The way to the river leads past the late
Doors and the games of the children born looking backwards
They play that they are broken glass
The numbers wait in the halls and the clouds
They play that they are old they are putting the horizon
Into baskets they are escaping they are
IRMA THOMAS - River Is Waiting
From Simply Grand (2008)
”Simply Grand features Thomas in the company of 13 piano players laying down accompaniment on the acoustic grand. The tunes are old and new, borrowed and blue, but Thomas makes them all her own. […] John Fogerty’s ‘River Is Waiting’ has a celebratory churchy ambience with great backing vocals, Henry Butler’s sanctified piano, and Thomas’ testifying lifting the tune to heaven.” ~ All Music.
MEREDITH MONK - Travel Dream Song
From Atlas - An Opera in Three Parts (ECM New Series, 1993)
Voice: Dina Emerson
"Meredith Monk’s first opera Atlas received its premiere at the Houston Grand Opera in 1991 and is by far one of her most beautifully realized works. Inspired by Alexandra David-Néel’s classic book Magic and Mystery in Tibet, the opera’s three acts trace the personal quest of its heroine, also Alexandra, through a life rich in material and spiritual experience.
In Act One, a young Alexandra takes solace in the domestic comforts of her girlhood, all the while dreaming of what awaits her once she goes out in the world. In the comely “Travel Dream Song” keyboard arpeggios and a small instrumental ensemble cradle Alexandra’s yearning in a tender embrace. She looks skyward on her swing, running through the majestic details of a life lived in transit:
Mountains … cities … steamships … grass skirts … canyons … cinnabar" ~ ECM