Mandolin, Violin and Saw” came out of an exercise at the Gretchen Peters songwriting workshop that I attended in Nashville. We had to think of a happy memory from childhood and I thought of a particular morning with my gran and grandad. The song underwent a few rewrites, I’ve got lots of different versions around. The final version came about after an inspiring and forensic songwriting lesson from Amy Speace. Lines and verses got changed around, the chorus was rewritten.
The photo is from the Millyard Museum, Manchester, New Hampshire. Both my grandad and my great-grandad worked there one hundred years ago. “Did bells wake you every morning?”
The recording is from the October 2018 session. It was the first song we recorded, (which meant it was the first time I’d been in a studio for some thirty years!)