we call from the far reaches of Handsome
Family Forest. There are whispers in the
branches. There are voices in the roots.
Read on, Brave Reader, know the truth...
DATES! ANCIENT TREE
A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST… For reasons
unknown, ancient stumps are kept alive
for centuries by their companions, fed
by a sugar solution through their roots.
What strange longing leads a tree to
feed the stump of the fallen? What does
a century feel like to a stump? These
are the questions that stop me as I’m
walking across dimly lit parking
LAST... We are nearing completion of a
recording of ten new songs entitled,
“Unseen.” The release date worldwide is
September, 2016. More details as we find
them— though nothing is easily found
inside this over-turned canoe we call
home. Pre-ordering will begin as soon as
we find our paddles. You will be
OF THE FOREST...
are more than roots connecting trees.
Forest dirt is also home to a network of
fungal trails that run between hundreds
of trees, even those of different
species. In summer birch trees use the
fungal web to feed excess carbon to
shaded firs. In winter the firs return
the favor when leaves above them drop
and their needles find the sun. The
black walnut spreads poison through the
fungal network in order to keep other
plants from growing nearby. The
strangest truth of this secret dirt
network is that there are giants beneath
us: fungal webs can be immense. An
enormous fungus living in the soil of
Oregon’s Blue Mountains is said to be
the largest organism alive today. It is
four square miles in girth and estimated
to be thousands of years old. Is this
where the feeling of being watched comes
from as you walk through a forest? There
are invisible giants beneath your feet
and they have taught the trees to talk.
Teach me, oh great fungus, to speak the
language of the branches!
I am slowly amassing a series of very
softly spoken podcasts called whispercasts.
Each one is a softly spoken talk about a
single Handsome Family song, beginning
with the songs from our 1998 record
“Through the Trees”. I have posted three
so far. Have a listen on headphones and
you’ll feel like I’m whispering in your
ear as we huddle beneath an overturned
friends, may the branches hear your
thoughts on parsley,
wildebeests, pyramid magic and