“Big Bad Bill” a la Van Halen

“Big Bad Bill” was made popular when Van Halen included their version of it on the Diver Down album. Fun fact: Eddie and Alex‘s father, Jan, played the clarinet in their recording.

Eddie Van Halen died last week at 65 years old. Van Halen was the music of my youth and I will always regret not getting to see them play in person. It was one of those few bands that I played their cassette tapes through so many times I still know what song comes next. I loved these fun songs they included on their albums.

Rock on, Eddie!

“Rescue You and Rescue Me”

“Rescue You and Rescue Me”
Copyright Bootie Cothran

Sometimes I lie awake at night, wondering the same thing as you
What if this world’s just a dream that I’m having, or what if I’m dreaming that, too? Maybe the answer is out there, somewhere after this dance
Or maybe… it’s right here in front of our eyes?

What if we saw, what if we heard
What if our lives were as loud as our words
What if we loved and what if we tried to be?
Could we rescue you and rescue me?

If we were adrift on the ocean, do you think we could make it alive?
If we can’t steer together in the worst weather, how can we ever survive?
And if we sailed to the edge of the earth, threatening to swallow our craft
Couldn’t we find a good reason to turn it around?

What if we saw, what if we heard
What if our lives were as loud as our words
What if we loved and what if we tried to be?
Could we rescue you and rescue me?

Ohhh-oh, open our eyes, this is the Light!
Ohhh-oh, what a world it could be!

If only we saw, if only we heard
If only our lives are as loud as our words
If only we love, if only we try to be
Can we rescue you and rescue me?

“Mary Did You Know?” audio available now

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In my previous post and video of “Mary Did You Know?” I mentioned that the audio would be available soon. I’m happy to announce that it is now available at the links below, and may also be found on streaming outlets like Spotify, Rhapsody and Deezer, etc…

Thanks for your interest! Enjoy and share!

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“Mary Did You Know?”

“Mary Did You Know” (arr: Brown/Cothran)
Composer: Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene
Bootie Cothran, guitar & vocal
Ryland Brown, piano
Will Dodson, recording engineer

I was set to sing this song this past Sunday in church, and was rehearsing on the Thursday before when my friend and colleague, Ryland Brown, came in and spontaneously added some piano to it, and it was amazing, mainly because he’s awesome like that. Ryland couldn’t be there for the performance on Sunday, so we got together yesterday and recorded it a few times. We did four takes in the studio trying to get a good, clean sound with individual tracks for the vocal and instruments, but it just felt too “sterile”, even with adding reverb and other effects. So we went into the big room (with the REAL piano) and just played it together and it worked so much better that way. This was our first take. I think it’s best with a decent pair of headphones.

I’ve always omitted the original bridge and replaced it with the ending of the 1st verse, I think, because I originally couldn’t duplicate it, vocally, and just got used to doing it this way over the years.

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