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David Byrne wrote, “…say something once, why say it again?”

This of course, was referring to the necessity of criminals, notably ‘psycho killers’, to remain silent about their nefarious acts to avoid capture by the authorities. However, this line was grossly misinterpreted by Owen Meany’s Batting Stances’ Daniel Walker, as a commentary on the art of song writing. Despite the eventual realization of the true association for the lyric, the concept of avoiding repetition has remained embedded in Walker’s approach to song writing.

Characterized as ‘impassioned literary folk’, Owen Meany’s Batting Stance is the moniker of Halifax via Guelph singer-songwriter Daniel Walker. Walker’s work embarks on an exploration of how a song can be used to cradle narratives, weaving lyrics and melodies to sew stories and express personal longings, frustrations, and all else that results from his tangles with cultural introspection.

If John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats and John K. Sampson of the Weakerthans formed a book club, you can be sure that Walker would be scurrying to the nearest second hand book store in search of the recommended novels he hadn’t read.

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