New music video in Reddings Putnam Memorial Park, inspired by the Revolutionary War general

REDDING – In March of this year, snow was still on the ground when Georgia-based musician Glenn Edward Hall arrived at Reddings Putnam Memorial State Park. It was perfect – just as Hall had imagined.

Hall was preparing to shoot a music video for one of his new songs, “Winter with Old Put,” which depicts the brutal winter that General Israel Putnam and his soldiers endured during the War of Independence. The song is part of a six-song album called “Clouds Turn Black” that Hall released this fall.

“Here I am finally in my 50s and have my first release, which just came out November 12th,” he said. “The idea of ​​writing a song about Putnam had been really beating around me for years.”

The song is sung from the perspective of a soldier Putnam.

Hall takes on vocals, guitar, banjo, and bass for the song. The song also features Jenee Fleenor on violin and Hall’s son Caleb Hall on drums. Fleenor also plays in Blake Shelton’s band and is the violinist on The Voice.

The song was mixed by Caleb Hall and recorded at Shabby Road Studios in Georgia and Nashtrax in Nashville.

Hall’s other son, Max Hall, came to Redding with him earlier this year to direct and produce the entire music video.

The stuff of a music video

In the video, Hall stands surrounded by bare trees and clumps of snow, and breaths can be seen in the cold air. As the song hits the chorus, battles of the Revolutionary War flash with the telltale cardinal red of the British army cloaks and bayonets.

Hall started writing the songs in the early months of the pandemic.

“I also just wrote these songs about people looking for hope in the midst of difficult times,” he said.

The song belongs to the Americana genre, which combines various North American musical traditions such as blues, folk, gospel, jazz and country.

“I love the raw sound, the authenticity and the vulnerability that you can hear,” Hall said of the genre.

It goes well with the story and purpose of the song.

The lyrics are inspired by old stories that fascinated Hall as a young boy growing up in Bethel, and especially those about General Putnam, or Old Put as he was called.

The park was a frequent hangout for Hall’s high school friends. On cold winter days they skated on the frozen ponds. But Hall often felt drawn away from his pals and into the past.

“I always drifted away a bit and found myself over in the museum or just hanging on the so-called fire walls, the remains of the soldiers ‘chimneys that were part of the soldiers’ small log cabins,” Hall said. “I was kind of wondering who is this guy, Israel Putnam?”

Putnam was stationed in what is now Putnam Memorial State Park during the brutal winter of 1778 and 1779. Everyone knows Washington’s winter in Valley Forge, but few remember Putnam’s winter in Redding in Connecticut’s Valley Forge.

“It seemed like a good setting for someone who wants to find some hope in a dark time,” Hall said.

The office of state historian paints a gloomy picture through historical reports.

After months of skirmishes and patrols along the Hudson River Valley, Putnam and his men camped in Redding, where they would have easy access to key Continental Army locations such as West Point, New York City and New England, it is said.

“In addition to the harsh winds, snow and temperatures, there was a critical shortage of supplies, including food, blankets and winter clothing,” said Putnam’s winter summary. “Worse still, the troops were paid in depreciated continental paper currency, which left many of them unable to financially support their families back home.”

The park would eventually become Connecticut’s first state archaeological reserve, according to its website.

Turn stories into songs

Some of the lines are inspired by Hall’s favorite stories about Old Put.

“If you are not afraid of anything, Lord, then you are not being brave. / You have to taste your fear of pulling a wolf out of its own den. / Some generals send their troops ahead when the time to fight comes / Old Put is first in line and he shows us how to do it. “

The lines allude to an old legend about Putnam and a wolf who terrorized the nearby city.

“The first time he really showed his courage and willingness to do anything to make it happen, he actually crawled into the cave and killed the wolf,” Hall said.

As the story goes, a wolf molested local cattle and farmers. Putnam and his neighbors decided to do something about it. They chased the wolf to a cave, and from there Putnam valiantly raised his hand to enter and kill the wolf.

Hall channels these and other stories in his texts and takes up themes of strength and strength.

His personal favorite line comes from the bridge, where he sings: “Every day I asked the question, what is it worth killing for? / I just prayed that my sons and daughters would never know a war again. “

Hall said the music video is also intended to raise awareness of crisis situations veterans – people with anxiety, addictions, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The title of the album itself is an ode to resilience and overcoming difficult times.

Even if bad times come and change is inevitable, Hall said, we will make it together.

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