Waltz to a Wood Thrush [4​-​track EP]

by Kathleen Martin

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[see lyrics at kat330.bandcamp.com/track/waltz-to-a-wood-thrush-lyrics and a video using it for soundtrack here: youtu.be/UlJGyvCFRkc ]

How appropriate that my probable soundcloud/kat330 "swan song" was inspired by a bird a couple of weeks ago—a talented wood thrush to be specific! From his 6-note song, I heard a waltz melody in my head and began writing lyrics to fit. It was an unexpected yet joyous journey getting into the guise of a male songbird courting his mate for this narrative.

My Guild acoustic provided the simple chords and rhythm, and to that I added keyboard sounds of harpsichord, cello, pan flute and orchestra harp. The thrush song you hear interspersed is from a field recording at a Brown County, Indiana, forest on July 1, 2015.

This song might seem like a Schubert Lieder or something Maria would teach the Von Trapp children and will be too twee for many to appreciate -- as my Major Melon Farmer and Swamp Guinea lyrics are 180-degrees too snarky for many -- but all my pieces reflect genuine sentiments and aspects of my persona, the good, the bad and the ugly.

While I'll continue creating new sets at kat330 and still remastering some of my older tracks to upload for downloading anew at my kat330repost site, my main SC account is now filled to the gills. Unless and until I remove pieces for more time, any new composition will be found here or at my repost pages [soundcloud.com/kat330repost/tracks ] and the Free Music Archive. Thank you, dear listeners and sound friends! xxxooo

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released July 15, 2015

Written, arranged, performed and produced by Kathleen Martin (c) 2015

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Kathleen Martin New Albany, Indiana

For music fans who think outside the boxy confines of genre labels, find here my original work arranged for and performed on a variety of instruments for sounds ranging from sweet to sassy and reedy to brassy; from lofty to lowdown and soulful to hoedown; from serious to silly and urban to hillbilly. I urge you to click on my production notes/lyrics before or as you push play. ☼♥ ... more

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Track Name: Waltz to a Wood Thrush (lyrics)
On a bough above her,
Calling out I love her!

Catching the ear of my May meadow queen,
Clear as a bell I am heard yet unseen
Cloaked in the green of this forest ravine.

Will she come and follow
My song from the hollow?

I can see her, but she cannot see me
Camouflaged up in the tree canopy
Winging her way on my sweet melody.

{Interlude: I sing to thee, wing to me! / Come to me, run to me! / Fly to me, hie to me!}

Here I am, please reach me
On this branch of beech tree!

Silken as thistledown my song is sent.
As true as a whistle now my testament's
A sonic epistle vowing my intent!

As she neared she spied me.
Soon appeared beside me.

Dear lady thrush see the nest that I built for us!
Cozy and lush, it's the best in the forest!
But there's no rush, hear the rest of my chorus:

True words love together!
Two birds of A feather!
Track Name: Waltz to a Wood Thrush (instrumental)
[see vocal version]
Track Name: Waltz to a Wood Thrush (inst.w/vocalization by Lisa West)
[see /hear lyrics at https://kat330.bandcamp.com/track/waltz-to-a-wood-thrush-lyrics ]
Track Name: WtaWT (lyrics vocal+Lisa lilting)
On a bough above her,
Calling out I love her!

Catching the ear of my May meadow queen,
Clear as a bell I am heard yet unseen
Cloaked in the green of this forest ravine.

Will she come and follow
My song from the hollow?

I can see her, but she cannot see me
Camouflaged up in the tree canopy
Winging her way on my sweet melody.

{Interlude: I sing to thee, wing to me! / Come to me, run to me! / Fly to me, hie to me!}

Here I am, please reach me
On this branch of beech tree!

Silken as thistledown my song is sent.
As true as a whistle now my testament's
A sonic epistle vowing my intent!

As she neared she spied me.
Soon appeared beside me.

Dear lady thrush see the nest that I built for us!
Cozy and lush, it's the best in the forest!
But there's no rush, hear the rest of my chorus:

True words love together!
Two birds of a feather!