What do the words mean?
- A friend just gave me Drum Hat Buddha, my first exposure to Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer. I love the CD and am trying to make sense of the words of some of the songs. For starters, can anyone give me any idea how to make sense of "The Power and Glory"?
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- Mike Zeno wrote:
> A friend just gave me Drum Hat Buddha, my first exposure to DaveIt is, I understand, more or less autobiographical, and relates the tale
> Carter and Tracy Grammer. I love the CD and am trying to make sense
> of the words of some of the songs. For starters, can anyone give me
> any idea how to make sense of "The Power and Glory"?
of Dave Carter's attempt to break into the Nashville songwriting scene.
Listen to the words again, and feel his frustration at not being able to
get anyone's attention. And of his meeting with one of the powerful
female figures of country music, and lack of success even there.
As he said, that business "... ain't all that they tell you."
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--- In Dave-and-Tracy@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Zeno" <mzeno@z...> wrote:
For starters, can anyone give me any idea how to make sense of "The
Power and Glory"?
"The Power and Glory," like all DC songs, has many levels. I can
tell you that the verse about the "aphrodite nightengale" relates to
an evening in Portland when Emmylou Harris (with Buddy Miller) played
the Roseland Theatre. Tanglewood Tree was happening and I, being the
zealous fan I was/am, was forcing it on everyone I could. I invited
Dave to the show as my guest; took him backstage afetr the show, and
pressed copies of TT into both Emmylou and Buddy's hands and
introduced them. Dave, ever gracious (and somewhat shy and nervous)
shook hands and went his way. Emmylou was gracious (I have never
experienced her otherwise) but also tired; I'm sure Dave picked up on
this and his discomfort increased.
The road wears on you; it's alos how you make your living if you are
a performer. Although Dave and I never discussed this encounter, I
was *shocked* to find out that he had put it down for history on
DHB. In fact, I never knew that's what the verse was about until
after Dave had passed. Honestly, I still don't know how I feel about
the whole thing; making my friend uncomfortable sure wasn't part of
Weird tangetial note- Dave and Tracy shared a bill with Buddy and
Julie Miller in late 2001; less than 24 hours after Dave had tied,
Buddy called me to share his condolences.
It's still a fantasy of mine to hear Buddy, Julie and Emmy sing one
of Dave's songs. Or even to hear Buddy and his band blast "30 Bad
Summers" (Terry W and I came up with *that* gem of an idea).
Back to the song; I think Dave was really discouraged by his foray
into Nashville and probably didn't very much like the production-line
song machine that music row *can* be. And, although he was charming
and engaging, Dave struck me as a very solitary, private person; I
don't think he really would have enjoyed the glad-handing and general
schmoozing required to be "successful" in Nashville. I believe
that "The Power and Glory" is a fairly unblinking look on what it's
like to try to make your living in "Music City." Hope that helps.
Dave frequently told many of us that he one day wanted to "stay at
home and write songs and have Tracy go out and sing them." It's
interesting for me, now, to hear Tracy out on the road (I've seen her
at several non Portland shows last year) singing songs like "The
Power and Glory."
I'm curious where 2004 will take her. Personally, I really liked
seeing her with drums and bass behind her. I'd love it if she'd strap
on an electric guitar (a direction Dave and I had talked about in
Spring of '02) and really ROCK some of the Dave and Tracy catalog.
I would love to hear some hot pickin' on tunes like "Shadows of
Evangeline" and "Love, the Magician..."
>> Back to the song; I think Dave was really discouraged by his forayinto Nashville and probably didn't very much like the production-line
song machine that music row *can* be. <<
Also, Tracy has said that the Nashville cats told him "We like your
songs, Dave, but they have entirely too many words." And I once
heard Dave tell that the plan -- one of these days that never came --
was for him and Tracy to go to Nashville and actually try to record a
straight-ahead country album. The unrecorded song "Green-Eyed Girl"
(which I heard the duo perform the week before Dave died) was one
that he mentioned might go on such an album.
