It’s Blackberry Season! Have a Taste of Andy’s “Blackberry Jam”!

This sweet video was created by Andy’s good friend and former band mate, the late Tabby Crabb, just for fun. (Thanks Tab!) 

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Blackberry Jam – Song

©Lauren LeCroy MayAndy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

Behind the Song

Lauren (words): I wrote this lyric the first summer we lived in Tennessee, after we have been once through all the seasons. We had moved from Colorado at the end of the previous May with our then 2-year-old, and wild blackberries, which didn’t grow in the part of Colorado where we had lived, were a revelation to us. (So were chiggers, but that’s another story entirely!) Every bit of this song is true: Blackberry picking with our kid and our old black dog became a part of our summers, and blackberry jam became a part of our winters.

Andy (music): When Lauren first showed me this lyric, she asked if I could work in a break using a bit of the old fiddle tune, Blackberry Blossom when I scored it. I worked with it a bit and realized that the structure of her lyric fit Blackberry Blossom perfectly – it just needed a “b part.” Lauren re-worked one of her verses into a b part/chorus and I based the entire melody on Blackberry Blossom – including working in the break that Lauren has asked for.

Several years later, my buddy, Tabby Crabb, made a music video of this song for us. (Below) 

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The Woman in the Wings

©Andy May, Lauren LeCroy May, James Heffernan (Swift River Music)

Andy:  Many folks ask me if this song is about my mom. As I started to write it, I surely was inspired by her example. Then, Lauren LeCroy May added her wise touch to the lyric, and Jim Heffernan brought some good insight, as well. When the song was complete, I felt like we had created something that not only honored my mom but also made a statement about all people who encourage good things in the lives of those around them. Their encouragement lives on long after it is given.    (… more, credits, lyrics)

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Stone Soup – A Folktale Retold

©Words: Lauren LeCroy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

In support of the song Stone Soup from Hard Times on the CD Room for Roots, I retold the “Stone Soup” story my way for those who didn’t already know the tale. Andy included his reading of my version of the tale as a bonus track on the CD. – LM  (… more, credits, lyrics)

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Stone Soup from Hard Times

© Lyrics: Lauren LeCroy MayMusic: Andy May (Swift River Music/BMI)
Lauren:  This lyric actually combines two trains of thought I had been entertaining when I wrote it. It started with the thought that even when you’re broke, you can enjoy a beautiful day as much as anyone. That got me thinking of other things that enrich our lives yet cost us nothing: Relationships, memories, sunshine, singing, dreams….  (more)   Andy:  I loved the lyric that Lauren came up with for this song from the first time that I read it. To me, it talked about the challenges and triumphs that we all face in relationships, and the importance of remembering that many of the things we have in our lives don’t cost a thing and yet are priceless. That is what I had in mind when I set out to write the music for this piece.  (… more, credits, lyrics)

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