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To give an example of Harry's humanity and humility........ Years ago We
attended a Chapin Concert at the Garden State Arts Center. We took my
brother's friend Steve who had Muscular Dystrophy to the concert. He was
supplied with 2 "cheap seat" tickets. Steve was mesmerized and was in in
tears at the end of the concert. We took him over to get Harry to
autograph his Harry it sucks t-shirt. Of course Harry was surrounded by
fans and we couldn't get close with Steve's wheelchair. One of Harry's
people saw us stuck in the back and whispered to Harry. Harry
immediately excused himself, and came out of the booth and came right
over to Steve. He shook Steve's hand signed his t-shirt and talked to
Steve at great length. Steve told Harry he was in the cheap seats
tonight and loved it. With tears in his eyes Harry said, "I knew I could
count on you my brother." He then hugged the breathe out of Steve. Steve
Was so wired the rest of the night we threatened to make him walk home
:). Harry could touch us with a song or a phrase. He stood up for those
who could not. He was always pulling for the underdog, (the common man).
He never will know how much that simple act of kindness affected 1
person. He is truly "THE OLD FOLKIE"
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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!