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Here are few more action shots from the scrapbook...

"I know it's only I-IV-V but I like it" Keith R.
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Rockin' the house
Dave Bender aka "The Rock 'n' Roll Animal"
And here's the man child rockin' out the Holy Land; these pics document the development and chord progressions of my musical "career" over the period of about a decade: R&B singer, songwriter, lead guitar and vocals with: "Dave and the Promised Band;" the infamous "Alte Rocker (Yiddish for 'old farts,'). We were five veteran US and British immigrants with "Three chords an' the truth," wailin' the blues and pop at clubs, bars, parties, outdoor festivals, weddings and the like. This, mind you, in addition to families and real-life day gigs. There were also a number of solo gigs and session dates along the way. Audio samples will be uploaded to the site sometime soon. meantime, stay tuned in and in tune.
 
Following are a few original songs...   

Steeper Slope

 

As you rise in the mornin', and try to find the words

Just close your eyes, convince the heart

Youre ever really heard

You wrap your prayers around you

To fit you like a glove

 

The words wont come, there is no light

Without your love

The early dawns, still out of sight

Without your love

 

When uncertainty is met with faith

And solitude with hope

It only seems, the more you need

The steeper is your slope

 

Looking back across the years

Through my childrens eyes

I see the path theyll never know

The road still left untried

 

When uncertainty is met with faith

And solitude with hope

It only seems, the more you need

The steeper is your slope

 

The words wont come, there is no light

Without your love

The early dawns, still out of sight

Without your love

 

 

If All We Had To Do

 

If all we had to do

Was sign on that bottom line, break the glass and drink the wine

 

Promise ever yours and all of mine

And I still had you

 

If all we had to do

 

If all we had to do

Was turn the key and drive away

Watch old movies on a rainy day

Let love and passion finally have its way

And it all came true

 

If all we had to do

 

I wonder bout this road Ive taken

I sometimes feel that Ive been mistaken

Am I headed far away or am I headed for the day

And you, and you

 

If all we had to do

Was pray for heavy, heavy rain

Watch the clouds pull lightning in a chain

Pray for higher love to wash my pain

And it all came true

If all we had to do

Killin Me By Degrees

Minor blues-R&B jazzy-ala Robert Cray

 

They say December wind's sharpest

In the heart of the night

Hey I believe, I believe evry word

Cause man its cuttin' tonight

 

Lately nothins shakin but the leaves off the trees

December Wind's been chllin and killin me-

By degrees, oh, by degrees

 

I called up my lady say hey what'cha doin tonight


She said listen baby, maybe you aint heard - but I've been doin alright

 

Her words dragged me down like the tide off the sea


My lovers been chillin

and killin me-
By degrees oh, by degrees

 

Lately nothins shakin but my soul in the breeze


December Wind's been chllin and killin' me-

By degrees, oh, by degrees

 

 Cash is gone, credit's bad and my car won't start

 

The boss said I should walk

"From here on in our ways part "

 

That December Wind's sharpest in the heart of the night

These blues are cuttin' through me


Like a dull-edged switchblade knife

 

Lately Ive been achin from a pain I dont need 

December Wind's been chllin and killin me-
By degrees, oh, by degrees


Life is getting even with a word and a deed


December Wind's been chllin and killin me-
By degrees, oh, by degrees

 

 

Caffeine and Borrowed Time


Am7, Em7,
E Maj7, Bsus, Bmaj7-slow/mid tempo elec. blues (brush snare, P-bass/neck, Leslie organ, mute sax /trumpet.

Worried through the night
And waiting on the dawn

Lately now I'm hangin fire
Just to keep on, keepin on
Evry day I ask myself but now I just don't know

Am I the dice in someone's game
But losin' evry throw?

Livin' on caffeine, caffeine and borrowed time

Try to find the words

Try to write the lines
Workin' up the will to bless that bitter, bitter cup of wine

 

Drinkin' foolish courage

Together with the rhyme

Mumblin in this waking dream and wastin' precious time

 

All these heartaches like a drug

And drunk from all the tears

Writing lines under my eyes

With one for every, every year

 

Livin' on caffeine and bitter wine, bitter wine to slake my fears

Caress your body in my dreams

A ray or two of joy

Another lovin' touchin' chance

To teach this lonely boy

 

Another soul to share the load
And make it through the night

 

Livin' on caffeine, borrowed time and broken toys that don't work right


Wearin' down my wits

Along with threadworn jeans

 

Spendin' money like I got it
Faster than my means

Leaning on the ledge
My back against the wall

And prayin' for redemption, Lord

 

Beggin' please don't let me, let me fall

 

I've heard the hand is open wide
You only have to ask

Strugglin' for that daily bread

God's Original task


Reconciled to things I've done

But not the wasted time
Knowin' judgings comin' on
Please no more of that hurtin' kind

I'm livin' on caffeine

And borrowin' your time

Livin' on caffeine and borrowed dimes

 

Waiting as the word comes down, shiverin' at your door

Lord just tell me, tell me please just what it is I'm achin' for

 

Livin' life here on the verge
Stones burnin on the floor
Slouch'd down to
Jerusalem

And eyeless in some holy war

 

I'm livin' on caffeine and weighing evry word

But tell me people, have you ever, ever really, really heard?


Count the steps across the room

And minutes through the night

Weave that magic spell and say

The words to make it right

 

Deep down weary to my soul

And leery of this fight

Been far too long at things gone wrong

To try to get them, set them right

I'm livin' on caffeine and borrowed time

Borrowed time no more

Caffeine and borrowed time

But Lord what is it for

If sin is just the mark we miss

Then what about the darkness that we hit?

 

Road Till Then
Acoustic, country blues

 Many nights I've cried aloud 
Just get me through
Another day

Live and learn
Just one more time

While time like sand
Just blows away

I turned, surprised and caught your eye
As you looked back again 
With little left to say for now
And lifetimes until then

And my astonished heart
Will give my soul no rest
Biding time since days gone by and God knows for whats left

Swept up your past and broken glass dreams
wrapped against forever

Wondering when that time will come

Lately seems for never
Sitting on your bags

waiting out eternity

When all you have to do right now's look and turn to me

Reach out your hand just one more time and turn your soul to me


The beat of my astonished heart
Tells more than I can say

To meet you on that highway halfway long past yesterday

To meet you on the open road so long past far away

Walking down that higher ground
As if it were today
Just talk about the things to be
And dream these blues away

Dream you right back
here with me

Wake up to what
A love can be

And my astonished heart
Will drive me towards the day

And see you on that road till then

And blow those wasted years away

And meet you on that highway halfway long past yesterday

And meet you on the open road so long past far away

 

This site is a work in progress. I welcome comments, kudos and even critique as things get sorted out: triplets@bezeqint.net. Thanks, Dave