Skipper Of My Life (no label, no #) 1980
Set aside any stereotypes you might have about “family” bands: no crew-cut dad in a suit, no hair-in-a-bun mom with horn-rims, no nerdy kids who can’t sing, no off-key pathetic renditions of traditional church hymns. Skipper Of My Life is an authentic top-notch recording of rustic folk/folk-rock alive with the earthy sound of 12-string guitar, banjo, mandolin and ﬁddle. Mainly the work of the two parents (Steve and Joyce), but Jenni (I’d guess in her early teens) is given the honors of electric bass (lucky kid) while Mollye gets a tambourine opportunity or two. Mostly acoustic oriented, but I did notice some nice lead electric guitar on ‘Fell On My Face Again’. Lovely captivating vocals, almost exclusively by Joyce, often harmonizing with herself, sometimes recalling Barbara Sipple or Pam Mark. Twelve excellent original songs, some of the titles being ‘Down The Road’, ‘On The Wings Of A Seagull’, ‘Call Home’, ‘Glory Train’, ‘In His Presence’ and ‘A Time There Is A Comin’. From Northampton, Massachusetts. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and the track list.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Skipper Of My Life|
|1-2||All My Will To Thee|
|1-3||Down The Road|
|1-4||On The Wings Of A Seagull|
|2-1||Fell On My Face Again|
|2-2||In His Presence|
|2-3||It’s Right Inside|
|2-4||He Passed Away|
|2-5||Sing Our Praises|
|2-6||A Time There Is A Comin’|