good very early morning and hey greg, hey greg, hey greg, hey -
this note is to say happy birthday and also to say thanks for the beautiful music and stories and memories. may this birthday bring you and yours much joy and health and strength and peace. may it find you in a place that abounds with love and kindness and summer peaches and cold plums and fiddleheads that choose to come back into bloom, just to celebrate your day. see you soon, will be listening.
always and always,
About 20 years ago my brother-in-law-to-be gave me a copy of "The Poet Game" as a Christmas present. Changed my life. Thank you for all of your great art. Hope you'll come back and play Lawrence sometime.
Still stoned... after multiple decades of your wordsmithing in my ears, somehow no matter how shitty things can be, or just plain any old time, your auditory craftwork always takes me to the stone still center of who I am and love... stoned still in beauty. Cheers!
Been a fan since I heard you on public radio in 1995 while attending Northern Michigan University. Have had the pleasure of seeing you in Big Bay, Ishpeming, and at The Ark in Ann Arbor numerous times. Love your stories and songs!
Bill Morrissey brought me here. Good steer it was, too. Thanks, Bill.
My heart exploded when I saw you will be stopping in next month to Maine. While attending college in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, my college love and I would camp and roam while enjoying the likes of "I don't want to have a nice day" and "laughing river." He passed away a few years later and your music has always brought back such happy memories of my time with him. Not to mention your mention of Michigan among the songs always bring me back home to the U.P. I never thought I would have the opportunity to enjoy your music live and am so excited to see you! Thank you for your gifted story telling :-)
You played a song in a concert several years ago called "Goin Back To Goodwill". I have yet to find any trace of that online. Have you recorded it? Can I see lyrics or a video anywhere? Thank you!
Before I play Laughin' River I introduce it as the perfect song, because it has a broken heart, the possibility of a mended heart, baseball, fishing, and a river. One woman friend of mine replied, 'not quite perfect. It doesn't have a dog in it'.
My intro to your music was One Night, gift from my brother, it really hit me, especially Ella Mae -- at the time, we were childless and trying hard. "...today she learned 3 birds' names." That one makes me cry just *thinking* about it. HOW can you touch so deeply? And still, every time?
Not long after she turned left in front of a gravel truck and left my life, In The Dark With You came along and crushed me again. Now your music of 44 & 66, Iowa Waltz, Slant 6 Mind, and Covenant, along w/ the previously mentioned, is an integral part of my spring and summer playlists.
I attended college on a music scholarship, so I'm aware of the sacrifices music demands of its practitioners. Thanks for making the sacrifices, and giving us all the resulting blessings.
Dear Greg, Happy, Happy Birthday! May your celebration include oatmeal raisin cookies.