All of us have memories of a wise and gentle old man from our childhood. He always had a calming effect on us, as if everything would be ok in his arms. After all these men raised our parents…they must know something! The thought of them conjures up the smell of an old smoldering corn pipe or cream of wheat with brown sugar and butter heaped in the center of his favorite cracked bowl from the old country. Remember how we tried to tickle him back through the holes in that old brown sweater? Or the times he took us “fishin” and we watched his line while he napped under the shade tree? If he took us out after church, we knew we’d get an extra big slice of that peach cobbler from the Swine ‘N Dine.
We all have certain folks from our childhood that have influenced us and are an important part of who we have become. In our family of songwriters and all roun’ creative folk - the Soul Kitchen family - that special person is Jim Boyd, affectionately known as Poppy. Grandfather, professor, musician, world traveler, lover, philosopher and friend – Poppy unselfishly shares his experience and wisdom with whoever cares to listen.
This record is a tribute to Poppy, and in honor of children everywhere and of every age. The songs were written as part of an exercise during one of our Songwriter Soul Kitchen* workshops and performed by Poppy and others from the Soul Kitchen Family at Stankfish Studio. It is our pleasure to share them with you and we hope that your family enjoys them as much as we enjoyed writing them.