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Joe Uveges' sound advice

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NARD CLAAR
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Singer-songwriter Joe Uveges has been a Colorado Springs resident for most of the past 30 years. He grew up in a small upstate New York farming town and studied theology at a Catholic university in a failed attempt at becoming a priest. This would not be the last failure in his life, he insists, while citing his greatest achievement as his 26-year marriage to his wife Kristen. A longtime Unitarian Universalist music director, his beliefs are, he says, complicated but loving. His daughter Katie, who frequently accompanies him on violin, and his son Andrew, who died by suicide two years ago in May, remain the most precious parts of his life. While no longer performing 150 concerts a year, Joe still manages to squeeze in a good 60 or 70. He and Katie will be playing a free show Aug. 1 as part of Broadmoor Community Church’s “Summer Concerts in the Glen” series.

Essential Saturday night listening: If I still partied, which I pretty much do not, it would be something along the lines of the Allman Brothers or Marvin Gaye. Different vibe, same joy.

Essential Sunday morning listening: Earth Town Square by Peter Mayer, who’s probably been my favorite songwriter for the last 15 years or so. I met Pete back in 2000 at the Lyons Folk Festival, and his set was sublime and perfect for a Sunday morning. The album’s closing track “Coming Home” is so deeply about the journey every human heart longs for, it makes me cry every time.

First record I bought with my own money: Three Dog Night’s Greatest Hits. Still smile to think of forking over, what, like $2.50? 1976 was a very good year.

“Wish I’d written that” song: Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill.” Arguably the most jamming 7/4 song in the history of, well, the world. Clearly inspired by a mystical moment, although I’ve heard tell it’s mostly about his decision to leave the band Genesis. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: “She’s too Fat for Me Polka.”

Artist more people should know about: Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer’s Tanglewood Tree album remains a favorite of mine and my wife Kristen. Dave died a number of years ago, but his lyrical genius still remains in songs like “Crocodile Man” and “Farewell to Saint Dolores.”

Guilty pleasure: I’m not getting paid enough to share that kind of information. I do love low-salt potato chips.

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