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Meditation 013 | F-Sharp Major | Vol. II, Issue 1

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Volume II of the original music shared in the Fog Chaser newsletter (September 2022 - August 2023)
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For the Taback family, in loving memory of Louise.


Thank you for being here for the thirteenth installment of this newsletter, and the very first issue of Volume II. (See: Volume I)

🎵 This month’s piece is in F-sharp major.1 As we step into the shifting autumn light, I’m admiring the exiting summer season’s final displays of insouciance: the unreachable apples and pears ripening on their branches, falling, rolling in the streets; the blackberries left unpicked desiccating on the vine; a gentle quiet settling over the valley. This month's piece serves as a farewell to the sun-laden season so many of us eagerly await but that steals away as quickly and quietly as a wingbeat.

I’d like to dedicate this piece to a dear friend who passed away last month: the warm, inviting, shrewd, brilliant, talented, hilarious, generous, kind, loving — and beloved — Louise.

📷 I took this month’s photo on film in Mt. Hood National Forest.2 I was making my way up to a glacial lake when I found myself in this dense and shadowy wood — one of my favorite places to be — as the sun filled in the gaps between the trees.

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.

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 again for being here. Take good care of yourself.

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A Poem

To the Light of September

by W.S. Merwin3

When you are already here
you appear to be only
a name that tells of you
whether you are present or not

and for now it seems as though
you are still summer
still the high familiar
endless summer
yet with a glint
of bronze in the chill mornings
and the late yellow petals
of the mullein fluttering
on the stalks that lean
over their broken
shadows across the cracked ground

but they all know
that you have come
the seed heads of the sage
the whispering birds
with nowhere to hide you
to keep you for later

you
who fly with them

you who are neither
before nor after
you who arrive
with blue plums
that have fallen through the night

perfect in the dew


Currently

Listening to

  • body by Gia Margaret (Listen)

    • Reminder: I’m putting all the songs shared in the newsletter into this Spotify playlist (which is basically just a list of my favorite songs)

Reading

  • The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Powell’s)

  • A recent piece by writer Elizabeth Brownrigg about injury and art, something I also happened to write about a couple of weeks ago. Brownrigg puts it eloquently:

    “In the midst of injury, art becomes impossible and also necessary. It's how we find the way back to ourselves, just putting one foot in front of the other, step after slow step.”

    Read the full piece below.

Walking the Inspired Path
Staying With It
In June, I saw Lucinda Williams in concert. I had heard that she had had a stroke. She walked slowly out onto the stage, leaning heavily on the stagehand's arm. Would this be just sad? Would I have to applaud out of pity? Would I wish that she, and I, had stayed home…
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Sharing

  • Two songs out this month on the wonderful Sonder House label:

Stream 'Alluvial'

Pre-Save 'Resolve'

  • All of my songs from Volume I, together for the first (and probably last) time:

Listen to Volume I

  • My fall and winter instrumental playlist:

Listen On Spotify

  • Some personal reflections on one year of Fog Chaser:

Fog Chaser
Celebrating One Year 🎉
One year ago today I released my first song as Fog Chaser, right here through this newsletter. Last month’s post, Meditation 012, marked the end of — 12 new, original instrumental songs and visuals. And in just a couple of weeks, I’ll be sending out the first song of Volume II. I’m so grateful you’ve chosen to be a part of this, and I’m very excited abo…
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1

Wingbeat in F-sharp major, for Louise / Recorded in Logic Pro / Written and produced by Fog Chaser

2

Wingbeat / 35mm film (Fujifilm Superia / ISO 400) / Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon, USA / Order a print

3

Poetry, September 2003