The school year is winding to a close, even though it looks a lot different for students, parents, and teachers alike. We’re all being pushed to grow and change in new ways. So this episode goes out to all the kids, to the parents, to new things, to change, and to growing through hard times. We have music from Pete Sutherland, Countercurrent, Anna Patton, and Julie Vallimont. Lissa Schneckenburger reads a poem by Anne Sexton, Nils Fredland reads a poem by Randy Miller, and Randi Berg reads a poem by Maureen Flannery.
1. A Bird’s Eye View – Pete Sutherland (Burlington, VT). This song is from Pete’s album Farmland, a collection of story songs and ballads written in collaboration with students across northern Vermont. www.petesposse.com
2. Young by Anne Sexton, read by Lissa Schneckenburger (Brattleboro, VT). Fiddle accompaniment by Rachel Panitch (Boston, MA).
3. Junebug & Vaeda – Countercurrent (Seattle, WA). This beautiful tune comes from Brian Lindsay (fiddle) and Alex Sturbaum (guitar), who make up the duo Countercurrent. They co-wrote it for the baby twins of of a family member, who are named Juno and Vaeda. www.countercurrentmusic.com
4. Hilly Skies and Windy Fields by Randy Miller (Alstead, NH), read by Nils Fredland (Hartland, VT). Fiddle accompaniment by Rachel Panitch (Boston, MA).
5. Ballad for Ethan – Anna Patton (Brattleboro, VT). Featuring Anna on clarinet, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Will Patton on mandolin. From Anna’s album Isadore’s Breakfast. www.annapatton.com
6. Nursing by Maureen Tolman Flannery, read by Randi Bevsadatter Berg (Decorah, IA). Randi says, “My day job (night too) is as a family physician. I’m medical director of two nursing homes so you can imagine how stressful this time has been. But singing helps us and our patients get through.”
7. Waltz for Amalia – Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT). Julie wrote this waltz for her dear friends Julie Gregorio and Andrew Stout, for the birth of their first child, Amalia. From Julie’s album, Dark Sky, Bright Stars, it features Julie on piano, Katie McNally on fiddle, and Kirsten Lamb on upright bass. www.julievallimont.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.