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Martin Sexton turns life into musical "snapshots"

of the Oakland Press

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Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton considers any of his nine albums a “snapshot of me at any given time,” and that’s particularly true of “Shane,” a song about his now 2-year-old son from the Northampton, Mass.-based troubadour’s latest album, 2010’s “Sugarcoating.”

“There’s a line in the song that says, ‘Shane, soon you’ll be walking on your own,’ ” Sexton, 44, recalls. “He was crawling around the kitchen table while we were writing the song. He was ready to walk. And by the time we recorded the song he was walking.

“You can really measure the time passing by things like that.”

One song that’s staying particularly relevant, however, is the title track of “Sugarcoating,” which ponders the wake of the 911 tragedy and asks for someone to “tell it like it is.” With the 10th anniversary of the event coming up, Sexton is hoping the song and its skepticism will be part of the discussion.

“I would hope that the song falls on all kinds of ears, not just preaching to the choir,” he says, “and I have evidence that it has fallen on ears that aren’t a member of my particular choir and it has got people just asking the question ‘What really happened on that day, and where has it brought us in the last 10 years?’

“I seems to me that day was a catalyst for a lot of scary stuff. Is (911) the reason why we’re handing over our Bill of Rights? And is that the reason we fought these expensive, both financial and human life cost, wars over the past decade? I’ve sung that song and people have scratched their heads and looked into it further, which is all you can as for, really.”

Martin Sexton and Joanna Mosea perform Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 reserved, $25 general admission. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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