“None-Too-Great Hits” is a collection of fourteen songs composed in the decade from around 1971 to around 1983. During that period I was discharged from military service, re-enrolled at my old alma mater in a second-BA program, and in 1973 headed off to Japan for ostensibly one-year of study abroad that eventually became a lifelong expatriation. In 1975, I successfully auditioned for a fledgling talent agency in Tokyo, successfully auditioned for marriage, and in 1976 successfully auditioned for fatherhood. Most of the songs in this collection had been written by this time, and had been recorded on open-reel analog tape, By 1978, despite feeling near a breakthrough in my musical career in Japan, my wife and I opted for a more conventional life than Japanese show business. In the fall of 1979, with our two-year-old daughter in tow, my wife and I both undertook English-teacher training at the University of Hawaii, returning to Japan in September 1981, shortly before our daughter’s fifth birthday and the birth of our son that Christmas. The last song of this set was composed a year or so later, but not recorded until 2006. “My Only Son” is the only song in this collection that was natively recorded in digital format. – – – – – – – – – – – – – Track 01: The Soothing Kind Track 02: Graffiti Track 03: Good, Good, Good Track 04: Life Flows Day to Day Track 05: Dawn in Honolulu Track 06: I Didn’t Know Track 07: Considering All The Dreaming Track 08: Farewell Track 09: The Same Things As Me Track 10: Wisps of Gold Track 11: Love Just Keeps on Growing Track 12: If I Could Give You Anything Track 13: My Only Son (solo version) Track 14: Christmas Lives Again Track 15: My Only Son (fake duet version) Track 16: If Every Day Was Your Birthday
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