Treelines and Skylines was inspired by considerable time spent in the small pockets of true forest that remain out west: the sequoias, redwoods, douglas firs, spruce, and cedars. There’s no place where life feels more in balance than in an ancient forest. “Treeline” was conceived while standing on top of a rock face while looking across at a grove of giant sequoias in the distance. “Song for Joyce Kilmer” tells the story from the tree’s point of view. “Into the Trees” explores the disunion between nature and man and the virtues of life in balance. In contrast, “Skyline” exposes the fallacies of city life and human self-importance. In between are songs about aging and our medical culture, freedom and travel, love and renewal, a musician’s hard choices, death with dignity, racism and war, and losing a parent. The album concludes with an instrumental inspired by author and soundtracker Gordon Hempton, played entirely on a single acoustic guitar.
In July of 2013 Kim and I were up in Durham hanging out with our friend / amazing musician Emily Pakes when we started talking about possibly writing a song together. She mentioned the recent death of local Durham cyclist Seth Vidal, which I had heard about. I also knew about several other bicyclists killed in Wilmington and other North Carolina towns because my brother is an avid cyclist and wrote of these accounts in his blog (sirbikesalot.com). But Seth’s story is that one that really haunted me. Two days before he died he tweeted: “It isn’t a contest. Just enjoy the ride.” This stuck with me and I couldn’t hide from it until I put it on paper and worked it out in the studio with Kim. Then Emily came down and delivered an impressive rap for the second verse.
This song is dedicated to Seth Vidal (killed in a hit and run on Hillandale Road in Durham), Paul Tyler (killed in a hit and run on Wrightsville Ave), the Doolittles (father and son killed while riding in the River Road bike lane), Phil Tidmarsh (killed on River Road by a young addict), Harley Becraft (run over twice before anyone stopped to help), Alan Simons (shot in the head by a firefighter in Asheville), Gary Frank Sargent (killed on Eastwood Road), and everyone else killed or injured on our roads. These are preventable tragedies, if only we’d take driving seriously and be good people to each other.
~ Sue Cag of Folkstar
Direct song link: https://folkstar.bandcamp.com/track/enjoy-the-ride-feat-emily-pakes
RecoveryRockFest – AUGUST 29, 2015 / 7PM-10PM / Kenan Auditorium UNCW
RecoveryRockFest is a clean & sober rock/folk concert supporting people in recovery from addiction featuring original local and national artists Melissa Ferrick, Folkstar, Stray Local, and Mike Blair and the Stonewalls. A portion of the proceeds goes to support UNCW’s CRC Collegiate Recovery Program.
$25 in advance / $30 Day-of show / $15 UNCW Students w/valid ID
Karmic Fury Records recording artist Folkstar is proud to be a part of this event!
It is known that 1 in 7 people from age 12 and older will have an issue with addiction and it is estimated that 40 million people are affected as a whole. RecoveryRockFest wishes to provide a substance free folk/rock concert in celebration of recovery and for those who desire a substance-free lifestyle. A portion of funds will go to support our local university UNCW-CRC Recovery Program* for students in recovery which offers resources for UNCW students in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, gambling addiction, and those affected by other people’s addictions.
our goals for rrf:
– raise awareness and bring the community together in celebration of recovery
– raise the funds needed for our inaugural event to then be a self-supporting event through ticket sales
– become a not-for-profit after the first year with an opportunity for people to serve for this event
– be an ongoing annual substance-free event for our community
some rrf history:
RecoveryRockFest (originally named Recovery Rocks) first started in 2009 in a small cafe in Bradenton, FL. It allowed people in recovery and their friends to enjoy a substance free concert in celebration of recovery, and to meet others in the community. RecoveryRockFest has moved to Wilmington, NC and we look forward to having this event here in our new recovery community.
Addiction affects many families, friends, loved ones, and has also affected myself and my family. It is important to me to give back and to be a part of something that can carry a message of hope of recovery. To come together in one place through the language of music, and to share and show that recovery is worth it, and that we are not alone. Many people still struggle with addiction and I know for myself that when I met other people in recovery, I didn’t feel so alone. I personally have been in long term recovery for just over 23 years. It has allowed me to also be of further service to my community. It is something I get to do, and I am grateful to be able be a part of a positive message.
I personally welcome you to join us on our first year in Wilmington for RecoveryRockFest!
In love and service, Nyla