I've decided to release this song, "Brother Blue," as a single today. It was one of two songs I performed at the Re-Visioning Justice conference last week, the other being a brand new piece called "Relievers." I wrote this song in 2008 as part of a body of work that I intended to turn into an album called Love & Lightning. Somehow the project never happened, and other than being played during some solo live performances in the years that followed, the songs haven't done much. When I was asked to perform at the conference, I dusted this one off to see if it still rang true enough for me to bring it out all these years later. It did. It does.
As I was leaving the conference, a woman stopped me and asked if there was a recording of "Brother Blue" that she could purchase. I told her the truth, that there wasn't. She looked quite disappointed. She told me that she wanted to give it to someone whose loved one was about to be incarcerated. I decided to record it for them. Jerry Roe and Derek Wells were both available and willing to contribute their talents and time to the recording, and here it is. I decided to make it publicly available just because it felt so good to reconnect with the song, and maybe it will resonate with someone else out there.
Any money that is made from this recording will be donated to Jail Guitar Doors, an organization that works to provide inmates with music equipment as a means for rehabilitation. I believe in rehabilitation and recovery, for all of us. I believe in finding ways to be compassionate and supportive.
Maybe Love & Lightning will get made someday, maybe not. But, it sure has been sweet to visit with this old friend for a couple of days. Enjoy, and thank you for supporting work with purpose.