A lot of us are finding that these days our feelings and energy levels come and go, like the dappled clouds passing overhead. So along the theme of sunlight and shadow, this episode features music from Low Lily, Mayfly, Buddy System, Pete’s Posse, and Rachel Panitch. Fynn Crooks reads a poem by Sarah Hirsch, and Julie reads a brand new poem by Susan Reid. As of today, we have had listeners from 17 different states, three provinces of Canada, England, and France. It’s been so wonderful to hear from people! Thank you for writing to us, sending us music and poetry, and for spreading the word about the podcast. You can reach out at www.starsintherafters.com.
1. Dark Skies Again – Low Lily (Brattleboro, VT). This song is from Low Lily’s album 10,000 Days Like These. The song features Liz Simmons (vocals, guitar), Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals, fiddle), and Flynn Cohen (vocals, mandolin). www.lowlily.com
2. Onion River Waltz / Cider – Julia Wayne (Charlotte, VT). Onion River was written by Julia Wayne after spending many years fishing in its waters around Vermont. Julia and her musical partner Katie Trautz arranged this tune, as well as the second song, Cider (traditional), together in their duo Mayfly. https://www.facebook.com/Mayflygirls/
3. A collection of waltzes, trains, and the sea, by Sarah Hirsch (Medford, MA), read by Fynn Crooks (Northampton, MA).
4. Greenwood – Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT). Julie wrote this waltz on a partly sunny, partly rainy day in Seattle. It’s found on Buddy System’s album Ride the Wheel, featuring Noah VanNorstrand on fiddle and Julie on piano. www.buddysystemband.com
5. Spring Sunlight by Susan Reid (Montpelier, VT), read by Julie Vallimont.
6. Nothing But Wisdom – Pete’s Posse (VT and QC). This song is from Pete’s Posse’s album, Down to the Core. Pete says, “I wrote it at least 15 years ago, after reading James Kunstler’s post-oil book, The Long Emergency. The topic and the conversation continue to resonate with me.” The song features Pete Sutherland on vocals and harmonica, Oliver Scanlon on vocals and mandolin, and Tristan Henderson on vocals and guitar.
7. West Temple Sunrise – Rachel Panitch (Boston, MA). A fiddler and composer, Rachel wrote this tune during a residency at Zion National Park. The recording features Rachel on fiddle and Ariel Friedman on cello. www.rachelpanitch.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.