55 years! 55 songs in 55 days!

Hey out there all you space and time travelers!

Happy Holidays! Hope you are fantabulous! I wish you the very best this holiday season! Time is always precious and special, but this year end and next beginning one are very special for me. I'd like to announce my '55, I'm alive!' campaign! I'm fast approaching a life milestone and will be turning 55 on January 15, 2018! I am in my last month of completing my 55th trip around the sun! So, in honor and gratitude of my life and my music, this is my share... 55 years, 55 songs in 55 days! I have written 55 songs in my life and will be posting a song a day for 55 days starting Friday, December 15, 2017 through February 7, 2018. Some will be from my albums, and some will be live. Some are great and some are not, but they are all coming straight out of me with as much love as I can muster. We are all gifts, and this is my gift to you for all ages, all colors, all humans, all of everything, all of LOVE!

The 12 days of Christmas just got extended! I wish you all the best this holiday season and every day! Well, life, is one day at a time, so, join me and see if I make it to 55 and more! Trying to finish 55 and start 56 with a flurry. Woo hoo! Please keep an eye out and hope you'll follow along from the first song I ever wrote to the last one I'm writing!! Look for the '55' button on my webpage for the running blog, www.bigwater.cc/55 or check out www.facebook.com/aguagrande. Thanks for tagging along so far. Your support and love mean the world to me. I wouldn't be here and doing this without you. I hope you're out there getting after it! I send you love and patience and safe travels and family and community and friendship and more! Much gratitude and love from me to you. Happy holidays and lots of high fives!!

Big Water

55 Years, 55 Songs in 55 Days!!


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49/55 'I Can't Wait' (1996) Podcast

49/55 'I Can't Wait' (1996) 

Day 50! Relationships are such a huge part or our worlds. But relationships are also one of the hardest things to have and hang on to. This is a song about relationships gone awry and what you have to do to move forward and find a positive space for growth on the back side. It is a song about striving for love and to be love and to be loved and having all that in your relationships. It can be done! Be big love out there y'all!

48/55 'Some Day (Just not today) (2016) Podcast

48/55 'Some Day (Just not today)' (2016) 

Day 48! This is a song I wrote for my Mom. She is a super hero and has been a great teacher and mentor to me. She has taught me many great things. We live and we die and what we do is what matters. We will all be leaving here some day, but just not today. If you woke up breathing, then that means you're still here and have the chance to be alive! Be alive. Be kind. Be grateful. Be loving. Be strong. Be healthy. Be happy. Be yourself. Be alive!

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47/55 'The Bus' (2001) Podcast

47/55 'The Bus' (2001) 

Day 47! Get up, get on the bus! Get up, get on the bus! Get up, get on the bus! This is a song about driving your life, about getting on your bus and taking the wheel and YOU are the driver. It is a song about self responsibility. I wrote this song for a bunch of kids in Columbus, OH. I was invited to play some music and talk about writing by my niece's 5th grade class. I wrote and shared this song and they invited me to come and be a part of their DARE graduation celebration. So,

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We are all human

46/55 'WHUT!?' World Human Unanimous Thought!? (2014) Podcast

46/55 'WHUT!?' (2014) 

Day 46! WHUT!? World Human Unanimous Thought!? This is the moment when the whole world finally comes together and gets it that we are all there together sharing this human experience with each other. The song is the title track of my 4th album and is an all accapella short song. I am a long time athlete and love team sports. I wrote this song about the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament otherwise known as 'March Madness', but it applies to any team sport that works toward a

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45/55 'Relax Your Mind' (1949, 2014) Podcast

45/55 'Relax Your Mind' (2014) 

Day 45! "Everybody moving so fast, one time you gotta relax your mind", says LeadBelly. This is a song written by legendary blues man LeadBelly in 1949. It was taught to me by my friend Damon sitting around the campfire. A simple song that Leadbelly wrote back then about how fast folks were moving and how much they weren't paying attention to what they were doing. Things don't seem to be too much different now. I know I didn't write this song, but the version is original and

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44/55 'Stop & Boogie Down (2012) Podcast

44/55 'Stop & Boogie Down' (2012) 

Day 44! Yes, stop & boogie down y'all! This song is another reminder to sometimes just stop and boogie down. Life goes so fast and humans are so busy that before you know it, you went from over there to over here. So, this is my James Brown tribute song to inject some stop and some boogie and some fun in your life. Gotta get up to get down and gotta get down to get up! Get some! The intro is a chant that I made up and I sang all the parts!

43/55 'Release Me' (2011) Podcast

43/55 'Release Me' (2011) 

Day 43! In 2011, I added a new member to my guitar family and got a 000-M15 Martin guitar. Her name is Betty Brown. This song is the first song I wrote with Betty. It is a ballad about wanting to be released in life and in death from all constraints to be able to be just who you are. It's about being released from other people's judgments and your own. It's about allowing yourself to shine and be free doing it. Be free people. Be free.

