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    Happy Birthday, Michael Head

    January 28, 2010 // Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Michael Head

    In celebration of this very fine composer, pianist and singer, Michael Head, I made a little video of his song “A Piper”  which was part of a recital that included two more of his ” Songs from the Countryside.”

    The video is here.

    Michael Head

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    Music for Waiting by John Burroughs

    October 23, 2009 // 1 Comment »

    First version of John Burroughs‘ famous poem
    “Waiting”.  Johnburroughs22There are so many things I’ve tried doing with this song and I finally decided to leave it bare bones simple.

    One guitar, three voices and some bass at the end.

    My hope is that the music fits the poem and that I’ve done well enough for now with this first version. It’s been a long time coming!


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    La Belle Dame Sans Merci (John Keats)

    October 14, 2009 // Comments Off on La Belle Dame Sans Merci (John Keats)

    I was pleased and surprised to find several musical settings for this great poem. There are classical versions and folk versions. There are choral versions and solo with orchestra and even instrumentals of various kinds. Here’s one I wrote for tenor and guitar, quasi folk/classical. How would you classify it?

    La Belle Dame Sans Merci Keats

    Last verse:

    “And this is why I sojourn here,
    Alone and palely loitering,
    Though the sedge is wither’d from the lake,
    And no birds sing.”

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    Songs Appearing on Show for International Day of Peace

    September 17, 2009 // Comments Off on Songs Appearing on Show for International Day of Peace

    Two Songs, “Circle of Love” and “Love Only Comes” from SINGular mOMent CD and MOrning Sun CD will be part of a great show on onlinewithandrea on Blog Talk Radio on a special 3 hour show, Monday, September 21st. The show is in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

    Check out the time for your time zone and register with Blog Talk Radio so you can join everyone in the chat room. If you can’t make it for the live show you can listen to the archive any time.

    It is a great honor for me to have my music included on this wonderful show!

    Hope to see you there!

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    Rumors from an Aeolian Harp (Thoreau)

    September 15, 2009 // Comments Off on Rumors from an Aeolian Harp (Thoreau)

    Rumours from an Aeolian Harp Thoreau

    Here’s something I hope you’ll enjoy while I work on Waiting(Burroughs) and Song of Wandering Aengus(Yeats)

    I especially like the harmonizing at the end!

    Rumors form an Aeolian Harp
    Henry David Thoreau

    There is a vale which none hath seen,
    Where foot of man has never been,
    Such as here lives with toil and strife,
    An anxious and a sinful life.

    There every virtue has its birth,
    Ere it descends upon the earth,
    And thither every deed returns,
    Which in the generous bosom burns.

    There love is warm, and youth is young,
    And poetry is yet unsung.
    For Virtue still adventures there,
    And freely breathes her native air.

    And ever, if you hearken well,
    You still may hear its vesper bell,
    And tread of high-souled men go by,
    Their thoughts conversing with the sky

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    “Waiting” by John Burroughs

    August 23, 2009 // Comments Off on “Waiting” by John Burroughs

    John Burroughs

    John Burroughs

    I’m still working on the final version of John Burroughs poem “Waiting.” So far there is guitar and three voices  a la Crosby, Stills and Nash or so I’ve been told! Yet I thought that was a great compliment!

    This poem interested me in that I feel Burroughs has connected with an eternal truth which is in essence:  what is mine shall come to me.  In it he seems to say accept who you are and from that acceptance your life will unfold as it should and all that is required will come in it’s perfect time.  He points toward the natural synchronicity of nature and life and the co-ordination of the inner and outer expressions of life.

    Burroughs was a nature enthusiast and writer along the lines of Thoreau, Emerson and Whitman.

    In the words of his biographer Edward Renehan, Burroughs’s special identity was less that of a scientific naturalist than that of  “a literary naturalist with a duty to record his own unique perceptions of the natural world.” (from Wikipedia)

    It is a great honor and joy to conect with these great writers through music. I hope I serve the ideas they brought to light in a way that enhances and enlivens the written words.

    Here’s the poem.  Waiting by John Burroughs

    John Burroughs Association

    Songs of mine that are related to these ideas:  From the Morning Sun CD: Morning Sun,  Love’s Song from the Forest, Love Only Comes. From the SINGular mOMent CD:  Butterfly

    The lulu edition of MOrning Sun has an axtra bonus track:  “Rumors from an Aeolian Harp” by Henry David Thoreau. Check it out!

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    Great Quotes

    June 11, 2009 // Comments Off on Great Quotes

    “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all of our lives”
    Albert Einstein

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    May 4, 2009 // Comments Off on

    It’s May! May’s birthstone: emerald, birth flower: Lily of the Valley!

    Shaman’s Hand for May 3rd:  44th Episode!

    May 3rd:  Pete Seeger’s 90th Borthday!

    Tucson Folk Festival May2 and 3

    Buck and me at the NORML booth at the Tucson Folk Festival

    Songs I’m working on:

    Tiger!Tiger!         William Blake

    The Song of the Wandering Aengus      W. B. Yeats

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    Shaman’s Hand CD release party for SINGular mOMent

    April 4, 2009 // Comments Off on Shaman’s Hand CD release party for SINGular mOMent

    April 5 we’ll be celebrating the release of SINGular mOMent, the newest CD from Michael Emmanuel. This CD has a great collection of songs and shows Michael versatility as a writer of music for his own poetry and that of John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn, William Wordsworth, Daffmichael-photo-shoot-051odils and Phantom of Delight, and a verse from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Sir Galahad, Star-like Mingles with the Stars.

    Other songs are Buttefly, At the Door, Lifting of the Veil, Circle of Love and Sigular Moment. The song Little Angels Dust Your Wings was inspired by a poem of the same name by Canadian Rieki Master Alex Chornyj who will also be on the show.

    Join us for some beautiful music and an inspirational joyfilled time or catch the archive at your convenience.


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    “Eve of Justice” Candlelight Vigil in Tucson

    March 5, 2009 // Comments Off on “Eve of Justice” Candlelight Vigil in Tucson


    In solidarity with those who were gathering in San Francisco last night on the Eve of Justice we gathered at the United Church of Christ of the Painted Hills in our new home town of Tucson, Arizona. I was honored to share some of my music which included a new song called “One Hundred Thousand in San Fransisco”, a new version of “Lifting of the Veil” and also “SINGular mOMent”.  Later towards the end of the program I led  a version of  “We Shall Overcome.”

    eve-of-justice-008editThe program was put together by my partner, Buck Bannister, the founder of Rainbow Foot Soldiers and our friend Sandy Senecal. Both of whom spoke and spoke so beautifully at the event.  John Mijac also gave a beautiful talk about the gay movement, history and myths and about his relationship with his husband, his partner of some 15 years. They were legally married in California last year and face the possibility of their marriage being revoked by the California Supreme Court in San Francisco.

    Go here for more info about this candlelight vigil.

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