There is a place called Goose Lake out in California but it isn't a place that Paul has ever been to. However, it is a fitting symbol of many places that he enjoys going to because of their peaceful surroundings. Paul loves the outdoors. He loves to fish on some of our lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Some of his fondest memories are of trips to places where he's enjoyed nature along with good friends. There is something about those rare times when all those deep seated feelings come welling up from somewhere deep inside. Paul says "the best way I can describe it is that it's the feeling of 'it's just good to be alive' as is stated in this song. It's a crying shame what man is doing to the environment of our beautiful earth. Being an outdoors kind of guy Paul enjoys hunting, fishing, surfing and other outdoor activities. Although only slightly over fifty Paul can see in his relatively short lifetime how the environment is being ruined. What will it be in another 10 or 20 years we hate to think. Paul Smith grew up by the mouth of the Susquehanna River and can remember snorkeling on the Susquehanna flats. The water was clear, fish were everywhere, and it was teaming with plant life. So much so that the prop on your outboard would get full of grass to the point of stopping the motor every time you got out of a channel. Water foul would sit and feed on the aquatic plants of the flats every winter and there were hundreds of thousands of geese and ducks. Today, there is little grass to speak of on those same flats and comparable few fish. In fact, they say the entire Chesapeake Bay is in serious trouble. What really saddens Paul is to think that despite our awareness of these problems, we continue on ruining the environment. What's even sadder is that no one seems to think that they are to blame for the problem. This 'sad story' is why Paul wrote 'The Good Life.' Just to set the record straight, Paul wanted to say that he lives in a small, modest, preexisting home which he bought and remodeled and that he doesn't drive a big truck either. He was only making a point in this song! Sometimes you can really get down and depressed and just being with a certain someone is the only remedy for a brighter day. In 'Shadow Over Me' that 'certain someone' is the one that no longer wants to be with you although your feelings for her haven't changed. No Good Reason is about how it can be a peaceful, beautiful day, but you're blue. Why? All you can think about is 'her.' Such a beautiful day and it's being wasted without her by your side. What do you do? You send her this message, 'I hope this e-mail finds you well and good, and please.....come running back to me.' All you really want is to be with her. In recent years, Paul will sit all alone in his studio playing the guitar, singing and writing songs for hours. During that time, his mind fills up with thoughts and memories of the past -- when he was a kid or his first love or to the days when he played and sang for a living. Paul said "I remember nights playing and singing songs late into the morning hours to strangers who gave it little mind. Other nights I was the focus of everyone in the room. Isn't that strange?" Now Paul records and sends songs out into the deep, dark night of cyberspace unable to see the faces of those who hear his music. Believe it when we say that can make for a lonely gig. In the spring of 2004, a Whippoorwill was calling into the night outside Paul's home. His call was loud and lonely too, just the way Paul felt. So instead of recording, Paul wrote 'Why The Whippoorwill Cries.' Paul wrote All I've Left of You in 2005. At that time he was recalling as inspiration how it was when his father died at the tender age of 12 years. Now this song has taken on much more meaning because his wife died on her birthday, April 7th 2007. It just so happened that this was the setting of this song. The most devastating thing that can happen to someone is to loose the one they love in death. When something like that happens to you it's even hard to comprehend or understand it. In some cases the grieving process can take a long long time, even years. But slowly the person begins letting go, little by little and with the passing of time the memories of them begin to fad. As they do fad then feels of sadness and loneliness can surface and even feelings of guilt. Ultimately though, the time must come when you just have to 'say goodbye.' All that's left is fading memories, a few photographs, and of course, your love of them. Paul has now written a new song called "Goodbye My Love" which will be on his next album "Life Must Go On." Paul and his wife would regularly take walks together. They both look forward to those times to just 'walk and talk'. That's because it's during those walks that they would get to have lengthy conversations about things. They were able to say a lot of things that normally just wouldn't be said. It's a good way to get to know someone. In this song, Walking And Talking, Paul imagined a young man telling his prospective first time date how he is looking forward to getting to know her in this innocent way of just 'Walking And Talking.' Paul grew up living near the mouth of the Susquehanna River in Maryland. At the north part of the Chesapeake Bay on that river was a small town that he and his friends called 'Perry' (short for Perryville). This is the place that he sings about in this song. One morning before getting up out of bed, there was a mocking bird just singing his heart out, right outside Paul's bedroom window. As the bird just kept on singing and singing Paul slipped into a state of half awake and half asleep. In that state of mind he went back to those days when he was living on that river. They are some of his fondest memories. That little bird inspired Paul to write this song "Yesteryear". No Getting Over You is about that first time you see the girl of your dreams. It is an unforgettable moment. You know she is the one for you, but you can't seem to get it together. You're so nervous you can't speak. You can't even breathe. That first eye contact is the moment you want it all to be just right. You realize that if you don't meet this creature, there will be 'no getting over' her. So you do what you can, and hope for the best. On the East Coast of Delmarva (Del. For Delaware, Md. For Maryland, and Va. For Virginia ) there are resort towns like Rehoboth, Bethany Beach, and Ocean City where many people spend the summer and then leave. During those summer months, it is easy for romances to develop. Many couples find themselves having to part ways at the close of summer to return to their prior obligations. It can be a very happy and yet a very sad time around here. 