Autumn In Augusta
Ludwig von Beethoven & Henry van Dyke

Story

To me Joyful, Joyful is an international folk song.  Beethoven’s music and Van Dyke’s text have inspired arrangements that cross a chasm of genres - cherubic boys’ choirs that bring tears to my eyes to the gospel rock of the film Sister Act. This arrangement, a laid back rumba to swing, is “influenced” by Oscar Peterson’s version of My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Night Train).  Marcin’s inside the piano action makes the arrangement pop. 

Autumn In Augusta
Traditional

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I’ve listened to many versions of this Appalachian tune. Even though Wayfaring Stranger references death and is presented at ballad pace, it is a jubilee and it grooves! I believe music has always helped people deal with difficult times and for me this tune does just that.

Autumn In Augusta
Robert Wadsworth Lowry

Story

So this should be my motto, right?  “It sounds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?” I can’t.

Autumn In Augusta
Traditional

Story

I remember hearing this song when I was a kid and not really “getting it.” My mom often played Nina Simone’s organ-grooving version.  I understand it now. House of the Rising Sun is all about the lyrics—it’s a compelling story—in fact a story within a story which is open to much interpretation (if you get what I mean.)

Autumn In Augusta
Leroy Carr

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Leroy Carr’s blues standard was a musical staple in my house. I was most familiar with Lead Belly’s version that was full of hollers and nasally groans. Marcin and I took our time with it and found a great space.

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