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Re: Michael Smith
Posted by len hornyak
on 7/5/2020, 5:21 pm, in reply to "Michael Smith
Back in the early 1970s, I bought a Steve Goodman album on which he had recorded Michael Smith’s fabulous song “The Dutchman.” As my parents were in their 50s, I decided that the song was kind of about them. A few years ago, I decided it was kind of about me and my wife a few years down the line.
Also a few years ago, my wife and I, as volunteers for the Eighth Step, a Schenectady NY folk venue, had the job of driving Michael to the Albany airport to catch his next flight. We stopped off to buy him lunch. He was appreciative but very quiet…until the subject of the Kingston Trio’s version of the song came up. He immediately grew loquacious, and we talked until he was close to missing his flight. That day was one of my favorite folk music memories.
A few minutes ago, my wife read on Facebook that Michael is in hospice because of cancer. I haven’t felt this sad in a very long time. For years I've sung that song in most of my gigs. From now on, it will be in EVERY gig.
Sad. My singing partner and I love the song and have been doing it for several years Thanks for posting,