Join us Thursday 10/25/07 at 5 EST for a Live Chat with Marc Cohn!
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Soundtracking Presents: Live interview with Marc Cohn - Thursday 10/25 at 5pm EST!
Grammy award winner Marc Cohn is best known for his signature song Walking in Memphis. Cohn has just released a new album, Join the Parade, on Decca Records. This is his fourth studio recording - but his first in nine years. Cohn struggled with writer's block, though still an active performer - until he was shot in the head during an attempted carjacking while on tour. The bullet lodged in his head, but miraculously he avoided major injuries. In fact, he was released from the hospital the next day. While recovering from post-traumatic stress after the incident, he watched coverage of Hurricaine Katrina - and an amazing thing happened.
â€œI got home a couple of days after being shot,â€ said Cohn. â€œAnd then Hurricane Katrina hit a few weeks later. I'm in the middle of my own crisis, and now I'm watching all these haunting images on television of thousands of people suffering through a far more horrific event. And then something I never could have predicted happened. It was like my song-writing receiver got flipped into the on position. Everywhere I turned, in conversations I overheard, even in get-well emails I was receiving, song ideas started coming. For several weeks, I'd be working on 2-3 songs simultaneously. And these songs weren't polite about their sudden presence either; they insisted on being written.â€
The result of this surge of songwriting is Join the Parade, an exploration of brushes with death and disaster - and the hope that rises through such sufferings.
My favorite song on the CD, "Dance Back from the Grave," captures the spirit of New Orleans, and evokes imagery of an old-time jazz funeral - where sadness gives way to celebration of life, and the hope for a better world.
Well a thousand souls crossed over and they were greeted by an all-star band
And while the saints go marching in there's still hell to pay back down in Dixie Land
Yeah the storms are headed south again and the hour's getting pretty late
Somebody better build that levee; it's already Mardi Gras at heaven's gate (yeah)
Dance back from the grave
Get your tambourines, slide trombones
And danceâ€¦ back from the grave
Oh yeah, ooh yeah, ooh yeah
So don't shed a tear for them tonight as they circle and swoop and promenade
They're just carrying their torches and marching in a heavenly parade
No don't shed a tear but take their cue there's only one thing left to do in the name of every soul we didn't save
From the ninth ward to the quarter to the Mississippi border -dance back from the grave
Quick Facts on Marc Cohn:
- born in Cleveland, Ohio
- Jewish-American singer-songwriter
- influenced by The Band, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and Jackson Browne
- attended Oberlin college and majored in Psychology
- wrote Walking in Memphis in 1991
- 1992 Grammy award winner
- 1993 VH1 One-hit-Wonder Acheivement winner
- married to Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News
- father of four (two from previous marriage)
- shot on tour in 2005 - recovered and wrote new album
- new album Join the Parade just released on Decca Records
Join us for a live interview with Marc Cohn this Thursday at 5 pm EST ! Please help us interview Marc by posting your questions for him here - I will try to ask as many of them as possible! You will also be able to comment with any other questions you have during the chat on Thursday.
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