Noel Paul Stookey | One Voice and One Guitar

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One Voice and One Guitar

by Noel Paul Stookey

These five tracks (digital download only) make up the first of three EP's to be released over the next three months by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary. It features his innovative guitar and vocals on topics as far reaching as the Afganistan drug trade, the Holocaust and an homage to Pete Seeger proving that something powerful can STILL be said musically with ONE VOICE and ONE GUITAR.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Such a Simple Song
3:42 $0.99
2. The Connection
4:05 $0.99
3. Not That Kind of Music
3:04 $0.99
4. Jean Claude
4:43 $0.99
5. One and Many (Reprise)
2:18 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
SUCH A SIMPLE SONG © 2011 NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING, ASCAP / Noel Paul Stookey – The bridge to this song says it all. “'d be surprised what goes on backstage, getting ready for the show. A little bit of pressure on the boy up here to keep the music flowin'. I'm not a 'boy' anymore but sometimes, trying too hard to bring a musical moment to life in a performance, I forget about just letting it arrive on its own.

THE CONNECTION © 2010 NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING, ASCAP / Noel Paul Stookey, John Boit, David Zee – A conversation debating the wisdom of the United States military presence in Afghanistan led to the conclusion that many Americans were not aware of the relationship between the cultivation of poppies, the production of opiates, drug traffic and the funding of global terrorist activities. This song addresses those issues from several perspectives – none of them comfortable.

NOT THAT KIND OF MUSIC © 2011 NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING, ASCAP / Noel Paul Stookey, Jim Mason – Some songs are for listening, some for dancing. Some are as ubiquitous as wallpaper and others become soundtracks for spectacles. But the songs that move us the most are the ones whose melodies invoke a passion and whose lyrics inform and inspire our lives; songs that transcend the moment because they are the articulation of our hearts.

JEAN CLAUDE © 2009 NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING, ASCAP / Noel Paul Stookey, Lan O'kun, Richard Unsworth – Begun backstage over 20 years ago as a pattern of harmonics played on guitar, this song was eventually born out of a marriage of rhythmic experiments in 5/4 time (the chorus), audience suggestions (the conceptual theme) and the incendiary serendipity of a simple pamphlet discovered in a bookstore in Paris, France describing a most horrific period of time in humankind's history: the holocaust. The song had it's liturgical premier at Temple Beth El in Michigan in April of 2012.

ONE AND MANY (reprise) © 2008 PUBLIC DOMAIN FOUNDATION, ASCAP / Noel Paul Stookey - This song is very much a metaphor for the multi-faith work begun by my wife Betty during her tenure as chaplain of the Northfield Mt. Hermon school from 1997 to 2005. Now titled One Light, Many Candles, the presentations alternate readings from the great diversity of the world's spiritual disciplines with many of my songs, including this one.


JIM MASON – producer, ED MOTTAU – producer, JIM BRADY – mixing/recording engineer, KEVIN SALEM – recording engineer, SALLY FARR – graphics, JOYCE HALL - coordinative assistant, DAVID SNYDER – project assistant. SPECIAL THANKS to Frank Deak, MaryAnn Mason. DEDICATED to Richard Kniss and Mary Travers, two loving partners now missing in action and to my wife Betty without whom both voice and guitar would ring hollow.

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I love the basic simplicity of just a voice and a guitar. Very strong in all ways. Rich vocals, wonderful lyrics, very fine guitar work, especially the harmonics in 'Jean Claude'. Many thanks, Noel, for sharing with us. Fellow musician and friend John Winn shared your comments with me, gives even more depth to your music. Keep on making music.