A note from West Early:
I am doing various things this week: renovations to Snow Queen, a musical adaptation which has been for about a gazillion years a work in progress, and which a bright young man from Brown intends to direct there next year; also a musical setting of a long and intriguing poem by someone from Chicago who'll remain nameless until he gives his permission to let me do it (I'm kinda trying it on, on spec); reading Burmese Days by George Orwell; getting involved in repeated listenings to "Dead Meat", a weird, beautiful and so Lennonish Youtube performance by Sean Lennon,whose musical notions I admire much as I do Rufus W, who is perfect.. (I'm surprised to even like a song called "Dead Meat"...still truckin'). Also digging Rufus and Sean and some other guy doing "This Boy", absolutely an eternal song.
Meanwhile my cool friend Leo Segedin's website features a performance of my "Hey Kid" from the There CD as aural background to a presentation of some of Mr. Segedin's poignant and extraordinary paintings of Chicago and I am so proud in every way to be associated with this singular painter. You can see he's so bold, you don't need to be told: his work has always been great, and If you like what I do this is one of my Best Things so please dig it. It's right here. Meanwhile Mr. Obama is still President, thank you Jesus, and Mr. Franco is still dead. Be well and grateful, as I am, for these gifts.
Michael Smith stands out as one of the few undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters.
Sing Out! Magazine
One of the best songwriters in the English language ...an enchanting and riveting performer.
the thing that stands out most in Michael's work is his unpredictable creativity just when you think you know where he's going, lyrically or musically, he'll turn a metaphoric corner on you, double back, sneak up behind you and slip a rainbow in your pocket.
those of us who are songwriters or guitar players ... learn why there really are no rules when it comes to the game of music
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Hearing the songs of Michael Smith in this day and age is like reading an anthology of short stories by Hemingway after decades of only comic books. It's a realization that songs can hold a whole lot more than they're usually expected to hold, that they can possess a genuine sense of place as evocative and magical as the finest literature...
His songs are so resonant in layers
of myth and magic, and so perfectly enhanced by the
genuine beauty of his melodies and instrumental
arrangements, that you can listen to a single one over
and over for an afternoon and feel satisfied.
Song Talk magazine
Singer-songwriter Smith's ruminations on aging and
ephemerality draw much of their power from the
glistening tone and unfaltering taste of his
imaginative steel-string accompaniments.
Guitar Player magazine
When Amsterdam is golden in the morning
Margaret brings him breakfast
She believes him
He thinks that tulips bloom beneath the snow
He's mad as he can be
But Margaret only sees that sometimes
Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes.
"The Dutchman" by Michael Smith
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