Gordon Thomas Ward

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Welcome to the Past

Described as “a musical storybook” Gordon’s record Welcome to the Past is a collection of original, acoustic songs that feature his penchant for thoughtful storytelling and emotional revelation in a variety of ballads, story-songs, and anthems performed in a solid, folk rock style and flavored with just the right amount of tenderness and sensitivity. Gordon is working on a new record for 2017, which will also reflect his profound approach to telling the stories of our collective hearts and journeys through song.


The songs on the CD feature singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Thomas Ward on lead and harmony vocals, 6-string grand concert guitar, 6-string jumbo guitar, 12-string jumbo guitar, classical guitar, 6-string Nashville high strung guitar, 8-string chromatic bass walkabout dulcimer, and percussion. Some of the songs are accented by musical contributions by a few special guests on National steel guitar, banjo, bass, vocal harmonies, and snare drum.

 

Click each song title for background information and lyrics.  

  1. “Equinox”: instrumental
  2. “Welcome to the Past”: title track about valuing your own legacy
  3. “Hardscrabble Life”: honoring the layers of history that create a sense of place
  4. “For Emily”: honoring women and others who serve in the military
  5. “Falling Stars”: an aging dancer life’s serves as a metaphor for life’s transitions
  6. “Among the Yellow Leaves”: a tribute to the life of poet Robert Frost
  7. “The Tale of Phyllis Parker”: the tragic love story of a haunted tavern
  8. “Sean’s Song”: remembering a lost friend and giving hope to others
  9. “Southern Man”: learning from our country’s division during the Civil War
  10.  “Rockabye”: the ghostly lullaby of a steam train’s engineer
  11.  “Grandfather River”: the journey of explorers Lewis and Clark
  12.  “Sky”: hearing the call of home in an Appalachian spiritual song style
  13.  “Best and Last”: finding contentment
  1. Equinox- instrumental
  2. Welcome to the Past- title track about valuing your own legacy
  3. Hardscrabble Life- honoring the layers of history that create a sense of place
  4. For Emily- honoring women and others who serve in the military
  5. Falling Stars- an aging dancer life serves as a metaphor for life’s transitions
  6. Among the Yellow Leaves- a tribute to the life of poet Robert Frost
  7. The Tale of Phyllis Parker- the tragic love story of a haunted tavern
  8. Séan’s Song- remembering a lost friend and giving hope to others
  9. Southern Man- learning from our country’s division during the Civil War
  10. Rockabye- the ghostly lullaby of a steam train’s engineer
  11. Grandfather River- the journey of explorers Lewis and Clark
  12. Sky- hearing the call of home in an Appalachian spiritual song style
  13. Best and Last - finding contentment

 

 

You can purchase an inscribed and autographed copy of the CD or download individual tracks below.  Shipping and handling is $3.00 for up to 9 CDs and prorated for 10 or more CDs.

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For a sample of each song, click the Play arrow before the song title.