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The Music of Douglas Thomas

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Nov 19, 2014 9:53 AM

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The music of Douglas Thomas is inextricably intertwined with themes of the self, community and the natural world.

"It really comes from my background," Thomas says of the motifs present throughout his music. "I studied environmental science. I'm studying urban planning now. I'm very interested in environmental land use. I farmed for a number of years and did a lot of gardening and studying of permaculture. So all of those ideas and living in Lancaster, a place where agriculture is so highly valued and a deep part of the roots here, it's really influenced the content of my material."

Thomas's first collection of songs, Trimmings, is mostly a solo performance. Gone to Seed, his second album which was released earlier this year, features more musicians and elaborate instrumentation.

He began writing music when he was about 8 years old and playing piano. "It was something that came natural to me. It was a source of meditation." His gravitation towards music was set against a backdrop of the nature of Lancaster County.

"I lived in a fairly rural area and I had a forest in the backyard and a swamp and a river all in one piece of land. I was really fortunate to just have time to wander and explore...So it seemed natural that once I started living in more urban environments I was really starting to question where this fit in with my relationship with the natural world."

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