They wait till you are ready, and then they seep back into your heart and crack it open.

They ooze out of the tissue where you’ve hidden them away and insist on being known again.

Thus begins Sybil Rosen’s memoir of her time with the iconic Blaze Foley, back when he was known only as Depty Dawg — or Depty, to his friends.

Set into motion by the filming of Duct Tape Messiah, Rosen’s memoir of her journey – both past and present – gives an emotional portrait of his early incarnation: a shy hippie musician who called himself Depty Dawg.

The tale of Sybil’s search for forgotten memory begins in a tree house where they lived in the woods of west Georgia, the summer of 1975. Here Depty Dawg began to write songs and dream up the life and legend of Blaze Foley.

Praise from the Austin Chronicle

“Living in the Woods in a Tree is perhaps the most complete vision of the Duct Tape Messiah as we’re likely to get, and Rosen portrays a complex, confounding subject with a simplicity and seductiveness that’s all too rare.”

Jim Caliguiri
The Austin Chronicle

Poetic ...

“…a vividly evocative chronicle of late 1970s counterculture, and a poetic discourse on self-discovery, creativity, and love.”
— Bliss
The Pasadena Weekly

“Rosen writes with the tenderness and heartache of a great country song
— Nina Shengold
The Chronogram

Photo by Margery Bouris

Living in the Woods in a Tree

Blaze's story, told by his earliest muse.