Ordinary Elephant (from the album Honest available on Berkalin Records)
The easy way Ordinary Elephant share memories in “Rust Right Through” and the way the duo hear Montana magpies tell secrets as they peel scabs from sins of the past with “Scars We Keep” is a world away from the decisions that led couple into a musical career. Crystal (guitar) and Pete (clawhammer banjo) Damore had job security as a veterinary cardiologist (Crystal) and computer programmer (Pete). After some coaxing, Pete pulled Crystal out of her comfort zone as she realized that a fuller life exists beyond the borders of conformity, and she recalls that ‘I had a safe job and was on a safe life trajectory, financially but those things were like a safety rail you reach for — a habit, a comfortable familiarity... something you’re expected to reach for. I was letting those things hold me up instead of learning to stand on my own. And one day, down the road, I would retire, and that job and those people who I thought I needed to please, would fall away, and I’d be left with me, not having lived the life I truly wanted or felt called to. That is not safe to my well-being’.
The experiences of “Jenny and James” are used as life lessons when Ordinary Elephant pay attention to the education the pair in the story received. The camera rolls into a scene to home setting, zeroing in on the thoughts we keep inside in “Worth the Weight” as a spotlight shines on the wall portraits telling the story of a lifetime in “Hope to Be That Happy” while weary harmonies feel a heaviness in their bones for “I’m Alright”.
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