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Singer-Songwriter with a Folkish vein of music
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Lost Lullaby
Born James Chapman Polhemus in Stuttgart Germany and brought up in the deep south (now residing in Hoover, AL), Chapmans insights into the development of a Folk Songwriter are unique. Whether it's the journey of a human trotting across the prairie, the epic life of a tree, the loneliness one needs to combat garden gnomes or a view of war through the eyes of a 4 year old boy; Chapman's songs are honest and simple. Three things stand out when he describes his music 1. His Inspiration for the Song: "A writer is not necessarily the one that shouts 'Hear Me!' (that's the performer talking) , but the one that listens and seems to whisper 'I heard you'." 2. His Responsibility for the Song: "Just write what haunts you. If the song is good, the genre doesn't matter! Choosing among frames for artwork has never been my passion, that's for the talented producers & cover artists" 3. His Reason for Writing the Song: "After having written my first song at the age of 12, I have finally found so many decades later the exact reasons I write songs. I write to remember. Once I have learned either a complex idea that I think is important to answer back to life, or a humorous perspective I want to recall to bring some levity to the insanity, I make a song out of it... selfish as it may seem I do it for me so this is why I share it and welcome everyone to the therapy session I call a 'Live Performance'. I write so the things I've learned become personal mantras instead of ending up lost like so many raindrops in an ocean. And, just maybe they'll shed a little light on what is to be expected from this seemingly insignificant species called human"... Feel free to record and/or rearrange these songs yourself....the more interpretations the merrier. Just like the shareware days of old, try to remember the creator if the creation brings you good fortune
Band/artist history
1964... sang 'You Are My Sunshine' & '500 Miles' to a train track in my backyard of Macon Georgia. Been singin ever since.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I do play almost exclusively LIVE, Indiana to Alabama... even South America
Your musical influences
Harry Chapin, Dan Fogelberg, Cat Stevens, Tom Pacheco, Townes Van Zandt, Mickey Newberry, Gordon Lightfoot, James & Livingston Taylor, Jim Croce, Woody & Arlo Guthrie, John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Goodman, Robbie Robertson, Van Morrison, Guy Clark, Jackson Browne...
What equipment do you use?
Classical Breedlove Pursuit named "DEBORA", 1st Breedlove AD25/SM 6 String Guitar named "UNCLE TED", 2nd Breedlove AD25/SM 6 String Guitar named "FLO", Breedlove AJ-250_SF-12 String Guitar named "WILLIAM GORDO AXEMORE", Gretsch G9460 Ganjo named "Ganjo Reinhardt", Bed/Bath&Beyond Spoons
Anything else?
CD Recordings: Spotify: Chapman James Spotify
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