Diggin’: Dave McGrew – D.O.C. Man

inTheir Musicon February 7, 2019


McGrew’s lyrics speak of fragmentation and isolation. The self is in pieces and the part with a mouth is lonely. To read the song sheets is sad. To listen to the songs, though, is to hear the McGrew I first met in the sunshine when I was a teenager, who moved through the orchards faster than anyone, an active, problem-solving, reliable friend. He stands in the circle of his acquaintance and enthusiastically entertains, in unity and connection. I have seen him do it by firelight by the ditches in the orchards.

— Tim Duffy

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