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Long, Long way to Go (ccm)

 
       
 
Sep 08, 2005, 04:45 PM

This is one of Walk This Way‘s performance pieces.  It is based on i Cor. 13.
I am always painfully aware that while i need to recall and practice such love,
frankly, i have a long, long way to go!

Long, Long Way to Go  (c) 2004, G. Johanson / Reformschool Music

(Sort of an Allman Bros. feel, like “Lord i was Born a (sigh) Ramblin’ Man”)

If i spoke in tongues of Angels and of Men
Did miracles - time and time again
If i gave my body to be burned
my life would plainly show:
I - got a long, long way to go!

If i stood and parted the Red Sea
If they wrote epistles about me
if you read between the lines
those lines would only show:
I - got a long, long way to go!

Bridge:
Well, i’m a noisy cymbal, i’m a clanking bell
How can Jesus use me if Heavens love won’t tell?
I need His annointing - raining down on me
to move this flesh out of my face so i can clearly see!

There’s a lot of things i need to do,
like fellowshipping with the Lord—- and YOU!
Let the Spirit live my life so mustard-seed can grow,
I- gotta long, long way to go!

Musical interlude, maybe a twin guitar solo.  This is
where the incredible Mr. Van Fleet takes over. 
( Roscada man!! )

Repeat Bridge, last verse, end.  Total time elapsed: abt. 4 mins.
Time: 120/60 sec.  6/8.

Vs chords: G - C - G / G - G - D / Em - C - Em - A /  G - D - G.
Bridge:  Em - Em / D - D / Em - G - D - D / (repeat)

 
     
Gary Johanson 1 Joined Aug 23, 2005
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Sep 09, 2005, 04:06 PM

Managed to cobble together an mp3 of this.  Bruce was not here to do his neat guitar articulations (he’s really much better at that sort of thing than i )—-and i am NO lead guitarist, so pardon the cheesy little riffs in there, it’s really more of a representation.  Voice is rather . . .  well . . .  hey, i’m a writer.  The only reason i take to the mic is because nobody else knows my stuff.  If it’s gonna be sung, guess who’s gotta do it?  Maybe somebody else can pick up the song (dream on).

To hear the mp3, click here, or log on to:

http://www.deltonaalliancechurch.org/Photos/Long.mp3

 
     
Gary Johanson 1 Joined Aug 23, 2005
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Sep 15, 2005, 11:13 AM

Gary, your voice is terrific!!!!!- your style is terrific, it is reminiscent of the folk mass I was fortunate enough to participate in, in the early seventies. I LOVE this :)

 
     
Marlene Marie Eickmeier Joined Aug 23, 2005
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Sep 15, 2005, 02:32 PM

Gee, Marlene: we were gonna post and APB after you, we’ve been missing you lately!

Reminiscent of the Folk Masses.  Boy, you don’t know what a compliment that is!  I come from right out of that early Jesus movement.  It’s where i learned to write, and got most of my influences, besides the seculars like the guitar teams of Cat Stevens/Alun Davies and Jim Croce/Maury Muehleisen.  Then there’s Michael Card/ Charlie Peacock (agnus dei) and the Talbot brothers, John Michael and Terry. 

Hey, i wonder if you ever heard of the Pat Terry group at that time?  Big influence on my songwriting styles.  Relatively unknown these days, yet Pat, Sonny and Randy created classics that were later picked up by the likes of B.J. Thomas, the Gaithers, and even later still FFH, Third Day- in our current time.  These were all icons in my life, and i count it an honour to have met some of them, perform at some of their venues, and to a small degree stand in their shadows!  So ANY comparison to what i do to the Music and the era you describe is a huge “mission accomplished” for me.  Thanx again!!

Song note: i am changing out the drums in this song.  There’s way too much high end created by the sizzlers.  In fact, i might drop the drums altogether and just stay with the baseline and do what i usually do . . .  make the guitar itself the percussion instrument.  I am finding myself going less and less with the “band” mentality, and more and more combo.  I play small audiences, words are key, and close-up communicates.  So i am thinking of quieting things down more and more these days.

