It’s a time of great change in our country amid what is already a time of change, with the pandemic and the seasons. To anchor myself, I latch onto the rhythms of cyclical things, like the changing of seasons, the tide coming in and out, our breath as it comes in and out of our body. This week we have music from Chimney Swift, Ian Robb, Anadama, and The Bright Wings Chorus. Charis Boke reads a poem by Kabir, and Julie reads poems by Ellen Bass and Cale Young Rice, with music by Rachel Panitch. Take care, everyone.
1. Pacific Sunrise / The Sun Still Shines / The Reel MacGyver – Chimney Swift (Boston, MA). Chimney Swift is Cecile Leroy, Daniel Raine, Yaron Shragai, and A.Z. Madonna. “Pacific Sunrise” and “The Sun Still Shines” are by Cecile, written on a red-eye flight to New Zealand. A.Z.’s improvisations over them turned into “The Reel MacGyver.” This track appears on their album, Fly Me Home. https://chimneyswift.bandcamp.com/
2. The Mary Ellen Carter – Ian Robb (Ottawa, ON). Finest Kind (Ian, Ann Downey, and Shelley Posen) performs this Stan Rogers song as the final track on Ian’s 1994 album, From Different Angels. www.ianrobb.com
3. Ode to the fish, by Ellen Bass. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
4. Ralph’s Watch – Anadama (Portland, ME). Anadama is Amelia Mason (fiddle), Bethany Waickman (guitar), and Emily Troll (accordion). This waltz by Judy Hyman can be found on their new CD, Way Back When, available for purchase on Bandcamp and their website. www.anadamamusic.com http://anadama.bandcamp.com
5. Breath, by Kabir. Read by Charis Boke (Springfield, VT).
6. Home is the Sailor – Bright Wings Chorus. “Home is the Sailor” was composed by Brendan Taaffe, using a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was a commissioned piece to celebrate the birthday of Sophie Elkins Rolston and is performed by The Bright Wings Chorus on their album Vineyard. http://brendantaaffe.bandcamp.com
7. As the tide comes in, by Cale Young Rice. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT), with musical accompaniment by Rachel Panitch (Boston, MA).
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