Lately I think to the outside world beyond what I can see from my windows and my front porch and my neighborhood. While my day-to-day life is more local than it has ever been, more and more I’m drawn to shows about travel, fantasizing about cuisines from around the world, learning about other cultures, and I wonder what other people’s lives are like. Traveling in the mind. This week, we have music by lydia ievins, Wild Asparagus, Mary Lea, and Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand. Julie reads poems by Rumi and Charles Baudelaire, and Ben Williams reads a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Take care, everyone.
1. Högtidsmarsch (Ceremonial march) – lydia ievins (Montague, MA). A traditional Swedish bridal march from Västmanland, played here on 5-string fiddle and harmonium. The majesty of this tune perfectly suits the grand sound of the harmonium. Recorded on Koivu, lydia’s duo album with Helsinki-based pianist Juha Kujanpää. www.lydiamusic.org
2. An excerpt from If a tree could wander, by Rumi. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
3. The Setting – Wild Asparagus (MA and VT). This song by Ralph McTell is on Wild Asparagus’s album From the Floor Up. Wild Asparagus is Becky Tracy, David Cantieni, George Marshall, Ann Percival, and Stuart Kenney. http://band.wildasparagus.com
4. Wild swans, by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Read by Ben Williams (Northampton, MA). Ben writes, “For me, like many I have a close personal connection with the poem Wild geese by Mary Oliver—the parallels to this poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay were intriguing to me, and speak also of the longing for freedom evoked in seeing wild birds overhead.”
5. Dininha – Mary Lea (Brattleboro, VT). This Brazilian choro waltz is on Between Two Worlds, by Mary Lea and Friends. https://dancefiddler.com
6. Landscape, by Charles Baudelaire. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
7. Aida – Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand (NY and NC). This original tune, with Andrew, Noah, and friends, is on The Waltz Album from 2015. https://andrewandnoah.bandcamp.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