Composer's Note: "The Seed is in the Ground" (Part One)

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Although “The Seed is in the Ground” is the last piece of music on the album, it was one of the very first that I composed. This little poem was music to me the instant that I read it...

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Unexpected Joys from creating Wendell Berry in Music

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So I'm asking myself, in the quiet of this very late night, what was it for? What did I gain by investing such effort into this idea? Lists are the rage on the internets, so here is one more for the heap. 

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Q&A with Eric Bibb: Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music (Part 2)

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The following is a transcription of an interview with Eric Bibb about his participation in Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music.  How about your choices regarding instrumentation and players for the album—what were you thinking there? ERIC: My thoughts from the beginning were that this was about getting your fingernails into the soil, and that it had to reflect a rural sensibility. The instruments I chose—like guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro—are all connected to folk music, the stuff that you could find on somebody’s back porch when neighbors are sitting around. The idea of neighbors seems really prevalent in Wendell’s writing, and so the...

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Q&A with Eric Bibb: Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music (Part 1)

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The following is a transcription of an interview with Eric Bibb about his participation in Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music.  What did it mean to you to encounter Berry’s writing for the first time? ERIC: What I realized after diving into A Timbered Choir was that Wendell was a kindred soul—someone who approached his reverence for life, the Creator, and all created things, in a similar way, with a similar joy and comfort from the natural world, from things done well in a mundane and everyday type of context, finding the divine in those type of moments. His impatience with the downsides...

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Composer's Note: "For the Future"

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Since the release of Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music, a number of people have asked me about the process of writing choral music or, more specifically, my process. Here’s the story of one piece: "For the Future." (You can hear it here.) For the FutureBy Wendell Berry Planting trees early in spring, we make a place for birds to sing in time to come. How do we know? They are singing here now. There is no other guarantee that singing will ever be.  From New Collected Poems. 2013. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press. (Buy it atPowell's.) The first step in my compositional...

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