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=\=THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG

The Wish
 

  The Wish  
 
Appears on:
-- Songs For Kid With Common Scents (1994)
-- The Time Is Now  (2000)
     (Artists Hunger   Network Compilation)
-- Dare to Dream (2007 re-mix)
 
   
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    Audio Clip
    You can get the song  on i-Tunes or
    from the CD  "Dare to Dream"

The Wish" came from 3 different sources of inspiration.  It   was 1993, and I was in England,  on the southern coast,  walking on the beaches where Romans had landed, and visiting old castles.    This put me in a very  Medieval frame of mind, and in my hotel,  I worked out some music with a melody that had a Medieval feel to it, in 3/4 time.   No words yet.   (I usually write music before the words).

A few days later. a tour of  London reminded me that hunger and poverty know no borders and exists in all parts of the world.  

While waiting in the airport  to return to the US, I was looking forward to getting back home to see my children and wondering what stories I should tell them, as they always wanted me to spin tales for them.    I recalled a story I had read to them before leaving for Europe, about a boy who had a coin that granted three wishes.  Sitting the in the terminal, I started writing some words, and by the time the plane landed, the whole story was told.  I recorded the song quickly to get it released on "Songs For Kids With Common Scents",  which was almost completed.

In 2000,  I was honored to have the song picked up by the Artists Hunger Network to be included in a compilation CD of songs about issues of hunger and poverty, called "The Time is Now", along with tracks by Pete Seeger and other great singer-songwriters.

The song reached #1 on the folk charts at NumberOne Music.com

We have since added the song to our performing repertoire, to great response from our audiences.   The distinctive guitar line remains one of my favorite to play.   (  Lyrics )

You can get the song  on i-Tunes or
from the CD  "Dare to Dream"

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