Bicentennial Celebration

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Recorded in the basement of Blackbird's Music store in February 2013, with my former backing band, the Great Lakes.


Twas a bicentennial celebration
Jubilation had enveloped the crowd
Two hundred years of hard work and high spirits
You'd hear few complaints in this coal mining town

On our main street, a statue stood waiting
For dedicating, under a white shroud
With his lantern in hand, and a shovel over shoulder
Made of conquered boulders, but that's all forgotten now

On the same day, the mine gave way
Two hundred men, never heard from again
On that bicentennial celebration
Desolation is all we've got now

As you pass by the Village in the Valley
Down a darkened alley, a long since forgotten dirt road
Pay your respects to our ghost town once thriving
Halcyon surviving in memories alone


from Became a Stranger, released January 30, 2016
Written by Cody D Fitzpatrick

The Great Lakes are:

Cole Pulice: Tenor Sax
Annie May: Drums
Danny Shaheen: Bass
Marc Bromaghim-Oropeza: Piano

Harmony vocals: Emmalyn Kayser and Jim "Zheem" May



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Fletcher Magellan Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fletcher Magellan is a sometimes two, sometimes ten-piece cosmic country band from Minneapolis. “Fletch” draws influence, instruments, and imagery from gospel, R&B, and psychedelic rock, as well as both kinds of music (country and western). Saxophones, steel guitars, and Samsonite suitcases are but a few of the music makers you might trip over onstage at a show. ... more

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