NOTE from Jamie.
There are no copies of this recording for sale any longer. The wonderful folk DJs play selections of Michael’s work from time to time. Please watch for it.
Part Master class. Part musical memoir.
All Michael! The long awaited recording!
Singer/songwriter Michael P. Smith reveals the inner workings of his songwriting process, tells stories: from first song and first guitar, to the inspiration for (and secret source) of his best known song The Dutchman, and performs this, and other songs, with distinctive Smithesque style. This winning recording offers a glimpse of this singular artist’s musical landscape, confirming why he remains a master in the American folk lexicon, revered the world over.
Making Up Songs
“When I hear a songwriter taking up valuable airspace but not singing, what I’ll settle for getting from him is some indication of his working methods, maybe new ways to look at songwriting. I want to know if this songwriter is doing something I’m not, hey, I can always use the info. When songwriters talk about the occupation, the job, everybody’s different yet everyone’s the same. The unique part is how it’s verbalized. But the path is always the same. I followed this path that songwriters follow. Way before I started trying to play the guitar…” –Michael Peter Smith