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Object Songs

by Nico Muhly & Maira Kalman

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What is the most precious thing? Time, and the time is too little. Take your time. There is never enough.
Shoe Song 01:12
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.
Spoon Song 01:13
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.
[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.


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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