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At some point, Tony Mason was no longer much interested in playing out so he gave me an old Stella Harmony guitar and showed me a few chords. After asking Fred Drake, Joe Garcia and Tony for the chords to the songs we'd co-written, along with some I'd written with Cathie Shinn (nee Kimble), Don Kaiser, Bob Kuhn, Johnny Vargas and my sister Debra, I realized they were all variations of those that Tony had shown me. (Fred suggested playing an electric, as I wouldn't have to work so hard.) At 40 years old, after singing in 6 different bands over the previous 20 years, I was finally accompanying myself and more or less able to do evenings at the Beatnik, alone, with a long list of songs in front of me. This is one of the first songs I wrote completely on my own. It mentioned that I "played the fool" in reference to my old band with Fred, Ministry of Fools and it mentioned a wounded soldier, my friend Cueball. But it was really a song for Elia, from our home in the desert.

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from Deserted Sessions - Rancho de la Luna - 1995​-​2004, released April 25, 2018
Rain of Love (Ted Quinn) - Originally released on the album, "Dog Years" (2006)

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Teddy Quinn Joshua Tree, California

Ted aka Teddy Quinn, a singer, songwriter, artist, activist, journalist in Joshua Tree, California, helped foster the burgeoning Hi Desert Music community at places like Beatnik Cafe, Joshua Tree Saloon, Pappy & Harriets, Radio Free Joshua Tree & Rancho de la Luna, since the early 90s, helping to define the sound associated with this Bohemian outpost in the Mojave. TBA: An autobiodocart film! ... more

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