PSS with Aaron Shorr-Piano
Wilton’s Music Hall June 2008
Engineer: Colin Still (Optic Nerve)
Charles Ives (Back of an Envelope) Feb 26th 1917 (two months before the US entered the war)
‘Why do the rich always
Think for the poor-
Because the poor are
So busy all the time thinking
About how to make a living
That they cant think of
Gov by property
Mean fighting for the
Everyone suddenly burst out singing
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom.
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on-on-and out of sight.
Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted,
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away … O, but Everyone
Was a bird, and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.