In lieu of The Soft and Low’s long-anticipated show this weekend at the Sanctuary Pub and with gratitude and love for Sanctuary manager and our good pal J.D. Noble, we decided to create and share this virtual recording of a song that we wrote last year and have played live just a handful of times.
Inspired by a particularly exuberant spring bloom in my yard, “Tulip Giraffe” has taken on some new meaning for us in these strange, difficult and beautiful days.
“Over and over, we forget what being American means. The radical premise of our nation is that one people can be made from many, yet in each new generation we find reasons to limit who those “many” can be—to wall off access to America, literally or figuratively. That impulse usually finds its roots in claims about who we used to be, but nativist nostalgia is a fantasy. We have always been a pluralist nation, with a past far richer and stranger than we choose to recall.”
Happy New Year, one and all! The Soft and Low, my folk-rock duo with Jeffrey C. Capps, has developed a largely unintentional but nevertheless delightful habit of landing performances on the full moon and January is no exception.
Burns Night hosted by David MacLeod Burt Sat – Jan 25 – 7 pm Sanctuary Pub in the Red Room: 405 S Gilbert St in Iowa City This is a double fun opportunity because Burns Night begins at 7 pm in the Red Room and then the wonderful Saul Lubaroff is playing from 8 to 10 pm in the main area of the Sanctuary.