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"There's been a lot of talk about 'How can we fill Harry's shoes?'
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The challenge is in filling our OWN shoes:
We carry on Harry's work not just because we loved and admired him.
We do so because it is the proper work of us all ..."
- James Chapin
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--- CHAPINFEST 2002!
Tickets are on sale now for CHAPINFEST 2002. This sounds like it will be a
great event. Instead of just a show, there's an entire weekend of events
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--- SEQUEL RE-RELEASE
"Well, I used to play the trumpet once ..." SEQUEL, the last album released
before Harry's death, has been re-released on CD. You can order it online
by visiting a new web site (click on family store) setup by Harry's family:
--- WORLD HUNGER YEAR
At the end of most of his concerts, Harry used to make a short pitch for
World Hunger Year (WHY) . I would like to do the same here. WHY continues,
perhaps with more force than ever, to address hunger and poverty issues, in
the spirit of Harry Chapin. During this holiday season, I definitely
encourage you to find more out about WHY, and maybe even drop a buck or two
their way on the "donate and support" page.
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"Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world?" -- Harry Chapin, 1942-1981.
The Latest Release
Sniper & Other Love Songs
In 1972, Harry released
Sniper & Other Love Songs.
Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.
Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in
a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But
perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly
lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."
Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out
Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the
Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced"
feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless,
it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best
for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!