Give A Damn

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My pastor father has a bumper sticker that reads: "Give A Damn." His personal mantra for life. This is my tribute to him. To give the song some tension with the title, I chose to go with a 6/8 gospel feel.

Clark Bondy's killer sax solo at the beginning of the song, pretty much sets the tone.

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A man of passion
A man of pain
A preacher a father
A companion

A gentle heart
With a raging fire
Foolish servant
In oversized shoes

He walked the desert
Heartache in his past
Embracing the Creator
To tame his savageness

He is a man…
That gives a damn

Profound simplicity
His calling card
Creative chaos
In his wake

A man of vision
A man of prose
A humble heart
That rarely froze

Yes he stumbled
Said some unkind words
Raised his voice in anger
As he declared his humanness

He is a man…
That gives a damn

credits

from In Those Days, track released August 1, 2012
Keyboard/Lead Vocals: Chris Taylor
Nearly everything else: Bart Hafeman
Killer sax solo: Clark Bondy
B3 organ stud: Marcos Hernandez
Written by Chris Taylor

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Chris Taylor Portland, Oregon

Chris Taylor's love for music goes as far back as he can remember. He started taking piano lessons at the age of 8, and has been writing songs since he was in high school. After college, he built a career as a radio on-air personality, voiceover artist, professional emcee and club/mobile DJ. Chris plays keyboard & acoustic guitar in the classic R&B dance band, HomeBrew in his hometown of Portland. ... more

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