My songs in the #RMNL album are made of stories, and Brooklyn 1886 is no different. It was written by my great-great-uncle to his Union Father in Brooklyn CT. His younger brother Frank was in the North as well, during the Civil War. This letter was written after the Civil War and they had not spoken in years. In this same letter, he informs the father of Julius’ son, Edwin, having lost a leg in the war, he was courier, removed from Atlanta just before it fell. Really heart-rending the way families were torn apart. Yet Julius says he wishes for the best, acknowledges the loss and seeks to re-engage honorably with the “country” that defeated his cause. http://bit.ly/1HMK6gx
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Each of us have our own story to tell, but often times we don’t know how to spread it. That is what My Story is for. Record it for 1 minute and send it in to us at email@example.com.
"Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" - Nell Robinson & The Rose of No-Man's Land Perfect song to start the story-telling from the viewpoint of a woman, a lover. Also refers to the old ways when there were camp followers in the early American wars, where family and others camped outside of the battlefields to follow the battles, care for their loved ones, to bring them food, even to provide them with weapons. So this lover sells her reel and clock etc to pay for a sword. She is dressed in red to signify that she is married. This song pre-dates the American Revolution. The Rose of No-Man's Land is Available Now: iTunes: http://bit.ly/1sdBAgJ Amazon: http://amzn.to/1B5RIph
If some of you haven’t noticed yet, I am drawn to the rustic. There is beauty in decay and imperfection.
One of the organizations The Rose of No-Man’s Land is supporting: Berkeley Food and Housing Project. Their efforts are really helping our community out. Visit the website: bfhp.org
The number of vets taking their own lives surpassed combat casualties long ago for the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Medical science has allowed many more people to survive combat injuries, but the toll on spirit, mind, mental health, heart…what do they come home to, how do they live with their experiences?
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You know how traditions are passed on from one generation to another? I am continuing a family tradition of quilting and feel lucky to have quilts that my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother all worked on, with cotton from our fields spun for thread.
Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally and Your Good Luck Charm at Crest Sacramento on Saturday Thanks to Murray Cherkas for photos and for coming to the show!!
Growing up, I recall many a happy day wandering the woods near the air bases, staring into space, absorbed in my own rich imagination. It occurred to me that this free-style imagining still lives in me – in a newfound love and desire to write stories and songs and music. The Rose of No-Man’s Land is a realization of these dreams.