Final Songwriter Challenge Update From Joe Eddie

Howdy friends of Joe Eddie!

It is with a tinge of disappointment I offer
the news that Joe Eddie was not named a finalist
in the Half Brothers Brewing Company 2018 Songwriter
Challenge. 🙁

The competition ran June through August, with four
song finalists chosen each month by a single judge.
The nine performers (some had multiple songs nominated)
will compete at Half Brothers Brewery tonight for a
panel of judges, the winner earning a prime performance
spot at the upcoming Greenway Takeover Festival.

For my submissions to the songwriter challenge,
I submitted a new song written fresh each week,
which taken together intend to tell a continuous story,
called “As The River Turns: The Red River Adventures Of
Captain Joe Eddie”.

You can listen to all 12 songs in order as a playlist, here: 
http://www.joeeddie.com/as-the-river-turns-the-red-river-adventures-of-captain-joe-eddie/

Although I was not named a finalist for the competition,
I am happy to have the songs, and the story, and the
experience. The song collection was even featured by
columnist Brad Dokken in the Grand Forks Herald
“Outdoors” section!

BRAD DOKKEN COLUMN: August ends with catfish songs and a prized ‘Hen’
http://grandforksherald.com/sports/outdoors/4493121-brad-dokken-column-august-ends-catfish-songs-and-prized-hen

In the future, I am hoping to play the songs from
“As The River Turns: The Red River Adventures Of
Captain Joe Eddie” in a series of live shows around
the region, and perhaps record them in a studio, with
some talented musicians, for a full release. I think
the songs will perform well each on their own, and
together they tell a fun and interesting mythological
story.

Congratulations and best of luck in the finals
to the other songwriters, and thanks to Half Brothers
Brewing Company, and coordinator Anthony Diaz and
judge Max Wolpert, and the contest sponsors for
working and contributing to put on the challenge.

Finally, a SPECIAL THANKS to my friends Kevin Grinde
and Dennis Riedhammer, for filming and helping produce
many of the videos in the collection, and for supporting
my efforts in the songwriting challenge, and moreso in the
creation of this artwork, in which I could not have done
so well without them. Thanks guys!

Also, thanks to you, dear readers and fans, for listening!!!
The collection is here, anytime —
http://www.joeeddie.com/as-the-river-turns-the-red-river-adventures-of-captain-joe-eddie/

Peace and love,
Joe Eddie

As The River Turns: Joe Eddie’s New Song Collection

Howdy fans of Joe Eddie!

I’m so excited to tell everybody the news —

I’ve completed a collection of 12 new folk songs, called
“As The River Turns: The Red River Adventures Of Captain Joe Eddie”.

You can WATCH THE VIDEOS of the ENTIRE COLLECTION, in this YouTube playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoDV6tjAHOTTkrYSc9mYcdDUrfxn_v7Ni

The songs were written as part of the summer-long songwriting contest
sponsored by our local brewery, Half Brothers, in downtown Grand Forks.
Contestants are asked to submit a new song, recorded live, each week through the months of June, July, and August.

For my song entries, I decided to write each one as part of a larger
collective story.  I’m angling for a sort of river fishing adventure
story.

I never even knew there were mermaid brides out there, until I wrote
these songs.  I mean I have heard of mermaids, heard of sightings, but I
didn’t know if they were really real, let alone that they could become a
sailor’s bride.

That’s when I really learned what it meant to be a sailor, what it meant
to sail, and all the many ways we all can go a-sailing in our lives, in
this world.  We create worlds when we sail, it should be obvious, it’s
of the greatest legends of our founding times, how the explorers left
England and Spain, to Discover the New World, and they did, they sure
did, we’re living it today, with all our politics and policies, our
nations and our heroes, it all started with sailing
projects.  It’s amazing, we’re literally living in a world created by
sailors going out to sea, and so it is now becoming apparent to me how
worlds can be created by just setting sail.

It’s a story of discovery and rebirth; and in the end, you’re left to
find your own way again.  A little bit lost, but knowing a little bit
more, maybe a lot more, than you did before.  It’s very symmetrical,
there’s a complete duality to the entire story, and I’m really excited
and inspired by the powerful possibilities it represents and promises
for future work and adventures.

I hope you’ll listen to the songs as if reading a book, listening to the
stories and thinking about them for yourself, a little bit selfishly,
as you would a good book:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoDV6tjAHOTTkrYSc9mYcdDUrfxn_v7Ni

And I hope you enjoy the songs, and the story.  I realize they’re a little long, and the cuts are a little rough …
Hopefully, in the near future, plans will be made to record and perform all of these songs with more musicians,
with more rehearsal and strength, cooked long like a good catfish stew, and we end up with a nice little folk story.

If you’re following along, I sure thank you, and please feel free to let me know what you think of
“As The River Turns: The Red River Adventures Of Captain Joe Eddie”!

Thanks —
Peace, love,
Joe Eddie

Joe Eddie enters songwriting contest

Howdy fans of Joe Eddie!

Just dropping a note to update you on a few new songs that I’ve written in the past few weeks…

A local brewery, Half Brothers, in downtown Grand Forks, is sponsoring a songwriting competition throughout the summer.
Contestants are asked to submit a new song, recorded live, each week through the months of June, July, and August.
You can see all of my song entries on my youtube channel, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz4q1RWJPb53G-JwY681q8w/featured

For my song entries, I decided to write each one as part of a larger
collective story.  I’m angling for a sort of river fishing adventure
story.
Here are the first four songs, in order of appearance:

Song #1:  “Ain’t Gon’ Fishin’ (In The Mornin’)”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7niOc3LNz9Q&t=30s

Song #2:  “Lady Foot Dangle” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw_MnEtUxaw&t=24s

Song #3:  “All On The Banks Of The Muddy Red River” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxgs8M5_tmg

Song #4:  “Into The Belly Of The Catfish” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsp_777fhAI

The next entry is due today ….  so I’ll be looking for inspiration, reaching for my pen, in just a few minutes …
I hope you enjoy the songs, and the story.  I realize they’re a little long, and the cuts are a little rough …
Hopefully, in time, they get ironed out a bit, and when all’s sung and done, we end up with a nice little folk story.

If you’re following along, I sure thank you, and please feel free to let me know!
Thanks —
Peace, love,
Joe Eddie