Esopus CD #23: Close Calls

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We’ve all had at least one of those “near miss” experiences that haunt us, even years later, with the realization that everything we have—indeed, everything we are—might have been irrevocably lost, or at least dramatically changed, if things had gone differently. For this issue’s CD compilation, we approached 13 musical acts and asked them to create songs based on a close-call moment from their lives. Subjects range from life-or-death encounters to romantic misfires, and the brushes with fate that the musicians describe feel both personal and universal.

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01
Jo Lawry
So Close
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Australian-born and Brooklyn-based Jo Lawry received a Fulbright scholarship for study in the United States to earn her master’s degree in jazz performance in 2003, and she is currently completing her Ph.D. at the New England Conservatory. Lawry, who tours and records regularly with Sting, released her acclaimed debut album, I Want to Be Happy, in 2008.

PLAYLIST
01
Jo Lawry
So Close
02
Anthony LaMarca
In the Morning
03
The Kickstand Band
Lose Yer Chance
04
Lemolo
The Witness
05
YC the Cynic
6 Million
06
Grant Widmer
Dream of a Mother Bear
07
The Big Bright
Lost Cause
08
Trees Take Ease
Stay
09
Gabriel Birnbaum
In July
10
Dollshot
Loop Of Eden
11
Colin Gilmore
What Are Friends For?
12
Kristin Andreassen
Heaven’s Elevator
13
Darren Solomon
Hudson River School
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