Mary Win: Dark Lyrics, Beautiful Sound

Article written by on Sunday, Jul 12, 2009 in Concerts,Festivals,People,Reviews

I don’t know whether she will eventually choose to settle (or be channeled) into a particular style, but right now Thailand-born Burmese singer/songwriter Mary Win is exploring a wide range of sounds from folk to rock to pop. Her lyrics are often dark but her songs are definitely worth a listen. “Snowdrifts” is an example of a song that is more in the folk music pattern. “Suddenly” ┬áis a song she presented last year in honor of human rights efforts in her parents’ native country of Burma.

Mary makes her home in the Seattle area. Her upcoming shows include a performance on Sunday, July 19th at the Strawberry Festival on Vashon Island.

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Joan Baez: Song and Protest

Article written by on Sunday, Jul 12, 2009 in Concerts,People

The Boulder Weekly has a recent interview with Joan Baez, discussing her career, her involvement in political protest, the changes in our social environment and the evolution of her musical style. She is appearing at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder on Wednesday July 15th.

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Introducing Our New Email System

Article written by on Sunday, Jul 12, 2009 in Announcements

After trying out more than one new host and checking out several email update distribution methods, The Back Porch News is finally settled into its new home and has a new email update system. More information on the new system can be found here. If you are already a subscriber to our daily or weekly email digests, please let me know through the contact form if you have any trouble with the new system. If you see this site and have missed some updates, try adding our domain name to your “safe senders” list.

Everyone who is already a subscriber has been defaulted to an HTML format preference. The email updates will not normally include graphics, since they are based on the RSS feed, but if your email provider will not accept HTML format you can update your profile to choose plain-text format instead. You can also, if you wish, choose the mobile format for easier reading on your cell phone.

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