Like a Tide Rising

It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men and women die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.*

I believe that's true, which is why I'm delighted to be the one to offer up these poems (and lyrics) from my album, Like a Tide Rising. Here the enigmatic writer Los Haward gives us a dazzling selection of his work that's alternately reverent, irreverent, gut-wrenchingly sad, explosively joyous, pessimistic, optimistic, funny, and tragic—sometimes all in the same poem. His work is so evocative, insightful, and inspiring it quite literally made me sing—and I couldn't believe my luck when he told me that I could do anything I wanted with it. And so I did. I made this album. Twenty pieces of music crafted around his words (either sung or read, depending) and an additional thirty poems, read by the poet himself in his expressive, sagacious, sensual way. (So far, no one I know who's heard him can figure out why on earth he's not a voice actor, but that's just another of life's great mysteries.)

*Excerpt, lightly paraphrased, from
"Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" by William Carlos Williams.

Listen to the album here!

Volume 1:
Volume 2:

Read the liner notes and lyrics!

This album comes in two volumes: Volume 1 contains songs, and Volume 2 poems. Each volume has 2 CDs, and includes a 58-page booklet containing lyrics and poems. You can buy this album from iTunes, or listen on Google Music or Spotify. And if you'd like to order a limited-edition 4-CD set of both volumes, or a 2-CD set of just Volume 1, email me at ihsmythe@gmail.com and we'll work out how to get it to you. When you provide your shipping address, I'll calculate the cost of shipping and email you the total, payable by PayPal. If you'd like fast delivery please let me know, otherwise I'll ship by the least expensive means possible.

Thanks!

4-CD set