These weeks, beyond the dramatics of the proposed border wall, Brazil inaugurated a president of even worse impulses, a man publicly nostalgic for the days recent in his country’s memory when one could simply torture the opposition. These are our discontents. Read more
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Here is “Failed States,” a new song of piano, talking drum and Gordon Withers’ cello we’ve just finished at Magpie Cage. The song’s story and double entendre refer to collapse in our societies and our relationships to each other. Read more.
Here is “All of Whom I Love,” a song I wrote in Hanoi, Viet Nam and have just recorded with Eamonn Aiken at The Bastille Studio in Arlington, Virginia. Kate Rears provides a cello quintet. I play nylon and steel string guitars, bass and percussion, including a West African talking drum, which changes pitch with pressure. We opted for an acoustic arrangement to fit the song’s character and lyrical geography.
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The Elan School taught uncommon insight. But like many institutions of its kind, Elan was frequently accused of abuse. “No One Gets Free” is a new song about resilience and growth. Listen and read more.