Object Songs

by Nico Muhly & Maira Kalman

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Object Songs (2014) are a collaboration between composer Nico Muhly & illustrator and author Maira Kalman; commissioned by Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York City as part of the Maira Kalman Selects exhibit.


released February 10, 2015

Music –Nico Muhly
Text – Maira Kalman
Soprano – Anne-Carolyn Bird
Viola – Nadia Sirota
Violin – Rob Moose
Clarinet – Hideaki Aomori 
Trumpet – CJ Camerieri 

Recorded at Terminus Recording Studios
Mixed and Mastered by Fritz Myers at Platitude Music



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Track Name: Lincoln (Take Your Time)
What is the most precious thing?
Time, and the time is too little.
Take your time. There is never enough.
Track Name: Shoe Song
The ability to take a walk from one point to the next that is half the battle won.
Go out and walk.
After taking a walk you will probably be hungry.
You will want to eat something.
Track Name: Spoon Song
Before there were forks, there there were were spoons.
The spoon can be used by a baby, by a person eating soup.
Watching a person eat soup can break your heart.
Track Name: Sensational Calligraphic Scribble / Amor Nos Une / Room Song
[gibberish ad lib.]

Amor nos une
[love unites us]

There are memories vague and fleeting, or sharp and searing.
Moods leaving a sense of urgency or disquiet, or a sense of well-being and belonging.
And always, objects inhabit the memories.
There are some rooms, real, or imagined, some moments, some aspects of light that haunt you.