"Knowing these songs fairly well, coming from Barbara’s former band Timbuk3, I pretended I was hearing them for the first time.
They worked, radically, on their own.
Barbara’s dry clarity, in narratives from the intimate to the political, stands among the strongest American voices accompanied by this minimal a means, a single guitar, since Bruce Springsteen’s "Nebraska”.
This music, played back to a Timbuk3 audience, will hold up far past authentically. For those few who wonder where the next “Nebraska” may show up - Barbara K’s got it right here.“
“One of the finest elements of Tibetan Buddhism is its existential usefulness. Slogans like "If you can practice while distracted, you are well-trained,” and “Drive all blames into oneself” are both questions and answers at once.
“Barbara K’s latest work - which speaks directly from this particular philosophy - is a collective, this band has a long, deep voice. This group of musicians fully embodies much of the unsparing social and emotional vision of Timbuk3, of which Barbara was half, and something darker and farther, spiritually.
”This is stern, intelligent, sensuous, melancholic, and compassionate music, not attractive pop stuff at all. It’s too confrontational, and also more objectively beautiful. Get this music. It’s really useful.“
~ J.W. Mahoney
for protectors of water and life
there is a darkness on the horizon
the darkness is beating the drum of fear
we hear the drum but we are not afraid
water is sweet medicine
water is life and makes us strong
we are not afraid of the darkness
we are protectors of water and life
we are light and we live
barbara k 9/19/16