While My Guitar Gently Sleeps

Dennis Massa

" While My Guitar Gently Sleeps " . Sung by Dennis Massa. Words & Music by George Harrison.

" While My Guitar Gently Sleeps " . Sung by Dennis Massa. Words & Music by George Harrison. Guitars and Vocals & Performance by Dennis Massa.

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Nothing Compares 2 U

Dennis Massa

Dennis Massa: What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, a whisper of Prine .

" Nothing Compares 2 U " Words & Music by PRINCE.

a cover song sung by Dennis Massa

Cello - Real Cello Performed by Dennis Massa

Guitars - all guitars performed by Dennis Massa

Vocals - all vocals performed by Dennis Massa

In Loving Memory of PRINCE & Chris Cornell

Prince (musician)

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.[2] He won seven Grammy Awards,[3] an American Music Award,[4] a Golden Globe Award,[5] and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain.[6] He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.[7] Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists, "the most influential artists of the rock & roll era"

Chris Cornell From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Audioslave. He was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood. Cornell was known for his role as one of the architects of the 1990s grunge movement, for his extensive catalog as a songwriter, for his nearly four octave vocal range,[3] and for his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Higher Truth (2015), and the live album Songbook (2011). Cornell received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song "The Keeper" which appeared in the film Machine Gun Preacher and co-wrote and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), "You Know My Name". The last solo release prior to his death was the charity single "The Promise", written for the ending credits for the film of the same name. He was voted "Rock's Greatest Singer" by readers of Guitar World,[4] ranked 4th in the list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists" by Hit Parader,[5] 9th in the list of "Best Lead Singers of All Time" by Rolling Stone,[6] and 12th in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music".[7]

Dennis Massa: What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, a whisper of Prine .

I have some talented friends scattered underneath the beautiful spacious skies, just over the majestic purple mountains, and some right in the middle of the amber waves of grain! They were given to me over the years, and I'm always so proud to see them succeed, and glad to "Spotlight" their accomplishments to others.

From Long Island, NY, I introduce to you Dennis Massa, a talented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-violin maker-recording engineer-producer. Today he debuts his new cover song " Nothing Compares 2 U " written by PRINCE.. Now on CD Baby & apple itunes & 90 other web sites. Check him out. Download " Nothing Compares 2 U " from the cloud to your ears. - Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at ExpressJet Airlines, & Atlanta Music Research Group.

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Bird on a Wire

Dennis Massa

What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, a whisper of Prine and a dose of of the Spirit—with a sprinkle of time thrown in for good measure? " Bird On A WIre " Performed by Dennis Massa - Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at ExpressJet Airlines.

" Bird On A Wire " Performed by Dennis Massa

Words & Music by Leonard Cohen.

" Bird On A Wire " CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art

Gregory's art can be viewed at https://gregorysingerart.com/

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What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, a whisper of Prine and a dose of of the Spirit—with a sprinkle of time thrown in for good measure? " Bird On A Wire " Performed by Dennis Massa - Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at ExpressJet Airlines.

" Bird On A Wire " Performed by Dennis Massa Cello - dennis massa guitars - by dennis massa violins - played by dennis massa. Harmonies- dennis massa Vocals - dennis massa

Words & Music by Leonard Cohen.

" Bird On A Wire " CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art

Gregory's art can be viewed at https://gregorysingerart.com/

about Gregory Singer : " Bird On A Wire " CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art Gregory's art can be viewed at https://gregorysingerart.com/ Gregory Singer: Musician, producer, conductor, artist and educator. Prolific Violinist, also a composer and has lead his Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra in concerts in Carnegie Hall and 6 tours of China. Conductor & Director of the Manhattan Symphonie, NYC., which he founded in 2005. http://www.manhattansymphonie.com/ He also owns a fine violin shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Gregory has also worked as a musician on many movie soundtracks, Numerous Broadway shows, ballets, operas, and recordings.

Album Notes " Bird On A Wire " Performed by Dennis Massa

Words & Music by Leonard Cohen.

What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, a whisper of Prine and a dose of of the Spirit—with a sprinkle of time thrown in for good measure? " Bird On A Wire " Performed by Dennis Massa

I have some talented friends scattered underneath the beautiful spacious skies, just over the majestic purple mountains, and some right in the middle of the amber waves of grain! They were given to me over the years, and I'm always so proud to see them succeed, and glad to "Spotlight" their accomplishments to others.

