“For the Love” began as a ‘blank canvas’, provided by Bruce Gaitsch, songwriter and guitarist. Bruce is a long-time friend and has collaborated with me on songs for my solo albums, and was the guitarist on Chicago’s “Night & Day Big Band” album. His credits stretch back to Chicago (the city) where he was born. Among many artists, he has worked with Madonna, Jim Peterik, Richard Marx, and PeterCetera.
– Robert Lamm
Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) was written by Jim Weatherly and originally recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips. We hope you enjoy this stirring rendition by Neil Donell.
“The first collaboration with Jim Peterik started with a cassette-to-digital copy of a mid-90’s demo titled ‘Yo!Bus!’ Which I sent after our first meeting. Jim time-corrected my strange demo, added guitar, vocals, and synths. Wow!
I tried to sing it, and played around with the rather dated original groove. Cut to Feb. 2020, I rearranged the track, keeping bits and pieces of earlier versions. Sent it back to Jim and asked Nick for horns, Ramon for percussion and Neil for the vocals.
Thanks again to Larry Millas for his studio work.”
– Robert Lamm
“I met Jeff through mutual friends while I was touring in Northern California. I was aware he was a singer/songwriter with several albums on iTunes. We chatted and kept in touch. Recently he was working on a project with my friends, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (America) when he happened to send me a sketch of “Monday Clouds, Tuesday Rain” which may be my favorite song title.
We worked on it a bit and I found him open to my ideas. It was an encouraging collaboration, so he also suggested “A Matter of Time” as a second song to work on.
Jeff has a gorgeous voice, and as a guitarist, invents tunings that are completely his own. It is a refreshing experience to make music with him!”
– Robert Lamm
“In the late 90’s – early 2000’s, Keith and I got together to write a couple of songs for the next Chicago album. This was a problem. After the “Night & Day” and “Chicago 25” albums, there was at least a half dozen Best Of, Greatest, Re-Packaged, albums.
There was obviously little interest from radio or any major record company for new Chicago music. Our management was working very hard to keep our profile current. Fortunately we could still perform convincingly and with commitment. “Chicago Live”
To a certain degree, the band members did not agree on the viability of recording new music. Even with the advent of “Indie” record companies, there was lack of understanding that this required self-financed projects. Keith and I were of the mind that we should not stop making music, whatever the cost.
This is the point of the lyric.”
– Robert Lamm
“I wanted to share the experience of being part of the creation of “Everything is Gonna’ Work Out Fine”.
Jim Peterik and I have now collaborated on writing and recording 2 songs. Our work together came as a result of mutual admiration, and finally, meeting at a concert our respective bands (The Ides of March & Chicago) performed a few years ago.
During this Stay at Home era, file sharing has been effective, as opposed to being in the room.
Jim Peterik is the most proactive and optimistic musician I know. Twice now, I’ve sent him a sketch of a song, that he grabbed, and quickly transformed (as his associate, Larry Millas said “he hits it out of the park”).
I had the idea of asking Ramon Yslas to create the drum parts, without drums … he completely understood! Wow! And of course, master vocalist, my other bandmate, Neil Donell did his soulful magic, from his home in Toronto: Bravo…Merci!
So between Jim, Larry, and myself, and brass help from Nick Lane, we arrived at not 1, but 2 versions of this timely song. Please enjoy this version as sung by Neil Donell, and stay tuned for a beautiful duet by Neil and Jim in the coming days.
We proudly and humbly offer Everything is Gonna’ Work Out Fine (lyrics by Peterik).”