Picture it; Hapnot collegiate circa 1995. A stick of a young boy sits in the high schools computer lab, clutching a copy of Joni Mitchell’s Clouds LP. Her image beams in shades of yellow and orange. The boys homework for creative writing class involved writing about any song lyric of his choice; his decision was to draw from Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides, Now’.
The lab was spattered with an assortment of teens typing away – including a teacher at the front of the class droning on in lecture, and a tall, gangly guy with flowing hair who tossed a pen up and down in the air but a few computer screens down from the boy. He seemed to be distracted from learning.
Now this boy with the LP was awkward in every sense of the word: braces, glasses, pimples, curly hair and big ol’ nose and Adams apple protruding from his face; scurrying the school halls at a fast pace with head down in as invisible fashion as he could. Far too shy and insecure to participate in the school band or choir – his enjoyment of music was spent entirely in the solitude of his bedroom.
The other guy – by comparison, was as cool as they come – appeared goofy, boisterous, involved with other peers musically; he certainly exuded an air of confidence the other boy had never known. They had never spoken, though being a natural people-watcher the awkward boy had certainly taken note of this long-haired character before.
You could imagine his surprise when over his shoulder he hears a voice ask “You like Joni Mitchell?” It was the tall guy with long hair and the question was indeed directed at him. “Um… yeah”, was about all he could manage to reply; engaging was a bit of foreign concept to him.
Thus was the start of a friendship between two unlikely guys – of course that guy with the long hair was David Fort and that boy was me.
I’ve known David since this time and the years and stories between us, though perhaps a little muddled now have always meant a lot to me – as has his friendship. David’s involvement with music has never ceased; he’s been at it for years, writing, performing, recording and touring. He is the founding member of the Winnipeg-based band TWIN (check them out on Reverbnation) and I could see him being this involved for the rest of his life; perhaps this is exactly as it should be.
In David’s offering to let me record ‘Sunrise’ he did me a great service; more so, by singing it with me on Tiny Army: The D. Holmes Sessions he gave me something I’ll hold close for my lifetime. It’s an understatement to say he wrote a beautiful song – his contribution to this project feels like a piece of home has made it onto this album, and I suppose given how far back we go, its really quite true.
Below David has taken some time to share some of his own thoughts by answering a few questions for this interview – check them out and be sure to give ‘Sunrise’ a proper listen.
Q) Where did the inspiration for Sunrise come from?
DF) It’s a bit of an individualistic song as it is a call for some semblance of a camaraderie in things we already know depressed deep inside of us all.
Q) What does Sunrise mean to you personally?
DF) It’s been a real go-to song on tour as it always seems to work wherever we put it!
Q) As a songwriter, where do you find your inspiration?
DF) I write a lot of things in my head while walking. As far as inspiration just by trying to embody the things I am absorbing around me.
Q) You’re on a desert island and you only have 5 albums – what are they?
DF) Oh nasty Question!
Q) What did you think of your experience in working with CC & being included within the Tiny Army project?
DF) Wonderful to say the least~! Right off the top working with a home town friend(Flin Flon) is great. Also Curtis is top notch real deal artist so for him to recognize my work is an honor as well. I also really enjoyed the hands off letting someone else take your work and give it something you would have never dreamed of is great.
Q) What’s next for David Fort & Twin?
DF) Returned to Winnipeg after the summer river tours and working on recording and upcoming tours.
THANK YOU Dave for your participation on Tiny Army!!!!
(Photograph by Darren Holmes)
Listen to it on Soundcloud here.