Friday, October 29, 2010

harvest time

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Part of the work of autumn is gathering and sorting. Part of that is reflection, as well. These photographs, which were taken in Tallahassee, Florida, and Austin, Texas, remind me of these ideas and this work.
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Music to go along includes Hanneke Cassel’s album Some Melodious Sonnet, and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s The Lovers' Waltz.

Neither of them is meant to be descriptive of autumn, but each holds within ideas which go well with this turn in the year's time. Ungar, who plays fiddle, and Mason, who is a guitarist, draw on landscapes and reflections and history to create a tapestry interwoven with searching, consideration, discovery, and continuation. Especially take a listen to Mountain House and The Contradance.

Hanneke Cassel’s music is grounded in Scottish style fiddle with flavors of American folk tradition and Irish music added to the mix. That is all well apparent on Some Melodious Sonnet from the lifting pace of the set that opens with Pauline Connelly's and continues through Dog Bites Chapman, and the set that links the Scottish trad of Pigeons on the Gate to Cassel’s original Mrs. Joyscream. There are quieter pieces as well leading to the closing hymn from which the title phrase arises, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. You need not know tune names or style, though, to find this recording, and Lovers’ Waltz as well, good companions for autumn’s work.

It is the turn of the year in Celtic legend, too. If you would care for some Irish music to go along, here are ideas for that.

you may also wish to see
Music Road: Hanneke Cassel: For Reasons Unseen
Music Road: reflections with Adrienne Young
Music Road: season of change: music for autumn

and Delicious Baby's Photo Friday, where travelers offer new insights to the world each Friday

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Blogger fiddlerjay said...

Gathering, sorting and especially reflection sometimes seem of another time and place. Thank you for the reminder. Here's a link to our album "Harvest Home." See

8:07 AM  
Blogger kerry dexter said...

good to see you here. I know your album Harvest Home well, and encourage readers to follow the link to it. I'll have more to say about that album later on in the month, as well.

I hope you'll check out Hanneke's work, too. She is a very fine fiddler and composer.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Stephanie - said...

Thanks for this! I'm always so impressed by your impressions on Celtic music, which I don't know very much about.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Alexandra said...

This was so appropriate today, as I harvested the last beet to put in the borsht on the stove for dinner. Thanks for all these suggestions. I know they are excellent and bring the promise of great listening and much pleasure as we enter the dark months and stop spending as much time outside.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Sheryl said...

Music to go along with the seasons...that sounds perfect. Nothing like setting the mood with music for a changing landscape; maybe it'll help us ease into winter.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this. I listened to both Mountain House and Contradance. I liked them both, but enjoyed COntradance a bit more. It reminded me of Amazing Grace in a way.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Wonderful! This inspires me to listen to your suggestions as well as other music that I love to listen to in the fall.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Alisa Bowman said...

Love the pairing of the seasonal photos with the seasonable tunes.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Susan Johnston said...

I love this time of year: the colors, the flavors, and of course the music! Thanks for the suggestions.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous MyKidsEatSquid said...

My daughter is just getting into playing the violin. I'll have to share some of these links with her.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Casey@Good. Food. Stories. said...

The Lovers' Waltz is gorgeous- a great accompaniment to my morning as the light streams in through the orange leaves in my backyard.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous sarah henry said...

Love the idea of music to work and different tunes for different tasks.

My house needs a major clean...any musical suggestions to get me in the mood?

10:50 AM  
Blogger kerry dexter said...

Sarah, how about this?
Alison Brown: The Company You Keep

6:15 AM  

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