Author's notes- Captain Jack (The 1870s Modoc Indian War) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan I wrote this story song about 18 years ago. My father George told me about the Modoc War when I was about eight years old. I learned many more details as I grew older and felt the story would make an interesting ballad. It is an amazing story about a fearless leader who only wanted to live out his life in peace on his native land. As more settlers moved into Modoc County they needed more land and were uncomfortable with the natives living so close. The Modoc Indians were forced into a reservation. Captain Jack, as leader, took a small force of about sixty warriors and made a valiant stand in the Stronghold of present day Lava Beds National Monument. This song is in memory of Captain and His people. Song Details: The lead in to the song was performed by Grammy Award winning Flutist, Mary Youngblood, and is entitled, "Tears for Captain Jack" (Tears for Keintepoos) - Jack's Modoc Name. Mary wrote this short melody in memory of the Modoc People and their descendants- and to all Indian Nations whose lands and cultures were disrupted. Mary performed on a flute made by Ted Smith. I was very lucky to have Mary's talents! It is of some interest to know this was the very first song I performed on Melodeon. I liked the Melodeon because it reminded me of an old 1800s pump Organ. The Guitar solo was played by old band mate Scott Baker and he captured the feel. Grizzly of Old California Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Having been a bear lover from the time of my first Teddy Bear, it was only natural for me to write this song. Having spent countless hours photographing the Grizzlies of Alaska I already had a strong interest level. Working with the U. S. Forest Service for 14 years allowed me to have many close encounters with bears in general. I was always however amazed when talking to the public, about bears, that they thought the Grizzly was still found in California. The song was the only way I could set the record straight for the public to know. It is a sad note to know that our State of California Animal has been long gone since the 1920s. Song details: After I wrote the song I knew that only Michael Martin Murphey could sing it. Murphey was awarded the Golden Smokey Award by the government for his service in wild land fire prevention. I also liked the fact that Murphey is so close to the land and it's values and has made such a livelong commitment to the public's awareness of the wild places. "Sweet Thursday" (The Doc Rickett's Theme) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Having read John Steinbeck's book, Cannery Row, I fell in love with the characters that made up Monterey's Row. The story theme followed the loveable "Doc". Based on the real life Marine Biologist, and friend of Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts became the focus of the story. Ten years later Steinbeck would write his second installment know as "Sweet Thursday". The song is a look into the romance of Doc. In Cannery Row the ending is somewhat sad. Doc never finds his dream girl. In "Sweet Thursday" however a great romance takes place and all ends well. In my real life, it never seemed to have a story book ending when it came to love. So in my melancholy song Doc lives out the romance of "Sweet Thursday", only to find out it was only a dream and it ends like "Cannery Row", alone again! Song Details: James Nelson was the perfect pick to sing this song solo. All that was needed was some jazz cord guitar. Shasta Sunset (Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan) I wrote this waltz as a tone poem in celebration of California's 14,000 foot peak, Mt. Shasta. In the summer of 1995 I painted eight oil paintings of the mountain from every advantage. I fell in love with every sunset. Song Details: I used a French horn on this song to reach a majestic quality worthy of a mountain. Steve McArthur did a great beautiful job on the solo piano. Sonora Farewell (The last Rose of Summer) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Miners from the Mexican State of Sonora were mining gold near present day Sonora California in the 1840s. They found gold and prospered until others imposed a very unfair miner's tax upon them. Because of this taxation most of those early miners returned to Mexico and said farewell. Song Details: The Black Irish had performed in a series of concerts in the mid 1990s with Noe & Thomas Montoya of Los Compadres. Noe sings lead while Thomas performs some back up on the nylon string guitar. The chorus trumpets were performed by Richard Restivo and me. Mic & Paddy (The Irish build the U.P. Railroad) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan When the Union Pacific Railroad started construction in the 1860s, they hired on a crew of mostly Irish workers. Many had