Sherry and Rick Lindgren have been making music together for over 43 years, Sherry providing the voice and Rick the guitar. They currently live in rural southern Iowa (after some years in Cincinnati, England and Kansas City) with Matilda the Beagle, and near their two grandchildren and son Kevin, and not too far from son Keith in Minneapolis.

This set of songs came together in a series of concerts over two years at the  Linden Street Coffeehouse   in Lamoni, Iowa. Many thanks to Tabor and our great friends who supported us there.

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Because of You – The Songs

Skylark

This song was a rare collaboration between the great songwriters Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, published in 1941. Linda Ronstadt's 1984 version with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra revived the song for a new audience.

I'm Glad There is You 

Written by "big band" leader Jimmy Dorsey with Paul Madeira in 1942, this song was first recorded by Dorsey's band. A young Frank Sinatra, Julie London and trumpeter Chet Baker also recorded great versions, and this arrangement takes elements from each of these versions.

You'll Never Know

Written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, this song won an Academy Award for the best film song in 1943. This arrangement is based on versions by Rosemary Clooney, Bette Midler and Irish singer Maura O'Connell.

The Nearness of You

Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington wrote this song for the film Romance in the Dark in 1938, and Glenn Miller had a hit with it. Norah Jones and Willie Nelson have both recorded great versions more recently.

Misty

Originally an instrumental written in 1955 by pianist Erroll Garner, lyrics were later added by Johnny Burke, and it became an iconic hit for Johnny Mathis in 1959.

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? 

Frank Loesser wrote this song in 1947, and it was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald and others. Diana Krall has a more recent arrangement.

Walking in the Rain

Brill Building songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote this song, which was produced by Phil Spector for the Ronettes in 1964. Jay and the Americans also had a hit with the song in 1969. As with the next song, we have a much "mellower" take than the original.

Be My Baby

This earlier big hit by the Ronettes was also produced by Phil Spector, written by Brill Building songwriters Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. The stories go that Darlene Love and a then-unknown Sonny and Cher provided backup vocals, with Leon Russell on keyboards. Sonny was at that time a song runner for Spector, and co-wrote the Searcher's hit "Needles and Pins" in 1963. 

Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying 

With songwriting credit given collectively to the British Invasion band Gerry and the Pacemakers, this 1964 hit helped them follow the Beatles to stardom in America. Like the Beatles, they were from Liverpool, cut their teeth playing in Hamburg, Germany, and were managed by Brian Epstein. This was one of the first songs that Rick learned, some fifty years ago now, when he got his first $18 Woolworth guitar (turned left-handed). Although Gerry and the Pacemakers were the first British Invasion band to hit our hometown in Michigan, we didn't get to see Gerry Marsden perform this song live until we were living in England almost 40 years later. 

Some People’s Lives

Janis Ian, who wrote this song with Kye Fleming, had a hit with the controversial "Society's Child" as a teenager in the 1967, but it took eight more years to achieve her second, "At Seventeen," in 1975. Most people are familiar with Bette Midler's version of this song from 1990, although we first learned this song from hearing Christian artist Michele Pillar.

For All We Know

Written by Sam Lewis and Fred Coots in 1934, this song has been a hit for Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole. Bette Midler has also recorded a more recent version.

Because of You

Written by Arthur Hammerstein and Dudley Wilkinson in 1940, this song was the first major hit for Tony Bennett in 1950. We saw the great jazz singer and guitarist Kenny Rankin perform this song a cappella to close his concert in 2009, only two weeks before his untimely death. 

All songs are licensed for reproduction through the Harry Fox Agency.

The Technical Stuff

Sherry sings all of the vocals, including the backgrounds. Most of Rick's guitar work on this album is played on a left-handed D'Angelico Excel archtop guitar (below), with other parts played using a left-handed Epiphone Sheraton. This album was recorded using a PreSonus AudioBox and Studio One software. In addition we used the PreSonus software synthesizer played through an Alesis midi keyboard.

The cover (shown above) is a pen-and-ink-style image of Sherry walking with Matilda the Beagle on the beach at sunrise at our winter hangout on St. George Island, Florida.

To see pictures from Rick's 2013 visit to Outreach International's projects in Bolivia,  click here .

Copyright 2015 by Rick and Sherry Lindgren

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