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Motorcycle Songs

Among the many songs I've written, two of my favorites are the two motorcycle songs. Years later, I never tire of listening to them because they continue to elicit visual pictures of very exquisite roads as well as the state of mind I experienced while traveling these roads. They are both driven tunes for obvious reasons and they are both a lot of fun to play. I really should write another one.

Kick It Over (1.8MB MP3 Sound File)
Words & Music by Gary Sosnick
1993 Polar Graphic Music, BMI
Performed by The Hope Orchestra
From the CD entitled Lingo

This song is about a trip into the mountains on a Legendary Vertical Twin--where virgin pine trees grow. A classic motorcycle song if ever there was one. My Bonnie is that Legendary Vertical Twin--a Triumph Bonneville motorcycle. An essential part of the sound of this song is supplied by the double bass kick drums, duplicating the boom-boom-boom-boom rhythm/sound of the twin-cylinder motorcycle; very important in order to retain the proper feel. Great-great drumming by Dave Lyon (Richmond, Michigan). I'm playing a 12-string Fender Stratocaster on this one (a fairly unusual electric guitar)! "Kick It Over" (the act of kick-starting a motorcycle), reminds me of every motorbike journey I ever took, with lots of everything as described in the song.
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Kick It Over

Mountains far and wide
Water on both sides
'Round the bend we go
Where virgin pine trees grow
Up this winding road.

Come on Darling, kick it over, I can't wait this way forever now.

Small town near the top
Carved into the rock
While the hot springs flow
This wayside bar explodes
Up this winding road.

Come on Darling, kick it over, I can't sway this way forever now.

Cross the countryside
Roller coaster ride
Through the clouds we go
Up this winding road.

My Bonnie wants to fly!

Moonlight Jaunt (1.8MB MP3 Sound File)
Words & Music by Gary Sosnick
1995 Polar Graphic Music, BMI
Performed by The Hope Orchestra
From the CD entitled Detroit Head

My second song written from the motorcyclists' perspective, this time a bit more cerebral, almost a lament. Country sounding like the countryside it's written about. Plenty of guitars. The electric 12-string again fuels this night-time ride. Singer Asta's vocals glide through three key changes en route to the soprano kicker I don't want this world to end. If you're a city-dweller, get on a motorbike and head out across the fogbound farmlands and gently rolling hills just after midnight.
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Moonlight Jaunt

Well, the sun has set and the weather's right. Radar shows a perfect night.
Leathers donned and a little bit of dough. All gassed up and ready to go.
Got plenty of stress I need to erase. Just enough time to get things straight.
So I'm checking out my favorite haunts--just another midwestern moonlight jaunt.

Tiny hamlet over the rise. Grange hall dance has seen better times.
Silhouette nailed to a barn, signifies each passing farm.
Deer are standing in the road, puzzled by my headlamp's glow.
Sound the horn--they dart away to become some hunter's prey.

I don't want this world to end, or the country folk on whom I depend.
I don't want this city to feed on the honest times I'll always need.

Well, the roadhouse lights comes into view. Likely shoot a game of pool.
Jukebox blasting out Patsy Cline, miles away from the daily grind.
And the best about the life out here, is the people are as they appear.
So I'm checking out my favorite haunts--just another midwestern moonlight jaunt.

High school football lights up the sky. Small town life ignites your pride.
Night air filled with a prairie scent, rooted in the Old Testament.
Darkness hides the latest tract--strip malls, homes on cul-de-sacs.
What was once a pristine lake, is now built up with real estate.

I don't want this world to end, or the country folk on whom I depend.
I don't want this city to feed on the honest times I'll always need.

Well, another inn is up ahead. It's here I'll rearrange my head.
And forget about impending doom, of the countryside the city will consume.
But through the fog I'm moving on, to get back home at the crack of dawn.
So I'm checking out my favorite haunts--just another midwestern moonlight jaunt!



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