The Ring Lieder

by Judith Ring

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1.
The Old Train A chain of days puffs from the old smoke stack of a train that barely makes it up the hill, and love sits beside me in a third-class seat, while dreams nod in a corner on their own, and soul is working somewhere out of sight. Then I think there’s nowhere else I’d rather be, than on a train that leaves from what I know, through the undiscovered landscapes of a life, to that place we all must go to down the line. As the sun comes tumbling down towards the dark, the carriages are a flock of golden lights, and the last points chatter slow as we pull in to the shadow-casting city in its rose. The ancient wheels drum-roll us up the platform, as the old train draws wheezing to a stop and I hear the engine gasp and then grow quiet. Then soul steps off to do the thing that souls do, as we others spot you watching by the gate, where you’ve waited all these years to take us home. © Roderick Ford
2.
Amber 03:52
Amber Insects dream in their vaults of amber around her parchment neck. The atmosphere has preserved her for nearly three hundred years. She lies on her shelf as one asleep, lonely in her ancient lace. I think of lilies growing on dark waters, petals closed for night; see myself as a pallid stranger, intruding suddenly at her side, in her chamber under the earth of a monastery garden shrill with birds, set in a curve of summer day. The dreamer is inside the dream, but the dream is inside the dreamer. © Roderick Ford
3.
The Sylph 01:52
The Sylph I sit on a flat stone by the lake and drink rough wine. My bare feet dabble in the cool sky, the wild clouds far below All the thousand greens of pines and reeds are a double ring around this hourglass day. Then a breeze shoves through the reeds, the ruffles of its swaying skirts twirl the falling world away. Upward wings a shrieking disc of birds, I pour the wine from cup to stone, the sunlight walks across the lake in stars and falls upon my singing flesh. © Roderick Ford
4.
A Plate of Holes It’s nothing, just a plate of holes, standing on a disc of lace, their yellows, greens and russet reds, their scents of breezes and the sun: they wait there quiet as unborn souls, unheard music, tears unshed. And I sit still before the plate and think of how I miss you love: those times before I laid you down, before the world was full of holes. Remember all the plans we had, the promises I made you: those pearls still lie below the sea and dream forever in their shells. © Roderick Ford

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The Ring Lieder, an EP of four songs composed by Judith Ring on poems by Roderick Ford.

Ring was so compelled by Ford’s poetry that she asked his permission to turn a selection of them them into songs. The two met while she was on a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in 2012 where Ford was living at the time.

The poems: The Old Train, Amber, The Sylph and A Plate of Holes are embued with a sense of magic realism that lures the listener into a type of dream world. The music has attempted to enhance this feeling and bring another level of experience to the poems.

Recorded by Leslie Keye at Arad Studios, Dublin, and performed by Judith Ring (voice, piano and bells), Adrian Hart (violin), Lisa Dowdall (viola) and Kate Ellis (cello).

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released October 16, 2017

Music by Judith Ring
Poems by Roderick Ford

Performed by:
Judith Ring (voice, piano, bells)
Adrian Hart (violin)
Lisa Dowdall (viola)
Kate Ellis (cello)

Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Leslie Keye @ Arad Studios, Dublin.

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Judith Ring Dublin, Ireland

I am a composer/musician/performer/artist and all round music lover based in Dublin, Ireland. I have been writing music for 20 years and have been greatly inspired by living in such places as Berlin, London, York, Paris and Dublin.

The Ring Lieder on poems by Roderick Ford EP is a bit of a departure for me in that it is very much a song-based EP and shows a different side to my writing style.
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