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Happy Thanksgiving, dear subscribers!
I am so grateful for all your support, all these years (and some of you have been supporting my music since before I even had a Patreon or a Bandcamp)! Knowing all you guys are out there listening is the main thing that keeps me creating new music.
Speaking of new music, I have a winter/holiday CD coming out soon! It's titled "Winter Greens: Carols for the Season," and will be available on Bandcamp starting December 4 (which is a Bandcamp Friday, meaning that Bandcamp waives their fee so artists get 100%). I'll send you a link when it's up!
As a $10 subscriber, you automatically get a free digital copy of the album. You also get 15% off any purchases of my physical CDs (including this one); to get your discount code, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (BTW, if you're buying any of my CDs as a gift, just let me know and I'll gift-wrap your order for free. That offer is year-round, but is especially relevant for the next month.)
This month's piece, Down in Yon Forest, will be included on the new album. It's a traditional English carol dating back to the late 15th century, and is one of the stranger "Christmas carols" I've encountered. The lyrics (of which there are many versions) evoke a brooding and mysterious setting: a dark forest, a gilded hall, the sound of bells, blossom and thorn, and (always) water and blood and birth. Some versions also include a knight, a hound, and/or a falcon. This carol also has several tunes; the one I'm using is an anonymous tune that was collected in 1908 by the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (though it was likely centuries old by the time he encountered it).
I hope you all have a warm, merry and cozy December! Stay safe!
Warmest winter blessings,
released November 26, 2020
Cover image: A winter birch forest is in the background, blue in the fading light of a snowy winter day. Two brown deer are in the foreground. The stag stands hock-deep in the snow, head turned alertly toward the viewer; the doe is lying down, only her head and back visible above the drifted snow. The title reads, "Down in Yon Forest: Betsy Tinney, cello". Cover image licensed from Mikhail Makeev on Dreamstime.com
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