Sampler for the Season

by Craig Werth

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This is a collection of 4 songs and 4 instrumental pieces themed for winter, featuring voice, finger-style guitar, banjo, mandolin and cello. Three of the songs hit the Folk Radio charts as part of samplers including Christine Lavin's "Just One Angel 2.0" and Hudson Harding samplers #5 and #7.
The fourth song is "Spark of Kindness" and the instrumentals are new in the past few months, featuring guitar, banjo and touches of mandolin and shruti box.

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released December 16, 2014

All songs and instrumental works by Craig Werth. Cello by Juliet Nelson (2 & 4), Harmony Vocals by Ben Werth and Elizabeth Westover Werth (2), recording support (4) (and life support) by my great pal, Guy Capecelatro III. Produced and recorded by Craig Werth. Vocals, guitar, banjo and mandolin by Craig Werth.

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Track Name: These Ornaments
“These Ornaments”
by Craig Werth April, 2013, Newmarket, NH
www.craigwerth.com, craig@craigwerth.com

Nested up in paper, a ball of see-through glass,
the color flaked and settled some distant Christmas past,
carried from the homeland, its hook now rough with rust,
suspends the ancient memories in pink and silver dust.

There’s a four-inch, 5-string banjo made with a bottle cap,
a choir of clothes pin angels, robed in satin wrap,
there’s an origami figure, folded by young hands,
the day her grandpa showed her, and told her, “yes, you can.”

Who will keep these ornaments and love them as I do?
who will tell their stories from when the old was new?
who will hold these treasures -- this box of jewels and toys,
and spirits of the long lost folks who once were girls and boys?

A pewter angel flying, her face a single pearl,
passing through our christmas tree – one stop around the world,
as I was told it, she fell from up above,
and each time that I found her there I found the light of love.

Who will keep these ornaments and love them as I do?
who will tell their stories from when the old was new?
who will hold these treasures -- this box of jewels and toys,
and spirits of the long lost folks who once were girls and boys?

There's a tiny, ruddy row boat, carved from a peach's stone,
it's one my father made me, one night he was alone.
there's a cracked ceramic owl -- my mother's favorite bird,
the one, at night, she'd listen for -- the last one that she heard,

Who will keep these ornaments and love them as I do?
who will tell their stories from when the old was new?
who will hold these treasures -- this box of jewels and toys,
and spirits of the long lost folks who once were girls and boys?

I have been the keeper of all these Christmas gems,
I've memorized the history for each and every one of them,
I wrote it in this letter for someone good to find,
and now that you are reading this, would you be so kind…

Please keep these ornaments and love them as I did,
tell their stories, and teach them to the kids,
hold up these treasures -- this box of jewels and toys,
and spirits of we long lost folks who once were girls and boys.
Track Name: Spark of Kindness
Spark of Kindness by Craig Werth

there's a star above our brother,
he would see, if he looked up some day,
there's a message for another,
could tear some troubles down.

a little light upon the water,
could help a lonely sailor find her way,
there's a son, and here's a daughter,
could use a steady hand,

what does it take to make an offering?
why wait until tomorrow?
as spark of kindness, such a tiny thing,
can shake and break a sorrow.