Alan James Lorden

Alan James Lorden

 Hope Mills, North Carolina, USA
SoloCountryBlues

I've been a writer, arranger and performer for over 30 years. I write all styles of music. I generally record with virtual band members from all over the USA.

Biography

I started playing classical piano and trumpet in elementary school. My first piano was a one-octave metal keyboard from a broken toy piano with the black keys painted on. So between my weekly lessons I practiced on this thing and had to imagine the sound of the notes. I transitioned to jazz and pop music while in high school, playing piano and Hammond B-3. I attended Hartt School of Music after high school and worked as a recording engineer/studio musician in addition to playing in many popular local bands throughout New York and New England.

In early 80's I drove cross-country to Los Angeles with no job and little money. While in L.A. I paid my dues working in many areas of the music profession as a studio musician, arranger, sound engineer, performer, and music instructor. I also wrote scores for student, indie and a couple of feature films which gave me some great experience with orchestration.

Eventually moving to North Carolina I most recently have been working as a producer/arranger for local songwriters and spent some time as the piano/B-3/sax man for the blues band Mighty Lester and played piano/B3/clav on their debut album Mighty Lester and the Blues Kings. Currently I'm playing keys for Nashville's Jamie Tate and Holland Marie. I've started a new contemporary rock/blues band called Brother's Keepur that will begin performing in October 2011. In the past few years I've opened locally for Kenny Chesney, Phil Vasser, LeAnn Rimes, Chuck Wicks, Gretchen Wilson, Josh Thompson and the Zack Brown Band. I'm the Creative Director for Rusted Gate Music, a music development, arranging, and production business based in Raleigh NC.

Lyrics

We Were Right (They Were Wrong)

Written By: Alan Lorden/Tim Arthur

Mama told me “Son, you’d better be certain.”
Some friends they said it won’t last
Whispered voices warning love is a hassle
But they didn’t know what we had.
Our big day finally came
It seemed like forever
We pledged the vows and knew in our hearts…

We were right
They were wrong
And our love affair started going strong
Every day, every night spent together
On a lovers honeymoon with no end in sight
And through the joys and pains of life
This love of ours is strong
‘cause we were right and they were wrong

The years rushed by in what seemed like an instant
Now we had a new life to face
Our baby girl was born and changed us forever
She gave us new dreams to chase
Although things were great
They thought it would break us
That two plus one would tear us apart

We were right
They were wrong
And our love affair, it kept going on
Every day, every night we spend together
we’ve been on a honeymoon with no end in sight
And through the joys and pains of life
This love of ours stays strong
‘cause we were right and they were wrong

Today we celebrate a big anniversary
For all of the years we’ve been blessed
We look through pictures in our old photo albums
Our little girl’s left the nest
Here’s my toast for today
and a toast for tomorrow
and to all of those who doubted our love…

We were right
They were wrong
And our love affair it keeps going on
Every day, every night we spend together
we’re still on a honeymoon with no end in sight
And through the joys and pains of life
This love of ours stays strong
‘cause we were right
In every prayer
I thank the Lord for each moment we share
And that we were right…
They were wrong

Cheap

Written By: Alan James Lorden

I'm used to spending all my money on most anything I'd see
The best guitars and whiskey, that's how it'd always be
But since times are getting tough on working folks like me
I've changed my way of living 'cause cash don't grow on trees

Now I'm cheap and I know it
When I get money, man, I just don't blow it
Yeah I'm cheap but it ain't easy
I save those dollars, yeah, but I'm not greedy

Now I'm living in a house that's completely bought and paid
The one that my daddy built in 1968
I get all my meals cooked by a lady I call 'Ma'
She's 80 years old and she lets me drive her car

Why? 'Cause I'm cheap and I admit it
When I get money, hey, I just don't spend it
Now I'm cheap and it ain't easy
I save my dollars, whoa, but I'm not greedy
'Cause one day I might need it all

No, there's not much that I really need
I got my share of problems
But running out of cash is one that I'll never see
And I won't put it in the bank that money's staying right with me

I clip out the coupons, I look for the sale
And save all that junk stuff that comes in my mail
When I go to the store I know exactly what I need
When they add up the discounts they wind up paying me

'Cause I'm cheap and you best believe it
When I get money, hey, I'm gonna keep it
Yeah I'm cheap and it ain't easy
I save them dollars, whoa, but I'm not greedy

Yeah I'm cheap, I'm like Clark Howard
When I get money, man, I feel empowered
Yeah I'm cheap and I admit it
I got a decent job and I hope I keep it

