“The Shepheardes Calender — October”

Albumleaf 147: October 15, 2018 (Bologna)

Alas, Cuddie, your gift for poetry, given by God, we do not reward. Perhaps you should turn to singing songs of war?



“The Second Horse of Pianoforte Jack”

Albumleaf 146: October 3, 2018 (Bologna)

A piano is pretty heavy–even for a horse!

A cowboy who plays the piano is already more promising . . . But maybe it would be good if he always carried it near him, on a horse . . . “Pianoforte Jack always travels with two horses–he on the first, the piano on the second . . . When he makes camp, he puts the piano on the ground and plays Brahms’s lullaby or the Diabelli Variations by Beethoven . . . ”

–Gianni Rodari, The Grammar of Fantasy, pp. 91-92

 

“Cob”

Albumleaf 145: September 27, 2018 (Bologna)

Cob is an ancient building material that consists of mud and straw. It’s still used today–and is even ecologically sound and inexpensive. The problem is you have to wait for one layer to dry before putting another on top. So, cob buildings take a long time to construct.

This Albumleaf was inspired by watching a documentary about Kevin McCabe.



“The Shepheardes Calender — September”

Albumleaf 144: September 20, 2018 (Bologna)

Diggon Dauie travels to a far-off land in search of fortune, but finds instead a den of treachery and sin and loses all his sheep.


“Little Vanishing World 5 (Cloud Garden)”

Albumleaf 143: September 11, 2018 (Bologna)

Because the world has been clamoring for more atonal miniatures, I’ve decided, after a seven-year hiatus, to return to my Little Vanishing World series.  Buon ascolto!

 

“Dorian Rings”

Albumleaf 142: September 5, 2018 (Bologna)

Normally I like process music about as much as I liked processed food. But every once in a while, if you fool around with it and don’t follow the directions, it can be okay.

 

“The Shepheardes Calender — August”

Albumleaf 141: August 19, 2018 (New York City)

Willye convinces Perigot to participate in a singing contest in which Perigot will provide the undersongs to his “roundelay.” Cuddie declares the two shepherds of equal merit and sings a lament by Collin.


“Etude (RH 4-5)”

Albumleaf 140: July 31, 2018 (Granville)

Had to record this one before my right elbow fell off.  Ravel quote for music geeks.

 

“Dormiveglia”

Albumleaf 139: July 22, 2018 (Granville)

I’ve got as much swing in me as a Corelli concerto grosso.  But I’ll take those harmonies thank you, jazz.

P.S.  In English, the best you can do for the title is “drowsiness.”

 

“The Shepheardes Calender — Julye”

Albumleaf 138: July 20, 2018 (Granville)

Thomalin in the valley and Morrell on the hill debate the merits of tending their flocks down low or up high.   (Listen closely for the sly fox.)