Michael Eck Does Raymond Carver
Photograph by Tom Lindsay
Singer-songwriter Michael Eck is taking his “maximum solo acoustic” approach to the minimalist fiction of Raymond Carver for a one-time-only performance at the Albany Public Library. He’ll be joined by author and Times Union writer Paul Grondahl for the performance of “Signals: Songs from Raymond Carver” at 7pm on Wednesday (August 24).
The tribute to Raymond Carver in song is the latest installment of the library’s Reading Music series, which features Local 518 musicians composing and performing music inspired by works of literature.
Eck suggested a full evening of songs prompted by selections like “So Much Water So Close to Home,” “Gazebo” and “Chef’s House” because, coming of age in the literary scene of the ’80s, “Carver was a core presence.”
“The starkness of his work, especially in the stories edited by Gordon Lish, was monumental,” Eck says. “The shape of his poetry, the ability to put so much context into a single sentence and the immediate access to the darker emotions, these were all profound influences on the way I approached songwriting then and now.”
Eck will perform a dozen original songs inspired by Carver’s writings and will be joined Grondahl, who will read from Carver’s stories and speak about the author.
Admission is free.