Alaskan singer-songwriter shares his new album, “When I Was a Bird,” honoring the lives of artists who have inspired him, especially Eva Saulitis. Grimes explores a musical axis between Ireland and Brazil, with American folk, jazz, hillbilly and blues influences. Frequent themes are those of sacrifice and resurrection.
Most seasons Grime has assisted Craig Matkin and Eva Saulitis of the North Gulf Oceanic Society with killer whale research in Prince William Sound and the Kenai Fjords. “And for many years I have spent summers living on the Copper River, guiding wilderness trips for fish and forest and cultural activists and other yahoos, in collaboration with the Eyak Preservation Council. We believe that there’s no better spokesperson for a place than the place itself, that the wild world of land and water and animals needs us just as much as we need it. Sharing food and stories around the campfire, singing on the river by day and inviting salmon to dinner at night, we become wind-blown and sun-ripened, mind and heart-opened, become more at home in the world in cahoots with the proverbial bears and wolves and salmon that percolate through our dreams and myths and shared reality.”
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