Blue Willow (Bob Welch/Helen Reisen)

Blue Willow (Bob Welch/Helen Reisen)

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Bob Welch and Helen Reisen comprise the acoustic duo, Blue Willow. Blue Willow plays a blend of originals, folk, blues, along with covers of the greats from the 60's and 70's.

Biography

Bob Welch and Helen Reisen are the acoustic duo, "Blue Willow." Helen seems to have a natural ability to perform songs from many different genres and make them her own. The "queen of harmony" always seems to lend just the right mood, the right harmony that makes one of Bob's compositions come alive. Her 12 string guitar provides a richness to the texture of their music, recorded and live. She also plays the 12 string and leads the choir at Sylvia Switch church, in her hometown of Zwingle, IA.

After performing his first "paying gig" at the age of 13, Bob Welch was hooked on making music.
It was the Beatles who ignited his life long love of the guitar and making music in general, it was Bob Dylan and Paul Simon that sparked the songwriter within.

A multi-instrumentalist, Bob plays guitar, dobro, harmonica, mandolin and the full menu of percussion instruments.
Bobs song, "Population 692", received an Honorable Mention in the July/August 2005 lyric contest, sponsored by Nashville based, "American Songwriter" magazine.
"Population 692" got Bob a listing on the "Suggested Artist" list in the "Song of the Year" International songwriting competition for May, 2005, and again in "Song of the Years" Lyric competition in August, 2005. Recognized four times by the Song of the Year International Songwriting Competition, he was a top four finalist in 2004 for "Snow Flakes In June (A Daughter's Wedding Day.)" Bob was also a finalist in the 2004 songwriting competition sponsored by the Fondy Acoustic Music Alliance, Fond Du Lac, WI.

As a solo artist and as part of the duo, "Blue Willow", he picks and sings his way through around 70 performances a year in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. Venues including the legendary Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville, TN. Cafe Carpe in Ft. Atkinson, WI, Mad Folk's "Folk @ One" concert series on State Street in Madison, WI. and The Wild Hog In The Woods, Madison, WI.

Welch has been a guest and his music featured most recently on WORT radio in Madison, WI. Down On The Corner with Bob Dorr on Iowa Public Radio, KUNI, and Midwest Music Makers on KGRR radio, Dubuque, IA.

Bob and his songs have also been featured in numerous print publications, including Midwest Folk Magazine, River Stages, Dubuque Vue 365, Juliens Journal and the nationally distributed, Gettysburg Companion. (Bob also provides period music for numerous Civil War battle re-enactments.)

Lyrics

Snow Flakes In June (A Daughter's Wedding Day)

Written By: Robert A. Welch

YOUR MOTHER’S EYES, NEVER BRIGHTER THAN TODAY.
YOUR FATHER’S HEART, NEVER PROUDER THAN TODAY.
REMEMBER IT ALL, IT WON’T FADE AWAY LIKE SNOW FLAKES IN JUNE.

ROSES AND SMILES, NEVER SWEETER THAN TODAY.
A GARDEN OF FRIENDS, NEVER BETTER THAN TODAY.
CHERISH THEM ALL, THEY WON’T FADE AWAY LIKE SNOW FLAKES IN JUNE.

FROM THE SPRING OF YOUR LOVE.
TO THE WINTER OF YOUR LIFE.

CARRY YOUR LOVE (CARRY YOUR LOVE) LIKE A WHITE ROSE IN BLOOM.
SEPTEMBER’S SONG (SEPTEMBER’S SONG) WILL RISE, AND FADE ALL TOO SOON.
MIRACLES ARE YOURS HERE TODAY LIKE SNOW FLAKES IN JUNE.
MIRACLES ARE YOURS HERE TODAY LIKE SNOW FLAKES IN JUNE.

Words and music Copyright 2004
Robert A. Welch
Snow Flakes In June Publishing ASCAP

Where Does Time Go?

Written By: Robert A. Welch

WHERE DOES TIME GO?

