Watching My Life Go By

Watching My Life Go By was the third studio album by Michael Hedges, released in 1985. After two solo instrumental albums, Michael sang all the tracks on this release. This album is an intimate vocal collection whose lush sound belies the simplicity of its instrumentation. It showcases Michael’s range, the depth of his life experience, and the power of his voice. Meticulously produced by long-time Neil Young collaborator Elliot Mazer, with guests Bobby McFerrin and Michael Manring, this CD was featured as part of the “Essential Windham Hill” collection.


Watching My Life Go By - Michael Hedges

Behind the Album

After Michael’s first two releases of instrumental guitar music, he released an all-vocal album, featuring original songs, a cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower. Michael idolized singer-songwriters like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and others, and wasn’t private about the fact that he wanted to be known for his original vocal songs. 

His performance often centered around original songs and covers featuring vocals, and he truly came alive when performing them.

Notes on specific tracks

Notes on Manring contribtion

Notes on Mazer contribution 

Notes on McFerrin contribution

Wrap up sentence



Liner Notes


  1. Face Yourself °
  2. I’m Coming Home
  3. Woman of the World
  4. Watching My Life Go By
  5. I Want You ° ¹
  6. The Streamlined Man ²
  7. Out on the Parkway ° ³
  8. Holiday
  9. All Along the Watchtower
  10. Running Blind

Album Credits

Performances by:

Michael Hedges: vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, flute, synthesizer, harmonica, wine glasses

° Michael Manring: fretless bass
˚¹ John Hanes: drums
˚² Bobby McFerrin: chant and solo vocals
˚³ Hilleary Burgess: wine glasses

Produced by Elliot Mazer

Engineered by Elliot Mazer, Michael Hedges

Mastered by George Horn

Design by Anne Robinson

Photography by Irene Young


All songs written and arranged by Michael Hedges except “All Along the Watchtower” by Bob Dylan.

Produced by Elliot Mazer.

Recorded at Naked Ear, Palo Alto, CA.

“Every time I listen now I am reminded of his immense talent, enormous heart, and the music world’s tragic loss.”

– listener review by Mathew Vacca,

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