just served in the Civil War and needed work. Most crews worked 12-16 hours each day and only made a dollar a day for their hard work. After the Irish met up with the Chinese on May 10th, 1869, they continued to be an influence in the American West by being cowboys. Song Details: Michael Martin Murphey, whose folks came from Ireland, was a perfect pick to sing a song about the Irish experience. Murphey is joined by the boys in creating a very Celtic sounding folk ballad. The hard driving auto harp of Tina Louise Barr combined with David Rainwater Mandolin made me feel like I was behind an old steam locomotive. Men of Iron (The Chinese build the C.P. Railroad) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan This song is based on the little told history of the Chinese American workers that built the Central Pacific Railroad in the 1860s. Many came during the gold rush. When the railroad started construction out of Sacramento a work force was needed. It was soon found out that the Chinese were perfect for the task. Most were highly skilled in the use of gunpowder and were very dependable. It is sad to note however that the Chinese were treated very poorly by others. "In the High Sierra" Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan At age 15, I went on my first Sierra 50-mile hike with the boy scouts. In two weeks time I learned what it was to dance on granite and face afternoon thunder storms. As years pass I realize the impact of these mountains on my life. From the boy fishing in her rivers to the long hikes over 10,000 feet, I always felt more alive when entering the High Sierra. One line in the chorus states, "looks quite the same to an older mans eyes". This comes from the fact that no matter how old we are, the High Sierra will always look the same. The Yosemite Waltz (Above the valley floor) Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Arrangement: Richard Restivo Having spent many hours oil painting at Tunnel View, in Yosemite National Park, I fell in love with the daily change of color. One moment the granite is bright white, then grey, then at sunset it glows in warm colors. Song Details: The task of taking on an original classical tone poem and arranging it was not easy. Band mate Richard Restive answered the call and was responsible for writing out all the instrumental parts. For an orchestra we used members of the Stockton Symphony as well as our own talents. Rick performed on trumpet as well as bass. John Baker did a great job on the French horn. It was a big undertaking, but it was worth it! Life is like a Mt. Railway (American Traditional) It was Michael Martin Murphey's idea to do this song. I agreed because it fit into the theme poem I wrote years ago about an old time locomotive engineer named Manny Marshall. Manny started out on a logging railroad in his early 20s. I had the pleasure of talking to Manny about his years on the Sugar Pine Railroad. Boy, he had some great stories about how wild things were in the 1920s. Manny performed with the Black Irish a few times on his harmonica when he was in his 90s. This song is performed in his memory. Song Details: Mt. Railways was performed live in the studio with Michael Martin Murphey as producer. We were lucky to h
Author's notes- Captain Jack (The 1870s Modoc Indian War) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan I wrote this story song about 18 years ago. My father George told me about the Modoc War when I was about eight years old. I learned many more details as I grew older and felt the story would make an interesting ballad. It is an amazing story about a fearless leader who only wanted to live out his life in peace on his native land. As more settlers moved into Modoc County they needed more land and were uncomfortable with the natives living so close. The Modoc Indians were forced into a reservation. Captain Jack, as leader, took a small force of about sixty warriors and made a valiant stand in the Stronghold of present day Lava Beds National Monument. This song is in memory of Captain and His people. Song Details: The lead in to the song was performed by Grammy Award winning Flutist, Mary Youngblood, and is entitled, "Tears for Captain Jack" (Tears for Keintepoos) - Jack's Modoc Name. Mary wrote this short melody in memory of the Modoc People and their descendants- and to all Indian Nations whose lands and cultures were disrupted. Mary performed on a flute made by Ted Smith. I was very lucky to have Mary's talents! It is of some interest to know this was the very first song I performed on Melodeon. I liked the Melodeon because it reminded me of an old 1800s pump Organ. The Guitar solo was played by old band mate Scott Baker and he captured the feel. Grizzly of Old California Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Having been a bear lover from the time of my first Teddy Bear, it was only natural for me to