Songs for Emily

Poems by Emily Dickinson | Music and Arrangements by Bob McCarroll

Songs for Emily
Poems by Emily Dickinson
Musical Compositions, Arrangements, and Performances by Bob McCarroll*

 

Song List 

  1. I'm Nobody (Who Are You?) - 02:12B - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI  |  Poem by Emily Dickinson - 1861

  2. I Lost a World the Other Day - 02:47 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson 

  3. So Bashful When I Spied Her - 02:29 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson - 1859

  4. My Life Closed Twice Before its Close - 03:02 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson

  5. The Skies Can't Keep Their Secret - 02:17 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson

  6. On Such a Night or Such a Night - 04:28 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson

  7. If I Should Die and You Should Live - 02:46 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson

  8. While I Was Fearing It It Came - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson

  9. To Learn the Transport by the Pain - 02:39 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson - 1860

  10. My Wheel is in the Dark - 02:41 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson - 1858

  11. There is a Word That Bares a Sword - 02:55 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson - 1858

  12. A Bird  Came Down the Walk - 02:08 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson - 1882

  13. Sleep is Supposed to Be - 02:21 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson - 1858

  14. South Winds Justle Them - 02:07 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson - 1859

  15. A Train Went Through a Burial Gate - 01:46 - Bob McCarroll ©2020 BMI |  Poem by Emily Dickinson - 

*All songs composed, arranged, and performed by Bob McCarroll -
with the exception of "I'm Nobody," featuring Jerry Donato on Saxophone. A very special thank you to Evey McCarroll for her vocal contribution on "On Such a Night or Such a Night." (And....her media debut, I might add.)

Poems / Lyrics by Emily Dickinson and used under Public Domain permissions.


Special thanks to Harvard University Press for their kindness and assistance with copyright issues regarding Emily Dickinson's poetry. 

 

Produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered at OneStop.Studio, Phoenix, AZ (www.onestop.studio)

 

A Little Background on This Project:

I had a great English professor in college who's all time favorite poet was Emily Dickinson - and of course, wanted all her students to love her too. While, at the time, I didn't have a true appreciation for the talents of Emily Dickinson's work, for some reason the professor and Emily Dickinson stuck with me over the decades.  

 

Last year, after finishing up on my previous music project, "Outside the Music Box," I decided I wanted to do something different, and as writing lyrics is not really my favorite thing to do, I decided to incorporate the poems of Emily Dickenson as the written word. 

Each poem was kind of haphazardly chosen: I'd read through her poems and if it struck me as interesting - and might be a good candidate for a song -  then I'd start composing music for it.  It was so important to me, though, that I carefully compose a melody and "feel" for each song that stayed true to the personality and sensitivity of each poem.

If you listen to "Songs for Emily," you'll find that many of the songs tend to have a "sad" feel to them - I guess that's kind of how I felt about a lot of her work and how I would musically interpret them. It was my goal, no matter the poem, to give them a melody and arrangement that worked to compliment her writings. 

 

Emily Dickinson offers us a very sensitive and uniquely insightful view of nature and mortality - and I'm so grateful that she shared her unique insights with us.

 

"Songs for Emily" is the compilation of over a years work, and while I actually wrote several additional  songs for the project, there were a few songs that I couldn't quite get the musical results I hoped for and so chose not to include them...perhaps in a future project? There were also 4 poems that I composed music for and finished completely, however, due to copyright issues, I was unable to include them in this project - they were: 1. I Would Not Paint a Picture 2. A Darting Fear 3. The Court is Far Away 4. Did We Disobey Him

About the Cover Artwork:

Using a public domain image of Emily Dickinson, I created a split image effect, with Emily's face on the right side and portions of mine on the left; signifying the split in creative contributions to this poetic/musical project.

Most of all, I hope in listening to the music I composed for this project that you too might garner an appreciation for Emily Dickinson's poetic work - she really was a wonderful talent.

Sincerely, Bob McCarroll.

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