There are tons of talented musicians who call Northern Michigan home, including one of our favorite trios, . Today, they premiered their brand new song and music video, Eastern Standard Time on ‘the four’!
This song was written over Zoom with Peter Mulvey, one of my favorite songwriters. A Wisconsin native, Peter is known for riding his bike across the country with his guitar on his back, sharing stories and provocative wisdom in song form. We were introduced to Peter when we all played a show together at Frederik Meijer Gardens, in Grand Rapids, Michigan and after watching his set we knew someday we would write a song with him. After playing a songwriter showcase with Peter at Folk Alliance, our management reached out to his management and a co-write was born.
We’ve learned in co-writing, the key is to find the things you have in common. We found about five minutes in, that we were all avid nature lovers, and we spent a while talking about everything from trees to birds to fungi.
There was more than one bridge that connected us – the big one being the Upper Peninsula, a strip of land that connects our home state with Peter’s home state (WI). The UP is one of the most beautiful places on earth and we both plan a tour there every year when the leaves are changing. We decided to write a song about that. Peter landed the hook, Eastern Standard Time and we were off.
The line “Three fires burn from the old bloodlines” pays homage to the Three Fires Council – the three Native American tribes that comprise much of the midwest, whose land was stolen by colonizers. The descriptions of northern beauty are underscored by thin cracks in the visage – the dangerous oil pipeline threatening our remaining freshwater resources; the long-lasting effects of colonization on indigenous people, and climate change as it affects us all. These are all things we were thinking about as we wrote the song.
Elijah Allen sent us this amazing video he put together from drone footage he had recorded.