Up on Jackson Street
Mike Wood has been involved with music for over 45 years. He gravitates toward his Celtic roots in his compositions. He began his serious work during the 60\'s with two liturgically-oriented albums which still might be found at various garage sales and flea markets.(not kidding) He lives in Lancaster, Ohio with his wife Patty enjoying the fruits of three grown children and ten grandchildren. The music in this CD \'Up On Jackson Street\' has been composed over the years and, in a fashion, fills in the spaces of his biography. The following poem was written by a friend and is on the back of \'Jackson Street\'. It gives a synopsis of the artist\'s journey. JACKSON STREET My early years were on Jackson Street Thinking no better time would I see I believed my world was so complete Not knowing the man I would be Truly a time of love and great joy An era of innocence I recall But, of course, I was such a young boy Not realizing my world was so small We were young and untainted of the world\'s ills And very secure in our sphere Our lives were simple without many frills But values taught are still clear Then I left to make my way Amidst the sadness and tears Even then, I knew there\'d come a day I would conquer any frailties and fears To help me along in this task Great friends I have come to know Never the one\'s to wear a mask Their truth helped me to grow My family, now, has helpd me too With strength I can\'t compare They taught me what I already knew That God\'s love is always there And though my journey continues still With other challenges to meet I admit the learning has been a thrill But I\'ll never forget Jackson Street Carmie Janeri The journey from Jackson Street to Lincoln Ave. In Lancaster, Ohio has been a long one but Mike has enjoyed every minute of it. And yes, Jackson Street is a real place---in Sioux City, Iowa.