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Art Podell | From the Village to the Canyon: A Songwriter's Journey

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From the Village to the Canyon: A Songwriter's Journey

by Art Podell

The CD is me, my life, from my early days in Greenwich Village through the storms and joys of the national stage, to here...It's just me singing my life with a bit of added salt and pepper and seasoning...provided by a few wonderful musicians...
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Golden Apples
3:39 album only
2. Song for Dink (Live)
4:31 album only
3. You've Heard My Voice (And You Know My Name)
2:47 album only
4. We Sang Our Songs in California
3:50 album only
5. Toni's Poem (Laurel Canyon)
4:56 album only
6. The Highway
3:13 album only
7. Time and the River
3:25 album only
8. But Then You Smile
4:03 album only
9. You Don't Know What You've Lost (She Came Back) [Live]
2:33 album only
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Album Notes
“…I just heard Golden Apples and I particularly love the part of the lyric “and in the time, between the time, between the time, between the time, the gypsy sings again”. Beautiful song, my brother. Bravo.” ---- Peter Yarrow
"What a fine album! So front and center. Really close to the vest, beautifully produced. I enjoyed taking the ride. "
----- Van Dyke Parks
'... I bet I've played your CD 15-20 times, and it gets better with every listen. No, not better -- more personal. I loved it all as a listener the first time through, but as a human being with a heart it has now become my go-to recording. Your songs are written from personal experience and personal genius. Your music is written from knowledge and ability...I know that you wrote and recorded this just for me. That's what I feel on every listen.' – George Grove, The Kingston Trio
“…If you are a fan of folk music, just do yourself a favor and buy a copy. It’s fantastic from beginning to end….after hearing it, I think you’ll know the man behind these songs. The detail, the arrangements, the musicians, all top-notch…” ---Todd Lincoln Richards
“…I put your CD into my car player and had a great listen as I drove up from Laguna Beach late at night. Then I played it through a second time! It was mesmerizing! Great job! Great songs! …” ---- Henry Diltz
"It’s been over 50 years since the days at Michael’s Pub (in Boulder)…and I never tire of your music. These are wonderful stories, well told. Thanks." – Pete Ellsworth
"There's so much I love about Art Podell's CD, (A Songwriter's Journey, "From the Village to the Canyon,") but I haven't got all day. I'm compelled to at least put something on record that expresses the joy I feel when I listen to this CD in my car. It relaxes me and I find I can genuinely listen to each word. It shuts out the noise in my mind. It's a natural elixir. What a treat! To be relaxed in LA traffic!
A word about the packaging -- I like the way Art has comments about each song written on the back of the CD... where the songs are actually listed. You can be listening in your car and (when you stop at a light, of course,) you can just pick up the CD case and it's right there on the back, instead of having to get out the liner notes and search for information.
The CD starts so strong with "Golden Apples," and the memorable refrain: "... and in the time between the time between the time between the time..." That luscious melody will get in your ear and haunt you for days. From then on, Art takes you on a journey through the folk music craze of the 60's up to now, told in colorful, filmic pictures.
Besides "Golden Apples," my favorite song on Art Podell's CD is "We Sang Our Songs in California." It really reminds me of the folk music I grew up with. Oh! And I must mention "But Then You Smile." We see here how love truly conquers all, and in such a simple, universal tale. Art's writing is both poetic and... well, just clear. A rare treat.
Art's guitar playing is clean and gentle. You can tell that Art Podell is indeed a gentleman. All the songs on here are magnificent. The writing, the singing, the playing. The production (Randy Tobin) is superb. I'm sure it's a true representation of how Art Podell sounds in person. All of the players are top notch. Especially the cello player, Jeness Johnson on Golden Apples. Wow!
Art Podell's CD "A Songwriter's Journey" gets my Five Stars!" --- Tracy Newman, 2014

"I thought I was listening to Will Rogers with an Ivy League education and maybe that's true, but your humor and songs - both touching and delightful - was better and much more enjoyable than his lasso" - Herb Freed, Film-maker, novelist



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Pete Ellsworth

Thank You Art Podell
In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the folk group “Art and Paul”, (Podell and Potash, not Garfunkel and Simon) were producing some of the most creative, interesting and just plain beautiful music of anyone in the Greenwich Village folk music scene. In 1960 they moved to California and released “Songs of Earth and Sky” the first of 2 albums for Columbia. This album has been described by ALLMUSIC as a “Lost classic of the late 50’s/early 60’s folk boom” and many of us who have been around that long consider it to be as good as anything that came out of that era and far, far better than most. They were both talented musicians and songwriters, but the high quality of their work was due in no small measure to Art’s unique skills as an arranger. Sadly, the group broke up the next year, but Podell has continued to compose, arrange and perform, and now, 54 years after the release of “Songs of Earth and Sky” we are treated to “From the Village to the Canyon: a Songwriter’s Journey” a collection of songs/poems/stories that describe his journey from then till now. His work has lost none of its power, creativity, poetry, or beauty…not to mention sense of humor. The stories fill in some of the historical gaps for those of us who have followed his work from a distance over the years, but they also stand on their own merits for those who have never heard of him. I strongly recommend the cd for music lovers of all ages and tastes, but it will be particularly appealing to those who have remained loyal to the folk tradition of those early years.
Pete Ellsworth
Jelm, Wyoming

Stevanne Auerbach

Outstanding Album of Songwriter's Journey
Art Podell has written and performs a musical masterpiece that traces his amazing personal journey from performing in the 60’s Village folk scene when he made the first album of classic folk songs, on tour across the country as a long- time member of the New Christy Minstrels, to the ongoing composing and performances today in Los Angeles. Art is ever in touch with his times as he poetically portrays the nuances of emotions of relationships, along with his keen observations of places and people in his life. He is a performer for our times providing warmth and humor as he offers a vagabond’s tale we can all relate to as he brings it all home again. I was fortunate to be there for the recording of his first album with Paul (Art and Paul) and feel lucky to again witness his reemergence as an outstanding musical composer and performance artist that relates well to everyone who appreciates the journey over space and time.