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Some things

we get right, like I'll Go Ahead, our December 1st song drop. I wrote it during the winter of 2008, and like so many of my better pieces, it seems like I needed so badly to hear the song, I just finally wrote it myself. (Sample it here.)

Fast forward a few years… on May 1st, 2011, Ruba Byrd had a birthday party celebration at West Hills Friends, her new Portland faith community. Her parents were there from Texas; her new boyfriend was there - me again; we surely sang worship music in church that morning, and rounded out the day with an hour or so concert after church, singing duet arrangements of our (then) current playlist; lots of my originals. It was a lovely outing then and a treasured memory now… but there's more: because Bill Norris-York, who engineered our live sound ALSO recorded us so carefully.

Then there was that thing that happens with songs: a few years later Ruba's father Paul passed, and her mother Janette requested I sing I'll Go Ahead at his memorial, and so I sang, for several hundred Texans, and thankful to be asked. Time passed, the concert tracks were archived, and then more time passed, and now here we all are.

There are so many good reasons to look at including this joyful transcendent song on this collection. Really nice mix from Slim Novak, too. Thank you Ruba Byrd. Some things we get right. Enjoy!

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Eugene - Old Eugene hand, author, and singer/songwriter Derek Lamson joins The New Zone Gallery, (10th and Oak, Eugene), Saturday December 10th at 4:00 p.m., for the Eugene debut of his new graphic novel, Mark V: The Opera, a Eugene story; and his new musical album, A Month Of Sundays. (Copies of both will be for sale at discount.) At 130 pages, Lamson and his partners have cooked up a deeply personal, entertaining, and wild ride through multiple takes on the famous Gadarene Demoniac story from the Bible; a book that’s also a love-letter to Oregon’s second city, Eugene, and a deep dive into our epidemics of racism, homelessness, and mental health crisis. Lamson’s guests will include book partner artist John Williams, and Marvel Comics consultant and U of O professor Dr. Ben Saunders. It’s suggested come early, as the evening will kick off with Eugene’s own Kriss Crowley, Kathy Burleson, and Slim Novak, joining the veteran songwriter Lamson, live on selections from his new self-penned anthology music album, A Month of Sundays, his fifth collection. More info at

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Available now. Easy and trouble-free delivery is what I'm hearing back.

Oh hey, nice little nod from Johan on his (extraordinary, long-running) blog, here. Thanks, J.!

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