A Walt Whitman Songbook
A Song of the Rolling Earth for Voice and Piano
Music by Craig Pallett based on the Walt Whitman Text
Released on May 15th 2019
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A Walt Whitman Songbook contains 10 new musical works by Vermont based composer Craig Pallett. This songbook was created for Voice and Piano. It primarily explores Whitman’s work called A Song of the Rolling Earth, from the 1891-92 edition of Leaves of Grass. The composer has not altered the natural flow of the text. Due to the length of A Song of the Rolling Earth he has broken the text into 7 different songs. The composer has named these, The Earths’s Words, Amelioration, Never Fail, Three Hundred and Sixty-Five, Whoever You Are!, I Swear and Tones of Souls primarily to help the public and musicians reference each song. Though it can be presented as a full suite, performance time is 35 minutes, each song can stand on it’s own as an individual work.
Besides A Song of the Rolling Earth, the songbook includes 3 other Whitman works from Leaves of Grass, Laws for Creations, On the Beach at Night Alone and France, The 18th Year of these States.
From the Composers Notes.
“I chose not to alter Whitman’s text in any way. This includes not repeating material or changing the structure of the actual text, both of which might make the works more “song–like”. I wanted to have a sense of churning piano rhythms and patterns with a folk–like melody. Whitman’s works that I chose are very rhythmically segmented verses many of them flow from one rhythmic structure to another. Sometimes only 2 verses flow in the same fashion, and then proceed into different ideas and forms. At times, there is a singular verse that has no rhythmic relationship to any other verse in his text.”
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Andy West Craig Pallett
1. Zen Walk (7:10)
2. Beyond Words (6:16)
3. Heart Essence (5:57)
4. Echo (4:47)
5. The Point on the Wall (5:11)
All compositions by Andy West and Craig Pallett
Published by Affinity Systems (BMI) and KWBL, LLC(BMI)
Written, arranged, engineered, and produced by Andy West and Craig Pallett
Mixed by Craig Pallett at Affinity Studios Vermont
Cover photo by Tom Ranier
Andy West – Bass, Guitar, and Synth/Percussion/Midi Programming
Craig Pallett – Keyboards, Drums, Drum Programming, Electronics, Engineer, and Midi Programming.
Steve Kaplan – 1987 – Keyboards.
David Crigger – 1987 – Engineer
This music is dedicated to Steve Kaplan (1958-2003), who played many of the original keyboard parts which were recorded as midi files for ‘Heart Essence’, ‘Zen Walk’, ‘Beyond Words’, and ‘The Point on the Wall’. Hearing those recorded performances brought back the memory and joy of working with Steve so long ago, and we were inspired to use the original Midi data recordings to create new orchestrations and arrangements for those songs.
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Craig Pallett – Trumpets, Flugelhorns, EVI Controllers, Electronics, Keyboards, Synths.
Steve Bartek – Guitars
Leon Gaer – Bass, Bass Dobro, Piccolo Bass
Andy West – Bass
David Crigger – Drums, Percussion
Steve Kaplan – Acoustic Piano, Synths.
Shelby Daniel – Vocals
Susan Ottzen – Harp (EU2)
All compositions by Craig Pallett
Produced and Mixed by Craig Pallett
Original tracks produced by David Crigger and Craig Pallett
Engineered by – David Crigger, Craig Pallett, Steve Kaplan, Steve Bartek, and Leon Gaer. Recorded at – Kaplan Studios Malibu and Thousand Oaks CA, Bartek Garage Santa Monica, CA, Crigger Recording in North Hollywood, CA, and Affinity Studios in Santa Barbara, CA, and South Royalton, VT
Eclectic collection of 12 new works from alternative composer Craig Pallett. Featuring 27 musicians from New York City, Los Angeles, Vermont and Sydney Australia. A soulful celebration of the wheel of life.
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All music composed by Craig Pallett
Wide Awake composed by Craig Pallett and David Crigger
All music published by Affinity Systems, Inc. (BMI)
Executive Producer – Craig Pallett
Producers – Don DiNicola, David Crigger, Steve Addabbo, Andy West.
Mastered by Don DiNicola
Steve Bartek – Guitars
David Crigger – Drums, Percussion, Electronics
Andy West – Bass
Jennifer Choi – Violin
Jay Anderson – Acoustic Bass
Fung Chern Hwei – Violin
Leon Gaer – Bass
Mary Rowell – Violin
Stephen Gosling – Acoustic Piano
David Cossin – Marimba, Drums, Shakers
Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin – Viola
Wendy Law – Cello
Ken Thomson – Soprano Sax
Alan Kaplan – Trombone
Yves Dharamraj – Cello
Peter Hess – Alto Sax
Katie Kresek – Viola
Steve Kaplan – Acoustic Piano
Alex Hamlin – Baritone Sax
Ronnie Gutierrez – Hand Drums, Percussion
Ed RosenBerg III – Tenor Sax
Craig Pallett – Trumpet, Keyboards, Electronics