Fall colors are everywhere. The mornings start cold now, but then the noontime sun burns off the fog over the mountain to reveal the trees with their hues of yellow, red, orange and infinite shades in between. There’s so much going on in the world right now, so much uncertainty on both a big scale and in every day life, my head is spinning. Fall is all about change. So without knowing what’s ahead, today I sit in the sun and embrace the beauty of what we have right now, and the promise of things to come. This week, we have music from the Echo Women’s Choir, the Arrowsmith:Robb Trio, Andrew VanNorstrand, Live Wire, and Jeremiah McLane. Margaret Youngberg reads a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Julie reads a poem by Susan Reid, and Ben Williams reads a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Take care, everyone.
1. Everything Will Be Alright – Echo Women’s Choir (Toronto, ON). Rachel Bokhout writes, “This is a live 2014 recording of the Echo Women’s Choir, performing with singer-songwriter Victoria Moon Joyce. We offer this for the podcast as a reminder to keep faith – this season too shall pass. Blue skies are coming, and we’ll gather again to make music once more.” This track, with words and music by Reverend Dr. James Edward Cleveland, can be found on the choir’s 2018 album One Voice. www.echowomenschoir.ca
2. The Smiler – Arrowsmith:Robb Trio (Ottawa, ON and Sheffield, UK). The Arrowsmith:Robb Trio is Jess Arrowsmith, Richard Arrrowsmith, and Ian Robb. Ian writes, “Rich may have evolved this lovely upbeat tune slightly from the playing of the very smiley Steve Turner.” https://www.artrio.co.uk/
3. God’s world, by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Read by Margaret Youngberg (Greenfield, MA).
4. The Lucky Reel / Sail the Other Side – Andrew VanNorstrand (Manlius, NY). This duet with Anna Patton (clarinet) is from Andrew’s solo album That We Could Find a Way to Be. https://andrewvannorstrandmusic.bandcamp.com
5. Fly away, by Susan Reid (Montpelier, VT). Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
6. Ashokan Twilight – Live Wire (Philadelphia, PA). Live Wire is Tom Krumm on fiddle, Ben Kennedy on keyboard, Bill Quern on mandolin, and Sarah Gowan on concertina. Bill notes, “Tom Krumm wrote this tune for the Ashokan Music and Dance camps which have had a profound impact on his entire life.” http://livewirecontra.band/.
7. An excerpt of Beauty, from Poems of Optimism, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Read by Ben Williams (Northampton, MA).
8. Kenema – Jeremiah McLane (Sharon, VT). This track is from Jeremiah’s album Freetown. 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