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The Cabin Fever Waltz
America the Beautiful
A Conversation with Noel Paul Stookey
CD Release: November 2012
“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.