Our outdoor walks have changed because the leaves are gone, the days get dark early, and it’s getting cold. And they’ve also changed because the pandemic is worsening. This is uncharted territory for most of us. With the darkness and the cold and the isolation, we find ourselves drawing inwards. There is a richness to be found there. And yet we should remember to reach out to people around us who are isolated. This week we have music from Tim Ball and Sophie Orzechowski, Wild Asparagus, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, and Julie Vallimont. Ben Williams reads the text of a hymn by Frederick Hosmer, Margaret Youngberg reads a poem by Walt Whitman, and Julie reads a poem by John O’Donohue. If you’re enjoying this podcast, join our community of supporters on Patreon! Take care, everyone.
1. Margaret Mary Robinson / The Sweetness of Mary – Tim Ball and Sophie Orzechowski (Ithaca, NY). This set of Cape Breton tunes is from Tim and Sophie’s album Life of their Own. https://timandsophie.bandcamp.com/releases
2. I walk the unfrequented road, text of the hymn by Frederick Hosmer. Read by Ben Williams (Northampton, MA).
3. Valse por Pélé / Early – Wild Asparagus (MA and VT). This waltz set, with a song by Greg Brown, is from Wild Asparagus’s album Wherever You Go. Wild Asparagus is Becky Tracy, David Cantieni, George Marshall, Ann Percival, and Stuart Kenney. www.wildasparagus.com
4. When I heard the learn’d astronomer, by Walt Whitman. Read by Margaret Youngberg (Greenfield, MA).
5. Piece of Land – Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (Middletown, CT). This song by Rani Arbo is from her 2015 album Violets are Blue. https://raniarboanddaisymayhem.bandcamp.com
6. An excerpt from To Bless the Space Between Us, by John O’Donohue. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
7. High on the Hill / Full Moon Jig – Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT). These jigs by Julie are on her album Dark Sky, Bright Stars. 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