• Tucson Folk Festival

    March 2, 2013 // Comments Off on Tucson Folk Festival

    Come hear me live at the Tucson Folk Festival Saturday May 4th, 2:30 PM on the Patio Stage (In front of the Museum of Art entrance).  The schedule is yet to be posted as they are waiting for the artists to confirm. Here’s a link to the Festival schedule for Sat which will be up in about a week or so:  http://www.tkma.org/sched_saturday.html

    You can find more links to the festival on that page.

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    Spring from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence

    July 10, 2011 // Comments Off on Spring from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence

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    Waiting/ John Burroughs

    May 18, 2011 // Comments Off on Waiting/ John Burroughs

     

     

    Waiting is on the “Ode on a Grecian Urn” albums  (I and II) You can also buy the mp3 at the “store” on this site.  Thanks for your support!

     

    SERENE, I fold my hands and wait,
    Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
    I rave no more ‘gainst time or fate,
    For, lo! my own shall come to me.

    I stay my haste, I make delays,
    For what avails this eager pace?
    I stand amid the eternal ways,
    And what is mine shall know my face.

    Asleep, awake, by night or day,
    The friends I seek are seeking me;
    No wind can drive my bark astray,
    Nor change the tide of destiny.

    What matter if I stand alone?
    I wait with joy the coming years;
    My heart shall reap where it hath sown,
    And garner up its fruit of tears.

    The waters know their own and draw
    The brook that springs in yonder height;
    So flows the good with equal law
    Unto the soul of pure delight.

    The stars come nightly to the sky;
    The tidal wave unto the sea;
    Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high,
    Can keep my own away from me.

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    The Chimney Sweepers

    May 10, 2011 // Comments Off on The Chimney Sweepers

    The Chimney Sweepers

    William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience recorded in Tucson Arizona. Link above to YouTube. Click on picture for another link to Blake’s work.

    Recently been short of breath.  So did the best I could for now.

    Hope you enjoy them.

     

     

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    A Dream

    March 9, 2011 // Comments Off on A Dream

    New music for “A Dream” from the “Songs of Innocence” by William Blake. Recorded at home in Tucson to document the musical ideas. Hope you enjoy it.

    Enjoyed this song? Grab the MP3 (just the song with flute and cello added) for just 99 cents!

    Price: $0.99

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    On Another’s Sorrow

    September 22, 2010 // Comments Off on On Another’s Sorrow

    Music for William Blake’s “On Another’s Sorrow” from his Songs of Innocence. This is taken from a cassette tape recording of many years ago. This is scored and ready for performance…when I find a violist, violinist or cellist!

     

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    Keats’ Ode to A Nightingale

    August 9, 2010 // Comments Off on Keats’ Ode to A Nightingale

     

    The album “Ode on a Grecian Urn” now includes Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale.” Click here to link to lulu.com. It’s also available at amazon.com in the Ode to a Grecian Urn II album.

    Thanks for your support.

     

     

     

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    Recouping old work

    June 10, 2010 // Comments Off on Recouping old work

    Blake self-portrait

    William Blake self-portrait

    Just posted a video of William Blake‘s Introduction piece in the collection Songs of Innocence. The audio is taken from an old cassette tape which include several ideas for musical versions of Blake’s famous collection.  I’ve managed to score several of these on Finale and would love to perform them someday once I’ve tested them and feel they are ready for prime time!

    My Youtube Channel

    Thanks for listening!

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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!

    [podcast]http://www.michaelemmanuel.com/uploads/WaitingBurroughs.mp3[/podcast]

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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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