First of all, thanks for all your kind messages and get well wishes. Can’t tell you how much I appreciated them. I never assumed an allergic reaction to antibiotics could be so intense or last so long.
Claudia nursed me back to health, while adding some amazing new vegan dishes to her already expansive repertoire.
I’m back in the saddle again, in my home studio, working on a few different projects at the same time.
And I’ve been out on the snowshoe trails a lot this winter, considering the fact that, here in the Northeast, one needs snowshoes just to walk to the mailbox!
I’m recording several of my older tunes in solo versions, which approximates how they sounded when first written. So many of you have said how much you enjoyed hearing them that way at the few acoustic trio gigs we did on the last tour. So far I’ve included ballads like “Rainy Night in Tokyo” and “Antonio’s Song” in the list. These I’m recording on acoustic guitar. I’m also planning to record some of the more swingtime compositions like “Underneath the Appletree” and “A Robinsong.” For these I’m using an electric guitar. It’s an interesting project for me because by recording the songs in this minimalistic way I automatically time-travel back to the original inspiration for them. I’ll keep you posted.
Here in the mountains we’ve been searching (like everyone else) for signs of Spring, but to no avail so far. In the meantime, feeding the birds till the bears wake up.....
As always wishing you
Health, Prosperity, Happiness--
Peace, Love, and Rescue
* A few years ago we were playing the House of Blues in New Orleans (a perennial stop for us). I left after the soundcheck to hunt down some vegan food. When I returned just before showtime there was a large crowd lined up in front of the club. I had to cut through this line to get to the stage door. A young House of Blues employee was directing people and when a couple passed by and asked "Who’s playing tonight?" he replied "I don’t know. Some Old Jazz Guy." And this is how I've referred to myself to Claudia ever since...
(The Discography page has song lists
and links for ordering)
The Dream 1973-2011 (2012)
Time Together (2011)
in Rio (2006) Love
Songs (2004) Watching the Snow (2003) The Michael Franks Anthology:
The Art Of Love (2003) Barefoot on the Beach(1999) The Best of Michael
Franks: A Backward Glance (1998) Abandoned Garden (1995) Dragonfly Summer (1993) Blue Pacific (1990) Camera Never Lies (1987) Skin Dive (1985) Passionfruit (1983) Objects of Desire (1982) One Bad Habit (1980) Tiger in the Rain (1979) Burchfield Nines (1978) Sleeping Gypsy (1977) Art of Tea (1975) Michael Franks (1973)
is available from Amazon.com, and local record stores, with digital downloads from most major services including iTunes and Amazon.com.
Shanachie Entertainment has created a video using the title song from "Time Together," now on YouTube.
New Release from Rhino France
Rhino Records France has released a 5-CD set
"Michael Franks: The Dream 1973-2011".
This 73 track box set contains hits, fan favorites, rarities and so much more. Orders now at Amazon.com
Since I'll be starting work on a new recording very soon I won't be on the Road much in 2015. It makes each gig even more special to me. Can't wait to see you guys again - Michael
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