The Mighty Gamache
All For One 6:44 6.4 mb
A song of social consciousness from Leo. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians. A call for action from ordinary people. Written some time ago, it may now be prophetic.
Recorded on January 08 2009.
Back Man 4:38 4.3 mb
Composition by Leo, words of warning mixed with the longing to escape the harsh reality of paths chosen. "Win or lose you're going to feel the same..." Dave, Gig and Leo are the musicians.
Recorded on August 26 2008.
Boxcar 5:06 4.9 mb
Leo used to drive all over the central region of our country. This song is from that time and experience. So many years later Leo and I now have different views on what it means but, hey, he wrote it so his view must be given its due weight. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians. Recorded on January 20 2009.
Bumper Cars 9:17 8.8 mb
A song of conflict from Leo. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians. "Some people say..." all kinds of stuff. Recurring theme of difficult communication. Recorded on November 11 2008.
Crying Confusion 6:01 5.6 mb
Mark H. wrote the words with music by Ace and Leo. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians. A song of emotional loss shows the tender side of a very tough man.
Recorded on February 03 2009.
Deep In The Dark 6:35 6.1 mb
Dave takes a stab at a traditional style blues with a forbidden, secret love motif. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians. Andrea joins in on backing vocals. Recorded on February 10 2009.
Going Up The Country 4:09 3.78 mb
Dave, Gig and Mash are the musicians, Dave and Gig on matching Gold Top Les Paul Signature guitar and bass, respectively.
"They are great instruments. RIP Les Paul..."
Recorded with a Zoom H4 hand-held recorder in honor of Les Paul's passing, Canned Heat, and the 40th anniversary of Woodstock live in Larson's Barn at Freedom Fest, August 15 2009.
Gray Ghost 5:15 5.0 mb
A reminiscence of Leo's 1960 Chevrolet Impala on a memorable trip to Arizona many years ago co-written by Dave and Leo. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians.
Recorded on September 02 2008.
I Got The Blues Again 7:41 7.3 mb
Leo's song of marking time in a relationship that didn't seem so very fine at that moment and probably not for many after either. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians. Recorded on November 11 2008.
I Met You 5:22 4.9 mb
Written by Andrea, Heather and Leo, the song recalls an initial encounter out at the edge of the world. Dave, Gig, Mash and Stu are the musicians, Stu sitting in for Leo on this version.
Recorded on September 26 2008.
Leo's Down With It 4:15 4.0 mb
Leo started and we followed, guided by the Spheres I guess... Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians.
Recorded on November 25 2008.
Power To The People 7:42 7.2 mb
The Sons Of St. Francis with The Mighty Gamache...
Instant composition in a live jam inspired by radical dislimiting (disassembling) of decades past well remembered and in anticipation of change.
From The Sons Of St. Francis: Bob on organ, Ted and Sam on guitars (left and right respectively in the mix) and Luke on Fender Rhodes piano through two stages of distortion.
From TMG: Gig on bass, Mash on drums, Dave on third guitar, vocal and triangle. It's a lot of people very live in a small room.
Recorded Fall 2008.
Remembering Richie 6:24 5.9 mb
The full title of 'Remembering Richie' is 'Remembering Richie Valens'. With the obvious nod to the guitar line in 'La Bamba', the song celebrates the transcendence of circumstances for liberation and success in the frame of Richie Valens and his untimely death. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians.
Recorded on September 02 2008.
Specter's Highway 3:36 3.4 mb
Leo's story is that he was handed the words somewhere in the South Central United States by a guy from Michigan who asked Leo to make it a song, which Leo did. I believe the guy's name is now long forgotten. Dark lyrics... Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians. Recorded on February 03 2009.
Ten Year Friend 4:09 3.8 mb
A Dave song about remembering a hitchhiking trip up the West Coast from San Francisco to Grants Pass Oregon, the people along the way and the future which was unknown then. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians. Recorded on February 03 2009.
That's You 5:58 5.7 mb
Campfire culture song. Who? You, and oh so familiar too. Leo wrote it and it always brings to mind amusing campfire incidents of the past. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians.
Recorded on October 28 2008.
The Criminal 4:51 4.6 mb
Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians, The words are by Mark H. The initial line "Wino, junkie, can't say no..." was overheard by Leo at Mardi Gras in New Orleans being chanted by a fellow reveler on the street. When he told Mark the story (in Arizona), Mark wrote the remainder of the words. The music for this version (there are others) was composed by Fred G. aka FredBob. Clem Morgan was a deeply revered idol when we were in high school. Recorded on Fat Tuesday, February 24 2009.
Three Minds 6:18 6.0 mb
The words are by Mark H. with music by Ace and Leo. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians. The song remembers a night in Arizona when Mark, Leo and Ace sat on a hollow rock and tried to understand the world. The words move me and rank among the best ever written. The last stanza is a nod to the bus stop in 'That's It For The Other One'. Mark’s most brilliant work. Recorded on Fat Tuesday, February 24 2009.
Tortilla Flat 6:54 6.4 mb
The words are by our dear, and now long departed, friend Mark H. with music by Ace and Leo. Dave, Gig, Leo and Mash are the musicians. The story reflects the conflict that Mark felt, and lived to some degree, between tradition and change in a small town setting. No one is interested in hearing the truth and no good deed goes unpunished.
The four songs with words by Mark H. included on this web site were all the product of a short but very fertile period of time when Mark was in Arizona with Leo and Tommy O, also known as 'Ace'. With the exception of 'The Criminal', the music for the Mark H. songs presented here was a collaboration between Leo and Ace in ensemble with Mark out in the desert of the American Southwest. Recorded on March 27 2008.
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