Michael J Martin was a great songwriter and veteran’s rights activist. This is a photo from his 2016 memorial at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, given by his musician friends.
In August 2015, Tom Peal and I moved to Del Norte, CO, close to the top of our beloved Rio Grande. After three years, I’ve returned to an active schedule of performing with new original songs and lots of great Americana covers. If you are in the area, you may see me at La Garita Trading Post, at the new Ancient Valley Songwriter’s Open Mic I’ll be producing and directing in Monte Vista, or local events. I’ll also be traveling back to my favorite places in Texas, like the Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas. Let’s share some music some time!
As Tom and I have become more comfortable in our new home in southern Colorado, I have come to admire Coloradans’ good nature and practical respect for personal liberty. One of our current state senators, Michael Bennet, has raised his voice for justice and fairness towards all in our country, including families who are immigrants. Inclusiveness is an American ideal, along with liberty and justice for all, that is contained in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag that so many of us learned as students and repeated daily.
It’s to Sen. Michael Bennet and other leaders who are speaking up for the civil rights of ordinary people that I dedicate this song.
My Pledge Of Allegiance
From 1992, here’s fiddler Linda Relph, accompanied by Rupert Crabb on bodhran and Jenni on rhythm guitar. We were Pegasus Project and we were getting ready for North Texas Irish Festival about this time back then. “Stray Away Child” was one of fourteen songs we arranged for our album Pegasus Project: Ascension, recorded in Dallas at Big Time Audio, with production help from Ann Armstrong.
Jenni loves to share the gentle and beautiful music of the mountain dulcimer. Her first Mountain Dulcimer Brunch of the season was at La Posada Milagro Cafe’ Internet in Terlingua, Texas. She’ll do her best to bring these events to a cafe’ near you this year! You can help by suggesting possible venues in the weeks to come.