The following videos are not an attempt to capture the songs in their most perfect form. They are merely a vehicle to let people hear some of my work that has never been in the public eye. They are shot using the video setting on my little Canon Powershot and a little Joby tripod. The guitars are either a Martin 000 series or a pretty beat up Johnson JD27. My old Kay banjo may make an appearance or two as well, for better or worse.

That's it. I welcome comments and encourage you to share the music if it strikes you.

All music and lyrics written by Richard Popovic, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Song #4: How Are You Keeping?

Firstly, let me state that I have never dated, kissed or even gotten a number from any woman named Kerri Ann. I chose the name because I like the alliterative nature of 'How are you keeping, Kerri Ann?'. That's not to say that the women I know named Kerri Ann are not lovely people, they are. It's just that this song is...ah forget it, let's move on, shall we?

This song is based on the time-tested ideas of 'What if' and 'The one who got away'. The poor clueless bastard who is narrating this tale is both deluded and stuck in time. He transfers a brief drunken moment into a relationship that is destined to be. Of course he tries to pick it up twenty years later, after a lifetime of bad decisions and shady dealings. But he always has been a charming rogue and figures his quick wit and crooked smile will get him the girl, like it always has in the past. Little does he realize that time moves on, people grow up and unmoored ships have a funny habit of drifting away.

Big props to my son Everett who was just off camera, happily sitting in his Bumbo and singing backup.

(click through for lyrics)

At a time when things were much more simple, at a time when we both were alone
I had too much to drink as usual, you offered me a ride home
On the front steps of my apartment I kissed you once as we held hands
Well I tell you Kerri Ann, I would’ve done things different
If I’d known it would be my only chance

How are you keeping Kerri Ann? It’s been awhile, yes it’s true
Funny how the years that have been so bad to me, well they sure been good to you
Oh how are you keeping Kerri Ann?

Flipping through and old photo album, full of faces from my checkered past
I could name less than half of them, care-free memories fading fast
But your face is one that I won’t forget, it holds a special place inside my mind
Is it just me Kerri Ann, in one sided idle dreaming, or do you think of me from time to time
Oh how are you keeping Kerri Ann?

It was an innocent schoolboy crush, one that I never quite outgrew
I never lost hope for the two of us, but all my roads led me straight away from you

Fast forward twenty-odd years later, at a wedding of an old neighborhood friend
Outside the church I was waiting for you, to see if sparks could fly again
You introduced me to your husband and showed me pictures of your kids
Well I hugged you Kerri Ann, and then I made a quiet exit, these foolish words dying on my lips

How are you keeping Kerri Ann? It’s been awhile, yes it’s true
Funny how the years that have been so bad to me, well they sure been good to you
Oh how are you keeping Kerri Ann?

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