Recommendation: The Days Gone By; Songs of the American Poets
October 1, 2009
I bought this CD years ago when Lucy was a toddler, and it has become an annual family tradition to listen to it each autumn. I love this CD.
I’ve never been a big poetry person. I think part of the reason is, poetry is better when spoken aloud, not on the printed page. So, when I read poetry in a book, it usually doesn’t do much for me. But poetry set to music – well, that’s a brilliant idea! And these songs work as poetry should work on a person – bringing a person to a greater appreciation of their humanity and creation around them.
As the editorial review on Amazon reads: “The Days Gone By, a country- and bluegrass-leaning collection… expertly evokes the image-rich landscapes and fanciful musings of five great American poets.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, so I, uh, didn’t. I will tell you, though, that those poets are Emily Dickinson, Eugene Field, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, and James Whitcomb Riley.
Here’s a snippet of the poem from the title piece: