January 10, 2019
It’s a nice feeling to be near the top of the heap, especially when it concerns my songwriting and the effort it takes to create and produce the work. The 35th Mid-Atlantic Song Competition just released its results, and “Reeds On The River” is a FINALIST in the Folk Acoustic Category.
I wrote “Reeds On The River” while on a holiday in Ireland. We rented a narrow boat and slowly chugged along the Barrow Line section of the Grand Canal – not too far from Dublin. The boat was 6′ wide and 50′ long, and very heavy, with living quarters below deck. As we floated along the canal, the cattails and lily pads were sucked under the water towards the boat, and danced back above the waterline as we passed. It was like a beautiful bow, a reverence, a consensus that there are things we certainly share, and yet so much more that only time and wisdom can reveal.
The Kelly Girls included this song on their CD, “May You Always”, released a year ago.