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Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:19
Musician Greg Rich practices briefly  behind curtains before performing at the weekly Hump Day Revue at The Stones Throw Tavern and Grill in Bowling Green, Ohio on October 16, 2013. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Greg Rich knows a good song.
He and some friends, Joe Herringshaw and Scott Paluch, have hosted some top songwriters at his Bowling Green home.
These house concerts  featuring Dan Bern, Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack, Chuck Brodsky and Chris Castle, have helped fan the fires of Rich's own songwriting ambitions.
He'd always penned songs for special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries and the like. One of those was the first of the house concerts featuring Bern.
He decided he'd kick off the night with a song written for the occasion. That song, "High Ceilings," is now one of 11 originals on Rich's debut CD "Winds of Bowling Green." The CD is available through various online sources.
"I generally wrote these songs to try to impress the particular songwriters at my house concerts; and I also was trying to entertain my audience of Bowling Green friends."
The songs on the CD came together over that time, and when Castle offered to record him in his Norwalk studio, the project was jump started.
Originally Rich did solo versions of his tunes, and then asked Castle about the possibilities of bringing in a few more musicians to fill out the sound. Castle added some instrumental support as did Matthew Kean and Womack Family Band members Tony Schaffer and Cory Webb.
The songs involve childhood memories and memories of raising his own children.
"The Herringshaw Pine" tells the story of his having a role in knocking his son's front tooth out, and the doctor who shoved to get it back in place.
Rich is  a man of firm opinions in politics as he shows in "Privatize the Fire Department," and his reflection on his own sense of male certainty in "Not Right."
Hockey and golf play their role, including "Hole in One (On a Mulligan Alone)."
He also name checks a lot of  songwriters he admires including his favorite John Prine. And in "My Song about Sangria Wine" he reflects on his own life through the lens of a song by Jerry Jeff Walker. And he weaves a intricate story probably best appreciated by songwriting credit geeks into the love song "Linda, I Remember."
Rich, who teaches marketing at Bowling Green State University, is donating the proceeds from sales of "Winds of Bowling Green" to the locker room fundraiser for the BG Bobcats hockey team. He's also performed at Hump Day Revue as part of a fundraiser for the downtown Christmas lights.
He says that songwriting continues to be an enjoyable avocation. And while he has no intention of leaving the classroom for music, he has begun to research and write about marketing music.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:16

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