Rediscovering Goodnight

Some albums fascinate me from start to finish the first time I hear them. There’s a variety of reasons for this, just as there are some restaurants or foods that make you want more from the first bite through the last. It’s one of those things that make you celebrate your senses even more.

Such is the case with an old William Fitzsimmons record I picked back up again today called Goodnight. I’ve been talking a lot about William over the past few weeks, primarily on facebook. This is because I’m a part of a group that’s bringing him to my town of Abilene, Tx next week for a very special concert session at the Historic Paramount Theater. A lot of credit to getting William to Texas and to town goes to Barry Smoot who works with artists and managers and makes the magic happen. He’s an unsung hero to the whole concert process, and he’s THE reason that we were able to bring Iron & Wine last year.

That’s a different story. So William will be here next week and I’ll get a special recording session with him the night before the show. I’m really excited about it. In the process of marketing the show and getting other people not only excited about it, but in some cases introducing his music to new audiences, I’ve been revisiting his older music. I’ve also been revisiting some old conversations I’ve had with him over the years.

My first experience with him was in 2006 in a conversation we had over the phone. It was a great talk. One of the big things we discussed was the story behind his music. His album (just released at the time) Goodnight tells the story of loss and the separation of his parents, as well as how his family coped with the divorce. Each song tells a piece of that story.

It’s a revolutionary concept in an era of music designed to sell singles. That’s where we are culturally with music, be it mainstream, indie, or underground. The miracle of the Internet is we don’t have to spend $$ on a whole album anymore. We can download whatever individual tracks we want on iTunes or artist sites. So take that place in the evolution of music and selling music and you have this indie singer-songwriter who doesn’t write singles, he writes an album. It’s an album that tells a story. Each track stands on its own, but works together as a whole, a whole story to be told together.

If you want to hear William describe the album in his own words and describe what some of the individual tracks tell in terms of pieces of the greater story, you can hear the podcast of that conversation here. Connect with The Appetizer on Facebook and Like us here to have a chance at free tickets to this event March 5th in Abilene. If you want to go down the old fashioned road, tickets can be purchased at 325-676-9620.

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Host of the syndicated radio program The Appetizer heard on public radio across Texas and online from our Listen Now link; enjoys conversations, music, food, art, storytelling, and people. Connect with me. Would love to hear from you.

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