It’s holiday season now. Normally at this time of year everyone is so busy. This year I’m enjoying the quietness, the peacefulness of it all. It seems easier to focus on the meaning without so much going on. The thing I love about the holidays is that at its best, it’s both celebrating what we have, and reaching out to others and giving. Especially this year, let’s remember to reach out to others. This week we have music from Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Dave Wiesler, Mary Cay Brass, and Bare Necessities. Julie reads poems by Susan Reid and Margaret Atwood, and Margaret Youngberg reads a poem by Sarah Williams. Take care, everyone.
1. Heart of the World – Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (Middletown, CT). This song by Rani Arbo is from their 2015 album Violets are Blue. https://raniarboanddaisymayhem.bandcamp.com
2. For my morning mirror, by Susan Reid (Montpelier, VT). Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
3. Piper on the Hill – Dave Wiesler (Newark, DE). Dave, Susan Brandt, and Earl Gaddis play this original tune on Cracks and Shadows. https://davewiesler.com
4. An excerpt from The old astronomer, by Sarah Williams. Read by Margaret Youngberg (Greenfield, MA).
5. Îles de la Madeleine – Mary Cay Brass (Athens, VT). This waltz is on Green Mountain, an album featuring women musicians from the Connecticut Valley in Vermont and Massachusetts. https://marycaybrass.com/
6. Blackberries, by Margaret Atwood. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
7. Sally in our Alley – Bare Necessities (MA and VT). Bare Necessities is Jacqueline Schwab, Mary Lea, Earl Gaddis, and Kate Barnes. This tune dates from 1719. 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