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David Olney 

There will be a celebration of the life of David Olney in Nashville on March 9, 2020, at the Belcourt Cinema. I won't be able to be there. I met David early in 1973, a month or so after I got to town and maybe six months after he did. I've known him ever since, and like so many others who have posted about him, I miss him, and I can't believe he's gone. 

Here is a version of what I would say if I could attend the memorial in March.

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                                                                                                David Olney 

            David loved. 

            I ran into him at a gig in Northampton, Massachusetts several years ago. Gine, Redding, and Lilly were staying with David’s parents in Rhode Island while he toured in the region. The kids were small then. I asked him how the family was doing. He said, “Everyone’s sick. They’re throwing up all over the place.” I said, “That’s terrible”. He said, “Oh well, that’s what agents are for.” 

            The reason he could say that to me is because he knew that I knew how much he loved them. 

            Love is like a scatter gun. Wherever you direct it, it spreads out everywhere. We see this in his songs. David loved Judas, eternally unable to spend the 30 pieces of silver. He loved the iceberg calling to the Titanic. He specially loved the poor fool, who is every one of us, tagging along and heading for Jerusalem tomorrow. 

           David loved, and by loving he gave everyone around him permission to love, too. To love even ourselves. By being so totally David, he gave us permission to be ourselves. I’m so much better because of him. Not because I’m more like David, but because I’m more me, more Hugh, than I might have been. In this way, we all carry him forward with us, and---maybe---do the same for others. 

            And David was something that often seems out of style today. He was decent. That he was brilliant is well documented and will be commented on a lot by all of us as we go forward carrying him inside. It’s his decency, at the heart of everything, that I remember now. 

            David had crazy times, but he wasn’t crazy. He had drunken times, but he wasn’t a drunk. He had lonely times, but he wasn’t a loner. He knew old times, but he was never old. He had hard times, but he was never a hard man---edgy sometimes, offended by insincere foolishness, but ready to do the work necessary when called. He served on the board of directors of his children’s school and knew about making the hard, unglamorous decisions that actually make the world go ‘round. 

           We’re going to remember David for the rest of our lives, and others will remember him through his works and through us. I’m not qualified to tell his story, but I don’t have to. David wrote his own life story. It’s in “Roses”. The lightning strikes and... 

           The old oak tree began to shudder 

           But he held his ground like some old soldier 

           His ancient pride was burnt and shaken 

           But something deep inside did waken 

           He raised his limbs just like Moses 

           And blossomed roses 

           He blossomed roses   

2019 Tour info and photos added - check 'em out! 

Hi!  

I'm closing in on the last part of my 2019 Euro tour. I have three last shows this weekend in Germany and the Netherlands. You can find details on my Shows page. 

I have added some photos in albums under PHOTOS/2019 Tour Photos.  Also a blog about one particular experience under BLOGS/2019 Tour blogs. 

I hope to write more. 

See you down the road! 

--- Hugh

"Frozen North" single released! 

Hi all-

The wonderful Norwegian artist and writer, Jonas Fjeld, has a new album (WINTER STORIES) in partnership with Judy Collins and the bluegrass group Chatham County Line. The first single is a song that Jonas and I wrote, "Frozen North". Jonas has recorded it before in Norway, but this is the first American/Worldwide recording release and it's with Judy Collins!

 Here's the smart link, Enjoy!: https://orcd.co/judycollinsjonasfjeldfrozennorth

OR you can download the MP3 on the LINKS page above.

Mary and I leave for the UK on October 17, and my tour starts Nov 2 and will take me through England to Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. The full itinerary is on the SHOWS page. I will also post blogs on the BLOGS page.

See you down the road!

-- Hugh

Hugh's short play, "The Mome Raths", to be produced in Topanga, Sept. 29 

Everyone-

My short play "The Mome Raths" will be produced as a staged reading by https://topangaactorscompany.weebly.com/ on Sept 29. Royce, the lead, will be read by JOHN KASSIR, Crypt Keeper/narrator from TALES FROM THE CRYPT! Director is John's wife, Vanessa Waters. The rest of the cast is Elizabeth Herron, Annie Abrams, and Jeff Kongs. Damn, I wish I could be there!! 

If you or anyone you know would like to go, here is how to do it: 

My play is one of 6 or 8 short plays to run the afternoon of Sunday, September 29, 2019. Starts at 2:00PM and will be done by 4:00PM with option of a short discussion afterwards. 

There's no admission charge, but if someone wants to go, they should email Judith Hendra at topangaactorscompany@theatercompany.org for reservations. It will be full.

See you down the road!

-- Hugh

LONG WIDE OPEN ROAD available worldwide 

Hi again, everyone-

Many of you have discovered this already, but my new album, Long Wide Open Road, is available to stream and download on all major music outlets, including Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, and Amazon Music.

The CD is of course available here on my Music page.

Please let me know if you listen to it.

See you down the road,

-- Hugh

LONG WIDE OPEN ROAD IS RELEASED!  

My new album, Long Wide Open Road, consists of eleven songs I've never recorded before. Many are new, some are from earlier periods. It was produced in Nashville with the help of Biff Watson as producer. 

For a broadcast preview of some of the songs, WCUW in Worcester, Massachusetts will stream a feature on the album as a world premier. It will be between 1100 and 1200 Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, June 7, 2019. Here's the link to the stream:  https://wcuw.org/listen/ 

You may go to my music page for the album, and it is available on iTunes and Spotify. Let me know what you think! 

https://www.hughmoffatt.com/home 

See you down the road. 

-- Hugh

New album on the way - LONG WIDE OPEN ROAD 

Hi all- 

I’m in Nashville finishing the recording of a new album. The album will be titled LONG WIDE OPEN ROAD and consists of 11 songs of mine that I’ve never recorded before. I'm working with the legendary Nashville musician (and longtime friend) Biff Watson as co-producer. I'm very excited about this. I expect to have the CD available around the end of May. Musicians who play or sing on the songs are Biff, Martin Delray, Jay Patten, Brent Moyer, Eddie Bayers, Susie "Suchi" Waters Benjamin, and Wade McCurdy. This is turning out really, really well. I can't wait to have it in my hands! 

BTW - I have added the lyrics to the songs on my album ONLY ALONG FOR THE RIDE to the lyrics page.  Lyrics to the new album will also be available at release. 

My fall European tour is about to add some more dates. I will post when confirmed. 

In the meantime, I add to my Pencils blogs regularly. Check them out. If you want to be notified when a new one posts just follow me on Twitter @hughmoffatt. 

See you down the road! 

-- Hugh

Show in Worcester, Massachusetts on March 31, 2019 

Hi all-

I will do a show for WCUW radio, in their front room stage, on Sunday, March 31. This is includes Chuck and Mud and is for my old friend Troy Tyree. 

Details of this along with the currently updated itinerary for my tour in Europe and the UK in the fall are under SHOWS.

Also, I am now adding to my "Pencils-Physics and Philosophy Blogs" each Wednesday. If you want to be notified when these post, please follow me on twitter. @hughmoffatt.

See you down the road!

-- Hugh