Clarence performing with the New Christy Minstrels, November 19, 2006
Jessica, in the moment....
Jessica Mariah Treat
May 9, 1969 - July 29, 2004
WHAT YOU GET
1. Freeborn Man (BMI - K. Allison/M. Lindsay) - Burch Mann of the American Folk
Ballet asked me to sing this in her ballet, "Cattle Trail Saloon." What an imagination this lady had!
2. You Know My Name (ASCAP - A. Podell/W. Schorr) - After Nick Woods "Name", I come up a bit short, but.....
Bending Blades (BMI - T. O'brien) - This song touches a chord in me.
4. Lights of Cheyenne (BMI - Jack Murphy)
- I love the poetry....
5. Scarlet Ribbons (J. Segal/E. Johnson) - I sang this song so many times while attending
Occidental college in the late '50s, I completely burned out on it. Wouldn't sing it for decades. I think it deserves
6. Mother and Son (L. Hughes/H. Johnson) - "Well, Child, I'll tell ya', life for me
ain't been no chrystal stair!", what a powerful metaphor for the poor children of America!.
We're Leaving the Fast Life - In the early 1960s, I wrote and performed music for the sound track of six educational films for
Arthur Barr Productions. This song is from, "Take Time to See."
8. Sierra Mountain Spirits - My
wife, Alaris, is a professional dancer. We met in 1990 on the way to the USSR where we performed with the American folk Ballet,
I as a singer. Three years later, we're married! At one point, our individual careers threatened to separate us, inspiring
this very romantic song.
9. I'm Going Back to Kingsburg, Ca. - I wrote this song for my Class of
'56 High School Reunion in 2000. I love it because it contains every overused cliche I could think of...and Kingsburg folks
love it, too.
THE FOLLOWING WERE WRITTEN BY JESSICA:
10. Poor Side of Town - Jessica really
nailed it with this one. The "sweet peas", "barbecue" and "lottery tickets" she learned from my parents. But, how did
she learn about "Jimmie Dean" and "Wilma"? Maybe it was because she was the "Traveler" about which she was singing in #11.
11. The Traveler Who Never Leaves - She always had a book in her hand, or one near by.
12. Mouse in the Corner
- I took me a couple of times through to figure out what she was singing. Now I'm not sure I really want to know what it means.
13. St Francis of Assissi - From where did this song come! I am in awe of Jessica's creativity and her ability to sit there
and make such music.
14. What It's Coming To - The last phrase, "Somebody comes after you", says it all.
15. Brave the Pain of Change - Jessica's poem inspired me to write and record this song. I wrote it as a love song,
though the lyrics expresses how she felt when a band of which she was a part broke up. Clarence Treat