This Music Album "Copperopolis", is about perseverance and strength that God gives us.
One of the great blemishes on our American history took place in the early 19th century. Depending on which source you read, from the early 1800's to the 1830's, under Presidents Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, and Monroe 'binding' treaties with the Cherokee Nation were dissolved and disrespected.
No one knows when the first nugget of gold was found, but by 1828-29, over 4000 miners descended on and invaded the North Georgia Cherokee Nation.
The Gold Rush (east coast), was the death knell for the Cherokee Nation and prompted President Van Buren to order the removal of the Cherokee Nation to lands further west-Arkansas and Oklahoma. During that removal known as the "Trail of Tears", one fifth of the Indian population died along their forced migration westward.
The Cherokee Nation met evil head on; they were and still are victorious. The "Light at the end of the Tunnel" (Medley) is dedicated to The American Indian. The song was written during my time at Montgomery College. The American Experience documentary "We Shall Remain" (about the American Indian), was playing on PBS at that time. One of my professors commented to me (before the semester' end), that there was "light at the end of the tunnel"..We all have to persevere....We all have to fight the good fight....we all have to overcome our 'demons' and this album is dedicated to us Americans who fight, and persevere over evil.
"Dunce on the Dance Floor" ( Helen Hauseman-violin), was written while taking dance lessons in Friendship Heights, MD...There was a very young French girl named "Cookie" who i took a lesson with...How could i resist writing a song about a dance partner from France named "Cookie"??? The song is more than that though...i have been a fool, and a dunce...on a dance floor...without God.
"Don't Hate Fall"... (Christina Wan-Violin) This song is for my wife Diane. When Summer ends and the garden starts to die there is a certain mourning that takes place in all of us.This song is meant to look at the brightside of fall as the days grow shorter and winter draws near. God has given us this world... even in November one can still find aunts crawling, salamanders hunting and in February i have found plants flowering and frogs chirping. Winter is not frozen solid even in the winter there is life, there is God.
"Better Boy Scout"- When i fall short in a relationship (fail to go the distance), it is a lousy feeling - and makes me want to run for the woods where no one is...where it is not complicated....where life is simple...For Jenn
"Granite Counter Top"- For my Wife Diane. While we were dating we kept a counter top between us so as to stay celibate. My love for geology prompted me to expound on rocks and really how many things are made with rock. If God did not make rocks we would not be here...God may not always give us what we want; that is why i have turned my back on him at certain times in my life. It is not how much God gives me but how much i give God that is important to me. God is a solid, rock, footing for me now; i pick up MY cross and follow Jesus....albeit imperfectly...
"The Ballad of Luke Warmly" - A fictional account - with some truth attached to it. I broke my ribs twice in California (once while rock climbing and the other from a friends left hook). Thanks to Mookie Segal (accorion player).
"Almost Home"- (Ira Gitlin -Bass-organ), was written after a one year term as a MC county bus driver. The song is more than that though- it too is about looking at the brightside...I remember a friend of mine telling me that "Life is good"....i could not relate to that statement at the time. A short career at PG Hospital, and WRNMMC straightened me out - Compared to our troops who have suffered greatly...i have little to really be bitter about.... Getting "Home" to our God...to be closer with our God is, the final objective and we do that by serving others.
Copperopolis has taken eight years to produce