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LISTEN: Mike Coykendall, “Winds On the Ocean”

Nov 8, 2021

LISTEN: Mike Coykendall,

Artist: Mike Coykendall
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Song: “Winds On the Ocean”
Album: The Dirt and the Dust
Release Date: November 11, 2021
Label: Banpa Records

In Their Words: “This song goes back to the mid-2000s. Though I didn’t finish it until a couple years ago. Originally I played it in a lower key, but with the vocal pitched up an octave. Kind of like a Skip James country blues, or that guy from Canned Heat with the freaky cool voice. Anyway, singing in that falsetto became too hard as the years passed and the song sat half-finished. So, now I sing it in a lower register, which comes off more like late ’90s Dylan. The lyrics stem from frequenting neighborhood places where I’m one of, if not the, oldest person there. It just kind of eventually worked out that way. Snuck up on me. Being there was like looking across a smoky sea into yesteryear. I was welcome and more or less invisible.” — Mike Coykendall


Photo Credit: Joshua James Huff

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