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Folk Flashback -1989 – David Wilcox – “Language of the Heart”

David WilcoxAs I search the guest list of Mountain Stage, I see that the first time that David Wilcox‘s name appears is February 18, 1990. The reason that I’m looking at that list is I think that is the first time I heard David Wilcox’s music…. I know  the first time I heard him, among the songs that he played was “The Nightshift Watchman” and it wasn’t long after that I went out and bought his début album! What a fantastic song and what a great songwriter. From his website:

Considered a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’, his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.


Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring extensively around the US and world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.” Read More

From his Wikipedia biography, here’s what David says about his approach to music:

Music is about all the different kinds of feelings we can have — we can be scared, we can be angry, we can be hopeful, we can be sad. We can be all these things and have company in it. Music is sacred ground and it shouldn’t be reduced to that kind of simplified demographic target-marketing.
—David Wilcox, 1998[10]

The song has to offer something universal. I want songs that people can understand the first time … I write songs with layers in them, so they stay interesting over the years.
—David Wilcox, 1999[6]

Here’s David with one of those songs that’s stayed interesting since 1989. “Language of the Heart” appears on his second album (first on a major label) on A&M How Did You Find Me Here. Well people did, the album sold over 100,000 copies by word of mouth!