'It's So Easy' is about a young man promising his new found love that he will return with an engagement ring in the early spring. So if the girl says yes - then 'that will be the best of days' for him. Lesson Of The Gull was a very difficult song for Paul to record. Why? It was because he kept getting all emotional and crying. You see this is a true story about how his grandmother (whom he called 'Nanny') use to talk about sea gulls. She loved sea gulls. She would say 'They can fly, sit on the water, eat just about anything, and they are always happy. No matter what happens, or how lonely they are, they can still laugh about it.' They call them laughing gulls here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland because of the sound they make. After his father died (Nanny's son), Paul's mother had to work to provide for the kids. It was Nanny who was home with all the kids. She taught Paul many things about life just like any grandmother would do. One day when she was very sad, she was crying her eyes out, and she went to go for a ride in the car. Paul saw her leaving and he went with her. When they got around the block and stopped at a stop sign, she talked about the 'sea gull,' and then she stopped crying. Then she turned to Paul and held his cheeks, put her forehead against his, and said, 'Paul please - never forget about the sea gull, because it can put a smile on your face'. Paul says "Nanny has been dead now for many years, but I've never forgotten her or 'the lesson of the gull' she taught me." This song is in loving memory of 'Nanny' who Paul dearly loved. Now is Now is a song about Paul's own life, highlighting some of the most memorable things. The earliest memory that he had is when his Mother was talking to the neighbor (Mrs. Ritter) in the back yard of their house. They were standing by the fence talking, and Paul wanted his mother's attention. He was only 3 years old, but he still remembers the scolding he got for not being respectful when his parents were talking. It was a good thing too, because it has stayed with him all these years. Paul was loved, and he considers himself fortunate to have been raised in a family that had those kinds of standards. The next memorable thing mentioned in the song was the death of Paul's father. He was only 12 and it truly rocked his world. He says "I was only a boy, but I had many burning questions about death, the meaning of life, and God. I would talk to all kinds of people about these things from that time up through my college years and beyond. I would talk to friends, family, clergymen, even would talk to perfect strangers, and never did I get any really satisfying answers. That is until the most important event in my life." "When I was 27 a 'stranger came a knocking' at my door. He proceeded to answer all my questions, and more. He even answered questions that I hadn't thought of yet. He did this, not because he was so wise and had all the answers, but to my surprise, he did this all from the Bible. That was the single most important happening in my life. Now, 26 years later, I am so thankful that I listened to that 'stranger.' Now I have Good reason to keep move on." Paul is an independent musician, a song writer and a member of ASCAP. He began playing and singing professionally in the mid 1970's with a duo called 'Brisky Winds.' The group was named after a song written by Paul (You will find that song on his second album called Eastern Shore (it's the 4th track). That duo was located in Indianapolis, Indiana but they traveled to many places as musicians tend to do. Currently Paul is living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in a coastal town called Berlin. Berlin is a beautiful old town which has a quaintness to it that has attracted some film makers as well, like "Runaway Bride" and "Tuck Everlasting." It is also near the well known resort town, Ocean City Maryland. Paul has been living there since 1989. It is there that Paul has been writing and recording more original songs and making them available on the internet. Originally Paul was only recording some of his favorite folk style songs written by other artists like James Taylor, John Denver, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary and Paul Simon. However, as requested by his listeners, Paul now works solely on original songs. If you like the style of those artists then you're sure to love Paul's music as well because his style is similar. If it were not for the internet you probable would have never heard of Paul Smith. This may sound odd to you but Paul Smith has absolutely no interest in being in the 'lime light' anymore. He has done his share of performing in the past and now he isn't interested in that. Although he has appeared locally from time to time that it is no longer his desire to do that sort of thing. 'Fame' or 'glory' has no appeal either. Nor does he have any aspirations of 'signing' with a BIG LABEL. Paul has been down the 'musician' road and has been "on the road" as they say and doesn't care to go there again. Now his objective is much more simple and pure. He simply loves to make music. Paul wants to create lovely beautiful music that is wholesome, relaxing, easy to listen to, and that you and your whole family can enjoy. That he can now do with the wonderful help of the internet. Paul Smith is well aware that music has an amazing way of reaching the hearts of it's listeners. It does this in a way that nothing else can and therefore can have a tremendous influence in people's lives. It can influenced people for the good! It can also influence them for the bad! Music can inspire you in a positive way to reach for goals you might have not otherwise considered attainable! Music can also motivate you to do good things for others. Music can move you to heights of emotional expressions you were not expecting even moments ago. It can make you laugh and it can make you cry. It does this all because music reaches the hearts of people like nothing else can. Sadly there are "artists" who have used music to shock, and degrade. That kind of thing has and continues to have a corrupting influence on the minds and hearts of people to the point that some have done horrible, even sadistic things because they "heard it in a song". Paul Smith believes that music is a God given gift that should be used in a responsible way and therefore he makes this promise to you. "All the music that I do will be absolutely free of vulgarity, indecency, and immorality. There will be nothing that will corrupt the minds and hearts of those who listen to my music. You can put your mind at ease. You do not have to worry about yourself or your children with this music. All you will hear is good, wholesome, and easy to listen to music. I promise.
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