Chapman James


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Live Performance at the Earl & Pollyooza, Flint River, AL SEPT 2013


"If everyone were an audience for every artist, art form and genre... we would all simply express ourselves the same way everyday. Where's the joy in that?" ~ Chapman James
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 just won't become lost like so many raindrops in the ocean and just maybe they'll shed a little light on what is to be expected from this seemingly insignificant species called human... polhemuse@yahoo.com

Born James Chapman Polhemus in Stuttgart Germany and brought up nicknamed 'Buddy' in the deep southeast (now residing in Ardmore, TN), Chapman has had unique insights into the development of a Folk musician. "A writer is not necessarily the one that shouts 'Hear Me!' (that's the performer talking) , but one that listens and seems to whisper 'I heard you'." Whether it's the sound 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. "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" Feel free to record and/or rearrange these demos 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..... http://www.soundclick.com/chapmanjames