Yeah I'm cheap
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah
Yeah I'm cheap
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah
'Cause one day I might just need it all

Smoky Mountain Christmas Eve

Written By: Alan Lorden

Smoky Mountain Christmas Eve
Words & Music by Alan James Lorden
Copyright: 2007 Alan James Lorden (ASCAP)

I got a letter postmarked North Carolina
And I had a feeling what it was about
A Christmas invitation to my family get together
At the church hall without any doubt

I started coming up with all the old excuses
Why I didn’t have time to make the trip
When I noticed what was written at the bottom of a picture
Of my mountain family when I was a kid

(It said)
"Aren’t you tired of being alone at Christmas?
When those church bells start ringing
We hope that you’ll be here"

Now I’m thinking ‘bout the candlelights
And I’m thinking ‘bout the silent nights
The snowy mountains are a beautiful sight
Beneath that moonlit, starry sky
I’m thinking ‘bout that big ol’ Christmas tree
Having dinner with the family
And seeing all the friends I’d love to see
This Smoky Mountain Christmas eve

Well I guess I’m gonna find a way to make it this year
And leave the west coast lights for the Blue Ridge nights
And a few days of holiday cheer
The jing-a-ling of Santa’s bells never felt right at eighty degrees
So I’m gonna get ready and head out of the city
And get back home to God’s country

‘cause I’m tired of being alone at Christmas
When those church bells start a-ringin'
You know where I want to be

I’ll be looking at the candlelights
And I’ll be walking in the silent night
The snowy mountains are a beautiful sight
Beneath that moonlit, starry sky
I’ll help ‘em decorate the Christmas tree
I'll have dinner with my family
And I’ll see all the friends I’ve wanted to see
This Smoky Mountain Christmas eve

I never realized how long I’ve been away
Now hold on ‘cause I’m staying
At least until New Year’s Day

Now I’m looking at the candlelights
And I’m a-walkin' in the silent nights
These snowy mountains are a beautiful sight
Beneath that moonlit, starry sky
I’m helping decorate the Christmas tree
I'm having dinner with my family
Seeing all the friends I wanted to see
This Smoky Mountain Christmas eve

Lying in Bed

Written By: Alan James Lorden

The card with the roses said ‘From you know who.’
‘If you’ve got some free time can you meet me at 2?’
She’ll make up an excuse to leave the office at one thirty
But she’ll be home by 5 in case her husband comes back early

As she puts on her nightgown he asks “How was your day?”
She tells him “Not bad” but keeps her eyes turned away.

Now she’s lying in bed
Secret thoughts are spinning inside her head
She knows she won’t leave him, he’s done nothing wrong
So she has to deceive him no matter how long
She’ll keep on lying in bed

It’s Monday morning and he should be at work
He places the bet and prays his horse comes in first
His life’s now a gamble since the shop let him go
He’s borrowing from friends and his wife doesn’t know.

It’s getting dark outside the tavern as he sips his last beer
He cries in the car awhile, then slowly drives home and wipes away the tears

Now he’s lying in bed
His secret thoughts are spinning inside his head
He can’t live without her, she’s done nothing wrong
So he has to deceive her no matter how long
He’ll keep on lying in bed

There’s a cold wind blowing
And the clouds are moving in
They’ll ride out the storm together
But the truth will remain unsaid

While they’re lying in bed
Those secret thoughts keep spinning inside their heads
He can’t live without her, she can’t let him go
They’ll keep that wall between them no matter how long
and keep on lying in bed

Losing Games

Written By: Alan James Lorden

Oh darlin’ I can’t see your face
Are you hiding fears that time just won’t erase
You’re telling me that you can’t take it anymore
This chapter’s over so please shut the door

Please tell me, I can’t understand
I tried my best to be your faithful man
And why our lives must change, it seems so sad to me
Before you go, please tell me why you’re leaving

She said when the promise turns to loneliness and heartache
And the storm inside you crashes like the sea
And you feel like it’s been going on forever
You’re just losing games you never played to win

Solo:

Now these Carolina nights will seem so lonely
When I think about the way things used to be
Before life held us in anger without reason
When you shut the door and threw away the key

When the promise turns to loneliness and heartache
And the storm inside you crashes like the sea
And you feel like it’s been going on forever
You’re just losing games you never played to win

She said when the promise turns to loneliness and heartache
And the storm inside you crashes like the sea
And you feel like it’s been going on forever
You’re just losing games you never played to win
You’re just losing games you never played to win
You’re losing games you never played to win

Discography

Mighty Lester - Mighty Lester piano/Hammond B3