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Footprints in the Snow

by Jamie O'Reilly

From O'REILLY/SMITH'S Songpainting repertoire: Jamie's rich vocals lead this sweeping, percussive folk-ballad, performed by classical & folk musicians on oboe, cello, guitars, theorbo, bass and percussion - with background vocals.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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Album Notes
Jamie O'Reilly, Lead Vocals
Sarah Chang, Nia O’Reilly Amandes, Background Vocals
Michael Smith, Rhythm Guitar, Bass
Peter Swenson, Guitars, Theorbo
Shawna Lake, Oboe
Bob Weber, Cello
Mike Amandes, Percussion

Production Credits
Produced by J. O’Reilly Productions, Chicago, IL USA
Recorded, mixed, mastered SPACE Studio, Evanston, IL
By Stuart Rosenberg, Engineer
Jamie O’Reilly, Producer
Peter Swenson, Musical Arrangements
Copyright © 2010, J. O’Reilly Producions
Footprints in The Snow (lyrics: Jamie O’Reilly/Music Michael Smith)
(Inspired by the paintings of Gabriella Boros'
Woman of Valor Series, Eshet Chayil)

Women of valor who is she,
I’ll paint stories that I see:
Magda, Lily, Ruby, Rose,
Helena, Hannah, Joan,

Olga, Debra, Tal, Judith,
Black-Eyed Susan, Hyacinth:
Teal, pale orchid, silvery-white,
Are the colors I use tonight

Canary yellow, Cerulean blue
Deep Vermilion's orangy hue,
Brown like oak, green of sea
Are the colors you give to me

Marta, Miriam, Marie:
Coral, Pearl, Aquamarine,
Amethyst, Jade, Sapphire Blue
Are the jewels I gave to you

In grey-worn city with sturdy step
Face glows-gold above the rest

'No cage, my heart' you've said
drawing back a cloth of red

Belt your hips, and strain your arms
Pine-green forest you can climb

Blue sky shivers, needy below
Stretch your arms to all of those

Weave a scarf of scarlet wool
Leave a footprint in the snow

For the homeland you will toil
In green-grass swamp, red clay soil

Vineyards, orchards, fields of wheat
Bread of laziness - Don't eat

Garden-harvest, love of friends
Paradise is in your hands

Woman of Valor, who is she?
I paint stories that I see:
Magda, Lily, Ruby, Rose,
Helena, Hannah, Joan,

Golda, Ruth, Eva, Anna,
Rachel, Sarah, Gabriella
Woman of Valor, who is she?
I paint stories that I see

(end lyric)

SONGPAINTING is a multicultural project I produce with musicians, visual artists and poets. I use songs to illustrate paintings, and show the paintings when I perform, or online. Whenever I can I bring in artists I know in Chicago, and they illustrate a song – or we write something new to describe their work.

Painter Gabriella Boros - www.gabriellaboros.com, was born in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew.
Her mother is Hungarian. When I met Gabriella she loved to dance the folk dances of Isreal.
Several decades later, I saw her Series Woman of Valor and wrote these lyrics inspired by her and for all
of the women who came before us!

In the Jewish tradition the husband sings Eshet Chayil (Woman of Valor) to his wife. My song Footprints in the Snow is based on Gabriella’s translation of the Hebrew translation in the Book of Proverbs. I rewrote and added to the proverbs, by weaving descriptions of the painting series Gabriella did -including her amazing COLORS - into a song lyric and in our song, I sing about women – and their stories, too. The names I chose are Jewish, Hungarian, and names in nature – flowers and jewels.
-Jamie O'Reilly


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