Below are some of Al's original songs
This song was written one day after returning from the cemetary visiting my brother Scott's grave. Scott was killed by a drunk driver when he was 14, and I was 12. I got the idea for the song as I sat at his gravesite just looking at the stone, and I thought.."this is all you really do here...pray, cry, and STARE AT THE STONE"!
I was asked once to play for a funeral of a local legend in our area "Uncle Bo". He was an older gentleman that love to make a garden, and would sit on side the road and give his produce away, if you would sit and chat with him. At his funeral the Preacher said..."the dates on the headstone are not the important dates. They are just the beginning and the end. The important dates are "All the days between" those two dates.....I wrote the song on the way home!
This song was written after George Jones died, and I was in a bar playing some of his music, and a guy came up and handed me a shot of Jack Daniels, and he said..."You gotta have some Jack with your Jones"!
LEARN TO LIVE BEFORE YOU DIE
Watching one of the more corrupt televangelist one night, I was taken aback at how much they seem to tell you how to live, and yet live their lives to the fullest...huge house, the best of everything....while they rob poor folks of the little they have promising miracles that can only come from God. My favorite line in this song is "sometimes you let your devils take your angels for a ride".......I'm not promoting evil in any way, but just saying...sometimes it's good to let loose, and suck the marrow out of life!
A friend of mine always signs off her Facebook page with "find your smile". Even when she was going thru some difficult times in her life, and she had little reason to smile, she would always try to find someway to "find her smile".
While hunting once in Colorado, I was trying to get closer to a group of deer on a ridge, and I was talking to my Dad on the radio, and he asked me if there was a good buck in the group, and I said.."I can't tell from here, but the closer that I get the better I can see", and right after I said this, I thought "THAT is a good tag line for a song"! Later I changed it to "further". This song talks about how the closer you get to something or someone, the more you can tell about them or the situation.
Will I SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN
This is one of those songs that really just came to me while playing around with another song. I had the line "there's a heart for every soul" in another song, and the song just wasn't working out, so I decided to start a new song, and "WIll I see your face again" was born. This happens a lot, where one song is born from the line of another that just wasn't working out