Testimony, 1980The first time I heard Wyckham Porteous’s new song "Deep Into the Water" I thought he was covering an old song by Ferron (a great Canadian singer/songwriter). The second time I heard Wyckham Porteous sing "Deep Into the Water" I was even more sure it was originally a Ferron song but in the accompanying interview Wyckham claimed it as his own. Both the tune and the title of Ferron’s song were unretrievable, but the tune came back to me from somewhere deep in my memory, so this afternoon I dropped my old Ferron tape into my player and found the song: "Our Purpose Here," from her third album, "Testimony," recorded in 1980. It was astonishing to me that my old brain could recall Ferron’s melody so well (although it felt more like that memory was stored inside my chest somewhere) after 25 years. The two tunes are eerily similar.
If you don’t have a copy of Ferron’s album, why not invest 99 cents in a download of the song and then let me know whether you think we should tell Wyckham and Ferron.