MP3 Eric Maring - Birdsong
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11 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Modern Folk, FOLK: like Joni
Since spending a full year abroad in Spain during college, singer-songwriter, Eric Maring, has been all over the world, marking territory in places as far off as India, where in 2003, he traveled with his band, Jawbone, to perform for the Dalai Lama at the Festival of Sacred Chanting and Singing. In recent years he also spent a month in Granada studying flamenco guitar and two weeks studying at the home of alternative guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan in France. These travels have always served as the heart of Eric’s songwriting which he has recorded on three CD’s to date – his 2001 debut solo release “Birdsong”, his collaborative effort with Jawbone (w/ Amikaeyla https://www.tradebit.com - and Greg Heelan), and his latest – Penguins Rock the World.
Growing up, he listened to all kinds of music, ranging from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, to Scott Joplin and Bach. Before long, his ears wandered off and he found himself caught up with the folk sounds of the Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, and Jonatha Brooke and then later with Indian and Spanish masters like Zakir Hussain and Tomatito. He then began writing songs of his own. In that process, he transformed himself into a one of a kind guitar player, driven by alternative tunings. To date, he’s written songs in nearly thirty different tunings, each one marking a different life experience and feel, each one carefully coordinated with the vibe of the song.
Eric’s been performing in the Washington D.C. area for the last nine years. He’s appeared at the Birchmere, Iota Cafe, Blues Alley, HR-57, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, The House of Musical Traditions, Takoma Park Folk Festival, and the North Dupont Circle Metro Shop. He’s had the honor to share the stage with Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, Willy Porter, Catie Curtis, and Tom Prasada-Rao, among others.
When he’s not performing, he can be found teaching third grade at a local Elementary School, gaining insight and inspiration from his young students. When asked how his kids inspire him as a songwriter, he says, “Interacting with kids all day is amazing because it allows me to witness their raw creativity that is so often straight from the heart.”
Eric’s songs speak about common sentiments of people in the modern world. In “Conversation with the Sniper” he sings about the shooting rampage that took place near his hometown in Maryland in the fall of 2002:
I’d never blame anyone for feeling down,
there’s times this life is no more than a cage.
Whereas, in other songs, such as the title songs of both his solo CD’s “Birdsong,” and “Penguins Rock the World,” Eric celebrates an over-the-top joy of being alive. It is this spectrum of emotions and inspirations that Eric brings to the table so openly and honestly with his songs. He is the kind of musician that is familiar to you the minute you hear him play, even if it’s for the very first time.
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