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Preachin' to the Choir

by Hilary Marckx

Preachin' To The Choir is an expression of my frustration at our political system and other troubling stuff.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Wasn't There
2:16 $0.99
2. I'm Pissed Off
2:06 $0.99
3. Earth Singin' the Blues
2:53 $0.99
4. One Time Cowboy
2:13 $0.99
5. Chief's Lament
3:21 $0.99
6. Death Row Blues
4:06 $0.99
7. Wind in the Black Oak
2:56 $0.99
8. Katrina - 2005
3:37 $0.99
9. Don't Be Mean
2:00 $0.99
10. The Lady Hates Country Music
3:01 $0.99
11. Lose At Your Own Game
2:48 $0.99
12. Till We're All Gone
3:43 $0.99
13. Unknown Soldier
3:18 $0.99
14. Martha Blue
2:41 $0.99
15. Rise to the Call
1:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
I had a professor who said that if we don't know what our truth claims are, we are a hazard to ourselves and everyone around us. I asked what a truth claim was and she said it was our belief system -- those ideas we can't give up, and if it was poked we would squeak. These songs constitute my truth claims -- I have been poked and I am squeaking. You may not like what I have to say but I have it to say. I've told people not to ask about what is going on inside my brain, because what is going on is pretty scary stuff. What you hear may be scary to you -- I hope it is. The songs are about the words, so the arrangements are simple. One microphone for both me and my guitar, and it was situated so we could get the balance between voice and guitar right. Story songs are about stories, and stories are about the words that tell them. Hilary

"I Wasn't There" is about people who are purely credulous. These folks will believe
anything as long as a friend tells them, and it agrees with their own fears
and limitations.

"I'm Pissed Off" means just what it says. There's too much bad stuff going
on in my nation and I feel grumpy.

"Earth Singin' the Blues" is an ecological statement about the needs of the
earth and humanity's complicity in the problem.

"One Time Cowboy" tells the story of a way of life that has faded into the
past. No more are the ranges open, and no more is our landscape unbroken.

"Chief's Lament" tells the true story of a Wapo Indian who went off to fight in
the Korean Conflict. While he was overseas, land speculators convinced
his tribe to sell their ancestral land. When he came back he was locked out
of the land he thought of as home.

I wrote the happy little ditty, "Death Row Blues," when California was trying to
get Michael Morales executed -- on again, off again -- and some news anchor
or another stated that with so many executions being held in the state, the
residents on Death Row were beginning to realize where they were. I believe
that any killing sanctioned by a democratic society not only damages the
collective soul, but the souls of all its constituents -- whether or not they
believe in the death penalty.

"Wind in the Black Oak" is my recognition that we all are finite, and we cannot
claim any time or place as truly our own.

"Katrina - 2005" speaks to government ineptitude and inaction and the tragedy that
occurs when avarice mingles with racism, classism, and stupidity. I had just
written "Lose at Your Own Game," and told my friend Charlie about it, and
he said, "Why don't you write something about Katrina?." So I did.

"Don't be Mean" is my plea to those who hold elected office and who
stupidly forget their implicit contract with the voters.
My pain, your pain, our pain caused by those we
trust our country with, is a sad experience.

"The Lady Hates Country Music" is the story of the lack of communication
and the weird attempts we make at correcting it.

"Lose at Your Own Game" has been identified by some as being about
our current president (George W. Bush), and while I have steadily denied this, it really is
about nothing else.

"Till We're All Gone" recognizes human mean-spiritedness towards the earth
and its creatures and how we have co-opted even their songs.

"Unknown Soldier" is about Christian compassion when it
becomes alienated, and is simply focused
on inwardness and self.

"Martha Blue" is about those who just can't seem to figure out how to
access the good life, and have mistaken it for something else.

"Rise to the Call" is my challenge to those who think that they are not
strong enough, big enough, tough enough, brave enough,
or smart enough to stand up against popular culture or their fears or
their peers or their own selves, and make a difference. Yes, you can!

Thanks to:
Cherie for putting up with my BS
Charlie for actually liking some of this crap
Jim for not having me arrested for disturbing his peace
My kids for not growing up as weird as I thought they might
God for not striking me with lightning
Pat for helping me with production and for gallons of coffee
and pounds of biscotti
The people of Geyserville for not shooting me
Anyone who may have unwittingly aided and abetted this project
Any friends I may have left



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