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    David Wilcox at Café Lena

    This is my favorite singer. And this is the closest he’s ever come to my hometown this past July 20th. Café Lena is in Saratoga Springs and was the historic starting place of legends like Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie.

    It was particularly hard for me to get up to see him, because the cafe is upstairs. Thinking quickly, we asked our dear friend, Franklyn to join us. We hadn't seen our friend in quite some time so it sort of sort solved two problem. He knows the deal with helping me get up the steps.

    David has two songs about September 11 that can be heard on his website, www.davidwilcox.com and he performed them both at Café Lena that night. They are not yet on any of his 10 CD’s he has out and I own all 10. In these two songs he approaches the Twin Towers tragedy with his usual direct approach and fully honest style. In "Hymn For the Highway" he speaks of needing to leave extra lanes for "my brother" since "we’ve all been hit" by what has happened.

    "But I will look out for my brother if it makes my tires squeal,

    ‘Cause he’s been hit from out of nowhere. Guess we all know how that feels

    We’ll do the best that we can do now, with the loss and with the pain.

    There’s so much we all go through now, Now that everything has changed.

    Where it was, we see right through now, the city skyline calls their names.

    We could all use extra room now. Try to keep within the lanes."

    We’ve all been hit, we’ve all been shaken. It shows in different ways.

    In the sunset reflecting on the buildings, or the sound of jet airplanes.

    Or to see your children running, hear their laughter in the park,

    Or to be so strangely frightened by the thunder in the dark."

    In "September 12th" he sings, "It could be any city, any peaceful day. It’s a clear sunny morning, but it’s nothing like before, ‘cause you never see it coming anymore.

    It’s a different kind of peace, ‘cause it’s a different kind of war. And you never see it coming anymore. These kids have learned some history, and they know what warfare used to be. Tanks and guns and soldiers that moved across the land. With strategies and battle lines converging at a place in time. And lives were lost for reasons that the world could understand. On the History channel war can look exactly like before when you were certain it was over by the ticker tape parade. They could come back home to safety. They could celebrate the victory. And the landmines were all buried ‘cross the ocean far away. But a different kind of war has reached our shore. And you never see it coming anymore."

    He truly gives his all in each piece he does. I always describe his style as a cross between Harry Chapin and James Taylor. But, in truth, he really has his own style that is unique to him. He has a great command of the guitar with the ability to make it sound like more than one instrument.

    He generally opens his music with a story, which for me and most of the audience is every bit as enjoyable as his songs. This night he had just come from a concert at The Bottom Line in New York City, which is ironically where I saw him last in the summer of 2001. If you get a chance to hear him or see him, I so recommend it. He will change the way you look at things through his words and music.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"