Ani DiFranco, “the little folksinger that could”, an inspiring model for Allison Crowe and her team, says she understands why so few musicians actually follow her DIY route – it’s hard work going against the current!
Still, there can be perks for a traveling troubadour. Behold the PanAm ‘Jet Clipper’, one of such aircraft checking in for decades at Gander International, Newfoundland’s hangars for refuelling on trans-Atlantic flights. It spirits passengers and crew in style.
Allison Crowe and Band’s just-wrapped concert trip to Europe touched souls in Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Belgium and England. “On the Air”, written when Crowe was a teenager, still packs great emotional weight – and soars now without some personal baggage of early flights.
On board for this musical journey, Allison Crowe (vocals, piano), Céline Greb aka Lin Lin (cello, vox), Billie Woods (guitar, vox), Dave Baird (bass) – and, in the wings, Sarah White (mandolin, vox). It’s on the manifest for for the band’s debut release “Heirs + Grievances”.
On the Air
Composed by Allison Crowe
I can feel it coming and when it has passed
there will be no trace of me
other than faded words that have already been spoken
and promises that I will keep until
not even memory exists in my name
I will never desert you
and my spirit will never leave you
even though my spirit is about to leave myself
I’ve placed more faith in you
than I have in anything
And I will run when I can't breathe
I will give what is left of my bones
and I will wait for you on the air.
I have given you my soul and I only ask
that you could treat it better than I have
and if I could ask one more little thing of you
…to give me peace in a time
where I’m fighting a battle I can only lose
burning rain can't tear this away
and my eyes run into my soul at its purest form
I am sinking further in to my mind
as the truth runs down my face to die
And I will run
when I can't breathe I will give
what is left of my bones
and I will wait for you on the air...
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