A Noiseless, Patient Spider

Last night I performed a house concert with Waterloo Trio and it was just one of those perfect evenings that only comes along every once in a while.  We had the great pleasure of collaborating on a few pieces with singer, Tynan Davis.  I wrote a new piece for her to sing with us at the show.  It’s based on a Walt Whitman poem called “A Noiseless, Patient Spider”.  Here is the poem and a video of the performance.

A noiseless, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them–ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,–seeking the spheres, toconnect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d–till the ductile anchorhold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.