We The People

by Fred Gillen Jr

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Original liner notes:
Sitting in a song circle at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival at 1 a.m. in July of '04 I decided to try out a new song called "Killing Machine." I pulled out the crumpled, second-draft of the lyrics and my friend held a flash light so I could see. I sang the song and someone across the circle said "you need to record that song NOW and release it before the election." I said "yeah, whatever" and the guy said "no, seriously you need to do it NOW." I of course immediately thought of all the reasons I couldn't do it on time for the election, but I decided instead of listening to the negative voices in my head, to put it out there for my fans and friends and see if there was any interest in hearing these songs. The reply I received was astounding. People offered money, studio time, equipment, ideas, and encouragement. I figured they had decided for me. At that moment I thought about how frustrated I had been from thinking there was nothing I could do to change the state of things in the country, and realized it was my responsibility to put these songs out there NOW, simply because I had used my gift and written them. As a certain public official likes to say "make no mistake about it." These songs and my voice are a gift. So together we will raise some money for where it is most needed right now, and hopefully these songs will get us a little bit madder but also a little bit more hopeful because WE ARE THE PEOPLE, and even when it seems pointless we have to keep trying, if only for the sake of knowing we tried and having our children see we tried.


released September 1, 2004

Recorded live-from-the-floor and mixed at Woody's House, Croton -on- Hudson, NY. Mastered by Koji Mabuchi at the Chicken Coop, Mohegan Lake, NY. Photos by Bob Sabo.
Fred: guitar and voice
Chris Barickman: guitar and voice tracks 3, 4, and 6
Mark Barden: guitar track 2



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Fred Gillen Jr Peekskill, New York

NYFA grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released nine full-length albums, and has toured all over the U.S. and Europe. His songs have been featured on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ's Comp, and in 2012 his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. ... more

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