Making ROOTS AND BRANCHES: “The Illustrated Man”

“The Illustrated Man” was written across decades. I think I wrote the lyrics in the late 70s. At the time I tried repeatedly to write the music for it but nothing clicked, so I just set it aside, neatly typed, for nearly 30 years. Finally, in the early-aughts, it came …

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Making ROOTS AND BRANCHES: “Driving from Calgary”

I wanted to write a song in the great Canadian indie singer-songwriter folk-roots tradition.  Canada has always had a vibrant folk-roots scene, one that we in the States should know more about.  I began to learn about the scene beyond the obvious international headliners when I was a student at McGill University …

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