A lot of us are planting gardens right now, and they seem more important than ever. In our dance and music community, we planted seeds long ago, and now we can see what we can grow out of them. This episode features music from Julie Vallimont, Betsy Branch, Owen Morrison, Elsie Gawler, and Aaron Marcus, and poetry read by Hunter DiMario, Charis Boke, and Sam Sanders. Visit www.starsintherafters.com to contribute audio, or to contact us.
1. Summer Garden – Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT). Julie wrote this tune during a backyard hang with friends, inspired by a wonderful week at Pinewoods Camp. It features Julie (accordion), Yann Falquet (guitar), and Andrew VanNorstrand (fiddle) and is found on Julie’s album Dark Sky, Bright Stars. www.julievallimont.com
2. Summer, by Justin Bloomfield, read by Hunter DiMario (Brattleboro, VT). Rachel Panitch (Boston, MA) contributed the fiddle soundtrack.
3. Wembley Park – Betsy Branch (Portland, OR). From Betsy Branch and Mark Douglass’ album Picassiette. Mark composed this tune in memory of his semester abroad in London. www.fiddlefrau.com
4. love is a place, by e.e. cummings, read by Charis Boke (Springfield, VT).
5. Daybreak (Reprise) – Owen Morrison (Washington, DC). From Owen’s album of original waltzes, Daybreak. Owen’s guitar is joined by Anna Patton on clarinet and Naomi Morse on fiddle.
6. Jasmine and Hollis’ / Garden Dream – Aaron Marcus and Sam Sanders (Montpelier, VT). Sam reads this beautiful poem by Montpelier poet Susan Reid. Aaron wrote this tune to commemorate the wedding of Jasmine and Hollis Easter, and includes it here as a celebration of new beginnings.
7. Come What May – Elsie Gawler (Lincolnville, ME). This beautiful song by Elsie will be coming out on her solo album Sweet As Honey. You can pre-order at www.elsiegawler.com.
The opening music is “The Pearl in Sorrow’s Hand” by Julie Vallimont, from her album Dark Sky, Bright Stars. All content courtesy of the artists, all rights reserved.