When I was in high school we had a band down the street that wrote original music. They were called Free Food. To say each one of those people were an influence on me is huge understatement. I fell so in love with them and playing guitar during that time, that my parents got me one for my 17th birthday, which I immediately began writing songs on. Where those songs came from is a place I still love and cherish today. Because it has nothing to do with me, I knew little about Guitar or songwriting at the time.
Of course by now I’m getting better at that part! As time went by, me and my friends stayed in touch through hell and high water, through marriage, divorce, and all things in between. When I got my ranch in 1998 and set up a recording studio, we made plans to have a musical reunion here. That was in 2000. In 2005 we had another one, this song is a result of that reunion. (Our last time together was in 2012).
Fred had written a poem on a piece of cardboard and left it at the studio, and some months later I flipped it over and wrote my poem. That was in 2005. In 2018 when we got together, I showed Fred the poem that he had written, and he asked me to find some (3) chords and he’d make a song out of the lyrics. He rejected my cursory chord idea, so I flipped that cardboard over and made something out of the dribblings that I had written. And thus we have THE NEAREST NEIGHBORS were a (Mile Away.) This is my song to my friends, thank you guys for helping me, inspiring me, teaching me and making great music yourselves. God is good. I miss you guys and I hope we meet up again someday. It’s gonna have to be up yonder I’m sure, since some of us have gone on ahead. The story of us pulls out of sight.
Love you always, me.