My father passed away nine years ago today. Not long after his death, I began writing a few songs as a way to cope with his loss and express the feelings I had trouble verbalizing to my loved ones. I had grand plans to create a concept album built around his life, entitled "154 Railroad Avenue". That idea eventually tailed off, but a number of those songs stuck around and ended up becoming staples of the short-lived Orwin Orioles live set.
When it came time to make my debut record in Nashville, I dusted off a few of those tracks, as well as a handful of others that were loosely tied into the general narrative, and shifted my focus towards the theme of a dying town and the people living in it. I found Shenandoah, Pennsylvania to be a fitting location, as my grandfather was born and raised there and my dad is buried in the Lithuanian cemetary atop Shenandoah Heights. This formerly thriving coal mining boomtown, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, serves as the heart of the record.
After a day of tracking electric with a full band, I strapped on my acoustic guitar and recorded this number live and solo. It's the newest of the 11 tracks and didn't have finished lyrics (I'm still not sure it does) until I started singing it. I only played it twice - once to get the levels right, and the take you hear in this video. I found it a fitting closing to the record... a hymn, or maybe even a prayer, for the mountains generations of my family have lived and died in.
I think my old man just may have dug it, and I hope that you do too. It honor of him, I'm posting this song for you all to enjoy today. Please share it with your friends if you feel so obliged. More importantly, remember to give your dad a hug the next time you see him. Go ahead and give him a call tonight, as well. Let him know you love and appreciate him. My dad doesn't pick up the phone anymore, but I feel like he's listening when I'm playing this for him.
We sing "Appalachia and Amen." -JB (Link in bio.)
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This piece is crazy but I love it 🥰 This is the first movement of the Sonata by Roberto Sierra, and this is a video from my first performance of this piece at the Mannes School of Music! It was also a meeting of the NYC Classical Guitar Society, featuring a really insightful pre-concert talk by @kevin.sherwin .
Hace un par de días que termine de escribir mi nueva canción, así que ahora toca producirla.
Vamos a ver cuánto cambia desde ahora, hasta que termine.
En otras noticias, dentro de muy poco se viene algo relacionado con "No quiere verte hoy". Simplemente lo comento.
Super excited to be reuniting with @kid_garnett next week to record a follow up to our last album, Spherically. We’ll be doing a daytime performance and clinic next Thursday at @bondurismusic. We’d love to see you there! 🕺🏻