The enchanted forest

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And it's appropriate that Carl Stephenson is the keeper of such a garden, as he's following in his father's footsteps. His dad, he says, is employed as the protector of an ancient forest preserve on a Washington state Indian reservation. That gives a clue to the name Forest for the Trees, but he says there's more to it.

"For me, it's like you see every individual tree, but you're not aware that you're in a forest because you're just thinking about the immediate vicinity rather than the whole forest. I think that's what happens a lot with the music industry. They don't think about the whole forest, they just think about their individual selves more, rather than being a part of the whole, and end up cutting down too many trees or polluting the environment."

His voice is noticeably trailing off, becoming more quiet and ever less cohesive, as he is either tiring of the interview or drifting off to another level of consciousness that has little room for a journalist's inanely pragmatic questions. He seems to be almost talking to himself at times, with long pauses.

"Right now, I'm working on Forest for the Trees' second album," Stephenson says. "I'm also doing another project called the Recyclable Music Stand Band...that's all about recycling. It's gonna be a TV show if we do it right. It's for younger children, and ideally it'll be a music book, a TV show, and an album. With animated characters and things like that."

Hopefully, this time the world will be ready for it.

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Richard Baimbridge