write this song. Having spent countless hours photographing the Grizzlies of Alaska I already had a strong interest level. Working with the U. S. Forest Service for 14 years allowed me to have many close encounters with bears in general. I was always however amazed when talking to the public, about bears, that they thought the Grizzly was still found in California. The song was the only way I could set the record straight for the public to know. It is a sad note to know that our State of California Animal has been long gone since the 1920s. Song details: After I wrote the song I knew that only Michael Martin Murphey could sing it. Murphey was awarded the Golden Smokey Award by the government for his service in wild land fire prevention. I also liked the fact that Murphey is so close to the land and it's values and has made such a livelong commitment to the public's awareness of the wild places. "Sweet Thursday" (The Doc Rickett's Theme) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Having read John Steinbeck's book, Cannery Row, I fell in love with the characters that made up Monterey's Row. The story theme followed the loveable "Doc". Based on the real life Marine Biologist, and friend of Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts became the focus of the story. Ten years later Steinbeck would write his second installment know as "Sweet Thursday". The song is a look into the romance of Doc. In Cannery Row the ending is somewhat sad. Doc never finds his dream girl. In "Sweet Thursday" however a great romance takes place and all ends well. In my real life, it never seemed to have a story book ending when it came to love. So in my melancholy song Doc lives out the romance of "Sweet Thursday", only to find out it was only a dream and it ends like "Cannery Row", alone again! Song Details: James Nelson was the perfect pick to sing this song solo. All that was needed was some jazz cord guitar. Shasta Sunset (Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan) I wrote this waltz as a tone poem in celebration of California's 14,000 foot peak, Mt. Shasta. In the summer of 1995 I painted eight oil paintings of the mountain from every advantage. I fell in love with every sunset. Song Details: I used a French horn on this song to reach a majestic quality worthy of a mountain. Steve McArthur did a great beautiful job on the solo piano. Sonora Farewell (The last Rose of Summer) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Miners from the Mexican State of Sonora were mining gold near present day Sonora California in the 1840s. They found gold and prospered until others imposed a very unfair miner's tax upon them. Because of this taxation most of those early miners returned to Mexico and said farewell. Song Details: The Black Irish had performed in a series of concerts in the mid 1990s with Noe & Thomas Montoya of Los Compadres. Noe sings lead while Thomas performs some back up on the nylon string guitar. The chorus trumpets were performed by Richard Restivo and me. Mic & Paddy (The Irish build the U.P. Railroad) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan When the Union Pacific Railroad started construction in the 1860s, they hired on a crew of mostly Irish workers. Many had just served in the Civil War and needed work. Most crews worked 12-16 hours each day and only made a dollar a day for their hard work. After the Irish met up with the Chinese on May 10th, 1869, they continued to be an influence in the American West by being cowboys. Song Details: Michael Martin Murphey, whose folks came from Ireland, was a perfect pick to sing a song about the Irish experience. Murphey is joined by the boys in creating a very Celtic sounding folk ballad. The hard driving auto harp of Tina Louise Barr combined with David Rainwater Mandolin made me feel like I was behind an old steam locomotive. Men of Iron (The Chinese build the C.P. Railroad) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan This song is based on the little told history of the Chinese American workers that built the Central Pacific Railroad in the 1860s. Many came during the gold rush. When the railroad started construction out of Sacramento a work force was needed. It was soon found out that the Chinese were perfect for the task. Most were highly skilled in the use of gunpowder and were very dependable. It is sad to note however that the Chinese were treated very poorly by others. "In the High Sierra" Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan At age 15, I went on my first Sierra 50-mile hike with the boy scouts. In two weeks time I learned what it was to dance on granite and face afternoon thunder storms. As years pass I realize the impact of these mountains on my life. From the boy fishing in her rivers to the long hikes over 10,000 feet, I always felt more alive when entering the High Sierra. One line in the chorus states, "looks