From Long Island, NY, I introduce to you Dennis Massa, a talented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-violin maker-recording engineer-producer. Today he debuts his new album, Gravity. Now on CD Baby & apple itunes & 90 other web sites. Check him out. Download " Bird On A Wire " from the cloud to your ears. - Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at ExpressJet Airlines, & Atlanta Music Research Group.

thanks for listening,

Contact: (six three One ) 765-8005 tel. email Dennis Massa : solmassa@yahoo.com

Album Notes Performance by dennis massa (c) Dennis Massa 2017 All rights reserved

"Bird On The Wire" words & music by Leonard Cohen. Performed by Dennis Massa.

Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free. Like a worm on a hook, like a knight from some old fashioned book I have saved all my ribbons for thee. If I, if I have been unkind, I hope that you can just let it go by. If I, if I have been untrue I hope you know it was never to you. Like a baby, stillborn, like a beast with his horn I have torn everyone who reached out for me. But I swear by this song and by all that I have done wrong I will make it all up to thee. I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch, he said to me, "You must not ask for so much." And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door, she cried to me, "Hey, why not ask for more?"

Oh like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free.

Writer/s: LEONARD COHEN Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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About Bird on Wire .......... written by Leonard Cohen ...........

Kris Kristofferson has penned some of the most memorable lyrics in country and rock music history, and yet he has gone on record as saying he would like the opening lines of a song he didn’t write to be used as his epitaph. Such is the power of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On The Wire,” a song that ruminates on the impossibility of freedom in a world rife with tethers.

The inspiration for “Bird On The Wire” came from Cohen’s time in the ’60s living on the rustic Greek island of Hydra. When he first arrived there, the island didn’t even have electricity, but Cohen soon witnessed the construction of telephone poles in this idyllic place. So there actually were birds on the wire to fire up the songwriter’s imagination, just as there were “drunks in a midnight choir,” since the island was also known for bouts of late-night revelry.

Judy Collins actually recorded the song in 1968 before Cohen’s own version a year later on his second LP, Songs From A Room. On that album, Bob Johnston, who was known for his work on Bob Dylan’s landmark mid-60s albums, came aboard to produce, and the strings he applied to “Bird On The Wire” coat Cohen’s tale in just the right amount of tenderness and light.

Cohen’s music has always been catnip for artists looking for cover material, and “Bird On The Wire” has proved especially fertile ground, perhaps because it’s one of the Canadian bard’s most elastic melodies. In addition to Collins’ early take, there have been excellent performances of the song by numerous notable artists, including Fairport Convention, Joe Cocker, The Neville Brothers, Tim Hardin, and K.D. Lang, among many, many others. Even Johnny Cash sang a brooding version that brought the song’s darker elements to the forefront.

Yet none of these interpreters locates the song’s core quite as well as Leonard himself, especially in that original studio version. In the verses, he staggers through the slow tempo like one of those tipsy singers he mentions. It’s in the middle sections, when that famously deep voice stretches to its humble limits, that the vulnerability and genuineness of the song’s protagonist emerges.

Not that this guy is without his faults. These are made plain by his admission that “Like a beast with his horn / I have torn everyone who reached out for me.” Those destructive flaws are redeemed somewhat by his intentions to do better: “But I swear by this song / And by all that I have done wrong / I will make it all up to thee.”

The use of the archaic “thee” and references to knights and ribbons suggests a gallantry and charm that likely wins this guy admiration even for all the damage that he’s done. His inner struggle is made clear later in the song by the contrast of the beggar accusing him of greed and the pretty woman accusing him of reticence.

As is the case with many Cohen compositions, “Bird On The Wire” is never quite a finished product. When he performs it live, Leonard often toys with the lyrics to bring heretofore buried nuance to the surface. For example, the original version contains the lyrics “If I, if I have been untrue / I hope you know it was never to you,” suggesting that the character’s betrayal may have been first and foremost to his own ideals, with all those around him simply suffering collateral damage.

In concert, Cohen changes things around a bit: “If I have been untrue / It’s just that I thought a lover had to be some kind of liar too.” That variation puts the blame on the character’s ignorance more than anything else.

