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summerfallwinterspring
EP & Digital Download
released November 1, 2017

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A four song collection as diverse as the seasons: two of them in response to a time of political turmoil, challenging the principles of our nation's governance and compassion. The remaining two selections are reminders of our common humanity: a reinterpretation of a romantic classic and a new song for the holidays based on an old and precious memory.

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I WILL STAND (WORK TOGETHER)
Noel Paul Stookey / John Gray  Neworld Music Publishing ASCAP

Thomas J. Gray's facebook rant set to music. In performance, this song has elicited applause for every line and most times a standing ovation at the conclusion. It is a rallying cry for resistance, a probing query into the concerns we hold most dear. It heeds the warning of my partner Mary Travers to recognize “...the thin line between compromise and complicity”.
*For more information about the guest artists that join me on this recording, please see below.

MOON RIVER
Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer   Sony ATV Harmony ASCAP

The timeless ever-hopeful ballad for dreamers. At the outset, the guitar chords are reminiscent of Eric Satie's Gymnopédie No.1. This rendering of the Johnny Mercer/Hank Mancini classic sidesteps the traditional lush romantic setting to present the piece more as a bittersweet longing for an authentic and fulfilling life.

SOMETHIN’ SPECIAL
Noel Paul Stookey   Neworld Music Publishing ASCAP

A holiday reminiscence from a Dorsey, Maryland childhood. Perhaps not an exact recall but close enough to convey the essence of the experience. The bottom line is that my artistic mother married my inventive father and, between the two of them, they found ways to surprise AND inspire me at critical times in my life.
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IMPEACHABLE (karaoke version)
Parody Lyric- Noel Paul Stookey    Neworld Music Publishing ASCAP
Music- Irving Gordon    Universal Music Pub ASCAP  (used by permission)

Set to the tune of UNFORGETTABLE, this ludicrously extravagant version of the youTUBE/Facebook viral video is further complimented by the ongoing investigation of possible collusion by Robert Mueller's grand jury, enhanced daily by gaffs, leaks and denials from the white house and Moscow. \

 

Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin (vocal) has a multi-faceted career that spans five decades, 25 albums and three GRAMMY awards.  A board member of WhyHunger, he has also acted on Broadway, and worked extensively in films, television and radio, most notably as the host of the Emmy- and Peabody award-winning ABC-TV children's series Make A Wish. Tom is a powerful advocate on behalf of a variety of charitable and environmental causes as well as efforts on behalf of music and the arts in our public schools.

David Roth (vocal) is winner of 4 Positive Music Awards and the 2015 Grace Note (Unity Worldwide Ministries) for Outstanding Contribution to New Thought Music.  Formerly artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute, he has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions and is founder and director of the Cape Cod Songwriters Retreat and creator/host of Cape Cod’s “Full Moon Open Mic” providing a forum for musicians to connect and be heard while collecting donations for local non-profits.

David Roth
Maureen McGovern

Maureen McGovern (vocal), with a career that includes more than 45 years of recordings, concerts, theater, film, television, radio and songwriting.  Nominated multiple times, she earned her #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure, In addition to hearing her music in films and television, McGovern  is currently a Board Member of Medicine and the Arts/Humanism in Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine

David Mallett (vocal) has recorded 14 albums during his 40 year career.  He's appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion.  Named one of the most memorable “Mainers” in the millennium edition of The Bangor Daily News, his songs, including the American folk classic Garden Song (Inch by Inch, Row by Row) have provided material for over a hundred artists including Alison Krauss, John Denver and the Muppets, Pete Seeger and Emmylou Harris.

David Mallett
Josh White, jr
Josh White, Jr. (vocal) has performed on the greatest stages of four continents, including Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Odeon Hammersmith Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and Madison Square Garden. Active on stage and in countless television variety and talk shows, Josh, Jr. has recently added to his multi-dimensional talents and recent touring schedule by creating extraordinary, interactive history-based learning experiences for young people.
Peter Yarrow (vocal) has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs as a member of Peter, Paul & Mary.  His songwriting (“Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done”, “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.”) carries a timeless message of humanity and caring.  Founder of Operation Respect, Peter Yarrow’s life and work is based on his passionate belief that music has the power to build community and catalyze change.
Peter Yarrow
Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards (harmonica and vocal), is composer of the anthemic "Sunshine (Go Away Today)"  He scored the music for and acted in the all-star cast of the 2008 romantic comedy film The Golden Boys.  Set in Cape Cod in 1905, the film featured Edwards in the role of Reverend Perley. He is currently touring and introducing audiences to such original classics as "Sometimes," "One Day Closer," "Don't Cry Blue," "Emma," "Everybody Knows Her," and "Athens County”.

Holly Near (vocal) is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist. As a skilled performer and outspoken ambassador for peace bringing to the stage an integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality, she has been recognized many times for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, NARAS, Ms. Magazine (Woman of the Year), and the Legends of Women's Music Award.

Holly Near
Barry Ollman

Barry Ollman (vocal) is the definitive collector of Woody Guthrie.  Lecturer and archivist, he continues to track the social movements of his times and contemporaries, musical and otherwise. In addition to his role as a board member of the Guthrie Foundation, Barry is also a musician – a performing singer-songwriter since the late 60s. Most recently collaborating and recording with friends Graham Nash, and E Street band bassist Garry Tallent.

George Emlen (conductor/arranger) has many talents: organist, composer and music educator.  A graduate of Dartmouth College and the New England Conservatory of Music, he taught and directed choruses at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA, for four years,  was music director at the Putney School in Vermont for eight years and taught at the College of the Atlantic and the University of Maine at Machias.  Perhaps most notably, George was musical director of the REVELS organization for 32 years!

george emlen
 
George Emlen and the Work Toether Chorus

The Work Together Chorus:Jessica Booth, Becky Duhaime, Heather Ford, John Gray, Mike Hewes, Dede Johnson, Diane Klausmeyer, John Merrifield, Karen Milliken, Jen Myers Joyce Newkirk, William Rhine, Janet Simpson, Peter Sly

 

 

CREDITS: Michael Burd /bass, David Ellis /drums and percussion, Michael McInnis /keyboards, George Emlen /arranger and conductor of the WORK TOGETHER chorus. Bagaduce Lending Library /recording facility. John Stuart /co-producer, recording and mixing engineer, Gary Milliken /additional recording engineer. Sally Farr /photographer, graphics and reality check. Joyce Hall /budget, cheerleader and paymaster. Bob Milstein /co-producer and midnight oiler, David Snyder /video and logistics, Jim Mason and Steve Sundberg /Mastering @ FTM Studios, Denver, CO, Bruce @ cd dupes. SPECIAL THANKS to Ed Mottau and especially to Betty who always keeps the compass in my heart pointed to the truth.