CUE THE MOON © 2010 NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING, ASCAP / Noel Paul Stookey, Marvin Messex, Sally Farr – It truly was “A twilight sky...” that began the evening and brought about this song. The host of that night's dinner party, when advised by his wife that all the guests really 'must come see the sky', casually waved his hand and said “Cue the moon...” Twenty four sleepless hours later, the music and most of the lyric had been written.
LOVE RULES! © 1998 NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING, ASCAP / Noel Paul Stookey. Northfield Mt. Hermon school provided not only the home for my wife and I during the 8 years of her tenure there as chaplain, but a chance to dialogue with 14 to 18 year olds about what was important in their lives. In looking for a way to express the commonality of a spiritual hunger, I found myself trying to musically describe love as if it were capitalized.
IN THESE TIMES © 2007 NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING, ASCAP / Noel Paul Stookey – Written to provide a musical underlining of topics discussed during an ecological EARTH DAY symposium in Maine, this song eventually expanded lyrically to become an encouraging commentary on the delicate balance of our political system and it's ultimate dependence on our mutual and respectful participation.
AMERICA, THE BEAUTIFUL © 2011 NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING, ASCAP / new lyric and arrangement by Noel Paul Stookey / original music by Samuel Ward / original lyric by Katharine Lee Bates. Argueably the most melodic of patriotic songs, I felt this well known anthem might be sung even more often if there were contemporary verses written in thanks for the 'immigrant and for the native son' as well as a sense of respect for the earth and the recognition of hope in hands of generations to come.
ONE AND MANY © 2008 NEWORLD MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING, ASCAP / Noel Paul Stookey, Elizabeth Stookey, Sam Lardner. As citizens of a world made smaller by travel and technology, we are continually challenged to accept the differences between our perspectives while renewing and maintaining the integrity of our beliefs. But, no matter my hesitancy, I am always surprised (and enlightened) when I join that community in the 'hall'.
CREDITS for CUE THE MOON:
MICHAEL MCINNIS - keyboards, DENNY BOUCHARD - organ, JIM BRADY – electric guitar, JIM MASON – bass, THE BANGOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - conducted by LUCAS RICHMAN, DAVID WHITEHILL - symphony administrator, ROBERT DECORMIER - orchestral arrangements, JIM MASON – producer, ED MOTTAU – producer, JOHN STUART - recording and mixing engineer, line producer,KEVIN SALEM - recording engineer, JIM BRADY - recording and mixing engineer, SALLY FARR – graphics, JOYCE HALL - coordinative assistant, DAVID SNYDER – project assistant. SPECIAL THANKS to Steve Humes of Pearl Court Studios and DEDICATED in awe of her caring constancy to my wife Betty.
A complimentary EP cover/liner note graphic is available at www.noelpaulstookey.com/downloads/ctm-insert1.pdf