We had a beautiful fall weekend, the warm weather came back, and the foliage is starting to peak in Vermont. My neighbor and I were having one of our back yard conversations, and I realized that we oscillate between the really big problems of the world, and then small things, like when to pull out the sunflowers from the garden or about the beautiful leaves. Of course these little things don’t fix the problems. But maybe anything that restores us can give us energy to fight for what’s just, and remind us of the world that we’re working so hard to create. This week we have some beautiful music from Maivish, Owen Morrison, Dominique Dodge, and Jeremiah McLane. Margaret Youngberg reads a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Julie reads a poem by Susan Reid and a poem by Rumi. Take care, everyone.
1. Land of Beauty / Ashmead’s Kernel – Maivish. Maivish is Adam Broome (mandola) and Jaige Trudel (fiddle). This previously unreleased track includes two tunes written by Adam. www.maivish.com/
2. Pied beauty, by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Read by Margaret Youngberg (Greenfield, MA), with musical accompaniment by Rachel Panitch (Boston, MA).
3. A Dream for Dorothea – Owen Morrison (Washington, DC). Owen wrote this tune for his paternal grandmother, who lived her entire life in Oakland, CA. Performed by Night Watch: Naomi Morse (fiddle), Elvie Miller (accordion), and Owen Morrison (guitar). https://owenmorrison.com/
4. Equinox, by Susan Reid (Montpelier, VT). Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
5. Càite a bheil i ann am Muile? – Dominique Dodge (Jackson, NH). This Gaelic love song, whose title translates to “Where is she on Mull?,” is on Dominique’s 2019 album Cànnan nan Teud (The Language of the Strings). https://dominiquedodge.com/
6. Night prayer, by Rumi. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
7. Hay Rope – Jeremiah McLane (Sharon, VT). This track is on Jeremiah’s most recent solo album, The Grinding Stone. www.jeremiahmclane.com
The opening music is “The Pearl in Sorrow’s Hand” by Julie Vallimont, from her album Dark Sky, Bright Stars. Produced by Julie Vallimont. Mixed and mastered by Dana Billings. All content courtesy of the artists, all rights reserved. This series is supported in part by the Country Dance and Song Society, NEFFA, CDS-Boston, and Pinewoods Camp. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting it via Patreon: www.patreon.com/starsintherafters