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Songs Explore a Richly Imagined World

Sep 16, 2015 02:00AM
Buddy Mondlock is one of those singer/songwriters with the gift of being able to draw you into his world –and what a richly imagined world it is. A verse from one of his best-known songs, “The Kid,” (recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary) says it all:

I’m the kid who has this habit of dreaming Sometimes gets me in trouble too But the truth is I could no more stop dreaming Than I could make them all come true

Buddy has recorded seven albums to date, the most recent of which is “The Memory Wall,” a project entirely funded by fans, friends, and family. One of the songs tells the story of a coal miner transplanted to a city slum waking each morning to the sound of the bird he brought with him from home. Another tells the story of an early cave artist. His previous album, “The Edge of the World,” offer an introspective journey from childhood all the way through to the recent breakup of a marriage and beyond.

After opening for the amazing Steve Goodman when Buddy was only 21 years old, he said, “I could have walked out of there that night and gotten hit by a bus and wouldn’t have felt like life cheated me at all.” But a lot more success was to follow, as Buddy’s songs have been recorded by stellar artists like Guy Clark, Janis Ian, Garth Brooks, and Art Garfunkel, to name just a few.

Buddy’s supportive parents paid for guitar lessons when he was ten years old, but never once said, “So when are you going to get a real job?” It’s a good thing, too, because writing songs is what he does and who he is.

Thanks to the Founders of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the generous support of First Coast Community Bank, Mondlock will perform at “An Evening of Story & Song” in Burns Hall on Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. A $20 donation (100% of which goes to the artist) will be requested at the door. For advance reservations to guarantee a seat, or for more information, call your hosts, Mark & Donna Paz Kaufman at 415-1388 or email [email protected]