"Get this song book. It belongs in your library. It belongs on your music stand, because it's more than a collection of songs ..." (Victory Music Reviews)
Self-Propelled Music. ISBN: 978-0-981033-0-8
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After many suggestions and requests, too many years of cogitation, and copious bucketfuls of (virtual) sweat, the songbook is available.
Worth the Singin' encompasses the music and lyrics to all of Tom's original songs, plus those songs which have either his lyrics or melodies; in whole or in part; totalling 41 songs and one lonely little poem.
The package is 110 pages, in 8.5” X 11” format, to accommodate text fonts which should not tax aging eyesight; and (insofar as possible) with musical notation and lyric of each piece on facing pages. The high-quality wire binding enables the book to conveniently lie flat, and the thicker pages and covers facilitate it standing upright where required. Those covers are laminated and glossy, the better to withstand the depredations of slopping tankards and beer-soaked pub tables.
Each song is accompanied by some drivel (let's call it "commentary", shall we?), mostly pertaining to the relevant piece, at least loosely — even if the relevance may not be immediately apparent to the casual glance!
The musical notations were achieved using Finale PrintMusic and the assistance of a 'bona fide' professionally qualified musician. Tom's intention has been to make them clear and (for the most part) un-sophisticated. You'll find simple chord notations where appropriate.
For the un-tutored musician (like Tom!) each book comes with a professionally manufactured (41 track) CD containing at least the first verse and chorus of each song.
Supplementary pages detail some information and comment in respect of 53 other songs, to be heard on Tom's recordings — the traditional, the borrowed and the stolen.