Noel Paul Stookey wrote “The Cabin Fever Waltz,” for a collaboration between the Bangor Symphony and Kingfield Pops on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Kingfield Pops. The song made its world premiere on June 30, 2012, when the Bangor Symphony and Stookey headlined the 2012 Kingfield Pops concert in Kingfield, Maine. Richman conducted the orchestra that night and the next day, when the song was recorded during a session at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre in Bangor.
“It was exciting and rewarding to bring so much talent together for this project,” says BSO executive director David Whitehill. “Anyone who has been through a Maine winter can certainly identify with cabin fever. The songs will really resonate not only with people today but for generations to come.”
“The Cabin Fever Waltz” refers to the time of year when Mainers -- and anyone sick and tired of a long, cold winter -- are climbing the walls in anticipation of spring.
“Cabin fever, you know, has two sides to it, which I touch upon. I mean, it can drive you a little batty being contained so much but our lives … it seems to me are just so busy now,” Stookey says in a recorded interview, which is one of three tracks on the CD, with Anne Mostue, an on-air reporter/producer for WGBH 89.7 FM, a National Public Radio (NPR) station in Boston, which is one of three tracks on the CD.
“You know, there’s never any downtime. We’ve always got a computer or an iPad or a cellphone to keep in touch,” Stookey continues. “So I suppose in a sense this song will also remind all of us of the value of having quiet time.”
In addition to “The Cabin Fever Waltz” and the interview, the CD includes a recording of “America The Beautiful” with both the traditional lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates and new lyrics by Stookey.
The recording was sponsored by Russ and Barb Bodwell, Tom Bjorkman and Roxanne Donahey, Robert and Molly Nagle, the Plum Creek Foundation, Kingfield POPS, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra board of directors and staff.
This is Noel’s first recording with the Bangor Symphony.