The Days Gone By: Songs of the American Poets, Vol. 1

The Days Gone By: Songs of the American Poets, Vol. 1

by Ted Jacobs

CD

Overview

Ted Jacobs specializes in setting the words of great American poets to lush acoustic music, and the results have thus far been strikingly lovely. The Days Gone By is no exception. Here, Jacobs selects sterling poems by Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Whitcomb Riley, and Eugene Field that breathtakingly evoke the spirit of childhood. Jacobs's folk- and country-laced musical settings employ a pleasing variety of acoustic instruments, which in addition to guitars include violin, recorder, accordion, wind chimes, and more. He also has corralled an impressive array of male and female vocalists, some of them kids, who convey his melodies with feeling and flair. One track, Field's "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," wasn't composed by Jacobs but by Lucy Simon (sister of Carly), and Jacobs was wise enough not to try to improve upon Simon's delicately gorgeous melody; to top it off, his arrangement soars like a lark. The Days Gone By is a must for the family music library.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2000
Label: Music Little People
UPC: 0081227997120
catalogNumber: 79971

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ted Jacobs   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Van Dyke Parks   Accordion
Tahkus Ekedal   Vocals
Rob Jacobs   Percussion,Conga,Cymbals,Tambourine,Tom-Tom,Triangle,Djembe,Bodhran,Shaker,sleigh bells,Wind Chimes,Knee Slaps
Larry Treadwell   Banjo
Ed Tree   Dobro
Michael Sherwood   Vocals
Daryl S.   Violin,Vocals
Diana Vidal   Harmonica,Vocals

Technical Credits

Rob Jacobs   Producer
Leib Ostrow   Executive Producer
Janet Wolsborn   Art Direction
Ted Jacobs   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Sharon Sherman   Executive Producer
Amy Degan   Composer

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