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Manitou’s Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun is the most recent homage to the city of Detroit, a journey that began in 2006 with All Points North, continued with 2015’s Landscape, Histories and Sentiment and continues exploring the poetics of a disappearing Detroit.
Manitou’s Detroit is the ‘Paris of the Midwest’ a term coined in the mid-twentieth century to allude to the beauty and grandeur that was Detroit. The city’s decay was captured with the pre-bankruptcy All Points North, but the homage to what was began to be captured withLandscape, Histories and Sentiment and continues with Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun.
Manitou, is nothing, if not a vehicle for the sentimental and nostalgic feelings that I have of my paternal grandparents coming here from Europe and my maternal grandparents coming north from the hollers of Appalachia to work and make better lives for themselves in that ‘Paris of the Midwest’ at a time when possibility and majestic grandeur were ubiquitous in Detroit.
Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun, mostly, is concerned with buildings and landmarks that are long gone, Water Works Park, Russell House, the Algiers Motel and some not so long gone, such as the Park Avenue Hotel which was recently razed to make way for the new Little Caesars Area (where the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons will begin playing in the fall of 2017) or the Eight Mile Wall, which was kind of like our very own segregated dividing line, ala the Berlin Wall, that you don’t hear much about… There are many history lessons here, probably, but I’m most concerned with the ghosts of yesterday and what they can tell us today about tomorrow.
Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun will only be released on Bandcamp, initially, and will go to Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc… eventually… a CD of Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun will happen if there’s enough interest.