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Edwin and the Big Scroll

Edwin the faithful.

That's what I call my penpal Edwin from Surrey, UK.  He's been with me since the start of the Postcard Project. 

Right now, I am WAY behind on my correspondence with him.  He's got three letters on me, including this beauty -- written on a tiny scroll:

I'm in the midst of writing the first of the three letters I owe him.  But until then, I wanted to share this story with him about Jack Kerouac's Famous Scroll.

Kerouac typed about 100 words a minute and replacing paper on his typewriter was a nuisance, so he came up with the idea of the scroll. 

On that scroll of a letter Edwin sent me, he announced that he had just finished writing 12 songs all in one session on a big scroll of butcher paper.  Twelve songs!  On one big scroll of butcher paper!  Kerouac's smiling at you, my friend!  You should put that scroll in on a wall.  Frame it.  Make a few more and have an art show and at the opening, play all the music on all of the scrolls.  Just an idea ...

Hey Edwin!  Send me a photo of that 12 song butcher paper scroll in your next letter, will ya?

And Hey Everyone else!  Send me some postcards and letters.  Find out all the deets at the Postcard Project FAQ.

Postcard Project FAQ

What is the Postcard Project?

You write me a postcard or a letter and I write you back.  Simple as that. 

So doesn't that make us PEN PALS?

Yup!  It does!

What is your address?

1 PENN PLZ #6246, NEW YORK, NY 10119-0002

Is this for real?  Do you ACTUALLY write me back?

Yes, the Postcard Project is for real.  Yes, I actually write you back.

How long does it take for me to receive a postcard or letter back?

Depends on what country you live in, the vagaries of the postal service (yours / mine) and the hectic-ness of my life. 

I answer every postcard and letter. 

Why would I write a letter when I could just send an email or a text?

Because it is fun!

Writing letters and postcards is part of my songwriting process. 

It is also a way to get to know my fans and stay in touch with them.  I like connecting in a human way.  I get tired of screens and pixels.  Don't you? 

How many postcards have you received since you started the Postcard Project?

About 150 and counting.

How many people do you correspond with regularly?  Did you know them before you started the project?

About 10.  I knew one or two of the "regulars" before the project, but most are complete strangers that have now become friends.

Will the Postcard Project make me a better person or the world a better place?

Most definitely!