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Bob Dylan Pandemic Project Part II

“It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965. (Bob Dylan, 60 Minutes Interview with Ed Bradley, 2004.) BD: It just came. It came from… was like a… right out of that wellspring of creativity, I would think, you know.EB: Do you ever look back at the […]

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Beck Lost Cause

Mike              Vocals, guitar and production
Tom               Bass
Norb Jost      Harmonica
Lou Jost        Backing vocal

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Murakami Moon (from Haruki Murakami, 1Q84)

Caitlin       Keyboard improvisation                        
Mike         Reading, production of the track 


Angel From Montgomery (John Prine) (Live From The Malt Shop)

Vocals, guitar   Kathee
Guitar              Mike
Violin               Stephanie (track added later from PA)

Covers Political Songs

Bob Dylan Pandemic Project Part I

Sometime in the early days of the pandemic of 2020, when contagion and disaster seemed immanent possibilities, we separated from each other and our daily routines. The sense of the familiar vanished and all of us found ourselves in some kind of alienated space. I sat alone one night in April in The Maltshop (my home studio) thinking about an unsettled and lonely future.

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Series of Dreams (Bob Dylan cover)

Like Bob Dylan, “I was thinking of a series of dreams.”   I had been reminiscing about the many classes I have taught and the many students I have known as a series of dreams.  It seemed like an appropriate metaphor to me.  However, it is always a slippery business to translate the images and sensations of dreams into words, syntax and story.  Each of these elements imposes a world-view and an interpretation on what Freud called “the royal road to the unconscious.”

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Tower of Song (Cover of the Song by Leoard Cohen)

Mike Opitz: lead vocal, guitar, digitally assisted production and final mix Caitlin Brutger: keyboard, harmony vocals, production and mixing Brian Heilman: guitar, harmony vocals, production, mixing and final mastering Tom Daddesio: bass *** The strange events of last fall’ s election season mixed with the falling leaves and seemed to conjure up nostalgic feelings in […]