Modernism Monday: “April Rain,” Harvey Reid

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I’m feeling homesick for New England today, and whenever I’m homesick, I usually turn to one guy: Harvey Reid.  Harvey Reid is an American folk artist and incredibly talented musician.  I grew up on his album “Of Wind and Water” and play it whenever I want to remember what home feels like.  This beautiful track especially conjures up memories of where I’m from.  Once on the train home to visit my family, I made a list of the things that define what that means:

  • Iron rail track nails
  • Hot weeds
  • Frozen mud
  • Sail cloth
  • Tiny fish bones
  • Sweet corn
  • Rambling stone walls
  • Chickadees
  • Pavement undulating with tree roots
  • Low tide seaweed
  • Splinters
  • Bare white churches
  • Bare white birch trees

I’m also from cold April rain.

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