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After what seems like an eternity, I have picked a release date of October 9 for Songs of Home, pt. 2.
I’m calling it a Novella Album because the album is a continuous narrative that is meant to be listened to in a single setting. There are two main storylines in the album, one of which is a continuation of the young character in the song “County Fair” from Songs of Home, pt. 1, and the second story line is from the point of view of the Mexican immigrant. The immigrant stories come from personal interviews with some friends of mine who were willing to share their stories with me, and whose stories I am grateful to tell.
That’s all I really want to say for now, but please stay tuned in the coming weeks as I will be releasing a single and other album related content.
As our nation debates the place that Confederate symbolism has in our government buildings and our history, last night my hometown voted to discontinue the use of my former high school’s mascot, the Rebel, and fight song “Dixie”. Prior to the vote I decided to spend some time researching the integration policy in Fort Smith after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954, and how Confederate symbolism was used locally and nationally leading up to the time that Southside High School opened it’s doors and chose it’s mascot in 1963.
It’s always a fun process to research and write essays, and especially when the topic is relevant to current local and national discussion. It was also nice of The City Wire, a local Fort Smith news publication to offer me an outlet for it.To A Town Divided: The History of the Southside Rebel