Douglas Lee Saum / William Butler Yeats | The Wind, the Reeds, and the Seven Woods

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The Wind, the Reeds, and the Seven Woods

by Douglas Lee Saum / William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats's poems of the Celtic Twilight period to original folk-rock ensemble music.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. To Ireland in the Coming TImes
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2. A Dawn Song
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3. The Gates of the Day
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4. The Hosting of the Sidhe
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5. The Everlasting Voices
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6. The Moods
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7. The Lover tells of the Rose in his Heart
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8. The Host of the Air
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9. The Fish
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10. The Unappeasable Host
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11. Into the Twilight
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12. The Song of Wandering Aengus
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13. The Song of the Old Mother
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14. The Heart of the Woman
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15. The Lover Mourns for the Loss of Love
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16. He mourns for the Change that has come upon Him and his Beloved
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17. He bids his Beloved be at Peace
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18. He reproves the Curlew
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19. He Remembers forgotten Beauty
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20. A Poet to his Beloved
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21. He gives his Beloved certain Rhymes
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22. To his Heart, bidding it have no Fear
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23. The Cap and Bells
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24. The Valley of the Black Pig
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25. He tells of a Valley full of Lovers
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26. He tells of the Perfect Beauty
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27. He hears the Cry of the Sedge
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28. He thinks of Those who have spoken Evil of his Beloved
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29. Spiritual Marriage (The Secret Rose)
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30. Maid Quiet
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31. The Lover Pleads with his Friends for Old Friends
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32. He Wishes his Beloved were Dead
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33. He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
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34. He thinks of his Past Greatness when a Part of the Constellation
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35. The Fiddler of Dooney
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36. In the Seven Woods
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37. The Folly of Being Comforted
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38. Never give all the Heart
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39. Adam's Curse
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40. Red Hanrahan's Song about Ireland
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41. The Old Men admiring Themselves in the Water
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42. The Ragged Wood
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43. O do not Love Too Long
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44. The Players ask a Blessing on the Psalteries and on Themselves
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45. The Happy Townland
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The News-Journal
Daytona, Fla
4/12/02


Saum stays true to great poet
By Rick deYampert
ENTERTAINMENT WRITER

Douglas Lee Saum
The Wind, the Reeds, and the Seven Woods
(Barbarous Generation Music)
**** (of five)

Talk about dysfunctional relationships . . .on his new CD The Wind, the Reeds, and the Seven Woods, Douglas Lee Saum has this to sing about a lover: "Were you but lying cold and dead, and lights were paling out of the West, you would come hither and bend your head, and I would lay my head on your breast. And you would murmur tender words, forgiving me, because you were dead . . . O would, beloved, that you lay under the dock-leaves in the ground, while lights were paling one by one."
Is Saum a Marilyn Manson protégé? A new millennium, vampiric goth rocker?
No. Actually, Saum didn't write any of the lyrics for the 45 songs on his two-CD set. Instead, when the folkie guitarist and multi-instrumentalist went in search for a lyricist, he decided to hook up with a rather capable wordsmith named William Butler Yeats. Yes, that Yeats - the Nobel Prize-winning Irishman whom many critics consider the greatest 20th-century poet writing in the English language.
So what's up with that death fetish? The lines come directly from the Yeats poem "He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead," written from the point of view of Aedh, the Celtic god of death.
Likewise throughout the album, Saum doesn't merely adapt or otherwise monkey with Yeats's words as he puts them to music. The Reno, Nevada, folkie is utterly faithful in preserving these poems, written in the early part of Yeats's career in the 1890s and early 1900s.
As for the music, Saum and the many guest singers and musicians on guitar, flute, fiddle, and bodhran (Irish hand drum) don't conjure traditional Irish folk music a la the Chieftains or Altan. Instead, Saum employs his slightly ragged but lively tenor over sounds that variously recall the Celtic-tinged folk rock of the Waterboys or the folky side of Neil Young.
As for the lyrics - hey, that Yeats guy could turn a phrase, whether he was writing about Irish mythology ("The Song of Wandering Aengus"), the mystical side of love ("He Hears the Cry of the Sedge," "The Cap and Bells"), the labyrinthine ways of love ("Adam's Curse," "The Folly of Being Comforted") or apocalyptic, esoteric works ("The Valley of the Black Pig").
And this Saum guy has a knack, and obviously a passion, for taking Yeats's stirring poetry and recasting not just the Irishman's words but his spirit into song.
(For more information on Douglas Lee Saum or to purchase his CDs, go online to www.dougsaum.com or www.efolkmusic.com).

Ratings: ***** classic, **** excellent, *** good, ** mediocre, * poor. Rick.deyampert@news-jrnl.com

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