ALBANY â€“ Jerry Johnson, a former educator at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts and former tennis pro, recently released his second book of poems, "Up the Creek Without a Saddle."
Johnson, also known as the Creek Road Poet, writes about what he sees and what is special in his heart. A dream of his was fulfilled when Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two well-known Vermont musicians, took 16 of his bookâ€™s 99 poems and set them to music to produce a CD. When the book is purchased on Johnsonâ€™s website, the CD is included for free.
â€śWorking with Jon and Pete was one of the most satisfying projects I have ever done in my life,â€ť Johnson said during an interview Sunday. â€śIt was a fabulous collaboration. I could not have picked two better musicians to do it.â€ť
For more of this story, see Wednesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 10, 2010.