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Dedicated to John Olmsted. RIP.

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I didn’t need to look away / I didn’t want to be elsewhere / His face was brown cracked desert clay / His eyes were blue gray crystal care / His simple boat was made for two / The oars I gripped were worn with ware / The river man sipped a tulsi brew / His river mind could be both her and there / He said, we don’t die when we grow old / We die our death when our stories aren’t told / And we don’t live on blood alone / Our soul breathes life when our stories are sung / Sing love sing life / Love your stories / Hold your stories / Sing love sing live share your stories / The riverman guides my weary hand, as a child holds a flower / The thickening mist hides the last of land as the face of death conceals its hour / Our walk on earth is not our own, To the riverman our song belongs / The trip he leads is not our last, for time and life are tied through song / Are tied through song / And he sings: we don’t die when we grow old / We die our death when our stories aren’t told / And we don’t live on breath alone / Our soul breathes life when our stories are sung / Sing love sing life…

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from Ghosts Be Free, released September 19, 2012
Sean Burns (vocals, acoustic guitar), Zach Gill (keys), Todd Sickafoose (upright bass), Aaron Kierbel (drums), Dave Mihaly (percussion), Andrew Macguire (congas), Ara Anderson (trumpet)

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Professor Burns and the Lilac Field Berkeley, California

"Definitely headed to great places" says the San Francisco Chronicle of this Berkeley based, indie folk roots singer- songwriter. Prof. Burns is a rare musical bird with a rich history as a poet, historian, and college professor. Backed by some of California's best, the songs conjure a lyrical and musical vibe the likes of Iron and Wine, Bright Eyes, Ben Harper, Van Morrison, and M Ward. ... more

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