Track 30 There’s a River

T and F-1

Recording and Mixing Dates: Recorded January 31, 2010. Mixed February 16, 2016.

 

Genesis: Theresa and I celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary two days ago. Theresa asked that I post this song in honor of this event.

I wrote this song in January 2010. I came up with the music just after New Year’s Day. I made up words to capture the melody and three words stuck in my mind: River, Rainbow, Tree. I titled the demo with these words. Over the course of the month I wrote the lyrics. All three words made it into the final version.

The song reflects the fact that time is moving quickly for us these days. We have to confront the inevitable changes that will come as we grow older. Theresa has been my muse since we started hanging out in 1974. She has also been my champion, believing that my music should be nurtured and heard. My rainbow does indeed begin and end with her.

I recorded the song on my iPhone, using an adapter that allowed me to plug in a high-quality microphone. I love the interplay between the guitar and the high-string guitar. I came up with an arrangement that featured piano and cello, but in the end I realized this recording captured the essence of the song.

Production: Acoustic Guitar, Nashville High-String Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin.

 Lyrics

There’s a River

There’s a river

Through these trees

We’ll take it down to New Orleans

We can run away

But I know we’ll stay

 

Shine some diamonds

In the sun

Blind ourselves from what’s to come

If our memories fade

We must not be afraid

 

With dreams and a compass

And a shifting point of view

Somehow I found my rainbow

That begins and ends with you

 

We come running

Down through time

To separate unknown finish lines

I will see you through

That’s what I want to do

 

With dreams and a compass

And a shifting point of view

Somehow I found my rainbow

That begins and ends with you

 

I’ll keep turning

Every key

There’re some good songs locked in me

That I’ll sing to you

You can sing them too

 

There’s a river

Through these trees

We’ll take it down to New Orleans

We can run away

But I know we’ll stay

Copyright 2016 Fred Grittner All Rights Reserved

 

Track 30 There’s a River

5 thoughts on “Track 30 There’s a River

  1. I like this one a lot. That´s the same version as the one I first heard in 2010, I think?
    Lovely song. lovely melody, good lyrics. Nice and subdued, doesn´t need more instruments.
    Maybe sing ‘There´s a river’ (once or twice) again during the outro?

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  2. TR says:

    This is a lovely piece of work. I found myself not wanting to hear the repeat of the 1st verse however, leaving it “wrapped up” with the “you can sing it too” line. Nice job.

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  3. Wow, 41 years, congratulations Fred and Theresa, that’s beautiful. Sandrine and I have been together since 24 years and we just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary in July. Also very touching song and lyrics, thanks!

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