Alan MacLeod | Here and Now

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Here and Now

by Alan MacLeod

"HERE And NOW" is an intimate reflection on promise, weakness, strength and faith.
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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"HERE and NOW" has been selected as the end credit song for Shandi Mitchell's feature film "The Disappeared".

This song exists because I was loaned a vintage Gibson guitar. It had sat un-played in my friend Jeannie's attic for decades. She bought the guitar in New York City from a friend who needed bus fare. He wanted to get to Washington DC so he could attend a march which I thought included Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. To me, this was a magical guitar!

Around the same time, I was gearing up to host a summer bonfire/acoustic guitar jam party. Patty Griffin’s CD “Children Running Through” had just found me and CBC Radio had recently broadcast a show about the song “We Shall Overcome”. So, this idea of communal music, of voices united and anthems was bouncing around in the town in the back of my head.

After a good cleaning and new strings, that grand old guitar (silent for so long, now mellowed and sweet with time) gifted me this song almost immediately. With the lyrics, I tried to capture the feel of a traditional song while including the sense of aloneness that seems to permeate our "oh-so-modern-wired" lives. Plus, I was keen to write something where I could acknowledge my faith without being preachy. In any event, this song, would not exist if not for that guitar, finding its way into my hands, on that day.

This recording is stripped down to its essence (just acoustic guitar and vocal) to keep it both open and intimate.

After "HERE and NOW" was chosen for the film and sent into the world via CD Baby, I learned the story about the guitars amazing history - the story that inspired and humbled me - was wrong! The guy did sell the guitar for bus fare, but just so he could follow some girl, not so he could go to a march in Washington. It was my friend, the purchaser, taking part in protest marches all the time in New York City in the 1960's, and her guitar is still magical.

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