There is a link to my songs now from my site at

[url=http://www.qsl.net/wd4nka/]http://www.qsl.net/wd4nka/[/url]

Click on the link to Music Ministry / Walk This Way

 
     
Gary Johanson 1 Joined Aug 23, 2005
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Sep 16, 2005, 02:22 PM

Ummmummm… Cat Stevens, Gary Wright, and Christofer (?) Cross, I saw on a stage at Casino Rama (Orillia Ont.) Was a smashing blast from the past.
I am so glad to hear the you “Play” for audiences. Personally I gather it’s more like ‘Minister’ and would consider myself incredibly blessed to be in one of those audiences.
As for the references~ I am unfamiliar with most as I was a centenial baby, and thereby just wee in those years. What is most prominent is the memory of the aura of music from those years.
lol.. thankx, I was missing you guys tooooo, while I adventured an unexpected road trip to Prince Edward Island. (What a beautiful province).

Folk Mass creates bond of community- unfortunately we live in a community that is ‘Old school’ regiment, void of the light-hearted joy that is conducive to Charismatic expression.
Gary~ no need to thank me, your music is such a gift, and I thank you for sharing, it helps those like me regain ‘balance’.
HAG 1, :)

 

 
     
Marlene Marie Eickmeier Joined Aug 23, 2005
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Sep 16, 2005, 04:34 PM

Oooh, golly.  I’m dating myself again, and i always was a bad date!  Well, today marks year no. 50 for me, and since i got my first guitar in germany on my 10th birthday, that makes 40 years on the strings, too.  So i guess i have an unfair advantage for remembering some of those guys.  Yeah, Chris Cross—- i remember that hit, “Sailing”.  Something very near and dear to this ol’ swamp-rat.

PEI?  Boy, i wanna spend about 2 wks worth of vac. there.  Cindy and i spent our honeymoon in La Belle Province back in ‘88, and really enjoyed ourselves. Cindy is french speaking, so she kept me out of trouble. *lol*  At least on PEI i can speak the language . . . more or less :>)

The music of that whole side of canada, both french, english and scottish is like heaven’s own to me.  Just to widen my own musical horizons i want to spend some time on laborador, i understand the island is a world unto itself! Northern french, irish, and the british isle music come from the same stem. What rammed that home was hearing the ‘pipes of Bretagne and Normandy.

 
     
Gary Johanson 1 Joined Aug 23, 2005
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Sep 27, 2005, 11:28 PM

Happy belated birthday~ I just got back here for another read :)

 
     
Marlene Marie Eickmeier Joined Aug 23, 2005
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Oct 01, 2005, 06:56 AM

Gary I heard this and like it.

 
     
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Charles Kirkland Joined Feb 15, 2005
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Oct 07, 2005, 12:15 AM

Gary, ohhh Gary, ohhh where can you be
I’m roaming these halls, looking for thee
I’ve looked on the forums, and songwriters lounge
through the news, and the articles,
even books I did scrounge
but alas I’ve no answers for your absentee
Your company is missed by the whole colony
When the days become shorter, and time is restored
Please visit us Gary, we miss your rapport
Hee he, from ME :)

 

 
     
Marlene Marie Eickmeier Joined Aug 23, 2005
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Oct 10, 2005, 03:59 PM

Sorry ‘bout the sudden drop-out.  Caught up in events.  Aside from both my and my daughter’s B-days, we also had her book signing events at her studio, and upcoming signings scheduled at Borders and other places around central florida.  Anna is one of the country’s youngest professional illustrators, and the release of her first two projects, 2 years in the making, happened over the last 3 weeks.  The books are entitled “There’s a Frog Trapped in the Bathroom” and “The Very Stubborn Centipede”, both published by Kotzig, and authored by Susan Snyder, whom i met at one of my concerts.  She liked my [then] twelve year old daughter’s drawing style, and contracted her to do her books.  (you can google them for a peek)

Then came the after-effects of my own B-day, and now Anna’s upcoming.  We’re headed off to Atlanta this week.  Should be back in the writing groove by the end of this month.

Oh, did i mention i got a new Martin?  That and a Djembe, enough to totally distract my attention!  :>)

Anywhoo, thanx for the inquireys!  Hope everyone is doing well.  Good Providence in ALL your writing endeavours!

 
     
Gary Johanson 1 Joined Aug 23, 2005
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