Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Dreamland (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

I read about Down at the Sea Hotel on the Mary Chapin Carpenter discussion list... and just ordered a copy for myself and for my 11-year-old niece for her recent birthday - rest in peace, Bob Feldman (who I was very honored to meet at various Folk Alliances)...

It's "a storybook-music CD, illustrating and inspired by a Greg Brown song, featuring lullabies written by celebrated songwriters of our time (Neil Young, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Joel, Carole King, Don Henley, Nanci Griffith, Tom Waits, Jesse Winchester, Steve Earle, Gord Downie, Bruce Cockburn, Marc Cohn and Jim Cuddy) and performed by artists presently signed to the prestigious Minnesota roots music label Red House Records (Eliza Gilkyson, Guy Davis, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, Lynn Miles and The Wailin' Jennys.

The project is dedicated to the memory of Bob Feldman, the well-beloved founder of Red House Records. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund, an organization dedicated to eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer. "

POEM: The Sciences Sing a Lullabye by Albert Goldbarth

Physics says: go to sleep. Of course
you're tired. Every atom in you
has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes
nonstop from mitosis to now.
Quit tapping your feet. They'll dance
inside themselves without you. Go to sleep.

Geology says: it will be all right. Slow inch
by inch America is giving itself
to the ocean. Go to sleep. Let darkness
lap at your sides. Give darkness an inch.
You aren't alone. All of the continents used to be
one body. You aren't alone. Go to sleep.

Astronomy says: the sun will rise tomorrow,
Zoology says: on rainbow-fish and lithe gazelle,
Psychology says: but first it has to be night, so
Biology says: the body-clocks are stopped all over town
History says: here are the blankets, layer on layer, down and down.

QUOTE: "Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you." ~ Marsha Norman

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