Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Home for the Holidays

Interview with Dr. Patrick Faricy conducted December 2009.

"Well no matter where I wander I know I'll always
find a welcome.

For at the end of every journey, they'll be
friendly people waiting."

Please allow the diversion of a personalized post.
A few months ago I found a record by a folk band from The Springs – Emanon Majority. The LP features the three-part harmony of Pat Faricy, John Griebel and Mel Perry.

"It was recorded in 1965 while we were seniors at St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs," said Patrick Faricy. "We originally were the New Brandywine Singers, but when the real Brandywine Singers found out about us and threatened to sue, we changed the name to Emanon [No Name--spelled backwards]."

Faricy grew up in Pueblo, attending Saint Patrick's grade school. When he was 10 years old, he and his family moved to Colorado Springs.

"This was our only album and we sold it ourselves; I believe we made 500 copies. We all are still friends but went our separate ways after leaving high school. Mel and I are physicians in Colorado Springs, John is an attorney in Denver."

A recent trip home to Pueblo for Thanksgiving had me feeling pretty melancholy after I crossed the Colorado state line—back to my current zip code. No matter how many times I come home to visit, the trip is much too short. As we continued the long drive I couldn’t help but think about a song I had heard on this album (the group's take on a Kingston Trio song, "I'm Going Home"). I’d like to share it with you.

No matter where you wander, have a wonderful holiday.

Listen to “Colorado”

COMING NEXT POST: Frankie Bregar and his Polka Kings of the West

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