Holdings of the Heart 2005

THE HOLDINGS OF THE HEART

TEXAS WATER

1. THE HOLDINGS OF THE HEART
2. DANG DANG (Rick Babb)
3. GRAMMA'S SHAMPOO
4. QUE PASO?
5. THE LANDLORD'S SONG (Rick Babb)
6. SLIPPIN' THRU THE CRACKS (Peggy)
7. THAT SOME OLD LIZARD
8. TEXAS IS AS FAR AS I CAN SEE
9. NORTH SULFUR RIVER (Barbara)
10. SONG OF THE TRAIL
11. STANDING IN THE ROAD (Rick Babb)
12. IF GOD HAD LONGER ARMS
13. QUANNAH/CYNTHIA'S LAMENT
14. TEXAS WATER (Live at Tranquillity Bay - 2010)

They were making this movie in Mesquite back in the late twentieth century. There was a casting call. Peggy and I drove over to see what was up. Peggy sang WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT and they decided they wanted us to be in their movie. I played a character named Smokey. My gig was to puff on a ciragette while I did my lines, blow a lot of smoke and cough a lot. You see, Smokey was dying. And another thing, I wrote a song from the title of the movie: HOLDINGS OF THE HEART. They loved it. But they forgot to put it in the movie.

One night, back in 1974, I searched out an open mic in a bar in Arlington, Texas called the MINE SHAFT. (They tore it down when they rebuilt the City Hall so don't go looking for it.) Rick Babb was on stage singing. As I walked in, the place emptied out and the fan, which was the management's idea of an air conditioner, fell off the piano. I sat down to wait my turn. I was an instant fan. Ricks songs were simple and raw and elemental. I thought I'd met the new Hank Williams. We were instant friends. I couldn't know at the time that meeting Rick Babb would shape the rest of my life. That thirty years later I would be recording his songs. That he and I would write together and that nearly everything I did to make a living from then to this day would come out of that relationship.

Peggy had two grammas. Sedonia "Donie" Urbanovsky and Leonna Mitchell. Donie was open arms and a soft lap. Leonna was grumpy. One year, within six weeks of eachother they died. Peggy brought a bunch of boxes home and we put them in the garage. One day I was going thru those boxes. Remembering the grammas. What to do with all those personal things. Powder. Drinking glasses. Gravy boat. Plates and saucers. Old cross word puzzle books. I found this blue bottle of Silkience, "SELF-ADJUSTING SHAMPOO."

Peggy did location sound on a movie project in Milwaukee. It was a promotional video for some welfare group. She came home with SLIPPIN' THRU THE CRACKS. Barbara had a job taking care of a blind diabetic woman. Barbara would read to her and she would tell Barbara about her life. Out of that experience came NORTH SULFUR RIVER. jmt