'Blues Money' Song Book & Audio Samples

Blues Money

Musicians
vocal & harmonica: Michael Pickett
guitar: Colin Linden, Teddy Leonard, Neil Chapman, Slavka Kobrin, Mike Francis,
bass: Steve Chadwick, Leo Valvassori, Malcolm McCuaig
Hammond B3: Doug Riley, Doug Romanow
organ: Richard Bell
piano: Doug Riley, Richard Bell
drums: Marty Cordrey, Dale-Anne Brendon, Shawn Eisenberg
vacuum cleaner: Paul Brennan
percussion: Rob Greenaway
saxophone: John Johnson
trombone: Gord Myers
background vocals: Louise Pickett, Molly Johnson, Tiki Mercury-Clarke, John Pickering, Michael Pickett

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"A great CD.! Outstanding harmonica work, great vocals & superb songwriting !"

Lee Oskar

Blues Money
This is one of those phrases that sometimes gets in your head & won't quit till you write a song. The inspiration came from watching a friend at his wedding. He was havin' way too much fun singing background vocals & I just pictured him singing "Blues Money" with an infectious beat behind it. I wrote this one on the harp & of course I still don't really know what blues money means. To hear the whole track, go to track 2 & back the CD up 30 secs.
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/Doug Romanow/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)
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Shake
This song came from a riff that Teddy Leonard (guitar) came up with at a rehearsal. The idea is closely related to a couple of Howlin' Wolf tunes or lyrics. In fact I had to check and see if the lyrics weren't his! They aren't, but the idea of a woman leaving and coming back when the guy's already moved on to another woman is "Wolf".........great sax work by Johnny Johnson on this one.
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/Teddy Leonard/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)
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1988
The inspiration for this came from Sonny Boy Williamson. Tunes like Pontiac Blues "Mr.Downchild". It's very autobiographical. The idea to open it up with just harp and piano came to me on the spot in the studio. Great piano track from Canada's own "Dr. Music"... Doug Riley.
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)
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World Gone Crazy
I wrote this one on a solo canoe trip. I had a Stevie Ray Vaughan groove in mind. The line "pack it up baby....let's get out of here" still makes me think of the portage trail.
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)
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The Sweetest Sound
Teddy Leonard had this one title phrase and together we hammered out the rest of the song. Sweetest Gal Music got its name directly from the Howlin' Wolf tune, "Louise". "Louise....you the sweetest gal I know." It ain't the blues but it's soulful & pretty.
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/Teddy Leonard/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)
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All Of These Blues
I wrote this one on the harp also. Blatantly stealing from but also tipping the hat to James Brown. For me the singer's dilemma is that he gets to choose "from all of these blues" "What is this, Christmas?"
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/Teddy Leonard/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)
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Call Your Name
A pretty straightforward tune where the singer knows he can always rely on one sure thing...whatever that means to ya.
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)
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Work So Hard
I wrote this with Muddy's "Can't get no grindin'.... What's the matter with the Mill", in mind. I was also hearing a field holler...hence the way the chorus is sung shouted. That's myself playing acoustic guitar & Colin Linden playing lead. I think he nailed it on the first pass. Great background vocals.
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)
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Walkin'
I definitely wrote this thinking of Mavis Staples and Martin Luther King Jr. I didn't realize 'til quite some time later that it was about something else entirely.
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)
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Trouble
This song was written with Lightnin' Hopkins in mind. A lot of fun. It reminds me in certain places of "The Music Man" ......trouble with a capital T, that rhymes with P and that stands for POOL!"
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/Teddy Leonard/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)
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I Won't Be Your Fool
Richard Bell (keyboards) is a hard guy to track down. We basically wrote this one over the phone. I'm very proud of this one. The blues is a deceptively complex art form. It ain't as simple as it sometimes might sound. The vocal and harp are the original "ghost" tracks. In order to redo them (which is what is normally done) we would have had to wipe out the drums.
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/Richard Bell/SOCAN/ASCAP/Sweetest Gal Music/Raven Hill Music)
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My Mind's Made Up
This tune was also written on a canoe trip. I had a sketch of horns in mind but nothin' as hip or as much fun as what Johnny Johnson came up with in the arrangement... the fun side of divorce!
(c)(p) 1998 Michael Pickett/SOCAN/Sweetest Gal Music)

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