I write you a love poem

from by Rose & the Nightingale



I write you a love poem is part of Rose & the Nightingale’s current project, The Spirit of the Garden, celebrating the sublimity of gardens through song & poetry. Inspired by botanical gardens the world over, and the sense of contemplation & connection one can experience in these special spaces, The Spirit of the Garden’s lyrical, energetic, and inspiring music features three part vocal harmonies, violin, cello, piano, trumpet, and percussion. Post-concert remarks from audience members have shown Rose & the Nightingale’s ability to cut through to a deeper level of human connection through the energy of music.

All the lyrics in The Spirit of the Garden are poems celebrating the nexus of spirituality and nature, and the ability to connect and feel a part of something greater through open & aware engagement with the natural world. The songs offer immense gratitude to botanical gardens’ role as contemplative spaces, as places helping us reflect and engage with our concepts of individual versus collective identity. Poets featured include living American poets Maria Brady Smith, Ella Cvancara, & Wyn Cooper, as well as Oc poet Miquel Decor (southern France), and Rumi.


I write you a love poem
I tear the page from my notebook
Fold it into an airplane
And send it to you

Caught on the breeze
It floats gently down
Engulfed by the fire
That burns between us

They don't matter anymore
The words my companion

It is the embers
The ashes drifting
The smoke rising
That become a part of the air we breathe

I write you a love poem
I tear the page from my notebook
Fold it into an airplane
And send it to you


from Spirit of the Garden, released May 7, 2013
Words by Maria Brady Smith, music by Jody Redhage (Scarlet Tree Music ASCAP)



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Rose & the Nightingale is four powerful New York based multi-instrumentalists and improvisers: Jody Redhage (voice, cello, compositions), Leala Cyr (voice, trumpet), Sara Caswell (violin, mandolin), & Laila Biali (voice, piano). The band's warm sound of three part vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and burning solos has proven to cut through to a deeper level of connection with audiences. ... more

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