Sarah Dougher | Harper's Arrow

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Harper's Arrow

by Sarah Dougher

Folk pop, folk rock, folky pop
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. String Inside the Harp
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2. Touch the Nerve
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3. Darkness Travels
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4. Harper's Arrow
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5. I Am High Above the Sound
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6. Oh My Glory
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7. Lay Back and Stay
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8. Morning When the Streets
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9. You With the Nightlight On
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10. Keep One Hand On the Rudder
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11. Light Up This Room
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12. It's a God Damned Lie
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13. All I Can Do
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14. Lightening Came Through Me
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15. How Can I Make It Home
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16. Lay Back V. 2
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Album Notes
Sarah Dougher has been working as a musician, writer and teacher for over ten years. She has released eight records on independent labels with her solo work and her collaborative band projects, touring internationally, and receiving press coverage in publications from the New York Times to Rolling Stone. In January 2001, she had a residency at New York's Knitting Factory. For the past three years, she has been working on a song cycle entitled Harper's Arrow, that grew out of a project grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Portland area's primary arts funding organization. This 16-song cycle explores themes from Homer's Odyssey which are palpable in the context of contemporary war and representations of war (particularly through news media and film). This piece was performed at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts TBA Festival in 2003, as well as at national venues (Ladyfest Texas, Knitting Factory LA and NY, Queer is Folk Festival, Chicago). She is currently creating electronic re-mixes of this music.

Dougher's last two solo records were released on the now-defunct Mr. Lady Records, and her first was on K Records. In addition, she played with the Crabs, Cadallaca (with Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney), and the Lookers, and put out albums with all of them.

In addition to her composition and performance, she works a cultural activist and writer, collaboratively organizing festivals, as well as writing and speaking about music, history and gay politics. She works with many community organizations including the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls and Portland's gay bi-monthly paper, Just Out. She teaches courses on the history of women in rock, and lyric poetry in the Women's Studies department at Portland State University.

Dougher has also undertaken to start a label, called Cherchez La Femme, and has four releases planned through the Fall of 2005. Taking up where Mr. Lady left off, this label focuses on the art and music made by women and queers. For more information about the label, please go to

Other topics Dougher finds fascinating are breast cancer survival, Jack Russell Terriers, Winter gardening and Buddhism.


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Jeff Horn

Excellent songs--get the CD version, not the download
This cycle of 16 songs is not "about" Homer's Odyssey in any conventional sense: it's less intent on telling the story than in exploring the themes of war, memory, media, and the artist's role in society. Parallels with another war in an ancient land are far from coincidental. If you're a Sarah Dougher fan, you'll want the CD rather than the iTunes download because (a) the lyrics repay close attention and (b) the CD reveals far greater richness and clarity of sonic detail than the iTunes AAC standard.

Steve Bond

Another excellent offering
Sarah does it again. This is a great record, I can see it will be one that I return to again and again, like the rest of her work. Also it's substantial - 15.5 tracks and no fillers. *And* the Quails as her backing band!


another great sarah dougher record
harper's arrow, like all of sarah's other albums, is a great collection of beautiful melodies and lyrics. i've been waiting a long time for this one...and it was worth it. "i am high above the sound" is perhaps one of the most beautiful songs i've ever heard. definitely pick up this album!


Sarah Dougher has done it again
I cant stop playing this CD. It is so great, reminds me of Day One for some reason. I love everything I've heard from her and this album is no exception.


wonderful album worth the wait
I've been waiting for this album since I heard several songs live at a conference in Seattle a few years ago. It is better than I could have hoped for and makes me crave older recordings (I have the ones still available) and hope that she comes to San Francisco soon on tour. I love her -- musician, poet, professor, teacher, rock historian. Lovely.