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Did You

by Robert Force

"Songs from the heart with the simplest of rhymes, they have the power to reach through time." American mountain dulcimer pioneer, Robert Force, brings 45 years of experience in song crafting and dulcimer mastery to his first solo album.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Did You
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2. Molly's Song
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3. The Mudbug Boogie
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4. Andy Mackie Sunshine
6:29 $0.99
5. One Sweet Caress
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6. Goodnight My Dear Sister
3:44 $0.99
7. Confluence
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8. Coffeehouse of Glory
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9. Hollow Log
2:58 $0.99
10. Middle of the Morning
3:15 $0.99
11. The Day Before the Night Before Christmas
2:51 $0.99
12. Garden of My Dreams
3:48 $0.99
13. I Do Believe in Love
2:17 $0.99
14. Amazing Grace
2:47 $0.99
15. Symphony to Just One Girl
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16. Cistern 138 in D
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Album Notes
"Who is this guy and what is that thing he's playing?"

If you go touring on the web you'll turn me up in a lot of places. I made a bunch of records, wrote books, toured a lot-- especially in the early 70's through the late 80's. Had a popular book (In Search of the Wild Dulcimer--Random House) and meandered into the folk "off Broadway" mainstream, doing concerts, playing on TV and radio. I had a 20-years music partner, Albert d'Ossche', who died in 1990. Career-wise at that time singer songwriter efforts coupled with waning pop-marketed interest in folksy culture went away from the mainstream-- read: much harder to make a living doing what you love.

I went to work in the education industry (WA ST UNIV). While doing so I still kept my 10-12 gigs a year folk fest schedule going and wrote songs. Mostly I decided that I wouldn't record again-- but despite myself put out three CDs anyway. One was a double compilation of all the work (5 lps) my deceased partner and I had done. The other was a live acoustic/folk/jazz cd recorded at the foot of Pikes Peak, CO with a portable studio and 6 good musician friends (also available on CD Baby.) And now, this one.

People kept asking at shows-- where is the "Did You" song or the "Molly song?" -- several of the newer ones I had written over the past 10-12 years 'til date. So I said, what the heck, went back into the studio and made a solo cd with just voice and dulcimer-- no overdubs or side people like on the other albums. It is honest and competent and, from a singer songwriter point of view, addresses topics most people have been turning over in their hearts and minds. That's what-- hopefully-- an artist does. Looks over the edge and tries to report back on what he or she feels and sees without falling in.

So, I guess this is a "comeback album" of sorts... though I do not see myself committing to a great deal of touring again since the Internet gives us other options. There's tunes on there someone ought to pick up on and record for the pop world with sweet harmonies and beautiful licks and fills. Me, I'd like folks to know the work exists; that it poetically defines an examined life and reveals a love of an instrument that someone who had the good fortune to be influential still challenges him to grow and share.

As I post this, it is getting reviews. I used to collect all the newspaper and magazine ones. Now it is the folks I know and whose friendships I cherish that mean the most to me.

My blind, banjo pickin', mandolin tickling, black powder shootin', dog loving, former school teachin' Wisconsin friend Tom wrote:

"I'm hoisting a George Dickel Rye on the rocks to you right now, my friend!  We listened to your CD all the way to Arena Wis. to the "Put IN" place on the Wisconsin River.  After canoeing on the river and "Black Earth Creek" for a few hours and letting JJ race up and down a sand bar and swim in the river, we listened to you all the way home. Fine work, Mr. Force! You should be proud of your accomplishment, I am. It's a pleasure to know you, Amigo. Hope it's not too long until we meet again. Gi-ga-waba-min."  Tom

I wrote back: "Thanks Tom. I am proud with this disc to have been as clean and as honest as I can make music be.  It is always fun to just kick out the jams, too.  But, once in a lifetime, being able to hold the mirror up to your own life and reflect the lives of those around you-- here and gone-- makes the reason for starting down this pathway pretty clear.  This is who I wanted to be.  Your hoisting of the Dickel is heartily acknowledged and greatly appreciated."

Frankly it is a good place to be able to look at a lifetime of art and say this latest is the best. I trust you will enjoy it. To see the world not through another's eyes-- but through their heart-- there's a maxim to live by.

In musical friendship

Robert Force



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