The bridge of the song might also be a commentary on his Nashville
"Now everyone wants to be rich and young
Graceful and famous and free
And everyone wants to impress someone
But it don't mean nothin to me"
- --- In Dave-and-Tracy@yahoogroups.com, Rongrittz@a... wrote:
> And I once-
> heard Dave tell that the plan -- one of these days that never came -
> was for him and Tracy to go to Nashville and actually try to recorda
> straight-ahead country album.RG, was that going be before or after the psychedelic album and the
truck driving album produced by Pete Anderson (of Dwight Yoakum fame)?
(not joking here folks, those were two thing Dave said he was
planning to do...)
- Re: The Power and Glory
> Dave to the show as my guest; took him backstage afetr the show, andI remember sitting at that Emmylou show with friends. A few weeks before
> pressed copies of TT into both Emmylou and Buddy's hands and
> introduced them.
the show, I had belatedly heard
that Dave was teaching songwriting classes in Portland. I called and the
class had already filled. Damn. Shortly before Buddy and Julie opened
the Emmylou show, I look over and there stands big, tall Dave Carter next
to me. I say hi & blather that I am a huge fan and missed out on his
class. He smiles and says, "why don't you just show up and I will tell
them you are my friend." So I did. And yeah, I paid the tuition, a mere
pittance in comparison to what I got out of the class.
Quick diversion and grovel. Does anyone on the list have recordings of
some of those songwriting classes? Please contact me off-list if you
do. I would be deeply appreciative. Dave said that at most of the large
festivals, a songwriting workshop was less a workshop, but more of a
relaxed performance with a little time to take some questions. He was a
great teacher and was kind and constructive, whether your song was great
or awful. I thought that many aspects of his songwriting process were
unique, bold and somewhat mysterious. And I really think he loved
teaching. He was a natural.
Thanks for the post, Phil. It brought back a wonderful memory. The
Power and Glory is one of my favorites. It is a song about
disappointment, when no one who "matters" is interested in your music,
yet he knew his craft could stand up with the bards and climbers. Dave
may have never agreed, but he was too good for Nashville. Or at least
not right for Nashville. Then Tracy came along and things started to
happen in the folk and Americana end for Dave's music. They found their
calling, their audience.
> I believeAll that and a rather sympathetic look to someone he so admired,
> that "The Power and Glory" is a fairly unblinking look on what it's
> like to try to make your living in "Music City." Hope that helps.
Emmylou. "Poor proud aging queen, did her eyes betray" I think her
world weariness met his world weariness in a way. And then for Dave to
end the song on such a hopeful and humble note. An affirmation that
there are other things in life besides music. Kids round you on the
floor and a "regular" life. I think Dave just wanted to write songs and
not have to "sell" them. Like he said, "have Tracy sing the songs and I
will go live in a trailer somewhere and write them".
> I'm curious where 2004 will take her. Personally, I really likedI certainly have to add, I loved seeing Tracy with a band. As she looked
> seeing her with drums and bass behind her.
around at her band at the sold-out Aladdin Theater crowd a few months
back. she said, "Dave would be so happy."
Any BC listers go to the Vancouver show? And how about you salty dogs in
Astoria? We want reports. Chop, chop.
- Oh what the heck....you guys edit.I have to go to
sleep.and sorry my spellcheck is OOO.(Spybot really
does goof up spellcheck.just like it says it does)
"Tracy Grammer Dou"
That's actually what the little chruch marquee of the
Clatsop Community College Center for the Performing
Arts said...and I can only think it some mangled
homage to Dave's Buddhist leanings......It sure would
have given him a giggle, anyway.
So....after reading all the list buzz from the east
coast, I was delighted to have the opportunity to see
Tracy play with Jim Henry and his famous Dobro, and
from the amount of applause, I'd say the audience was
pretty delighted, too.
And it's always extra special to meet up with fellow
D&T fans...in this case the always Fab and FUN Mollie
& Rick (who made my camping trip to the Sisters Folk
Fest a blast last summer), and we finally got to meet
musicians and listers Mike & Julie Samudio!...This
was after the show while Tracy talked to fans, as she
always so good and graciously does, even in *this*
case -- after an eight-hour drive (and a gnarly
detour) all the way down from B.C.
