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‘Interesting Journey’: Musician Forest Sun releases album, publishes books of his art, songs

Former Santa Fe resident Forest Sun recently released his album “Stubborn Breathing Heart.” (Courtesy of Jason Rugolo)

Being stuck at home is quite a change for someone who is on the road for the majority of the year.

Forest Sun decided to make the best of it.

He took the time to reflect on himself and his music.

The California-based musician also nurtured his love for art.

“I’ve been painting and sharing my artwork,” he says. “I did a book of my paintings. These paintings go back to my days studying art in Barcelona. There are a few from my high school years in Santa Fe.”

Sun was born in upstate New York, and was raised on the likes of Jackson Browne and Toots and the Maytals.

He’s based in San Francisco, but his roots run deep in Santa Fe.

While in junior high and high school, he was a student at The Brunn School. For one year, he also attended Santa Fe High School.

To complement the coffee table art book, Sun also created a songbook of his own work.

“It’s been fun to share that with people, as well,” he says. “While they’ve been home, it’s possible for them to perform my music. It’s amazing.”

Those are two of many projects Sun has kept busy with over the past year.

He recently released the album “Stubborn Breathing Heart.”

“I’ve been releasing a new song every month, thanks in part to my supporters on Patreon,” he says. “Being able to create something new each month has kept me moving forward. The year before last, I had done a Kickstarter campaign to put together my last album. I’ve already created a rhythm with my fans.”

Sun also teamed up with fellow songwriter David Luning to cover the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” It was released on March 5.

The pair’s meeting came out of the blue.

“David and I were at a listening party at Fantasy Studios (in Berkeley, California) before it closed,” he says.

Sun says the pair had never met before but immediately clicked.

“A few days after David got back from touring Europe, he came by the studio to collaborate on a track,” Sun says. “I love the deceptively simple music and lyrics of this song. John Fogerty is a great writer and I hope we did the song justice.”

The song was recorded at Gawain Mathews Music Studio in San Pablo, California, and produced by Mathews and Sun.

Sun is grateful for having the time to finish the projects.

“It’s a lot of time on my hands and I’ve used it as a blessing,” he says. “I feel very lucky, because I was able to create more art for the world. It’s been an interesting journey.”

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