by Steve Einhorn
Struck by the inspiration of Seattle songwriter, Jim Page, who burst onto the scene of the Chatacqua variety show he was scheduled to play at the Echo Theater years ago, Steve and I witnessed an astounding - and nearly spontaneous feat of songwriting. Late for the gig from being stuck for two hours in traffic on I-5, Jim ran into the theater, grabbed his guitar by the neck from its case flung sideways and hit the stage in full stride mid-show and stood square in front of the microphone and sang a 20-minute song that he wrote while immobilized in his en route to Portland. It was an unprecedented experience that expressed the immediacy of songwriting - catch it while you can! - and manifesting words and music into new forms.
That night around the post-show outdoor fire, Steve wrote this song for our daughter who had recently left home to explore life on her own on the other side of the country as a teenager. The natural fears and hopes that a parent feels when children take the wheel to drive their own lives is expressed fully in its universal call, "Won't you come back home, there's supper on the stove!" 'Annabelle' has singlehandedly grown from that youngster into a well educated, world-changing mother with children of her own, and now it won't be long before it will become her turn to sing the chorus to the next generation.
On guitars, Steve and I play this song in Ab (Kate in dadgad, capo on 6th fret - Steve capo on 1st fret to play G shapes). On ukes we play it in G. The uke chart download is written in G - and starts on the 5 with a D chord.
"Annabelle" can be found on our cds Harbour, Pearls and other live recordings.
Pictured here with her grandfather, Jack - and then with her first child on the way...