Every once in a while I film myself at rehearsals or when trying out my new songs. I call the series "Folk Bernd live at home". It is supposed to give possible concert organizers an idea of what to expect, slips included
Folk Bernd live at home
It's the first time, I guess, that a tune that I had dreamt of actually seemed to make sense by daylight. I searched - and soon discovered - fitting lyrics in my own collection and recorded a draft in the morning. Yesterday I recorded the song:
I dance in the light
I just stumbled over an embarrasing little slip, considering that I had gone over all my lyrics, sometimes several times, to check them for errors, clumsiness, or just to format them. In "house of worms" it should obviously read "their pay" - not "they're pay" (fortunately nobody will hear the difference). I guess I should have hired a proofreader. If you proof-read your own stuff you overlook your own mistakes.
After a restaurant owner had asked me if I was interested in performing in his venue in 2017 I had begun creating a little video series "Folk Bernd live at home" to showcase my setlist so interested parties could see what to expect (not too much, I'm afraid, but anyway...). Meanwhile I performed three times, at a fourth date nobody(!) showed up, so my companion and I just played for ourselves and two of his friends he had called.
This year there might be one or to performances in the summer. Since I have to rehearse regularly so my fingers don't hurt when performing ("pale plump Paula", my 12-string, can put quite a strain on untrained fingers) I hope to acquire a few more concerts. That's why I have expanded my setlist and published a few more "Folk Bernd live at home" videos and songs.
You can find the songs on my playlist, or the videos on my YouTube channel:
Folk Bernd live at home: Joy
The observant visitor might have noticed that the label of the first link on the blue line above is singular now: "my lyrics collection". The "s" is missing. That is because now all 545 lyrics
are in one single file
I have modified quite a few of the song texts. Some have been completely rewritten , others just edited to improve the flow or add some eloquence. I also had to do the odd correction. The diction now is British English (throughout? Not sure) and I've often omitted superfluous words like "yeah", "well" etc. that the musicians/singers can easily insert themselves should an additional syllable be needed.
Anyway: should you have filed oneor more older lyrics collections by me just replace them with this new, completed and updated version:
20 years (Lyrics by Bernd Harmsen since 1999)