quite the same to an older mans eyes". This comes from the fact that no matter how old we are, the High Sierra will always look the same. The Yosemite Waltz (Above the valley floor) Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Arrangement: Richard Restivo Having spent many hours oil painting at Tunnel View, in Yosemite National Park, I fell in love with the daily change of color. One moment the granite is bright white, then grey, then at sunset it glows in warm colors. Song Details: The task of taking on an original classical tone poem and arranging it was not easy. Band mate Richard Restive answered the call and was responsible for writing out all the instrumental parts. For an orchestra we used members of the Stockton Symphony as well as our own talents. Rick performed on trumpet as well as bass. John Baker did a great job on the French horn. It was a big undertaking, but it was worth it! Life is like a Mt. Railway (American Traditional) It was Michael Martin Murphey's idea to do this song. I agreed because it fit into the theme poem I wrote years ago about an old time locomotive engineer named Manny Marshall. Manny started out on a logging railroad in his early 20s. I had the pleasure of talking to Manny about his years on the Sugar Pine Railroad. Boy, he had some great stories about how wild things were in the 1920s. Manny performed with the Black Irish a few times on his harmonica when he was in his 90s. This song is performed in his memory. Song Details: Mt. Railways was performed live in the studio with Michael Martin Murphey as producer. We were lucky to h
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Author's notes- Captain Jack (The 1870s Modoc Indian War) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan I wrote this story song about 18 years ago. My father George told me about the Modoc War when I was about eight years old. I learned many more details as I grew older and felt the story would make an interesting ballad. It is an amazing story about a fearless leader who only wanted to live out his life in peace on his native land. As more settlers moved into Modoc County they needed more land and were uncomfortable with the natives living so close. The Modoc Indians were forced into a reservation. Captain Jack, as leader, took a small force of about sixty warriors and made a valiant stand in the Stronghold of present day Lava Beds National Monument. This song is in memory of Captain and His people. Song Details: The lead in to the song was performed by Grammy Award winning Flutist, Mary Youngblood, and is entitled, "Tears for Captain Jack" (Tears for Keintepoos) - Jack's Modoc Name. Mary wrote this short melody in memory of the Modoc People and their descendants- and to all Indian Nations whose lands and cultures were disrupted. Mary performed on a flute made by Ted Smith. I was very lucky to have Mary's talents! It is of some interest to know this was the very first song I performed on Melodeon. I liked the Melodeon because it reminded me of an old 1800s pump Organ. The Guitar solo was played by old band mate Scott Baker and he captured the feel. Grizzly of Old California Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Having been a bear lover from the time of my first Teddy Bear, it was only natural for me to write this song. Having spent countless hours photographing the Grizzlies of Alaska I already had a strong interest level. Working with the U. S. Forest Service for 14 years allowed me to have many close encounters with bears in general. I was always however amazed when talking to the public, about bears, that they thought the Grizzly was still found in California. The song was the only way I could set the record straight for the public to know. It is a sad note to know that our State of California Animal has been long gone since the 1920s. Song details: After I wrote the song I knew that only Michael Martin Murphey could sing it. Murphey was awarded the Golden Smokey Award by the government for his service in wild land fire prevention. I also liked the fact that Murphey is so close to the land and it's values and has made such a livelong commitment to the public's awareness of the wild places. "Sweet Thursday" (The Doc Rickett's Theme) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Having read John Steinbeck's book, Cannery Row, I fell in love with the characters that made up Monterey's Row. The story theme followed the loveable "Doc". Based on the real life Marine Biologist, and friend of Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts became the focus of the story. Ten years later Steinbeck would write his second installment know as "Sweet Thursday". The song is a look into the romance of Doc. In Cannery Row the ending is somewhat sad. Doc never finds his dream girl. In "Sweet Thursday" however a great romance takes place and all ends well. In my real life, it never