Whiteboard Song Map: Danny’s Song

This is the first in a series of what I will call Whiteboard Song Maps. I write thousands of them (not exaggerating), and up until the end of 2019, I thought they were illegal to share. Turns out, you can’t copyright chord progressions. YAY!! So I am free to publish as long as I don’t include lyrics.

It’s the first thing I do to learn any song, and I help all my students, voice and piano, write these kinds of charts. Dominick Gregoretti was the first one to say, “Song map” in my hearing. I’m sure he wasn’t the originator of the term, but I was grateful to learn it from him, as it is a more accurate description of what it is. Every keyboard player on the planet will complain about them, but I still find them useful in many situations.

I did this one in a lesson with Nina Martin, whom I adore, and we were glad for the simplicity of it. For the life of me, though, I cannot find the sweet little live version we found on Spotify with just Anne Murray accompanied on guitar, no instrumental solo or anything. Anne does it in E, but we found that Nina’s voice sounds better in the higher key of G, thus the key change.

Please use to your heart’s content and let me know whether these kinds of charts are helpful to anyone. I would also be willing to redo it in Anne’s key of E or Loggins & Messina’s original key of D. Corrections are welcome!