"Lying Desert Wind" was written February 25th, 1981
in my cottage on West Linden Avenue - Nashville, Tennessee
From the Kingdom Come CD :
Recorded September 2003 at Smokey Mirror Studios in Milltown, New Jersey.
Alan Horvath: Vocal | 1968 Gibson Hummingbird Guitar
Overdubs by Horvath: Backup Vocals, McSpadden Baritone & Teardrop Dulcimers, Digital Congas (BOSS DR-770)
I was working as a staff songwriter, with an exclusive recording artist deal, at Common Ground Music Group in Nashville, Tennessee ... there was a file in my publisher's office labeled "Song Ideas" and in there I found a ten-page set of lyrics, written on legal paper, titled The Lying Desert Wind. I asked my publisher about it and he said, "Oh. Don Bergstrom wrote that and asked me to have one of our writers put some music to it and arrange it into a song." Knowing that Mr. Bergstrom was the primary financial backer of Common Ground Music Group, I replied with disbelief, "How long has he been waiting for this to happen?" and the answer came - "A couple of years." My jaw hit the floor! "What?! You mean to tell me no one has honored his request in all this time??" He shook the papers in the air -- "Well, look at it - there are ten pages of rambling lines that don't even rhyme!" I laughed and said, "Give that to me!"
I think it was a Friday afternoon when all that took place ... I went home and spent the weekend meditating on the ideas that were trying to be conveyed, reading the lines over and over again, and it was plain to see that Mr. Bergstrom was sharing a very personal revelation in great depth and emotional committment. I scribbled notes on a notepad, jotting down phrases and condensed ideas from his elaborate statements ... and then picked up my Hummingbird and started singing and arranging. By the following Monday, I was finished ... I came into the office with my guitar and performed the song for everyone there.
Don Bergstrom wasn't present that day, but heard the song a week or two later, when a couple of friends were visiting me from Oneonta, New York ... they were involved in a music ministry at my church, up in Oneonta, Pastored by Don Yarborough (co-writer of Face In A Mirror). We had worked up 3-part harmonies and went to see Mr. Bergstrom in his office ... we performed the song live for him, and I will never forget the expressions and tears that formed on his wonderful face.
Over the years, I've performed this song in many nightclubs and venues, and it has always been one of my most requested songs.
P.S. - I'm using an open D tuning on my 1968 Gibson Hummingbird guitar for this one: D A D F# A D ... but it's tuned down a whole-step, making it C G C E G C instead ... an Open C Tuning.
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