Songwriting

The New England weather can be full of surprises.  Hurricanes, nor’easters, tornadoes, blizzards and such.  Each season holds its mystery. The winter of 2010-2011 was just such a season,  dropping one snow storm after another onto the people below.   It wouldn’t stop snowing.  When complaining about this phenomena to my friend the notable Louisa Branscomb, a songwriter of much acclaim, she promptly wrote up this little ditty:

Louisa Branscomb
Louisa Branscomb

Heaven Send

© 2011, Louisa Branscomb

Winter of eleven, was hell’s long white night.
Roofs caving from the snow, no relief in sight
Walls blow away like tissue in the wind;
And I think I can’t go through this again
Heaven send; a sign of summer, and we’ll shovel snow again.
Neighbors on the roof, just tried to save their home.
Three young children in the kitchen under seven tons of snow
But the ice was too much, their daddy slipped and fell somehow.
And I can hear those children crying now
Heaven send; a sign of summer and we’ll shovel snow again.
Jimmy headed home on the same old interstate;
Same loving wife was waiting, dinner on the plate
But with 200 cars he sank into the soft white depths.
Now pneumonia is taking his very last breath
Heaven send; a sign of summer and we’ll shovel snow again.
What a dreadful winter, how will we survive.
Turning on the ovens just to keep ourselves alive
I am one of faith, so I’ll be the last to go.
But I’d give my only coat to see a flower in the snow
Just one flower pierce the snow.
Heaven send; a sign of summer and we’ll shovel snow again.


Podunk Brings a Master Songwriter to its Festival

In August of 2011, Louisa Branscomb came to the Podunk Bluegrass Festival to present her master class on songwriting. She will return to Podunk in August 2013.  She and the participants of her 2011 class wrote what has become the Podunk theme song.  You can listen to it here where it is performed by Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys, along with Louisa Branscomb on harmony and playing guitarolin.

 

Podunk Family Reunion (As written by the songwriting class at the Podunk Festival 2011)

There’s a hillside in New England, surrounded by city streets
Just a few steps past the pavement, feel the bluegrass beneath your feet
Open hearts and mountain voices, bluegrass fiddles fill the air
It’s a Podunk family reunion, you are always welcome there
Here is where you’ll find the ties that bind;  Let the music lift you to the sky
Swapping stories since the last time, kicking off familiar songs
They take you back inside the circle, where bluegrass memories linger on

Podunk Family Reunion (As enhanced by Boston songwriter, Dawn Kenney, 2012)

 


Some Recognition of Note

In the Shadow of the Son
Written by Myrna Riquier this song was awarded 3rd Place by the 18th Annual Billboard Magazine Songwriting Contest, Gospel division. It is performed here by Justin Carbone & Troy Engle.

 

Too Many Bars
Written by Myrna Riquier and collaborator Richard Maine, this song received an Honorable Mention from the 2011 Song of the Year & Lyric Contest.  It is performed here by Bob DiQuattro of Eastford, CT.

 

Corriella
Written by Myrna Riquier this song was awarded Runner Up Placement in the Song of the Year songwriting competition for 2012. It is performed here by the Natchaug Trail bluegrass band of CT.

 

I Am the Ring
Co-written by Pat Hill and Myrna Riquier, this song was awarded Honorable Mention in the bluegrass and country category by the 31st Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest sponsored by the Songwriters Association of Washington, DC. It is performed here by Troy Engle of Nashville, TN.

 

Blue Around the Edges
Written by Myrna Riquier this song was awarded Runner Up in the Song of the Year songwriting competition for 2013. It is performed here by Dana Romanello and Troy Engle of Nashville, TN.