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Circle! Newsletter Launched
Circle! Newsletter Launched
April 9, 2003
A group of anti-hunger volunteers has launched a new online newletter called Circle!.
Inspired by the legacy of Harry Chapin, Circle! is presented on this website to help
any of Harry's fans who wish to do so to get involved in current projects that seek to alleviate and eliminate hunger.
Welcome to Circle!
It is hard to nail down all the positive impact that individuals are making within the ever-growing extension of the Chapin community.
But there’s no doubt that Harry’s “just do something” spirit lives on every day.
To keep Harry’s “circle” going, a free online newsletter has been launched to highlight how people are fighting the good fight.
The newsletter has the simple goals of encouraging Chapin fans to get involved in making the world a better place – and having a little fun along the
way (hey, it wouldn’t be a Chapin newsletter without some funny stories).
So, as part of the Chapin community, we invite you to visit the premiere issue of Circle!
Click here and enjoy….
- An introduction by Jen Chapin, Harry’s daughter who now chairs World Hunger Year.
- Inspiring reflections about Jim Chapin, the nonstop-talking brother who helped keep WHY’s vision alive and focused on supporting long-term solutions to hunger and poverty.
- A 1977 speech by Harry on the importance of volunteering that’s as meaningful today as it was 25 years ago.
- An inside look at the Cookshop Program, a WHY award-winning program that teaches at-risk youth how life is down on the farm.
- The “Better Place To Sleep” story as told by Sandy Chapin.
- The latest listings of upcoming WHY and Chapin-related events.
- And much more!
Most importantly, Circle! is about and for people like you who make a difference everyday. So, click here to start reading!
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"Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world?" -- Harry Chapin, 1942-1981.
The Latest Release
Sniper & Other Love Songs
In 1972, Harry released
Sniper & Other Love Songs.
Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.
Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in
a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But
perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly
lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."
Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out
Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the
Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced"
feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless,
it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best
for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!