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Going There With You 
9th-Dec-2015 10:17 pm
So Gretchen is buying me a new guitar for Christmas. What this means is that I am charged to arrange the guitar which will then be appropriately wrapped for Christmas and placed under the tree, because guitars are a very individual thing. So the last time I was at The Guitar Works, I asked Terry if he carried the line of guitars that I was interested in and he said that he did. Well, that was convenient. :)

Last week, I called him up and asked him to place the order. He contacted his sales rep and it turns out that he hadn't bought enough guitars from this particular manufacturer recently to be able to order a single guitar, but if he ordered $5000 worth of guitars, they'd be happy to send him the one that I wanted as part of the package. This was a few more guitars that Terry wanted to get from that manufacturer right now, so he called me back and apologized for not being able to get the guitar, which I certainly understood. He also gave me some pointers to other dealers in town that I could get the guitar from, which was nice of him.

I ended up ordering the guitar from one of the local dealers via Amazon, because that meant that I didn't have to pay City of Chicago sales tax. And a couple of days ago, the new guitar arrived. It's an electric baritone tuned B to B, which gives me a new guitar voice in the collection. Of course, it had to be checked out, so I plugged it into the amp and made sure everything was working correctly, which it was. And I played around with some chords...

The last couple of days, I pulled out my desk guitar and worked through the chords and produced the following song:


Words and Music: Bill Roper
Copyright 2015

Going There With You

I want to ride a rocket blasting off to outer space
And float in zero gravity in that high and lonely place.
But it isn’t really lonely, ‘cause one thing I know is true:
Wherever I am going, I am going there with you.

I want to walk within the pages of my favorite book
And help the heroes win the day, no matter what it took.
And with you there beside me, we would know just what to do,
‘Cause wherever I am going, I am going there with you.

(Bridge to instrumental verse)
No matter where I’m going and no matter where I roam,
Any place that I’m with you is a place that I call home.
Let’s pack our bags together and set off for somewhere new.
The only thing I care about is going there with you.

I want to take a time machine back to the day we met
And remember what it felt like when I hadn’t found you yet.
And I would tell that younger man that wishes do come true,
‘Cause wherever I am going, I am going there with you.

I want to ride a rocket blasting off to outer space
And float in zero gravity in that high and lonely place.
But it isn’t really lonely, ‘cause one thing I know is true:
Wherever I am going, I am going there with you.

Yeah, wherever I am going, I am going there with you.
Wherever I am going, I am going there with you.


Gretchen approves. :)

And the new baritone guitar is back in its box, waiting for Christmas.

And Julie is enjoying playing with the outer shipping box...
Comments 
10th-Dec-2015 06:43 am (UTC)
Ohh, I love this. Wanna hear it!


It makes me think of the best 43 years of my life...
10th-Dec-2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Some time, I will get around to recording scratch tracks and updating the website...
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