It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green

  1. It's Not Easy Bein' Green Paul Griffin 3:58
  2. Go With Me Paul Griffin 4:33
  3. The Wind Beneath My Wings Paul Griffin 3:16
  4. Where Is Love Paul Griffin 2:02
  5. Here, There, And Everywhere Paul Griffin 1:36
  6. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring Paul Griffin 2:55
  7. Oh What A Beautiful Morning Paul Griffin 1:00
  8. New Day Paul Griffin 2:29

I wrote most of the arrangements on this CD and I was anxious to hear the parts but I was having difficulties finding vocalists who could read music. I had two cassette recorders and I would record the first part and then play it back while recording on the second machine and singing another part. The first one that I ever recorded this way was on “Wichita Lineman” when Irene and I were living in a flat in Ealing, London. Somehow over the years I have lost that recording but it moved me to purchase a reel to reel, sound on sound tape recorder and to write and record more. The first “vocal solo” that I recorded was, “Softly As I Leave You” which can be heard on another CD on this web site. “The Years Of My Youth.” I somehow felt that I had crossed a boundary by singing, since Irene and I had an agreement that she wouldn’t play the trumpet and I wouldn’t sing. But, I rationalized it by also recording a trumpet solo along with my own vocal. It did, however, open another avenue of income for me in London, as I was getting called for vocal jingles as well as for my trumpet playing.

How I have lamented what I might have accomplished if I had access back then to the equipment that we have today. Some of my favorite vocal groups are: Singers Unlimited; Groove For Thought and Eclipse.

 

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