BIRD IN A CAGE

by Patty Larkin

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Bird In A Cage: Poem Songs
Patty Larkin

"Over the years I began my writing days by reading my favorite poets just to be amazed and inspired. I looked to poetry as I look at nature: with awe. The rhythm and cadence of the lines felt new and fresh to me, the melody slowly revealing itself. And uncovering a melody that is slowly revealed by the words was pure joy." Patty Larkin

With eleven studio albums and two live recordings under her belt, Patty mines the intersections of poetry and song with her innovative 14th release, "Bird In A Cage". Bird puts poems from ten notable poets to song, including US Poet Laureates William Carlos Williams, Stanley Kunitz, Kay Ryan, Robert Pinsky and Billy Collins, for a new and haunting collection that pulses with the magic of lyricism. Poems are made to be shared aloud, and with Bird, Patty takes up that tradition and sets it aglow: her extraordinary musical shadings make each poem a star.


Produced by Patty Larkin and Mike Denneen
℗© 2020 Road Narrows Records RNR 20201

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released March 3, 2020

1. THE FOOL'S SONG
Patty Larkin: Vocals, Guitar
Jonatha Brooke: Vocals, Kalimba
Mike Denneen, CP 70, Melatron, Juno-60
Marc Shulman: Guitar

Poem by William Carlos Williams
Published, 1913, Public Domain
Song by Patty Larkin © 2020 Lamartine Music, ASCAP

2. THE SNOW LIGHT
Patty Larkin: Vocals, Guitar
The Parkington Sisters: Strings, Vocals
Marc Shulman: Guitar

Poem by May Sarton from "Selected Poems"
© 1978 by May Sarton
W.W. Norton & Company, NY, NY
Reprinted with the permission of Russell & Volkening
as agents for the author. Song by Patty Larkin © 2020 Lamartine
Music, ASCAP

3. PASSING THROUGH
Patty Larkin: Vocals, Guitar
Catherine Bent: Cello
Marc Shulman: Guitar

Poem by Stanley Kunitz from "Passing Through:
The Later Poems, New and Selected" © 1966, 1995 by Stanley Kunitz,
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Song by Patty Larkin © 2020 Lamartine Music, ASCAP

4. IMAGINATION
Patty Larkin: Vocals, Guitars, Loops
Merrie Amsterburg: Vocals
Mike Denneen: Wurlitzer
Marc Shulman: Guitar

Poem by Nick Flynn from "the captain asks for a show of hands"
© 2011 by Nick Flynn, Graywolf Press
Song by Patty Larkin © 2020 Lamartine Music, ASCAP

5. PARADISO
Patty Larkin: Vocals, Guitar, Loops
Jonathan Brooke: Vocals, Guitar
Mike Denneen: Juno-60
Marc Shulman: Guitar

Poem from "The Last Canto" of Dante's Paradiso
Translated by Robert Pinsky from "Robert Pinsky Selected Poems"
© 2011 by Robert Pinsky
Farrar, Straus and Girow
Song by Patty Larkin © 2020 Lamartine Music, ASCAP

6. GREEN BEHIND THE EARS
Patty Larkin: Vocals, Guitar, Kalimba
Catherine Bent: Cello
Joe McMahon: Bass

Poem by Kay Ryan from "The Niagara River: Poems" © 2005 by Kay
Ryan, Grove Press
Song by Patty Larkin © 2013 Lamartine Music, ASCAP

7. MAGDALENE ON ROMANCE
Patty Larkin: Vocals, Guitars
The Parkington Sisters: Strings, Vocals
Marc Shulman: Guitar

Poem by Marie Howe from "Magdalene: Poems" © 2017 by Marie Howe
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Song by Patty Larkin © 2020 Lamartine Music, ASCAP

8. RAIN
Patty Larkin: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonium
Merrie Amsterburg: Vocals

Poem by Kelle Groom from "Underwater City"
© 2004 University Press of Florida
Song by Dawn Zimiles © 2020 Lamartine Music, ASCAP

9. JIMMY EAGLE'S HOT COWBOY BOOTS BLUES
Patty Larkin: Vocals, Guitar
Jonathan Brooke: Vocals
Marc Shulman: Guitar

Poem by Natalie Diaz from "When My Brother Was an Aztec" Copper Canyon Press © 2012 by Natalie Diaz
Song by Patty Larkin © 2020 Lamartine Music, ASCAP

FCC Warning: #9. Jimmy Eagle’s Hot Cowboy Boots Blues note: “goddamn” @ 1:43 & “ass” @ 2:25

10. INTRODUCTION TO POETRY
Patty Larkin: Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Catherine Bent: Cello
Marc Shulman: Guitar
Ben Wittman: Drums, Percussion

Poem by Billy Collins, 1996 from the Apple that Astonished Paris
© 1988University of Arkansas Press. Reproduced with the permission
of the University of Arkansas Press, www.uapress.com
Song by Patty Larkin © 2020 Lamartine Music, ASCAP

Produced by Patty Larkin and Mike Denneen
℗© 2020 Road Narrows Records RNR 20201

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Patty Larkin Boston, Massachusetts

Patty Larkin has captured the imagination of audiences with over 30 years of touring, eleven studio albums, 2 live recordings, all of which helped serve to redefine the boundaries of the guitar driven singer songwriter . Bird In A Cage, mines the intersections of Poetry and Song, making music of some of her favorite poems, five from US Poet Laureates, as a way to “hold brilliance in my hand.” ... more

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Track Name: Jimmy Eagle's Hot Cowboy Boots Blues
FCC Warning: #9. Jimmy Eagle’s Hot Cowboy Boots Blues note: “goddamn” @ 1:43 & “ass” @ 2:25

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