Bird On A Wire

by Darol Anger

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This track came about in response to an invitation from Matt Smith of Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. We were invited to bring one or two songs to a Leonard Cohen night, with other Boston-area musicians, shortly after the great songwriter passed on in 2017. We quickly worked up an arrangement of perhaps his most famous song. Cohen was famous for writing many alternate verses to all of his songs, and we were able to research some variations which shed more light on the story. Emy's interpretation is magisterial and takes the song to another level. I was able to use my Fuzz-Octave Mando-Uke And the octave mandolin, with some additional electronic gizmos, and Rockin' Furies percussionist Jacob Ransom drove the bus.


Like a worm on a hook, like a monk bent over his book, it was the shape of our love twisting me.


released February 2, 2018
song ® by Leonard Cohen, [royalties managed]
Arrangement and Production: Darol Anger
Emy Phelps: Vocal
Jacob Ransom: Drums
all other instruments: Anger
photo: Emy


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Darol Anger Nevada City, California

Darol Anger has helped drive the evolution of contemporary violin through pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, Psychograss, and others. Composing, teaching, and performing internationally since 1977, he has produced numerous important recordings and soundtracks. ... more

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