good), to being the one doing the rejecting (Goodbye Sweet Dreamer), to thinking about old loves even when you're really happy with your current one (Hanging On To Love), to realizing how easy it can be to fall in love (You've Been On My Mind). Some are about family or national tragedies and what we need to do to cope (Grandma Needs Your Prayers, and For Challengers, a song in memory of the Space Shuttle astronauts including Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space). There's even one live one from my college days in upstate New York, playing at the Mother Courage Coffee House.

Whatever genre they are--more country, more folk, or more jazzy, and whatever the topic, they're all heartfelt, and when I hear them again, I get to time travel back to when I wrote them, with the images still as clear as they day each song came into creation. I hope you like them.



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