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New Track September 4 - Songs Stay Sung 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've wanted to work with the Vermont-based vocal quartet Windborne since I first heard them in 2018. I love their gorgeous vocal sound and the blend of respect, playfulness, and contemporary relevance they bring to traditional music. 

I particularly wanted to see what they could do with "Songs Stay Sung," which at that time was a lyric looking for the right tune. 

Windborne toured England in February, and visited me in Manchester in the first days of March. Over 2 days, we worked out an arrangement and drove across the moors to West Yorkshire to record it in Brian Bedford's stone barn studio. It was the last piece of normal work I did before the pandemic upended everything. 

I wrote "Songs Stay Sung" after fumbling for words to offer several people in my life who had lost loved ones. 

The song will be available as a single on Azalea City Recordings on September 4. 

This is the first completed track of a new project based around collaborations with other artists. I look forward to sharing more of these in the future.

Nail Your Shoes to the Kitchen Floor - Performance in the Age of COVID 

Like every other performer I know, I am on hiatus from live performance for the foreseeable future. I am at home in the UK with my spouse. We are ok. 

Being off the road is giving me a chance to do some important things. 

First of all, it's far too long since I had any new songs. Now I'm working on new material, collaborating long-distance with other artists, learning to make some new noises, and generally making space for my creative process. 

I'm also healing physically. I have a long and varied history of back trouble. Now that it is no longer being asked to sit for hours in cars and airplanes, lug around two instrument cases, and sleep on strange mattresses, my body is recovering. I am now almost pain-free for the first time in seven years, and off of ibuprofen after taking it daily for a year and a half. This is huge. 

Plus the vegetable garden is awesome this year. 

Please get in touch if you'd like me to do a live stream for your online classroom, virtual camp, worship service, retirement community, or other private group. 

If you like what I do and want to help me keep doing it, here's how: 

1) Subscribe to my YouTube channel

2) Join my mailing list

3) Support your local venues, festivals, and folk broadcasts so that they will still be there when it's safe to play live again. 

4) I do have a tip jar. Anything that goes in it will be used to pay other creative people for goods and services.

Zoe Washes Her Hands 

The chorus of "Life Is Too Short to Fold Underwear" runs just about 25 seconds - just right for hand-washing in the age of COVID-19.

I know this because of Rich Warren's Folkstage concert on WFMT. The show is a live performance to a small audience which is simultaneously broadcast. In order to fit the format, it's necessary to end the last tune precisely on time - so it's really handy to have a song with an adjustable number of 1-minute segments.