In God’s Eyes

Today’s post was written by Paul.

Chitter and Paul

Most weekends, I practice music with the Pressley Girls (aka Chitter and Chatter). Often, when they have finished going over their sets or whatever tunes they want to practice that day, I will pull out one of Pap’s original songs or a song that he and his brother Ray sang.

Recently I thought of one for us to try from Willie Nelson, which Pap and Ray sang often.

Man, what solid advice is offered in this song! If only we could all follow it, it would pretty much fix everything.

I think Pap and Ray may have learned the song from Jim and Jessie, but I’m not sure, as I have only heard the Wilson Brothers sing it.

The girls were surprised to learn that Willie wrote it, but once you know it, you can hear a recurring key change that he used similarly in “Family Bible.” Chitter had heard the song enough on an old cassette of Pap and Ray that she knew the words to the chorus.

Most times, if I raise the key of a song a couple of frets from where the Wilson Brothers sang it, then Chitter can sing harmony on it, similar to Pap’s harmony but more mid range or lower.

I could tell quickly that it would work on this “In God’s Eyes,” so I set up the Flip Cam.

It took us one and a half tries. If folks seem to like this song, we may add it to our sets (whenever we’re able to play in public again!). I put the outtakes at the end because I thought some folks might find Chitter’s chicken talk funny. I thought too that it might demonstrate a little of the process of us learning a song together. After we filmed this, Chitter, Chatter, and I tried a trio on one of Pap’s most well-liked original songs called “God’s Sunshine on the Mountain.” It seems promising, and I hope we can film and upload it next weekend. Thanks for watching!

I hope you enjoyed Paul’s post, the song, and the peek behind the process. If you’d like to hear Pap and his brother’s music check out the cds below: “At the John C. Campbell Folk School & On Radio” and “Today If You Will Hear His Voice.”


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    July 13, 2020 at 9:44 am

    I really enjoyed this song, as I like Willie Nelson. He is so talented and you can recognize his voice right away.

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    SusieQ & Donnie Ray
    July 12, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    I was really good enjoyed it ,looked up the lyrics to learn and sing along as my husband was sitting beside me reading the lyrics ….. . We enjoyed watching the outtakes too.Hope it won’t be too long till you can sing in public again…. Imagine the public has been a missing y”all.

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    Ed Ammons
    July 12, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Paul and Katie make a an excellent duet! I want to hear much more from them!

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    July 12, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Very good job, yea if we would see things thru God’s eyes I know things would be different, and one day we will.

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    betty stephenson
    July 12, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    beautiful as always love it thanks have a great week

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    Margie Goldstein
    July 12, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    That was absolutely beautiful!!!! Oh how I enjoyed hearing Paul and Chitter harmonize with their beautiful family tones! Did I mention I LOVE WILLIE NELSON!?!?!? Willie is one cool cat, fantastic writer and a real trend setter plus he’s UNIQUE IN EVERY WAY!!!! I’d love to hear y’all sing I NEVER GO AROUND MIRRORS!!!!

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    July 12, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Never heard that song but such wonderful truthful words! I agree a great way to start this Sunday morning. God Bless!!

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    July 12, 2020 at 8:57 am

    I am also surprised to learn that Willie wrote that song. I think it will be a big hit when you all sing it in public.

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    Miss Cindy
    July 12, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Good job! It’s a sweet song. I enjoy Chitter and her chickens and appreciate how protective she is while this newest chicken’s leg is healing. She is the mother hen to all her chicks!

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    gayle larson
    July 12, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Another great Sunday listen.

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    Jim k
    July 12, 2020 at 6:40 am

    Wonderful version of the song, great way to start this Sunday morning

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