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Hug with Our Heart

by Mad Dog Friedman

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His eyes seem as empty as the can on his belt with a sign on the front says anything helps. I jump back as he reaches out I’d like to help but I have my doubts Framed by the pane, Grandma looks out. Tears well up, it’s been a long drought It’s been too long, not a soul to hold Our hidden smiles like flowers unfold It’s time to realize, though we’ve been apart, we smile with our eyes, hug with our heart. Three weeks on a ventilator, alone with his fear. I hold his hand, a stand-in who’s near. It’s the middle of the night, the hospital sleeps. I think of my family, as cold machines beep. Watching the crowd, we all want the same, freedom and health, without any blame. Division will crush us, if we don’t act soon. Let’s come together, and sing a new tune. It’s time to realize, though we’ve been apart, we smile with our eyes, hug with our heart. It’s time to realize, though we’ve been apart, we smile with our eyes, hug with our heart.
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This album was not a planned birth. We are as surprised as you are that it came into existence less than two months after the successful release of our epic new double album, Family Reunion 2020, on October 15, 2020. We did a Dazzle Presents Monday Night Blues Live Stream concert on December 7, 2020, during the height of the Covid19 pandemic at Mighty Fine Studios in Denver, Colorado. Mad Dog had just completed a song he co-wrote with Jenn Cleary and had brought charts for everyone to see as we had not been practicing regularly since it got too cold to be outside. During our sound check we had time to run through the chart a couple times. It sounded so good we decided to stay an extra hour in the studio after the live stream and try to record the new song plus a second new song that Big Willy Palmer had just penned. We were warmed up and a little emotional after having the opportunity again to play together. Both new songs were a call for unity, intense yet hopeful, perhaps even comforting in these challenging times. The tracks seemed both raw, relevant, and magical to us, so we decided to release both tracks sooner than later even though they will certainly mature over the next couple of years. To round out the EP we also included a fun, extended live version (from the Live Stream on 12/7/20) of one of our most popular songs, , "It.'s Raining on My Chickens," from our first CD. We hope this album finds you where you live and brings us all together a little more.

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released January 11, 2021

Mad Dog Friedman on harp and vocals

Sean Bennight on acoustic guitar

Big Willy Palmer on acoustic guitar and vocals

Jeff Becker on mandolin

Clark Chanslor on bass


All tracks recorded at Mighty Fine Studio in Denver, Colorado on December 7, 2020 by Colin Bricker, chief engineer.

All tracks mixed and mastered by Mad Dog Friedman.

Cover art and design by M. D. Friedman

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Mad Dog Friedman Lafayette, Colorado

Mad Dog writes from the moment and sings from his heart. His influences include sources as divergent as William Butler Yeats & the delta blues. His songwriting is sincere, simple & often humorous. He has recorded many solo & collaborative projects featuring his spontaneous compositions on harmonica, Native American flute & Theremin. He is also the founder of Mad Dog Blues & The Astral Project. ... more

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