The lines that never change, the same ones that enraptured Kristofferson and so many others, are the ones that bookend the song: “Like a bird on the wire / Like a drunk in a midnight choir / I have tried in my way to be free.” In Harry Rasky’s 1979 book The Song of Leonard Cohen — Portrait of a Poet, a Friendship, and a Film, Cohen talked about the line concerning his character’s quest for freedom.

“It’s as explicit as you can get,” Cohen said. “It mitigates a kind of arrogant human statement, which is ‘I’ve tried to be free’ – well everybody tries to be free. ‘In my way’ somewhat modifies and softens the idea, and also includes the possibility of failure. Because you say, you know, according to my own light and in my way I’ve tried, and I’ve messed it up like everybody else, but that was the effort.”

Leonard Cohen wrote in the liner notes to a 2007 re-release of Songs From A Room that the song was “simultaneously a prayer and an anthem, a kind of bohemian ‘My Way.’” The comparison to that Frank Sinatra classic falters a bit, however, upon closer inspection. After all, “My Way” is about a man who simply wills himself to triumph. By contrast, “Bird On The Wire” admits that the human spirit’s struggle against inherent frailties and external pressures often results in futility. That’s all right though, because, as Cohen so movingly observed, it’s the effort that counts.

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Jambalaya

Sung by Dennis Massa

Jambalaya. Words & Music by Hank Williams. Performed by Dennis Massa.

Words & Music by the Great Hank Williams.

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The Raven

Dennis Massa

Dennis Massa reading one of the great poems ever written by one of the greatest poets/authors, Edgar Allan Poe. Who could ask for anything more? A true literary masterpiece.

The Raven read by Dennis Massa. ( Listen thru Headphones 2 hear great sound effects )

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Video Edits by dennis massa Voice read by dennis massa ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 -- October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.[1] He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.[2]

He was born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts; he was orphaned young when his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family. Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him. He attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. After enlisting in the Army and later failing as an officer's cadet at West Point, Poe parted ways with the Allans. His publishing career began humbly, with an anonymous collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian".

Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move between several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845 Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. He began planning to produce his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.[3]

Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today.

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Bye Bye Blackbird

Dennis Massa

What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, a whisper of Prine and a dose of of the Spirit—with a sprinkle of time thrown in for good measure? " Bye Bye Blackbird " Performed by Dennis Massa................ (Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at ExpressJet Airlines)

CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art

Contact: Massa Music (six three One ) 765-8005 tel. email Dennis Massa : solmassa@yahoo.com

" Bye Bye Blackbird "
words & Music by Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon.

song written in 1926 by Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon.

Cover Version: Sung by Dennis Massa

Guitars and All Vocals by Dennis Massa.

Lyrics: Pack up all my care and woe Here I go, singing low Bye bye blackbird Where somebody waits for me Sugar's sweet, so is she Bye bye blackbird No one here can love and understand me Oh, what hard luck stories they all hand me Make my bed and light the light I'll arrive late tonight Blackbird, bye bye

Dennis Massa a talented singer-songwriter . Singing his cover of " Bye Bye Blackbird " . Performed by Dennis Massa Guitars, All vocals. What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, a whisper of Prine and a dose of of the Spirit—with a sprinkle of time thrown in for good measure? " Bye Bye Blackbird " Performed by Dennis Massa................ ( Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at ExpressJet Airlines).

CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art

Contact: (six three One ) 765-8005 tel. email Dennis Massa : solmassa@yahoo.com

CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art

Gregory's art can be viewed at https://gregorysingerart.com/

Gregory Singer: Musician, producer, conductor, artist and educator. Prolific Violinist, also a composer and has lead his Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra in concerts in Carnegie Hall and 6 tours of China. Conductor & Director of the Manhattan Symphonie, NYC., which he founded in 2005. http://www.manhattansymphonie.com/ He also owns a fine violin shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Gregory has also worked as a musician on many movie soundtracks, Numerous Broadway shows, ballets, operas, and recordings. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Imagine

Dennis Massa

" Imagine " Performed by Dennis Massa Words & Music by John Lennon .

CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art

Gregory's art can be viewed at https://gregorysingerart.com/

" Imagine "

Album Notes " Imagine " Performed by Dennis Massa Words & Music by John Lennon. Guitars : by Dennis Massa Mandolin: by Dennis Massa Vocals: Performed by Dennis Massa

What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, a whisper of Prine and a dose of of the Spirit—with a sprinkle of time thrown in for good measure? " Imagine " Performed by Dennis Massa

I have some talented friends scattered underneath the beautiful spacious skies, just over the majestic purple mountains, and some right in the middle of the amber waves of grain! They were given to me over the years, and I'm always so proud to see them succeed, and glad to "Spotlight" their accomplishments to others.

From Long Island, NY, I introduce to you Dennis Massa, a talented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-violin maker-recording engineer-producer. Today he debuts his new Single release, " Imagine ". Now on CD Baby & apple itunes & 90 other web sites. Check him out. Download " Imagine" from the cloud to your ears. - Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at ExpressJet Airlines, & Atlanta Music Research Group.

thanks for listening, Contact: (six three One ) 765-8005 tel. email Dennis Massa : solmassa@yahoo.com

Performance by dennis massa (c) Dennis Massa 2017 All rights reserved

My Commentary written by Dennis Massa on Gregory Singer art work for the Imagine CD cover. Single Cover art work by "Gregory Singer " .............. While on the phone with Gregory , A good friend of mine in NYC who is an artist, conductor, violinist & has a violin shop, yesterday quickly drew a sketch and sent it to me by email. .... it was three figures on earth with three parachutes. I responded immediately and recognized what he was trying to say thru his art work, I wrote this commentary in a few minutes and this is what I told him his art work represents. this represents the : " The Pendulum of Life " by dennis massa. april 2017 Psychologically this represent the " Holy Trinity " and the Higher Conscious Circle of Humanity. with the Thief on the left and the thief on the right. and the Jesus or Highest Being is in the middle. The two thieves are fighting the figure in the Middle, and the Figure in the middle is telling them to hold on as they will soon receive the knowledge, and then will enter with him to a Higher Level of Consciousness. Represented by the Pink animals rising to the Higher Level, of course which is all psychological, not Literal. This is a sort of " Pendulum of Life " in balance so to speak. Here we have to find the "Balance" of Life within our-self. The middle figure represents that balance and is the perfect point of balance in the Pendulum of the Three figures that we need to obtain. The One or higher being or Jesus figure in the middle is telling the two thieves, they will be with Him in a higherlevel of Consciousness. the Parachutes are taking their purer essence to higher ground. as represents the 3 pink animals tied to the parachutes line's . Pink color represents our purer Essence. Where we have to make Essence active and Personality Passive. Pink hearkens back to a form when we were young and in pure Essence up to the age of 5 or so, and then we develop Personality, and it takes a life time to get rid of Personality before we can go back to Our "Pink" self ( Essence) , as is exhibited by your Pink animals which are hanging by a Thread ( the Pink Lines of Life which are so "Fragile " ) This represents our lower self, that is tied to the earth, and will be suspended as to a time when we can be delivered from the prison we are in. ( represented by the 3 figures, whose "feet" touch the Green land masses, as the Feet, our lowest form touches the "Earth" . In your art work, we are ascending to a Higher Level within our self. As all things are internal, not external. The 3 figures, the 3 parachutes, 3 pink animals, 3 Greeen layers of land they stand on , 3 white clouds, 3 harnesses for the pink animals, 3 colors red white blue, all reflect the symbolism of 3. One of the perfect completion number of 3. Also the clothes and the color represent something also. The Blue Figure in the middle is dressed as a US Civil War Soldier, the Red Figure is a French Soldier Napoleon days, and the White Figure is the UK Naval soldier. This is what they are psychologically clothed in. WAR figures representing the war within ourselves and the colors blended together red, white, and blue, mixed together.......... White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief Leader signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice." the Brown sun, represents the "cloudiness" that is in our nature, which will turn to white "Light" , when we ascend to the Higher Conscious circle of Humanity. This is the state most of us are in . The Pendulum of Life. We hang in the "balance", and strive to find the balance of life which is represented by the Middle Blue Figure. The attainment to a Higher Level of Consciousness is something we can all develop and achieve. Then we can Rise to the Heavens. The heavens of course, being in our self. - Dennis Massa June 7th 2017

CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art

Gregory's art can be viewed at https://gregorysingerart.com/

Gregory Singer: Musician, producer, conductor, artist and educator. Prolific Violinist, also a composer and has lead his Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra in concerts in Carnegie Hall and 6 tours of China. Conductor & Director of the Manhattan Symphonie, NYC., which he founded in 2005. http://www.manhattansymphonie.com/ He also owns a fine violin shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Gregory has also worked as a musician on many movie soundtracks, Numerous Broadway shows, ballets, operas, and recordings.

