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Mellow Man

He didn’t really know what to do. It seemed like a good idea. She was pretty. Sure. And had a nice personality, too. But. You know. Something wasn’t quite right. She’d said “Yes” so why was he fretting. He poured her another wine.

“Another?”, he thought. “Perhaps I’ll have another one too.” Maybe, just maybe, she was as nervous as he was. He dimmed the lights and snuggled in. She was warm.


Grinning nervously, Carl  checked his reflection in the gun barrel as he polished and spat.

“Weeks of planning, May, an’ we’re gonna do it. Yeah?”

“Yeah,” she echoed, “and we’ll be clean away before morning. No-one will know it wuz us.”

Carl lay back in his chair, satisfied like they’d done it already and were hole-up safe.“Jus’  like Bonnie ‘n’  Clyde……………….Bonnie ‘n’Clyde”


B&C (Anna Selezneva and Wes Bentley.

……………and so,ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure (!),
my latest song, “Mellow Man” .  I hope you like it.

15 thoughts on “Mellow Man”

  1. I love this, Al! The melody and the music are just divine. I had trouble understanding most of the lyrics, but as one who has trouble with Garage Band, I can’t even imagine how many knobs and buttons you had to deal with! Point is, I loved it.

    As an often timid (and nervous!) singer myself, I understand how hard it can be to find that ‘sweet spot’ where you and your voice are comfortable with each other. The important thing is that I can hear how good you are. I’d love to hear you belt one out! Keep ’em coming. And, if you can, mix your voice a little further up front. You’ve got a fan here.

    1. Thank you for the lovely feedback, Ré. Lyrically this is one of my more obscure ones. I read an interview with Bob Dylan once where he said that if he was stuck sometimes he would use a line just because it fit, not necessarily if it made sense. If it’s good enough for Bobby…….well, so long as it’s not complete gibberish, eh?

      I’m still trying to settle on a good “voice”. I find that the types of songs I write and sing I am more comfortable singing in my “head” voice in a higher register. I’m afraid that I can only “belt out” show tunes. Which are fine for shows ! Given that I’ve never smoked or drunk enough whiskey my voice, I think, is quite “clean” . Finding expression is the challenge.

      I’m glad you liked the music. I do tend to write with a melody in mind rather than a rhythm as a starting point.

      And it’s nice to have 2 fans – you and Fi. 🙂 (The cats always leave.)

  2. A very soothing voice and I love the guitar…sweet and kind of melancholic as was the story of Bonnie and Clyde.
    Smiles for a Dreamy Wednesday

  3. Ooh, I love hearing your voice and playing. I don’t know if everyone feels this way, but when I get to be distance friends with someone, it means as much to me to be able to hear their voice as to see their photo.

    1. Thank you, Lisa. I was originally reticent about putting a song up here but in the end I decided to just go for it. Singing voices are different to speaking voices but it gives you an idea, I guess.

      1. True true, but that makes it more exciting in a way — it’s like getting to see someone’s profile as well as their full face. I hope you’ll post more of your songs in future; I’d love to hear them!

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