determining our own path while respecting the expectations of our family and community is a challenge each generation faces anew. I am grateful to my father for his encouragement to always play music.
the recording features the improvisational harp tapestries of Marie Hamilton, world-travelling harpist, singer & storyteller.
what did your father say when the church man came knocking?
what did you mother say when the church man went away?
this world's only as big as the stories that tell it
mine's in the harvest moon - at the fading of the day
always saw the way now,
that the fool took, went astray now,
and came back to you the next day
you can't build a world that way
(no you can't build a world that way)
what did the papers say- that the dark days have come?
what did the TV say- that the forest had washed away?
you know i'm well acquainted with forces of destruction
so i can hear the darkness behind those things you say
from a tiny round door in a waking imagination
the road goes on and on
and as he's walking
a wise man remembers that all the lessons have already been learned
and so he is always listening to the texture of speech
for the meaning in stories
because a wise man knows that each voice has relevance
that each person remembers
and each place also has a memory
so you get to choose on your own
a carpenter knows wood and stone
and a wise man knows when to let go
released December 25, 2016
Marie Hamilton - harp
Stephen Fuller - kora & vocals