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The Long Road

Dennis Massa

Dennis Massa: What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, a whisper of Prine .

I have some talented friends scattered underneath the beautiful spacious skies, just over the majestic purple mountains, and some right in the middle of the amber waves of grain! They were given to me over the years, and I'm always so proud to see them succeed, and glad to "Spotlight" their accomplishments to others.

From Long Island, NY, I introduce to you Dennis Massa, a talented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-violin maker-recording engineer-producer. Today he debuts his new cover song " The Long Road " written by Eddie Vedder.. Now on CD Baby & apple itunes & 90 other web sites. Check him out. Download " The Long Road " from the cloud to your ears. - Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at ExpressJet Airlines, & Atlanta Music Research Group.

" The Long Road " words & music by Eddie Vedder

This version is a cover of the song Performed by Dennis Massa

All Vocals -by Dennis Massa Mandolin - by Dennis Massa All guitars- by dennis massa

Dennis Massa: What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, a whisper of Prine .

I have some talented friends scattered underneath the beautiful spacious skies, just over the majestic purple mountains, and some right in the middle of the amber waves of grain! They were given to me over the years, and I'm always so proud to see them succeed, and glad to "Spotlight" their accomplishments to others.

From Long Island, NY, I introduce to you Dennis Massa, a talented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-violin maker-recording engineer-producer. Today he debuts his new cover song " The Long Road " written by Eddie Vedder.. Now on CD Baby & apple itunes & 90 other web sites. Check him out. Download " The Long Road " from the cloud to your ears. - Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at ExpressJet Airlines, & Atlanta Music Research Group.

Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson; December 23, 1964) is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the grunge band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists. He is known for his powerful baritone vocals. He is also involved in making music and contributes to albums by other artists. In 2007, Vedder released his first solo album as a soundtrack for the film Into the Wild (2007). His second album Ukulele Songs and a live DVD titled Water on the Road were released in 2011. Vedder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pearl Jam on April 7, 2017.[4] "The Long Road", another version of the song by Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan from the Dead Man Walking film soundtrack album ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Long Road by Eddie Vedder _______________________________ The Long Road Lyrics & music by Eddie Vedder. And I wished for so long cannot stay. All the precious moments cannot stay. It's not like wings have fallen cannot stay. But still something's missing cannot say. Holding hands of daughters and sons, And their faiths are falling down. I have wished for so long How I wish for you today. Will I walk the long road? Cannot stay There's no need to say goodbye All the friends and family. All the memories going round. I have wished for so long. How I wish for you today. And the wind keeps rollin', And the sky keeps turning gray. And the sun is set The sun will rise another day. I have wished for so long How I wish for you today. I have wished for so long How I wish for you today. Will I walk the long road? We all walk the long road Songwriters EDDIE VEDDER Published by Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

I dedicate this song in memory of Chris Cornell:

Chris Cornell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Audioslave. He was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.

Cornell was known for his role as one of the architects of the 1990s grunge movement, for his extensive catalog as a songwriter, for his nearly four octave vocal range,[3] and for his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Higher Truth (2015), and the live album Songbook (2011). Cornell received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song "The Keeper" which appeared in the film Machine Gun Preacher and co-wrote and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), "You Know My Name". The last solo release prior to his death was the charity single "The Promise", written for the ending credits for the film of the same name. He was voted "Rock's Greatest Singer" by readers of Guitar World,[4] ranked 4th in the list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists" by Hit Parader,[5] 9th in the list of "Best Lead Singers of All Time" by Rolling Stone,[6] and 12th in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music".[7]

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Amazing Grace

Dennis Massa

Amazing Grace Vocals, Guitars and New Arrangement by Dennis Massa. Solo Acoustic Guitar Unplugged Version.

Amazing Grace Vocals and New Arrangement by Dennis Massa.
Sound Engineer / Edits by Maria Savio. Recorded @ New Man Music Studio, NYC.

"Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807).

Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction, but his life's path was formed by a variety of twists and coincidences that were often put into motion by his recalcitrant insubordination. He was pressed (forced) into service in the Royal Navy, and after leaving the service, he became involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In 1748, a violent storm battered his vessel off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland, so severely that he called out to God for mercy, a moment that marked his spiritual conversion. Whilst his boat was being repaired in Lough Swilly, he wrote the first verse of his world famous song. He did however, continue his slave trading career until 1754 or 1755, when he ended his seafaring altogether and began studying Christian theology.

Ordained in the Church of England in 1764, Newton became curate of Olney, Buckinghamshire, where he began to write hymns with poet William Cowper. "Amazing Grace" was written to illustrate a sermon on New Year's Day of 1773. It is unknown if there was any music accompanying the verses; it may have simply been chanted by the congregation. It debuted in print in 1779 in Newton and Cowper's Olney Hymns but settled into relative obscurity in England. In the United States however, "Amazing Grace" was used extensively during the Second Great Awakening in the early 19th century. It has been associated with more than 20 melodies, but in 1835 it was joined to a tune named "New Britain" to which it is most frequently sung today.

With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, "Amazing Grace" is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world. Author Gilbert Chase writes that it is "without a doubt the most famous of all the folk hymns,"[1] and Jonathan Aitken, a Newton biographer, estimates that it is performed about 10 million times annually.[2] It has had particular influence in folk music, and has become an emblematic African American spiritual. Its universal message has been a significant factor in its crossover into secular music. "Amazing Grace" saw a resurgence in popularity in the U.S. during the 1960s and has been recorded thousands of times during and since the 20th century, occasionally appearing on popular music charts.

Amazing Grace was written by an Englishman who in the early part of his life was an outspoken atheist, libertine, and slave trader. John Newton was born in London in 1725, the son of a Puritan mother and a stern ship commander father who took him to sea when he was 11 (“I am persuaded that he loved me but he seemed not willing that I should know it,” he later wrote).

By 1745, Newton was enlisted in the slave trade, running captured slaves from Africa to, ironically, Charleston, S.C. After he rode out a storm at sea in 1748, he found his faith. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1764 and became an important voice in the English abolitionist movement. At that time he wrote the autobiographical Amazing Grace, along with 280 other hymns.

Today Amazing Grace is beloved by Presidents and citizens alike and remains a go-to hymn at American funerals, because of its striking melodies and ever-popular narrative of personal redemption. The born-again Jimmy Carter was the first recent President to embrace Amazing Grace, singing it with everyone from Willie Nelson to Senate Majority leader Robert Byrd.

In recent years, the words of the hymn have been changed in some religious publications to downplay a sense of imposed self-loathing by its singers. The second line, "That saved a wretch like me!" has been rewritten as "That saved and strengthened me", "save a soul like me", or "that saved and set me free".[90] Kathleen Norris in her book Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith characterizes this transformation of the original words as "wretched English" making the line that replaces the original "laughably bland".[91] Part of the reason for this change has been the altered interpretations of what wretchedness and grace means. Newton's Calvinistic view of redemption and divine grace formed his perspective that he considered himself a sinner so vile that he was unable to change his life or be redeemed without God's help. Yet his lyrical subtlety, in Steve Turner's opinion, leaves the hymn's meaning open to a variety of Christian and non-Christian interpretations.[92] "Wretch" also represents a period in Newton's life when he saw himself outcast and miserable, as he was when he was enslaved in Sierra Leone; his own arrogance was matched by how far he had fallen in his life.[93] A Canadian bagpiper playing "Amazing Grace" during a memorial service, October 29, 2009, at Forward Operating Base Wilson, Afghanistan

The communal understanding of redemption and human self-worth has changed since Newton's time. Since the 1970s, self-help books, psychology, and some modern expressions of Christianity have viewed this disparity in terms of grace being an innate quality within all people who must be inspired or strong enough to find it: something to achieve. In contrast to Newton's vision of wretchedness as his willful sin and distance from God, wretchedness has instead come to mean an obstacle of physical, social, or spiritual nature to overcome in order to achieve a state of grace, happiness, or contentment. Since its immense popularity and iconic nature, "grace" and the meaning behind the words of "Amazing Grace" have become as individual as the singer or listener.[94] Bruce Hindmarsh suggests that the secular popularity of "Amazing Grace" is due to the absence of any mention of God in the lyrics until the fourth verse (by Excell's version, the fourth verse begins "When we've been there ten thousand years"), and that the song represents the ability of humanity to transform itself instead of a transformation taking place at the hands of God. "Grace", however, to John Newton had a clearer meaning, as he used the word to represent God or the power of God.[95]

