Issue: October 2001
Bay Homage

     Tom Wisner’s new CD “Made of Water,” his first recording since the 1979 Folkways album “Chesapeake Born,” has all the fervor the bard routinely musters for audiences around the Bay. Intertwined with originals like the call-and-response title tune and the familiar “Chesapeake Born,” we have Wisner’s recitations of poets Rilke and Hughes, and a wonderful story about his last encounter with the late Bay raconteur and skipjack captain Alec Kellam. My particular favorite in the collection is Wisner’s evocative “Cap’m Gone,” which speaks to the dwindling population of working watermen: “How this boat gonna go down this old river? / How she gonna find her way back home? / How she gonna know when the cold wind gonna blow? / Cap’m gone, that old Cap’m, Cap’m gone!”

     “Made of Water” can be had for $20, plus $3 shipping (Md. residents add 5% sales tax) from Chestory, P.O. Box 1462, Solomons, MD 20688; www.chestory.org.