1. Count Me In - This song is about friendship and loyalty in the face of lifeâ€™s worst shots. I have just a handful of close friends in this world and this song was my way of expressing the high value I place upon these important relationships. I suppose this song, in some way, also expressed my connection with the human raceâ€¦but without the race.
2. Turn Around Jump Shot Blues - In basketball, the turnaround jump shot is a skill that has a great deal of faith surrounding the fact that one can not see the hoop when making the commitment to the shot. This song says it all with the line, â€œI want the real life, donâ€™t need no dull knifeâ€¦Iâ€™ve got the turnaround jump shot blues!â€ In other words, Iâ€™m not interested in putting on a big show, I just want to get down to real living, because you never know when the plug is getting pulled.
3. Knightâ€™s Arrival - I wish I could say I was the perfect husband, but I canâ€™t. However, I know that I have tried to right the wrongs when they became painfully evident and I know that my heart has always been in my Wifeâ€™s hands. This song was written in a time of self-reflection about how I needed to be a better husband and was an apology and a promise to do better - all rolled into one.
4. Desire Road - Desire Road is a song that expresses my struggle to find the path that would lead me to my personal promised land. Itsâ€™ a song about discovering the purpose in oneâ€™s life and how difficult it can be to stay focused amongst all the distractions of life.
5. Find the Time For The Children - As the world has become digitally connected and technology has defined our culture, it appears that we have willingly sacrificed the core values of family and turned the role of raising our children over to computers and cable TV. This song is a call to action to reverse this trend and return Sheriff Andy Taylor, and Beaverâ€™s Dad to their rightful place of honor in the American family.
6. Hard Steel - It must be an incredibly difficult experience to know that your marriage is coming to an end and have your childrenâ€™s lives hanging in the balance. The reality is that no one gets married, thinking that their marriage will crash. I was watching a friend of mine deal with the difficult decisions leading up to his divorce and this song represents the sadness I saw reflected in his eyes.
7. Shackles of The Past - This will always be my favorite song, because it is the first song I ever recorded and felt good about the sound quality. It was a song I wrote that chronicled the process of freeing myself from the past and not allowing it to have any more control over my present. In short, this song was my effort to share the joy of â€œmoving above the cloudsâ€ with the world. I canâ€™t say that I havenâ€™t â€œdipped beneath the cloudsâ€ from time to time, but I now know where the horizon lies.
8. Solid Wall of Fear - A good friend of mine was going through an extremely difficult time in his life. He was searching for some pretty basic answers to what life is all about and searching in a lot of questionable places. This song is along the same lines as â€œCount Me Inâ€œ, but with a darker image.
9. Stand Our Ground - This is a song about the hard work that goes into making a long term relationship successful. Itsâ€™ a hard journey from time to time and there is heartache, pain, joy and mostly love along the way if youâ€™re tough enough to go the distance.
10. Stealth - I was tired and there were too many people asking way too much of me and they didnâ€™t seem to care that I was all used up. I turned away from the noise, closed off the world and wrote this song.
11. Strip Me Down - I was watching TV and the news channel reported a funeral for a well-known celebrity. A little while later, this same news channel carried an ad for a local funeral home, which got me thinking about my own demise and consequently this song describing my last wishes.
12. Hard Knock Slide - I used to know this guy who was the proverbial bachelor. He spent all his time chasing women and then hating them afterwards and I kind of felt sad for him, because it seemed pretty obvious what kind of life he was destined to live, unless he gave up the â€œhard knock slide.â€
13. Take A Good Look Around - I was watching my kids play one day and I tried to picture what they looked like as babiesâ€¦and it struck me that I couldnâ€™t. It sort of followed in the footsteps of an earlier song I wrote called, â€œBlink of an Eyeâ€, from a slightly different vantage point.
14. Spin In Your Dirt - Iâ€™ve had several jobs through-out my life. This song was written as I was leaving one of them, underappreciated and a little pissed off.
15. Back Into One - The closing song for this collection. It ties it all together with the following chorus, â€œConnections is the key to find the road, back into one.â€
Thanks For Stopping By - Steve Osheyack
1. Count Me In
2. TurnAround JumpShot Blues
3. Knight's Arrival
4. Desire Road
5. Find The Time For The Children
6. Hard Steel
7. Shackles of the Past
8. Solid Wall of Fear
9. Stand Our Ground
11. Strip Me Down
12. Hard Knock Slide
13. Take A Good Look Around
14. Spin In Your Dirt
15. Back Into One