j edward's house - '80 - song notes
on this page, i give brief biographical and contextual
information about each song, how it came to be written, etc.
for a more detailed biographical memoir by kendell kardt,
click the link: ' the poems of bernard rudolph ' on the home page.
be sure to read the disclaimer before proceeding.
click on the title of any song to go to the 'lyrics' page.
this song, along
with 'show and tell' on this page was written for my second wife, Carla
Richardson. Although Carla and I fell in love in about our first
24 hours together, getting to know each other well enough to actually
reach the altar was not without its pitfalls. In her case this
involved unfinished business with a former lover. During our
first two years 'together' there were long stretches when we were not
together at all, but painfully separated. there were also serious
'lifestyle' issues to be resolved. I had been a performer on the
road for many years. That would change, of my own volition, but
it took quite awhile before Carla had the confidence to commit to a
permanent relationship. We had both been wounded before.
Healing took time, and, on my part, considerable
persistence. In fact, I truly loved this woman. These two
songs may give some inkling of how I tried to communicate in the way I
knew best. To let her know that I had no intention of going away.
2) lady of a
thousand songs - take 1
for a note on this song, click here
3) lady of a
thousand songs - take 2 -
same as above
4) mister sun
not quite sure how this song came about. its appearance on this
tape in 1980 suggests that i wrote it in New Hampshire after i
. it may have been a response to the
unfamiliar climate, which included long stretches of cloudy, cold
weather. i found that this affected my frame of mind
considerably, especially when other aspects of my life weren't going
smoothly. it's a pagan appeal to the sun god. but
forgivable, under the circumstances. and it's a pleasant, simple,
and attractive little song. i might still sing it on a rainy day.
5) show and
tell - see the note for 'faithful' above.