THANK YOU, TRACY!!! Your openness, your candid
replies and your welcoming smile is always so very
Gentle Arms of Eden
I Go Like A Raven
Hard To Make It
Love, The Magician
Here Tracy told a neat little background story about
the naming of "Drum Hat Buddha"...and also shared a
few of her thoughts on what to name the coming
CD.................This was in intro to:
Shadows of Evangeline
...which may turn out to be the name of the new CD
except for the fact, says Tracy (and it always just
tickles me when she says this), that the song is
And next came a brand new experience for
me....hearing Tracy do
...sweet and soft...but strangely powerful. I was
really glad to be up close for this... to be able, at
first, to pick up the subtle things you can see close
up...but then...well each time I've seen Tracy in
this last year, I've marveled at how she gets better
and better ...but here, last night on this
song...something different in her enunciation,
something that somehow transcended any further
thinking about enunciation, articulation, technical
mastery and such... Maybe Tracy was channeling...or
she suddenly shifted into "the zone" or whatever you
want to call it.....the words just sort of emmanated
then ..like a prayer....
....but i'm getting weird ..one of those medieval
Annunciation/Holy Ghost portraits just popped into my
head ...so i'd better give the devil his due here and
get back to technical things like
"TIMING"....because....it was, i realize now, the
perfect set up, too... ...."Delores" left me
completely suspended.....and vulnerable....... so
that when Jim Henry then did one of his songs at this
point, i took a punch in the solar-plexes at the
footy-jammies lyric in his
"Drive-In-Movie Picture Show"
... and by the end of the song, I was a total puddle
of mascara-running nostalgia.
( ...sneaky, you two.....sneaky sneaky sneaky!!!!!)
Winter When He Goes
...last few times it's been the reversible
"pronouns" intro for this one, but I still have a
clear image of that "cold trailer" etched in my mind,
from the intro the first time I heard Tracy sing this
one at McCabe's....Tracy's really good at painting
indelible pictures... and has been right from the
start. And I mention this because of all the "Book"
buzz on the list...so, for my two cents, the
children's book is a great idea...and a regular type
of bio would be nice, too, but the book I'd *really*
want to read is Tracy's.....well, you know.....with
dragonflies, and cheezy-chips, and little buddha
statues, and a train whistles, and the silly things
like "shamanic" rhyming with "demonic," and like how
Dave loved dogs, and all those little things that
make you really 'feel' a story... Tracy's own "true"
story......but then, maybe it's just too soon. ...but
maybe something to think about, tho, down the road
Tracy then dedicated the next one to her
When I Go
And another real treat!..an instrumental medley
opening with a Tracy original melded into this little
piece composed of practice scales she always liked
melded into "St. Ann's Reel"..
Tracy played her new Mandola. I think that was on
"Wasn't Born To Follow" ---that Byrds' song from
*Easy Rider*. actually it's written by Goffin &
King..who knew?.but I hope next time she does "Born
To Be Wild".for personal reasons..hee-hee..well.it
could work.as a ballad.come on, don't be so
narrow-minded, you guys.bwaaaaaaah!
Jim Henry..Last Call -That's It For The Night
And for RG's sake, I turn the rest of the review
over to Mike & Julie & Mollie & Rick for their
musicians' take on the whole event.
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>> RG, was that going be before or after the psychedelic album and the truckdriving album produced by Pete Anderson (of Dwight Yoakum fame)? <<
Not to mention the planned follow-up to Drum Hat Buddha ("The Moon and
Seven") and the re-recorded Snake Handlin' Man ("Seven is the Number"). Damn, they
were gonna be busy . . .
- --- In Dave-and-Tracy@yahoogroups.com, "--k" <tuleebird@e...> wrote:
>Wasn't Born To Follow?!?!?!?!
> Tracy played her new Mandola. I think that was on
> "Wasn't Born To Follow" ---that Byrds' song from
> *Easy Rider*. actually it's written by Goffin &
> King..who knew?.but I hope next time she does "Born
> To Be Wild".for personal reasons..hee-hee..well.it
> could work.as a ballad.come on, don't be so
> narrow-minded, you guys.bwaaaaaaah!
It was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin; was instrumental in
Crosby leaving the Byrds and is part of a *great* scene in Easy
I am no soooo bummed I didn't go. I was too beat from my week to
make the drive. Damn. ANybody tape?