Featuring Jeffrey Van‘s “A Procession Winding Around Me,” based on poetry about the Civil War by Walt Whitman. With UW-Madison guitarist Javier Calderon.
BY the bivouac’s fitful flame,
A procession winding around me, solemn and sweet and
slow;—but first I note,
The tents of the sleeping army, the fields’ and woods’
The darkness, lit spots of kindled fire—the silence;
Like a phantom far or near an occasional figure moving;
The shrubs and trees, (as I left my eyes they seem to be
stealthily watching me;)
While wind in procession thoughts, O tender and
Of life and death—of home and the past and loved,
and of those that are far away;
A solemn and slow procession there as I sit on the
By the bivouac’s fitful flame.