So who says you have to be happy to create worthwhile art? Not Baerwald, certainly, whose forthcoming Here Comes the New Folk Underground is actually rather upbeat, despite songs chronicling such things as the deaths of several loved ones and the crash of Baerwald's single-engine airplane (he was unharmed). Given that, when you hear him sing a song like the sunny "Nothing's Gonna Bring Me Down," you've gotta believe that Baerwald had a serious attitude adjustment somewhere along the line. Of course the album also has a song titled "If (A Boy Whore in a Man's Jail)," so the jury may still be out on this guy.
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