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album from Fiskum is entitled Darkness
/ Fire / Dancing and is a collection of 14 songs. Featured musicians
include SLIM DUNLAP of The Replacements,
TINA SCHLIESKE from Tina & the B Sides,
PATRIK TANNER from the Farway Men, ANNIE
HOLEIN from the Soviettes, HELMI HARRINGTON,
JOHN MCKONE and more!
Sample them here, with Fiskum's own commentary.
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Minneapolis has dozens of neighborhood taverns where locals gather after
work for a beer, for burgers, and maybe a game of billiards or darts.
Places where softball teams hang out after the game. I used to frequent
these bars often, and I visualize one of them – Tommy’s Bar–as
the setting for this song. Its about a man who is torn between his old
flame and his new girlfriend.
the choices that we have to make are small choices. Sometimes they are big.
Sometimes our choice is not so much about what to do, but what to be. It’s
a choice about our identity. And sometimes, what we choose makes us different
and places us at odds with greater society. I have much respect for people
who are true to their nature no matter where that leads, and no matter what
we are lucky, we’ve each had at least one night in our lives when
we were getting to know our new love, and time and the world magically
disappeared. This song is about that night.
the choices that we make lead us to emotional extremes. Such is the case
with the character in Borderline Crossing, who finds himself “running
from the Borderline again.”
Moon is a story about love and death. There is profound beauty in impermanence.
I performed Winter Moon for one of Nashville’s most well-known songwriters.
He suggested I change it so it would sound as if it were sung by a younger
person. He didn’t get it, and I didn’t follow his advice.
True love is timeless.
Fat Boy is a motorcycle in the Harley Davidson soft-tail family. There
is magic and the promise of salvation when you get on your motorcycle,
pick up your girlfriend, and go riding into the night for the sake of
man leaves a bar at closing time. As he steps into the cold November night,
he wonders whether his love of long ago ever thinks of him.
song is about a guy trying to get a date with the woman of his dreams.
Like so many of us, he realizes that he needs to ask more than once. Persistence
in a righteous cause brings great reward.
If we make an error when discussing war, it is the error of quantifying
everything in numbers – numbers of casualties, numbers of dollars
spent, number of weeks, months or years during which fighting has continued.
This song challenges that mind set. It is about what happens to real children
when the bombs hit the ground. If the Dixie Chicks had this song in their
repertoire when they played England a couple of years ago, they could have
made their point much more eloquently.
On one level, this song is about a former rodeo cowboy trying to find the
love that he pushed away. On another level, it is about anybody who has
an important goal, something he or she wants to accomplish more than anything
else, and who is determined not to quit.
we find ourselves able to accomplish things for others that we could not
accomplish for ourselves. If someone believes in us and knows we cannot
fail, we can accomplish much.
Tibetan Buddhism there is the notion that things in themselves are empty.
Things are neutral. They have no essential characteristics of their own,
and whether something is good, bad or otherwise is the result of our own
thoughts, our own decision about how the thing or the situation will impact
us. And so it is to the character in this song. While the sun shines warmly
and brightly for everyone else, when his lover has gone, the sun is just
another distant star in the sky.
Of all of the songs in this collection, I view Winter Moon as the
most timeless. It is a song that could have been sung 1,000 years ago. Welsh
is an ancient language that echoes many generations of the Welsh people.
A good friend of mine is from Wales, and I asked her to sing Winter
Moon in Welsh. She did, and I believe the love beyond death
message is more poignant as a result.