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BREATHE OWL BREATHE


M I X I N G M U S I C A N D L I T E R A T U R E


by Kevin VanAntwerpen


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OR BREATHE OWL BREATHE, East Jordan’s earthy folk outfit, reaching a national audience may have been a long road (one that spanned over seven years), but the trials never exceeded the joy. “I’d say the biggest accomplishment for Breathe Owl Breathe


is that we’re good friends who love to make music together,” said Micah Middaugh (vocals/guitar). “We’re lucky. The music is bigger than we are.” With two-thirds of the band based out of cabin in the woods


near Lake Charlevoix, it’s the simple things that keep its members happy. Middaugh describes his favorite tour moment camping beneath the mountains in Nebraska and cooking lentil soup out of a can, while listening to a creek in the background. Currently, the band is offering Middaugh an opportunity to embrace another love


– this time, art. On a tentative release date of July 28, Breathe Owl Breathe will release a 7” vinyl packaged with a children’s book, illustrated with hand-carved wood prints done by Middaugh, a former art student. “One of my early memories is my parents having this record player and the feeling


that it would generate,” Middaugh said. “It was really magical. And then, every night before bed, I would open up [Shel Silverstein’s] Where the Sidewalk Ends to a random


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