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SONIC PALETTE: Tom Thomson's Voice Through Music 100 Years Later

by THE ALGONQUIN ENSEMBLE

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Oh grant me the rare gift of words, A quicksilver tongue And a voice to be heard A marvelous tale I will spin Of paddle and easel and paintbrush And so we begin To capture it all on a birch wood board And colour the wild like no one before Oh grant me a voice and I'll sing Of sunsets of glory And geese on the wing Aurora-filled skies all aglow That shine between stars up above And the water below And capture it all on a birch wood board And colour the wild like no one before   So heed to the call of the wild With a strong, steady hand And a keen weather eye For once you are lost in her gaze She will wrap her arms tightly around you And take you away To capture it all on a birch wood board And colour the wild like no one before Oh grant me but one song alone To sing from on high To the land far below Of wilderness sacred and old And a hand with a passion and skill Let the story unfold
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TRAIN 90 02:53
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TUMBLE HOME 02:59
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BIRCHES 04:08
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THE RIGHT THING That spark of amazement, that realization Just can’t contain it, that bent for creation Hold tight and hold on 'cause both feet are Leaving the ground Confounded conventions. Confusing, elating The answer right here in front of our faces Hold on to something 'cause both feet are Leaving the ground CHORUS And though they all say it’s wrong Should have known all along All it takes is a small leap of faith and belief In the right thing It's the right thing Just when you figure you’ll soon hit the ceiling All at once all of your judgment goes reeling That’s when you notice your feet are just Leaving the ground All of the planning and deliberation All of the hubris and humiliation Strange you should feel down to Earth Having just left the ground CHORUS And though they all say it’s wrong Should have known all along All it takes is a small leap of faith and belief In the right thing Right thing Right thing BRIDGE Just for the moment, you have to let go Trust in the moment, you have to let go Hold to the moment, close eyes and let go Of yourself Just for the moment, you have to let go Trust in the moment, you have to let go Hold to the moment, close eyes and let go Of yourself Right thing That spark of amazement, that realization Just can’t contain it, that bent for creation Don’t dare look now 'cause both feet have just Left the ground Don’t dare look now but both feet have just Just left the ground Don’t look down
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FIRESWEPT 02:59
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NOCTURNE 03:20
Instumental
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RAPIDS 04:11
Instrumental
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SUMMER 02:55
Instrumental
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TROUT 02:00
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Instrumental
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AUTUMN 04:26
Instrumental
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GEESE 'CROSS THE MOON So season flows to season Slowly the circle turns Summer will burn itself away And trees colour up for pleasin' Comes like the one who's prodigal Smiles in their own methodical way CHORUS 1 Last night the last flight called out from starlight All seems to happen too soon Wingtips slap water and beat it 'cross the lake Shadows of geese on the moon Soon Frost will paint my window Hills bare and grey but for conifers Leaves gonna drop and blow away Moonrise alive with night song Owls from the forest all around Echoing howl of the wolf 'cross the bay CHORUS 2 Last night the last flight of swans took to wing All seems to happen too soon Days are ablaze with Colours that you just can't name And cold nights got geese 'cross the moon SOLO Long nights bring on the freeze and Wind in the pine sings a lullaby Snow blankets over a sleeping terrain And holds with a lover's embrace WT TUFTS SOCAN
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WINTER 03:48
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Instrumental
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LAMENT FOR TOM THOMSON In spring of nineteen-seventy Miss Norris gave a gift to me One afternoon in art class when she set her easel high And on it placed an open book I strained to get a better look Showin' a lonesome pine and overlook 'Neath a wild mosaic sky And after that she turned the page Toa sunset's yellow-crimson rage I never felt so much engaged - the canvas came alive And just like electricity, Clamberin' 'ore the desk to see Oh what those paintings did to me The things I felt inside BRIDGE And oh the colour And oh the water And oh the anguish we all would know Oh the passion Oh the heartache Someone tell me why'd ya have to go So soon Of rural birth. A quiet lad Dour at times but quick to laugh And by the faded photographs a handsome looking rake An angler's heart, a painter's eye A loving passion for the wild His father's son, his mother's child Tom Thomson was his name SOLO July of nineteen-seventeen The last that Tom was ever seen A riddle wrapped in mystery - a puzzle to this day They raised his body from the dock And took him to the bush up back And Winnie all dressed up in black Just turned and walked away REPEAT BRIDGE Last night in depths of sleep I dreamed A cobalt-grey canoe was seen Comin' through the mist and reeds just after break of day He gave a wave and then he said "There's bigger speckles 'round the bend" Threw a perfect line 'ore a logger head Then drifted on away July two-thousand-seventeen A bluish-grey canoe was seen Just after dawn above the dam Beneath an azure sky

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Musical interpretations of Tom Thomson's story and paintings for sextet

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released February 9, 2018

KATHRYN BRIGGS - composition, piano, string arrangement

JOHN GEGGIE - composition, double bass, string arrangement

LAURA NERENBERG - violin

LISA MOODY - viola

MARGARET MARIA - cello

TERRY TUFTS - guitar, Manzer Palette, cittern, mandolin, mandriola, vox, composition

Recorded by Ken Friesen, SignalPath Studio - Almonte, Ontario

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The Algonquin Ensemble Ontario

Taking inspiration from the innovation of Tom Thomson’s artistry, 6 veteran musicians - Kathryn Briggs, John Geggie, Lisa Moody, Laura Nerenberg, Margaret Maria, and Terry Tufts - have joined to create The Algonquin Ensemble, performing original music based on Thomson’s works.

The Ensemble comes from diverse musical backgrounds and share a love of venturing beyond the bounds of conventional.
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