Lighten Up

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“Lighten Up” was on "Flood Waters Rising" a solo guitar arrangement that combined jazz, classical and blues technique. I had always thought of it as an Americana song, so here we gave it the full sentimental Texarkana twang.


Lighten Up c. 2013 Sidney S. Whelan

"Lighten up. Lighten up. Lighten up."
She said to me. "You take it all, take it all too seriously."

"Although you're right. You are Right. Yes you’re right.”
She said to me. "It's all coming to an end, just not immediately."

"We got some time left." She said to me.
"We can mourn when we're dead tonight is still lovely."

"Let's go dance. Lets’ go dance. Let’s go dance.”
She said to me. "Where the sun sets over the wine-dark sea."


"We all die. We all Die. We All Die.”
She said to me. "So dance now and hold me closely."

"Tell the truth." She said to me.
"It was worth livin' to be with me."

"Lighten up. Lighten up. Lighten up.”
She said to me. "You take it all, take it all too seriously."


from The Story of Ike Dupree, released December 22, 2014
Vocals: Sid Whelan, Capathia Jenkins, Robbi Hall Kumalo, Darryl Tookes
Trombone: Alan Ferber
Trumpet: Ron Horton
Saxophone: Michael Blake
Drums: Richard Huntley
Bass: Marco Panascia
Organ & Piano: Jerry Z
Guitars: Sid Whelan



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Sid Whelan is a veteran guitarist who for many years backed singers in world music acts. Recently he returned for songwriting inspiration to his love of American music pre-1960: the blues and country, folk, bluegrass, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and jazz. He has begun a songwriting project with those influences in mind, tackling often difficult themes of contemporary American life for his lyrics. ... more

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