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Hear the Wind Howl
See
Mudlark entry.

Busted Bicycle
See
6 & 12 String Guitar entry.

Easter
"Easter" had always been one of those tunes that hits the spot for me, because I like both to have more rhythm and sustain acoustically than a lot of players go for. That little pulled harmonic always gets me. It was the first time I had heard anything like that. "Easter" was just finding out that there were other ways to make noises on the guitar. In that case, it was from pulling the B string behind the nut and treating it like a pedal steel.
[from Anthology liner notes]

Louise
See
Greenhouse entry.

Blue Dot
This live version is the only recorded version of this song. Played in Standard tuning.


Stealing
Different than the
Mudlark version. This contains portions of "Doc's Guitar" by Doc Watson.

Living in the Country
See
12 String Blues entry.

June Bug
See
Greenhouse entry.

Standing in My Shoes
See
Mudlark entry

The Fisherman
See
6 & 12 String Guitar entry.

Bean Time
See
Greenhouse entry

Eggtooth
See
Greenhouse entry

Medley: Crow River Waltz, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Jack Fig
One of the things that haunted me back then was that all of my tunes were three minutes long. The "Medley" gives me a chance to stretch and do something a little more dramatic over a longer period of time. It was a real natural thing to do. Since then I have continued to play some kind of version of that at the end of a set. The pieces that I play now are different than what is in there, except for "Jack Fig."
    "My Feet Are Smiling" is a pretty popular record, so it is always a little dangerous to disparage it, but it rushes like crazy. Everything just speeds up. I might start with something resembling a tempo , but within just a few bars, I would step on the accelerator.
    I have learned that one of your worst enemies onstage is to get excited in the wrong way. There is a way to have too good of a time, and you cannot do that. You have to learn that it is not about the playing; it is about the piece, whether you are improvising, or whether you are playing a composition.
    On that record, and for a long time, I would take all of my energy and inclination and just give it full rein. I wouldn't moderate anything. I wouldn't measure anything, and it is a very "young" way to play. I was very susceptible to that kind of thing. Nowadays I am better. I still have to watch out, because I still have too much fun.
[from Anthology liner notes]

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