David Mallett (formerly referred to as “Dave”) is a hugely talented singer/songwriter from Maine. He wrote “The Garden Song” (“Inch by inch, row by row”) that’s been recorded by so many folks (Pete Seeger, Arlo, PP&M, etc.). One of my favorites of his is “I know this place” which has the opening lines

“I know this place, I know it well,

Every sound and every smell,

And every time I walked I fell,

The first two years or so.”

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  1. One of the greatest singer-songwriters of the tradition. In “The Fable True” he has melded passages of Thoreau’s “The Maine Woods” in his soft-spoken cadence to his remarkable sense of music.



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About Dean Quarrell

Mr. Quarrell was born in 1946, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He has so far survived various public schools, community college, university (his baccalaureate degree is in English but written in Latin), the US Air Force, and various employment, including 30 years in the software industry. He lives and writes in New Hampshire.


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