This week, we have music from Jeff Warner, Keith Murphy, Bare Necessities, and Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem. Julie reads poems by Pádraig Ó Tuama and Denise Levertov, and Ben Williams reads a poem by Grace Hazard Conkling. This week it’s the presidential inauguration, and a time of great change in our country. No matter who our elected officials are, we have to keep working to create the society that we want to build, where everyone has freedom and opportunity, where we have strong communities and neighborhoods and families, and where we learn to walk better with the earth. Civil rights icon John Lewis said in 2019, “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. We will find a way to make a way out of no way.” Take care, everyone.
1. Jamestown Homeword Bound – Jeff Warner (Portsmouth, NH). Jeff notes, “Jeff Davis, my music partner for twenty years, found this song in Joanna Colcord’s 1938 book, Songs of American Sailormen.” It can be found on his most recent album, Roam the Country Through. www.jeffwarner.com
2. Pray, by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
3. Buonaparte – Keith Murphy (Brattleboro, VT). Keith wrote some additional lyrics for this traditional song he recorded on Bound For Caanan, his 2005 solo album. https://keithmurphy.bandcamp.com/
4. After sunset, by Grace Hazard Conkling. Read by Ben Williams (Northampton, MA).
5. Joy After Sorrow – Bare Necessities (MA and VT). Bare Necessities is Jacqueline Schwab, Mary Lea, Earl Gaddis, and Kate Barnes. This tune is on their album Nightcap. https://barenecessities.bandcamp.com
6. Making peace, by Denise Levertov. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
7. Ring Out, Wild Bells – Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (Middletown, CT). Rani’s original setting of text by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is on their 2016 album Wintersong. https://raniarboanddaisymayhem.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