feb 16 2018
Paul Messinger is a poet, songwriter, vocalist, and instrumentalist, originally from New York, now based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is known as one of the early proponents of the Howard Levy (The Flecktones) approach to playing diatonic harmonica, and writes nuanced, character driven songs in varied styles, explaining, “Different stories require different musical styles to tell them”.
His abiding passions are history and people, and his artistic lens is focused on telling the stories of the people in the world around us.
“America 2.0 (Assorted Tales And New Myth)” is a song cycle about the idea of America. What is this place we call America? Who are these people we call Americans? The idea of America has, for over 2 centuries, drawn the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of mankind to these shores. Let us go, then, you and I, and begin again to explore the places peopled with that idea…..