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The Making of Nine Lives – Filling in the Story: Gloria On The Phone

Gloria On The Phone This song follows Bring The Mountain To Him and takes us back to the story of Dr. Frank Minyard.  Frank has now become Coroner and keeps his finger on the pulse of the city through his … Continue reading

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The Making of Nine Lives – Filling in the Story: Disrespect

Disrespect This one follows I Wish It Was Tomorrow. Wilbert Rawlins Jr. is 8 years old and his father, Da, is a giant to him in every way. In this scene in Dan Baum’s book, Da is trying to teach … Continue reading

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The Making of Nine Lives – Filling in the Story: School Song/Fight Song

School Song/Fight Song This song follows Betsy’s Coming. Dan had written of a young Catholic school boy named John Guidos. In the days after the hurricane John would overhear the nuns and priests at his high school saying how Hurricane … Continue reading

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The Making of Nine Lives – Filling in the Story: Betsy’s Coming

Betsy’s Coming Volume One of Nine Lives contained 24 songs but it was just a sampler of the stories. There were 15 more songs needed to turn it from a sketch into a picture. The songs didn’t go at the … Continue reading

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The Making of Nine Lives: Finishing Up

Nine Lives is 39 songs in all.  We released Volume One last spring because it’s what we could afford but I never considered it complete until we could get all of the songs recorded and slid into place between the … Continue reading

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The Making of Nine Lives, Vol. One – Disc Two, Track Twelve

 Rebuild Renew  Rebuild Renew, the final track on Volume One, is meant to sum up the moment of rebirth, acceptance and survival.  Dan Baum, the author of the book Nine Lives, wrote to me recently that this song could be … Continue reading

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The Making of Nine Lives, Vol. One – Disc Two, Track Eleven

To Be Continued “I’m in the right now trying to get to the not yet.” A young man named Brandon Franklin said these words in a documentary film made in 2005 after the flood.  Brandon, like the other children in … Continue reading

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