Thursday, October 19, 2006
Who is Citizen Cope? Imagine a folk/hip-hop fusion of John Mayer and Jack Johnson, and you've got it.
Citizen Cope, also known as acclaimed singer-songwriter Clarence Greenwood, with his third CD entitled "Every Waking Moment", could be a featuring band on a sountrack for the feel-good movie of the year. With great mellow tunes like "Every Waking Moment" and "More Than It Seems", you're bound to begin swaying to the beat.
Drop by the Courier's office, Room 509, for Citizen Cope swag while supplies last, and to register for a drawing to win a free copy of his new CD, IEvery Waking Moment.Deadline for entry: Nov. 3. Drawing: Nov. 6
"When I was a kid, was a listener," says Greenwood. "Music was something coming out of a radio or off a record, something that made me feel things I couldn't explain. It was magical to me, and I thought it was something you had to be ordained with."
In the sweeping, driving "Brother Lee", he pulls us all in, wherever we are, from "Brooklyn USA to a tinsel town where now the Dodgers play." It's an emotional update of Woody Guthrie's line in "This Land Was Made For You And Me", the line "From California to the New York island." Cope makes it clear that the things that tie us all together are stronger than the things that tear us apart, as he chants in his nearly hypnotic smoky, soulful voice, "I got a brother named Lee who looked just like me, both sides of the Mississippi."
Citizen Cope is a fresh new sound that is strongly recommended to all people of all music genres.