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The story of My Hands Made a Harp begins with someone who is happy with a pastoral life. Later they are called on to perform some life-changing tasks. The transition proves difficult and transformative. Eventually there is acceptance and joy returns.

Sow, the first single, is part of the depiction of the pastoral existence of our protagonist.

Sun, the second track, is a further expression of the pastoral and carefree existence of our young protagonist. Our protagonist's name could be anything, maybe Manuela, or Luca, or Sophia, or Reyansh, or Pietro, or Tatsuki, or Maria- but for the purpose of this narrative let us call this person David. The crops are planted and David is enjoying the spring, unaware that his life is going to change.

With Rain, David has learned that he has to leave his pastoral existence in order to serve what he believes is a higher purpose. It is a bittersweet realization, as he loves dearly his current life.

Reap finds David traveling to his new place even though it is harvest time. It is the end of season, and the end of the pastoral time of his life.

David travels to where he's been instructed to go, which is a far more populated place than he has ever been. His solitary existence is over. Gather captures his excitement and contemplation to be in this place of gathering.

Wine marks the end of a long evening. Our protagonist is not yet accustomed to his new surroundings and contemplates his past and the events to come. This is the most sentimental track in the My Hands Made a Harp collection. It is sweet and nostalgic, depicting the wisdom and gratitude that wine can sometimes bring.

I think of every album that I've made as a single work. Each tells a coherent musical story that encompasses the album from beginning to end with the order of the pieces being critical to understanding the narrative. As well as being individual pieces, each track is a chapter of a musical novel.

This has never been truer than with my next album, My Hands Made a Harp.

But I'm trying something new with My Hands Made a Harp. I would prefer to simply release the album, but in today's listening environment there is an enormous advantage to releasing tracks as singles. I care deeply that this music reaches the people who might love it. To give that a better chance, each track will be released as a single, each six weeks apart. Sheet music will be released for each track on the day it is released.

Here is the release schedule:

released - Sow
released - Sun
released - Rain
released - Reap
released - Gather
released - Wine
May 13, 2022 - Moon
Jun 17, 2022 - Meditation
Jul 22, 2022 - Passing
Aug 26, 2022 - Neither Sparrow Nor Rain
Sep 30, 2022 - To Every Thing (Album Release)

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