One of the real pleasures that I have received from this forum is listening to many of you play and sing. The Annex, the VOM and those who have posted your clips have opened many new options for music that I listen to - you would be surprised at how many of you are in a special HCAG folder on my iPod. Over the years I've added cd's by TAH and Baba and Eric Skye and Ed Dowling and several others to my stash - thank you all.
Recently I picked up the cd by Gary Blanchard after hearing one of his forum submissions. Gary sings of nature and I immediately thought of Emerson, Thoreau and one of my great heros, John Muir. Gary's voice reminds me of Pete Seeger and maybe Woodie Gutherie (and I said that before looking at Gary's profile where he sites Seeger as an influence). Like Seeger he plays twelve string guitar and banjo on the album, and plays them well.
The songs are about nature, and as a few of you who know me, the mountains and rivers and rocks and forests are the stable places in my life so I related immediately. Gary's wife, Carol Mays, recites several pieces of poetry - on most albums that might break the theme but here it is the perfect addition. Find Gary's profile, take a listen to his message, go to the mountains or forests and be at peace.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -- Dr. Seuss
Guild GAD JF-30
Guild D212 12 Westerly,RI 1981
Holloway Harp Guitar
HCAG Civil Posters Society #10
My Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/bobstarr
I am very thankful for Freeman's kind words. He managed to compare me favorably to three of my heroes - Seeger, Emerson, and Thoreau as well as two people I admire, Doody Guthie and John Muir.
I especially appreciate that Freeman appreciated the poetry. It is a risk blending spoken word material with song, but Carol's poems, as well as poems by my friend, Richard Bachtold, fit the theme perfectly and ended up enhancing the project.
I feel honored to have such kind things said about my music, espcially the surprising statement that I play 12-string guitar and banjo "well." :lol: