The Incumbent won. But Carridine's career was launched, and he continued his downhill march from there, singing in restaurants and streetcorners from San Francisco to Vermont, from Carmel to Klamath, from Seoul to Bangkok, with stops in between.
Paying his dues as an entertainer, he learned that songs are fine, but witty repartee with the people in the audience is a heap more fun! Carridine also learned early that people in the crowd can have a LOT more info than he had, on a LOT more subjects... humility helps, especially for a musician!
Carridine doesn't always set out to 'be funny', but just by looking at some of today's bizarre happenings he brings smile after smile to the hearts of listeners, particularly parents or children!
Living the expatriate life of an American overseas, he brings a poignant insight to what it is to be an American, as he walks politely through subjects as diverse as 'racism', 'war', 'church folks', 'white folks' and 'mixed-blood children.'
First-hand experience can be a powerful teacher, and Carridine has had more years of first-hand experience outside continental US than inside, but he 'left his heart, in San Francisco... high on a hill, it calls to me...' Born in the City by the Bay in 1946, Carridine has a mellow, timeless humor sure to please and perplex, by turns, as he dances with subjects of interest across all age-groups.
In A Lone Effort Carridine shares insights and perspectives gleaned from the Internet and the Blogosphere, as well as CNN, BBC and other international media available in Bangkok and around the world. Why 'Lone Effort'? In part because he was inspired to do whatever he could to clarify and support the military effort to free Iraqis from the cruel boot of Saddamite control. Too old for active service and too young to remain uninvolved, Carridine recorded spoken essays, commentaries, observations and -as Xtras on the CD- some a'capella multi-track takes, alone in a Thai recording studio in Bangkok, a studio which was the prime studio for Warner Bros, Thailand ... some 30 years ago!
So there are some clear, patriotic and articulate takes on this CD, for those who hate war but wanted Saddam out; for those who recognize the horror of war and the occasional unavoidability of it, and for those who just want a few good vocal tracks of fun, harmonic syncopation!
Maybe you can't throw electronic tomatoes, but you can join with the cheers, tears and peers while peering at Carridine's: Lone Effort!
1. Shoe Bomber Sentenced
2. For Freedom
3. Anyone in Their Right Mind
4. A Unique Army
5. Change in Behaviour
6. Smooth America's Rough
7. Rivers of Babylon
8. The Race
9. Cry Iraqi Freedom
10. Address at Gettysburg