Being at home in this pandemic sometimes feels like being suspended in time. My thoughts linger on memories of how things used to be, all the rich and wonderful experiences we’ve had together. I also look to the future and wonder what the world will look like afterwards. I carve out a daily routine focused on now, and the needs of today, but it is to a backdrop of memories and visions. This week we have music from Nightingale, New England Tradition, the Arrowsmith:Robb Trio, and Bare Necessities. Julie reads a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Margaret Youngberg reads a poem by John Donne, and Ben Williams reads a poem by Sara Teasdale. Take care, everyone.
1. Time Will End – Nightingale (MA and VT). Nightingale is Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, and Jeremiah McLane. This tune by Jeremiah can be found on The Coming Dawn, Nightingale’s first album. https://www.nightingalevt.org
2. Memory of Cape Cod, by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
3. Great Memories – New England Tradition. This waltz is the final track on Farewell to the Hollow. New England Tradition is Bob McQuillen, April Limber, and Peter Colby. https://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/mcquillen.html
4. A valediction: Forbidding mourning, by John Donne. Read by Margaret Youngberg (Greenfield, MA).
5. All the Salt – Arrowsmith:Robb Trio (Ottawa, ON and Sheffield, UK). The Arrowsmith:Robb Trio is Jess Arrowsmith, Richard Arrrowsmith, and Ian Robb. Jess wrote this song and describes it as “a non-religious spiritual—a Humanist hymn perhaps.” https://www.artrio.co.uk/
6. Old tunes, by Sara Teasdale. Read by Ben Williams (Northampton, MA).
7. Portsmouth – Bare Necessities (MA and VT). Bare Necessities is Jacqueline Schwab, Mary Lea, Earl Gaddis, and Kate Barnes. This Playford tune from 1701 is on their album Nightcap. https://barenecessities.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