Wilcox at Café Lena
is my favorite singer. And this is the closest hes 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.
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.
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 CDs 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 "weve all been hit" by what has happened.
I will look out for my brother if it makes my tires squeal,
hes been hit from out of nowhere. Guess we all know
how that feels
do the best that we can do now, with the loss and with the
so much we all go through now, Now that everything has changed.
it was, we see right through now, the city skyline calls their
all use extra room now. Try to keep within the lanes."
all been hit, weve all been shaken. It shows in different
sunset reflecting on the buildings, or the sound of jet airplanes.
see your children running, hear their laughter in the park,
be so strangely frightened by the thunder in the dark."
12th" he sings, "It could be any city, any peaceful
day. Its a clear sunny morning, but its nothing
like before, cause you never see it coming anymore.
a different kind of peace, cause its 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."
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.
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.
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"