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Patrick VW - vocals
Lee Spath - drums
Richard Simon - bass
Harry Donahue - piano
Fred Sokolow - guitars
Duane Padilla -violin
Recorded by Al Schmitt
Mixed by Patrick VW

Blue Skies Sample
Blue Skies

I've played this song for as long as I can remember. My friend Gerry and I used to play this while we young and I've never gotten tired of it. Almost every version I hear I like. Willie Nelson really nailed it and I have to remember not to mimic him when I play this.

I had not played or thought of this song for many years and then I heard it one night on an old time radio show while I was driving home. It was the original version with Al Jolson singing. The song was written in 1925 or 26 by Irving Berlin and Al Jolson had a huge hit with it. His version is very uptempo and full of the Al style.

When I got home, I just started playing a simple, almost country, style. It reminded me of the descending guitar line in the Beatle song, Michelle. I slowed it down a bit and found the key for me and fell in love with it all over again. I recorded it right away and sent it to some friends and got great responses. I knew it would fit for the CD.

At the session, I played my style for the guys and showed Fred Sokolow what I thought sounded neat. He did a similar line on the acoustic and the song locked right in. We used my friend Michael Powers' Taylor guitar and it sounded lovely.

Harry and I had been playing this and he did a great lick on the B section where he doubled the voice. It worked and it lifted the song.

Duane Padilla was playing live and I asked him to play long, slow, flowing lines on his violin rather than licks or solos. Just give it color and depth. He got the idea and just floated along. On the B section he did a harmony to Harrys piano and it was really sounded unique to me.

Fred played an electric guitar track later and added another harmony to the piano and violin. What fun.

I added a double voice to the chorus section and was happy with that.

For the last year or so - Harry and I had been playing this song on his B3 organ and me on guitar and voice so I though a B3 might sound good. We tried it a few times but it cluttered it up - so we left it with the band and Freds melodic guitar lines and solo.

VWPC-13-006-M.mp3: Blue Skies; 2:30

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