Radical Touch

When I first started this project I uploaded a version of Radical Touch, a song co-written by myself and Colleen Weiss. When I reconnected with David Allen Bruce he had some cleaner recordings and I’ve decided to replace some of older posts. The audio on this is far superior to the previous version so turn it up and enjoy the crunch

 

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Radical Touch MP3

 

 

Beyond and Back

Nightwatch had its origins in a merger of the groups Archer and Lazerwind. Beyond and Back is a song from Archer that we brought into Nightwatch. Written by Bob Oates, to me it epitomizes his ability to “paint” with words, evoking emotion without any specific story line in the lyric allowing the listener to free associate and create their own story. (Very Psychedelic)

 

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Beyond and Back

 

She Don’t Care

She Don’t Care is the third and last of the live rehearsal recordings from that last session. All songs are different and come about in different ways. She Don’t Care just “fell out of my head” one afternoon taking little more than an hour to complete. A fun light hearted song it was a blast to write and a blast to perform. In comparison, the song I posted a couple of weeks ago, Till Death Do Us Part, took literally months of excruciating effort to get “just right.”

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She Don’t Care

Babies Got A Most Peculiar Way

Babies Got A Most Peculiar Way is one of Dave Bruce’s songs. This is the only recording of it that I know of. It was part of that last rehearsal studio live recording we did. I apologize again for the poor audio quality but this was live and the tapes have degraded over the years.

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Baby’s Got A Most Pecular Way(Live)

 

Till Death Do Us Part

Near the end of Nightwatch’s career we did a “live” recording session in our rehearsal studio. At the time we didn’t know it but this would be the last recording of Nightwatch. It is actually my favorite. Our studio recordings were more refined but these three songs are, in my opinion, the best examples of Nightwatch at full roar. We recorded three songs: Till Death Do Us Part, Babies Got A Most Peculiar Way and She Don’t Care. I’ve cleaned up the recordings as best I can and I’m creating presentations so you can read the lyrics. (It was just a one shot practice recording) The first one I’ve finished is Till Death Do Us Part, of all the songs I’ve written this one is the one I’m most proud of. I hope you enjoy it.
Wes Graham

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Till Death Do Us Part(Live)

Sand Castles

Sand Castles

Sand Castles is one of my songs (Music and lyrics) that I performed both as a solo act and with Nightwatch.

The recording I found is of me and Andy Patterson performing with just piano and drums.  Andy was in several “versions” of Lazerwind, Nightwatch and we often would do shows as just a duet.  I always loved performing with Andy. On the drums he was like a mind reader, able to stick with me no matter where I went with a song. (and with me that could be a challenge) His singing voice was an awesome match with mine and when we sang together it always felt “just right.”

When Nightwatch would do longer format shows we would “bring it down” and do acoustic/unplugged songs to separate what was essentially the 1st and 2nd act. Sand Castles was a regularly featured song for these quiet sections.

The photo I’ve used in this post is during one of these quite sections, on one of my all-time favorite (Nightwatch) stage sets. (That’s Bob Oats on the acoustic guitar) All the usual equipment, amplifiers, etc. were kept off stage,out of sight, giving the stage a very open feel. I particularly loved the 9’ grand piano that came up through the stage on an elevator.

Sand Castles- Wes Graham

Radical Touch

 

Nightwatch - Radical Touch

Radical Touch was one of the earlier recordings done after Nightwatch was formed. I composed the music and the lyrics were written by a good friend of mine from high school, Coleen Weiss. She later came onboard with Nightwatch as a backing vocalist and it’s her voice you hear doing some of those amazing, wailing riffs in some of our later recordings.

Another interesting story about Radical Touch; when performing this song I would sometimes get a little “overly enthusiastic,”  several times I actually broke strings in our CP80 Stage Piano and once even dislocated the index finger of my right hand. (luckily at the end of the show)

Nightwatch – Radical Touch