Monthly Demos

A taste of Bob’s songwriting. He will be posting a monthly demo of one of his handcrafted songs. Check back to see the latest posting.

Wishful Co-write … John Prine has influenced the songs of many songwriters and this song is a tribute to this talented songwriter and performer . What if … you could sit down with John Prine and write at least one good line together … what a thrill that would be … imagine … that is what this song is about.

Recorded with the help of Murray Fitch on lead guitar and Murray Little on bass.

Alberta Wild Rose … written during the August 2013 FAMI Songwriting class with Tim Williams and recorded live during the Open Stage at camp.

 Runner up in the ATB Alberta Songwriter’s Contest 2013

High Water … written and recorded in the months after the Calgary flood and inspired by the neighbors and friends who came together to help … literally “we got your back”.

Recorded with the help of Don Gowan on electric guitar and mandolin and Murray Little on bass.

A video featuring this song and the images of local photographers can be found on youtube.

Howard’s Guitar … one of the first songs I wrote when I started singing over ten years ago.  Inspired by a childhood friend and mentor, Howard Roberts who never walked, used crutches instead of a wheelchair because of the black dirt mud of the farmyard.  He worked twelve-hour days on the farm by converting all the implements to hand controls.  When his old 1957 Harmony Newport came into my life, the song came alive and Tim Williams picking made it sing.  Kit Johnson was on the bass.

Bucket List … written and recorded in Vancouver under the guidance of my Juno award winning ex brother in law Kevin Finseth. The song was inspired by yet another story of a passing where there were stories of the cruise not taken, the golf not taken up and the guitar lessons never taken. An old friend Ken Lutes played guitar and Kevin laid down the bass and added the sweet accordion.