Many of us are around the two-month mark since we’ve been staying at home. So this episode is all about self-care. We have music from Lissa Schneckenburger, from Elixir, Chimney Swift, David Kaynor and Betsy Branch, and from the Oshima Brothers. And two poems by Rumi and Emily Dickinson. Thank you as always to all of you who provide wonderful music and words. If you’re interested in collaborating, drop Julie a line at starsintherafters.com. And if you enjoy the podcast, help spread the word by telling people about it, and by giving us a quick rating on iTunes to make the podcast more visible.
1. Feel Better – Lissa Schneckenburger (Brattleboro, VT). This song by Lissa (fiddle, vocals) also features Stefan Amidon (drums), Corey DiMario (double bass), Ryan McKasson (viola), Alec Spiegelman (pump organ, woodwinds) and Jed Wilson (piano). It is recorded on Thunder in My Arms, available at www.lissafiddle.com.
2. Bransle / Tom Kruskal’s – Elixir (VT, NY, DC). These two tunes are from Elixir’s album Rampant. Tom Kruskal’s has become a modern day classic found on many a dance floor, and was written by Amelia Mason and Emily Troll. The band is Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet, Owen Morrison on guitar, Jesse Readlynn on trumpet, and Nils Fredland on trombone. www.elixirmusic.com
3. Be Your Note, by Rumi, read by Charis Boke (Springfield, VT).
4. Fly Me Home – Chimney Swift (MA). This tune is from their album Fly Me Home, featuring A.Z. Madonna on accordion, Cecile Leroy on cello, Daniel Raine on banjo, and Yaron Shragai on percussion. www.chimneyswiftband.com
5. It’s All I Have To Bring Today, by Emily Dickinson, read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT). Fiddle accompaniment by Rachel Panitch (Boston, MA).
6. Sunday River Waltz – Betsy Branch (Portland, OR). A classic waltz played on the twin fiddles of Betsy Branch and David Kaynor from their beautiful album, Midnight in Montague. www.fiddlefrau.com
7. Evergreen – Jamie Oshima (Belfast, ME). This beautiful song by Sean Oshima is from their album Oshima Brothers. Featuring Sean on vocals, Jamie on guitar, bass, and percussion, and guest Chloe Isis on harmony vocals. www.oshimabrothers.com
The opening music is “The Pearl in Sorrow’s Hand” by Julie Vallimont, from her album Dark Sky, Bright Stars. All content courtesy of the artists, all rights reserved.