Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Ploughboy (aka The Lark in the Morning)

It occurred to me: now that I know how to make music videos without any concert footage (ie bogus quasi-animated video), I can revisit some earlier projects. I started with one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite albums of all time, Sedgefield Fair: More or less traditional songs from England & Scotland, "The Plowboy."

The song exists with many Irish, Scottish, and American variants, of course. I don't even remember where I first found this melody. Working it up (and all the others on the album) with pianist Jacqueline Schwab was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. She thinks in pictures, in scenes, each song was like a little play, we talked about color and movement and her magnificent improvisation was beyond inspiring. We later brought in the wonderful bassist Robbie Link and the resulting innocent, emotional, gentle, passionate arrangements can still bring me to tears.

You can get this track or the whole cd from or: Sedgefield Fair at



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