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:
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
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
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:
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”!