The transformative power of the song was investigated by journalist Bill Moyers in a documentary released in 1990. Moyers was inspired to focus on the song's power after watching a performance at Lincoln Center, where the audience consisted of Christians and non-Christians, and he noticed that it had an equal impact on everybody in attendance, unifying them.[22] James Basker also acknowledged this force when he explained why he chose "Amazing Grace" to represent a collection of anti-slavery poetry: "there is a transformative power that is applicable ... : the transformation of sin and sorrow into grace, of suffering into beauty, of alienation into empathy and connection, of the unspeakable into imaginative literature."[96]

Moyers interviewed Collins, Cash, opera singer Jessye Norman, Appalachian folk musician Jean Ritchie and her family, white Sacred Harp singers in Georgia, black Sacred Harp singers in Alabama, and a prison choir at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville. Collins, Cash, and Norman were unable to discern if the power of the song came from the music or the lyrics. Norman, who once notably sang it at the end of a large outdoor rock concert for Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday, stated, "I don't know whether it's the text – I don't know whether we're talking about the lyrics when we say that it touches so many people – or whether it's that tune that everybody knows." A prisoner interviewed by Moyers explained his literal interpretation of the second verse: "'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved" by saying that the fear became immediately real to him when he realized he may never get his life in order, compounded by the loneliness and restriction in prison. Gospel singer Marion Williams summed up its effect: "That's a song that gets to everybody".[3]

The Dictionary of American Hymnology claims it is included in more than a thousand published hymnals, and recommends its use for "occasions of worship when we need to confess with joy that we are saved by God's grace alone; as a hymn of response to forgiveness of sin or as an assurance of pardon; as a confession of faith or after the sermon."[4]

With the advent of recorded music and radio, "Amazing Grace" began to cross over from primarily a gospel standard to secular audiences. The ability to record combined with the marketing of records to specific audiences allowed "Amazing Grace" to take on thousands of different forms in the 20th century. Where Edwin Othello Excell sought to make the singing of "Amazing Grace" uniform throughout thousands of churches, records allowed artists to improvise with the words and music specific to each audience. AllMusic lists more than 7,000 recordings – including re-releases and compilations – as of September 2011.[62] Its first recording is an a cappella version from 1922 by the Sacred Harp Choir. It was included from 1926 to 1930 in Okeh Records' catalogue, which typically concentrated strongly on blues and jazz. Demand was high for black gospel recordings of the song by H. R. Tomlin and J. M. Gates. A poignant sense of nostalgia accompanied the recordings of several gospel and blues singers in the 1940s and 1950s who used the song to remember their grandparents, traditions, and family roots.[63] It was recorded with musical accompaniment for the first time in 1930 by Fiddlin' John Carson, although to another folk hymn named "At the Cross", not to "New Britain".[64] "Amazing Grace" is emblematic of several kinds of folk music styles, often used as the standard example to illustrate such musical techniques as lining out and call and response, that have been practiced in both black and white folk music.[65]

Those songs come out of conviction and suffering. The worst voices can get through singing them 'cause they're telling their experiences. Mahalia Jackson[66]

Mahalia Jackson's 1947 version received significant radio airplay, and as her popularity grew throughout the 1950s and 1960s, she often sang it at public events such as concerts at Carnegie Hall.[67] Author James Basker states that the song has been employed by African Americans as the "paradigmatic Negro spiritual" because it expresses the joy felt at being delivered from slavery and worldly miseries.[31] Anthony Heilbut, author of The Gospel Sound, states that the "dangers, toils, and snares" of Newton's words are a "universal testimony" of the African American experience.[68] In the 1960s with the African American Civil Rights Movement and opposition to the Vietnam War, the song took on a political tone. Mahalia Jackson employed "Amazing Grace" for Civil Rights marchers, writing that she used it "to give magical protection – a charm to ward off danger, an incantation to the angels of heaven to descend ... I was not sure the magic worked outside the church walls ... in the open air of Mississippi. But I wasn't taking any chances."[69] Folk singer Judy Collins, who knew the song before she could remember learning it, witnessed Fannie Lou Hamer leading marchers in Mississippi in 1964, singing "Amazing Grace". Collins also considered it a talisman of sorts, and saw its equal emotional impact on the marchers, witnesses, and law enforcement who opposed the civil rights demonstrators.[3] According to fellow folk singer Joan Baez, it was one of the most requested songs from her audiences, but she never realized its origin as a hymn; by the time she was singing it in the 1960s she said it had "developed a life of its own".[70] It even made an appearance at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969 during Arlo Guthrie's performance.[71]

