Monday, July 30, 2007

Song History...Tumbling Tumbleweeds...

The song "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" was written by one of the "Sons of The Pioneers", Bob Nolan. When I think of the "Sons of The Pioneers", none other than "Roy Rogers" comes to mind!

In our version of this old western favorite, Travis and Tony sing lead, while my dad, George Harvey, and I, Janey Loree sing harmony. Along with songs like "Shifting Whispering Sands" and "Cool Water", Tumbling Tumbleweeds became one of our favorites to perform. We would use this song to get us in the mood to practice! This is another song that we listened to over and over again to write down the words and music. We had an old favorite cassette tape
that was fast wearing out!

Click on the link in the sidebar to hear our version of "Tumbling Tumbleweeds".
History @ Wikipedia
Song Lyrics

Artwork Copyright 2007 by Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher (my mother!)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Song History...Ghost Riders In The Sky...

Download our version of this song located in the sidebar under "FFS Audio Song List" and let it play softly in the background as you read this

This song is one of the best cowboy songs ever written. As kids, George Harvey and his wife, Phyllis Mae loved to hear this song on the radio. Phyllis Mae lived in Ajo, Arizona and George Harvey lived in Lubbock, Texas. However, they listened to the same radio station out of Del Rio, Texas!

Back in 1997 our family entertainment was singing old western songs. "Ghost Riders In The Sky" quickly became one of our favorite songs to sing when we performed out at the Senator's Restaurant located at the famous Terry Bison Ranch in southern Wyoming.

One particular memory of singing this song was when a tour group came in to the Senator's Restaurant after a ride across the ranch viewing the Buffalo herds. After we finished singing the song, one of the guys in the group told us that they were having the best time of their lives, because one of the bulls' had charged the wagon and then they walked into the restaurant with us singing one of his favorite cowboys songs! All the loading, setting up and tearing down of our equipment was worth it all!!!

Our 1997 version of "Ghost Riders In The Sky" is now active in our "FFS Audio Song List" in the sidebar. George Harvey, Travis Lee, and Anthony Wayne sing this western classic with Janey Loree playing the keyboard and TnT* playing acoustic guitars.

The "Buffalo Wallow" picture was painted by my mother, Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher in 1998. We found the piece of wood with the barbed wire already attached, the sun is painted over a knot in the wood, and the water in the wallow is accented by an area of rotted wood. This is one of TnT's favorite paintings.

Ghost Riders In The Sky was written in 1948 by Stan Jones.

Follow this link to read
the story behind the song!

Follow this link to read the legend behind the name!

*TnT is the nickname that was given to my sons Travis and Anthony (Tony).
Artwork Copyright 2007 by Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher (my mother!)
Photographs by Janey Loree (unless otherwise stated)

FFS Attending Texas RV Travel Blog's Recreation Carnival...

Since FFS is a new blog we are not part of BLOG VILLAGE yet. However, because we are linked to several BLOG VILLAGE blogs we will be attending the BLOG VILLAGE Recreation Carnival hosted by Texas RV Travel Blog!!! Come join us if you are a BLOG VILLAGER, or linked to a BLOG VILLAGER. You also can become a BLOG VILLAGER so that you become a vital part of our VILLAGE and can enter a post about what you do for fun!!! Join us for the BLOG VILLAGE Carnival of Recreation!!!

We love to sing for fun!!!

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Song History...My Rifle, My Pony and Me...

We ran across "My Rifle, My Pony and Me" while watching the 1959 John Wayne, classic western film, "Rio Bravo" on VHS! At that time (1995 or 1996) we didn't have access to the internet and couldn't find a western song book with the song written down, so we painstakingly listened to the song over and over again to get the words written down. Then I worked the music out on the keyboard and we added "My Rifle, My Pony and Me" to our repertoire!

The song was written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Webster and performed by Dean Martin & Rick Nelson with Walter Brennan playing the harmonica.

There is some controversy over the words, so what we sing is what we heard from listening to the VHS over and over again. We apologize now for any "miss wording or note changes" that may have occurred while writing it down. In the right hand column you will find a link to our version of "My Rifle, My Pony and Me". Click on "Rio Bravo" above to view the song sung by Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson.

Artwork Copyright 2007 by Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher (my mother!)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Setting Up This Blog...

Hi! My name is Janey Loree and we are excited about this blog and hope that you will enjoy our home recordings. We are in the process of building this blog and thank you for your patience as we add the mp3 files to the songs that are listed in our "FFS Audio Song List". These songs are eleven years old, recorded when my sons were 14 and 15 years old and we lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is our goal with this blog to not only make available the old recordings, but to record new ones.

We have some major moves coming up in our family, so I will work on recording with George Harvey and Douglas Wayne for the next year while Travis Lee and Anthony Wayne get settled in Pecos, Texas. Then when I move to Pecos, I will start recording with TnT (Travis 'n' Tony)! And record everyone when we get together at Christmas...

Right now the only song that you can listen to is my favorite western song that my sons and my dad sang together. The song is: My Rifle, Pony & Me. It is also my goal to bring you the history behind each and every song that we sang and will be singing. I will be gathering all the old photos, memorabilia, and stories, too!