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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Megan Palm, member of The Big Dead Bird, recently performed "Dark Eyes," during a show by former John Mellencamp guitarist Larry Crane at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington. Palm co-wrote the song with Jessica Crane, her cousin. Courtesy Photo.
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Singing is nothing new to Megan Palm.

The 2001 Northview High School graduate has used her voice to entertain crowds for quite some time.

She found a love of music at a young age along with her cousin, Jessica Crane.

"Jess and I have been singing since I can remember," Megan told The Brazil Times. "We grew up performing at church and family functions. As we got older, we began playing guitar and performing acoustically."

Megan is the singer of area band, The Big Dead Bird. She is joined in the band with guitarist/vocalist James Cox, keyboardist/vocalist Steve Boyd, drummer Trent Godsey and bass player Jeremy Palm, who is also her husband.

They reside in Brazil and have two children, ages 2 and 5.

While the band performs mostly covers at establishments around the Wabash Valley, Megan has always written her own material.

"I got my first guitar as a Christmas present when I was 15 and have been writing songs ever since," she said.

She said she began working on a song several years ago that included a rhythm, chord progression and some lyrics, but developed a "mind block."

"I sung it for Jess and she came up with the perfect lyrics to add to it," Megan said.

The result? "Dark Eyes."

The song got the recording treatment in October in a Terre Haute studio owned by guitarist Lance Gordon.

Local musician and guitar player Gerald Long accompanied the duo, along with Jeremy Palm on bass and Dave Kingry on drums. Both Megan and Jessica -- now Jessica Powell -- also performed acoustically and sang the song.

The song was the first collaboration between the two, something Megan said she hopes happens in the future.

"We plan to work on more in the future, for sure," Megan said.

Recently, Megan had an opportunity to perform the song at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington during a show by former John Mellencamp guitar player Larry Crane, who is Jessica's father.

Crane was with Mellencamp almost from the beginning, playing guitar on the album "A Biography," released in 1978.

Crane received writing credit for a handful of songs through his tenure with Mellencamp, including "Danger List" (From "American Fool," released in 1982), and "Play Guitar" (From "Uh-Huh," released in 1983). "Play Guitar" reached No. 28 on the charts in 1984.

Crane stayed with Mellencamp until 1989 after the release of "Big Daddy," although he did have a part in Mellencamp's 1992 film, "Falling From Grace," which he also contributed the song, "Whiskey Burnin'."

Both Jessica and Megan also had bit parts in the film. Megan said they were children who were given dollar coins from their "movie grandpa or uncle," at a family reunion.

Crane -- who currently resides in Florida -- was in Bloomington June 19 to promote his latest effort, "Tropical Depression."

Megan said performing "Dark Eyes" at the event was "exciting."

"It was a unique experience," Megan said.

Her performance from the show may be accessed through youtube at www.youtube.com/user/waterdeep27.

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