Song 34 – October – Far and Wide
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Folks, I almost feel guilty about publishing this tune. We’d been having a good go with upbeat tunes, and this one is anything but. I feel like I’ve turned off the stereo during an awesome dance party. I would like to keep the festivities going, but I also want to get this tune out – I guess just a little bit more. It’s been swirling around my head for a few months – inspired by a friend’s recent experience. Once I’d heard their story, this song just wrote itself.
So yes, this is a sad song, but it’s also a song that makes me very happy for a few reasons. One is that I’ve wanted to record a duet with my niece, Danielle, for a long time. But how do we record a duet if my brother’s family is a 10 hour drive from where I live? Well, it turns out Danielle has a friend with a recording studio! So I sent her an early draft of the song and she recorded herself singing along with it. I feel so lucky to have Danielle sing with me. Her voice is amazing.
I’m also happy that I finally recorded my friend Mara Shea playing fiddle. I’ve been playing waltzes with her for a few years at the Senior Center on Thursday nights and always admired her lush, rich sound. I’m always inspired by the melodies that she improvises and I was lucky to finally capture them for one of my songs.
Lastly, I’m happy that my friends and fellow Star Makers, Brian and Robert, also played parts in this song. All told, this is the most collaborative song I’ve recorded in the three years since I started the project. As a result, “Far and Wide” is both a sad song about a couple separating, and a happy song about friends getting together, collaborating and making something beautiful.
Folks, I hope you had a great month! It’s starting to get cold here in North Carolina and winter is just around the corner. If you’d like to sing or play along with the tune, here’s the song sheet.