Saving Daylight Time

Valerie Anastasio (vocals), Mark Earley (harmonica), David Patterson (piano), Donald Wilkinson (baritone)

Catalog #: TROY0345
Release Date: October 1, 1999
Format: Digital

David Patterson, Ph.D. Harvard University, names as his teachers Leon Kirchner, Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatory. He served as chairman of the Music Department for fifteen years at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Poet TenBroeck Davison, great granddaughter of Richard W. Sears, founder of the first mail-order firm, Sears Company, lived and studied on both sides of the Texas border. Having lived in Corpus Christi, her poems evoke images of her adolescent years spent absorbing the flavor of two cultures converging in that southernmost point of the continental United States. Poet James Merrill (1926-1995), the son of Charles Merrill, who was a founder of the stock brokerage firm, Merrill Lynch, published fifteen books of poetry. Last Words was commissioned for "An Evening of Words and Music" at Washington University with James Merrill, who was then poet-in-residence.


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Title Composer Performer
Saving Daylight Time: Songs from a Texas Border Town David Patterson Valerie Anastasio, vocals, Mark Earley, harmonicas
Last Words David Patterson Donald Wilkinson, baritone, David Patterson, piano
Dead-Battery Blues David Patterson Valerie Anastasio, vocals, David Patterson, piano


  • "...Saving Daylight Time (1995) is a charming bit of Americana depicting poet TenBroeck Davison's childhood in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. Patterson sets the 15 poems in a very simple neo-classic style, a bit like Barber without the romanticism or Copland without the flair. The harmonica adds occasional atmosphere."

    – American Record Guide

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