This song is simply a story, all of it true.
It’s about a another song called “Freely Flowing”. The original music for “Freely Flowing” was written by Patrick Dietsch, a French guitarist I met at the end of 1972 somewhere in Mexico. He was travelling with another guitarist and they would pick up some travelling money by playing at whatever venues they could find. I only knew him for a week or two. The last time I saw him he was performing at a bar on December 31, 1972. I presented him with some lyrics I’d written that day for an instrumental he’d composed. And that was that. I played that song for a few years until my guitar playing stopped being a big part of my life and forgot about it.
When I uncovered the song buried in my Blue Book it had his name and address on the same page as the lyrics. In the Google era tracking people down isn’t what it used to be. I quickly discovered that he had been been a bit of a rock and roll star in France and that his career lasted until the early 2000s. I sent him a message but didn’t get a reply. The next time I looked I found his obituary. He died of Alzheimer’s in May last year.
I was still left with the song. I could remember how it began and the first two or three chords but that was it. With Patrick gone there’d be no one who could tell me how it went. So I had to make it up. The recomposed “Freely Flowing” will be the next song on this page pretty soon.
Watch this space.
By the way, the image accompanying this song is the actual Blue Book.