The Grape Juice File
Any song can become a folksong if it survives long enough to be passed on from one generation to the next. But few songs stand the test of time, and that’s why so many of the old songs are often the best songs.
I once heard folksinger Guy Carawan say that new songs are placed in a proverbial “Grape Juice File.” Only after the passage of decades can one determine whether the song has matured into a rare vintage or common vinegar.
These songs have been in my “Grape Juice File” for some time. They’ve been good company. I offer them up for your singing pleasure.
As my touring schedule permits, I will add songs from my repertoire to this webpage.
The Garden Hymn
“Since I’ve stopped performing, I’ve thought more and more highly of you and your work, and feel that any traditions I may have followed are in good hands.”
– Sam Hinton, Folksinger
“As the sanity of the individual lies in the continuity of his memories, so the sanity of a group lies in the continuity of their traditions.”
– Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History