©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)
©Andy May, Lauren LeCroy May (Swift River Music/BMI)
Duet with Brittany Allyn.
Andy: You can treat real issues in a very direct way in a country song. (More coming soon)
©Andy May (Swift River Music/BMI)
Andy: On my desk sits a favorite photograph taken and sent to me by a favorite person.
©Lauren LeCroy May, Andy May (Swift River Music/BMI)
Lauren: This lyric is one of the very few that more-or-less presented itself to me, fully-formed. I wrote it in an afternoon, but the story had been percolating for a while. In the fall of 1984, (…more) Andy: Lauren’s lyric for “The Harvest” is really a short story, and this song was one of our first collaborations. I produced a recording of Rick Lee singing it back in the early 1990’s, but at that time… (…more notes, credits, lyrics, etc.)
©A.P. Carter (Peer Music)
Andy: I have played this song since I was in my mid-teens. Variants of these verses show up in many other old songs as well, and I incorporated one or two in my own version of “Storms.” This song is usually done as a waltz, but I like the way it flows in 4/4, and I arranged it that way many years ago. – Duet with Maura O’Connell.