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Dandelion Days gets first ever soundtrack

Steve Skinner produced "Dandelion Daze," a compilation CD of 10 local musicians' original dandelion-themed songs. Skinner and the other musicians will perform at this year's Dandelion Days.
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Dandelion Days Schedule of Events

Friday, May 8

5 p.m.: Eco-film at the Crystal Theater “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds.” Donations welcome

7 p.m.: “Wild Wisom of Weeds” slide presentation by Katrina Blair at True Nature Healing Arts. $10 suggested donation.

Saturday, May 9

10 a.m.: Parade of the Species on Main Street. Gather at Main and 2nd Street at 9:45 a.m. Dress as your favorite species, real or imaginary. Bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, wagons, carts and animals are welcome. No motorized vehicles.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Sustainability Fair in Sopris Park

10:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony, Order of the Dandelion Award

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Compost judging. Bring your samples to the Compost Booth. Awards for the healthiest compost.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Free light bulb recycling. Bring your used fluorescent, incandescent and halogen bulbs to the Bright Ideas booth. Batteries, too.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: CCAH Kids Art Tent. Paint a flowerpot or make a card for Mother’s Day. Free.


10:45-11:15 a.m. Drangonfly Song Circle

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dandelion Songwriters Showcase

1-1:45 p.m. Steve Skinner and the Dandy Lions

2-4 p.m. Saddle the Unicorn

4-6 p.m. Wooden Nickel with a Contra Dance at 5 p.m.

Educational Presentations, Learning Tent A:

11 a.m.: Discovering Where Sustainability Flows, Will Evans

Noon: Wild Wisdom of Weeds, Katrina Blair

1 p.m.: Harvesting Wild Yeast, Linda Criswell

2 p.m.: Growing plants that Heal, Chrissy Manes

3 p.m.: Making Floral Waters and Essential Oils, Grace Stahlschmidt

Educational Presentations, Learning Tent B:

12:30 p.m.: Sustainability Through Service: Building Socio-Ecological Community, Alex Curtiss

1:30 p.m.: Climate Mitigation Through Energy Efficience Programs, Maisa Metcalf

2:30 p.m.: Should Wolves be Restored to Colorado? Jason evitt

3:30 p.m.: Seedsaving for the Future of Food, Casey Piscura

More Presentations:

11:30 a.m. at the Indoor Garden & Brew Supply Tent: brewing demonstration

Demonstrations on the hour at the Roaring Fork High School Ag Bio booth: Fun with Worms for Kids, How to Make Compost Teas and Garden Season Extension Methods

Sunday, May 10

11 a.m.: Wild Weed Walk with Katrina Blair. Meet at the gazebo in Sopris Park. Free.

The 17th annual Dandelion Days festival in Carbondale will have its first soundtrack this year, thanks to Steve Skinner and nine other local songwriters.

“Dandelion Daze” was produced by Skinner, KDNK’s general manager, and as far as he knows, it’s the first dandelion-themed compilation CD ever. It features songs by Tim Brogdon, Jimmy Byrne, Anakeesta Ironwood, Olivia Pevec, Dan Rosenthal, Eaden Shantay, Riley Skinner, Steve Skinner, Stacy Stein and Michael Waters.

The idea for a Dandelion Days compilation CD has been brewing in Pevec’s mind for years, but she said Skinner was able to bring the album to fruition.

“For years I’ve been trying to talk Jimmy [Byrne, organizer of the Songwriter’s Showcase] into doing that,” Pevec said. “But it was really Steve. He has the recording studio, and right after the festival last year he said, ‘Let’s do a CD,’ so I jumped onboard right away.”

Skinner said when he asked the songwriters if they’d be interested and offered up his home “Shed Studio,” everyone said yes. But getting musicians to commit to the project was a challenge, and the CD didn’t come together until the last minute.

Now that it has, though, Skinner couldn’t be happier with the results.

“It’s community, and it’s celebratory,” he said. “It’s springlike. It’s really folksy and hyper-local. At the same time, it’s the only compilation of dandelion songs in the whole wide world that I could find. As a radio programmer, I’m always looking for things like that, and people here relate to it.”

Skinner said while a few musicians sent him their own recordings, most of the songs were recorded in his studio.

“Most people came into my studio and got in the spirit of things and just had a good time,” he said. “The process varied because you’ve got people who’ve never been in the studio before and people who are very comfortable in the studio. I was very comfortable in the producer’s chair, and most of the songs were very simple and recorded live.”

Pevec’s song, called “Weeds,” is a simple folk tune that challenges the way human beings see invasive species.

“It’s about a dandelion and how our perspective on invasive species is a little bit out of whack,” she said. “Do we count ourselves as weeds or not?”

In addition to contributing a song, Pevec also created the album artwork and packaged the CDs using recycled cases. She said she’ll focus even more on using post-consumer materials if an album is recorded next year, a project she’d be happy to participate in again.

“I love that this is a part of our annual celebration of our funny town flower,” she said. “It’s a great bunch of songs, it’s super diverse, and I really think it would only get better.”

Skinner said he’s not positive he’ll take on this project again next year, but at this point he’s leaning toward that option.

“It depends on if I feel inspired again, but I think I will,” he said.

Profits from “Dandelion Daze” sales will go to the Dandelion Days committee, which will decide on a local environmental cause to donate to. Limited edition CDs will be available for a $10 donation at Dandelion Days, and a digital download of the album can be purchased with a “name your price” option at http://www.steveskinner.bandcamp.com

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