Sample of Judy Collins' version of "Amazing Grace" Menu 0:00 Collins transitions from her solo voice to the chorus backing her up Sample of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards' version of "Amazing Grace" Menu 0:00 A lone bagpipe transitions to a chorus of pipes and drums, similar to Collins' version Problems playing these files? See media help.

Collins decided to record it in the late 1960s amid an atmosphere of counterculture introspection; she was part of an encounter group that ended a contentious meeting by singing "Amazing Grace" as it was the only song to which all the members knew the words. Her producer was present and suggested she include a version of it on her 1970 album Whales & Nightingales. Collins, who had a history of alcohol abuse, claimed that the song was able to "pull her through" to recovery.[3] It was recorded in St. Paul's, the chapel at Columbia University, chosen for the acoustics. She chose an a cappella arrangement that was close to Edwin Othello Excell's, accompanied by a chorus of amateur singers who were friends of hers. Collins connected it to the Vietnam War, to which she objected: "I didn't know what else to do about the war in Vietnam. I had marched, I had voted, I had gone to jail on political actions and worked for the candidates I believed in. The war was still raging. There was nothing left to do, I thought ... but sing 'Amazing Grace'."[72] Gradually and unexpectedly, the song began to be played on the radio, and then be requested. It rose to number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the charts for 15 weeks,[73] as if, she wrote, her fans had been "waiting to embrace it".[74] In the UK, it charted 8 times between 1970 and 1972, peaking at number 5 and spending a total of 75 weeks on popular music charts.[75]

Although Collins used it as a catharsis for her opposition to the Vietnam War, two years after her rendition, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, senior Scottish regiment of the British Army, recorded an instrumental version featuring a bagpipe soloist accompanied by a pipe and drum band. The tempo of their arrangement was slowed to allow for the bagpipes, but it was based on Collins': it began with a bagpipe solo introduction similar to her lone voice, then it was accompanied by the band of bagpipes and horns, whereas in her version she is backed up by a chorus. It hit number 1 in the UK singles chart in April 1972, spending 24 weeks total on the charts, topped the RPM national singles chart in Canada for three weeks,[76] and rose as high as number 11 in the U.S.[77][78] It is also a controversial instrumental, as it combined pipes with a military band. The Pipe Major of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards was summoned to Edinburgh Castle and chastised for demeaning the bagpipes.[79] Funeral processions for killed police, fire, and military personnel have often played a bagpipes version ever since.

Aretha Franklin and Rod Stewart also recorded "Amazing Grace" around the same time, and both of their renditions were popular.[i] All four versions were marketed to distinct types of audiences thereby assuring its place as a pop song.[80] Johnny Cash recorded it on his 1975 album Sings Precious Memories, dedicating it to his older brother Jack, who had been killed in a mill accident when they were boys in Dyess, Arkansas. Cash and his family sang it to themselves while they worked in the cotton fields following Jack's death. Cash often included the song when he toured prisons, saying "For the three minutes that song is going on, everybody is free. It just frees the spirit and frees the person."[3]

The U.S. Library of Congress has a collection of 3,000 versions of and songs inspired by "Amazing Grace", some of which were first-time recordings by folklorists Alan and John Lomax, a father and son team who in 1932 traveled thousands of miles across the South to capture the different regional styles of the song. More contemporary renditions include samples from such popular artists as Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers (1963), The Byrds (1970), Elvis Presley (1971), Skeeter Davis (1972), Mighty Clouds of Joy (1972), Andy Williams (1972), Amazing Rhythm Aces (1975), Willie Nelson (1976), The Lemonheads (1992) and Dropkick Murphys (1999).[64]

Critical analysis

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