Office Job in a Time of War[CD]
Folk songs about Dr. Phil? Bluegrass songs about Pluto and a folk-rock tribute to Johnny Damon? Is this any way for respectable school teachers to act? Alex and Julie Caldwell may me mild mannered teachers by day, but like Spiderman, when there is a need, these bespeckeled educators turn into a wild, swinging rock band known as My Migrant Soul. With their debut album, An Office Job In A Time of War, set to release Friday, June 22nd at their CD release concert in Eagle Square in Concord, NH, their secret identities may soon be in jeopardy. Julie and Alex Caldwell met while playing in a band, so it is fitting that six years and one child into their unique partnership, that they release their debut album on their summer break. Including songs written as far back as their college days, An Office Job In A Time Of War documents the lives of the thirty-something teachers, and in some cases the lives of their students. • The Day Johnny Damon Left Town was written for one of Julie's Spanish students, who like millions of female Red Sox fans, was heartbroken when Mr. Damon opted to sign with "a team somewhere south of here." • Long, Long Way To Denver was written by Alex in response to an article in the USA TODAY about the killings of homeless men in Denver by roaming gangs of youths. The song imagines a day when all injustices will be righted. • Laugh All Day is a lullaby written for newborn daughter, India Rose Caldwell, and is sung to her every night. • An Office Job In A Time Of War was written during Alex's stint as an office manager at The Tilton School as a reflection on the drastic difference between his lifestyle and that of his brother Jon, who was serving in Iraq at the time. • I Think I'm Gonna Go continues a thematic arc of songs about the troubles of the world. Written mostly in a car after viewing the film Munich, the song expresses the desire for a time when man will no longer seek to solve his problems through violence and revenge. • Poor, Poor Pluto was written both as a lament for the demotion of that one-time planet and as a reflection on how people, as well as planets, are too easily reclassified as time goes by. After a year of recording, the Caldwell's are ready to shed their secret identities and embrace their inner folk-rockers as My Migrant Soul. Their students will indeed have much to talk about on the first day of school next fall.
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