Myron McGhee, Musician
The music of James Taylor was an early guide in my development as a musician.
I felt a kinship with his honest introspection and the unpretentious clarity
of his voice. His self taught, finger style approach to playing guitar
appealed to my own intuitive attraction to the instrument. The vocals
of Michael McDonald had a profound influence on me as a teenager. The
tonal quality of his voice reached to the depth of my own desire to sing.
His vocal collaborations with Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and his
solo artist compositions emphasize certain vocal arrangements and melodies
which still resonate within me, but his use of commonly known phrases,
twisted and turned to form deeply philosophical and spiritually inquisitive
lyrics convey his true power and source as a composer.
Songwriting has a therapeutic quality as I try to convey the things that
I discover both about myself and the moments I encounter. The music of
my songs often surfaces quickly, but the lyrics generally require a long
gestation. My only magic for writing a song happens by first being open
and available to what becomes conscious, and then recording enough of
those notions on paper or tape before they return to their unconscious
slumber. As well, I'm learning to be more patient and not to force the
writing effort, when something isn't there. Most of all I enjoy forming
the connection with that particular something inside of a listener that
allows them to find even a brief respite from daily life's demands.
Released August 14, 2002
Produced by Myron McGhee and Juana Clem McGhee
Recorded by Mark Coughlin
1. borrowed time
4. like a river to the sea
5. set me free
6. spirit of the living God
7. dancin' in the rain
8. seeking lessons
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Myron McGhee - acoustic guitar, vocals
Cooper Tisdale - electric guitar
Kenny Walker - 5 string bass
Eric Johnson - drums
Joe Reda - upright bass
Chuck Bithorn - percussion
Don Saliers - piano
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Reviews and Responses
"McGhee has an innately appealing sound - a soothing, new-agey backdrop
that sets the stage for lightly soulful messages of encouragement."
Noel Murray, Performing Songwriter magazine, December 2003
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"Voice of honey and chocolate."
"First class, original, wonderful lasting impression."
"Truly uplifting, touching the chords of life."
"Heals, soothes, quiets, eases, telling the real truth of sorrow
"A refuge, a peaceful feeling of connection and companionship."
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more listener responses.
Venues and Performances (a partial listing)
Borders Books and Music
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
City Hall East (for the National Arts Foundation)
Dave FM 94.9 (Call to Auction, benefiting Habitat for Humanity)
Defoor Center (in connection with Poetry at Tech)
- Jazz Vespers with Dwight Andrews
- September 11 Remembrance Service
- National Black Herstory Conference
- Giving Voice
Hungry Ear Coffeehouse
Kodac Harrisons' Beatnik Buffet
Sycamore Tree Coffeehouse
USA Songwriting Competition Showcase
WCLK, featured artist on the air with Music Director, Renee Williams
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