Inside Rodney Crowell’s “Adventures In Song” Camp: Mark Montijo’s Singular “History”

In our recent story on Rodney Crowell’s song camp, we wrote about Mark Montijo, one of the 95 songwriters who attended camp, and his remarkable song “History.” That song earned the distinction of receiving no criticism at all from Rodney Crowell, only praise, delivered with one word: “Congratulations.” It aligned with Rodney’s main message throughout camp, which was about the importance of songwriters aiming not at the charts, but at that “singular song” which no one else could write. “History” is a perfect example of a singular song. So, to find out more about Mr. Montijo, and his own history that led to “History,” we conducted a brief interview with him at camp, which we are happy to share now with this video of his song “History," from the album of the same name, with lyrics reprinted below. A California native, Montijo was born in 1947 in San Diego, where his family tree is firmly rooted, and extends through the centuries. His father was born there in 1903, and his son in 1993. “They knew each other for a few years,” he said. He was raised in a rural area east of the city, and still lives in a rural area, as…

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