In Those Days

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This song is about a family secret. It also happens to be about my grandfather, who immigrated from Denmark, circa 1913. However, he held dual citizenship, being born in Minnesota in 1891.

By the time he came back to the states, he wanted a new start. So much so, he even changed his last name. I wanted to honor my grandfather, to remind myself, he did the best he could with what he understood.

Stylistically, I borrow a bit from Dan Fogelberg's storytelling and piano stylings. The talented Tim Connell, plays the mandolin.

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He was born to a teenage mother
Far away from his homeland
It would forever change his life
Hidden away in a small Minnesota town…that’s what they did in those days

Her heart longing for home
She could her those childhood songs
She packed up her young son-took him across the sea
How would she face her hometown…that’s what she did in those days

In those days…in those days
That’s what they did in those days

He grew up with rumors and innuendo
A weight too much to ask
Love it seems had stipulation
He always knew where he stood….in those days

Anger and sadness…surely broke his heart
Never quite fitting in
Always living at a distance
Always wanting to belong…in those days

The hurt, the shame and all the blame
How he must have walked alone many times
Even when words of love were spoken
They were hard to receive…in those days

In those days…in those days
That’s what they did in those days

So here I stand where he stood
A place of beauty and serene
Walked the steps of his childhood
Somehow I think he knows what this means to me….in these days

credits

from In Those Days, track released August 1, 2012
Keyboard/Lead Vocals: Chris Taylor
Most everything else: Bart Hafeman
Mandolin: Tim Connell
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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