Songs from the River Project, Volume 1

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This EP is the first of several installments of music inspired by Eve Beglarian's journey down the length of the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle in 2009. Originally released as a limited edition EP, it's now available for digital download!

This recording wouldn't exist without the support of Abby Sher, Spencer Beglarian (RIP), Astrid and John Baumgartner, Merle and Leslie Rabine, Zona and Jim Hostetler, and all Eve's fellow-travelers, virtual and real, on the journey down the Mississippi.

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released November 1, 2011

BRIM: Eve Beglarian and Mary Rowell
all compositions by Eve Beglarian © & p EVBVD Music [ASCAP] except Wayfaring Stranger, trad. arranged by Eve Beglarian and Mary Rowell
cover photo by H.C. Porter

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Eve Beglarian Brandon, Vermont

"Ms. Beglarian kayaked and bicycled the length of the Mississippi River [and] has translated her findings into music of sophisticated rusticity… [Her] Americana song cycle captures those swift currents as vividly as Mark Twain did. The works waft gracefully on her handsome folk croon and varied folk instrumentation as mysterious as their inspiration." -The New York Times ... more

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Track Name: Wayfaring Stranger (live)
I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger
I'm traveling through this world below
But there's no sickness, toil or danger
In that bright land, to which I go.

I'm going there to see my mother
She said she'd meet me when I come,
I'm only going over Jordan
I'm only going over home.

I know dark clouds gonna gather round me
I know my way'll be rough and steep;
But beautiful fields lie just before me
Where weary eyes no more will weep

I'm going there to see my loved ones
Gone on before me one by one,
I'm only going over Jordan
I'm only going over home.

I'll soon be free from earthly trials
This form shall rest beneath the sod
I'll drop this cross of self-denial
And I'll go singing home to God

I'm going there to see my Father
I'll dwell with him and I'll never roam
Oh I'm just going over Jordan
I'm only going over home.
Track Name: The Flood
The Flood (1928)

Blood has been harder to dam back than water.
Just when we think we have it impounded safe
Behind new barrier walls (and let it chafe!),
It breaks away in some new kind of slaughter.
We choose to say it is let loose by the devil;
But power of blood itself releases blood.
It goes by might of being such a flood
Held high at so unnatural a level.
It will have outlet, brave and not so brave.
Weapons of war and implements of peace
Are but the points at which it finds release.
And now it is once more the tidal wave
That when it has swept by leaves summits stained.
Oh, blood will out. It cannot be contained.

Robert Frost