Illustration by Paul Montgomery
One more song written during the January 2009 working vacation in Orillia. I was pondering the unpleasant notion of getting older
and the possibility of deteriorating mental and physical abilities. A friend suffered a major stroke a few years back, and while he
was blessed to survive the stroke, it has been devastating for him to come to terms with his new life. Previously an avid outdoorsman,
he no longer has the mobility or the endurance he used to enjoy. Add to that the mental effects of the stroke, and he has lost the
ability to continue working at the career he loved as a financial accountant.
This friend became the basis for the character in "Still Wild", for whom the past and present are filled with confusion, where
reality and fiction have intertwined. He often realizes the extent of what he has lost, but other times remembers the past as he
thinks it was, which may not be as it really was.
Another song for which the piano arrangement was created in the studio in New Jersey, and the piano track in the final mix is
the original part recorded at The Barber Shop Studios.
Lyrics for "Still Wild"