What a Privilege

I started recording and posting my original music on Soundcloud with the purpose of overcoming an extreme form of self criticism in regards to my songwriting and singing abilities.  I knew way deep inside that I would not have lived my life fully, if I didn’t deal with it.  So, I dealt with it. Along the way I have met some really wonderful people…Mark Mayes, Chuck Aaron, Lawrence Farr, and Brielle DePatra among others.

Along this journey, I decided to try my hand at, let’s call it flash songwriting. However, I knew I would have to post it or I would fall back into the dark hole of doubt and criticism. So I did post it.

Then comes along this wonderful gentleman who I follow closely on Soundcloud.  I LOVE HIS GUITAR PLAYING, but he never sings. He ran across my flash songwrite ‘Sometimes’and asked if he could cover it.  He did a wonderful job with it… and he sang it!

Don’t ask me to explain it, but to write a song and have another person care enough to record it and brave enough to sing it…well, that my friends is pretty damn awesome.  Thank you so much Mr. David Hutton.

 

5 thoughts on “What a Privilege

  1. Mate, I hope all your doubts are erased…you ARE good Gary. What an awesome, flattering and inspiring thing to have happen…he did a great job too…but I still like yours a bit more… :))

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  2. Fantastic! What a lovely thing to listen to on a Sunday morning here – a cover of a Gary McMahon song – really beautifully done, too. Awesome! 🙂 As Lawrence says, such an inspiring thing.

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  3. Gary, I can really appreciate your feelings about your music. I feel very much the same way. I’ve been fingerpicking acoustic guitar for over 50 years, and have never been confident about it — especially my singing. When a friend asked me to make a CD of my tunes for him ten years ago, I even made up a “nom de strings” — Slim Jimsøhn — to hide behind (Slim even has a biography, but that’s another story). I’ve come a long way with my confidence since then, but I still feel the same about singing (although I’m working hard on that, too).

    I really admire your willingness to take a chance in every aspect of your music — not to mention your talent! You are doing some really imaginative stuff, and at the same time, staying close to your obvious musical traditions. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Scott, thank you so much for comments and sharing your own story. I sure understand the temptation to create another name for artist. I couldn’t have gone with Slim, would have taken Fats – but instead decided to use my middle initial which I guess was an unconscious way of recognizing I had to expand myself if I was going to create and publish my songs…also, my mother gave me a bible in 1970 with the name Gary A.McMahon inscribed on it and it rested in a dusty drawer for many years.Maybe I was trying to connect it all together somehow without knowing it. I have written songs that years later I came to understand what they truly were about. Love your art Scott. Will be following you more closely! (p.s. I might have ran into ole Slim up in Yreka at a tavern across from the courthouse years ago..cold night with the wind blowin’ off Mt. Shasta…and a full moon reflecting off the mountain…the water taste good up there…”Fats”

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