Andrew Calhoun & Casey Calhoun

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Tracks:
Joy

Catching on Fire
Miss Hill
Goin' Down to See John Prine
Fred's Brother
Day In and Night Out
Tom Brown


Tiger Tattoo
I'm a Rover and Seldom Sober
The Scyther
Shadow Song
When I Have Arms Again
I Shall Not Look Away
Everyone Sang

 


I moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in November, 1999. I began to write a new kind of song for me - the story. The title track is about a woman I met while working a temp job in October/November of 2000. That December, I had a teaching residency at Chief Joseph School in North Portland, teaching 5th graders to write songs. I had this odd frequency of dread accompanying the assignment - groups of kids intimidate me anyway, but this was different. The first night I went home and thought, of course, 5th grade, the year I went to the principal and told on my teacher. So I started writing that story song for the kids. They were to write a true story from their life, and many of them wrote about the time they got hurt real bad. So I wrote "Catching on Fire," and after the week was over, I continued with "Goin' Down to See John Prine" and "Fred's Brother." It took me a year to finish the songs. "Joy" was written a month after 9/11. It was all I could think of to say. I was done with the recording when I got news of the death of my song brother, Dave Carter. I wrote "I Shall Not Look Away" several days later; and added a Siegfried Sassoon poem which reminded of how I always felt when Dave would sing "Gentle Arms of Eden". Dave did the vocal arrangement of "Joy," after Thanksgiving dinner in 2001, and sang it then on on the recording with me, his partner Tracy Grammer, and Claire Bard. Go well, my friend.


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