Archive for May, 2009

May 19, 2009 Gainesville, Florida: The Hard Truths

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

A text Journal from the road in Florida, after leaving St. Augustine and before the State Folk festival, reflecting on the two big things that came from my time there, recognizing what “doing more” with the music really meant, what a amazing phenomena the dulcimer was once again, and the hard truth of meeting one of the few women in my life I responded to with a depth of feeling I could find no limit to, yet in the end, I had to leave her behind.

Stage Talk: Lou’s Ponderosa

Friday, May 1st, 2009

As I make the videos form a live performance, a basic chore is trimming off all the footage where I’m talking to people, tha audience, other performers, producers or sound techs, anyone on stage or back stage. I’ve started collecting these bits of dialogue into their own videos for the story they tell.

A Sound Like A Train

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I went through a period a few years back, reflecting on my life, and for all the regrets, how I still felt I would choose it again, or even more, that I had no choice. I am what I am. Though I’m trying to explain what is is that has driven me to live as I have, though I can’t explain, because there is no reason, but there is something that drives me, haunts me…

This Road I’m On

Friday, May 1st, 2009

This is a very deep and personal song to me, and it came on so strong when I was in Florida. I’d just finished it recently, and it had hung in the background. When suddenly it became so real, so much about what I was going through, that I sang it constantly. All the vague feelings that often go into a song became crystal clear, so much of what I wanted to say

Think Of Me

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I wrote this one while driving north up Interstate 95 at the end of the winter season. As a sailor, I’ve always done a lot of island music, its part of what I am. As I was driving, I started playing a simple “tump, tump-tump (ha-chacha)” beat on the steering wheel as I cruised alongin the van. Next thing I knew, the whole song came rolling out of me, and I wrote it down on a napkin (how traditional can you get?) as I drove, and sang it all the way up to Virginia

The Star of the County Down

Friday, May 1st, 2009

A Celtic traditional, another love story song, and I can relate to it, surely. I grew up with this music, my brother formed a Celtic band, though I went more modern, but maintained my traditional roots as well. Though I was always a singer, into the beautiful Celtic balladry, whether haunting melodies or driving, sad or with that wry touch of humor that is so part of it all. Great stuff, and I hear these melodies in the roots of so much modern music.


Friday, May 1st, 2009

A beautiful love song that really shows what folk music is, a simple song that has stayed known and loved for hundreds of years, for no reason you can name for certain, except it touches something in people that does not change.

The Water Is Wide

Friday, May 1st, 2009

A traditional song that has always been a favorite, a simple song that I relate to both as a romantic who has long searched for someone to share a life with, and a traditional sailor with an old rowboat that I built, designed to carry two. This version is the latest, combining two versions into one.

Introducing the Electric Hammered Dulcimer

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I have done this thousands of time, tried to give people a quick explaination of what this instrument I’m playing is. So, while I was doing these videos at Lou’s Ponderosa, I decided I might as well record that as well. I really want to put together a good video presentation of the dulcimer, but till I do, I could at least capture the standard stage rap on it for people on the web. So I did.

A Gypsy Lullabye

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Original, Live at Lou’s Ponderosa 5-1-09
Vocal and Guitar, I added a flute part later in the studio
Written in 2007-2008, I was just starting to play it regularly when this video was made