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Storied Lives

by Richard Berman

A singer/songwriter in the folk genre, writes songs that range from the engrossing story, to the powerful love song, to tales of great humor.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Broken Wings
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2. On the Mexican Coast
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3. Oedipus
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4. The Cowboy's Tale
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5. Alamogordo
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6. Sweeter Than Playing Alone
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7. Odessa
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8. Sarah
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9. Let Him Know Your Heart
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10. Arthur, Arthur, Arthur
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11. How Old Is Your Boy?
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12. Song to My Father
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Album Notes
"This man has the gift." So said Utah Phillips, legendary figure in American folk music,
after hearing Richard Berman sing at the Kerrville Folk Festival's Ballad Tree in 1992. And
Richard has used that gift to write many songs that tell moving, true stories. "Gil's Song", the
song that prompted Utah Phillip's appraisal, is the tale of a Wyoming sheepherder's one brief
attempt at closeness and its consequences. Humor, too, is part of Richard's performance, as in
"Monopoly", his first-person account of the power of that game on behavior, and "The Kids Are
Back", his take on the latest stage in family development, both songs from Richard's second CD,
Love Work and Play. His third CD, Dreamer, included his first songs of requited love, "A Love
Song" and "Here And Now" and the powerful depiction of anti-Semitism, "Jacob Weintraub". Both
Love, Work and Play and Dreamer were chosen "One of the Best Folk Albums" of 1996 and
1998, respectively, by Rich Warren, host of "The Midnight Special" on WFMT in Chicago, the
longest continuously running folk radio show in the country. Richard's latest CD, Storied Lives,
won the 2001 Just Plain Folks Award for "Best Traditional Folk" CD.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Richard left the city to go to college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has
lived most of his adult life in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and two children. Richard
received an MSW and worked as a therapist for years with children and families. He has also
taught as a classroom teacher in the Amherst public schools. Drawing on his experiences as a
husband, therapist, teacher, father and son, he has written songs that impart his understandings
of people and their situations in direct and compelling ways.

Richard first received national recognition in folk circles for his work by
winning the 1992 Napa Valley Folk Festival's Emerging Songwriters
Contest. He went on to win the 1995 South Florida Folk Festival's
songwriting contest, was selected to showcase at the 1997 Falcon Ridge
Folk Festival and was chosen to do so again in 2001. In 1999 Richard
won the Sierra Songwriters Festival's songwriting contest. In 2000 he was
a finalist at The Wildflower Festival's songwriting contest, the winner of
the Rose Garden Coffeehouse Songwriting Contest and was a finalist in
the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk songwriting contest, a selection that
was repeated in 2001. In 2003 he won the Susquehanna Music and Arts
Festival's songwriting contest. Over the past dozen years Richard has performed in
coffeehouses, clubs, festivals and house concerts in the Northeast, the Southwest, and
California, and has toured England and Wales. Among the clubs he has played at is the Bluebird
Café in Nashville, TN, where he was selected to showcase in 1994 and came back to play again
in 1996, 1998 and 2001.



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