There are 16 songs on Big Star Way. Click the song title to view the lyrics and performance information.

Cowboys with Cell Phones

The Song

Recorded at First Wave Digital Studios in Hempstead, NY and Cow Pilot Studios in Gilbert, Arizona.

I was on line at Wells Fargo (my bank here in Arizona), when I heard the screeching tires of an oversized SUV (aren't they all over-sized and useless?). Its occupant was not a Docker-clad entrepreneuer, but surprisingly, a cowboy. He was a cowboy in the traditional sense; cowboy hat, cowboy boots, cowboy jeans, and cowboy cut-off shirt. However, a sleek new cell phone attached to his hip had replaced his six-shooter, and his faithful horse was transformed into a gleaming SUV made in Japan.

He managed to maintain a cowboy attitude, and prompty cut the line of people who had been waiting for a teller. I was going to protest, but let's face it; who would argue with a cowboy - even one armed with only a cell phone? What struck me about this guy was the metaphor; how "modernized" the west is becoming, and how the romance of the old west is slowly fading into history. Hats off to this cowboy for one thing - he inspired me to write this very sad song.

The Recording Process

In order to keep the feel of a country-western song, I employed the help of my very talented daughter Jennifer to sing the high octave on the chorus. She really brought it home with her performance, if I don't say so myself. William added his special "twang-tremolo" guitar, which gave the song more cowboy flavor. My father, who has been playing the accordion for a long, long time, added his talents to this song, giving it an even more authentic "down home" country western sound.

In addition, I was looking for a pedal steel guitarist, or a slide guitarist to add more western flavor. When Anthony volunteered to have a go at it, I was curious as to what he would do. When he played me his tracks, I was stunned - his parts were perfect! Just for your edification, he used a shot glass to play the slide parts.

The Lyrics

Me and Roy Rogers were hoping to see
Dusty old ghost towns where whiskey flowed free
Old fashioned cowboys riding the plains
Faithful old horses led by their reins

Cowboys with cell phones call cowgirls at Nordstrom's
Ride off in the sunset in their SUVs
Cowboys with cell phones and lonely old ghost towns
Shoot ancient Saguaros from their ATVs

No desperados to challenge the law
Sheriffs and deputies fade from their draw
Abandoned old gold mines - silent and dark
Prospectors ghost-like
Now national parks

Cowboys with cell phones call cowgirls at Nordstrom's
Ride off in the sunset in their SUVs
Cowboys with cell phone and lonely old ghost towns
Shoot ancient Saguaros from their ATVs