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  1. Dollar Store

    09 November 2017 - 02:42 AM

    Here's a new tune, "Dollar Store," although I dragged out my D-18 clone for it, instead of the J-35. It's still a work in progress and I'm not in love with my melody, so that might change.

    I come from a small town in East Central Illinois and when I was back there this summer, it seemed like it and all the other small towns around had a Dollar Store or a Family Dollar or a Dollar General. I read a couple of articles last week about the rise of these businesses, who often go into towns too small for a Walmart. Their business model is predicated (according to Wall Street) on there being a permanent underclass in America because of growing income disparity, disappearance of good-paying jobs in rural areas, etc. And, like Walmart and other big-box retailers, when these stores come to town, they undercut and drive out locally owned businesses, whose margins are usually pretty thin to begin with.

    Here are the lyrics:

    Dollar Store
    © 2017 by David Hanners

    This town is seniors and divorcees
    Most on some county relief
    Main Street’s boarded up or falling down
    But they say it's gonna turn around

    Get off work, hit the bank drive-through
    Wait in line is all I do
    Money’s gone before payday
    Take the kids to McDonald’s anyway

    So grab your coat, I’ll hold the door
    We’ll go to the Dollar Store
    We’ll go to the Dollar Store

    Need toilet paper, milk, microwave food
    Nowadays who’s got time to cook?
    Dollar’s stretched pretty tight
    Keeps Marie awake at night

    Some left town for the unknown
    We hung ‘round ‘cause it was home
    Ask her if it's worth it all
    Her expression’s blank as fresh drywall


    In the fields beyond the lights on the two-lane out of town
    They grow beans and corn
    Once could buy anything you need downtown
    Now we got the Dollar Store

    Old men and divorcees
    Wait for their check from the county
    Ghosts of Main Street seem resigned
    Don’t see it bouncing back in my lifetime

    In New York City some rich investor
    Bets on things not getting better
    Rich man always wants some more
    So he builds a Dollar Store

  2. First draft of a new one....

    18 October 2017 - 04:11 AM

    Whipped out the J-35 and wrote this yesterday. I'm sure there'll be some editing along the way.

    It's called "Refugee."
  3. First draft of a new one....

    18 October 2017 - 04:10 AM

    Oops. Double post....
  4. Happy Labor Day

    04 September 2017 - 10:07 AM

    Since it is Labor Day and you're gonna be out barbecuing, here's a labor song I wrote, "Decatur." The video is a few years old, and I was playing a pretty nice '98 J-45 I used to have. I'm joined on harmonica by Bob Nordquist, a good friend and crackerjack songwriter in his own right.

    Happy grilling!

  5. New tune -- "Not in My Town"

    15 August 2017 - 11:57 PM

    Owning a slope Gibson, I have an obligation to write a protest song now and then. It's the law. Protest songs are part of a slope Gibson’s DNA that runs from Woody and Cisco to Dylan to Billy Bragg to Steve Earle to Tom Morello. I wanted to write about Charlottesville and the big question is, “Where to start?” I was reading a interview with a BLM member from Charlottesville and she was speaking about community defense. When asked about the planned march by bigots, she said, “Not here. Not in My Town.” Well, that’s your song right there. These are perilous times.

    “Not in My Town” isn’t the best song I've ever written -- it should probably have a snappy sing-along chorus -- but it doesn’t have to be the best. It is meant to capture anger and to have a line that is repeated over and over so the listener will get it. Not here. Not in my town.



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    Mik Neville 

    25 Dec 2016 - 20:36
    E-mail Thanks again might help me to make my mind up one way or the other
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    20 Dec 2016 - 14:08
    Mik-- It is a heck of a job. I didn't do it myself, but had a buddy who was in luthiery school at the time do it. Send me your email address at and I'll forward the email he sent me in which he described everything he did and how he did it. It's quite extensive. His work improved the sound.
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    Mik Neville 

    20 Dec 2016 - 13:38
    Looking at some old posts I read where you had the finish on your Texan sanded down. I'm thinking of doing this to a masterbilt did you do it yourself and how big a job was it or did you have it done for you. I can not see how thinning out the finish could not help the sound to improve. Anyhow thanks for any info in advance I enjoy reading your posts thanks Mick
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