36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 275: My Vienna songs


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 275 — My Vienna songs
03-May-1972 (Mittwoch–Wed.)


One Summer Day lyrics

Possibility of getting a student to play and sing my songs for guitar. Make a nice recording of it.


Vienna songs. Today, I am surprised that I may get someone to sing my corny songs that I wrote. I don’t think it ever happened.

If I look back at the tapes I’ve found from 1971–1972, I believe that I have three original songs that I had written that year. All for Anjali. I play them on classical guitar and I sing along in a very whimpy voice onto a cheap mono cassette recorder. And of course, I can’t sing—but these tapes are really bad. Although, the songs are truly corny by any standards, they were songs from my broken-heart…I missed Anjali. Today, they sound a bit depressed to me. Hmmm.

One day, I might release them. It would bring a lot of ridicule and laughter focused at me. Why would I do that? Here’s what I would like to do:

• Get one famous hit record and become wealthy—I am now respected. Then I say, here are my first songs written when I was a kid and, yes, they are corny. So, don’t be afraid to write your first songs—keep writing and they will get better. Now, all I need is a “hit.”

• Or do a “Then and Now” series, where I take my songs (I have many from subsequent years) and then redo and re-produce them in a modern style, showing the before and after. Think of it as educational.

• Or tackle the biggest issue—I can’t sing. I need others to sing my songs. Find them and do it. (I would really need to redo the songs.)

One day, maybe.

My first song—One Summer Day. In my boxes of many items, I found lots of handwritten music, notes, and many scribblings from my young adult days, and even from Vienna. I remember transcribing my Vienna songs years later, as well. I searched and found those files. Here are a couple of scans of my FIRST POP SONG EVER, “One Summer Day.” Written for Anjali.

Here are the lyrics from “One Summer Day.” Hope you can read them.

One Summer Day lyrics


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