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Morrison: Hard Weather Makes Good Wood

> Hard Weather Makes Good Wood - Hard Weather Makes Good Wood
> The Heart Poems - Poem No. 1
> The Heart Poems - Poem No. 2
> The Heart Poems - Poem No. 3
> The Heart Poems - Poem No. 4
> The Heart Poems - Poem No. 5
> The Heart Poems - Poem No. 6
> The Heart Poems - Poem No. 7
> My Love Lives Down That Long Dirt Road - I. a funky pair
> My Love Lives Down That Long Dirt Road - II. my love lives down that long dirt road
> My Love Lives Down That Long Dirt Road - III. funky pair II
> My Love Lives Down That Long Dirt Road - IV. darker days
> My Love Lives Down That Long Dirt Road - V. still the funky pair (injured, broken)
> My Love Lives Down That Long Dirt Road - VI. spring
> My Love Lives Down That Long Dirt Road - VII. together
> Rising Blue - I. rising blue I
> Rising Blue - II. interlude
> Rising Blue - III. rising blue II

Album Summary

>Morrison, John Howell : Hard Weather Makes Good Wood, for string quartet & tape
>Morrison, John Howell : The Heart Poems, for voice & piano
>Morrison, John Howell : My Love Lives Down That Long Dirt Road
>Morrison, John Howell : Rising Blue, for violin & tape
Performers Composer
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Joe Meyer , Troy Gardner (violin); Jim Jacobsen (cello).

Recording information: Augsburg College, St. Paul, MN (11/13/1993-09/30/2002); Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH (11/13/1993-09/30/2002); St. David's Episcopal Church, Nashville, TN (11/13/1993-09/30/2002).

If Moby ever collaborated with John Adams, the results would possibly sound something like John Howell Morrison's Hard Weather Makes Good Wood. The 18-minute title track, for string quartet (the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, who have their own releases on Innova) and tape, blends ideas that recall both Adams' Shaker Loops and the kind of found sound and live mixing ideas that Martin Swope pioneered in Mission of Burma and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic; fragmented string quartet tape loops encroach upon the live quartet's performance, at times almost overpowering it, creating a disorienting but ultimately fascinating sound. On the shorter pieces that make up the rest of the album, other electronic elements merge seamlessly with the strings and Maria Jette's soprano vocals, yet at the same time, Morrison's music sounds as if it's based on the folk and blues of his native North Carolina, giving these pieces an earthy soulfulness that keeps them from the cold, clinical quality of many contemporary composers. Although Morrison's music bears little resemblance, the overall effect recalls a contemporary Southern version of Charles Ives' New England-bred modernity. ~ Stewart Mason



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Works Details

>Morrison, John Howell : Hard Weather Makes Good Wood, for string quartet & tape
  • Performers: Jennifer Strom (Viola); Jim Jacobson (Cello); Joe Meyer (Violin); Joe Meyer (Horn); Troy Gardner (Violin)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Morrison, John Howell : The Heart Poems, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Billmeyer (Piano); Maria Jette (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Morrison, John Howell : My Love Lives Down That Long Dirt Road
  • Performers: Vivian Montgomery (Harpsichord); John Morrison
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Morrison, John Howell : Rising Blue, for violin & tape
  • Performer: Troy Gardner (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997