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Shaker Songs

by Winterbirds

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Love the inward, new creation, Love the glory that it brings; Love to lay a good foundation, In the line of outward things. Love a life of true devotion, Love your lead in outward care; Love to see all hands in motion, Love to take your equal share. Love to love what is belov'd, Love to hate what is abhorr'd; Love all earnest souls that covet Lovely love and its reward. Love repays the lovely lover, And in lovely ranks above, Lovely love shall live for ever, Loving lovely loved love.
"The Humble Heart" The proud and lofty I despise, And bless the meek and low, I hear the humble soul that cries, And comfort I bestow. Of all the trees among the wood I'd choose one little vine, The meek and low are nigh to me, The humble heart is mine. Tall cedars fall before the wind, The tempest breaks the oak While slender vines will bow and bend And rise beneath the stroke. I've chosen me one pleasant grove And set my lovely vine, Here in my vineyard will I rove, The humble heart is mine. Of all the flocks that fill the land One little band I've chose, Let loose above a simple dove And set her peace on those. The lovely object of my love Around my heart shall twine, My flock, my vineyard, and my dove, The humble heart is mine. "Pretty Treasures" One, two, three, four, All of these and many more, Only look, look and see, Pretty treasures given me. In this simple, pretty way, Mother says that we may play, Count the jewels, roll the ball, Have simplicity with all
United we will be, and brush off pride and stiff, Come brush, yea brush, and brush again till limber as a withe. Let's turn around and shake off and break away the bands Till we are free, Till we are simple, simple enough to shake hands.
For my bright little diamond and my little golden seal, For my pretty pearl of Mother's love, how thankful I feel. I will bow and be simple, I will bow and be free, I will bow and be humble like the willow tree. I will bow as my token, I will wear the easy yoke, I will bow and be broken, your mercies invoke. For my bright little diamond and my little golden seal, For my pretty pearl of Mother's love, how thankful I feel. O I want to feel little, I want to feel small, The last of my sisters, the least of them all. O I want to be holy, more perfect in love, O I want to be gentle and meek as a dove. O I want to be humble and simple in mind, More watchful, more careful, more fully resigned. O I want to feel little, I want to feel small, The last of my sisters, the least of them all. O the least of Mother's little love is good enough for me, It is more than I'm worthy of, contented I'll be. For my bright little diamond and my little golden seal, For my pretty pearl of Mother's love, how thankful I feel. O I want to feel little, I want to feel small, The last of my sisters, the least of them all.
When we assemble here to worship God, Sing His Praises and hear His word, We will walk softly. Pure of heart and clean of hand, Our souls are free from Satan's bands, We will walk softly. While we are passing through the sacred door, The fold where Christ has gone before, We will walk softly. Worship, bow down, and rejoice, And when we hear the shepherd's gentle voice, We will walk softly.
Who will bend like the willow Who will turn and twist and reel In the gale of simple freedom Wring the wood, wreck the steel Who will drink the wine of power Tip your head and drop it down Pride and bondage all forgetting Mother's wine is freely found Oh that drink I will have it I will bow and bend below I'll be reeling, twisting, turning No more flesh and pain to know I will shake every fetter From my soul as I go I will feel the gospel power Burning in my very soul
Oh how I long to be released, Not feel one poison dart, From every feeling of the beast And his foul stuff around my heart But while I'm laboring with my might And every step I tread, The hate-filled beast will heave in sight And tread I will upon his head I need not think of gaining much Or dance some handsome form; To give that floor an easy touch That scarce will keep my ankles warm For so far have I not increased Beyond my bowing head That I can manage such a beast Though my whole body flows with sweat
"Love by the Handful" Here's love by the handful, Here's love by the ball; Here's love for the elders, Here's love for you all. This love it flows freely, From this little store, To all Mother's children, Mine from my core. "The Nightengal" Coo lu lu lu la lu lali lu Ki li li li lila li


Combining original music with texts from the 18th and 19th centuries, "Shaker Songs" brings the thought and poetry of the American Shakers to life. At once familiar and strange, this music weaves together the sounds of traditional Appalachian folk and new Progressive folk into a compelling exploration of the tensions between humility, self-expression, and love.


released January 24, 2019

Songs by El Rich

Winterbirds is:
Deena Rizkalla, violin and voice
Emily Damrel, bass and voice
Krisztina Dér, flute
El Rich, guitar, mandolin, and voice
Sean Mulcahy, accordion

Shaker Songs also features:
Greyson Leybourne, banjo and mandolin
Hannah Lomas, voice
Jamie Rowen, rhythm guitar, banjo, and voice
Zeb Gambill, mandolin

Hannah Lomas and Jamie Rowen appear courtesy of Stray Local

Recorded by Dylan Drake at Logan Manor Studio (tracks 1-5) and Joe Dejarnette at Studio 808a (tracks 6-8), with additional recording by Aaron Bond at TuneSquad Studios. Mixed by Joe Dejarnette.

Instrument Maintenance by Aaron Morris

Band Photography by Wayne Reich Creative (www.waynereich.com)

Album Cover by Wayne Reich and El Rich, featuring 1844 Shaker Needlepoint Sampler by Mariah Boil (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Financial Support provided by the Kenan Institute for the Arts


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Winterbirds offers a powerful take on Progressive Folk. Deeply versed in traditional Appalachian Folk, Bluegrass and Newgrass, Classical Music, and Contemporary Chamber Music, these young performers cloak timeless melodies in unusual instrumental colors and thrilling textures. ... more

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