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Wally Lawder & Brandie Thornburg (Papillon)
2011-00-00
Wally Lawder

Story

I wrote this in a hotel room in Washington, DC--which is amusing to me since it is about a river in New Mexico! While in DC, I realized that the deadline for the Gila River Festival songwriting competition was approaching. Nothing like a little pressure to get the job done! I had a little travel guitar with me and came up with this song. I was fortunate to win first prize in the contest.

Wally Lawder & Brandie Thornburg (Papillon)
2011-00-00
Wally Lawder

Story

I wrote most of this song in the back courtyard of a coffee house in Silver City, New Mexico. I think that coffee is one of the great delights of this world--and I hope this song conveys that!

Wally Lawder & Brandie Thornburg (Papillon)
2011-00-00
Wally Lawder

Story

I wrote this specifically for Brandie to sing lead on, which was a first for me. It was also fun writing some harmonies and countermelodies for me. I even went online to do some research on gravity vs levity, etc, although in the long run left most of the science out of it. Definitely a happy song.

Wally Lawder & Brandie Thornburg (Papillon)
2011-00-00
Wally Lawder

Story

I originally wrote this for myself to sing, and performed it from time to time. But I always felt it was really a female vocal. When I heard Brandie sing it for the first time, I knew it was hers to sing! A friend says it has kind of a lazy, southern feel, and I agree.

Wally Lawder & Brandie Thornburg (Papillon)
2011-00-00
Wally Lawder

Story

This was inspired by images from Canyon De Shelly and the Chiricahuas. It doesn't necessarily make sense in a linear, literal way. But it does metaphorically, I think.

Wally Lawder and Brandie Thornburg (Papillon)
Wally Lawder

Story

Are we spiritual beings having a human experience? Or human beings having a spiritual experience? This is my hymn of praise to ordinary days.