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Original music inspired by headstone inscriptions, plus some lovely trad. pieces, celebrating the love of life, family, friends, and home.
2. By Foreign Hands (music & lyrics © 2007 Martha Gallagher) - In a cemetery full of stones with names from faraway places, I found this beautiful one.
3. My Name is Nellie (music & lyrics © 2007 Martha Gallagher) - I found many stones from the late 19th and early 20th century marking the resting place of teenagers and young adults. The names, ages and some of the details of their stories came directly from their stones. The rest is my own version of historical fiction. I chose to focus on the resilient, optimistic, completely invincible characteristics of this age group, not on the fact that they died young.
4. Little One (music & lyrics © 2007 Martha Gallagher) - On a mountainside, not far from my home, is a small marker for a baby. The words on the laminated funeral home card broke my heart.
5. Elinor Plunkett (O Carolan) - This lovely piece, so I’ve heard tell, had been written for the youngest child of a large family that was entirely wiped out by an epidemic. A sad, but exquisitly beautiful tune.
6. Gone, Thou Art (music & lyrics © 2007 Martha Gallagher) - This reflects a huband’s heartbreak at the loss of his young wife. It starts out in the rather relentless form of a hymn, turns into a lament, and flows onward to, hopefully, peace.
7. Oh, Death (Trad.) - A dark and creepy song...I absolutely love it!
8. The Ash Grove (Trad.) - a beautiful tune that seems perfect here.
9. If Music Be the Food of Love (music & lyrics © 2007 Martha Gallagher) - These immortal words of Shakespeare’s stood out boldly on a large, black stone and inspired my visions of immortal, neverending love.
10. Think, Dear Friends (music & lyrics © 2007 Martha Gallagher) - In amongst the serious stones, this one got me to laughing.
11. A Precious One (music & lyrics © 2007 Martha Gallagher) - I found a variety of versions of the inscription that inspired this one. All were heart-wrenchingly beautiful, but I felt moved to add an uplifting note at the end.
12. Perfect Peace (music & lyrics © 2007 Martha Gallagher) - That’s all...
I hope you have enjoyed, been moved and touched deeply by the music, the stones and their stories.
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