and other trials of the heart
It began in the winter of 2011 with an outpouring of musical composition by Lynne Bittner followed by a period of pairing composition to poem and musical genre. Delving into styles that developed as the recordings required, The Wildflower Band used the recording process as part of the compositional explorations of textures to do musical justice to the poetic masterpieces they embraced.
Beginning with Golden Apples of the Sun (The Song of Wandering Aengus) by William Butler Yeats, the poem describes the chasing an elusive muse throughout his life. It is followed by I had a Guinea Golden by Emily Dickinson who grieves the letting go of things once possessed - a guinea, a star and a man. In Never Give All the Heart, WB Yeats is discouraged by his failure at love - warning that women are frivolous and do not take men seriously. Wild Nights by Emily Dickinson is a poem expressing ardent desire and what many consider to be her most sensuous and erotic work. White Birds by WB Yeats laments a wish that life might be simpler - living as "the white birds on the foam of the sea”. Nobody Knows This Little Rose by Emily Dickinson imparts the deeper meaning of the loss of something very much depended on - even though it may not seem like much to somebody else. Finally, the title track The Sorrow of Love by WB Yeats evokes love’s hidden vulnerabilities.
© 2015 The WIldflower Band
EMILY DICKINSON, WB YEATS & THE WILDFLOWER BAND