Openings

by Steve Kinzie

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Recorded in Seattle at B-Natural Studios,Openings has at its center the three persons in the photograph above (Gary Lanz, engineer and percussion, Steve Kinzie, guitar, banjo and vocals, and Eric A. Smith, producer, bass, guitar, and steel guitar). Openings has a folk-jazz feel, and features on three songs the violin and electric guitar of L.A. friend Tom Moose, and, on two, the soprano sax and flute of Mike West. Also playing and singing are long-time musical friends Mark Drake, Lance Haslund, William Limbach, Mark Runions, and my dear harmonizing spouse, Debbie Roberts.

Three of the songs are settings of poetry: E. E. Cummings wrote both i carry your heart(i carry it in my) and i thank you God for most this amazing, and Songs from the End of the Road is by Israeli poet Leah Goldberg.

The lovely cover painting is by Okanogan Highlands’ painter Judy Elven (misspelled Elvin not once, not twice, but three times (!) on the album for which, Judy, Steve offers his apologies).

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released December 25, 2012

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Steve Kinzie

Born Wabash, Indiana, 1940

Grades 1-12, Tonasket, Washington

Attended La Verne College for two years, then lived two years in Beirut, Lebanon, where he graduated from the American University of Beirut (Philosophy) in 1962. Subsequently, he was a student for almost ever at the University of Washington, where he received a B.A. in English, an M.A. in Classics, and a never-used-and-long-defunct Washington State Teaching Credential.

A life-long singer, he began playing banjo (Sears Silvertone) in 1960 after a folk music epiphany at a Pete Seeger concert. In 1961, he bought his first guitar. He played frequently at Seattle folk music clubs during the early 60’s and since then has written dozens of songs, recorded five albums of original music, one live album (Matters of the Heart) with friends Shawn Kirchner and Robbie Davis, and two albums with the folk group Kindling. His most recent album, Openings, co-produced with musical collaborator and friend, Eric A. Smith, and recorded by Gary Lanz at B-Natural Studios in Seattle, was released in 2012.

His music has evolved from a center in the hymns of his childhood and Appalachian folk traditions to a jazz-influenced (folk-jazz) style. Along with original lyrics, he has set to music poems by Kabir, Rumi, George Herbert, William Blake, Jessica Powers, Richard Wilbur, E. E. Cummings, among others. Spirituality, broadly speaking, and Buddhist thought, in particular, inform much of his writing.

He has worked as orchardist, carpenter’s helper, dairy farm hand, sheet rocker, Latin teacher, bus driver, school custodian, director of non-profit, Adjunct Professor (Composition and Peace Studies), and director of a college tutoring center. But, mostly, he just wanted to play music.

He makes his home in Tonasket, WA on the bank of the Okanogan River with his wife, Debbie Roberts, dogs Cooper and Lucy, cat Squeaks, eleven hens, and Ralph the rooster.

He can be reached at steve.kinzie@gmail.com

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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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