seemed to have a story book ending when it came to love. So in my melancholy song Doc lives out the romance of "Sweet Thursday", only to find out it was only a dream and it ends like "Cannery Row", alone again! Song Details: James Nelson was the perfect pick to sing this song solo. All that was needed was some jazz cord guitar. Shasta Sunset (Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan) I wrote this waltz as a tone poem in celebration of California's 14,000 foot peak, Mt. Shasta. In the summer of 1995 I painted eight oil paintings of the mountain from every advantage. I fell in love with every sunset. Song Details: I used a French horn on this song to reach a majestic quality worthy of a mountain. Steve McArthur did a great beautiful job on the solo piano. Sonora Farewell (The last Rose of Summer) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Miners from the Mexican State of Sonora were mining gold near present day Sonora California in the 1840s. They found gold and prospered until others imposed a very unfair miner's tax upon them. Because of this taxation most of those early miners returned to Mexico and said farewell. Song Details: The Black Irish had performed in a series of concerts in the mid 1990s with Noe & Thomas Montoya of Los Compadres. Noe sings lead while Thomas performs some back up on the nylon string guitar. The chorus trumpets were performed by Richard Restivo and me. Mic & Paddy (The Irish build the U.P. Railroad) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan When the Union Pacific Railroad started construction in the 1860s, they hired on a crew of mostly Irish workers. Many had just served in the Civil War and needed work. Most crews worked 12-16 hours each day and only made a dollar a day for their hard work. After the Irish met up with the Chinese on May 10th, 1869, they continued to be an influence in the American West by being cowboys. Song Details: Michael Martin Murphey, whose folks came from Ireland, was a perfect pick to sing a song about the Irish experience. Murphey is joined by the boys in creating a very Celtic sounding folk ballad. The hard driving auto harp of Tina Louise Barr combined with David Rainwater Mandolin made me feel like I was behind an old steam locomotive. Men of Iron (The Chinese build the C.P. Railroad) Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan This song is based on the little told history of the Chinese American workers that built the Central Pacific Railroad in the 1860s. Many came during the gold rush. When the railroad started construction out of Sacramento a work force was needed. It was soon found out that the Chinese were perfect for the task. Most were highly skilled in the use of gunpowder and were very dependable. It is sad to note however that the Chinese were treated very poorly by others. "In the High Sierra" Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan At age 15, I went on my first Sierra 50-mile hike with the boy scouts. In two weeks time I learned what it was to dance on granite and face afternoon thunder storms. As years pass I realize the impact of these mountains on my life. From the boy fishing in her rivers to the long hikes over 10,000 feet, I always felt more alive when entering the High Sierra. One line in the chorus states, "looks quite the same to an older mans eyes". This comes from the fact that no matter how old we are, the High Sierra will always look the same. The Yosemite Waltz (Above the valley floor) Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan Arrangement: Richard Restivo Having spent many hours oil painting at Tunnel View, in Yosemite National Park, I fell in love with the daily change of color. One moment the granite is bright white, then grey, then at sunset it glows in warm colors. Song Details: The task of taking on an original classical tone poem and arranging it was not easy. Band mate Richard Restive answered the call and was responsible for writing out all the instrumental parts. For an orchestra we used members of the Stockton Symphony as well as our own talents. Rick performed on trumpet as well as bass. John Baker did a great job on the French horn. It was a big undertaking, but it was worth it! Life is like a Mt. Railway (American Traditional) It was Michael Martin Murphey's idea to do this song. I agreed because it fit into the theme poem I wrote years ago about an old time locomotive engineer named Manny Marshall. Manny started out on a logging railroad in his early 20s. I had the pleasure of talking to Manny about his years on the Sugar Pine Railroad. Boy, he had some great stories about how wild things were in the 1920s. Manny performed with the Black Irish a few times on his harmonica when he was in his 90s. This song is performed in his memory. Song Details: Mt. Railways was performed live in the studio with Michael Martin Murphey as producer. We were lucky to h