Songs & Poems
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A unique recording for children, but adults also love it.

Alastair Reid and Bill Crofut, collaborators on this disc of songs and poems for children write: "In some ways, children make an ideal audience for poetry: they have few preconceptions, they are alert to rhythm and cadence, and they can still thrill to the kind of word-excitements that occur in the language of poetry more than anywhere. They are less concerned with worrying a poem into being than with following where it takes them. So-called "children's poetry" often condescends to children as little people, whereas children frequently respond deeply to poems they may understand imperfectly. We have looked for poems with a certain tingle to them, a sound pattern that makes them good to take in through the ear. Songs and poems have always been closely related; and indeed, the songs on this record began life as poems, and remain poems. They have been given musical wings, as it were, by being made into songs and sent flying. The music of poems is sparer and quieter, but it is what makes poems stay in the memory. The two threads, of poetry and song, wind through this record, sometimes intertwining, sometimes separating, but always complementing one another. While one's perception of meaning in verse may change and grow with years, the basic joy in the rhythm and beauty of language is possibly as strong if not more so in childhood.
Contents:
John Clare, composer
Little Trotty Wagtail
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle


Bill Crofut, composer
The Cow, The Wind
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle


Bill Crofut, composer
Nurse's Song
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle


Bill Crofut, composer
The Eagle
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle


Walter de la Mare, composer
Silver
Alastair Reid, narrator


Gerard Hopkins, composer
Inversnaid
Alastair Reid, narrator


Randall Jarrell, composer
The Mockingbird
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle


Randall Jarrell, composer
The Bird of Night
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle


Randall Jarrell, composer
The Chipmunk's Day
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle


James Joyce, composer
Goldenhair
Alastair Reid, narrator


Thomas Moore, composer
Child's Song
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle


Alastair Reid, composer
What's What
Alastair Reid, narrator


Alastair Reid, composer
Once at Piertarvit
Alastair Reid, narrator


Alastair Reid, composer
A Lesson in Handwriting
Alastair Reid, narrator


Alastair Reid, composer
Names for Twins
Alastair Reid, narrator


Alastair Reid, composer
The O-Filler
Alastair Reid, narrator


Alastair Reid, composer
A Lesson in Music
Alastair Reid, narrator


James Stephens, composer
The Goat Paths
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle


James Stephens, composer
White Fields
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle


William Yeats, composer
The Song of Wandering Aengus
Alastair Reid, narrator


Bill Crofut, composer
A Man of Words
Bill Crofut, vocal, guitar, banjo, Susie Crofut, vocal, Chris Brubeck, bass, Darius Brubeck, harpsichord, Peter Rosenfeld, cello, Jim Cowdery, pennywhistle

Review:
"...There is one delight on the disc, a discovery for me - the work of the Scottish-American poet Alastair Reid. For years a member of the staff at the New Yorker, Reid writes the best sort of literate light verse. On some commonplace pretext, such as the look of the alphabet, or ways of giving names to twins, Reid begins to muse and ends by touching the listener's heart, without ever ceasing to entertain." (Fanfare)
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