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Jack DesBois | The Western Star

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The Western Star

by Jack DesBois

Narrative, blank-verse poetry woven with unaccompanied songs inspired by the Anglo-Celtic ballad tradition, retelling the story of the Three Kings' transformative journey to Bethlehem.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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1. Introduction
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2. Darkest December
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3. "There Was a King Who Ruled in Days Gone By..."
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4. "Such Horrors This Wise King Would Dwell Upon..."
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5. Endless Night
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6. "And so the Aging Year Began to Die..."
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7. "And, Weary from His Fright, He Turned Away..."
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8. The Queen's Song
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9. "The Song Concluded, The Last Reverberant Strains..."
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10. Darkest December (Reprise #1)
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11. "And so It Was That Balthazar the King..."
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12. "No More Could He Go on in Straight Pursuit..." / Balthazar's Song
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13. "When He Awoke, He Found Himself Buried In..."
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14. Melchior's Song
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15. "Hello!' the Curious, Dancing Man Called Out..."
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16. "The Stranger's Name Was Melchior, A King..." / Melchior's Song (Reprise)
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17. "The Evening of Their Fourth Day on the Road..."
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18. "Back in the Hut, The Three Men Gathered Round..."
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19. Darkest December (Reprise #2)
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20. "Three Days the Three Wise Kings Followed the Road..."
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21. Caspar's Song
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22. "You Do Not Understand My Offering...'"
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23. Mary's Lullaby
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24. "The Stable Door Swung Wide on Silent Hinges..."
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25. Darkest December (Reprise #3)
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Album Notes
A solo performance project retelling the Biblical story of the Three Kings in poetry and song, The Western Star mixes storytelling genres into a unique form with transportive power and transcendent beauty. The poetic fancy of Longfellow and Yeats, the emotional depth of traditional Anglo-Celtic ballad melodies, the oratory of a Homeric epic and the intimacy of the fireside storyteller mix with Matthew’s Gospel tale and Vermont’s winter landscape to create a fresh contribution to the living Biblical storytelling tradition. This epic poem, infused with the wisdom of the Kings’ two-thousand-year journey through the ages, gives a glimpse into the rejuvenating potential of storytelling. It invites audiences to slow down and enter the realm of the imagination, guiding them through a world of blinding blizzards, allegorical figures and quiet miracles. Through this novel interpretation of ancient forms, The Western Star seeks to breathe new life into the hope of the world.

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