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i have distinct memories of my father, but a repeated scene plays over in my mind. he is hanging the laundry on the clothesline... my father didn't talk much ~ and having been born with fear in my dna, i mis-read him again and again. my primary misunderstanding {that didn't hit me until after he died} ..was that he had is own fears, worries, wants and needs. i want to hold his hand so desperately now ~ as an adult ~ and just listen to him. <3


you came up the stairs
with a basket of cares
that i mistook for the wash

you said you were busy
just doing household things
that i never knew
what kind of sadness these things could bring

you seemed so sure of yourself
you seemed short on time
and i never knew there were more than
chores on your mind

you hung the sheets on the clothesline
to let them dry in the sunshine
just like the tears that dry off my face
in the september breeze that god has made
for days like these
when i can’t stop thinking of you

weary is the mind
that occupies it’s time
trying to form a good impression
on someone elses life

i saw you knelt beneath the trees
investigating the weeds
that forced themselves upon
what might have been a lovely scene

as i prepared to drive away
i thought i heard you say
oh my baby don’t you go

so i turned right around
but all i saw was your frown
that i misread for saying
you let me down


from When i Leave ohio, released January 1, 2014
acoustic guitar and vocal: sandy bell
upright bass: richard hammond
don piper: don piper
drums and harmonies: alice bierhorst
acoustic guitar: jeff lipstein
violins: olivier manchon, maxim moston and joan wasser
violas: david creswell
cello: noah hollfeld
french horn: david bird – marrow
trombone: curtis hasselbring
harp: kirsten agresta-copley



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sandy bell Woodstock, New York

Sandy Bell is a songwriter, singer and musician who currently calls Woodstock, NY home. She has moved through a vibrant and textured musical constellation, playing most notably with the brilliant Jeff Buckley, and most recently, contributing background vocals on the 2016 ‘Bat for Lashes’ album. Sandy’s music is an expressionistic, lush transmutation of deep grief into powerful songs. ... more

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