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An Opening | D Major | Vol. I

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Volume I of the original music shared in the Fog Chaser newsletter (September 2021 - August 2022)
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Hi there,

Thank you for being here for the fifth installment of this newsletter, and the first of 2022.1 For those of you who are new here, welcome.

Fog Chaser is a reader-supported publication. If you’d like to support my work and help keep Fog Chaser paywall-free, the best way is by taking out a paid subscription.

This month’s piece is in D major. This song is a bit different from the others so far, but I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with different feels and textures.

This month’s photo is another digital shot from Switzerland, somewhere high in the Swiss Alps near the village of Mürren. There is an incredibly special collection of Swiss mountain villages in the Bernese Highlands, high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where you can take in remarkable views of famed mountain peaks, like the Jungfrau and Eiger, as well as some of Europe’s most sweeping glaciers.

A few words on this month’s poem, which is a special one — it comes from Alice B Fogel, the previous New Hampshire poet laureate, who I have been fortunate to connect with through music and poetry over the last several years. Her poem below, “Unlocking”, is a compelling call to all of us to make the most of our time, to “turn yourself loose…”

While it would certainly be a great poem to read in spring, Alice assured me over email that “It's true that [the poem is] about spring but as you say, ‘spring’ can be a time in life, not just in seasons.” And that’s why I thought this was an appropriate poem to read together as we cross into a new year.

I invite you to sit with this photo, song, and poem, and, if you can, make them a small part of your day, whether that’s your morning ritual, afternoon break, or your evening wind-down.

As always, if you feel like it, let me know what you think in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for being here.

PS. I recently had the chance to write a post for one of my favorite music discovery newsletters, Flow State. Read my recommendation for instrumental band Balmorhea below: 

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A poem

Unlocking by Alice B. Fogel (from I Love This Dark World, 1996)2

But it is not always quiet here.
Things go on while we sleep the sleep of soldiers.

Ancient branches crack and splinter into dust.
Large wings snap open in spring
like carpets splayed out over the railing.

Granite splits apart at the seams
and great animals cleave roads through woods.

Daily, in the density, there is life
on the edge of the knife that cuts the world
into hemispheres of sense and death.

Trees are born and die, bones turn to humus,
glaciers to meadowland. It is time

to turn yourself loose, like new leaves,
like big lakes on which swim enormous birds
at a distance deeper in breadth than the water's depth.

Their shadows pull you to the shore.
Their size fills your lungs with sky. It is time

to heave aside the boulders and the dams,
to come back out like a bear after the thaw, to be
ready for the forest, for the forage, for the full

and waning moons. You will get soaked in wet grass,
feel the insects pierce your skin. You will learn

to balance between gravity and light. There will be
hot and sticky nights, sharp songs at dawn,
long and bright ineffable days.

This is your chance to crash your way
through underbrush unlocking like so many doors.


Currently

  1. Listening to Holy Deja Vu by Black Books (Spotify / Apple)

    • Reminder: I’m putting all the songs shared in the newsletter into this Spotify playlist

  2. Eagerly awaiting the next newsletter from Letters of Note, a series that shares letters of historical interest and importance. (Letters of Note)

  3. Enjoying Sam Beam and Andrew Bird playing two of my favorite Iron & Wine songs in Yosemite National Park as part of the “Play For The Parks with Lucky Brand” series, produced by La Blogothèque (YouTube)

  4. Preparing for a cabin-in-the-woods creative residency at the end of the month where I’ll have the chance to compose a series of new nature-inspired pieces. More on that next time.


Notes

This month’s music

An Opening in D major / Recorded in Logic Pro / Written and recorded by Fog Chaser

November’s piece, Foreign Morning, is now streaming (Spotify / Apple / Tidal)

Pre-save December’s piece, Seeking / Calling, coming out January 18 (Pre-save)

This month’s photo

Digital / An Opening in Mürren, Switzerland, looking toward the ‎⁨Aletsch Glacier / (ISO: 250 / Focal length: 18 mm / f/16 / Exposure time: 1/500s / Edited in Adobe Lightroom)

Available as a print


Fog Chaser is a reader-supported publication. If you’d like to support my work and help keep Fog Chaser paywall-free, the best way is by taking out a paid subscription.

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A few reminders:

  1. November’s song, Foreign Morning, is streaming everywhere. Click here to listen. Or watch the music video.

  2. All of the photos I’ve shared are available as prints, framed or unframed, here.

  3. All of the songs from other artists that I share in the “Currently” section are hanging out in this Spotify playlist. Follow along.

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Alice B Fogel was the previous New Hampshire poet laureate. Her latest poetry collection is Nothing But, a series of poems responding to Abstract Expressionist art and its effect on our consciousness. One of her previous books,  Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is also the author of Strange Terrain, on how to appreciate poetry even if you don’t ‘get’ it: www.alicebfogel.com