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Nashville songwriter plays Ocean Park Library

Geof Morgan performs Sept. 15

Published on September 13, 2017 12:01AM

Geof Morgan

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Geof Morgan

Geof Morgan as a young man

Submitted photo

Geof Morgan as a young man

OCEAN PARK, Wash. — Ocean Park Library is in for a treat.

Former Nashvlle songwriter Geof Morgan will present a concert 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. In addition to writing Ronnie Milsap’s “20-20 Vision,” Barbara Mandrell’s “Love is Thin Ice,” and Dickie Lee’s “The Busiest Memory in Town,” Morgan recorded for MCA Records in the early 1980s.

But the Nashville commercial music scene was not for Morgan, and he moved to Bellingham in 1982, where his songwriting took a turn to more Pete Seeger-type songs with a social conscience.

He recorded several albums under the Flying Fish folk label with songs such as “It Comes with the Plumbing” about men’s difficulty expressing feelings and “Casey at the Bat” about pressures to succeed.

Morgan toured the U.S. with his music but found that the birth of his daughter made him want to stay home more. He became executive director of Whatcom County Family and Community Network, a position he held for 30 years while studying community organizing.

Morgan still lives in Bellingham with his wife, Liz Wade. They both sing and tour with the Kulshan Chorus. The wit and wisdom in his songs, his sincere and personal style, and his awesome guitar playing are not to be missed.


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