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Dustin Lowman

Dustin Lowman is a folksinger, residing in the greater New York City area. His passions reach far beyond the strictures of folk music; from an early age, he coveted baseball mastery (and still does, though his pursuit has slowed); from a slightly less early age, he coveted golf mastery; and from a later age yet, he coveted music mastery. Of the three, music has been the most durable, if for no other reason than it's the only one you can get better at while sitting in a chair.

His first attempt to write a novel occurred at the age of eight, and failed honorably. His second attempt came at the age of ten, and, after a longer and more dignified effort, failed equally honorably. His third effort came at the age of eighteen, and, after a concentrated, deliberate effort, was completed dishonorably. Reaching the end, disgusted by the swill he'd set on the pages, he saved the document in an unmarked subfolder in a misleadingly-titled realm of computer data, and has not looked at it since. 

In his earliest days of angst, Lowman became enraptured by Pete Townshend. Shortly thereafter, when strict angst gave way to a more numinous, abstracted anxiety, he became enraptured by Bob Dylan. In Bob Dylan, Lowman felt he'd seen a ghost and identified with it. He would go on to develop a friendly working relationship with it. The ghost of Bob Dylan would continue to haunt and help him as Lowman taught himself to play guitar and, directing his penchant for linguistic acrobatics away from novels, began to write his own songs.

Songwriting proved a loyal companion in an ofttimes disloyal world. Confounded by betrayals of head, heart, and spirit, Lowman would retreat into his inner sanctum to compose ballads on the matters at hand. When his parents divorced, and undermined his teenage notions of eternal love, he took to the sanctum to question. When he could not love his first love as though she were his last, he took to the sanctum to self-flagellate. When he struggled to withstand the hailstones of lonesomeness and distraction by which all souls are bombarded, he took to the sanctum to rebel. Making such pilgrimages with such frequency, the songwriting sanctum became an enduringly dignified space.

Dustin Lowman's mission is to share with his worldly cohort the results of his sessions in the inner sanctum. In doing so, he hopes to affect a spirit of commiseration between himself and his audience. His songs are comedic, tragic, absurd, naturalistic, traditional, and heretical, and ultimately, they speak to the glory of man, and not his decay. Lowman believes that man decays perfectly well on his own, but has a less easy time achieving glory. He invites you to observe what his quest for the perfect song has yielded up.

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