This thirst in the lungs

by Gillian Hollis & Dale Trumbore

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Song cycle "This thirst in the lungs" from Snow White Turns Sixty (released September 20, 2011).


released September 20, 2011

Composed by Dale Trumbore; recorded July 1, 2011 by Gillian Hollis, soprano & Dale Trumbore, piano, with John Baffa for TV Tray Studio. Artwork by Jackie Littman. Song text by Robin Myers (This thirst in the lungs) and Edna St. Vincent Millay (The Philosopher). Produced by Dale Trumbore for Dissonant Gorgeous Productions, LLC. (c) 2011 DGP.



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Hailed by the New York Times for her “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies,” composer Dale Trumbore’s compositions have been performed widely across the U.S. and internationally by ensembles including ACME, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists, and VocalEssence. ... more

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Track Name: This Morning

This morning, still, winter
waking, kicking off the quilt.
Till now, unthinking
waiting, cupping in the quiet
I will stretch from—the plant
uncurling toward the glass,
the light gone strong enough
to break it, vines reaching to it
not from wanting, just not knowing
how not to. Dust shifting
in the sun of the air, floor
waiting for the bright
that stains it. What
is it, this thirst in the lungs,
a breath pulled tight
as the shade snapped up to let it
in, this waking, this dense nothing
of warmth across the rug,
this sweet mourning.

—Robin Myers