Archive for December 15th, 2005

Just got my copy! It’s great to hear on the stereo and to notice the changes and the quality of the songs. It just showed up on Amazon too.

The notes say:

“In November of 1995 I began a project for the preservation of the music I love, Folk Music. Each month I would record a song, print the lyrics and chords, add a personal note and put it on my web site, mcguinn.com. I wanted everyone to have the opportunity to learn the songs and to be able to sing them with their families and friends, so downloads were offered free of charge. The original recordings were 11 KHz 8-bit monophonic WAV files, far below CD quality. I have re-recorded those songs in 24-bit 44.1KHz Stereo. To commemorate the 10 year aniversary of the Folk Den, this compilation contains 100 of my favorite songs from the project with many of the original notes.”

There are many surprises in this labor of love of music: A variety of instrumentation, 12 string acoustic, banjo, the famous McGuinn 12 string Rickenbacker, and the new 7-string Martin. Guest appearances on one song, “The John B’s Sails,” by Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry and Greg Isles. A recording made in 1958 by a 16 year old McGuinn (“To Morrow”). A thunderstorm in the background in “Oh Freedom.”

A great treasury of songs by a great guitarist and singer.

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Spent this evening listening to the NC Boys Choir rehearse at Duke Chapel. They’ll be singing at the Sunday Service this Sunday morning and then have their BIG PERFORMANCE on Monday.

North Carolina Boys Choir IN PERFORMANCE, Monday, December 19th at 7:30 at Duke University Chapel. Tickets – $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Parking and ticket information available here.

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Last night, I dropped by Internationalist Books to hear Bruce Lawrence talk about his Osama Bin Laden book, “Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden.
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