Breathe Together

by Steve Kinzie

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about

A number of the songs (“Breathe Together,” “Hear the People Cry,” “Shoes of Peace,” “Hearts of Flesh”) reflect my involvement with the Seattle Sanctuary movement (in which churches offered sanctuary for refugees fleeing Central American violence during the eighties). “Kingbird” is drawn from my first (and so far only) time seeing a kingbird in action in the Okanogan Highlands. “Love” is a setting of the amazing poem by George Herbert. “Make Room for the Guest” has words adapted from Indian poet and mystic Kabir. “How Much Shall I Be Changed (before I Am Changed)” were the words Herbert’s contemporary, John Dunne wrote on the back of a youthful portrait of himself. Also notable on that cut is the saxophone solo by the late, great jazz musician Floyd Standifer, a colleague at Seattle’s Northwest School where I taught Latin from 1980-88. As always, thanks to Eric Smith, co-producer, friend, and musician extraordinaire.

credits

released January 1, 1986

All words & music composed by Steve Kinzie, except "Love" words by George Herbert.
Produced by Steve Kinzie, Eric A. Smith, and Paul Speer. Recorded at Nova Productions (Bellevue) and Playback Studio (Seattle), March-May, 1986. Engineered by Paul Speer and David Huber, mixed by Paul Speer.

Musicians:
Steve Kinzie - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, 5-string banjo
Eric A. Smith - lead acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, dobro, congas
Denny Castañares - electric bass, Yamaha DX-7 keyboard
Floyd Standifer - tenor sax
Vivian Williams - fiddle
Mike Stern - acoustic bass
Ed Hartman, Dick Gell, Neil Speer - percussion
William Limbach, Jay Wilson, Debbie Roberts, Mike Stern, Margaret Brink - harmony vocals

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Steve Kinzie Tonasket, Washington

Steve Kinzie's poetic voice and gorgeous melodies on guitar and 5-string banjo evoke matters of justice, the eternal spirit, and peace. He lives in the Okanogan of Northern Washington.

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