When Marvin Miller approached me with this idea for a songbook my first thought was — a songbook in the the digital age, not sure about that.
But when I thought of the number of people who had asked me for the lyrics or chord progressions to various songs over the years — inquiries after sets, how does this song "go", and so on. And so this collection is for you who have asked for this songbook.
I chose the songs based on those that have endured the longest, the most requested songs or songs that have been recorded and covered by other artists. I chose these criteria because there is a current that runs between the performer/writer and the audience that informs the writer which songs have "legs". There is also the wonderful bond that is posted when a fellow writer chooses to cover your song — I am forever grateful for this mysterious and wonderful interaction. I would also like to say that many of these songs continue to be at the centre of my songwriting vision.
I think of songs as gifts and I have been lucky to have received many gifts. Humbly I pass these gifts to you. I hope you enjoy them.
For the first time in his career, Ian has released a songbook featuring forty-five of his most popular and enduring songs.
The book includes lyrics, chord diagrams, alternate tunings and notes about when, where and why the songs were written, offering insight into what influences Ian.