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Songs from the River Project, Volume 2

by Eve Beglarian

Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am, Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary, Looks down, is erect, bends an arm on an impalpable certain rest, Looks with its sidecurved head curious what will come next, Both in and out of the game, and watching and wondering at it. Backward I see in my own days where I sweated through fog with linguists and contenders, I have no mockings or arguments . . . . I witness and wait. Walt Whitman
Testy Pony 03:52
I am given a pony for my birthday, but it is the wrong kind of pony. It is the kind of pony that won't listen. It is testy. When I ask it to go left, it goes right. When I ask it to run, it sleeps on its side in the tall grass. So when I ask it to jump us over the river into the field I have never before been, I have every reason to believe it will fail, that we will be swept down the river to our deaths. It is a fate for which I am prepared. The blame of our death will rest with the testy pony, and with that, I will be remembered with reverence, and the pony will be remembered with great anger. But with me on its back, the testy pony rears and approaches the river with unfettered bravery. Its leap is glorious. It clears the river with ease, not even getting its pony hooves wet. And then there we are on the other side of the river, the sun going down, the pony circling, looking for something to eat in the dirt. Real trust is to do so in the face of clear doubt, and to trust is to love. This is my failure, and for that I cannot be forgiven.
Well Spent 05:21
The water you touch in a river is the last that has passed and the first that is coming; so with the present moment. The well-spent life is long...
Brownie Feet 03:54
"Brownie, you're doin' a heck of a job." George W. Bush


This is the second EP of music that has grown out of my 2009 journey down the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle. It highlights some rich collaborations I've had the pleasure to experience this last year: not only with Mary Rowell, Taylor Levine, and Malcolm J. Merriweather, my BRIM-mates, but also with the excellent trombones of The Guidonian Hand, and the wonderful Portland, Oregon based Third Angle Ensemble.

Originally released as a limited edition EP, it's now available for digital download!


released November 1, 2012

Eve Beglarian, vocals & electronics Malcolm Merriweather, vocals Mary Rowell, violin
Taylor Levine, guitar

THE GUIDONIAN HAND trombone quartet
Mark Broschinsky
William Lang
James Rogers
Sebastian Vera

Ron Blessinger, violin
Hamilton Cheifetz, cello

all compositions by Eve Beglarian © & p EVBVD Music [ASCAP]
Text for Testy Pony by Zachary Schomburg
cover art painting by Georgia Erdenberger


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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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