"What Am I Living For" was written by Fred Jay and Art Harris. First released by Chuck Willis in March 1958. It has been covered by many top artists including Conway Twitty, Percy Sledge, Ray Charles, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins, the Band and Van Morrison.
The song was intended as the B side to a Chuck Willis original "Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes but quickly became the favourite track following Willis's untimely death in early April, a few weeks after the record was released.
Sounds good. The backing is also very important and really makes the song. Talk to you soon. Well done. Cheers
The backing always adds to the song. Is Al doing the instrumental for this song or are we repeating a verse. It seems fairly short? Glen
It is short. Al is a bit distracted at the moment and he struggles with the GarageBand recording process, so I’ll just leave him alone for the moment.
The backing is 3 voices plus the lead so we should be able to get a similar sound when we do it live. Do you remember the ‘pickers’ group at Open Mic On The Green? They did a similar harmony build in one of their songs.
Harmonies make this song, but need to be tight. Agree Max should take the lead.
Will be a good slow song in tne repertoire