Today is Inauguration Day in The United States, and we’ve spent the past few months processing what this day means and how it is going to affect us. Shortly before the holidays, we came across a project called “100 Songs for 100 Senators” organized by songwriter Jonathan Mann. The basic premise is this: rally together 100 songwriters, 2 from each state, to write a song for each senator holding him or her accountable for the actions of the incoming presidential administration. We immediately wanted to be involved, and the result is “Old North State,” written for Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. Writing this song was cathartic for us and we hope that it does something for you too. Please share this song far and wide wherever you can, especially with North Carolina elected officials There will be more new music to come this year as we process the beast that was 2016. ~ Folkstar
“Into the Trees” was filmed in the ancient sequoia forests of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks located in the southern Sierra mountains. The video depicts the whimsical activities of their alter ego animals (Sue as Squirrel and Kim as Raccoon) as they prance around in their natural habitat.
“Into the Trees” originated as a long poem about belonging to the trees and coming to my final resting place beneath them. The song brought the overall positive message to the forefront, praising the virtues of the forest as a place of balance. The verses and pre-chorus describe a struggle between two virtual worlds, that of nature and that of man: “one foot in nature, one foot on the street.” While the first verse claims I’m “nature’s orphan in human hands,” the second explains that it’s “both I need.” There is a dichotomy here that remains unresolved. ~Sue Cag of Folkstar
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