WHERE DO THE HOURS GO? SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY
WHERE DO THE HOURS GO? WE WERE CHILDREN HARD AT PLAY.
LIFE’S SPRING ON A SOUTHBOUND WIND
PASSED HERE ONCE AND NOT AGAIN.
WHERE DOES TIME GO?

WHERE DO THE DAYS GO? ONLY MINUTES HAVE GONE BY.
WHERE DO THE DAYS GO? UNDER AUTUMN’S QUILTED SKY.
SAME AS BOX CARS ON THE TRACK
DAYS WON’T BE COMING BACK.
WHERE DOES TIME GO?

(BRIDGE)
WINTER’S WINDS AND SUMMERS SKIES
OCTOBERS CHILL AND LULLABYS.
SEASONS PASS AND SO DO WE.
WHAT LASTING GIFT WILL WE LEAVE?
WHERE DOES TIME GO?

WHERE DO THE YEARS GO? LIKE LEAVES, THEY RUSTLE PAST OUR DOOR.
WHERE DO THE YEARS GO? BLOWN BY CHANCE AND NOTHING MORE.
A THOUSAND YEARS OF DARK AND LIGHT,
STILL WE LIE AWAKE AT NIGHT WONDERING…WHERE DOES TIME GO?

Words & music Copyright 2004
Robert A. Welch
660 Duggan Drive
Dubuque, IA. 52003
563-582-6297
welchraw9@aol.com

Poulation 692

Written By: Robert A. Welch

POPULATION 692

POPULATION SIX NINETY-TWO…
THE TOWN IS CLOSED AND THERE’S NOTHIN’ TO DO
STREET LIGHTS FLICKER AND LIGHT UP MAIN.

TO THE WEST, ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
A BLOOD SHOT SKY AS DAY GIVES GROUND
AND DUST ROLLS UP FROM A GRAVEL LANE.

IT’S EARLY FALL AND LATE AT NIGHT
HALF THE TOWN’S IN FULL MOONLIGHT
AND THE AIR IS SWEET LIKE NEW MOWN HAY.

THE BOYS CRUISE WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN
THE GIRLS PASS BY WITHOUT A SOUND
SOMETIMES THEY SMILE, SOMETIMES THEY WAVE.

(Chorus)
SOME WILL GO AND SOME WILL STAY
SOME WILL MAKE IT DAY TO DAY AND
FILL THEIR LIVES WITH KIDS AND HYMNS.

IS IT THE END OF THE WORLD?
NO, IT’S JUST A TRAIN
RUMBLING THROUGH THE TOWN AT 3:00 AM
PAST A FADED SIGN…THAT SAYS, “COME AGAIN”.

(INSTRUMENTAL/REPEAT CHORUS/

POPULATION SIX-NINETY-TWO…
THE TOWN IS CLOSED AND THERE’S NOTHING TO DO
TAIL LIGHTS SHIMMER AND FADE DOWN MAIN.

Music and words copyright 2004
Bob Welch

(This song got an Honorable Mention in the July/August 2005 lyric contest, sponsored by Nashville based, "American Songwriter" magazine.)

Discography

"Sunsets and Dreams" CD Robert A. & Helen-2001
"Flame and Fortune" CD Robert A. & Helen-2003

Set List

Set lists draw from originals and covers. The proportion of original and cover songs is dependent on the style and image of the venue and the tastes of the audience. Here's a sampling...

ORIGINALS
Snow Flakes In June ( A Daughter's Wedding Day)
The Grape
All Right Tonight
In The Rain
I Heard Patsy Cline Sing
Train of Dreams
The Lonely
The Ballad of Jennie Wade
Cindy Jennings
Chain Smoker Blues
Population 692
Summer Dresses

COVER TUNES
A Horse With No Name (America)
Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet)
Layla (Eric Clapton)
Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan)
When You Say Nothing At All w/Helen (Alison Krauss)
Key to The Highway (Big Bill Broonzy/Clapton)
Walkin' Blues (Robert Johnson)
Pride and Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel)
Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
Tequila Sunrise (The Eagles)
Dreams w/Helen (Fleetwood Mac)
Landslide w/Helen (Fleetwood Mac)
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Gordon Lighfoot)
Norwegian Wood (T