For Lee Jackson in Space

For Lee Jackson in Space

by For Lee Jackson in Space

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about

This tribute album came together in love and honor of Lee Jackson, writer, music fan, dear friend, who passed in late March 2012 after a struggle with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This collection of songs, nearly all of which are new or previously unreleased, comes from the many bands and musicians who Lee not only covered and celebrated with such passion, but also in many cases befriended over many years of correspondence, concert and festival attendance and more. The album’s liner notes contain full information about each song as well as thoughts from Lee himself about the contributing artists, taken from his writing work. All profits will go to the Texas chapter of the ALS Association; web.alsa.org/DFW2012 has more information about their continuing work. Please feel free to join our Facebook discussion group at www.facebook.com/groups/323110634410498/ if you’d like to learn more about the remarkable man who we all dearly miss; there is also a direct link to this album in Facebook itself at www.facebook.com/ForLeeJacksonInSpace

credits

released 04 June 2012
Compiled by Mats Gustafsson, Travis Johnson and Ned Raggett — our endless thanks to all participating bands and performers!

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The Sultan’s Bat Tree 

some haranguing, some balls dangling sanguine like,
making a beeline for anything that smiles.
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tickling till the echoes subside
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Dr. Martin Cooper
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a song by steve mccabe

the doctors on speed dial
i’m making amends for
all the things i did to you

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its all comin out
has a persil shine

hungry enzymes and hungry hippos
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Today’s excerpt is from an acknowledged American classic:

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author Walt "Slim" Whitmon & his famous book

author Walt “Slim” Whitmon & his famous book