Let's Put Her Over The Top

Waayyyy over the top!

Attention, lovers of quirk: Alaskan songwriter Marian Call's current kickstarter campaign has managed to fund her forthcoming album, but she's still shy of a stretch goal. Her instrument (apart from voice) is keyboard, and yet she does not own one. Imagine having to cross the wintery wilderness to find an 88 in a moment of inspiration. Hunters, and blizzards, and bears– oh my!

She gives freely (all her music is streamable for zilch) and she asks for patronage so that she can keep on givin'. If you like her stuff, or want to see whether you'll like her next stuff, consider underwriting her art and reaping some of those generous kickstarter kickbacks!

Feat. photos by Brian Adams, Valette Keller, Craig Richmond, and Grace Virginia Kari, and illustrations/photos by Patrick Race

Feat. photos by Brian Adams, Valette Keller, Craig Richmond, and Grace Virginia Kari, and illustrations/photos by Patrick Race

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We aim to implement fusion!
It's a tougher catch than lightning in a bottle.

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We made the Blackbird and flew it,
And we circumnavigated at full throttle.

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Marian is on the move

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If you have followed our previous coverage of Marian Call, you know that she's our favorite wandering geek-minstrel and catalyst of casual fun. Well, Marian's on the move in her Portland to Portland (and back!) tour, which has already taken her from the Pacific Northwest to New England. At this very moment, she's on her way down the coast toward DC. She'll meander across Penn and Ohio on the way to Minestrone, Wisconsin, Colorado, Utah, and finally end up (of course) in Portland again (on the way back to Alaska).

Braving the same trip is flightless wingman Scott Barkan.

Marian and Scott will be playing in a variety of small venues and at house concerts, and she'll be vending worthy goods. If you enjoy folksy singer/songerwriters with a novel, quirky edge, you should go see her. That's what I plan to do. It's Elementary!