Calaveras

 

Ready to Fly on Major Compilation

What a gorgeous spring day--birds singing everywhere, roses blooming, a warm breeze, cheerful little children springing out of their beds to skip to school. Wait a minute, that's not my life--I'm just happy because the AARP has chosen our song Ready to Fly to be on a major compilation album about growing older, featuring Natalie Merchant, Livingston Taylor and other singer-songwriters I admire. It's going to be used to raise funds for senior foster care, a concept that has been developed in New Hampshire and that the AARP intends to promote across the nation--elderly moving in with host families much like foster children do, but with more autonomy. I'm told they will be promoting it to hundreds of thousands of AARP members and on TV, radio, etc. If you are as old as I am, keep an eye out for it--you'll probably get an AARP discount to go with your $2.99 Grand Slam breakast! Speaking of Ready to Fly, we stumbled on a wonderful little blog entry from someone who saw us play the song at the Florence Winter Folk Festival in Oregon a couple months ago. It seems (immodest but) appropriate to put it here. I am very thankful that the muse visited me so generously with this song. "2009 Winter Folk Festival Pt.1 Every January my town celebrates Folk Music. I love Folk Music (which is why I use caps, where no caps should be) I LOVE FOLK MUSIC. I am not an authority, I do not know all Folk Music, but what I know I love. My mother and I made a day of it, okay really it was just half a day- but it counts. We started with lunch out, fish and chips at the Beachcomber (Lovejoys was closed (bummer.) And then it was onto the Florence Events Center for folk arts, folk crafts, and great Folk Music. I make sure I take in this festival every year for two reasons, yes as I said the great Folk Music, but also for birthday shopping. I usually find the best little birthday presents there. But not this year, the kewl things I found, I had found in 2006. So no neat birthday presents from there for this year. But, the music wow. Mom and I wandered the booths peaking and seeing, and the entire time I could hear great music coming from the theatre speakers, I was anxious to get inside and listen. After deciding which booths we needed to hit after the music we went inside to hear Calaveras. Sadly we were too late to get more than three songs, but oh were they worth it. The second to the last song of their set took me totally by surprise. In truth I can't remember what came before or after in their set for the second to the last song was simply amazing. The song was about relationships that are parted by the conclusion of life on this plane and the sweet belief we shall be reunited on another. In a clear voice she (Victoria Blythe) began singing: "I am standing on the edge of the water And I am watching the wild birds fill the sky And I am longing to be lifted up among themI am not dying I'm getting ready to fly." Chills swept up my back, goose bumps raised with the hair on my arms, my heart swelled, and my tears flooded quietly over the brim. In the dark theatre tears silent ran down my cheeks before my fingers could wipe them all away. The clear notes of their voices raised up to the rafters and I thought my mom would shake her head when she found out I was crying. But as the song finished I turned to her and said, "That is what I love about Folk Music it grabs you by the heart and answers something in your soul." It was with those words I saw my mom (I think for the first time in my life) crying. She looked at me, as she wiped away her own tears, and in a voice choking on tears she said, “I could just see your dad, free flying with the birds just as he loved.†I am pretty certain the song haunted her well into the night. Sadly I could find recordings of the song, but no video to share with you. Visit Calaveras on their MySpace webpage, Ready to Fly is the second song on their playlist. http://www.calaverassongs.com/music-2.html Sith, Cele"

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