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July 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
“It’s all right with me if you want to go home. It’s all right with me – I can sink on my own. But I will be the last refugee.” So goes the chorus of singer-songwriter Bill Price’s final song, The Last Refugee, written for and connected to his ambitious I Can’t Stop Looking at the Sky musical, literary and design odyssey. He says it sums up not only the project but also what it’s like to be a creative person with an artistic vision that only he can clearly see.
The music is varied and rich with different textures, instruments and rhythms. Presented as a journey, this thematic work speaks to universal human experiences of time, home, place, childhood, forgiveness, grace and paradox. Price claims that at this point in his life, it simply adds up to his worldview. While the themes may be broad, what makes the piece unique and more specific is the story behind it. Inspired partially by explorers Lewis & Clark, Price took a lengthy trip to the American West. “It was life-changing—a real journey on several levels. I have not been the same since,” he says. “The ideas and inspiration from both the physical and internal journey propelled this project forward, and it seemed to take on a life of its own.”