Well, it’s Election Day. And there is a lot of uncertainty about what the future will hold. I hope that this beautiful music and poetry lifts you up. We all have memories of joyful times stored within us, and getting in touch with those memories can help us remember what we are fighting for, the wonders of our world, and help us get through dark days. Abraham Lincoln once recounted, “It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: ‘And this, too, shall pass away.’ How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!” This week we have music from Nightingale, Lissa Schneckenburger, the Teacups, and a live recording of Julie Vallimont with Anna Patton, Lissa Schneckenburger, and Elsie Gawler. Elizabeth Alexander reads her own poem, in a recording from the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Ben Williams reads a poem by Derek Mahon, and Julie reads a poem by Rumi. Take care, everyone.
1. Praise song for the day, written by Elizabeth Alexander and read by her at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. For a video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=\_vLBnFk-OFc
2. Regain / Psalm of Life / Plant Un Chou – Nightingale (VT). Nightingale is Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, and Jeremiah McLane. “Psalm of Life” is a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem set to music by Lotus Dickey. https://www.nightingalevt.org
3. Everything is going to be all right, by Derek Mahon. Read by Ben Williams (Northampton, MA).
4. Jamie Allen – Lissa Schneckenburger (Brattleboro, VT). This traditional tune is from Lissa’s 2010 album Dance. www.lissafiddle.com/
5. Let the beauty we love, by Rumi. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
6. Vignette III – This Too Shall Pass – The Teacups (Medford, MA and UK). The Teacups are Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert, and Will Finn. From their latest album, In Which… . www.theteacups.co.uk/
7. Lullaby – Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT). This is a live performance of a tune by Julie from a CD release concert for her album Dark Sky, Bright Stars. Julie plays with Lissa Schneckenburger, Anna Patton, and Elsie Gawler. www.julievallimont.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