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Alluvial | B 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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Thank you for being here for the eleventh installment of this newsletter.

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🎵 This month’s piece is in B major.1

📷 I took this month’s photo on film in Joshua Tree National Park.2 3

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

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The Summer Day

by Mary Oliver4

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?


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Listening to

  • Ocotillo by Loma (Listen)

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

Reading

  • “Our Blinding, Blaring World” by Ed Yong (The Atlantic)

  • Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin (Powells)

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1

Alluvial in B major / Recorded in Logic Pro / Written and recorded by Fog Chaser

2

Ocotillo, Alluvial Fan / 35mm film (Fujifilm Superia / ISO 400) / Ocotillo Patch, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA / Available as a print

3

Taken at Ocotillo Patch, “a scenic pull off along Pinto Basin Road located between two mountain ranges in an alluvial fan, a place where sediments spread out from a narrow area, often carried by water.” (Source)

4

“The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver, from New and Selected Poems: Volume One, 1992. Emphasis mine. (Powells)