42/55 'Save Your Life' (2010) Podcast

42/55 'Save Your Life' (2010) 

Day 42! And it goes on and on and on. I wrote this song about meeting myself on the bus. One 'me' was a grinding it out working stiff stuck in the rut of it all riding the bus to work and back. The other 'me' was a spry, light, fun, look at the world with bright eyes 'me' that was there to remind me how precious life is, how precious the now is, how precious the planet is, how precious I am. The other 'me' roots me on to find my power and voice and self and to dance in the

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41/55 'Letter to Africa' (2011) Podcast

41/55 'Letter to Africa' (2011) 

Day 41! It's a sad day to hear of the passing of Jazz great Hugh Masekela from South Africa. Boo. Much love Masekela. I saw him in Johannesburg on my birthday a few years back. It was incredible. I had an amazing trip to South Africa and that was one of the first things I did. Music and dancing were fabulous. The night was surreal. This was a song called 'Letter to Africa' I put together that was inspired by his show about the history of South Africa. This song was inspired

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40/55 'Heavy Load' (2010) Podcast

40/55 'Heavy Load' (2010) 

Day 40! Still coming at ya! Just like life, still coming at ya. Every day I wake up breathing is a little victory in the heavy load of life. Yes, life is a heavy load. It is a responsibility. Actions mean everything on the physical planet Earth. But despite the heaviness of the load, there is light and love too! How you handle things and how you look at things can mean a world of difference. And it's all up to us to navigate through the heavy load. This song was inspired by the

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39/55 'Let it Rain' (2008) Podcast

39/55 'Let It Rain' (2008) 

Day 39! Rain, rain, rain. I live in Portland, Oregon where it rains a bit. The sky is more gray than how much it really rains, but there are times where the sun hides for long stretches. Lack of sun can make one grumpy. I wrote this little gospel type spiritual to take me out of the gray and celebrate the rain. This song is about musical, metaphorical rain that washes your spirit and soul. It is about rain that cleanses your heart and mind. Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!

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38/55 'A Day in the Life of' (2007) Podcast

38/55 'A Day in the Life Of' (2007) 

Day 38! Life happens, doesn't it? Sometimes good, sometimes bad and it's up to us to learn no matter what. This song was born due to some bad things that I turned into some good things. I won my first Martin guitar in a raffle at the 1999 Telluride Bluegrass Festival , his name was Harold. That was a good thing. Harold got me a Performers Sponsorship with Martin guitar and a tweener spot at Telluride in 2004, another good thing. Colorado giveth and Colorado taketh. In

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37/55 'I'll Be Waking You' (2007) Podcast

37/55 'I'll Be Waking You' (2007) 

Day 37! Keep it on the road, keep it on the road, keep it on the road.... This is a road song to say the least. I spend a lot of time on the road going from place to place at all hours. This song is about driving all night to get to your destination and that destination is a someone. It's a fun little country boogie meant to keep you awake on your roll. The guitar work by Bob von Elgg is super sweet. There is a hidden sound byte throughout the song of a rumble strip on

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36/55 'The Rhythm of Life' (2006) Podcast

36/55 'The Rhythm of Life' (2006) 

Day 36! The world turns. We breathe in and out. Seasons come and go. There is a rhythm to life, a rhythm and a synchronicity that is magic. Rhythms are slow and rhythms are fast. Sometimes we get sucked away and sometimes we drive the boat. But the rhythm goes and goes and rolls and rolls, so we might as well enjoy the ride and embrace the rhythm that is Earth and the rhythm that is us. I wrote this song on the front porch of my buddy Andrew's family ranch house when I

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35/55 'I Just Wanna Have a Good Time' (2006) Podcast

35/55 'I Just Wanna Have a Good Time' (2006) 

Day 35! Oh yeah! Yes I do, and so do you! This is my homage to Montana. I spent some time working and playing in Big Sky, Montana and was inspired to write this song. The song embraces how I look at the world as well. I just wanna have a good time. But, it's a good time because you are with me. I debuted this one in Montana and played it on request numerous times and wouldn't you know it, we pretty much had a good time! It's a fun feel good number.

34/55 'Everything'll Be All Right' (2005) Podcast

34/55 'Everything'll Be All Right' (2005) 

Day 34! Sometimes we need a positive thought or mantra to keep us on the right track. I wrote this song because I was going through a rough patch and wanted to remind myself that things would be ok. The image of a father dancing with his daughter on his feet and telling her that everything'll be all right was what came to my mind as well. The intro to this song is a Hang drum and the birds are from a Spring morning on my buddy's ranch! This is a song to help me

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We are all human

33/55 'We Are One' (2004) Podcast

33/55 'We Are One' (2004) 

        Day 33! We are one! Go Team Human, go! I wrote this song about our shared human experience and how I look at it. We are all on the same team, Team Human, but not all of us know that or live like that or can accept that. I love all of my teammates here on Earth. I don't like a lot of my teammates, but I do love you. It is undeniable that we are all here having a life and it takes all those lives to make the human world go around. I was taught that people were people and

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31/55 '1,000 Mile Heartache' (2004) Podcast

31/55 '1,000 Mile Heartache' (2004) 

Day 31! Ah, the road song. This is a song I co-wrote with my friend Eleanor Grande. She came to me with a poem and asked me to put some music to it. So, I sat down and came up with this lonely longing waltzy road ballad of heartache. If you are a road warrior, then you know the toll it takes on you and your loved ones. It's not easy to be away from folks you love and sometimes being on the road takes them away.

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30/55 'The Life of a Clown' (2003) Podcast

30/55 'The Life of a Clown' (2003) 

Day 30! Ah, the life of a clown. I wrote this song with the help of some little kids at Broadleigh Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio. I was volunteering to help with some after school kids at this school. The day I met them, they didn't want to know my name, they just wanted to know if I knew a clown song. I said, 'Unfortunately, I do not, but why don't we write one'. So I got one word from each child in the room and told them that when I came back the following week,

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