Wanda Waterman has been following J.D. Miner since it's beginning. She writes a thought provoking blog for artists who care about social conscience and the creative self. I was delighted to be interviewed for her most recent blog.
Waltz With the Wind is one of the most Zen albums I’ve ever heard, grounded in a sense of contentment with simple things, a love of nature, and an abdication of judgmentalism. Yet it’s clearly informed by Christian teachings. What’s the connection? And what kind of Chritianity is this?
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Small Craft Advisor issue #100 / 2016 (our very favorite boating magazine)
We didn't know sometime contributor Darryl Klassen was a songwriter and musician until his band's (J.D. Miner) new CD showed up in our mailbox. Turns out their new record Waltz with the Wind is all about sailing, paddling and things nautical.
Of course all taste in music is subjective, but truth is we don't much care for those affected, overtly nautical songs and sea chanties, so we were plenty skeptical when we popped it in the CD player.
It turns out Darryl is a real talent and his band a skilled bunch of pickers. Instead of overwrought themes, Klassen's songs are roots and folk, featuring banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins. As he says on his website “this ain't no ordinary hillbilly sailing music.”
In their lazy, toe tapping song “Drifting,” you can almost smell the river or still waters of the bay. Klassen sings:
Sparrow in the rigging, when I'm drifting
Candle on the table, when I'm drifting
Summer almost gone, and I'm drifting
I just might get home by dawn, when I'm drifting.
If you like folk music that takes you out to sea, please check out the J.D. Moiner website and maybe support an independent musician by picking up a CD. We think you're gonna like it.
If it's easier to but one from us, give us a call and we'll get a few autographed CDs from the band that we can sell.
BC MUSICIAN MAGAZINE: Ultimate Summer Festival Guide, 2016
This is the third CD from this folk collective. Their first CD, Ain't No Ordinary Hillbilly, sums up their stylistic approach. At various times they have been a trio and a quartet, now they are the core duo of Darryl Klassen on vocals, guitar, banjo and mandolin along with Chad Joiner on fiddle, clarinet and trumpet and joined by five supporting musicians.
Fourteen songs all written by Darryl Klassen except Downtown 5th Street Rag by Tony Ellis and the traditional instrumental Frosty Morning.
The theme of their last CD was the railroad and this one is about water. But they are not exactly sailing songs, they are about the transformative power of water and the ways in which it can embody opposites. It can be violent and ruthless or it can be serene and mysterious. In most religions water is considered a purifier. Water is used ritually in Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, the Baha'i faith, Shinto, Taoism and in Rastsfarianism. So are these religious songs about water? Not exactly that either. As they sing in Silver Wind, "Lovers and the sea are just a part of the mystery, I'll shape a sail to catch the wind, we'll fly across the moon."